Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up - A Review

"Arnold Brinkman is a shy and retiring botanist; he loves his plants more than his country. But when his refusal to stand for the national anthem at a baseball game causes a major media incident, he is thrown into a world of pushy patriots, preachers, and press. And it's not going to get any easier when he refuses to apologize." 
                                                                              - Book Summary, Goodreads

This is the first book I have read by Jacob M. Appel. I was really sure what to expect.

I was incredibly bothered by the adjectives used when talking about the characters in this book. Typically when an author doesn't want to use a character's name, they will refer to said character as something that describes them, but they typically use a variety of these descriptive words for the same character so they don't sound redundant. Mr. Appel did not do this. He found one word to describe a specific character and then referred to that character as that word over and over again. If memory serves, I believe one character was referred to as "the Venezuelan" about 5 or 6 times within the same paragraph. Based on the language and references made in this book, the author is incredibly intelligent. Therefore, I'm not certain why he couldn't find more words.

If only that were this book's only flaw...I am afraid this book has more cons than pros.

This book is listed on Goodreads in the humor genre. However, I did not find anything about this book to be humorous. I didn't even chuckle once; not even a small smile really.

Though part of the plot is very relevant in today's USA, I found most of the things transpiring to be utterly ridiculous. I spent a decent amount of time thinking "what am I reading?" The book also seems to slightly lose its original plot about half way through.

I also feel the need to point out that The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up doesn't have a single likable character. Every character within this book is loathsome which made it even more difficult to suffer through.

All of that being said though, it did keep me interested enough that I wanted to know how it all ended. Of course, this was only to find out that the book doesn't have an ending; not really.

Maybe I simply don't have the level of intelligence and political understanding needed to enjoy this book. Maybe there are intellectuals out there who would find this book entertaining and humorous. I don't know. What I do know, though, is this book was not a great match for me.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hidden Heart: a Review

Let me start by saying that is has been a long time since I've posted a review on my blog, but it feels so great to be doing this again! I believe you will all be seeing many more from now on. I know I have said this before, but I've officially made it my life's mission!

Now that I've gotten that out of the way...

"Tessa Cosma is a deceptively sweet businesswoman who knows how to ride the wave of chaos in corrupt, post-communist Romania to maintain the lifestyle she so carefully built for herself. Her ideal world shatters when an unplanned pregnancy ends after a brutal assault. To compound her troubles, she must unravel a fraud accusation that threatens her reputation and career. 

Alessandro Santinelli, the charismatic Italian banker with whom she spent an incredible, lust-filled night months ago, comes to her rescue. But Tessa refuses his help and chooses to rise above the devastating forces of death, betrayal and fraud to prove her innocence and discover her true self. 

Throughout Tessa's journey towards forgiveness and redemption, Alessandro guards over her from a distance. He provides her the space and time she needs to heal, meanwhile hoping to recapture something he believes was lost and unattainable."
-Book summary, Goodreads 

This is the first book I have ready by Camelia Miron Skiba, and I am not disappointed. I have to admit that there were some parts that were difficult to read as they brought up some painful memories. However, this book is still very much worth the read.

Tessa's character development was unique and enjoyable. Too many times you read about main characters who have the same boring development no matter what their stories. Their actions become predictable. Tessa is certainly not one of those. She kept me guessing throughout the story.

I did have a little trouble determining how much time was passing during parts of the book. Sometimes the sequence of events would lead you to believe that weeks or even months had passed but it had only been a day or two. Sometimes it happened in reverse. However, this was my only major qualm with this book and I still thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes romance/drama. And I hope to read more works by this author soon!  If you haven't heard of her, please check out her page on Goodreads. You can find it by clicking here.

Stay tuned for more reviews - hopefully - coming soon!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Reverse Hair Washing - Day 1

Before I start off with the main topic of this post, let me just say that wow! It's been nearly 3 years since I posted anything here. Man how time flies! To those of you who really enjoyed my blog posts before: I'm sorry. I simply got busy. And I won't lie, I kind of forgot about it. But now I've remembered and I'll try to do better. Now that that's out of the way, on to the subject at hand!

So the other day I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and I found a post about reverse hair washing. The post was geared toward girls with thinner, more oily, and flatter hair. It claimed that if you condition your hair BEFORE you shampoo it, your hair will come out looking fuller and less oily. I have always struggled with the issue of needing conditioner in order to simply brush my hair after washing but then looking like an oily mess after conditioning. So, tonight I decided to give it a try.

I've always had the problem of having oily, lifeless hair.
Exhibit A:
After trying the reverse hair washing method just once I can see a difference. 
Exhibit B:
(Ignore the color difference, please and focus on the fullness/oiliness)
That's a pretty big difference. 

I realize that before I make any real decisions I need to give this a try for about a week or so but here's my pros and cons of the reverse hair washing method after the first try. (And I'll try to make another post after the first week to tell you if anything has changed). 


  1. My hair is noticeably fuller and less oily. 
  2. My hair actually feels lighter weight. (possibly due to the fact that conditioner residue weighs hair down). 
  3. It's convenient. I didn't have to go buy all kinds of special, expensive products. I simply used my regular shampoo and conditioner. (For those who are wondering I use L'Oreal color vibrance)   

  1. My hair was harder to brush after showering. (Though not nearly as bad as if I hadn't conditioned at all). This leads me to believe that it will also be more prone to tangles.
A couple more notes that I can't really place as cons:

  1. My hair takes a ridiculous amount of time to blow dry and I was hoping this would speed it up somehow, but it did not. 
  2. My hair is not quite as soft as it before but it's still pretty soft. 

So that's it for now. Stay tuned next week and I'll tell you what I think after trying it for a whole week...that is provided I remember!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Back to Life: a Review

Before I begin my post about this book, let me first apologize to the author. I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to finish reading this book. I started it back in the fall of last year. But then I got so busy with school work and being a mother that I had to put it aside. But since I am officially out of school, I finally got the chance to pick it back up (and I then had trouble putting it down!)

Back to Life (Book One of the Zombie Apocalypse series)
By Kevin Jade Lowe
(There is no current cover as what I read was actually a manuscript)

It's going to be hard for me to summarize this book without giving away too many details so I will quote the author's summary:
The lives of three young men get turned upside down as they and their friends may be the only ones capable of knowing how to stop the outbreak of a virus that is bringing their loved ones back from the dead to feed on the flesh of the living.

Before I begin my review, let me just say that zombies are not my thing. I don't usually particularly care for anything involving zombies. Every zombie story seems to have the same old boring "oh no, the people in our town are infected with something and now they're trying to kill us. we should run" storyline. But not this one. This one is different.

It was an excellent read. It was very entertaining. It had just the right amount of pull on all of my emotions. Happiness, sadness, frustration, horror. They were all there.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes zombie books and movies. And I even recommend it to those who don't care so much for zombies but like the horror/suspense genre. And, not to give anything away, but the ending will definitely leave you anxious for the sequel!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Language barriers

I hate the argument that "We in America speak English." Not only does America stretch over two different continents and the majority of the countries in those two continents speak Spanish (followed by English, Portuguese, French and all of the many Native American languages). But also, the United States does NOT have an official language.

I agree that some people today (who were raised to speak English) need to learn better proper English, but that does NOT mean that we shouldn't learn other languages or that "the government cares more about illegals".. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Terrible Beauty: A Review

"No one has ever escaped from the notorious penal colony in Fremantle, Western Australia...but that is about to change.
Mary Claire O'Dwyer, transported to Australia with the rebels she supports will find that nothing is as it seems when she sets her mind to springing the captives. Even a Royal Marine's scarlet coat can be nothing more than another deception...
From the failed Fenian Uprising in 1867 to the Easter Rising of 1916, author Katie Hanrahan presents the single-minded effort of one family to bring freedom to Ireland."
 That quote was taken from the back of the book, it is the best way that I know how to summarize the book without giving too much away. So, now that I don't have to write a summary myself (haha, I'm lazy tonight.) on to the review...

I liked this book...for the most part. I have a few negative and a few positive things that I can say about it, and I will try my best to do so without spoilers.

1 - HUGE gaps of time are missing from the storyline. I was baffled when, in one chapter Eireann is 18 (or close to 18, if memory serves me correctly) and the next chapter she's in her 40s. I would like to know more about her and how she was molded into the woman that she became.
2 - The second half of the book read more like a textbook for a government or history class. And far to policital for my taste. That's great if you're a history buff who enjoys reading a book for the intellect, but it's not for me. I found it difficult to continue reading at times because I would lose interest. (This negativity, however, is completely dependent on my personal interests and views and if someone were interested in reading about the Fenians or the Irish Republican Brotherhood or even the Irish Revolution I would recommend this book. I do realize, though, that this book is a work of fiction but the author is dead-on a lot of the facts found within it).

1 - I devoured the first half of this book. I loved reading about Mary Claire and her trip on the Hellebore and later her life in Fremantle. I would have loved to read more about Eireann and her childhood, though.
2 - The ending was superb. It wrapped up some of the details I was anxious to know about.
3 - It was well written; excellent grammar, spelling, etc. The author definitely did her research.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. I would definitely recommend this book to those who read for intellect more than for entertainment. But for those who read more for entertainment purposes, I would say that this book is definitely worth the experience at least once, so my answer is still yes.

I give this book 3/5 stars.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Rantings of an Annoyed ...Well...Me, Whatever I am...

Okay so...

This girl (who isn't even on my friend list) randomly comments on my status with:"Did Andy rape you?" (No idea who Andy is..) so I go to her profile and see a status that says "andy is mowing my yard and its sexy"...the following conversation took place in its comments.

Me: "You let a rapist mow your yard?"
Her: "Andy aint a rapist"
....another person chews her out. tells her to leave her friends alone...
Her: "F*** u"
Me: "Learn English."
Her: "I dont have she u ugly b****"
Me: "If you think I'm going to be insulted by verbal attacks on my physical appearance then you should go back to elementary school.."
Her: "No I dont b**** ur retarded just like ur friend"
Me: "I'm retarded? I graduated high school with honors and am currently one semester away from earning my bachelor's of science degree in psychology. I know correct grammar and can spell correctly. I currently have a gpa of 2.89 and an IQ of 102. Considering someone who is retarded wouldn't have an IQ over 70, I'd say I'm not retarded."

...I let the conversation end there.

At the same time, someone on my friend list posted a picture of a guy with an attitude (only way I can describe it) sitting in one of those power-wheelchaired carts at Walmart (What are they called? ah..doesn't matter). With a caption that said "Lmao! Old f**** be like move b****! I got my Social Security." on which I comment with "Wow. That's disrespectful."  My comment of course resulted in this person cussing me out and telling me that he will "say whatever I want whenever I want to whoever I want".  I refrained from saying "Um, I think you mean 'whomever'."

Do people not even go to school anymore? Do parents not raise their kids anymore? I don't understand. I was raised to respect my elders and be kind. But I also learned how to spell and use proper English. It just really irritates me that today's youth act as if they've never been taught a single thing their entire lives.

Look, I'm not one to get offended by insults, but I think if you're going to act like you know everything or like you're better than everyone else, you should at least get an education first.