April 18, 2014

Book Blogger Hop: April 18th - 24th

Book Blogger Hop

Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!

If you want schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

What to do:

1. Post on your blog answering this question:

  This week's question is submitted by Elizabeth!

 

Are your reviews more of a rehash of the story or do you comment on writing style, characters, and reflection?

2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below (enter your Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Failure to do so will result in removal of your link).


3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
  

My Answer: 

I wouldn't say I rehash the book in my reviews, but I always give a brief synopsis of the plot in my own words. Typically, I comment on the plot, the relationship with the two main characters and then give my final thoughts on the book. Every book is different; therefore I don't always write the reviews the same way every time.


Linky List:

April 17, 2014

The World Of The Hazel Tree by Julia Debski

 



The land where The Hazel Tree is set in a parallel world to the one we live in. Ivy and everyone else live on planet Earth, but it’s very different to this one.

Geography


Geographically, the world is the same. The continents just as green, and the oceans just as deep. The Orarius Pack (or the Costal Pack) is located in northeastern North America. It reaches from North Carolina to Quebec but only goes as far west West Virginia and Toronto.  The capital, where Matthias and Ivy live, is in the North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains, as that is where the territory began before it expanded to its current size. The Mara Negra Pack (Black Sea Pack) lies in southeastern Europe and the Middle East. This means the territory covers Romania and Ukraine, through Turkey, to Georgia, Lebanon and Azerbaijan. (Google is your friend!!)
April 16, 2014

Review - The Queen's Handmaid


The Queen's Handmaid
By Tracy L. Higley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub. Date: March 18, 2014
Retail: $15.99
ISBN: 978-1401686840
Pages: 400
Buy Link: http://ow.ly/uKKQP
Blog Tour: http://litfusegroup.com/author/thigley

Review:

I can't believe this month is half way over already. 2014 is flying by way to quickly, but I have made time to read several new titles, including The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley.

Now, I'm mostly a fan of books set in the 1800s, but The Queen's Handmaid is set in 39BC, which is a bit of a stretch from the wild wild west era. Though I don't read books from this time period, however, I do watch movies (Gladiator) and television series (Spartacus) that are sent around that era, so I thought I would give the book a shot.

The Queen's Handmaid centers on a young woman named Lydia, who happens to be the handmaid for Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. She doesn't have a family, as she has been an orphan since birth, and she now resides in the Queen's palace, where she spends her days taking care of the Queen's children.

Age is catching up with Cleopatra and having a beautiful young handmaid is causing a few problems, as men are taking notice of Lydia, especially Herod, the Galilean governor.

How Judo Can Benefit Your Child

Judo is one of the relatively new martial arts to come out of Japan. Developed in the late 1800s, it is similar to many other martial arts, but is considered safer for many children because it doesn’t involve punching or kicking. Judo uses certain techniques to pin an opponent and is an appropriate sport for most people—from young children to adults. Some of the more advanced techniques are only permitted for older age groups, to ensure that they’re used properly. Look for judo in Wakefield to help your child grow into a stronger, more confident young adult. It is a sport for both boys and girls, and many people who aren’t successful in traditional sports can flourish in judo.

  Physical Benefits

The obvious benefit of enrolling your child in judo classes is that they will have an opportunity to be more physically active. Instead of sitting in front of the television or video games all day long, they’ll be up and moving around throughout class. Many parents find that once their children begin attending judo classes, they learn to enjoy physical activity so much that even while they’re at home, they spend less time on the couch. Older children can also build muscle and cardiovascular endurance if they continue to attend judo classes regularly.

Red Leaf Tea White Matcha Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


I'm not the biggest fan of drinking tea, unless I'm under the weather, then I might drink a cup of hot tea. Plus, I don't minding a cold glass of sun tea on a hot summer day.

Recently, I was sent a 30g package of White Matcha from Red Leaf Tea. Normally Matcha would refer to Green Tea, but Red Leaf Tea has put a twist on their product buy using the same technique they use to make their Green Tea Matcha to make the White Matcha.

White Matcha has several health benefits such as having a high antioxidant count to kill free radicals in the blood stream; it reduces the risk of certain types of cancer; it decreases fine lines and wrinkles in the skin; it helps maintain a beautiful complexion; and it has only one percent (1%) caffeine content of coffee.

There are no artificial coloring, sweeteners, preservatives and there are no MSG or chemical additives in the tea.

April 15, 2014

Etronic Ultra Comfort Massage Travel Neck Pillow Review

Since I started blogging, I get a wide variety of different pitches or requests for reviewing products. I don't have time to review every little thing that comes my way, plus some of the products don't interest me. One pitch that did catch my eye was for the Etronic Ultra Comfort Massage Travel Neck Pillow and I eagerly agreed to review it.

Now, I don't travel much, but I have never owned a massage neck pillow before and I thought it would be neat to try it out. I have owned (well it was given to me) a regular neck pillow and I didn't care much for it, as it was bulky and uncomfortable to use.

The Etronic Ultra Comfort Massage Travel Neck Pillow is made out of soft and smooth materials. There are no batteries included, so you'll have to buy two AA batteries. There is a simple ON/OFF button and a mode button; the has latter 6 different massage programs, ranging from a low to a high vibration massages.

The massage neck pillow can help relieve muscle tension, pain and fatigue, improve blood circulation, quickly release arteries and veins, stiffness, tiredness and paralysis. Plus, if you do travel a lot, the massage neck pillow provides support for your head, neck, shoulder, side, back and legs in either a seated or reclined seat. The pillow is small enough to fit inside a bag, tote or suitcase.

Easter Gift Guide: A Place In the Son: Fitly Joined Together in Love and Growing in Christ



A Place in the Son
Fitly Joined Together in Love and Growing in Christ
by Clarence Ogle
Publisher: New Book Publishing (paperback), Certa Publishing (Kindle)
Pub. Date: November 4, 2013 (paperback), April 6, 2014 (Kindle)
Retail: $18.88 (paperback), $3.99 (Kindle)
ISBN: 978-1939748140
ASIN: B00JIWKL5A
Pages: 440

Purchase Links:
Amazon (paperback)
Amazon (Kindle)
Book Description:

"A Place in the Son: Fitly Joined Together in Love and Growing in Christ" is a guide to growing in Christ in harmony with other true believers. Readers are urged to examine their beliefs and their lives and surrender all to Christ. The God who is Love has a calling(s) and a place in the body of Christ for every unique person. The wonderful works of God are accomplished as believers obey the Head, Jesus Christ, and love and serve with their assigned partners in the body of Christ. "A Place in the Son" calls believers to press on, to step into the realm of the supernatural, and to enjoy daily fellowship and intimacy with God. Personal experiences and testimonies of God's faithfulness combine with the Word of God to inspire readers. Both new believers and seasoned saints will find enlightenment and encouragement in the pages of this book. The call of "A Place in the Son" is loud and clear: "Search the Scriptures! Know who you are in Christ! Wake up, sleeping giants!"

About the Author:

Clarence Ogle is a retired soldier and certified public accountant living in El Paso, Texas. He has shared the gospel of Jesus Christ and the love of God with inmates in local jails for over twenty-five years. He currently teaches the "Growing in Christ" course at the Rogelio Sanchez State Jail. Clarence serves as an elder in his church - Destiny Family Christian Center. He and his wife Hayriye have been married for forty-four years and have children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Review:
April 14, 2014

LipiX InstantEdge Ketogenic Coffee Review



Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 
As you can probably imagine, I get a little excited when I get the opportunity to review anything coffee related, as I'm a big coffee drinker. So, naturally, I eagerly signed up to review the LipiX InstantEdge Ketogenic Coffee.

The instant coffee is fortified with Medium Chain Triglycerides, a safe, energetic and rich fatty acids that are easily metabolized by the by the body. Unlike Long Chain fatty acids, MCTs aren't absorbed in the human diet. MCTs provides healthy energy for your brain, while at the same time it gives your body that extra boosts it needs to get through the day. MCTs form ketone bodies in the liver, which is then released into the bloodstream and travels to your brain and other organs.

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Leave it on the shelf!

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