May 24, 2015

DVD Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Search For Splinter

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Search For Splinter
Studio: Nickelodeon
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Retail: $9.98
Running Time: 65 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon


While it might seem like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been on television constantly since 1987, there was actually a hiatus between 1998 and 2003. The second animation series was produced by by 4Kids Entertainment and Mirage Studios. The series debuted in February 2003. It dropped all the slapstick of the original series and focused on story-arcs, which offered a darker plot, similar in style to the comic book series.

While the series was popular with fans of all ages as well as critics, it went downhill when it was retitled "Fast Forward," when the character designs were altered and the turtles were sent to the future. The series tried to bounce back by bringing the turtles back to the past in Back to the Sewer, but it was too little, too late as the series was canceled; though the turtles would return in the TV-Movie Turtles Forever.

Nickelodeon purchased the franchise in 2009 and launched a computer-animated series in 2012, which is currently in it's third season. During it's run, the 2003 series mostly received single-disc DVD releases, featuring only three episodes. A Season 4 two-disc DVD set was later released, though the first half the season was missing. Seasons 1 & 2 were eventually released in two volumes (2-discs) sets each. Fast Forward was released in a similar format as well as Ninja Tribunal (the fifth season).

On June 9, 2015, Nickelodeon will finally be releasing the 2003 series to DVD, but with three episodes per disc. The DVD titles will be The Search For Splinter and NYC Showdown (I'll have a separate review for it posted soon). The Search For Splinter features the very first episode "Things Change" and the two-part season one finale, "The Search for Splinter Parts 1 & 2."

Reread Review: Maximum Ride: The Final Warning

Maximum Ride: The Final Warning
by James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Pub. Date: March 17, 2008
ISBN: 0446194050
Pages: 264
Buy Link: Amazon


If you've been following my blog this month, then you would know that I was planning on rereading the Maximum Ride series before the release of the newest installment Maximum Ride Forever on May 19th. Well, as you can tell, it's a few days past the 19th and this review is for the 4th novel, so I've gotten behind on my reviews. There's no reason to worry as I still plan on getting all the books read and reviewed on here.

After reading the first three books in there series, I was looking forward to reading the fourth adventure in March 2008, but what was released was less of an adventure and more of a political global warming push. It wouldn't have bothered me if this was an adult thriller, but this book is aimed for middle graders.

The three previous novels were action-packed thrill rides with Max and her flock on the run from The School and the Erasers. While they would love to have a normal life, it'll never happen due to the flock are all human avian hybrids. Now they are asked by a group of environmental scientists to go on an expedition in Antarctica.
May 22, 2015

Book Blogger Hop: May 22nd - 28th

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!

Why would you stop reading a book? Too long, wrong genre, bad language, not what you expected, or something totally different?

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: 

  The only time that I have to stop reading a book is when I have to read another title for review purposes. I'm almost at the midpoint of Outlander when I had to stop reading it because I have too many titles I need to review for this blog. I have my book marker in place, so I can start reading it again, one day.

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PULSS: Premium Nitric Oxide Load Review

You might recall me reviewing a creatine supplement this week; well, another great supplement to use for weight lifting is nitric oxide. After an intense workout, your body can become fatigue, which will make the recovery time for your muscles take longer than what you want it to be.

A few weeks ago, I was sent a 90 tablet bottle of PULSS: Premium Nitric Oxide Load, which features an unique blend of anti-catabolic and high-quality vasodilative agents. It was created to help enhance vascularity, denser muscular pumps and speed up your recovery time.

The ingredients include:

Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate (A-AKG) - increases nitric oxide production, which will expand blood vessels. It's also known to speed up recovery time.

Glutamine Alpha-ketoglutarate (GAK) - gives your body a boost of glutamin, precursors alpha-ketoglutarate (AKG) and taurine, which will help your body replenish and restore key amino acids after a workout.

Arginine Ketoisocaproate (A-KIC) - will help muscle breakdown during a workout. It also aids in the removal of ammonia during a workout.

Private Gym Review

For males, as we get older our pelvic muscles become weaker, which can cause multiple problems, such as premature ejaculations and rigid erections. The Journal of Urology stated that by age 40, more than 50% of men experience some kind of erectile dysfunction and the percentage increases 16% as males near the 60 year mark. Just like your other muscles, the pelvic muscle can be trained through exercises and resistance training, which over time will help strengthen your pelvic so you can conquer your erectile dysfunctions.

While there are many Kegel Exercisers on the market for women, there haven't been a stystem created for men until now thanks to the Private Gym, the first FDA registered pelvic exercise program. Private Gym was founded by David Mandell and was developed in the conjunction with Dr. Andrew Siegel, a renowned urologist, surgeon, professor and author of Male Pelvic Fitness: Optimizing Sexual and Urinary Health.

With the Private Gym, you can now boost your sexual performance in less than two minutes a day without the use of pills, which can have many unwanted side-effects. The system is available in two different versions: a Basic Training Program (Retail: $59.99) or the Complete Training Program (Retail: $99.99).

I was sent the Complete Training Program about two months ago to test out for this review. The kit features:

Interactive DVD Exercise Program
May 21, 2015

Spring Reads: Secret Brother by V.C. Andrews

Secret Brother
The Dollanganger Family Series
by V.C. Andrews
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pub. Date: May 26th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1476792408
Pages: 384
Buy Link: Amazon


In 1979, the Gothic novel Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews was published, causing a slue of backlash from libraries, schools and parents. Despite the taboo incest theme, the story about a four siblings being locked in a bedroom & attic by their mother and grandmother became a worldwide sensation. Three sequels (Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns & Seeds of Yesterday) were later published. Sadly, V.C. Andrews passed away before she could finished the prequel novel Garden of Shadows, but the publishers and Andrews' family picked Andrew Neiderman to ghostwrite the novel, as well as every V.C. Andrews title since then.

Fans thought the series had ended with Garden of Shadows until the semi-sequel Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth was released last fall and quickly followed by Christopher's Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger, in which a long-distant cousin stumbles upon the diary of Christopher Dollanganger.

Arriving on in bookstores next week is the direct sequel to Flowers in the Attic (or a side-prequel to the Christopher's Diary duo). The novel begins in late October 1960 and centers on sixteen-year-old Clara Sue Sanders, whom, along with her little brother, Willie, has been living with their Grandpa Arnold every since their parents died in a tragic accident. One afternoon, Clara Sue is startled by the commotion outside - a drunk driver had hit her brother and his nanny, Myra. While the paramedics did everything they could, Willie was gone before the ambulance arrived at the hospital.

Grief-stricken, Clara Sue must stay in the waiting room by her grandfather's side while the doctors work on Myra. This is when they learn that young boy had been dropped off at the and left at the hosptial by a stranger. The boy is undernourished and had been poisoned with arsenic. (Sounds familiar, doesn't it?)

Before funeral plans for Willie are even made, Grandpa Arnold is determined to find out whom this little boy is. Due to the arsenic, the boy has neurological damage as well as the loss of motor skills; leaving him unable to communicate and walk. Grandpa Arnold hires a detective to find out who dropped the the boy off, but he finds nothing.
May 20, 2015

Ozeri Electric Wine Opener Review

While I've never been much a drinker in the past or considered myself to be a wine enthusiast, I do occasionally buy a bottle of wine. Normally, this is on a special occasion, like a holiday, but once in awhile I do go down the liquor aisle at my local Walmart and pick out a sweet bottle of wine.

While I do have an old-fashioned cork screw to open wine bottles, I've always been interested in having an electric one, so you can imagined that I was excited to try out a complimentary Ozeri Electric Wine Opener in exchange for my honest thoughts. 

This is a type of electric wine opener that are seen in restaurants. The Ozeri Electric Wine Opener is the 2nd generation with a new and improved battery that can open up to 40 bottles of wine in one single charge! 

Once you remove the wine opener from the box, you need to charge it for 8 hours to get it full charged before you can use it for the first time. It comes with a foil cutter, so you just use it to cut and remove the seal from the wine bottle. While holding the bottle with one hand, use your other hand to place the bottom of the opener on top of the cork. Press the push-down button to remove the cork. Then press the push-up button to release the cork and pour yourself a glass of wine. As an added bonus, the opener comes with a pourer/stopper.

CRUSCH: Ultimate Tri-Phase Creatine Review

If you have ever been down the dietary supplement section in Walmart, then you've probably seen big containers of creatine (probably flavored) next to the whey protein. You might believe that you need to be a bodybuilder to use creatine, but the truth is that anybody looking to lose weight and gain muscle can benefit from taking it.

Several weeks ago, I received a 90 tablet bottle of CRUSCH: Ultimate Tri-Phase Creatine, which features 5,000 mg of creatine per serving (3 tablets). Typically, creatine comes in a fruit punch mix or has to be added to some sort of juice as sugar activate it. These tablets can be taken anywhere, but you still need to take it with juice or a high carbohydrate beverage.

What exactly is creatine?


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