sabato, dicembre 20, 2014

Winning a Bride (Bridal Favors, #2.5) by Jade Lee

Winning a Bride (Bridal Favors, #2.5)Winning a Bride by Jade Lee
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There are a few new things that can be written in a romance novel, and this books falls into the cliché "you will realize that I am the only man for you," what elevates it slightly above the average is the ability to write, amuse and fascinate the reader that has Jade Lee.

Ci sono poche cose nuove che possono essere scritte in un romanzo d'amore e anche questo ricade nel cliché "ti renderai conto che sono l'unico uomo per te", quello che lo eleva leggermente al di sopra della media é la capacitá di scrivere, divertire e affascinare il lettore che ritengo abbia Jade Lee.

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giovedì, dicembre 18, 2014

William Gibson by Gary Westfahl

William Gibson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was expecting a life a little "more lively", but Gibson's is not so exciting as one might expect from the inventor of cyberspace, at least the one in novels. Interesting, however, for the lovers of his novels, because it provides some background information and then there are other works by the author as the scripts, reviews and articles. A collection almost boundless.

Mi aspettavo una vita un po' piú vivace, ma quella di Gibson non é poi cosí eccitante come ci si potrebbe attendere dall'inventore del cyberspazio, quanto meno quello romanzesco. Interessante comunque per gli amanti dei suoi romanzi, perché ne fornisce il background e poi ci sono informazioni sulle altre opere dell'autore come i copioni, le recensioni e gli articoli. Una raccolta quasi sconfinata.

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martedì, dicembre 16, 2014

Norse Jewel by Gina Conkle

Norse JewelNorse Jewel by Gina Conkle
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Cute story, with the retired Viking who falls in love with a slave he bought, but she is even unable to manage the home.... then betrayals, reconciliations and maybe a happy ending, but this was not being sufficiently explored, in my opinion.

Storia carina, con il vichingo in pensione che s'innamora della schiava incapace che ha comprato per gestire la casa, poi tradimenti, riconciliazioni e forse un lieto fine che peró non viene sufficientemente esplorato, secondo me.

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domenica, dicembre 14, 2014

The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation by Mollie Katzen

The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New GenerationThe Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation by Mollie Katzen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The bible of vegetarian and vegan recipes, well explained and with pictures (almost always), collected in all parts of the world and with ingradients not too hard to find.

La bibbia delle ricette vegetariane e vegane, ben spiegate e con le immagini (quasi sempre), raccolte in tutte le parti del mondo e con ingradienti non troppo difficili da trovare.

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venerdì, dicembre 12, 2014

Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

Five Star BillionaireFive Star Billionaire by Tash Aw
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The best thing about this book, which I admit I findo not so fascinating because I was not able to immerse myself in the characters or to empathize at least with some of them, is the description of Shanghai, the atmosphere that reigns there and what are (at least currently), the goals that motivate young Chinese today, or some of them. I admit the easy generalization because they reminded me in some way, some of the people I've encountered in books of Qu Xiaolong, one of my favorite authors.

La cosa migliore di questo libro, che ammetto non mi ha affascinato in quanto non sono minimamente riuscita ad immedesimarmi nei personaggi o quanto meno ad empatizzare per alcuni di loro, é la descrizione di Shangai, dell'atmosfera che vi regna e di quali siano almeno attualmente, gli scopi che motivano i giovani cinesi di oggi, o almeno alcuni di essi. Ammetto la facile generalizzazione perché mi hanno ricordato in qualche modo, alcuni dei personaggi che ho incontrato nei libri di Qu Xiaolong, uno dei miei autori preferiti.

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giovedì, dicembre 11, 2014

Mind, Body, Home: Transform Your Life One Room at a Time by Tisha Morris

Mind, Body, Home: Transform Your Life One Room at a TimeMind, Body, Home: Transform Your Life One Room at a Time by Tisha Morris
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Surely it is my fault, but the set of Feng Shui, numerology, Chinese theories on health and karma in the end seemed to me like a big witchcraft and therefore impractical and scarcely believable.

Sicuramente é colpa mia, ma l'insieme di Feng Shui, numerologia, teorie cinesi sulla salute e karma alla fine mi sembra come una grossa stregoneria e quindi per me poco praticabile.

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mercoledì, dicembre 10, 2014

Taming the Alpha Box Set: Scarlett Dawn's Valas Playboys recensione di Amyra

From deliciously sizzling contemporary bad boys, to pulse-tingling paranormal hotties, you’re sure to fall in love and in lust with any or all of these alphas. Over twenty fabulous authors bring their A-game to tempt your every desire.
Anthology Includes: Werewolves & Shifters, Demons & Devils, Paranormal & Urban, Military, Vampires, Genetic Engineering, Witches & Wizards, Contemporary,  Dystopia, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Special Forces, Dragons, Demons, Billionaires, Magic, Fantasy, Futuristic and so much more!


Authors:

Viola Rivard--The Dragon’s Appraiser
What can she offer the dragon who has everything?
S. E. Smith–Taking on Tory: Magic, New Mexico Book 2
Discover what happens when a reclusive Werewolf finds out he isn’t the only one who likes to bite!

Mandy M. Roth–Broken Communications
Immortal Outcasts, Book 1–Part of the Immortal Ops World

Michelle M. Pillow–Determined Prince–Captured by a Dragon-Shifter
With no one left to marry on the planet, the dragon shifters are starting to get desperate.

Sidney Bristol–Bound and Tamed, Bayou Bound #4
She’s a woman on a mission to retake her body. He’s a man with the talents to push her to new levels.

V. M. Black–No Gentleman
A reckless debutante. A jaded, deadly vampire.

Shelli Stevens–Falling for the Firefighter
When her cousin sets the kitchen on fire, Kim comes face to face with a man from her past. Despite the sparks that fly, she’s afraid to fall for the firefighter who might leave her burned.

Jessie Donovan–Cougar’s First Christmas
Despite coming from two worlds, can their love survive the greatest of tests?

N.J. Walters–Coming Home
A burned-out DEA agent discovers home is where the heart is.

Ella Drake–River Arrow
Don’t get involved. That grim policy has saved Jared’s skin in his post-apoc world. But when Mari faces a drifter gang, he risks losing his boat, his trade route and his life.

Eve Vaughn–Theirs
They’ll do whatever it takes to reclaim what’s Theirs

Jaycee Clark–Reconnected
Lee tried to forget the woman who stole his heart years ago, but now that there’s a killer after her, he’ll do whatever he must to keep her safe.

Lauren Hawkeye–Mistaken Identity
In her job as a decoy sent out to catch cheating men, Hannah thinks she’s seen it all. Yet nothing can explain her attraction to Adam… or what she does as a result.

Scarlett Dawn–Valan Playboys
Never human, never bored, Lana Claire meets her magical match in Valan royalty.

Natasha Logan–Under His Spell
Destiny comes with a price.

Jaide Fox–Renegade
Altered by science, the Renegades are the ultimate warriors—indestructible and deadly.

Tracey H. Kitts–Once Upon a Full Moon
Freya’s life is changed forever one full moon.

Reagan Hawk–Performance Criteria
What do you get when you mix a high IQ and a lot of spare parts? The man of your dreams, of course.

Candice Gilmer–His Velvet Touch
He was going to use her, but he didn’t expect to need her.

J.S. Hope--Foxheart
Can an unexpected visitor vanquish the demons that lurk in the darkness of a lonely man’s soul?

Inez Kelley–Hail Mary Honeymoon -Josie and Wade will either win it all or lose everything when they play a risky game to save their marriage.

Eryn Blackwell–One Night of Passion
Death cannot keep them apart, but he only has one night to prove to her they are meant to be together.

Sherri L. King–Legendary Choice
She chose to live a life less ordinary, never knowing it would involve a sexy demigod who would show her just how legendary that life could be.

Kennedy Kovit--The Bet
When his best friend bets him that he can’t romance the pants off their boss’s daughter, he can’t resist.

Madelyn Porter–Rite of Passion
To escape he plans on seducing his beautiful captor.


I received this ebook from Scarlett Dawn in exchange for an honest, release day review.
This is the review of Scarlett Dawn's Valas Playboys only.
Let's start saying that I love how this author write. This novella contains the best features of the Forever Evermore series and the Cold Mark serial. If you, like me, are dying to see more of our Vaq, than these Valas playboys can sure take the edge off the waiting. I adore them!
The first half of the novella was a roller coaster and I devoured it. Absolutely engaging and a lot of fun and sexy. One scene was a lot steamy so be warned.
The last half was a little more boring and family-oriented. Let's just say that ending are not the strongest suit of Mrs. Dawn.
Vote: 4 stars!

lunedì, dicembre 08, 2014

The Godborn (The Sundering, #2) by Paul S. Kemp

The Godborn (The Sundering, #2)

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Considering that the first book I did not like very much and this is even worse, it seems fair to say that will not read the other 5 books of the series written by various authors "The sundering." Probably I was not even the right person for this kind of book, despite a past as a player of D & D.

Considerato che il primo libro non mi era piaciuto molto e che questo é pure peggio, mi sembra lecito affermare che non finiró i sette libri che compongono la serie scritta da vari autori "The sundering". Probabilmente non ero nemmeno la persona giusta per questo genere di libri, nonostante un passato da giocatrice di D&D.

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sabato, dicembre 06, 2014

Living with Your Body and Other Things You Hate by Emily Sandoz, Kelly Wilson, Troy Dufrene

Living with Your Body and Other Things You Hate

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nice book about body image managed with coaching techniques, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral techniques. Finally someone who is also talking about people´s past experiences as the basis of what is happening in the present. It is working in the "here and now", but you can´t always pretend that the "there and then" never existed!

Bel libro sulla body image, gestita con tecniche di coaching, mindfulness e tecniche cognitivo comportamentali. Finalmente qualcuno che tratta anche la gestione del proprio vissuto passato come base di quello che accade nel presente. Va bene il qui ed ora, ma non si puó sempre fare finta che il lá ed allora non sia mai esistito!

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giovedì, dicembre 04, 2014

The Companions (The Sundering, #1) by R.A. Salvatore

The Companions (The Sundering, #1)

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I admit that the fantasy has never been my favorite genre, but this is what Netgalley suggested and I tried, unfortunately as I´m an obsessed serial reader, I hate it when I read a story that comes from another totally unknown to me, and although this book can be read as a stand-alone novel, I am always annoyed.

Ammetto che il fantasy non é mai stato il mio genere preferito ma questo me lo aveva suggerito Netgalley e ci ho provato, purtroppo come serial reader ossessionato, detesto quando la storia che leggo deriva da un'altra che ignoro totalmente, e anche se questo libro puó essere letto da solo, rimango sempre infastidita.

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martedì, dicembre 02, 2014

Play Your Bigger Game: 9 Minutes to Learn, a Lifetime to Live by Rick Tamlyn

Play Your Bigger Game: 9 Minutes to Learn, a Lifetime to LivePlay Your Bigger Game: 9 Minutes to Learn, a Lifetime to Live by Rick Tamlyn
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Another self-help book based on coaching. Once you have identified your dream, your potential, your capacity to exploit, why wait? Everything has already been written by others and read by me, and this manual does not add anything new.

Un altro libro di autoaiuto basato sul coaching. Una volta che hai individuato il tuo grande sogno, il tuo potenziale, la tua capacitá da sfruttare, perché aspettare? Il tutto é giá stato scritto da altri e letto dalla sottoscritta e questo manuale non aggiunge niente di nuovo.

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domenica, novembre 30, 2014

Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6) by Rebecca Zanetti

Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really like this series of Dark Protectors of R.Zanetti, I also waited a long time this book on Jase and Brenna that satisfied me, now is the time of the short story of the prophetess Lily and Caleb the traitor and then I hope it is the turn Jane and Zane. At that point, I hope that the author concludes the series in glory and not pull it too long as has already happened to some of her colleagues.

Mi piace molto questa serie dei Dark Protectors di R.Zanetti, inoltre aspettavo da tempo il libro su Jase e Brenna che mi ha soddisfatto, ora é il momento della breve novella di LIly la profetessa e Caleb il traditore e poi mi auguro sia il turno di Jane e Zane. A quel punto mi auguro che l'autrice concluda la serie in gloria e non la tiri troppo per le lunghe come é giá accaduto ad altre sue colleghe.

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venerdì, novembre 28, 2014

Not Quite the Classics by Colin Mochrie

Not Quite the Classics

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I didn´t find this book funny at all, but is surely my fault.

Questo libro di racconti che parafrasano alcuni classici non mi ha divertito per niente, l'ho quasi trovato di cattivo gusto ;)

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mercoledì, novembre 26, 2014

The Pleasures of Summer (Pleasures, #2) by Evie Hunter

The Pleasures of Summer (Pleasures, #2)

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Although this novel is slightly more credible of the "Pleasures of Winter" is a lovestory with a lot of kinky sex because now it sells. The story of the bodyguard and the blonde airhead who is not really that stupid, we read and reread in many sauces and this does not have anything particular to be noticed.

Anche se questo romanzo é leggermente piú credibile dei "Pleasures of Winter", resta un romanzetto d'amore con un sacco di sesso kinky perché ora vende. La storia della guardia del corpo e della bionda svampita che poi tanto stupida non é, l'abbiamo letta e riletta in tantissime salse e questa non ha niente per cui farsi notare.

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lunedì, novembre 24, 2014

Qatar: Small State, Big Politics by Mehran Kamrava

Qatar: Small State, Big Politics

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book very interesting to me since I did not know practically nothing of this small country, with an even smaller population, which is a strategic assett and that in 2022 will be hosting the World Cup.
The only flaw is that the professor who wrote it was not native English speakers (I suppose), and if I realized it......

Libro per me molto interessante considerato che non sapevo praticamente niente di questo piccolo paese, con un'ancora piú piccola popolazione, che é un assett strategico e che nel 2022 ospiterá i mondiali di calcio.
Unica pecca, il professore che l'ha scritto non era madrelingua inglese (credo), e se me ne sono accorta io.....

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sabato, novembre 22, 2014

Truth (Finding Anna #3) by Sherri Hayes

Truth (Finding Anna #3)Truth by Sherri Hayes
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

It took me more than ten days to finish this book that not only it is not nice, it does not conclude what started as a trilogy and is overall extremely disturbing. The novel continues the story of former slave Brianna, who can not be with Stevan because the father returns to find her and the man who loves her and has saved her could be indicted for human trafficking.

Ho impiegato piú di dieci giorni per finire questo libro che non solo non é bello, non conclude quella che era nata come una trilogia ed é complessivamente estremamente disturbante. Continua la storia della ex schiava Brianna, che non riesce ad essere tranquilla con Stevan perché il padre torna a cercarla e l'uomo che l'ama e l'ha salvata potrebbe essere incriminato per traffico di esseri umani.

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giovedì, novembre 20, 2014

Gracious Living: Home Design for Your Future by Naomi Neville, E Ashley Rooney, Dr Jill M Bjerke (Foreword)

Gracious Living: Home Design for Your Future

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Great pictures and suggestions for houses where to age graciously, as the author would say, some tips are ok, other requires a little bit more of money.

Foto molto belle e suggerimenti per sistemare la tua casa per la vecchiaia, alcune cose si possono fare facilmente, altre prevedono spese che possono essere piú o meno ingenti.

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martedì, novembre 18, 2014

The Best Home Deli Recipes by Emma MacDonald

The Best Home Deli RecipesThe Best Home Deli Recipes by Emma MacDonald
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Recipes from all around the world, well explained, but only a few are photographed. I think the hardest thing is not so much to cook the dish, but rather to find all the ingredients in the same city, anyway good luck!

Ricette da tutto il mondo, ben spiegate, ma solo alcune fotografate. Credo che la cosa piú difficile non sia tanto cucinare il piatto, quanto piuttosto trovare tutti gli ingradienti nella stessa cittá, comunque buona fortuna!

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domenica, novembre 16, 2014

Tune In: Let Your Intuition Guide You to Fulfillment and Flow by Sonia Choquette

Tune In: Let Your Intuition Guide You to Fulfillment and FlowTune In: Let Your Intuition Guide You to Fulfillment and Flow by Sonia Choquette
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book, that promises us the way to get in touch with our inner spirit didn´t convince me at all: on the one hand it seems to me that the spirit is not nothing but our inner kid as Berne would have said, on the other the construction of a small altar makes me shudder.

Questo libro che promette di farci entrare in contatto con il nostro spirito interiore non mi ha molto convinto, se da una parte mi sembra che parafrasando Berne lo spirito non sia niente altro che il nostro io bambino, dall'altra la costruzione di un piccolo altare mi fa rabbrividire.

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venerdì, novembre 14, 2014

Spank Me, Mr. Darcy by Lissa Trevor, Jane Austen

Spank Me, Mr. Darcy

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I'm sure Jane Austen is turning in her grave. That said, the book is a pitiful BDSM version of Pride and Prejudice to carefully avoid.

Sono sicura che Jane Austen si stia rivoltando nella tomba. Detto questo, il libro é una pietosa versione BDSM di Orgoglio e Pregiudizio da evitare accuramente.

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