ARC Review: Cookie Classics Made Easy by Brandi Scalise

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Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

As soon as I saw Cookie Classic Made Easy was available as an ARC I had this idea for a different kind of review. Since I didn’t feel good review this book only based on the format and writing style of the book, I decided to cook (yes, cook, like in the kitchen, like risking my life if I made a big mess and my mum found out!!) in order to be able to review its content as well.

(This is the time when you face slap yourself and whisper “Why Rebeca? Whyyy?”.) But it actually went quite well!

So if you want to see a bit of my cooking experience just click play on the following video:

Overall, I thought Cookie Classics Made Easy has an amazing presentation, very clean and appealing, the receipts are very well structured, easy to read and organized. The cooking itself didn’t require a lot of equipment or kitchen experience, but the result wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. The cookies were eatable but not even near delicious. I do believe this could be not the book’s fault but my own, I’m not that good of a cook… But really I’ll just leave it to you to decide and try if you think you can do better than I did anyway! Let me know if you did 😉

Detailed Rating:

  • Content ★★★☆☆
  • Writing ★★★★★
  • Pacing ★★★★★
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

The 40 recipes in this delicious collection use a foolproof formula that requires just one bowl, minimal baking equipment, and no previous experience! You’ll find your tried-and-true favorites here — from Chewy Chocolate Chip to Oatmeal Raisin, Shortbread, Ginger Molasses, and Snickerdoodles — plus many more that are sure to become new must-haves, such as Lemon Ginger, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Rum Raisin, Pecan Delight, and Vanilla Walnut Pear. Warm, crave-worthy cookies are just minutes away!

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: May 3rd 2016
Genre: Cooking, Non-fiction
Page Count: 96
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: The Screaming by David Graham

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Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

Go read the synopsis and then come back.

Ok, so what did you think? You’re expecting a scary thriller that will keep you awake at night until you finish this book and grab a romantic and cute contemporary to get it out of your mind, right? At least that’s what I thought when I read The Screaming‘s synopsis. And that’s what disappointed me mostly about this book.

David Graham’s characters are nice, so is his writting, the cover is appealing and the storyline is very different and starts off really well! We have this really scary first scene that got me super excited about this so-called thriller. But really The Screaming‘s plot just develops to become more of a policial book rather than a thriller… It’s not a bad, it just really disappoint whoever starts it expecting a good scary reading.

But moving on from that point, we had some interesting characters (the Queen of England included!) but with the way the plot develop I really think we could’ve seen more of some of them. For example, there’s a Kenyan kid called Jacob that solves the whole problem that the story revolves around but we only get to see him giving the answer to the problem and then getting a reward for it. I truly believe it would’ve made wonder for The Screaming if we could’ve seen him cracking the case! This is my biggest suggestion really!

Regarding the relationships between the characters, I really enjoyed them and their simplicity – I think this is really refreshing since most characters nowadays have super dramatic relationships. They are bit too much sex-centered though…

Now, if I would recommend this book? Well, maybe… But definitely only if you go into it expecting a policial with a scary start! David Graham’s The Screaming is something I would qualify as an out of the ordinary book. So, read it if you’re curious!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★☆☆
  • Characters ★★★☆☆
  • Writing ★★★☆☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

What causes an adolescent – straight A student Brandon P Marshall – to walk downstairs naked, armed with a pair of Glocks, and go all Charles Manson on his family?

This is only one in the horrifying trail of incidents that brings together Detective Sergeant Dale Franklin of the Kansas City Police Department and his poster-boy rookie, Steve Abrams.

Meanwhile, across the pond, Dai Williams, in Battersea London, safe inside his improvised Faraday cage, is coming to terms with his special talents – talents that will take ‘getting-into-the-mind-of-the-killer’ to a whole new level.

Al-Qaeda? Drugs Cartels? Internet freaks? David Graham’s The Screaming leaves no possibility untouched as Dai enters a bizarre and horrifying world where kids scream.

Publisher: Frostbite Publishing
Date of Publication:  November 28th 2014
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Policial
Page Count: 272
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Review: Dalliance by K. Morris

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Book Rate:
 ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

I consider every review to be very subjective but the experience of reading poetry, for some reason, seems to be even more related to each individual reader rather than an “audience” of readers. It is probably for this reason that my review of Dalliance will differ quite a bit from the excellent reviews it received on goodreads.

I read Dalliance in two different afternoons while enjoying a cup of tea. That’s also what I suggest you to do if you decide to read this book.

Dalliance was a little surprise box, I never knew if the next poem or flash prose would have any meaning at all to me. Some of them had the same effect on me as reading an instruction manual, others made me smile and others blew my mind (in a good way, no doubt about that)!

My only conclusion about K. Morris’ writing style is precisely that it fits all the categories mentioned above, which is neither good nor bad, just always surprising. The content of his book also goes from simple observations about how nature behaves to critical analysis of our society and the way human beings deal and live with the problems they sometimes have to face.

I’ll leave here my favourite poems and flash proses and also a recommendation to read this book if you’re into poetry and a mixture of different feelings!

  • Ghosts
  • Night
  • Dark Angel
  • Autumn Rain
  • Let Us Go
  • Beauty in Bleakness
  • The Letter
  • Run For Your Life
  • House Proud

Detailed Rating:

  • Content ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (from goodreads):

A collection of poetry and flash fiction.

Publisher: K. Morris
Date of Publication:  December 7th 2014
Genre: Poetry
Page Count: 64
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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