"Dance with the Devil" reviewed by Link on May 12, 2013

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Dance with the Devil
Author: 
Sherrilyn Kenyon
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Zarek is the “baddest boy” hero that even the “regular” soulless bad boy Dark Hunters fear (book 4 in the series). His mortal life starts with his mother paying to have him killed as a newborn and betrayals get worse from there. His immortal life isn’t much cheerier. After 900 years of harsh solitary exile in frozen Alaska, he is slated for execution with one last chance: being judged by a Justice Nymph Astrid. Sister to the Greek Fates, Astrid is herself pretty jaded and has never found an accused to be innocent. In contrast to the earlier books in the series were there are clear enemies in the modern world, Zarek’s story plays out in large part in dreamscapes of his past and Astrid’s fantasies. Still there is plenty of action in battle and bedroom scenes. Being the “baddest” and most misunderstood of course means he is that much more enticing for readers of the series and the virginal Astrid. Hidden truths come out explaining lapses in Zarek’s memories and further the overarching series narrative between the Artemis and the first Dark Hunter, Acheron.
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"Moon Called" reviewed by Angela Bailey on April 4, 2013

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Moon Called
Author: 
Patricia Briggs
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This book is the first book of an on going series. The main character is Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson who is a VW mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. Her Native American lineage has gifted her with the ability to shift into a Coyote at will and is known as a "Walker" to the mystical community of werewolves, vampires, and fey. This book is well written and does not overwhelm the reader with explicit details of Mercy's romantic relationships like so many other fantasy books often do. Highly recommended for a fun and enjoyable read!
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"I'll Be Slaying You" reviewed by Link on April 2, 2013

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I'll Be Slaying You
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Cynthia Eden
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The second book in the "Night Watch" series, allows the female hunter Dee to shine. Physically the smallest of the hunter team, she makes up for her size with training and determination. Continuing the series theme, Dee becomes more powerful by letting go of past prejudices to embrace her current opportunities. The dynamic between Dee and her romantic interest Simon allows both to be dominant and tolerant in and out of the bedroom. This book is particularly strong reflecting on the theme of what it means to be "Other" and/or "Human" and how actions rather than essential categories determine good and evil. Series regulars will enjoy seeing past couples and foreshadowing of upcoming central characters.
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"The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health, Beginning Today " reviewed by Vanilla Chameleon on March 22, 2013

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The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health, Beginning Today
Author: 
Sharon Palmer, David L. Katz
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Start with a generous portion of health-focused motivation, stir in plenty of quick/easy recipes, then finish with a pinch of environmental awareness and, voila! You’ve got this reasonable introduction to shifting yourself towards a mostly plant-based diet. I found this book informative yet easy to read with practical tips for increasing your veggie intake, and clear explanations of how and why doing so could lead to better health. While it provided a reasonable discussion of the philosophical benefits of going vegan, it steers clear of using scare tactics and won’t send the occasional omnivore on a gustatory guilt trip.
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"Eating dirt : deep forests, big timber, and life with the tree-planting tribe" reviewed by Paula G. O. on March 4, 2013

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Eating dirt : deep forests, big timber, and life with the tree-planting tribe
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Charlotte Gill
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I had no idea that there are people that make their living planting trees. It was fascinating to find out about this back-breaking, dirty labor. Surrounding the work is a glimpse of the clear cuts and logging that make tree planting jobs necessary. It is an interesting first hand account of tree planting in the Pacific Northwest.
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"Husband List" reviewed by Link on March 2, 2013

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Husband List
Author: 
Evanovich, Janet
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I was disappointed in this historical romance even though I am a fan of both Evanovich and historical romance. Caroline does not meet the standard of Evanovich’s typical playful, quirky heroines. The one dimensional treatment of her mother’s motivation for an aristocratic marriage is not convincing as the basis for the major plot conflict. The previously published “Love in a Nutshell” is a much more satisfying story with contemporary descendants of “Husband List” characters.
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"The giant of the French Revolution : Danton, a life" reviewed by Bill W on January 15, 2013

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The giant of the French Revolution : Danton, a life
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David Lawday
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This energetic and sympathetic biography of one of the key personalities of the French Revolution goes further than many general histories to explain the way events led to their tragic conclusion. Danton was a larger than life figure who loved life and defined his own role in the revolution by using the rowdies in his Parisian neighborhood as a power base, and who never held an office in government until he was made (briefly) leader of the nation. He was a man who embraced violence as a revolutionary tool in time of war and reaction yet lost his life in his attempt to curb that violence. He was a man who could have been a tyrant yet turned down that role as unworthy. Ultimately, he proved a man out of his depth with an extraordinary power to improvise up to the final moment of his life. Lawday sets the scene for Danton's life in a readable, entertaining, and informative book set against one of the most profound epochs in modern history.
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"Line of Sight" reviewed by Paula G.O. on January 14, 2013

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Line of Sight
Author: 
Lucas Brunelle
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Amazing to watch these bicycle messengers weave through traffic as they race in New York City and other places around the world. It is filmed from a helmet cam and really lets you feel like you are part of the action without coming close to being smashed by a car.
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