Book Review: Improper Cross-Stitch


Title: Improper Cross-Stitch
Author: Haley Pierson-Cox
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A fun, witty, nerdy, and irreverent craft book for the modern cross-stitcher.

Sometimes it’s good to be a little..improper. Profane, funny, and smart, Haley Pierson-Cox’s THE IMPROPER CROSS STITCH invites the modern crafter to bring personality and humor to their cross stitch projects. From a fully designed “Damn it feels good to be a crafter” to the beautiful Art Deco inspired “fuck,” Haley’s patterns are fresh, lively and just what the crafter ordered.

In this book, she’ll introduce readers to the joys of stitching the naughty, the profane, the irreverent, and the just plain awesome. First, she starts with a basic lesson in cross-stitch technique, no previous experience required. Then, once readers know your way around an embroidery hoop and a skein of floss, the books moves on to the designs—35 in total, ranging from hip, to nerdy, to ironically domestic—where Haley encourages crafters to embrace their inner snark with gleeful abandon.

Her easy to follow instructions and colorful designs can make a cross stitcher out of anyone. In all her years of crafting, Haley’s learned many things, but this simple fact remains one of the most important: There is absolutely nothing in this world quite so satisfying as enshrining something deeply inappropriate within the delicate stitches of a cross-stitch sampler. It’s truly one of life’s great delights!

My Review

Ok, this is my type of cross stitch book. Yes, I know how to cross stitch, I just do not do it as much as my knitting or crochet. Plus, to be honest, it costs more then my knitting or crochet, but that is another subject.

This book is hilarious at the same time so completely true. It is smart-ass, yet funny. Definitely not your grandmother’s cross stitch samplers, lol. The “Talk Nerdy to me” & the cat ones I can really see myself doing. All the designs are fairly small & quite easy to do.

The book even gives you primers on how to do the cross stitch, items needed, framing advice, etc. It is an all around good book if you want to barely step into the cross-stitch waters but do not want to make the “normal” samplers. This would be a good book for a beginner in my opinion.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Immortal


Title: Immortal Gardian Of Monsters Varcolac Series, #1
Author: Kristin Ping
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Natasha’s life begins the night she is turned. With the ability to channel fire, a gift that only belongs to the witches, she becomes a terror— not only to the packs, but all the supernatural breeds. She’s known as Blaze. The deadliest vampire out there. But Blaze has a secret. She didn’t want to become a vampire, she needed to become a vampire, and her reasoning is lost. It died the night her human life did. Her conscience activates when two varcolacs visit the covenant, looking for allies for the Great War.
What was it about the Varcolacs that made her grow a conscience? And will she be able to outrun it to keep the title of terror?

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My Review

I had high hopes for this book & I was only mildly disappointed. I felt that the backstory could have been filled out a bit more, but at the same time the unknowing made for better reading. The characters could use a little more fleshing out in my opinion. The author or editor could have done a better job at making sure the reader knew which point of view they were reading. For these reasons I knocked off a star in the review. The plot line seemed to jump all over the place in some areas, but then would settle out & you would get back to the main plot line straighten out again.

In my opinion Natasha/Blaze is actually a witch/werewolf/vampire mix. She is bonded to a werewolf so to my understanding of standard werewolf knowledge that means she has the blood of the weres in her system. She just did not have enough to turn her or to make her part of the pack. For the fire ability that is the witch part. Again she may not have enough of it in here system to be considered a “true” witch. So that meant if she was gonna become a immortal supernatural creature to be with her bonded mate that left turning into a vampire. She unfortunately chose the wrong vampire group, I refuse to call it a coven cause that is a group of witches & her “mistress” was not running a group of witches.

The story is good and I plan on reading the series when they come out because the author does write a story that grips you and makes you wanna find out what happens. There are so many layers left to be discovered you almost can not wait for the next one.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this honest review.

Book Review: The Last Thing I Saw


Title: The Last Thing I Saw
Author: Alex Sinclair
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A perfect family. A moment that will change everything.

Emma wakes up in hospital with no memories of the past 24 hours and no idea why she’s there. And her husband and son refuse to visit her.

As she frantically tries to piece together her memories to find out what happened, Emma is desperate to ensure her loved ones are safe. But all she can remember is the last thing she saw before she blacked out: a pair of cold, dark eyes…

An addictive and page-turning psychological thriller that will having you looking over your shoulder and checking the doors are locked. If you love B.A. Paris, Shari Lapena and K.L. Slater, The Last Thing I Saw is for you.

Previously published as Don’t Let Me Die. This edition contains significant editorial revisions.

*** THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED ADVANCED REVIEW COPY ***

My Review

Oh my gosh, this book was amazing. You start with Emma waking up, not knowing why she is there, in a mental hospital. She has no memories of why she is there or what she has done to cause the mental break and memory lapse that she has. The author does a wonderful job at keeping the full story from you and leading you down the wrong path as to what happened and why Emma is there. I don’t want to give it away, but I did not figure it out until about three chapters before you found out who and what happened.

With what Emma had to do, the choice she had to make it is no wonder she had a mental break. Under those conditions I think I would have had a break long before she did, but then I have a history of depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. When Emma remembers what happened and who caused it I am surprised she did not have another break instead of powering through it.

It all ends up good in the end, but you are left wondering if it ever will be good. I do not know if Emma and the survivor (trying not to give away the story) will ever be able to put the pieces of their life back together again. I know for one thing Emma has a lot of work to do to get back to a semblance of her normal self.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Sold On A Monday


Title: Sold On A Monday
Author: Kristina McMorris
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A picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes the story behind the picture is worth a thousand more…

Philadelphia, 1931. A young, ambitious reporter named Ellis Reed photographs a pair of young siblings on the front porch of a farmhouse next to a sign: “2 children for sale.”

With the help of newspaper secretary Lily Palmer, Ellis writes an article to accompany the photo. Capturing the hardships of American families during the Great Depression, the feature story generates national attention and Ellis’s career skyrockets.

But the photograph also leads to consequences more devastating than ever imagined—and it will take jeopardizing everything Ellis and Lily value to unravel the mystery and set things right.

Inspired by an actual newspaper photo that stunned readers throughout the country, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of ambition, redemption, love, and family.

Advance Praise

“Kristina McMorris does what few writers can—transport me right into the middle of the story.” -Sara Gruen, #1 NYT bestselling author

“In Sold on a Monday, Kristina McMorris has written a vivid and original story, set against the harsh landscape of the Great Depression. McMorris brilliantly chronicles the way in which a moment’s fateful choice can result in a lifetime of harrowing consequences. A masterpiece that poignantly echoes universal themes of loss and redemption, Sold on a Monday is both heartfelt and heartbreaking.”
—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

“With her signature style, Kristina McMorris once again plucks a devastating heartstring. Readers are transported through time and place to the desperate days of the American Great Depression. A real-life photograph stands as evidence to the heart of this novel: truth revealed, forgiveness found, and a story never to be forgotten.”—Sarah McCoy, New York Times and international bestselling author of Marilla of Green Gables and The Baker’s Daughter

My Review

Ok, I have to admit that I did not grow up during the depression but I have heard the stories from my grandparents that did. I understand completely how families came into this situation but as a woman I do not see how any mother could give up her children for any reason. I may not have children but I consider my furbabies to be my children and to be honest I would see that they were fed and taken care before I am. Yes, I understand that they are dogs. I understand that there are a difference between dogs and humans, but if I feel like that for them then there is no way even being on death’s door would let me sell my children. I am sorry, but I just don’t understand that she would sell them without even knowing whom they were going to.

As for Ellis he deserved to feel guilty for what he did just to move up in the journalist field. It was horrible the way he handled it. What did he expect to happen??? Even though he worked hard to fix the mistake he made, it will never be the same for the children nor for their mother.

To me the only redeemable character in the book is Lily. She knew it was wrong and life had already screwed her over so she knew about the sacrifice that life requires you to do. In my honest opinion, if Lily had not prodded Ellis then the children would have been left with their “new” families that were not anywhere close to being good for children.

I fully realize that this kind of thing happened then and still happens today and I find it despicable that it does. No child deserves to be unloved or unwanted. What happened to the sold children then & now is horrible.

I gave this book three (3) stars cause though I don’t agree with the author profiting from a story like this the book is a enthralling and good read. It shows what happened during the Great Depression and the sacrifices families had to go through. Remember this is my opinion. It has been a long time since I disliked a book and felt it never should be written for profit. The book is good, but it strikes my empathy cord and when that gets struck I tend to see things in black and white with no shades of grey.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Inspired Shawls


Title: Inspired Shawls
Author: Laura Zukaite
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Knitters of all skill levels will rejoice in this colorful collection of 15 original shawl patterns. These stylish, versatile designs will complement any outfit, formal or casual, while offering the warmth and comfort of a cloak. Perfect for any season, the patterns include varying yarn weights and textures that provide the pleasures of year-round knitting. Their unique designs, rendered in bold colors as well as in neutral shades, offer a rich assortment of knitting choices.

Author Laura Zukaite was inspired in the creation of these shawls by the vibrant handicraft traditions she observed during her South American travels. Beautiful full-color photographs illustrate the patterns, which feature herringbone and cable stitches, ruffles, stripes, geometrics, and other eye-catching motifs in an array of gorgeous, hand-dyed yarns. The diversity and abundance of designs guarantee that this book is one that knitters will turn to time and time again for an inspiring range of patterns.

My Review

There are 15 stunningly beautiful shawls in this book. I can actually see myself knitting almost every single one of them. The instructions are very well written out and the photos are absolutely beautiful. Plus, none of the shawls require “luxury” (or more expensive) yarn though they would be very pretty with “luxury” yarn they will be equally stunning with normal yarn. I can not wait to dig my needles into these shawls. Watch my Ravelry {http://www.ravelry.com/people/hev} project page for some of them to show up. I love making shawls so this book was perfect for me.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.