Review: Book: The Unofficial Disney Park Drink Recipe Book- Ashley Craft

Title: The Unofficial Disney Park Drink Recipe Book

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Ashley Craft

Publisher: Adams Media

Genre: Cocktails

Page Count: 224 Pages

ISBN: 978-1507215951

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Unofficial Disney Parks Drink Recipe Book: From LeFou’s Brew to the Jedi Mind Trick, 100+ Magical Disney-Inspired Drinks (Unofficial Cookbook): Craft, Ashley: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: The Unofficial Disney Parks Drink Recipe Book: From LeFou’s Brew to the Jedi Mind Trick, 100+ Magical Disney-Inspired Drinks by Ashley Craft | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Skip the crowded bar, coffee shop, and restaurant and bring the magic of Disney’s drinks right your home with over 100 easy, delicious drink recipes inspired by the Disney Parks.

Raise a glass to bringing the magic of Disney straight to your home with The Unofficial Disney Parks Drink Recipe Book. From coffee and tea to milkshakes and slushies to mocktails and cocktails, this book features over 100 of your favorite beverages from the happiest place on Earth. Recipes are taken straight from your favorite restaurants and cafes throughout the Disney Parks and resorts. You’ll learn to make delicious, unique drinks without waiting in line including:
-Coffees and teas, like Frozen Cappuccino from Joffrey’s and Teddy’s Tea from Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
-Fruity drinks and slushies like Frozen Sunshine from Beaches and Cream and the Goofy Glacier from Goofy’s Candy Company
-Mocktails and cocktails like the Sparkling No-Jito from the Tambu Lounge or the La Cava Avocado from Mexico in Epcot
-And dessert drinks like the Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake from 50’s Prime Time Café or the Dole Whip Float from Aloha Isle

Perfect for Disney fans everywhere who want to experience those familiar flavors right from the comfort of their home, The Unofficial Disney Parks Drink Recipe Book has all the recipes you’ll need to make luscious libations worthy of the Mouse himself.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. Drinks inspired by Disney that are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. The book was broken in to different types of drinks. There is also a section on essentials that shows how to make things for the drinks like syrups. The first section is Lemonades/Fruit Drinks. Such as Blood Orange Acqua Fresca or Cotton Candy Lemonade. Slushies is the next section. The one that caught my eye in this section was Wonderland Slush. Tea/Coffee/ Hot Chocolate/Cinders is the next section. There is a drink called a Cinderella Latte. Mocktails are next. Some examples of this one is Cliff Dweller or Poisonless Dart. Cocktails is the next section. Examples are Hightower Rocks or Jedi Mind Trick. The last second is Dessert Drinks. The drinks in this section are things like Peter Pan Floats, Bam Bam Shake, and Minnie Witch Shake. There is also information about the parks with maps and information about the resorts. There is also like Did You Know- Fun Facts that are included.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Chasing Alexander- Christopher Martin

Title: Chasing Alexander

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Christopher Martain

Publisher:  Notional Books

Genre: Biography

Page Count: 280 Pages

ISBN: ‎ 978-1737259817

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: Chasing Alexander: A Marine’s Journey Across Iraq and Afghanistan: Martin, Christopher: Books

Link to Goodreads: Chasing Alexander: A Marine’s Journey Across Iraq and Afghanistan by Christopher Martin | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

A haunting, fast-paced war memoir, Chasing Alexander is Christopher Martin’s account of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A failing college student obsessed with Alexander the Great, Martin enlists in the US Marines to become a different sort of man, a man like Alexander. From his difficulty at boot camp to his disappointing deployment to Iraq, Martin fears he may never follow in Alexander’s footsteps.

Then, after a strategy change, Martin and his unit arrive in Marjah, “the bleeding ulcer” of Afghanistan. There he faces heat, fleas, and a hidden enemy. As the casualties mount, Martin struggles to control his emotions and his newfound sense of power. Chasing Alexander looks unflinchingly at the seductive side of war, and its awful consequences. 

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I don’t read biographies or memoirs very often, but something about this book drew to it. I have and had family in the military and I have head stories. This is Martin’s point of view from Bootcamp to his deployment. It gives a true insight to what it is like to be be in the warzones and what it can do to a person. The highs and the lows that comes with being in the military. I don’t want to give to much away for it is a good read and made me realize more of the harsh reality that our military goes through and how they have to deal with it.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: The Half-Class- Kayvion Lewis

Title: The Half-Class

Series: The Class Chronicles #1

Author’s Name: Kayvion Lewis

Publisher:  Parliament House

Genre: YA

Page Count: 406 Pages

ISBN: 978-1736981993

Author or Book Website: Kayvion Lewis

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: The Half-Class: Lewis, Kayvion: Books

Link to Goodreads: The Half-Class (The Class Chronicles, #1) by Kayvion Lewis | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

A thrilling, ambitious debut that will appeal to fans of Ayana Gray’s Beasts of Prey and Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti Series.

By day, Evie is an outcast, a half-class. Too dark for the illustrious light class, and too fair for the lowly dark class, she is forced to walk the edge of the street with her head down and her paperwork ready.

By night, she rebels, burning down municipal buildings and raiding shops with her fellow half-classes by her side. It’s a dangerous life, but it’s simple—or it used to be. When Prince Cass walks into her aunt’s brothel, life becomes more complicated. Evie and the prince inadvertently hit it off, and her fellow rebels see a golden opportunity. Having a girl near the prince is the perfect way to find out exactly what the king is planning for the half-class. And unfortunately for Evie, that girl is her.

Day by day, Evie grows closer to Prince Cass, who’s far more charming than he should be, while the rebels use her information to strike back against his father. But the half-classes are turning ravenous in their retaliation.

Soon, they’ll want blood—the blood of someone Evie might be starting to love.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This is is a book that taking the reader on a wild ride between classes divided and the line that is in-between. It shows that we all have something to overcome. That not everything is as it seems. I like Evie is an interest character. She is part of a group that is trying to take doing the upper crust known as the Light Class. She is part of the half-class that is to dark for the Light Class, but to light for her the Dark Class. The King is planning something that could destroy the Half-Class and in the process of trying to find a way to stop the King Evie meets Prince Cass at her Aunt’s place of business. Now those she is working with want to use him for their cause. Evie is torn for she is developing feeling for Cass. What is a girl to do?

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Chasing Ghosts- Marc Hartzman

Title: Chasing Ghosts

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Marc Hartzman

Publisher: Quirk Books

Genre: Ghosts and Hauntings

Page Count: 272 Pages

ISBN: 978-1683692775

Author or Book Website: Marc Hartzman Books

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: Chasing Ghosts: A Tour of Our Fascination with Spirits and the Supernatural: Hartzman, Marc: Books

Link to Goodreads: Chasing Ghosts: A Tour of Our Fascination with Spirits and the Supernatural by Marc Hartzman | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: ARC Copy

Summary of the Book:

Take a spirited tour through the supernatural history of America, from its haunted sites to its famous ghosts to its ghost-obsessed pop culture.

Ghosts are everywhere—whether you believe in them or not. Every town has its local legends, and countless books, movies, and TV shows are haunted by their presence. But our obsession with ghosts runs deeper than we know—and is embedded in the very fabric of American history.

Writer and historian Marc Hartzman dons the mantle of tour guide, taking readers on a fascinating journey through supernatural history, including:

• The Fox Sisters and the rise of Spiritualism
• The supernatural obsessions of famous figures like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
• Famous haunted sites like the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia and the LaLaurie House in New Orleans
• Famous ghosts like the Bell Witch of Tennessee and the Greenbrier Ghost of West Virginia
• Paranormal investigators like Ed and Lorraine Warren

Deeply researched and highly entertaining, with archival images and black and white illustrations, Chasing Ghosts will satisfy believers and skeptics alike.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. There was this story at the beginning about two orphans who made a pact to each other about what happened when they die. There was so much information in this book about that it is a bit much to take in. One of the things that made made me laugh was when they mentioned Beetlejuice and the Handbook for the Recently Deceased. I remember this movie from when I was growing up. They mentioned burial traditions from around the world. It did have me thinking about Purgatory. The question they put up is it real or not. They talk about having conversations with the dead. The pictures in this book were a bit strange and weird. There were a lot of mediums and spiritualists were talked about. There items that they talked about that can help communication with the other side. There was a list of famously haunted places.

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: Awakened- Ciara Duggan

Title: Awakened

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Ciara Duggan

Publisher: Parliament House

Genre: YA Fantasy

Page Count: 288 Pages

ISBN: 978-1956136050

Author or Book Website: Author | Ciara Duggan Books

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: Awakened: Duggan, Ciara: Books

Link to Goodreads: Awakened by Ciara Duggan | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

After losing her parents in an accident only she survived, Hannah is desperate for answers. Haunted by the events of that tragic night, she struggles to move on, yearning for some deeper truth about her loss.

But when it comes time to turn a new page and move cross country for college, she vows to leave the past behind. After all, Bellcliff University is a thousand miles away from the ghosts nipping at her heels.

Yet when Hannah accidentally awakens a handsome witch from a hidden cave near campus, she realizes he isn’t the only thing stirring out of slumber. Hannah has roused all magic…including the devil herself.

As if spells, curses, and college jitters weren’t enough, this witch claims to know Hannah from four centuries prior—and their connection is more than casual.

Thrust into a world of sorcery and monsters, Hannah must fight to keep the magic she’d unleashed from claiming a price far too steep for her to pay.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have to say that I enjoy Hannah. She is a character that is herself and she standout from the crowd. She is a young woman who is trying to go to college and dealing with the death of her parents just a year ago. There is magic, school stuff, and a past that just will not rest. She felt a pull that lead her to a cave where a witch is awakened. It is an interest story and a good example of YA Paranormal.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: A Guide to Spirits- Chris Allaun

Title: A Guide to Spirits

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Chris Allaun

Publisher: Moon Books

Genre: Magick Studies

Page Count: 224 Pages

ISBN:  978-1789046601

Author or Book Website: Chris Allaun | Writer and Practicer of Magick and Healing

Link to Amazon purchase page: A Guide of Spirits: A Psychopomp’s Manual For Transitioning The Dead To The Afterlife: Allaun, Chris: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: A Guide of Spirits: A Psychopomp’s Manual for Transitioning the Dead to the Afterlife by Chris Allaun | Goodreads

Release Date: October 1, 2021

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Learn the magick of energy healing for those on their sacred journey into the land of the ancestors. A Guide of Spirits teaches us how to guide the dying to the land of the ancestors in a way that is balancing and healing. It teaches us how to help the person who is transitioning energetically and spiritually prepare for their final journey to the afterlife. Chris Allaun also shows the witch and healer how to escort earthbound spirits to the ancestral lands so they may find healing and rejuvenation. This is a step-by-step ‘how to’ book to help every witch, healer, and shaman lend comfort and compassion to the dying.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have a bit of mixed feelings on this book. I have read plenty of books dealing with spirits, ghosts or other such beings. There is a part where the author said their is an afterlife but heaven did not exist. I am not sure how I feel about that. There was some sections in this book that did not seem to go together. There was a section of this book that gave me an uneasy feeling. It was where the author talked about helping spirits crossover. I understand this is done, but I think it was oversharing on the personal information if the facts are true.

My Rating of the Book: 3 Stars

Review: Book: Hecate’s Heir- Samantha Blackwood

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Title: Hecate’s Heir

Series: The Crossroads Keeper Series #1

Author’s Name: Samantha Blackwood

Publisher: Barghest Press

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 370 Pages

ISBN: ‎ B09D2L2G1H

Author or Book Website: Samantha Blackwood – Author – For a Howling Good Read (samanthablackwoodauthor.com)

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: Hecate’s Heir: The Crossroads Keeper Series eBook : Blackwood, Samantha: Kindle Store

Link to Goodreads: Hecate’s Heir (The Crossroads Keeper, #1) by Samantha Blackwood | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Alex discovers she’s heir to a goddess’ creation…and the goddess needs her help to save it.

When human body parts begin appearing at the San Antonio Crossroads and the Crossroads Keeper dies while investigating the crime, Alex inherits a legacy in a supernatural world she never knew existed.

Conor, a Barghest shifter and Crossroads Guardian, is doing his best, but without a Keeper, he is fighting a losing battle to maintain his humanity … and his sanity.
A fireside chat with the goddess Hecate binds Alex as the new Crossroads Keeper, a role she has no desire to fulfill. Escalating dangers involving nightmares powerful enough to kill and long-dead souls reborn force her to investigate the darkness threatening the Crossroads and her new supernatural family.

Aided by her magical Familiar, Larry, a snarky pink-eared poodle with a chip on his shoulder, Conor, a too-sexy Barghest shifter, and an eager supernatural posse, Alex must bring the battle to the Underworld … or risk divine chaos conquering all the realms.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I could not imagine having to deal with the loss of someone twice. Alex is told that her aunt has died and discovers that she is an heir. There is a whole lot for her to take in. Keepers, guardians, and familiars are just some of the new things she is working through. She has to understand her new position as a Keeper and use that knowledge to protect and help her new supernatural family. It was a fun book to read and I want to read more by this author.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Sense and Succubus- Adrienne Blake

Title: Sense and Succubus

Series: Souls and Shadows #2

Author’s Name: Adrienne Blake

Publisher: City Owl Press

Genre: Paranormal

Page Count: 250 Pages

ISBN: 978-1648980954

Author or Book Website: Adrienne Blake (authoradrienneblake.com)

Link to Amazon purchase page: Sense and Succubus: Blake, Adrienne: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: Sense and Succubus (Souls and Shadows, #2) by Adrienne Blake | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a goblin I can really love.” Jane Austen. A bit.​

Everything Elinor Dashwood held dear is lost when her father blows his fortune at the casino tables then dies from the shame of it. Her half-brother and his grasping goblin wife have always despised their dryad half-sisters. They lose no time at all in kicking them out of their house.

Before they leave, Elinor meets Edward, a half-goblin who shares none of his sister’s wickedness. His compassion wins Elinor over, and she soon falls in love. But her heart is broken when she learns Edward is secretly bonded to a sexy succubus and though her soul tells her he loves her, she knows he can never be hers.

Their fortune seems to change when the family’s invited to live in a small cottage in Maine. Elinor’s heartbreak lingers but her younger sister Marianne has more luck and is wooed by a handsome incubus. Driven by her desires, Marianne quickly falls for his quick wit and charm, ignoring all of Elinor’s misgivings about the suspicious young man.

Despite all obstacles, the two sisters strive to find happiness — unaware there is a demon in the shadows, ready to make good on a bet to steal their hearts and make their suffering last forever.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This is a modern AU and paranormal retelling of Sense and Sensibility. It has been along time since I have read this classic, but I am not sure you have to have read it to enjoy the story that was presented. There is a lot going on in this book. Elinor is thrown out of her home by her sister-in-law. That is how she meets Edward. She is starting to fall in love with him, but something is just not right. That is when she find out that he is tied to a succubus and he will never completely be hers. This does follow that classic very closely and sometimes when the modern world is talked about I have to remember it is not the classic version.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Pride and Paranormal- Adrienne Blake

Title: Pride and Paranormal

Series: Souls and Shadows #1

Author’s Name: Adrienne Blake

Publisher: City Owl Press

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 316 Pages

ISBN: 978-1648980688

Author or Book Website: Adrienne Blake (authoradrienneblake.com)

Link to Amazon purchase page: Pride and Paranormal (Souls and Shadows): Blake, Adrienne: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: Pride and Paranormal (Souls and Shadows #1) by Adrienne Blake | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

What do love potions and banshee karaoke have to do with one of the greatest enemies-to-lovers tales of all time?

Izzy may be the only responsible witch in her poor family of misfits, and as such, she has duties to uphold. Only a hot, mysterious, and infuriating warlock is determined to get in the way.

When the rich and handsome Darcy Fitz blows into town, sparks fly.

The wrong kind…

He has earned her ire as much as her eye with his constant harsh words and acts, but what will happen when a bit of magic goes awry, and Izzy needs the help of this powerful man she claims to hate?

Will Izzy’s pride get in the way of saving her family’s welfare and reputation? Find out in this witty, funny, fantasy retelling of Pride & Prejudice.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. It has been a decade or two since I read Pride and Prejudice. This an Paranormal AU of that classic story. I at first did not think I was going to enjoy this as much as I actually did. The interaction between Izzy and Darcy was tense at times. I have to laugh out loud when she told him to his face that she did not like him. He did bring it on himself. There were a lot moments that made me chuckle and some made me angry, but that is just a sign of good writing. I am excited for more books in this series.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Salvation- Renee Pace

Title: Salvation

Series: Fallen Angel Series #1

Author’s Name: Renee Pace

Publisher: Self-Publlished

Genre: YA Paranormal

Page Count: 189 Pages

ISBN: 979-8672081182

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: Salvation (Fallen Angel Series): Pace, Renee, Dennis, Kellie: Books

Link to Goodreads: Salvation: Teen Angel Paranormal Adventure by Renee Pace | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Duty – a word most women understand.
Honor – a word men strive to attain.

What happens when a woman, expected to embody the word duty, desires more than the life she was pre-ordained? She falls from grace.

Isabella, known as Izzy to her fellow angels, dares to step out of her destined role and take up arms in a heavenly war. As punishment she is stripped of her wings and banished to the Earth plane. Worse, the sisters who joined her mantra of freewill fall to Earth with her. Tasked with surviving in a realm filled with sin, Izzy becomes the leader of this unlikely, untrained group of six. Together they form a band where they literally learn to harness their heavenly voices and sing for their supper.

Nathanael was born a warrior angel but the only way he can fully get his halo is to marry. But fate is playing games and his pre-ordained wife has become The Forsaken. Determined to change things, Nate risks it all and falls to the Earthly realm only to end up in serious trouble – and getting his hide saved by the most beautiful and unconventional angel he has ever laid eyes on.

Sparks fly when Nate and Izzy realize they have been set on the path of self-discovery together. But destiny is a passionate thrum Izzy has learned to ignore. Nate quickly discovers honor is useless without the woman he loves by his side and he’s willing to sacrifice it all to prove it. Izzy knows all about heavenly sacrifices. She will not abandon her sisters to the Earthly realm and would rather battle demons than admit she has feeling for her soul-mate.

Her pride might be the greatest threat to them all.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. It has been awhile since I have read a book where angels where the center of the story. I love Isabella or Izzy. She just has this way about her and the way she does things. Nate is an interesting character as well. The two of them are both deal with a lot even as they are trying to develop some type of relationship. Izzy has her mind set on her goals and that is kind of keeping her and Nate a part.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars