Darkness by Erin Eveland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
For Catherine nothing comes easy, from the moment she was born she was different. As a small child she saw shadow creatures despite all the efforts of her grandmother. When her grandmother dies Catherine is forced to live with the person who wanted her the least her mother. Her mother is an alcoholic that only takes her in for the check that welfare provides, so at Sixteen she is basically on her own except for Nathan her best friend whom she secretly loves. Nathan having finished highschool now works as a cook at a local bar. While working Nathan meets a man in black named Artos. Artos offers Nathan the one thing he always wanted the ability to provide so he can rescue Catherine from the horrible life she lives. Only unbeknownst to Nathan, Artos has always had intentions to make Catherine his.
This battle of Catherine is not so much a good versus evil as typically you would suspect but rather a bad versus worse situation. Catherine is a character that doesn't whine, she accepts her fate only is kept in the dark to a lot of what is going on throughout the entire book. I liked her as a character she felt extremely realistic to the mentality she would probably have under the circumstances she was in. She isn't optimistic but she isn't a debbie downer either, she has some faith that it has to get better because at more points in the book than not her world is at rock bottom.
Overall I kinda enjoyed this book, it took me a quite a deal longer than most books to get through as it was something I felt perfectly comfortable sitting down and coming back later. So I was not all consumed by it. There was no real high or low point in the book it was a constant stream of information so by the end there was no real ah moment. It just sort of ended. I expect there will be further stories about Catherine as it wasn't her end, but I am not sure I am invested enough to keep going.
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Awakening by Sydney Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Disclosure: I receieved this book as an ARC from Netgalley, all opinions are 100% my own.
Nora Young is stuck in a life rut, after college she didn't go to law school as she had originally planned. Law school was always the plan, but sometimes life just gets in the way, and working as an Event Specialist is enough for now isn't it? Her boyfriend keeps her at a distance, but tosses out marriage and kids as the destined fate of their stale relationship. One girls night out however awakens Nora to how numb she has been and a chance dance with a sexy stranger throws her world upside down. Ryan Cole walks into Nora's office and her boring life isn't enough any more, but is the life he offers too much for her?
I enjoyed this book, it was a one day read with very visual romantic scenes, the scenes were steamy and a bit on the explicit side. I enjoyed the depth of the characters and the back story that is built around the characters. I also enjoyed the tid bit of drama, that highlighted the story without overpowering the romance part. Definitely a good read.
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We live in a house on a well so the build up in our toilet is the worst I have ever experienced in my life. The water rim gets a solid grit level around it and I have never found anything that could take it off. No matter how much I scrub or how long I scubed with my toilet bowl brush it doesn't clean. The first time ever, I have found something that works, the Icky Stick. The overall feel of this stick working similarly to a traditional pumice stone for your feet, only it's for your toliet.
It uses a gentle abrasion to scrub off the film and leave your toilet bowl as clean as the day you bought it. I am highly impressed. I didn't have to use any product only the stone. I would highly recommend this product for any bathroom. My only potential critique is that it should come with a plastic cover or some sort of stand so you have somewhere to lay it after. I don't like the idea of setting anything on the floor behind the toilet or in the cupboard after it's been in the toilet.
If you need one of these for your house as much as I did head over to www.groomindustries.com to grab one for yourself you will not be disappointed.
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When it comes to scales not all are created equal despite all having the same sort of function. A typical household scale serves one purpose to measure your weight, but what about when it can help you lose weight? What if a scale can have more purpose would it be worth spending a little more? In my quest to lose weight I have definitely taken this into account so when given the opportunity to try out scales I jump on it. One of the scales I have been fortunate enough to review thus far is the Weight Gurus Smartphone Connected Digital Bathroom Scale with Large Backlit LCD & Weightless Technology. I know that is an extremely verbose and descriptive name for a bathroom scale so from now on I will refer to it as the Weight Gurus scale. For this review I took into account key elements that are important when I am purchasing a scale: accuracy, functionality, durability and appearance.
Accuracy: I give this 4.5 out of 5 for accuracy, like all scales it is a relative number, but I did find when I moved it from carpet to tile the readings it gave slightly differed. This occurs with most scales so is in no way a defect or fault I just was kinda hoping it would exceed expectations.
Functionality: I give this scale a 5 out of 5 for functionality. The Weight Gurus have a scale sensitive enough to feel when the wind is blowing on it so it lights up immediately when you step on it and quickly gives you, your weight reading. It holds weight up to 400 lbs exceeding most bathroom scales. But, above all the physical functionality the best component is the wireless linking to your phone app that will allow you to track your weight. I have personally been using this to track my John Cena's BodyChange challenge weight loss to help determine when I have a bad day what makes the biggest impact. It also can be a key component to helping you track your weight and potentially lose more. If you can't tell I am huge fan of this function. If only they had it link into myfitnesspal or another fitness app but I am sure that is probably in the works.
Durability: I gave this scale a 4 out of 5. The lightweight feel of this scale although sturdy leaves me worried about dropping it. That doesn't mean that I will have it break I am only cautious because of the way it feels. It does however hold 400 lbs so I can imagine it is probably more durable than I am willing to risk. Thus far the kids haven't killed it which says a lot because they have a tendency to kill our bathroom scales by jumping on them, so that gives me a high hope for this one's life span. They mention a 5 year warranty so that could potentially attest to the true durability, I haven't had to use it so I don't know what it covers, but it seems like it has potential to be a staple in your household for a long time.
Appearance: I give this scale a 5 out of 5 for appearance. I know typically a scale is a scale, however it becomes a part of your bathroom therefore if it's ugly then well you have an ugly scale in your bathroom. This scale however isn't ugly at all, it is glossy and reflective and the LCD screen is beautifully backlit which enhances the appearance. It's definitely a handsome looking scale. They also offer it in white Chevron which is pretty much amazing, my only personal regret is that I didn't review that one it's beautiful and it makes my heart sing. I might be willing to weight myself twice a day just to see it. But, hey I have a thing for chevron pattern.
Overall I would give this a 4.75 out of 5 and at 29.99 on Amazon right now I would say it is definitely worth the expense and would enhance any bathroom.