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Food | Snack Review; Peeps Oreo

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I just realized how long it’s been since I wrote anything about food on this blog.

I decided to review these Peeps Oreo’s.

I’m a sucker for limited edition snacks and I always seem to buy into them but I never end up reviewing or talking about them — which is strange. I don’t know why I have a habit of doing that.

Oreo’s aren’t really my jam unless they’re the Lemon ones, I don’t know what it is about Oreo’s, I just don’t really dig them too much. But they keep coming out with these LE flavors that just keep sucking me in. I mean just LOOK AT THOSE COLORS.

I’m not too much of a fan of Peeps even though I am a fan of marshallow. But there’s something about Peeps that’s just… I don’t know, weird. Though I was hoping that the marshmallow + Oreo cookies would be a nice combo.

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The filling is a bright pink color incased in two golden cookies.

I wish I could tell you what it tastes like because in my opinion, the Oreo as a whole didn’t taste like anything.

I know some people were saying it’s so good and other people were saying it’s gross but I personally didn’t taste anything other than the cookies. The filling to me had absolutely no taste to it.

All in all this experience was a bit disappointing.

 

 

 

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Book Review: A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

 

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
A Tale Dark and Grimm #1
Published
: November 11th, 2010
Genre
: Middle Grade > Retelling > Fairy Tales
Rating
: 2 out of 5
Source
: Bought
Summary:

Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. An irreverent, witty narrator leads us through encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons, and the devil himself. As the siblings roam a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind the famous tales, as well as how to take charge of their destinies and create their own happily ever after. Because once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome.

 

 

A Tale Dark and Grimm is a title I’ve been looking forward to since its release in 2010, but I just never got around to picking it up. I finally gave in and bought it for my Kindle recently (because it was a significantly lower price and well I don’t have much room left for physical books) and I’m a little sad to say…. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped.

A Tale Dark and Grimm follows Hansel and Gretel through a series of lesser known fairy tales in which they play significant parts in. The story is guided by 3 crows who can tell the future (and started this whole fiasco in the first place) and by the author who inserts himself in various places telling you to beware of the “scary” scene that is about to follow. I know some people really liked this but I for one didn’t. It was alright the first few times but after several stories I didn’t need him to “warn” me about the upcoming “scary” scene.

I will say that this book is a lot darker than I had imagined it would be and I would not recommend it for children even if it is a middle grade book. I have no problem with dark novels or darker fairy tales but I do have a problem with excessive unnecessary violence! In almost every story someone either dies or kills someone. In detail. There was one story where a handsome man throws a young girl on a table, reaches down her throat to pull out a white dove (which is suppose to be her soul), throws the dove into a cage with other doves then chops the girl into pieces and eats her for dinner.

I mean seriously? Was all of that really necessary?!

The only thing I really took away from this book was the exposure to fairy tales I had never heard of before and figuring out who the dragon that was destroying the kingdom was at the end of the book. The next book in the series has to do with Jack and the Beanstalk and I’m really disappointed to say I probably will not be picking that one up.

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Book Review: The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst

 

The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst*
Published: Feb 14th, 2012 by Entangled Publishing
Genre: Romance > Erotica > Contemporary
Rating: 5 out of 5
Source: Bought for my Amazon Kindle
Summary:
A marriage in name only…

To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend’s older brother—the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn’t believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he’s offers Alexa a bold proposition.

A marriage in name only with certain rules: Avoid entanglement. Keep things all business. Do not fall in love. The arrangement is only for a year so the rules shouldn’t be that hard to follow, right?

Except fate has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans… — taken from Goodreads.com

Most of the time when I’m in the mood for an erotica I go with BDSM but it’s always nice to stumble on one that isn’t BDSM but still gives you butterflies in your stomach.

The Marriage Bargain is exactly what it sounds like. Nick needs to be married to inherit his father’s corporation and Alexa needs someone to help her fund her project for the book store she works for/owns. Nick’s sister who happens to be Alexa’s best friend had this brilliant idea to set them up. Two birds, one stone. After a contract of rules, and an agreement to divorce after one year, they faked it til they made it.

Nick was a jerk. He doesn’t believe in marriage (he does however get one cool point for that), he doesn’t believe in feelings, he pretty much doesn’t believe in anything that opens you up to another person. But underneath his douchebaggery, he had a pretty good reason not to. I firmly believe in the fact that the way you were raised, the things you had drilled into your head, play a very big role in the life you lead as an adult. So while at times I wanted to slap Nick, I couldn’t because I knew how he felt.

Alexa however was the complete and total opposite. She has such a huge heart. She cares for everyone around her (even Nick when he hardly deserves it) and she has got this amazing love for animals. I loved Alexa! She was a fantastic character. Did I mention she also runs a book store? Just thought I’d throw that out there again. The only thing is that once upon a time, Alexa had been in love with Nick and now that they’re faking marriage, things are getting complicated.

The Marriage Bargain while it is an erotica novel is also so much more than that. It’s about second chances, falling in love and about figuring out who you are and what you really want. The transformation Nick goes though was touching. Seeing him start to unravel and admit things that he was too much of a douchebag to admit before was sweet. Seeing Alexa go domestic even though it was to butter Nick up was a nice change to what you usually see in erotic novels. And of course the steamy scenes were not only hawt but heartfelt. You can never have too many of those!

I absolutely loved this read. If you’re looking for a cute romantic read and erotic-ness doesn’t bother you, I would totally recommend this book. Another upside is that it’s only $2.99 in eBook format!

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Book Review: Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf


Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf*
Published: April 24th, 2012 by Walkers Childrens
Genre: Young Adult > Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Source: From publisher via NetGalley (thank you Walkers Childrens!)
Summary:
Allie lost everything the night her boyfriend, Trip, died in a horrible car accident—including her memory of the event. As their small town mourns his death, Allie is afraid to remember because doing so means delving into what she’s kept hidden for so long: the horrible reality of their abusive relationship.

When the police reopen the investigation, it casts suspicion on Allie and her best friend, Blake, especially as their budding romance raises eyebrows around town. Allie knows she must tell the truth. Can she reach deep enough to remember that night so she can finally break free? Debut writer Jennifer Shaw Wolf takes readers on an emotional ride through the murky waters of love, shame, and, ultimately, forgiveness. — taken from Goodreads.com

 

I’m a bit of a sucker for novels that are based on abusive relationships. Maybe to remind myself I got out lucky. Maybe because it’s comforting that someone somewhere else was stuck like me and made it out okay, even if the person is a fictional character. Whatever the reason, I’m always drawn to them.

When I picked up Breaking Beautiful, I wasn’t aware that it was a book about abusive relationships and I was in for a whirlwind of very strong emotions.

Allie is stuck, she’s literally stuck. She can barely function even months after an accident that claimed the life for her boyfriend Trip. She struggles to remember the details of that night and with the fear of going back to school. When she finally gathers the courage, things aren’t what they seem at first and as the investigation goes on, people start to show their true colors not just that but someone is stalking Allie.

There were plenty of points in this book that made me angry. The fact that the town is so small that it seems its residents brains are just as small. The fact that people were pointing fingers at Allie even though Trip’s friends knew the truth but chose to turn away from it. How evil Trip’s father was, he reminded me of Dan Scott from One Tree Hill. Too bad he wasn’t lucky enough to be caught in a burning building, that woulda been something. The way the town treated Blake who for the most part stayed out of peoples way. Oh and Allie’s mother, the lady needs to get a clue.

But I did like a lot of things too. How much Blake cared about Allie, how hard he struggled to do the right thing and take care of her as well as keep his promises. The bond between Allie and her special needs brother Andrew was incredibly sweet.

We only see Trip through Allie’s flashbacks but that’s enough to know who he was when he was around. Wolf did an incredible job of painting a very vivid picture of the situation at hand and portraying Allie’s anxiety perfectly.

Side note: It sort of bothers me when people review books on abusive relationships and are quick to say “I don’t get why she didn’t just leave him.” / “That would never be me.” it’s easy to say those things when you’re not or never have been in that situation. Like I said, I think Wolf did a great job of capturing the fear and anxiety that Allie felt. She also did a great job of capturing the fact that people who cared about Allie just wanted to help but she felt so hopeless that she couldn’t accept it and I wish more people would understand what it’s like and feel a little more compassion to the person in that situation.

Overall I enjoyed this read. While it’s not something I would recommend as a summer beach read, I do believe it’s a good read for young adults. We can only hope that books like this will make them more aware.

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Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins*
Hex Hall #1
Published: Feb 1st 2011 by Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult > Paranormal
Rating: LOVED!!
Summary:
Sophie Mercer is a witch. When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her warlock dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. – taken from Goodreads

Hex Hall isn’t your average witch story. It involves so many other creatures as well: shape shifters, vampires, faeries, ghosts… all who have problems functioning in the real world and need to learn how to… control themselves. The plot was fresh and interesting. What happens when you put all of these different types of creatures together? In a class? And expect them to get along??

I loved Sophie! She’s on my list of top 3 favorite YA female characters, no doubt. She’s snarky, she’s sarcastic, she’s hilarious and she’s strong. Stronger than she gives herself credit for. Being at Hex Hall isn’t the easiest thing for her since she has no idea who her dad is or what is going on at all but she makes the best of it. Her roommate Jenna was adorable. I felt so bad for the girl for being out casted all the time. She was really sweet! I hated the trio, they can all go to hell. And Archer Cross? OH ARCHER CROSS haha. One of my favorite YA boys. He was mysterious and sketch but he had oomph to him too!

Hex Hall has a bit of a lightweight mystery to it and a very shocking ending. I enjoyed this read! I’ve finished the sequel Demonglass and while I have the last book Spellbound, I’m not ready to read it. I don’t want this series to end just yet. It’s like having to say goodbye to a very sarcastic and witty friend :(.

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