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TGIF! I will have a post for you all this weekend!

25 Jan

TGIF! I will have a post for you all this weekend!

Hey everyone I’m sorry I have been away for so long again but between school, a car that keeps falling apart, and winter weather I have been pretty busy. Good news I am in the advanced portion of my course as an Advanced Skin Esthetician and I can’t wait to tackle some advanced treatments. We did our firts Cocoa Enzyme Peel last week and it was awesome. (Anyone know what an enzyme peel does and how it does it?) I am having a great time and before I know it my graduation will be here! (April 15th) I am planning on a post for this weekend don’t know exactly what it will cover but it should be something fun. Thanks for sticking with Salt Pepper Brilliant even in my absence, 2013 is going to be the best year ever!!!!! <3—-Christina

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Review of The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere

24 Apr

The Good DreamThe Good Dream by Donna VanLiere

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won this Advanced Readers Edition of The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere from Goodreads and I am so glad I did. I am familiar with the author but I have never read one of her books. So this is another book I dove into blind folded. Our story takes place in Tennessee during the year 1950 when we meet the strong willed Ivorie Walker. The only girl (and youngest) of six children Ivorie is considered the old maid of this small southern town because she has yet to marry. She is having trouble adapting to life after the death of both of her elderly parents that in life she took care of. Until one day she finds a feral boy stealing from her garden. He is a young boy who lives up in the hills with one of the most evil characters I have ever had the displeasure to read about. This young boy suffers massive amounts of abuse at the hand of this man on a daily basis. The boy finally gets rescued by Ivorie and she takes him in as her own even if the people of her town don’t agree with her decision. The book is set up in character driven chapters. Ivorie and the Boy have chapters dedictated to them where we can see life through their point of view. I enjoyed this especially when the same situtation is being told through two different point of views. Eventually Ivorie’s brother Henry gets his own chapters. At first it through me off because you question why he would need one; but it soon becomes clear he is essential to the story. The inclusion of Henry made the story more real for me. It was definitely a good move on Donna VanLiere’s part. Donna has an excellent richly descriptive writing style. I can only describe it as being a cake with multilayers. Every layer of this cake has a different flavor and you run your fork straight throught all of these complex layers. Alone they are incredible but together you are bombarded by every good flavor you have ever encountered in your life; and all you see is fireworks shooting off in your head. It was a pleasure reading this book from the very first page. When I reached the last page of this book I stared at the blank back cover hoping she had written in invisible ink because I wanted more. Just when Ivorie and the Boy have reached their first milestone the book ends. There is so much more that Donna can write for this story. I do hope she sees that and writes a second book and third to create a rich series based on humanity’s ability to be cruel and kind. I loved this book and at the end it passed the cradle test. I only hug books of great importance close to my heart and this made me never want to let it go. The Good Dream is one of the best reads I have ever had and has bumped Wife 22 off the top spot for my book of 2012. Get your hands on The Good Dream when it is for sale July of this year. You will not be sorry.

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Review of Advanced Copy of Wife 22: A Novel

4 Apr

Wife 22: A NovelWife 22: A Novel by Melanie Gideon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won this Advanced Readers Copy from Goodreads and when I entered the giveaway I though this book would be good. From the synopsis you couldn’t tell that inside of these pages was a book that would blow my mind. This book was compared to Bridget Jones Diary and I Just Don’t Know How She Does It to be honest I haven’t read either of those books. So needless to say I had no idea what to expect. From the moment I finished the first chapter I knew that this book was special. I loved the characters and I hated them. I wanted to shake the main character and knock sense into her. At the same time I wanted to hold her hand and tell her that it was going to be ok. I wanted to yell at her kids for being so reckless. I felt all of these emotions because I was sucked into this family. I love Melanie Gideon’s strong writing voice. She is both hilarious and beautifully serious at the same time. ‘The deeper pleasures of leaving and returning’ is one of my favorite lines from this book. It rings true for our fast paced and technology obsessed society. I was able to invision Alice twisting her ankle on a pine cone and falling into a bed of leaves in the middle of the road. It gave me an excellent laugh and everytime I think of it I have a giggle to myself. ***SPOILER ALERT*** I also was able to deduce that Researcher 101 was actually Alice’s husband the night she was supposed to meet him at Tea & Circumstances. So from that point on I was practically jumping up and down while reading the book. Needless to say I loved this book. When I finished I cradled this book close to my heart and knew that it was even more than special. Only books of great importance to me get that treatment and I know I have found my book of 2012. All I can say is Thank You Melanie Gideon for writing such an amazing book.

***Sad News I just found out that movie rights have been sold for this book. I am so dissapointed. Melanie and this amazing book do deserve all the success in the world but Hollywierd has no respect for good books. I hope Andrew Davidson’s book The Gargoyle doesn’t follow suit. It was my book of 2011.***

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