Its your lucky day!! Three for the price of…….

Did I trick ya with my title?! Did you think you were going to be getting three Rolexes for the price of one? Or three trips for the price of one? Or three rolls of toilet paper for the price of one? Well then……

It’s your lucky day! You get three book reviews for the price of nothing!! I have been a reading machine lately and have been trying to keep up on my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads since I read the reviews of others so much, I decided that I should share my opinions as well. I read three books in three days and I combined my reviews into one post for you! Two are in a series written by G.K. Parks; The Warhol Incident and Mimicry of Banshees. The third was a Meg Cabot book called The Boy Next Door. Below is a picture of the cover of all three! Let me know what you think of the books as well as of my review of them. I was not thorough because although these books were good, they were fun easy reads and I didn’t want to delve too deep 🙂

PS All the pictures are links to Amazon so you can buy these wonderful books too! Make sure you let me know if you are going to get them!

The Warhol Incident by G.K. Parksparks, GK Warhol

This book was great. I got it free from Amazon and it turned into a really great read! The characters were engaging and the plot line was enticing. The book is about an ex-federal agent Alexis Parker and her life now that she isn’t an agent. She gets mixed up in a sadistic murderers plan when she is enlisted to escort a painting from France. Her love interest, who also happens to be the CEO of the company she is consulting on securities with is also ever present. The book is long; I will say that but every page has a new twist with an engaging plotline. There are awesome scenes filled with terror and suspense and I was literally trembling at the thought of Alex’s fate. It helps that there is this forbidden romance that courses through the book and adds to the suspense of the book. G.K. Parks does a great job of making the characters likeable and not going over the top with the plot lines. There is a lot going on in the book but I find when a book has too many lines running all at the same time that I lose interest quickly. That was not the case with this book. Parks writes the suspense scenes wonderfully, with just the right amount of detail that you can picture the horrific scenes perfectly. For a free book on Amazon, I have to say this one rates on my top twenty! I would definitely recommend and of course, since it’s a series I have already bought the second book and can’t wait to crack it open!!

Mimicry of Banshees by G.K. Parkerparks, GK Mimicry

I was less intrigued with this book than with the other book I read by this author. It was along the same lines as The Warhol Incident which was #2 in the series; this book still painted a good picture and had me caught up in all of Alex’s drama. It was just lacking that umph that I needed.

Martin, Alex’s boss/complicated romance, is found on his yacht with a murdered model. Alex works to help find the killer while keeping Martin out of trouble. She fights going back to work in the public sector law enforcement but somehow keeps getting dragged in. Will she find the killer before they turn back to Martin as the lead suspect? Will they somehow make this makeshift relationship work?

The last question was all that I ended up caring about. I found that the girl that was murdered was not a real character in the book, which made it hard for me to want revenge on her killer. I found the middle parts of the book to be boring and in fact skipped over them. There was little need for most of the conversations, nothing important to the story line happened during those pages which made me lose a bit of interest. The author did a good job of keeping the same characters in the novels, which helped the storyline because you didn’t really have to get to know them again. He also continued the battle that Alex was having with herself over staying a cop or not which was a nice line to think about, however got dull during this book. There was some potential in the undercover stint that Alex has to do but it ended up kind of falling flat.

I still was pulling for the romance between Martin and Alex and liked the suspense that G.K. Parks built in regards to their relationship, it gave me that nice fluttery feeling when they saw each other and that frustrated feeling when they were off again. However when the book got boring in the middle so did Alex and Martin’s relationship.

Perhaps I was too pumped up for this book, or had read 4 books in 48 hours (IK, I don’t know what got into me) but I wished more for this book after the last one hooked me so well. I read the other comments that people wrote and perhaps it was just my personal preference after so much love for the Warhol Incident. I hope that my comments do not dissuade any of you from trying this book because the author did a great job on the other ones; this one just wasn’t so much for me!

The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot cabot, meg

This book was good. It wasn’t really great but it kept me up until almost 11 o’clock last night finishing it so it had to be pretty good right! The book is about a girl, Mel whose next door neighbor gets attacked and how she meets this boy, Max/John who ends up being perfect for her but he has a secret that he is hiding from Mel. Meg Cabot does a great job of building up the story without any real dialogue while the events are happening. Sorry, let me explain- As you can read from the previous comments, it’s entirely written in email format. Everything that happens is told to another person via an email which is hilarious and irksome at the same time. while nice to read differently for a change, and it’s cute and funny that you get the picture from all these different eyes, it also made me less vested in the characters. I found that the ranting and raving from the other points of view were not really what I wanted to read and just skipped them. I was interested in the romance and what was going to happen and found that it was hard to really “care” what the other characters thought or did. There were other plot lines that cursed through the book, new love, a new marriage, a pesky boss, and nosy co-workers but I didn’t really care too much about them. Maybe it was because there was no explaining them, so there was no real way for me to picture them? I am not sure. But I don’t want to bash the book, because as I said, it still kept me up reading until the very end! It was fun to try a new book with a different writing style and while I am not sad that I read it, I am not thrilled that I read it either.

Thanks for reading!!

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Meal Prep: A first try success story!

So as part of my organization February link up, I decided to try my hand at “prepping”. I don’t mean doomsday prepping if that’s what you’re thinking   PS. I mean meal prepping. So I set out on Sunday afternoon to get my butt ready for dinners this week.

FullSizeRenderThis is a picture of my Erin Condren meal plan insert. These were the meals I wanted to make for dinner this week.

I started out by making the white chicken chili. I found the recipe on Pinterest here:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/119063983871934379/

I figured as a soup option without noodles I could make the entire soup and all we would have to do is heat it up for dinner! I added avocado to the top, which was a nice fresh touch.

My first week went fantastic. I loved getting home each night and just popping something into a pan, warming it up and going! I picked a lot of easy things to prep for my first week- things that I could just literally put in a pan and the meal was done. This week I am going to do mostly meals that don’t need prep. (We decided to play in the snow on Sunday instead of cook (:)

While I was making the white chicken chili, I also made my spaghetti sauce as well as the stuffing for my stuffed peppers. I changed up my normal sauce to add meat this week. The recipe for my sauce is just out of my own head but I have typed it up below. I apologize for the shoddy measuring- I don’t do well with exact.

The stuffed pepper recipe is just my spaghetti sauce with cooked rice! I added a few more peppers and then just put it inside the pepper, cooked in the oven on 375 for around 25 mins. 

Emma’s Spaghetti Sauce
1 onion
1 pepper
A couple cloves of garlic
2 16oz cans of Tomato Sauce
1 small can of tomato paste
Mushrooms- fresh or canned (as many or as little as you like)
I used ½ pd ground beef and ½ pd sausage (get creative, if you like pork- add pork)
Salt, pepper, basil

I browned the meat, set aside. Then I chopped my onion and pepper and sautéed them with a few turns of olive oil. I added some salt and pepper here. Right before you add the tomato sauce, I pressed a few garlic cloves in and let them cook for about a minute. Not too long or you can burn it. Add the cans of sauce. (I usually rinse out my cans with water and throw that in the pot as well) Add a few spoonful’s of the tomato paste here. Sometimes I use the whole can, depends on how long I am simmering. The longer you simmer, the thicker it becomes, letting me use less paste. I throw the mushrooms in now as well. If you used fresh, you can cook them up before but again-if you’re simmering for a while, they are going to cook! Throw back in the meat, add some more salt and pepper and let it cook away! It’s a pretty standard sauce; feel free to customize it as you wish!!

Does anyone else out there prep? Do you have any advice for a new meal “prepper” or maybe some awesome recipes! Feel free to share them with me!

My February 12×30 Challenge!

So I decided to join into a Link party called “February 12X30 Challenge: Get Organized”. I have been trying all year (a whole month) to whip my life, finances and house into tip top shape.

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Yummy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

I wanted to share the easiest cookie recipe ever for right before the holidays. They are for Gluten Free peanut butter cookies. Now I am not gluten free but some people in my family are and we found this recipe to be amazing- Gluten or not!

1 cup Peanut Butter (any kind, I have used Jif, Wegmans brand, and Peter Pan)

1 cup brown sugar (I prefer the light, but have used dark and its ok too)

1 egg

375 degrees for 7-10 minutes.

Genius. Pure Genius. They are gooey, yummy, rich and wonderful. I have added peanut butter mm’s to the top, or thumbprinted them and added a Hershey kiss and both are equally yummy!

This is the recipe link from my Pinterest, but there are a ton of them out there!

http://www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers/2012/05/28/4-ingredients-flourless-peanut-butter-cookies/

**I nixed the vanilla because I didn’t think it added anything and why waste the vanilla if you don’t taste it anyways!!****