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  • Review: Hush Hush (#1) by Becca Fitzpatrick

    Title: Hush,Hush Author: Becca Fitzpatrick Get your copy here! What's it about? Nora's just recovering from the biggest loss of her teen life when things get even more interesting then she ever could have imagined! First, she's assigned a new lab partner in science. He's not entirely honest, not entirely safe and not entirely normal (he may not even be entirely human!). Now she finds herself stuck between heeding the feeling of warning that seems to crop up every time she even thinks of him and the undeniable pull she feels towards him. Things only get more complicated when weird events start to happen that may not have happened at all and fear starts to take hold as she starts to suspect that these weird things are not unrelated. In fact, she's starting to wonder if someone isn't trying to kill her! But with a surplus of suspects who appear to each be vying for her affections, how is a girl to stay alive? Favorites: Favorite Character: I think Nora wins this prize, but I don't know how much of it has to do with her personality (which is fine), but with her intelligence to not run straight into danger, wonder why things are happening the way they are. I liked that she sensed danger and acted on it. She took precautions to keep herself safe, even if she didn't always make the best decisions. Least Favorite Character: Elliot. I don't know what it was about him, but I had a hard time trusting him, even when I should have trusted him. He just felt ominous to me. Now, there are some other reasons, but I can't go into those without giving spoilers (and we don't do spoilers around here) which didn't help my thoughts of him. Other thoughts: This book had an unexpected Twilight vibe to it. Hold on! Come back! While they are similar, there are oh so many differences, too! However both main characters were thrust into crazy, unknown situations after a big change in their lives (Bella moved, Nora experienced a huge loss), they met during science class, their instincts told them their new partners were dangerous, their partners have big secrets that prove to be dangerous (and maybe life threatening) and their lives are on the line! Plus, both are written in the first person view point. However Nora and Bella are very different people who respond differently to their dangerous lab partners and their partners are oh so very different. They aren't even the same species (so yes, no vampires. Sorry). But, even though I loved Twilight (don't judge me), I really enjoyed Fallen. I loved that it had a little bit of a Twilight feel without being the same story. With that being said, I did feel like Nora could have had a stronger personality. I just didn't feel like there were many characteristics that stand out in my mind when I think about Nora, other then she's protective of her friends and is not entirely honest herself. I wish that I could think of Nora and have this strong, clear picture of her other then just average. I rate this book a: 7 out of 10 ski masks But, that's just me! What did you think of this book? Did you love it? Did you think Nora was an amazing character? Let us know in the comments.

  • Recipe: Stir-Fried New Year Rice Cake with Smoked Bacon la rou chao ci ba

    Recipe Name: Recipe: Stir-Fried New Year Rice Cake with Smoked Bacon la rou chao ci ba Image and recipe found in book: Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook Recipes from Hunan Province Written by: Fuchsia Dunlap Get your copy here! Ingredients: 14 oz. New Year Rice cake (bought ready to cook) 7 oz. smoked bacon slices, thickly cut with rinds 5 scallions 2 fresh red chiles salt 2 tsp. sesame oil 2 TBSP. Peanut oil for cooking Directions: 1. Cut the rice cake into slices about 1/4 inch thick; set aside. Remove the rinds from the bacon and cut the bacon into slices to match the rice cake. Cut the scallions on a steep angle into long slices, separating the white and green parts. Thinly slice the chiles, discarding stems and seeds as far as possible. 2. Heat the wok over a high flame until smoke rises, then add the oil and swirl around. Add the bacon rinds and stir-fry until they have released their flavor, rendered their fat, and are golden; remove from the wok and discard 3. Add the bacon to the wok and stir fry until opaque, separating the slices. Add the rice cake and scallion whites and stir-fry until the rice cake and bacon are both fragrant nd the rice cake is tinged with gold. Toward the end of the cooking time, add the chili slices and salt to taste. 4. Add the scallion greens and stir a few times so they are barely cooked, then off the heat, stir in the sesame oil and serve. Be sure to order your copy of Revolutionary Chinese Recipes to learn more about the Chinese New Year and other fascinating facts about the Chinese culture! Did you try this recipe? What did you think about it? Let us know in the comments. We like pictures, too.

  • Book Review: Fool me once (shame on you) by Harlan Coben

    Title: Fool me Once Author: Harlan Coben Get your copy here! What's it about? Maya is a strong woman. She believes fiercely, defends unapologetically and loves relentlessly. And then her whole world was turned upside down and everything she knows to be true is questioned after her husband is murdered in a botched robbery. Now, she's left to raise her 2 year old daughter on her own while grieving her loss, while the world around her seem to be determined to break this war vet down to her very core. After Maya buries her beloved husband, a very well meaning friend gives Maya a nanny cam as a gift. At first Maya is thankful for the gift, however soon she finds her self shoved down a dangerous rabbit hole after she sees her dead husband's form while reviewing the nanny cam footage from the day. Now she's on a mission to prove that her husband is really dead and explain the eerie connections between the murder of her husband and her dear sister. The answers to all of her questions are scattered across state lines and secrets are destined to be drudged up and exposed as she searches for the truth that has been hidden from her for too long. Favorites: Favorite Character: I think I had two favorite characters. The first one was Maya. I liked her strength and her determination to uncover the truth. She was smart. I loved how the fact that she was a vet played a big role in the story without being too dark/negative or too glorified. She was a trained fighter, but she wasn't unfeeling or robotic. She didn't follow "orders" blindly but she had a respect for order and direction. She knew the difference between right and wrong, but also knew that the lines sometimes blurred to a degree, but there was a limit; a line that, if crossed, left you in the neighborhood of black. My other favorite character was Shane. He, too, was a trained fighter. He, too questioned the world around him but had a respect for orders. He was loyal and I loved how he stood by Maya's side. He respected her but wasn't afraid to call her out when needed. Least Favorite Character: Ok, this is going to sound a little odd but my least favorite character was Eddie. This isn't because I dislike him as a person, but because I felt like his characterization and arch I felt like, while I appreciate the way it was supposed to go and I understand the intent, there were a few steps missing along the journey. It seemed too...abrupt? Maybe? I liked Eddie as a person, but I felt like this flaw in his chracter creation hindered him and left me almost frustrated with what was happening and how, which further annoyed me because I wanted to be sucked away into the story, not trying to understand how his character was getting from point A to point B. As far as actual personal like and dislike, Judith was my least favorite character. There was something I distrusted about her from the first second we see her and, no matter how many times she does something that should have helped me trust her more, I just couldn't do it. I felt like she was manipulative and selfish (there was just something about her arrangements with the servants that left me feeling like she was selfish, entitled and...something. Maybe unethical. I don't know. It just rubbed me wrong). I just didn't like the old woman! With that being said, there wasn't a lot of reason for my hostility towards here for most of the book, and, one could argue, that through the majority of the other times when she may have deserved my harsh feelings, it was done out of love. But, nope. It still doesn't sit right with me. I just dislike her. Favorite Part: My absolute favorite part was the end of the story. It was the perfect end to a whirlwind of a story with twists, tales and secrets uncovered. It offered answers to questions demanding solutions. It provided the perfect closing to something that was a hard story to find a satisfying ending to. Now, if you feel like that was a cop out, I'll give you another part that I found amusing and touching. It's the scene when Maya interacts with Ricky. It was just witty, fast paced and fun. But more then that, it was a great view of Maya as a person, not a solder, not a scared and worried mother, not a confused widow, but a human. A person. A woman. We get to see all of it, her grief, her guilt over the past, her concern for her daughter and, well, very emotional. Least Favorite Part: This is another place that I can't just tell you and wax poetic (as much as I'm ever able to wax anything resembling poetic) about my pick for this subject. If I were to throw caution to the wind (is that poetic enough?) I'd also be providing spoilers. So, I'll say this. My least favorite part was a time Maya drops her daughter off in the care of someone other then her. I found it emotional. There. That's all your getting out of me! Any other thoughts? This was a ride worthy of an amusement park. I started the very first scene of the book and was hooked. The humor was perfect. The questions were there. The need to understand what happened and uncover the truth may not have been on page one, but it was there soon after. I felt for the characters and, while I did find some flaws (see above as I discuss Eddie) and parts I didn't quit understand, it was such a fun read! I was eager to read every night and I didn't feel like it was work, not even for one page! The pacing was perfect, not too fast and rushed but not too slow. While, I wouldn't label this writing style as "show me", I wouldn't exactly call it "tell me", either. It was a great mix of somewhere in between which proved to be the perfect recipe for this book. I liked the premise and the execution was fantastic. I'm so glad that this book came across my desk in as part of an awesome donation! And now I get to share it all with you. What do I rate this book? I give this book a 7 out of 10 bullets But, that's just me. Maybe I'm crazy. Maybe I have horrible taste (though I may have to argue you on that). What did you think? Did you love the way Eddie's character was presented? Did you hate Shane? Let us know in the comments.

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    2019 ESTB P.G.'s Storybook Emporium An Emporium of wonders to celebrate the mystical stories we all love! Hello and welcome to P.G's Storybook Emporium where stories are celebrated! We thank you for visiting us and would like to invite you to start your journey with us by joining our email club! By joining, you'll have access to exclusive deals,sneak peeks, inside info! We'll even celebrate you signing up with an special deal delivered right to your email! But of course once you do that, you'll have to check out all of the literary treasures and trinkets we have stocked just for you!When you find something you love, you'll want to act fast as we only have one of most items and would hate to see you miss out ! So enjoy your visit, and we'll see you again soon! Join our email club! About Me Paula Granell, owner of P.G's storybook Emporium, avid reader and lover of stories Hello! May name is Paula! I'm a wife and a mother of three. Growing up, I didn't always fit in and academics were hard for me. I struggled so much that I couldn't read until I was in 5th grade! But, thanks to a devoted teacher, the right book was introduced to me and I discovered a deep love for reading and further appreciation for stories. As I grew up and became a mother, the need to provide a vast, and eclectic family library for not just myself, but my children to explore, experience and bond over became incredibly important. As I struggled to help provide for my family, while still providing a quality library of our own, I began to further appreciate the skill it takes to create a meaningful, personal, quality collection of books we can be proud of and reflects who we are as well as our individual tastes without breaking the bank. This appreciation served as the spark of inspiration and motivation to stop dreaming and start doing! Thus, the Emporium was birthed and has become a place of constant celebration of stories; a place where those who share my passion is welcome, accepted and can find happiness. A place where stories go to be remembered and those lost can be found again. And a place that allows everyone to constantly expand their collections without the guilt. Here, every one has a story and every story matters. Our Purpose I strive to help families who struggle with providing a quality family library without breaking the bank by sharing a wide variety of valuable literary options at a comparable, affordable cost. Our Mission Statement To share a love of reading and stories with those of all ages, building imagination and inspiration for a positive world through a shared love of stories spanning across all genres, all people as well as all media types and in an environment in which everyone can celebrate stories through community and shopping guilt free via items telling stories and celebrating stories at an affordable cost. Special Request?Contact Us! Send Success! Message received. Check Out Our Blog! ! It's all just a click away! Read book reviews, movie reviews and even video game reviews, try new recipes,get tips and fun ideas and find out what I'm really thinking Read Now Specials and Promotions Read our Blog Like us on Facebook Find us on Twitter Get the FAQ Find us on Pinterest Find us on Instagram

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