Friday, March 27, 2015

Mystery Writers of America Cookbook by Kate White (Along with many other author's contribution.) review

Mystery Writers of America Cookbook by Kate White


This is a review for Quirk Books as part of their blogger team. Thank you guys.

First I was going to add a video along with this of me semi-preparing one of the recipes, and a review of it..but I recorded it on my tablet, and well I'm not to good with videos. The file was too big for all the editing software I tried. (I admit I didn't try very hard with editing the video,but it's not the most important thing. I can still put in my word about it. :) ) I did only cook one thing from the book right now, I'll make more later.
OK, I made Karen Haper's Zucchini Bread. I chose this because it was cheap,easy,and well I like zucchini. I did really enjoy it. As I was making it I kept thinking I was doing something wrong, and prayed it would turn out correctly. When I pulled it out of the oven I was glad it came out. The only issue I had was it stuck to the bottom of the pan a little. I did grease it like I was supposed to, but like I said I'm just not the baker type really.
I also made quite a mess making it. Book is already soiled...oops. well it's a cookbook that's going to happen.

 I flipped through the book, and was really impressed. I was trying not to drool over some of the pictures of the stuff I would eat. Some stuff I know I wont make, just either I won't eat it, or well I also don't have anyone to cook for in general.
This book is really well laid out into categories,and many well known authors have put in their favorite recipes. Pick this up if you're hungry. preferably for food. Feed your hungry for murder and mystery with food inspired by your favorite authors,and feed your hungry for murder and mystery with a book from your favorite mystery author. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Review)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Stars: 5/5 each

This is a double review. Books 1 and 2 of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children. This is also a review for Quirk Books. Let me start off with saying I LOVED these books. I have a thing for old photographs myself,yet haven't come across anything as peculiar as Mr. Riggs, or what people have let him borrow. It's so cool that someone finally took photos and made a unique story with them.
This peculiar story has it all, old photos,bizarre islands,loops..or time travel basically,freaks..well peculiar,and more. Follow Jacob on his quest to prove his grandfather wasn't crazy. throughout the book Jacob's dad isn't too happy with him at times. His dad mainly wanting to focus on his book, but doesn't want Jacob wandering off by himself....yet the whole reason they went to the island was for Jacob. He quickly makes friends with the peculiar children particularly Emma, his now love interest. He also learns that Miss. Peregrine who runs the school is a ymbryne. She can transform from human to bird at will.
Towards the end he has a tough decision to make. What would you do? SPOILERS....Would you stay in the past in a loop, or go back to life as it was before?
Mr. Riggs also states in the back that all the photographs are authentic. Some have been altered slightly,but if so very little. He doesn't state which ones,but I love that they're all real. My favorite one, which is one of the most creepiest is a photo of a young girl standing in from of what appears to be a pond. Yet in her reflection is 2 figures. 2 young girls.

 Now on to HOLLOW CITY

 In Hollow City we continue our journey right where our hero's left off. I love how there was no break, or jump in time between books, the transition was real nice. This book is also filled with loads of awesome photos. Besides our hero's being chased and practically dying around every corner,their main protector Miss. Peregrine has been stuck in bird form and they're running out of time before she will stay a bird forever.
This book had some really amazing photographs too, I would say my favorite photo from this book is the one of the folding man.

I am really excited for the third installment to be released. Also a movie adaptation is in the works. This is great news.

If you love adventure,old photographs,and anything strange or peculiar I highly suggest Miss. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and it's sequel Hollow City.

Stay tuned for the third installment review