Ok, I have a confession to make.
The Dollar Tree is one of my favorite stores. No joke. If you don’t believe me just keep following my blog and track the number of Dollar Tree book hauls that show up.
This time I found a couple of reference books, a book from an author that is quickly becoming a new favorite, and a new, interesting book from an unknown author.
Shadow’s Curse by Alexa Egan
Suffering under a horrible curse and renounced by his clan, the Imnada shape-shifter, David St. Leger, stalks the London nights in the form of a large black wolf, channeling his desperate rage on thieves and murderers. But when he’s captured by the very woman he sought to rescue, he’s thrown into the magical and dangerous world of the Other—half human, half-Fey, and one of the Imnada’s ancient enemies.
Forced by her half-brother to use her gift of necromancy as a money-making scheme, Callista Hawthorne wants only to flee to her aunt in Scotland where she’ll be safe. Considering David her last hope, she offers him a deal—freedom in exchange for his protection on the long journey north.
Now in a race for their lives, Other and Imnada must put aside centuries of animosity and work together if they are to overcome the dark forces intent on stopping them before they reach safety. For Callista is far more powerful than she knows, and with her help and her love, David may finally be able to break the curse of the Imnada…
Drink This, Not That!: The No Diet Weight Loss Solution by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding
The fastest way to lose weight isn’t on the treadmill. And it’s not by counting calories, either. Believe it or not, the easiest, fastest, and longest lasting way to lose weight doesn’t even involve watching your food intake: It’s all about watching what you drink.
See, if you’re like the average American, today you will drink about 450 calories. That’s a quarter of the calories you’re supposed to eat in an entire day—and then, of course, you’ll eat plenty of calories, too!
But now there’s Drink This, Not That!, the breakthrough new book from the editors of Eat This, Not That! New research reveals that it’s not just our food that’s making America fat—it’s the beverages we wash it all down with. But you can strip away calories and fat—up to 23 pounds this year alone—simply by changing your choices of drinks (and still eating all your favorite foods)!
Did you know:
*One bottle of Sunkist orange drink has more sugar than four packs of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
*A large Grape Expectations II Smoothie from Smoothie King has more sugar than 13 Twinkies!
*If you turn your large latte into a large cappuccino, you could lose more than 9 pounds this year!
*A White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks has more than 20 times as many calories as their regular coffee!
With this illustrated guide to hundreds of drink options—and eye-opening nutrition secrets for fast and permanent weight loss—you’ll make the smartest choices for you and your family, every time.
Additional features in Drink This, Not That! include:
• The 20 Worst Drinks in America
• The Truth About Bottled Water
• The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup
• The Anatomy of America’s Most Popular Beverages
• Energy Drinks: Energy or Enemy?
• The Ultimate Smoothie Selector
• And more!
Just Green It! by Ron Beres and Lisa Beres
Going Green has never been so easy!
The array of so-called “green” products on the market is dizzying and often misleading. Consumers need one reference book that clearly lays out what is the better choice—between brands, benefits, and costs. Just Green It! compares brand-name products, making it easy for consumers to make environmentally friendly choices on everything from light bulbs to mattresses to baby food. It tells you which products are the best for the planet and also healthy for you, your kids, your home, and your budget. For the average consumer, this means clarity of green definitions and product comparisons that are no longer a luxury, but a necessity.
Authors Ron and Lisa Beres debunk the “greenwashing” that is so prevalent in modern marketing and teach readers how to know the difference between such confusing terms as “natural,” “organic,” “chemical free,” and “nontoxic.”
Full of surprising facts and lots of ways to save money and help the environment, this is an essential book for the modern age. Did you know that …
The Great Wall of China and the Staten Island Landfill—Fresh Kills—are the only two manmade structures on Earth that are large enough to be seen from outer space.
It is a higher carbon footprint to drink imported vodka?
The phosphoric acid in soda leaches calcium from our bones and can lead to osteoporosis?
The Green Movement is concerned about the effects of our collective carbon footprint on the planet. A “green home” is one that does not endanger the planet’s health. The Beres, on the other hand, are concerned with how our footprint is endangering the health and well being of each individual.
A guidebook for navigating the oversaturated Green marketplace, Just Green It! is a must have for today’s tough economy.
Broken Harbor by Tana French
The mesmerizing fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad by New York Times bestselling author Tana French
Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy, the brash cop from Tana French’s bestselling Faithful Place, plays by the book and plays hard. That’s what’s made him the Murder squad’s top detective—and that’s what puts the biggest case of the year into his hands.
On one of the half-built, half-abandoned “luxury” developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children are dead. His wife, Jenny, is in intensive care.
At first, Scorcher and his rookie partner, Richie, think it’s going to be an easy solve. But too many small things can’t be explained. The half dozen baby monitors, their cameras pointing at holes smashed in the Spains’ walls. The files erased from the Spains’ computer. The story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder who was slipping past all the locks.
And Broken Harbor holds memories for Scorcher. Seeing the case on the news sends his sister Dina off the rails again, and she’s resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family one summer at Broken Harbor, back when they were children.
With her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, French’s new novel goes full throttle with a heinous crime, creating her most complicated detective character and her best book yet.
I’ve not read the first book in the series with Shadow’s Curse, so one of the things I’ll be looking at is how well it stands on it’s own. Speaking of series, I’ve read the first book in Tana French’s series of Dublin Murder Squad, so I’m looking forward to skipping ahead to this fourth book. The other two I’ve flipped through a bit already, and while a person doesn’t really read through books of this nature, I will endeavour to do a more in-depth reading of both of them.
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