Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Into the Flames by Angelina Kerner

A dead kingdom. A new life. Two crowns on the line.
When Omari turned nineteen, she started dreaming of a dangerous woman and dying men. At first she thought she was crazy but as dreams progressed, she realized she was dreaming of a past life- being Queen Alexandra of Heartdra. With a dying breath, Queen Alexandra promises to take revenge on the Betrayers but as Omari she promised to play the role of Princess of Phame for her aunt.
The Red Festival approaches and with it the Heart Games. She’ll play to kill the last betrayer and free the ghosts who roam the icy castle of Heardra. Will she get her happily ever after?

This is the second book by Angelina Kerner I've read and I was not disappointed. This author has a great imagination and her writing style flows in a way that grabs your attention and sucks you in and won't let you go.

Omari is a great character. She is complicated and interesting with a spirit that makes you root for her the entire story. Her hopes and dreams feel very much like a 19-year-old girl,(with an old reincarnated soul) and her romance with Malikai is very sweet- and not the main plotline, which is nice.

This story is so unique with the fact the characters turn into Phoenix instead of wolves or cats etc...The author does a great job of describing the transformations while still leaving the mystery and magic.

Trigger warning: there is a scene toward the end that is sexual assault- though not too detailed and it fits in with the story (so not just shock value), but some may find it hard to read.

The story starts out with a bang and just keeps going, fights, conversations, magic, romance, a great villain, hair brushing, humor, and fantasy. This book has it all. A little something for everyone.

My only complaint is that there are a TON of characters in this book and it took me a bit to keep everyone straight, but it didn't make the read any less enjoyable.

Please follow Angelina and read some of her other light-hearted supernatural stories.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Spring 2020 TBR - Or what I am reading during COVID-19 Self Isolation

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by where we showcase ten books in different categories. This week it is our Spring TBR piles. Or as I am calling it, all the books I will read during self-isolation and WFH! 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Vagina Bible by Dr. Jen Gunter

OB/GYN, writer for The New York Times, USA Today, and Self, and host of the show Jensplaining, Dr. Jen Gunter now delivers the definitive book on vaginal health, answering the questions you've always had but were afraid to ask--or couldn't find the right answers to. She has been called Twitter's resident gynecologist, the Internet's OB/GYN, and one of the fiercest advocates for women's health...and she's here to give you the straight talk on the topics she knows best.
Does eating sugar cause yeast infections? Does pubic hair have a function?
Should you have a vulvovaginal care regimen?
Will your vagina shrivel up if you go without sex?
What's the truth about the HPV vaccine?
So many important questions, so much convincing, confusing, contradictory misinformation! In this age of click bait, pseudoscience, and celebrity-endorsed products, it's easy to be overwhelmed--whether it's websites, advice from well-meaning friends, uneducated partners, and even healthcare providers. So how do you separate facts from fiction? OB-GYN Jen Gunter, an expert on women's health--and the internet's most popular go-to doc--comes to the rescue with a book that debunks the myths and educates and empowers women. From reproductive health to the impact of antibiotics and probiotics, and the latest trends, including vaginal steaming, vaginal marijuana products, and jade eggs, Gunter takes us on a factual, fun-filled journey. Discover the truth about:
- The vaginal microbiome
- Genital hygiene, lubricants, and hormone myths and fallacies
- How diet impacts vaginal health
- Stem cells and the vagina
- Cosmetic vaginal surgery
- What changes to expect during pregnancy, after childbirth, and through menopause
- How medicine fails women by dismissing symptoms
- Thongs vs. lace: the best underwear for vaginal health
- How to select a tampon
- The full glory of the clitoris and the myth of the G Spot
... And so much more. Whether you're a twenty-six-year-old worried that her labia are "uncool" or a sixty-six-year-old dealing with painful sex, this comprehensive guide is sure to become a lifelong trusted resource.

I follow Dr. Gunter on twitter and always love her posts. I too think things like GOOP and their jade eggs and vagina steaming are all bull shit.

I listened to this and the good doctor reads it herself and has a pleasing voice.

This book was great, informative, interesting and educational. I skipped around from chapter to chapter based on my own knowledge and interest. Some sections like on menopause I skipped and will come back later when I am closer to menopause. 

I really enjoyed the no-nonsense approach to topics that most women do not talk about enough or are embarrassed to ask questions about. Especially questions about vaginal symptoms, lubricant during sex, STI's etc...

For me, however, I knew a lot of this information already so I got a little bored in sections. But for someone not as informed as me I think this book is a must.