Jan 30, 2013

Book Review: Elemental: The First

Just who is Halíka Dacomé?

To Rose Frost, moving house every six months is normal. Another new town here, another new school there, her ability to adapt is as easy as breathing. But everything changes when her parents go overseas and Rose moves in with her grandmother. She enjoys meeting new friends and catching up with old ones from her childhood holidays — except now she must hide a precious secret from everyone, a gift from birth that defies modern day science. 

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Rose would like nothing more then to be an ordinary teenager.  Even though she has had to attend a lot of schools because her family moves a lot due to her father's job, she has learned the art of making friends easily.  And she likes shopping, music, and parties just like any girl her age but she does have to conceal the fact that she can heal.  

This last move is different however.  Her father has taken a job overseas and Rose is going to staywith her grandmother Daisy.  She does have friends there as she used to visit Daisy every summer but this is the first time away from her family.  And now her gift keeps wanting to pop out and join the show.  And her dreams are turning into nightmares.

I really enjoyed the character of Rose.  She is so much the typical teenager that she is easy to relate too.  The other two characters who feature predominantly are Morgan and Aiden are also well drawn out.  In fact all of the character are so well done that they seem to jump off the pages.  The dialogue is such that one might hear anytime teenagers get together and the pacing is spot on.  

This book is just incredible.  ELEMENTAL: THE FIRST is so good that I am almost speechless.  This book has to be one the best young adults that I have ever had the pleasure of reading.  Ms. May has spun a story with just the right mix of mystery, intrigue, danger, dreams, friendship and romance.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the young adult genre.  I would run to your nearest book seller to pick up a copy.  I guarantee that you won't be disappointed.  I rate 

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Jan 29, 2013

Looking Forward Too...

Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day (Photo credit: elycefeliz)
Groundhog Day is coming up soon and I know that everyone is looking forward to winter ending.  It has been a really hard one for most parts of the country.  It really hasn't been bad here but there are some other things that I am looking forward to the first half of this year.

  • Getting a real paycheck.  Short term disability is nice but it just doesn't cover it all.  Also my husband had some medical bills that we thought had been covered by the insurances.  Yep he had two different ones at the time which you would think would cover it all.  Instead I had a writ served on me stating that my wages are being garnished.
  • My credit improving so that I can start the process of purchasing the home we are living in.
  • Discovering either what is wrong with my husband's feet or heaven forbid getting him  on disability as right now he can't walk or even wear shoes without experiencing extreme pain.
  • Getting my composter set up as I want to start a small container garden next year on the front porch.
  • Finally painting the walls in the upstairs bedrooms, ours included, and renting out the spare bedroom.
So what are looking forward too?
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Jan 28, 2013

Book Review: White Horse

Thirty-year-old Zoe leads an ordinary life until the end of the world arrives. She is cleaning cages and floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals when the President of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. When Zoe realizes that everyone she loves is disappearing, she starts running. Scared and alone in a shockingly changed world, she embarks on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are not defined by their genetic code, but rather by their actions and choices. White Horse offers hope for a broken world, where love can lead to the most unexpected places.

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I don't usually read books that are set after the end of the world as we know it and after reading WHITE HORSE I am wondering why that is.  I particularly enjoy books that cause me to question and this book delivers in spades.  I think that one reason that it hits home so hard is that I have become rather fed up with the pharmaceutical companies and WHITE HORSE is a 'what if' scenario of some of their practices.

But it is so much more then that.  It shows how quickly some people will throw off their humanity while others work hard to maintain theirs.  Zoe happens to be one that attempts to be good to others to the extent that she picks up people and animals along the way that need care.  Some would ask why she would bother with a blind girl when she was having trouble keeping herself alive but that just goes to show what kind of person she really is.  

WHITE HORSE is not an easy read and there were times when I found it slow but I am very happy that I stuck with it as the ending is so worth it.  It's not very often that I run across one that leaves tears in my eyes.  I do recommend it and not just to folks that enjoy reading the dystopian genre.  I rate this book a 3.5.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Jan 27, 2013

Beautiful Things

It has been an interesting couple weeks as we are still dealing with Saje's issues with his feet.  Hopefully his short term disability will go through and then we can work on the permanent disability as they don't look like they are getting better at all.  Still we are warm and the house is full of love.

  • Had our pagan potluck and it looks like we have a new folks joining us.   A couple of the younger generation which makes me rather happy.  Hopefully when I am no longer able to host these, they will still continue on.
  • Kharma is finally, at eleven years old, starting to slow down enough that he cuddles.  That is his pic up above.
  • I managed to spend time in my studio and made four pieces of jewelry, one for me and the rest for sale.
  • It looks like this round of meds are actually helping Saje's fibro.  We finally found a muscle relaxer that works for him.
  • I started Yoga last night.  I have been getting so stiff and I wanted an exercise that both wouldn't flare up my fibro and that I could do inside.  Just did a short session of 10 minutes yet didn't hurt as much before my Tramadol kicked in.
  • Getting together with friends so that we can plan out the Herb Garden for this year.
  • Chloe has become a lap cat.  She has started to 'go to work' me and will sit in my lap for hours getting attention.  This is great for her as I was worried about her not getting enough attention due to our furry rapist Deja.
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Jan 25, 2013

Year of Jewelry: Week 4

Oh my goodness where has the time gone.  I was sure when I was adding the title to the post that I had only been part of this project for three weeks yet it is actually four.  The theme for this week was 'not found in a mall'.  Now I am not one that hits the mall very often at all.  I think that the last time was in February of last year which is a shame as I love Old Navy and their prices.

Anyways since mall jewelry isn't something that I am really familiar with, I just decided to make something that I would wear which leans heavily to the simpler pieces.  This necklace is made with some gorgeous Ocean Jasper and antiqued brass chain and findings.

This necklace also happens to be for sale for $30.00 plus $3.00 shipping and handling.  If interested please let me know in your comments.
Jan 23, 2013

And the winner is

Dee Gentle who liked my Facebook page for Shaiha's Designs.  If anyone is interested in my jewelry that is where you will see what I have done and what is for sale.
Jan 22, 2013

Book Review: Never Trust a Rake


But if Lord Deben expects Henrietta Gibson to respond to the click of his fingers he's got another think coming. For she knows perfectly well why she should avoid gentlemen of his bad repute:

1. One touch of his lips and he'll ruin her for every other man.

2. One glide of his skillful fingers to the neckline of her dress will leave her molten in his arms.

3. And if even one in a thousand rumors is true, it's enough for her to know she can never, ever trust a rake...

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There are times when I get a craving for historical romances set in England.  There is just something about all the pagentry, the intricate rules for behavior and the men of this time period.  But for me to really enjoy the book the heroine has to be something pretty special.  Someone who is unique for this time period.  

Henrietta Gibson is just such a heroine.   Raised by her absentminded scholar father she is rather old for her first season at twenty-two but that doesn't really bother she will never be a slave to society.  What's important to her is truth, honor and loyalty to her family.  These qualities are rare enough in Society that she has trapped herself a Duke all without knowing it. 

Ms. Burrows is an author that I hadn't ran across so I wasn't quite sure what to expect from her writing.  The characters are interesting, the dialogue snappy and the pacing is very smooth.  I am very happy to say that I very much enjoyed NEVER TRUST A RAKE and will be keeping an eye out for any of her future releases.

I recommend NEVER TRUST A RAKE to readers of historical romance and I rate this book a 3.8.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Jan 18, 2013

Year of Jewelry Project Wk 3

Our inspiration for this week was the word music.  This was slightly difficult for me as my fibro is such that listening to music has gotten painful.  If there is one thing that I hate about this disease it has to be that.  I always used to have the music playing wherever I happened to be. 

So I was obviously going to have to think outside the box for this theme so I started to consider other sounds that are music to my ears.  The sound that stood out the most is the sound of the waves at the ocean.  When I need to recharge I can't usually make to the actual ocean but we have a lot of bays and inlets here in Washington that have waves.

Seaside Harmonies was made using sea glass and pewter charms.  The findings are copper because I love to mix metal and the wirewrapping is done in German Silver.  This bracelet is actually for sale for $20.00 + $3.00 for domestic shipping.
Jan 17, 2013

Book Review: Summerset Abbey


1913: In a sprawling manor on the outskirts of London, three young women seek to fulfill their destinies and desires amidst the unspoken rules of society and the distant rumblings of war. . . . Rowena Buxton

Sir Philip Buxton raised three girls into beautiful and capable young women in a bohemian household that defied Edwardian tradition. Eldest sister Rowena was taught to value people, not wealth or status. But everything she believes will be tested when Sir Philip dies, and the girls must live under their uncle’s guardianship at the vast family estate, Summerset Abbey. Standing up for a beloved family member sequestered to the “underclass” in this privileged new world, and drawn into the Cunning Coterie, an exclusive social circle of aristocratic “rebels,” Rowena must decide where her true passions—and loyalties—lie.

Victoria Buxton

Frail in body but filled with an audacious spirit, Victoria secretly dreams of attending university to become a botanist like her father. But this most unladylike wish is not her only secret—Victoria has stumbled upon a family scandal that, if revealed, has the potential to change lives forever. . . .

Prudence Tate

Prudence was lovingly brought up alongside Victoria and Rowena, and their bond is as strong as blood. But by birth she is a governess’s daughter, and to the lord of Summerset Abbey, that makes her a commoner who must take her true place in society—as lady’s maid to her beloved “sisters.” But Pru doesn’t belong in the downstairs world of the household staff any more than she belongs upstairs with the Buxton girls. And when a young lord catches her eye, she begins to wonder if she’ll ever truly carve out a place for herself at Summerset Abbey.

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While I do tend to read the paranormal or young adult genres there are times when I get the urge for a good historical.  SUMMERSET ABBEY appeared to the perfect book to scratch that itch.  Not a romance though there are romantic elements to the story as there must be when the tale is centered about three young women.  Not a mystery though there is definitely elements to the story that take a while to bubble to the surface.

I found SUMMERSET ABBEY to be an interesting book.  It is centered around the three 'sisters' and what happens to their lives after their beloved father dies.  All of the sisters do get equal time and I will admit that I definitely had my favorites among them though I found them all interesting in different ways.

In reading about their lives and their interactions with the secondary characters I was given a clearer picture about how society constrained women in earlier times and just how much importance was placed upon just who one's parents are.  I found this engrossing.  I can better appreciate just how much difference the Sufferage Movement has made in the lives of women today.  How one isn't expected to move from your family home into your husbands and how one can now marry for love regardless of one's class.

The only thing that I didn't care for in SUMMERSET ABBEY was the ending.  I realize that it is only the first book in the series yet it felt rushed to me.  Because of this I am not able to rate this book as high as I might have otherwise.  I rate this book a 3.5 and do recommend it to readers who enjoy historical fiction.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Jan 16, 2013

Pay It Forward.

While I was wandering through my blogs the other day I came across the most wonderful idea.  Oh you want to know what it was? 

Well it is pretty simple.  I will send gift to the first five people who leave me a comment.  The only catch is that you also offer the same deal to people on your blog.  (So yes you do need to have a blog.)  As everyone knows, I do make jewelry but that isn't necessarily what I will send.  It could be candles, gift cards, chocolates... well you get the idea.

When you comment please make sure that either I can get your email through your blogger profile or that you leave me the address in your comment.
Jan 14, 2013

Book Review: The Reluctant Countess

Regal, poised, and elegant, Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is everything that a highborn lady should be. But Sophie is hiding a past that is far from royal. When Patrick, Earl of Coulter, realizes that her story doesn’t add up, he resolves to find out the truth of what Sophie and her sister-in-law are concealing. Although Sophie has every reason to avoid him, the handsome and charismatic Patrick awakens something wicked deep within her soul . . . a powerful need that Sophie must stifle in order to protect her place in society.

Despite Sophie’s humble background, the raven-haired beauty has won Patrick’s heart. But what Sophie needs now is an ally. Viscount Myles Dumbly, the disgruntled former heir of Monmouth, is determined to expose Sophie as a fraud to recapture his lost inheritance. Soon Patrick is drawn into a fight for both their lives. Somehow he must find a way not only to rescue Sophie from poverty once and for all, but to keep her in his arms forever.

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One of my favorite fairy tales has always been Cinderella and it is a theme that comes up quite frequently in romances.  Some of the attempts are ones not worth printing and others are more then satisfactory drawing the reader deep into the tale.  I am happy to say that THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS is one of the latter ones.  

I think what really caught me was the characters themselves.  Sophie is a warm and caring woman with secrets of her own that are starting to come out with possibly deadly consequences.  She is a woman that thinks of others first rather than herself.  Patrick is a fitting mate for her as he is the same working hard in parliament to improve the lot of the working class and children.  

The secondary characters also have a lot of, well for lack of a better word, character.  Letty, Sophie's sister-in-law, is very much enjoying being back in Society but she truly cares for Sophie.  Amelia, Sophie's best friend, is a very smart and opinionated young lady who cares more about where a person's heart is at then a person's past.  And Stephan, Patrick's best friend, is man who grew up surrounded by love and will do anything for those that he cares for.  These characters add a lot to the plotline. 

If I have any complaint about the book is that we are left hanging about the future of these secondary characters.  I am hoping that Ms. Vella will continue their stories in another book.  

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romantic suspense and  I rate THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS at 4.1.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Jan 13, 2013

Beautiful Things

It has been a week for medical issues.  My body decided to give out on me on Tuesday and when I tweeked my back rearranging my studio decided to play nasty so I ended up going to urgent care.  My hubby Saje also found out the issues with the pain in his feet is apt to be permanent since it might be his fibro.  Not to sure that I believe that is the only thing going on with feet though.  We will see as I will push to get him an answer and relief.  Now on to the good things.

  • I have my computer back and the USB ports are now working.  It had been in the shop for about a week.  Thank goodness for SquareTrade extended warranties.  I didn't pay a thing
  • Kharma, my Pomeranian devil, is getting old.  He will finally be still long enough to cuddle.  I originally got him as a lap dog and well that never worked out.
  • I received an email asking if I was willing to be on a design team for one of my favorite vendors.  I am over the moon about this.
Jan 12, 2013

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop

When Lori Anderson of Pretty Things suggested a blog hop to honor someone important in our lives I was all for it.  I didn't have to think very hard to come up with the person that I wanted to honor.

My grandmother Fern Farnsworth was born on January 19th of 1912 and left us on November 23rd of 2004.  She was an important part of my life as she helped raise me since my mother wasn't married when she had me.  This occurrence is not that uncommon now but back in the early 60s it was pretty much unheard of.  Some of my fondest memories of my Gram was sitting around her kitchen table and playing Canasta.  Gram loved Days of Our Lives and every time I hear the theme song it takes me back to her home in Portland.

In designing a necklace to honor her I decided to base it on her first name and I found the perfect fern focal at Firefly Design Studio.   I also picked up the stunning accent beads at the same place.  As an aside I wanted to give the owner Michelle McCarthy huge kudos.  My focal arrived broken and as soon as I let Michelle know she sent me out another one.

I hope that you have enjoyed my memories and my necklace.  There are yet more memories yet to explore so be sure to check out everyone's offerings.  Just click here.
Jan 11, 2013

Year of Jewelry: Week 2

Our inspiration for this week was the word 'Grace'.  Trying to pin down the word was rather tough for me because what I kept coming back to was the poise and grace of the actresses of forties and fifties.  I finally decided to pay homage to them and made a pair of earrings that I could see one of those actresses wearing to a Hollywood party.

Since we are talking about vintage actresses I chose to use vintage supplies.  In fact the only item that isn't vintage would be the headpins that I used with the crystal and the french hooks.
Jan 9, 2013

In Sickness

When I met my husband Saje in 2000 we were both pretty healthy.  Sure I had hurt my back a few times from overestimating how much I could move and a car accident but nothing major.  We were married in 2001 and part of the vows were 'in sickness and in health'.  We both took that seriously along with my promise to shot him rather then ever divorcing him.

We are both fairly young being in our forties but health has taken a turn for the worse.  I was blessed with fibromyalgia after being rear-ended in 2002.  For the most part I do pretty good but there are definitely some bad days.  I have also had to have surgery twice.

Saje was diagnosed also with fibro in 2011 and unfortunately his is much worse then mine.  He also came down with Reynaud's Syndrome last year.  Lately he hasn't been able to work as putting any pressure on his feet including walking or wearing shoes causes extreme pain.  We have been searching down an answer to the cause and hoping that once we find it that it can be corrected.  Well we found out the reason for it on Monday.  Apparently his fibro has effected his feet also.  We hadn't considered this nor had his primary care physician as having it effect the feet this severely isn't that common.

I am just glad to have an answer as to why.  Now to research disability as I can't see Saje ever being able to go back to work.  Do I regret my vow of sickness or in health?  Not at all.  I love him even more then when we were married.  The issues of our health is just another step in the game of life.
Jan 7, 2013

Book Review: Stranded

A Strand In the Web

New York Times Bestselling Fantasy Author Anne Bishop makes her U.S. debut in Science Fiction with this engaging futuristic novella. The Restorers travel the universe fulfilling a purpose handed down through the generations. They live and die aboard city-ships, never knowing the worlds they create and save. What begins as a disastrous training exercise in creating and balancing ecosystems becomes an unexpected fight for survival. The only hope may be the secret project of an untried Restorer team.

A Host Of Leeches

Award winning author James Alan Gardner pens a wonderfully imaginative tale in which a young woman wakes to find herself the sole human on an orbiting, mechanical space station. To find a way home, she must navigate the dangerous politics of war between opposing robot leaders.


Popular urban fantasy writer Anthony Francis (Dakota Frost, Skindancer series) explores a clash of ethics and survival when a young, genetically engineered centauress from the ultra-advanced Alliance lays claim to a rare, strategic garden planet, only to find herself captured by a band of rag-tag Frontier refugees who've crashed their vintage ship on her unexpectedly hostile world.

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I don't tend to read many compilations of short stories or novella simply because I prefer a longer length for my books.  This gives the author much more room for character development and I don't have to say goodbye to new friends quite as quickly.  That being said when I saw that Anne Bishop was trying her hand at science fiction I just couldn't resist.

I found that I really enjoyed A Strand In The Web and A Host Of Leeches.  The main characters were easy to relate to and the stories themselves were ones that tugged at my heart strings.  Both stories while being science fiction focused more on the human side of the equation even if the humanity shows up in robots as in
 A Host Of Leeches.  I really can't decide just which one I preferred more.

Stranded was my least favorite of the stories as it was 'harder' science fiction with more focus being on the science.  I also found it difficult to relate to any of the characters in the story.  It was very well written though and I am sure that other readers will find it to be their favorite.
I do recommend this book to any readers that enjoy science fiction.  I found it suitable to readers of all ages even though the protagonists in each tale are teenagers.   I rate this book a 3.7.

Jan 6, 2013

ABS January Challenge

Black Peacocks with Japanese Persimmons
Jessie Arms Botke, 1940
Oil and Gold Leaf on Panel
32 x 40 inches

I instantly fell in love with painting that was choose for our inspiration and I had all kinds of wonderful ideas that I just wasn't able to bring to fruition.  Very frustrating.  Then it occurred to me that I was trying to do too much.  Once I narrowed down my scope and concentrated on the wonderful colors of the peacock's tail feathers everything seemed to come together.

I had some delight beads made by Juls of StudioJuls that had all those wonderful colors within them.  I used three of them for my focal and knotted them with some howlite gemmies.  Definitely not what I had originally envisioned but this necklace will fit great with my wardrobe.  I have a funny feeling that I will be playing around a bit with this design some to add in some gold but I did have to work with what supplies I have on hand.


Beautiful Things

If you are looking for the contest click here.

It has been an interesting week.  I am now up to working six hours a day but my elbow sure objects to that.  I go into see my doctor next Wednesday and will talk to him about it.  Saje went in to have his nerve conduction test.  They are still trying to figure out just what is wrong with him.  If it doesn't improve we are looking at disability because he just can't put any weight on his feet without being in immense pain.

That doesn't mean however that there weren't things that made me smile.  The picture above is of my Christmas Cactus in full bloom.  That is definitely worth a smile as it decided to do it all on its own without all the steps that one is supposed to take to cause it.

  • I just love the sectional that was given to us.  It is older and was originally that microfiber which has worn off in places.  I do find it amusing that in the locations where it has worn off it looks like distressed leather.
  • I have been cooking the past few weeks rather then Saje and have had the chance to try out some new recipes.  Last night I made Butter Chicken and it was great.  Really easy recipe too.
  • I have been able to start working on my jewelry again.  Nothing heavy as far as wire or metal but it is a start.

Jan 4, 2013

Year of Jewelry: Week 1

 If you are looking for the contest click here.

I really have to chuckle at how this this necklace came about.  I went down to my studio with the intent to use one of my focals that are currently just taking up space in a drawer.  I pulled out this little goddess who was really too small to be a focal all on her own but then I found the ring from OutWest.  The colors were such a perfect match that I am really surprised that they were made together. 

Once I had the focal all together I played around with a few different ways to hang it but I finally setting on some suede cord with charms on the end because this allowed the length to be adjustable.  It is going to be heading across the country to a friend of mine as a belated Yule gift,

Now I am sure that you are wondering just where this fits into my Year Of Jewelry.  Well once I finished the necklace I jumped online to discover the theme for the week.  It just happened to be Renewal which fits this necklace perfectly.  The brown of the cord represents the barren part of the year with green and red on the Goddess representing the coming fertility of spring and summer.

I have committed to making one piece of jewelry a week for 2013 based on a theme as part of the Year Of Jewelry Project.  If everything goes according to plan I will be sharing this piece with you every Friday.  The theme for next week is Grace.  Hope to see you for that reveal.
Jan 3, 2013

Book Review: Pushing the Limits

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

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I picked up PUSHING THE LIMITS because it sounded like an interesting young adult novel.  Little did I expect to fall absolutely in love.  This book takes a gritty no-holds-barred look at what happened when two damaged teenagers come together and help each other heal.

Ms. McGarry does an incredible job of portraying Echo and Noah.  They both have issues... a lot of issues...to deal with from their pasts.  And neither of them were doing a very good job of facing them until their new counselor sets Echo up to tutor Noah.  And then the sparks begin to fly...

Echo went from being the popular girl to one that is unsure of whether anyone would accept her as she is now.  She just wants life to go back to being 'normal'.  Oh and to regain her memory of the night that she got her scars.

Noah lost his parents in an accident and he as well as this two younger brothers ended up in the foster care system.  His time in the system has been a nightmare he doesn't trust adults and have issues with getting close to anyone.  He just wants to finish school and get out of the system.

The book covers mental breakdowns, drug use, peer pressure and various illegal acts so not exactly a book for younger teens or even older ones that look at the world through rosy colored glasses.  It takes a stark look at what can really happen in the lives of troubled teens.  It will raise questions and shine the light on real issues.

I do recommend PUSHING THE LIMITS to older teens and adults of all ages.  One of my requirements for a book to get a five is that I will be rereading it in the future.  And this is definitely a book that I will read more then once.  This book gets a 5.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Jan 2, 2013

And let it begin...

I just love a fresh new year.  One that can be a fantastic year or one that is better forgotten.  I can do a lot to determine which it will be.  My primary..dare I say it..goal this year is to get Shaiha Designs up and off the ground.  I have a lot (and I mean way more then I really need) of supplies so now it is time to really puut them to use.

To do this I plan on spending a lot more time in my studio and to stop looking at it as just a hobby.  You will also see a few changes here on the blog as I will be showing a lot more jewelry pics.  My plan right now is to post at least one pic a week.  Not only will this make me accountable but I will be able to see just how my photography skills improve throughout the year.

Now I know that there were a lot of bangs a couple nights ago but I wanted to contribute my own bang in my own way and start this year off with a contest.

Here's to a wonderful 2013!!