Thursday, January 8, 2015

Book Review: Summer House with Swimming Pool

Disclaimer: I did receive a fee copy of the book in order to facilitate an honest review. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
When a medical mistake goes horribly wrong and Ralph Meier, a famous actor, winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser is forced to conceal the error from his patients and family. After all, reputation is everything in this business. But the weight of carrying such a secret lies heavily on his mind, and he can't keep hiding from the truth…or the Board of Medical Examiners.

The problem is that the real truth is a bit worse than a simple slipup. Marc played a role in Ralph's death, and he's not exactly upset that the man is gone. Still haunted by his eldest daughter's rape during their stay at Ralph's extravagant Mediterranean summerhouse-one they shared with Ralph and his enticing wife, Judith, film director Stanley Forbes and his far younger girlfriend, Emmanuelle, and Judith's mother-Marc has had it on his mind that the perpetrator of the rape could be either Ralph or Stanley. Stanley's guilt seems obvious, bearing in mind his uncomfortable fixation on the prospect of Marc's daughter's fashion career, but Marc's reasons for wanting Ralph dead become increasingly compelling as events unravel. There is damning evidence against Marc, but he isn't alone in his loathing of the star-studded director.
My Review:
Well, I had never heard of Herman Koch before this book, but I'm hooked. I plan on reading more of his works soon! Dr. Schlosser is really something else in this book. I normally don't like books where I despise the main character, but I have to say, he kept things very interesting. I found myself fascinated with his blatant disregard for his patients. This book was a great page-turner and I was surprised with the ending. If you don't mind despicable characters, try this one out!
4 out of 5 stars

About the Author:
Herman Koch is known as a television producer and a writer. The book 'Het diner', published in 2009, was his breakthrough in the Netherlands. It was published in 17 countries. It was partly based on a true story involving a homeless woman named, María del Rosario Endrinal Petit, in Barcelona (Spain), in December 2005.

Koch was born in Arnhem, and later moved to Amsterdam. He studied Russian for some months, and lived in Finland for a while. Nowadays he is married to the Spanish Amalia, and has a son, Pablo.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Walking With Dinosaurs: Review

Disclaimer: I received free tickets in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Walking With Dinosaurs is a great show! My boys (ages 7 and  9) really enjoyed seeing it and learning a little about the dinosaurs. While it is a fun time for older kids I do not recommend taking a toddler. My youngest (almost 17 months old) was scared a majority of the time. Keep in mind: the music is quite loud and the lights were dramatic.
The music was really great and dramatic. They also had inflatable grass and flowers around the stage which surprised us. I think my boys loved when they had two torosauruses fighting. Me? I was sitting there watching the dinosaurs and feeling bad because there would be a hurt loser when it was all done.
As much as Tyrannosaurus rex scared us, it was nice to see a gentler side with her little baby. It also provided some laughs from the audience because the little one would try to imitate his mom's ferocious roars.
One can expect to see 10 different species of dinosaurs, numerous posturing/fight scenes, dramatic music and lights, great narration, and a ton of learning! Ticket prices range from about $25 to around $100 (note that children under 2 do not need a ticket but again, I don't recommend it) and it's only in town for a few days so don't hesitate! If you missed my last post with discount codes, see it here. I must add that it was neat watching the show after finding out it had originally started its run here in Tacoma 7 years ago! My family loved the entertainment and highly recommend it to others.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Walking With Dinosaurs at the Tacoma Dome!

Disclaimer: I did receive fee tickets to the show in exchange for my honest promotion. All opinions are my own.  
Walking With Dinosaurs is a live theatrical arena show that is performed in two acts with an intermission. Teams of three puppeteers operate each dinosaur, weighing approximately 1.6 tons. Since the show's start in 2007, it has been enjoyed by over 8 million people in 217 cities! When I had the chance to attend the opening night with my boys, I jumped at the chance! My boys had mentioned Walking With Dinosaurs a couple weeks ago and we plan to surprise them tomorrow night! I think I'm excited to see the dinosaurs too.
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 Excited?! Yeah, I am to! I also have a special discount code to share! Use coupon code "KIDFUN" on the Walking With Dinosaurs website . The discount is for the following:

- $5 off Price Level 2: $44.50 (regular $49.50)
- $3 off Price Level 3: $26.50 (regular $29.50)

Valid on all shows except Sat 11am/3pm and Sun 1pm.

If you are debating on going, please stay tuned for my review in a couple days!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Review: Collide by J.C. Hannigan

Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of the book in order to facilitate an honest review. All opinions are my own.
About the Book
Title: Collide
Publication date: July 27th, 2014
Author: J.C. Hannigan
Harlow Jones has a troubled past, and a questionable future. Surrounded by death, tragedy, and intrigue, she is forced to mature long before her time. Plagued by anxiety and depression, she hides her inner turmoil with spite and sarcasm. Her thick skin is impenetrable. That is…until she becomes involved with her grade 12 English teacher.
You have to admit it: You have lusted after at least one of your teachers. But how many of us have actually acted on it? Harlow is the sarcastic teen we can all live vicariously through. She sees her handsome teacher as a challenge and is pleasantly surprised it turns into more than just a fling. I know you're thinking that teacher-student relationships are not appropriate. Well, I agree with you. Except Harlow is not your normal 17-year-old girl. She's been through quite a bit at her young age and honestly, she has turned out to be a remarkable young woman.
I loved how Harlow had a heroine moment which also helped turn her into best friends with an unlikely classmate. Jenna is a typical 'popular' girl but she ends up helping Harlow open up. I was so glad this friendship came about because after what she went through with her old best friend, I felt Harlow really needed another close friend.
I enjoyed reading this because Harlow is one of those kick-ass chicks that I like to think I can identify with. The only negative thing I must mention is that I feel like the ending was rushed. Without giving away too much, I think Harlow (in real-life) would have had a harder time during the trial proceedings. I read this quickly as it was a bit intense and I can't wait for the follow-up!
About the Author
J.C. Hannigan lives in Ontario, Canada, in a small town east of Toronto. She is a mother to two young boys, and lives with a rare chronic pain disorder called Multiple Hereditary Exostoses.
She's been writing online for over a decade, even winning a "Teen Bloggie" for her angst ridden teen blog in 2008.
Collide is her first novel.