Saturday, May 5, 2018

Book Review on Be Careful What You Joust For by Ryan Hauge and Ivy Smoak

Do you love to read or watch movies on knights, ladies, and tournaments? If so, you will enjoy this book by Ryan Hauge and Ivy Smoak, Be Careful What You Joust For (Pentavia Book 1). It was published on April 17th of 2018 and sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC. This book includes genres like science fiction, fantasy, and epic.
Ryan Hauge and his wife, Ivy Smoak lives in Wilmington Delaware, where they do everything together. They wrote this book together. Ryan gets his inspiration from the video games he played growing up and from his toy business.
This book is easy to follow and understand. The one thing that this book is and that is unpredictable and full of surprises. It keeps you on your toes. What I love is that each character has their own chapters throughout the book. So you know who the chapter is about.
Knights from all over come to compete in a jousting tournament to win Arwin's Lance. Whoever wins this lance, can either keep the peace or start a war. For the House of Hornbolt, which is hosting the tournament, this is where the elder son is expected to win, the second son will become a priest and the daughter will marry the most eligible man. What happens when the second son wants to be a knight instead of a priest and the daughter loves a thief? Then you add another mystery and that is who killed the late king?

I would recommend this book to any reader who loves to read about ancient times, knights, jousting, tournaments, drama, suspense, and fantasy. This is a book that captivates from the first moment you start to read and doesn't let go until the end.
According to, "Jousting is a martial game or hastilude between two horseman wielding lances with blunted tips, often as part of a tournament. Jousting is based on the military use of the lance by heavy cavalry" (

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Health Tips, Myths, and Tricks by Morton Tavel

Health Tips, Myths, and Tricks. A Physicians Advice is in enriched nonfiction book written by Morton E. Tavel an M.D. This book was published by Brighton Publishing Company in 2015. I was fascinated by this book and had to look the author up. While reading about him, I learned that he wrote another book just like this, the Snake Oil is Alive and Well. Just by reading the title, the reader knows that this book is about your health.

Dr. Tavel wrote this book after he wrote Snake Oil is Alive and Well. As you read this, you will see that it is easy to read and understand. As you read, you will notice how well researched this book was. 

This beautifully written book is divided into three parts. The first section talks about our health and how we can incorporate the tips in our life so that we can live long and healthy. Information in this section includes what we should eat and how much of what we shouldn’t eat to how to manage our weight and more insightful information. The second section is on Myths and the many conspiracies that people have about our health. The last section is about the Tricks that people will say or do to get us to pay for their product that is dangerous to our health.

The great thing about Dr. Tavel is that he includes his references on his information regarding the studies that he writes about. Even with its 280 pages, this book was fast paced with its well thought out information. I loved that it had his references included at the end. 

I love this book and will continue to flip through the many pages to reread the many health tips. I love that the author wrote a chapter on each topic, for example, he wrote about coffee, green tea, eating breakfast, weight, chocolate, foods to avoid and many more.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 because it was well written and informative and Dr. Tavel backed up his opinions with extensive research. There were some minor errors. What really stood out for me was the amount of research that he did and that he genuinely cares about what he writes. This book would appeal to readers who are concerned about their health and want to make a change in their daily life. Readers who want to keep this book and always refer to the information all the time. This book wouldn’t be for people who don’t want to change their life.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Beauty Tips by Kaye Young

Beauty Tips: Helpful Tips for Timeless Beauty- Natural Ways to Enhance and Maintain your Beauty by Kaye Young is in the genre of Health, Fitness, Dieting, Beauty, Grooming, and Style. This 56-page book was published on February 22, 2015, by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Kaye Young is a single mother of three kids while being a Pilates instructor. She has been writing and blogging since the year 2002. She also researches everything that she writes about.

Table of Contents

this book contains the following chapters:
Chapter 1: Are you healthy enough to be beautiful
Chapter 2: Acquiring good beauty habits
Chapter 3: Natural beauty supplements
Chapter 4: Beauty treatment that works like magic
Chapter 5: Your manners affect your beauty
Chapter 6: Sensual rejuvenation
Chapter 7: Steps to revitalize and replenish your skin
Chapter 8: Healing the harmony of your body
Chapter 9: Peace of mind for a long and beautiful life

In today's society, it seems like everyone wants to be beautiful to the extent of spending hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars having surgeries to be beautiful. Do the surgeries really work? We forget that everyone in the past centuries wanted the same things but they didn't have what we had today. They used natural beauty treatments so it's time for us to try them today. The good thing about natural beauty treatments is that they are good for you and saves you money. This book gives you some beauty treatments to try.
Most people think beauty is just our faces but we need to take care of ourselves from our head to our toes. Beauty can include spas, aromatherapy, massages and hair care. A massage is a great way to release tension and stress from our muscles, it can restore energy, improve sleep, remove toxins from our bodies and many more.
Some tips that can enhance our natural beauty are blackhead removal, decrease wrinkles, exfoliate, get your hair professionally done, keep fat cells and acne at bay, luscious lips, moisturize your nails, shape eyebrows, soothing face, these are just a few tips the author mentions. You will need to read the book to read some more. What I love is that after each of tips mentioned, there is a brief explanation on how to do it in easy to understand manner.
the author even gives us an example of a daily routine that will help us to maintain beauty. She mentions that our morning routine is cleansed, tone and moisturizer. She even tells us how to do it. Then our evening routine should remove makeup and cleanse. What I love is that she gives us the information on how to do what she mentions and the recipes to make them.
this book is packed with a lot of information that is useful to us so that we can have beautiful faces and body without spending a lot of money or using harmful chemicals. If you love to detox, there is even a chapter on how to do that and what natural products to use.
The author also gives us the reader some good habits to have such as: be happy and smile, think about your breathing, move around, watch your diet, relax, sleep and clean your face before sleeping. These are good habits to have but I never thought that they were good for beauty. Washing your face before going to bed is a good habit to have and one I need to work on. I like that she after she lists the good habits she mentions the reason why this is something you should do.
Another thing that I like about this book is that some natural pills and supplements are included in this book. For example, did you know that by taking Biotin or fish oil that it helps strengthen your nails, or that Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) and Fern Extract is good for sun-damaged skin, if you take CoQ10 it can help prevent aging? Evening Primrose & Black Currant is great for healthy skin, hair and nails and Iron and Vitamin C is for hair loss. Flavonoids, Retinoic Acid, Vitamin B, C, E, Selenium is also great for your skin and the best part is that it is natural.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in using natural ingredients to enhance their skin and beauty. I will be using this book frequently and have already mentioned some of these beauty recipes to my sister and her kids. I love this book because it is easy to read and the recipes are easy to make.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Natural Beauty Recipes by Lisa Patrick

About the Book and Author

Do you want to use natural ingredients for your body and skin, then you will want to read Lisa Patrick's book, Natural Beauty Recipes: 60 Best Kept Secrets to Care for the Skin, Natural Skin Care Tips. This e-book is 46 pages but well worth the reading. This book was published on August 19, 2013, by Speedy Publishing, LLC. They have this book under the genre of skin care, beauty, grooming, and style.

Lisa Patrick has written books on how to apply to makeup, the proper way. She wants to teach people how to care for their skin, the natural way.


Did you know that people have used natural beauty recipes since the beginning of time? Natural ingredients are better for you because it is: "free of preservatives and pesticides, easily absorbed by the skin, less likely to cause irritation such as redness,etc., can prevent future damage by nourishing skin cells naturally, affordable, available, and good for the environment" (Natural Beauty Recipes by Lisa Patrick). Lisa Patrick explains what the five skin types are and the best natural ingredients to use and give a recipe to go with it. The 5 skin types are dry, oily, sensitive, mature, and combination.
This book gives recipes for skin types and its problems, for example, wrinkles, acne, and dull skin. There is a chapter that pertains to how to create your own home spa which is great for those who want their own spa. The best part about these recipes is that most of the ingredients, you will find in your kitchen. These recipes are easy to make but you will need the best quality ingredients that you can buy at the health store.
This book contains natural recipes for foot soaks, body scrubs, face masks, moisturizes, sunscreen lotion, and many more great ideas.

Table of Contents

This book contains the following:
Chapter 1: The Natural Beauty Recipe Explained
Chapter 2: Typology of the Skin
Chapter 3: How to Create the Perfect Home Spa
Chapter 4: 20 Natural Beauty Recipes for the Hair and Body
Chapter 5: 20 Natural Beauty Recipes for the Face
Chapter 6: 20 Natural Beauty Recipes for the Hands and Feet
Chapter 7: Frequently Asked Questions about Natural Beauty Recipes

My thoughts

I have oily skin which means my skin will be prone to mild or severe acne, blackheads and whiteheads. I learned about the natural ingredients that will help control my face. The natural ingredients are:
-Tea Tree Oil
-Lemon Juice
-Lime Juice
-Egg Whites
-Witch Hazel
-Apple cider Vinegar
I didn't know that apple cider vinegar was good for my skin. I love ACV so I had to try the face mask for oily skin. This is one recipe that I will be using in the future.
All Natural Face Mask for Oily Skin Recipe:
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp lemon juice
Mix all three ingredients in a bowl. Apply to face for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

I tried this and after rinsing the mask off, my face was softer. I love it. this is a great face mask. My skin is still soft and feels great.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning how to take care of their skin the natural way. And anyone who is interested in beauty, grooming and skin care products.
I did find some grammar mistakes but it didn't take away anything from the book. There was nothing about this book that I didn't like. I love that it was easy to understand and follow. It is set up with a recipe with its ingredients and directions. It is also easy to read.
I also love that it gives you recipes for the hair and body, for the face, and your hand and feet. I am going to keep this book because I will be going back through it to make some of these recipes myself.
Another thing that I love about this book is that it contains more than one recipe for a product. For example, there are different recipes for a face mask. You can choose which one you like or which one you have the ingredients for. One recipe for a mask calls for brown sugar, granulated sugar, almond oil and pumpkin pie spice whereas another one calls for ground sage, coconut oil, coconut milk and sea salt. I love that there are different options for different people.
This book is easy to navigate. Anyone can read this book and understand what is being said.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Raquel Says by Mois Benarroch

Raquel Says (Something Entirely Unexpected) by [Benarroch, Mois]

About the Book

Do you love to read novels about a parallel universe? If so, then you will want to read Mois Benarroch's 164-page novel Raquel Says (Something Entirely Unexpected). This book was published in August of 2017 by Babelcube Inc. This book was translated by Sally Seward.

The Author

Mois Benarroch was in Morocco in the year 1959. He can write in three languages. He is a best selling writer and poet in Israel and a novelist in Spain. He was awarded the prestigious Amichay Poet Prize in 2012. He has published 30 books.
In the beginning of the book, the narrator wants to die and the world doesn't interest him anymore. This man is depressed and you can see this as he compares himself to his fellow writers, Kafka and Kerouac, who died at 40 the same age as himself. He writes in Hebrew but is told to write in Spanish. When you read further in this parallel world, you see that his wife has left him. We learn that he created this woman, Raquel in a parallel world. She is a writer in Madrid. They communicate through email where we learn that they are soul mates. As the book goes on, the narrator doesn't want to die anymore.
The narrator is looking for love. Someone who knows how to love him and not just say the words. How would you react if writing just appeared on your computer screen? That is what happened to the narrator. Suddenly words appeared on his screen that said,
"Well, we can't give you what you want. But we can give you the possibility to create."
"Today, and only today, you may create a person."
"A person that you may choose yourself."
"The only condition is that the person must have been born in the same year you were born and in the same city."
Then the words disappear.
"I understand that I will now have to create a person. Not a fictitious one, a person. What she thinks only now become a reality" (Raquel Says (Something Entirely Unexpected by Mois Benarroch, page 8). It's like he pulled Raquel's name out of thin air and now she is a person from a parallel world. We do learn that he created Raquel to save his books.

My Thoughts

This book was written in 1st person which I don't care for. I usually don't read books that are written in this kind of style but I had already made a promise to read this book. I found that I could understand the book better towards the end. As I read the book, it was easier to read and follow.
The one thing that I didn't like was the cover of the book. I don't think that the picture on the cover goes with the book. This book was well written with few grammar mistakes. This is a slow and steady type of book.
I would recommend this book to readers who love novels that have to do with parallel universes. Readers need to have an open mind when reading this.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Immigrant's Lament by Mois Benarroch

About the Book

If you love poetry then you will want to read this 93-page The Immigrant's Lament by Mois Benarroch. This book was published by Moben Publishing on December 25, 2013. This book is also written in Hebrew and English.

The Author

Mois Benarroch was born in Morocco in 1959. He is a poet in Israel whereas he is a novelist in Spain. This book was first published in 1994, not in English but in Hebrew. If you love this book then you will happy to learn that he has written 30 books. He writes in three languages and doesn't write in one specific area but many.


This book of poems is on the life of the poet. This 53 poem book focuses on love, family, friends, freedom, and life. Out of this 53 poems, only two poems are longer than a page. The Immigrant's Life, which is told in 3rd person, is about the poet's life in 18 pages it focused on when he and his family left home to move to Israel. The Self Portrait of the Poet in a Family Mirror is 12 pages long and talks about who he is and what he wants.
The following are some of the poems that you will read in this book:
- The Immigrant's Lament
- Watch
- Promises
- Lisbon
- Can a poem help
- She writes a diary
- Speech of the man after the birth of his first son

My Thoughts

I read this book because I love poems and I have written poems before. The Immigrant's Lament is about the author's life at various times. The great thing about this book is that there is a poem on each page so it makes it easier to read and to follow.
The author put his Table of Contents in the back of his book which I didn't care for since this is the first time I have seen it. There were a few errors but not many errors but nothing major that would take anything from this book.
I would definitely recommend this book to all poetry lovers.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Practical Relationship Advice for Professional Women #3 Online Dating Tips by Annie Easter

Do you need some online dating tips, if so, then you need to read Annie Easter's 20-page book Practical Relationship Advice for Professional Women #3 Online Dating Tips? This is her third book in a seven-part series. This book was published on October 24, 2017, and sold by Amazon Digital Services, LLC.
Annie Easter is a married mother of two. She is a doctor and is a relationship guru who also does one-on-one consultants.
When reading the Table of Contents, you will notice that it is organized in its simplicity. The reader will know what she is going to be reading this book. This book contains information on the following:
- It's All in the Name
- Do's
- Don'ts
- Say Cheese
- The Body of your Online Profile
- Read Carefully
- Never Married, Separated, Divorced or Widowed
- What's Age Got to do with it?
- Online Dating Horror Stories

I like that the chapters are organized in an easy way of understanding what the author is trying to say. In each chapter, there are headings and under the heading are tips that we can use while trying to do online dating. These tips are great advice. In the first chapter, Annie gives us the do's and don't's of picking out an online name. Do's would be to personalize it, share your biggest passion, describe your personality and make yourself physically appealing whereas the don'ts are don't be generic, don't use your full and last name, don't be too provocative and don't brag.
When you are dating online, your name is your first impression besides your picture.
Another example of advice in this book is on displaying photos:
- put up several pictures
- include high-quality shots
- make them current
- include a great headshot
- include a full body shot
- do not include photos of other people
There are other pearls of wisdom in this book that the reader will have to read.
I would recommend this to women who are looking to try online dating or even those who are already doing it. These tips in this book are good advice especially since the author found her husband by doing this. When dating online, getting advice is essential since nowadays you have to be careful. The advice in this book is good and practical.