Cookies in Review: Lemon Thumbprints

photo 1Alright I’ve mashed a few recipes together to make the most delicious lemon thumbprint cookies ever!

The first thing you are going to want to make is the lemon curd. This is the same thing you’d put into your lemon pie so this adds to the cookies.

I made a more shortbread style cookie and followed this recipe. The only change I made was adding some lemon juice to the dough. It ups the lemon flavor a little bit.

These cookies are like a lemon pie in one or two bites basically. The Mister told me they were like lemon bars to him in a cookie form. As a not big lemon flavor fan he loved them as well.

-Gummi

 

Cookies in Review: Buckeye Brownie Bites

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I saw a massive compilation post of various cookies on Imgur recently and decided I needed to test these bad boys out. I had my first ever buckeye last year at a friends house. I knew that buckeyes inside a brownie cookie would most likely be a complete masterpiece and I wasn’t disappointed.

The recipe I used is located here. It’s a chewy cake like brownie with peanut butter and chocolate fudge frosting on top. Probably heaven in one cookies if you ask me.  I used her chocolate fudge frosting recipe as well.

A few things I found with this recipe though was that you have to let the brownies cool on the pan not a cooling rack otherwise they fall apart during the transfer. Which resulted in things like this this photo where a cookie just crumbled on me.

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But they still look delicious and you can easily cover up any messiness with that frosting.

photo 3If you are looking for a delicious treat that is different from anything you’ve had I recommend making this recipe.  Your mouth and your cookie gift receivers are in for a complete treat with these!

-Gummi

 

Trashy Thursday: Broken Beauty by Chloe Adams

I picked this up for review not sure what to expect. Some novella serials are great and some aren’t. I think that Broken Beauty delivers in a lot of ways even in New Adult with a 17 year old teenager.

Our plot follows a daughter of a politician who is too busy with his career and belief about how raped women can’t get pregnant (sound familiar?). His youngest daughter Mia gets raped at a party by someone whose family is influential and we follow her dealing with being rape and how to cope. It’s a heart breaking story and touching.

I think for many women it may be a trigger, but I really enjoyed seeing how Mia dealt with it all. Along with her very messed up family. It felt pretty realistic to me for how things would go for somebody in a situation like that. I enjoyed seeing Mia grow up in some ways and take a stand for herself as well during the first book.

The only thing that has me taking stars off is how its a novella. I really did just want to read the whole story as one big chunk not all broken up into multiple novellas. I was left going ‘really it’s over?’ when I finished up the first book.

Overall 4/5 stars and I highly recommend checking this out if you are interested in New Adult themed books!

-Gummi

Trashy Tuesday: Accidentally In Love With… A God? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Just by reading the title I think you can tell that a fun book is headed your way if you pick this up. I know I was expecting at the least a silly read. Pamfiloff delivered in that respect.

The story centers around Emma who has a weird voice in her head. At the beginning of our story she isn’t really sure about why she’s always heard him in her mind or been able to talk to him, but soon we find out that Guy Santiago is trapped in Mexico. It becomes up to Emma to rescue him. Then they both have to go on a pretty crazy adventure to save the others trapped.

I liked quite a few things about this book. The dialogue was witty and kept the book moving at a fast pace. The plot was very interesting and at the very least amusing. The characters all felt realistic. Even the set up for why gods existed and how their system worked made sense.  I felt like Pamfiloff really knows how to build an interesting world and am interested in reading her other books that involve the gods from this series.

I really didn’t like the last quarter of the book or so. I felt like Emma was flip flopping too much and Guy changed. It was all fueled as a way to make Emma stronger but I still kept thinking it didn’t feel quite right to me.  The ending of the book was weird as well. It was a bit of a cliff hanger since I don’t see a direct sequel to this book currently.  Perhaps that storyline is wrapped up more in the other accidentally yours books though?

Overall I’d say Accidentally In Love With… A God? is a 3/5 stars! Really fun quirky read. I do recommend picking it up if you are looking for something silly to read especially at 2.99 on kindle!

 

-Gummi

Trashy Thursday: Endless by Amanda Gray

Looking for something with a new premise and ideas? Endless by Amanda Gray is a perfect marriage of young adult romance with lots of adventure and intrigue thrown in.

The story centers around a young artist Jenny who has weird dreams and visions when she touches people. Soon something new invades all her paintings and the visions become more revealing. Time travel and a group who wants to control anybody who travels through time create a very interesting and intense situation for Jenny and her friends.

I really enjoyed how this book was paced. I never went “come on lets move it!” everything was interesting and Gray pulls you right into the world. I found myself getting angry with Jenny in certain situations and not sure what would happen at various moments. I really liked the character growth and development throughout the book as well. Not only do we see Jenny grow but many of her friends do as well.

I honestly have no real dislikes. I do hope there is another book because the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger to me.

Overall I recommend picking this up if you want a bit different of a Young Adult novel with some great concepts. I’d give it 4/5 stars mostly knocking some off for that ending. I do highly recommend picking this book up though if you find the premise interesting.

-Gummi

Trashy Tuesday: A Study In Silks by Emma Jane Holloway

You start by meeting Evelina Cooper a misfit of society who happens to be Sherlock Holmes niece which means we have a nice set up for some interesting mystery in this A Study In Silks by Emma Jane Holloway. She’s an obvious kind of fits but doesn’t for high society London type. This leads to quite the adventure and intrigue.

I’m going to start by telling you what I liked about this book. The story was solid it was fun and interesting. I was left solving the mystery right along with Evelina. I loved the characters and how well thought out they were. Aspects of the cast like Nick and Tobias took until the very end to shine through, but I was always thinking there was more to be revealed in the best of ways. The world is a mishmash of steampunk and magic during the times of Sherlock Holmes adventure. While the great detective doesn’t show up until the very end he’s not needed. Evelina is a very well fleshed out mystery solving woman.

Now I told you what I enjoyed sadly the things that bothered me in this book are much longer. First it was slow to read not only was it a slow start with a lot of confusing character perspective jumping, the whole story felt too drawn out. I don’t mind a long book but when I finish something over 500 pages going “Yeah this could use a 200 page cut” that’s not good. Most of what I was reading felt like the same things rehashed from various perspectives. Another issue I had was the plot kept feeling like it’d pick up a little bit then slow right back down. Perhaps Holloway is just too long winded in her descriptions for my taste, but it really kept pulling me out of the book which is disappointing.

The saving grace for this book was the ending though. I was floored and ecstatic and ready to jump right into the next book. Until I remembered how long it took me to read this one. I’ve been toying with the score since I finished it but I think this book deserves 3 out of 5 stars just for the ending. I’m left too interested to not read book two but I can’t say I loved this one. Really wish the book was a bit faster paced so I could score it higher.

My final note is I’d pick it up on the cheap if you are interested in it!

-Gummi

Trashy Tuesday: Elite (Eagle Elite) by Rachel Van Dyken

I got this book for review and honestly wasn’t really sure if I’d enjoy it or not. The whole new adult/coming of age genre isn’t something I always sway towards but recently have found a couple I like so I keep trying different ones.

Elite by Rachel Van Dyken is a book that from the cover and description seems like something completely different than what it ends up being. The story revolves around Tracey Rooks who just got accepted on an amazing scholarship to the move exclusive college there is outside Chicago. We meet the Elect almost immediately upon her arrival the college and that includes Nixon a controlling bastard or is he really?

The things I loved about this book is the story. It started off as one thing but eventually became about something entirely different that revealed the truth behind it all. Van Dyken does a great job revealing the mystery to the reader with little hints and clues that lead to you realize things aren’t exactly as they seem. Though I will say I wasn’t expecting the final twist on what the truth was.

I didn’t find much to dislike in this book. A few spots I felt were a bit slow but beyond that it was well written and fun to read.

I have to say that I highly recommend Elite and think that it’s a great venture into new adult! Also something completely different from other college based stories I’ve read. Overall 4/5 stars and I can’t wait to read the next book!

Trashy Thursday: On The Scent by Angela Campbell

Looking for something fun and silly in the romance genre? I would say On The Scent fits that bill perfectly.  It’s a fun filled adventure with mystery and suspense to keep you on your seat.

On the Scent follows Hannah Dawson who quickly becomes extremely wealthy and the caretaker for two animals (Abbott and Costello) when the elderly woman she is a stay in nurse for passes away. Soon after the passing she has people following her around and trying to kidnap the animals for reasons she doesn’t know. Enter Zachary Collins a man who is there to help her stay safe and make sure Abbott and Costello don’t get stolen. A lot happens in between their falling in love and many adventures.

I really enjoyed On The Scent. I don’t read a lot of traditional romance novels usually they fall more in the New Adult category if they aren’t paranormal or fantasy. I found that this was a refreshing book and the pets added a fun twist. Most of the plot was original and different than what I expected. Dawson was a stronger female character than I expected in a traditional romance.

I don’t have an dislikes for the book besides some of the referencing to events and not outing what exactly happened until a good bit later in the book. I also felt that at times the book jumped around with too many side stories. I didn’t really connect to the characters in this book either. I found myself not finding Collins that attractive nor Hannah very interesting.

In the end it all came together really nicely. The different side stories all wove into a perfect happy ending. Overall 3.5/5 stars. I would say it is only worth the cash at a lower price point, but expect a fun read!

-Gummi

Trashy Tuesday: Under Wraps by Hannah Jayne

I discovered this series when I got the fifth book for the series to review. Not realizing how far into the series that was I quickly picked up the first book and found myself pretty thrilled with it. I would note though the cover is beyond deceiving which is a bit frustrating.

 

The plot revolves around a ‘breather’ Sophie who is working in the Underworld Detection Agency (UDA). Her boss is a werewolf, her best friend a vampire and she gets picked to help investigate a case of mysterious deaths around San Francisco with a Parker Hayes. Together they will figure out exactly what is going on and even more.

 

I enjoyed the twists in this story a lot. I was nearly positive I knew where it was heading and then it took a complete turn and I was extremely surprised with who was the murderer.  I also was shocked to find out the truth about a couple of the characters. Overall the Jayne did a wonderful job taking the read on a ride.

 

I really disliked the cover and felt it didn’t send across the fact that this series isn’t some urban fantasy badass women kicking butts and taking names.  Some of the things involving guns had me cringing as I read because of my experience with them. It was extremely unsafe and just made me really uncomfortable. I also felt like the end dragged on a bit too much. I was sort of expecting it to end and then had another chapter or so to read.

Besides the few things that made me not love the book I still would give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars and kind of worth the cash if you are looking for a bit of a different urban fantasy adventure. I at least plan on picking up the next book in the series to give it a shot.

-Gummi

Trashy Thursday: Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

As someone familiar with Kenyon’s other series The Dark Hunters I was not surprised by how much I loved this book. Kenyon managed to create an intriguing space drama and my god did it make me fall in love.

The story revolves around a princess Kiera and an Assassin Nykyrian hired to protect her life. The novel opens with a heroic rescue from the worlds most feared outlaw Nemesis and then revolves around a group called the Sentella helping keep her safe from the bounty put out on her. Her father’s planet is at war and his enemies have placed a giant bounty on Kiera’s death. All that can ensure her protection is Nykyrian and his team.

I loved the world built in this book. After one book I’ve become very invested in the Ichidian universe if not just more invested in the characters introduced in this series. This is nothing new I’m already a fan of Kenyon’s writing so I wasn’t surprised to find myself loving the characters. I was surprised at how adept she was at writing a space drama since that seemed more out of her normal writing realm, but it didn’t lack any.

I disliked a few moments in the book were I was wanting to yell at the characters for being so dense! I mean hellooo obviously he likes you but maybe as a reader I sometimes forget that generally speaking humans are pretty oblivious to others liking them. Other than that I never felt like the book had much else wrong.

This book is a total guilty pleasure for me like most Kenyon novels. I can’t express the amount of joy I had reading it and staying up late finishing it. Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 and it’s so worth the cash. I can not wait to continue reading this series.

-Gummi