Sunday, October 16, 2016

A Charming Voodoo Review

It's always difficult to review a mystery without giving away the plot. This is the description from the back of the book:

Bubble. . . bubble. . .
Whispering Falls is abuzz with the new housing development and new shops popping up all over the magical village.
Cures and trouble. . .
A Magical Cure’s owner, June Heal’s intuition is on high alert and she just can’t shake that something bad is about to happen.
Magic stirs . . .
It must be the upcoming All Hallow’s Eve celebration that has love in the air. Or maybe it’s because there are several more citizens in Whispering Falls.
And trouble doubles . . .
 June’s intuition is far from wrong after she stumbles upon new town resident Patch Burr who is lying dead in the middle of his pumpkin patch.

For those that have never read the series: It's a murder mystery set in a small magical village in Kentucky. Shop owner June Heal is our amateur detective. This is definitely a fun series with quirky, likeable characters.

Whispering Falls is changing. There are lots of new shops popping up, and a new housing development. Mrs. Kappes has introduced a lot of new characters in this book. I like how she's adding new people to keep the storyline fresh, but the part of me that doesn't like change (at all) is whining like a baby. lol!

Anyhow, whenever I read (or watch) a murder mystery, I try right at the very beginning to pick the victim and the murderer. Even before I've been properly introduced to them. Sometimes I'm right, but more often I'm not. lol! Well, it was easy to pick the murder victim, since it said on the back who it was. (Fyi, the info on the back is wrong. It's Patty, not Patch who's murdered.) But I was completely fooled by the murderer. Mrs. Kappes has a way of shifting focus to each suspect in a way that makes you think that there's no way they didn't do it, then she pulls the real murderer out of nowhere and ties all the clues together at the end. I love being fooled by surprise endings!

This book is definitely one to pick up, if you like mysteries. It's a fun, easy read that will have you guessing to the very end.

I was provided a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

My First Review in a Long Time!

I know I said my first review was going to be another book, but I just got the Happy Planner Recipe Organizer at Hobby Lobby today, and I just had to show everyone! <3

K, I really hate starting out my reviews on a negative note, but I don't care for the cover.
It's boring, and I don't care for red. So... no love there. However, the cover is easily replaced, so that's really not a big deal for me.

When you first open the front cover, you're greeted by these Market Lists. There's 10 of them.
Next page.
Belongs to ME! XD

K, on to the real stuff. lol!

The next 3 pages are dedicated to cooking terms. Now, I'm not a professional chef by any stretch of the imagination. I know some of these terms, but some (such as deglaze and truss) I'd never heard of before. So whenever I'm ready to try something new, I'll know what the recipe is talking about. XD

There are 8 dividers, categorized as follows:
Family Favorites
Main Dishes
Slow Cooker
Healthy Fare
Quick & Easy
I will definitely be changing some of the dividers. For example, I love the Family Favorites and Slow Cooker. And I'll keep Main Dishes and Desserts. But I'll change the others. Breakfast, Soups & Stews, and Appetizers will be three of my changes.
These are the insides of the first two divider tabs. I love, LOVE these pages.
On the side of each recipe is a, sort of, features-at-a-glance section. I love this because if it's something I don't make very often and can't remember how long it takes, I don't have to peruse the recipe and add up the cooking time. It's right there for me. Also, if it goes in the oven, the temp is right there, so I can preheat my oven. This is definitely convenient for me. There's also a star rating at the bottom of each page:
We like this recipe. A lot. :)

The Happy Planner uses the discbound system, meaning that you can remove the pages and reinsert them. I love this feature. It makes it incredibly convenient in so many ways.
The Divider tabs are color coded.
 And so are the top corners of the recipe pages.
That way, if you remove a page for whatever reason, it's much easier and quicker to find it's correct location.

There's room in this organizer for 192 recipes. That's plenty for me! lol! I don't even have half that many. So I'll be able to add new recipes for a long time.

Bottom line: I really like this recipe organizer. I can't wait to transfer all my recipes over and start using it. It's going to make cooking so much more fun for me! :)

Do you have any of the Happy Planners? How do you like it?