Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Chistmas Everybody!

A big Merry Christmas to all of my readers and their families! Have lots of fun and enjoy every minute! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My Thoughts on Grammarly!

Recently,  Grammarly reached out to be an offered a 30 day free trial in exchange for an honest review of their service. So here goes!

The user interface is very easy to understand. All you need to do is copy and paste your text from your word processing program into the indicated spot.  You then click “start review” and then choose what kind of document you are creating.  I also like that there are different ways a piece can be edited depending on the type that it is.  When you click the review button you are asked what type of document it is from a drop down menu.  Some of the choices include creative, business and academic to name a few. 
The program also acts as a great teacher when showing you your mistakes, with detailed descriptions and examples. This is to not only show you how to fix the problem, but also how to keep from making the same mistake in the future.

I really enjoyed this product! As in anything being a blogger is about reputation. Readers judge you on a different scale since they do not know you in person. If your writing looks messy and unorganized, YOU look messy and unorganized. Grammarly helps combat that by helping you be the best writer that you can be.  Their attention to detail proves that they understand writers and their needs!  I strongly suggest even if you believe you are good with the commas and the semicolons to click the button at the top right! All it takes is one document to prove its worth!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

REVIEW: Isaura

By Ruth Silver
December 2013
LazyDay Publishing

At the end of Morai, Olivia’s husband Joshua gets kidnapped by the former mayor of Genesis.  So, when we catch up With Olivia in the beginning of the 3rd novel Isaura, she is putting a small search-and-rescue team together. The city of Torv cannot spare many people now that the war has begun and; therefore, only a few volunteers are able to come along.  This includes her father as well as a former acquaintance for Haven.  The head of the ruins of Haven under the assumption that it is where Joshua is  taken to and when they get they are  met with a few surprises. One being that the mayor is not their only enemy.  Behind their backs,  Isaura has been gathering an army, as well as arming herself with the serum that gives the people Shadow their special powers.  Isaura is hell bent on taking over by whatever means necessary and it is up to Olivia and her friends to stop them.

They do meet some new allies in a city called Spade.  Their leader Hunter has built up his city to withstand any attack and offers his assistance in the search for Joshua.  The city of Spade has mostly been cut off from the world. Keeping under the radar and biding their time in waiting for the war.  After a showdown with Isaura in Shadow where many of the group barely get away, they retreat to Spade to regroup and plan their next offensive.  The goal is to put Isuara reign of terror to an end and make Cabel truly free.

As with the previous two novels I was very impressed. The book's pace was perfect, and I read it in its entirety in two days!  I am sad to see this series come to an end, but as all good things often do, it must. I suggest to anyone reading this review to pick up all three novels in this series. It would make a perfect Christmas present for yourself or someone you love!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

REVIEW: Parasite

"I use Grammarly's plagiarism checker because I like to hang with participles!

By Mira Grant
November 2013

Mira Grant is one of my favorite authors ever since I read her first series “Newsflesh”,  So, when I heard she came out with her new series, Parasitology, I bought it the first chance I got.

The series begins with the first book “Parasite” where we meet Sally “Sal” Mitchell.  Six years ago she found herself brain-dead after a horrific care accident.  Miraculously, she wakes up, but with no memory of her former self and without the ability to speak.  In the present, she is a much more functional human being. She works at a local animal shelter and has a steady boyfriend.  Her personality is completely different from what it used to be.  Before the accident,  Sally was rude, rebellious, and a pretty big pain to live with most of the time. After the accident,  she is much sweeter and much more friendly.

Sally along with many others in the world has something inside her.  A company called Symbogen in the last 10 years has developed a genetically engineered tapeworm. The tapeworm called an Intestinal Bodyguard which takes the place of many different aspects of health.  It dispenses all medications including insulin and protects the body from cancer and sickness. Sally is Symbogen’s star of sorts as the company believes to have saved her from her car accident with their product.

One day while Sally is shopping at the mall with her sister they notice something strange. While eating in the food court, they see a little girl with a vacant stare walking towards the exit with her mother trying to hold her back.  The girl it seems does not even notice and continues to walk with another person with the same expression. Upset by this the sister’s hurry home and explain what happened to the rest of the family.  Sally’s sister and father are scientists for the military, but do not say anything to Sally about what could be the cause of the strange behavior.

This book is great! Fans of the Newsflesh trilogy would become just as enamored with this series.  It gets a little wordy at times while trying to explain the science behind the story, but without it the story would be confusing. I book ended with such a great cliffhanger and I cannot wait for the sequel!


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