Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Here's a brief update....Most of The Lateiner Gang has been ill in one way or the other the past few days. From flu's, to fevers to Dave throwing out his back and not being able to walk! Please forgive the fact that we have been MIA for the last few days. As of tonight, we are going to be catching up on the site. There is a bunch of things going on that we want to share. First and foremost, there a a handful of reviews that need to be posted. Don't be overwhelmed, but if all goes according to plan, we will have 3-5 new reviews posted tonight or tomorrow. Again, we wanted to let you know what has been going on as a few of you have emailed us in concern as to where the heck we have been (we appreciate that so much and thank you for caring!) and we felt it would be a good idea to give a brief update and then go on with business as usual.
Also, we were working on updating the look of the site before our house became a temporary mini hospital and it is almost done! We have agreed (we hope!) on a new design and are putting the finishing touches on it. That reminds us, if you happen to click on the site and see some weird patterns or things out of place, bear with us for a few days as we are just finalizing our new look. Even though we try to avoid it, sometimes the best way to see if something is a good fit is to see it run live. Besides the new look, we are going to be adding a few new colums to the site as well as updating some of the old ones. We are really excited about this and hope you will be too once it is done!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Elettra lives in her family's small bed and breakfast in Rome with her Dad and 2 aunts. For some strange reason, they over book the few rooms that they have for New Years and Elettra ends up sharing her room with 3 other kids from around the globe..Harvey, Sheng, and Mistral. After a bunch of chapters where the author has the guests over the shock of being stuck together and gets the children acquainted with one another, the action begins.
After a mysterious blackout in the city, the kids sneak out for a stroll around the neighborhood for fun. On a bridge, a man approaches them screaming "It has begun" and "They're coming!". Well, as to not spoil anything, he gives the kids a briefcase and tells them to hold it for him until he comes to get it. Sure enough, they do, and the next morning the papers show a picture of that very man, murdered the night before.
Now they have this briefcase that they know no one is coming back for. The kids discover that they all share the same birthday, Feb 29th, leap year and realize it was no mistake that they were all over booked in the hotel and that it was meant for them to be together. From here on, the book picks up the pace. They search high and low around the city utilizing the contents of the briefcase (this is the part where I DON'T SPOIL IT FOR YOU and tell you what is in the briefcase) for clues that they are not even sure what will lead them to. All the time being trailed by a Jacob Mahler, only an EXTREMELY dangerous assasis (can you guess who killed the guy on the bridge???), but for the most part, being one step ahead of him for most of the book.
The kids have some weird things happen to them like Elletra getting "feelings of extreme warmth" and Sheng's eyes turning golden yellow from time to time. Even Jacob seems to possess some sort of ability to play a certain tune on his violin that is so captivating that it literally draws you in and puts many to sleep upon hearing it played. The entire time they are searching for clues, they are picking up new ones, but still do not know what it is they are looking for.
Eventually, you learn about who the "man with the briefcase" was and meet a few people that are linked to him that help the kids out. They do end up locating the "Ring of Fire" which supposedly possesses such amazing powers that it was not even able to be controlled by such historical figures like Socrates, Plato, and Nero. Apparently, every hundred years, children are supposed to take possession of the ring of fire. What they are supposed to be doing with it, well, I either missed that or that is what we find out in future installments. WIth the help of a gypsy (very strange little old lady) and another associate of the "briefcase man", the kids finally outsmart Jacob and take possession of the "Ring of Fire". Once again, I believe we will see in book 2 what happens next.
So I'm not telling you to hop in the car and hit up Barnes and Noble before you even finish reading this review, but if you happen to be there and feel like getting into a fun series, go for it. I liked it enough to definitely be excited for book 2. I am hoping that many unanswered questions do get answered. If not, book 3 will be tough to get and read, but if so, I'm definitely in.
I can definitely see where the author is setting you up for what could be a really intense adventure. The rest of the books in the series take place in Paris, New York, and China. In case you didn't guess, these are the cities that the other children live in. They end the book by promising that they will not do anything with the "Ring of Fire" further unless all 4 are together again, which is obviously going to happen.
As you all know, and I'll remind those of you that are new to our "style" of reviews, if you don't see a book reviewed here, it doesn't necessarily mean we didn't like it, we could have possibly not read it. What you DO know, is that if a book is reviewed here, it got 2 thumbs up. So, with that said, this book was a toughie, borderline to making it on to the site.....Here's the deal....if book 2 continues and we learn more about "the Ring of Fire" and the adventures continue, 2 thumbs up. If I don't get some needed answers in book 2, (fingers crossed) although the adventures are good, there's no sense in reading on. If we do....strap yourself in for a good one.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Ruby Gettinger, the endearing and beloved star of The Style Network's hit reality show Ruby, reveals the most private aspects of her life-altering journey to conquer morbid obesity and to attain health and happiness in this inspirational book based on her personal diary
From the debut of The Style Network's number one reality show Ruby, viewers fell in love with its sweet and spirited Southern star, and remain mesmerized by her public mission to overcome her inner conflicts and win her ongoing battle with weight.
At her heaviest, Ruby weighed more than 700 pounds. Although she wasn't quite sure how she got to this point—or why—one thing was clear: it was killing her. Her doctor warned that her diabetes was raging out of control and that she could die at any moment. Vowing to change her life to save it, Ruby made a genuine commitment to uncover all of the underlying physical and psychological causes of her food addiction—an act of courage that has helped her lose nearly 400 pounds so far! To support her on this difficult path, Ruby has kept a journal of her experiences, including intimate reflections, surprising discoveries, and current fears, hopes, and dreams, many of which she shares here.
Filled with honesty, optimism, and classic "Rubyisms" as well as revealing insights from her friends, family, and team of experts, Ruby's Diary is a remarkable record of one determined woman's complex challenges and her many laudable achievements. Ruby's perseverance is not only an example to all those battling their own weight and addiction issues, it is an example to all those grappling with personal obstacles of any kind. Anyone not in love with Ruby just hasn't met her yet!
I was so "hacky" (No it's not a misprint! After reading the book you will understand!) when this book came to my doorstep. I am so fond of Ruby and her heart, that I could not wait to tear right into the pages of her diary and hear Ruby's heartfelt true inner feelings. Let me just say, Ruby did not disappoint! She is honest and real, all you want to do while reading through the pages is jumping jacks every time she accomplishes a goal. Everyone that enters Ruby's world is touched by her- and they see far beyond her weight. Her journey is not just shedding the excess pounds, it is to discover what led her to put the weight on, and possibly fill in the missing pieces of her childhood that she amazingly has no recollection of. Ruby does not hesitate to disclose her dark moments and is brutally honest when sharing her feelings. Her journey is teaching Ruby to become a healthier individual who is now in control of her own life. She is learning to make the right choices, no matter how difficult they may be. Ruby is relatable, she discusses that she also encounters set backs too.
I particularly enjoyed all of the personal notes and stories shared to us by Ruby's family and friends. It seems as though Ruby has impacted each and every one of their lives in her own unique way. She even introduced her friend Greg to the woman he would later marry. Greg spotted a sales girl at The Gap, and wanted Ruby's opinion. Fearless, she marched right into the store and Ruby manufactured a conversation using her southern charm. Seventeen years later and seven children, Greg and his wife are still happily married! Ruby is also changing the lives of the ones closest to her. They have formed a bond, and agreed to join Ruby on her journey. As a result, they have become more active and healthier too. Her friends are so devoted to Ruby, and you can really tell that they are such wonderful positive people just like her. Ruby is so fortunate to be surrounded around amazing family and friends.
After reading the book cover to cover, I was left wanting more. I can't wait to learn the next chapter of Ruby's future accomplishments. Not only does Ruby believe that there are great things to come, I know it too! She is such an inspirational person who is strong and committed to conquering this beast. I can't wait to see her achieve it!
Thanks for reading!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
They Saved The Best For Last! The Lateiner Gang Participates in Kaleb Nation's Blog Tour Of His New Novel " Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse "
Hey All! Check back tomorrow night or over the weekend for more information on Kaleb Nation's amazing new novel "Bran Hambric". The Lateiner Gang's Book Review Spot will be the last stop on Kaleb's Blog Tour! Details on the tour and info on how to win your very own copy of "Bran Hambric" will be available right here tomorrow tonight! Do check back later as this is one book that you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!
Monday, September 7, 2009
THE TIME HAS COME, after a month long wait our first 2 contests ever have come to a close and the 2 winners are about to be announced! HOWEVER, we want to mention a couple of things that are very important and now that we have your attention, this is probably a good time to do it...SO, short and sweet...