Book Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

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Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

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288 pages
Published: September 5th 2017 by Delacorte Press

synopsis

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

review

Words cannot express how much I loved, We Were Liars. I was expecting a similar sort of read, stunningly beautiful, mysterious and moving.

This book was absolutely not what I expected it to be. No way, no how. Not even a little bit.

E Lockhart can certainly craft a compelling mystery. but this one was dark. Almost too dark for my liking. Our protagonist is not a character we can admire. Instead, she is an insidious young woman that shocks you with her horrific actions. When we initially meet her, we assume she is innocent and simply a victim in the craziness that is her life. As the story unfolds, her layers are pulled back and we see her true colours revealed – spoiler, they aren’t pretty.

I didn’t enjoy this one as much as We Were Liars, but I absolutely appreciate the mysterious and creepy tone the story set. E Lockhart has such a classic style of writing, it is impossible not to appreciate the creative genius.

Fans of Pretty Little Liars – this one’s for you!

Pssst…Check out, We Were Liars

We Were Liars

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE

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2018 Almanac: April Birth Symbols

2018AlmanacApril Birth Symbols

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April is named after the Greek Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. In the Roman calendar, the fourth month April is spelled Aprilis, meaning “to open.”

Oh, how fresh the wind is blowing!
See! The sky is bright an clear,
Oh, how green the grass is growing!
April! April! Are you here?
–Dora R. Goodale (1866–1953)

April’s birth flower is the daisy or sweet pea.

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The daisy conveys innocence, loyal love, and purity. Yet, it is also a flower given between friends to keep a secret; the daisy means “I’ll never tell.”

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The other April flower is the sweet pea. While sweet peas signify blissful pleasure, on the other hand they are also used to say good-bye.

April’s birthstone is the diamond.

AprilBirthStoneIn addition to being a symbol of everlasting love, was once thought to bring courage. In Sanskrit, the diamond is called “vajra,” which also means lightning; in Hindu mythology, vajra was the weapon of Indra, the king of gods.

A few fun facts about diamonds

The diamond, composed solely of carbon, is the hardest gemstone and can be cut only by another diamond. Although often colorless, it also may appear in yellow, brown, red, pink, orange, blue, or green, from pale to intense; the more saturated the hue, the more valuable the stone.

This gem was once thought to protect against poison. The largest known diamond is 2,500 miles wide and weighs approximately 10 billion trillion trillion carats. A crystallized white dwarf star, it is located in the constellation Centaurus, about 50 light-years from Earth. It is nicknamed “Lucy,” after the Beatles song, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”

April’s Zodiac

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Two signs in the traditional Zodiac calendar fall in April, both of which are domestic animals, quadrupeds with cloven hoofs. People born in the first part of the month between March 21st and April 19th are said to be born under the sign of Aries the Ram, a Sun sign which is ruled by the planet and the Roman god of War, Mars. Those born from April 20th to May 20th are born under Taurus the Bull, an Earth sign who is ruled by the planet and the Roman goddess of love, Venus

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Poetry: Eventual

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There was no life and death

You had never existed and always would

All the questions of life
Answered in the stars above

I loved them
I loved them all

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Audio Book Review: The Call Of Cthulhu LP Read by Andrew Leman

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The Call of Cthulhu LP

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Read by Andrew Leman

Sound by Theologian

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Released by Cadabra Records

review

This is among the most ambitious Lovecraft releases: the full, unabridged reading of The Call of Cthulhu. This classic work is brimming with haunting passages illustrating man’s fear of the unknown – every word is essential to the story. As listeners, we tap directly into Lovecraft’s knack for cosmic horror and the uncanny components of his weird worlds. Each section of the story is given the outmost respect to detail; pairing powerful readings with sinister soundscapes.

Theologian has become the soundtrack of the Lovecraft collection, consistently orchestrating fantastical sounds fit both for horror classics and sci-fi tales. Theologian taps into the energy of Lovecraft, contributing a haunting soundtrack that delivers ample levels of chills.

Horror fans connect so deeply with these recordings because each story taps into a new unknown, bringing to life a new fear. Andrew Leman’s voice paired with Theologian’s sounds is exactly the way Lovecraft should be experienced.

Purchase At Cadabra Records

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Recipes: Lavender Lemonade

IMG_6469Lavender Lemonade

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Ingredients

2 1/2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1-2TB dried lavender flowers (organic, chemical free)
*chopped fine

2 1/2 cups water
1 cup fresh lemon juice

Directions

In a large saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Add lavender flowers. Cover and let stand for one hour.

Strain lavender from sugar water

. Stir in additional cold water and lemon juice.

Pour over ice and add sliced lemons.

Makes 6 servings

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Recipes: Honey Cake

IMG_6469Sweet breads correspond to Ostara and nothing is more tradition for this time for fresh, new beginnings than Honey. Sweet breads are a top food choice for the season. Celebrate with this great take on traditional Honey Cake.

Winter does still linger, but the sweet aromas will assure you that warmth is on the way.

READY IN: 30mins SERVES: 6-8
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INGREDIENTS

1 cup honey, warmed in a pot over hot water
4 eggs, beaten
1 1⁄2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 F, and butter and flour a 7″ cake pan.
Beat honey until frothy. Add eggs, flour and baking powder.
Pour into prepared cake pan. Bake for 15 minutes and check the cake. When done, it will shrink slightly from the pan. Continue baking for 5 minutes if it isn’t ready yet. (continue if it needs more time).

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Turn it out of the pan while still hot, and let cool on a rack. Store in an airtight container for a day before serving.

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St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

St Patrick's DaySt. Patrick’s Day 2018 occurs on Saturday, March 17, in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

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What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.

This St. Paddy’s Day, celebrate with a traditional Irish snack.

Soda Bread

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

Mix flour, raisins, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, caraway seeds, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.

Whisk buttermilk and egg together in a small bowl.

Stir into flour mixture. Fold butter into the batter.

Spoon batter into the prepared muffin tin.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 30 minutes.

PeasOnStPaddy'sWant to extend the Luck of the Irish to your garden?

 Plant Peas for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s an old American tradition to plant peas on St. Patrick’s Day, which is said to bring luck come harvesttime.

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