Book Review: Ryan Hunter (Grover Beach Team #2) by Piper Shelly

Ryan Hunter

I loved “Play with Me” by Piper Shelly and in that book I fell in love with Ryan’s character.
When I found out that another book would be released, but now from the POV of Ryan, I knew I had to read it.

In “Ryan Hunter (Grover Beach Team, # 2)” we learn more about Ryan’s feelings towards Liza and we see more of the Soccer team.

The book was an easy read, engaging, sweet and fun with a lovely romance.
I really loved the main characters that the author created for the Grover Beach Series (Liza and Ryan) and I found Justin (one of the secondary characters) very likeable.

I must say than from the two books of the Grover Beach Team Series, this from Ryan’s POV became my favorite.
This book made me smile a lot, kept me reading without a break (it was impossible for me to put it down) and now is part of my “To re-read” shelf.

Overall this is a well written and very enjoyable book that I really recommend, specially to people who like YA books and stories with romance and sports (to have a better understanding of the story and the characters I recommend to read first “Play with Me” the Book 1 in the Series).

If in the future more books of the Grover Beach Team Series are released, I’ll definitely read them.

Hobbies and E-learning: Acquiring new skills on Music and Cooking

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A few months ago I found an excellent website where you can take different online courses, the site is http://www.cousera.org.

The first course I took (for free) and finished two months ago, was Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning provided by the University of California, Irvine. In this course I learned some basic aspects of IRS, Insurance and Retirement.

The course format included video lectures, quizzes, readings, some peer asignments and you can also interact with your peers through discussion forums.

Like besides reading, other of my hobbies are cooking and music, I recently started other courses on the same website (also offered free of charge):

-Introduction to Guitar by Berklee College of Music
-Child Nutrition and Cooking by Stanford University

The first week of the guitar course was interesting (of course first I had to convince my husband to let me use one of his guitars to practice), the video lectures were entertaining, I learned to identify the different parts of the guitar and even though my fingers hurt at the end of the practice, I felt satisfied because I learned how to play the first two chords 🙂

This week began the course of Nutrition and Cooking, and I’m anxious to start my first assignment in the kitchen.

Book Review: The Lightbearers by Nora M. Garcia

The Lightbearers

Book Description (from Goodreads):

THE LIGHTBEARERS is the story of an ancient Egyptian King and Queen, Akhenaton and Nefertiti, who have been reincarnating together for the past 3300 years. They have been entrusted with the mission of The Lightbearers, whose responsibility is to be guardians of the human race and to enlighten any whose path they cross. Through reincarnation, during each of their lifetimes, they strive to overcome violence, greed and injustice and in each lifetime they leave pockets of individuals with whom they have shared their secrets of life and death. They have also been ascribed with the powers of telepathy, astral projection and psycho kinesis. They are highly evolved and highly enlightened.

Discovery of their innate mystical powers is facilitated by the assistance of an alien being who introduces them to the mission of the Lightbearer. Through a series of flashbacks two of their previous lifetimes are revealed beginning in Ancient Egypt and including 17th century France where they switched genders.

The story unfolds in the 21st century where Jean Crystal, Nefertiti’s incarnate, has been kidnapped by Dr. Natas, whose plan for world domination has been temporarily disrupted by Jean and her husband George, Akhenaten’s incarnate. Jean and George have discovered a secret about Dr. Natas experimental school, a school completely computerized and robotized.

Jean is held captive on a laboratory table by a motion sensitive laser directed toward her central nervous system. Not realizing this, upon awakening from a narcotic sleep induced by the doctor, she attempts to move and is suddenly wracked by a mind numbing pain. The more she moves the more pain she receives. By astrally projecting herself she is able to overcome the pain and investigate her circumstances. George has already been assassinated and while awaiting her own demise, George pays Jean a visit in the lab, assuring her of their eternal vow to each other. Jean is very shortly, thereafter, assassinated. Upon the joyful reunion of their spirits on Petite Terre, a tiny island just off the Normandy Province of France, Jean and George plan their return. While it is possible to determine their gender and the time in which they return, they cannot predetermine their identities. They must pick a place, a time and a signal by which they can find and identify each other in their subsequent lifetime. In this particular lifetime, their favorite song was “Imagine” by John Lennon and so on the first Monday of October, 2024 at 12 noon, they decide to meet outside the computer science building on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. She will find him sitting under a tree near the building with a guitar strumming “Imagine”.

Their reunion takes place 20 years later, albeit not without a hitch. Together they set out to rescue the United States from Dr. Natas’s well-placed plans, he has already begun to execute.

Book Review:

Reincarnation, astral projection, telepathy, robots and romance, are some of the elements that make The Lightbearers a very interesting and captivating story.

The protagonists of this story are Jean and George, two Lightbearers with some special powers who have been together through different lives and times and are trying to fulfill its mission of helping humanity (although this is not an easy task for them!). The author did a nice job making these two characters really likable and interesting.

The book starts with Jean (in the contemporary times), who is in the hands of the evil genius Dr. Natas, owner of Alpha Beta Corporation and creator of a school that uses robots instead of humans (He is a true villain, dark and very manipulative, who won’t stop until he gets what he wants).
There are some unexpected twists and turns involving some of the secondary characters (I won’t give any spoilers here), but all of them contribute to make the story even more interesting.

With a mix of science fiction, action, romance and supernatural aspects, this is an entertaining book (well written and with good characters), that I really enjoyed, kept my attention until the end and I will surely recommend.

Documentary in Amazon Prime: Nursery University, looking for the perfect school

 

Today I was looking at the available documentaries in Amazon Prime and I found “Nursery University”, this documentary follows some families while they’re searching for the perfect nursery school for their children, and gives us a look at how the application process works, here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

“In communities across the United States, competition to get into the best schools is starting early. New York City is at the center of this phenomenon, where nursery schools – homes of finger-painting, building blocks, and naptime – have become the arena where parents jostle for the privilege to place”.

After watching the documentary I was shocked by how hard it seems to find a spot for your kid if you live in New York, and how the process can be.
I’m married, but I don’t have any kids yet (and I don’t live in New York), but this documentary left me with a lot of questions: how many nursery schools are in the city I live? How many of them are private? How many are public? What is the average annual cost? How the application process works?

I end this post with a question for those who have kids: what was your experience when you had to look for a nursery school or a preschool for them?

DISCLAIMER:
The movies available for free to Amazon Prime members are subject to change, is important that you confirm the price of the movie before you start watching it.