Happy National Margarita Day!!!

Well, today is the day to ignore our gross winter weather (well, got MOST of us at least!!) And pretend that we’re somewhere nicer for a little while!!

Suggested playlist with your tropical get-away

  1. Bob Marley- One Love/People get Ready
  2. Toots and the Maytals- Pressure Drop
  3. Sublime- Summertime
  4. Bob Marley & the Wailers- Could you Be Loved
  5. Bedouin Soundclash- When the Night Feels My Song
  6. The Aggrolites- Free Time
  7. Sublime- Santeria
  8. Bad Manners- Lip Up Fatty
  9. The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones- The Rascal King
  10. Mustard Plug- Mr. Smiley
  11. Bedouin Soundclash- Santa Monica
  12. Staylefish- Green, Balck & Gold
  13. Toth Kay- I’ve Set Sail
  14. Toots & the Maytals- Monkey Man
  15. Street Pharmasy- RSVP
  16. Stalefish- No Ulterior Motives
  17. Slightly Stoopid- Closer to the Sun
  18. The Kingstonians- Sufferer
  19. Byron Lee & The Dragonaries- Express Yourself
  20. Fishbone- Party at Ground Zero
  21. Hep Cat- Dance Wid’ Me
  22. The Pietasters- Girl Take it Easy
  23. Royal Crowl Revue- Beyond the Sea
  24. Hep Cat- No Worries
  25. UB40- Red Red Wine
  26. The Paragons- The Tide is High
  27. Jimmy Cliff- Wonderful World, Beautiful People
  28. Rebel Emergency- Wander Far Away
  29. The Johnstones- Sunny Days
  30. 311- Amber

 

Alright, got your playlist all ready??

Well, now it’s time to set the MOOD…

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And now, the most important thing… THE DRINK!!

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
    1 oz Cointreau or other orange liqueur
    1 1/2 oz silver Tequila
    (optional) a squeeze of agave syrup
    Kosher Salt
    wheel of lime for garnish

Directions

  1. Rub a wedge of lime around the edge of your glass and spin it in some kosher salt to rim
  2. Fill glass with ice and wheel of lime
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and other ingredients (add the agave syrup if you like a sweeter margarita)
  4. Shake for approximately 20 seconds to chill
  5. Pour into glass
  6. CHEERS!!

 

One Week Ago Today ~ #neveragain

This was posted by Kim over at By Hook or By Book and really needs as much attention as it can get. I hope that helping her put faces to this travesty will bring some thought and action to the future …

By Hook Or By Book

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One week ago today, one of the worst school shootings took place at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas took place in Parkland, Florida. Today, thousands of students from Palm Beach to Washington D.C., are walking out in protest of state and federal governments refusal to discuss the increasing gun violence in this country and the shameful neglect of the mentally ill, and Parkland school survivors are meeting with some Florida legislators after traveling 400 miles yesterday to Tallahassee. To add further context I’d like to share with you the seventeen people whose lives ended all too soon. I realize this is a long post, but  these are not just statistics. These innocents had hopes and dreams that will never be realized. Each of their lives touched hundreds of others, which leads me to wonder what if…

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Alyssa Alhadeff, 14

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How Do You Unravel A Life…?

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3.5 out of 5 Stars

“Guilt. It’s like a cancer that eats you from the inside out. Destroying everything in its path.”

Anna Walker has a great life with her husband Nick who loves her and who she loves in return. So, why is it that when she meets bartender and photographer bad boy Alec Prentice she can’t stop thinking about him? But, when thinking leads to doing, and passion turns to  obsession she knows that she has to get out. For the sake of her marriage and her sanity.

But, is it really that easy to walk away? Is it that easy to cover the lies and deceit so that loving, doting Nick will never find out? As things begin to take a strange and dark turn and spiral out of control, Anna begins to realise that you can’t ignore that scarlet letter stamped on you. It will always come back to haunt you

““I don’t know how to make it any plainer to you Alec. It is over! You are making things harder on both of us.” I was trying to keep from yelling and drawing attention to us.

“Anna, I need you…”

He stepped toward me and put his hand on my arm. I instantly jerked it away.

“Don’t you dare touch me! You shouldn’t be here. I want you to leave. Do you understand? I want you to leave!!” My words were choked on tears as I shrieked at him.

He recoiled in anger.

“Who the hell do you think you are anyway? You fucking bitch!”

“Get out of my way Alec. Let me leave! I wish I would never see you again! You are nobody to me. I regret the day I ever met you. Do you understand me? I want you to go away!” I was remorseful for being so harsh. I regretted the words, as soon as they came out of my mouth. I could see the hurt in his eyes. I didn’t want to hurt him, but I did want him to disappear from my life, from my memory. From any existence that had to do with me.”

“You think you can get away from me Anna? You can’t. You can run away and pretend that you don’t want me, but I know you still do. You’re mine, Anna. You hear me? You are mine!””

A wonderfully written psychological thriller that was NOT what I was expecting! The story does start off a little slow and I feel that the whole affair between Anna and Alec  was a little  rushed through. I really did enjoy the thrill when it did take off and the supporting characters were FANTASTIC! I really enjoyed Anna’s boss Janice (the strong ex-New Yorker who gave up her life there to take care of her ailing mother and stayed to open an art galley in Wilmington), the old high school sweetheart, Timmy (the small town farmer with the heart of gold), the artist Daniel and his partner Theordore (who are just too lovely for words) and of course, the adorable little bundle of fur, the kitty Chase. She makes you love them all and wish they were a part of your life.

The suspense is wonderful and it all has an air of “Fatal Attraction” to it. I read the whole book in one quick sitting and was disappointed when it was over! It’s a great ride from start to finish as, even though it starts off slowly it does a great job of building up the characters. Although, sometimes I did find that Natalie did SUCH a good job at building up her supporting characters that I almost wanted to hear more about them than Anna and her cheating ways! I also wish that there was a little bit more about Alec. I know that the air of mystery surrounding him lends to the story… but, I wanted to peel that onion open just A COUPLE more layers!

All in all a wonderful read for those who are fans of suspense!! (No. I will not mention “Girl on a Train”, “Gone Girl”, etc. that description would have had me running for the hills) This novel has more of an old school mystery feel with a grittier, more modern feel!

If you’d like to check out more about Natalie Banks and her works please seek her out at:

Website:  https://www.nataliebanks.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nataliebanksnovels/

Instagram: @nataliebanksnovels

The Dark Room is Best Served with

A Cosmopolitan (with a cherry)

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If you’d like to find out why it needs to be served with a cherry…. well, I guess you should read the book to find out!! Lol!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2oz Vodka
  • 1/2oz Cointreau Liqueur
  • 1oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1/4oz Lime Juice
  • A single cherry to garnish

Directions

  1. Chill your cocktail glass (the easiest way is to fill it with ice)
  2. Put plenty of ice and all of the ingredients into your shaker or stirring glass and shake or stir vigorously for about 20 seconds
  3. Strain the mix into a cocktail glass
  4. Throw in your cherry
  5. CHEERS!!

Never Say Never…

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5 out of 5 Stars

James Hook knows that he’s not a Lost Boy. He has a Mother and Father who love him… most of the time. With his Father constantly off to sea, and his Mother awaiting the arrival of a new child which seems to be taking up all of her attention James decides that maybe he’ll take this boy Peter Pan up on his offer to go to Neverland where you never grow up… but, just for a visit. James has never worried about growing up. In fact, even at only thirteen, he’s looked forward to it.

“To have a wife and children and to explore the world and conquer the sea.”

But he wouldn’t mind, at least for a little while, seeing the fairies there that Peter says are real, even if he is too old for them.

“Well, of course I’ve read about them in stories, but those are only for children.”

“And aren’t you one?” said Peter, looking around, distractable, touching all the leaves and twigs in his reach. 

“A what?” asked James.

“A children,” replied Peter, looking back at him.

James raised an eyebrow. Pan certainly was no Eton man. Somehow, that mattered less than it should’ve, as James found himself opening his mouth to say that of course he wasn’t “children” . Then an image of him several hours ago, blushing apple-red and struggling not to cry, flashed in his mind. He pursed his lips. Then, glumly: “I suppose I am a child.”

The only issue is, no one “visits” Neverland. Once you arrive it is your home and you are one of Peter’s Lost Boys and you will “play” by his rules.

“Number one, you’re not allowed to know things that I don’t know.”

“Number Two, you’re not allowed to be taller than me.”

“And lastly, and most importantly, absolutely no growing up.”

The problem is that James sees too much, and when he finds that Peter wants him on the island because he is “a Dreamer”, one who dreams up part of the Island he feels a kinship with the Pirates and grow up he shall.

“With his hat, his jacket, his boots, today he was really and truly a pirate. No one who saw him could deny it. And not just a pirate- a captain. He smiled a little wistfully, then wiped the smile from his face before he opened the doors to the deck, wishing to appear menacing. In a band full of pirates, that was no easy task.” 

But, when the newly founded Captain Hook begins to realise that Peter, no matter what parts were dreamt up by other boys, owns the Island. And it loves and will protect him. There’s only one thing left to do.

“Peter, yet again you provoke me,” he said , voice barely audible over the fierce wind.

“What are you going to do about it, old man?”

James thought for a minute, seriously contemplating his answer. Then he turned his face up to the boy and gave him the most honest reply he could. “Kill you, Peter. I will kill you.”

This book is the best twist on Peter Pan I have read so far (and I’ve read a few!) It is the perfect mix of dark and reality. It does get a little violent with the killing, but in more of an understandable way, and I LOVE the way that the parts of Neverland are contributions of the boys and the way that Neverland interacts with Peter.

Never never was also a good mix of James as a child and James as an adult and his transition into Captain Hook was a VERY good explanation of why he becomes who he is. (It’s almost like the “Wicked” of the Peter Pan world) James Hook has his home taken from him, his parents taken from him and Love taken from him, all by the Pan and you can almost hate Peter by the end of it.

I HIGHLY recommend this book! Even if you’re not a fan of fairy tale twists or even if you love Peter Pan and you don’t know how you would feel about him not being such a nice guy who just wants to play and never grow up, GIVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE!

If you’d like to learn more about the Author Brianna R. Shrum feel free to reach out to her on Twitter @briannashrum  to check into her upcoming release “The Art of French Kissing” Releasing June 5th 2018!

Never Never is Best Served With

A Josee

So…. I have no idea if this is how the cocktail is spelled. This is another of the cocktails that I learned in Cuba and had one of the bartenders at the Velentin Pearla Blanca nice enough to show me how to make it! By the way I made the napkin rose in the picture! The waiter there showed us how to make them!

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Ingredients

  • 1oz Gin
  • 1oz White Rum
  • 2oz Orange Juice
  • Top with Pre Fab Margarita Mix

Directions

  1. Put in glass in order of list top to bottom
  2. Stir
  3. CHEERS!!

I know, I know… Not too inspired. But, MAN IS IT GOOD!!

 

 

 

Awards, Awards, Awards!

So, apparently I was nominated for a couple of awards by some wonderful WONDERFUL people while I was sunning myself on the beach! So now  to thank them and tell you all that you NEED to check out their blogs!!

So, Thank You to Irina over at I Drink and Watch Anime  who writes wonderful and humorous posts containing anime reviews and drinking games!! And who has decided that if we weren’t so adverse to the outside world would TOTALLY be here having a drink with me right now!! (It’s okay, I’ll have one for each of us and pretend!! CHEERS!!)

And another Thank You to Maria over at Bookgraphy  who writes FANTASTICALLY well written and amazing to read book reviews! So, please, if you haven’t already, CHECK THEM OUT!!

for nominating me for the:

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First Irina’s Questions:

Rules 

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you
  • Answer the 11 questions they ask
  • Nominate 11 bloggers for the same award in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family 
  • Ask them 11 questions that you are dying for the answers to!

What’s your drink of preference? (Personally, I’m all for coffee)

That is SO HARD TO CHOOSE!! You all know what I’m a boozey gal… so, choosing one would be like choosing a favourite child (you all know you secretly have one if you have children.. “Tequila, don’t tell the others. They’ll find out in the will.”)

Who’s your favorite anime character?

I couldn’t choose just one because there are SO MANY AWESOME CHARACTERS!! But, I will say that I’ve always been pretty partial to Spike from Cowboy Bebop. He’s pretty bad ass in a wonderfully relaxed kind of way.

How do you watch shows? (Weekly, binge, etc.)

Well, since I pretty much spend my life outside of work reading and making drinks. Every once in a while I definitely do “the binge” when I watch stuff! ….plus, I have no patience…

Do you have a guilty pleasure? (No judging here :3)

Well, everyone thinks I’m weird because I love a toasted Everything bagel with cream cheese and ketchup chips…ON THE BAGEL. TOGETHER. Hey man, don’t knock it til you try it…

You’re given 30 seconds to say anything to your ultimate idol or crush, what are you gonna say?

I won’t be saying anything.. I’ll spend that 30 seconds sneaking up behind them with my rope and gag… wait, did I say that out loud?? NOW THEY’RE RUNNING! JUST GREAT!

What’s the show you would never want to watch even if you’ll be offered a million dollars + lifetime airline pass

Any Reality T.V that doesn’t involve cooking… it can all go to hell in a handbag…

You had a really bad day, what would make it better?

My fur baby Buddy (unless he’s being a dick and attacking me) and a drink. Lol! …and a book.

They say Kim Kardashian broke the internet, but what do you think will truly break the internet?

Stupid people… so, ya. I guess Kim Kardashian is definitely a contributor.

If you could change something that happened in 2017 (only one thing) what would it be?

Everything bad. That’s only one thing…right??

And Now for Maria’s

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award
  • Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog.
  • Share 7 facts or things about yourself.
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers that you admire and inform the nominees.

 

So…. 7 things about myself…. I’ll try not to be too boring with these because, honestly.. I’m not sure I can think up 7 WHOLE THINGS of interest!!

  1. I was a vegetarian for 13 years… this was before I realised I would not be saving the world, and that there are so many weird and wonderful things to eat!
  2. Speaking of weird and wonderful things to eat, since giving up vegetarianism I have has alligator, kangaroo, camel, ostrich, cow’s tongue, tripe (the stomach lining of a cow), chicken hearts, haggis (stuffed sheep’s stomach)… there are probably more things I am forgetting!! I love trying strange new things.
  3. I love playing with throwing knives! I mean… who doesn’t??
  4. I have a wonderful (although, sometimes demonic fur baby named Buddy who found his way into our backyard one day and wouldn’t leavefur baby.jpg
  5. I’m tongue tied, which means the bottom of my tongue is connected all the way to the tip so it’s really hard to stick my tongue out at people (I can still flip them the bird though!!)
  6. I don’t drive. I’ve always had a fear of vehicles (which is funny because I LOVE to fly!) but there are so many stupid drivers out there that even though I would trust myself, I could never trust all of THEM!!
  7. I once spent the night at The Ice Hotel in Quebec. It is exactly as it sounds… a hotel made of ice and snow. It was an amazing experience AND BLOODY COLD!!! It was about -40C and you know it’s going to be a good time when you have to take an orientation to learn how not to die during the night! Lol! I’m glad I did it but if I ever did it again I have to remember not to think about the fact that it’s all snow and ice on top of you… you can get a little freaked out and claustrophobic! Lol!!quebec-city-ice-hotel.jpg

Now, because I’m lazy and don’t want to make up questions right now I’m going to go with Maria’s rules and nominate a few people to, if they want to, give everyone some interesting facts about themselves!! (It’s harder than you think! Lol!!)

  1. Chloe at The Spooky RedHead
  2. Dylan at KingDylBagBlog (especially since he won the “Mystery Blogger Award” So CLEARLY we all need to learn more!!)
  3. It’s Good To Read
  4. Moya at the Moyatorium
  5. Aurora Libiralis
  6. My girl Vanessa over at Food in Books
  7. Cherie at theblogwherecheriemovestogermany
  8. AJ at A Petite Slice of Life

 

 

The Wendy, A Peter Pan Twist

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4 out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank Trash Dogs Media for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“If women ever sail the sea,

They’ll scrub the decks for men like me!

They’ll marry none but Davy Jones,

And for their children, only bones!”

These are words that Wendy Darling had chanted at her all her life as she grew up dreaming of the sea and joining the Navy. When she begins to think that maybe Davy Jones will be preferable to just growing up to the women’s duty of “having babies” she finds Olaudah Equiano (or Gustavus Vassa as was his slave name) and thinks that all her prayers have been answered and that under his tutelage she will finally get what her heart desires

“What the heart desires most in all the world,” Mr. Equiano reminded her gently, “does not always come to us when we wish it. Such yearnings cannot be rushed. We must work for them. And we must continue to work for them. Even when all seems lost. So that we will be ready, should the heavens find a way to deliver us.”

But, try and train though she would, the heavens did not seem to be delivering her anywhere, even joining the Fourteenth Platoon of the Nineteenth Light Dragoons at Dover Castle to sense magic for them, she is let down. As it is a boring, tedious jobs reading dusty facts out of dusty books. Until the “unmistakable scent of magic permeated the air as he gazed down upon her, a look of cold, merciless appraisal in his ice-blue eyes.” and Wendy Darling finally comes face to face with Peter Pan.

“When confronted with the imminent possibility of one’s own death, the important thing is not to panic. That is what everyone says, and they say it because it is true. Remaining calm will always save you, which is precisely what makes it such a difficult thing to do, but panicking never will, which is why it is absolutely, positively never the best choice.”  

Peter is the leader of, what is known to Wendy, as the Everlost, which has been described to her as a creature with no soul who comes to England t steal children to drain of their blood.

“Ah ha!” he exclaimed, his face lighting up in a sudden realization. “A creature without a soul! Ergo, lost forever to heaven! Ergo, ‘the everlost’! Well, that explains it, finally, I’ve always wondered.” He smiled at Nana and rubbed her head merrily as though she were sharing his private revelation.

“But… how could you not have understood the meaning of your own name?” Wendy blinked in surprise.

“Don’t be absurd. It’s not my name. It’s your name. You made it up. Why would I call myself everlost?” He regarded her the way a child might scrutinize a particularly baffling puzzle lock from the East, as though she were an exotic treasure of unfathomable mystery. “You might lose me, to be sure, but one can never lose oneself. The very idea is ridiculous. I’m always right where I am!”

When she is the only one who can track down the Everlost and Peter’s supposed “flying ship” that may be able to take her to this Island that he seems to exist, will she choose Peter and the Adventure he can offer her? Or will she choose Captain Hook and the possible life at sea that she has dreamed of all her life?

I really enjoyed this book! I liked the focus on Wendy being a strong female influence who won’t just quietly back down into her mothering or babysitting duties. I like to see her finally, not taking care of other children, but learning to fight and the maths and the stars and dreaming of bigger things. It was a beautifully written novel and a twist on the tale that was refreshing and new.

My one complaint about the book was the character of Tinkerbell… I’m sorry, this is me being picky I’m sure. They describe her as “a palm-sized, golden dragon speaking in a symphony of delicate chimes” and that “Tinker Bell belonged to that rarest and most precious of fairy species (known as the innisfay by those who still remember such things) who can turn themselves into any sort of animal at will.”

I really like the IDEA of this… but, I’m a HUGE fan of Tinkerbell and I don’t know if I can get behind her being a Shapeshifter.. totally my own beef. But, very well described and a very cool concept all the same. That’s the thing about twists on classics. You never know what might get twisted!!

All in all a very interesting and unique take on the Pan story with a wonderful focus on Wendy that I adored and WHAT A BEAUTIFUL COVER!! I definitely recommend a read!!

Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown began “The Wendy” as an experiment trying to see if an unknown duo could attract enough of a following to defray the cost of publishing the book. The answer was “YES”

If you would like to learn more about the Duo, they are most active on Twitter @DragonAuthors and you can find any ways to get a copy of “The Wendy” for yourself at http://trashdogs.com/wendy.html

The Wendy is Best Paired With a

Santa Maria

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Another drink that I learned in Cuba that seemed fitting with the rum and fitting with HOW GORGEOUS IT IS!!

Ingredients

  • 1/5 oz Green Creme de Menthe
  • 1 oz White Rum
  • 4 oz Orange Juice
  • 4 oz Red Wine

Directions

  1. Chill a tall glass
  2. Layer slowly over the rounded side of a spoon from the top of the list (which will be at the bottom of the glass) to the bottom of the list (which will be the top of the glass)
  3. Garnish with a pineapple wedge
  4. Enjoy how pretty it looks, but be sure to stir before drinking!! (It turned a beautiful purple!)
  5. CHEERS!!

A Book With No Pictures-A Short Story

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5 out of 5 Stars

Spencer is a five year old child who has been given into the care of his uncle when Spencer’s parents passed away.

Julien and Blair died doing what they loved best. Enjoying the great outdoors or something like that. It’s what I tell Spencer at least. That his mom and dad died on a hike. Sometimes I switch it up, just to fuck with him, and tell him it was a skiing accident or a scuba gear failure or that a bear ate them.”

This is Uncle Terry. He is not quite a self proclaimed degenerate, but describes himself as such for the most part..

“I eat a diet of pizza, cola snack cakes, and scrambled eggs. And French fries, every now and again, just for the fibre. I love to drink too. I was in the habit of pouring whiskey on my Cap’n Crunch before Rachel came along. I smoke like a goddamn chimney, and I’m not just talking cigarettes.”

He has no idea how, after his wife Rachel left him and took their seven year old daughter Anna, he can be told by the courts that he is unable to have custody of his daughter “Something to do with my instability” , only to be told by those same courts just a couple months later that he is fit to adopt his nephew!

This is the story of the two of them both trying to cope with that “Every now and then I have to remind myself that he’s probably just as miserable with our arrangement as I am.” 

This story is crass and definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. It is rife with sexual innuendo, foul language and Uncle Terry is DEFINITELY not the role-model you want your child to grow up with… But, I LOVED THIS STORY!! I loved the characters from Uncle Terry, to Spencer, to Afton (the child/teen librarian who dislikes children), to Terry’s ex-wife Rachel “Yeah, sure, she’s a nagging, raging bitch most-all?-of the time, but I’m not going to lie. I kinda dig that.”

It’s definitely not the most moral story in the world but  nothing says it better than Uncle Terry “Yeah, my nephew is an irritating little bastard, but he’s my irritating little…shit-box Kia.”  Now, if THAT doesn’t say Love, I DON’T KNOW WHAT DOES!!

Please check it out! And other writings by Brent Jones at

Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you all, but being away and this being a short story I didn’t really think up a great drink recipe to pair with this. Sorry Brent!! So, grab your cheapest whiskey and pour a nice sized glass to go with it!! I chose a fitting Southern Comfort to go with it!
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Lost Boy, A Dark Twist on Peter Pan

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3 out of 5 Stars

Peter is luring boys to come with him who don’t have mothers… or so they are told. This is the story of the boy James who was taken first to be Peters favourite.

“If you come with me we’ll go to my island. It’s a special place, only for boys like you and me. And there you can run and play and no one will ever hit you and you’ll never, never grow up.

“How can you never grow up?”

“The island is magic,” he said, and he smiled. “And I live all alone there, and I want you to come there and play with me and be my friend for always.”

and how James began to take care of the other boys when he realized that something had to be done… you can’t be a boy forever, and every baby duckling needs a mother.

“The mother duckling stood at the shore of the pond, weeping and weeping for her little lost one. Her tears were so great and so many that the waters of the pond rose and flooded around her feet and ankles, and she sank deep into the mud there until the water covered her to her knees. On and on she wept, for she knew it was all her fault for letting her little boy get lost in the first place. After a very long time her tears ran dry, but by then her legs had turned into stems and her yello hair into the petals of a flower, and so she stands there until this day, crouched over the crocodile pond, hoping forever to see the face of her little duckling again. And sometimes, if you go to the crocodile pond late at night, you can hear her voice on the wind, crying his name.”

When James begins to feel that maybe Peter isn’t the wonderful fun loving boy that everyone thinks he is… that maybe there is something dark and narcissistic about him, that is exactly what happens. James begins to grow up as he watches HIS Lost Boys around him die in Peter’s twisted games.

“When he’d smiled at me and told me we would have adventures, I thought we would be friends always, that it would just be Peter and me, like brothers. But now I saw-and it was so strange that after all this time I finally did see- that I wasn’t enough for him, had never been enough.” 

With the boys dying all around him and Peter’s uncaring attitude is there anyone that can defeat the Pan? And is there anyone who will step up and help? And when Peter’s secrets begin to come out, will there be anyone remaining to love him?

Well, I was surprised at this book. I LOVED Alice by Christina Henry, and I will admit that I’m a HUGE sucker for all that is dark and twisted…. but, this one just didn’t do it for me!! Maybe, it was just a little too much… It is definitely twisted, and although the writing was good, it was just too much graphic destruction. I don’t mind a darker twist of Peter and his attitude (stay tuned for my FAVOURITE one in a later review!) But, maybe because I read so many so fast this one just couldn’t stand up.

I did like the Lost Boys in this one, they were written well and it really made you feel for some of them and hate others (it was a very “Lord of the Flies” feeling in this book) but if you don’t handle developing feelings for characters that may not make it through the book, and may get taken from you in very graphic ways… this may not be the book for you!

Lost Boy is Best Served with 

Pina Colada

As the book involves the pirates and mentions coconuts quite a bit, I figured this would be a good match and help me ease you all into my new drinks I learned in Cuba with my later reviews!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup ice.
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple, frozen.
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice.
  • 2 ounces coconut cream.
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum.
  • 1 ounce dark rum.
  • Pineapple slices.

Directions

  1. Put the ice, frozen pineapple, juice, coconut cream, and the white and dark rums into a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and frosty.
  3. Pour the drink into 2 glasses
  4. garnish the rim with pineapple slices.
  5. Cheers!!!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!!..And National Cream Filled Chocolate Day

Hello All!!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

My man and I aren’t really Valentine’s kind of people… but, I can never resist a day that gives me an excuse to make a gorgeous, delicious Drink!!!

So, if Love is in the air….

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Or…. even if it isn’t…

 

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Everyone can use a little “ROMANCE” Which is why I decided that since it is also National Cream Filled Chocolate day it would be best to mix the 2 together and make a delicious cream and chocolate Cocktail!!!

So, grab your guy, gal, cat, dog, stuffed animal, or Book (I don’t judge!!) and let’s get this Romance Party Started!!!

Romance Cocktail

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Ingredients

  • 1 oz ounce Coffee Liqueur (Tia Maria, Kahlua or as I like a little spice in my romance, I used Chili Chocolate Kahlua!!)
  • 1 oz  Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1 oz dark creme de cacao
  • 1 ounce heavy cream

Directions

  1. Put some ice in a shaker
  2. Pour in all ingredients
  3. Shake for about 20 seconds
  4. Pour into martini glass
  5. Feel free to garnish with some cherries, a strawberries, some shaved dark chocolate… or all of the above!!!
  6.  CHEERS!!!