Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Baskin Robbins Large Chocolate Oreo Shake
- 2,600 calories
- 135 g fat (59 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fats)
- 263 g sugars
- 1,700 mg sodium
(From Men's Health.com) We didn't think anything could be worse than Baskin Robbins' 2008 bombshell, the Heath Bar Shake. After all, it had more sugar (266 grams) than 20 bowls of Froot Loops, more calories (2,310) than 11 actual Heath Bars, and more ingredients (73) than you'll find in most chemist labs. Rather than coming to their senses and removing it from the menu, they did themselves one worse and introduced this caloric catastrophe. It¹s soiled with more than a day's worth of calories and three days worth of saturated fat, and, worst of all, usually takes less than 10 minutes to sip through a straw.
Eat This Instead! (and ask for two spoons)
2-Scoop Hot fudge SundaeChocolate and Vanilla
- 530 calories
- 29 g fat (19 g saturated fat)
- 52 g sugars
If you loved Katniss in The Hunger Games, then Katsa will be a character you definitely root for and enjoy. She is strong, brave, fearless, and full of spunk. Graceling is packed with action, but has that extra sprinkling of romance that The Hunger Games lacked. I'm also told that this book is being developed into a series, and the second novel is titled Fire, which you can bet I will be purchasing as soon as it hits the shelf! Love, love, love this book and I'm so sad I finished it in two days and can' linger over it more.
As you all know, I blogged about the first book in this series, City of Bones, in which I explained the basic premise of the book and let you know a bit about the main characters. Go to this link to read about City of Bones. Clary, the protagonist in the series is coming to grips with the fact that the life her mother carefully constructed for her was a total sham. In fact, the world that Clary once knew is also a farce, being that she can see demons, vampires, werewolves, and the Nephilium that keep all of them in-line. Clary is part of this Nephilium lineage (part Angel, part human) that call themselves "Shadow Hunters". Jace, Isabel and Alec are the Shadow Hunters that come to Clary's aide after the mysterious dissappearance of her mother, which may be demon-related in execution. Both the first, City of Bones, and second book, City of Ashes, vividly describe the world of Shadowhunters and the other downworlder creatures that humans didn't know co-exist with them. Clary also feels romantically attracted to the heavenly gorgeous, and smartass, Jace Wayland.
The third book in The Mortal Instruments trilogy, City of Glass was a satisfying finale to a well-written series. Clare's main characters are definitely dynamic, but I think she has a knack for keeping them true-to-form from the first book, to the last. I hate it when I begin a series and by the last book, the characters I've been reading about for hundreds of pages, have huge about-faces and perform feats that are totally out in left field. City of Glass kept Clary, Simon, Jace, and his Shadowhunting companions as interesting and complex as they were in the first two novels. I didn't blog about the second book because I was a little pissed that Jace was thought to be Clary's long-lost brother, which ooged me out, considering I was eagerly anticipating more smoochy scenes between the two! However, Cassandra Clare does a superb job of integrating and resolving the many plot lines she's developed in the first two novels, and the Jace and Clary situation is resolved, but not enough time is spent on the two after the resolution, in my humble opinion. Sebastian also should have been further developed, and possibly mentioned in the second novel to enable readers to develop a relationship with him, thereby making the finale all the more exciting. Loved the ending, and it is what made me appreciate the series as a whole. The only thing dissappointing is that City of Glass is the final book in this series!
Not only has Stephenie Meyer recommended the series to you, I have, too! What is stopping you from trying them now, huh?!
Saturday, June 6, 2009