Essential Kundalini Book Review

Essential Kundalini Yoga: An Invitation to Radiant Health, Unconditional Love, and the Awakening of Your Energetic Potential Paperback – February 1, 2017

by Karena Virginia and Dharm Khalsa


From Amazon: “For new and experienced students, practical guidance in kundalini yoga for happiness, health, and fulfillment

Kundalini is a universal life force within each of us that, once awakened, holds the power to transform every facet of our lives. Kundalini yoga is the art and practice of activating this radiant energy. With Essential Kundalini Yoga, Karena Virginia and Dharm Khalsa present the core principles and practices of this revered tradition in an inviting and accessible guide.

Kundalini yoga opens joyous space for connecting deeply with the energy states of our being,” write Karena and Dharm, “It brings vital health to the body and opens our consciousness to new potentials of awareness.”

Created for the modern practitioner, this book offers clear, comprehensive instruction in the key insights and practices of kundalini yoga. From philosophy and lifestyle, to working with anatomy and physical asana, to activating our energy bodies, Essential Kundalini Yoga is a uniquely practical and in-depth manual. Highlights include:

Gorgeous photos illuminating step-by-step instructions

Detailed instructions, explanations, and illustrations for core kundalini practices—mantra, pranayama, bhanda, asana, kriya, meditation, and more

Seven traditional kundalini yoga routines, including a pituitary gland series for intuition, yoga for the immune system, and detoxing for radiance

Understand the science of the practice, including its effects on the glandular system, spine, nervous system, and skeleton

Meditations, mantras, and yoga poses to activate each of the chakras and bring health to your energetic body

Remedies for common emotional challenges—dealing with fear, shame, and depression, among others

Kundalini secrets for getting better sleep, aging gracefully, enhancing fertility, cultivating vitality, and more

Rooted in tradition and infused with a sense of infinite possibility, Essential Kundalini Yoga is a joyful invitation for practitioners of all levels to awaken the vital energy within and receive the gifts that emerge from connecting more deeply with your own potential for creativity, abundance, and joy.”

To the point: Calming, gentle and genius

Review: I’ve been practicing yoga to manage my health for about a year now. I battle several autoimmune diseases and an endless number of symptoms. I’ve enjoyed Strala and Restorative yoga with great positive health effects.

Essential Kundalini Yoga has opened my life to an awakening yoga. Filled with a calm energy, a euphoric enlightenment, this book is completely different from anything I’ve learned about yoga.

It’s not all about learning what Kundalini, there are actual practices within this book. I love the pose descriptions, they are written spectacularly. The explanations are concise and fool-proof. They also have photos to demonstrate a position. Every time I read pose instructions I hear a soft calm voice teaching me yoga, this is how I imagine the authors teach in person and it reads perfectly.

The amount of positivity in this book is outstanding! A book like this could create world peace.#VirginiaandKhalsaforPresidents 😉

I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about yoga, anyone already doing yoga and everything in between. A full  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 for this one.

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Essential Kundalini Yoga: An Invitation to Radiant Health, Unconditional Love, and the Awakening of Your Energetic Potential Paperback – February 1, 2017, by Karena Virginia and Dharm Khalsa. Paperback: 352 pages. Publisher: Sounds True. I received this copy for free and offered my own personal review.

Book Review: Santorini Sunsets by Anita Hughes

Santorini Sunsets by Anita Hughes


From Amazon: “Brigit Palmer is thrilled to be on the Greek Island of Santorini. She’s here for her wedding to Hollywood heart-throb Blake Crawford, one of America’s most eligible bachelors. Brigit’s parents have rented a villa, and soon guests will arrive from all over the world for the intimate ceremony. Brigit is a New York socialite, and she’s just given up her position at a Manhattan law firm to run her father’s philanthropic foundation. Things are finally falling into place. Love, career, family. Everything is going so well…until she steps into the garden and sees her ex-husband Nathaniel hiding in the rose bushes.

Nathaniel, a failed novelist, announces that Blake sold the rights to the wedding to HELLO! Magazine for two million dollars (donated to charity), and he is the reporter assigned to write the story. Everyone expects Brigit to have her happily ever after, her mother who taught her how to lead the perfect lifestyle, her younger sister Daisy who impatiently wishes for her own love story, and of course her fiancée. Things are supposed to work out for them. But when Brigit discovers an unsettling secret about Blake, she questions everything she’s ever believed about love, and wonders if she’s not better off alone.

Told in Anita Hughes’ spectacularly descriptive prose, Santorini Sunsets is a story about family bonds, first loves, and the question of when to let go and when to hang on as tight as you can.”

To the point: A fulfilling emotional journey, loving every second.

Review: Anita Hughes is one of my favorite writers. Every book she writes, her skills get unbelievably better and just when you think she can’t top it, she does. This one is about family love and I love the branch off from romantic love. Santorini Sunsets explores how much families will do to help one another. I loved the characters, the plot, the writing style and in typical Hughes’ fashion, the unique setting. There’s a theme of not taking a person’s life at face value and even stronger, not to judge others.

I think this is the type of book that can reach a large audience of different people. There is love, emotions, family drama, excitement and wonderful positivity.

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About the Author

Anita Hughes is the author of Island in the Sea, Rome in Love, French Coast, Lake Como, Market

Street, and Monarch Beach. She attended UC Berkeley’s Masters in Creative Writing Program.

Hughes lives in Dana Point, California, where she is at work on her next novel. For more

information about Anita and her books, visit



Santorini Sunsets by Anita Hughes. Paperback: 304 pages. Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (August 2, 2016). Contemporary. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

from Amazon: “A pair of sisters find themselves at a crossroads in this dazzling new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only. First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.

Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious, relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing, Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes, their delicate bond splinters.

Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter is assigned to her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.

On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.

As the anniversary of their tragedy looms, and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover that they need each other more than they knew—and that in the search for true happiness, love always comes first.”

To the point: Emotional, this book will give you every feel you never knew you had

Review: WOW. I read this book while in the hospital and due to the summary I was afraid it would be a downer. And I was wrong. This book is so unbelievably realistic, I didn’t know how to handle it. This represents so many life lessons, so many and depicts how they actual interfere with our relationships and how we feel about ourselves.

It drove me nuts to see the sisters accounts of the same event. Their miscommunication so realistic to a lot of sibling relationships in real life. You want to grab them and yell “JUST talk to each other!”

I really loved each character and hated how the other characters misjudged each other. The tension is so amazingly written that I don’t believe it is actually fiction.

It was really hard to see the journey after such a tragedy and all the avoidance actually caused the problems throughout the book.

You’ll probably love this book. I can almost guarantee it. It is so well written, so well thought out, so emotional and relatable that it is this ” wonderstorm ” of amazing. If you’re having a hard time getting into a book, I suggest this one to reawaken your book love all over again.

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin. Hardcover: 400 pages. Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 28, 2016). I received this copy in exchange for an honest review.


Book Reviews: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkin Reid

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkin Reid

From Amazon: “From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick and a “Best Book of the Summer” by Glamour and USA TODAY—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancé who has finally brought her back to life.

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.”

To the point: Heartbreaking, romantic and absolutely beautifully written

Review: This is a book that everyone will have to read. You can’t pass it by because everyone is talking about it. So read it before it gets spoiled.

Taylor Jenkins Reid is a magician with her story telling. Something unique happens as Emma transitions in life, her narration changings. Everything is so seamless. Perfectly meshing to create a magical story that becomes completely whole in the end.

It’s absolutely wonderful and I think everyone is going to read it anyway but here I am saying, go get this book!

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Paperback: 352 pages. Publisher: Washington Square Press (June 7, 2016). Contemporary. I received this copy in exchange for an honest review.


Book Review: Appetite by Sheila Grinell

Appetite by Sheila Grinell

from Amazon: “When Jenn Adler returns from a year in India, she has a surprise for her parents: a young guru from Bangalore whom she intends to marry. Her father, Paul, is wary of this “beggar” Jenn has brought home―who, he suspects, is conning his much-loved daughter―while her mother, Maggie, is frightened that this alien stranger will steal away her only child, her focus in life.

In the months leading up to the backyard wedding, Maggie is forced to reevaluate her virtues as she casts about for support, and Paul faces an unexpected threat at work―one that Maggie could help him meet, if he would only ask. But even with these distractions, the two parents are focused on one primary question: Can they convince their daughter she is making a terrible mistake before the wedding takes place?”

To the point: Extraordinary, wise and quirky.

Review: Sheila Grinell’s writing is fluid and her storytelling is hypnotic. Once you pick the book up you wont be able to stop reading because the words flow like music.

The plot is amazing. Each generation has a difficult time connecting with the last. As time changes so does our culture and figuring out how to bridge the two different cultures into one can be really emotional. This book expresses all the difficulties of growing up and away from our parents as we navigate the new found world. Maggie just might get you thinking about how to or when you were finding your place in this crazy world.

Loved this book. Very emotional, relatable and lovable!

Appetite by Sheila Grinell. Paperback: 328 pages. Publisher: She Writes Press (May 17, 2016). Contemporary. I received this copy in exchange for an honest review.


Book Review: The House of Bradbury by Nicole Meier

The House of Bradbury by Nicole Meier

from Amazon: “Mia Gladwell’s life is going nowhere. The media has skewered her debut novel, her fiancé Carson, a successful Hollywood producer, has jumped ship, and now she’s living in her sister’s carriage house―unattached, unemployed, and uninspired. Then she learns that the Los Angeles estate of iconic author Ray Bradbury is up for sale, and she feels an immediate urge to buy the wonky old house, convinced that moving into the late author’s home will inspire her to create her best work yet.

Life in the Bradbury house is not what Mia imagined, however. Soon after moving in, to fulfill a debt she owes to Carson, she agrees to take in a pill-popping young actress as a tenant, and suddenly she finds herself in a balancing act between her needy ex, an unpredictable starlet, and her disapproving sister, who’s keeping a close eye on her. Add to this a series of mysterious sketches left at her doorstep by a stranger, and Mia’s life is more complicated than ever. As she searches for clues, though, Mia discovers insights into her own life. Maybe moving into Bradbury’s house was a big mistake―but maybe not.”

To the point: thrilling, suspenseful and eerily fun

Review: It’s such a great story, struggling author who ultimately finds the story of her life going through crazy experiences. It’s a little insane but full of fun drama. I adore all the messed up characters and the unpredictable drama that unfolds.

This is a great finding-yourself novel. It shows how sometimes everything needs to fall apart for us to come together and figure out what we want in life.

Overall it’s a feel good book. Nothing is ever hopeless. No disaster is too big to come back from. You always have the opportunity to make the life you want.

The House of Bradbury by Nicole Meier. Paperback: 280 pages. Publisher: SparkPress (May 10, 2016). Women’s Fiction. I received this copy in exchange for an honest review.


Book Review & Giveaway! Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica


From Amazon: ” “Riveting psychological thriller.” —Lisa Scottoline,New York Times bestselling author

“Wickedly smart page-turner about the razor thin line between suspicion and obsession”—Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author

New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girland Pretty Baby, Mary Kubica returns with an electrifying and addictive tale of deceit and obsession.

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.

More Praise

“Kubica’s powerful debut…will encourage comparisons to Gone Girl.”—Publishers Weekly,starred review on THE GOOD GIRL

Read the New York Times bestselling novels that everyone are talking about, The Good Girl and Pretty Baby, by Mary Kubica!”

To the point: Unique, thrilling and mind altering!

Review: This is a thriller, if you love Gone Girl, Luckiest Girl Alive or The Girl on the Train you’ll love this book. There’s more to set it apart though, it is a dual narrative that keeps you guessing why you’re reading two different stories at once and ultimately blows your mind.

How wonderful it is to read a book that seems so flawed because you can’t figure it out only to find out you were to flawed to recognize the genius until the very end (and that’s the point)!

Everyone who’s been following me from the beginning knows I went crazy over Luckiest Girl Alive and I love when a book can make me feel a little insane. This one is on a different level. It has two different stories in one and takes you places you didn’t even see coming.

Overall, 5☆. Love it. Need it. Will hold a permanent place on my shelf.

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Get it here!>Don’t You Cry

  • Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (May 17, 2016)
  • Psychological thriller,  crime, suspense
  • I received this copy in exchange for an honest review


Book Review: Will You Won’t You Want Me? by Nora Zelevansky

Will You Won’t You Want Me? by Nora Zelevansky

From Amazon: “Marjorie Plum never meant to peak in high school. She was Queen Bee. Now, 10 years later, she’s lost her sparkle. At her bleakest moment, she’s surprised by renewed interest from a questionable childhood crush, and the bickering with her cranky boss–at a potentially game-changing new job–grows increasingly like flirtatious banter. Suddenly, she’s faced with a choice between the life she always dreamed of and one she never thought to imagine. With the help of a precocious 11-year-old tutee, who unknowingly becomes the Ghost of Marjorie Past, and a musician roommate, who looks like a pixie and talks like the Dalai Lama, Marjorie struggles with the ultimate question: Who does she want to be? Nora Zelevansky’s Will You Won’t You Want Me? is a funny, often surprising, novel about growing up when you are already supposed to be grown.”

To the point: Funny, smart and impressive!

Review: I really enjoy stories about starting over, or find your own path. Marjorie feels a little lost in life and doesn’t know how to get back what makes her special. While the story is enough to get you intrigued Zelevansky’s writing is even more special. She writes a great romcom and any chicklit lover will fall for this book!

Something unique about this book is the story will not make you fall asleep! I hate to admit it but other books with similar plots really put me to sleep. This one has enough to keep your mind going and really related to my life and got me thinking. So there’s some fun life lessons thrown in there if your reading it thoroughly.

Get it here>>Will You Won’t You Want Me?

Will You Won’t You Want Me? by Nora Zelevansky. Paperback: 320 pages. Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (April 19, 2016). Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit. I received this copy from BookSparks in exchange for an honest review.