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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bloggiesta Sunday Mini Challenges


Today wasn't as productive as yesterday, as household chores took longer than expected. I still managed to complete a few of the Bloggiesta mini-challenges, and have bookmarked the rest to complete at a later date.

Jessica from The Bluestocking Society shared Six Techniques to Revitalize Old Content on your blog. I love her idea of linking reviews in the same series. Never thought of that, but it's a great idea!

The other mini-challenge I managed today was 20+ Discussion Post Ideas For Your Book Blog. I've bookmarked the post and plan on using several of her suggestions, especially her Top Ten ideas!

So not a very productive day for my blog, but we did manage to clean out the attic and are almost ready for our garage sale next week!

My Book Haul (7)

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I was in need of a new way to showcase titles, and finally decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the books.


Contest Wins:

Midnight by Ellen Connor
 
Their desire destroys her defenses.
Their love gives him a reason to live.


Purchased:

Pet Shop Boys by Kim Harrison
 
 From bestselling author Kim Harrison comes this original short story (to be featured in her anthology Into the Woods, October 2012) where things are most definitely not as they seem. A pet shop employee’s innocent date with a customer quickly turns disturbing rather than delightful. She and her family hold a centuries-old secret, and they want him to stay with them forever . . .


What did you receive this week?


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Bloggiesta - Saturday Mini Challenges

 
So many of the Bloggiesta mini-challenges look like fun that I decided to hit the most relevant to my blog first, then will go back and finish the others when I have more time.
 
One of the technical challenges I wanted to complete was the Gravatar & Favicon challenge by Jenni Elyse. I had set up a gravatar a few years back, but forgot where the site was so I made sure to bookmark it this time! And I figured I might as well set up favicon while I was at it. I followed the instructions, but it didn't seem to work. Turns out I had to delete the cookies and history on my laptop first. So ta-daa! Challenge #1 complete!

The next challenge I tackled was how to Use A Website Grader by Smash Attack Reads. I was a little worried, but received a grade of 84! Most of the action items Hubspot recommended were Twitter related, as in tweeting more and being "more conversational" on Twitter....whatever that means. Twitter is a huge timesuck for me, so I try to stay off it as much as possible. I can lose hours once I log on, so going to have to work on improving my website grade some other way. But still...an 84!

My next mini-challenge was How To Build Your Blog Audience by Book Journey. I'd love to grow my audience and increase comments on my posts, so was excited to see what Sheila recommended! And her challenge to visit 10 new blogs was a blast! I visited several fellow Bloggiesta participants, and even found some awesome new blogs to follow!

I also started on Word Lily's Catch Up on Reviews challenge. Really like that she offers three levels of participation, so think I'm going for the middle one of completing 50% of my outstanding reviews. I know there's no way to catch up on all of them, but I can do half! Wish me luck!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Bloggiesta! And we're off!

September 28-30, 2012


It's time for another Bloggiesta, hosted by the lovely ladies from It's All About Books and There's A Book! What is Bloggiesta, you ask? It's a blogging party where you can share tips & tricks for your blog, meet new blogging buddies, finally take care of those little tasks you never seem to have time for, and maybe even learn something new! There may or may not be tequila involved....

I'm not going to have as much time to participate as originally hoped, but I still plan on getting a few things crossed off my list. And the new batch of mini-challenges look like fun!

Here are my Bloggiesta goals for the weekend:

  • update my pages
  • write at least 3 posts as backup
  • catch up on my reviews
  • participate in at least 2 mini-challenges
  • organize my Google Reader shelves
  • update my reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and Pinterest

Are you taking part in Bloggiesta this time round? I'll try to swing by to say hi!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What a tool... aka I heart the Next button!


Ever have one of those a-ha moments when reading something? Where the lightbulb goes off over your head, you hear a chorus of angels singing, and a herd of unicorns gallops by? I had one of those last week, and it's still awesome (aside from the torn up yard from those galloping unicorns)!

What caused this epiphiny? Glad you asked! While bopping around the blogosphere, I came across a link in the comment section of Kathy's Ms. Martin Teaches Media blog. It led me to Annette of Annette's Book Spot, who posted back in June about Loving the Next Button on Google Reader.

As explained on Google, the Next button allows you to use Google Reader through just one link - clicking on it takes you to the next unread item, marking it as read in the process. No more having to click through to each post you want to leave a comment on! Even if you don't comment on a post, the blog gets that all-important "hit" to mark your visit. Like Annette says, it's a win-win!

Intrigued, I decided to add the Next button to my toolbar to find out if it was as incredible as it sounded. I follow an awful lot of blogs, so also installed buttons for certain tags so I wouldn't be too overwhelmed. Right now I have the general button and three specialty buttons on my toolbar. While Google Reader helps me manage my subscriptions, the Next button makes it even easier!

I admit it...I can be lazy sometimes. I'll read a post, but it's just easier to go to the next one than open the blog in order to leave a comment. Yea, clicking is sometimes too much trouble. I admitted I can be lazy...what more can I say? But ta-daa! The Next button makes it easy and my commenting has gone way up!

Okay, starting to feel like I'm in an infomercial now...

Anyway, it's been over a week now and I'm still in love with the Next button. Commenting has gone up, and I get to see all the beautiful blog designs that I was missing by reading via Google Reader only. So if you use Google Reader, I definitely recommend checking out the awesome Next button (in settings, under Goodies)!

And if you have any other tools that make your blogging life easier, please share!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Review: The Art of Procrastination

by John Perry

This is not a book for Bill Gates. Or Hillary Clinton, or Steven Spielberg. Clearly they have no trouble getting stuff done. For the great majority of us, though, what a comfort to discover that we’re not wastrels and slackers, but doers . . . in our own way. It may sound counterintuitive, but according to philosopher John Perry, you can accomplish a lot by putting things off. He calls it “structured procrastination”.

My Thoughts:
I am a procrastinator.

I've had this book sitting next to me on the end table since I brought it home from BEA in June.

I didn't pick it up until August.

'nuff said....

This would seem to be the perfect book for me, as it promises to offer ingenious strategies for being productive. Alas, I do not seem to be a structured procrastinator. Does that make me an unstructured procrastinator? The author doesn't say.

This is a small book, so a fast read. Luckily, the author knows his audience and keeps the chapters short.

The main premise seems to be that procrastinators are actually productive, as they get quite a bit done while avoiding other tasks. Thus, the structured procrastinator premise. Because of this, it's okay to procrastinate so long as no one gets hurt. Well, no one gets hurt when I procrastinate, but not a whole lot gets done either. Does that make me a bad person? Again, he doesn't really say.

Think this is more a book that you'd buy as a gift for someone, as it didn't do a whole lot for me. Was hoping for some tips, but didn't really learn anything new. Gave it a 3/5 rating as it was an okay read, but I do really like the To-Do List that came with the book. The notepad was a BEA promo, but I hope they offer it for sale as I love this pad!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

My Book Haul (6)

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I was in need of a new way to showcase titles, and finally decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the books.

For Review:
Nothing this week. :(

From the Library:
There are some authors that the minute I see they have new books available, I put my name on the waiting list immediately! J.D. Robb and Lee Child are two of them. So since these were borrowed and not purchased, guess this means I didn't fall off my book buying ban this week! Yea me! ;)

Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb
 
It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks . . .until something went terribly wrong. And after twelve minutes of chaos and violence, eighty people lay dead. (Goodreads)
 

A Wanted Man by Lee Child
 
Reacher is back! A Wanted Man is a new masterpiece of suspense - from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child....In Lee Child’s white-hot thriller, nothing is what it seems, and nobody is telling the truth. As the tension rises, the twists come fast and furious, keeping readers guessing and gasping until the explosive finale. (Goodreads)



What did you receive this week?
Leave me a link and I'll swing by to check them out!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….(Goodreads)

My Thoughts:
Loved this story! First of all, how can you resist the title? Alice in Zombieland? Genius! And Alice? How could I not love a main character who loves the Iron Fey series? Now on with the review....

Alice Bell has lived a strange life, which gets even stranger after a tragic accident. Raised by a paranoid father who refuses to let his family out after dark and a mother who indulges him, Alice is convinced that he is crazy and the family would be better off if her mother divorced him and they made a new life elsewhere. Too bad she finds out that her father wasn't just seeing things and that the monsters are real.

After her family is tragically killed, Alice (who now goes by Ali) goes to live with her maternal grandparents. At her new school, she finds herself mysteriously drawn to bad boy Cole. Why do Cole and his friends seem so scary? Why do they sometimes look like members of Fight Club? Did she really see monsters, or is she crazy like her father? Why is she having visions whenever she locks eyes with Cole? With new BFF Kat at her side (who I instantly fell in love with!), Ali tries to navigate her strange new world.

Loved this book! Ali is awesome and I really loved her voice! She is still dealing with survivor's guilt over the loss of her family, while trying to come to terms with her strange new abilities. I liked that she had a learning curve and wasn't an Instant Super Fighter after only one lesson. It's really annoying when an average girl suddenly turns into Wonder Woman.

Also really enjoyed Gena's writing style cough*genius*cough and I thought the plot was incredible! Wasn't sure where the plot was heading at times and loved that there were surprises around so many corners! And Cole....*sigh*. What is it about bad boys?

All in all, a very satisfying read! It's not the typical zombie book and I got a kick out of Gena's new zombie mythology. Really looking forward to seeing what happens next for Ali and her friends!


ARC received from publisher at BEA 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Book Review: Two Ravens and One Crow

by
Kevin Hearne

Atticus O’Sullivan is back in an all-new, action-packed, laugh-out-loud novella from the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles. Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods.

Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon - and he must also leave his sword. The Morrigan has always taken extreme pleasure in pronouncing the Druid’s mortal danger and imminent doom, so the fact that she won’t reveal the purpose of their journey makes him very nervous. Of course, any time the Celtic Chooser of the Slain drops in unannounced, it’s never good. When she does let slip that she’ll be saving his life in the near future, Atticus is left to wonder . . . will he soon be giving his legions of enemies something to crow about? (Goodreads)
 
My Thoughts
The Iron Druid series is one of my favorites! It's not every day you come across an ancient druid (who looks like a twenty-something hunk) and his adorable Irish wolfhound. Love them both!
 
Was a little sad that this was an Atticus-only story, as the Morrigan wouldn't let him bring Granuaile or Oberon this time.  Couldn't even bring his sword! Very strange, but Atticus has to trust that the Morrigan knows what she's doing, as she's not a woman (goddess) you can say no to!
 
Enjoyed the glimpse into the Morrigan's life when she let her guard down for a brief moment. Atticus is the closest thing she has to a friend, which is a little sad if you think about it. The life of a goddess is a lonely one, especially when you're the goddess of war and death. And I loved her take on baseball! Maybe Atticus will take her to a ballgame one day. That would be either terrifying or hilarious!
 
I think she has a small soft spot for Atticus, and she even helps prepare him for what she's seen coming. She even protects him when an attempt is made on his life. Very exciting stuff, as the life of the last druid is never dull when the Morrigan is around!
 
As you've probably guessed from the title, Odin is involved. He is justifiably upset with Atticus after what happened when Atticus was last in Asgard. Without giving anything away, it's never a good idea to upset a god. Especially the head honcho!
 
Despite it's length, this was another great story! We have our favorite hero, some gods, a couple of fight scenes, and even a little mystery. Well done Kevin! All in all, this was a great short story to tide us over until Trapped is released in November.
 
Have you read this one yet? Would love to know what you thought!

Monday, September 17, 2012

It's Bloggiesta Time Again!

  September 28-30

So excited that it's time for Bloggiesta again! I took part in March and got some much-needed blog polishing done, so looking forward to another productive weekend! 

What is Bloggiesta you ask? Bloggiesta is your chance to:
  • spiff up your blog
  • try something new on your blog, fix something, add something, or delete something
  • catch up on reviews, Google Reader, email, or anything else that's out of control
  • work and party together with other bloggers
  • learn new things from blogging experts
  • join several mini challenges and win prizes
  • have fun for three days blogging and connecting with your blogging friends!
Sound good? Head on over to There's A Book and sign up today!

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

    My Book Haul (5)

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    I was in need of a new way to showcase titles, and finally decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

    For Review:
    Nothing this week :(

    Purchased:
    I keep trying to stick to my book buying ban in order to work on my TBR piles, then I come across something I just HAVE to have and fall off the wagon again! An Iron Druid novella? I'm there!

    by
    Kevin Hearne

    Atticus O’Sullivan is back in an all-new, action-packed, laugh-out-loud novella from the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles. Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods.

    ***

    Fell off the wagon again when I saw this one on featured on Stories & Sweets. I'm a sucker for anthologies, and I've never read one centered around prophecies & predictions.
    From fantastical prophecies to predictions of how the future will transpire, Foretold is a collection of stories about our universal fascination with life's unknowns and of what is yet to come as interpreted by 14 of young adult fiction's brightest stars.

    What did you receive this week?

    Friday, September 14, 2012

    BBAW Day 5: All good things must come to an end

      Today's topic - Share a highlight of this year’s BBAW. Whether it’s a blog you discovered or a book you’re going to read or a way you felt refreshed, this is the day to celebrate the week!
     
    It's hard to believe that the week is over already. I'm not even halfway through the posts from day one, and haven't even started on the day four posts!
     
    My favorite part of BBAW is discovering new blogs. I'm still working my way through the Day 1 Appreciation posts, where bloggers shared some of their favorites. I've already added over 20 new-to-me blogs to my Google Reader, and I'm sure I'll find even more!
     
    I've found blogs that have been around 7-8 years that I can't believe I haven't stumbled across before! I've also found several brand-spanking new blogs, and I'm impressed that they're so well-done! When I started, I felt like my blog was a mess and I had no idea what I was doing (still don't). These guys look like pros already!
     
    I love finding new blogging buddies!
     
    So am curious...what was your favorite part of BBAW?

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    BBAW Day 3: What's it all about, Alfie?

     
    Today's topic - What does book blogging mean to you?
     
    Hmmmm, this is a tougher question than it sounds. Blogging means so many different things to me:  a way to discover new authors, reading great recommendations that inspire me to stretch outside my comfort zone, a chance to discuss new titles with like-minded readers, having a place where I can put my thoughts about a book in writing, and allowing me the opportunity to attend BEA and meet awesome authors! All of these are due to book blogging. But the most important (and the one that keeps me around) is the feeling of acceptance.
     
    This is my home.
     
    You are my people.
     
    I used to feel isolated as a reader, as most of the reviews I could find were for "literary gems" or non-fiction or other titles that just weren't all that interesting IMHO. Like music reviewers, professional book reviewers seemed pompous and pretentious and we had totally different taste in books. They insisted I read Hawthorne or Shakespeare, but I wanted Dean Koontz.
     
    Then I found the blogosphere, full of people just like me! People who understood that just one more chapter could take hours. That sometimes it's worth staying up until 3am to finish a book, despite having to go to work the next day. That sometimes just owning a book is enough. That authors are better than rock stars!
     
    Shangri-La.
     
    Book blogging has changed quite a bit since I started. I'm sure it's going to change even more in the future, but I think I'm here to stay. The good outweighs the bad. The drama eventually blows over. Blogs come and blogs go, but the community endures.
     
    What does book blogging mean to me? I may be a little overly sentimental, but to me it means the world.
     
    Love you guys!
     

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Review: They Disappeared by Rick Mofina


    They Disappeared by Rick Mofina

    A loving family, fracturing under pressure... Jeff Griffin, a mechanic, and his wife, Sarah, travel from Montana to Manhattan to give their nine-year-old son, Cole, his dream vacation as they secretly face the heart-wrenching turmoil that has them teetering on divorce. In the wake of their heartbreak, a mother and son disappear...

    My Thoughts:
    You know those old horror movies that come on late at night, where you scream "Don't go in there!" at the TV but the characters go in anyway, to certain doom? I felt a little like that at the beginning of this book. I wanted to scream at Jeff to not leave his family's side for even a minute. Don't do it! Stay with them! But then this would have been a very different book....

    Jeff and Sarah are going through a rough time, having lost their baby daughter to SIDS over a year ago. Not sure if their marriage will survive, they come to New York for a family vacation. After a baggage mix-up at the airport, Sarah and Cole disappear when Jeff pops into a small store to buy batteries for his camera.

    At first, the police aren't much help and seem to think that Jeff had something to do with the disappearance. Frantic, he refuses to sit idly by and starts his own investigation. For a small town mechanic, Jeff is remarkably resourceful and discovers vital information, more than once, making the police look bad. Seemed to come together too easily for him at times and I wish he didn't keep going off on his own, but could understand his frustration.

    In the meantime, Sarah and Cole show remarkable ingenuity and bravery in dealing with their bewildering abduction. I was really proud of Cole, who had me rooting for him the entire time!

    The last part of the book had me shaking my head in disbelief, for several reasons, but it was still enjoyable. Sort of like certain over-the-top action movies, where you can't totally suspend your disbelief but can still have a good time. In fact, I think this would make a great movie!

    Mofina is a very talented writer and I really enjoyed the fast-paced action and getting to know all of the various characters. While the plot did go down an unexpected path, it was still an enjoyable ride and I'll definitely be reading more of the author's books!


    ARC provided by the author

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    BBAW Day 1: Feeling the Love!

     Welcome to Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2012!
     
    Today is all about sharing the love...showing our appreciation for some of our favorite book blogs! While I follow several incredibly awesome bloggers, wanted to share a few of my favorites:
     
     
    Tammy at Bo's Book Nook
     
    Tammy is a good friend of mine that I met way back when we worked together at a mall bookstore. She's one of the few people IRL that doesn't look at me like I'm nuts when I start ranting about something a fictional character said. So happy that she finally decided to start her own blog! And she has a picture of her cat for her avatar! Love that! Even though she's new to the blogosphere, I'm amazed at how quickly she's found her voice, and her reviews are incredible. She may even get me to finally try manga!
      
     
    Ryan at Wordsmithonia
     
    Ryan and I started blogging at roughly the same time. While we sometimes read different genres, I trust his reviews implicitly and if he says a book is worth reading, then I'm willing to give it a chance. He's also the creative mind behind the My Favorite Fictional Character meme! You definitely need to check Wordsmithonia out!
     
     
     
    This is one of those blogs where the posts always make me smile. I love her voice, and her reviews are well-written and full of fun! Really enjoy her Roving Reader feature, where she highlights interesting books she discovers during the week. Visiting SFIR is like visiting a friend, where you can sit down and gush about your love of reading!
     

     Petty Witter at Pen and Paper
     
     Petty Witter (aka Tracy) is one of those bloggers that makes me proud to be part of the blogging community! While we've never met IRL, I can always count on her blog having great content and I think she's an incredible woman! Her Monday posts are always fun, and I usually wind up learning something new after visiting. Tracy has one of those blogs that if I only have a couple of minutes, I make sure to stop by to see how she's doing and find out what's new. If you haven't discovered Pen & Paper yet, what are you waiting for?
     
     
    These are just a handful of the wonderful blogs that I love, and I'm looking forward to discovering even more during BBAW!


    Sunday, September 9, 2012

    Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2012

     September 10 - 14
     
    It's hard to believe that this will be the fifth Book Blogger Appreciation Week! The main goal is to show our appreciation for our fellow book bloggers, and I always wind up finding so many awesome new blogs to follow!
     
     There will be great topics every day, and I love bopping around the blogosphere and reading everyone's posts! Here's  a list of this year's topics to whet your appetite:

    Monday
    Appreciation! There are no awards this year, but it can still be hard to navigate the huge universe of book blogging. Share with your readers some of the blogs you enjoy reading daily and why.

    Tuesday
    Interview Swap.

    Wednesday
    What does book blogging mean to you?

    Thursday
    One of the best parts about book blogging is the exposure to books and authors you might never have heard of before. Pimp the book you think needs more recognition on this day. Get creative! Maybe share snippets from other bloggers who have reviewed it or make some fun art to get your message across.

    Friday
    Share a highlight of this year’s BBAW. Whether it’s a blog you discovered or a book you’re going to read or a way you felt refreshed, this is the day to celebrate the week!
     
     
    Looking forward to the party!

    Saturday, September 8, 2012

    My Book Haul (4)

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    I was in need of a new way to showcase titles, and finally decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.


    For Review:
    Am still on my book buying ban and trying to catch up with my massive TBR pile, but when I heard that this one was available on NetGalley, I couldn't resist! The Iron Fey series is one of my favorites, but I keep waiting for Puck's story (hint, hint Julie!).

    by
    Julie Kagawa
     
    Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs - including his reputation - begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he'd dare to fall for.


    Purchased:
    After finishing The Lost Prince, I saw this one on Goodreads and knew I had to have it! Not sure how I missed it, but I love this series! And it was only 99 cents! A great addition to the Iron Fey series!
     
    by
    Julie Kagawa
     
    Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

    But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey - and her and Ash’s unborn child…


    What did you receive this week?


    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    Review: Quest inc. (Can you buy a new life?)

    Quest Inc by Justin Cohen

    The World 's #1 Personal Development Agency . . . has to prove it. What if you brought together five top personal development experts equipped with virtually everything we know about unleashing human potential and gave them some lives to change? ...Welcome to Quest, Inc. They say they can change your life. Now, as they re followed by an investigative journalist from one of the world 's leading news publications, they have to prove it or be damned as charlatans. Based on real life peak performance and transformational strategies, you ll see the highs and lows everyone faces on the road to self-realization especially the experts. Get ready for breakthrough . . . or breakdown.

    My Thoughts:
    When I first heard about this book, I thought it was a great idea! I also thought it was non-fiction, so was a little surprised that it's a fictional story, featuring fictional characters. My mistake. While it didn't have the impact I expected, it was still an interesting premise.

    The story starts with the worst day of Robert Rivera's life. Rivera is a former fitness/health guru who is now obese. Evicted on the same day that his wife leaves him, he feels that he has nothing to live for. Saved by a chance meeting with a former colleague, his old friends from the President's Living Well Campaign rally around him and help get him back on track.

    Encouraged by their success of helping Robert, the old friends decide to reunite in order to help others. Calling their new venture "Quest, Inc." they set out to change America, one person at a time. With five of the top experts in their fields, they set out to show that anyone can change.

    While trying to get their new venture off the ground, they accept an unusual offer from an investigative journalist, who will write about the entire experience. A risky move for a new company, but a risk that could have huge benefits.

    Enjoyed seeing how the experts differed in their approaches and philosophies, and liked watching them deal with their various clients. It's encouraging to see experts as human beings, as they're so often put up on pedestals and act as though they're perfect. I think I'd be more inclined to follow Rivera's health program knowing that he had faced the same struggles I have, so too bad he's fictional!

    Gave this one a 3/5 rating as it was an interesting read, but didn't keep me on the edge of my seat. It's also a little outside my usual genre, but still a good story. There were interesting characters, even though some of them were not very likable, and a decent plot. Cohen can definitely write!

    About the Author
    Justin Cohen is the author of four books and seven audiobooks. He produced and hosted a television talk show in which he interviewed some of the world's leading experts on success. With his psychology and drama degrees, and background in film and television, his passion lies not just in crafting life-changing personal development messages, but ensuring that they are fuelled with the power of great stories. Justin speaks and trains internationally. Please visit him at www.justinpresents.com.


    Review copy received from Novel Publicity in exchange for an honest review

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

    My Book Haul (3)

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    I was in need of a new way to showcase titles, and finally decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the books.

    For Review:
    I'm trying to be good and work on my TBR piles instead of adding to it, but this one sounded too good to resist!

    by Lydia Netzer
     
    A debut unlike any other, Shine, Shine, Shine is a shocking, searing, breathless love story, a gripping portrait of modern family, and a stunning exploration of love, death and what it means to be human.

    ***

    This was a nice surprise, as I don't remember requesting it. Books in my mailbox are always a welcome surprise! Sorry to say that this one doesn't have a cover yet...

    by J. T. Geissinger

    In a dark underground cell, Morgan Montgomery waits to die. A member of the Ikati, an ancient tribe of shape-shifters, Morgan stands convicted of treason. And Ikati law clearly spells out her fate: death to all who dare betray. But there is a glimmer of hope.


    What did you receive this week?


    Saturday, September 1, 2012

    Review Copy Cleanup Wrap Up

    The Review Copy Cleanup, hosted by the lovely ladies at Nyx Book Reviews and Books, Bisquits, and Tea, is now over and done with.

    Here is the the original list of books for the challenge:

    Quest, Inc by Justin Cohen
    Sykosa by Justin Ordonez
    Redshirts by John Scalzi
    We Bury the Landscape by Kristine Ong Muslim
    Family Affair/The Bet by Debbie Macomber
    Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
    What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

    Here are the books that I added during the month:

    Don't Call Me Angel by Alicia Wright Brewster

    The ones crossed off are the ones I actually managed to read and review.
    Yea me! :)


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