Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review: The Power of Habit - Why We Do What We Do And How To Change It By: Charles Duhigg

The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And BusinessThe Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business by Charles Duhigg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is a science to our individual behavior, a science of habit. Broken down into three sections the author delves deep into Individual Habits (which includes routine, the loop of habit, and choice vs. habit), The Habits of Successful Organizations (the breakdown of organizations and companies and what makes them great i.e. the reward, and the power of crisis), and The Habits of Societies (civil rights movement, and the neurology of free will).
Each section is easy to understand and even include some techniques to include into your daily regime. Since most people make resolutions and don't complete them or only hold on for so long - this is the perfect book to help make that change and have it stick.

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Review: Candy Girl By: Diablo Cody

Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely StripperCandy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper by Diablo Cody
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The writer of Juno and Young Adult has a memoir that I could not resist. I was not disappointed, the fresh mouth, tongue in cheek, sarcastic view of her year of stripping leaves the reader laughing and horrified all at the same time. There is honesty and self-discovery, and even self degregation on the pages, but with little tidbits broken in between like 10 Worst Stripper Names (which include sexually transmitted diseases). Rarely have I ever read a memoir so fast and found myself wanting another book from the same person.
For a quick laugh and be aghast book, Cody has nailed it.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review: Cinder By: Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

New Bejing after WWIV, a new society, a new earth, and new enemies. With a plague attacking society and a cure far from reach, the brink of war with the Lunars (those who have occupied the moon and have special gifts), Prince Kai comes across a special girl, Cinder. Cinder is part cyborg, owned by a family of which her step mother believes Cinder killed the step father with the plague - she is a mechanic and immune to the plague. Cinder falls for Prince Kai and the feeling appears mutual, but like all relationships, they are to be tested..with espionage, with the threat of war, and with the discovery of who and what Cinder truly is.

All I can say is WOW! This book played with the interactions of secondary characters that further advanced the reader into the mind of Cinder and her life. The descriptions are so vivid, and the storyline truly is an original. Want a good read that you will enjoy, read Cinder!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Review: Silent Night, Sinful Night By: Sharon Page, Melissa Macneal, and Chloe Harris

Silent Night, Sinful NightSilent Night, Sinful Night by Sharon Page
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A Christmas anthology with erotic twists -- leaves something to be desired.
The first has a twist to it when Lord Worthington disappears only to return a new man to the woman he "left" years ago.
After losing her husband and daughter, Tess runs away to a "twisted" candyland and finds a man that takes her heart.
A thief and a pirate collide over the Twelve Night celebration held for Christmas.

The stories were ok, not well developed - usually in anthologies you will find some connection, none here. If you are looking for a little heat, try the fireplace before this book.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Anya Bast Book a Day Giveway

Great news to fans of paranormal, romance, even a touch of spice -- Anya Bast is holding a Book a Day giveaway. Go over to her site, leave a comment, that simple. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Review: Dreaming Awake By: Gwen Hayes

Dreaming Awake (Falling Under, #2)Dreaming Awake by Gwen Hayes
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Theia is back from Under with her friends and of course, Haden. But things are all wrong, kids are getting sick looking like their essence has been eaten, and Mara who has a score to settle is making life at Serendipity Falls more dangerous than usual.
Mara is going to have her way, no matter what - she even starts "dating" Theia's father landing him in a coma. The only answer is to take her head on, and despite their problems Theia and Haden must fight her. Luckily they have Ame, Donny, Gabe, Varnie are going to help. Can Theia control the changes in her, the new demon side, to keep good.

Why, oh why, did I get this book. I really didn't like the first and I really don't like this one. I don't know if it's the style of writing, the author's voice - but I am left disappointed, yet again.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Review: The Devil Colony By: James Rollins

The Devil Colony (Sigma Force #7)The Devil Colony by James Rollins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sigma Force is back and so is their enemy. Uncovering a mystery of the Founding Fathers and Native Americans has events counting down. From ancient lost civilizations to nanotechnology, this book has it all and is wonderfully paced that you want to finish it at the pace it is written - fast and exciting.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Review: Fury By: Elizabeth Miles

Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1)Fury by Elizabeth Miles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What have you done to cause harm on another? Beware the Furies have picked you to balance it out. Two seperate people that have harmed seperate people have been chosen to have revenge upon them. Emily has been infatuated with her best friend, Gabby, boyfriend Zach. Over break she flirts and initiates contact despite the friendship that she values. Chase is a guy with secrets that involve the suicide of a classmate, Sasha, that at one time was his friend. During Winter Break the fight is on and the Furies are unleashed, Ali, Meg, and Ty and they have their mission to exact revenge.
I really liked this story, the development of the characters, the demise and fall of each, and the twist at the end. I look forward to a continuation from a wonderfully new writer.

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Review: Christmas in Sugarcreek By: Shelley Shepard Gray

Christmas in Sugarcreek: A Christmas Seasons of Sugarcreek NovelChristmas in Sugarcreek: A Christmas Seasons of Sugarcreek Novel by Shelley Shepard Gray
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

With Christmas around the corner brothers and their sister all find love and happiness in this easy predictable feel good book. The main story surrounds Judith and the return of Ben Knox, who has gotten under her skin and he who has plans to leave and run from Sugarcreek ASAP. The sparks fly and the pain that each is trying to overcome to allow the other into their heart allows the reader to melt away as the snow falls come Christmas.

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Review: Cinder and Ella By: Melissa Lemon

Cinder and EllaCinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

View all my reviews Ok but not worth time. A twist on the tale of Cinderella about two sisters, their differences and connections, an evil prince, a worried kingdom, and a new twist of trees and life. I found the story of the trees much more interesting and compelling than the rest of the book that seemed to be patched together at times not allowing the story to flow.

Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo By: Stieg Larsson

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Series #1)Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The talk and movie got me interested in this book, confession I will watch Daniel Craig in anything, but I promised to finish the book before seeing the movie - and there should be a Major Warning on both ends - This book involves a graphic rape scene that in all honesty I wondered why was it important to even be included. The book would have flowed without it and being a survivor I had to step away and then return to the book.
The mystery of Harriet Vangar has fallen into the lap of a journalist, Mikael Blomkvist that has recently been discredited in the court of law. The Vangars have a family history that rivals those on Jerry Springer and the skeletons that they hide have taken up floors of their vast homes. To help in the investigation is a brillant, yet under realized, "girl" Lisbeth Salander. Each page I wanted to devor, to uncover more skeletons, to find the who done it I was on pins and needles - yet as I previously wrote, the rape scenes were painful to read I had to put down and come back, how I wish it was not included in the book, but I guess in its own way it allowed the story to progress in the understanding of Lisbeth. I highly recommend this book with caution.

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Review: The Hangman's Daughter By: Oliver Potzch

The Hangman's DaughterThe Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A Bavarian voice telling an intriguing tale that was inspired by the history of his family.
Children are being killed they have the mark of the witch upon them, the link is the midwife and that the children were orphans placed in other townspeople care. The mystery of the "devil" with the bone hand and the corruption of some villagers is now in the hands of Jakob Kuisl- The Hangman and his unlikely friend and follower physician in training Simon.
The mid 1600s have never seemed as interesting as in this book. Every one is suspect and time is ticking away. I enjoyed this tale of mystery, witch hysteria, and corruption. At times the book lingered but it could be just the translation.

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