Book Review: Social Media Shortcut # 1 by Jonathan and Susanna Gebauer

Social Media - Book Review

Title: Social Media Shortcut #1: Your Twitter Road To The 1,000,000th Follower (Social Media Shortcuts)

Author: Jonathan and Susanna Gebauer

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Written in an easy to read and interesting conversational style, this book brought nothing new to the table, but also did not miss the mark as so many others in this genre have. While the advice given sounded more like an accumulation of what the Authors read in the books of real social media experts, I did appreciate the no-nonsense style, and the links that were added to the book.

That said, readers would benefit more from going to the experts, such as Guy Kawasaki, because of the more detailed and comprehensive information, that is given in their books about the same subject.

But, if you are looking for a quick refresher guide, or just want the absolute basics, this is not a bad book to pick up, especially considering that it is free on Kindle Unlimited.

(Disclaimer: I have borrowed this book from Kindle Unlimited for personal use)

Book Review: See Her Run by A.K. Leigh

See Her Run by A.K. Leigh - A Review

Title: See Her Run
Author: A.K. Leigh
Publisher: Momentum Books
Genre: Mystery&Thriller/ Romance
Release Date: Feb. 26th 2015
Rating: 5/5 Stars
A suspenseful romance that made my heart race! I fell in love with the characters from the beginning, all of them well constructed, from the two main characters, Diana and Jon, to the smaller characters, which were placed into the story with their own, very well thought-out traits and backgrounds. It felt like coming home, reading about people, whom you want to spent time, with, dealing with an impossible situation of hiding from a painful past. I do not want to share any details of this romance, as every one of the twists and turns need to be carefully discovered, and adds to the suspense, but I can tell you, that every word is worth the ride.

(Disclaimer: This book was given to me, free of charge,  by the publisher via NetGalley, in return for an honest review)

Book Review: Improve Your Memory Every Day

Improve Your Memory Every Day - A Review

Title: Improve Your Memory Every Day

Author: Robert Allen

Publisher: Pavilion Books

Release Date: February 16th, 2015

Genre: Non-Fiction Adult/ Self-Help

Rating: 3/5 Stars

The idea of the book is great, even the illustrations are kind of fun, but what turned me off about this book, is the tone of the Author which at times sounded condescending. That is a shame because the individual tasks and ideas to improve the memory are valuable, and easy to follow, with clear instructions and clearly defined objectives, even if they are nothing new. Because of this slight down talk and underestimation of the readers intelligence, I could never truly enjoy the book, not with the depth it deserved. Minor adjustments in wording, and approach could have turned this volume from a book I would not recommend, to one that would spark some interest.

His Very Convenient Bride – A Book Review

Title: His Very Convenient Bride
Author: Sophie Pembroke
Publisher: Harlequin Romance
Release Date: January 6th 2015
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Overall I really enjoyed the story. The characters are well crafted, likeable and with just enough back story, so that their reaction to a given situation makes sense. The story – a young woman, deciding to step into her sister’s place, in an arranged business marriage – is far-fetched, but entertaining, and delivered in a charming way. Up until the end of the book, after drama, and tension occurred, the book was well paced, an emotional rollercoaster ride, exactly what I hope for in a romance novel.
The part that kept me from giving it five stars though, was that at the very end, the Author rushed the happy ending somewhat, not enough to make it seem like she was running out of material, but just enough to be a little disappointed.
In short, if the Author works a little on her endings – and I mean, just extending them a little, for a better flow – I would have called this one of the best traditional romance novels I have read in a while.
Side note: This novel is tame in comparison with its contemporary peers. If you are looking for more steam of the physical nature, this is not your book. I personally think, this book did fine without the detailed description of love-making.

This book was made available to me, via NetGalley, in turn for an honest review. Thank you.

Outline Your Story In 30 Minutes – A Book Review

Outline Your Story In 30 Minutes - A Book Review

Title: Outline Your Novel In Thirty Minutes: Discover Your Story DNA
Author: Alicia Rasley
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Rating: 2/5 Stars

While the questions in this book, which are designed for the reader to discover parts of their story, are interesting and have merit, the book is just that – a list of nine questions. There is no actual instruction on how to outline an entire novel, which of course would not be possible in thirty minutes anyway. I did not expect much to begin with, but at least some additional information on how to place the information the reader developed into an actual outline would have been nice. Don’t waste your time with this book, there are plenty of other, more in-depth volumes on the same subject that are much more helpful.

Disclaimer: I rented this book from Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, and was not paid for reviewing it.

Marked by Rebecca Zanetti- A Book Review

Marked - A Review

Title: Marked
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Release Date: Dec. 22nd 2014
Publisher: eKensington
Rating: 5/5 Stars

This book was my introduction to Rebecca Zanetti, and I enjoyed it tremendously. While not familiar with the world that was already established, I had no problem getting acquainted with it, which to me is a sign of a good fantasy Author, as she managed to write a book within a series that can stand on its own. Her characters where interesting and three-dimensional, no flat villains, and no predictable heroes, instead a great flowing story, that centered around a young, Janie and the dark Zane.
Hot enough to make this a steamy romance, while action driven enough to make this an interesting plot, I truly enjoyed this book. In fact, I could not stop reading.

This book was provided to me, free of charge via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Sweet On You by Laura Drake – A Review

Sweet On You - A Review

Title: Sweet On You

Author: Laura Drake

Genre: Romance

Publisher: Forever

Release Date: August 26th, 2014

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

 

An impressive book that reaches deeper into a subject matter, rarely dealt with in romance novels: PTSD. I was expecting a much more light-hearted book, but was rewarded instead with an emotional, raw story, with characters that had depth, and a “real” story. Very relatable for anyone who has either dealt with PTSD themselves, or knows someone who does, and how hard it is to get back to a relative normal life, this romance has lots of heart.
Two “damaged” people, who are in need to re-invent themselves, find a way to help each other, even if that was not how they originally expected to have it happen. With just the right amount of humor, the Author managed to make this deep subject matter, just light enough to keep it getting from being depressing, but at the same time takes it serious enough to honor its severity and importance.
I was not sure if I was going to like this book, as it is not my usual style of romance, but I am glad I read it, and will be looking for more books from this Author.

Cooking Light Way To Cook Vegetarian – A Review

Cooking Light Way To Cook Vegetarian - A Review

Title: Cooking Light Way To Cook Vegetarian

Author: Scott Mowbray (Editor)

Publisher: Oxmore House

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

A very visual cookbook that is easy enough to follow along for a novice cook, but interesting enough to bring flavors into the kitchen of a more experienced home-cook. I really enjoyed the fact that it went into details of preparing fresh ingredients, and gives hints and tricks on how to make a few steps of the cooking process easier. It is not filled with exotic ingredients, which I very much appreciate, as so many cookbooks make the mistake of having ingredients needed, that are hard to come by, or are very expensive. No, this book is accessible for anyone who has access to a decent grocery store. I also enjoyed that it went a little more detailed into the preparations of Tofu and Tempeh, both aspects of the vegetarian kitchen, I have not dared to work with. I am not a fan of processed soy products, or processed anything, so even with these two I was weary. This book, with its many well done pictures, and easy explanations, might actually make me try out cooking with these two ingredients.
Overall, I highly recommend this volume, especially to anyone who is new to vegetarian cooking. Note that while this is a vegetarian cookbook, there are some vegan recipes included, and specially marked as such.

(P.S. This book was not provided to me via the publisher, but rather a book I purchased myself)

Book Review: The Miracle Morning – Self-Help Book Experiment Part 2

 

Title: The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (before 8 AM)
Author: Hal Elrod
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Rating: 5/5 Stars

The Miracle Morning - A Book Review

Like I wrote yesterday, I am in the midst of not just reviewing, but also implementing some of the self-help books that are on my desk (or computer).

Currently I am working on “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod, and examine if a morning routine change can really change ones live, or at least have a large impact upon it.

But first to the review:

The Promise: To deliver a system, with clear steps on how to change your morning routine in an effective ritual, that will influence your life, and allow you to reach for your goals.

The book actually delivers on that promise. With clear, precise wording and examples, Hal allows you to create an easy to follow morning routine – that is, if you make the decision to commit to getting up earlier, and do the actual exercise. This is not a book for someone who is looking for a quick fix, but it is a book that will shake up your routine, if you let it.

It gives you precise ideas on how getting up earlier is possible, without feeling sleep deprived. It also gives you very clear instructions on how to implement some of the daily steps we all know we should be taking, such as meditation, exercise, affirmations and visualization. Do we usually follow through? No, but he even has a solution to that – accountability via partners (you can find your own, or join his community for free), and a printout routine tracker, which allows you to keep track of your new-found routine.

The Result: I started this challenge this morning (actually last night, as he suggests some preparation-steps to ensure a smooth morning routine), so I can not yet report on the long-term effects. What I can comment on thought is, that his suggestions of affirming a smooth morning, without feeling tired worked for well for me.

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine – Mike Murdock

Beyond this book, I have decided to focus on what other authors and coaches think about morning routines. Those have ranged from the comical (Abraham suggesting to take a nap), to the well structures – Tony Robbins calls the morning routine “The Hour of Power”. I will post and try some of these out – not the nap part.

Which brings me to a question: What is your morning routine like? Do you rush out of the house, or do you take time for meditation and other techniques? What is the most important part of your routine? Until yesterday, I would have answered the last question with coffee, but now I am changing it to accountability.

What’s yours?

Book Review: Bound To Danger by Katie Reus

Bound to Danger - A Review

Title: Bound To Danger
Author: Katie Reus
Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: August 5th 2014
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

A strong, intense plot, Bound To Danger is a romantic action novel just the way I like it. Big action scenes, coupled with a steamy attraction between the two main characters, made this novel an enjoyable, intense read. Maria, the heroine of the story, was a refreshing character, who’s reaction did not seem forced, but flowed naturally, no matter what the situation she found herself in. Cade, her hero, a trained operative, a well crafted alpha male character with a tender and caring side, was balanced by the Author just right, without loosing his credibility as a strong warrior, protective of the woman he loves.
This is my first experience with this author, and I am looking forward to reading more from her. Fierce and romantic, action packed, and steamy, this romantic suspense novel, is just the right thing for a hot summer night. I am looking forward to reading more from Katie Reus.
This book can be read as a stand alone novel, but I am surely going to pick up the first book in the series, and will read the next one.

(Copy of book provided by Netgalley – thank you)

Here is a list of what other book reviewers are reading this week:

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Moss

On The Fence by Kasie West

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson