Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Recommended Read - Silevethiel by Andi O'Connor

Silevethiel (The Vaelinel Trilogy, #1)Silevethiel by Andi O'Connor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Journey back to a world where kings ruled and assassination plots hid behind corners while mythical beings roamed the land in this good book! I loved the elves and the idea of lions being guardians, and the story was paced just right. The love story theme was a little too cliche, which is what holds this back from being a 5 star book. But overall a great fantasy read for those that like the genre!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sorta Recommended Read - Winning from Within by Erica Ariel Fox

Winning from Within: How to Create Lasting Change in Your Leadership and Your LifeWinning from Within: How to Create Lasting Change in Your Leadership and Your Life by Erica Ariel Fox
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Good: This book helps you take a step back and think of more professional responses to hot-button issues. The author gives examples of how each inner voice responds to situations and how to try and use each one to come to a more neutral answer.

The Bad: While there are lots of descriptions of your inner voices, it's a bit too "textbook" and never truly explains HOW to balance everything out. It also got a little too repetitive for my liking, once again coming across more as a bland textbook than a truly enjoyable read.

Overall, I found this book to be a mediocre leadership book that fits in the middle of the pack but didn't teach me much of anything that was truly usable or new.

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Recommended Read - Camp Secret by Melissa Boyle Mahle

Camp Secret (Junior Spies, #1)Camp Secret by Melissa Boyle Mahle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an adorable read! Imagine being sent to summer camp, only to discover that this isn't just any ordinary summer camp but a secret spy training camp! The characters are fun, and there is a little bit of a mystery strung through that makes it stay interesting. This is a good middle-school read.

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Sorta Recommended Read - The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

The AftermathThe Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted to love this book - the dust jacket tells a tale of hardship and reconciliation in the aftermath of a World War. Sadly, this book didn't quite live up to my expectations. It started off well enough, and I found the characters to be believable - but then it just kind of trickled off. It was very anti-climatic. I also struggled with some of the vocabulary, which is saying something since I tend to have a rather large one! This might be a tough read for readers who don't enjoy big words. Overall, I only found this book to be ok.

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