Wednesday, July 30, 2014

City of Bones: A Review

City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts:
I ventured away from my comfort zone with City of Bones. Though I do not care for the vampire and werewolf thing, I did enjoy this title. I have purchased the second "City of Ashes" to continue in the series. I prefer stand alone titles that have an actual ending as to the trilogy or series sets but this title left off at a decent place that didn't leave the reader completely hanging, waiting for the next in the series... thankfully.

I loved the humor of the character Jace. Only good authors can successfully give their characters distinct personalities and Cassandra Clare definitely pulled it off. Well done.

Publisher's Synopsis:
Discover this first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waters Fall: A Book Review

Waters Fall 

by Becky Doughty

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book immensely. It really spoke to me.  Wow, this book truly hit very close to home.  No marriage is perfect. All marriages are work. Waters Fall is based on a family dealing with real life issues, the rise and fall of the waters through life. I highly recommend this title. Well done Ms. Doughty.

Publisher's Synopsis:
Jake doesn’t remember what it means to be a champion. Nora doesn’t know how much longer she can tread water before she goes under.

Their fairytale marriage is hurtling toward a tragic end.

Then Tristan sweeps in—all feelings and fire and freedom—and Nora is carried out to where the waters flow fast and deep. Nora knows she’s risking far more than just her heart….

When it all comes crashing down, Jake and Nora are left standing amidst the ruins of everything they’ve built together. Will they walk away, or stay and fight for their happily-ever-after?

WATERS FALL - The anatomy of an affair. The price of forgiveness. The terrible beauty of grace.

Note: WATERS FALL is a novel written from a Christian worldview.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.  I would gladly have purchased this title.  This is a great book. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Trigger: Better ansers to Better Questions Lead to Intentional Results: A Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts:
"...this is not a book that gives you any answers. It's one that forces you to ask challenging questions that trigger discussions which lead to the best answers for your organization."

This was a very accurate statement. Though there were no new concepts in this management book, it was very good information delivered in an organized in a clean, concise manner.

I would recommend this title to anyone wishing to brush up on his management skills, thinking and processes. It was a quick read and I ended it with many highlights.

I recommend it for any potential or current manager.

Publisher's Synopsis:
What determines organizational success? Doing everything with intention! Author and organizational consultant, Derrick Strand, takes you through an organizational success model based on a sequence of simple, yet powerful disciplines. With each discipline comes a list of powerful questions that TRIGGER thought provoking discussions within your organization. Strand strongly believes that if you work through the model and engage in open, transparent and honest dialogue; you will be well on your way to becoming an intentional organization. The disciplines of the Design, Align Deliver model are universal and apply to any industry and any size organization. By design, it's meant to be read in one sitting to force a holistic viewpoint on intentionally connecting key organizational components. The book is not a "How To" book but more of an organizational workbook that asks probing, provocative questions. Strand challenges you to find your own answers to these questions because the most successful organizations have the answers inside their walls and in the minds of their people. TRIGGER delivers a framework to extract this information and creates an intentional call to action that the entire organization can own and embrace. 

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