domingo, 13 de maio de 2018

An Imperfect Heart by Amie Knight



The heart is exquisite.
You’ll never hear anyone wax poetic over an organ quite like they do the heart.
When you’re lost in the world? Follow your heart.
When your love for someone is unwavering, unparalleled and unprecedented? You give them your heart.
As a lead pediatric cardiac surgeon, I knew better than anyone that the heart is equally as powerful as it is delicate.
The heart giveth just as easily as it taketh away.
And until the day Kelly Potter darkened my doorway that was all just part of the job.
She rolled in like a slow evening storm, fierce and beautiful, fighting for the life of her unborn child.
It should have been business as usual.
I was a doctor.
Her child the patient.
But Kelly was more.
She was the one who got away.
I wouldn’t make the same mistake twice.
It didn’t matter what the rules were.
For once, I was listening to my heart.


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I´m a fool for stories about sick kids.

They make me cry so much, but at the same time they let my heart full of love, for those little creatures who need so badly for someone to look for them.

I loved this story from the very beginning, actually from the blurb.

I loved the story itself, the characters, the plot.

I am in love with Annie Knight writing, and I certainly will look for more of her books.

Bad Boy Brody by Tijan



One punch took him from Hollywood’s Golden Boy to Bad Boy Brody.

The media didn’t care he was grieving his brother’s death. They descended on him, but to change his reputation, his manager got him a deal.

Act in an indie film, one that already had Oscar buzz, and he’d get the movie roles he needed to secure his future.

He took the deal.

Yet he wasn’t prepared for the real-life people behind the script. He wasn’t prepared for the murder the movie was based on. And he really wasn’t prepared for her, the biggest secret of all.

She was wild. She was beautiful. She defied gravity.

But was she the leading role that would tame him?

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O.M.G.

I COMPLETELY LOVED THIS BOOK.

I loved Tijan´s previous books, but this one was exceptional.

I could feel Tijan writing style all over the book, but at the same time was a little differente, more mature.

The only thing I feel it could be better was the end. It could have been more. It was kind of rushed.

domingo, 6 de maio de 2018

Leading from Your Gut: How You Can Succeed by Harnessing the Power of Your Values, Feelings, and Intuition by John Townsend


I was given an ARC in exchange of an honest review

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As a leader, your decisions are critical. They have a significant effect on you and everyone around you. But the effective leader needs to have more than just logic, facts, and financials to help make the best choices. Leaders also must access their own intuition, that gut feeling inside.

Dr. John Townsend knows that a leader’s internal world—the world of intuition, creativity, emotion, and spirituality—is just as important as the external world of data and best practices. Who you are on the inside determines your success as a leader even more than the things you do or the things you know. “You were designed with both an external world and an inner world,” Townsend says, “and they work well together. Accessing both of these areas will take a little knowledge and a little work, but it will help you be the leader you want to be.”

In Leading from Your Gut, you’ll learn how leaders excel not just through external competencies and skills but by drawing on their internal world and personal experience.  You’ll explore how to harness the power of your values, thoughts, emotions, and relationships to better meet the complex demands of leadership.

As you apply Townsend’s principles, you will see great results in your leadership. But more importantly, you’ll experience the kind of personal transformation that will enable you to lead as a whole person.

Leading from Your Gut will help emerging and veteran leaders alike to hone their intuition and become the leader they were meant to be.
 

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This isn´t the kind of book I use to review about it, but as a business major I must say I couldn´t pass the opportunity to read it, so I requested and ARC to netgalley, and fortunately they accepted my request.

This was a great book. I completely agree with Dr. Townsend, leading isn´t only about external influencies. 

Using your personal experience and your intuition to better understand the intricacies of a great leadership is fundamental.

The Howling by Erin McCarthy




I was given an ARC in exchange of an honest review

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When Liv Lugaru's boyfriend Sebastian disappears, she finds comfort in his brother's arms. But Sebastian is much closer than Liv realizes...and he'll stop at nothing to protect her from the feral danger that comes alive only when she sleeps...

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I liked this book, it was well written and fast paced, but it was too short. 

It could have been more to this story.  

April Fools (Wilder Irish #4) by Mari Carr



I was given an ARC in exchange of an honest review.

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They say two heads are better than one.
Fiona Adams has a man problem—she has too many in her life. And thanks to her unconventional family, she’s wondering if she even has to settle for just one. Owen is the sweet boy (turned sexy man) she dated in college; Asher is the hot hunk starring in too many current fantasies. Both, unfortunately, are her coworkers, part of the writing team for the hit sitcom Wild Winters. She’s lucky her dear friend and third writing partner, Teddy, is gay, or she’d really be in trouble.
Fiona’s resigned herself to having neither man…until the team decides to film the sitcom’s season finale in her family’s bar, Pat’s Pub. While in Baltimore, under the influence of her crazy family and a wild April Fools party in the Collins Dorm, Owen and Asher take matters into their own hands—literally.
Soon, between all the hot nights and real-life drama, the team can barely concentrate on work. It’s becoming a case of life imitating sitcom…even more so when Fiona’s most recent ex, Mr. Big Gesture himself, shows up to win her back—with his biggest gesture yet.

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This is my first book by Mari Carr, and I loved everything about, since the first page.
The very beginning was really endearing, Fiona and her pop pop just conquered my heart with their love.
The story itself was well written and the characters has depth.
SPOILER ALERT:

The only thing that kind of let me down, was that I was waiting for a MFM relationship, and it didn´t happened.

But, it was nothing that made me dislike, au contraire, I loved the plot twist.
I can´t wait to read another book by this author




One Last Breath by Lisa Jackson



I was given an ARC in exchange of an honest review

EVERY FAMILY HAS ITS SECRETS
Rory Abernathy’s wedding to Liam Bastian turned into a bloodbath. She fled after stabbing a masked intruder, just before a gunman opened fire on the wedding party. Five years on, Rory still has no idea who was behind the attacks. Fearful she and her daughter remain targets, she’s made a new life far from Liam and the wealthy, powerful Bastians.
 
BUT SOME
But even in remote Point Roberts, Washington, she can’t hide from the past. Liam tracks Rory down, stunned to learn they have a child. Did someone in Rory’s family try to kill him for his portion of the Bastian estate? As they gradually overcome distrust in search of the truth, Rory knows one thing for certain: someone is watching her…
  
ARE WORTH KILLING FOR
Time has passed, but the killer’s need for vengeance hasn’t. And as a nightmare stirs to life again, Rory will find that this time, there’s nowhere left to run…
 
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This was my first book by Lisa Jackson and had a great start. 

It really pulls you in, but then it starts to drag and just pick up its pace again close to the end. It was kind of frustrating.

Rory just kept grating on my nerves, always running away to the point that I was rolling my eyes non stop.


segunda-feira, 23 de abril de 2018

Drowning by Margaret McHeyzer



I was given an ARC in exchange of an honest review.


I’m a cutter.
I cut because I find solace in it.
I cut because it helps calm my frantic mind.
I cut because the voices inside my head tell me to.
I cut because this is the only way I know how to handle life.

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Mental health issues in youth is growing alarmingly. An early diagnosis can be the difference between life and death.

Is  good to have books written to young adults approaching this theme, so commonly avoided in family and school conversations.

I think it was great that they both Ivy and Tobias had problems to overcome. Most books that address the issue, only one of the characters has it, so to both of them struggle with it, and learn how to not trigger the other one crisis its a learning in itself.

Though I didn´t liked it how Tobias just left, I can understand and respect why he did it. He want it to be a better version of himself to be with Ivy.

Kudos to Miss McHeyzer for handle it so perfectly.

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Problemas de saúde mental na juventude estão crescendo de forma alarmante. Um diagnóstico precoce pode ser a diferença entre a vida e a morte.

É bom ter livros escritos para jovens adultos que abordam esse tema, tão comumente evitados em conversas em família e na escola.

Acho ótimo que ambos os personagens tenham problemas para superar, então, ambos lutam com ele, e aprendem como não desencadear uma crise no outro,  é um aprendizado em si.  A maioria dos livros que tratam do assunto, apenas um dos personagens o tem.

Embora eu não tenha gostado de como Tobias foi embora, posso entender e respeitar por que ele fez isso. Ele queria se tornar uma versão melhor de si mesmo para estar com Ivy.

Parabéns à senhorita McHeyzer por saber abordar o assunto tão perfeitamente.