Leo by Mia Sheridan

17608346Rating 4 out of 5 stars

A beautiful romance crafted by the talented author Mia Sheridan.  This is the 2nd book I’ve read this year written by the author and I really enjoy her writing style.  This book stands alone and is a quick read at less than 200 pages.  I personally, engulfed it in less than 24 hours.

What I really liked about this book, was the premise of young love that shaped Evie, the main character, and the back and forth between her youth with Leo and adulthood with Jake, Leo’s friend.  Never a dull moment in this book lots of good twists that I dare not spoil.  It’s one to add to your ‘reading list’ for sure.

Click on my Goodreads Review for a more detailed summary on the book.

There were a ton of fantastic quotes that I enjoyed from this story, but the best is:

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“After a minute, I look up and the boy named Leo is staring at me. I stare back, but he doesn´t look away. “Why are you looking at me?” I hiss at him, my cheeks turning hot, filled with shame for the exchange he just heard.

He just keeps looking at me for a moment, and then he shrugs. “Because I like your face,” he says, but now a corner of his mouth is quirking up in a half smile.” ― Mia Sheridan, Leo

Ahh, this quote is a girly girl swoon moment… Oh Leo!

Okay I can’t resist, here are a few more quotes to enjoy:

“Sticks and stones and fists CAN break your bones, but it’s the words that break your heart.” ― Mia Sheridan, Leo

“I think that 95 percent of knowing you’re the greatest is all about confidence. You might suspect you’re the greatest, you might hope you’re the greatest, but if you don’t have the balls to proclaim yourself the greatest in bold packaging, and let your critics test you if they dare, then you probably aren’t the greatest. Who can resist the guy who really, truly believes in himself?” ― Mia Sheridan, Leo

“And the thing about falling in love is that no matter where you are when it happens, you can’t help but to color those moments with beauty,even if you’re in a location of ugliness. He made what would have been a place of nightmares into a place to dream.” ― Mia Sheridan, Leo

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Dark Skye by Kresley Cole

Rating 3 stars out of 5

It’s another series book for me, yes I’ve had my head glued to my Kindle lately and my goal is to catch up on some of my reviews.  This is book #14 in the IAD series18778872 by Kresley Cole, Dark Skye.  I really enjoy this author and her writing style, but this book took to long for me to really enjoy it.  It peaked finally in the middle and was a good page turner to reach the home stretch.  What I found more interesting were the sub-plots with other characters, gotta love Nix and her weaving of plots and outcomes for the ascension *wink, *wink.

Best line/quote from the book:

“This is a formal affair. Kali is wearing twelve skulls.”
Nïx’s eyes went wide. “I should’ve vajazzled!”

For more check out my review on Goodreads: Dark Syke

Did you feel different about this book? Love to hear from you in the Comments below.  I really wanted to love it, did I miss the boat?

Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Rating 4 stars out of 5

13079147For those of us who like Sci-Fi as a backdrop to the weaving of steamy romance and awesome adventures in story telling, you’re a fan of The League series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, and if you’re not, you should be.  Let’s face it, she’s awesome at it and your engrossed in new species and cultures that you can relate to in our global world that extends to galaxies far away.  Mine you, I’m fan of Sherrilyn’s and many of her series, I enjoy each one for a different reason besides  the fact she’s an excellent author.

Born of Fury is book #7 in the series and yes, I was pre-ordered and so excited when July came for its release date.  I’m so spoiled now, with pre-orders on my favorite authors and series.  I really enjoyed this book but like any series I wonder when I might get disappointed or story plots become a predictable formula.  There’s some similarity, but there are twists and turns to this story that really leave you satisfied.

Check out a more specific review on Goodreads: Born Of Fury

For further insight into the story, below are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Family isn’t about the blood you share. It’s about the people willing to bleed for you.” —Maris – Born of Fury”

“The bitterest truth was always better than the sweetest lie.” – Born of Fury

“Sometimes you have to put your foot down… And sometimes you have to put it up their ass.”—Hauk – Born of Fury

Have you read Born of Fury? What are your thoughts on it?  Comment below… it’s like my own personal book club and all are welcome.  If you enjoyed this post your welcome to Like and Share.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

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I picked up (more like one click purchased on my eReader) Steven Pressfield’s ‘The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles’ after seeing some references in it from his book I had read ‘Turning Pro’ that I enjoyed.  I had seen this book referenced in a few sites I follow from other creative types and thought it was high time to read it because I was lacking in motivation (Resistance as you’ll come to learn in this book)on a writing project and wanted a pickup in my emotional struggle. This book isn’t just for writers or creative types, it’s for anyone looking for self improvement if they are not happy where they are in any situation; career, relationship, personal projects, health improvements etc…

I found that I wasn’t charging through the book, it was to me like a fine wine, I was savoring it.  Thinking about the words on the page and their meaning to me with each click (page turn).  It isn’t a large book, you can easily read this in an afternoon.  Ever hear the phrase, everything happens for a reason?  I’m a firm believer, because low and behold while searching the TV guide function I came across Super Soul Sunday with Steven Pressfield talking about his book with Oprah Winfrey, I wasn’t going to miss this, the record button was set.  Talk about the stars aligning – I was going to watch a discussion on this amazing book that I had just finished and was fresh in my head but apparently aired close to 9 months prior, oh the luck.

The first few lines of the book had me; “Most of us have two lives.  The life we live, and the unlived life within us.  Between the two stands Resistance.”  Basically Steven labels what Resistance is and then how to combat it and move beyond it.  Below is a 3 minute clip from Steven’s interview with Oprah that I watched, you’ll relate to Resistance, I dare you otherwise.

The 6 Things We Resist Most in Life

I ended up ordering my paper copy of the book as well.  I wanted a physical copy in my office, to refer to it as I need or possibly pass onto a friend who could use it (I tend to do that).  This book isn’t going to tell you a personal how to, but does give you some principal tools how to move yourself forward.  Each persons path will be their own, and it should be.  Individuals paths are to be unique, to be contrived as a one size fits all garment is ridiculous.   I learned about myself, how fearful I am of failure and letting others down that I paralyzed myself with no actions.   When I dissected it in my ‘Ah ha’ moment I realized my assumptions of fear where unwarranted.  It never came from a tangible place, it was that voice, that inner critic, that Resistance.  I’m realizing my triggers in order to face them and break through.

Below are some of my favorite quotes of the book.  There are several mind you and hard to narrow down, just a few quotes to sample here in my blog, however, this will give you further insight to this book beyond the interview link above.

“Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.” ― Steven Pressfield

“Resistance is always lying and always full of shit.” ― Steven Pressfield

“The opposite of love isn’t hate; it’s indifference” ― Steven Pressfield

I hope this blog post excites you to read this book.  If nothing else to think about the resistance in your life that needs addressing.  Have you already read this book? If so, how did you feel about it, was it helpful to you?  Comment below.  I’d love to hear from you!

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