The author has a way of making a work of fiction seem so realistic with his knowledge of the Middle East politics. It is frightening to think of thisThe author has a way of making a work of fiction seem so realistic with his knowledge of the Middle East politics. It is frightening to think of this situation becoming a reality. I’ve read several of his books and generally don’t have a problem getting through them quickly. I was reading a couple other books at the time so I didn’t get read in a timely manner from the library. I had to get back in line for another copy (about a week) and when I came back to it I had a hard time getting back into it. It was still a very good book and will continue to follow this series....more
I was interested in this book since I often wonder about companies that market themselves in certain light but are far from what they seem. I also wasI was interested in this book since I often wonder about companies that market themselves in certain light but are far from what they seem. I also was interested in some of the independent, organic companies being bought out by large corporations and seeing if it really changes them.
The author covers Toms of Maine, Timberland, Starbucks, Apple, Trader Joe and American Apparel. She examines if they are socially and environmentally responsible, how they treat their employees, union or nonunion and different aspects of each of the companies. Some of the information didn’t come as a surprise since they’ve made the headlines.
A lot of the information was pretty interesting but some of it seemed rambling and disorganized. I still got a decent amount of information and it will make me think twice about buying products from them. ...more
This was a really good book and well- paced. If you are a fan of their other books, you will likely enjoy this one. It follows the same form4.5 rating
This was a really good book and well- paced. If you are a fan of their other books, you will likely enjoy this one. It follows the same format as Yesterday Gone that each character has a chapter and then start to intersect as the book goes on.
The story involves 12 characters that were very relatable and each had their own sets of issues. Each chapter tells each characters situation and how they come to be at the dinner at that moment. There is an author’s epilogue really put a different light on the story. ...more
This is a continuation of the Peter’s mission to time travel and add few new characters in the second installment. Peter finds out that he will be joiThis is a continuation of the Peter’s mission to time travel and add few new characters in the second installment. Peter finds out that he will be joined by Julie on this mission. Both Peter and Julie are under constant security by guards and mysteriously other ways. Peter’s relationship with his children starts to improve now that his financial outlook is better and he isn’t certain what the time travel outcome will be.
Peter’s son is a coin collector and finds out information about a certain penny that is rather valuable from 1943. Peter starts making plans to possibly do more than one mission when he time travels but there are roadblocks that might not work out.
The book is very much about preparing for the time travel and waits until the very end to begin the time travel. It’s somewhat irritating to have another big cliffhanger but I’ll be onto the next one because I still want to know what happens next. ...more
I wanted to try something a little different and I haven’t read a serial book in a while. I should have known better, now I’m hooked and have to readI wanted to try something a little different and I haven’t read a serial book in a while. I should have known better, now I’m hooked and have to read them all.
The first part starts with a scientist from decades earlier trying to time travel but was unsuccessful. The story flashes forward to modern day where Peter is in dire financial circumstances and is in danger be losing his home that he and teenage kids are living in. He is approached by a military man for a secret mission. It is the answer to Peter’s problems. He can stay in his home and support his family but at what price?
Peter knows that he will be time traveling but not much else. The first part is more about development of the characters and building the suspense. It ends in a cliffhanger and makes you immediately want to continue on to find out what’s going to happen next. ...more
I have gobbled up everything in this series so far. This was about Amberly, the princes mother, or supposed to be about her. We get to know her a bitI have gobbled up everything in this series so far. This was about Amberly, the princes mother, or supposed to be about her. We get to know her a bit more than we do in The Selection books but I don’t feel like we got much. It seemed to be some carry on of the Selection series of America and the prince more than anything. I still didn’t mind reading it to hold me over until the The Heir comes out. These books are definitely a guilty pleasure. ...more
The book turned out way better than I thought it would. When I first started reading it, I thought it was mediocre but it was just picking up steam4.5
The book turned out way better than I thought it would. When I first started reading it, I thought it was mediocre but it was just picking up steam. I picked this book up twice, so for me, it’s a good indication how many things I’m willing to blow off to read.
Heather, a 38 year old woman, ended up in an emergency room and in swoops in an attractive doctor to take care of her. Jeff, the doctor, had been known to cross the patient/doctor line. They begin having an affair even though Heather knows where it’s going. They have their fun and the like most affairs, it ends.
Heather really falls apart after Jeff ends it. She loses her job and discovers that she has become addicted to the pills that he has prescribing for her. She reports him to the medical board after some encouragement of other women he’s had affairs with.
Jeff tries the denial route but Heather ends up being far more resourceful than he anticipated. I thought it might take a vengeful route but Heather was too much of a mess for that. The doctor’s ego helped him hang himself.
I’ve been reading a lot of chic-lit lately and it’s mostly predictable but enjoyable reads. This was enjoyable and a bit unpredictable.
I decided to read a couple shorts on a topic that I’ve been hearing about lately. This was more of general read and not necessarily a pro or con for GI decided to read a couple shorts on a topic that I’ve been hearing about lately. This was more of general read and not necessarily a pro or con for GMO’s. The author suggests that we need more research on GMO’s and I definitely can agree on that. We have a society that has a lot of diseases that we really can’t explain and may be linked to changes in our food or something in our environment. He touches on Monsanto being the driver of most GMO foods and their reputation in itself is a controversy.
He talks about sustainability of our society and seems to suggest that we need our society to come more sustainable on our own. It’s a nice thought. They’re companies and individuals out there that will voluntarily do it but I think society as whole, is not as proactive. I thought the poll that they conducted about food awareness was a bit strange, although they polled several age groups, they were all women. It was short, general overview that can give you some information without boring you with too much information. We can always make a difference when voting with our fork. ...more
I received this book courtesy of Net Galley for an honest review.
I enjoyed this book overall, but there were a few gaps in the storyline. I absolutI received this book courtesy of Net Galley for an honest review.
I enjoyed this book overall, but there were a few gaps in the storyline. I absolutely love the way the author writes. His books have a conversational tone and an ease to reading his books. He makes the characters and situations realistic without over the top scenarios. The pace of this novel is a little slower with Kyle being reunited with his family and are settling in the community of Deer River. They are trying to find security and hope they will survive in this community. They are challenged at times from the outside conflicts along with their own struggles with their current situations that are beyond their control.
It was interesting to see how the community handled the rape and death of someone in their community. The trial drama weighed down the story line a bit and I felt that it could’ve been tightened up more. The twist of banishment added a little excitement to the storyline.
I love that they brought Rose back in the second book and would’ve like to see her interact with Kyle a bit more rather than in the passive role she did. I hope she continues on in the next book and that the author will perhaps add a bit more of a dynamic storyline for her.
I thought the ending was a bit mixed. At first, I thought the book was going to end on an upswing; instead it added a dimension of fear of the unknown and was open ended. I’ve enjoyed the two books so far and will continue to follow the series. ...more
This was a good book but didn’t have the same action of the first book. The second book has Lily and her small groups journey in and around the town oThis was a good book but didn’t have the same action of the first book. The second book has Lily and her small groups journey in and around the town of Woodbury. The governor really doesn’t show up until half way through the book. Lilly’s story isn’t all that interesting compared to some other characters but you get a good look as she struggles with her identity and role in the zombie apocalypse. She slowly becomes more confident and realizes that maybe she can survive. I watch the TV show and she reminds me of a mix between Carol and Andrea.
The governor is dramatically different then the show and Woodbury isn’t the cozy community that you see in the show either. It’s definitely painted as a darker place and seems more realistic of a settlement that would band together in the first years of the apocalypse.
It will be interesting where the governor takes the town after his ending declaration in the book. Will it turn into the cozy little community? I know how it eventually ends because of the show but sometimes getting to that point is equally interesting. I will also be interested in what becomes of Lilly after her rebellion, since her hands are tied at the moment.
I won’t rush on to the other books since this didn’t have that compelling hook that was in the first book did. I will eventually get to them once they’re available in paperback. ...more