Monday, July 25, 2016

Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To by Dean Burnett

Summary
It's happened to all of us at some point. You walk into the kitchen, or flip open your laptop, or stride confidently up to a lectern, filled with purpose—and suddenly haven't the foggiest idea what you’re doing. Welcome to your idiot brain.

Yes, it is an absolute marvel in some respects—the seat of our consciousness, the pinnacle (so far) of evolutionary progress, and the engine of all human experience—but your brain is also messy, fallible, and about 50,000 years out-of-date. We cling to superstitions, remember faces but not names, miss things sitting right in front of us, and lie awake at night while our brains replay our greatest fears on an endless loop.

Yet all of this, believe it or not, is the sign of a well-meaning brain doing its best to keep you alive and healthy. In Idiot Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett celebrates blind spots, blackouts, insomnia, and all the other downright laughable things our minds do to us, while also exposing the many mistakes we've made in our quest to understand how our brains actually work. Expertly researched and entertainingly written, this book is for everyone who has wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life, and what on earth it is really up to.






Impressions
Fun and interesting, I've spent a really good time reading about brain and our behaviours. From the social panics, to memory troubles or intelligence, the author decrypts the brain with fun, easy examples or scientific facts.

But don't run away, it's not boring at all! In fact, I've been turning the page eagerly. From the crosswords to see if it will strengthen our abilities to collecting odors informations, you can understand a bit better how busy our brain is. It's very interesting to pause and think about its role.

Original, fun and very cool read! I'm happy to have opened this book...



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Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Beast of Barcroft by Bill Schweigart

Summary
Fans of Stephen King and Bentley Little will devour The Beast of Barcroft, Bill Schweigart’s brilliant new vision of dark suburban horror. Ben thought he had the neighbor from hell. He didn’t know how right he was. . . .

Ben McKelvie believes he’s moving up in the world when he and his fiancée buy a house in the cushy Washington, D.C., suburb of Barcroft. Instead, he’s moving down—way down—thanks to Madeleine Roux, the crazy neighbor whose vermin-infested property is a permanent eyesore and looming hazard to public health.

First, Ben’s fiancée leaves him; then, his dog dies, apparently killed by a predator drawn into Barcroft by Madeleine’s noxious menagerie. But the worst is yet to come for Ben, for he’s not dealing with any ordinary wild animal. This killer is something much, much worse. Something that couldn’t possibly exist—in this world.

Now, as a devilish creature stalks the locals, Ben resolves to take action. With some grudging assistance from a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and the crackpot theories of a self-styled cryptozoologist, he discovers the sinister truth behind the attacks, but knowing the Beast of Barcroft and stopping it are two different animals.



Impressions
A page turning strange story !

The plot has piqued my curiosity and I was in the mood for something scary and different from my current reads. And this book has not dissapointed me.
From the beginning with the rats and strange animals, I was thinking to always check your neighbors. Wow... Some can be strange and thanks to this story now I will pay attention! Lol.

It was an original read with some great characters even if there is too many rats to my peace of mind. :-D
Ben McKelvie has just been left by his girlfriend and you will follow his adventures in this new strange neighborood. A horror story that you will have trouble to put down as soon as you will start reading it...

A really cool one!


Source
*Arc provided by Netgalley
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tell Me a Story by Tamara Lush

Summary
A flirtatious reading of erotica blossoms into something deep and tender in the steamy Florida heat...

Tell Me a Story... 

Emma, a free-spirited bookstore owner in Orlando, keeps her business afloat with innovative ideas. Her most popular evening event is Story Brothel, where customers can pay writers to read aloud to them in a story-time for two, complete with cocktails. Despite the name, the event is usually tame. But things take a steamy turn when a handsome, urbane businessman hires Emma for a session in a private cabana. Daringly, she shares with him a reading of her erotica. Soon both of them are feeling the effects ... and Emma's wondering what kind of lover is underneath his expensive suit.

Caleb may be a billionaire real estate mogul, but he's never been captivated by a woman as he is by the lovely, quirky Emma. Her rockabilly vintage dresses make him long to strip them off and do very wicked things to her. And her refusal to share her personal life only makes him more curious.

Soon the couple are spending every available moment together. But Emma's building is in danger of being razed out from under her bookstore ... and worse, Caleb may be behind her problems. Can she trust him with her life as she does with her body? Or will the prickly walls built during her harsh past keep them apart?

Impressions
Sweet, sexy and enjoyable !

Very well written, this romance with some hot sex has a good balance between hot, flirtatious scenes as well as a credible development. Sure, the plot may be something of a déjà vu but it's perfectly well directed by the author's words.

The atmosphere is playfull and light. Sure, the male character is a rich one but the author has been able to make her personnage, Caleb, lovable and approchable. Emma is a cool one to spent a great night of reading with. :-D

Perfect to relax or to enjoy at the beach.

Quotes

"I think a fantasy is what the heart whispers to silence a busy mind."

Source
*Arc provided by Netgalley
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Sociology Book by DK Publishing, Sam Atkinson

Summary
The Sociology Book takes on some of humankind's biggest questions: What is society? What makes it tick? Why do we interact in the way that we do with our friends, coworkers, and rivals? The Sociology Book profiles the world's most renowned sociologists and more than 100 of their biggest ideas, including issues of equality, diversity, identity, and human rights; the effects of globalization; the role of institutions; and the rise of urban living in modern society

Easy to navigate and chock-full of key concepts, profiles of major sociological thinkers, and conversation starters galore, this is a must-have, in-a-nutshell guide to some of the most fascinating questions on earth.

The Sociology Book is part of the award-winning Big Ideas Simply Explained series, designed to distill big ideas and elusive theories into graspable, memorable concepts, using an approachable graphic treatment and creative typography. 

Impressions
Perfect for people who want to learn more about sociology!

I was curious about what I will find: a lot of interesting concepts and ideas clearly explained. Food for thoughts about the foundation of sociology, cultural identity and the family dynamics. It's an interesting read if you are at school or just curious about sociology.

A cool one!

Source
*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Adjustments by Ann Lineberger

Summary
In the postcard Connecticut town of Cannondale, financial status is followed closely by social standing. Nowhere is this battle more fiercely contested than among the housewives of Fairfield County.

Attending yoga classes at the trendy studio in town—taught by the sexy and mysterious Yogi Jack—is part of every elite woman’s routine. It allows them a daily escape from the madness of their over-scheduled lives. But the inner peace that yoga brings is only part of the appeal: many of the women come for Yogi Jack, the studio’s sexual energy, and the seductive in-class adjustments.

In his private sessions, Yogi Jack provides services above and beyond the usual realm of warrior pose, downward-facing dog, and shavasana. One-on-one time with Jack is increasingly sought-after by every one of his female students, from women looking for a deeper stretch to those seeking an entirely different kind of experience—a sexual awakening.

As high-profile magazine editor Elizabeth Kelly and her realtor sister Abigail Davis-Powers soon discover, their little affluent town is not at all what it seems. Hidden behind the immaculately designed houses and their posh façades is the dirty laundry of the housewives of Fairfield County.

Drama, jealousy, and intrigue emerge as the women delve deeper into the greedy, status-obsessed underbelly of Cannondale. And when one dark secret finds the light of day, it will threaten to change their lives forever.



Impressions
I was expected to be entertained...

A horny version of "Desperate housewives" in a yoga studio.
Perfect if you like yoga but soon it becomes more about how the teacher will take care of his students sexual fantaisies.
Not really attractive or seductive, kind of pathetic, as the main character try to take advantage of the wife unhappiness.
Not really a read to escape after a long day but not a bad one either.

Source
*Arc provided by Netgalley
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley



Summary

Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. She sees her personal trainer, she gets weekly massages, and occasionally she visits her mother and sister on the Upper East Side, but after two broken engagements and boyfriends who wanted only her money, she is haunted by the fear that she’ll never have a family of her own.

One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine’s parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone…” Is William lying about his past?
And if so, is Catherine willing to sacrifice their beautiful life in order to find the truth? Featuring a fascinating heroine who longs for answers but is blinded by her own privilege, We Could Be Beautiful is a glittering, seductive, utterly surprising story of love, money, greed, and family.


Impressions
Hmm... I'm perplex!

The cover has piqued my curiosity as well as the synopsis. I was expected to be intrigued. Instead, I've been pissed off by Catherine.

Hard to relate to a character who has everything and can only worried about finding love. If the story is fluid and well-written, I admit I've found some length and got even bored before evrything in Catherine's life start to fall appart.

Since, I'm impatient with my books lately, I will let you make you own decisions...


Source
*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel

Summary
A story of second chances from the author of Between Us and the Moon, which Kirkus Reviews called “what first love is meant to be.”

A year ago, Penny Berne was the star of her high school’s theater department, surrounded by a group of misfit friends and falling in love for the first time. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, her new best friend is the most popular girl in school, and her first love, Wes, ignores her. Penny is revered and hated. Then, in a flash, a near-fatal lightning strike leaves Penny with no memory of the past year—or how she went from drama nerd to queen bee. 

As a record number of fireflies light up her town and her life, Penny realizes she may be able to make things right again—and that even if she can’t change the past, she can learn to see the magic where she never could before.

This captivating new novel about first love, second chances, and the power of memory is perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall and Katie Cotugno’s How to Love. 



Impressions
I was in the mood for something cute and since the synopsis was intriguing, I thought: Why not?
It was not my cup of tea even if the story was well written and enjoyable.

Sure, talking about living wth alcoolic parents was a great and interesting addition but I was not touched by the characters or embarked into the author's world. Something was missing.

But since I've read a lot of good critics, maybe it was just for me.

Source
*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

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