Category Archives: Mini Reviews

Mini-Review – The Blue-Haired Boy by Courtney C. Stevens

Title: The Blue-Haired Boy
Author: Courtney C. Stevens
Series: Faking Normal companion novella
Source: Personal Purchase

Description from Goodreads:

Set before the events of Courtney C. Stevens’s debut novel, Faking Normal, this digital short story focuses on Bodee Lennox, otherwise known as the Kool-Aid Kid.

Bodee Lennox has secrets. About where he got the four-inch scar on his leg. About the bruises on his back. About what it’s really like to live in the Lennox household. These are things he doesn’t share with anyone . . . until he meets Gerry, a girl with bright-green hair and a smile the size of Alaska. When Gerry falls out of a bus in Rickman, Tennessee, and lands at Bodee’s feet, she gives Bodee two things he desperately needs: a friend and a chance to leave Rickman behind, even if it’s just for a few hours.

He joins Gerry on her epic bus trip for as far as his money will take him. And by the end of the day, more of Bodee has changed than just the color of his hair.

Review

It’s really hard to say much about The Blue-Haired Boy because it was so short, but I definitely enjoyed it. I knew I had to read it because I just loved Bodee so much in Faking Normal, so I wanted to know more about him. It was definitely interesting to see a little sneak peek into his personality before he became friendly with Alexi. Also, it was kind of amusing to see why/how he became the Kool-Aid Kid.

However, this glimpse into Bodee’s past was a little heartbreaking. It was hard to see him struggling with his home life with no friends. But his short-term friendship with Gerry was great. He definitely needed something to let loose.

While The Blue-Haired Boy takes place before Faking Normal, I would definitely recommend reading it after Faking Normal, especially if you love Bodee and want to see a little more of him.

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Mini-Review – The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Title: The Compound Effect
Author: Darren Hardy
Source: Personal Purchase

 Description from Goodreads:

Do you want success? 
More success than you have now? 
And even more success than you ever imagined possible?
That is what this book is about. 
Achieving it. 

No gimmicks. No hyperbole. Finally, just the truth on what it takes to earn success. 

As publisher of SUCCESS magazine, author Darren Hardy has heard it all, seen it all, and tried most of it. This book reveals the core principles that drive success. The Compound Effect contains the essence of what every superachiever needs to know, practice, and master to obtain extraordinary success. Inside you will find strategies on: 

How to win—every time! The No. 1 strategy to achieve any goal and triumph over any competitor, even if they’re smarter, more talented or more experienced.

Eradicating your bad habits (some you might be unaware of!) that are derailing your progress. 

Painlessly installing the few key disciplines required for major breakthroughs. 

The real, lasting keys to motivation—how to get yourself to do things you don’t feel like doing. 

Capturing the elusive, awesome force of momentum. Catch this, and you’ll be unstoppable. 

The acceleration secrets of superachievers. Do they have an unfair advantage? Yes they do, and now you can too! 

If you’re serious about living an extraordinary life, use the power of The Compound Effect to create the success you desire. Begin your journey today!

Review

I recently signed up as a Beachbody Coach, and one of the recommendations for building a thriving business is reading/listening to personal development, and The Compound Effect was the first book recommended.

I thought it was really interesting and had some great thoughts on how small, consistent actions can lead to big results after time.

I haven’t completely put the suggestions into action, but I definitely got some great ideas for the future. I think this is a great book for people to read because it can be applied to normal things, like getting out of debt or getting fit, as easily as it can be applied to business.

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DNF Mini-Review – Mind Games by Kiersten White

Title: Mind Games
Author: Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games #1

Next Book: Perfect Lies
Source: Personal Purchase

Description from Goodreads:

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

Review

I’ve wanted to read Mind Games since the end of 2012, but I was really disappointed when I tried.

Honestly, I don’t know if it was a case of wrong book at the wrong time or what, but I just could not get into it. I made it to 30% and was just bored. I couldn’t deal with the writing style, first of all, especially from Fia’s perspective. I don’t know. It was kind of like a stream of consciousness in someone who has OCD. It was weird. And I just wasn’t sucked into the story line.

I didn’t hate what I read of Mind Games, so I may or may not try picking it up again in the future, but this time around, I just couldn’t get into it and DNF’d it.

Mini-Review – The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (reread)

Title: The Last Olympian
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5
Previous Book: The Battle of the Labyrinth
Next Book: The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1)
Source: Personal Purchase

 Description from Goodreads:

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan s power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time. In The Last Olympian, the final book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

Review

I am still completely shocked at how little I remembered of the Percy Jackson series in general, but especially in this final book! So much stuff happened that I didn’t even remember, from the final battle with Kronos and his army starting way faster than I expected to the ending.

That Last Olympian has a little bit of a journey, but most of the book covers the battle with Kronos’s army, which is a lot harder and takes a lot longer than you might expect. I suppose if it didn’t, though, the book would be kind of boring!

I had forgotten completely what the title referred to, but I thought it was really interesting. There’s a twist with Percy’s friend, Rachel, and there’s a spy in their camp that is passing secrets to Kronos. I had even forgotten who that was!

Other than a couple of minor details, even the ending surprised me! However, I still really enjoyed reading The Last Olympian and thought that it was a great series ender. However, it also has a twist at the end that sets the stage very nicely for the spin-off series!

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