Book Reviews, Books

No B.S. Guide to Powerful Presentations by Dan S. Kennedy, Dustin Matthews

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: Millionaire maker Dan S. Kennedy has joined with speaking and presentation expert Dustin Matthews to help business owners, private practice professionals, and professional marketers start making dollars and cents of their speaking and online media presence. Kennedy and Matthews show readers how to harness the power of their personalities to sell their businesses in person, at events, and via online outlets like webinars, video, and online seminars.


Review:   

This book is a collection of practical ideas that will help, mainly beginners and intermediate public speakers, to produce powerful presentations that will have an indubitable impact on their audience.

My favourite bit was the “Seven-Minute Rule” which I personally find to be quite a useful technique when it comes to keeping the audience engaged throughout the whole presentation.

Some of the information presented in this book wasn’t quite relevant to me personally but I’m sure others will find it useful.

I will definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in public speaking and the art of creating powerful presentations.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Authors for sending me an ARC of this book.


Goodreads link: No B.S. Guide to Powerful Presentations

Amazon link: No B.S. Guide to Powerful Presentations

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The Innovation Mentality by Glenn Llopis, Jim Eber (With)

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: Companies and their leaders need a new strategy for success because, without it, change is merely substitution, not evolution. Simply put, business is becoming less about the business defining the individual and more about the individual defining the business. As individuals creating shared cultures that drive change and foster growth, people feel they are making contributions and connecting to leaders and their companies.

As a leader, you need the wisdom and courage to turn the spotlight of accountability on yourself. Problem is, most of us have no idea how to do this. Instead, leaders continue to manage by using old templates and cannot evolve to become the leaders America needs, because those templates stripped them of their identities, leaving them insecure about who they are and how to face change. To change the conversation, we need diversity of thought to stimulate new growth, attract new talent, and generate new marketplace opportunities.

That’s where Glenn Llopis comes in. Featuring six ways to disrupt the status quo and reinvent the way we work, The Innovation Mentality gives entrepreneurial and corporate leaders the tools they need to work with colleagues and employees to harness the power of positive change for the long term.


Review:   

“Are you vulnerable enough to listen?”

When a book starts with such a powerful question, you know what’s coming ahead is about to be thought-provoking and boy that it was!

“Why do so many leaders not get that their employees just want a safe environment where no one is judged? Because they aren’t listening to the people.”

Do leaders listen? Do they know how to listen? Can we genuinely listen and understand one another without mastering the power of vulnerability? Sometimes we, unintentionally, tend to overlook the little things that could make all the difference in our everyday-interactions with others.

The leadership identity part was very enriching as it touched up on the personal brand and its value. I also found it quite interesting how the author paid a close attention to the diverse thinking, recognising it as an important part of the innovation mentality. Six ways, that’s all it takes to disrupt the status quo and reinvent the way we all work!

I found that the assessments and Q/As made the reading experience a lot more interactive and throughout the whole book, it felt like if the author was right there in the room, asking questions, listening, and discussing important leadership matters with the reader.

“How do you take the workplace culture and change it to embrace diversity of thought and the six characteristics of the innovation?”

This book asks the right questions and then skilfully walks you through the answers, showing you the power of positive change and how to sustain it. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an inspirational read!

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Authors for sending me an ARC of this book.


Goodreads link: The Innovation Mentality

Amazon link: The Innovation Mentality

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The Inspiration Code by Kristi Hedges

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: All it takes is the right conversation . . . Great leaders inspire action with their words. They spark enthusiasm and commitment. With a single conversation, they can change the direction of someone’s life. Everyone wants to be the kind of leader who energizes and mobilizes others–yet too few are. Why is it so challenging to crack the code? Executive coach Kristi Hedges spent years studying exactly what inspiring leaders do differently. Informed by quantitative research and thousands of responses from leaders at all levels, she reveals that inspiring communication isn’t about grand gestures. Instead, those who motivate us most do a few things routinely, consistently, and intentionally. Eye-opening and accessible, The Inspiration Code dispels common myths about how leaders communicate–and guides them in cultivating qualities that authentically excite. Inspired companies need inspirational leaders. Learn to unlock motivation, lift peoples’ sights, and lead them into the future.


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“So we check our phones, send text messages, glance at our email, or scan social media while real people are right in front of us. But at least we acknowledge that there’s a price.”

What is the price of being connected and yet disconnected? This book was an eye-opener on so many levels!

“We all really need to listen to each other, including the boring bits. Because it’s when we stumble or hesitate or lose our words that we reveal ourselves to each other.” -Turkle

Conversations happen within our “human moments” and so taking that away could change everything. The thought of this is rather scary, especially that this is becoming our everyday-reality.

I found it quite helpful the way the author recapitulated each chapter’s main points in the form of takeaways. This book was full of interesting insights and inspirational ideas and I would definitely recommend it to everyone because at the end of the day, we could all use a sprinkle of inspiration to help us be a bit more present in the here and now.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this book.


Goodreads link: The Inspiration Code

Amazon link: The Inspiration Code

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Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: Sometimes the truth is darker than fiction.

Liza Jones has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. In the meantime, she’s struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing down in both her professional and her personal life, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine.

Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home alone providing for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, Beth sets out to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes it, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the river.

Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the Hudson and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including herself. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.


Review:   

When the lines between reality and fiction are blurred, it becomes harder to tell which is which.

“I don’t invent my characters. I steal them from my surroundings. To be a writer is to be a life thief. Every day, I rob myself blind.”

The switching between the story and the story within the story was a tad intriguing and I did enjoy it quite a lot. The built-up was rather slow at the beginning and yet I found it surprisingly pleasing as the author was slowly creating the promise of a good story, which she then skilfully delivered. The characters were superbly developed and the plot was rather gripping, with twists and turns peppered at every corner.

This was definitely a good thriller with the right amount of suspense. The fact it has a story within a story might be confusing for some but it is definitely worth a read and I would still recommend it to anyone looking for a suspenseful ride with twists and turns to keep the reader guessing till the very end.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this book.


Goodreads link: Lies She Told

Amazon link: Lies She Told

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Each Little Lie by Tom Bale

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: One split second can destroy your life forever

Single mother Jen Cornish is just trying to hold things together for the sake of her seven-year-old son Charlie. Until the day when she does an impulsive good deed to help a neighbour, setting off a terrifying chain of events that quickly spirals out of control…

When she is arrested for a crime she didn’t commit, Jen quickly starts to wonder if someone is playing a cruel game with her – or is she losing her mind?

Desperate to clear her name with the police, she must first untangle a chilling web of lies. But someone is watching her every move – and it isn’t just Jen who is in danger.

They’re watching her child as well.


Review:   

What might seem as a risky behaviour for some, could appear to be the right thing to do for others. I did not support Jen’s decision to enter that house because that was, in my opinion, completely and utterly inappropriate, in every sense of the word. You do not just walk into a stranger’s house looking for a pen and paper, Jen!

This is a story about lies, deceit, power, and manipulation.

I quite enjoyed the story which was tinted with a rather realistic tone to it. Some of the characters’ traits could be found in real people, which is quite unfortunate and just like in real life, not all bad people face the consequences of their acts and that was brilliantly highlighted in this book.

In a nutshell, this book was a good read and even though the story does not pick up speed right away, it still managed to keep me interested till the very end.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of the book.


Goodreads link: Each Little Lie

Amazon link: Each Little Lie

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Be My Killer by Richard Parker

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Rating: 3/5


Synopsis: You set the trap. Now you can’t escape.

When an online prank goes viral and triggers a spate of gruesome murders, documentary maker Hazel Salter watches in horror. But then Hazel’s childhood friend, Meredith Hickman, is the next victim and Hazel knows she has to find out what happened to her.

Is it one killer or more? Random acts of violence, or part of a bigger, twisted plan?

The police have no leads, but Hazel has a theory – one she’ll stop at nothing to prove – and she also has a film crew. She’ll make a documentary, catch the killer, and give Meredith justice.

Her stage is the abandoned amusement park where Meredith was found.

Her cast are the family and friends the killer left behind.

And her crew? They keep disappearing, one by one…

A shocking, ‘just-one-more-page’ thriller with the most twisted killer you’ll ever meet. This book will hook you from the first page and keep you guessing long into the night. PERFECT for fans of James Patterson, Mo Hayder, and Chris Carter.


Review:   

This is a fast-paced, action-packed story!

The chapters were quite short and as the suspense builds up, it swiftly becomes challenging to put the book down.

I quite enjoyed the author’s writing style. The plot is very promising and the topics treated in this book are quite relevant. However, the huge turn off for me were the gory scenes and how descriptive and horrific some of them were and even though, I do enjoy a fair amount of horror, that was still too much for me.

Moreover, the various characters that were introduced into this story led to a bit of confusion and made me kind of lose interest when it came down to the characters, most of whom were not likeable or perhaps just not well developed for me to care for.

Overall, this book is not for everyone, definitely wasn’t my cup of tea but I believe, people who’re into the dark kind of horror would manage to enjoy it.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of the book.


Goodreads link: Be My Killer

Amazon link: Be My Killer

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Liar by K.L. Slater

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: How far would you go to protect your family?

Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children alone, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. Life isn’t easy, but Judi’s family means everything to her and together, they manage.

Then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t sure … there’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up.

Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

The further Judi delves into Amber’s personal life, the closer she gets to shocking secrets that could change everything. And Judi must make a decision that could lead to the most disastrous consequences.


Review:   

“Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

This is a story of revenge, lies, control, possessiveness; sick and twisted people in all their glory.

The writing was utterly-beautiful, which made it easier for me to fly through the pages of this book and even though I knew exactly where the story was heading, I still enjoyed every step of the thrilling journey.

There were hints peppered all over the pages and I had so much fun assembling the missing pieces in order to uncover a canvas of lies, loss, and mental illness.

Some characters were easy to sympathise with, others were just harder to digest, doesn’t mean I did not understand where they were coming from as this was brilliantly highlighted in the book, but they were just twisted beyond beliefs and even though I felt bad for them, it was still quite challenging to look past the pain they’ve inflicted to their ‘loved ones’.

I would definitely recommend “Liar” to anyone looking for a gripping story and a hard-to-put-down-book!

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this book.


Goodreads link: Liar

Amazon link: Liar