Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Paris In Style by Janelle McCulloch

A guide to the city's fashion, design and style destinations

Paris always seems to keep something slightly hidden: those intriguing ateliers and fashion museums, enticing boutique hotels, secret gardens, enthralling bookstores, irresistible antique stalls...
Having written three bestselling books about Paris, journalist, author and photographer Janelle McCulloch thought she knew most of the best places in which to stay, wander and explore.

But the more time she spent in Paris, the more she realised how much there was still to discover.

Paris in Style reveals this city's most surprising and fascinating fashion, design and style destinations.

It is the ultimate insider's guide for travellers seeking style, creative inspiration and unforgettable experiences.

Lovely pictures, great adresses: a nice read!

I'm always curious about Parisian books see through the eyes of foreigners. As I'm born and grow up in this city, I know there is a lot of tourists places but also a lot of fabulous little areas, nobody has heard about unless you are a real Parisian.

Janelle McCulloch, if I'm honest is a little snob in her description of Paris and the fashion and design of the capitale.
Not really a critic. It's often the way Paris is seen.

Her book is a delight if you are looking for posh and stylish boutiques or if you are looking to spend time in luxuous hotels.
She also add some great quality details about cheaper accommodations.
But, I would say that some "quartiers" are forgotten or that you only hear about shopping at Hermès or Chanel.

Of course, if you have money and want to spend it in luxuous stores, Paris is a great place. As well as all the principal capitales in the world. :-) Would have prefered to heard about the small designers that are fabulous or the less trendy shops.
If you want a nice "viennoiserie" or delicious pastries, you don't have to go to "Pierre Hermé", you can push the doors a lot of "boulangeries."

But, I'm being hard. ;-)

 Her book is very well detailed one. By reading it, you will be able to prepare a great trip in this city.
Just remember that there is also a lot of hidden treasures and getting lost in Paris is also the best way to discover them.
An advice that Janelle McCulloch gives you that you should really follow!

And our taxi are not so bad! LOL! But Metro is the best if you really want to enjoy Paris.

A lovely book with tips, adresses and places to visit.

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I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sex, Love, and Dharma by Simon Chokoisky

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Relationships

Discover your dharma type and prepare your body, mind, and spirit to attract and build a lifelong union with your soul mate

• Explores how the dharma types align in relationships, giving quick and simple insights into which dharma pairings work and which ones need work

• Details methods for attracting a mate as well as practical techniques for improving your sex life, including the best time to have sex during the day

• Provides self-tests to determine your dharma type and outlines unique ayurvedic diet, exercise, detox, and lifestyle tips for better health and sex appeal

The people of ancient India understood that most humans are incomplete without an intimate partner, a soul mate to share life’s journey. Drawing upon astrology, Ayurveda, and dharma type--your personality and spiritual purpose archetype--they developed detailed systems to analyze physical, emotional, and spiritual compatibility between people. This analysis encouraged joyous relationships by revealing the sexual compatibility of a couple, the innate relationship conflicts they face, and their potential for financial success together. In this way, couples were able to distinguish biological attraction from long-term compatibility, lust from love, and soul mates from playmates.

Sharing ancient Vedic secrets of sex, love, health, and dharma, Simon Chokoisky explains how to prepare your mind, body, and spirit for the right partner and how to determine if a potential mate is a good match for your unique chemistry. He provides self-tests to determine your dharma type and outlines unique ayurvedic diet, exercise, detox, and lifestyle tips for each type to reclaim your health and vitality and, by doing so, your sexiness. He explores how the dharma types align in relationships to create harmony or disharmony, giving quick and simple insights about which dharma pairings work and which ones need work. Highlighting the skills inherent to each dharma type, he makes suggestions on how to improve day-to-day relationships for personal and financial benefit and to build lifelong romance that grows into a spiritual union. Moving to the bedroom, the author details methods for attracting a mate as well as practical techniques for improving your sex life, including the best time to have sex during the day and month.

Showing how knowing who you are will help you find your right mate, and keep away those unsuitable for you, Chokoisky explains how living your dharma helps you flow with nature in a way that makes life and your relationships more fulfilling.

Very interesting!

There is lot to discover with this book. It's not at all what you think about when you see the cover. The author explains about indian customs, daily routine for your health, talk about medecinal plants, ask you to take test. It's fun, very interesting.
You are a reader and a little more as you are implicated in your read.

There is also aspect as a western woman that have not convinced me. Some beliefs about women that I found old fashion but at least it has helped me to have a vision of traditions.

A great journey where you learn, discover and probably roll your eyes but I've spent a nice moment.

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

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

The Light Trilogy Vol 1

For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

Ok, it's not really a title for a review but it's exactly my feelings after finishing this book.

The beginning is slow but nice. The author is leading you into a sweet romance between a Fae and a human but with paranormal manifestations... The story is a bit sad also because the characters have lost loved ones.
Then, the pace is taking some speed with Judah's apparition. It becomes darker too with torture and mind game. Noa feelings are unstable and it has started to get on my nerves as I was asking myself where the author was going.

And Bang! The last scenes are full of revelations. Nothing is black and white. Got really frustrated with the end because I was ready to give up on this love triangle when the author has succeeded in hooking me again. So Grrrrr!

Don't know if I like it or not. Will need to read the sequel to make up my mind. ;-)
Nicely done by the author!

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

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Every Last Kiss by Courtney Cole

The Bloodstone Saga Vol 1

Born a goddess. Controlled by the Fates. Can Macy's love for her soul mate survive the bonds of time... and death?

17-year old Macy Lockhart is as far from normal as any one girl can be. The problem is, she doesn’t know it yet.

After a bloodstone pendant is mysteriously left on her door, Macy’s life begins to change in ways she’d never dreamed. And while she will eventually come to realize that nothing is ever what it seems, that her life is a tangled web of lies and the Fates themselves pull the strings, for now she is left with only the explanations that they offer her.

Macy is led to believe that if she doesn’t return to a previous doomed life, one in which she served as Queen Cleopatra ‘s handmaiden, the fate of the entire world will be threatened in a way that would destroy history as we know it. She learns that she has lived thousands of lives, each one ending tragically…but none as tragic as this one.

After returning to ancient Egypt, she is faced with heart-wrenching decisions. Unless she interferes with Fate’s plan, the very thing she was born to protect, her soul mate will die leading Marc Antony’s forces against Rome. Can she really stand aside and watch the love of her life die all over again?

In this fascinating novel-length prequel to The Bloodstone Saga, Courtney Cole sets the stage for an epic journey that will have readers holding their breath until the very last page of the very last book has been turned.
What would you do if you held Fate in your hands?

Easy to get lost into!

You encounter Macy when she has just been cheated on by her boyfriend. She receives a  a necklace and then... You are meeting Cleopatra. It's fun and intriguing!

The plot is transporting you through time with the three mythological goddesses of Fate, a hard task to achieve and soulmate's adventure. A bit of history, of drama, of friendship and of romance and you have a cool, entertaining story.

Since the book summary is already well detailed, I will keep it short. It was a good read that has surprised me. The author is perfect with description, smell and emotions.
She has created fun and appealing characters.

I will be happy to follow Macy adventures in the sequel "Fated".

Saturday, September 19, 2015

In Plain Sight by Senayda Pierre

“Hide in plain sight. Grandfather’s mantra is forever ingrained in me.”

Sahalie is the last of her lineage, bearing supernatural abilities gifted by the Spirits. She knows that in order to unlock her full potential she needs to find her mate. Yet in order to protect herself Sahalie knows she cannot reveal her secret abilities nor share her lineage with anyone but her true mate. She feels an instant and an undeniable connection with Yuma. Her Spirit Animal, a sassy little red fox is also drawn to the man’s Spirit Animal, a powerful tiger.

The problem?

Yuma is the son of an Elder. An Elder’s son means Yuma is neck-deep in community politics and drama. And she wants none of that. While Sahalie tries to avoid Yuma, the pull of true mates is evident and soon they find themselves unable to stay apart. 

“What is it about you Sahalie?” I voice the question that’s haunted me since I first locked gazes with her.

Yuma has a very difficult decision to make… Will he follow his heart and Spirit Animal’s wishes and claim Sahalie as his true mate or will he uphold his duty to the communities and follow through with an arranged mating?

Yuma’s life-altering decision will affect everyone… not just him and Sahalie but the future of all their communities.


WOW... I haven't cried reading a book in a long time...Jeez!

Love stories with legend and spirit animals... This story is more about true mates, destiny, choices and the impact of family history and education on our way of dealing with life.
It was really a cool awesome read.

I was hooked from the start because of the relationship Sahalie has with her grandfather and the old beliefs that are fainting away
Sahalie is appealing in her strength and weakness. I like her openness, her ability to be kind and dedicated to her family's heritage.
Only trouble...Forgiveness is not easy.

Her fox is funny in her sassiness and to be honest I envy all characters for possessing spirit animals. Must be cool to be connected to someone who knows you so well.

Anyway, following Sahalie's adventures, I was really turning the page eagerly until my heart has broken... The author way of dealing with deep emotions, tender or sad, are really moving. You cannot stay untouched.
And for me, as a reader, it's the best feeling when a story is able to make you react.

Really really recommend this lovely story.

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

Monday, September 14, 2015

Digital to the Core by Mark Raskino, Graham Waller

Remastering Leadership for Your Industry, Your Enterprise, and Yourself

There is no simple strategic method for dealing with the multidimensional nature of digital change. Even the sharpest leaders can become disoriented as change builds on change, leaving almost nothing certain. Yet to stand still is to fail. Enterprises and leaders must re-master themselves to succeed. Leaders must identify the key macro forces, then lead their organizations at three distinct levels: industry, enterprise, and self. By doing this they cannot only survive but clean up.

Digital to the Core makes the case that all business leaders must understand the impact the digital revolution will continue to play in their industries, companies, and leadership style and practices. Drawing on interviews with over 30 top C-level executives in some of the world’s most powerful companies and government organizations, including GE, Ford, Tory Burch, Babolat, McDonalds, Publicis and UK Government Digital Service, this book delivers practical insights from those on the front lines of major digital upheaval. The authors incorporate Gartner’s annual CIO and CEO global survey research and also apply the deep knowledge and qualitative insights they have acquired as practitioners, management researchers, and advisors over decades in the business.

Above all else, Raskino and Waller want companies and their top leaders to understand the full impact of digital change and integrate it at the core of their businesses.

Interesting, full of examples  and quotes. I was really hooked from the start and impressed by its futuristic views.
You discover past research that have lead to advanced technology and how the digital will bring them to a new life with even better accurate utilities for the customers, the well being of the world even if we are not aware day by day of these new technical influences.

Personally, this book has made me react, think and even imagine possibilities that are more science fiction than reality. However, what about tomorrow?
Through history, we have countless examples of how quickly the world can evolve. I was born before cellphone, CD and computer. And now, it will be unbelievable! Like living in a prehistorical age when in reality it was just yesterday. 
With the digital, tomorrow will come fast and dreams will become more and more real.

Imagine your deliveries made by drones, cars that will drive themselves, sensor pills reminding you you haven't swallow your medicine today? Connected hospital helping patient to receive treatment home to avoid people to wait long hours for a simple control visitation?

Full quotations from famous creative CEO, this book try to make you understand why at work, you need to believe in digital before being devoured by market reality and customers needs. Even in politics with Digital DNA and holograms.

Real cool and useful read.


"The first modern electronic cigarette was invented in China by Hon Lik in 2003. By 2014 global sales were $2.5 billion, and all the major tobacco companies were scrambling to win their slice of the action. By 2023 e-cigarette volumes world wide are expected to exceed those of « combustible » cigarettes. What will happen to the related industries when your kitchen coffeemaker goes online, your pills become digitally enabled, your shirt senses your respiration rate, and your car comes to collect you from the grocery store automatically? We believe these scenarios could become reality by 2020."
“How the world moves is precisely what Fields and Ford seek to remaster. Henry Ford created a car that every person could drive. Mark Fields plans to create a car that every person can ride. As vehicles become more autonomous, we will look to them more as a service than a product.” 
"Is Airbnb a hotel room provider or an aggregator? No regulation, no policy can keep pace. Before legislator and the policymakers can decide, (innovators) come up with a new business model and start operating differently. Such is the advantage of digital. I’m not saying we should use it in a wrong manner, what I’m saying is it gives you the flexibility to be one step ahead rather than failing on policy implications"
Arvind Gupta, BJP.

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

Saturday, September 12, 2015

What Matters Most by Brian Draper

What Matters Most: Letting Go of What You Don't Really Need to Find Life Itself 
by Brian Draper

How people can change the world around them, by first changing themselves.

It is easy to view the world without hope; to stand back and feel helpless. But what if that were simply not true? What if we weren’t victims who were done for and done to and started to set a different standard by living fully, creatively, and spiritually?

This book is incisive and full of practical, spiritual wisdom. Draper goes in search of the positive, the infinite, and the good, and wants to pass it on. It is time to see the world with fresh eyes, to be inspired, and to help others. But it’s not just about spreading a positive message—it’s about transforming lives, because “transformed people, transform people”—change starts with us.
And that’s when it spreads

Recently I've been interested my reading about books that will help me to see life differently. While reading, you think, you test the author advices or theories and you see if they suit you or not.
Of course, you will not read the book as fast as an entertaining story and of course, you may not want to work on yourself when you are tired...

However, this book was a nice surprise. The author doesn't preach. He gives concrete life examples. Ones that we can all relate to. After that, it's up to you to see if you want to try...

Personnaly, this book has followed me even after I've read it. To stay open to change, to stop trying to force my own agenda and let life surprise me with unexpected events.
Even the bad ones and the awful challenges we can have to overcome can help you to grow stronger.
Of course, before you can laugh at your troubles, you are stress and depress. But just look at your emotions and reactions to event under a different light and you can change the way they will impact you.

It's easy to say than to do. It's why I've liked to read this book. It has put some events of my life into a new perspective.

"How much does it matter what other people think of me? How much should it matter what they expect of me? How much should it matter if my life doesn't work out as planned, predicted, or hoped?"

"It's a stumbling block of a spiritual principle: that the secret to life is not hidden away in the most complex philosophies or esoteric theories, but in plain sight, for the eyes of those people who are often overlooked themselves or considered insignificant."
"Perhaps it's just simpler to look for the bad. Perhaps we fear the disappointment too much of going after the good and never finding it."
"The river reminds us that all things must pass, whether they are painful or lovely. Ultimately, we will have to let go of everything." 

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