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Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

by  Neil Patrick Harris
Audio EditionRead November 20, 2014

Original Release Date: October 14, 2014

Length: 304 pages

Official Description:

Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?

Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D.You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.

Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a guest stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, but make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!

My Take: 

I love Neil Patrick Harris, not as a person, because I don’t know him, that would be weird, but I love him as an actor. Doogie Howser came on when I was in first grade, yep first grade, I remember watching this show as a family thinking to myself, “I want to grow up to be Doogie.” Of course I didn’t…but I am in the medical field so that counts right? I also enjoyed HIMYM, and his hosting of the Tony’s. I wish I could see some stage productions, but alas, I haven’t. I am really glad that I picked this up.

This book was my commuter book, I spent my hour in a car everyday listening to Neil Patrick Harris talk about Neil Patrick Harris. And it was awesome! The whole choose your own bit gets a little bit squirrely, and he even says so in the beginning, but that’s the sacrifice you make when you don’t actually read. That’s kind of a quote…I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I laughed. I can’t say I knew much about NPH as a person, I don’t generally read gossip fodder, I just enjoy him as an actor. I DIDN’T MENTION DR. HORRIBLE ABOVE. I just realized this, loved Dr. Horrible. Neil is very talented, it is interesting and inspiring with the struggles, kind of, of coming to terms with his identity of self, be that sexual, emotional, career-wise, etc. He seems like a genuine good guy overall, he’s flawed, but very funny. I am glad I listened to this book, because NPH’s personality just comes out and makes the reading that much more enjoyable. Also, apparently his says HIMYM different from everyone else I’ve ever met. We all say it like “Hi Mim” with the i being more igloo than I. Anyway, long story short, pick up this if you’re an NPH fan, either by book or by audio it’s a fantastic little jaunt.

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A Surefire Way

by J.T. Block
Kindle EditionRead October 8, 2014

Original Release Date: January 2012
Re-Released: April 1, 2013

Length: 293 pages

Official Description:

UltraAgent Surefire’s plan is simple: Capture the transhuman thief Raven. Win back the respect of her father. Get a raise.

Easy, right?

Except Surefire just broke the number one rule of her employer, UltraSecurity, a niche security firm that solves crimes committed by genetically enhanced humans like Raven. She trailed Raven into a warehouse without backup. And something more powerful than any transhuman is waiting inside.

Raven’s plan is simple: Atone for his past crimes. Return stolen spiritual artifacts to restore the world’s balance. Don’t get caught by UltraSecurity.

Easy, right?

Until a spunky UltraSecurity agent is suddenly on his tail, although Raven wishes she was on … well, never mind … he can’t get distracted from his mission. Because she’s followed him into a warehouse filled with his reclaimed relics, and Raven’s ex-partner in crime is about to unleash a supernatural-sized complication into his plan.

His old partner has accidentally summoned an Aztec god who will destroy the world unless Raven stops this spirit with a superiority complex. To do this, Raven must team up with Surefire and reveal the truth about his powers, exposing her to a force that can either save the world or destroy them both.

Following Raven into that warehouse throws Surefire into a surreal world filled with moody gods, day-glo skulls, dizzying dimensional portals, maniacal half-roach magicians, and a sexy thief who is more than he appears under his snug t-shirt. Is Raven a criminal, or is he working for a higher power? Surefire needs to be certain, because if she joins him on this mission, she’ll have to surrender everything she believed in for a surefire way to save the world, discover her destiny and find true love.

My Take: 

I have been putting this book for a while now. I keep pulling it up, looking at the cover and instantly losing interest. Sometimes are read the first few sentences before pulling out something new. I finally decided I would buckle down and actually read this book. I was surprised, this book is kind of a sci-fi, paranormal, mystery romance, with a total Indiana Jones plot steal. We have these people with special abilities who either are in Bruce Banner situations and accidentally get turned into mutant type folks with special abilities, who are called trans-humans and shunned in this world. Of course that kind of makes sense, people fear those who are different, and some crave the power of being different, of having power. We have 2 heroes in this story Raven and Surefire. Raven is a hot thief that Surefire chases then they get bound together in an apocalyptic adventure with old Aztec gods. Surefire and Raven have to solve the mystery of the crystal skull…yes that’s right the CRYSTAL freakin’ SKULL. Does that sound familiar? Well there are 13 of these skulls and when they come together magical things happen Indie…I mean Raven and Surefire….I guess but seriously total rip off. Overall though the story is fun and enjoyable, I kind of liked the superhero/transhuman aspect of the story. I liked the chemistry between Raven and Surefire, though I like Raven better than Surefire. I actually think there are other characters that would be fun to explore, that are briefly mentioned. Let’s see, the writing is simple, easy, there are plot holes and things that don’t make a whole lot of sense. Also let’s stick to a max of 2 POV’s. It is overly distracting when there are several characters with POVs especially when it’s just one random one. We don’t need to know what the bad guy is thinking. That takes the mystery out of it. Again it was an enjoyable story, as long as you take it on a surface level, read it as a light fluffy piece and don’t over think it.

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Destroy Me

by Tahereh Mafi
Kindle EditionRead November 5 2014

Original Release Date: October 2, 2010
Re-Released: October 2, 2012

Length: 111 pages

Official Description: (Book #1.5 in the Shatter Me series)

Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

My Take: 

This wonderful little novella is all about Warner. The one I loved the most in the first novel. Why? Because I love his evilness, his complete character is intriguing, it just seems like he has an interesting back story. We have a brief glimpse of Warner in this book, this fits in the last section of Shatter Me. From the point of being shot, to when we notice Warner in the desert, or wilderness searching. I like that we get to meet his father, that we get a glimpse of Warner. I don’t think anyone is truly evil, we all have way too many shades of grey to be as one-dimensional as just a bad guy. We even see the reason why Warner shot the soldier in Shatter Me. We learn he’s not so heartless. LOVE IT. This book made me love Warner so much more. I know she won’t wind up with him, because most books just don’t veer down the path of the least expected. I wish I could expect this one would. Until the end, I will love Warner, his deepness, the fact that he is the most interesting character of the series.

Othe Books by Tahereh Mafi:

Quote:

“People seldom realize that they tell lies with their lips and truths with their eyes all the time.”

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Iron Kissed

by Patricia Briggs (Author), Lorelei King (Reader)
Audio EditionRead November 4, 2014

Original Release Date: January 2, 2008

Length: 287 pages

Official Description: This is book #3 of the Mercy Thompson series

I could smell her fear, and it satisfied something deep inside me that had been writhing under her cool, superior gaze. I curled my upper lip so she could get a good look at my sharp teeth. I might only weigh thirty or so pounds in my coyote shape, but I was a predator…

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape – but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it’s up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.

Mercy’s loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can’t decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her…

My Take:

In book one of this series, we learn of werewolves, book two revolves around the world of vampires, this book is in the world of the fae. I loved it so. This book has so many things in it that are wonderful. Just take Mercy, she’s awesome, she’s kind of bad ass, she can stand up to an alpha werewolf, resist his call, prove that she’s dominant, even though she’s not really a wolf. She is also vulnerable, and this book takes that vulnerability to a horrible level. It was done well, and I don’t mean horrible in a bad way, it’s just horrible things happen to Mercy, she gets broken and it’s heartbreaking. The author did just a fantastic job creating this world, you can’t help but be captivated but Mercy and her stubbornness. She’s identifiable, she’s utterly perfectly imperfect. This book seems like it might have been harder to write, because it just seems darker and in all that darkness there is still light. We have humor, tears, super action scenes and of course some love. Very little of the story is dedicated to the romance, I think I like it.  Mercy finally realizes what her feelings for both Adam and Samuel are. We learn more about the feelings of Sam and Adam toward Mercy, and how utterly devoted one of these guys is to her. It’s greatness. Don’t stop reading this series if you didn’t love book two, because this one is the best. So raw and well done! Love it.

 

Quote:

“‎Some people are like Slinkies. They’re not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.”

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