Thursday, January 29, 2015

REVIEW for Hope To die



TITLE:              Hope to Die

AUTHOR:         James Patterson


GENRE:           Thriller

RATING:          


** spoiler alert ** I have read all of Patterson's Alex Cross books and, for the most part, have truly loved them. I just love Alex Cross, which is why I was so happy to read this one. I consider my once a year Alex Cross books as a huge treat.

Unfortunately, this one left me "meh". While its not horrible, its fairly boring focusing solely on Cross trying to save his family (left off from the previous book).

What works, for me, when it comes to Alex Cross is that he can be incredibly analytical and its a treat to read his exploits as he follows the clues and tracks his prey - they never stand a chance. Except that in this one, Cross is reduced to reacting instead of planning and using his intelligence. I don't like that Alex Cross.

Additionally, this book pushes a little too much when it comes to certain things - at times, its just not credible, especially the scene when he has to "rescue" himself. There is almost no mention or presence from Sampson and everything is about his family, which I find tedious even when the story is great (which it is not here).

Finally and this is MY BIGGEST beef with this one - Patterson uses silly ploys to lure his readers and then, chooses to PLAY IT VERY, VERY SAFE. This book could have had a saving grace - the author could have taken a chance and really done something daring which would have moved the story forward greatly for this book and for the others which will follow - except he went and played it safe - what a bore and a total let down.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

REVIEW for Gone Too Far


Thank you to Sourcebooks for allowing me to read this book through Net Galley.

TITLE:            Gone too Far

AUTHOR:       Natalie D. Richards

GENRE:           YA

RATING:         



I really enjoyed this book, mainly because it just wasn't your standard boring story about a girl in school who gets revenge.

Yes, Piper gets the opportunity to really make like difficult for some of the "popular" kids in school who have basically made her life difficult, an interesting thing happens along the way.

The popular kids are just not that bad, in fact, they are very similar to Piper (great little plot twist).  

So, how does Piper get herself out a very difficult situation?  

Loved the pacing in this book and I really appreciated that the author actually went the "other" way by making the main character realize that not everyone is bad just because they are popular.

The suspense is good and I was trying to figure out how the author would write the character out of this mess.

Very engrossing read and I was actually upset when the book ended.

Loved it.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

REVIEW for Premium Edible Oils by Alpha Energy





I was asked to review this product (an honest review) by Socialnature.com (for those of you who read my blog, you know that I have NO problem giving an item (book or otherwise) a negative review if I feel it deserves one.  But fortunately, I did not have to even come close on this one :)





I have read so much information when it comes to the best oils to use that I feel I am very well equipped to decide which oils offer the most benefits, all the while maintaining their taste. 

When I received Premium Edible Oils, my first "taste test" and the most revealing, in my opinion, is to apply a dab on your finger and taste it. This may sound "basic" but I have found that many oils are not that good when they are at their source. This was not the case here, the "taste test" went very well and I liked the taste.

Secondly, I used the oil in cooking a light meal - and I was thrilled to discover that it did not make my food taste fatty, slick or heavy. In fact, it gave my meal a light, somewhat refined taste that enhanced my foods instead of drowning them in fatty tasting items.

Thirdly, I love that this oil is literally "balanced" in that it offers some healthy fats while helping me keep a low carb food plan. I don't like certain exercises so I do a lot of yoga and I certainly don't want all the benefits my body gains with my yoga sessions to be destroyed because I am using the wrong type of oils - Premium Edible Oils helps me stay healthy and sane (somewhat sane, anyway!). 

Finally, there are many gluten-free issues out there today and while this is no my issue, I have a friend who is gluten-free and after reading up on Premium Edible Oils, she is thrilled with what she is reading and is investing in her own "stash". I loved this product and I intend to make it my new oil!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2015 to all my wonderful blog followers



Usually, I write a blog post for both Christmas and the new year.  Except that this year, 2014 was such a crappy year that I don't even want to go back and think about it.

So, instead of writing all the bad stuff down, I am simply going to wish all of you wonderful book lovers a very Happy Holidays and a HEALTHY AND HAPPY 2015.

May 2015 be a better year for all of us.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

REVIEW for Secret Scent Expressions - ooh-la-la Lavender



I love discovering new products and when I was asked to try and review Secret  Clear Gel Scent Expressions ooh-la-la Lavender, I jumped on the opportunity.

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I hate deodorants who don't do what they are supposed to do namely - easy to apply and secondly smells good, even at the end of the day.

I was given this product for free as part of a brand recognition program and, to be honest, I figured, I had tried to many other deodorants that I was happy to try a new one, which I would not have to dish out more of my hard earned $ if it didn't work. To my surprise I no longer have any unsightly stains on my clothes that refuse to go away without a thorough laundering AND I don't have to worry about raising my arms up in the air because there is no longer a smell of perfume and sweat mixed together.

I love that Secret Scent Expressions smells great and stays that way and I love that it does exactly what it advertises it will do. As a bonus, I got the Lavender scent which gives me a little bit more help in the relaxing department.

Love, love this deodorant and is now my new favorite.


Friday, December 12, 2014

REVIEW for They All Fall Down





TITLE:              They all Fall Down

AUTHOR:        Roxanne St-Claire

GENRE:            YA - THRILLER

RATING:           4.5 Stars



I loved this book. 

I don't normally enjoy "suspense" when it comes to YA and I don't like Pretty Little Liars so I was conflicted about reading this one. What sold me, to be honest, was the cover. Yep, I admit to being a cover "judger" and I loved this one as it was creepy, creepy.

Well, I could not put this book down although I had to considering the crazy amount of hours I am currently working.

But, when I could I picked it right back up again.

This book is suspenseful with a great storyline and an even better main character.

I was totally engrossed in the story and could not figure out where the author would be taking this one. I admit to being a tad disappointed with the ending, but the rest of the plot was so terrific that I can overlook the ending.

Also, for those who said you had to suspend your disbelief - I don't agree. I wasn't sure which direction this was going in therefore found my mind going towards both the plausible and the inplausible.

Excellent book.
 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Remembering the women who died in Montreal on December 6, 1989



December 6, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Polytechnique Massacre which occurred in Montreal in 1989.

I can honestly say that this is the event that forever changed my view of the world - when a madman calmly walked into a well known University in Montreal, separated the women from the men in the classroom and proceeded to kill these women because "he hated feminists".

That day, 14 beautiful and brave women died - all because these women dared to pursue their studies in engineering - a field which was thought of as a " solely male one" by a pathetic, spineless maniac with a gun.

I choose to honour these women - may we never forget their names - 
and may we forever forget the name of the coward who killed them - may you burn in hell.

VIOLENCE AGAINST ALL WOMEN, EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD, MUST END. 

We will always remember you.  Rest in peace.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Review of a Kindle Cover

A few months ago, I was asked to review this Kindle cover. 

I was thrilled for many reasons, including the fact that FINALLY, Canadians are being asked to review products.


If you would like to find out more about these great Kindle protectors, you can find them on Amazon.ca at:


 http://www.amazon.ca/Inateck-Paperwhite-Envelope-Carrying-Protector/dp/B00MHAR4RS/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top


In the meantime, here is my review.








I purchased a Kindle protector a few years ago but after a little while, I got fed up with it. Fortunately, I discovered this envelope case cover and I really like it.

Its very lightweight, but lighter than my previous case, but my Kindle is completely protected. I also love how it basically fits into this case like an envelope, literally, which means that pulling in and out is a breeze. There is an enclosure at the top to make sure that it stays securely inside the pouch.

Interestingly, when I feel the fabric it feels light and airy, but I actually dropped my Kindle last week, while it was in the protector and my Kindle never even moved inside - which makes me feel very secure.



I absolutely love this item and I am glad that I discovered it. My only slight negative - I wish it came in different colors. Otherwise, this is a must buy.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The sad demise of the bookstore in Montreal

I have been meaning to write this post for some time, but things have been hectic.

In early October 2014, I made my final visit to the bookstore Chapters in Montreal.  It has been in my memory for years - that is, I have many, many found memories of visiting that bookstore when I worked in downtown Montreal.





In fact, it was my favorite bookstore in Montreal , not that we have many.  Although, I am as guilty as the next person - not shopping or visiting there as much when I got my Kindle.

One of the things I did not like about Chapters is that it is owned by Heather Reisman - she has been heralded as a whiz when it comes to making $ but I personally think she destroyed Chapters.

Reisman was also, in my view, nothing short of a dictator, basically deciding what would be sold in her stores - in fact I really started disliking her and her "style" when she took it upon herself to ban the selling of the book "Mien Kamf" - written by Adolf Hitler.  To me, this was nothing more than Reisman shoving her personal views down our throats....and many people agreed.  In fact, it caused quite a stink in Canada.





In more recent years, her decision to turn bookstores into the next high end "Target" really backfired. I mean, who wanted to buy $25.00 mugs in a bookstore????  Also, of course, the ebook also made a definite dent in the bottom line.  When you combine all of these factors, it makes sense that Chapters would crumble.

Now, sadly, we are left with yet another Reisman owned bookstore - Indigo, which can be found only a few streets from the old Chapters location (more great planning on the part of Reisman).  Unfortunately, Montreal is not known for having a bunch of independent bookstores either,  So, I am now doing my shopping on Amazon.ca and feeding my Kindle with Net Galley and Above the Tree line.  All of which ensures that I never put more of my hard earned cash into Reisman's pockets.

I could not, however, pass up the chance to do one final visit to one of my favorite places in Montreal.

Chapters, you will be missed.


Friday, November 7, 2014

REVIEW for The Deep



Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me a copy of this book.

TITLE:             The Deep

AUTHOR:        Nick Cutter

GENRE:           Horror/Thriller

RATING:          

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this one.  A few things drew me to this book.  Firstly, the cover - I love it.  Secondly, I am a sucker for anything (movie, TV or book) set in the bottom of the sea - mainly because it gives me the feeling of claustrophobia as well as isolation where anything is possible.

Frankly, in the Deep - anything is possible and the author does not shy away from creating, setting up and describing some very disturbing situations that made me cringe, all the while giving me the desire to keep reading.  I just could not look away.

This story felt plausible and impossible at the same time.  A plague exists and its killing people, but there is one hope - research being down way at the bottom of the deep but there is a problem and the team that was sent there is not answering.  They send in Luke, a well trained vet, who also happens to be the brother of the lead scientist who is missing (a bit of a stretch by the author) to find out what is happening.

What follows is a disturbing story that gave me the chills and creeped me out big time, mainly because of the setting and because, let's face it, a plague in this day and age is a very real possibility which just adds to the dimensions of this book.

One of the aspects I did NOT enjoy was that much of this story is told in flashback mode, which is a device I always hate - especially in book form.

Otherwise, I liked this story - it showed a lot of imagination and engaged me enough that I could not stop reading, even when I needed to stop.

A sure sign of a winner for me.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!





 
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