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.


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:


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


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.


Monday, November 3, 2014

REVIEW for Yoga for Breast Care

A huge thank you goes to my Rodmell Press for sending me a copy of this wonderful book.

TITLE:         Yoga for Breast Care

AUTHOR:    Bobby Clennell

GENRE:       Health


I absolutely love the Yoga books from Rodmell Press and this book is no exception.

As woman, we face a particular challenge when it comes to breast care - worrying about healthy breasts is a full time job.

I have long believed that health and yoga go hand in hand and this is what Yoga for Breast Care focuses on. In this trade paperback sized book, I have found some easy yoga poses that are geared towards the health of my breast. The book is a combination of yoga poses and important information about breast and health.

The poses are easy to do and actually serve to relax and manage stress, which is one of the huge issues in our every day lives.

Written in a language that is easy to understand, the poses and the information are geared to help all of us feel healthier and more comfortable with our bodies.

I particularly enjoy the pose that is actually on the cover of the book. It is wonderful for the whole body, including my very achy back.

Another wonderful addition to my yoga library. Thank you Rodmell Press.

Friday, October 31, 2014

REVIEW for Famous in Love

Thank you to the people at HBG Canada for approving me for this ebook.

TITLE:                       Famous in Love

AUTHOR:                  Rebecca Serle

GENRE:                     YA


I love reading YA and this book's promise of a love triangle captured me instantly (I also love the cover).

Having said that, however, I found myself thinking that I really didn't enjoy the character of Paige at all. Although she is in a love triangle (love that its with two guys - instead of the more standard one guy and two girls scenario) I found Paige was immature in many areas, which removed some of the fun for me.

Sure, this book is supposed to be a fun beach read (I think!) but it came across, at times, as just too childish.  

This is my second attempt at reading a book by this author and both times have not been hugely successful.  Maybe I am simply not made to read Serle's books.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

REVIEW for WildLIfe

Thank you to the wonderful people at HBG Canada for allowing me to read this boook.

TITLE:             Wildlife

AUTHOR:        Fiona Wood

GENRE:           YA


Sybilla and Lou are my new favorite book characters.  They are the perfect chemistry of love, acceptance, non acceptance, questioning and friendship.  

This story incorporates these wonderful people into the day to day life (and sometimes) crisis that happen in life, especially if you are just starting to feel your way along in trial and error.

Written with a soft touch that sounds real and honest, I found myself smiling and tearing up sometimes at the same time!  I loved this book.

I love books that have deeper meaning than just what is seen on the surface and this book delivers.  The characters are deep and rich and I love that there is no perfect ending all tied up with a cute little bow.  Well, at least, in my opinion, its not the perfect ending.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

REVIEW for Beyond Crazy

The wonderful people at James Lorimer Company offered me an e-galley of this book.  Thank you!

TITLE:        Beyond Crazy

AUTHOR:   Deb Loughead



This is a very quick read - got through it in one day, however, the book was engaging and kept me reading to the last line.

Stelle feels as though her entire family and life has gone off the rails and she is basically trying to keep it all together while going to high school and setting up a band.  Her mother is depressed and may be way too attached to things, her day and stepmother are having a baby and she is trying to get her dream of a band into a reality.  

This book is sweet and touching. I love that the main character is not some wise smacking kid who hates everyone and everybody, in fact, I would love to have a child like Stelle.  She is responsible, cares about people other than herself and is dedicated to her music.

Stelle is a character that I found myself cheering for and hoping for.  I wanted to see her succeed and have an easier life and this is thanks to the author who has done a fine job of telling us and showing us just how kind she is to the people around her.

As always, I find these books way too short, but I truly enjoyed the warmth this story gave me. 

A winner.
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