Tuesday, February 17, 2015

REVIEW for Out of It

Thank you to the people at James Lorimer Company for auto approving me on Net Galley.

TITLE:             Out of It

AUTHOR:        Michelle Kadarusman

GENRE:            YA


I have read many, many books published by James Lorimer & Company and they have all been great reads.

The Sidestreets series publishes wonderful books featuring YA and current social issues that are always spot on and Out of It is another example of how incredibly important it is to print these types of books in today's world.

Author Kadarusman writes about two best friends that share everything until one of them decides to explore her inner demons by drinking, doing drugs and getting herself into a situation that she cannot get herself out of. The characters of Lacey and Suri are actually very well fleshed out, considering how short this book is.

I found the story compelling and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what happens to both of them. I liked that this is not your typical "mean girl" story, in fact the direction the author chose to take with this friendship was refreshing and honest. I found myself rooting for both of these girls who each have their demons to fight.

I also loved the fact that the love story (of sorts) is NOT the main focus of this book, but rather its about two young girls who find out that they are truly there for each other no matter what.

Loved it.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

REVIEW for Kiss and Tell

Thank you to HBG Canada for offering me a copy of this book through Net Galley.

TITLE:         Kiss and Tell

AUTHOR;   Jacqueline Green

GENRE:       YA


I would have loved to give this book amazing reviews, unfortunately, I just could not get into the storyline at all.

I was intrigued by this book because it sounded like a creepy whodunnit especially since the story unfolds in a tiny, remote town.   However, this book felt like it was a plot line with nowhere to go.

I think part of the problem was the author's determination in giving the story twists, which only bogged down the story.

This book is not intriguing, creepy or particularly interesting.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

REVIEW for Walking on Trampolines

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

TITLE:              Walking on Trampolines

AUTHOR:         Frances Whiting

GENRE:            Fiction

Okay, in full disclosure mode, I am NOT usually a fan of this type of fiction, however, the plot was very interesting to me - mainly because I lived something very similar when I was a young girl and a YA (minus the sleeping with the guy).

For many years, I could not get him and us out of my mind and when I read this book, it brought it all back.  The pain, suffering, emotions and ultimately the decisions that are made by Annabelle, Lulu and Josh then and now make this book a compelling read - mainly because the question kept coming to me "do we make decisions" or "are our actions and thoughts (and decisions already planned for us)??? having thought of this very often through my life, I have always believed that our lives are predestined, which means that no matter what Annabelle, Lulu and Josh did or didn't do, the end result was already determined.  

Reading this book - comparing it to my life and believing that everything is predetermined, gave me a take on this plot that was both discouraging, empowering and a tad sad.

Can friendship survive betrayal and bad choices?  Only the powers that be can answer that - unfortunately, but this book WAS a very good read, but having said that, I realize that even me reading this book was not an accident.

I know this was a bit of a weird review, but I guess this book really made me think - which is never a bad thing :) 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

REVIEW for Hope To die

TITLE:              Hope to Die

AUTHOR:         James Patterson

GENRE:           Thriller


** 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


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.


We will always remember you.  Rest in peace.
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