Monday, December 22, 2014

Review: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride


As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



The Princess Bride is my all time favourite movie!!! When I heard that Cary Elwes wrote a book on the making of this beautiful movie; I had to get a copy and read it. It was such a delight to read about the fantastic writer, William Goldman; the outstanding director, Rob Reiner; and the top notch actors and film crew. Cary covers so many wonderful stories of the before, during and after the movie. He succeeded to portrait how much fun they all had and how this movie, although not a blockbuster in the theatres, became a triumph with the introduction of VHS and it still a success to this day.

The Princess Bride is more than just a movie.. it is a phenomenon. People quote this movie regularly with sentences like "As you wish"; "Please consider me as an alternative to suicide."; "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." and not to forget Vizzini's famous word: "Inconceivable".

The book is beautifully written. It contains so many great stories. Many of them made me laugh out loud... some made me cry.

If you are a fan of this timeless movie; I recommend you get a copy of this book and "Have fun stormin’ da castle."

If you want to know more about The Princess Bride; please visit the official site at http://princessbrideforever.com/.



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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: 21 Days to Change Your Body


21 Days to Change Your Body
21 Days to Change Your Body by Helen M. Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I have read my fair share of diet books in my lifetime and I was sure that this would be another "Miracle" way to lose weight. Well... it was not! This book has nothing to do with miracles; it is all about common sense; about making the right changes in your life. It teaches you that making the right choices when it comes to food and exercise can be hard and that you should not fool yourself to think that this is only a temporary change... this is a life change.

"Your overall goal is to learn to give your body what it needs to be healthy -- not to live by numbers and obsessions. Constantly thinking about food choices, learning better habits, and educating yourself about portion sizes are all a necessary part of learning your new lifestyle but once they are ingrained in you, then you should not have to think about things quite so hard."

Helen Ryan shares her own experience and struggles. She does not hide her failures and is grateful of her successes. Her book was definitely food for thoughts and I already started to apply some of her suggestions. I still have a long way before I get to where I would like to be, but I honestly got a good kick in the butt from reading this book.



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Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: Full Measure


Full Measure
Full Measure by T. Jefferson Parker

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



I won this book in a Goodreads give-away.

The book was very slow and did not hold together enough for my taste. It felt like the author could have gone a bit deeper with some of the sub-stories. The end did bring it all together, but was rushed and then it was over.

I was expecting more from this book... it did not deliver as expected.



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Review: Captivated by You


Captivated by You
Captivated by You by Sylvia Day

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This is the fourth book in this series.

I did not enjoy this book as much as the first three. That won't stop me to read the fifth one if there is one. The book lacked major events and brought nothing new to the story between Gideon and Eva. It was still an enjoyable read.



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Friday, November 28, 2014

Review: Before I Go To Sleep


Before I Go To Sleep
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I discovered that there are a lot of book lovers at my workplace; so I decided to create a book club which will meet every two months. The first book we selected is "Before I Go To Sleep".

This was a very quick read. I was concerned that it would be something similar to "50 First Dates" and I was glad that it was not. Then I was wondering how the author would be able to keep the readers interested, considering that the main character has no recollection of the previous days or weeks or months or years as a matter of a fact. S.J. Watson did a "tour de force" and kept me reading to know what will happen in the next page. I developed several theories as I was reading and although some proved themselves correct; some were wrong and I was surprise by the story outcome. Very clever!

The only disappointment was that there are loose ends in the story and unanswered questions. I will have to keep an eye for a Q&A with the author so I can ask some questions to clarify these unknown facts.

I do recommend the book. It is a great and fast read. I decided not to go see the movie because the book was good enough and movies have a way to spoil a good thing. :)



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: While We're Far Apart


While We're Far Apart
While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This book is surprisingly good! It follows the recipe of a well written book. It has great characters, countless contrasts and abundant conflicts. I had some doubts before starting to read it because it is categorized as a Christian book. In my past experience with Christian books, I noticed that the story is often lost among all the preaching. It is not the case with this book. As a matter of a fact, the book has great historical facts and beautiful moral values.

The story is set during World War II. I can easily tell that the author researched the period well and stayed true to the events of the time. There are many characters in the story and they come in and out of each other lives. Nevertheless, the reader does not get lost as the book is well structured and each character has an important part to play in the revealing of the story. I really enjoyed it and recommend it!




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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Review: The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard


The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard
The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard by Robert Bryndza

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This was a fun book to read. The story is revealed through emails written by the main character. There are several lol moments, but the book is also filled with touching and sometimes frustrating moments. This is a light and fast read.



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Friday, October 31, 2014

Review: Defending Jacob


Defending Jacob
Defending Jacob by William Landay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



It has been a while since I read a great courtroom book. "Defending Jacob" is definitely in that category. There are two stories in this book which come into a collision in the end. I was particularly interested to know more about some of the new sciences used to prove the innocence or the guiltiness of an accused. What if one day they can tell if someone will have violent or criminal tendencies just by looking at the genetic making of that person? Where would this lead? That's a scary thought! I rather believe that there goodness in everyone and that you are not what your genetic matter is... well at least I hope so.



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Gone Girl


Gone Girl
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Wow!! What a ride!! I absolutely loved this book! This was a fantabulous and exciting read. So many twists and turns! The characters were surprising and well defined. It is always nice to read a book which has substance. "Gone Girl" not only has substance; it has texture. If "Gone Girl" is not on our To-Read list yet... you have to add it! Great great book!



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: 30 Days of Relaxation: Fun Meditations for a Stress Free Life


30 Days of Relaxation: Fun Meditations for a Stress Free Life
30 Days of Relaxation: Fun Meditations for a Stress Free Life by Inbar Shahar

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This is a fantastic short book on meditation and relaxation. I enjoyed the way the author structured the book by using the four elements and the beautiful imagery she described every day. I wish I had the book in an audio form; it would be easier to listen to it than to read it and try to remember the beautiful words while meditating.

"30 Days of Relaxation: Fun Meditations for a Stress Free Life" is a great book and I recommend it to whomever would like to try meditation for the first time and to those who are expert at it and are looking at new ways to meditate.



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Monday, October 6, 2014

Book Review: Build a Brand Create Products and Earn Passive Income by Rob Cubbon

Build a Brand Create Products and Earn Passive IncomeBuild a Brand Create Products and Earn Passive Income by Rob Cubbon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I want to Thank Rob for giving me a copy if his book in exchange for an honest review.

Wow! A lot to digest after I read this book. Rob gives you great insight on how to make it on the Web. I always wanted to know how some people are so successful at selling their trades or ideas on the world wide Web. I now have the tools and need to apply them to do the same.

I really enjoyed this short book and I recommend it to anyone who would like to know how to market yourself on the Web and make money. The book is filled with great tools and tips. Worth reading!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Review: Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind


Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind
Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind by Justine SanFilippo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind" is a great step by step book on making healthy choices and lose inches... not weight. The book contains many well knows facts and introduces new ones. What I liked about this book is the way it is organised. It makes it easy for the reader to follow a plan and be successful in their journey to look the way they would like to.

The book is filled with great tips and has a fantastic positive tone which makes it very pleasant to read and be encouraged to apply its principles.

The author proposed that the reader should read one chapter a week to develop the healthy habits described in the chapter. I read the book in a few days and I concur with the author that the one chapter a week would be more effective.

Great book overall; very positive and encouraging too.



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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review: This Doesn't Happen In The Movies


This Doesn't Happen In The Movies
This Doesn't Happen In The Movies by Renee Pawlish

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I always loved the old detective film noir. This book has that flavour with a modern twist. I enjoyed the story and the characters. I particularly enjoyed the grand finale which was worthy of a Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep ending.

This was a fun story filled with action and surprising twists. Great read!




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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: The Color of Heaven


The Color of Heaven
The Color of Heaven by Julianne MacLean

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I got this book for free on Amazon.com. I was not sure what to expect, but since it was free I thought I had nothing to loose. I would read the first 20 pages and if it did not capture my attention; I would simply drop it.

I did not realise I passed the 20th page until I was way into the book. I was taken by the story of hardship and the lives of so many beautiful characters. This is a story of true love and unbreakable friendship. It was captivating and as the chapters went by, the story bloomed into an account of perseverance, hope and joy. I am so glad I read it!



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Monday, September 22, 2014

Book Review: The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter

The World Before UsThe World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this book from Random House in exchange for an honest review.

They say never judge a book by its cover. If I was to judge this book by its cover; I would think that this would be an enchanted story with a wonderful ending. It was not that at all!

The story was not enchanted and the ending was just an ordinary opened ending with no purpose. There was no substance to this book. The story is incomplete and boring most of the time.

I finished the book and was left with so many unanswered question. That is frustrating and I could only give it two stars for that reason.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Night Film


Night Film
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I received a copy of this book from Random House of Canada in exchange for an honest review.

Night Film is an extraordinary book. I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. The suspense, the twists and turns were well plotted and the author kept me perched on the edge of my seat throughout the story. I was caught in the madness and delirium of the main character and in the end I had my own doubts as to what was real and unreal. There are many characters in this book, each well defined and playing essential roles in the development of the story. The extra material in the book showing parts of websites, photos and news clips was ingenious and added so much to this awesome story.

I recommend it to all my friends who enjoy a good thriller. This one should be made into a movie!



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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Some quick creating

It has been a while since I sat at my craft table.  It felt good to get those two cards done.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: Raw Energy in a Glass: 125 Nutrition-Packed Smoothies, Green Drinks, and Other Satisfying Raw Beverages to Boost Your Well-Being


Raw Energy in a Glass: 125 Nutrition-Packed Smoothies, Green Drinks, and Other Satisfying Raw Beverages to Boost Your Well-Being
Raw Energy in a Glass: 125 Nutrition-Packed Smoothies, Green Drinks, and Other Satisfying Raw Beverages to Boost Your Well-Being by Stephanie L Tourles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book on juicing I read. I was amazed at the amount of information I got from one book. The author provided important health tips and set you up for success on your juicing journey.

I particularly enjoyed getting to know more about the benefits of all the possible ingredients and the recipes I tried were absolutely delicious. I did not know the difference between using a juicer or a blender and which one was best for your health. This book helped me purchase the right equipment to my juices healthy for me and taste divine. I had the misconception that juicing was not going to fill me up enough and that I would be hungry very quickly. That is not the case; which is a very positive aspect of juicing and encourage me to continue.

I am still new at this nutritious way of eating and this book has equipped me to be successful in enjoying juices that are good and healthy for me. Great book!!!



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Review: Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes


Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes
Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



It has been a while since I enjoyed a book as much as I enjoyed this one. This was a fun light story filled with action and lots of trouble. The main character, Rose, was an unusual damsel in distress. Now that I think about it... she appeared to be needing help, but in fact, she was very resourceful and proved herself to be able to stand on her two feet.

This is the first book of the series. I am looking forward to read the next ones.



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Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: Room


Room
Room by Emma Donoghue

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



My friend Lynn loaned me this amazing book. I was captured by the story right from the beginning and right to the end. The story was suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat. This is a poignant account of motherly love and sacrifice. There were sensitive subjects which were thought provoking and many good survival advice. Although the story has a touching conclusion; it left me wanting to know more about the future and how well it will turn out for Jack and his mother.

I read somewhere that someone purchased the movie rights to this book. Personally, I don't want to see this story on the big screen; I rather leave my imagination undisturbed. This is not an easy subject to write or read about; never mind seeing it.



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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Naked Imperfection: A Memoir by Gillian Deacon

Naked Imperfection: A MemoirNaked Imperfection: A Memoir by Gillian Deacon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book from Pinguin Canada in exchange for an honest review.

The mémoire was well documented in a series of small stories. Gillian Devon, a Toronto author and radio personality, did not try to embellish her encounter with cancer. She shares her struggles and pains in an open conversation with her readers. She remains honest through the descriptions of all she tried to win her battle with cancer; even when the methods were quite unusual.

Naked Imperfection is a beautiful book about the struggles, the pain and also the victories of an extraordinary woman. I admire her resilience and courage.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

The LostThe Lost by Sarah Beth Durst
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great weekend to read books. Just finished my third one.

I received a copy of this book from Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. This is not a traditional Harlequin book. I was expecting a cheesy love story... Nope The Lost was surprisingly a great read filled with surprises. I loved the concept and innovative story. I particularly loved the variety of characters and what they each bring to the story.

The Lost is a fantastic summer read. I am looking forward to the next book to find out what's next.

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book in one setting during my 9 hour ride back home from New York City. I picked up the book before my trip because it had good reviews. I did not even read the synopsis before starting it, so I would not have an idea what the book was all about.

From its cover, I imagined the book to be something similar to the book "The secret garden".... Was I ever wrong, but definitely not disappointed. I loved this story! It was well structured and kept me interested from beginning to end. Each characters had their own flavour. The writing was superb.

Although this could be a children story, it is written for adults. I do not recommend it for children or young teen due to some mature content.

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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True MemoirLet's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was a bit of a disappointing read. I checked the reviews before I picked up this book and they were good. It really did nothing for me. I had a few good laughs, but overall this book came across as a story told by a writer who tried real hard to shock her readers, but failed. At the end of the book, she succeeded to make it clear that she is eccentric and has bad home decor taste.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: The Rosie Project


The Rosie Project
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



The Rosie Project was a fantastic read. I laughed out loud many times. Loved how the book was written in the perspective of Don. From the first to the last page, this book was charming. Loved it.



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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: The Last Kings of Sark: A Novel


The Last Kings of Sark: A Novel
The Last Kings of Sark: A Novel by Rosa Rankin-Gee

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



I won this book in a Goodreads.com giveaway.

The book started well and had a good story line. It got fuzzy in the second part and what would have made this book so interesting was lost on the ferry ride between the Island of Sark and Guernsey. The book read like an old cinema noir French movie. I did enjoyed reading about the Island of Sark. I had never heard of this place and my curiosity was picked enough to Google it and learn more about the rich history of the island. I would love to go there one day.



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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Review: He's Gone by Deb Caletti

He's GoneHe's Gone by Deb Caletti
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

He's gone was a fantastic read. I enjoyed the way the author wrote the book in the perspective of one person with echoing thoughts from other characters. The plot was well thought and defined and kept me reading (and guessing) right to the end.

This is a perfect book to take on a relaxing vacation. I would have given it 3.5 stars if I could.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

Medicine WalkMedicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Random House in exchange for an honest review.

In all honesty, this is one of the best written books I have read in a very long time. I was mesmerized by the story, the landscapes and the characters. Every sentences were spectacular imagery and the author's words carried me on a wave of poetic beauty. Each page was filled with strong emotions and the plot was never predictable.

From beginning to end, this book remained strong, making you want to read further to find out what is next. I particularly enjoyed how the author treated the interactions between Frank and his father. The author dealt with the ugly subjects of failed parenting, guilt, remorse, betrayal and regrets in a beautifully way.

Absolutely brilliant!

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Review: City of Heavenly Fire


City of Heavenly Fire
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This is the 6th book in the Mortal Instruments Series. It is always a bitter sweet moment when you finish the last book of a series. I have to admit that the overall series had its ups and downs, but this last book made up for most of it. Cassandra Clare did not totally close the last chapter and so many spin-offs could be written from this book. The future will tell us if it will be the case.

It was a good Summer read. Now I need to find the next series to read! :)



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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Review: Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church


Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church
Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church by Wendy Vanderwal-Gritter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I received this book from Brazos Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book offers a non-conventional message about the Christian community acceptance of gay and lesbian Christians. It is an honest conversation on how the church has missed the mark with regards to being God's extended hands towards all our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is also a refreshing outlook on how there are positive changes happening among the Christian community.

To say that we understand fully God's will and plan would be pretentious. You cannot put God in a box to serve your agenda. More and more, the Christian community is getting glimpses of God's true plan for His church. We need to drop our pretenses and listen to what the Holy Spirit has to say; if not, He will not be able to change the misconceptions that are deeply anchored in our imperfect hearts.

Generous Spaciousness is not the all in all solution to this challenge in the Christian community, but it offers sound theology which gives me hope that there can be positive changes.





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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Running A Web Design Business From Home: How To Get Clients, Keep Good Clients and Make Money with Your Home Business by Rob Cubbon

Running A Web Design Business From Home: How To Get Clients, Keep Good Clients and Make Money with Your Home BusinessRunning A Web Design Business From Home: How To Get Clients, Keep Good Clients and Make Money with Your Home Business by Rob Cubbon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very informative booklet on how to start your own Web design business. The booklet is filled with great nuggets and offers the right information to get started.

I particularly enjoyed that the author provided the names of awesome tools and where you can find them. This was very helpful.

This was a very quick read; well worth my time.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A good book has just the right amounts of laughter, love and tears. The fault of our Stars met these criteria. One of the most touching stories I read in a very long time I read it with the perspective of Hazel's mom. Being a mom of two young adults made me be very vulnerable to the possible transposition of mother-daughter relationship and the heart breaking feeling that no parent wants to outlive their children.

I shed many tears while reading this beautiful book and appreciated the fantastic writing style and beautiful prose that fills every pages.

This is epic! I understand now why so many people love this book and why they are making a movie based upon it. Just like The Notebook, this book will be a best seller for a very long time.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Review: The Chia Cookbook: Inventive, Delicious Recipes Featuring Nature's Superfood


The Chia Cookbook: Inventive, Delicious Recipes Featuring Nature's Superfood
The Chia Cookbook: Inventive, Delicious Recipes Featuring Nature's Superfood by Janie Hoffman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I received a copy of this recipe book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I consider myself a healthy eater and I like cooking with ingredients which promote and improve health. I never had the opportunity to taste or cook with Chia and knew nothing about this super food. I was surprised to read that one little seed contains such powerful nutrients. Each seed contains protein, fiber, omega-3 and so much more. Chia is a tropical or subtropical crop and comes from Mexico, Central and South America, or Australia. Luckily, it is available in most local grocery stores in bags or in bulk.

Right from the beginning of the book, I wanted to try this wonder of nature. I found Chia at my local Bulk Barn and tried a few smoothy recipes... all were very delicious.

The instructions are easy to follow and the little facts about the food are useful. I would have like to see more pictures in the book. The ones provided with the recipes were very beautiful.

If you care about what you eat and are seeking food that are beneficial to your health; I recommend that you get a copy of this book when it comes to your local bookstore on September 30, 2014.



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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review: The Glass Ocean


The Glass Ocean
The Glass Ocean by Lori Baker

My rating: 1 of 5 stars



Last year, I received a copy of The Glass Ocean from Penguin Canada in exchange for an honest review. I am a bit late to write it since the book was published on August 1st 2013.

This was a very hard read... slow and painfully repetitive.

The entire story can be contained in about 20 pages, but was stretched to breaking point by constant repetitions. The repetitive writing style dragged the story and besought me to quit reading that book over and over. I persisted because of my stubbornness and finally saw the end of it; however I don't have much to say about it.

All the characters had major flaws and none stood out as likable. Some scenes in the book were interesting (i.e. the green cloud storm, the mechanical woman looking like Clotilde), but were so few and far between.

I hate giving such a low rating to any books, but this book did not have the substance for giving it more than one star.



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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Keeper of Dawn by J.B. Hickman

The Keeper of DawnThe Keeper of Dawn by J.B. Hickman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. That was almost a year ago.

I loved this book! I loved how the author addressed the struggles that come with being a teenager. The emotions that feel more like a roller coaster than a pleasant stroll in the country side. The friendship between four teenage boys that starts while in boarding school and which lasts past the life of the school itself was very touching.

The author did a fabulous job at describing the complex family matters that haunted Chris, Rolland, Derek and Jacob. He also provided vivid descriptions of Raker Island which made you feel like you were there.

The story is strong and well structured. A fantastic read.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Review: The Inventor's Secret


The Inventor's Secret
The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I received a copy of this book from Penguin Canada in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first steampunk book I have the opportunity of reading. I enjoyed the alternate reality story line and the eclectic characters. This book is written for a TA audience. As an adult, the story came through as immature at times; especially when it addressed Charlotte's infatuated feelings. I addressed those with a few rolls of the eyes.

Sometimes it was also difficult to believe that a young girl who was not raised in the ways of society, found it so easy to play the part of a debutante. I was expecting more conflicting emotions and feats.

I enjoyed reading about the different classes and how they intertwined. Although there were several main personas in the story, they each were unique in their own way. They contributed to the tale as needed without bringing confusion as to who is who. The descriptions of the different apparatuses used in the book were quite clever.

Overall, I enjoyed this quick read.





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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Quick birthday card

I made this quick birthday card tonight.  I love coloring Kenny K's images. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Three new cards

I made these cards for one of my brothers and sister-in-laws upcoming birthdays and for Darren's mom for mother's day.  Thanks for looking!



Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mother's day card

Tomorrow is mother's day! I am so grateful for my mom! She is a wonderful and carrying woman which I look up to.  I made this card for her to celebrate her awesomeness!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Review: Out of The Easy


Out of The Easy
Out of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Last year I received a copy of Out of the Easy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Last year was a busy year and I did not get to read all the books that were sent to me. I am desperately trying to make up for the lost time. So here is my review for this book.

This story is about decisions and their impact on someone's life. I was taken right from the beginning. I am a sucker for stories from the 50's filled with mobsters and hope for better days. I was not disappointed. Josie Moraine is a young lady who is trying to find her place in the sun despite all what life has thrown at her. We follow her story in 1950 and her desperate attempts to get out of the Big Easy (The Big Easy is a nickname for New Orleans, if you did not know that). The story is rich with facts about New Orleans and how the people lived in the 50's. The author did not hide the ugliness and beauty of this city; her descriptions were realistic.

Ruta Sepetys did a marvelous job at bringing New Orleans alive. Her characters are at time serious, at time funny, but at always real. This book was whimsical and dramatic at the same time. I really enjoyed reading it!



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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Review: Dreams of Gods & Monsters


Dreams of Gods & Monsters
Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This book was a wonderful read! I could not put it down and was sitting at the edge of my seat right to the end. I remember when I read the first book of this series and felt that the next book would not come out quick enough. I was right! I was eagerly waiting for each book to be published and was never disappointed.

I am not sure if this is the last book since the author finished with an opened ending, but I won't be disappointed if I hear that another book is added to the series. I love all the characters, even the evil ones. I think it is a art for an author to make you hate a fictive character. Laini's writing is so good! I wonder how she was able to make each character so unique and perfect for the story. There is no boring moments and surprises are waiting for you at each turn of a page.

I recommend that you read the books in order to get the full experience. Each book has its flavour which is pilled up as you read them. If you have not read this series yet; I think it is time to do so. You won't regret it. Well done Laini!!! Loved it!!



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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Review: The Kiss of Deception


The Kiss of Deception
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I received a copy of "The Kiss of Deception" from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the book.

This is the story of Lia, a princess, who is promised to marry a prince from another kingdom. This marriage promises to create a strong alliance between the two kingdoms in order to defeat the barbarians who are menacing them. Lia is young and has her own dreams which do not include a loveless marriage to a stranger. This is where the story really begins. Lia makes her own choices and leave everything behind to find what her heart desires. Before she finds what she is looking for; she will face many challenges and revelations which will turn her world upside down.

I really enjoyed this first book of the series. The characters are interesting and well developed. Each has its own flavour and brings his or her own perspective to the story. Mary E. Pearson's writing style is fresh and well structured. People and landscape descriptions are well documented. This is a promising story and I am looking forward to reading the next book.

This is a YA book, but any adult would also enjoy reading it. It will be available at your favourite bookstore on July 15th, 2014.



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Sunday, April 27, 2014

A birthday card for my dad

I made this card for my dad's upcoming birthday.  He will be 90!!! Isn't this awesome!  He is the best dad ever and I love him so much!  I am a lucky girl to have such a wonderful,  caring and loving dad!  Je t'aime Papa!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: Studio Saint-Ex


Studio Saint-Ex
Studio Saint-Ex by Ania Szado

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I received a copy of this book from Netgalley last year and did not have the chance to read it until today. Now I regret I did not lay my eyes on this timeless story before.

I read and reread "Le petit prince" (The small prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry as a child. The story enthralled me and although the end is sad and full of melancholy; it is also full of love and hope. My parents bought me a recording of "Le petit Prince" read by the author and it was magical.

I did not know much about the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I did not know that a small eight years old from Québec City (neighbour of my native town) was the inspiration for this wonderful children's book.

Why am I talking about "Le petit prince" and not "Studio Saint-Ex", you ask? I am getting to it. This book is about a short period of time of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry while he was in New York waiting to join the allies to fight for the freedom of his beloved France. During his stay in the U.S. he wrote "Le Petit Prince" and it was published just before he went to Northen Africa to fight and die for his country. Although the story is fiction, the author (Ania Szado) used a lot of documented facts of the life of Antoine and his wife Consuelo.

The story is beautifully written and interesting through and through. I would have given it 4.5 if that was allowed.





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