Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rapid Fire Review: The absolute true diary of a part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Again one of those times I wish I was more articulate in expressing the right words to explain why you all need to read this. A perfect novel for all ages and something that needs to be read and taught to our young people (FYI my 15 yr old read it for school and told me all about it) Loved how it didn't talk down to kids or force a moral down your throat but kids will at the same time might start to feel a bit more sympathetic to the Native community. It is raw and tackles some very difficult subject matter, but it is done with humor and honesty. At times I was crying and laughing at the same time. The book is worth the price alone for the chapter dealing with books and boners. Tears running down my eyes from laughter - it was so raw and hell it makes sense. This my friends is now one of my all time favourite books. And also my fellow Canadians we need to talk about this - lets get out from behind our guilt of what are ancestors did and actually help our fellow man. Since I don't have the words, here are some brilliant quotes from the novel -- I could have posted at least 50, but I don't want to ruin it for you.

Favourite Quotes/Passages

“I used to think the world was broken down by tribes,' I said. 'By Black and White. By Indian and White. But I know this isn't true. The world is only broken into two tribes: the people who are assholes and the people who are not.”

"My grandmother had no use for all the gay bashing and homophobia in the world, especially among other Indians. "Jeez," she said, Who cares if a man wants to marry another man? All I want to know is who's going to pick up all the dirty socks?"

“We Indians really should be better liars, considering how often we've been lied to.”

“I didn't literally kill Indians. We were supposed to make you give up being Indian. Your songs and stories and language and dancing. Everything. We weren't trying to kill Indian people. We were trying to kill Indian culture.”


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rapid Fire Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok this series so far is brilliant. The writing is par none and the world building is extraordinary. I am not going to lie, it is far above my head and more for the real Fantasy novel aficionado, but the characters and dialogue make it enjoyable for even someone like me. First off if you do not love Delilah Bard, I am afraid we cannot be friends. For those who know me, you won't be surprised why I love this feisty damaged heroine, she is such a little spitfire (Reminds me a little of Caelena from Throne of Glass series). This one will keep you on your toes as it is fast paced and leaves you on the edge of your seat on many occasions. Also, the author has a true gift for the unexpected. You are never going to know what is going to happen and that my friends is true talent. Often I know what is going to happen and in this case - nope, she surprised me on many occasions. And don't get me started on the dialogue between characters, true perfection.

Favourite Quotes/Passages

“The world is neither fair nor right, but it has a way of balancing itself.”

“If these men worshiped anything, they worshiped magic, which she supposed would be heresy back in Grey London. But then again, Christians worshiped an old man in the sky, and if Lila had to say which one seemed more real at the moment, she’d have to side with magic.”


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Rapid Fire Review by Emily St. John Mandel

Station ElevenStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fascinating, well written, Canadian ( you must remember any mentions of Canadian places makes us Canucks all tingly and stuff) and a tad too literary for this sweet simpleton. It reminded me of times as a cross between The Stand and The Passage (also got a kick later in the novel where the author actually implies the novel The Passage) -- which by the way is a compliment as I highly enjoyed both of these novels. It is fast paced, the language is beautiful and well its full of Shakespeare, you cannot help but enjoy it. The writing was so vivid that you felt like you were acually immersed in the story. I loved how it expressed the idea that without art, life is empty. Now that being said it was beautifully written and very Canadian Literary (Yes I know that isn't a word, but I am not that intelligent and cannot find the exact word for what I am looking for to express a feeling) but it felt empty at times in terms of characters that you felt a connection to.
Ok, I know this is silly, but like I have felt while reading other dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories - not enough time has gone by for things to have turned this much to shit in terms of knowledge. (That being said I have no real idea what would happen so you can always just ignore that comment)

Favourite Quotes/Passages

"Jeevan's understanding of disaster preparedness was based entirely on action movies, but on the other hand, he'd seen a lot of action movies."

"First we only want to be seen, but once we're seen, that's not enough anymore. After that. we want to be remembered."


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Rapid Fire Review: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

The Princess DiaristThe Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5/5
Won't lie I didn't love this one as much as I wanted to and thought I would. I have read all of her other works and have adored them all. I just found this one a little rambling and all over the place. Now its not all disappointing, there are some very wise observations and some wickedly funny commentary. Also it was interesting reading about her thoughts and feelings during the filming of Star Wars. It also made me quite sad as I always felt a wee connection to her and I never got the chance to meet her. I almost had the chance but I chickened out as I didn't want to have to pay for her autograph and felt silly just going to say hi. I really should have because I wanted to thank her for being so open about her mental health issues and well just for showing us how a real princess should be. That's right kick some imperial ass and trade witty repartee with a scruffy looking nerd herder. That is a princess I can get behind
I did really enjoy her take on Comic-Cons etc and her enjoyment (and hell I can imagine how she really told some of the stories about them to her friends and family) of all of the fans she has met over the years of doing lap dances (Yup you have to read, so you can truly understand)

You will be missed Ms Fisher

Favourite Quotes/Passages

"Please!" I interrupted. "You don't have to apologize for my looking older to your daughter after forty years. I look older to me, too, and I don't apologize to myself-though perhaps I should."


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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Rapid Fire Review: Flight Path by Paul Grescoe

Flight Path: How WestJet Is Flying High in Canada's Most Turbulent IndustryFlight Path: How WestJet Is Flying High in Canada's Most Turbulent Industry by Paul Grescoe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Figured my last book of the year had to be about the company that I was just hired for and start working for them in the new year. Fascinating story and obviously well researched. I did find reading it at times to be a bit of a challenge as it jumps around a bit and some of the writing is stilted. That being said it did make me feel inspired to start working for them. They seem to be a company that truly understands that to make a company successful and make your customers happy, you hire the right people and you stand behind them and treat them well. Author does a great job at explaining PACT and how it was a fabulous solution about the problems of Unions (FYI I am a huge oppressor to Unions after having to work in a Union environment for 9 years) Unions do nothing really to help out employees and it often leads to only employees doing the bare minimum instead of inspiring them to be the best they can be. Also impressed with what the company does to help those who are scared of flying. Good background information on an inspired company.

"If you look after the employees, your guests are looked after, and if you look after your guests, you look after your shareholders. It's a pretty simple formula."

3.5/5


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Rapid Fire Review: Unselling by Scott Stratten

UnSelling: The New Customer ExperienceUnSelling: The New Customer Experience by Scott Stratten
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Informative,on point and charmingly funny. A book that I really believe could make a difference to companies everywhere. Fantastic pieces of advice being that if you create good products/services , don't be an asshole, hire competent people and treat them well -- you will succeed. Thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot and will be picking up copies of his other books. Some other random thoughts while I drink wine and type up this review. I have never heard Social Media described in terms of donuts, but damn, it totally makes sense. The Chapter about publishing was interesting as I now get the point of pre-orders in terms of placement on Bestsellers lists. Rather amazed that after working for Chapters for 5 years and book blogging for at least 8, I didn't understand this. I was a little disappointed of the mentions of Barnes and Noble and Amazon, but no mention of Indigo. Sent the book info to one of my favourite people, Jeremy -- and I hope it was interesting and helpful for him as well. There is also a chapter that compares Westjet and Air Canada. Westjet just hired me and the chapter made me feel that I chose the right company to apply for. Oh yeah and they mentioned Forty Creek, so I decided to try some and it was good. But umm I am a wine girl and not used to stronger liquor -- sorry honey for falling asleep while watching Quantico with you -- it wasn't me -- it was the whiskey.

Favourite Quotes/Passage

"Knowledge plus passion for product and/or service equals profit."

"Hire for passion and treat employees with value and respect - that way when you get what you pay for , you'll be getting awesome work, instead of a whole lot of nothing."



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Friday, November 18, 2016

Rapid Fire Review: No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor

No Time Like the Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #5)No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Heads up this review is sort of all over the place as I am rushing to get it done before I have to go to work.

Another delightful non stop adventure with Max and her gang of misfits. St. Mary's is up and running again and ready for all sorts of adventures. As usual there are plenty of laughs, fascinating historical scenes and of course everything will go tits up on numerous occasions. The dialogue and the characters are once again the highlight of this series. The witty exchanges between characters will keep you smiling on even the darkest of days. I really enjoyed some of the scenes between Ms Lee and Max in this installment. So snarky I dare you not to laugh out loud. Ms Taylor has a gift of balancing both light and dark scenes in equal measure. There is one scene that is so beautifully dark and sad and so marvelously written it will take your breath away. I learned a lot about Botticelli in this one which gave me a yearning to go do some further research. I don't want to give anything away but there is one scene that made me cheer out loud - trust me once you have finished reading you will not be disappointed. I enjoyed this one from the very first sentence to the delightfully sweet and funny ending. My favourite scene in all of her books so far is in this installment. All I can say is Markham and Leon and a kiss -- yes you heard me. My only complaint is that I no longer can call a Penis by its true name, it will be from now on be referred to as a Todger.

Favourite Quotes/Passages

"Whatever it is, you need to face it down. You give it a good kicking, because that's what you have to do. Then you walk away. And then you turn around, walk back and give it an even bigger one, just because you can."

'"Seriously it is the best you can do, No wonder Hunter won't give you the time of day'.. This is how you really kiss a girl. I smiled and lifted up my face, but he seized Markham in his arms, bent him over backwards, planted one firmly on the lips, and in walked Nurse Hunter. "

“Beautiful books, full of knowledge and beauty and ideas. All lost, thanks to a mad monk who, in the end, became a little too mad even for the church he served.”



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