Sunday, February 28, 2010


falling apart in one piece -  one optimist's journey through the hell of divorce
by Stacy Morrison
(Pages 239)
Release date:  March 24th

First of all, thank you to Michelle at Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me an ARC of this book!

This is a story about Morrison's journey through divorce.  She is the successful editor-in-chief of Redbook Magazine, but even while she is soaring in the publishing world her personal life is doing a severe nosedive with no ejection seat in sight.  One day out of the blue her husband announces that he is leaving her and that he can't stand living with her, and he then moves out and leaves her and her infant son to deal with the crumbling house and flooding basement.

Okay, if I'm going to be honest here, I would say that this is not a book that I'm going to rave about.  Stacy Morrison is a good writer, and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style.  And the first part of the book where she describes her idyllic home life and the details of the day her husband suddenly tells her he is leaving her, are all beautifully written.   And the rest of the book really has its moments, but it's a lot of the same stuff just retold.  I have personally been through a divorce, I had no kids at the time, so I could relate to much of what Morrison was saying.  Especially the part where she was getting super pissed off that people wanted her to whittle down the reason for her divorce into a short concise message.  I used to say after my divorce, that it was not something a person could just summarize in one sentence.  And this is what Morrison was saying.  And she also points out that when people are asking that they aren't necessarily asking about you, they are asking, "do I see myself in here?  Is MY marriage okay?".  The one thing I will say that is a big positive about Morrison's book is that she definately can look long and hard at herself and at a situation and be brutally honest.  I appreciated all of her soul searching as I have been there myself.

Now, the thing I didn't like about it was that Morrison seems like an energy vampire.  You know what I mean?  There are some people in life that seem to suck the energy from people they are near, and I sensed that even from her writing.  I could be way off, but at the very least her book sucked the ever living life right out of me.  About 1/2 way through I was thinking to myself, "Girl, get a therapist!"  And then not one page later did she say that she had already been seeing a shrink for the past decade.  The majority of the book was very draining to read.  Like that person in your life that always has the same problems for years and obsessively talks about the same things over and over until they have finally driven their last friend away with their continuous woes.  I felt a huge amount of relief when I reached the end!  So sad, really.  This is the only reason I am rating it a "2".  Otherwise it would have probably been a "3", but I just could not deny the fact that it was completely exhausting to read.  I think people who have been through divorce will, at the very least, be able to really relate to everything she went through on the outside and more importantly the journey into herself.  It goes to show that divorce does not care if you are a successful business woman hobb knobbing with celebrities, it will still kick your ass just as hard as someone who works at a convenience store.... to that end we are all very much made of the same stuff...fragile and yet with powerful wings to lift us up out of our own misery --- God willing.

RATING:  2/5

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading, and anyone can play!  If you have a blog and have a TT, just post the link in your comments, if you do NOT have a blog I would STILL love to read your teaser!  You can post it in your comments!

  • Grab your current read
  • flip to a random page
  • choose 2 teaser sentences from anywhere on that page
  • Please do not include an spoilers!
  • DO include the author and name of book so we can add them to our TBR piles!
My teaser today is from ETERNAL ON THE WATER by Joseph Monninger

"I haven't liked someone so instantly and so strongly ever in my life," she said.  "I don't know why it's happening.  It shouldn't happen, really.  But it is."

"I know," I said.  "I know.  I feel the same way."

Don't forget to add your teaser either by a link to your blog or a post in the comments!

For more teasers click here.

Monday, February 22, 2010


Mailbox Monday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Marcia over at The Printed Page. 

Since I missed the last few Mondays, I have a few to blab about!!  WOOT! 

Here they are in all their georgous bookiness:

(WOAH!  Has this ever happened to you?  You are literally typing your post for Mailbox Monday and the doorbell rings... Fed Ex delivering another book!!!  I am soooo happyyy!!!)

The following books were sent to me by Michelle  and Anneliese from SIMON AND SCHUSTER CANADA... THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!  I will say, once again, that Simon and Schuster Canada are very good to me, and I am honoured and blessed that they send me books for review. 
Last week, I recieved a VERY exciting email asking me if I would like to review a new book.  It is exciting because the email was from PENGUIN PUBLISHING!   I had applied to review for them a few months ago and was just so thrilled and honoured to now be on their roster of bloggers that they send out ARC's too.  THANK YOU PENGUIN! 

The book that was sent to me and arrived literally a moment ago is:

MISTRESS OF ROME by Kate Quinn   Available April 6th 2010. 

I suddenly have A LOT of review books to read, as I have some from awhile ago that I am still working my way through... ACK!   I have now placed the stack in priority of A) books that I've had for awhile and have not yet reviewed, B) books with an imminent release date C) and books with a release date in May.  So, I am not doing much recreational reading at the moment!  But I must say that so far the books FEEL very much like recreation as I am really liking them or loving them.

What's in YOUR mailbox this week?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


She has won an ARC copy of GONE by LISA MCMANN!!!!!
Thank you SO MUCH to all you who entered this quicky giveaway!  And Lisa please email me your snail mail by Midnight on Friday or I will have to redraw.  You can comment here with your details and I will not publish, or you can email me at


Wednesday, February 10, 2010


I was given this LOVELY award by Missy over at Missy's Book Nook!  THANK YOU, MISSY!!!!  And here are the details of this beauty:

Receiving this award means:

A Prolific Blogger is one who is intellectually productive… keeping up an active blog that is filled with enjoyable content.

1. Every winner of the Prolific Blogger Award has to pass on this award to at least seven other deserving prolific bloggers. Spread some love!

2. Each Prolific Blogger must link to the blog from which he/she has received the award.

3. Every Prolific Blogger must link back to This Post, which explains the origins and motivation for the award.

I now pass on this award to the following amazing people!  :

I would love to thank all of my fellow book bloggers for their great content, and support!

I will be MIA till Tuesday of next week.  I am busy working with my sister at the teachers convention running her Scholastic booth (woot books!), and then my husband and I are running the film industry interactive booths at the Reel Fun Film Festival!  If you are in the Calgary area, come and check us out!  We have an Emmy award winning make-up artist there to do special effects makeup on people, we have an editor there with an editing suite where you can see what an editor does and call the shots! We have one of our most talented animal trainers there with two of her canine stars to put on two shows and give tips on how to train your dog like a movie dog, and my husband will be running a small actual film set where we will be shooting scenes from Shrek and kids will be taught how to run various departments like the camera, sound, assistant directing, directing, etc!  Plus we have our very talented reptile wrangler with many of his scaly stars that have appeared in huge movies such as The Assissination of Jesse James etc!  There will also be a Claymation workshop you can attend as well!  PLUS there will be short films screening all day for you to see!

Sunday, February 7, 2010


The Triumph of Deborah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy

First I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the author of this extraordinary novel, Eva Etzioni-Halevy, for sending me this book.  If it had not been for her, I may have never had the honour of reading it.

This is a perfect example of why I love historical fiction.  Etzioni-Halevy has created a richly laid out account of the woman known as Deborah, and she is heralded as one of the greatest judges and female leaders of biblical times.  But this is not the main reason why I loved it.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, strong woman, good role model... yadda.... but it is BARAK who is the real page turning force in this book. SEEERIOUSLY.    I kept picturing Gerard Butler in the part, but you can pick any swoon-worthy man you like.  I mean, he must have been HAWT.  Every single female was practically throwing themselves at his hottie-hot-hot muscular feet, and it was through his eyes, or should I say, naughty bits, that we are propelled through this story.  Wow.  What a man.  And a BAD boy, but not TOO bad.   There were times where I thought he was a total creep, a cretin, a letch.  And other times when I thought he was somewhat honorable.   He was kind of like Warren Beatty, if you get my meaning, who was on the search for his Annette Benning but doesn't know it yet.  I am not sure why the book is called The Triumph of Deborah, when really the entire story revolves around Barak, but I am not complaining.  Not me.  Not one bit.

Okay, but OTHER than THAT.  This book is absolutely stunning in its writing.  Etzioni-Halevy is an extremely talented writer who successfully weaves several lives together and knows when to leave one character and visit another, and you are taken from storyline to storyline seamlessly and with nary a jarring scene change.  I simply could not put it down.  There is plenty of  historical content, but set against a backdrop of the relationships of Barak, Asherah, Nogah and Deborah, it is anything but dull or dry.  It is as vibrant and colorful as the rugs that lined the tents of Deborah.  It is as gilded as the great Judges chair upon which she sat.  It is as fragrant as the spices that laced the wine.  In short, it is FANTASTIC. 

I can give it none other than a very exhuberant 5 OUT OF 5. 

I am now going to rush out and read the other two of her novels:  The Song of Hannah and The Garden of Ruth! 

You can read more about the author and her works along with great interviews with her on her website.

Friday, February 5, 2010


This is an ARC and it is just too scary for me!  How funny is that!  I am very squeamish, so I just can't bring myself to read it, although I've heard this is an awesome trilogy!  This book is the 3rd in the series, and I am offering it up for a quick giveaway!!!!!  Contest is open to US and Canada only as I will be paying for shipping myself.  A HUGE thank you to MICHELLE over at Simon and Schuster Canada for sending this along to me! 

The rules are super simple, you must be a follower and comment here.  Please leave a way for me to contact you, if you leave your email address and do NOT want me to publish it just let me know and I will note your entry and not publish your comment. 

ONE ENTRY per person, please.


GOOD LUCK!!!  :0)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


It's Teaser Tuesday time agaaaiiin!  This is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, and anyone can play!  Please feel free to leave a comment along with a link to your TT.  Or you can just leave your teaser sentences in the comments if you do not have a blog. Can't wait to read your teasers! 

  • Grab your current read
  • flip to a random page
  • select two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Try not to include SPOILERS!
  • Please let us know the name of the book along with the author's name so we can add it to our TBR!
My teaser is from "Paper Towns" by John Green.  I heard about this book a week or two ago on another person's blog, and am I ever glad I put it on hold at the library!  I just picked it up yesterday, so I am barely into the book, but so far it is HILARIOUS.  I LOVE the way John writes!  Because I have just started this book and do not want to risk any spoilers for me or you, I am picking my sentences from page 4.  In fact, it's very possible that this very sentence was the one that this blogger posted which is what made me want to read the book in the first place!

On the morning in question, she wore white shorts and a pink T-shirt that featured a green dragon breathing a fire of orange glitter.  It is difficult to explain how awesome I found this T-shirt at the time.

For more teasers click here.

Monday, February 1, 2010


The Crowning Glory of Calla Lilly Ponder by Rebecca Wells
Challenge covered:  "Reading from my shelves 2010"

This was my first ever win from a blog contest way back in August.  I won this book from She's Too Fond of Books.  THANKS, DAWN!

The first thing I will say that I love about this book is the cover, does that not just scream "SUMMER!" at you?  The unrestrained joy on that young girls face just says it all.  I loved Calla Lilly.  She is a bursting beautiful girl, who is swimming in love from those around her.  The first half of this book just had me immediately captivated.  For one thing I have always been a big moon lover.  I am forever calling my oldest daughter out from wherever she is in the house to gaze out the window at the moons beauty.  It is such a soothing orb, with its gentle bathing light.  Sigh.   I love her.  So, the fact that she plays such a large part of this story, really made it aces in my book. 

The next thing I loved was the relationship between Calla's mother (M'dear) and Calla.  These two had an extraordinary bond, and you could truly see that Calla saw her mother as a goddess.  Now I think it needs to be said here:


When Calla learns of her mother's cancer, I was devestated.  And the one scene that had me in absolute tears was when M'dear and Papa come and woke Calla and her brothers at 3 AM and take them to the dance studio that they own.  There they partake in one of the most moving dance experiences I have ever read.  Made me cry, I mean actual TEARS, people!  What a beautiful way to say good-bye. 

The friendship that she shares with Suke and Renee is also believable and thoroughly enjoyable!  And let's not forget about Tuck, her first love whom she met as a rag-tag boy who stepped off a bus completely alone in the small sleepy town of La Luna.

La Luna is a character in and of itself.  The town has an "aliveness" to it that is extremely charming, and if it really exsisted I would want to live there.  Wells has a way of describing Louisana and the ever present heat and music and life of the place that makes you truly escape among the pages of her book.

Once Calla has her heart broken by Tuck, and she decides to make the brave move to New Orleans was when the book fell a bit flat for me.  For some reason the story lost its zing.  I think it was mainly when she met her husband, Sweet.  I just didn't "feel" the love they had for eachother.  For Calla, who so passionately loved everyone in her life, and the world around her, I just didn't get that passion for her husband.  I still can't put my finger on why.  Later, when she is reunited with Tuck I then felt the passion was back.  Eventhough she said that she really loved Sweet, and had no doubt about him, I just didn't get that from their marriage.

All in all I have to say I did enjoy this one.  My overall feeling about it when I look at the cover is a nice warm loving embrace.  What will stay with me forever is the relationship between Calla and M'dear, and what this book did for me is made me want to strive for that kind of relationship with my daughters.  We are very close, and crazy about eachother, but it was the way in which M'dear made everything in Calla's life sacred, beautiful and a CELEBRATION!  It reminded me to do that for my girls more often.  And if THAT'S not a gift you can get from reading... .then I don't know what is, "y'all."  :0) 

RATING:  3/5