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review 2018-03-05 17:02
Alias Grace / Margaret Atwood
Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood

Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.

Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she the victim of circumstances?


I read this novel to fill the A in my Women Authors A to Z reading challenge and a “Book about a villain or anti-hero” for my 2018 PopSugar challenge.

For me, Margaret Atwood rarely disappoints and Alias Grace was no exception. Despite the fact that I’m recovering from a nasty cold and need all the sleep that I can get, I found myself up after bedtime, obsessively following the life of Grace Marks. Atwood has taken a historical figure and told her story—sticking to the facts, but embroidering around them in a beguiling fashion.
The themes are timeless—who is telling the truth? Whose truth? Who are we to believe? Does the justice system really offer us justice? Who gets to decide?

Though much of the novel is seen through Grace’s eyes, I still didn’t feel like I knew her well enough to judge—did she assist with the murders or was she merely an accessory after the fact? All of the might-have-beens weighed heavily on me. If only she had chosen this path or that one, things might have been so different.

A truly engrossing story.

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review 2018-03-01 21:40
Tigana / Guy Gavriel Kay
Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay

Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered country struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the dark sorceries of the tyrant king Brandin that even the very name of their once beautiful home cannot be spoken or remembered. But years after their homeland’s devastation, a handful of men and women set in motion a dangerous crusade—to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the world the lost brightness of an obliterated name: Tigana.

Against the magnificently realized background of a world both sensuous and brutal, this masterful epic of a passionate people pursuing their dream is breathtaking in its vision. A spellbinding novel in which myth comes alive and magic reaches out to touch you.


Those of you who read my reviews regularly know that Guy Gavriel Kay can do no wrong in my eyes. I adore his novels and this one is no exception. The bonus this time? I met Mr. Kay at a convention last August and I can now hear his voice in my head, reading the novel to me (he has a very nice voice).

Tigana is a kingdom under a curse: the people were conquered and the name of their country can no longer be heard or remembered (except by those who lived through the conquest). When a former citizen says “Tigana,” others hear only a garble or an empty spot. Can those who remember find a way to break the curse and restore Tigana to its former glory? Their lives get braided together in some convoluted and heartbreaking ways.

As with any sweeping tale like this one, there are casualties along the way, some expected, some surprising. The ending was a bit messy, something I appreciate in a book, as I find that real life endings are rarely neat. I read most of the novel on a long plane flight and it was the perfect distraction—I was able to submerge in this fantasy world and ignore the passage of time.

Book 271 of my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project

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review 2018-02-20 23:06
Make Me Want (Harlequin Dare) by Katee Robert
Make Me Want - Katee Robert


The fantasy comes to life. Katee Robert has a knack for allowing readers to live vicariously through her imagination. Whether naughty, dangerous or heartbreaking, her characters call to the little voice inside yearning to escape. Make Me Want is a passionate tango of lust, love and liberation. One woman's quest to unlock her inner vixen, brings her heart's desire. HOT!

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review 2018-01-18 20:39
You Make Me - Erin McCarthy

1.5 stars (writing was readable) 

Holy freaking buckets of New Adult shit. The DRAMA, the MELODRAMA, the POSSESSIVENESS, the ANGST, the first person pov from only heroine, just the absolute (personal taste) please go away recent fad of horrible tropes that we don't want younger women/girls to read, y'all.

I read the whole thing (some fast time skimming) but I hope no younger girls do because this is absolutely NOT how relationships should go between couples.

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text 2018-01-05 00:40
Irwin Consulting Services Review: How to make sure of a safe decorating this holiday season


To those people having their last-minute holiday season decorating, don’t panic and focus your mind on putting lovely decorations on your home. It is not too late to have the spirit of the holiday season to fill your house. The feeling of happiness and excitement might be overflowing into you, but remember that you need to practice caution as well in decorating because holiday traditions can, unfortunately, bring dangers or accidents to the family in some cases.


Every night of the holiday season, houses bring light to the darkness with their sparkling and glittering decorative lights and other decorations that have beautiful lighting. It brings happiness even to the lone night but the cold weather also imposes some challenges during the holiday season.


This season can also be the most exciting for many families around the world. With this, a lot of people are greatly looking forward to this event of the year. However, you should be very responsible for this season of joy. Decorating your home would surely involve a lot of electrical connections, so you must confirm if all extension cords or power strips and wirings are all safe to use and are in good condition. Experts added that it would be better to determine how much current is running through the cords.


On the other hand, install the Christmas tree on a spot that is away from heat sources such as fireplaces and space heaters. In particular, there should be at least 3 feet distance between the tree and the heat sources. In choosing a real or live Christmas tree, Irwin Consulting Services suggests making sure that the tree is fresh and avoid the dry ones since such are vulnerable to fires. In order to make sure of good water absorption, cut at least 1-2 inches from the base of the trunk before placing it on a stand, and then fill it with water. Do not forget to water the stand on a regular basis to maintain the rich, green feature of the tree.


Be careful on using extension cords, and as much as possible, don’t use these cords on heaters. Even if you’re busy decorating your home, you still need to be mindful of keeping yourself and your family safe. Stay away from heat sources while putting those beautiful ornaments on a specific spot. The cold weather requires constant use of heaters but make sure each is safe to use and in a safe place. 


If you’re going to decorate your home outside, make sure that every extension cord/power strip and electrical decoration has “for outdoor use” label. You need to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and make sure of proper installation of each decoration and equipment you have. The electrical products and their power needs on amperage should match the amperage rating of extension cords. Choose circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters or GFCIs to plug your outdoor electric lights and decorations.


Never risk your safety in decorating outside your home, thus avoid coming close to power lines and make certain that you’re at least 10 feet away from it. You also need to avoid overloading, thus check electrical outlets and ensure that they don’t have many electrical decorations or devices plugged into it. Overheating can become a problem and even begin a furious fire.


Electrical cords require proper insulation so make sure that there were no cords pinched in windows, doors or under heavy equipment or furniture. Christmas or decorative lights must be put into place properly without damaging its cord’s insulation. When you are replacing bulbs or fuses, unplug all electrical decorations first. Irwin Consulting Services understand that this is the usual tip from experts but the group would like to remind you once again to turn off all indoor and outdoor electrical decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.


Beautiful candles with good aroma may be a lovely addition to your holiday decorations but these real candles may bring accidents to your house especially if they are within the reach of your small children. Consider acquiring artificial candles instead. But if real candles were really your style, make sure to put them on places away from the reach of your little kids and from combustibles materials too. Extinguish its fire before sleeping or going outside the house. 


Irwin Consulting Services hopes for your enjoyable and fun holiday season that is filled with love and the art of giving. For more fire, communications and even EMS consulting advice or tips, visit or contact the group of Irwin Consulting Services.



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