Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Green Books Campaign: Ethical Oil by Ezra Levant

This review is part of the Green Books campaign.Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books.

The campaign is organized for the second time by Eco-Libris, a green company working to make reading more sustainable. We invite you to join the discussion on "green" books and support books printed in an eco-friendly manner! A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on Eco-Libris website.

I'd first like to point out that this book has been printed on acid-free paper that is 100% recycled, ancient-forest friendly (100% post consumer waste).

Ezra Levant seeks to moralize the tar sands by demoralizing oil imported from other countries. He addresses the idea that there are many myths associated with the tar sands and attests to the idea that there would be terrible implication if the tar sands were to be closed. He addresses social and environmental impacts of the tar sands in relation to other oil sources. Overall, Ethical Oil is an engaging examination if not provocative reading on the idea of putting ethics above environment.

I may be slightly biased as I am an environmentalist so I will try not to dwell on my personal opinion surrounding what this reading discusses. I see what Ezra is trying to do with this book by identifying that there are far worse places socially to obtain our oil but I am discouraged by the fact that he denies any social impacts here in Canada. Although limited these social impacts in conjunction with the significantly detrimental environmental impacts in my opinion make our oil sands less ethical. Anyways, that is my rant. I will now just discuss the quality of the writing. Ezra Levant writes for the everyday reader. The writing is actually quite easy to understand. I don't believe you need a university degree to understand it. Therefore, although engaging the book did nothing to change my opinion on the oil sands. However, I do recommend it as it is an interesting and somewhat educating resource.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Review: Witch and Wizard by James Patterson


Whisty and Whit Allgood are a brother and sister who live in a world ruled by the one who is the one. They are taken from there family in the middle of the night and thrown in jail accused of being a witch and wizard. Thousands of young people are in the same predicament. The ruling regime will stop at nothing to suppress life and liberty. Whit and Whisty are the chosen ones set to lead the rebellion and release the prisoners from this world of tyranny.

I really love dystopian novels and this one was no exception. The world created by James Patterson is a world where the children are persecuted like adults so in turn act like adults. This make for a very interesting story. I did not find this to be a slow read. There really isn't a romantic element to the story yet, although this world is set to be a series so that may come with time. There is a pretty big cliff hanger at the end but I'm sure with the next book coming out the cliff hanger is well worth it. Overall, not a bad read if you enjoy dystopian novels.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


I'm hoping to come back with a twist.

Some of you might have noticed that my last post was forever and a day ago... While I have been completing a Master's in Environment and Sustainability so I have been reading a lot of school related material and not so much YA fiction. So to still keep my blog active I am going to start posting a little bit of Envirolit mixed with the YA.... Hopefully will have a review coming up soon!


Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Hope your Christmas is as full of books as mine!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Huge Contest at Bloody Bookaholic!

There is a huge holiday contest going on over at the Bloody Bookaholic. Great chances to win books and gift cards from a great blogger... check it out!

Monday, November 23, 2009

In My Mailbox!

In my mailbox is a meme hosted by the story siren. It showcases what books we received each week.

Possessions by Nancy Holder

When Lindsay Cavanaugh transfers to the prestigious Marlwood Academy after recovering from a breakdown at her previous high school, she discovers that there is something strange going on involving a clique and some unsavory activities from the school's little-known past.

Need by Carrie Jones

Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life's been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother's pretty much checked out. Now Zara's living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays "safe." Zara doesn't think she's in danger; she thinks her mother can't deal. Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn't a figment of her imagination. He's a pixie--and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He's the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he's trailing Zara.

Devoured by Amanda Marrone

Megan’s twin sister Remy died in an accident nine years ago, and she’s been haunting her ever since. Knowing how crazy that sounds, Megan keeps this secret to herself and tries to lead a normal life. But when she takes a summer job at Land of Enchantment to keep an eye on her new boyfriend and his lovesick best friend, Samantha, she meets fellow employee Luke who can see Remy, too. Things get even twistier because Megan’s new friend Ari is sporting a massive crush on Luke, who seems to be developing a massive crush on Megan…making for a love triangle that’s positively possessed. Megan wants to keep her distance from Luke, but when Remy’s visions get crazy violent; she knows she needs his help. Because someone’s definitely in danger...the only question is who?

REVIEW: Switch by Carol Snow


When Claire hit her teens interesting things started to happen during electrical storm. She would switch bodies. Usually she would jump back into her body as soon as she fell back asleep. But one night something goes terribly wrong and she ends up trapped in the fabulous body of Larissa who has caught the eye of Claire's long time crush Nate. Will Claire find her way back to her own body? Or would she rather not?

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Character development in the book was fairly good however, I did find there were some gaps in the plot. Although the writing wasn't the best I have ever read the message behind it was great. Who hasn't ever felt that they wold love to have the body of a supermodel? This novel has a great message that it's really what is inside that counts. Not to mention there is a bit of romance, comedy and best friendy goodness. A great read if you are looking for a quick read that will make you feel good about yourself when you are done.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

In My Mailbox!

In My mail box is a meme hosted by the story siren. It showcases what books we have received each week.

I bought 3 books this week:

The Dead Girls Dance by Rachel Caine

Summary: Calire Danvers has her share of challanges- like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm, and above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with vampires. On the upside, she has a great roomate (who tend to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend named Shane... whose vampire-hunting dad has called in backup: cycle punks who like th idea of killing just about anything.

I have read the first novel in the Morganville Vampire Series: Glass houses. But I don't really remember much about it, except that I liked it, so I will likely have to read it again before I read this one. So expect a review for each.

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Summary: A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning author Nancy Werlin
spired by the classic folk ballad aScarborough Fair, a this is a wonderfully riveting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy. Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil?

Switch by Carol Snow

Summary: Claire Martin has some serious body issues.Ever since Claire hit her teens, electrical storms have been making her switch bodies. Usually she's back to her old self in no time. But when something goes terribly wrong, she finds herself stuck in the fabulous body-and life-of Larissa, the icy blonde beauty who has caught the eye of Nate, Claire's longtime crush.Will Claire ever figure out how to get her old life back? And, more importantly, will she even want to?

So that's what I got this week.... pretty decent. How was yours?