Review: Robot Boy by Simon Curtis

Boy-RobotRobot Boy primarily revolves around Isaak, a boy who discovers he was not born human, but was created as a weaponized robot. One night, a girl named Azure helps him escape from a group of soldiers who are hunting him down in order to destroy him. Isaak and other robots find refuge with a secret organization called the Underground—a place where humans and robots work together towards a future where they can co-exist. Isaak struggles with the choice to hold onto his humanity and risk death or become the very thing he was made to be in order to survive. Continue reading

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Review: The Swan Riders by Erin Bow

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Erin Bow’s The Swan Riders is the sequel to The Scorpion Rules. In a post-apocalyptic world, AIs rule and young royals are kept hostage to ensure peace throughout the world. Greta was once a hostage and now she has become an AI. If she can survive the transition, she will stand alongside Talis, the most feared AI who rules the world and keeps everyone in line. In this novel, it explores the magnificent Swan Riders in great length, sharing their conception and their rituals. They are Talis’s devoted human army. After Greta’s transformation from human to AI, a rebellion sparks. Talis and a pair of Swan Riders begin on a trek to headquarters to ensure her survival. Continue reading

Book Haul: Spring Releases 2016

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It’s been a few months since I’ve last done a book haul reveal. Life threw me a few curve balls. If you’d like to know about what I’ve been up to and a little update on what’s coming up next on my website, read it all here: Throwing Myself Back Into The Blogging Scene. Continue reading

Throwing Myself Back Into The Blogging Scene

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Since February, I’ve had an impromptu hiatus from my website. A number of things contributed to it: winter blues (fueling a lack of motivation and sucking my creativity dry), work got busy (my co-workers and I had to prepare to welcome in and train seven new employees, and the pressures and deadlines I was giving myself for this website. I love to write and sharing my ideas and thoughts, but the last thing I want is having no fun during my blogging experience. I think the saying “Absence make the heart grow fonder” rings true. Like missing an old friend, I recently wanted to incorporate blogging back into my life.

So here I am, trying to get my groove back. The craziness at work has slowed down and the sunny, warm weather rejuvenated and re-energized my creativity and passions. If I learned anything, it is that it’s okay to take a break and realize I got burnt out. Sometimes too much of a good thing can get tiresome. Also, it is best to go at a pace I’m comfort at. It’s too easy to compare myself to other bloggers and content creators, getting disheartened and jealous of their success. I think sometimes it’s good to remind myself that some of these people have been doing this for years. They built their following and success on their own hard work. Instead, I hope to use them as inspiration and mentors without losing my own flare and personality.

As I get momentum, I’m hoping to introduce new ideas and projects I’ve been brainstorming and working on behind the scenes.

Here are a few of my goals:
  • Create a manageable editorial calendar
  • Blog at my own pace with flexible deadlines
  • Start publishing new features
  • Film and upload new videos for YouTube
  • Improve my photography skills & join Instagram’s #bookstagram community
  • Build my following
  • Work on dwindling down my TBR list
  • Try my hand at collaborations with other bloggers and content creators

I’m excited to delve back into something I love and I hope you’ll join me for the ride.

Unboxing & Review: L’Oreal Pair Hair Expertise VoxBox From Influenster

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I was lucky enough to receive the L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise VoxBox from Influenster, a website where anyone can review or read about products in an open and honest forum. Also, based on your social media influence, you have the opportunity to test out products for free. Continue reading

My 28th Birthday & Birthday Haul

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On February 21, I celebrated my 28th birthday. It’s crazy to think how much time has gone by. Now, I don’t really go nuts with birthday celebrations. I like to keep things low key but try to still have fun and do a few things I enjoy doing. Continue reading

Good News! I Got a Raise at Work

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Since June 2015, I’ve been working at a fairly new marketing/advertising company in Ottawa. I’ve mentioned it a few times on my Instagram account, showing off a few perks my office offers. It seems like a rare thing nowadays to find a job you love and in your desired field. I’ve been lucky with both. Sure, there’s some slow days, but for the most part, I adore the people I work with and I have become a little obsessed with being successful at my job. When I’m sitting in the bus, on my way to work, I check my stats. It’s a lot like a video game and I’m always hoping to beat my personal score.

This brings me to my good news. The company outlines goals employees must reach in order to get rewarded. I’m the first person in the company to reach the first goal, which means I now get a bonus. My office even celebrated the momentous occasion by taking everyone out for lunch. I even got to invite my dad to tag along. I picked out the restaurant Milestones (which my dad pointed out the irony that we’re celebrating a milestone). It was a lot of fun, giving me some time to get to know my co-workers a little more while enjoying some appetizers and my favourite dish: the butternut squash ravioli.

To my surprise, the office got me this cute card and a little gift too: Continue reading