Gift-A-Book: Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro by Bobbi Brown

This is the book that Bobbi Brown’s fans have been waiting for: her 25-plus years of makeup styling experience distilled into one complete, gorgeous book. Bobbi looks at everything from skincare basics to every aspect of facial makeup–from how to find the right color and type of foundation for any skin tone to how to apply every detail of eye makeup (Brows, Eye Liner, Eye Shadow, and Eye Lashes) no matter your eye color and shape.

The perfect gift for every make-up lover on your list!

The perfect gift for every make-up lover on your list!

Of course there are never-before-seen tips on blush, bronzer, lip liners, lipstick, etc. And Bobbi looks beyond the face with informative chapters on “Hands and Feet” and “Body Skin Care.” Each chapter has thorough step-by-step basic directions for makeup application and easy-to-follow photographs and line drawings, along with Bobbi’s expert, yet assuring, advice. Plus, there’s a groundbreaking section of the book that will be of special interest to women who’ve wanted to know how makeup stylists do what they do: the top beauty secrets only these artists know, essential equipment to keep on hand, how to break into the business, and how to work with photographers and celebrities.

Breathtaking photos of the finished faces-from everyday looks to exotic runway style-along with advice on putting it all together for every woman, make this a book like no other.

BOBBI BROWN’S MAKEUP MANUAL will be the only book any woman will need to look absolutely fabulous.


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Gift-A-Book: My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories



My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins (Editor), Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Pena, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor & Kiersten White


If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.

I LOVE short story collections, especially Christmas ones! With most collections, there are stories that are absolutely phenomenal, then there are ‘meh’ stories. I am proud to say this collection was consistently great.

All twelve stories appealed to me in different ways. The only theme each carried was the setting of Christmas/New Years. Each author took a completely different twist on ‘holiday’ stories. Some were contemporary and light, others heartwarming and my favourites were tales of folklore and magic.

This collection offers something for all readers. For the young & old alike–this one’s for you. Indulge in tales of holiday mischief, nordic folklore come-to-life and celebrate the meaning for the season.

It is always tricky to review short-stories. I don’t like to ‘dissect’ them as I would a full-length book. With such a short span allotted to tell a story, reviewing it almost seems to spoil it for the readers.

This book is one to add to your shelves and pick up each holiday season.

Included in the collection are the following:

“Midnights” by Rainbow Rowell

“The Lady and the Fox” by Kelly Link

“Angels in the Snow” by Matt De La Pena

“Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me” by Jenny Han

“It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown” by Stephanie Perkins

“Your Temporary Santa” by David Levithan

“Krampuslauf” by Holly Black

“What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?” by Gayle Forman

“Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus” by Myra McEntire

“Welcome to Christmas, CA” by Kiersten White

“Star of Bethlehem” by Ally Carter

“The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer” by Laini Taylor

Thank you, Raincoast Books for the review copy.

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Gift-A-Book: The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa


The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa

Published: October 2016 by Simon and Schuster

One of the best reads of 2016.

An absolutely captivating story, perfect for the reader on your list!


A stunningly ambitious and beautiful debut novel, perfect for fans of Sarah’s Key and All the Light We Cannot See, the story of a twelve-year-old girl’s harrowing experience fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend, only to discover that the overseas asylum they had been promised is an illusion.

In 1939 before everything changed, Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. Her family moved in Berlin’s highest social circles, admired by friends and neighbors. Eleven-year-old Hannah was often taken by her mother for an afternoon treat at the tea room of the beautiful Adlon Hotel, both dressed in their finest clothes. She spent her afternoons at the park with her best friend Leo Martin. But, in an instant, that sunlit world vanished. Now the streets of Berlin are draped with red, white, and black flags; their fine possessions are hauled away, and they are no longer welcome in the places that once felt like home. The two friends make a pact: come what may, they promise to have a future together.

As Hannah and Leo’s families desperately begin to search for a means of escape, a glimmer of hope appears when they discover the Saint Louis, a transatlantic liner that can give Jews safe passage to Cuba. After a frantic search to obtain visas, the Rosenthals and the Martins depart from Hamburg on the luxurious passenger liner bound for Havana. Life aboard the ship is a welcome respite from the gloom of Berlin—filled with masquerade balls, dancing, and exquisite meals every night.

As the passengers gain renewed hope for a bright future ahead, love between Hannah and Leo blossoms. But soon reports from the outside world began to filter in, and dark news overshadows the celebratory atmosphere on the ship; the governments of Cuba, the United States, and Canada are denying the passengers of the St. Louis admittance to their countries, forcing them to return to Europe as it descends into the Second World War. The ship that had seemed their salvation seems likely to become their death sentence.

After four days anchored at bay, only a handful of passengers are allowed to disembark onto Cuban soil, and Hannah and Leo must face the grim reality that they could be torn apart. Their future is unknown, and their only choice will have an impact in generations to come.

Decades later in New York City on her eleventh birthday, Anna Rosen receives a mysterious envelope from Hannah, a great-aunt she has never met but who raised her deceased father. In an attempt to piece together her father’s mysterious past, Anna and her mother travel to Havana to meet Hannah, who is turning eighty-seven years old. Hannah reveals old family ties, recounts her journey aboard the Saint Louis and, for the first time, reveals what happened to her father and Leo. Bringing together the pain of the past with the mysteries of the present, Hannah gives young Anna a sense of their shared histories, forever intertwining their lives, honoring those they loved and cruelly lost.

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Holiday Playlists: Silent Night Covered By Your Favourite Artists!

ChristmasPlaylistSilent Night is one of the most stunning traditional Christmas carols.

Such beautiful music paired with thoughtful lyrics referencing the reason for the season.


Each interpretation of the song is uniquely different. With such a graceful song, it is impossible to have a bad rendition.

Check out some of your favourites covering the classic:

Stevie Nicks

En Vogue

Nat King Cole

Christina Aguilera

Jennifer Hudson

The Temptations

Kelly Clarkson


Boyz II Men

Sinead O’Connor

Elvis Presley

Olivia Newtown John


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Gift-A-Book: Edmonton Santa Stories For The Young Reader On Your List

What is more fun than a holiday read based in your city?

Lovely folks of Edmonton, I insist you read these books!

17683832Santa Is Coming to Edmonton
by Steve Smallman, Robert Dunn

It’s Christmas Eve, Have you been good? Santa’s packed up all the presents and is headed your way! With the help of a certain red-nosed reindeer, Santa flies over:

-Epcor Tower
-Francis Winspear Center for Music
-High Level Bridge
-Rexall Place
-City Hall
-Wayne Gretzky Statue
-Alberta Legislature Building
-Art Gallery of Alberta
-Muttart Conservatory
-CN Tower
-The Hull Block

“Ho, ho ho!” laughs Santa. “Merry Christmas, Edmonton!”

29201162Santa’s Sleigh Is on Its Way to Edmonton: A Christmas Adventure
by Eric James, Robert Dunn

It’s a magical Christmas Eve, and all of the children in your town are sleeping. Well, all of the children but you! How could you possibly fall asleep when you know Santa and his sleigh are on their way?

Check out Raincoast Books for more fabulous Canadian titles!

Happy Holidays, friends!

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Gift-A-Book: Stranger Fillings by The Muffin Brothers

23804442_10159420116760198_1628844733_nStranger Fillings (A Parody Cookbook) by The Muffin Brothers

Stranger Fillings

Published: October 2017

Inspired by the hugely popular Netflix show, Stranger Things, these recipes will turn your world Upside Down!

The hilarious duo behind successful spoof cookbooks such as Baking Bad, Game of Scones, and The Walking Bread is back with Stranger Fillings, a parody cookbook based on THE hit show of 2016, Netflix’s Stranger Things. Featuring recipes such as Demogorgon-zola Tartlets, Friends Don’t Li(m)e Pie, Baked Brenners, and Barb’s Mystery Dip, there will be no shortage of great puns and delicious, edible baked treats.

The puns in this collection of eclectic recipes make investing in this book an absolute must. Hilarious and fun.

Stranger Things was one of the most-talked about shows of the year. This delicious parody is the perfect gift to tide fans over until the second season–which hits Netflix in October 2017. Also, perfect for that strange fan on your wishlist!

Purchase From Hachette Book Group

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Holiday Reads: Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom

Holiday ReadsKrampus: The Yule Lord by Brom


Published: October 30th 2012

Acclaimed author and artist Brom raised eyebrows and pulse rates with The Child Thief, his grim, brilliantly audacious, gorgeously illustrated reimagining of the Peter Pan legend. So what does this innovative fantasist do for an encore? He tinkers darkly with the beloved mythology of Santa Claus. Set in Appalachia, Krampus the Yule Lord is a twisted fairytale about a failed West Virginia songwriter who gets ensnared on Christmas Eve in an eternal war between a not-so-saintly Saint Nick and his dark enemy Krampus, aka Black Peter, an ancient trickster demon. Krampus the Yule Lord is Gregory Maguire (Wicked) meets Susanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) in the realm of Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, as Clive Barker (Mr. B. Gone) works his dark sorcery from the shadows. Once again featuring Brom’s chillingly beautiful artwork throughout, Krampus the Yule Lord is a feast of wonder straight from the kitchen of Sweeney Todd.

This is a yearly tradition, it is simply not the holiday season without indulging into some Krampus inspired stories. Santa is really Baldr, an ancient Norse god and son of Odin. He was known for being all peace, love, and light, but was that the real story or was Baldr a great deceiver?

In this story, after Baldr dies in ancient times, he is reborn as Santa Claus. He takes over Yule and changes the holiday. This certainly does not please the ancient Lords.

Meet Krampus. Our villain, I mean hero, or is it anti-hero? Who knows, who cares. He’s awesome.

This is a wicked fun read that will send chills up your spine and motivate you to decorate your Christmas tree.

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