Friday, September 19, 2014

Ghosting by Edith Pattou {FRC Book Review}

This post is sponsored by BookSparksPR in honor of their 
annual Fall Reading Challenge. Check out all the details here.

Title : Ghosting
Author: Edith Patton
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Summary from GoodReads:

On a hot summer night in a Midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents become victims—with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive.

Told through multiple points of view in naturalistic free verse and stream of consciousness, this is an unforgettable, haunting tale.

"But a ghost. What a rush that would be, to see something from another world, something that most people never get to see." 
"I watch as Brendan collides with Emma, knocking her off her feet. And at the very same second that their bodies meet, one last shot rings out, splitting the night wide open." 
"It suddenly is imperative that I find the beginning. Because that would be the moment I could have stopped all this from happening" 

My Take:
I've never read anything like this book ever. And let me tell you Edith Pattou kept me wanting to read more and more. The way that each section is written is really amazing and creative. The whole book is told in different points of view of the same event that changes everything in these kids lives. The way that each story is written reflects the uniqueness of the characters. 

The book follows a group of teenagers, some old friends and some completely new. The first day of school is fast approaching and the group of teens wanted to end the summer with a bang. So when they go out looking for "ghosts", a childhood game, the night does end with a bang, and their lives change forever. 

I do like how after a horrible night, with strangers, they become friends and come together. I enjoyed reading, I could not put it down. It is a book that will keep you in suspense, will break your heart, but will make you happy at the end. 

My other Fall Reading Challenge reviews:
Mating For Life by Marissa Stapley

Find my other reviews here: Book Thoughts

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Street Style with IPSY

Hello there lovelies, hope you had a great weekend. And are ready for another weekend in Septemeber. Yesterday I received my second IPSY glam bag, and since I didn't share my first one last month, I wanted to share this month's glam bag.
What is IPSY? It's a $10/month subscription box, which includes a makeup baggie, and 5-6 beauty products. Want to sign up click here!

Glam Bag Theme: Street Style

Such a cute little bag, love the softness of the bag and the studs definitely give it a street style feel. I might just use it a clutch.

I love mascaras. I have an obsession with long, big voluminous eyelashes. And I'm so excited to try this.

Another obsession of mine is nail polish. And this one was the first product I tried when I opened my bag. The color is amazing, a deep red, just with one coat I had this beautiful, even red color. Oh and it dried really fast. 

I'm was in dire need of a nude lipstick or lipgloss and IPSY fit the spot. It's kinda of a mix between a nude and a peachy color. I love it!!!

 Ohhh i'm excited to try this finishing powder that you use to set your foundation or you could use it alone. I don't wear foundation on a daily basis but will be using it to set my bronzer.. :) 

There has been a lot of reviews regarding the smell of the lotion. I don't absolutely love it, but I don't hate the smell. And I feel like it did make my hands feel soft. 

This was my second Glam Bag. I was so excited to get last month's bag, but must admit I didn't 100% love it. This month's Glam Bag blew last month's Glam Bag out the water. I love everything in it!!! Good job IPSY, you were on point this month.

Thinking of signing up click on my link and we can both get some points. :) 
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Single and Building my Empire {Blogtember}

Today's Prompt:
Your current relationship status. If dating/married, give us a glimpse of your story! If single, share about this special season.

Today's prompt is very interesting. :) I'm single. And at this very moment I'm okay with that. For the last years I've struggled with being single. When I was younger I felt like I needed someone to be with to be happy. I've only been in one relationship before, if you call a four-mont-summer-flingish-thing a relationship. During those months, it felt nice to hang out with him, or to get a morning text, but now I realized that I was scared of what I was feeling with this guy, and I hit the panic button. We got busy with school and work, and slowly we stopped seeing each other.

Lately, I've been thinking why am I still single. Sometimes I get frustrated at the world because I haven't found a guy. But the person I should be frustrated at should be me. I guess I haven't been really trying to meet guys. I rarely go out, and when I do I just want to have fun with my friends, not out on prowl for some guy. lol.

Then I ask well, why aren't you trying? you complain that you are single, but you aren't trying. I don't know why I'm not trying. Maybe its because I'm scared of what could happen if I do meet a guy. Maybe, and I know this for a fact, that I don't know where to meet these guys. And I think one of the main reason why I might not be looking is because I'm focusing on myself. Working on finding myself personally and professionally. 

I think one of the things I love the most about being single, is that I can be selfish and better myself. To accomplish my dreams. Being in a relationship is amazing, wanting a relationship is not bad, but right now, at this particular moment, I'm okay and happy being single. You don't need to be in a relationship to be happy. Maybe being happy with yourself first, can add that much  more happiness to your relationship when that right person comes along.

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What is your relationship status?
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Mating For Life by Marissa Stapley {A FRC Book Review}

Hello Lovelies, 
It's the weekend, finally!! Woot.. Today I bring you a book review. You already know my love for reading. So in the summer I participated in the Summer Reading Challenge that BookSparksPR hosted, and I read a lot of amazing new releases. I jumped on it again when they announced their Fall Reading Challenge. So here is my first review of the challenge. Want to join, is not too late. Go sign up!!!

This post is sponsored by BookSparksPR in honor of their 
annual Fall Reading Challenge. Check out all the details here.

Title : Mating For Life 
Author: Marissa Stapley
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Release Date: July 1st, 2014

Summary from GoodReads:

With pitch-perfect honesty and heartwarming humor, this captivating debut explores marriage, motherhood, identity, and what it takes to love someone—family members, friends, or spouses—for life.

Former folk singer Helen Sear was a feminist wild child who proudly disdained monogamy, raising three daughters—each by a different father—largely on her own. Now in her sixties, Helen has fallen in love with a traditional man who desperately wants to marry her. And while she fears losing him, she’s equally afraid of abandoning everything she’s ever stood for if she goes through with it.

Meanwhile, Helen’s youngest daughter, Liane, is in the heady early days of a relationship with her soul mate. But he has an ex-wife and two kids, and her new role as a “step-something” doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Ilsa, an artist, has put her bohemian past behind her and is fervently hoping her second marriage will stick. Yet her world feels like it is slowly shrinking, and her painting is suffering as a result—and she realizes she may need to break free again, even if it means disrupting the lives of her two young children. And then there’s Fiona, the eldest sister, who has worked tirelessly to make her world pristine, yet who still doesn’t feel at peace. When she discovers her husband has been harboring a huge secret, Fiona loses her tenuous grip on happiness and is forced to face some truths about herself that she’d rather keep buried.

Interweaving the alternating perspectives of Helen, her daughters, and the women surrounding them, “each new chapter brings a wise and tender look at single life, dating rituals, and marital unease” (New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Close). In this “absolute feat of storytelling” (bestselling author Grace O'Connell), Marissa Stapley celebrates the many roles modern women play, and shows that even though happy endings aren’t one-size-fits-all, some loves really can last for life

"Envious gazes... are driven by envious thoughts and have the potential to do actual physical damage. The evil eye is not a black-magic-related curse...but rather the embodiment of an envious glare - an instant curse that anyone is capable of, even without intent" - pg. 11
"She stayed because she never gave up home. She tried to convince herself it didn't matter to her that he was never going to be able to love her back because he was the kind of man who was a little frozen on the inside."
"We can't choose who we love... I still would have wanted to love him, even if I had known there was no curing him" - pg. 93
My Take:

This book takes us through the lives of three sisters, and their mother, and the women that surround them. Their stories show how they are struggling to find the happiness in their lives. Each story is separate but somehow they are all intertwined with each other; with finding love and happiness being the theme of each of these women's lives.

I loved how the author wrote the chapters in this novel. Each chapter was written in the perspective of a different character, it was like seeing the same moment pass, but looking at it through a different perspective. The book started with Liane's solitary trip to the cottage, struggling with writing her college thesis and thinking about her now fiancee. Then we meet with her sisters, Fiona and Ilsa who at a summer party hosted by Fiona, they get into an argument which tampers with their annual cottage trip. Then during the trip to the cottage we meet Helen, the mother of Liane, Fiona and Ilsa, who as a love-child, feminist woman, is struggling to settle with the man is in love with. We also meet other women who are struggling with their own relationships and happiness, and that somehow their lives get intertwine with each other.

I also love the theme of "mating" that goes along with the title. The author introduces each chapter by writing a short story of the mating life of a different animal, and she weaves in the animal into the women's story. It is awesome.

I really enjoyed the book. I couldn't put it down. It got me hooked. I recommend it.

Find my other reviews here: Book Thoughts

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Tradition... {Blogtember}

Today's Prompt:
Tell us about a favorite tradition. It could be a family tradition or from a holiday, university, you-name-it. What makes it so special?

I love this time of year. Fall is just around the corner. The holidays are that much closer. I can already imagine the yummy food, the amazing laughs with the family. I love it. 

Besides Christmas, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of all time. 
I think its one of my favorite days of the year because in the last couple of years we have turned it into a tradition-filled holiday. We celebrate Thanksgiving with my dad's family, he has 9 siblings, and we all get together at my house. You can just imagine, its a huge celebration. 

Our tradition starts off with getting the menu down. Since it is a whole lot of us, each family is in charge of making something, the turkeys (yes we need 2), the hams (yes 2), mash potatoes, mac an cheese, side dishes, dessert. It is potluck. 

Yes each family cooks in their own home, but I feel that is a tradition of its own. My mom has passed down the baked mac and cheese recipe to me, so I'm now in charge of making that while my mom makes the turkey or the chicken. 

Once we have all gathered for dinner. We all get around in a big circle, and we all say something that we are thankful for or one of my aunts leads us in a prayer to give thanks. And then we dig in together. I love it. 

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What is your favorite tradition?
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