Monday, July 6, 2015

July Book Reviews


Description

When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she's magically transported into the world of Cinderella--as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! Life turns upside down now that she's a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt. To get back, she'll have to complete the story, right to the end of happily ever after. But the odds are huge: the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world?










Review: The first thing I thought while reading this book is it reminds me of the movie Labyrinth. I think it was a lovely twist on the long standing story of Cinderella. Kat is an everyday relateable heroine who shakes the Victorian like era with her modern day ideas. The thing I enjoyed about this book was realizing how farm we have advanced in society in civil rights and science. It was also neat how the story had the heroine as the "ugly stepsister" for most of the book. However, that is all I will say so I don't spoil the book.

Description

Claudia De Santos has always looked out for every witch but herself. She fought from the shadows as her coven turned dark, and with a little help from her half witch/half alpha werewolf cousin, Tessa, Claudia is doing everything she can to keep her friends and family in the light.

Now the coven has splintered into two factions: Luciana’s army of witches wielding dark magic, and Claudia’s few stragglers who fight with the wolves. War is coming, and it won’t be much of a battle if Claudia can’t find the spells to counteract Luciana’s demonic power.

The answers lie in ancient magic, and Claudia must journey to Peru to rediscover what the Inca mages knew. Fighting evil will require a pure spirit, but her quest is full of temptations, including a handsome Peruvian guide with secrets of his own. 


Review: From what I understand this book is numero 4 in the series. As I have not read any of the other yet I am just reviewing it as a stand alone. I enjoyed the shake up of culture and how the heroine had help but did a lot of the things herself. It seems like our girl has had a troubling past but she is working to make things better.  Namely trying to save her brother! I would of liked to see a little more story line to this as everything in the story seemed to be really sped up. From the ending of this book I predict the next book to be a little more action packed and hopefully Claudia will be a a great part of it.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Belle Voxbox review

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

I had the opportunity to try out the lovely products that came in the Belle voxbox. There were so many different products so I am just going to review them list style.

DOVE® Fruit (chocolate covered blueberries) -these came in a snack pack and were freaking delicious. i ended up eating them at work and all my co-workers stole some.

 All the rest of the items I used in my Kentucky Derby look pictured below



EcoTools Complexion Collection Mattifying Finish Brush- I used this brush to apply my mineral foundation and it provided an even finish and was super soft on my skin. For an added bonus there were no stray bristles left behind.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara created by Kate Moss- I am actually not the biggest fan of massacre but this one left no clumps and the brush curls up which helped lengthen my lashes.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate- I liked the color of the lipstick but it didn't seem to last through all the festivities as long as I would of liked. 

Not Your Mother's Deja Vu Do Style Extender- I wasn't exactly sure about this product but it defiantly help keep my hair styled all day. I am talking there was zero hat hair and that is a terrible problem with my hair.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs- I also used the air brush lotion on my sad pale legs that day. I though the color was just a little tanner then i would normally go but there was no residue from using it.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Stay the Distance Book Review

Description

July Carter’s world is perfect from the back of a horse. From the ground, everything is a complete mess: her jockey mom ran off for California years ago, her dad always seems more interested in the horses than in her, and the horse July wants for herself will never be hers.
Even though the New York racing circuit has taught her not to get attached, July can’t help connecting with Kali, a hopeless filly that refuses to run when it counts. When bankruptcy rumors start swirling around the barn, the future is murkier than ever. July can’t stand losing one more thing, and Beck, the barn owner’s son, knows more about the rumors than anyone else. July will get the truth, even if she has to pry it out of him, for Kali’s sake and her own.






With it being racing season I thought it would be a great time to publish my review for Stay the Distance.

Review: I actually read this book right after I went to the Kentucky Derby and thought that added to my book experience. For those of you you don't get that experience I think this gives a unique perspective of the horse industry that focuses more on the trainers bond with the animal and not the owners. July is a young adult who is in a sort of limbo and on top of that she has family drama. Add into that this love/hate relationship and you get real life drama set against a industry a lot of people are not necessarily privy too. I enjoyed reading it and hope we get to see if the story develops farther.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Demon's Deadline Book Review Tour Stop

The Demons Deadline

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The Demon’s Deadline by Tori Centanni
 
Nicki almost died in the car accident. Instead she was offered a deal.
 
Now she works for the demon Azmos, delivering his mysterious envelopes all over town. Only her boyfriend Cam knows the truth about her after-school job—Cam, who’s (thankfully) as understanding as he is gorgeous and smart. Nicki’s never had Cam’s bold ambitions; her only talent is guessing the killer in a horror movie. All she wants is to graduate high school, marry Cam someday, and live happily ever after… but lately her work for the demon’s pulling her into deeper danger. Danger that threatens her life and also the bonds that matter most to her. Her best friend Melissa, whom she’s forced to lie to. Her grieving father. And Cam.
 
But is it even possible to free herself from the contract that saved her life?
 
And what if she did manage to untangle herself from the arcane world forever — without it, what kind of life does Nicki have left? Once you’ve seen death and darkness, once you know that magic is real, how can you ever go back to being a normal teenager?
 
It’s finally time Nicki faced her own demons….
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tori Centanni is a nerd girl and a recovering goth. She likes dark, quirky stories with elements of humor. When not reading or writing, she can be found baking, watching too much television, and wrangling cats. She lives in Seattle, WA.
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My Review

When I started reading this book I couldn't help but think it reminded of a book I read previously. Not the plot but in the style it was written. I finally figured out it reminded me of L.J. Smith's Forbidden Game series. Both books have  humor but the story has a darkness embedded in it.  I actually liked that there was an existing relationship and think that made the whole story. To be honest though it took me a couple chapters to start getting into the story, but finally things started falling in place and engaged me a lot more.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Carefree voxbox review

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

 I had the opportunity to review the carefree voxbox from infuensters.  Inside were carefree liners. I am going to be honest I feel like it is awkward to talk about anything related the down under feminine area. Not just liners but tampons, pads, and adult diapers. It is just this taboo topic that we can talk about among ourselves but it is not something we talk about about publically. I will be honest in my review but it still feels strange to discuss my review.

Review:
I had no big problems with the liners, they seemed to emit no smell and did the job they were supposed to do. The packaging color wasn't my favorite but its just a wrapper, so, it's not the end of the world since the product did what it was supposed to do. I would have no problem purchasing this product in the store.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hoo-Rag Product review+giveaway

Disclaimer: I received the below mentioned product in exchange for an honest review.


What is a Hoo-Rag?



To summarize the hoo-rag is basically this tubular shaped material that is stretchy and you can wear many different ways?


Review: I ended up picking out the american flag style hoo-rag to try. When it arrived I was happy with how vibrant the colors were on the bandanna. The material is also super stretchy so it can mold to a variety of sizes "aka it fits big or little heads." There are several styles ideas illustrated on the package so I gave them a try. The alice style and the face mask are the two styles that seemed the most useful to me. I attempted the pirate flag but it just didn't really make me look good.
The positive: No matter what style I did the hoo-rag stayed really well on my head, which is usually a problem for me. I would suggest this product for working out, bike riding, horse riding, running, hiking, and other physical activities. There was a wide variety of patterns to choose from for men, women, and unisex. Also, it is one size fits all so that is nice. I thought it was easier to handle than your typical bandanna.
The negative:Even though I like it for athletic activities I don't think it is something I would wear to an office job, it just has to much a material to be a normal everyday headband.However, if I was a yoga instructor I think it would be fine for work.

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Giveaway:
Hoo-rag is generously allowing me to give a reader there very own hoo-rag to try. US residents 13 and over can enter. Winner will be notified by email and has 72 hrs to reply, otherwise a new winner will be selected. May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

April showers.....bring book reviews!



Meet Lyla: Jinn, belly dancer, and the hottest new urban fantasy heroine in town.
To escape an arranged marriage, a jinni granted Lyla her wish: to live a thousand years as a jinni herself.
Now, her servitude is ending, but there are a few obstacles in Lyla's path to freedom. A Magi intent on binding her again, a jinni bent on vengeance, and not to mention the nightmare from her past that threatens to make her curse permanent -- and claim her very soul.

Jinn and Juice is the first in a new series by fantasy writer, Nicole Peeler set in a world of immortal curses, vengeful jinni and belly dancing.






Review: This was a fun read and kept me entertained, but I felt like the end left me a little hanging. Lyla is almost free when a dumb Magi binds her to him, and she is forced to obey him. The magi is not a bad guy and just needs her help, but all is not what it seems. Lyla has a whole cast of friends that made the story for me more then the romance between the jinni and magi. All in all, it is a humorous story that is good for a light read.




Jace has been the property of the U.S. Army since they found out about her when she was five, and now she has become one of its most valuable weapons. But Jace is not the only one of her kind. Gray is one too, but with the help of his sister, he has spent most of his sixteen years hiding from the Army.
Now, the Army has found out about Gray and they cannot allow him to roam free. Operating on the theory that it takes one to catch one, Jace is send out with a special ops squad to hunt Gray down. But Jace is not the only one pursuing Gray, and the competition is after her too. What ensues is a desperate chase through city after city as duty and honor collide with love and sacrifice.





Review: This was an iffy story for me to read. I thought most of the plot was good and I enjoyed that the story was from Gary and Jace's point of view. From Jace's view you get some good fighting and lots of action. You also get an in depth look at the government program Jace has been forced to live in. Gary's life shows a contradictory view of basically what Jace life could of been if she had a sister that cared enough to keep her out of the program and go on the run. Gary is the good hearted guy that cares about people, while Jace cares about people in her own way (she likes to beat people up beacuse she cares). What I disliked about the story is that I felt like I was waiting for something the entire story but it never happened. I can't exactly put my finger on it, maybe, I just expected there to be more plot between Jace and Gary or maybe it was that there mind thing never got explained. I'm not sure but something was missing. Also, it took me a spell to get used the the shifters becoming other humans, but it was an original idea so I give props. I think this series has potential and I have higher hopes for the next book.