October 28, 2014

Bookish Bingo Update #4


Hi guys!
So, this was supposed to be my last week of Bookish Bingo. I kind of didn't read anything that fit into any of the categories. So, I'm just gonna do it next week. I said 4 weeks, not 4 consecutive weeks, didn't I?

Yup, I'm pretty embarassed. So sorry I couldn't do it this week! :(
If you are reacting somewhat like this:

Then I'm just like this:

Hopefully I'll get something productive done next week!

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October 25, 2014

Blogging is Hard.

Hi guys, so this is going to be a discussion post with a little announcement at the end. So the main topic, if you couldn't tell by the title, is the difficulties of blogging. Now I know this was bound to happen. Everyone says it. Blogging is fun, but it's actually really hard work too.

First off, I'd like to apologize. I've been terrible at blogging lately and haven't posted in over a week and then it was only a simple paragraph-length announcement. I've been kinda in a "blogging slump", you could say. I have a bunch of ideas for posts and started some reviews, but I can't really finish them or stay devoted for more than ten minutes to finish. That's the first difficulty of blogging. You need to be able to stay committed to your blog and be able to spend a lot of time on it. It's like taking care of an electronic child. Maybe. Kind of… Okay, not really. BUT YOUR BLOG IS YOUR BABY AND ITS SUSTENANCE IS YOUR POSTS. WITHOUT THEM THE BABY WILL DIE. Think of it that way.

Okay, then there's the idea of blogging in general. It's super scary because you need to come up with creative and interesting posts. And then you need to put them out there, which is even harder because you're sharing your opinions and thoughts and idea with everyone. Everyone knows that once something's on the internet, it never goes away (roll your eyes all you want, but it's true). Anyone can access your blog if they have Wifi. Then there's comments. One reason I joined the book blogging community over Booktube was because I feel like it's a much safer and nicer place than YouTube. There are so many haters out there, and even though the blogging community isn't quite as large as YouTube, there's still the risk.

Something else that is especially nerve racking for me is book reviews. More often than not, people will have different opinions than you so you need to find a way to stay firm by your thoughts, but not insult anybody. And that moment when you read a book that's so life changing and amazing that your thoughts literally are stars you cannot fathom into constellations? It's so challenge to just get all your thoughts straight in just one review. I was so nervous about putting my Harry Potter series review up because everyone knows how incredible those books are and to write a review that does them justice is a lot of pressure. I do like writing reviews and discussing books with people, but it takes me forever to write them and I constantly edit over and over. That's why I only post reviews every so often, compared to some bloggers who can post amazing reviews every week. Also the new subject of Kathleen Hale literally STALKING a book blogger for writing a bad review of her book scared me, just a little bit (If you haven't heard about this, it's been all over the book blogosphere, so I'll link you to a discussion post with links).

Next thing: LIFE AND TIME. The big thing that screws everyone over and not just during blogging. I'm a student, so there's tests and quizzes and homework all the time. Unfortunately blogging can be very time consuming and personally, sometimes deprives me of sleep. I know lots of us have busy schedules. Some of us are constantly studying for school, working, taking care of our family, or maybe are committed to other activities. I know everyone could do well with a little extra time, but as a said before, you must be devoted. Find the time to blog! GO ON AN ARCHEOLOGICAL EXPEDITION AND DIG UP THE TIME TO BLOG! You need to be able to fit in blogging into your overly-occupied life even if it's only for a short period of time.


So now your turn to discuss! What are some things that you struggle with as a blogger? How do you manage to fit blogging into your schedule?

And time for the announcement. I'm pretty sure some of you might have picked up on it by now, but I'm planning to take a short hiatus. It's kind of a lot of work to just come up with and write posts, but I often also have to edit and format a lot around the blog. I kind of just want to take a break but I don't plan to completely stopping book blogging for quite a while. Soumya will still be around to write, though, and I will do my best to nag Christina and Milli into finally posting something. You won't directly be hearing anything from me for a week or so, but I will still be looking over things and checking up on the blog, as well as try to finish some of my incomplete blog pot ideas. However, I will continue to post on the blog's Instagram account and try to use my time wisely by being more involved in the blogosphere and commenting. Try not to miss me too much!

It seems only right to end this post with the district twelve salute. 

Thanks for reading,
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October 22, 2014

Review: Beauty Queens

Title: Beauty Queens
Author: Libba Bray
Pages: 396
Published: May 24th, 2011 by Scholastic Press
Series: Standalone
Buy on the Book Depository
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.Written by Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.
Hi guys! Today I'm here with my first official (long) book review! Squeeeee! This is so exciting...anyways, the book I'm here to review is Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.

I chose this book for my first book review because there is a lot of controversy surrounding it. Some people really like it and think that the message is important, but other people think it's inappropriately satirical and rude. I just happen to be in the first boat. I LOVED this book.

Note- The following review will have spoilers. Please either allow me to completely ruin the book for you or run (yes, actually) to the nearest bookstore (or pick up your Kindle) and buy Beauty Queens. Ignore the world. Speed-read the book and then come back and read this review.

I was expecting this book to be a mix of America's Next Top Model and Mean Girls. Y'know, with them catfights, girls turning on each other and being total witches. Not actual witches. Witches with a different letter at the beginning. This book was kind of like that, but had important themes too. It started out as just like I thought a book where the cover had a girl wearing a bikini and carrying lipstick ammo would start like. There's a plane crash and the girls are more worried about their hair than the fact they're gonna run out of food and water soon. But they soon elect a leader, figure out their problems, and get to work solving them.

At the beginning, the girls are still hoping that they'll get rescued instantaneously, and that they can keep taking part in the pageant. But after their radio starts working again, they figure out that their sponsor, The Corporation, has given up on their search for all the contestants. *Gasp*



And that's when the real drama starts. The catfights were actually pretty good. Uh, except for that one where one girl ate a worm. #nothappening. But as time starts to go by, the girls start unraveling their picture-perfect cover. They start revealing the reasons they started pageants. Which, by the way are completely and utterly ridiculous. Like, who falls for "I started pageants when I was 2 weeks old. My parents said I really wanted to do them. They could tell from my crying." Riiiiiiiiiight. Suuuuuuuuure. No. And then we start to learn that these girls actually have brains and personalities. Who would have known? Adina's only doing the pageant because she opposes them and plans to embarass The Corporation. Miss California, Shanti Singh, tells everyone that she has to pretend her parents gave up everything to give her the American dream, because that's what The Corporation wants.

"That's what The Corporation wants" could easily be one of the most repeated lines in this book. Girls hide their sexuality if they're lesbian, interests if they're not girly enough, and of course, their beauty, under layers and layers of makeup and etiquette lessons. All for The Corporation. And no one dares to call each other out on it, because they all do it. That's how you get ahead in the competition. We quickly learn that The Corporation is an overly exaggerated combination the TV networks and celebrities in our world. Through the footnotes, commercials, TV shows, and famous personalities, like Ladybird Hope. BTW, that's like the worst name ever.

Okay, so, these girls are adjusting to life and slowly becoming less plastic, and all of a sudden these so called "hot" pirates show up. Whaaaat? And all these poor boy-starved girls go crazy. Then a few days later they disappear with all the food and water stores.

So of course there's revenge and drama.

Then there's a lot more about important themes like feminism, family issues, gender, racism, disabilities, and beauty myths and slut-shaming. This book deals with all this really deep and intense stuff in an overly exaggerated way, which was really funny at first but got old quickly. I would have liked to see a stronger plot line, instead of a sorta-weak plot counting on lots of snarky humor and satire to make it a good book. Don't get me wrong. This entire review is basically me screaming in your face, "The snarky humor is AMAZING!!!!" I just think it would be more amazing if the plot was stronger.

Another thing that wasn't so great about this book was that we learnt so much about some characters, and virtually nothing about others that seemed interesting. I also didn't like the way some of the narration was done because I was confused and left in the dust, wondering "huh?" But that's just me being nitpicky. There are always flaws. Even when we're talking about Beyonce. #flawless

I was surprised by how different this book was from Bray's other books. But it was just as good. There was only the teensiest bit of romance, and what I liked about that was Bray used it to prove a point instead of just using it for the sake of it. There was kick-butt action. Most definitely. There were life lessons to be learned. Lots of them. There was teasing and screaming and primping and kissing and fighting and bullying and jealous-ing (not a word) and more primping and sarcastically-saying-stuff-ing (I know that's not a word either.)

Overall I probably give this book 4 stars. It was something I really enjoyed and probably would read again, but I didn't love it as much as I love some other books. I'll be putting up a formal rating system soon, so check back for it!



Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. Tell me what you think of Beauty Queens and also my very first review!!!

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October 20, 2014

Bookish Bingo Update #3


Hey guys!
I read a TON of books this week. 9 or 10, I think. Some of them were graphic novels though. Does that count? *feverishly Googles question* Okaaay, since the word novel is in them, I'm gonna count them as books. Don't judge. 

So, this is what I read for the challenge:

A Book That Was A Gift- Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Over time, people have realized it's a bad idea to get me a book as a present, because I'll read it immediately and very fast, and then it'll just sit on my bookshelf. There's also the danger that I'll completely ignore the person who gave me the book, not even say thank you, and just start reading. Anyways, now that my tangent's done, what I mean to say is that I don't get very many books as gifts. So, for this challenge, I had to reread something. Which is okay, because I absolutely love this book! It's sweet, smart, funny, and overall just swoon-worthy.

Set In Autumn- Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani

I had such high expectations for this book. They weren't met. The writing was bad, and I felt like the plot was super flimsy. Also, the main character lacks identity. So does everyone else, except her mother, which I find ironic, since the whole book is about the main character's identity. This book was really disappointing.

Set In Space- The Restaurant At The End of The Universe by Douglas Adams

This book was kind of confusing, but so funny. SO funny. I don't think there was ever a page where I wasn't laughing. This book was great. It was light, hilarious, sarcastic, but still important, which I really appreciated and liked. Yay for this book! Okay, that was weird :)

A Book With A Creature On The Cover- The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

I finally got my hands on a copy of this book. I loved it so much. It was funny but full of tons of great action scenes. There was also just the teensiest bit of romance in it, which made the story a lot more realistic. Uh, well, as realistic as a book with magical stuff in it can be.

A Book That's A Fall/Winter Release- Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

This book was okay. It wasn't something I had to force myself to read but it wasn't engrossing either. The main thing I didn't like about this graphic novel was that the ending was highly unsatisfying. Other than that, I liked the plot line, and I felt like the main character was okay; she was sorta boring.

Historical- Pika-Don by The Stanford Graphic Novel Project

I really liked this book. It's a great graphic novel based off the true story of Tsutomo Yamaguchi. It combines faith, love, hope, desperation and courage into one heck of a powerful story that I devoured in one quick setting.

That's how my reading went last week!!!



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October 18, 2014

Instagram?!?

Hi guys! This is just going to be a really short announcement type post.

So I did a thing. If you couldn't tell from the blog post title, I got an Instagram for the blog! I will be the one manning it and you can follow over @whenthewordsend. I'm planning to get into more social media in the future because I think it's a great way to spread publicity for the blog. So if you could pop over there to take a look and maybe follow, that would be amazing.

That's really it for now! Thanks so much for reading and if you stop by to peek at the account, it means a lot to me.

A photo posted by Kaylie (@whenthewordsend) on

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October 15, 2014

Graphic Novel Recommendations

Hey guys!
My latest obsession right now is graphic novels! I devoured two already today and have been scouting out even more to read. So, I've decided to compile a list of some I recently read because they are really worth reading, no matter what your opinion is on graphic novels.


The Stanford Graphic Novel Project is a cool thing to check out: It's a bunch of Stanford students and graduates who work together to create a graphic novel based off a true event in history.
These are the two I've read so far:


Shake Girl - Stanford Graphic Novel Project 2008
Raised in the shadow of genocide, where oppression and poverty still plague the streets of Phnom Penh, a young woman tries to support her family as a karaoke singer and fulfill her dreams of becoming a dancer. But in a city where women are treated as second-class citizens and corrupt officials rule with unlimited power, her chances for success are slim. When she is caught between the advances of a married man and the murderous rage of his wife, the results are horrifying. Inspired by true events, Shake Girl is the creation of the students and teachers of the Stanford University Graphic Novel Project, who wrote, illustrated, and designed tragic and haunting book in just six weeks. With its raw imagery and lyrical narrative Shake Girl is a powerful and groundbreaking achievement that will appeal to graphic novel fans and readers new to the medium.
This book started out sweet and lighthearted but it quickly became dark and scary. I thought it was interesting but it wasn't one of my favorites, mostly because I kept screaming at the main character in my head, "Why are you so gullible? Why? Whyyyy?" So yeah.

Pika-Don - Stanford Graphic Novel Project 2010
The year is 1945. Amidst the fever of war, one man will be forced to decide between family and country. Tsutomu Yamaguchi is a navy engineer for a war that is all but lost. When a mission arises that separates him from his family, Yamaguchi makes a fateful, haunting decision. The mission: to help design a Japanese battleship. The destination: Hiroshima.

Fearful that the Americans will invade Nagasaki while he is away, Yamaguchi gives his wife hopeless instructions. But he is unaware that it is the dawn of the atomic age. When an act of unspeakable destruction teaches Yamaguchi the value of life, he must risk everything to return to his wife and child and prevent the death he had imagined for them.

Assisted by his friends Iwanaga and Sato, Yamaguchi returns from Hiroshima having witnessed horrors that no person had seen before. Yamaguchi's journey from the heart of mankind's most destructive weapon is a story about a man who experiences senseless destruction and reevaluates his concept of life, love, country and duty.
I really liked this book. It's a great graphic novel based off the true story of Tsutomo Yamaguchi. It combines faith, love, hope, desperation and courage into one heck of a powerful story that I devoured in one quick setting.

Other Graphic Novels: 

These are just some other random ones that seemed interesting to me at the library. I was gonna pick up Superman, but the size was way to big for a comic book.


11389398Friends With Boys- Faith Erin Hicks
After years of homeschooling, Maggie is starting high school. It's pretty terrifying.

Maggie's big brothers are there to watch her back, but ever since Mom left it just hasn't been the same.

Besides her brothers, Maggie's never had any real friends before. Lucy and Alistair don't have lots of friends either. But they eat lunch with her at school and bring her along on their small-town adventures.

Missing mothers...distant brothers...high school...new friends... It's a lot to deal with. But there's just one more thing.

MAGGIE IS HAUNTED.
This book was okay. It wasn't something I had to force myself to read but it wasn't engrossing either. The main thing I didn't like about this graphic novel was that the ending was highly unsatisfying. Other than that, I liked the plot line, and I felt like the main character was okay; she was sorta boring.



Brain Camp- Faith Erin Hicks, Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan
Neither artistic, dreamy Jenna nor surly, delinquent Lucas expected to find themselves at an invitation-only summer camp that turns problem children into prodigies. And yet, here they both are at Camp Fielding, settling in with all the other losers and misfits who've been shipped off by their parents in a last-ditch effort to produce a child worth bragging about.

But strange disappearances, spooky lights in the woods, and a chilling alteration that turns the dimmest, rowdiest campers into docile zombie Einsteins have Jenna and Lucas feeling more than a little suspicious…and a lot afraid.
This book was okay too. I felt like the plot was kinda stupid, even though it sounded interesting at the beginning. I liked the characters because they were realistic and true. I didn't like the end of the book however, it seemed redundant and uninteresting.


Level Up- Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham
Dennis Ouyang has always struggled in the shadow of his parents' expectations. His path is laid out for him: stay focused in high school, become a gastroenterologist. It may be hard work, but it isn't complicated … until suddenly it is.

Between his father's death, his academic burnout, and his deep (and distracting) love of video games, Dennis is nowhere near where his family wanted him to be. In fact, he's just been kicked out of college.

And that's when things get … weird.
Four adorable—and bossy--angels, straight out of a sappy greeting card, appear and take charge of Dennis's life. And so Dennis finds himself herded back onto the straight and narrow: the path to gastroenterology. But nothing is ever what it seems when life, magic and video games collide.I really liked this book! I felt like it had an important message that related to the real world. I could also connect with it, which is always cool :) I liked the entire plot line, the main character, and the graphics (pac-man esque ghosts!)

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Persepolis- Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.
I read this one a while ago and don't remember everything about it, but I liked it. It was a deep historical read but with a totally loveable main character and an intriguing plot. I look forward to reading the sequel.


Smile- Raina Telgemeir
Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.
I read this graphic novel a while ago too, and I liked it. It was a realistic-fiction read that was lighthearted and funny, and it went by super fast.


That's all for now!
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October 13, 2014

Fandom News (3)

Hey guys! So many things have happened these past 1 or 2 weeks from mysterious twitter anagrams to new books to film adaptions of books! Read about some of the bookish buzz from around the internet, right here in one post. 

Anyone else stalk J.K Rowling's Twitter? If you do, you know she posted cryptic tweet that doubled up as an anagram:
And it's been solved!
The anagram is a preview of the opening plot of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie, I believe, is going to be set 70 years before Harry's time and will follow Newt Scamander on his adventure to find, well, fantastic beasts. However, a genius reader on Reddit saw that J.K's Tweet was also a perfect anagram for "Harry returns. Won’t say any details now. A week off. No comment." As you can expect, lots of fans started to freak out until they found out what the actual deciphering was. But hey, it's still pretty exciting.

Aaaand guess what Stephanie Meyer has to say about Twilight?

Do comic books count as books? For all you superhero fanatics, there's a new Flash!

Has anyone here read The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken? You can read the first few chapters of the conclusion to the trilogy, In the Afterlight
!
Chapter 1 on Surviving College
Chapter 2 on Young Adult Mag
Chapter 3 on Hypable
The official book trailer for ITA was released on Just Jared Jr. today!



And also, some movie news! John Krokidas has been signed on as the director for the adaptation of Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I think it'll be interesting to how they decide to film the movie because a main part of Wonder is not knowing exactly what the main character, August looks like. You can read more about it here.

Hobbit fans! A new character posters of Gandalf and Legolas have been released for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which hits theaters December 17.

James Dashner is planning to write a new prequel for The Maze Runner called The Fever Code. It is to be published in 2016 and will be about the Maze and how all the Gladers got there. You can read the exclusive on MTV.

On The Wrap, it has been announced that Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, Justice Smith have been added to the cast as Ben, Lacey, and Radar in the movie adaptation of Paper Towns!

I don't know about you, but I just finished The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (review coming soon!) and I'm so excited for The Sword of Summer, which we mentioned in our previous Fandom News Post. And it just so happens that a new synopsis has been released!

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he's never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .
 The Sword of Summer is expected to be published October 6th, 2015. You can add it on Goodreads here. Also, in Blood of Olympus, it's been reveled that Magnus is Annabeth's cousin!

Rumor also has it, that while on tour, Rick Riordan announced he is working on Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes, which will be like a sequel to Percy Jackson's Greek Gods!

BIG NEWS, SHADOWHUNTERS! The Mortal Instruments will not continue as movies, but will officially return as a T.V. show! You can read all about it and watch a video right here.

Some cool new stills from Mockingjay have been released too! They feature Katniss, Coin, Cressida, Gale, and more. You can view them over on Page to Premiere.

That's it for this weeks post! Until next time!

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Bookish Bingo Update #2

Hi guys...
Sad to say, I didn't get much reading done this week. Blame it on homework. Anyways, I only read four books, but I'm still on track towards my goal because I read two less this week but two more last week.

So this is what I read:

Horror- The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

I didn't like this book. Like, at all. I had to force myself through it. It was mostly the language. It was awkward, stiff, and unnaturally formal. I definitely will not be reading the sequels to this book.

Mystery- Closed For The Season by Mary Downing Hahn

I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. It was funny, realistic, and straight to the point, which made it a very refreshing read. It was a short and easy read, which I highly appreciated after a long, stifling English assignment.

Romance- Graceling by Kristen Cashore

I loved this book to bits and pieces. Non-literal bits and pieces. It had everything in it, action and adventure, romance, espionage, magical powers, and a kick-butt heroine. What more could you ask for? Seriously. Nothing more needed. Ever.

Native American MC- The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

This book was strange, to say the least. I have mixed reviews about it. I loved the illustrations and the plot, as well as the identity of the main character at times. What I didn't like so much was the humor, the identity of the main character at other times, and also basically all the other characters.

That's how my reading's going!
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October 8, 2014

Dressing Up- Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer Edition

Hi guys...
So, I was reading Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer for the Bookish Bingo challenge, and I realized that fashion plays a key role in the book, especially in the character of the main character, Collette, and her friends Hannah and Pilar. So here are two outfits inspired by the book! The first is a more casual outfit for everyday wear while the second one is a fancy shmancy one perfect for any occasion that requires some dressing up.

Paris- Dressing like a Parisian is super important to Collette, and she does such a good job of it that people actually mistake her for one! Paris has a very easily distinguished fashion sense; simple and timeless. Here's a simple formula for putting together a typical Parisian style outfit.

The Striped Shirt- A striped shirt, or bateau top, is a key element of any Parisian look. You can treat it as a neutral and pair it with anything.

Pants- Skinny, well-fitting pants look so much more put together than jeans.

Leather Boots- Tall leather boots add an instant flair to any outfit.

Coat- A stylish coat adds warmth and pizzazle to your clothes.

Beret- What would a French look be without a beret?

For makeup, I suggest a minimalistic nude look.


Marie Antoinette- Marie's look is over-the-top, old-fashioned, fancy, and more fancy. While rocking a white wig may not be a great idea, here's a cute look that will remind you of Marie Antoinette's ball gown and glamorous personality. 

Dress- The rich burgundy hue and delicate lace pattern of this dress are elegant and old timey, a.k.a perfect for this look. 

Necklace- This beautiful necklace will make anyone look like royalty. No need for real gemstones. :0

Heels- Because every Marie needs a good pair of heels.

Makeup wise, go heavy on the blush and mascara, and light on everything else!

Hope you guys like the outfits I've put together! 



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October 6, 2014

Series Review: Harry Potter


Hi guys. So. I finished Harry Potter. Since just about everyone's read Harry Potter or knows what it's about, I'm not gonna deal with fancy synopsis formatting. Too much work. But anyways. Let me just start by saying this: the past month or so, has been completely taken over by Harry Potter. I marathoned them all, and the only time I left to read other books was in between the periods where I couldn't go to the library. Harry Potter has grasped me and molded me into its Potterhead minion. And I confess that I AM A HUNDRED PERCENT PROUD OF IT.

Okay, now for a real review. The following will have spoilers for the entire series so I suggest you don't read on if you haven't read HP yet. And if you haven't, I think you've been living in a cave with Hagrid and Grawp for the past twenty years.

I am still furious with my self for not reading the books sooner. I CONDEMN MYSELF TO AZKABAN *curls up in shame (and from the dementors)*. I loved these books whole-heartedly and I'm so sad to have now lost the privilege to be able to read Harry Potter for the first time.

My favorite to least favorite books in the series probably went something like this: Goblet of Fire and Prisoner of Azkaban, Sorcerer's Stone, Half Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows, Chamber of Secrets, Order of the Phoenix. I know people find it refreshing to read something different than stuff about stereotypical wizards, but I thought this was quite the opposite. It's was fun to read about a world brooms and potions and wands. And even though that's the most common image for wizards, I thought J.K. Rowling did a great job of still keeping the world unique. You have no idea how many times I tell myself that my letters just a few years late because Errol's sending it. I loved Hogwarts and it's quirks like the ghosts and talking paintings and everything. I would trade places with Myrtle if it meant I could go to Hogwarts (and she haunts a toilet).

I loved Harry, Ron, and Hermione's friendship. And whatever you muggles say, I ship Romione. They're not perfect but I think that they balance each other out and Harry's like a brother to Hermione. Harry and Ginny are not my favorite pairing but they're better than Cho, who I though could be a bit annoying. I felt that Ginny didn't have a whole lot of character but I'm happy that the shy girl at the beginning was finally able to get a happily ever after (of sorts).

Death. DEATH EVERYWHERE. Sirius's and Dumbledore's deaths were sad. Harry lost some of his only father figures (and he never really got to live with Sirius except in Grimauld). Hedwig's death was sad too. J.K. Rowling did it because it "was a metaphor for Harry loosing his innocence". *sob*
STAPH AUGUSTUS.
Beautiful, yet heart breaking artwork by Viria13
Then Dobby. Oh poor Dobby and that sadistic, pathetic excuse of a human, Bellatrix (Funny that my friend is being her for Halloween). Dobby deserves a heaven full of lopsided hats and mismatched socks for he died a hero. AND FRED. I swear I lost it at Fred. I knew it was coming because I was spoiled, but that did not soften the blow. I died a little with him (it probably didn't help that I saw and read a bunch of sad head canons and drawings afterwards). I still kind of blame Percy for Fred's death (I don't really forgive him for choosing the Ministry). I also continue to have mixed feelings about Snape. I don't entirely forgive him, but I don't loathe him as much. And Voldemort- you saw it coming. NOW STAY DEAD PLEASE.

All in all, I really love these books and they now have a special place in my heart (and on my bookshelf). J.K. Rowling created a beautiful world with lovable characters despite their flaws and a great plots that flows nicely throughout the books. I am now on the bandwagon with everyone else to petition for another HP book. A next generation story or a book about the Marauders would be nice, J.K.

To be honest, I am not completely satisfied with this review. It probably would have been better if I did separate reviews for each book but I didn't because I was lazy and didn't want to stop reading the series and take the time to pour all my feels into a review. I don't think I can stress how awesome this series is in just one post. 5 OUT OF 5 STARS.



**Sorry it took so long to get this review posted. I've been done with the series for a while, but I wanted to write a review that did the series some justice :)

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October 5, 2014

Bookish Bingo Update #1


Hey guys,
It's been a crazy week ever since I started the Bookish Bingo challenge. Okay, more like, it's been a crazy week since Monday rolled around. Again. Anyways, I thought I'd share my progress with you guys, and prove I am keeping up to my goal. Yay! I started this challenge on Sunday, and today being Sunday, I'm happy to say I've 8 read books, 2 more than my goal. :0

These are the challenges I've completed so far:
1. Reread: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle
2. A Book With Birds On The Cover: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
3. A Book With A Black Cover: Taken by Edward Bloor
4. A Book With "Ice, Snow, Frost" In The Title: Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
5. A Book With Serial Killers: Marie Antoinette Serial Killer by Katie Alender
6. A Book With Snow On The Cover: The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban
7. A Book Set In New Orleans: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
8. A Book With A Green Cover: The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

Mini Reviews:

*Note- Since A Wrinkle In Time is a reread for me, I won't be reviewing it.*

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater- I had to force myself to finish the story. A lot of the time I didn't understand what was happening, and I also felt like the romance was forced, untrue, and just part of the novel to make it more dramatic. I thought the character interactions were weak, and that there was very little positive interaction. Overall, this wasn't a book I enjoyed or would recommend.

Taken by Edward Bloor- Similarly to The Raven Boys, I had to force myself to finish the novel. It started out mildly interesting but only went downhill from there. There was no action or plot twists, just a straightforward tale told by a dislikable brat. I also didn't like the ending at all.

Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson- I really liked this book. The stories were captivating and funny, and they tied together really nicely. I loved how all the parts were put together at the end and how the characters looked from different POV's.

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender- I have mixed feelings about this book. The things I didn't like were the main character and the character transformation, because they felt really typical, and also the ending. Otherwise, on a more positive note, I really liked the plot and the beautiful setting of Paris.

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban- I enjoyed reading this book so much. It held my interest from the very first page, and I couldn't put it down. The story was captivating and enthralling, and the characters were true-to-life and lovable. I liked the way the two stories, Tim and Duncan's, overlapped and also how the characters interacted. Overall, I loved this book and highly recommend it.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi- I highly enjoyed this book. It was an intense, fast-paced sci-fi ish adventure that never slowed down and that I just couldn't put down. This book is not only a great story but also carries great messages about what will happen to the future if we do not care about our actions today. While it's mainly set on a boat, I chose it as a book set in New Orleans because quite a few scenes occur in Orleans II and New Orleans III, the future's versions of New Orleans.

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi- I cried, I laughed, and I almost a minor anxiety/stress attack while reading this book. It's just that intense. This book made me really question human interaction, not only between humans, but between other species and in relative terms to the world. But, I sort of didn't like the ending. It was just so...okay, I won't spoil it, but the ending may suck if you like your books to end in a certain way. Oh, and the cover's really cool.

So that's how my reading's going!

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October 2, 2014

Fandom News (2)

Hi guys! Today I'm here with some more fandom news! This is a (semi)weekly feature where we round up some Fandom News we've seen around the internet.

First thing's first I'm the realest.
Rick Riordan has announced he is writing a new series titled Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, which is about Norse Mythology! The first book with be released in October 2015. The title will be published in the back of Blood of Olympus but on Goodreads it says that the title is The Sword of Summer. Maybe it isn't final? On Rick's blog post, he specifically said that the name Chase, is not a coincidence. So I'm already thinking up some theories. Perhaps Annabeth has a long lost brother? I don't think it's her kid because then kid would be named Magnus Jackson, so… Blood of Olympus published October 8th! You can read the first chapter here.

Some pretty cool stills from Mockingjay have just been released! Along with that, the first song from the Mockingjay soundtrack has been dropped! It's by Lorde and titled Yellow Flicker Beat. Listen to it here:

Have any of you read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs? It's being turned into a movie and Asa Butterfield has been considered for lead! He'd stared in Ender's Game and The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and in Miss Peregrine's, he'd be playing Jacob Portman. Read about it here. The movie is expected to hit theaters March 4, 2016.

After all the success with The Maze Runner movie,  Aidan Gillen from Game Of Thrones has been added to the cast of The Scorch Trials. He'll be playing the antagonist! Read more here. Rosa Salazar from Insurgent has been added to the cast as well!

This isn't very book related, but Fandoms don't exclude! For all the X-Men fans here, you can watch some deleted scenes from Days of Future Past on Hypable!

Lionsgate is going to release five short films based off Twilight characters! Read more about it  here and here.

MINOR SPOILERS FOR THE SELECTION. For those of you who don't know, Kiera Cass is writing another two book in the Selection Series! One will be a novella bind up and the other one, titled The Heir takes place after America and Maxon get married. This has already been announced a while ago, but the gender of the baby they're having was announced on Epic Reads! You can watch Kiera's announcement video here and read some excerpts here.

That's it for now! Have you seen any Fandom related news around? Share with us in the comments!
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October 1, 2014

The Reading Journey

Hey guys!
This week, I've decided to do a throwback type post about the experiences all readers go through, from stumbling over c-a-t cat, to reading the Scarlet Letter and writing a seven-page essay on it. It's not even close to a philosophical post, but more like a funny letter to your five year old self reading a picture book by yourself for the first time.

When You Learn To Read: The world suddenly becomes a lot bigger. You start ignoring other children on the playground to read, and it's all you can brag about in preschool. "I know how to read." What cooler talent is there?

When You Start Reading By Yourself: It's now your favorite hobby, and your Tonka trucks and Barbies are sitting in the corner of your room, collecting dust, while the pages of Goodnight Moon are starting to wear out because you've read it so many times. You also leave your mom alone, so she doesn't have to spend all her time reading you books.

When You Get Your First Library Card: OMG!!!!!!! There are libraries! With thousands of free books! Well, now you know what you're gonna be spending all of your free time. Forever.

When Teachers Start Assigning Books: Ugh. Who knew books could be boring? And essays, really? Whyyyyyy? Now, you enjoy reading on your own even more.

When Your Life Becomes Too Busy To Read: Haha, got you there. That's never gonna happen. If you're a true bibliophile, you will always find time to read. I guarantee it :)

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3 YA-Inspired Halloween Costumes

Hey guys!
Halloween's just (almost) around the corner, and now is the perfect time to pick out a costume! Here are a few of my favorite ideas and DIY's for a YA character inspired costume!

1. Katniss from the Hunger Games

I was Katniss a few years ago, and it was soooo fun. The costume's really easy and all you need to do is add a Mockingjay pin to something you have at home.

I suggest black leggings (especially with black leather accents) and a dark, tight fitting, athletic-inspired shirt and a black motorcyle jacket. Add short combat boots or short lace up boots. Of course, a Mockingjay pin is a must. Then, just paint your nails bright red and put your hair up in a Katniss braid. Ta da!

Here are some quick tutorials for Katniss braids:



2. Arthur Dent from the Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
This costume is really easy. Just put on a worn gray shirt, flannel pajama pants, and an untied bathrobe. After that, drape a towel over your shoulder (so important) and put on brown boots. Just make sure to leave your pajama pants untucked. Then just own that confused expression! 

Look at this for some more inspiration!


3. Tris Prior from Divergent
This year, I'm going as Tris, and I'm so hyped up. It's a very simple costume, just these really cool pieced together black leggings, a black or dark red top, black boots, and this cool Dauntless pin I found online (go Internet!) I'm also going to Sharpie a tattoo like Tris's on my collarbone. 
Are there any other characters you would love to dress up as for Halloween? Let me know in the comments! 

I hope to use this template for the tatoos:
Lovin' these pants!

Oooooh, pretty, aren't they? Hopefully I'll rock this costume better than Shailene Woodley. Okay, that's never gonna happen. Oh well, a girl can dream :)
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