Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Wrap-up and Giveaway Winners!

First of all, you may have noticed that the blog has undergone a Halloween change, where the background colors are mostly orange and black, this is because I love Halloween. =)

Wrap Up
This month was chaotic, lots of writing and revising, house sitting and concert going. I also started a new blog(this one all about writing) with my friend, it's called Grace&Steele and I'm Steele(yes it's an alias).
Blog wise I had a few author interviews! My 500th Post! A seriously awesome Song Reveal for Get Happy by Mary Amato and a pretty successful Fangirls Spotlight! Let's take a look at those posts before I announce the winners of my giveaway, shall we?
Giveaway Winners!


I will be emailing the winners later today(look out for an email from fangirlsarepeopletoo@gmail.com subject The Story Goes... Fangirls Spotlight Winner) and you will have 48 hours to get back to me!

Announcements
  • Fangirls Spotlight - I am skipping Fangirls Spotlight this month, because I'm super busy and haven't had time to line anything up!
  • So November means NaNoWriMo and so I will be spending this month preparing for it while simultaneously revising Hunters Of Artemis and working on codename DC which is a project I am working on with a friend of mine! =)
So, that's all I can think of at the moment. =) Hope you all had a good month...anything interesting happening in your lives!?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ARC Review: Two Breaths Too Late by Rochelle Maya Callen

Song Of The Moment- Remeber Me by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus 

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by Rochelle Maya Callen
Release date: Sep 30th 14
How I got it - Review copy from author
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads / Amazon
Description -

Ellie Walker commits suicide a week before high school graduation and is forced to face the brokenness she leaves behind.

This story is about bruises and secrets and the hope that hides in even the darkest of places.

* A portion of proceeds will be given to the #HoldOn2Hope project & To Write Love On Her Arms.



I received this book from the author to review honestly



My Rating: 5 Stars for all the feels


Me during and after I finished this book,

Review:
   I'm not going to try to explain just how this book touched me. I'm not going to try to pick it apart looking for any small issue it may have. I'm not even going to try to list the things I loved about it because even though I gave it 5 stars, I don't think I loved it. I will tell you that I hate crying. I didn't cry reading The Fault In Our Stars, I didn't cry when I saw that movie either. I almost cried for Harry Potter 7, but I spent this whole book, from page one, with tears in my eyes. I had to stop constantly to calm myself down enough that I could see again and still I couldn't stop reading and hoping that it would end differently than I knew it had to.

I will say that I think every single person in the world should read this book, needs to feel the things this book makes you feel, needs to understand the things this book teaches you. I will also say I have no idea how this author wrote this book, but that it needed to be written and that it needs to be read.

This isn't a book you can love or hate, it's not fiction. It's life, good and bad, described in words and sentences to make up a book that is less than 200 pages and yet is so powerful, is so moving, that you forget how to breathe.

I'm not going to tell you what this book is about because I think you can tell enough from the description, heck just from the title, and I won't tell you that you're going to love this book because I don't know if you can. But I will tell you that as sad as it, as moving as it, as heart wrenching and breaking at it is, you will not regret reading it. I know I didn't.

Would I Recommend This? Yes.
Who To? Everyone.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yup.


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The Night Of Writing Dangerously!
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sunday Post #3 Horses!

Song Of The Moment - Lying From You by Linkin Park
The Sunday Post
Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

This is a meme where every Sunday you can share what's been going this week in your life and on your blog! It's also good for bragging about all your new lovely books!


Real Life
I've been busy house sitting/dog sitting this week, not to mention editing and revising FriendZone which I will be submitting on Swoonreads Monday! Scary! I read two books; I'll Give You The Sun(which I loved!) and Two Breaths Too Late(which I am still recovering from). So I'm slowly making my way out of my reading slump!
Also I feel even further behind on commenting back but I will catch up next week!
I also restarted Percy Jackson(at book 1) because I'm going to reread the whole series before Blood Of Olympus,....because I have to!


Here's a picture of wild mustangs(I think they're mustangs) for you!
The place I'm house sitting at is closer to the mountains than my house and the horses can be found just walking down the street quite frequently.

New Books
I only got one book, but oh my jeez I am so excited for it!

From Netgalley!
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This Week On The Blog

Saturday: I talked about How Long Is Too Long? When it comes to book series.

Coming Soon(on the blog next week!)
 I have few reviews lined up, Two Breaths Too Late(plus author interview!) and Eleanor & Park besides that and the memes I've got no idea! I have officially run out of scheduled posts...soooo yeah. I will probably post something when I upload my book to Swoonreads(? Maybe?) and my monthly wrap up/update. =) Oh and my giveaway winners will be announced! There's still a few days left to enter!

How was your week!? Anything interesting happen?



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Let's Talk: Authors Who Carry Their Series On Too Long(A Post About Maximum Ride)

You know the authors I'm talking about, the ones who say their series is over and then a year or two latter it's back! Most people would automatically think Cassandra Clare. A lot of people think that she has carried Mortal Instruments on too long with the prequels and the sequels and the other ones. See the thing is, as with most things, everyone has a different opinion and a lot of people are hypocrites. Myself included.


I originally stopped reading Mortal Instruments for two reasons; 1. I didn't like the prequels because I hate books set in the past. 2. Because I thought it was stupid that she was continuing the first series, everything had been all wrapped up nicely and I didn't think there was any reason why they should continue.
 However, when Rick Riordan announced Heroes Of Olympus (the companion series to Percy Jackson) I was nothing but ecstatic. Which made me rethink things. Cassandra Clare has this epic world she's built(but not so epic characters) why should she have to abandon it because one story line is finished? I've recently sorta gotten back into the world of Shadow Hunters and am pretty excited for the new series.

See what I mean? I'm I hypocrite! Having said that in certain cases I think an author needs to know when to let it go. This post was inspired by the fact that I just recently learned that James Patterson is releasing a new Maximum Ride book, this will be the 9th in the series.... The 8th was called Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure... The end. This author(in my opinion) ruined this series and needs to let it die. Now, I really don't want to diss this author. I loved the first Maximum Ride books, I loved the first Witch and Wizard trilogy, my mom used to love his Alex Cross books, he is a very popular, obviously very talented author. But I think he needs to let this go.


I think in certain cases you can revive a series when you have something to work with. It was just announced that one of my favorite authors Cinda Williams Chima is writing a second four book series set years after her Seven Realms series and I'm super excited. She also returned to write two books to her Heir Chronicles trilogy which I loved the first of the new ones and no doubt will love this last one too. So the question is, what does a series need to have to be able to be revived?

  • Open ending. - Not necessarily a completely open ending, Mortal Instruments, Percy Jackson, Seven Realms, all these had nice completely tied together endings to their first sets. BUT at the same time there was wiggle room, there were small things left unsaid that most readers wouldn't have noticed without the continuation, but that left enough room for the authors to build on a second series.
  • A Majorly Awesome World - The one thing that all three series I've mentioned have in common is these massive worlds where obviously more is going on than what we've already seen. Maximum Ride? Not so much.
  • A Reason To Continue/Another Story To Tell - This is the most important. Now I obviously haven't read the continuation to Seven Realms yet, but with Percy Jackson, with Mortal Instruments, with the Heir Chronicles, there were more stories to be told. Whether it be prequels or sequels there was more villains to be fought, more action to be had, more swoons to be felt. There was more. I don't feel like their is any more to be said for Maximum Ride or anymore I want to hear(but again this is just my opinion).
So...basically I wanted to rant about there being another Maximum Ride book without it coming off as a rant! Did I succeed?

What are your feelings about an author continuing a story once it's already been finished once? Any thoughts on the new Maximum Ride? Any of you who think Mortal Instruments is dead? Any excitement for the new Seven Realms Books? Let's discus!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Feature/Follow Friday #3 - Characters That Need Twitter Accounts

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

This is a meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee, it's a great why to find new blogs and get new followers! So make sure to check out their blogs and this weeks Featured Bloggers!


This Weeks Question:
Book character(s) you'd like to see with their own Twitter page - Suggested by A Great Read
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What about you!? What Character Do You Wish You Could Follow On Twitter?






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Fangirls Spotlight: ARC Review: Get Happy by Mary Amato

This book is part of this months Fangirls Spotlight! Check out the rest of my Spotlight posts here! And enter the giveaway below!

Back in March I did a pre-review of this book - here - and now it is finally time for the full review!

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Get Happy
by Mary Amato
Release date: Oct. 28th
How I got it - Review copy from Netgalley
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link
Description -

In this poignant, realistic, contemporary YA by a state master list star, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman, a young songwriter builds a substitute family with her friends in place of the broken family she grew up with.

A hip high school girl who loves music, writes songs, and is desperate for a ukelele, learns to her shock that her father did not abandon her years ago and has been trying to keep in touch. She begins to investigate him, only to discover that he has a new life with a new family, including the perfect stepdaughter, a girl who Minerva despises.

I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley to review honestly

My Rating: 5 stars - I really loved it!

Review:
So when I first heard this book was coming out I definitely had very high expectations, I loved Guitar Notes so very much and I was expecting this to be just as good if not better. Having said that...this book is everything I wanted it to be and a little more. This book is a fun easy read that is absolutely amazingly awesome. I loved everything about it and can't seem form coherent thoughts to put into sentences for this review but I will try.
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This book is about a girl named Minerva and her journey to, basically, understand what family means. She's grown up believing that her dad abandoned her and her mom when she was only two years old, never payed child support, and never tried to contact her, basically forgot all about her. She thinks she is perfectly content with this, she pretends that her dad is some kind of drug selling, addict criminal and she's fine with that. Until her 16th birthday when a package arrives from her dad opening all the old wounds. She tries to hate him and ignore it all focusing on her friends and her new job until it all comes to a head. This book is about friendship and family, ukuleles and the power of music.

Let's Talk:

Characters -
  One thing I love about this author is she creates some of the funnest most lovably quirky characters I have ever read, Tripp(from Guitar Notes), remains my favorite but all of the characters in this book come really close.

  Minerva is awesome. She obviously has some issues and sometimes she's a little selfish but not so much that you hate her because it's only once in a while not constantly. She's funny and weird and I loved her so much. Of course, I loved her songs that are interspersed throughout the book, it's probably my favorite part, but more than that I loved  her relationship with Fin.

Fin is her best friend and possibly my favorite character, while he is the one that doesn't care what people think of him and is outgoing and all he's still so unique. I loved their friendship and that it never became something more because it was perfect the way it was. They make up songs together, and sing random things, they share a locker and do things like spray tanning that gives them pumpkin faces, or buy an exercise tape and detox foot patches that give them hives. In my mind these things perfectly summarize their friendship and this was my favorite aspect of the book(besides the music).
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 Hayes - Fin and Minerva kind of adopt him into their group when they all get jobs at Get Happy(where they dress up in costumes and host kids birthday parties). Of course, a relationship blooms between Hayes and Min eventually but it's slow and sweet, so very sweet. Hayes has this list of ten things he wants to do before his birthday, like new years resolutions, and Minerva decides to help with this and that also makes for some of my favorite parts.

   Other characters - Minervas'  mom was okay, not very likable, but she wasn't supposed to be, and she played her part perfect. I really liked the character of Minerva's aunt Joan though I wish she had been in it a little bit more. I also felt that Cassie's character could have played a bigger part, but these are just small things that don't really effect my overall feeling of this book which is obsessive love.

The Writing - The writing is great, but the songs are the best part(in my humble opinion).

The overall story - While this book was fun and adorable, full of quirky characters and lots of snark, it's also about finding yourself and figuring out who you are. Minerva is afraid that she has bad genes, and she definitely has her share of problems, and I loved this deeper side of this character and this book just as much as the parts that had me laughing out loud.

Overall - I loved this book so bad. It's great and awesome and if you want something that is great and awesome and fun and a fast read, pick this up! Because even though it's a fast easy read the story is still great and you will not be disappointed because it's...awesome. The only thing I didn't like about this book is the fact that it ended. And that I can't think of a word besides awesome to describe it. =)


Would I Recommend This? Yes! Especially if you read and loved Guitar Notes. Also, if you're a fan of Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes. Or if you love contemporary books and music. So, basically just read this book, you must.
Who To? Well I would like to force every stranger on the street to read it.... but if you want specifics any fan of fun YA contemporary and anyone who loves a musical theme in a book.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? duh.

More Of This Months Fangirls Spotlight:
My Review of Guitar Notes by Mary Amato

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review: I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Song Of The Moment- Waiting For The End by Linkin Park

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by Jandy Nelson 
Release date: Sep. 16th
How I got it - bought it
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads / Amazon
Description -
A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell 

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

My Rating: 5 Stars (for all the feels!)



It hits you right in the feels!

Review: 
So this is one of those books were you are either going to love the writing style or you are going to hate it, and that will decide your overall feelings for the whole book. I don't know how to describe the writing style in this book, but I will try.  It's the craziest, most descriptive, most beautifully unique, weirdest(in a good way) writing I have ever read. It's full of metaphors, some which make more sense than others, and to me it seemed almost magical, ethereal. But it works so well in this book that it never once seemed misplaced or annoyed me, rather it left me hungering for more from this author.

This book is heart breaking, it's full of those pulling on your heart strings moments, it's beautiful and magical and so many other things that I don't know how to explain. The book follows twins, Noah and Jude, it starts with Noah at age 13 then the next chapter is Jude at age 16, and it bounces back and forth, revealing all these small things that tie it together and slowly puts together the puzzle of what happened to them, of how they went from inseparable to barely talking. And it's just done so well. At parts I hated Jude and at parts I hated Noah but mostly I just felt so much for them. Heartbreak when they were fighting, anger when one of them would something to sabotage the other, and all I wanted was for them to find their way back to each other. This book is so unique in that it's all about this sibling bond, there are other things sure; everything that's going on with the rest of their family, romantic relationships, art. But in the end it all leads back to Noah and Jude.

How to describe Noah and Jude's relationship? They divide the world between them, they lay next to each other and synchronize their breathing. They're jealous of each other, they hurt each other, they love each other, they hate each other, but in the end they just need each other. I can't express my love of these two characters, they're flawed and down right hateful sometimes but you can't help but love them and root for them, when it comes to their romantic endeavors, and mostly when it comes to each other.

There are so many great side characters too, Guillermo and Oscar(swoon), Noah and Jude's parents, Brian. I loved Jude's "bible" and Noah's paintings and I loved the parrot who couldn't stop looking for Ralph.  Both Noah and Jude are so odd and I loved it. The overall story is heartbreakingly beautiful and I loved all the art aspects and reading the descriptions or their art. And I'm going to stop reviewing this now because I feel like I keep repeating myself!

Overall- This book is, to me,  everything it promised to be. I absolutely loved and adored it, I believe my status update around the half way point on Goodreads was, I just want to drown myself in this book....is that weird? and I still feel that way. This book, the writing, it's colorful. Not as in bad language but as in when I think of this book I think bright flashing colors. So....read it!

Would I Recommend This? Yes, a million times yes.
To Whom? All the people! (Oddly I want to say fans of Eleanor and Park, or Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe)
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Definitely(I'm working on hunting down The Sky Is Everywhere)


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #31 Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR!

Song Of The Moment - Remember The Name by Fort Minor
Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

 Topic - "Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list"

Thoughts - So I went back through my Summer TBR and I actually read 5 books off that list...which I think is pretty good, I mean it's fifty percent! This list is going to be a combination of books I already own that I want to get around to reading and books that are coming out this fall.

Picks -
Books I've Had Forever(ish):
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New Releases:
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Because I'm A Bad Netgalley User:

I Hunt Killers, Game ,Blood Of My Blood
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So I got all these on Netgalley before the third came out...and I suck so I haven't read them yet.
Bad Netgalley user, bad!


So what books are on your Fall TBR? Leave me links to your TTT posts down below!


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Fangirls Spotlight: Get Happy by Mary Amato: A Video Reveal...

So do you remember when I promised you awesome secret posts? And then a couple weeks ago I shared my Interview with Mary Amato? Well here's the other secret post and it's even more exciting!

It's A Video Reveal!


Guys I am so excited to share this with you! Mary Amato(author of Guitar Notes and the upcoming Get Happy) who is also this month's Fangirls Spotlight was kind enough to offer me the chance to reveal a video of one of the songs from Get Happy! I'm not scared to admit that I think this is the coolest thing I have ever had on the blog!


About The Video Reveal

As you may know from my spotlight, Mary Amato (author of Guitar Notes) has a new YA coming out on October 28 about a 16-year-old singer-songwriter called Get Happy. The story chronicles Minerva's painful journey to decide whether or not to reconnect with a father who left her when she was young. Amato is also a songwriter, so she wrote six songs that appear in the book for readers to enjoy. This time, she teamed up with young performing artist Jamey Geston ( http://www.jameygestonmusic.com/ ) who is recording videos of the six songs in preparation for the book's release. Jamey will turn sixteen in October!

Here's the video reveal of the latest Get Happy song that Jamey just recorded. This song is called Secrets.


Secrets is the fourth song from Mary Amato's novel Get Happy. In this video, 15-year-old Jamey Geston is performing the song. You can find out more about Jamey on her website: jameygestonmusic.com. Words and music for Secrets are by Mary Amato. The book will be out on October 28th and will have six songs in all. Amato will put up lyrics, chords, and how-to-play videos on the thrumsociety.com website after the book comes out. 

The Luna ukulele that Geston is playing in this video will be offered as a giveaway through Amato's site. Stay tuned for the book, the music, and more at Amato's site: www.thrumsociety.com and/or through twitter.

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Make sure to check back all month for more of this months Fangirls Spotlight!
Click Here to see my "pre-review" of Get Happy!
Here to see my review of Guitar Notes!
And here for my interview with author Mary Amato!

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Forsaken by Kristen Day Release Day Blitz!


Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her

Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendants of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendants will forever depend upon it.

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About Kristen Day

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I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I’ve been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses – swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn’t pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?). 

When I’m not writing I’m making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.





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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sunday Post #2 Linkin Park Concert!

Song Of The Moment - Numb by Linkin Park
The Sunday Post
Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

This is a meme where every Sunday you can share what's been going this week in your life and on your blog! It's also good for bragging about all your new lovely books!


Real Life
This week was fairly chaotic, I finished the first draft of my newest WIP(work in progress) and started revising because I am hoping to finish it in time to submit it to Swoon Reads...so that's been fun! And then Friday my brothers and I drove down to California to see Linkin Park(and 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI)! Obviously that was the highlight of my week, we drove down early Friday morning, went to the concert, stayed the night and then came home late Saturday. Basically, it was epic, here are some pics!


the view of the stage from our seats



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mosh pit with 30 Seconds To Mars flags


I also read a whole book! It was a re-read! I'm still trying to dig myself out of my reading slump...

New Books
I got a couple books this week both of which I am seriously excited to finally read!

Bought:
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I have been dying to read this and will hopefully be starting it really really soon!

Netgalley:
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So I started this and it's...meh. I don't like it but I want to give it a bit longer(I've only read 15%) before deciding whether or not to DNF it.

For Review:
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So I love this author and am so excited for this book, even though it's extremely heart breaking(I've read about 50 pages so far ), it's already had me on the edge of tears but I know it's going to be worth it in the end. I stalked this authors facebook page and she was kind enough to send me an ARC!

Something Else:

So it's not a book but it's Turkish Delight! From Narnia!
We found this at a "fruit stand" that was really a store in California(I have no idea where in California we were when we found it) I was so excited that I bought a box. =)

This Week On The Blog
Monday: How An Indie Author Wronged Me(over dramatic title and all!)
Saturday: Nothing! Sorry...I was going to post my concert post, but I wasn't home early enough to do it!

Coming Soon(on the blog next week!)
    Monday will bring my most awesome post yet(in my opinion), it's a reveal for one of my favorite books and the only other thing I will say is its part of this months Fangirls Spotlight. Then we will have the memes(Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting On Wednesday, and Feature Follow Friday), my ARC review of Get Happy by Mary Amato and a post full of more pictures from the Linkin Park concert!


How was your week!? Anything interesting happen?



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Friday, September 19, 2014

How To: Dye Your Hair An Unnaturally Bright Color

So In my experience quite a few nerds(both bookish and otherwise) love to dye their hair bright colors. I've been to Comic-Con twice and both times there were hundreds of people with awesome bright colored hair. Now I've been dying my hair since I was fourteen(so around 4 years) when I first started putting in bright colors I went to a salon and had it done, so that is where I learned how to do it. Last week I dyed my natural brown hair(which was part purple, part red, part another 10 colors as it has been awhile since I last dyed it) black before bleaching my bangs and one thick streak which I then dyed orange(because Halloween). SO I thought I would share some of my tips on dying your hair bright colors!
Unfortunately, I don't have many pictures because I hate taking pictures of myself. =)

Basically, you want to dye your hair because you're a badass.

And I'm going to teach how to dye your hair like a boss.

Colors I have dyed my hair(in order) -
- Blue(streaks)
- Blue (streaks, again)
- Purple(streaks)
- Green(streaks)
- Red (streaks)
- Red and gold(blond) (streaks)
- Pink and blue (whole top layer and bangs)
-Red and black (all black top layer red)
-Purple, blue and black(top layer black, middle purple, bottom blue) -this one lasted about a year, I kept redoing the same colors
-Plain black
-Dark red
-Black and Orange- Now

So the first question I want to address is the whole, dying is bad for your hair. Well I've been dying my hair for like four years now, usually every three months, and it's still perfectly healthy. Sometimes right after dyeing it will be dried out but that only lasts about a week and then it's fine! Now this is just my personal experience and I definitely wouldn't recommend dyeing it more often than every three or four months.


1. First I recommend Splat brand dye because with my medium brown, super thick hair it is the only thing that has ever worked and it lasts months and fades nicely. As you can see from my list of hair colors I haven't dyed my hair purple since...I want to say November and still both times my black and red faded the purple started to show through again, which is crazy.


2. Bleach! I also recommend that unless you have blond hair or extremely light brown hair you bleach, because if you don't it wont be nearly as bright in color and may not take at all.
  1. Now for bleach just be careful and smart, read through the directions, don't let it touch too much skin and keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn your hair. I use the bleach that comes with the splat dye and have never been burned on skin or hair.
  2. Also, if you are only doing streaks or highlights use foil to separate it! It's a pain in the a$$  but it's important. You can buy salon foil on amazon, then you use a comb, fold the edge of the foil over the comb and use it as a handle and to help you with folding the foil around the hair. It's not going to look pretty with all the foil in your hair, but it's important.
  3. Now with bleach it really depends on how dark your hair is for how long you need to leave it in. Most recommend that you don't leave it in for more than an hour, so for instance with my multicolored black hair I had to it twice, leaving it in the first time for an hour, rinsing it out and then a second time for about thirty minutes.
  4. Again  remember that you want it really light if you're going through all the trouble of bleaching because the lighter it is the brighter the color.
 3. Now for the coloring of the hair -
  1. Wash your hair before hand with only shampoo and blow dry with nothing beyond your heat protectant. This leaves your hair dry and makes it easier for the dye to take.
  2. Do not skimp on the dye, use the whole bottle and apply a lot to every piece of hair! Also run a comb through it to make sure it gets on every strand.
  3. Again use foil if you are only doing chunks of your hair.
  4. Let is sit for a good 2 hours, it will look better and last longer the longer you leave the dye in.
  5. rinse and rejoice.
Random tidbits -
  • Use color safe shampoo and conditioner! If you don't it will fade really fast.
  • Hot water also makes the dye fade faster.

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The final result!
So that's it! See it's easy...ish?

Have you ever dyed your hair? Do you have any tips?
Or do you just really really want to dye your hair but you're too afraid? I want to know!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

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2294528Howl's Moving Castle
by Diana Wynne Jones
Release date:
How I got it - bought it!
Genre:???Middle Grade Fantasy?
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Description -

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.


My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Review: Three words to describe this book; Whimsical, hilarious, magical.

I really really loved this book, it was magical and funny and adorable and it had such an oddly cute romance, I just feel like gushing about it on and on but I will attempt to hold myself back.

So this book follows Sophie, the oldest of three sisters which means she's the unlucky one, the least fortunate. One day will working in her hat shop Sophie is cursed by the Witch Of The Waste and turned into an old lady...yeah. She makes her way to Howls Moving Castle, the castle of the evil wizard Howl, where she convinces the wizard(sorta) to let her live there and become the cleaning lady, this is the start of a hilarious story full of magic and mayhem.

Likes -

Sophie - I just loved Sophie. This author did such an excellent job of at points making you forget that Sophie is actually a young girl(18 or so I think?) and then making it all too apparent and I loved every moment of Sophie's journey. At first I didn't think I would like a book where the main character is an old lady, but I was wrong.

Howl- Oh jeez, Howl is just the best. he's crazy and moody and hilarious and I think I have a big crush on him.


The Magic - This book is just so magical and wonderful and...jeez(okay stop now before there is even more gushing).

Dislikes - I only really have one small problem with this book and that's that some things aren't really explained...at all. But this is a small problem that didn't really make the book any less enjoyable.

Overall - I kinda loved this book. It's outrageous and like nothing I''ve ever read and I love it...now to track down the movie!

Would I Recommend This? Yes!
Who To? Anyone looking for an enjoyable quick read?
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Probably.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #26 The Start Of Me and You by Emery Lord

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SO I've been doing these posts sporadically the last few weeks but from now I am going to do WOW's at least ever other week! Probably!

22429350The Start Of You and Me
by  Emery Lord
Expected Pub. Date - March 31st 2015
Description(from Goodreads) -
Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for a year, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?


Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

Why I Can't Wait - So it doesn't come out until next year, I haven't read this authors first book(Open Road Summer) though I really want to, so why did I pick this book? Because it sounds like everything I want in a contemporary and I did this post at the last minute and this was the first book I could find on my Goodreads! But mostly because it sounds completely awesome... =)

What are you waiting for this Wednesday? 


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