31 Aug 2018

August favourites

Books
  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
I’ve been a huge fan of Colleen Hoover since I read Hopeless but I didn’t really expect to love All Your Perfects as much as I do. But the more I read, the more I loved the story and the characters. And I have to admit, I couldn’t stop crying at the end of the book! Colleen, you did it again!
  • Empress Unveiled by Jenna Morland 
I kindly received an ARC copy of Empress Unveiled from Oftomes Publishing and I’m so happy I got to read it in advance because it’s such an amazing book about different kinds of supernatural creatures and swoon worthy love triangle! 
  • What The Flower Says of Death by Danielle Koste
What The Flower Says of Death was another ARC copy that I read and loved this month. It was such a beautiful and sad story about anxiety, depression and suicide. I highly recommend reading this book because I fell in love with the story and the characters and I just couldn’t stop reading! Keep an eye out for my review that will be up September 9!
  • Claiming Amber (A Broken Heart #2) and All of Me (All of Me #1) by Vi Carter
Vi Carter was kind enough to send me beta copies of Claiming Amber and All of Me, and wow, but books were so amazing! I really loved Saving Grace by Vi Carter, which is the first book in the A Broken Heart series and Claiming Amber was definitely an amazing sequel! All of Me is the first book in the All of Me series, and is yet again an amazing book written by Vi Carter!

  • Until We’re More by Cindi Madsen
Cindi Madsen has become one of my favourite New Adult authors because her books are just so amazing! I recently read Counterfeit Boyfriend, which was an amazing NA book and now I read Until We’re More and it’s another amazing NA book written by Cindi Madsen. She’s definitely killing it with her New Adult books and I cannot wait to read more NA books written by her!
Food & Drinks
  • Tastea Pina Colada Tea Blend
My aunt bought the Tastea Pina Colada Tea Blend but she didn’t really like it. She gave it to me because she knows how much I love tea and I love this one! I’m a huge fan of coconut so it was kinda obvious that I was going to love this tea too! Make sure to check out Tastea’s website and if you order something, you can always use my 10% discount ‘shirley’.

Make-up
  •  Nyx Matte Liquid Liner and the Nyx Strictly Vinyl Eyeliner in Dauntless
I love trying new Nyx products because they hardly disappoint me so I bought the Matte Liquid Liner and the Strictly Vinyl Liquid Eyeliner and I’m in love! They both have a matt finish and an easy applicator. I love using these liquid liners and I’m definitely going to buy more colours of the Strictly Vinyl Eyeliners!
  • Catrice Prime and Fine Poreless Blur Primer
I really like the Catrice Prime and Fine Pore Refining And Anti-Shine Base Primer and that’s why I wanted to try another primer by Catrice. I fell in love with the packaging because it’s such a cute colour and the product itself is amazing too! The formula is really special and it’s vegan!

Movies
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
I’ve always been a huge fan of the trilogy written by Jenny Han and I was so excited when I heard that there was going to be a book to movie adaptation! I was kinda scared that they were going to mess up because so many book to movie adaptations are horrible, but I think that they did an amazing job. I even watched the movie twice so far and I’m definitely going to see it again!

Other
  • Reggae Geel Festival
My boyfriend really likes listening to dub, so he and his friends were going to a festival and he wanted me to come with him so I did. I really enjoyed the festival, the food was amazing and I actually really like dub!
  • Antwerp Pride Parade
Something I also wanted to mention in my favourites, was the Antwerp Pride Parade. The Antwerp Pride Parade was my first ever Pride Parade and it was amazing! I enjoyed looking at all the people who support the LGBT+ community and I couldn’t stop smiling!

What did you really like this month?

30 Aug 2018

Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil | Review

Title: Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil
Series: Flynn Nightsider #1
Author: Mary Fan
Pages: 384 pages
Version: Paperback (ARC)
Publisher: Crazy 8 Press
Rating: ★★★★
*3.5/5*

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Mary Fan!

Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil tells Flynn, someone born without magic in a world full of it. The government thinks that people without magic aren’t worth much and those with are important. The Rising, a group of rebels, wants to change the government and so Flynn decides to help them. During his stay with the Rising, Flynn learns a lot about himself and his dead mother.

Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil was a bit of a slow read, so it was a bit hard to get through the book and get into the story. It took me a little while to read Flynn Nightsider, almost two weeks! Besides it being slow, I also want to say that I love multiple perspectives if it’s clearly stated whose perspective it is.  It’s not that it wasn’t clear, but I think that it’s always easier when you can tell whose perspective it is before you start reading the chapter.

Now onto positive things! I really liked the concept of this story. A world with people who can practise magic and those who cannot, with special creatures and a group of rebels. Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil was really interesting and the characters were really likeable! I enjoyed reading from Aurelia’s perspective because she’s such a badass!

Something I also really liked, were the illustrations and dark pages. It gave the book something extra and I have to admit, I love those extras! Here are two pictures of how the inside of the book looks:


So besides the book being a bit slow, I really enjoyed reading Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil and I cannot wait to read the sequel and the prequels!

29 Aug 2018

Wayward Stars | Cover reveal

It's cover reveal day for Wayward Stars (Starswept, #2) by Mary Fan! This sweeping sequel to the award-winning YA sci-fi novel Starswept will be released on February 26, 2019 by Snowy Wings Publishing. The cover features photography by Roberto Falck, with graphic design by Streetlight Graphics.



Title: Wayward Stars (Starswept, #2)
Author: Mary Fan
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
Cover Art: Roberto Falck (photography), Streetlight Graphics (design)

[Warning: Since Wayward Stars is a sequel, the book’s description may spoil some plot points for the first book in the series, Starswept.]

DESCRIPTION

Sing your truth. Defend your dream. Defy your stars.

A month has passed since Iris joined an underground rebel group to save Dámiul from the brutal prison he was sent to for fighting back against his world’s oppressive system. Here, conformity and compliance are enforced through telepathy, and Earthling performers are brainwashed into absolute obedience.

Word of a merciless crackdown on those who sympathize with their cause leaves both Iris and Dámiul yearning for action. Determined to liberate her kind, Iris volunteers to return to her former patrons and covertly recruit supporters.

A raid on their hideout catapults her plan into action sooner than expected and forces her to leave Dámiul behind. After persuading the authorities that she’d been telepathically manipulated into helping him, Iris assumes the role of a dutiful musician while secretly spreading whispers of a possible uprising among her fellow performers. But the authorities always seem to be one step ahead, and anyone who defies them is swiftly mind-wiped.

Soon, Iris is forced to confront a horrifying fact: there’s a traitor among them. Desperately clinging to her cover, she races to find out who before her true loyalties are discovered—and the search leads her to an unthinkable answer.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Mary Fan is a YA and sci-fi/fantasy author based in New Jersey. Her books include the Jane Colt trilogy (a space adventure series from Red Adept Publishing comprising Artificial AbsolutesSynthetic Illusions, and Virtual Shadows), Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil (YA dark fantasy, Crazy 8 Press), and the Starswept series (YA sci-fi, Snowy Wings Publishing, currently comprising Starswept and Wayward Stars). Her YA steampunk fantasy Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon will be released in June 2019 by Page Street Publishing. In addition, she is the co-editor of the Brave New Girls YA sci-fi anthologies about girls in STEM, which aim to encourage girls to explore STEM fields and raise money for the Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund.

Website: www.maryfan.com
Twitter: @astralcolt
Instagram: @astralcolt

28 Aug 2018

Coming Home | Review

Title: Coming Home
Series: Friends & Lovers Series #2
Author: P.E. Kavanagh
Pages: 213 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Bold Soul Books
Rating: ★★★

Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Bold Soul Books and Netgalley!

Coming Home is the second book in the Friends & Lovers Series but can be read as a standalone. Coming Home tells the story of Ramona and Lucas. They’ve been best friends since they were young, but have been apart for a really long time. After several years Ramona visits Lucas and since that day everything changes for Ramona.

Coming Home was a nice read. I really liked the story in general, the idea of being best friends and then finally seeing each other again after you’ve been apart for such a long time is really something for me. The story was really good but there were some parts that weren’t that interesting or that necessary which made me give this book a three-star rating.

Coming Home was an easy and fast paced read and P.E. Kavanagh had an enjoyable writing style. I’d like to read the other books in the Friends & Lovers Series to see if perhaps the other books are somewhat better than Coming Home!

27 Aug 2018

Top 5 favourite YA books (Guest post written by Karis)

Shirley asked me to pick my top 5 favourite YA books so here are my all-time favourites!

5. Night Owls by Jenn Bennett 
Goodreads: Meeting Jack on the Owl – San Francisco’s night bus – turns Beatrix’s world upside down. Jack is charming, wildly attractive … and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. But Jack is hiding a piece of himself. On midnight rides and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who this enigmatic boy really is.
Opinions: I loved, loved, loved the chemistry between the two main characters, Jack and Bex. I really enjoyed learning about both their lives, and I was equally invested in both characters, they were perfect for each other. The book covered a great deal in such a short book (under 300 pages) as both Bex and Jack had complicated pasts. I would really recommend this to anyone looking for a YA romance and more!

4. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James 
Goodreads: Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J. Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love. But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean? Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone…
Opinions: I have never read a book like this before. The concept and idea were so original it blew me away. I love space and the sci-fi element of this book was amazing, it wasn’t too science heavy, it was still an easy, beautiful read. Lauren James built tension in the most incredible way, I read the book in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. I think about this book on a regular basis for its sheer excellent storytelling and realistic characters.

3. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord 
Goodreads: Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her long time summer church camp job. Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. As a counsellor, Lucy is in over her head and longs to be with her parents across the lake. But that’s before she gets to know her co-workers, who are as loving and unafraid as she so desperately wants to be. It’s not just new friends that Lucy discovers at camp – more than one old secret is revealed along the way. In fact, maybe there’s much more to her family and her faith than Lucy ever realized.
Opinions: I need to start by saying, I love anything set in a summer camp; they are one of my favourite settings for a book to take place. Firstly, I loved how faith was represented in this book, it’s rare that I come across a book which deals with religion as such a heavy topic, yet does it so subtly. The friendship is this book was beautiful and so diverse, and the romance was handled beautifully. I would recommend this YA contemporary to everyone, it’s incredible.

2. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard 
Goodreads: Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say. Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen. Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder. Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.
Opinions: First of all I need to say how accurate and honest the social anxiety representation was in this book. It was explored in a sensitive yet real way, which can be triggering. One of my favourite aspects of this book was the fact that the relationship was not used to ‘fix’ Steffi, her mental health getting better was not because of Rhys. I just loved the way they grew as a couple; seeing them communicate with no words was incredible.

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
Goodreads: Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan… But for Cath, being a fan is her life – and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Opinions: This is my favourite YA book I have ever read, if you haven’t read it, why not? It is perfect in every aspect. I love books based on twins and it was so lovely to see twins represented as two different individuals with different personalities and interests. I loved the sister relationship representation, it was so gorgeous to read. Cath and Levi’s relationship will forever be my favourite, it was so beautiful and real. And finally, Cath, oh my, what a relatable character. I really felt as if I was reading a book about me, and it felt pretty crazy! I urge you to pick this book up if you’re heading to university, it shows a real insight into how your life changes (both good and bad!)

Have you read any of these books?



Karis

24 Aug 2018

Summer Fair | Blog tour

Summer Fair AnthologyThere's a new queer romance anthology out that benefits RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) - Summer Fair.

Summer festivals bring the aroma of popcorn, the excitement of rides, and the promise of real-life enchantment. Seven authors bring you original love stories, each set at a different summer celebration. You’ll experience the thrill of the Chicago World’s fair through the eyes of a plucky girl reporter and the quiet desperation of a teen working a summer job at a traveling carnival. Get whisked away on romantic journeys around the world from a sweet Texas Dewberry Festival to a lantern-filled temple celebration to a surprisingly rowdy New England Founders Day. Whether it’s the magic of a Renaissance Fair, the excitement of a Theater Retreat, or the pulse of a Music Festival, you’re sure to get geared up for all things summer with this delightful new collection.

Note: Most stories are fantasy, but this anthology also includes historical, paranormal and contemporary works.

Including:
  • Riding the Wave by Annabeth Leong
  • Amaryllis and New Lace by Gregory L. Norris
  • Salty and Sweet by R.L. Merrill
  • Dewberry Kisses by C.M. Peters
  • All the World by Marie Piper
  • Carnie by Sienna Saint-Cyr
  • The Storyteller's Side by Harley Easton
  • With Stars in His Eyes by Arden de Winter
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Excerpt

From All the World by Marie Piper

She decided to do something bold. “Come up in the wheel with me.”
“I’ve been up in the wheel,” but Cathleen didn’t say no. “You don’t have to buy me a ticket.”
“But I want to,” Anna said. “I want to go up there with you. The line is long. It may be the last thing I get to do today, and though I’m terrified I can’t pass up the chance to do something that is once-in-a-lifetime.”
“No, I imagine you can’t.” Wiping her face, Cathleen finished her hot dog. Anna did the same, and they returned their glasses to the Pabst booth and then got into the long line for the wheel. Children bounced in line, excited to go up but bored with waiting. Men smoked and sent the wafts of smoke across all the people in line, and more than one person looked nervous about going into the sky in the steel contraption.
Anna and Cathleen bought tickets and, by virtue of space, were shoved together as they shuffled slowly to the front.
“Mercy, but it’s high.” Anna felt as if she might be sick.
“You don’t have to do it, you know.”
“But I’ve already bought a ticket.”
“Someone’d pay you for it.”
“But I’ve come all this way and I’m here standing underneath it. Besides, what’ll I do if I don’t—go look at the Fisheries?”
She felt a warm hand take hers and nearly fainted. Cathleen had taken her hand. “Don’t be afraid. It’s fun. It really is.”
“Thank you.”
“And if it collapses and we die, at least we’ll die together.”
Anna groaned but did not take her hand away. Hand in hand, they reached the front of the line and waited with a group of thirty others for the next car to come down and to board. Cathleen pulled them to a windowed corner where they could both press against the glass.
Still, they held hands.
And when the car started to move, Anna squeezed hard from nerves without thinking. Cathleen ducked her head in and put her lips to Anna’s. It was brief, just a momentary touch, but then she whispered into Anna’s ear. “Don’t be afraid.”
Anna wasn’t. Cathleen’s lips against hers had taken away all the fear she had felt about the Ferris Wheel, and then some. With Cathleen beside her, their fingers entwined, she rode the car that rose into the air and beheld the entire fair in all directions before her. She saw the Coliseum of the Wild West show, and the balloon in the sky, and all the trains, and all the people, and all the way back to the basin where she’d first entered the fair off the Lake. The sun was just beginning to go down in the sky. Soon, it would be evening, and Anna would need to get on her way—but with the incredible views and the hand of the lovely girl in hers, and Anna’s heart swelled about to bursting. She could have wept at it all, at this perfect day.
The car started to descent.
“We get one more loop,” Cathleen said.
“I wish it was a hundred,” Anna replied, turning to her friend. “I wish we could stay here forever.” It was an honest confession.
Cathleen smiled, but sadly. With the displays below, Anna felt as if she could see all the world ahead of her. And all the world seemed so small and unimportant.


About the Authors
The brain child of Chicago romance author Marie Piper, the StoryPenners is a collection of fiction and romance authors dedicated to producing independent anthologies to support charitable causes. The StoryPenners has members from the Midwest, the West Coast, New England, Canada, England, and Australia.

Original Members: Marie Piper, Harley Easton, CM Peters, S.B. Roark, and Sienna Saint-Cyr

Contributing StoryPenners: Randi Perrin, Annabeth Leong, Gregory L. Norris, R.L. Merrill, Katey Tattrie, R. Diamond, Arden de Winter

Previous Anthologies:
Melt
Haunt

Author Websites:
http://annabethleong.blogspot.com/
https://www.harleyeaston.com/
http://www.rlmerrillauthor.com
http://www.mariepiper.com/contact/
https://siennasaintcyr.wordpress.com/
http://gregorylnorris.blogspot.com/

Review
Summer Fair is an anthology of 8 stories about summer fairs. These fairs are all different festivals with different characters. You get to read different stories with the same concept: a summer fair.

Riding the Wave by Annabeth Leong 4/5

Amaryllis and New Lace by Gregory L. Norris 2.5/5

Salty and Sweet by R.L. Merrill 4/5

Dewberry Kisses by C.M. Peters 4.5/5

All the World by Marie Piper 3/5

Carnie by Sienna Saint-Cyr 4/5

The Storyteller’s Side by Harley Easton 3.5/5

With Stars in His Eyes by Arden de Winter 2/5

TOTAL: 27.5/40 = 3/5

I really liked that Summer Fair’s stories were so different from each other. I recently read another anthology and there every story was somewhat similar or had the same kind of supernatural/scientific creature. Summer Fair was a great anthology, I only disliked 2 stories and that’s why I gave it 3 stars. I really look forward to discovering more books written by these authors!
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Summer Fair | Review

Title: Summer Fair
Authors: Marie Piper, Harley Easton, C.M. Peters, Sienna Saint-Cyr, Annabeth Leong, Gregory L. Norris, R.L. Merrill, Arden de Winter
Pages: 180 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: The StoryPenners
Rating: ★

Review

This book was provided by the author through Other Worlds Ink in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Summer Fair is an anthology of 8 stories about summer fairs. These fairs are all different festivals with different characters. You get to read different stories with the same concept: a summer fair.

Riding the Wave by Annabeth Leong 4/5

Amaryllis and New Lace by Gregory L. Norris 2.5/5

Salty and Sweet by R.L. Merrill 4/5

Dewberry Kisses by C.M. Peters 4.5/5

All the World by Marie Piper 3/5

Carnie by Sienna Saint-Cyr 4/5

The Storyteller’s Side by Harley Easton 3.5/5

With Stars in His Eyes by Arden de Winter 2/5

TOTAL: 27.5/40 = 3/5

I really liked that Summer Fair’s stories were so different from each other. I recently read another anthology and there every story was somewhat similar or had the same kind of supernatural/scientific creature. Summer Fair was a great anthology, I only disliked 2 stories and that’s why I gave it 3 stars. I really look forward to discovering more books written by these authors!

23 Aug 2018

Empress Unveiled | Review

Title: Empress Unveiled
Author: Jenna Morland
Pages: 350 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing
Release date: 4 September 2018
Rating: ★★★★★
*4.5/5*

Review

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Oftomes Publishing!

Empress Unveiled tells the story of Swayzi, a seventeen-year-old girl who’s been sick for almost her entire life. She’s always visited hospitals together with her mum, Tyler and Penelope but everything changes when she meets the mysterious Daylan.

I loved reading Empress Unveiled because I loved the world Jenna Morland’s created. The character, the realms, the supernatural creatures, … The story was just so great that I couldn’t help myself and finished it in one day.

One of my favourite characters is Daylan. He’s so mysterious, he motivates and inspires Swayzi to do so many great things, he has black wings, and even his name is cool. And if you couldn’t tell by now, I’m team Daylan and not team Tyler, but I’m not sure with whom Swayzi will end up.

Empress Unveiled was such a fast paced, well-written fantasy book and I cannot wait to read the sequel!

22 Aug 2018

I Heart Revolution Rose Gold Mini Palette | Tutorial

I recently bought the I Heart Revolution Rose Gold Mini Palette because the colours are so beautiful. You can create so many looks because there are pink shades, purple shades and also a yellow shade. There are 8 shades in this palette, 2 shimmer shades and 6 matte shades. I really love the pigmentation of the I Heart Makeup/I Heart Revolution Chocolate palettes and this Mini Palette has the same pigmentation!

I wanted to create a look with all the eyeshadows, and I managed to do that. I hope you guys love this easy look and will recreate it!

1. Use the light pink shade in the crease as a base for the bolder colours.

2. Use a darker shade to make the crease darker.

3. Use the purplish shade for the crease and the inner and outer part of the lid.

4. Apply some of the shimmer shade in the middle of the lid to make it pop.

5. A make-up look isn’t complete without some eyeshadow on the bottom lash line! I mixed a few shades so I could make a look with the entire palette.

6. I used the lighter shimmer shade as an inner corner highlight.

7. I used a pinkish highlighter to match the eye look.

8. Apply some mascara and lashes, I went for a ‘natural’ pair.

9. And the last step is lipstick, which I forgot to take a picture of, oops! I used my favourite lippie: ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Times Square.

So here’s the finished eye look!


(Also if you compare the full picture with the eye pictures, you can tell that I applied some eyeliner on top of the lashes. I did it so it would be easier to hide the lash band.)

21 Aug 2018

The Pirate's Stowaway Bride | Review

Title: The Pirate’s Stowaway Bride
Author: Anne Stryker
Pages: 49 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Anne Strycker!

The Pirate’s Stowaway Bride tells the story of Adora who has always lived under her mother’s rules and finally snapped. On the day she was going to marry a man twice her age, she decided to run away and hide in a ship. Little did she know that the ship was a pirate’s ship…

The Pirate’s Stowaway Bride is such a fun, short and quick read. This story only has 49 pages, but it’s just such an easy read and perfect to read between big books. I really liked the story because I haven’t read much about pirates, this is only my third book yet about pirates!

I highly recommend reading The Pirate’s Stowaway Bride if you’re looking for a good short story and wants something with a clean romance! I cannot wait to read more books written by Anne Strycker!

20 Aug 2018

Lazy make-up tips (Guest post written by Rebecca Jayne)

Hey guys, I’m Rebecca Jayne, Shirley asked me to submit a guest post so here’s some lazy make-up tips!

We’ve all been there, you want to look good, but you want a lie in, and I respect that. Don’t worry though I’ve got some cute hints and tips to make you look good and stay in bed longer.

My go to lazy make-up includes: 

Foundation – choose one you trust, the quickest way to apply flawless foundation is with a beauty sponge, in my opinion, avoid thicker foundations or foundation sticks if you’re in a rush.

Eyeliner – okay so, apply eyeliner like roughly and quickly, get a face wipe and wipe over your eyeliner, you will be left with this subtle black smoked out liner and it’s so effortless!

Mascara – Because I don’t really do an eyeshadow look if I’m in a rush I tend to opt for a mascara that won’t make my eyelashes clumpy and helps to lift them to make me look more awake, also a neutral shade in your water line will have this effect.

Highlighter – I like this to be the focus of my lazy looks, my Stila heavens hue is quick to apply and has a really pretty glow for natural make-up looks; it also works well as a nice shine for an eyeshadow.

Bronzer – because who wants a flat one tone make-up look?

Lip gloss/balm – not necessary but it’s cute and simple. For a more in a rush but glam look just glam up bronzer, lip styles and in some eyeshadow, choose one shade and fade it form the lid upwards; a nice yet fast look.

Cute yet effortless hairstyles:
  • A go to for me, to add some depth is to sleep with my hair in a twisted bun, take it and add some texturizing spray. The same effect can be found by sleeping with braids except this adds more of a wavy style! 
  • If you know you’re in a rush in the morning, curl your hair the night before and hairspray, this will hold the curls for the next day! 
  • If you have a little more time, maybe 5–10 minutes I know the perfect hairstyle that will trick everyone into thinking you’ve spent hours perfecting your look:
  1. Split your hair horizontally (bottom and top) 
  2. Split the top section of your hair into 3 sections and simply plait these sections. 
  3. Take each plait individually and twist them into a flat circle. 
  4. Pin in place! 
  5. Hairspray! 
I hope these tips come to mind next time you’re in a rush. If you liked this post be sure to follow my socials using my handle @rebeccajblog where you can also find the link to my blog!

RJ xo 

17 Aug 2018

Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart | Review

Title: Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart
Author: Courtney Peppernell
Pages: 224 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley!

Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart is a poetry collection of inspirational and comforting poems for those who are mending their broken heart.

You shouldn’t lose sleep over somebody any more than they should lose sleep over you. Buy you do, we all do.
And we call this love.

Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart is such a beautiful poetry collection. I loved every poem from this collection because they were so relatable and beautifully written. I requested this book on Netgalley because the cover intrigued me and the synopsis sounded promising, but I didn’t expect Pillow Thoughts II to be this good!



The only negative thing I have to say is that the poems had no titles, which made it hard to make a ‘favourite poems’ list. But hey, if all the poems had titles, the list would probably never-ending!

It’s in the moments you want to turn to them and share good or bad news that you realise how much of a hole is in your heart when they aren’t with you. All you want is for the person you love most to be by your side.

I really enjoyed reading this poetry collection, I finished it in one day and I cannot wait to read more poetry books written by Courtney Peppernell!

15 Aug 2018

Surviving Adam Meade | Review

Title: Surviving Adam Meade
Series: Surviving Adam Meade #1
Author: Shannon Klare
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Pages: 256 pages
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Rating: ★★★★★
*4.5/5*

Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Swoon Reads and Xpresso Book Tours!

Surviving Adam Meade tells the story of Claire and Adam. Claire changed schools in her senior year and she just wants to finish high school and go to college. Everything is going well until she meets Adam. Adam is determined to get a football scholarship and always gets what he wants until he meets Claire.

I really liked this story because I think every senior who’s in a relationship can relate to this book. When I was a senior, I was also thinking about studying and missing my boyfriend. I also really like Surviving Adam Meade because it’s such a light read. You can read this whenever you’re feeling down or happy because it’s such a nice distraction but not something that takes too much effort like some of the fantasy books I read.

I really loved Surviving Adam Meade because it was fast paced and well written. I had to keep reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen between Claire and Adam. I think that this book would’ve been even better if it would be New Adult instead of Young Adult. There was so much chemistry between Claire and Adam and a New Adult version would’ve made the book perfect!

Overall I loved reading Surviving Adam Meade and I cannot wait to read Finding Claire Collins!

Surviving Adam Meade | Blog tour


Surviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare
(Surviving Adam Meade, #1)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 14th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Claire Collins has a plan: get into college and leave North Carolina behind. What she doesn’t have is an idea for how to get rid of the local football star and womanizer extraordinaire—Adam Meade, who she can’t even avoid (despite many efforts), because Claire’s dad is the high school football coach.
Seventeen-year-old Adam Meade never fails. He always gets what he wants… until he meets Claire, the new girl who leaves him unnerved, pissed off, and confused. But there’s something about her that he just can’t resist…
With the bite of lemon meringue pie and the sugar of sweet tea, Surviving Adam Meade is a sexy and compelling young adult novel about two strong-willed people who think they know what they want but have no idea what they need.


Author Bio
Shannon Klare is a southern housewife, born and raised in Texas. When she isn’t writing or daydreaming new plots, Shannon is a reality TV fanatic and movie connoisseur. Surviving Adam Meade is her debut novel.

Link to tour schedule: http://xpressobooktours.com/2018/05/31/tour-sign-up-surviving-adam-meade-by-shannon-klare/


Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Swoon Reads and Xpresso Book Tours!

Surviving Adam Meade tells the story of Claire and Adam. Claire changed schools in her senior year and she just wants to finish high school and go to college. Everything is going well until she meets Adam. Adam is determined to get a football scholarship and always gets what he wants until he meets Claire.

I really liked this story because I think every senior who’s in a relationship can relate to this book. When I was a senior, I was also thinking about studying and missing my boyfriend. I also really like Surviving Adam Meade because it’s such a light read. You can read this whenever you’re feeling down or happy because it’s such a nice distraction but not something that takes too much effort like some of the fantasy books I read.

I really loved Surviving Adam Meade because it was fast paced and well written. I had to keep reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen between Claire and Adam. I think that this book would’ve been even better if it would be New Adult instead of Young Adult. There was so much chemistry between Claire and Adam and a New Adult version would’ve made the book perfect!

Overall I loved reading Surviving Adam and I cannot wait to read Finding Claire Collins!



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14 Aug 2018

The Longest Night | Review

Title: The Longest Night
Author: Ranata Suzuki
Pages: 184 pages
Version: Paperback (ARC)
Release date: 24 August 2018
Rating: ★

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Ranata Suzuki!

The Longest Night is a poetry collection about heartbreak and grief. We all experience heartbreak and grief in our lives and that’s what this book is about. The Longest Night is divided into three chapters, and each chapter has a different theme of poems.

When Ranata Suzuki asked me if I was interested in reviewing her book, I was really thrilled. She was my first ever poetry author that reached out to me, so I was really excited to read her book. And to be honest, I just loved it. I couldn’t stop reading The Longest Night, I also finished it in one day. It’s just such a beautiful poetry collection!


My favourite poems:
  • A Parallel Universe
  • Fate
  • A Letter to the Sun From the Dark Side of the Moon
  • The Descent
  • Loves Reason
  • She Wears It Well
  • ‘Tu Me Manques’
  • Tainted Memories
  • The Depths
  • I Loved You
  • Hurt
  • I Wish We Could Pretend
  • Happy You’re Happy
  • Love of a Lifetime
  • Crossing Paths

A lot of these poems were so relatable or just so beautiful! I also really liked the drawings. I love it when it’s not just poetry but some drawings because it makes the book even more beautiful! 
I cannot wait to read more poetry written by Ranata Suzuki because I just know that I’ll love it too!