Fairytale Fashions: Katherine’s Masquerade Outfit

Vampire Diaries Masquerade Inspired Outfits

 
Sometimes an outfit is so memorable that you think about it for years after you first see it. Katherine Pierce’s masquerade look from The Vampire Diaries season 2 is one of them. Everything about this is perfection. The hair, the dress, that mask. I’ve looked up several elements of this ensemble over the years, but for some reason I’ve never posted it on here. What’s up with that?

Well today I am rectifying that situation. For all others who have loved this outfit since 2010, here are a few pieces to help you create a similar look.

 

Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Masquerade

 

 

Have you been thinking about this for years too? The shoes are my favorite part of this collection, but I’m sure that’s not a surprise! I love shoes. It’s kind of a problem, haha! What’s your favorite piece?

 

 

The Vampire Diaries images: Pinterest, FanPop, & Favim.

I’m Leavin’ . . . Feedburner

Some of you may be asking yourselves, “why the hell are you still on Feedburner????” and some of you may be asking “why are you leaving? don’t we all use Feedburner?” The simple answer: it is an unsupported, crappy product.

If you’re an email subscriber, you may notice that you sometimes don’t hear from me for more than a week. It’s not that I’ve disappeared. Feedburner sometimes decides not to send out my posts via email, so you don’t see them. Then it will randomly send out an email with several posts. And I’m not even going to go into the issues I have with its stats reporting, etc. Very finicky, that service.

If you’re a fellow blogger using Feedburner, please don’t. Abandon ship before you lose your subscribers (yes, Feedburner has deleted people on me before) and your emails stop getting sent. If you’re curious about my experience with the transition, how it works, etc. just let me know!

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

For more books I’m looking forward to, check out the Upcoming page

 

Fairy Tales

 

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine (February 2016 – Balzer + Bray)

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.” Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository 

 

Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas (February 2016 – HarperTeen)

“Asleep for a hundred years, awoken by a kiss, Aurora’s life was supposed to be a fairytale. But since discovering that loyalty to the crown and loyalty to her country are two very different things, Aurora knows she can only dream of happily ever after. Once the enchanted princess, savior of her people, she is now branded a traitor.

Aurora is determined to free her home from the king’s tyrannical rule, even if it means traveling across the sea to the kingdom of the handsome and devious Prince Finnegan—someone who seems to know far more about her magic than he should. However, Finnegan’s kingdom has perils of its own, and any help he gives Aurora will come at a price.

As Aurora and Finnegan work together to harness her power—something so fiery and dangerous that is as likely to destroy those close to Aurora as it is to save them—she begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding the curse that was placed on her over a century before…and uncover the truth about the destiny she was always meant to fulfill.

Brimming with captivating fantasy and life-threatening danger, the sequel to A Wicked Thing takes Sleeping Beauty on an adventure unlike any she’s ever had before.” Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

 

Fantasy

 

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch (October 2015 – Balzer + Bray)

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.” Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

 

Paranormal

 

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (January 2016 – Disney Hyperion)

“Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn’t even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.

Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies–the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.

Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light — threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home… forever.” Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

 

Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins (September 2015 – HarperTeen)

“Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.” Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Tiny Pretty Things

Tiny Pretty ThingsTitle: Tiny Pretty Things
Author: Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: May 26th 2015
Pages: 448
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette's desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.


Tiny Pretty Things was unexpectedly awesome! I knew from the pitch “Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars” that this was going to be my kind of book. But Man did I love it!!! This is one of those books that you’re going to want to force all of your friends to read. And if you want to read it and chat about it with me than please, please do! I have so many feels on this one and I am dying to discuss them. With everyone.

If it was socially acceptable to go up to random strangers, force them to read this book, and then make them chat about it with me, I would do that. It’s that intense you guys!

So, I am just going to talk about the characters and the plot in one shot for this book because they share one key quality and it just happens to be the only quality that matters. They are both a complete mind f**k. I mean, seriously! I have no idea who did what. I think some of the characters are lying to me, but I don’t know which ones. I think some of them are insane, but I don’t know which ones. I think there may have been a character behind all of the madness that we never really got to see, but I don’t know for sure. And it’s driving me crazy!

The only thing I really know about Tiny Pretty Things is that I don’t know. And I probably never will because I don’t believe there is a sequel slated (but if they decide to make one, I will literally devour it because I need more). This was psychological thriller at it’s absolute finest.

So, I Got Hacked . . .

This really fun thing happened to me last week. My site got hacked! How awesome is that?

If you have a blog you can imagine what it’s like to wake up in the morning, grab your computer so you can get the day’s post up, and find out that you can’t access the backend of your website. Freaking lovely!

Luckily my host was able to remove the corrupted file and get me back into my site. As a result though, I decided to move over to Book Host. If you’re not familiar with Book Host, it’s Ashley’s hosting company. If you’re not familiar with Ashley/Nose Graze, then I don’t even know . . . we need to fix that. Like now. Go visit her, she’s awesome :)

Anyway, Ashley’s service is more of a managed solution, I suppose. I don’t have to worry about any back end stuff because she takes care of all of that. It’s a bit odd having all of these plugins and such pre-installed for me, but I think I’m really going to like it! I’ve already discovered a few plugins that sound great and had just never heard of before.

So aside from the general crappiness of being hacked and the minor headache that comes with something major like a host migration, I am looking forward to the weekend! There have been so many changes on this site in the last several weeks — both visible (new design) and in the non-visible backend — that I am so looking forward to having them all done! I think I’m very, very close, but still have a few outstanding things on the list.

Instead of thinking about how much I hate the Internet at the current moment, I am going to think about the awesome weekend I have planned: Wicked and champagne brunch! And maybe even some progress on building those new shelves I mentioned in my library tour :)

Do you have anything fun planned this weekend? Definitely let me know in the comments!

Library Tour

Want to take a peek at my library? Well, here you go! I made a video tour. My favorite part about this is that it’s a before tour because I am going to be redoing all of my bookshelves and cannot. freaking. wait. If it turns out the way I want it to, it’s going to be lovely.

If you haven’t subscribed already, make sure you do so that you don’t miss the updated tour!

Go Ahead, Judge . . .

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” or “I know we’re not supposed to judge books by their covers, but I can’t help it!”

Here’s the thing.

You are supposed to judge books by their covers.

 

A book cover is marketing’s way of telling you what the book is about. For example, let’s take a look at these two covers:

 

Which one appeals to you? As a reader of this particular blog, I’m going to go ahead and assume it’s All I Need. That cover clearly says contemporary summer romance. Night of the Hawk looks like it’s a military read. And it is.

Even if the covers weren’t so true to their stories, the cover for Night of the Hawk just looks like something completely out of my genre. I look at it and think, “my husband might read that.” Nothing about it appeals to me as a reader and the synopsis doesn’t either. Which is totally fine because this book isn’t supposed to be for me. It’s for people who like military books, spy books, political books. Not people who prefer YA/Chic Lit romance, historical fiction, fantasy, or dystopian.

So next time someone tells you not to judge a book by it’s cover or you feel bad doing so, please don’t. That is the entire point of having a nicely designed image and text. Otherwise there’d be no point in designing a cover and we would probably have a solid cover jacket with some boring text!

 

Fairytale Fashions: Really Pretty Book Totes

Bookworms and totes have a tendency to go together. Especially at conferences like BEA. Litographs happens to have some very pretty totes (as well as T-shirts, posters, and even tattoos). I just found their company last week and wanted to share of my favorite tote designs from their shop with you!

 

 

 

Now some of these totes have really cute backs, so I’d definitely check them out on the Litograph site as well! The hardest part of Fairytale Fashions is always trying to figure out which one is my favorite. In this case it’s a toss up between the Peter Pan tote (which has Tinkerbell on the back!) and The Awakening tote. I read The Awakening in high school and really enjoyed it. Plan on rocking any of those totes yourself?

Oh! And I should probably mention that there is a Throne of Glass tote. You can see it below. I really didn’t love the design for this one, but since a lot of us love the series so much it is worth mentioning.

Do you like the Throne of Glass design or do you also think it’s a miss?

 

 

*If you want more details on a particular tote, just click on it’s image.

A Little More Personal . . .

Major life points if you get the reference from the post title!

trendy edgy chic logoMany of you probably don’t know that I started a lifestyle blog called Trendy Edgy Chic a few years ago. I ended up putting it on the side because of some personal issues I was having, but I really missed having a place to talk about my life, as well as makeup, clothes, and home stuff. I’m happy to say that it’s back now though!

I post on Trendy Edgy Chic every Friday (on both YouTube and the blog), with perhaps a bonus blog post every now and again.  If you click on the Lifestyle tab in my navigation menu it will actually take you directly to the site! Here are the types of things I’ve been posting over the last several months:

 
I hope to see some of you over on Trendy Edgy Chic!

The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of DeceptionTitle: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Publisher: Henry Holt
Date: July 8, 2014
Pages: 492
Source: Purchased
4.5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.


The Kiss of Deception is one of those books that I heard about and just knew I would love. We have a defiant princess, a potential love triangle, and a cool new world to explore. There was so many aspects of the novel that I loved and I just can’t wait to read the next one!

Part of the fun of The Kiss of Deception is that you know going into the novel that Lia will meet two guys: an assassin who has been sent to kill her and the prince she left at the alter. Throughout most of the novel, however, we’re not actually told which guy is the assassin and which is the prince. This means we get to guess and see if we’re correct, but I thought it was really easy to figure out.

The predictability did bother me a bit, but it was fun to read the book and find out if I was correct. The other aspects of the novel were all great: the romance, the world building, the touch of magic. I thoroughly enjoyed it all and ended up flying through this one!

If you like your fantasy with a healthy dose of romance, you’re going to love The Kiss of Deception. It was a fantastic book that immediately left me wanting more. I am just beyond excited for the sequel!