Fairytale Fashions: Alice Eyeshadow Palette

Alice has never been my favorite fairy tale character, but the story is just so whimsical that I tend to fall in love with Alice related merchandise. Remember these gorgeous pillows?

Since Alice Through the Looking Glass is coming out soon, Disney has partnered up with Urban Decay to create a beautiful new palette:

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The colors are a bit too bold for me (I’m more of a neutrals girl), but I do like the packaging. What do you think?

Infinite Repeat

Infinite RepeatTitle: Infinite Repeat
Author: Paula Stokes
Publisher: HarperTeen Impulse
Date: August 5th 2014
Pages: 128

SYNOPSIS

Seventeen-year-old Micah Foster is looking forward to the return of his girlfriend, Amber, who's been away in Los Angeles recording an EP with her band. But when Amber returns home on the anniversary of Micah's dad's death, something feels different and Micah pushes her away.

Over the next week, as Micah tries to repair his relationship with Amber, he relives the events of the past few years and recognizes a pattern. His friends and family are right--he self-destructs every April, right around the time his dad died, hurting people he cares about in the process. Will Amber be this year's casualty? Or can Micah escape his past in time to fix his present?


“Infinite Repeat” was a cute read! Not too surprising if you’ve read The Art of Lainey, which was just adorable. In this novella we see Micah’s life before The Art of Lainey takes place and get to know all of those secrets he had in the book. Well, they weren’t necessarily secrets, but he wasn’t entirely open about them either.

“Infinite Repeat” doesn’t have the same falling-in-love factor that The Art of Lainey did, which was a bit of bummer since it wasn’t my favorite part of the novel. It does give us more insight and background into Micah’s character so if you love him, this might be worth checking out! You definitely don’t need to read the novella in order to follow The Art of Lainey though and it didn’t add much to the original story.

Books to Read if You Like Gossip Girl

I don’t know about you, but I miss Gossip Girl. Sure The Royals helps fill the void, but it’s not quite the same. Here are a few books I recommend checking out if you’re a Gossip Girl fan.


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Gilmore Girls: News & Theories

I love Gilmore Girls. And I mean love. It was my favorite show in middle school/high school, and unlike other shows, it never went through a bad period. Never once did I think about not watching because it had gone stale.

When I heard the news about the Netflix reboot, I was over-the-moon excited! I’m sure a lot of you were too! So I’ve gathered up some information about the reboot: who’s coming back, logistics, etc. and my theories on what we might see happen.


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What are your theories? Who do you think Rory will end up with and what team are you on?

Assassin’s Heart

Assassin’s HeartTitle: Assassin's Heart
Author: Sarah Ahiers
Series: Assassin's Heart #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: February 2, 2016
Pages: 420
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
2 Stars

SYNOPSIS

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.


I thought Assassin’s Heart would be right up my alley. I love revenge stories and forbidden love is usually a nice addition, but this book was a total miss for me. From the very beginning, I found myself wishing the story was something else altogether.

We know from the synopsis that the main character, Lea, loses her entire family because of her boyfriend’s betrayal. This happens in the first few chapters and you know what? I felt nothing. NOTHING. We only saw Lea and her boyfriend, Val, together for a chapter or two and we saw her family very, very briefly. They were slaughtered and I wasn’t sad. I didn’t even feel shocked or angry by Val’s actions. I felt nothing.

This book would have worked a lot better if it was the second in the series and not the first. If book 1 had spent time on world building, learning about the assassin culture, getting to know Lea’s family and watching Lea and Val falling madly in love, followed by Val’s massive betrayal, I would have felt a lot more. I would have been surprised at Val’s actions and saddened by the loss of characters I’d grown to love. Well, I hope I would have anyway. 🙂 Really all depends on how good the writing is!

Since the book is pitched as Romeo & Juliet meets The Godfather, I was expecting a ton of romance and revenge. It was light on romance, and while the revenge theme was present, it was boring. It took roughly 100 pages for our main character to stop traveling alone (boring) and the rest of the book was spent on revenge preparations (surprisingly boring), followed by some action at the end (not boring, but a lot of eye-rolling moments).

I guess you could say I’m not a fan. Since I didn’t completely hate this book, I’m giving it 2 stars instead of 1. It was boring, but it wasn’t completely awful. The sad part is that it really did have potential. I just don’t think it was well-executed.

Waiting on Wednesday: 2 Contemporaries and a Fantasy

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Fantasy

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (September 2016 – Bloomsbury)

“The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?” Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

 

Contemporary

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (July 2016 – Point)

“What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she’s flustered — and kind of feels like she’s falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer — but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.” Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

 

You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini (August 2016 – Sourcebooks Fire)

“Model Finley needs someone to help her shed her “good girl” persona, so she’ll try Eddie on for size.

New York City model Finley is fed up with hearing the same feedback at castings: she needs to take some serious action to wipe the “good girl” stamp from her resume if she wants to launch to stardom.

Enter Eddie Wells. He’s shallow, predictable…and just as lost as Finley feels. Deep down, Finley is drawn to Eddie’s bravado, his intensity. Except Eddie is hiding something. A big something. And when it surfaces, both loving and leaving Finley will become so much harder.” Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

 
 
Now that it’s spring, I’m adding a few more contemporaries to my to-read list. I’ve read books by Julie Cross and Kasie West before and I absolutely adored them! And then of course we have Sarah J. Maas. I finished Queen of Shadows earlier this week and I am definitely looking forward to finding out what happens next!

Book Haul

Here’s a look at what I’ve added to my library this month:

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Have you read any of these yet? If you like Dorothy Must Die let me know!!

The Blood of the Hydra

The Blood of the HydraTitle: The Blood of the Hydra
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #2
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Date: April 18th 2016
Format: eARC
Source: For Review
5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

A demigod who can kill with a touch. It's an ability that must be kept secret, even from those trusted most.

Finding out that she was a witch was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. No one can know her secret -- not even Blake, who she's had undeniable chemistry with since first moving to town.

Now Nicole, Blake, and the three others with elemental powers must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. The creatures they face on this journey will be more dangerous than anything they've encountered yet. Will they all survive the quest? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?

Find out in The Blood of the Hydra, and join the Elementals on their quest to save the world -- or die trying.


I really enjoyed The Blood of the Hydra and thought it was even better than The Prophecy of Shadows. We still have the same fast-paced adventure that we did in book 1, but now that the world-building is mostly out of the way we get to dive right into the action with book 2.

If you’re familiar with Greek mythology, you’ll recognize the quests that the Elementals are sent on. The fun part is in how Michelle Madow writes the scenes and keeps you turning pages. I’m also happy to see the characters growing (several of them are more mature than they were in book 1). I don’t have a favorite at this point, but they all add something to the story.

I have to say the best part is definitely the pacing. It was my favorite of book 1 and that holds true for book 2. I didn’t want to put it down because I wanted to see what happens next. The chapters are short, so they’re very easy to get through and then ending of each chapter had me curious enough to start the next one immediately. Definitely looking forward to book 3!

March Wrap Up 2016

This is a little late in the month, but here is a look at what I read in March!


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What books did you read this month? Let me know if we read any of the same books!