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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Title: Second Star
Author:Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Pages:248
Genre:Teen & YA
Version Reviewed: E-book provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Publications:May 13th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Website:Author's Wesite
Add The book on goodreads: Here
Where to buy it at:
Amazon Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:
A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

Review:
Anyone who knows me or who has stopped by my page before, knows that I am a huge fan of fairy tale re-telling. In fact I actually hope to be struck with the inspiration stick and create one myself. I have a tendency to snatch up any re-telling that I can get my hands on and devour it for better or for worse.

This one was definitely for better. I thought the timing for this Peter Pan type setting was perfect as a friend and I had broached a topic  : What if Neverland was heaven and Peter Pan was a guardian angel who watched over children and escorted them to heaven, where the pirates were the demons trying to lead them astray and to hell.

I actually am in love with this version of Peter Pan. I loved the way the story rose and fell like a wave cresting on the ocean that the story took place on. 

In this book John and Michael are young surfers who become lost at sea and presumed dead. Their sister Wendy believes otherwise and where no bodies where ever turned up, she starts on a mission to find them and goes to the beach looking for her lost brothers. 

It is there she comes across Peter who teaches her how to surf, who takes her to an abandoned place called Kensington House I believe , where a bunch of other run a ways gather, Lost boys really, and  Belle.
I like how Tinker Belle was portrayed in this book. She was the jealous ex-girlfriend who is the only one who knows what happened to her brothers. True to her original character she is a snarky trouble maker who deep down is alright


!!!***SPOILER***!!!

 In case you didn't catch that littler sign above because you are skimming through, the following contains spoilers mainly because it is my favorite part of this book. Readers beware.







Ignoring the rule that no boats where to go out on the water because of how bad a storm was crashing down on the beach, the group decides to go out. During this time they loose control over the boat and Belle gets hurt, Wendy goes over board and the boat is lost.  Soon after Wendy wakes up in the hospital psych unit and is told that she was found on the Beach where her brother's boards had washed ashore originally. There was no sign of anyone else in the water. Belle, Peter, Jas, all of them where hallucinations caused by drugs or grief.

What floors me is that  that really could be the case. That is a rational explanation for everything and a huge mind blowing twist that left me totally unprepared and questioning every word I experienced with Wendy.

I won't spoil any more of the book for you however, to find out if it was all real or a dream you will have to read this great book for yourself.

Rating:
4 out of 5 stars!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fangirl_15 by Aimee Roseland

Title: Fangirl_15:
Author:Aimee Roseland
Pages:288
Genre:New Adult, Sci-fi, Fantasy
Version Reviewed: E-book provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest Review
Website:Aimee Roseland on Facebook
aimeeroseland.blogspot.com
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Published: July 8th 2014 by Aimee Roseland
Add the book on Goodreads:HERE
Where to buy it at:Amazon


Goodreads Summary:
Chloe is in love with Lucien.

He’s enigmatic, compassionate, generous and intelligent. Likes classical music just as much as kicking ass and knows his way around a kitchen, though he’d never admit it. His Samurai swords are an extension of his personality and a lifetime of heartache has taught him to wield them unfailingly. He’s gorgeous yet humble and can’t see past his own scars. 

Lucien feels deeply for his chosen family and is absolutely worthy of love.

Sounds perfect, right?

The only problem is that Lucien is a character in a novel.

The Dark Riders is one of the best selling paranormal romance series of all time, and it was destined to have eight installments, one for each of the brothers-in-arms. Lucien’s story was supposed to be book eight, where he’d finally find true love and live happily ever after. Except the writer died before his story was published. Worse yet, book seven was finished by some poser that thought killing off one of the main characters would bring a more modern twist to the finale.

Chloe is absolutely devastated by the news that one of her “friends” is dead and that the series is canceled. She has a quasi-nervous-breakdown at work and ends up falling asleep in the lounge. Her midnight escape from the locked office lands her in a deserted parking lot after hours where an unseen force has been waiting. Just. For. Her...

This supernatural assault strands her in an alternate reality where the Dark Riders are real and the horrible ending created by the publisher hasn’t happened yet.

Chloe decides that she’s been brought there to fix all of the story lines and tries her best to convince the monsters around her that she’s there to help. She ends up mangling their plots more often than not and now must race the waxing moon to find a way home before Lucien accidentally falls in love with her instead of his destined mate. The Fates are working against her as Chaos interferes and the truth about what really dragged her over threatens to destroy everything that Chloe holds dear.

Review:
I think I fell in love with this book before I even came to the first word. 
Any avid reader , or even a casual reader knows that part of the thrill that comes with reading is getting lost in a world that is not your own. Reading becomes an escape from reality, where you can be someone other then yourself. I know of more then one person, myself included who would love for their beloved series to come to life like Chloe got to experience.

I think what was so appealing about this book was that the characters she read about where not what she expected them to be when she came face to face with them. Chloe may have known all about the little intimate details in their lives, some even they were not aware about,  but she was treated like I imagine may people would be treated in real life when placed in the brother's shoes, as a threat. 

Part of what makes me love this book so much is that the author wrote it in a compellingly believable way. I was so tempted to pick up  one of my favorite series and see if I would be taken into the dimension they where created in. 

Another great aspect of this book was that unlike many other books, the main characters where flawed. They where not the barbie and ken, drop dead gorgeous  beauties that no one can really live up to like so many writers make their characters out to be. Lucien and Chloe had insecurities and scars just like an every day person would. 

The only downfall about this book was that it made me wish that I could read the very books Chloe read about the brothers that made her fall in love with them all. Their stories seemed like they would be just as fascinating.

Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

TLC Vox Box Review

I have been meaning to make this post for months know, and I am sorry that it took so long. This was actually my first Vox Box and I was extremely excited because it was for the Mom's out there. I had a whole page worked out and pictures of my family and I using the products but sadly I have had to wipe my computer thanks to those pesky virus's you can get every now and then.

Neopsporin Neo to Go : $4.97-$7.50
"Neosporin Neo To Go is a convenient no touch, no sting spray that fits anywhere to give you infection protections, plus pain relief on the go. It is specially designed for one handed use and is great for your purse, kitchen desk, workshop, golf, gym, or travel bag. 
#NeoReady"
This could not have come at a better time for my family actually. Between the numerous adventures in fishing and outdoor activities that come with summer to the first session my husband had to sit through of getting his tattoo removed, I think I used all of this product in one week due to how well it worked. Or rather my husband did. Helping him apply the neo-go on his shoulder was easy, the spray covered the area I needed with no mess and with no trouble. It provided him with temporary relief and helped fight infection. It was also easy to clip to the diaper bag and there was no struggle to get it unclipped when I needed it. It truly was a one handed gift.

Ivory Bar Soap: $ 3.99 for a 10-pack
Ivory bar soap is 99.445 clean & simple and contans no dyes or heavy perfumes. Plus, with how gentle Ivory is on skin, it's no wonder it's reccommended by 4 out of 5 moms!
#SudLife 
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I was actually really excited for this product after my mother saw this and told me about how good it was for babies during that wonderfully bonding scrubbing bubbles bath time at night, but then again so was my husband, I am not sure who used it more, my daughter or my husband. It was very smooth on my skin and left the water feeling soft during my daughters bath, it floated aswell so she had a toy and due to how natural it was I was not worried about what might happen when it went in her mouth. I also enjoyed the clean natural scent that barely whispered through the air.

Avon Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother: $30
Introducing Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother, this translucent balm BLURS the look of WRINKLES on the forehead & around the eyes INSTANTLY! Use your fingers to gently pat onto the skin. The cream-to--prowder skin perfecter delivers a silky smooth virtually line-free look for your skin that gets you noticed! Anew you starts today! Visit Avon.com and recieve 15% off your Anew purchase of $50 or more with the code ANEW15. Offer vallid 8/1/14 on Avon.com direct delivery order only.
#AvonANEW
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Being 24 I don't have wrinkles yet but this did not stop me from trying the product. The first thing I noticed was the nifty package that it came in. The container looks like it would screw off but instead it slides up and stays connected. There was no scent to this product either and when I put it on my face I could not tell there was anything there. But on the same token as I tried to get some on my fingers to put on my face, I could not tell if there was anything there. Because I don't have wrinkles I cannot say for sure if it works or not. It did leave the skin I applied it to feeling smooth and I was not aware of any added make up.

Breyers Gelato Indulgences: $4.49-$5.99
Breyers, the brand known for bringing families together to enjoy delicious frozen treat for more then 140 years, is expanding its portfolio with the introduction of new Breyers Gelato Indulgences. Each of the four delicious varieties a trio of textures-creamy gelato, luscious sauce and gourmet toppings-for the ultimate indulgence.
#GelatoLove
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 Sadly I have not been able to test this product. Mainly because I have not found it in any of the stores near me but also because my sweet tooth has not been quite so active since having my child. Hormone changes, what can you do? I actually love the commercial for this product however and have been wanting to at least give it a try so check back for when I get my hands on this tasty treat!

Puffs to go: $0.49 per single pack
Puffs to Go are perfect for use in the car, in your purse, on-the-go, wherever you go! Plus, Puffs are Dermatologist tested to be gentle.
#PassthePuffs
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Puffs are actually my go to tissue because of how soft and durable they are so I was excited to get this little to go pack since there is no such thing as to many tissues, especially with a messy husband and little one running about.

Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card
The Fuel Rewards Network program at Shell is a free loyalty program that helps you save money on fuel. For a limited time, new members save 25 cents per gallon on their second fill up and 3 cents every time after!
#FuelRewards
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I did not activate this card due to the problems that I saw when working at a shell mart a year or so ago that came up with this card. Not wanting to deal with the hassle of it I simply put it aside.



Overall I have used and would re-buy most of the products that came with this box. It was a great experience!

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