Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Ah yes, another YA recent release with a boatload of hype and plenty of raving fans. To put it in perspective,ย The Winner’s Curse has garnered an impressive 4.07 star /5 star rating on Goodreads, the average of 25,779 reviews. It’s … Continue reading

Review: The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks

There are few books that can make me laugh out loud (literally) in a public place, much less, the public place I work at. With the silence that generally hangs in a library, combined with my coworkers swarming around, it’s … Continue reading

The Beauty of Books TAG!

So for all you book loving gals, I decided to make this tag. I don’t think this tag exists already, and it isn’t based off of anything I’ve seen before, so here you are; a tag I created for blogs and booktube.

Because this blog is about books and beauty, I thought it was fitting to create a tag that combines the two!

The Questions:

Eyeliner: Tell us about a book that defines who you are or that means a lot to you personally, and then show us your favorite eyeliner.
Mascara: You can’t leave the house without mascara. It brightens your eyes and makes you look more awake after a night of not-so-much sleep. What’s one book you stayed up late to read? Then, show us your favorite mascara.
Lip Balm: The best lip balms are sweet and smooth. Give us a sweet, easy read. Then, show us your favorite lip balm.
Concealer: A book you are embarrassed to say you’ve read or own.
Nail Polish: Nail polish is like an accessory. Show us a book with a beautiful cover. Then, show us what is on your nails, if anything.
Sunscreen: Sunscreen goes hand in hand with the beach. Show us a book that takes place at or near a beach. Also, what are your favorite beach reads?
Makeup Remover: Sometimes the look you create is disappointing, so you break out the makeup remover to clear the evidence. What is a book you wanted to like that ended up disappointing you?

And of course, if you’d like, what makeup are you wearing today?

I tag all of YOU to do this tag! Get this tag spreading ladies!
If you do the tag, link to your post in the comments below so I can see!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Would you Rather: Books Edition!

RayKayBooks on YouTube came up with this awesome Booktube tag last May and I thought I’d do it for you today!

The Questions

Would you Rather…
1. Read only trilogies or stand alones?
Stand alones, simply because reading trilogies means being bound to reading three books all about the same thing, whether you liked the book or not. I’d rather save myself the monotony and boredom and keep moving on to other awesome books!

2. Read only female or male authors?
Uh… Female, I guess? Solely because some of my favorite authors happen to be females.

3. Shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?
Barnes and Noble!!! Who doesn’t love the experience of physically touching the books and smelling the Starbucks and walking through the aisles of lovely literature.

4. All books become movies or T.V shows?
Hm. If I loved the book, it’d be cool to see it on a TV show since these series’ would last for extended periods of time. But movies get to the point. I pick movies.

5. Be a professional reviewer or author?
Uh oh. I want to be both! Nooo! If I was a reviewer, I could read lots of books all the time which would be heaven. As a writer, I’d be published which is also awesome. Eek…. I’m going to (cringe) and go with professional writer.

6. Only read your top 20 books over and over again or always read new ones that you haven’t read before?
Second option since that is what I do now!

7. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?
5 books per week! Only five pages a day sounds like some form of book blogger torture.

8. Be a librarian or a book seller?
I’m basically a librarian now so… Librarian!

9. Only read your favorite genre or every genre but your favorite!
Only read my favorite genre!

10. Only read physical books or ebooks?
Physical books for the win! I wrote a long research paper on this last year defending print books. Good times…

Want to do this tag? I tag all of YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Review: Waterfell by Amalie Howard


Basic Summary/Synopsis:
Princess Protection Program meets The Little Mermaid in this YA novel. Nerissa Marin is royalty; underwater royalty. But, she hides among humans in California until she can claim her birthright. Her kingdom underwater is in deep trouble; her father was murdered in their underwater kingdom and his murderer is on the loose. But in the midst of this, Nerissa falls for a new (and human) boy named Lo. Will this be the end for Rissa and her kingdom?

Major Characters:
Nerissa Marin- underwater royalty, heir to throne, attends mortal high school pretending to be human
Speio- Nerissa’s protector
Lo Seavon- Nerissa’s love interest

Nerissa is very relatable, despite the fact that she is not human. She does a great job at blending in. Speio is usually annoyed with Nerissa, I found, but for good reason. (He is sure something will happen to her- considering the king was murdered and her mom is missing, meaning Nerissa is the heir.)  Lo is cute and never fails to surprise you.

I am going to make a slight comparison between this book and Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Both books contain the whole, “I’m not who you think I am.” scene, someone who cares for this foreign person and wants the secrets kept, and a very attractive love interest. (I.e Daemon not wanting Dee befriending people and always showing up when he knew she or Katy was in danger, Speio trying to protect Nerissa…) If you are just coming off of the Lux series, try Waterfell. I think you’ll enjoy it.

As I read I was thinking the ending would be predictable and that I knew how it would end. Yet Amalie Howard pulled out some surprises that I did not expect at all! I was shocked by the ending.

As soon as I started reading Waterfell, I knew I was in love. It is addicting. You could call it a guilty pleasure read. It hits the right notes if what you are looking to read is something fast, mysterious and fun. I can’t wait to read the sequel, Oceanborn.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

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Guess the Book #1!

Clue 1: I haven’t blogged about it. (Yet)
Clue 2: It is a YA book
Clue 3: Suicide
Clue 4: Video Gaming.
Clue 5: Kid
Clue 6: Marketing
Clue 7: Anonymous group
Clue 8: Future
Clue 9: It was published in 2010
Clue 10: Ear Ramzi
Clue 11: There is a 2008 movie with the same name that is not related to the book at all directed by Kevan Tucker.

Still don’t know? Clue 10 is the author’s name with each word scrambled.

If you can guess it, like this post and comment below with your guess and what clue you got it on! First person to get it right gets a shoutout in my next post with a link to your blog and twitter, if you have one. (Leave it below).

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In the past I have answered the weekly “Booking Through Thursday” questions but this week I thought I would ask all of you a question! You can either answer in the comments or on your own blog, but if on your blog, link me to your post so I can see! ๐Ÿ™‚

This week’s question…
If your life was made into a biography by an author, who would write your biography?

For example, you could say your absolute favorite author is Ally Carter so you would have her write your bio to make you sound mysterious and intriguing. Maybe you would have Jeanette Walls write your biography. Or, your favorite poet. It’s up to you ๐Ÿ™‚

Personally, I’d have Jennifer L. Armentrout write a book about me because maybe she’d uncover some, you know, Daemon Black’s hiding in my neighborhood. (Debating whether that would be creepy or amazing.) Or, she would discover I am secretly Katy. Either one works.

Leave your answers or links to your answers down below!!
– Christina

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