Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

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Fasten your seat belts for this wild read. (Pun totally intended!)

Disclaimer: I did read an advanced readers copy of this book however I received this at a book event in September, after the book was published.

Short and Sweet Summary:
Leila is on a road trip to the Northern Lights, all by herself. But along the way, she makes friends, has her heart broken, and has a hell of a lot of fun. The book is divided into sections based on who Leila meets, and chapters within these sections.

So basically, all you can expect from this book is to have fun.

And boy,  did it deliver.

I felt like I was on a road trip. My life is pretty boring, which is probably why I read books. But my life didn’t feel boring when I read this. I felt like a wild teenager on a road trip that I won’t get in trouble for since I wasn’t actually on it. Leila and her road trip adventures are a ton of fun, and honestly a breath of fresh air. Leila is encouraging and all about living the moment. Don’t wait to get the guy/girl; life is too short.

Don’t be mistaken; this is no meaningless road trip. This is a road trip about finding yourself and making both a physical and mental journey from start to finish. Along the way, Leila changes the lives of random strangers, and each stranger makes an impact on her too.You can really see this book has a lot of meaning to the author.

However, I do have a couple critiques.
Why do none of the parents in this book care about anything, aside from the teens eventually returning home!?! For example, Leila’s parents? Hudson’s Dad?

But hey, if parents got involved, this book wouldn’t exist and I want this book to exist!

Bonus points for the book having one of the cutest book covers of 2014. I mean actually, I gave my mom a hearty speech about how in a dream world I’d have the book cover framed or displayed it’s that beautiful. (I swear I’m normal!) The postcards between sections are also an adorable touch! Aesthetically, this YA novel is nearly perfect.

Thanks, Adi; now I want to take a road trip too!
(But realistically, next stop, the library!!)

I give Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid a 4.5/5 stars for being a fun, feel-good read that still managed to have meaning.

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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!! 🙂

Battle of the Sequel: Cinder vs Scarlet

It’s a battle of epic proportions. Two novels. One winner. Which will survive the grueling tests? Which will emerge victorious?  *Dramatic music now plays*

Well, maybe not epic proportions. But Cinder and Scarlet are at least somewhat out of this world, if you know what I mean. OK, enough with the bad puns.

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Both images are from Goodreads.

My opinion: I preferred the second book in the series, Scarlet, to be much better than the first book, Cinder.

Arguments:
1. Cinder spent more time setting up than getting to the action, a point you’ve probably heard me say only about five different times. Scarlet had the PERFECT opening. You were dropped right into the real plot and action from page 1. I already knew I would love it.

2. Cinder is cool, but I liked seeing her more as a secondary character in the second book. It gave her more of a status (hey there’s that kick-ass mechanic cyborg girl from Book 1 on the run! Awesome!), somehow, seeing things through the eyes of someone other than Cinder. It was like reading about a familiar friend.

3. Scarlet’s story is frankly more eventful, but less sci-fi-esque than Cinder. This could be a good or bad thing depending on how you see it.

4. Scarlet had cooler characters; Thorne tops my list of favorite book characters ever. He is one of the few characters that actually made me laugh out loud. Oh, and there’s our mysterious Wolf. (Scarlet is based off of Little Red Riding Hood)

5. This point does not effect my opinion, but I would say Cinder’s cover is more intriguing than Scarlet’s. Cinder’s is an x-ray view into Cinder’s android/human foot and Scarlet’s is… A cape and an elbow?

However, don’t disregard Cinder. I rated it very highly, especially when it came to the second half of the novel! Lots of people try and remake fairy tales, but nobody has done it like Marissa Meyer.

Remember, you must read Cinder before you get to Scarlet! No skipping!! On to Cress, Book #3!

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High Five for Friday!

Whoo. You have made it through the week. You can take a deep breath.

Today I am going to give you a list of five. Here are my top five… Authors!

1. Jennifer L. Armentrout
Did you guess this would be on the list? If so, good job. You are one of my friends. If you didn’t, it’s ok. You’re new here. We’re still friends.

2. Beth Revis
I have not read The Body Electric, but I can tell you the Across the Universe trilogy was awesome, if you’re into sci-fi stuff. 

3. Rainbow Rowell
Her books are cute, fun, easy reads. And her name is awesome.

4. Robin Sloan
Calling all book nerds: You must read Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. It is dazzling.

5. Carolyn Keene
What can I say. I LOVE the Nancy Drew books! I read them when I was younger, I read them now. How could she not be on my list? I still remember when the movie came out how excited I was. But man, that guy’s eyes still give me chills.

Leave a comment down below and consider yourself virtually high-fived! But seriously, who are your favorite authors?

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Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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Cover image is from Goodreads.

My Synopsis:
Colin has a thing for girls named Katherine. Not C-a-t-h-e-r-i-n-e, Katherine. But somehow, all 19 of them has dumped him. Every single one. So, he takes a hilarious road trip with his friend Hassan in tow. There’s no destination; he just wants to ease his pain. But, Colin, being the prodigy that he is, decides to try developing a mathematical theorem to predict all the possible outcomes of his relationships, or better yet, all relationships on general.

It’s a John Green book; you know it’s going to be humorous and quick. This is definitely a short and quick summer read. But, that doesn’t mean I think this is the most entertaining book. It didn’t make me laugh out loud. Besides Hassan and his, well, personality, a lot of the humor just comes from the situation. This math nerd somehow managed to find and date 19 Katherine’s, and they all dumped him. But at some points that just became a little too ridiculous.

One thing that is cool, though, is the book’s epilogue. It is an explanation as to how all the math work Colin schemes up actually works, written by a real math expert. But I’m not a math genius, so I can’t say I truly understood this theorem. Props to you though, John Green.

There’s not much else to say here. It’s a beach read for sure, but nothing extraordinary.

Rating time!
Finishing the Book: 1/2 stars
It’s hard not to finish a book this short. However, I kind of wanted to finish it so I could read my other books…
Originality: 2/2 stars
I can’t say I’ve read a book where a math geek dates 19 girls with the same name.
Entertainment: 1/2 stars
So, so. I expected a little more.
Characters: 1/2
I loved Hassan. He was hilarious and all around a nice unique chatacter. Colin was OK, but he needs to stop the anagramming madness!
Writing Quality: 1/2 stars
Nothing too literary here.

Verdict
6/10 stars

Who should read it? Teens and tweens will enjoy it. I doubt this is a book any adult who reads YA, though, is going to lunge for. There are better beach reads.

Do you recommend any other John Green books? I don’t want to give up after just one book I felt iffy about. Let me know in the comments what you think! 🙂

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July Favorites & Wrap-Up!!

No no no no no. It’s not already the end of July. But it is…
Looking just for the book favorites/wrap up? Scroll down!

Beauty Favorites

Hard Candy Glamoflage Concealer
They say this Walmart-exclusive product can conceal tattoos or facial discoloration and blemishes. I’m not so sure about the tattoo claim but a little bit of this product goes a long way, so you get a lot of use out of that gigantic tube they give you for $6. My recommendation is to use it with a brush like the Real Techniques Essential Foundation Brush (the foundation brush in the travel set). I found when I used my fingers to blend the product it moved, while when I blended it in with a brush it stayed in place, concealed, and left a nice dewy finish. You may also want to set it with powder.

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Benefit they’re real mascara

I’ve got to tell you this story. You know home shopping networks like HSN and QVC? Well Benefit Cosmetics was on one of them a few months ago and did a segment on this mascara. Well, I can’t understand why anyone would buy it based off of the demo.. Why? Well, since people tune in at different times, they kept re-applying the mascara. And re-applying. And re-applying. When they finished that, they zoomed in and did a before and after. The poor model had about three eyelashes in the after, and each eyelash looked like the leg of a gigantic spider. In short, it looked terrible. Not the mascara’s fault, it was just because they put on way too much. With any mascara, you should wipe off the brush.

I love this mascara because it looks a lot more natural than some other mascaras. It lengthens my lashes, darkens them and separates them. Just one swipe of it makes a dramatic difference on my lashes, so its great for busy mornings.

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Books

What I read this month (in order):

A Million Suns by Beth Davis
The Beginning of Everything by Robin Schneider
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My review: http://wp.me/p4MMvX-5

The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
My review: http://wp.me/p4MMvX-t

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My review: http://wp.me/p4MMvX-1C

How did I read so many you ask? In three days, I read an Abundance of Katherine’s, Don’t Look Back and the 100 year old man. That doesn’t always happen though 😉

If you would like to see a review of any of these, leave a comment below!!! It is hard to gauge what my readers might want to see, so your feedback really helps me.

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Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

                                      (Photo is from Goodreads)            “What does it take to survive aboard a spaceship fueled by lies?” Synopsis: Amy has a choice; she can be frozen and join her parents aboard a ship embarking on a three-hundred-year long voyage … Continue reading