Blogtober:Halloween Costume

So what do you guys think I would be?? I said I was dressing up as something really nerdy. Well here it is my costume reveal

SAM WINCHESTER!!!

(shout out to my friend who was Dean and made me my police badge!)





 
Did you guys know who I am??  those who guessed it I love you dearly!!! But if you didn't I still love you. Happy Halloween!!

Blogotber: Halloween Things


I'm not really sure what this posts going to be about. I really am just winging this. I'm going to do a costume reveal later today, so stay tuned! I promise it's as nerdy as you all know me to be. But since my costume reveal is going to be later in the day I figured that maybe I could do two Halloween posts! End blogtober with a bang! Because hey, I survived! I blogged every single day this month!







Here are some Halloween Book recommendations
  1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins. I loovvvee this book with all my heart. It's amazingly written, the plot is outstanding. You really wonder if Mara is insane or if there's something more going on. 
  2. The Devouring by Simon Holt. This book honestly scared me. It's so creepy and scary and wow!
  3. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. Zombies. Yeah...
  4. The Graveyard Book By Neil Gaiman. I love this book. It's amazing. It's not really scary, but it fits under the "Halloween theme" so here it is!
  5. Asylum by Madeleine Roux. THIS BOOK IS INSANE.
  6. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. The main character has the uncanny power to find dead bodies. 
  7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Just read it, you won't regret it I promise!
For those of us opting for a night in, but still want to celebrate the great holiday that is Halloween I made a list of must see Halloween movies. Perfect for a Halloween marathon.

  1. Pretty much any Harry Potter movie. You could even have just a Harry Potter Marathon.
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas. I don't care how old you are, this movie is awesome and perfect for Halloween and get you in the holiday spirit! 
  3. Warm Bodies. There's zombies. That Halloween enough right? 
  4. Hocus Pocus. Because let's face it Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without the three Sanderson sisters
  5. The Adams Family. It's a perfect, feel good, but still creepy enough movie for Halloween
  6. Halloweentown. I looovvveddd these movies as a kid. I still do! 
  7. Casper. Becuase who doesn't love a friendly ghost!

A playlist to get you in the Halloween Mood:



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Blogtober:12 Facts About Me


  1. My dream is to be writer. To see my book on bookshelves, in libraries, in people's hands. 
  2. I love Les Miserables. I love the movie, the play/musical. It's amazing and I need to read the book. 
  3. I have an obsession with Harry Potter. No joke, it's an obsession. 
  4. I was in band in middle school, I played the clarinet. Every now and again my friends would call me Squidward because of this. 
  5. I'm ahead a year in math. I'm not entirely sure why though. I tend to have a harder time in math, yet here I am taking AP Calc.
  6. I can play the piano a little bit. 
  7. I once hurt my knee so bad I didn't have to do P.E for a year and a half. I would get these random knee pains, and because I hated going to the doctor I never complained. My mom, however, noticed my limping and took me to the doctor. I couldn't get me leg straight because it hurt so much. I think I even fell down stairs once because I couldn't walk right.  After physical therapy it got better, but then it came back and after another round of physical therapy I got better.  
  8. My favorite band is Coldplay because well, they're Coldplay and they're awesome! 
  9. I was born in Mexico then I moved here when I was a baby. 
  10. I'm currently neglecting my homework. It seems whenever in a battle between blogging and HW, blogging always win.

     
  11. I once got in trouble for asking a question when we we'rent supposed to talk. The substitute teacher wrote my name down and at the end of the day made those who she wrote down, run 2 laps. Because everyone felt it a mistake that she wrote my name down, the ENTIRE class ran with me. 
  12. I can dance on my toes! Well I used to. I got pointe shoes when I was in ballet. It's one of the most amazing feelings but after a while quite painful!
Alright! So now you know a little bit more about me, whether or not you wanted to. Happy Thursday guys!!

Blogtober: Waiting on All the Bright Places

Release Date: January 6, 2015
Book: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
The Basics:The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this compelling, exhilarating, and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven

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Why do I want to read it?

I love everything about it. I love the message of hope. I love how profound it seems. I'm such of fan of all of the authors mention and i'll be happy if I can add this author to the mix as well. I mean the summary in of itself just blew my mind and I can't wait to read it!



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Blogtober: Teaser Tuesday



"The tears finally slow and I feel really good for someone who just got my faced smashed in" (pg. 100)









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Blogtober: Dear Younger Me

Hey. Hows elementary school going? How's long division coming? If it's not going to well, it's okay, you'll end up using a calculator anyways. What about english? Still writing 6 page essays? Good. It's nice isn't it, writing. I'll tell you a secret, you end up writing more as you get older and *whispers* you even run a blog!!! Amazing I know! Enjoy being in the single digits while you can. Run free and be crazy. Let your imagination run the world around you, reality can wait, when you're this young. I know, I know, you're not "young", but a few years from now, you'll agree. Just don't try to be older than you are. Just stay what you are. You're not too old to play pretend. You're not too old to play hide and seek. So go ahead and just be you're elementary school self!

Middle School. It sucks. I know. And you know what, it doesn't really get much better. You do meet some pretty cool people though. So even if middle school life sucks, just remember you have people. I know you're sad right now. And it's a scary sad. I know that life isn't what you want it to be, and that sometimes you don't know what to do with yourself, and I know this sounds like B.S but just smile because you'll be okay. Maybe a little scarred, a little charred, but okay. I know that right now you probably don't feel like enough. But you are. I promise. It's hard for you to feel that you are, but just keep telling yourself that because one day you'll look in the mirror and believe it. So life sucks now. But don't forget you have people. You have really awesome friends. Some pretty cool siblings. You'll survive and maybe not be wiser, but definitely stronger.

The beginning of high school sucked. I know. I've been there. You were a shy girl thrown into a place where being social is essential to survival. And sometimes people suck and they ignore you, when all you're doing is being nice and three years later you still kind of hold a grudge. And that's okay. That's high school for you. I know you're waiting for some great friends, and that waiting really sucks and whoever says they don't mind it, is lying. Patience is a virtue but it can also be torture waiting. It'll be worth it though. You're friends are awesome. I know you had to leave your old friends, but those who really loved you and whom you loved are still friends with you. Whoever says otherwise is lying to you. So be weird, crazy, wild even, you'll find people who will accept you. Word of advice though, forgive people, but don't forget what they did, it's important to know where you can place your trust.

Alright young me. It's time for future you to get back to her life. The life that is pretty much not what you wanted as a 6 year old, or what you thought high school life would be like when you were in 7th grade. 9th grade me. You got it right, for the most part. Yes, I still go to BHS and no, I did not end up taking 6 AP classes, I'm taking 4. Life is not like the movies. High school especially. And that's okay. You're working hard to get where you want to be. Don't ever be sorry for that.

Love Always,

Blogtober: Shopping tips



Okay, so today I'm going shopping for my homecoming dress. Homecoming is next Saturday. The pressure to find The Dress is on! Now I LOVE shopping, but when you're looking for something you need it can be a nightmare. We've all been through it. We start off feeling excited but after the third store you start to feel insecure and crappy and maybe even hopeless. I've developed some tips to help make it more of a positive experience instead of a negative.


  1. Take a friend, or your mom, or just someone who you feel good around. I can't stress this enough. If you're around someone who's negative or you feel uncomfortable with the experience is just going to be stressful and maybe not even worth it. When you surround yourself with people you love they can help you make the decision, give you opinions, and you cover more ground faster. 
  2. Don't bring a huge group. When there is a large group, opinions are going to clash. And that's not going to make anything fun. And sometimes the group can over power you opinion which ultimately matters the most. 
  3. Wear things that you feel best in. If that means wearing sweats and sweater, go for it. For me it it means looking nice. I'll wear a skirt, or a dress because that's what I feel good in. I'll usually do my make up and hair too because sometimes shopping can make you feel insecure when things aren't turning out the way you want them to. It usually makes me feel better if I feel good and look good.
  4. Have a fun playlist. This is supposed to be fun, definitely have a killer playlist to pump you up. If moods and energy are dwindling just play a fun song and you'll feel better.
  5. Take a camera. Sometimes things just look different on camera. Or maybe you're indecisive. Taking fun pics with you friends can make things feel more official and fun, plus after trying on all the dresses you can pick which one you liked best, based on the pictures. Besides it's always fun to stage a fashion show :)
I hope I helped somehow! Do you have any shopping tips? Put them in the comments :) Hope y'all have fun shopping!!!

Blogtober: Best Blog Award



Hey guys! It's Saturday!! The best day of the week. I had a pretty good Friday. I spent it drinking butterbeer and catching up on shows. Pretty much the Friday night dream, I know.

Anyways I just want to thank Once Upon a Book for nominating me for Best Blog Award. It honestly made my day :) She's got a great book blog! Definitely check her blog out!!


Here are the rules:

  1. Thank and Follow the blog that has nominated you. 
  2. Tell us 11 things about you. 
  3. Answer the questions that were set up for you. 
  4. Nominate some blogs and make your questions for them. 
Facts:
  1. I really like British T.V Shows. I love Skins and My Mad Fat Diary
  2. I love chai lattes
  3. I procrastinate a lot. I'm known for staying up late finally starting that essay that was assigned two weeks ago. I somehow still do well.
  4. I'm vegetarian. Have been fro over three years. 
  5. I play What Sarah Said on the Piano when I'm sad.
  6. My favorite animal used to be a cheetah, but then people made fun of me by calling me gazelle which is what cheetahs eat. So I had to change my favorite animal
  7. I love the twilight movies, even though I deny it half the time
  8. I feel like my handwriting is messier when I right in pen.
  9. I have shoulder length hair. I used to have long hair. Almost down to my waist. Everyone didn't want me to cut it. No one could picture me with short hair. But then I did it, I loved it, and now no one can picture me with short hair. 
  10. The oldest friend I have is Marianne from Marianne Says... we meet in kindergarten and got close in middle school.
  11. I cry a lot. Books make me cry, Movies make me cry, Seeing other people cry makes me cry. I can't help it. My friends like to make fun of me for, but I can't help it. 


Questions:

1. Which is/was your favorite subject
Like book genre? Or like school subject? My favorite book genre right now is contemporary. I love reading contemporary because it deals with more real life problems and how to overcome them. I don't know I've just been finding myself being able to relate to these books the most. 
As for school, I don't really have a favorite subject. I do love english, but I hate doing essay's. I like History but some parts can be boring. I guess I'd have to say english minus the essays.

2. Be brave: What is your most shameful characteristic?
Okay. I tend to push people away. Keep them arms length. I can't help it. I love my friends I do, and I trust them and all that, I just have issues with getting super close to people. I feel bad about it sometimes but I can't help it. 

3. Which book is your guilty pleasure? 
Hmm It'll probably have to be Dark Visions by L.J Smith. I love the trilogy and I love how now you can buy all three in one book, or volume I guess. I love it, it's kinda corny but in the best way possible! 

4. What social media you use the most?
To be honest I'm not really a social media person, but being a blogger kind of makes me a social media person. But the one social media networks that has always been my favorite is tumblr. It's Fangirl paradise. I'm on it every day, posting things, reblogging things, putting links up etc.

5. Which book you have in your TBR and you have been procrastinating too much into reading it?
Okay, don't kill me, but The Hunger Games. I read the first one and I never picked up the rest. I know I know I'm terrible! It's just other books kept getting in the way. Like Divergent. And The Darkest Minds, and others.

6. Choose a recent movie toon. Why did you picked him/her? 
I don't think I'm answering this correctly but I've been obsessed with Willamette Stone. They're not a real band, but the do have real songs. For those of you who don't know, Willamette Stone is the fictional band from If I Stay. I love Heart Like Yours. 

7. Which book are you reading right now? 
I'm reading Melt by Selene Castrovilla. I don't want to talk to much about it cuz I'm going to be doing a review on it, but I'm not to happy with it at the moment.

8. Name a Disney Princess for rating the last book you read and explain why. 
Jasmine. Because Queen of Someday is about a princess and her quest to fall in love. Unfortunately for her, she does, but not with the guy she's supposed to marry. Like Jasmine Sophie struggles to be powerful in a time when men and politics rule. 

9. How did you decided to start reading that book?
I decided to read Queen of Someday because I like historical fiction but I don't read enough of it. So I thought I'd give it a try

10. Name a Blogger and a BookTuber worth the time... 
Booktuber everyone should check out is probably PolandandBanannaBooks. She just says what everyone is thinking, and can fangirl with the rest of us. 
As far as Book Blogs go, I love Oh The Books

My Nominations
  1. Marianne
  2. Noelia
  3. Cecil
My Questions:
  1. Which fictional world would you live in?
  2. Which song describes you favorite book?
  3. Favorite Kids show?
  4. One thing you can't live without?
  5. How has blogging impacted you life?
  6. Favorite Book to movie adaptation?
  7. Fictional Boyfriend? (feel free to pick more than one option)
  8. Favorite Halloween Memory?
  9. Describe you style.
  10. Picture perfect friday night?
  11. Go to fall outfit?

Blogtober: Favorite Books




Well, I'm a book blogger. I like books. You could even say i'm borderline obsessed. I can't really pick just one book, it's like asking a mother what child is her favorite. You just can't do that.As of right now I', really loving Contemporary novels and I absolutely love every single one of the books I mentioned on my Top Ten Contemporary Novels. Here are some of my favorite books, in no particular order.

Ever by Gail Carson. This was the book that started it all. My love affair with reading begun with this book. I was about 11 and it took me two days to read it. I was in love with every aspect of the book.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. If you've been on my blog before, you know that I love this book to death. I raved about this book so many times. It's amazing! This book got to me and made me see things differently.

Harry Potter Books by J.K Rowling. Because I'm a Harry Potter addict.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I read this series when I was in fifth grade and I loved every moment of it. The characters are awesome, the storyline is superb, pretty much everything about these books was on point!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Do I really need to explain? Didn't think so.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman. When I think of this book, I think about the aching hurt I felt when I read it. But I also think of hope and love and family. It's a great mix of hope and sadness.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I read this when I was in fifth grade after finishing the Inkheart Trilogy. I love this series. Its awesome. I've never read a book like this. It's post apocalyptic, but Scott Westerfeld does it so differently!


Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Because It's one of the best books i've read in a really long time.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. The Infernal devices is amazing. Every aspect is perfection. But this book in particular stole my heart, destroyed it,  and put it back together. THAT EPILOGUE THOUGH!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This book is haunting. It makes you think about the things you do, say, even think about other people. It's sad, but it's through that sadness that you can understand the effect you can have on someone.

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I love this book. My blog is even named after it. It's prose is simple. But nothing about that book is simple. It's so raw, and real, and gritty, that you can't help but love each one of the characters. And as a reader, forming friendships like that with characters, is  all I can ask for.

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. She's one of my favorite authors ever. She's got a great sad, haunting, creepy, but funny way of telling a story. It's pretty awesome. I actually read Ink Exchange first, but as soon as I read WL I was hooked.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. NOAH SHAW. Okay he's not the only reason the books on the list. The series is awesome, but the first book is like WOAH WTF? It's creepy, scary, funny, romantic, cute, in other words the fangirl emotions run high while reading this book!

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Blogtober: Falling For Autumn

Today was a nostalgic, "what if-ing" kind of day. Thus I felt like a comfy, chunky knit sweater was the best way to go. I know I mentioned this before, but sweaters and skirts are my fall go to outfit. It's comfortable while still being cute and fashionable. Sometimes it's accessories that make the outfit you know?I dressed it up with some knee high socks that I absolutely fell in love with. I also added a floral necklace to help lighten up the outfit. 











Somehow it's already the middle of October. I know it sounds cheesy to say but as slow as time seems to go, once you look back, it actually went by really fast. I don't even know if that made sense.  I guess what i'm trying to say (and failing at) is that time has flown without me even noticing. Maybe it's because today's one of those nostalgic days when you can't help but think of what if moments and the could have been times. Because sometimes you look back at what you've done, and you're kind of like "what the fuck am I doing with my life". You might regret not having done something, doing things too late. Maybe we just have those what if ideas because we want more out of life. Maybe we just look for the ways we could have gotten to where we wanted instead of looking down the road you're on.   


Forever 21 Sweater: Somewhat Close (sorry I bought the sweater over a year ago!)
Forever 21 Similar: Necklace
Charlotte Russe Exact: Socks
Charlotte Russe Similar: Shoes 

Blogtober Waiting on Wednesday

Release Date: December 23, 2014 (Just in time for Christmas!!!)
Book: We Should Hang Out Sometime
Author: Josh Sundquist
The Basics:A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker. Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend. For twenty-three hours. In eighth grade. Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong? The results of Josh's semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places.







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Why do I want to read it?

This books just seems so endearing and cute and quirky. I just need to get my hands on this!! I honestly feel like I'll love it. And it's even a true story!! I feel like this could be a fun, relatable read

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Blogtober: Teaser Tuesday





"His eyes fill with light, so beautiful. I watch the pain melt from them. Drip, drip, drip it shrinks down, it just shrivels away till it's gone. They're happy now. He's happy." (pg. 57)












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Blogtober: My Biggest Fear


I couldn't help the Harry Potter quote. I had a Harry Potter Marathon yesterday, and well I'm still high on the feels. Anyway, everyone is scared of something. For some people it's something tangible, like a cliff, or spiders. For other's it's something we can't hold but we can sense it, like not achieving a goal, not being enough. For most of us our fears our a mix of the two. Here are mine.

  1. I'm terrified of roller coasters. I don't like them. I don't like feeling like i'm going to die. I happen to like my feet flat on the floor. 
  2. I'm really scared that I'll reach for the stars and just fall straight on my ass. In other words, I'm scared I won't be able to make my dream come true. After all how many people actually get to be authors? 
  3. Like many other people on this planet, spiders unnerve me. I'm much like Ron Weasley in this regard. Maybe it's the eyes, or the legs, or the fact that they paralyze their prey. Whatever it is, I don't like them, they're creepy and thats the whole of it.
  4. I'm scared of the future or more accurately growing up. It's one thing being a teen in their parents house. It's another to walk out of you home and face the world for what it is. Not what you hope it is. Not even what you think it is. What it actually is. And that is scary. 
Fears are fears. And you have to have them. You have to feel them. You just gotta buck up, scream a little if need be, and try to accept it and move on. If you're really brave you can face them. Like Harry. He was brave, faced his demons, did what he had to do, and despite it all, he ended up happy. And in the end that's all anyone wants, what anyone can ask for. 



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Blogtober: Queen Of Someday Book Review

Release Date: October 17, 2014
Book: Queen of Someday
Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Number of Pages:262
Source: Netgalley  (I received this in exchange for an honest review)
The Basics:
ONE GIRL WILL BRING AN EMPIRE TO ITS KNEES...
Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.
Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.
Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.
In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?
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My Musings:

If i'm going to be totally honest today, I was dreading reading this book. No, not dreading, but I really wasn't looking forward to it. I thought it was going to be some cheesy romance novel with a couple of history moments here and there. I'm glad to say that this book proved me wrong. It's not the best book i've ever read, but it's actually pretty good.

Character wise, the author did an amazing job making the characters realistic and developed them in a way you could relate to.  I loved how kick-ass Sophie was. She's a good fighter, archer, horse rider, and yet she can also be the epitome of ladyness. The only thing that kind of caught me of guard was Peter's turn to the darkside, if you will. I thought that it was kind of unwarranted. Not really set into his character, you know. Like he's supposed to be this spoiled kid who doesn't know any better, and then he just looses it. I mean I know that the synopsis says he is sadistic but you don't really see it until the end of the book. I guess it made sense, but I wish there had been more development and not just a spontaneous twist. I loved Alexander and Sergei. They were pretty solid characters, nothing really too special about them.

I think the author did a pretty good job with the plot. At times it was a bit predictable and other times I was just sitting there with my jaw open, in shock. It was a  pretty good balance. This was more plot driven. Which I think is why the neglected developing Sergei and Alexander further, or making Sophie's relationship with Rina more evident. But I think those weaker aspects are okay because the plot was pretty strong. The path the book to end was perfect and well written. The ending definitely left me wanting to have the next book to read.


I usually just do a romance bit, but I feel like for this book I'm going to relationship type of paragraph thing. Okay, Ficklin, like I said before, put some aspects of the book on the back burner because the book was more plot driven. There are four fully developed relationships in the book. Sophie and the Queen, Sophie and Alexander, Sophie and Peter, and  Sophie and Sergei. Everyone else's relationships are established but you never really delve into the relationships. Like Sophie and Rina are best friends but I didn't feel like they were. I felt like that moved a bit fast and wasn't developed enough. 


I liked the romance. Was I the only one who at the very beginning thought that she was going to fall for Sergei and not Alexander? I was biased to this thought for more than half the book. As a result I didn't really appreciate the relationship between Alexander and Sophie. I think at one point I though Alexander was messing around to get Sophie sent away. After I accepted my ship wasn't going to happen I definitely rooted for Alexander and Sophie. It wasn't insta-lovey, but there wasn't some great lead in to it. *sigh* They were a cute couple. 


I'm not a fan of surprises but i'm glad this book surprised me. I'm glad that it exceeded my expectations and proved itself to be a good book. I recommend this book to those who like Historical Fiction or read those Dear America books as a kid. 



Coffee For this Book: A nice warm Macchiato. 

My Rating



Blogtober: Versatile Blogger Award


Wow! This is my second award nomination this month!! Thank you so much Cecil! You should definitely go check her blog out its amazing! It's strange when I first started this blog, it was strictly a book blog, no outfits, advice, nothing but books. But somewhere along my blogging journey I realized that as much as I love book blogging, I should be open to doing other things. I shouldn't put a limit on myself, and I don't want to. So then I did advice posts, then came some OOTD posts, and this month I've done a lot of non book posts and it's been really fun. Its really awesome that other people like my other posts as much as my regular book posts.

Rules:

1.    Show the award on your blog.
2.    Thank the person who nominated you.
3.    Share 7 facts about yourself.
4.    Nominate 15 blogs.
5.    Link your nominees’ blogs and let them know.

Seven facts about your truly:

  1. I have an unhealthy obsession with The Blacklist. I finished the entire season in less than 4 days all put together. 
  2. I've met lots of authors. I've met Cassandra Clare twice, I've met Melissa De La Cruz twice, I've met John Green, I've met Stephen Chbosky, I've met Richelle Mead and a few others.
  3. I'm terrified of driving. I'm 16 and i've driven a grand total of 5 times. For some reason it's scary to me. I mean what if I crash the car, hit a mailbox, or worse kill a squirrel.
  4. My go to outfit is a skirt and a sweater. I can't help it. It looks so cute and it's soo comfortable!
  5. I've been listening to Willamette Stone for the past 5 weeks. They're the fictional band from If i Stay, and they only have 6 songs, but I swear i'm addicted. My favorites are "Heart Like Mine" and "I Want What You Have"
  6. I have one older sister, an older brother and a younger brother, making me the middle child! 
  7. When it gets cold enough I love wearing scarves. Its really bad. Among my friends i'm known for my scarves and sweaters. 
My Nominations:( I don't actually know 15 blogs to nominate for this award so I modified the number)

Blogotber: The Evolution of Mara Dyer Book Review

Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Number of Pages: 527
The Basics : Mara never thought it could get worse, but she is proved wrong and things go from bad to worse. After finding out that Jude, her ex-boyfriend is alive she is committed to a mental institute. Mara soon realizes that the things that she thought were just in her head are not, she learns more about her past, and most importantly she learns more about her strange, powerful, and very dangerous abilities with the help of her boyfriend Noah Shaw. 






My Musings:

 After reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I found myself in shock and couldn't wait to read the second book in the trilogy. So once I got my hands on The Evolution of Mara Dyer, I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I wanted to know what would happen to Mara now that her ex-boyfriend is now back from the dead, as well as what would happen with her and the handsome, mysterious Noah Shaw. As I held the book in my hands I began to prepare myself for the craziness Mara and Noah might uncover.
      As soon as I finished the first page I was hooked. I loved how creepy and enigmatic the book was. Right away you find yourself on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what’s going on with Mara. Is she really crazy? Is she possessed? Or is something more going on? The weird mental patients and the crazy things that Jude did left me both creeped out and worried for Mara and Noah. The author did a fantastic job writing the book without giving anything away. I was left guessing and grasping for anything that could answer one of my many questions.
     I loved how the author took the time to develop other characters. I loved Jamie and his funny sarcasm and witty comments; he definitely lightened the mood throughout the whole book. Jamie was a great character and I loved having him back as Mara’s close friends. He definitely added some sass to this book, which I loved. Daniel, Mara’s older brother quickly became one of my favorite characters second only to the ever passionate Noah Shaw. I loved how Daniel was still able to be that annoying older brother, quipping jokes at Mara, and was also was able to be sweet and sensitive to Mara’s situation.
     Though the creepy factor was high throughout the whole book there were no shortages of Noah and Mara moment, or any witty quotes form Noah. I really liked how Noah was constantly there for Mara, and how he did everything he could for her. I personally found it a little annoying how dependent Mara was on Noah in the beginning of the novel, but as I got further in Mara became more independent. I didn't think it was possible to love Noah more than I did in the last book, but I do!
     I clearly loved the romance factor of the book. It was honestly on point. The only thing that bothered me was, like I mentioned, Mara's dependence on Noah, but at the same time I understand because she herself is unraveling.
     The last chapters were wild! There was a crazy twist that I never saw coming. And by the end of the book I was in a big state of shock, and I couldn't believe what had happened. This book will leave you breathless, shocked and sad.

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Blogtober: Fictional Boyfriend Tag

1. Most romantic boyfriend

Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars. Because a) he says things like "It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you" and b) because he used his last wish to take Hazel to Amsterdam to meet her idol!! If that's not romantic I don't know what is.

2. Dark and moody bad boy with a good side

I'm going to have to go with Ash from The Iron Fey series. He's got this bad boy charm that had me swoony from the moment he showed up. But he's also moody and really closed off, but when he does show his emotions it's really deep and well swoon worthy!

3. Paranormal boyfriend

Cole st Clair from the Shiver Series and Sinner. He's a werewolf. That's pretty supernatural to me. I love Cole, I even wrote him a letter after I finished Sinner. He's amazing, he's musically talented, sweet, romantic.

4. Boyfriend you want to tame

Adrian Ivashkov from the Vampire Academy series. He's got a bad boy edge and I honestly almost picked him for number two, but I feel like he fits better under this category because his "bad boy" traits can be harmful to himself you know? I feel like I could get him to take care of himself better and just be not so self destructive.

5. Boy you friend zoned

Oliver Hazard Perry from the Blue Bloods Series. I'm soo sorry Oliver, I love you, I love you like Schuyler loves you, as a friend.

6. Your soul mate

Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices. For my birthday my friend drew me a picture of me in a library and Will. Will is just everything you know? He's sweet and funny and witty, and cute, and romantic, and has a bad boy edge but has an amazing heart. So there you have it folks I fell in love with a Shadowhunter.


7. Boyfriend you want to elope with

Kishan from The Tiger's Curse Series. I love Kishan sooo much! Okay if you haven't noticed by now, I have a serious thing for bad boys. Like no joke. I can't help it. And Kishan is no exception. But he's got a super soft and romantic side. He's also really impulsive and persuasive, so if any one could get me to just elope, it would be him.

8. Boyfriend you'd venture anywhere with

Adam from If I stay. For some reason I feel like I could really trust Adam to know what he's doing, to make sure i'm okay, and make me feel comfortable wherever it is we're at. Plus he could sing music on the way, and write some songs while I write on my blog or my stories.

9. Boyfriend you'd want to be stranded on a desert island with

Ren Laroche from the Nightshade Series. I feel like he could keep the both us alive and keep it interesting and maybe even fun. Honestly I adore Ren, he's charming and funny so I think we'd get along really well. Plus he's a werewolf so he can hunt and scare away other things that could potentially try to eat us.

10. Most badass boyfriend

Tobias Eaton from Divergent because how could I not pick him. He not only an amazing person but he can do pretty much anything he sets his mind to. He can kick ass and be a leader and yet have a soft side.

The Original Tag:

People I tag:
 Noelia @ A Day in Bookland
Patty @ A Bookish Wonderlove

Any one else who wants to do it go for it! Link up your tag in the comments, i'd love to check it out!!

Blogtober: Favorite Quotes and Why

I couldn't pick just one quote so here are four, well really five of my favorite quotes. I did another post recently where I did best advice i've ever received if you're feeling extra quote-y today :)

"The sun still rises even with the pain"- The Head and The Heart

I love this quote! I even have this on my wall. I love the song too! It's so beautiful and calm and just yeah... It's called Another Story, in case you were curious. I like it because of the realness and simplicity of it. You might not be happy but a new day will dawn. So you'll go through that day and end stronger maybe even happier. The sun will shine and you might not feel like dealing with the day doesn't mean you shouldn't seize it. Because let's face it if you're going to feel like shit, all you can do is feel it, accept it, just don't let it ruin you day, or week, or month.

"We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably hopeless, we just have to believe we're worth fixing" -John Green (with my twist at the end)

I'm an optimistic person most of the time. I like to look at the bright side whenever possible and this quote really speaks to me because it's a reminder that you should never lose hope because you can naver ever be so broken that you can't fix yourself. I do think, however, you have to believe you're worth fixing in order for this quote to be true. And who ever you are, I promise that you are 110% worth fixing, and that whatever it is you're going through you'll come out the other end because you can fix yourself and be better for it later. 

"For to have faith is to have wings"-Peter Pan

I actually want this tattooed. I haven't decided where, either my wrist, side, or back. I love this quote because it's so true. If you have faith in your dreams, in yourself, in life, in those you love, in you happiness, anything is possible, you might as well be able to fly. Isn't that what we all want. To just fly straight to our dreams? Happiness? It's important to remember that having faith can be everything. I guess in the words of Mary Margret, "Even believing in the possibility of a happy ending is a powerful thing"

"One can find happiness even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light"-Dumbledore

Oh how I love Dumbledore. As much as I love all these quotes I love this one just a tad bit more. It's profound and simple at the same time, you know? What I get from this is that you control your happiness. If you want to feel sad and want to stay in the dark leave the lights off but when your ready to be happy just look for the light switch. You're going to have bad times but you'll be okay, you can find the little things that make you happy. It's possible to be happy even when you're sad. Like if you have a bad day (week, month) and something happens and you smile. It could be small like a cup of tea, or a Harry Potter Movie, or a good book, a rainy day, a lucky penny. 


Blogtober is hosted by  The Daily Tay and Helene in Between

Blogtober: Top Ten Tuesday


  1. Hogwarts. No one who has ever read Harry Potter can not say they have not been dying to go to Hogwarts. I mean come on, its Hogwarts
  2. Narnia. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. How awesome would it be to go here. To just be surrounded by mythical creatures, wear princess dresses, make friends with some fauns.
  3. Inkworld. Inkheart trilogy. I loved this trilogy as a kid. It's still one of my favorite book series ever. 
  4. Hogsmead from Harry Potter. Because I would LOVE to have some butter beer!
  5. Blackfriars Bridge. After reading The Infernal Devices I really wanted to go to London and stand on the Blackfriars Bridge. 
  6. Amsterdam. I never really thought twice about Amsterdam until TFIOS.I meam I wanted to go to the Anne Frank house and go there because of the history but I never really thought of it as a place I would desperately want to visit. In the movie it looked beautiful and in the books it's description really drew me in.
  7. Genovia from the Princess Diaries. For the longest time I actually thought this was a real place. I was absolutely heartbroken when I found out it wasn't real place at all.
  8. Idris from The City of Glass. How cool would it be to be a shadowhunter! To be a shadowhunter in Idris! *sigh* 
  9. Rivendell from The Lordof the Rings. It seems like such a safe, calm place to be. 
  10. Neverland from Peter Pan. It's got mermaids, fairies, and pirates oh my! And you get to just play and have fun and not worry about things, and best of all you get to stay a kid. 






Blogtober: Favorite Fall Recipe

A few years ago I was perusing the internet and found this little gold nugget: White Hot Chocolate on Gimme Some Oven.  I love making this around fall time all the way to the ends of winter. Its delicious,sweet, and oh so yummy!

Homemade White Hot Chocolate

4 cups of milk of your choice (or you can substitute heavy cream or half and half, or do a mixture)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 oz. white chocolate or white chocolate chips
whipped cream or marshmallows for topping ( I like to use peppermint whipped cream, it's amazing)

DIRECTIONS:

Stir together milk, vanilla and chopped white chocolate in a medium  Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the white hot chocolate comes to a simmer.  (Do not let it come to a boil.)  Remove from heat and serve immediately, topped with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.




Some of my other fall faves:

  1. Pumpkin Spice Latte
  2.  Pecan Pie
  3. Pumpkin Pie Pudding
  4. Chai Spiced Apple Cider (I haven't actually tried this one yet but I hope to soon!)


Blogtober: Best Advice I've Ever Been Given

"When in a battle between logic and the heart always go with your heart because believe me or not your heart knows what will make you happy better than your mind does" --My Brother

“So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” --Stephen Chbosky, Perks of Being a Wallflower


" Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it." --Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 


"Never trust a duck"--Will Herondale, The Infernal Devices

"You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices." -- Augustus Waters, TFIOS 

Blogtober: One Lovely Blog Award


Hi Guys!! It's Saturday. Possibly one of my favorite days of the week. I most likely spent Friday night on Netflix and didn't go to bed until the wee hours of the morning. So I woke up late. It feels so nice to wake up late, make myself breakfast while dancing in the kitchen. It's one of my favorite things. I also love blogging on Saturday mornings.

So incase you haven't read the title or noticed the giant picture, i've been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by the always awesome, Cecil.  So sorry it took me forever to actually make this post, but better late than never right? Thanks Cecil, it's so awesome to be nominated for something like this. Thanks to +Lori Lawson @ Pure Imagination for giving me my blog design.

Alrighty peoples here are the rules:

1.    You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2.    You must list the rules and display the award.
3.    You must add 7 facts about yourself.
4.    You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5.    You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Now for some not so interesting facts about the one and only, ME! :)

1. My favorite poet of all time is Pablo Neruda coming in a not so close second is John Keats. Gotta love those romantic poets
2. I'm a part of so many fandoms it's a wonder i'm even functioning half the time. I'm part of Sherlock, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, TVD, The 100, Falling Skies, Blacklist, Anything Cassandra Clare has written, Cinder, etc Fandom.
3. I'm a terrible singer and I don't care.
4. I love going to coffee shops and writing.
5. My favorite weather is cold and preferably raining. I'll take any excuse to wear giant sweaters, or jumpers as the Brits call them,
6. I went to Costa Rica for my 15th birthday instead of having quinceƱera. I met some mokey's, saw some alligators and went white water rafting.
7. I love listening to disney music when i'm studying or doing hw.

My Nominations:
1. Marianne @ Marianne Says
2. Noelia @ A Day in Bookland
3. Holly @ Holly, Quills, and Ivy
4. Katie @ The Parisian Wannabe
5.Jules @ The Book of Jules
6. Sabrina @ Sabrina's Stories
7. DeDee @ The Collection of Knowledge
8. Kayla @ The Thousand Lives
9. Kathy @ The Novelty of Life
10. Thea @ Thea Woods
11. Lola @ Hit or Miss Books
12. Kate @ WTF Kate?
13. Amy @ The Willow Web
14. Haley @ Water Painted Dreams
15. Patty @ A Bookish Wonderlove



 
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