Friday, October 25, 2013

Divergent Trilogy Review


      The Divergent Trilogy takes place in a Dystopian version of Chicago. In this version of Chicago, everyone is divided into what they call factions. These factions classify what type of personality you have. There are 5 factions and the faction less. The faction less are similar to homeless. The five factions are Candor, Dauntless, Abnegation, Amity and Erudite. Each faction have its own ideals and values. The Abnegation value selflessness, Candor value honesty, Dauntless value bravery, Amity value peace, and Erudite value knowledge. Every person gets to choose their faction. At the age of 16 every person takes aptitude test, this is to see which faction you would be best suited for. However, it is not mandatory to choose the faction that your aptitude test says you are be best suited for.
     Beatrice Prior was born into a Abnegation family, but consistently struggles with being selfless. When she takes the aptitude test she receives results that are startling. Her results give her 3 factions that she is suitable for. This is because she is Divergent. Beatrice had never heard of Divergent. This is because being Divergent is not only rare, but extremely dangerous. At the choosing ceremony, Beatrice chooses to leave her birth faction to join Dauntless. Beatrice not only leaves her faction behind, but also her name. She changes her name to Tris. During the initiation training period, Tris meets and begins dating one of the trainers, Four. 
     Throughout the trilogy, Tris, Four, and many of their friends fight to save the city from destruction multiple times, they discover the truth about Divergents, whats outside their city and so much more than they ever expected to learn. They shared this truth with the city, which eventually led to the city to become a metropolis where the citizens are free to come and go as they wish. 
     I rated this series a 5 of 5 stars. It is written incredibly well. The world building is phenomenal. Character development was amazing. I definitely recommend the series.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall Fortune Cookie Soap Box


     This season's Fortune Cookie Soap box actually came about a week and a half ago, but I have been suffering from some sort of cold and was really not up to doing much. Anyways, in this season's box came: 
  • "Pick of The Patch" Personal Space
  • "<Insert Cookie Cutter Name Here>" Bath Oil
  • "You're Insecure, Donut What for..." #fall Milk Bath
  • "I Yam What I Yam" Said the Marshmallow" Whipped Cream
  • Leeeaaf Piiiile!!" Bath Fizzy
  • "Cranberry + Apple = FTW" Wax Tart
  • "Autumn Daze" Fortune Cookie Soap
  • "Indian Summer" OCD Handsanitizer

The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch


Title: Revenge Of The Witch
Series: The Last Apprentice
Author: Joseph Delaney
Rating: 2/5 Stars
     Revenge of the Witch is about a Thomas Ward's journey to become a Spook's apprentice. A spook is someone in the profession of ridding the county of evil entities. To become a Spook one must be the seventh son of a seventh son. Which is important, for reasons I have yet to figure out. Maybe I missed it while readying? Anyway, Tom is given a trial period to for the current Spook to test him to see if he is up to the task of being a Spook. During this trial period Tom begins training, one of the Spook's rules is to stay away from girls, specificly girls with pointy shoes. Well, this is one rule that Tom breaks and it gets him to to quite a bit of trouble...
     I did end up liking to book but I still only rated the book 2 stars due to how long it took to really get into the thick of things. The first 3/4 of the book is pretty dull. However, after reading the second one I found that the detail Delaney put into describing each character's personality during the first 3/4, really made understanding of characters thought process much more enjoyable. Specifically, Alice (the girl with the pointy shoes), Alice's character development was really interesting because you get to see ( umm, read) her struggle with good and evil, and deciding whether or not she is going to go against her witch aunt. 


     

Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Review: Nyx In The House Of Night: Mythology, Folklore, & Religion in the P.C. & Kristin Cast Vampyre Series

Book: Nyx In The House Of Night
Rating: 3/5 Stars
     Nyx In The House Of Night is a collection of essays by numerous young adult. Aurthors about the mythology, religion and folklore incorporated into the House Of Night series. I was rather disappointed in this book. As a book thats sole purpose is to discuss the mythology and folklore that was used as inspiration for this book, most of the essays didn't include the actual myths or stories that where discussed. Instead there where many references to other works, that I am going to assume contains the actual myths or folklore. This was a huge turn off for me. Also there are some rather dry parts in the book. However, the book does hold quite a bit of interesting information. 
     I particularly enjoyed P.C. Cast's essay, which goes into who characters are based off of and her research journeys for the books. She also includes the actual stories that inspired her as well as a breakdown of some of the characters names, who they where based off of and the mythology behind the names and/or characters. Overall, I really think that more of the myths and folklore should have been included, but the book was packed with interesting information.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August IPSY

     I received my August IPSY bag today. This month they went with a Glamour Academy theme, which is very fitting since this month everyone is returning to school. As usual the products came in a cute little pouch, this month's pouch is a pretty purple with gold IPSY Glamour Academy crescent on it.
 Inside the bag:
  • Pacifica ALIGHT Multi-Mineral BB Cream all-in-one with shade matching technology. This looks a little too dark when I squirted a little out but when i put it on my hand to check it matched my skin tone perfectly, and left a shimmery finish.
  •  Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial scrub.
  •  Noya Vanilla Lip Balm. This feels great on the lips but the smell of vanilla is a little to strong for my liking.
  •  Pixi Lash Booster Mascara. This is the cutest little tube of mascara.
  •  Nailtini nail varnish in Mai Tai (Lacquer 107). Pretty coral color.


     I will post a review next month with my open box. Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10. Michelle Phan curates the bags! Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/?refer=u-hgvcsdaz3b351874

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Book Review: The Funhouse by Dean Koontz

Book: The Funhouse
Author: Dean Koontz
Rating: 3/5 Stars
     I began this book with no expectations,  only hoping for a good read. A number of times I considered not finishing the book, until about 2/3rds of the way in. The last 1/3rd picked up enough to make up for the immense amount of boredom I endured during the first 2/3rds. Turns out Koontz was given the task of turning a movie manuscript into a novel. Which explains quite a bit. That can't be an easy task to go back and add enough back story and detail to create a novel. Knowing that in addition to the last 1/3rd of the book is the only reason I gave it 3 stars. Otherwise, I very likely would have rated it a 1.
     The Funhouse is about a girl named Ellen who falls in love with a carnival man named Conrad. Ellen runs away and marries Conrad after a few short weeks of dating. Turns out Conrad is very self hating and takes his issues out on Ellen though physical abuse. Until Ellen becomes pregnant. Ellen gives birth to a heavily deformed child (Victor) who she thoroughly despises. So much so, she kills the child with her bare hands, Convincing herself that the child is evil. Which, sends Conrad into a rage. After calming down from his rage, Conrad allows Ellen to live, vowing to himself that one day when she has "normal" children whom she loves, he will attain revenge. Conrad vows to kill Ellen's children, just how she did his Victor.  Ellen does go on to remarry and have "normal" children. However, she carries with her a fear that she has birthed evil children just as she did with Victor but these children are evil on the inside. Ellen spends her time drowning in alcohol and religion. Religion to ward of the evil (which she is convinced she has birthed, and alcohol to cope). After many years Conrad finally runs across Ellen's "normal" children. He uses Gunther, who is is son from another marriage, turns out Gunther is also heavily deformed and enjoys raping and killing. To Conrad Gunther is a gift from Satan, to be used to execute his revenge. Conrad's revenge is to take place in his Funhouse,  but his plans don't go exactly as planned... 

Ipsy

     I have decided to start doing open box and reviews for my ipsy subscription. Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription box that sends you 4-5 beauty related products for jsut $10. Michelle Phan curates the bags! Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/?refer=u-hgvcsdaz3b351874   
     Stay tuned for my August open box coming soon!!!