Thoughts on Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Spoiler Free)

This is the first time I have ever had to experience the waiting for the next book in a series. Usually, I’m a little late to the game and I can snag book after book without the agony of waiting for months for the newest installment. Not this time. I read Red Queen one humid day in January, and was okay with waiting a month for Glass Sword. HAHAHA joke’s on me.  I was a genius and decided to wait for the library to get a copy. It didn’t get here until September, and now here I am, mid way through October, typing this post.


Glass Sword was just as action packed and suspenseful as Red Queen. From page one, I was raving and rioting about the events that go on. I grew to love characters, question characters, and even mourn a few characters as well (I may or may not have cried). Being able to see Shade and the connection he and Mare have is so heartwarming; I understand now why Aveyard wrote such a buildup to that relationship in the first book. Better yet, seeing the entire Barrow family together was beautiful.  What Mare is trying to achieve was inspiring and cringe-worthy at the same time. The way she goes about achieving these goals was a little questionable, especially towards the end. Honestly, it’s what anyone would expect from a teenager that all of a sudden needs to be a “hero”. I now root for Cal more than ever because he’s a teddy bear, and I love him. I will say the pacing of the story was weird. It happened in the first book as well. It had a very fast pace and tons of intense action followed by chapter after chapter of agonizingly slow story-building. Will this stop me from reading King’s Cage? Nope! I love this series and am patiently waiting for the next book!

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

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This book was worth the year and a half wait. I wanted to wait until my local library got a copy, and it took a LONG while. I knew that half the book was short adult fiction, so I didn’t want to buy in case I didn’t like it. It sounds mean but now, other people can enjoy this incredible collection of stories and essays for free.  The fiction was beautiful. Adult fiction isn’t my favorite genre, so I can’t wholeheartedly say that I enjoyed every minute of it. I did enjoy how easy it was to get into them. The stories pulled me in and kept me guessing until the end. They had wonderful twists in the plot that weren’t completely unexpected, but still enough to keep me going to the end. The short stories also had this mysterious element to them. Marina purposefully left a sort of  “elephant in the room” in these short stories. They weren’t hard to figure out but, they were never truly confirmed either. Her essays are works of art. Instead of being painted, they were typed. These essays put into words my feelings and outlook on life right now. Well, most of them do. I don’t have a gluten allergy, so I can’t relate 100% to that essay. Reading this book in my very early 20’s was one of the best decisions I’ve made. While this book isn’t life changing, knowing that there was someone else with these ideals, a person who was twice as smart and possibly had a brighter future than I do, makes me not feel like complete misfit.  Highly recommend!

Lipsticks to Try for Fall 2016

Hi Lovelies!

Fall has arrived, and it’s finally time to start getting out the deeper, richer, and warmer colors. The best way we ring in autumn in the south is through the colors that we wear. There are the brave few who wear sweaters and long sleeves (me), but other than that, colors. are. key. One of my favorite ways to get into  the fall spirit is lipstick! A few of these are oldies AND goodies, some are newer, some are a little more expensive and others are super affordable. There’s something for everyone!!

 

 

Nudes and Everyday: When I think of fall nudes, dusty  and warm undertones cross my mind. It’s such a subtle way to get into the fall spirit without going full vampy, if that’s not your thing. Nudes are also a bit hard for me to find. Traditional nudes are too light for my coloring, but brown nudes are too dark and look like a statement lip. It’s taken me forever and a day to find those in the middle shades that will work for tan skin tones.  A few of these champions are MAC’s Stone, Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Ashton, and Maybelline Color Sensational in Untainted Spice . Stone has that dustier undertone, while Ashton and Untainted Spice have the really warm bases.

Dark Red: WOOP WOOP! Time to pull out the burgundy and wine colors! Revlon’s Black Cherry and Maybelline Creamy Matte in Divine Wine are the two reds I wear ALL through the “colder” months. (update I found my perfect bright, red lipstick -stay tuned!)

Berries: If there is a better season to fit in berry colors besides Fall, LET ME KNOW. Berry tones are my favorites to wear. It’s a bold color, but not too bold because of the pink base they usually have. Berry colors really suit me and I wear them throughout the year, but when September rolls around, that’s when it gets really exciting! A few products to check out are MAC’s Rebel, Maybelline’s Color Jolt Lip Paint in Berry Naughty( a really good dupe for Rebel!! I decided not to swatch both to save my lips), and the LA Colors Matte Lipstick in Enduring. Enduring can be found at the dollar store. Talk about beauty on  budget!!