Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review - The Selection by Kiera Cass


Image and Synopsis from Goodreads.com

Title: The Selection
Author: Keira Cass
Genre: Teens, Young Adult, Distopia, Romance
Format: Paperback
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: April 24, 2012
Source: Purchased



Synopsis:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined




My Thoughts:
Kiera Cass is a talented writer, that bring unique and imaginative story lines, characters, and worlds to life. The premise of this book is a wonderful change from other dystopian novels I have read recently. And although there is a competition of sorts, as in other books, the selection brings a unique twist to the genre.


The Selection, although a dystopian Young Adult book, is decidedly different from other dystopian books I have read as of late. The world Kiera Cass creates in this story is a post war united states, much like in other books. Similar to Hunger Games or Divergent, the country has been divided into different sections, however, in this world, these sections are known as a persons "Class". Being first class means you are a who's who of the rich and famous, and being a class 7 or 8 means you are the bottom of the barely getting by with minimal to no income, or you are completely poor, homeless and forgotten by the rest of the world.  Those in the lower classes are typically the servants, hired help, or hired entertainment for those in the higher classes. Though the classes are not divided by great walls or long distances, and the people can seemingly intermingle, it is clear that the classes are decidedly separate from each other, and crossing from the poorer classes into the higher classes (or vise versa) does not happen often, and when it does there is a distinct difference between the people, buildings, and area in which the change occurs. The world, its class divisions and set up, is very intricately done, and very well set up, with it's own unique backstory and history that will slowly be revealed as the story goes on.


The first book in this series, is filled with so many different characters it can be hard to keep them strait. you are first introduced to America Singer, her family and best friend, and just as you get to the beginning of how her life is, the selection actually starts, the book plot kicks in and a whole new slew of characters are thrust at you as America is forced to leave her family to take part. Although there are several characters taking part in the selection, and introduced in such a short period of time, each one has a unique quality to them that helps them stand out from the rest.


America Singer, our main character is introduced first, and as the story goes on her character stays strong throughout. Although I found her to have started out strong, and in certain situations I, at times, thought she had faltered from the character she started as, her decision or actions in some situations seems off for her character. There were enough of those moments for me to wonder if her character was going to continue to grow in this book, or if she was going to throw away who she was and concede to what others thought she should do or wanted her to do. There were times that I was confused by her actions, or her thoughts and feelings. As the story goes on, the situation either changes, or she rectifies these actions on her own, which was pleasant to see.


The plot moves slower in the first half of this novel, picking up close to the middle and keeping up a steady pace for the rest of the book, but it does not detract from the overall story. A lot of what happens in the first portion of the novel is introductions to characters, the world, the situation the main characters are going to be put in, the history of the world created for this story and so much more. There is an abundance of information and set up in the first few chapters, and as the story goes on, the information is revealed and the plot kicks in, everything gets that much more interesting!


This book has a colorful cast of characters that you will love, hate, and so much more! Once the story starts to take of there is a steady moving plot, interesting and intricate back stories, not to mention a little bit of teen angst, lust, and even a few cat fights, this book is definitely worth giving a try, there is a little bit of everything for everyone!  Once you get through with this book you will want to read the rest of the series, you will want to know what happens next!






Friday, August 15, 2014

Fashion Friday - Challenge Days 9 to 15

Hey Y'all!!! Hope everyone is having an awesome Friday so far :) So here are some pics that you may have missed from this month's challenge...if you've been following!

Day 9- 
Bat Them Eyes! 
I've been told many times that my eyelashes look fake...and my reply...it's all in the mascara!!
 
 
Day 10- 
Out of the box!!! I decided to wear my glasses for this pic because simply...I don't wear them often...I've been wearing contacts for 16 years...


Day 11- 
Showing some LIPPIE!!!
Wondering where I got that fabulous color? Well it's my eyeshadow!!! Yes...you can do that lol! I mixed it with some gloss and then added some glitter...we like? 


Day 12- 
NO FILTER!!! lol!
I had the shirt so I said...hey!! It's works lol! You can find this awesome shirt at Addition-elle! 

Day 13- 
BLUE!!!!
This dress can be found at Joseph Ribkoff


Day 14-
SELFIE!!!
I love to wear bright powerful colors on my eyes to bring out the colors in my eyes...this peacock teal is a perfect example! 
 

Day 15-
Shades (sunglasses)
These glasses are an imitation of Michael Korrs and the hat can be found at Addition-elle...along with the necklace and crop top :)

 
 In case you were wondering, I have a broken toe and 2 toes that are sprained...and yes..I'm still wearing wedges lol!
That's it for now...stayed tuned for more!!!
Have an awesome week-end xox 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Review - What Wendy Wants by Nikki Sex

Title: What Wendy Wants
Author: Nikki Sex
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance, Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Unknown
Published: June 23, 2013
Source: NetGalley

Synopsis:
After thirteen years of marriage and three children, Wendy Hayward is bored with sex.

As much as she loves her husband, Frank, Wendy married "Mr. Vanilla." Now she reads nothing but erotic romance on her Kindle and fantasizes about having sex with fictional characters, complete strangers, and tattooed rock stars.

Sometimes even the T.V. weatherman looks good.

One fateful day however, her husband grabs the wrong Kindle on the way to work, and discovers some of Wendy's more "interesting' fantasies.

Unbeknownst to Wendy, Frank is very keen to fulfil every one of her secret desires


My Thoughts:

At first I wasn't sure how to take this book. The synopsis was interesting, and I was keen to see how this would work as a story. In the end, I was still kind of on the fence about it.

Wendy spends her day taking care of kids - getting them ready for the day, and off to school. She gets them fed, clothes, cleaned, and keeps them busy. On top of the other home maker duties she has to perform, her life is stressful and not very exciting and although she is deeply in love with her husband, happy with her family, and content with her life, she finds herself feeling like something is lacking - mostly in the bedroom.

Her character, and he daily life is very boring, very normal, and extremely relatable to many people. She is written in such a way that this women could be any number of women across Northern America, at any given time during the day. She has a wonderfully grounded, loving charm about her, even in those rare moments when she seems frazzled.

As the book goes on you see her distress over loosing her kindle, as she used it as a way to get some down time, and to escape the every day shuffle - as most of us do when we read, and get lost in a story. You see her husband, a successful business man, come to the realization that his wife might be looking for something more; of course that's once he gets into her Kindle and starts reading her stories.

As the story continues, you see the two of them reconnect on a intimate level. And although there is a significant amount of sexuality, and sex, in this story. It is a quicker read, almost short. With the context of the story revolving around these two in the bedroom to spice up their love life, what left me on the fence was a few things. I can't pinpoint exactly what is it that has me on the fence. This is just one of those reads that leaves me in the middle.

I do know, that this book is a quick, sexy and fun read.

Something you can take to the cabin or the beach. It has dashes and sprinkles of sexual tension and sexuality here and there that keeps it interesting, and makes it enjoyable enough to give it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday Musing (33) - Depression - A Light Extingushed To Soon






I was planning to take the day off from the blog after the wonderful week long celebration we had for the blogs 2nd birthday last week. But with the recent news of Robin Williams passing today, I feel as if I need to share some things.

Robin Williams was reportedly found dead, at the age of 63, today in his California home. As reported by the American media at The National Post and the Canadian media at The Toronto Star.


I grew up on Robin Williams movies, watched his HBO comedy specials as a teen, and believed that a person could fly if they just believed because of him. He was comedic genius, an amazing talent, and a brilliant light to the world. He was Peter Pan, he was Mrs. Doubtfire, he was the crazy dude in Jumanji. He is the childhood memory to hundreds of thousands of people, the pillar of many happy memories to so many people.


Underneath it all, he was a troubled man. He struggled with addiction, he suffered from depression. He suffered silently, while he smiled to the world and brought joy and laughter to others. I am shocked to hear of his passing. More to the point, I am sadden to hear of the way in which he apparently passed.


As a person who struggles with depression, I am extremely effected when I hear about others who face the same struggles as me, ending things in such a manner. To be in such darkness, and driven by the lies the depression feeds, to take a leap of finality. To extinguish their light, to feel so at a loss, the only option they see left is to end it all.


I can understand the fight, the darkness, the intense desire to want it to stop. I understand the feeling of being in the middle of the storm and feeling like nothing will end it and it will never get better.


Depression is very real! It effects many. And it is a horrible disease!


It lies to you. It pulls you under. And it can kill.

Depression hurts everyone.


The sad thing is it's surrounded by so much stigma, people are afraid to talk about it, to seek help, to get treatment, to approach someone who will support them and tell them that something is wrong. And that makes me mad.


I am here to beg those of you who suffer from depression to speak up. Do not hide it, do not stay quite. Reach out to someone. Please, seek help, get support - from family, friends, a doctor, or anyone you can trust.


There are many of us out here who know what you are going through, who will let you lean on us when you are in need, who will listen and understand without judgment. We are here for you, for each other.


You are not alone.

My Heart goes out to Robin Williams kids, family and friends. He was admired and loved by many, brought so many smiles and laughs to so many people around the world and won't soon be forgotten! I hope you have finally found your happiness.

Bangarang Robin, Bangarang!