Book Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo

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I bought this book 🙂

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The Ghost Bride by Yangzee Choo

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Adult

Edition: Hardcover

Release Date: 8.06.2013

Pages: 368

Catch it Here: GoodreadsAmazonB&N

Summary: 

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim’s handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

I came across this book while browsing the interwebs for my The Diverse Books Tag, and while it didn’t make the cut for that particular post, I was drawn to it (I think it was sparkles, not gonna lie). I’m interested in books with Asian folklore, mostly because I’ve read so many fantasy stories with the same supernatural twist that it gets boring after awhile. I needed a change in my life.

Plus, it is Halloween, so I wanted to read a book with a supernatural element! Ghosts sounded perfect! I do have a long list of books I need to read, but when I saw this in my local book store, I couldn’t resist! Continue reading “Book Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo”

Makeup Review: Be… by Bubzbeauty Eyeshadow Pallete

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I bought this product, and this is 100% my own unbiased opinion 🙂

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Be… by BH Cosmetics X Bubzbeauty

Price: USD 12.50

Find it Here: BH Cosmetics

Product Description: 

Known to her YouTube fans as BubzBeauty, Lindy Tsang hand-picked the must-have shades in her 12 Color Eyeshadow Palette. Each shade offers day-to-night versatility — and emphasizes fans beauty, both inside and out.

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I fail as a beauty blogger; this is my first makeup related post in months. It’s also my second beauty blog, whoops. I just haven’t had time for makeup… Continue reading “Makeup Review: Be… by Bubzbeauty Eyeshadow Pallete”

Top Five Witches and Warlocks

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We got the first snow of the season this morning, I’m so sad. It look’s like it’s going to be a white Halloween… It makes me want to watch the Nightmare Before Christmas. Well, here’s the next installment of my “Monster Season” series, enjoy my top five Witches and Warlocks!

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Who doesn’t like Luna? She’s weird and magical, one of the best combinations! She’s a strong female character, but not the traditional kind, and a great friend!

Despite being bullied at Hogwarts so much, she still remained a good person and didn’t let them get to her. I think she’s a great role model for everyone!

 

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Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Stand Alone Book

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Edition: Paperback

Pages: 331

Catch it Here: AmazonB&NGoodreads

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

I bought this book over the summer, but other books kept getting in the way, so now I finally finished it! I decided it would be a good book to review for the Halloween holiday season, plus last week I listed my top five faeries, which included Kaye from Holly Black’s older book series. Which is actually why I bought this book in the first place, because I love Holly Black! Continue reading “Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black”

Review: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

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This book was gifted to me by a friend!

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If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Stand Alone Book

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, LGBT

Edition: Hardcover

Pages: 288

Catch it Here: GoodreadsAmazonB&N

Goodreads Blurb:

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.

This book was mentioned in my Diverse Books Tag, and since then I’ve been trying to expand my reading materials! I’m honestly glad I read it, it gave me a look into a world that I’ve almost had zero experience with. Amanda was a very sweet and hopeful character, and I rooted for her so hard throughout the book. Continue reading “Review: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo”

My Top Five Vampires

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It’s monster season again! Aside from September, my favorite month of the year is October. My inner goth girl is screaming~ Oh, the days I used to swoon over vampires and dream of books coming alive. (okay, maybe I still do, but let’s just keep it between us, shhh)

It was extremely hard to choose, as there are so many vamps out there, but I chose ones that are near and dear to my heart! Vampires have been, and probably always will be my favorite genre of monster, so without further ado, here’s a list of my favourite vampires!

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