Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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This book was gifted to me by a friend 🙂

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Number in Series: Book One

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Edition: Paperback

Pages: 382

Catch it Here: Quirk BooksGoodreadsAmazon

From Publisher:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather— were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

Welcome to Peregrine reads Miss Peregrine’s! Okay, real talk, I tried to read this book when it first came out, but I just couldn’t get past the fact that I shared a name with one of the characters. However, because the Miss Peregrine movie is coming out this month, I forced myself to get over it.

I really love Tim Burton movies, and one of my best friend’s got me the book for my birthday. I couldn’t just go see the movie without reading the book first, and then I decided to share my thoughts with all of you! Let’s dive into it! Continue reading “Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs”

The Diverse Books Tag

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Okay, so there was some Twitter drama online last week about lack of diversity in fiction. Somehow I came across a really nice tag about diverse books, so I decided to share some of my favorites as well! I found this tag over at Read Diverse Books, so

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A Book Starring a Lesbian Character

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Wolfcry by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes 

I was around twelve when I read this book, and it’s always been dear to my heart because it was the first LGBT book I ever read. This is the fourth installment of the Kiesha’ra series, and it is my second favourite in the series.

A Book With a Muslim Protagonist 

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I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

I clearly need to read more diverse books, because this was the only book I could think of with a main character who is Muslim, and it’s not even fiction. I think Malala is amazing, a real hero for girls around the world. Continue reading “The Diverse Books Tag”

Seven Reasons to Love Magnus Bane!

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To celebrate the recent news of Magnus Bane getting his own adult book series, I have compiled seven reasons why I love Magnus, and why you should too!

7. Malec

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I am an avid Malec shipper. When I first read the Mortal Instruments Series, I was enamored by Clace (Clary and Jace, the main OTP) and I didn’t really notice Magnus or Alec Lightwood (I mean I did, but not the way I do now). Alec was such a downer, hence he was one of my least favorite characters. As I grew older, my love for Clace began to fade. Then BOOM Malec hit me in the face like a cream pie, and I was once again hooked on the Shadowhunter world. Continue reading “Seven Reasons to Love Magnus Bane!”

[Review and Discussion] The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele

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This is a book I bought 🙂

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Series: Marked Girl

Number in Series: Book One

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

My Recommended Age: 12 and up

Edition: Hard Cover

Pages: 400

Find it Here: Harper CollinsGoodreadsAmazon

From Publisher:

Worlds collide in Lindsey Klingele’s debut young adult novel, The Marked Girl, an exciting fantasy tale turned upside down. Elissa Sussman, author of Stray, calls The Marked Girl “a magical debut with a big heart.”

When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day LA via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task.

The Marked Girl has humor, heart, and harrowing adventures, perfect for fantasy lovers and reluctant fantasy readers alike.

This was a pretty good book! Very modern, and if you live on social media (like I do), you will definitely find yourself relating to most of the events in this story. I say most only because it’s a fantasy book. As much as I would die for someone like Cedric to jump out of
a random magical portal, it’s just not going to happen.

Continue reading “[Review and Discussion] The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele”

The Coffee Book Tag!

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Been busy, haven’t had much time to blog, but here’s something! I saw this tag on a blog I follow, and I thought it might be fun!

Black: A series that’s tough to get into but has a hardcore fan base

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A Song of Ice and Fire By George R. R. Martin

Personally I LOVE the TV show, Game of Thrones, but the book is so hard to read. I have the audio book, and the ebook and yet I still can’t get through it. I’ve tried several times since 2011 when the show aired, but I’ll keep trying.

Peppermint Mocha: A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year

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Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

I always see an influx of Harry Potter books during the holiday season, maybe it’s everyone’s go-to-gift? (but doesn’t everyone and their mom already own a copy?? if they don’t they must live in a closet under the stairs…) Continue reading “The Coffee Book Tag!”

Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes [Review&Discussion]

I bought this book, this is not a sponsored blog.

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Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Series: The Kiesha’ra

Volume: One

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural, Magic, Shapeshifter

Published: 2003

Edition: First Trade Paperback

Pages: 243

Get it here: AmazonGoodreads

From Goodreads:

Danica Shardae is an avian shapeshifter, and the golden hawk’s form in which she takes to the sky is as natural to her as the human one that graces her on land. The only thing more familiar to her is war: It has raged between her people and the serpiente for so long, no one can remember how the fighting began. As heir to the avian throne, she’ll do anything in her power to stop this war—even accept Zane Cobriana, the terrifying leader of her kind’s greatest enemy, as her pair bond and make the two royal families one.

Trust. It is all Zane asks of Danica—and all they ask of their people—but it may be more than she can give.

For me, this is one of those books that you can read over and over again. I read this book when I’m sad, mad, lonely, and happy. When I travel (long distance) I like to bring a book with me just in case I can’t use my phone or any other electrons, and it’s always this one.

I picked up this book in 2010 at the National Bookstore in Bacolod Philippines. I’ve taken it to California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, and every other trip I’ve gone on since buying it. When I move, and I’ve moved many times in the last 3 years, it’s the first thing I pack. I even took it to college with me. Hawksong is the kind of book that I have literally read more than 100 times and I can never get bored of it.

It is a story about sacrifice, love, and war. I am seriously in love with it.

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What can I say that will give this story justice?

There’s a war, between avian and serpiente, and it’s been going on since the beginning of their societies. So long that neither side remembers why the war was started. There is two emerging leaders, one hawk and one cobra. They have lost and suffered so much because of this bloody war, and are willing to trade anything and everything for peace. Continue reading “Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes [Review&Discussion]”

The Wrath and The Dawn [Review&Discussion]

I bought this book, and this is not a sponsored blog post.

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The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Series: The Wrath & The Dawn

Number in Series: Book One

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Historical Fiction

My Recommended Age: 14 and up

Amazon Recommended Age: 12 and up

Edition: 2015 hardcover

Pages: 416

Check it Out: GoodreadsAmazonPenguinRandomHouse

From Publisher:

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Andy BLACK: The Shadow Side [Review&Discussion]

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato

I bought this album, and this post is 100% my opinion. This is not a sponsored post.

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The Shadow Side by Andy Black

Genre: Rock

Version: Pre-Ordered Digital

Songs: 13

Personal Favorites: We Don’t Have to Dance, Drown Me Out, Put the Gun Down

Get it Here: iTunesAmazonGoogle Play   

On Friday May 6th 2016, Andy Biersack the frontman of rock band Black Veil Brides released his first solo record. I’m a long term fan, so all of the content he produces means a lot to me. Anyway, let’s get into it~

Homecoming King: 3.5/5 hearts

I like the meaning behind it, on the Andy Black YouTube channel, Andy says the song is about the cool kids from high school. They were popular as teenagers, but life doesn’t always work out for them. A lot of this song is imagery such as, “Here comes the invisible man” which is referring to himself, or at least that’s what I believe. However, I knocked off 1.5 points because it was hard to follow the song until I looked up the lyrics. His voice was clear, but the story was hard to comprehend until I read it.

We Don’t Have to Dance: 5/5 hearts

It’s catchy, relatable, what’s not to love? I literally listened to this song for days on repeat, and even got a few friends addicted to it.

Ribcage: 3.5 hearts

I like the melody and rhythm of this song! It’s the lyrics again that have me knocking hearts off. “Nothing in the cage of my ribecage” confused me. Aside from that, I really enjoyed this song, it was meant to be a dance song. While it’s not the usual music I jam to, I can rock out to this! On a side note, “Ribcage” is lowkey referencing the time he jumped off of stage a broke his ribs. Ouch.

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Stay Alive: 2 hearts Continue reading “Andy BLACK: The Shadow Side [Review&Discussion]”

[Makeup Review]Skinfood: Red Orange Makeup Finish

I bought this product, and this post is 100% my honest opinion.

Skinfood finishing spraySkinfood Red Orange Makeup Finish (Glossy Type)

Country: South Korea

Price: $9.80

Find it Here: Amazon

Product Description:

 A makeup finish that contains orange extract and a skin-affinitive oil to add a natural-looking glow to skin.

Hey guys! This is my first makeup related blog, so hopefully everyone can enjoy it. Let me know how well I did, and if I need to cover anything else! So let’s get into it~

I’ve never used a finishing spray/mist before. I picked this up is because my makeup would only last a few hours before melting off my face. I have oily to dry combination skin. There is actually a matte type too, but my dry skin couldn’t handle that. Mostly my t-zone and eyelids are oily, so the glossy type actually looks good on my skin.

The pump sprays very lightly, meaning it’s not to harsh on my skin. I know some misting products can feel like some it is hitting you in the face with a jet, but this one is very nice.

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I’m sitting in the sun, so that’s why half of my face is lit up. (This is with mist on btw)

The smell is a bit strong, but I actually love it. It smells like oranges! Not some kind of chemical fru-fru crap like some products. It comes in a bottle of 80 ml, and between my sister and I, we’ve only managed to use up half of the bottle in two months. So a little goes a long way, and I don’t have to keep applying it all day. Once is enough! Although, I haven’t tried it swimming yet, so be aware of that.

I also really enjoy the packaging. It’s really cute and really adds some color to my makeup collection. It’s the kind of product you can leave out for other people to see. Also, I don’t think this product is vegan or cruelty free. I don’t usually lookout for that kind of thing, so addition research might me necessary. I’ll put the ingredients down below!

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Fagaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Disculum EDTA Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol Fragrance.

(I got the ingredients off the bottle, but some letters were rubbed off, so let me know if I misspelled anything)

Final verdict? 5/5 hearts!

Quality: 5 hearts

Smell: 5 hearts

Packaging: 5 hearts

Effectiveness: 5 hearts

5 hearts