The Autumn Tag 2014

Autumn is my favorite time of year, so I thought it would be fun to do the Autumn Tag by Georgina at makeup-pixi3.com. Go check out her blog, it’s really good.

Now let’s get on with the show:

1)Ok we’re talking coffee – what’s your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks or another coffee shop?

I actually only get one specific drink from Starbucks and its the white chocolate mocha frappucino. I drink frapps all year round even when it’s freezing cold. I just don’t enjoy warm coffee as much, I drink it it in the mornings if I have to be up really early. But, this year i really want to try the pumpkin spice latte because I love anything pumpkin flavored.

2) Accessories – what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?

I get so excited to wear my boots every fall. I have a nice pair of grey, leather boots and a cheaper pair of black faux suede boots. And I will wears this shoes every day until spring, I love them. I also like wearing leggings in fall because they’re warm, easy, and look great with boots. And also wear hoodies all the time, I even wear them during the summer since I get cold easily.

3) Music – what’s your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?

I’m not sure if I have certain music that I listen to during fall.  Recently I’ve been listening to Kings of Leon and and Beyonce. So yeah not exactly fall related but it’s what I’m liking right now.

4) Perfume – what’s your favourite scent for this time of year?

I only wear one perfume and it’s W by Banana republic and I love it. It’s my signature scent. It’s very fresh and light.

5) Candles – what scents will you be burning this season?

I love getting candles during the fall and making my house smell so good and comfy. I recently bought three candles from bath and body works. My favorite so far has been Leaves(I’m actually burning it right now), it smells kinda of like cinnamon to me. And I also got trick or treat, which smalls more sweet, and pumpkin and apples which is also good. I also like Pumpkin Spice Latte from their line two years ago I think.

6) What do you love most about Autumn?

I love how there is a crispness to the air and that it’s getting cooler. It means cozening up in blankets and drinking hot chocolates. Also. All the fall shows on tv! Sleepy Hollow is my favorite right now along with American Horror Story.

7) Favourite makeup look?

I love to have neutral eyes, with bold lips. Particularly deep reds and purples. I always feel going a little darker for fall, plus I think the colors are really flattering on my more pale/medium skin.

8) What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?

My favorite holiday is Halloween, so that’s a big plus. Plus I enjoy college football(Go MSU Bulldogs were kicking some major SEC butt this year!), pumpkin pies, and hot chocolate.

As for tagging other bloggers, I tag everyone!! If this looks like something you would like to do then please do it and then link me so I can read it.

Love you guys and thanks for reading <3

10 Halloween Themed Book Recommendations

October is a great month to curl up in a blanket, grab a nice warm drink, and read the day away. I have a special place in my heart for dark, spooky, and scary books. And with Halloween right around the corner, now is the perfect time to pick up something with a little mystery and magic. Here’s 10 of my favorite books that are perfect for Halloween if you are still looking for something fun to read this month (click on the book covers for more information). I tried to make this quick and simple:

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A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray: It’s been awhile since I last read this series, but It was one of my favorites and still is today. It’s based mostly in England during the Victorian era at an all girls boarding school. The main character has visions and there is a bit a magic in this book. If that your thing then I recommend you go look this book up and see if it interests you.

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The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling: This series is like a cup of hot chocolate, it’s simply comforting and brings all the warm feelings.  This series has everything: magic, creatures, a very scary villain, death eaters. Yeah, this is a perfect read for those who want to read something that incuding something scary, while also being very fun and light.

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The historian by Elizabeth Kostova : I have to admit that I’m very biased when it comes to this book, because it is my all time favorite book right now, I think it has even beaten out Gone With the Wind. This is a great vampire book for adults. It’s not cheesy or one of the vampire romances, it leans more toward the classic Dracula and is a new fresh take on the legend. This books also does a lot of traveling and is a great way to escape through time and places for a little bit.

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Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice: This has become a modern classic is my eyes. This is another one of my favorite all time books (do I think a thing for vampire books or what? ha ha) and I feel like a lot of you already know what this one is about. It’s a story through the eyes of the vampire Louis and the vampire who made him, Lestat. It goes on about their adventures through the centuries up to modern times. This is a must read for vampire lovers.

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Dracula by Bram Stoker: This is the classic when it comes to vampires, this book is pretty much where it all began. I love this book, and I would go into detail about the story but by now it’s been told so may times and in so many ways I’m that you know at least the gist of it. And if not then please go check it out, it’s worth the read!

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: This is a great book for lovers of witches and vampires, and it also includes creatures called daemons. This is just a great all over book no matter what time of year it is, although the time line of this book is in October and the author has a read along time line online that would be fun to read along with. It is a romance, but it also has mystery and thrills, as well as great settings. Debrorah really has a way with words and describes things so that the book really comes to life. I highly, highly recommend this book and I’m actually currently reading the second book in this series and it too is great so far.

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The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden: This another book that combines witches and vampires. It’s based in New Orleans (one of my favorite places, especially around this time of year) and it set around the time of Halloween as well. This is a really fun read, with lots of funny parts. The main character is very sassy. But there are also a lot of spooky parts as well, so there is a little something for everyone in this book.

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Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero : If you love truly scary books, then this is the book for you! This is like a book form of the paranormal movies that are shot through characters video recording themselves. The book is narrated through voice recorders, videos, and letters. the centers around a boy and girl moving into an old mansion that was left to him by a member of the family he didn’t even know. then freaky things start to happen and a mystery about a cult begins to surface. This book will leave you wanting more.

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare: this book and series has a little bit of everything, demons, angels, ghosts, vampires, warlocks. If you didn’t enjoy her city of bones series, then please don’t let it stop you from trying this series out too. I wasn’t a huge fan of her other series, but this quickly became one of my top favorite series and I fell in love with all the characters, they’re so great. And it’s based in Victorian London, need I say more?

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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Kathrine Howe: The author is an actually descendant of one the witches burned at the stake during the witch trails of Salem MA. So it’s no surprise that this is a book about a witch in modern Salem. I thought this was a very smart plot and it had me riveted the whole time I was reading it. I don’t want to give away too much, so go check it out of you like stories about witches!

 

I hope this gave you some great ideas on some last minutes Halloweeen reads! Let me know you’re reading right now, love you guys <3

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Top TenBooks on My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the blog The Broke and the Bookish, go and check out they’re answers as well as other bloggers!

 

1. The Witch of Cologne by Tobsha Learner: I’m obsessed with witches and Germany, so do I need say more? This book has been sitting on my self for almost a year and think this will be the perfect time to finally sit down and read it.

2. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness: I loved, loved, absolutely LOVED the first book of this trilogy called A Discovery of Witches. It had history, fantasy, and of course romance. I’m even more excited to read this book since I just got back from a trip to London, where I also visited Oxford (which is where the first boo is set).  This sounds like its going to be as good as the first and would be a prefect book to read by the fire while sipping hot chocolate (or wine, whichever ;) ).

3. Witchfall by Victoria Lamb: I liked the first book of this series and I actually tried to read this one a few months back. it didn’t quite catch my attention so i set back down. I hoping reading this around the time of Halloween will help put me in the mood to read this book.

4. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield: This was actually recommended to me by the website bookseer.com based off of my love for The Historian. It sounds really spooky and dark, so I hope it lives up to my expectations of it. I love a good scary book.

5. The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan: This book was listed as being similar to The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe, which I read last year really enjoyed.

6. Dracula the Undead by Dacre Stoker, Ian Holt: I started reading this one years back (like back when I was still in college) and I ended up getting so distracted by other work that I put it down and completely forgot about it. I found again while moving a couple months ago and decide it’s time to finally finish it. I’m really excited about this one since my love of Dracula has recently been renewed.

7. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: There’s just something about this book that begs to be read during the fall. Maybe it’s because it’s based in Russia and I think cold when I think of there. I don’t know, but I am excited to see what the hype is about surrounding this book.

8. Six Women of Salem by Marilynne K. Roach: I actually picked this book up last year around this time because I thought it would be a perfect read for Halloween time. I never did get around to it, probably because it’s a huge book and i got a little intimated by it. But my theme this year seems to be witches so I think it will fit right on in.

9. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice: This is another book the has been sitting on my self for far too long. I tried reading it a few years back, but was put off by Lestat’s creepy relationship with his mother. So I put it back on the shelf, but I really liked Interview with a vampire and I want to give this one another shot.

10. Sleepy Hollow Children of the Revolution by Keith R.A. DeCandido: I just received a copy of this today and I’m so excited to read this because Sleepy Hollow is one of my favorite shows! It’s a great way to celebrate the new season starting today (it’s monday today, if you missed the premiere I’m sure it’s online).

I hope you enjoyed this and let me know of any good fall book recommendations that you have. I’m always looking for new books to read. Also, if you’ve read any of these books let me know what you though of them, I would really like to know!Thanks everyone for reading and I’ll see you next time!

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Looking for book recommendations? Look no more!!!

Every book lover knows the feeling of finishing an amazing book and then the empty feeling that comes after it. If you have ever felt this and looked around desperately trying to find a book that was as great as the last one, then I have a website for you. I found this little gem on Stumbleupon and it’s called bookseer.com and it’s a bookworms dream! The home page asks what book that you just read and the author and recommends books to you based off of that book.

For example, one of my favorite books is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. So I typed this into the homepage and in return it recommended me lots of books that I had never heard of before, but that truly sounded interesting to me and were similar to the book. Such as The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively. If you see one that looks interesting you can just click on the title and it will take you to amazon.com for more information. I think this is great and simple way to find book recommendations that is faster then scrolling the lists on goodreads. Go and check it out and let me know what you think of it, and no I’m not sponsored by the site. I just think it’s really cool.

I know this was short and sweet, but I wanted to share this site with all of you since I love it so much. If y’all have any book related websites that you think are cool please leave them for me in the comments. I’m always looking for new places to discover books and those who love them. Thanks for reading and I hope you found this useful.

Love you guys and see next time!

Splintered Quickie Book Review

Title: Splintered (Splintered #1)

Author: A.G Howard

My Rating: 3 Stars

Published: January 1st 2013 by Amulet Books

Recommended If You Like: Alice in Wonderland, Retellings, YA, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure

Pages: 371

More Information: Goodreads

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This is going to be a very right to the point, quick book review. My best friend recommended this book to me, she absolutely loved it. however, it took me about a month to finish.

I give this book 4 stars, the only reason I didn’t give 5 is because I felt that the book was a bit long winded and bit too long. However, the plot and characters were amazing! This book was great and I would recommend it to everyone who is interested in historical fiction and thrillers. And as of when I write this the book is free on the kindle lending library as are the others in this series.

Have you read this book yet or the first one? What did you think about them? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to like and share this page with your friends. And follow me for more book reviews like this one. Have a great day!

Life Update: My Travels Abroad

I just returned from a week long trip to London and Prague. I had tons of fun, but with limited time in each city we were consistently on the go. We took plenty of pictures to document our trip but here are just a few so you can can get glimpse of these amazing places. I completely recommend that you go see these cities, they are so beautiful and so different. London is a modern city with a little bit of the old scattered about. While Prague still holds it’s old world charms, with brightly painted ornate buildings.

Have you been to any of these cities or ever traveled outside your country? I would love to hear your stories! I would also love to hear about your summer vacations as this was ours.

Sorry for the picture overload:

 

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A Side view of the Globe Theater

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Stonehenge, which was absolutely breathtaking!

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Oxford England

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Windsor Castle

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The back of Buckingham Palace the faces the gardens

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The gardens at Buckingham Palace

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Karlstejn castle just outside Prague

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Square near the Astronomical clock in prague

Astronomical Clock

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View of Prague from the top of the Astronimcal Clock tower

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The bridge at the Cesky Krumlov Castle, I thought it was beautiful

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The Cesky Krumlov Castle as residential bears guarding the castle

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View of Cesky Krumlov from the Castle

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Prague Castle

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The Cathedral at Prague Castle

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How the honey was served at our hotel in Prague, I thought that was so cool!

 

 

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you again soon :)

Madly, Deeply Book Review* An Edgar Allen Poe Themed Story

*I was kindly given an e-copy of this title by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Title: Madly, Deeply

Author: Erica Crouch

My Rating: starstarstarstar_emptystar_empty

Published: June 12th 2012 by Mariner Books

Recommended If You Like: Historical Fiction, Edgar Allen Poe, YA, Retellings, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance,

Pages: 209

Released: June 17th 2014

Published: Patchwork Press

More Information: Goodreads

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This book is based of of the Edgar Allen Poe poem Annabelle Lee. I’m obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe and therefore grabbed this as fast as I could. I had high hopes for this book, but I went in knowing the poem and therefore knew that this wasn’t going to be a happy story. So if your looking for a sweet, happy, nothing bad happens story then go ahead and skip this one.

For those who have not yet read the poem, here it is:

It was many and many a year ago,
   In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
   By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
   Than to love and be loved by me.
I was a child and she was a child,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
   I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
   Coveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
   My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
   And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
   In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
   Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
   In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
   Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
But our love it was stronger by far than the love
   Of those who were older than we—
   Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
   Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
   Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,
   In her sepulchre there by the sea—
   In her tomb by the sounding sea.
Source: http://www.poetryfoundation.org

Now for the book itself, the first thing I want to talk about is the characters. The three main characters consist of Annaleigh, her beau William, and his sited Mary. Annaleigh and William have a very sweet relationship, almost a little too sweet. Their relationship seems perfect, which makes it unrealistic and kind of took me out the story, but it does lend to the fairytale aspect of it. Annaleigh was sweet and innocent while William was nice but also had a sad past that haunted him. Mary was my favorite because she was feisty and felt more real to me. She also has a paranormal talent that comes into play later.

As for the setting, I thought I was great. I felt like I was back in the 1800s. The author is very detailed so that the screens really poppa off the page for you. However, this brings me to the writing style which I didn’t like. It was too wordy and full of metaphors. I felt like every other sentence contains a metaphor and it was extremely distracting. I would have a preferred a more straightforward writing style.

The story alluded to the raven as well which I really enjoyed, Poe fans will have searching for these references.

As I was reading this book I kept thinking how cheesy it was and getting distracted by the metaphors, and I thought should I just go ahead and put this down? I didn’t and in the end I cried, hard. It was then that I realized that I has connected with characters and I truly did enjoy and like the story. This is the reason I’m giving it 3 stars.
I liked it, but I didn’t love it.

I would recommend this to anyone who is a big Poe fan and loves romance, and maybe a little paranormal as well.  Will you be picking this up and will you skip it? Let me know and why in the comments below. And don’t forget to hit the like and share button. And click one of the many follow buttons on the side to stay up to date with new book posts like this one. Have a great day!