The Dinivers Book Review

Title: The Dinivers

Author: Libba Bray

Published: September 18th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Recommended If You Like: Historical Fiction, Paranormal, YA, Romance, Horror, Humor, Fantasy

Pages: 578

My Rating: starstarstarstarstar

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Source: goodreads

The first thing that really popped out at me about this book was the amazing detail put into the setting. It’s very easy to see that Libba Bray did her research when it came to writing this book, and it shows. She even had the slang down for the time, which is the 1920s. I personally love this era and think that it’s a very cool part of history, especially in New York because everyone was really living it up.

They way the story is told is through multiple view points that switch constantly. At first, I thought that was going to be a problem. And at the beginning it made it a little slow for me.But, after a couple of chapters it actually wasn’t that confusing at all and really helped move the plot along. My favorite aspect of this book was how creepy it was. It’s very rare for me to put up a YA paranormal book and have it actually scare me. But, this one actually had me truly creeped out. But, it was really fun and funny as well so it is an all over great and entertaining book.

The even thought the setting and atmosphere is great, I think that it’s the characters that make this book perfect. The character development seen through out the story is amazing, everyone changes and grows and that makes it a little bit relatable and realistic. They aren’t flat and that means a lot, especially in YA.

There is also important messages and topics addressed. There is a interracial couple, which for the 1920’s was very scandalous, even in New York City. I love how the author introduces us to this issue and shows the problems that a couple during this time would face, as well as showing tolerance.  One of the characters is gay, and I think the diversity of the characters really bring this story together and make it where every reader can relate to someone.

The only problem I have is that there appears to be a love triangle blossoming. I personally don’t have any issues with romance in YA books, but the love triangle aspect is so over done and just plain annoying. It brings down the fun of the book for me and just adds loads of unnecessary drama.

Overall, I adore this book and fell head over heels for it many diverse and wonderful characters. It’s creepy and will have you sleeping with the lights on and for the most part isn’t cheesy. Which is very rare in YA books and makes it stand out. Te ending will having you wanting more, and that’s okay since the next book The Liar of Dreams comes out August 25th.

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Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is our 10 favorite authors.

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1.  Oliver Pötzsch: He’s a German author who writes the Hangman’s Daughter Series and wrote The Ludwig Conspiracy.

2. Deborah Harkness: She is the author of the All Souls Trilogy which is a great series about a witch and a vampire with a lot of history mixed in.

3. Katherine Howe: She is the author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and many other awesome books.

 

4. Libba Bray: She wrote one of my favorites series, The Gemma Doyle series. It’s a really good Victorian paranormal book. She is also the author of the book I’m currently reading, The Diveners, which is also really good. It’s based in 1920s New York. Her books are both creepy and funny.

5. Merissa Meyer: She’s the author of The Lunar Chronicles, which is an awesome series of fairytales retold in the future.

6. Veronica Roth: She is the author of the Divergent series, and I love how she writes strong, independent female characters.

7. Mari Mancusi: She has a series about vampires and vampire hunters that is absolutely hilarious. It begins with the book Stake That!. I love her use of pop culture in her books and her humor.

8. Elizabeth Kostova: She is the author of The Historian, which is one of my favorite books ever. I really need to read some of her others.

9. Anne Rice: She is the author of The Vampire Chronicles, and I love her even though her books sometimes get a little too erotic for me.

10. Cassandra Claire- It’s funny because I love her Infernal Devices series, it’s one of my favorites. but I didn’t really enjoy The City of Bones. But I want to try to read her other series since I loves the Infernal Devices so much.

Who are your favorite authors? I would love to know! Let me know in the comments. Please like, share, and follow if you enjoyed this. Don’t forget you can also follow me on twitter, instagram, and facebook, click the Social Media tab at the top of the page to see them.

#OOTD 

This was technically yesterday’s ootd, it was the first sunny day in weeks so I celebrated by dressing and actually going outside ha ha.

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I’m in love with my kimono from Charlotte Russe and so I happy I could finally wear it again. These are all clothes from my Spring Haul from earlier this month.

That’s my quick update and let me know if you enjoy these ootd posts. If liked this post please like, share, and follow <3

SenasioNail: Gel Nails At Home

Note: This is NOT a sponsored post.

So I’ve always wanted to try the gel nail kit, but the price kept me away. But, I just received it as a Christmas gift this year and I was so excited! I have been dying to try this out. Currently I used the gelish base polish between 2 nail coats to get a gel like finish for nails. It works, it looks great and lasts for about 2 weeks but it takes me close to 3 hours to paint my nails due to the many layers and drying time!!! That’s crazy and the reason why I hate to do my nails and therefore haven’t been doing so for a while.

The SensatioNail nail kit includes(From the official Website):

  • Pro 3060 LED Lamp
  • Gel Cleanser
  • Gel Primer
  • Gel Base & Top Coat
  • Gel Polish
  • Lint-free Wipes
  • Double-sided Nail Buffer
  • Manicure Stick
  • Detailed instruction sheet

I’m hoping this while be a faster alternative. I’m off to try it now and I’ll be back with my thoughts….

It was a little more difficult then I thought it would be. It took me about 30-40 minute from removing my former polish to being finished with these nails. I’m not sure if I didn’t wait long enough for the primer to dry but my nails still feel tacky, and I put all my nails under the lamp for an extra 2-3 minutes to try to harden them up. After an hour or so I did notice that they were completely hard.

This is a picture of my left hand 10 days after application.

I did forget to take a picture of my right hand, but only the thumb had a chip that was not noticeable at all.

Here’s my nails on my right hand 17 days after application.

The left hand has almost no chips, however my right hand has several. However, I think they lasted very considering it’s been over two weeks.

It lasted 9 days with no problems. My only complaint is that they began to lift after a few days so that if I ran my fingers through my hair, hairs would slip under the polish and it’s was bothersome. But, even though the polish lifted at the top edges, it didn’t chip. This may have been my fault due to poor application, however I can;t be sure.

I would highly recommend this to everyone, especially those who hate doing their nails and want something that will last a long time. This would also be a lot cheaper than going to the nail salon every two weeks.

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Witchfall Quickie Book Review

Title: Witchfall

Author: Victoria Lamb

Published: March 25th 2014 by Harlequin Teen

Recommended If You Like: Historical Fiction, Tudor, Witches, Paranormal, YA, Romance

Pages: 336

My Rating: starstarstarstarstar_empty

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Source: Goodreads

I devoured the first book in this series, I think I read it in only two days. This one was a completely different story. It took me over a week to finish this one. It’s just simply starts off really slow. It does grab you like the first one does. Frankly I was bored through the first bit of it. But, I persevered because I loved the first one so much, and I’m so happy I did because I think this one might be better than the first!
Once, the story gets going it’s really interesting and kinda funny even though I think its supposed to be more funny.  Let me give you a little taste of this book, it contains ghosts of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII. And King Henry VIII is evil, very evil. Plus, as a bonus for those who read the first book, Marcus Dent is back! Not like it’s a surprise, but it was done in a good way, not over the top cheesy. This time the story was actually scary, which is good. To sum it the story up quickly Meg is servant to Princess Elizabeth and also a witch. Elizabeth asks to see her dead mother, they do a spell and something evil stays behind, her plus some new characters must find a way to send it back to the other side while also dealing with the return of Marcus Dent. Oh, and her and Alejandro must work on their odd priest, witch relationship.
This book also sees the return of Master Dee and now he has a young servant with him as well. And I love how his character challenges Meg. We learn a little bit more about Alejandro, but I would still love to learn more about him and his past. I’m very curious to see where the series will go next in the third, and I believe final book Witchrise.
Overall, I think this was a great  fun and entertaining book, especially for those who love historical fiction because you will probably recognize some of the characters. Although, it starts off a bit weak and boring it quickly picks up and the ending is well worth it.

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Shailene Woodley Inspired Makeup Look

I saw pictures of Shailene Woodley at the Mtv Movie Awards this year (2015) and I thought her makeup was so on point.

So, I decided to take my own spin on the look and show y’all here what I used to complete this look.

Here’s my makeup look

shailene woodley inspired makeup lookshailene woodley inspired makeup lookThe products I used were:

Smashbox Color Correcting Primer

Bourjois Health Mix Foundation in Vanilla

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam on cheeks, nose, and forehead

L’Oreal Eye Primer

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette: Foxy all over the eye, Bootycall on the inner eye, Verve on the middle and outer eyelid, Busted on the outer corner of the eye, Tease in the crease

Kat Von D Ink Liner on the eye lid into a small cat eye

Maybelline Unstoppable eye liner on the waterline

Benefit They’re real mascara

NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick

NYC Browser Brush on Brow Powder in brunette

Anastasia Brow Gel

Hope you enjoyed this and let me know what your favorite looks of the night were in the comments. <3

Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes

Hello everyone and welcome to this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This weeks focus is our favorite quotes. I don’t usually pick out quotes that I love and although I did already have a couple. So I will admit that for this weeks post I searched my favorite books and found my favorite quotes this past week. But, I think I need to write these somewhere and put them up because I love them so much! 

“And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” —The Great Gatsby 

 “My dear, I don’t give a damn.” —Gone With the Wind 

“When she came to write her story, she would wonder when the books and the words started to mean not just something, but everything.”
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
“She stood on the edge of night, that sliver of gray between darkness and dawn, that razor-thin line separating the first part of her life and whatever lay ahead.”
Anne Blankman, Prisoner of Night and Fog
“In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.”
—Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank

“How wild it was, to let it be.”
—Cheryl Strayed, Wild

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”
—Bram Stroker, Dracula


“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”
—L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

 “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”
—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
—Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices

I hope you enjoyed this and let me know your favorite quotes in the comments! <3