Monthly Favorites June 2015

June’s been a crazy month but I did have enough time to find some new monthly favorites!

The Quick- This imaginative take on the vampire legend was just the book I needed to get me out of my reading slump. I’ve started taking a course that is basically all reading so reading for fun has taken a bit of a back seat lately. But, this was fantastic and I can’t wait to post my review on it!

the quick book vampire

Source: Goodreads

Sammies vlogs- Sammi aka Beautycrush is a beauty guru on YouTube and she is so fun and down to earth. If you haven’t heard of her go and check her out. This month she has been daily vlogging and I admit to constantly checking my subscriptions for her new videos daily. She lives in London where she works on her channel as well as her new clothing line.

Vampy nails- So I had cute lilac nails earlier, but I felt like vamping it up and going against the grain. So I painted my nails a deep red byMaybelline called Dressed To Kill. I’m loving the color and it makes me feel a little sexy to go bit darker.

Marie Antoinette series killer- In actually currently reading this, so I may change my mind after in finished, but I’m loving it so far! It’s such a hilarious thought, the queen come back to murder people. And it is campy and cheesy and that’s what makes it so fun. This is a great read if your looking for a book just for fun.

marie antoinette serial killer book

Source: Goodreads

Celebrating my wedding anniversary- This year marked my 3rd wedding anniversary and I received these beautiful flowers on my door step from my wonderful husband. And I’ve enjoyed looking at the beautiful bouquet everyday since.

That’s it for this month. Next month is going to be crazy and I may not be here very much as I haven’t been for the past week or so. I’m sorry but sometimes life is more important, and I hope you understand. I’ll post as often as can!


Palace of Spies Book Review

Title: Palace of Spies (Palace of Spies #1)

Author: Sarah Zettel

Published: 5th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Recommended If You Like: YA, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Spy Thriller, Romance, Adventure, England, Royalty

Pages: 368

My Rating: starstarstarstarstar

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Source: Goodreads

This is an incredibly funny book with fantastic writing style. I’ve never seen a writing style like this, especially how the chapters are titled. Plus, the font was really cute as well. It’s little details like these that make a book stand out amongst the rest, and are things I really appreciate. It really put me in into that world, which in England during the reign of King George I.

This was in a period that I wasn’t very familiar with but is it fascinating. It’s mostly set in the royal British court and highlights what is was like to be there during that time. It even goes into detail the type of dress they wore, with humor of course. If your unfamiliar with the time period it’s okay, the author describes what is happening during that time period, so that you understand everythi9ng better.

The story if full of shady characters and no one is who they seem. I liked that this was actually really good at not letting you know what really was happening until the very end. So many books now are predictable and that takes away part of the fun. Peggy is a fantastic leading lady, and is someone who you can root for the whole book.

I hope that you enjoyed this and that you will check out this amazing series! This is perfect those who love historical fiction and also want an easy read. Perfect for the beach or pool! Please like, share, and follow to keep up to date with future posts!

Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I feel like this is similar to the 10 books that will be in my beach bag this summer so if these overlap with my post from a few weeks ago, I apologize!

1. The Miniaturist

the miniaturist book

Source: Goodreads

2. The Selection

selection book

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3. Becoming Darkness

becoming dakness book

Source: Goodreads

4. All The Light We Cannot See

all light we cannot see bok

Source: Goodreas

5. Her Dark Curiosity(The Madman’s Daughter #2)

her dark curiosity

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6. The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2)

madness underneath book

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7. Dangerous Deceptions Palace of Spies #2)

dangerous deceptions palace spies

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8. Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

marie antoinette serial killer book

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9. The Chaos Of Stars

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10. City Of Lost Dreams

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What will you be reading this summer? let me know in the comments below! If you enjoyed this then please like, share, and follow to keep up to date with future posts.


May Favorites 2015

Mad Max: I saw this for Husband but I ended up loving it! It’s a crazy thrill ride that hit as soon as the movie opens and doesn’t end. It was just a lot of fun. The movie is crazy and really out there, we went with a friend and she continued to look at me the whole time like ‘what in the hell am I watching’ LOL. So it’s not for everyone, but if you’re interested you should definitely check it out.

Plus Tom Hardy amiright??

The Madman’s Daughter: I’d been eying this book for a very long time now. I would repeatedly pick it up at the bookstore, but never bring it all the way to the check out counter. But, I finally bought it and went through it in only a few days. It was excellent and kept you on your toes that whole time. Very eery, and slightly scary. I loved it and I cant wait to read the second one in the series!

madmans daughter book

Source: Goodreads

Benefit They’re Real Mascara: Even though I only have a sample of this and I bought it for my birthday in March, I’m still putting it on this list lol. It’s the only mascara I’ve used all month and I’m obsessed. It makes my lashes POP! I only wish the full size wasn’t so expensive :(

they're real mascara benefit cosmetics

Nashville: I visited Nashville earlier this month to see Chevelle in concert. I had never been before but my friends kept telling me how fantastic it is. I even have a friend trying to move there. So I was excited, but not sure what to expect and I have to say that it is beautiful! There are lush green hills and Nashville it’s self is big, but not really dirty like most cities. I’m hoping to go back one day and see more of it.

Pitch Perfect 2: I have to admit something, I’m actually not a huge fan of the first movie. It was okay and funny in some parts but I personally thought it was overly hyped. However, this one was hilarious!!! I was laughing the entire time and I immediately wanted to go right back in and watch it again. I took my sister and went with a friend and we were all laughing. This one was so much better, so if you didn’t like the first one you should still check this one out.

I Woke Up Like This Sweatshirt: I saw this in Belk and knew I just had to have it! It’s so soft and comfortable. It might be summer now, but I’m wearing this constantly. I basically live in this thing no joke!

i woke up like this sweatshirt beyonce

Outside the Lines Coloring Book: I always loved to color and it has been a great way for me to zone out when I’m super stressed out. I always bring one with me for flights since I’m terrified of flying. It’s funny because I have always done this and now I’ve seen so many news stories lately about how coloring can be a great de-stress for adults and that some people are even have coloring parties! Hey, I want in! Anyway, there are several coloring books out there made just for adults. Mostly these are just very intricate pictures that take patience. This is a coloring book for adults, but most of the pictures aren’t difficult, but they are very cool and are mostly things only adults would get. What make this book different is that all the pictures are by different street artists. So, some are very…unique drawings. Such as Hello Kitty with an AK-47. I love it though and if you like coloring check this out!

outside the line coloring book

I know this was super short and sweet, but do to other happenings going on in my life right now I didn’t have a chance to go a lot of fun stuff/try new things. Sorry! But, I hope you still had fun reading this and let me know some of your May favorites in the comments below! Don’t forget to like, share, and follow to keep up to date with future posts!


30 Things I Want To Accomplish by 30 Tag

So I saw this tag while reading through the lovely Maria’s blog called Cat Eyes Red Lips (seriously it’s amazing). Anyway, one my friends and I were actually talking about this a couples months ago and made lists together. And I thought it would be fun to share mine with you! I have about 5 years to accomplish all this, yikes! I may come back and update this post as I check things off the list :)

1. Go on a Cruise

2. Visit the Caribbean

3. Swim with Dolphins

4. Make a move to another State

5. Get a certificate and another degree

6. Buy a house

7. Have a baby

8. Visit a European country I have been to yet

9. Visit Germany (btw these are big since I have a big phobia of flying and had a total freak out on my last trip abroad)

10. Go Ziplining

11. Finish a Novel

12. Pay off student loan debt

13. Pay off my car debt

14. Go back to Disney World

15. Road trip through New England

16. Visit Denver

17. Visit canada

18. Finish a year long reading Challenge

19. Finish one painting

20. Create dachshund paintings to sell and donate part of the profits to rescues

21. Have this blog grow to 5,000 followers :)

22. Gain a full time career

23. Seek counseling for Anxiety disorder

24. Meet a celebrity

25. Visit a state I’ve never been to before

26. Rescue and adopt another animal

27. Finish one knitted blanket

28. Gain a blogger friend

29. Run a marathon

30. Go kayaking

Have you made a list like this? If so or if you would like to I tag you to do this too!! I would love to read all of your lists :) If you enjoyed this then please Like, share, follow to keep up to date on future posts.


The Madman’s Daughter Book Review

Title: The Madman’s Daughter

Author: Megan Shepard

Published: January 29th 2013 by Balzer + Bray

Recommended If You Like: YA, Fantasy, Mystery, Dark, Gothic, Victorian Era, Science Fiction, History, Horror, Romance, Retelling

Pages: 420

My Rating: starstarstarstarstar_empty

madmans daughter book

Source: Goodreads


This may be my favorite book I’ve read so far this year, I talk about this lovely, amazing book enough!! Now, I know that you are probably wondering why I’ve only given it 4 stars if that’s the case, I’ll get to that later I promise. But, I do want to say right off the bat to READ THIS BOOK!

If you’re into horror or creepy books then you will love this one. It’s set in the Victorian era, first in London and then on a mysterious Australian island. For some reason Victorian London is the best setting for scary stories. And, the great thing about this is that while some horror books can be a bit slow, this is very fast paced. I was glued to this book, and when I wasn’t reading I was thinking about how bad I wanted to be reading.

There was so much going on and there was rarely a dull moment. This was based off of the book The Island of Dr. Moreau. And while I didn’t read it, I still have a feeling for it and how it relates to this one. The doctor makes a reappearance in this if you have read the original story. But there are so many great characters. My favorite was Montgomery, not only did he sound hot ;) but he was a mysterious complex charter that I couldn’t pin down and I like that he was unpredictable. There were the natives of the island. they were so unique and each had there own personality. the author did an amazing job describing and creating them. The daughter, Juliet, was a great character, but she did have one flaw, she gets wrapped up in a love triangle.

Why? Why do so many YA books have to have love triangles now? I can’t stand it! This was actually the reason I took a star off in the rating. The love triangle was distracting, plus it made Juliet seem a little too naive and weak. She gets wrapped up between Montgomery and a mysterious man the find floating in the ocean named Edward. This was the downfall of the book for me.

But, overall it was a fantastic book full of plot twists. It’s crazy and makes you feel all possible emotions in one book. It’s full of fascinating creatures and there are little Easter eggs for literature lovers, such as the underlying theme of Shakespeare works. If you love the dark and creepy you will definitely love this! The ending caught me a little off guard, but t only made me want to pick up the next book ASAP. I’ve actually just ordered the next book in this series called Her Dark Curiosity, and I can’t wait for it to arrive!

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15 Favorite Feelings Tag

I saw a couple videos on youtube on this and thought it sounded fun so I want to make this a tag for blogs as well. This is easy and fun and I think it would be interesting to see what everyone says!

Here’s mine:

1. Watching a thunderstorm/laying in the dark listening to one

2. Buying a new book

3. Getting a paycheck

4. The first sip of coffee in the morining

5. Cuddling with my puppy

6.Climbing into a bed with fresh clean sheets

7. Cuddling with my hubby

8. Having a girl night out

9. Slipping into my pjs after a long day

10. Driving around aimlessly

11. Visiting somewhere I’ve never been before

13. The first bite of a juicy steak

14. Getting my winged liner perfect on both eyes

15. Laying by the pool in the summer

Now it’s your turn! Everyone reading is tagged to do this. If you have a blog do a post and leave a link to it in the comments. And if you don’t have a blog but still want to do then please leave your list in comments. I hope you enjoyed this and don’t forget to like, share, and follow to keep up to date with future posts!