See ya, Heat. Hello, Autumn!

tumblr_m9ojk3ubbV1r363pgo1_500Well, August is at a end. Finally. While it is my birthday month, it has never been one of my favorite months, considering in the South, school starts in mid-August. Yes, even for college!

Autumn, be good to me. This is my favorite time of the year, weather and holiday wise. I mean, isn’t everyones favorite holiday Halloween? Certainly is mine. I love how all the channels have halloween movies streaming and it’s time to put more clothes on and less dying in an Alabama heat wave.

Anyway, with August ending, it is also a time for school to begin. Groan, I know. Besides starting classes, August has been uneventful. I went to the beach for my birthday, and got macarons and an eiffel tower keyhook stand from Paris. I am spoiled. Not to mention, I got a load of books. I’d have gotten more, I think, if Emma’s package had EVER arrived *glares at usps who lost my bday present*

Anywaaaaay, inspired by Emma’s monthly favorite’s post, I think I shall start my own with the impending new season.

FAVORITE BOOKS

7719248Honestly, I loved Tiger Lily. It was so great and heartbreaking at the same time. I love fairy tales, and this wasn’t any different. Narrated by Tinker Bell, this delves into the love story of Tiger Lily and Peter Pan, before Wendy showed her little England butt in Neverland. This isn’t the cutesy happy ending in fairytales. The characters you root for don’t get what they want, and people get hurt and people die.  AND I loved it. But ask anyone, I love reading tortured characters, as well as torturing my own. You can read my full review here.

15745753The 5th Wave starts off on the evening of the fifth wave with Cassie Sullivan, who believes she’s the last person in the world. Her brother taken, her father killed, Cassie navigates the backwoods and steers clear of the waste of what used to be civilization. Unbeknownst to her, she is not alone. A Silencer follows her, waiting for the opportune moment to kill her. Elsewhere, we have Zombie, a soldier training to eradicate the infected that will bring about the 5th Wave. I love alien invasions, and this was certainly no different. I read this in mere hours and had trouble putting it down, even taking it with me to the kitchen when I wanted to get something from the fridge! You can read my full review here.

FAVORITE MOVIES

Honestly, I haven’t really watched many movies this month, but these are the more memorable ones I’ve seen this month.

15745753Seeing as how the Mortal Instruments are among my top favorite series ever, I had to see the movie. And honestly, I loved it. I mean, no movie is going to be perfect because with books you get to set up the entire world in your imagination and whatnot. In a movie, you can’t do that. Unless you’re the one directing it, then you can. Despite that I felt that many scenes were rushed through without a breath before the next impending disaster happened, I really enjoyed this movie. I had some qualms about Jamie Bower Campbell, but after seeing his performance, I am sold.

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I really loved The Hobbit. I’ve never read the books, but I’ve seen all of the LOTR movies and despite the people I know who moaned and groaned about this becoming a movie and how it was portrayed, I really liked it. It was easy to get into, and it kept my attention throughout the entire film. I was even a bit sad when it ended, because I enjoyed watching this world and these characters immensely.

FAVORITE SHOWS

15745753I had been seeing graphics all over Tumblr, and when the DVDs came out, I threw them into my queue (what a weird word, I can never spell it without looking). The first episode was a bit WHAT? HUH? WHATS HAPPENING? but by the end of the second episode, I was completely enthralled and in love with the story line. It was a bit hard to grasp at first, but I easily caught on and came to love all the characters that Tatiana Maslany portayed. Really fabulous show and I can’t wait to see more.

FAVORITE MUSIC

I don’t normally listen to this type of music very often, but after listening to Gold by Victoria Justice, I was sold. It’s catchy. Yano, like disease.

I heard this a couple of weeks ago when searching for Mortal Instruments music before the movie came out. This immediately got my attention, I love the melody and the lyrics. It’s not rock-out music, but definitely something you can sway too and belt out lyrics like you’re Adelle throwing a concert.

FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS

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I love John Frieda. I use this every time I do my hair. You can get this nearly anywhere, including Walmart, for 4-6 dollars. I’ve had this bottle for a year now, I think, and I’m only now getting the end of the bottle. Not to mention, this smells divine.

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This is my favorite color. Really, it looks great with everything. You can wear it to class, or even a night out on the town.

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 48 Lash by MAC

Longer wispy bundles with an even edge create a flirty fringe that verges on the dramatic. These are the holy grail of lashes, especially if you’re like me and think yours are thin and stubby. Why is it always guys blessed with natural long beautiful lashes? It’s entirely unfair.

Wellllll, there are my favorites for the month of August. What are YOUR favorite shows/movies/apps/assessories/whatever this month?

Apologies

First off, I’d like to say that I’m sorry for those who actually read my reviews and my babbling nonsense when it comes to writing those. I’ve been in sort of a reading slump these past couple of weeks, what with school troubles over my schedules and whatnot, as well as taking a mini-vacation last week for my birthday.

Not to mention, blogging on the iPad is a joke, and my books I’ve been yearning for the past week still hasn’t arrived. Thanks, Amazon.

Anywaaaaay, I’m sorry! Expect a review, hopefully sometime today. Ta-ta.

 

 

xx Lily

Cover Love – Alienated by Melissa Landers

13574417I’ve been wanting to read this book for months. Isn’t the cover just divine? I’ve never considered myself to be much into alien stories, with the exception of Elizabeth Norris and Jennifer Armentrout’s series, and my obsession with the television show Roswell a few years (okay, so maybe I am). But this book sounds awesome and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! Check out the blurb and add it to your to-read list on GoodReads!
Blurb
Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi series.

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

Ugh, this has been on my list for months. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come out until February 4th, 2014.

About the Author

Melissa Landers

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I call myself a compulsive over-reader, because my appetite for books is insatiable. While I enjoy all genres of fiction, I’m always drawn to romantic plots. There’s no substitute for a happy ending, and let’s face it: I’m in love with love! 

A former military brat, I like to say I grew up everywhere. I  graduated from high school in Munich (Go Mustangs!) and went on to earn a BA in  English from Texas State University and a teaching license from East Carolina  University. I taught middle school for nine years before “retiring” to write  romance, and after residing in eleven different states, I finally abandoned my  nomadic lifestyle. 

Now I live in the heart of Ohio with my very patient  husband–who kindly tolerates my neglect while I’m penning a new book–and our  three spirited children, who aren’t so easily placated. 
 
My work is  represented by the fabulous Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency, and in  addition to YA, I write adult romance under the name Macy Beckett


Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins

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Author: Stephanie Perkins

Rating: 4/5

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SYNOPSIS

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion…she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit–more sparkly, more fun, more wild–the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket–a gifted inventor–steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

Stephanie Perkins made a fan out of me with her debut novel, Anna and the French Kiss, which was amazing and one of my top reads for this year. However, Lola and the Boy Next Door falls short.

I liked Lola in the beginning, all colorful and quirky with her costumes and wigs and her love for organic food. However, she soon became whiny and moaned and groaned about Cricket, and I expected a big falling out between them, but she carried these hurt feelings and resentment for like two years because a boy rejected her. Not to mention, she had all these feelings when she already had a boyfriend. She led Cricket around, knowing how he felt about her now, for a majority of the book because she didn’t want to break up with her jerk boyfriend.

Cricket… I didn’t much care for him at first, but he grows on you. Of course, not in the same way Etienne grows on you. Plus, who names their kid after a bug? I live in the South where you’d imagine stuff like that happens, but I’ve never heard of such a weird name. Cricket, however, turned out exactly like you’d expect him… the boy next door.

The story itself, for me anyway, was just too drawn out in many places and could have been shorter in places. I found myself getting bored and scanning the page, which becomes a nasty habit when I’m bored.

I’m glad I powered to the ending, even though this is basically the same plot as Anna, this time being Lola has a significant other. Like most YA girls in romance novels, Lola realizes what a dunce she was being and unlike YA novels, instead of crying and whatnot, she tries to earn Cricket. I like that instead of the perfect male specimen and the average girl that most YA features, both of the characters are oddballs – Lola with her costumes, Cricket with his cogs and gadgets.

All in all, it was a decent read, and makes me want to read the third in the series.

Day 7: We Go Together | Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon

 

It’s the last day of the 2013 Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon. I can’t believe it’s already over. This week, like the rest of my summer, has gone by so fast. I’m glad I signed up, it’s been tons of fun and I got to talk to some cool new people who share a love of reading. To me, that’s great, especially since I live in a small town where this is conversation when someone finds me reading.

“Is that for school?”

“No. I like to read.”

“….. why?”

Sigh, they just don’t get it. Anyway, moving on.

Today’s topic is Graduation Day:

List your accomplishments, big and small.
Did you make some new friends? Call them out.

Read-a-Thon goals:

Going Under: COMPLETED

The Fetch: 20%

Reckoning: 10%

okay, I didn’t finish those goals. I ended up reading other books because I just wasn’t feeling The Fetch or Reckoning just then, so my unofficial goals.

Truly, Madly, Deadly: COMPLETED

Lola & the Boy Next Door: 60%

At least I got two, almost three books done. That’s not too bad. I may end up finishing Lola if I get my butt off the computer and go read before all my shows start later, because then I will be useless.

I also got to chat with some really awesome bloggers yesterday on Twitter, such as:

Libby @ Libby’s Fun Books

Francine @ Bookworm and Boots

Michelle @ Unraveling Books

Stephanie @ Love. Life. Read.

Jess @ Such A Novel Idea

Well, that’s it! I had a great week and hope to enter something like this again soon! xx

The Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon is hosted by Reviewing Wonderland.

Summer Lovin’ Bingo

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Okays, here is how I did it:

PINK SQUARES:
1. I have read Going Under, the review for the book is located here

2. I have done the Summer Flings challenge post, located here

3. I have tweeted all afternoon (@champagnelights).

4. Tweeted my ugly book rainbow here.

5. Tweeted current reads here.

 

YELLOW SQUARES:

1. Done all the participation posts, most recent here

2. Tweeting all afternoon (@champagnelights).

3. Picture at bottom of post.

4. I am following!

5. Currently reading Lola and the Boy Next Door, pic on bottom of post.

 

BLUE SQUARES:

1. Ate a yummy ice cream cone today, photo below!

2. I love art and creating it. Picture below of what I’m currently neglecting working on

3. I do nothing but smile 😀

4. Tweeted today, favorite is currently Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead. That woman can write anything.

5. Photo below!

 

ORANGE SQUARES:

1. Visited and Following, picture below.

2. Visited and Following, picture below.

3. Visited and Following, picture below.

4. Visited and Following, picture below.

5. Visited and Following, picture below.

 

GREEN SQUARES:

1. Visited and Following, picture below.

2. Visited and Following, picture below.

3. Read Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne July 5th on Kindle. Review to come.

4. Ventured outside for a walk yesterday (July 5th). It’s been raining relentlessly the past week, so very little outdoorsy time. Picture below!

5. Picture below. Favorite snack is these magnum ice cream bars. delish.

 

PICTURES (in the best order I could get them in…):

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Summer Flings } Read-A-Thon Summer ’13

It’s day six of the read-a-thon, but my first challenge post. I thought I should do one before it ends, and the past ones have been great but I haven’t had the time to do them along with the participation posts. Today’s topic is… drumroll please..

 

Summer flings! What fictional character(s) would you have a summer fling with?

Well, that’s an easy question. He was also featured in today’s earlier post of bad boys.

ADRIAN IVASHKOV, of course. Wouldn’t Max Irons make a delectable Moroi? We  can paint and stuff together, he’d be such a great summer fling that I’d wanna incorporate into a 4-seasons fling. Repeatedly.

Who would your book summer fling be?

The Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon is hosted by Reviewing Wonderland. Head on over to Read-a-Thon Central and sign up!

 

Day 6: Hound Dogs | Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon

Hey guys! I think today’s participation post is gonna be one of my favorite, listing those those bad boys that make your heart go pitter patter. I might have to eventually narrow mine down, as I have a thing for bad boys so this post could get pretty lengthy. In no specific order… 

Jace Herondale

C’mon, badass shadowhunter, hiding heaven knows how many weapons in his tight leather get up? Not to mention, I am a sucker for blond british guys, and sarcasm and wit. He’s got it all. Jace is the son of Stephen and Celine Herondale, and has angel blood in him from Valentine feeding it to his mother. Presumably, Celine commited suicide and Valentine took the child from her womb shortly after. After faking his and his real son’s death, Valentine took off with both Jonathan and Jace and raised them separately, while taking the identity of Michael Wayland. Valentine was both loving and cruel, and when Jace was ten, Valentine staged his death as Michael Wayland, convincing everyone his real father had died just them. Jace then spent the next several years in the New York Institute living with the Lightwoods. (The Mortal Instruments).

Will Herondale

Will Herondale was born in a welsh family consisting of a shadowhunter father who had left the Clave after falling in love with a munsdane. When Will was twelve, he unintentionally released a demon from a pyxis and when his older sister Ella came running, the demon attacked her and cursed Will that anyone who loved him would die. The next morning, his sister Ella was dead. He ran to the London Institute to keep his family safe. Ugh, Will’s so angsty and broken, how can you not love him? He’s guarded, because of the curse he’s cruel at times to everyone and keeps everyone at a distance but his best friend, who is already condemned to die an early death to a demon disease. (The Infernal Devices).

Adrian Ivashkov

Adrian is a royal Moroi and the great nephew of Queen Tatiana. He has the element of Spirit and to keep him from going insane from the darkness spirit causes, he often drinks and smokes as a way to cope. He’s always full of witty lines and is capable of walking into others dreams, a gift he often used to talk to Rose Hathaway in her dreams, and more recently, Sydney Sage. He’s arrogant, cocky, and occasionally annoying to those around him, but incredibly funny. He is the ultimate book boyfriend. (Vampire Academy & Bloodlines series)

Daemon Black

Daemon is a Lux, a race of alien that consists of light. His human form is drool-worthy. He has a twin brother, Dawson, who was missing for quite some time, and a sister, Dee. Not much is known about his past, and there’s only a handful of Lux on the planet. He’s sarcastic, and often cruel, but most of it is a guard to protecting his sister. He’s fiercely protective of people he loves. Daemon has grown on me throughout the series. I was put off a bit by his attitude, but he has since won me over with his loyalty and protectiveness (The Lux series).

Okay, I think I’ll end it here or I’ll be going on all day. Honorable mentions include Tobias Eaton/Four from the Divergent series, Dorian from Dark Swan series, and Adam from Before I Die by Jenny Downham.

Gah, why can’t these guys exist in real life. It’d be painful, but at least I’d have something to look at while I’m torturing myself over what I can’t have, right?

The Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon is hosted by Reviewing Wonderland. Head on over to Read-a-Thon Central and sign up!

Day 5: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On | Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon

Today’s topic of discussion is:

Share your progress – How many books have you read so far? Have you gotten off track? What are your plans for the rest of the read-a-thon?

Read-a-thon goals:

Going Under: COMPLETED

The Fetch: 20%

Reckoning:10%

Honestly, I’m having a hard time getting into both of them, hence little advancement with either of them. I think I’m in another reading slump and neither of them are interesting me at the moment.

The Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon is hosted by Reviewing Wonderland. Head on over to Read-a-Thon Central and sign up!

Day 4: Tears On My Pillow | Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon

Today’s Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon topic involves sharing the feels of a book that really pulled on your heartstrings. Since I imagine people will go with one of John Green’s books, I’ll go with Before I Die by Jenny Downham.

I remember reading this book a few years ago on Kindle, where I stayed up til 6 in the morning sobbing uncontrollably over this book. Sixteen year old Tessa has battled leukemia for the past four years. Instead of prolonging her treatment, she comes up with sort of a bucket list and resigns to live whats left of her life in a way she’ll remember, not sick and unable to move and hooked up on tubes.

Tessa’s list contains many of the things teens are curious about, especially those that exact a heavy price – such as sex, drugs, and criminal behavior. And why not? She doesn’t have to live with any repercussions. I’m sure there’s a load of things we’d do if we knew there would be no consequences and no chance of surviving the year. We discover Tessa’s list as she experiences them, and as she gets sicker, the list changes. Her initial desires for wild teen transgressions are replaced by simpler things, such as the company of those she loves.

Along the way, she falls in love with her neighbor, something she had initially forgo-ed, thinking it would be impossible. Tessa’s final days aren’t pretty; the last few pages of the novel are filled with the grief and panic of her family as she’s slowly rattling out her last few breaths, getting thinner, unable to move or go to the bathroom, or even talk.

“Adam strokes my head, my face, he kisses my tears.
We are blessed.
Let them all go.
The sound of a bird flying low across the garden. Then nothing. Nothing. A cloud passes. Nothing again. Light falls through the window, falls onto me, into me.
Moments.
All gathering towards this one.”

There’s little revelations of an afterlife, and as she goes, Tessa dreams of surviving, of meeting her best friends baby and being with Adam. Ugh, starting to get emotional just typing this.

It’s a great novel, and has stayed with me throughout the years. There’s even a movie based on the novel called Now Is Good. I definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for some Ben & Jerrys and a cryfest.

The Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon is hosted by Reviewing Wonderland. Head on over to Read-a-Thon Central and sign up!

Read-a-Thon goals:

Going Under: COMPLETED

The Fetch: 10%

Reckoning: 10%

 

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