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?

Must-Have Summer Reads || Summer Lovin’ 2013

Today’s participation post at the Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon we are discussing must have summer reads. Some of these picks aren’t exactly summer related, but hey, a good book is a good book, right? These are the picks I could read over and over again.

The Lux Series, by Jennifer Armentrout

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The hot alien living next door marked me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
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Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

The Unseen Series, by Richie Tankersley Cusick
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Out walking alone one rainy night, Lucy becomes convinced that someone – or something – is following her. Spooked, she ducks into a cemetery to try and lose her stalker. Panicking in the darkness, she slips and stumbles into an open grave – only to discover she is not alone in there. She manages to escape, but soon begins having terrifying visions and dreams – and she still can’t shake the feeling of an unseen presence, always watching, waiting… Who was the girl in the grave? And what did she do to Lucy?

I admit, I was going to add some Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare books, but it seems like those are among the most popular YA books out now and these are lesser known gems. Well, except for Anna.

What are your favorite summer reads? I am always looking for more books to add to my ever growing TBR pile.

The Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon is hosted by Reviewing Wonderland. If you want to participate just head on over to Read-a-Thon Central and sign up!

Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon: Day 1 || Class Orientation

Hi, howdy, hello, and greetings! Luckily, I’m right on time with today’s post, since I have about an hour left of today where I am. Excuse my lateness, as I’ve just gotten home from The Big Apple after an intense… well, intensive at NYU and I’ve spent the majority of the night unpacking and getting my Teen Wolf on.

Anyway, today is the first day of the Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon hosted by Reviewing Wonderland.Not signed up? Time’s a-wasting, you’ve got until July 6th to get to it, and sooner is always better, and you may win some fabulous prizes. Head on over to Read-a-Thon Central and sign up today!

First up for the read-a-thon is to introduce ourselves.

388224_10150504489647788_267811310_nI go by a plethora of names. Anna, Lily, or my personal favorite – “Merida,” given to me by someone who relentlessly teases me for my sometimes-red (natural) hair.  I am a book whore and I suffer from compulsive book buying. I have three floor-to-ceiling book cases, they’re already completely full and double stacked. Anyway, let’s get started!

1.) Where are you blogging from?

I am blogging from a small town right outside of the horrifyingly boring Montgomery, Alabama. Everybody knows everybody and their business, and everybody loves their sweet tea and their football. Me being the obvious exception, of course. About the football, not the tea. The only semi-cool thing about Wetumpka is that it’s built in a crater impact from a kagillion years ago. The bad thing? A little water falls from the sky and it’s suddenly Noah’s Ark out here in the bottom of this basin. If you’ve ever seen the movie Big Fish, a ton of the scenes were shot here.

2.) Why did you start blogging/reading?

I’ve always liked to read, even as a kid. Even my fourth grade teacher commented once that my middle name must be Library, considering I visited more than any other kid in my grade at the time. Every year I’d rack up the most Accelerated Reader points and win a cheap medal or something. I had read all the books within my reading level and by the time 8th grade rolled around, there was a serious lack of books in my middle school library I hadn’t already read in the previous years. It’s always been that way for me. I was able to zone off on class and leave this world for the one I was reading. I didn’t have many friends growing up and my siblings did their own things and these characters in books were there for me. I lost myself in the written words.

I started this blog mainly to showcase my writing, and with some nudging from Emma, I started reviewing the books I read at the end of last year.

3.) What is your favorite genre?

As I’m sure you can tell from my archives page, my favorite genre is mostly within the confines of the Young Adult category. I generally prefer this category due to the lack of horny characters going at it like gorillas every chapter that I seemed to always find whenever I picked up a novel that wasn’t categorized at YA. However, I’ve been venturing into New Adult every once in a while. But if I find the plot summary appealing, I’ll more than likely read it, no matter the genre. Give me paranormal, contemporary, historical, romance, thriller, sci-fi, I will read it if it seems appealing.

Goal for Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon

I want to try and finish my current read, and try and read a couple more books before the weeks end. It probably won’t be easy, considering it is Independence Day this week (for us  American’s, anyway). So even with that going on, here are some books I really want to get to this week. Click on the picture to go to the goodreads page for each novel.

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Going Under is my current read, though I haven’t delved much into it.

Aaaand, that’s about it. Wish me luck! Hope you all have a great week x

Shadowland – Meg Cabot

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Author: Meg Cabot/Jenny Carroll

Rating: 5/5

Purchase from

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

SYNOPSIS

Suze is a mediator — a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.

But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind … and Suze happens to be in the way.

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

Oh, Meg. You can write anything, can’t you? *le sigh* Meg is the author of one of my favorite series – Airhead. Seriously. If you like Meg Cabot and haven’t read that trilogy, go do it. It’s not something I’d normally pick up but it was awesome.

Now, Shadowland. I picked this up at a thrift store a couple weeks ago for 99 cents! Gah, I devoured it in one night, and repeatedly texted Emma “WHOSE THIS? WHOSE THAT? WHAT HAPPENS WITH THIS?” because I don’t own the rest of the series, unfortunately, and I’d like to read them. Alas, she tells me nada.

It is a story of Susannah “Suze” Simon who is a mediator and feels it is her job is to get lost souls to the other side where they belong, and not hounding her twenty-four-seven. She has had this power since she was too young to understand and realized that she could see all these people that her mother nor anyone else could see. Not even her mother knows about this, instead chalking it up to Suze having some odd phobia against old buildings.

When her mother remarries, Suze picks up her live from the hustle and bustle of the big apple to move to sleepy Carmel, California. She sees her first unfortunate soul living in her bedroom in a very old refurbished home that used to be a hotel/inn. His name is Jesse, he was a nineteenth century cowboy and, boy, is he hot. And he refuses to leave. (P.S. If you guys have any sexy adorable male ghosts you’d like to get rid of, send ’em my way).

On Suze’s very first day of school, she encounters Heather, one pissed off ghost bitch that Suze has replaced at her ultra exclusive school. Not only that, Heather tries to kill the boyfriend she committed suicide for. Suze saves his life as a wooden beam almost crushes him, infuriating Heather off and making her hellbent on hurting Suze.

This was such a light, quick summer read that I consumed within a couple of short hours, with no long boring scenes of nothingness to fill the pages. I’m keeping my eye out for the rest of the series to read!

Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

 

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

 

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s teaser is brought to you by Slide by Jill Hathaway.

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A terrible rage rises within me. The fury is energy, begging to be used. Gathering all my strength, I form Scotch’s hand into a fist and slam it into his balls. The pain is beyond belief, but I know it’s so much worse for him. He screams, and it’s the last thing I hear as I’m pulled away from his body.

“You’re about as delicate as an AK-47.”

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