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review 2017-04-08 00:00
Define "Normal"
Define "Normal" - Julie Anne Peters I read this one as a middle-school kid and LOVED it. I can still vividely picture the ending with them. <3
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review 2017-03-23 14:00
Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.
Define Us (Scarred Bullet Series Book 3) - Wendi Temporado,Serena Kearney,Clarise Tan

Define Us
Serena Kearney
(Scarred Bullet, #3)
Publication date: March 17th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

I’m supposed to be strong.

Until I found I was in a relationship I swore I would never be in.
I didn’t know how trapped I was until Dean Sailer walked into the diner, making me question who I turned into.
Dean reeked of overconfidence. He’s sarcastic and thinks he’s funny.
The worst part is I find myself smiling when I don’t feel like it. He brought out something inside me that I locked away a long time ago.
I wanted nothing to do with him.
I wanted to stay contained in my world.

When tragedy threatens the life of me and my best friend, he’s the one I find myself relying on.
He’s there for me when no one else is.
No matter how much I try to resist Dean Sailer, he seems to delve deeper into a place I thought was gone.
Can I change?Or will I be the definition of what I’ve made myself out to be?

 

My Review

I thought the book was a good book, while I gave the book 4 stars, it was more like a 3 1/2 one. The reason I rounded it to a 4 is because I really loved Dean, I just thought he was pretty awesome. I also liked Risa the heroine of the book, I just wish when she thought something about Dean she would have asked him and not just assume it to be true.

I really loved Dean's friends a lot, as well as Risa's friend. I haven't read any of the prior books but I didn't feel lost, coming in a little late. I thought the end of the book was pretty good, and I might go back and read the books that are out that I haven't read yet. The book was a nice read and like I mentioned had some pretty awesome characters in it to fall in love with.

I am so happy I volunteered to take part in the tour for this book. It was a lot of fun. 

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Previous books in the series:

 

Author Bio:

I am a Leo. Born August 10, living on the east coast. I self-published my first novel, PNEUMA, November 2014, and it’s hasn’t stopped since.
One of my biggest problems was having too much to read. Now my newfound problem; having too much to write and not enough hands to type it out. Not enough brains to put the stories together fast enough. Not enough tea or coffee to keep me awake 24/7.

So, like every normal person, I have to take it one day at a time.

My cravings for sweets keep me going, any sort of cakes (especially red velvet), pies, cookies, and ice cream.
I have a cat named Bongo-Bongo, who loves to get in my way when I’m trying to work, but is too cute for me to fight him off.
And then I have my family, specifically my husband, who puts up with my endless nights, my tapping of the keyboard, my ridiculous imagination, and yet, he always encourages me to believe in myself and follow my dreams.

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text 2016-03-11 22:49
Fabulous Five Friday: Books About Clothes and Style (3/11/2016)
The Little Black Book of Style - Nina Garcia,Ruben Toledo
The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own - Nina Garcia,Ruben Toledo
I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style - Amanda Brooks
The Sartorialist - Scott Schuman
The Thoughtful Dresser - Linda Grant

Fabulous 5 Friday: Books About Clothes and Style

 

I’m a sucker for style books. Not books about fashion, per se, but about personal style and the relationships we develop with clothing. Humans are highly visual and clothing is one of the many heuristics we use to make judgments, intentional or not. Anyone who says they don’t care about style or only wear what is comfortable is still making a style choice; it’s an unavoidable part of living in society. Humans value self-expression and we communicate through clothing in conscious and unconscious ways. If you doubt this, just think about how you feel when you go out dressed to the nines versus running to the store in your sweatpants. You feel different, don’t you? Whether one of those experiences is “better” than the other is up to personal preference, but they certainly are different. Personally, I find this sort of clothing-as-language phenomenon fascinating and I like to take some time, usually once or twice a year, to look at my closet and see what I’m saying to the world and what I would like to change. I also just really enjoy clothes.

 

These books are the “guides” (really more like inspiration) I use when my closet cleaning mood strikes. Each must be taken with a grain of salt; they are almost all written by people who work in the fashion world and are privileged financially and socially, and they tend to have a severe lack of body diversity. But they are all fun and helpful in their own, somewhat limited ways.

 

 

The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia

 

You may know Garcia from her regular stint as a judge on Project Runway. She has been an editor and/or fashion director for several big name fashion magazines, most famously Elle and Marie Claire, so she certainly has her fashion credentials. What I really appreciate about Garcia’s take on the genre is that she is straightforward about the difference between having personal style versus simply following fashion. She may work in the fashion world (and come from a stylish, wealthy background) but she appreciates the little personal touches that make a wardrobe something genuinely expressive. She may namedrop like any fashion insider, but she doesn’t let that overshadow a genuine love for self-expression and self-respect. Plus, the watercolor illustrations by Ruben Toledo are fabulous.

 

The One Hundred by Nina Garcia

 

Perhaps this is cheating, but I had to give the second choice to Garcia as well (she’s written 4 books so far). The One Hundred is less about the “how to” and more a fun reference guide for the items that have proven themselves as staples time and time again. She gives advice on what pieces are worth investment versus which ones can be cheap fun while also giving little mini-history and pop culture lessons on various iconic items like trench coats and cashmere sweaters. There are a few chapters that are misses (in my personal opinion) but everyone’s list of “must haves” will vary and she acknowledges that, too. This one is also illustrated by Ruben Toledo.

 

I Love Your Style by Amanda Brooks

 

Amanda Brooks, much like Nina Garcia, comes from a pretty well-to-do background and has a lot of connections in the fashion world. Even so, she has a decidedly eclectic sense of style, which she illustrates (literally and figuratively) in this style-manual-cum-memoir. The photographs alone are worth the price of admission, but she has some pretty good advice to give, too. Anyone who has made as many questionable clothing decisions as Brooks has to have something worthwhile to teach. The beginning of the book is devoted to her life as a budding fashionista, while the rest is a sort of reference book for particular “types” of style and how that translates in all sorts of different ways for different people. I love looking at the vintage pictures of people like Cher and Bianca Jagger for inspiration, I just wish there was more body diversity.

 

The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman

 

Anyone with even a passing interest in clothes or street style blogs knows of The Sartorialist. While everything in the book can be seen online on the original blog, the book itself is like a little trove of amazing images that you can peruse when the mood strikes or you need a little inspiration. Unlike Garcia and Brooks, Scott Schuman isn’t focused on capturing one vision of personal style, but of celebrating it in all kinds of ways and on all types of people. There may still be some snobbery here and there, but it’s overall a supremely open-ended way to look at beauty and self-expression.

 

The Thoughful Dresser by Linda Grant

 

This is a book that looks at the personal ways we are affected by clothes, rather than offering any sort of style advice. “The only thing worse than being skint (poor) is looking skint.” Until I read this line in The Thoughtful Dresser, I had never fully processed the way I think about clothes and social class. We all know that clothing can be used to assess wealth on some level, but we forget that clothing can also allow for a sort of dignity that may be otherwise unavailable to someone who is struggling. Every time someone complains that a “poor” person spent money on new clothes instead of some other necessity, I think about this. Grant looks at clothing as a means to various ends: she looks at a woman “saved” by clothing after surviving a concentration camp, at women who were able to turn shopping into an act of independence, and at the many ways we use clothing as a marker of identity.

 

 

 

 

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review 2015-02-10 11:55
The Scars that Define Us by M.N. Forgy
The Scars That Define Us (The Devil's Dust Book 2) - M. N. Forgy

Good continuation from book 1 - again, interesting story, kept my attention, could use some editing.

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review 2014-11-16 00:00
The Scars That Define Us (The Devil's Dust Book 2)
The Scars That Define Us (The Devil's Dust Book 2) - M. N. Forgy I don't know how to really start this review. I am so angry at some of the characters. Even though I am done reading my anger is still there. I am glad I am reading this series but I have to tell you that when Dani was judged and found guilty, treated like shit, to live under threat of possible death and forgotten by people that have promised to love, care and protect her I wanted to scream and cry. I had a real reaction.

MAY RUN INTO "SPOILERS" UNINTENDED"

At the end of last book you know what happened if you read it Dani's mother had pulled a fast one on the club and now they think Dani was part of it. Shadow who has proclaimed his love and devotion has turned his back on her and some of the club want her killed. Her dad doesn't say much but he doesn't believe she would rat them out. He refuses to let anyone hurt her without proof. She has one friend " Bobby" who stands by her.. He still believes in her. The Old Lady's Babs, Cherry and Vera treat her ok but get her involved in something bad to prove to them she isn't a rat which comes back to haunt them and kills one of them. Plus she has to deal with the MC whore Candy who wants to kill w3hats left of her and Shadow. Dani tries to move on with her life but her mother won't let her. Shadow is crazy and is back to his old ways of booze, drugs and women but when he finds out Dani is dating he loses his mind. To him the MC law says she's his Old Lady until he says she's not. He'll kill anyone who touches her even Bobby his best friend who encourages Dani to move on with her life. Things get really complicated and dangerous. Dani knows from the past book what Shadows dark secret is but she's learning she has her own darkness coming to the surface and she's not going to take it anymore. Can't wait for book #3 Danger coming from many different directions.
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