Archive | December 2014

“Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover!”

   So I have yet another (Blogging For Books) book review for today. This one is called THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS by Michel Faber. This book was far from what I thought it was going to be. The saying, ” Don’t judge a book by its cover!” Is a great way to describe this book!

   It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC.   His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling.  Bea’s faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.  

Suddenly, a separation measured by an otherworldly distance, and defined both by one newly discovered world and another in a state of collapse, is threatened by an ever-widening gulf that is much less quantifiable.  While Peter is reconciling the needs of his congregation with the desires of his strange employer, Bea is struggling for survival.  Their trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and our responsibility to those closest to us.

   I had to force myself to read this book! At first I was curious after reading the synopsis… then I woke up! While I was reading it all I had going through my mind was what was I thinking….a story about aliens and the christian religion…. really!? It felt like a child wrote it. I have heard so many great things about this author and his previous books and I really wish this wasn’t the first book of his that I read… I’m so disappointed!
1/5 stars.




   So today is day 5 of dystopian week here at The Homemakers Hobbies HQ and I realize I have made a booboo. In the announcement that I shared the amazon buying links I posted the wrong book to the list. My Blood Approves does NOT belong on the list. It is not a dystopian book! I had Lush by S.L. Baum planned for today! Lol

   Bluebell is different than most kids her age. After leaving training tech, where all kids live for 12 years, and being branded a lush, she discovers her live is turning upside down and she has no control over any of it. She is now a Lush Ambassador and represents everything Concord stands for. Well… she’s supposed too. Between her perfect mother and high ranking grandfather it should be no problem… right? So why are strange accusations being sent to her tablet for only her to access? And why is she reading a story that she swears she had dreamed before?

  This isn’t a normal dystopian, it isn’t dark, or the horror type of dystopian. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. Not fearing for the characters but wanting to find out what happens next. The author opens up a lot of back stories and gives information that she has said is explained in the next book… Of course it does… she wouldn’t sell as many books… duh! It ends in a cliff hanger… again… its to keep you wanting more!!!!! Give it a chance!
*Pros* seamless writing, great character development, light dystopian

To Be A Legend

Day 4 of Dystopian week and today I’m covering Legend by Marie Lu. I just started this book last week and finished it
   Day is 15 and a criminal. June is 15 and a prodigy being trained for a high rank military career. Day has a sick little brother. June has a dead older brother. Two people from two different worlds are thrown together in this dystopian young adult novel, one fighting for life and the other fighting to take life away, so what happens when they figure out who the other is?

   This book makes you stop and think about the differences in people when they are born and/or raised in different settings. The areas the main characters remind me of the war between the north and the south. You see how things work in each place and how the government takes over the poor sector, by quarantine, forces them to live a very hard life. At the same time you see how they expect high ranking families to live, act and hold themselves.

* Pros: Great descriptions, seamlessly added back stories for the characters.
* Cons: Split stories, like one chapter is one characters and the next is the others… gets confusing at times.

Holiday VoxBox reviews!

   So before anything else I need to state that I received all of the following items completely free from influenster for testing purposes!
   With that said I will begin with saying, I received my second holiday voxbox this year and I love it more than the last year! One of my favorite things about influenster is they give you quality products not knock offs they expect to last! Let the reviews begin!!!!
*Rimmel London scandaleyes waterproof kohl kajal eyeliner: I love my eyeliners! And ever since I was that rebel teen in love with black I have always had the hardest time finding eyeliner that has that thick, cake-like texture. But kohl kajal meets those guidelines for me! I love it and it works great for my wings… its bold and easy to fix!

*Rimmel London gentle eye makeup remover: I was just hearing something not to long ago that if you sleep in makeup you age your skin by a week every time you do it. I always use to sleep in my makeup…. part of the reason was laziness but also because I felt that makeup remover was a waste of time and money… This makeup remover is cheap and isn’t heavy so you don’t feel like your skin is weighed down with oil after use!

* NYC New York color expert last lip color- SugarPlum: Normally I don’t wear lipstick because it is heavy and I have the hardest time finding a shade I like that pairs well with my skin tones lol. But the Sugar Plum shade is so light that it kind of makes it look like I have on gloss versus actual lip stick. And even though I love the color it is still heavy and I don’t don’t like that.

* Celestial Seasonings candy cane lane decaf green tea: I grew up drinking tea all day, everyday. Now I’m older and drink tea all day everyday lol. So when I saw this tea I got excited… my favorite tea is plantation mint because of the strong mint flavor… the mint flavor in this one wasn’t that strong, in fact, I couldn’t really taste it that much so I was a little disappointed.

* Boots No. 7 protect and perfect advanced serum: Sam told me this is a great brand but I had never heard of it before. I get really bad dry spots on my face and in some spots, very oily spots… after using my sample it seemed to help level that out a little but not for long.

* McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme: I don’t use Thyme but my fiance used it in spaghetti last night and it tasted better. It wasn’t to strong so I liked it!

* Fruit Vines Bites Strawberry: I like how these are similar to pull apart licorice. And they are small enough that they pack quite a few in one package. Perfect for sharing with other friends or family. That’s what happened with mine! Lol.

* Ecotools Sleek and shine hair brush: I adore ecotools products. I have never had to worry about faulty products while using them. I love this brush but I sometimes don’t like it. This brush features two different types of bristles, and with my hair at thick as it is I can only use it after and during the straightening process of my hair!

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” There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it.” Day 3 of dystopian week!

   We are on day 3 of dystopian week and we have for you today….. Matched by Allie Condie. This is the first book in its trilogy and unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to read the other…. but that is due to my ever growing to-be-read dystopian collection. At a current number of 80 books, I am constantly moving books up and down.
   Cassia lives in a world where all of her decisions are made for her. She is told what to read, watch and believe. That’s how it has always been. So she listens. But one technological mistake changes the way she will see the world she has always known… forever! At Cassias matching ceremony, where it is decided for her, who she will marry and live happily ever after with, she sees something that makes her question every action she has ever performed, changing her fate indefinitely. Why is Cassia falling for someone else?
   I think this is a great teen read but fits readers of all ages!
*Pros* unique character names take you out of the mundane character list.

“Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” Dystopian week of reviews day 2

   For day 2 of Dystopian week of reviews I have for you… drumroll please… Uglies!!!!!! By Scott Westerfeld! I am all kinds of excited about this one! This is becoming a movie! So if you are anything like me and want to read a book before the movie crowd takes over the stage… do it now! At this point in time there are well over 3 million books just in print alone. It amazes me too because I found this book on wattpad…… for free! These books are great for teenagers! Its more of a female oriented dystopian.
   When children are born, they are born ugly. As they grow they anticipate the day they turn 16. At the age of 16 boys and girls receive an operation in which they become pretties. Their faces get a symmetrical transformation, lips become fuller and everythinng is lifted, tucked and tightened. After their surgery they move to Prettyville, where they live lifestyles of the rich and famous. But is this the life Tally is cut out for?
  I think this goes above and beyond regular dystopian…. I think it teaches a valuable lesson in what beauty has done, is doing and can do to the world.
   *Pros* Artistically written. Easy to read.
   *Cons* a different type of new world slang sometimes gets a little confusing.

“Like a rat, trapped in a maze” Dystopian week day 1: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

   Yes I know some if not all of you have already read this series but I would love to hear your thoughts about it!  So with that said I’m opening up Dystopian Week with The Maze Runner!!!!!

   Within my favorite dystopian novels is The Maze Runner! I devoured these books in less than a week and was super excited because a bookworm friend of mine got me the box set for Christmas. I had no idea there was a fourth book in the series!
   The story is a boy who wakes up, has no idea where he is nor any idea of how he arrived at this point in his life. He wakes up to shouts and crude words from a huge crowd of boys!
Just as he starts realizing what’s going on, his world is turned upside down. A girl is thrown into the glade ( their home), the only girl in the history of the glade to be there. Then they have to solve the biggest and most dangerous puzzle of their lives, the giant maze that surrounds their home, that may or may not be there by the end of book 1!