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A Million Worlds With You

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A Million Worlds with You (Firebird)
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #3 end
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: sci-fi, teen, multiverse
ISBN-13: 978-0062279026

Firebird ending

Marguerite faces a grim future, the Universe where she is evil has plans end other Universes. I cannot believe that this is the end, it seemed like yesterday that I have started reading A Thousand Pieces of You. Now I am saying good bye, time sure flies. Special thanks to my library for keeping all three books, I actually ordered this one in via them.

After finding out the ‘dastardly’ plans of Evil Mom and Dad, and realizing how far the Evil Marguerite is willing to go to please her parents, our heroine dashes off to prevent more disasters. It seemed hopeless, because Evil had a head start, and was determined to kill all of her, just out of spite.

Not only Marguerite had to stop her evil-self from wrecking havoc, she had to find a way to stop the madness. I will admit that the story is well crafted from the beginning. But I had hoped for an ending that did not feel rushed, it did by the way. Jumping from one Universe to another, it was fun seeing how different one Universe differs to another, purely by decision.

That is what this story is based upon, the multiverse. The belief that each major decision (not what you had for lunch) branches out into a different verse. Such as your mom and dad decided to get married, or if cockroaches decided to rule the world. I digress, but Firebird series is wonderfully unique in that way, utilizing a scientific theory to craft this beautiful romance story.

Litte Gripe

While I love how it ends, it was the process that made me a little … annoyed. In the end of everything, all the pain that Evil inflicted on different universes’ Marguerite, her ending is a little anticlimactic. Yes, I know that it is not the worse possible scenario, and I do feel sorry for her. But Evil is the ultimate villain, you can’t get any worse than making all the other ‘yous’ commit suicide. If she could fall off a cliff, that is ideal…

As the pages move nearer toward the end, the story rushes more and more. The focus becomes to the relationship between Marguerite and Paul, which is fine except there is a love triangle somewhere?

Verdict

I cannot complain, nor that I will. A Million Worlds With You is a romantic book in a teenage kind of way, how love can trump a lot of things. In the end, I wish that it wasn’t such an easy way out. Some struggling depicts growth, and having your growth taken away from your back is cheating.

Have you read it, what d0 you think?

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Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts Hop : Reawakened

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Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts is originally hosted by Lexxie at (un)Conventional Bookviews, I have been meaning to do the hop, but I couldn’t find something that is fitting enough to have a grand entrance, until this:

Reawakened (The Reawakened Series)
Author: Colleen Houck
Genre: YA, adventure, fantasy

This is my mom’s favorite author, a fantasy YA author Colleen Houck likes to combine ancient mythology with modern characters. Such as this one, Reawakened is a series featuring an Egyptian Mummy Amon and modern girl Liliana Young.

From the Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts rule, it didn’t say I cannot do screenshots, so out of extreme laziness I took one. Mainly you can see the difference between the two characters: a hungry un- mummied guy versus a girl who’s looking out for her figure.

Of course, this is not the only place you would find food in the book, or the series. Egyptian dead people seem to love food a lot, and the book is peppered with danishes and fruits. As Amon and Liliana journeys to find his brothers and stop darkness from breaking into the world, a feast makes everything better.

If you are looking for a great book, this might be slightly disappointing. The story is solid, and the characters make you smile, but like most Young Adult genre, it is lacking. Somehow has big plot holes, while there are gaps in the story that should have been filled better. And then you have Liliana, who seem to be infatuated with Amon. Amon seems to be hot and cold, though being so much older I had assumed that he would be more responsible.

Problem with YA, the author tends to think like young adults (to appeal to the audience) and love trumps all is like a theme in these books. It does make the realist in me cringe, but hey, forgivable right?

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Bourjois : Liner Feutre Felt Tip Eyeliner Review

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Bourjois Felt Tip Eyeliner

Bourjois, I’m back for more

I got this because I wanted the free birthday gift, which is a set of travel brushes. It is from my favorite online shopping place. Let’s be honest, eyeliners are hard to buy, there are so many but only a fraction actually works well, and within that only a few that actually lasts.

Bourjois Liner Pinceau Liquid Eyeliner still reigns supreme, by a lot. The liquid eyeliner lasts a good eight hours when I last had it. Naturally, I assumed that the staying power would be comparable for the felt tip one. My laziness also was a major factor in me picking this one over the fine brushed liquid, because felt tip is just easier to use.

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The tip is not rock hard, but firm enough for amateurs to get a good line. It is easy to use, but only if you know what you are doing. The tip does not give you a smooth line if you press too hard or just simply uncoordinated. The trick is to do dash lines, and gently close them up.

It will take some practice, trust me you will get beautiful line soon enough with this pen.

When I drew my line, I was impressed. The color is dark and bold for a black, and seems flattering on me.

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Cat eyes, not bad eh?

 The bad

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My Head Looks Big @_@

It does not last!
I could forgive if this could last me long enough so I do not have to reapply while I am at work, say ten hours. I have had brands that easily last until I take it off at night. You can see that the line has all but faded around the corners, and this is a mere three hours later.

It boasts long lasting, but it isn’t. Very disappointed in the “long lasting” claim on the eyeliner. For the same price, I would go back to the liquid liner. Now I will be using that as a calligraphy pen … hmm that ain’t a bad idea.

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Lying To Children : It is actually fiction Review

Lying to Children
Author: Alex Shahla
Publisher: Fitzwilde LLC
Genre: Humor, General Fiction (Adult)
Publication Date: June 17

Lying To Children is actually fiction!

My heart shattered a little when I found out, it wasn’t easy realizing that the whole book has been a lie. Well played author, well played. There is nothing mature or traumatizing about this book if you are a kid, but it’s adult fiction because Lying to Children is for the parents (teenage or adult), and kids just won’t understand.

It is a book, or a letter from a father to his children. I think it is for both his children, as the youngest one just left for college. Lying to Children addressed to Annabelle and Peter, and the book is hilarious! Because I relate to it so much, well, except for some parts, I’m a mom after all.

Imagine Ted Mosby (from How I Met Your Mother) writing this to his kids, Lying to Children features a lot of off topic conversations, while trying to tell a story. He keeps getting side tracked, but still could come back to the main story. I will admit it got annoying sometimes, but hey… he’s a dad with a mission.

Parenting fails, honest admissions, and hopes. Lying to Children is a dad’s hopes and dreams to his children, and telling a story worth repeating. It may be fiction, it is an honest one. It made me feel like it was really a father’s letter to his children, a well written one.

Verdict

Do you have a loving father? This might be a great present for fathers day!

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Why do I like it? It resonates with me as a parent, it made me realize that there are worse parents out there. Best part is that Lying to Children made me realize that I am not alone, that people do feel lost and scared some times, we are just better at hiding it.

If you want a good laugh, or an eye roll… keep this one

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Book and Mask 5 : Tatting with Anne Orr & Snail Gold Mask

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Tatting is an interesting craft

If you haven’t heard of tatting before, it is an old craft that is enjoying a revival of sorts. Tatting is basically tying little knots and manipulating them into picots and flowers to form lace. The tatting yarn is more like crocheting yarn, finer the prettier, but a headache for beginners.

The book I got from Netgalley on a request, I was interested to see the patterns. I had hoped to read more about tatting and how to do it well. If you are a beginner, this is not a good book for you.The book contains a lot of vintage patterns for doilies, handkerchiefs and even a bonnet/ cap. It is really cool, but essentially useless unless you understand the terms and know how to tat well.

For me, I was lost, tatting is still a new skill for me. Yes, those shuttles are mine. I take pride in trying to learn new craft skill, no matter how bad I am overall. I can knit and crochet, but my tension gauge is always wrong. Bleh, when my mom taught me how to knit, she called me stupid because I couldn’t purl.

*sigh*

Tatting With Anne Orr

 
Gold and Snail Mask…luxury

Got this special mask as a souvenir/ Christmas present. It was from a guilty cousin of my husbands, he (the cousin) loves beauty products, and prides on being young looking. The mask is a symbol of luxury facial mask, because not only the mask has gold woven into the material, it was dripping in snail goo.

It’s not that bad, thicker than my normal snail sheet mask, and twice as much in volume. After applying for an hour or two, my skin had never felt that great. Smooth and invigorated, I could see myself buying more of these if I can afford the price tag. Happy that I get to try this at least once.

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Yes, flashy mask. Gold is said to make you younger, but I never know how or why. Is it an antioxidant like silver? Or it possess some free- radical locking, and can temporarily stop the damage. I haven’t read up any research on this, so at the moment I am enjoying the effects of a good facial sheet mask.

No wonder that guy is always so young looking.