October Wrap-Up

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Hey beauties! Ok so if you didn’t notice, the TBR thing isn’t going very well. Because I either don’t have time or (more likely) I am a bit of an impulsive reader. I went to the library and saw some books, knew I had wanted to read them a picked them up even though they weren’t on my list and oops! So This is going to change slightly into just a wrap up and it’s now not just going to be about books but also a bit of what I did in my life during the month.

So reading! (All out of 10)

Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon —————– 10
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier —————————————————– 9
A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce ————————- 7.5

And I have gotten part way through both Allegiant by Veronica Roth and Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier. I was part way through the latter when my friend let me read her brand new copy of Allegiant so obviously I started that right away so neither of them are done.

And in Life

I started dating this really amazing guy! Our first date was last week to Gravity (a GREAT movie) and tomorrow we are going to grad kickoff together (Giant Halloween party with all the grade 12s). He is just such a great guy! He’s so sweet and I can’t even, I’m so happy! I really want it to work out! We can have a chat, right? We’re all friends? I’m actually so terrified right now. It’s only been a week but I like him a lot and it’s nerve wracking. Don’t get me wrong, super fun, but scary! I have constant butterflies, this hasn’t happened before with other guys and boyfriends so I am really, really crazy nervous.  In other news I have applied to 3 universities so far and I am so very nervous about that! My average was 88% and my competitive average was 89% which is the low end of what nursing needs so I am just praying now! And no, I’m not religious but it can’t hurt! 🙂  Um…I dyed my hair blonde after an unfortunate series of events that I told you about earlier. And for Halloween I am a 1920s flapper girl, so yeah! It’s fun. Life is crazy but good and I am just really happy right now but also so nervous and just all the emotions!

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Book Rant: Ruby Red

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Is this cover not the most gorgeous thing!?

RATING: 90%

GENRE: YA, Historical fantasy/fantasy

SERIES: Ruby Red Trilogy, #1

Hello! Today we are going to talk about the wonderful Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. This book is fantastic! It was over too quickly and I need more! It’s about this 16 year old girl Gwyneth who lives in London and in her family there is a time traveling gene but only 12 people have this gene between her family and this other family. Now the gene doesn’t appear until between your 16 and 17 year and at some point in that time you will just start randomly traveling through time. It has been predicted that Gwyneth’s cousin, Charlotte, has the 12th and final gene and she has been preparing her whole life for this: Learning how to fight and speak multiple languages and how to act properly and dress right in all these different time periods. But Gwyneth ends up being the one with the gene and she has no clue what to do. She’s thrown into this strange new world she has only heard about before in whispers and stuck with the infuriating, though very handsome, time-traveler Gideon de Villiers. This book is so amazing. It has mystery and romance and it is just so good! Spoilers past here, read it the come back to join us!

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OHMYGOD LUCY AND PAUL ARE GWEN’S PARENTS!?! So Gideon and her are related?! What? I can’t! Well I guess they aren’t closely related. Are they? These time lines are so confusing! I think they are distant cousins or something. It’s still kind of weird but not super creepy and sick. (Makes me think of Lady Audley’s Secret and all the cousins together. That made me uncomfortable. Apparently that was something people did often during that time.) It took me a second to figure out that it was Paul and Lucy at the beginning in the prologue. I just assumed that it was Gwen and Gideon and I was so excited to go on the Titanic but halfway through it clicked. I mean through her mom’s story made sense but it didn’t fully fit together so I was wondering if she was really her mom but then I was thinking abut how hard that would have been to fake. She must have actually been pregnant and lost the child or something. In this whole ordeal I think I’m kind of leaning towards Paul and Lucy’s side. The Count is messed up and I do not trust him at all. I think there might be some sort of Graceling style mind control at work.

Ok Gideon can clearly read minds! He’s descended from the Count, he obviously inherited some sort of that skill. I loved the part when Gwen was meeting the Count and she just kept singing the national anthem but then he’s starts to strangle her and that was so creepy. Are you guying thinking it’s like a mental thing where he makes you think he’s strangling you but isn’t actually or is it more telekinesis where he’s actually cutting off her airway. Honestly the mind thing would be more terrifying. You’d have though before she went back in time though someone would have told her the rules. How hard would the be? Just throw it in there, “by the way…” but apparently that didn’t happen.

I think maybe the chronograph is to make the Count immortal. But then wouldn’t he be immortal already assuming they succeed? Or maybe there are two lines of time, one it they do, one if they don’t. Paradoxes! So confusing. But it is alluded to that the Count is immortal. How are you guys picturing the chronograph? I’m picturing this giant bronze metal Spartan shield thing that lies on the ground with 12 spaces like a clock each with a gem stone. But then they talk about stealing it an moving it all the time and it’s a little difficult to steal a 1 meter in diameter bronze shield. Not the stealthiest of thing, someone would probably notice. Maybe it’s a pocket watch sized thing?

I adore the London setting in this book! Some YA books say they are set in London but then it doesn’t feel like you are actually in London because everyone talks like they are American and the setting gives the impression that  the author never lived there for any amount of time. You guy know what i mean? Either Kerstin Gier really researched and knew her stuff or she has lived in London because it was so well written and the description was amazing. (I have ever lived in London so maybe I’m totally wrong but it seemed really well done.)  I loved the British slang thrown in there.

It was so frustrating when she didn’t tell her mom about the time traveling either! It took her so long! She could have been killed! There is this prophecy about the Ruby and she has the power of the raven, obviously that’s partly Gwen seeing ghosts but I have the feeling there is more to it. I don’t understand Gwen’s character being so secretive about this!  They are a bunch of people who travel through time! You’d think seeing dead people wouldn’t be too far a stretch. I adore James. I’m really excited about her getting lesson from James in the next book. I think that will just be so funny. And I want to know how the her seeing her self back in time while she hides in the curtains happened. I want to see it from the other Gwen’s perspective! But back to the point, why doesn’t she tell other time traveling people? And why do they just always assume she’s talking to herself? You guys can travel through time and read minds! Why can you not fathom that she see’s ghosts? At least Mr. George has to guess it because she asked about Robert. Put 2 and 2 together. Her conversation with Gordon was priceless though!

“You were talking to that niche in the wall again, Gwyneth. I saw you.”
“Yes, but it’s my favorite bit of wall, Gordon. I’d hurt its feelings if I didn’t stop and talk to it.” 

Gwen is just so funny! Like when she was trying to remember the password and she forgot it in 5 seconds.And I was trying to remember it too but obviously I couldn’t. I love Lesley. I love her character she is so much like me and my friends at home Googling everything. I would like more development of Charlotte actually. I feel like there is a lot there and right now she’s just coming off as a stuck up, spoiled brat. It was just too short! We just started rolling and then it just stops!  I need more!

That’s all I have time for! Bye darlings!

 

A Unicorn Changed My Hair!

photo (1)Hey darlings!

I have to give you some back story to make my point. So Thanksgiving long weekend (I live in Canada. Our Thanksgiving is in October) I had quite the fight with my hair. I lost 2/3 battles but over all won the war. I had a red streak in my hair and it was semi-permanent dye so it faded pretty quickly. 2.5-3 weeks I think. But if any of you have dyed you hair you know the colour never 100% washes out. I went to the drug store to buy some of the same red to touch it up but all they had was bubblegum pink and blue. I’m not a pink kind of girl and blue in my hair didn’t sound really good so I decided to dye all my hair one dark colour to cover it. I picked up a dark copper-brown and it looked really pretty on the box, like a dark auburn with some brown. Get home on Thursday and try it out and it turned my head BRIGHT PUMPKIN ORANGE. It was pretty hot. The next day my Mom goes out to buy hair colour remover for me because I’m not leaving the house. I’m pretty nonchalant about things like this but line was drawn. Now hair colour remover is supposed to just remove the artificial colour but not totally bleach your hair. My Mom got 2 bottles, that did 1/3 of my hair and didn’t even get rid of all the orange where it was. It was at this point we had been doing this for a total of about 3 hours that I said fuck it! Bleach it then I can add colour back! So my Mom goes off again a comes back with 2 bottles of hair bleach. Stressing the hair. I didn’t just rub bleach on my head. Some people thought that’s what you do, it’s not. Don’t try that. Anyway, bleached my hair out then I dyed it “Light golden brown” but that turned out really light because my hair had been bleached and ta da! 6.5 hours after we started I’m blonde. And it’s just going to stay like this until further notice. I like it alright and my poor hair, I’m not putting it through anymore.

To tie in the title, what 98% of people said to me the minute they saw me was “Wow, did you get your hair dyed?”

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My hair was dark brown and now it’s blonde…no I didn’t dye it! Not at all! A couple of my friends did have really great reactions though. A guy friend of mine stopped in the hall and stared at me for a minute before walking over and saying he hadn’t been sure it was me, one of my friends since grade 1 straight up laughed (she’s not that mean, it actually relates back to an inside joke) and then I got a “Holy shit you’re blonde!” screamed at me from across the main hall. Haha, oh friends. That is my story for today. Bye lovelies!

Book Rant: A Curse Dark as Gold

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GENRE: YA, fairytale retelling

SERIES: Standalone

Hello my lovelies! It has been awhile since I did a Book Rant! No matter, today we are discussing A Curse  Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce. This is a spin-off of Rumpelstiltskin but Mrs. Bunce actually took it pretty far away from the classic story.  Charlotte Miller is the eldest daughter of a dead father. But life goes one and Charlotte and her younger sister, Rosie, keep the family mill running on their own.  She even finds herself falling for an unlikely suitor. But of course it isn’t that easy. Despite having always scoffed at the rumors of a curse on the old woolen mill, even Charlotte is having her doubts as the bad luck pills up: departing and injured workers, a staggering, unexplained debt left by their father, and an overbearing uncle. Then a stranger named Jack Spinner offers a tempting proposition: He can turn straw into gold thread, for the small price of her dead mother’s ring. But their curse won’t let up and Charlotte finds her self falling deeper into Jack Spinners bargains. She must find a way to break the curse, before she gambles more than she can afford. This was a decent book, the writing and description were fantastic.  Spoilers past here!

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I have the feeling that  have read this book before. I don’t recall dong so but as I was reading it seemed very familiar. Or I’m just insane. Either or. The setting is really interesting, opposed to the typical medieval fairytale it’s based just before the Industrial Revolution. I loved it so much. There was so much detail everything seemed so real as you were reading it. Right down the the process of making the cloth and spinning the wool. This book didn’t really fallow the typical story at all, but I really liked what she did with it. The first half of this book was almost like a back story to the fairytale and then when we eventually got Jack Spinner in we had enough details that it made sense opposed to the original when he just kind of appears by chance almost.

The romance between Randall and Charlotte was just too cute! Charlotte’s character was so very untypical of a fairytale girl, she was tough and stubborn so that was really interesting to see their relationship play out. Again, it was so realistic! The fair when they were dancing just made my heart smile so much and Rosie’s reaction was the best! I didn;t like how Randall was magic though. I now it’s a fantasy world and we had just used magic to send Jack Spinner away so it wasn’t far fetched, but it seemed rushed and unnecessary to me. It didn’t need to happen for anything to make sense she just seemed to put it in there. Those two really need to work on communication!

The reason this book only got a 75 was that I didn’t get really into it. That probably wasn’t entirely the books fault because I have been really, really busy, but despite the wonderful, painting worthy descriptions I just couldn’t get lost into the story. The characters were really real and well developed but I just didn’t connect with them that much.

That is it. I don’t have much to say about this book because, as I said, it was really well written and I liked it but I didn’t connect all that well with it. Bye Guys! Kisses!

7 Deadly Sins of Reading Book Challenge: Pride (Day 7)

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Hello everyone! I did the 30 Day Book Challenge sometime ago and I had a lot of fun and it was a great way to actually keep publishing stuff when I didn’t have something for you guys. So it’s challenge time again! This one I made up and it’s not nearly as good as Radiya’s was but I think it will also be some fun and it’s October so it seemed appropriate with the darkness and whatever!

Day 7: Pride – What is a book that you are most proud of yourself for having read because it makes you feel distinguished/intelligent?

9781435129757The last day! Ok hmm, I would say To Kill a Mockingbird but seeing as I read that in school and so does everyone else I don’t think it works. I’ll go with The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde. Its a really great classic if you have never read it I highly recommend it. It is a fantastic book about a handsome young man who sells his soul so that he may remain young and flawless forever. Instead his portrait will age and take on all the injury for his sinful life style. The movie is not great (As much as I adored Ben Barnes.) but this book is just perfect. If you are going to read/buy it though be very careful to get the original. There are so many abridged versions because it was considered quite scandalous for many years.

This is a book that make me feel quite intelligent and cultured. If for no other reason then it’s a classic that many people know, but few seem to have read.

And that is it for the 7 Deadly Sins of Reading Challenge! Bye lovelies!

7 Deadly Sins of Reading Book Challenge: Envy (Day 6)

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Hello everyone! I did the 30 Day Book Challenge sometime ago and I had a lot of fun and it was a great way to actually keep publishing stuff when I didn’t have something for you guys. So it’s challenge time again! This one I made up and it’s not nearly as good as Radiya’s was but I think it will also be some fun and it’s October so it seemed appropriate with the darkness and whatever!

Day 6: Envy – Who is the fictional character who’s life you are most envious of?

Hermione-Granger-Photoshoot-OOTP-hermione-granger-1354671-1919-2560My immediate reaction would be Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by JK Rowling. She’s a witch and she gets to go to Hogwarts! Yes. she does have to deal with a lot of dangerous stuff, but I would take that deal any day! She is one of the best heroines because she’s really smart and can kick a little bit of ass. She’s also one of my favourite characters overall. Emma Watson is also really beautiful and looking like her would just be a fantastic bonus.