Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Review: Deep Blue

Synopsis according to GoodReads:

"Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence."

Deep Blue is a middle-grade mermaid novel. I found myself disappointed in the lack of character development and the obnoxious shallowness of the characters BUT it's a middle-grade novel. I don't read many of those, so maybe that was a case of me expecting too much? Probably.

On the bonus points side, Jennifer Donnelly has created a very richly imagined world. The physics don't necessarily work, but the concept of cultures, terms, dress and diversity in this world shows a lot of forethought. This is a big plus, as both a bridge between a fictional world and our modern one, and because it distracted me from the worst of my boredom while reading it.

I think you'll like this if you enjoy mermaid stories, middle grade novels, very quick reads, teenagers, and very pretty imagined worlds.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dear Companies that Keep Trying to Take Advantage of Bloggers...

If you ask me to write a post, and don't offer:
a) a free product that I'm allowed to gives a 100% honest review
b) paid compensation in exchange for this post (which I will also disclose)
c) anything of value at all in exchange for it

I will not indulge you.

Because of the time required to create, and then promote, a quality post, non-hobby or monetized bloggers view blogging as a side business. 

To give you an idea, most bloggers I know spend 1-3 hours on writing the post, an additional hour on creating and editing images, another hour or so if they photographed those images as well (and then had to brand them, color-correct them, etc), then about two hours total of regular stumping of their post on social media (this is assuming the post is on-brand with their blog, and that they have room in their schedule). 

That is, in short, valuable time, energy, and focus spent on a company that doesn't actually value our time, energy, and focus. It's a bad investment.

But if you continue to persist in emailing me with your great startup pitch and expectation that I'll be a free employee for you, I will start sending you requests to promote my blog and social media channels, just because I think it'd be fun. 

Bloggers- don't let companies take advantage of you. There are plenty out there who will give you free product or monetary compensation - you don't need to waste your time with people who don't value you.

Nail Files: Purple Passion

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Hey, remember when Sarah from The Rooster & The Sunflower gave me an awesome swap package with nail polish?
I am that far behind on wearing gifted goodies.

But I finally cracked open Purple Passion from Polished Colors (hurrah) and I love it! 

It's a crelly, to my eyes, and it took 4 thin layers to get even coverage. Interestingly, in indoor lighting it looks grape/cool-toned, but under the sun it's very definitely a reddish plum color. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Humpday Confessions: It's Austen Time!


I confess...
In honor of Book Rat's Austen in August awesomeness, this is gonna be a Jane Austen-related confessional. (which means my first confession is that I'm a total lit-nerd)

I confess....
I have never read Persuasion.
I KNOW. I will, someday- I promise.

I confess...
Henry Tilney is 10 times more my ideal man than William Darcy.

I confess...
I've always thought of myself as a Catherine Morland/Emma Woodhouse kind of gal. I realize that's not very flattering, but I guess I'm just a meddler.

I confess...
While I would be a very different woman under the rules and expectations of Regency society, I would rock the fashion.

I confess...
What charms me about Austen's works is not the setting, or modern romanticized interpretation of the culture- it's the flaws of the characters. Austen writes flaws beautifully, even when she's being sharply satyrical.

But this is why a lot of modern adaptations strike me as wish-fulfilment fanfic (not all of them). I really don't want to read about Elizabeth and Darcy again and again and again (which is usually just a rehashing of one opposites-attract romance trope), unless it's the source material (which also fleshes out the side characters and tells a complete story, of which romance is only one facet).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Eye of the Week: What You Will

I'm getting better at macro photography for these (about time, right?) though I know I have a ways to go. This one was all about trying to create a full look with one brand (not mine- Printcess).

That's Sweet Libertine "Creme Brulee" on my brow bone, "Beaded Curtain" on the inside half of my lid, and "Contradiction" on the outside half of my lid. So sometimes, ultrashimmers don't work against you....assuming they're neutrals tones in the same color family.

I have hooded, deep-set eyes...that means every look is going to be subtle from arm's length distance. It's one of the reasons I tend to wear crazy colors in eye shadow.