Friday, August 1, 2014

Literary Friday: Beautiful Creatures

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Synopsis according to GoodReads:

"In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .

There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head . . . Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.

There is a curse. On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it's been promised. And no one can stop it.

In the end, there is a grave.
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.Ethan never even saw it coming."


This book sells itself as a Southern gothic paranormal romance. Or at least, it tries to. I'm not even going to include an affiliate link to the book for you to check it out on Amazon. This one? Definite pass.

The flaws:
Why do we care about the female love interest? All she does is whine about how helpless she is, and do nothing to solve her problems. Ah, no, wait- I meant to say she solves her problems by crying for help from her boyfriend.

Her boyfriend had the only authentic voice in the entire book, but it's hard to respect a character who falls in instalove with a girl because....what? she always needs you to reassure her and do all of her thinking for her? 

OMG do the authors hate the D.A.R. Shut up already about the South- we get it, it's not clever after the 300th time.

Plot inconsistencies.

Turns of phrase that get used so often, I noticed them (despite it taking me a month to get through this one).

Drawn-out rising action, to the point of boring.

A really lackluster climax, which resulted in 0% growth for any character. Oh, except somebody died.

An ending that is clearly meant to be a cliffhanger so they can sell a sequel. Meh- don't care about any of these characters.

Villains of the mustache-twirling, shallowest, unbelievable type. Stop with the Snidely Whiplash, authors- it kills your story.


On the plus side....
This book is now a movie. Apparently it stinks, but it's the first time I ever thought "oh yeah, this book is so shallow it'll work great as a movie!". So instead of slogging through this wheezy tome of juvenile author wish fulfillment, you can rent the DVD and be just as disappointed in a fraction of the time!

2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

Book Bingo & Audiobook Challenges

(just saying')




Great Imaginations is hosting a fantastic reading challenge every season- book bingo!
I decided to play along with summer (why not?) and so I'm tracking my progress at the end of each summer month.

July
A Mad, Wicked Folly - "A Stand-alone"
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - "Featuring an Animal Companion" (i.e. Arlo the awesome immortal pup)
Ancestors of Avalon - "Water on Cover"
Dark Places - "A Thriller"
BINGO
On the diagonal! Thank goodness for freebies!


Now let's see if I can get another BINGO before the end of September....

2014 Audiobook Challenge

My goal is to reach Binge Listener (20-30 audiobooks this year)


In February

In March

In April

In May

In June

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Eye of the Week: True Grit

Charles Portis rocks.
Just sayin'.



I love Ma'am. It's super hard to photograph the color accurately, for some odd reason. In person, it's more pink than this sort of grapefruity color. Pretty either way, though.

Oh, yeah, and that's Railway as a liner on the top and bottom outer quarter.



(despite the title- book and epic movies- my Printcess eye shadows are NOT gritty)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Humpday Confessions: Craft Hoarder and Cheating

Vodka and Soda

I confess...
I try to be a social, responsive, encouraging blogger. So if you comment here and I don't respond, it's probably because you are a 'no-reply' commenter

I confess...
I'm counting this one post in two linky parties. Aubrey said I could, so there.

I confess...
I did a walk-through of my sewing room and after clearing out most of the cobwebs, I realized I have a lot of craft stuff. A lot. Like...more than I can tackle.
So, okay, my new goal is to get through some of that crap. I'm not sure how to make that a true goal...one skein of yarn or clutch of beads of yard of fabric per month? That would still take me several years. Help!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Natural Goal Maca Review

Have you heard of Maca? Me, either. But when Natural Goal reached out to me about reviewing one of their products, I knew I had to go for this one.


Fedora and I take supplements daily as part of our health. Living in Seattle, everyone has to take Vitamin D, but we also know that we need other vitamins and minerals that we don't necessarily get through our diet. Unfortunately, none of those regular supplements have helped my health issues (which mainly center around constant exhaustion, susceptibility to illness, and achey joints).


Maca, I found out, is a root that boosts energy, enhances the libido (through hormone balancing), and increases the immune system. Natural Goal's Maca supplement is a gelatin capsule with 500g of Maca root and nothing else- no soy, no fish, no milk, no gluten, no sugar. Perfect!


I started taking one/day (recommend dose is 1-2/day) on July 2nd...


By July 18th, I saw no change in my energy level, although I seemed able to concentrate better in the mornings.

Disclaimer: I do have some random bizarre health issues that affect my energy levels, among other things. So while Maca wasn't able to overcome that for me, that doesn't mean it won't help energy levels of more normal folk.

Also, I was given this product to review on my blog- this in no way affects the integrity of my review.