Monday, 26 May 2014

Stardust - Neil Gaiman

By Neil Gaiman
Reviewed by Jamie
Published:January 1st 1998
Publisher: Headline Review
Pages: 194
ISBN: 0755322827

Stardust is an utterly charming fairy tale in the tradition of The Princess Bride and The Neverending Story. Neil Gaiman, creator of the darkly elegant Sandman comics and author of The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, tells the story of young Tristran Thorn and his adventures in the land of Faerie. One fateful night, Tristran promises his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star for her from beyond the Wall that stands between their rural English town (called, appropriately, Wall) and the Faerie realm. No one ever ventures beyond the Wall except to attend an enchanted flea market that is held every nine years (and during which, unbeknownst to him, Tristran was conceived). But Tristran bravely sets out to fetch the fallen star and thus win the hand of his love. (Goodreads)
This book... is very hard to explain/review! It was enjoyable for sure, but it was also all over the place! 

The setting and the world and the story itself was so magical that you couldn't help but read on. At the same time it was confusing and very very strange. Which is kind of Neil Gaiman's thing. I don't even feel like I can give this book a proper review! I enjoyed it, but it just wasn't my favourite. There was some surprising adult content in this book, I thought for some reason it was YA, but there is sex and unicorn deaths thrown in there! I have yet to see the movie, but I feel like this story would translate really well to film, I'm looking forward to watching it.

This is a very whimsical story and if you are in the mood for a fairytale type book then this may be a good one to pick up.

This was me during this whole book
3/5 Albi Cats

Saturday, 24 May 2014

BEA #Excitement

BEA (BookCon) is only a week away, I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am! This will be my first time ever in New York City and the anticipation is killing me!! Jeff and I will be beginning our journey down to New York on Wednesday, leaving bright and early in the morning. We will be driving down, as it's only about a 10 hour drive (also much cheaper to drive!). We decided to stop and stay in New Hampshire for the night in a hotel that is very close to Kittery, Maine, the land of the outlets, obviously we must stop for some shopping! Then on to New York City on the morning of the 29th to explore the Big Apple! We haven't made any plans (besides Bookcon of course... and the Central Park Zoo!) we just want to walk around and take it all in! We both come from very small towns on the East Coast of Canada so this will be a culture shock for us!

Things I am most excited for about actual Bookcon:

1. Meeting all my booktuber friends! I feel like I have been waiting to meet some of these people for forever and its finally happening! Booktube has allowed me to make friends from all over and it will be nice to finally actually meet in real life :) (Don't mind my awkwardness when you meet me!!) There is also going to be an official booktuber meet-up at BookCon in the lounge at 12:30pm, you better believe I'll be there! Dragging Jeff along with me :D After BookCon, at 5:00pm there will be another booktuber meet up at the Strand bookstore, which is also exciting because I really really want to see that bookstore!

 Hopefully afterward we come out of bookcon saying this....

2. Meeting the authors (or at least seeing them from a distance). I have decided not to spend too much time waiting in lines to see the authors, but there are a few who I would REALLY like to meet. For example, Jennifer L. Armentrout. After reading Obsidian, I just feel like I need to meet this woman!! ha I'm not sure what I'm even going to say to any of these authors but hopefully I will be able to form coherent sentences..and that I don't just do awkward finger guns at them...

3. Free books!! I think we are all very excited for this part. I am planning on bringing some tote bags and maybe even a little wheely bag to drag my books around after! There are so many books being released soon that I'm looking forward to and I'm hoping to find some at Bookcon! ...And lets be real... I love free stuff!

4. Talking to publishers. I'm really looking forward to meeting and talking to some publishing companies. I would really like to expand my review base. I currently receive review copies mainly from Simon and Schuster (who I LOVE) and authors who reach out to me. I think it would be good to  branch out and speak to some other publishing companies! I have a friend who is a publisher that will be attending BookCon also, I'm really looking forward to seeing her at the Coach House Books booth!

Hopefully at least one publishing company will want to send me some review books... if so I'll be like..

Those are the main things I am exited for, and of course just the experience in general. I am looking forward to being in a space full of other book lovers, I can only imagine what the atmosphere will be like!

I'm hoping that Jeff and I will get to vlog our trip so we can share our experience with everyone! If you're going to BookCon make sure to find Jeff and I to say HI :D We look forward to seeing everyone there, and just remember, this trip and bookcon in general is all about treating yourself, because you deserve it!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Top 5 Wednesday - Books I Devoured!

Created by Ginger Reads Lainey on Booktube

Usually I am a slow reader, but every now and then I find a book that completely captivates me to the point of no return. When I find one of these magical books I completely devour it (OM NOM NOM)! Lets take a look at the Top 5 Books I have devoured. (Side Bar: No books mentioned were actually eaten... in fact.. no books have ever been eaten... by me at least)

 Lets start with some contemporary reads. In general I read contemporary much faster than anything else, but these two books here I just zoomed through! Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, first of all, Rainbow Rowell  is my favourite author and I could have put in all of her books. I chose Attachments to feature because the story was just so different than any other contemporary that I've read. While reading this book I literally felt like I was watching a movie, it was a perfect rom com and I just couldn't get enough! It was so cute it made me squeal! 

Sarah Dessen books are another example of books I can just rip through, her writing style is so easy to read and I always get sucked in. My favourite book that I have read by her so far is The Truth About Forever. The story was interesting, the characters were relatable and the love interest was adorable! I just couldn't put it down!

Next up we have some dystopian/sci-fi/paranormal! I know I love a book in these genres when I read them in a day or two. Typically these types of genres take me a bit longer to read because they take more commitment to learn about the worlds and back stories, etc. These three books here I read in two days each, this is usually unheard of for me!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins... I mean come on, this book just blew my mind. The Hunger Games trilogy in general I flew threw, however this book I couldn't not put down. This is one of those books where so many things happened and I was kept at the edge of my seat while reading. I was so invested in the characters that I just had to keep going until I found out what was going to happen!

When I picked up Cinder by Marissa Meyer I was expecting it to be a fun read, something different. I never expected to love it as much as I did! This book quickly became one of my all time favourites. It was so unique and captivating that I was so wrapped up in the world and in the characters that it just blew me away. I stayed up until 4am reading this book because I just needed to know what was happening with Cinder.... and of course.. Prince Kai! *Swoon*

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout..... I can't. EVEN. I picked up this book and I was a goner. I've said this before but I understand now why whenever someone read a book by this author they immediately went out and bought all of her other books. This woman's writing style is just to die for and I read this book so fast I didn't even know what hit me. If you are looking for a fast paced read that you can DEVOUR, this is the book for you. Just.. WOW. Loved.

After reading all these books I found myself saying....

And those my friends are the top 5 books that I devoured! Its always fun to find books that sweep you off your feet!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Top 10 Tuesday - Books About Friendship

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Blog

Todays Top Ten Tuesday is all about Friendship! Here is my list of the top ten books about friendship!

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian -  This book features some unlikely friendships, its based around three girls (Lilia, Kat and Mary) who team up and become friends in order to get revenge on a few of their enemies. While the girls may not admit they are friends with each other, their relationships grow throughout the book!

The Last Forever by Deb Caletti - This is a book about love loss and self discovery, but a lot of that self discovery happens because of the friendships made in this book. If it weren't for her new friends, Henry, Sasha, and LarryTessa would never have been able to overcome everything she went threw.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - This book, first of all is amazing, follows Cath and her experience starting college. She meets a lot of interesting characters including Levi and her roommate Reagan. Though of course there is love in this story, I really thought the friendships are what shined!

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - The first books that came to mind when thinking about friendships were the Harry Potter books! Harry, Ron and Hermonie are the three best friends that anyone could have! The friendship between the characters just gets better and better with every book!

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares - This series is based on friendship and sisterhood! It follow 4 best friends, Bridget, Tibby, Carmen, and Lena, as they separate for summer vacation and how one pair of pants brings them all together. 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - This book focuses on a boy named Charlie who is a bit of an outcast. He finds himself and learns many new things after he meets his new group of friends, mainly Sam and Patrick, who absolutely change his life.

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabath Eulberg - This book follow a group of girls, Penny, Tracey, and Diane, who are just sick of dealing with boy drama! The girls form a club to celebrate being single and having your friends by your side!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riorden - This book follow Percy Jackson and his friends as they go on heroic adventures! Percy, Grover and Annabeth became closer with every book!

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - This book is all about peculiar people and really focuses a lot on their bonds with each other. While it may not seem like this book is about friendship, I really found the friendship between the children to be really quite great! Jacob, Fiona, Millard, Olive, and Horace!

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - The friendship between Rose and Lyssa is one of the strongest I have ever read about! It may have something to do with the bond they have with each other but this book is really about how these two friends will do anything to protect each other!

One Of Those Days!

Hello Everyone!

Ever have on of those days where everything seems to be going wrong! Maybe you didn't get enough sleep last night, maybe you trip and landed on your face getting out of bed, maybe you were out of nutella this morning..... THE WORST! For whatever reason you are having one of those days, I feel for ya!

The majority of my "bad" days start off with me not having enough sleep, and that is only my own fault because I stay up to all hours of the night watching youtube videos of people doing their makeup, talking about books and of course..funny cats! You can't blame me though, once you find one awesome video on youtube its like a black hole that just sucks you in to more and more videos! I wish my job was just watching youtube videos, then I would get so much work done! Another reason I often don't get enough sleep at night is because I continuously drink coffee late at night. As if I could learn my lesson after one caffeine overdose and bouncing off the walls until 2am, I do this ALL THE TIME. I never learn. I just love coffee!

Then there are those days when you crawl out of bed and everything seems to be honky dorey, then it happens.... you drop your toast on your pants... damn my clumsiness and damn peanut butter for always landing peanut butter side down! Then you have to go through the troubles of changing those pants... which usually leads to changing your shirt as well! Such a process, not a recipe for a wonderful day!

I could go on and on about things that could go wrong in the morning to make you start off having a bad day... traffic, over load of emails from work, rude people, etc etc... but then I like to remember that no matter what "bad" things are happening, it could always be worse! At least I have a bed and a computer to watch youtube videos on... at least I have a coffee machine and food, at least I have clothes to change in and out of! I guess what I am saying is, don't sweat the small stuff... and in the end, pretty much everything is small stuff! If you get mad or upset at something that happens, take a moment to really feel that emotion, then move on! No need to dwell on the things that don't matter!

If all else fails... looks at these pictures, and your day will go from grey to sparkly in seconds!

So don't be a grumpy pants...

Just smile :)

Disclaimer... I swear I am not a crazy cat lady!

Have a WONDERFUL day :)


Jamie-Leigh <3

Bout of Books 10 Readathon Wrap Up!

Bout of Books

Hello Everyone!

Bout of Books 10 has finally come to an end! I am pretty happy with all that I was able to complete for this readathon, even though I didn't complete all of my goals. I had originally planned to read 3 books (Obsidian, Looking for Alaska and Throne of Glass), 1 graphic novel (The Walking Dead, Volume 11) and to complete one book that I had already started (A Game of Thrones). Here is what I ended up completing:

Books Completed:

Graphic Novel Completed:

Books started but not completed:

Total Page Count: 862 pages

Overall I think I did a pretty good job considering it was only one week! This is more than I have read in a week in a long time! :)

Bout of Books 11 will take place  August 18th to 24th! I am already excited, this is one of my favourite readathons! If you haven't joined in on the fun yet, I definitely recommend you do next time! :D

Check Out My Video Review

Monday, 19 May 2014

Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn: The Final Empire (#1)
By Brandon Sanderson
Reviewed by Jeff
Published:July 31st 2007
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Pages: 672
ISBN: 0765350386

Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangled the land.

He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and even the Lord Ruler himself. A new kind of uprising is being planned, one built around the ultimate caper, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine, a street urchin who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a Mistborn. (Goodreads)
oh Brandon magnificent little bugger you. I cannot say enough about Mistborn, it was simply awesome. As a consistent reader in the sci fi / fantasy novel genre, I truly thought I had seen most of the magic systems and variations that different authors use. However, Sanderson introduced the most unique and intricate magic system I have yet to see. That alone was enough to draw me in. But the whole novel, the characters, the plot, the magic, the lore, it was too much to handle. I honestly am full of adrenaline after finishing this novel. The last quarter of this book, more specifically the last two chapters are just unbelievable. When I thought that Sanderson was getting ready to draw things to a close, boom, plot twist....right to the very end. Novels like this one are why I read, and why I continue to love this aspect of my life. Sanderson has easily broken into the upper echelon of authors I enjoy, and I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Thrill ride from page one and it never ends, you become part of the characters lives, and Sanderson was able to allow me to escape reality for just a little while. In the end, the essence into why fantasy novels continue to dominate my book shelf.

5/5 Carls

May Ipsy Glam Bag - Unboxing/Review

 Hello Everyone!

I have been subscriber to Ipsy Glam bag for over a year now and I just love it! This months bag however was a bit of a disappointment :( This months theme was Fresh Picks! The bag was a nice canvas material and had cute leaves all over it, I was a fan of the actual bag itself this month!

Please see below for the products I received and my video review!

Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask

The Therapy Session Hair Mask deeply conditions, repairs and strengthens dry and damaged hair. Argan Oil nourishes and revitalizes, while Keravis Protein drastically increases hair’s strength and elasticity. The results are hydrated, soft and manageable hair. (Ipsy)

I liked this hair mask, but I didn't find it to be anything really special. I like the size of the sample and I think it will be perfect for travel. Overall though I don't think I will be purchasing a full size of this product

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo (Moonbeam & Unicorn)

The Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo are coconut infused mineral eye shadows that are a perfect addition to any makeup collection. Packaged in a beautiful travel ready recyclable container, these exclusive duos are customized just for ipsy! These shades can be found in the Pacifica Mystical and Charmed Palette. Smooth application with gorgeous color pay-off. (Ipsy)

I am less than impressed with this duo. I like the light champaign colour (shimmer) but I am really not a fan of the purple (matte). The purple is very chalky and not pigmented at all. Overall I don't think I will get much use out of these shadows.

Avene Thermal Spring Water

Known for its long history in treating atopic dermatitis, the Avène Thermal Spring Water is the only thermal spring water bottled directly from the source and packaged in a sterile environment to guarantee purity and maximum skin benefits. Its unique composition is proven to soothe inflammation, itching, redness, general sensitivity and post-medical and aesthetic procedure irritation as it softens, protects and purifies the skin. Avène Thermal Spring Water is recommended by dermatologists worldwide. (Ipsy)

I actually really enjoy this product. Its not something I would typically buy and I probably won't be purchasing this again. However, I think its a great product to throw in your purse to have on hand for hot days! I used this after going to the dog park with Caia and it was very refreshing! This was one of my favourite products from this months bag!

Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria

Refreshingly light and radiant, endless euphoria Calvin Klein translates the provocative fantasy of the iconic euphoria fragrance into a sunlit daydream filled with cherry blossoms and an air of sheer sensuality. A new dawn of euphoria arrives with the introduction of endless euphoria, a statement-making innovation on the signature that debuts an entirely original design and juice. endless euphoria sparks the rich sexiness of the signature with a fresh infusion of modern sensuality to create a newly addictive spin. Irresistibly alluring, the fantasy blooms with an uplifting feeling of ecstasy that knows no limits. (Ipsy)

I am really not a fan of this scent, which is really unfortunate because I enjoy getting different perfume samples. I find the scent to be a bit to manly and just kind of average. Not something that I will be using.

Jersey Shore Sans Tan Anti-Aging Sunscreen

The Jersey Shore Sun® Sans Tan Anti-aging Sunscreen contains non-nano, anti-aging, certified organic ingredients, including vitamin E (non-GMO) & vitamin D3 which can be deficient in individuals avoiding the sun. SPF 35 provides broad spectrum protection which prevents premature aging and helps to prevent health risks associated with prolonged exposure to the sun. Top rated & recommended for safety, stability and excellent UVA protection, by The Environmental Working Group. Named 'Summer Must Haves' in 2013 by PETA Living. (Ipsy)

I don't really have much to say about this product! Its just a sunscreen haha But I like it and I;m a fan of the size of sample because it will be easy to throw in my bag and take with me on the go! This is a great product to have going into the summer.
2/5 Albi Cats

Check Out My Video Review!