reviews · Skin Care · Uncategorized

Ponds Extra Rich Dry Skin Cream (Review)

Absolutely recommend this! Before this moisturizer my skin was always so dry. Ponds, while it is an older brand, is an amazing company with exquisite products. I hope to try more from them sooner than later. 

I never actually intended to get this skin cream rather I was recommended it by an old friend. Skincare is so important and Ponds really gives you what you need to help keep your skin young and fresh! I would definitely recommend this moisturizer-

10 out of 10, would recommend!

Dystopian · Fiction · reviews · YA

“Influence” by David Bernstein (Review)

Influence is a dystopian novel that follows our protagonist, Kaylin who’s on the run with her friend Amanda. She has the unique ability to “push” which makes her a target of The Magnus Order and Vernon Society.

Influence was a wonderful, intriguing novel. I like how the writing flowed all throughout the story making it more of a treat. Kaylin was a genuine protagonist, you could just feel her emotions and in a way understand her. Kaylin and Amanda, her friend, have a seemingly unbreakable bond which I personally appreciated. Influence is different from other dystopian books, the plot building made the book flow on by and keeps you wanting more of the bonds of friendship or the action in the adventure. For all those reasons, I believe this reading is well written.

Now then, onto one of the more saddening parts, the problems I found. Personally, I adored this book and read it fairly quickly yet it at times felt rushed for me. The beginning felt a tad bit slow and uneventful but that didn’t really bother me at first. It wasn’t until I was a little more than halfway through the novel that I just wanted more action and excitement. In the end, there were some parts of the novel felt like it was rushed. Other than that minor issue, I found relatively no problems with the novel.

All in all, I genuinely would recommend this book to anyone and truly any dystopian fan. This novel does not disappoint. I’m intending to read the next addition to the series when it comes out.

I’m giving Influence a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Hope you enjoyed! Caio-

Contemporary · Fiction · Mystery · reviews · Thriller

“The Roanoke Girls” by Amy Engel (Review)

-Where to start, oh where to start?- Well, I loved it!

-Questions life for a few seconds-

OK, let me start by saying that I absolutely adored this book. It shines a light on an important subject uniquely, though there’s a large trigger warning in this. Or well, the topic of Suicide is addressed in this novel.

Onto the review! This novel takes place in Kansas where we meet two girls, Lane and Allegra. This family was very dysfunctional, even disturbing… The Roanoke’s share dark secrets that had gone back generations. Although this, Allegra doesn’t mind, in fact, can be seen as happy to retell the secrets of what happened to previous Roanoke girls to Lane. Like any reasonable person, Lane decided to leave and never go back to the family farm in Kansas. But like all happiness in novels, it didn’t last. I didn’t know how to feel about this twist.

Eleven years go by and Lane is forced to return when she receives a phone call from her grandfather stating Allegra had gone missing.

-GASP, oh no! How could things go wrong after eleven years you ask? Find out on the next episode of Dragon Ball Z!-

Allegra was the only Roanoke girl to not leave…

That’s all the plot, for now, folks- I really enjoyed this book, it put a differing perspective onto how our world is today and how life can be for others. Amy used spectacular descriptive elements and as usual, I found that to be beautiful. Although I won’t deny that the beginning of the book didn’t really catch my attention that well, but once I was about I’d say 35 pages in I was hooked.

I really would recommend this book, it’s a very emotionally involved book which made me love it that much more. The triggering issues were written in a way you could read the story and feel the characters emotions on a more personal level.

I’m giving this novel 4.3 out of 5 stars! Caio!

Also, thank you for Blogging for Books for sending me this copy to review! This in no way affected my opinion of the novel.

TBRs · Uncategorized

April TBR;

Now that March has ended, a new bookish month has arrived. So time for a TBR!

Before I start on the TBR, I’m currently reading “Everything Everything” by Nicola Yoon in preparation for the upcoming movie! It looks like it’ll be a beautiful movie and the book is magically written so I’m looking forward to it-

Onto the list–

  • 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (I want to watch the show but haven’t read the book so I’m reading the book first – my logic)
  • City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (I’ve been a slow but steady ride through this rollercoaster called a book series, still love it though)
  • All the Bright Places – I’ve heard it’s amazing and recently I’ve been on a mental health ya marathon

-For sure more but the rest are yet to be determined, follow ups will be posted in future posts as well. Any post ideas or what you’d like to see on the blog, comment down below or email me!

Fiction · Historical Fiction · reviews · YA

“Between Shades of Grey” by Ruta Sepetys (Review)

“Exactly a year before, the Soviets have begun moving troops over the borders into the country. Then, in August, Lithuania was officially annexed into the Soviet Union. When I complained at the dinner table, Papa yelled at me and told me to never, ever say anything derogatory about the Soviets. He sent me to my room. I didn’t say anything out loud after that. But I thought about it a lot.”

As someone who really never reads World War II fiction novels. I’m shockingly amazed and honestly glad I read this book. A book of horror and beauty combined into one? Honestly, this book shattered me into a million pieces. This is probably one of the saddest and emotionally tearing novels I’ve ever read. Hearts will break and shatter.

The novel started by introducing us right into the main plot. In 1941, Lina Vilkas is found in the middle of the night by soviet officers. Her family is Lithuanian and on Stalin’s extermination or “hit” list. Given 20 minutes to pack and leave her childhood home, Lina is brought onto a tireless and really halting journey. This book is beautifully written but it talks about a side of history not many really know about or don’t care to learn about. This book focuses on the psychological effects on not only the Jews but also the people the Soviet Union captured and put through a living hell.

I can’t say there’s anything that I could truly hate about this book. The writing showed to throw you into a new world. The world that existed n an uncharted land of our hearts and wasn’t truly taught in schools. Reading historical fiction is a double-edged sword, it’s either beautifully written and speaks to your soul or doesn’t speak to you. When you can feel the emotions of the characters you love it much more. Lina, her mother, and her brother are all characters with a lot of depth. This is one of those few novels where the mother is the true protagonist of the novel. Her mother did all she could to survive and make sure her only children would survive. That itself made this novel worthwhile.

I’m looking forward to reading more from Ruta Sepetys. I no doubt will be recommending this novel, not only is it a form of a history lesson for those who’re unaware of the tragedies that occurred during Stalin’s reign but it also is a breathtakingly beautiful novel even if it’s also a tragically spectacular novel. I’m giving this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars! Caio!

Fiction · reviews · YA

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs (Review)

I absolutely adored this novel not only for the enticing story line but also for the novel’s intensely beautiful imagery. As a visual person, this book really pulled me in and it truly got me into thinking about how people can be different and it’s not their fault.

This story is about Jacob who’s grandfather was recently murdered. Jacob throughout the beginning of the story feels as if he’s alone and at times, insane. So, like any other fiction novel, he decided to go to a mystical island to find his grandfather’s old friends. This book follows the theme of morality the majority of the novel.

I really enjoyed this novel, the characters were really in depth and relatable, Ransom had a nice way of using pictures and descriptions to drag you into this fictional world.It was one of those feelings where you can feel the character’s happiness, fear, etc. Something else that was beautifully used is the element of foreshadowing, although that element isn’t used until the near end of the novel. One last thing that stuck out to me was just all around the storyline. There was something about the storyline that made it stand out from other novels and make it unique.

There was really nothing that bothered me about the novel, I mean at times it felt slow but that truly wasn’t that big of a deal. So, yep, I think this book is a must read for really anyone. There’s element all over the story that can pull almost anyone in.

I’m giving this book a 4.7 out of 5 stars. Caio!