Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday Social

Sunday Social

Did you sleepwalk as a child?

I dont think so, Ive never woken up anywhere weird or where I didn't fall asleep..and no one has ever mentioned anything so ..nope 

Did you ever try to run away or sneak out of your house?
I have a memory from when I was really young, that I got mad at my mom and decided to run away but I don't think I got very far  Heh.. *Mom if you ever read this skip to the next question please* :-D in regards to sneaking out.. I had a few moments of sneaking out of the house in the middle of the night with my friends in high school...just the usual high school shenanigans..nothing too crazy. I did it maybe twice,  and it was never to anywhere dangerous.

Did you have any imaginary friends?

From what I remember I was more of a blanket kid, although I can  remember wishing I could have an imaginary friend..but I didn't... wierd, right?

My favorite blanket had a satin trim and I would rub the satin through my ring and pinky finger.

Did you ever go toilet papering?
 Nope, those weren't the high school "shenanigans" I was into! :)

Did you ever sneak tv shows you weren’t allowed to watch?

My parents were cool parents and never really told me what I could and couldn't watch. In fact one of my favorite movies when I was a kid was The Best Little Whore House In Texas. My mother and I use to sing and dance along to it...(and with Barry Manilow :-) )   It wasn't until I was a teenager until I finally understood what the movie was about. I thought to myself "omg my mother let me watch this!!?...she's cool!"

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Twisted Window by Lois Duncan

blurb via goodreads

"Tracy, a high school junior, becomes embroiled in the problems of a strange boy, who asks her assistance in "snatching" his half-sister from her father who has allegedly kidnapped her."

 The Twisted Window was originally published in the late 1980's and they have now modernized it and re-published it last year. I honestly would have preferred the original published copy as I didn't care for the Twisted Window. On the positive side, It was easy to read and I finished it all in one sitting.  At times I found myself just wanting it to be finished with and when I was finished I thought " ...okay... moving on!"     Overall, the Twisted Window was...okay.  It wasn't the worst Ive ever read, but wasn't the best either.

Special Thanks to NetGalley and Open Road Media for providing this e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, April 22, 2013

HollyBeth Organics Skin Care review

About HollyBeth Organics
(via their website)
"HollyBeth Organics began as a hobby as HollyBeth was traveling the globe. After 50 countries, 50 years and an epiphany, she decided to put her passion to the test and create HollyBeth Organics, a USDA certified organic skin care line. The story began while living in Spain, when a friend’s mother told her to always use eye cream.  After collecting too many eye creams from her travels, she decided to create her own. The result is a complete line of effective skincare products. HollyBeth hand selects ingredients and formulates her unique recipes using traditional homeopathic remedies from around the world. Her focus is on results oriented plants and essential oils that are free of chemicals and synthetics that are safe for the entire family. All products are lovingly created by HollyBeth in artisan batches in a converted former cotton warehouse in Atlanta."

 Grits & Honey Scrub
"When HollyBeth was young her mother would use cornmeal as an exfoliant. Years later her mother suggested adding grits to make an all over body scrub. HollyBeth added tupelo honey, Vitamin E and a tad of organic sweet almond oil and voila! an exfoliant and moisturizer that leaves your skin soft and smooth.
To Use: Apply a small amount to fingertips with water and gently massage face, neck and hands for a deliciously smooth exfoliation.
Ingredients: Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Meal*, Honey, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (organic sweet almond) Oil*, Tocopherol (organic vitamin E). *organic
Gluten-Free & Cruelty-Free"

Lavender Hand Cream  
" Sweet and rich, this fragrant hand cream provides a relaxing effect to help uplift your spirits and reduce emotional stress. The moisturizing properties of camellia, jojoba, and sweet almond oils, coupled with the antioxidant properties of Vitamin E, will leave your hands silky and nourished.To Use: Massage a small amount into your hands to smooth and hydrate the skin. Great for the entire body as well. Avoid eye area. Keep in cool place away from heat.Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Beeswax*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lecithin* *organic Gluten-Free & Cruelty-Free"

Lemon Lime Shea Butter Cream
This luxurious shea butter is certified USDA organic and moisturizes your skin while uplifting your sprits with essential oils that are simply heavenly. Soothes and pampers your skin with all the Southern Charm that this Atlanta skin care connoisseur is known for. It’s like having a jar of sunshine.”
Rachelle Carson Begley Organic Spa Magazine To Use: Multi-use shea butter cream moisturizeres and hydrates all skin types; even great for your hair!
Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter ) Fruit*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil*. *organic Vegan, Gluten-Free &

Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer
" This velvety moisturizer hydrates and softens even sensitive skin, especially good for those with rosacea. The nourishing, balancing effects of rose, geranium, rose hip and sea buckthorn oils leave skin silky smooth. Vitamin E’s antioxidant effects ward off environmental toxins and diminish the signs of aging. Try our chamomile foaming facial cleanser and our rose geranium toner that will complete your facial regime.To Use: Massage a small amount into face and neck . Use morning and night. Keep in a cool dry place away from heat.Ingredients:  Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (sweet almond oil), * Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, 
Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*, Beeswax*, Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) 
Fruit Oil*, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Pelargonium Graveolens Oil (rose geranium oil)*, Pelargonium Graveolens, Lecithin*. * organic Gluten-Free & 

I absolutely love all 4 of these products.  The Grits & Honey scrub was gentle and left my skin feeling soft and refreshed.  The Lavender hand cream smells wonderful and my dry hands soaked up the cream! The Lemon Lime Shea Butter was prefect for my dry legs and elbows..the scent is a wonderful summery smell.  The Rose Geranium Dace Moisturizer is light and absorbs well, and left my face soft. These great products are Gluten and Cruelty-Free. I highly recommend!



Special Thanks to the wonderful people of Holly Beth Organics for providing these products in exchange for an honest review

Plain Admirer by Patricia Davids

blurb via goodreads

"Love Is Only A Letter Away..So what if Joann Yoder's Amish community deems her a spinster? She's content to stay single. In the meantime, she's working hard to finally buy her dream house. So it's problematic when she's fired from her job to make room for the owner's nephew, Roman Weaver. His blue eyes aside, she simply can't stand him! Good thing she has the secret letters she's been exchanging with a mystery man to keep her going. But who is writing her letters? And could she possibly fall for him in real life, too?"

So (if you haven't already noticed) I am slightly obsessed with the Amish lifestyle. I seriously would give up electricity for a chance to have my own farm. I'm not a very religious person (more spiritual than anything) so I can't really see myself becoming Amish in that sense, but one of these days I swear I am going to have a small farm...oops Ok sorry I'll stop blabbering now.. 
Plain Admirer was an absolute wonderful, simple easy read. The chemistry between the characters was spot on. The storyline held my interest and the romance made me smile.  Plain Admirer is the perfect lazy Sunday afternoon read.  I can't wait to read more from Patricia Davids!

Special Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing this e-galley in exchange for an honest review

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Social

Sunday Social

1. What is your shopping weakness?

Anything Hello Kitty related!

I actually have weird shopping phases. The past few months I has a weakness for cosmetics/beauty products..the past few weeks have been about jewelry...nothing expensive of course..we're talking the stuff you can get at superstores, payless, and claire's...yes I'm a thirty something who still enjoys Claire's jewelry! and I do love me a weekly shopping trip to Target. Oh and do Subscription boxes count as a shopping weakness?

2. What is your food weakness?
It use to be pizza. I would never pass up pizza, no matter what. I have been addicted to pizza ..well basically forever.  Since gastric bypass surgery I find pizza disgusting, I don't get to eat much or want to for that matter and to think of wasting a meal on nothing but bread, sauce and a little tiny bit of topping isn't worth it to me.  BUT i have no problems snacking on chips... LOL a wierdo..i dont even understand myself sometimes.. but chips...any kind of salty chips are my weakness...ok so is candy...ugh...  now you all know why I got gastric bypass!

3. What is your go to movie to watch when nothing is on?
pretty much any teenage 80's movie- the ones below have been watched the most  its either those or any Gilmore Girl's epidode...seriously Ive seen every episode at least 10 times.


 4. What is your go to breakfast food?

Slightly green banana's~  my husband thinks i'm gross but I love banana's that aren't completely rip yet..they have to still have a little green to them.....they taste so much better!


  5. Do you drink coffee? If so, how do you take it?

Does Coffee Ice cream count?  I seriously dislike hot coffee (i like hot tea though) But my go to if I want anything to do with coffee is

I do enjoy Starbucks frappacinos. I really cant..or uhm shouldnt... have either but I have splurged once or twice since my surgery and can have my ultimate favorite coffee ice cream in tiny moderation!

The Rules For Disappearing by Ashley Elston

blurb via goodreads

"She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.

Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself.

But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters — survival"

 The Rules For Disappearing was a great book! I was instantly sucked in from the start with the interesting storyline.  While it was slightly predictable, I still found it to be well thought of and well written. The book had a good mixture of action, drama, suspense, mystery and romance. I can't wait to read more from Ashley Elston!
 This was a clean book and I would recommend it to YA or older.

Special Thanks to NetGalley and  Disney Book Group for providing this e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

blurb via goodreads

"Inner beauty wants out.

When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she’s summoned from her Missouri trailer park to meet Tom Kelly, the world’s top designer. He makes her an impossible offer: He’ll create three dresses to transform Becky from a nothing special girl into the most beautiful woman who ever lived.

Becky thinks Tom is a lunatic, or that he’s producing a hidden camera show called World’s Most Gullible Poor People. But she accepts, and she’s remade as Rebecca. When Becky looks in the mirror, she sees herself – an awkward mess of split ends and cankles. But when anyone else looks at Becky, they see pure five-alarm hotness.

Soon Rebecca is on the cover of Vogue, the new Hollywood darling, and dating celebrities. Then Becky meets Prince Gregory, heir to the British throne, and everything starts to crumble. Because Rebecca aside, Becky loves him. But to love her back, Gregory would have to look past the blinding Rebecca to see the real girl inside. And Becky knows there’s not enough magic in the world.

A screamingly defiant, hugely naughty, and impossibly fun free fall past the cat walks, the red carpets, and even the halls of Buckingham Palace, Gorgeous does the impossible: It makes you see yourself clearly for the first time."

I had actually went into this book without reading the blurb or anything else about the book. I was sold on the cover alone. Gorgeous is quite a quirky interesting read. This modern day fairy tale will have you laughing yet also have you saying "huh? what just happened"  While this book is listed under the young adult genre, I would classify it more for a "new" adult. Some of the language in the book was quite over the top for a younger reader.  While the characters were extremely well thought of, I didn't really care for the main character as much as I should..I cant explain why I didn't care for her..just found her annoying I suppose, in fact I wish the book had been more about her quirky best friend. I am still undecided as to if I really enjoyed Gorgeous or not, there were certain aspects that made the book enjoyable, however It seemed a bit all over the place and hard to follow at times. But, *spoiler alert*  Ok, So I rarely give any spoilers but the ending of this book bugged me. Since it was a fairy tale, the author gave a brief "rest of life" history on the characters. Paul Rudnick should have continued the story with another book, with Becky's best friend Rocher, being the main character.*end spoiler*
Overall, I suppose Gorgeous was 3.5 out of 5 stars for me. Definitely an interesting book. Recommend to new adult and older.

Special Thanks to Netgalley and Scholastic Inc for providing this e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Moor Spa Botanical Shampoo and Conditioner review

Botanical Shampoo
 A wonderful treat for your hair combining moor water with extracts of hops, rosemary, nettle and gotu kola.
Ingredients Used:
Coco Glucoside
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
Heilmoor Clay
Sodium Chloride
Caprylyl Glycol
Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
Glyceryl Undecylenate
Glyceryl Caprylate
Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil
Lavandula Angustifolia Oil"

 Botanical Conditioner
Moor Spa Botanical Conditioner combines hair-enriching extracts of hops and nettle with silk protein which creates a silky, shiny finish.Ingredients Used:
Stearyl Alcohol
Cetrimonium Chloride
Heilmoor Clay
Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
Glyceryl Undecylenate
Glyceryl Caprylate
Tocopherol Acetate
Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides
Humulus Lupulus Extract
Urtica Dioica Extract
Cymbopogon Citratus Leaf Oil
Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil
Lavandula Angustifolia Oil
Cananga Odorata Flower Oil
Juniperus Virginiana Wood Oil
Hydrolysed Keratin"

I am SO happy that I was able to try this shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo is great, it lathers well and my hair felt clean. But the is fabulous!!  Starting with the smell, whoa! I never thought I would enjoy such a unique woodsy scent in my conditioner. I don't know what exactly the smell is or what ingredient it is coming from but I was really blown away by all of the different extract ingredients. Some of these I have never even heard of. Such as Nettle.. I think I may have heard of it..but I did a little search and found that "Nettle is used in shampoo to control dandruff and is said to make hair more glossy" and Cedar ok so I know what cedar is..but having it in my conditioner..whew weird right? 
So, what does my hair think about this conditioner?... My Hair hair likes A LOT! My hair has been so shiny and smooth all week long and I have even gotten some curl at the ends, which I don't usually have.     I had gotten an intense hair condition masque a week or to ago in one of my subscription boxes and decided to give it a whirl last night instead of using the Moor Spa conditioner. Let's just say that my hair is very upset with me today. It is limp lifeless and dull. And this hair masque value is pretty pricey..I'm really surprised that Moor Spa Botanical Conditioner works ten times better than a pricey hair masque.
This conditioner is unbelievable and I must have more!!

Moor Spa also has a hair & scalp mask .. I MUST get my hands on this product!

Special Thanks to the amazing people of Moor Spa for providing these products in exchange for an honest review

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Kirk's Fragrance Free CoCo Castile Bar soap review

Kirk's Fragrance Free Coco Castile Bar Soap
(via their website)
"Since 1839, Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap has given the consumer a high quality, natural soap at an affordable price. Today, we offer a fragrance free bar!
  • No Animal By-Products
  • Never Tested on Animals
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Biodegradable
  • No Synthetic Detergents
Coconut Soap, Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Coconut Oil"

My husband has sensitive skin so I thought this would be perfect for him to try out as well. Just the fact that this soap only contains 4 ingredients really impressed me. I found the soap to be extremely gentle. It lathered good and rinsed well for me. However, my husband was left with a bit of soap residue on his hands after the shower. I didn't have issues whatsoever with this soap and found it to be really good. I highly recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin or anyone looking for natural soap.

Special Thanks to the wonderful people of Kirk's Natural for providing this product in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Grandpa's Orange Essence Soap review

(via their website)
"A Fanciful Indulgence"
 Olive Oil enhances this creamy citrus bar making it ideal for dry skin. Chamomile helps relax and comfort you. 3.25 oz"
" Ingredients
Coconut oil, palm oil, purified water, vegetable glycerin, chamomilla recutita extract, olive fruit oil, witch hazel, essence of orange"

Grandpa's Orange Essence soap smells SO good that I seriously wished that I could have taken a big bite out of it. It smells like a orange popsicle, a wonderfully sweet orange scent. The soap was gentle and soothing and left my skin well moisturized. Granpa's Orange Essence Soap left my skin very happy!

Special Thanks to Grandpa Brands for providing this product in exchange for an honest review

Monday, April 15, 2013

Ralph Lauren Big Pony #3 Yellow review

"Big Pony RL 3 Yellow is infused with the natural radiance of pear notes and mimosa, creating a dazzling floral scent.

Ralph Lauren Big Pony #3 Yellow, the free-spririted fragrance. Eccentric, rebellious and independent, this Floral Green fragrance highlights Pear & Mimosa. The crisp, bright scent represents ultimate optimism and natural feminine radiance for a woman who dances to the beat of her own drum."

Big Pony 4 is the perfect summer scent. The light, clean, and refreshing scent is crisp citrusy goodness mixed with a hint of floral.  It is a wonderful non-overpowering sent and the light scent lingers for hours. This is a wonderful addition to the Ralph Lauren fragrance line.

*ABPR provided this product in exchange for an honest review

Sunday, April 14, 2013

NYR Organic Geranium & Orange Shower Gel review

NYR Organics
Geranium & Orange Shower Gel 
(via their website)
"About the product

  • Revitalising
  • Conditioning
  • With uplifting essential oils

Apply sparingly for gentle cleansing. May also be occasionally used as a shampoo.


  • Water (Aqua)
  • Lauryl glucoside
  • Cocamidopropyl betaine
  • Sodium cocoamphoacetate
  • Hydrolyzed oat protein
  • Calendula officinalis (Marigold) flower extract*
  • Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil*
  • Citrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) peel oil*
  • Panthenol
  • Alcohol denat.
  • Sodium olive amphoacetate
  • Levulinic acid
  • Glycerin
  • Citric acid
  • Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. Natural constituent of essential oils listed.
*Organically produced ingredient.
Made with 65% organic ingredients.
This is a vegan product."

Geranium & Orange Shower gel is fantastic. It smells amazing and really perked me up. This is a perfect shower gel for those morning wake up showers, I felt refreshed and clean. The gel is gentile and lathered/rinsed well. NYR Organics has made a new fan!

Special Thanks to NYR Organics for providing this product in exchange for an honest review

Saturday, April 13, 2013

belonging (temptation 2) by Karen Ann Hopkins

blurb via goodreads

"I left everything I knew behind.

But it was worth it. He was worth it.

No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren't even allowed to see each other. Not until I've proven myself.

If I can find a way to make it work, we'll be NOAH & ROSE

together forever.

But not everybody believes this is where I belong."

Belonging is the sequel to Temptation (my review) and I was sooo excited to finally read it! I loved Temptation so I was eager to read more. I really enjoyed reading Belonging but I got to tell you, if I hadn't have read and loved Temptation, I wouldn't have liked Belonging. For some reason, the magic of Temptation was just a bit lost for me in Belonging.  Don't get me wrong, It was still a wonderful just lost a little "oomph" that Temptation brought. This doesn't stop me from wanting to devour the next book, and yes there will be a next book!

Special Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing this e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Defriended by Ruth Baron

blurb via goodreads

" A friend request from beyond the grave . . .

Jason has met the perfect girl. OK, so maybe he hasn't actually MET Lacey yet, but they talk online all the time. Yet despite spending most nights chatting, Lacey refuses to meet up in person. Suspicious, Jason starts googling, and his cyberstalking leads to a shocking discovery: According to multiple newspapers, Lacey died a year earlier.

Soon, Jason finds himself enmeshed in a disturbing mystery. Has he found a way to iChat with the dead? Or is someone playing a dangerous trick? Either way, Jason has to discover the truth before it's too late. You can't put up away messages from beyond the grave. . ."

Defriended took me right back to my Fear Street days! I really enjoyed the story. Defriended was easy to read and the characters were interesting. The mystery/suspense aspect was well written. This book seriously made me want to go buy a bunch of Fear Street books for my kindle! I'm so glad that Scholastic is publishing these wonderful teenage gems!

Special Thanks to Netgalley and Scholastic Inc. for providing this e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce

blurb via goodreads

"Megan Bright and Jackson Dawes are two teenagers who first meet each other on the hospital ward where they are both being treated for cancer. Megan is scared and worried about her illness, but Jackson seems to be an old hand, having been on the ward for ages. And everybody loves Jackson! He is a whirlwind of life and energy, warmth and sparkle. Megan will need to borrow some of Jackson's extraordinary optimism to face her and Jackson's future. A moving story of first love and a remarkably powerful debut novel."

Review:  sigh... I really hate giving negative reviews but Anthem for Jackson Dawes was forgettable. I really had high hopes going into this, I was ready for the emotions to pour out of it. The fact that the main characters have cancer, yes its absolutely horrible, but the story was lost. I just couldn't connect with this book and I really wanted to. It wasn't the worst book Ive ever read and I was able to finish it, just wasn't for me :(

Special Thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury USA Children's Books for providing this e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Identity Theft by Anna Davies

blurb via goodreads

"Hayley is going to have the best year ever. After years of careful planning, she's ready to serve as student council president AND editor-in-chief of the newspaper. Ivy League, here she comes!

However, just before student council elections, someone creates a fake facebook profile for Hayley and starts posting inappropriate photos and incriminating updates. It must be the work of a highly skilled Photoshopper, but the attention to detail is scary. The embarrassing photos of "Hayley" in her bathing suit reveal a birthmark on her back--a birth mark Hayley has never shown in public. . . .

The situation escalates until Hayley's mother reveals some shocking information. Hayley isn't an only child: She has a twin sister who was adopted by a different family. And that's not all. Soon, Hayley discovers that her long-lost sister isn't just playing a prank--she's plotting to take over Hayley's life . . . by any means necessary."


Identity Theft was a good, fast paced, suspenseful read.  I recommend it for the younger teen reader as it is very easy to read and "goosebump-ish/ fear street-ish" There were quite a few stereotypical teenage scenarios but overall Identity Theft had interesting characters and story line.

Special Thanks to Netgalley and Scholastic Inc. for providing this e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Twisted by Marjorie Brody

blurb via goodreads

"Sarah Hausman must hide a secret-even from herself. If she acknowledges the truth, it will destroy everyone she loves.
Timid fourteen-year-old Sarah wants her controlling mother to stop prying into what happened the night of the freshman dance. Confess to the police? No way. Confide in her mother? Get real. The woman is too busy, too proud, and too jealous of Sarah to really care if her life disintegrates. Besides, her mother will say Sarah is totally to blame for what the boys did-which Sarah believes is true. So she doubly needs to shield the truth. Not just from Momma. But from everyone. Including herself.
Beautiful, confident, eighteen-year-old Judith Murielle lives the ideal life. She has college plans, respect from family and friends, and a fiance she adores. But as a mysterious connection pulls her toward Sarah, Judith's perfect world unravels. Acting as Sarah's sole confidante, Judith gains the power to expose her secret. Will the truth be worth the sacrifice? Or will Sarah stop at nothing to keep Judith quiet?
Marjorie Brody, an award-winning short story author and Pushcart Prize Nominee, crafts a riveting debut novel of psychological suspense with a shocking twist. A former psychotherapist, she now writes fulltime. Visit her at"

Review: just powerful.  This dramatic story stays with you. Marjorie Brody did an amazing job not only with the story but the characters. I find it hard to find a book that I can't predict the outcome and this book really surprised me. I highly recommend Twisted to anyone, young or old.

Special Thanks to NetGalley and Belle Bridge Books for providing this e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Firecracker by David Iserson

blurb via Goodreads

"Being Astrid Krieger is absolutely all it's cracked up to be.

She lives in a rocket ship in the backyard of her parents' estate.

She was kicked out of the elite Bristol Academy and she's intent on her own special kind of revenge to whomever betrayed her.

She only loves her grandfather, an incredibly rich politician who makes his money building nuclear warheads.

It's all good until...

"We think you should go to the public school," Dad said.
This was just a horrible, mean thing to say. Just hearing the words "public school" out loud made my mouth taste like urine (which, not coincidentally, is exactly how the public school smells).

Will Astrid finally meet her match in the form of public school? Will she find out who betrayed her and got her expelled from Bristol? Is Noah, the sweet and awkward boy she just met, hiding something?

Find out in this hilarious tragicomedy from New Girl and SNL writer David Iserson!"

Firecracker is the funniest book I have read in a very long time!! I listened to it via kindle text-to-speech while I was at work and I literally sprayed water over my monitor/keyboard at least twice. David Iserson really knows how to write good characters, they were all so perfect.  He happens to be a writer for the FOX tv show New Girl,  Ive never seen it or cared to watch it before but I will definitely be checking it out now. I absolutely did not want Firecracker to end and hope there will be another book written very soon! Firecracker is David Iserson's first novel and I seriously hope to read more!!

Highly Recommend to young adults and adults!

Special Thanks to Netgalley and  Penguin Young Readers Group for providing this e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Spellbinding by Maya Gold

(blurb via Goodreads)
"There's more than one way to be powerful . . .

It is during a routine school project that Abby Silva--sixteen and nearly friendless--makes a startling discovery: She is descended from women who were accused of witchcraft back in 1600s Salem. And when Abby visits nearby Salem, strange, inexplicable events start to unfold. Objects move when she wills them to. Candles burst into sudden flame. And an ancient spellbook somehow winds up in her possession.

Trying to harness her newfound power, Abby concocts a love potion to win over her longtime crush--and exact revenge upon his cruel, bullying girlfriend. But old magic is not to be trifled with. Soon, Abby is thrust headlong into a world of hexes, secrets, and danger. And then there's Rem Anders, the beautiful, mysterious Salem boy who seems to know more about Abby than he first lets on.

A reckoning is coming, and Abby will have to make sense of her history--and her heart--before she can face the powerful truth."

Spellbinding was a good, easy read.  This is definitely a book for younger teens, as it was clean and the story was simple, easy to follow.  I really enjoyed the Salem history that was added and was a little intrigued with a fact that I learned from this book that one of the accused "witches" Sarah Good was executed on July 19 1692. July 19th happens to be my birth date..even stranger is that Lizzy Borden was born on July 19 1860. Weird, right!?
While Spellbinding did hold my interest, there really wasn't any "wow" factor to it. The ending fell a little flat as did the characters. Overall, Spellbinding was..Okay. Not a favorite but I was able to finish it.

Special Thanks to Netgalley and Scholastic Inc. for providing this e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Blissmo Beauty Box April review

So, its been a while since I've reviewed a Sub box and let me tell you..I've gone sub box crazy! I have received quite a few (paid for with my own funds) and just haven't had the time to review them.  Today I received my first ever Blissmo Box and I am beyond thrilled. Blissmo has "exceptional organic & eco products delivered right to your door." What I really love the most about Blissmo is that YOU get to choose the theme each month. They have different themes such as beauty, food, or seasonal. So every month it can be something completely different. I love having options! I decided to pick beauty for my first months theme and I am so glad I did!

(please excuse the blurry photo!)

Here is what I recieved:

Ok, so I don't normal give price details but I just had to say that this full sized product ALONE covered the cost of the entire box.  This is $25.89 on the MyChelle website

 Yet another FULL SIZED product (sells for $9.99)

(2oz sells at $2.99)

Sigh, Blissmo is now my ultimate favorite sub. box. I am beyond impressed. I'm going to struggle every month deciding what theme to pick, especially after receiving this fantastic beauty themed box.

"Each month, expect exceptional organic & eco-friendly products from a mix of established as well as up-and-coming brands delivered right to your door. We pack each box with between $20-$40 or more of value — and you'll get to discover premium-quality products safer, healthier and better than conventional alternatives."

(Blissmo Subscription box was paid for with my own funds)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Level Naturals Grapefruit Bergamot soap review

(via their website)
"This is everyone’s favorite bar of soap. That gift you can give to the person on your list who is never pleased (expect tears of joy). It’s an epiphany in a block of yellow and red swirled goodness. One shower with this soap and you will never be the same. Trust us. It’s epic.

Grapefruit Bergamot Soap Ingredients

Cocos nucifera (Saponified Coconut Oil), Glycine Soja (Saponified Soybean Oil), Helianthus Annuus (Saponified Sunflower Seed Oil), Aqua (Purified Water), Elaeis Guineensis (Saponified Palm Fruit Oil), Olea Europaea (Saponified Olive Fruit Oil), Ricinus Communis (Saponified Castor Seed Oil), Carthamus Tinctorius L. (Saponified Safflower Seed Oil), Brassica Napus (Saponified Rapeseed Oil), Sapotaceae Multiflora Butyrospermum Parkii (Saponified Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Saponified Jojoba), Theobroma Cacao (Saponified Cocoa Seed Butter), Limnanthes Alba (Saponified Meadowfoam Seed Oil), Matricaria Chamomilla L. (Chamomile Extract), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Essential Oil, Mineral Pigment

This product is Gluten Free"

So, I decided to let me husband try this soap out. Always being on the negative side, I knew he would give me an honest opinion on the soap. He completely surprised me in the fact that he loved it! Seriously, the man is really hard to please when it comes to products. He said that the soap left him squeaky clean and didn't leave any gross residue. That it also didn't dry his skin or overly moisturize. The man always has to find one thing wrong with everything so he did point out in the end that the soap is a little on the awkward "too wide" side at first. (i rolled my eyes)  He loved this soap so much that he used it throughout the week until it was completely gone. There are no little slivers of soap hanging around as per usual. The scent of the soap is a nice non-overwhelming citrusy uni-sex scent.
So, the description the Level Naturals gives for this soap is 100 % true, picky husband tested and approved! ("That gift you can give to the person on your list who is never pleased (expect tears of joy).")