Book Worm — May 2011 (Part 2)

Part two in the last couple of days before May ends.. LOL! XD

Note: I’m showing the cover of the most recent book I’ve read in the series but I’m only going to talk about the series in general/first book. I don’t want to spoil parts for people or else there’s no point in reading it haha :P Be aware that I do mention tiny points at the start of the book just like in my movie reviews so you know the premises of the book. I do not reveal major plots in the book though.

The book that made Collins one of America’s favorite authors sweeps readers from the sophisticated playgrounds of Europe to the glittering gambling palaces of Las Vegas, plunging into the world of the Santangelo crime family. The book introduces street kid Gino Santangelo, who makes it all the way to the top, and his beautiful and daring daughter, Lucky.

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PURCHASE?

Currently Finished: Chances by Jackie Collins (Book 1 in the The Santangelo Novels)

Before I started reading this book I actually didn’t know about Jackie Collins.. LOL. I actually saw Poor Little Bitch Girl on the shelf at my local bookstore and thought the cover & title looked intriguing. I went onto Kindle on my ipod touch and got a preview of PLBG and thought it sounded like it would be a good book to read so I put it it onto my “Plan to Read” list on Shelfari. From there I found out it was part of a “series” and saw that Chances was the first book.

The description of the book made it sound like she’s really well known. I was rewatching an episode of That 70s Show (one of the best shows ever >_>) and her name was also mentioned. After I read Chances I’m guessing she’s known for her trashy novels? LOL I don’t know if trashy actually is the right word… racy? LOL.

Chances takes us on an adventure into Gino Santangelo’s past and lets the reader see how he transformed from a kid in a bad home and not well to do, to one of the most successful crime boss in New York. Gino’s childhood wasn’t all bad at the start. When his mother passed away, however, his father slowly transformed into a drunk and an abusive man. Gino was left to fend for himself. We also meet Carrie Berkley and her rough childhood. Born from a young mother moments from her death, Carrie was taken into an adoptive family to be raised with love. Things quickly went down hill when her grandmother came to take her away and throw her life into a turmoil when forced to find money for her grandmother any way possible.

For some reason I never thought of downloading the preview for Chances before buying too haha. I read PLBG and thought it wasn’t too raunchy and thought Chances would be okay too. Reviews on Goodreads said it’s trashy too and it really is. However, it kept me reading too so I don’t know if that’s good or bad? LOL. Could I have done without reading some of the things that were happening to the characters? Sure. All in all though, I thought the book gave us a good view of the characters and how they came to be who they are. All of them have reached a successful spot in their lives but not without their hardships. By the end of the novel I think most readers heart will go out to them.

I did have to take a couple breaks from the novel though because I couldn’t read so much bad situations happening at once. If you don’t mind some rape/sex scenes in your book and crude situations overall, I think it’s a nice book to pass the time. My friend keeps making fun of me saying I read/watch things with those things in it =_=. I never intended to.. LOL. PLBG wasn’t even in the romance section of my bookstore :(


In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV.

One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor tohis or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her impoverished district in the Games.

But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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PURCHASE?

Currently Finished: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Book 2 in The Hunger Games Trilogy)

Oops haha put Mockingjay because I’m reading that one right now. I don’t think there’s anything I should summarize since the summary for this one pretty much says it all :3 I thought it sounded a lot like Battle Royale, like I’ve mentioned in a past entry, even though I’ve never watched it before haha!

They’re coming out with a movie for this trilogy and I’m rather nervous. I don’t know if there’s any novel that I’ve read beforehand and I like the movie that’s based off it.

I feel like I should’ve read other books in between because I’m just reading all three in a row and on this 3rd book I just needed to put it down and have a break. I think I get too annoyed at girl characters who are constantly oblivious to male lead’s feelings. So I’m not sure if that affected how I feel about the book.

For some reason I felt like it could’ve been more exciting. I read a preview of the book when Katniss was selected as one of the contestants and thought it was getting very exciting. When I started reading though I thought it fell a little short of my expectations. Maybe I my expectations for it were way too high. Maybe I was hoping for more goring details?

It’s still a good book though since I’ve never really read one with this sort of plot although I know there are others out there like this. I think book two didn’t really do it for me though. The excitement didn’t start up till probably the middle of the book? I think my friends felt the same way. I have yet to read the third one, but I really hope that it’ll pick up the pace and give me something that will get me going again XD.


Book Worm — May 2011 (Part 1)

Usually I’m constantly reading one book to the next with barely any break in between (like one night haha!) and then I’ll finally take a long break before reading books again. At least physical copies of books. While I get a break from those, I read stories that people have written online. Actually I’m taking a break right now after reading the first two books in the Hunger Games trilogy in succession. Kind of needed a break from the world Katniss lives in haha! Thought I’d ‘review’ some of the stuff I read.

I’m showing the cover of the most recent book I’ve read in the series but I’m only going to talk about the series in general/first book. I don’t want to spoil parts for people or else there’s no point in reading it haha :P Be aware that I do mention tiny points at the start of the book just like in my movie reviews so you know the premises of the book. I do not reveal major plots in the book though.

In the self-contained world of young Gilded Age Manhattan socialites, Elizabeth and Diana Holland reign supreme. Or so it seems. Scratch the surface, though, and you can detect festering jealousies that threaten to topple them. Elizabeth suffers a more literal fall when her carriage overturns and she is carried away by the swift East River current. That’s only the beginning of the action and suspense in The Luxe, the launch volume in a teen series by Anne Godbersen’s.

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PURCHASE?

Currently finished: Envy by Anna Godbersen (Book 3 in The Luxe series)

I was actually expecting a bit more from this series than what it actually was. Maybe because it’s a Young Adult book so it can’t be as scandalous as I was hoping for haha! In the book we are introduced to Elizabeth Holland and Penelope Hayes – two seemingly good friends but total opposites. Elizabeth Holland: the epitome of what a girl of class is supposed to be – great manners, good looks, and a virgin until marriage. Penelope Hayes: the girl whose family is new money, secretly (or maybe, not so secretly) devilish which also means she’s full of schemes to ensure she always gets what she wants. What happens when a man is placed between them? This man being Henry Schoonmaker. The very much sought after bachelor of New York.

Elizabeth Holland is forced into a marriage with Henry when money becomes sparse even though she already has someone she loves. Penelope will not stand to have her man taken away when she already has plans to be his wife. What will become of their friendship now? And what of Diana Holland, Elizabeth’s younger sister, who is adamant about pushing the rules of society.

For some reason the book just felt like it lacked a little from the characters. After a while I just got really tired of them. Everybody seemed like they were just puppy dogs in love but yet can’t be with the one they want. I just thought with the premises of the characters already set up, they author could’ve taken them a little more to the extreme. Instead they all fall short of the potential they held.

My friend actually told me to just continue it because after I read the second book I thought I’d just cut my losses and stop buying the rest of the series. She said it’ll get a bit better, but she agrees that she thought the character Penelope, could’ve been a little more evil to make things interesting. Maybe a 19th century Blair Waldorf from the show Gossip Girl, but not quite there?


Popular Gossip Girl character Jenny Humphrey is leaving Constance Billard to attend Waverly Academy, an elite boarding school in New York horse country where glamorous rich kids don’t let the rules get in the way of an excellent time. Jenny’s determined to leave her crazy Manhattan past behind and become a sophisticated goddess on campus. But first she’ll have to contend with her self-absorbed roommates, Callie Vernon and Brett Messerschmidt. Hot guys, new intrigue, and more delicious gossip all add up to more trouble than ever for Jenny. But if getting caught with boys and going up against the Disciplinary Committee is what it takes, Jenny’s ready. She’ll do all that and more to be The It Girl.

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PURCHASE?

Currently finished: Lucky created by Cecily von Ziegesar (Book 5 in the It Girl series)

It Girls starts where Gossip Girl left off with Jenny Humphrey. When Jenny Humphrey gets kicked out of Constance Billard she decides that it will be her chance to reinvent herself to become that much more similar to her idol Serena van der Woodsen. What better place to go to school than Waverly Academy – a boarding school just like Serena van der Woodsen. We’re introduced to new characters (Jenny’s new roommates): Callie Vernon – the all-American girl with blond hair and hazel eyes, who is the daughter of a politician mother – and Brett Messerschmidt – the prefect with noticeable features like her unexpected, signature dyed red hair and nouveau riche parents to boot at a school where everyone is practically old money.

All Jenny knows is that she got lucky when she got to room with the two most popular girls on campus after a small accident with room placement. Can she prove that she is worthy of being in the popular crew? Can she be the It Girl at Waverly Academy?

Although reading Gossip Girl would give a better background of Jenny’s character, it isn’t needed. The story can stand very much on its own. I actually kind of like reading this series when I just feel like I want to read something light and fast to get through LOL! It was also less Jenny-centered than I thought it would be. Not that that’s a bad thing because I like reading the other character’s dramas too haha.

Is it the greatest book in the world? No, but I think it pretty much met my expectations of it and kept me entertained. It Girl gives the readers a better sense of what the characters are thinking compared to Gossip Girl. In Gossip Girl, Serena’s thought process is pretty much unknown to the reader. We only got to know of Blair’s jealousy of Serena and always being stuck at #2. I think in It Girl the characters get the readers compassion a bit more because everyone has good qualities that let them redeem themselves.


Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane…but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now.

She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you’d have to fear.

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PURCHASE?

Currently Finished: Need by Carrie Jones (Book 1 in the Need Series)

After Zara White’s stepfather died, she shut herself off from feeling any sense of happiness. A white thread tied on her finger to remind her of a time when she still felt things while her dad was still alive. Helpless, her mother decided to send her off to Maine where her grandmother lives and where her stepfather grew up.

It’s there that she saw a man that she swore she saw back home. How is it possible that he could follow her all the way to Maine? Zara’s usual way of getting over things that scare her isn’t working – listing off different phobias isn’t making him go away. Soon Zara discovers the creepy man following her isn’t the only unusual character in the city of Maine. Are they friend or foe?

Sorry… I have a hard time summarizing this book or giving a good synopsis.. LOL. I felt like the book was very lackluster. I actually read a preview of it on Kindle before buying a physical copy of it. I thought it seemed interesting because the readers are introduced to Zara White who started the story by listing off phobias. That’s the character’s way of dealing with things she’s afraid of; by giving it a label it’s easier to getting over it. We are also quickly introduced to a character that had an ominous aura especially highlighted when the grandma told Zara to not go out late by herself because there had been a couple boys that have recently gone missing at night.

However, the book then turns a bit predictable and finally childish and…. weird haha! Seriously don’t even know how else to describe it. I think if anyone else has read this to the end of this book, they’d agree. The way they defeated the protagonist made me feel like maybe I should write a story about unicorn farting out a rainbow to save our lives. Some weird crap I pulled out of my bum to solve the problem in the story. Maybe it’s just me.. I don’t know. I’ll buy the second book to see how it keeps going though. I just didn’t really see how they could continue the story after???


Missus?!

I was doing the census the other day and was disturbed LOL ! My mom kept her maiden name so when I filled it out it was like:

Dad A
Me A
Alan A
Mom B

It asked us our age too so I have no idea why it was being weird. The next section asked us who we are in relationship with my dad. I guess it thinks since I’m the only female with the same last time I’m automatically his wife

I thought it was weird because under my name is only said “Son or Daughter to Dad A only“. There was no “Son or Daughter to Dad A and Mom B” ! And then under Alan’s name it was like “Son or Daughter to Dad A and Me A”.. Was just like “WHOA WHOA.. UH NO

Please…. I’m only 20.. LOL. My dad’s like in his 50s =_= …. how awkward and disgusting. Especially when there’s a female listed that’s closer to his age. Had to enter in what we were under the “Other ______” option haha!

Skinfood Products Re-reviewed 3

Skinfood Pineapple Hand Cream

I’m rather on the fence about this hand cream. On one hand it does seem to keep my hands kind of soft as it’s supposed to do. This hand cream is meant for dry skin and wrinkles, but I don’t have any hand wrinkles LOL. I think you’ll also have to keep using it for a longer period of time to see it would help with things like wrinkles.

I also like the scent. It’s very light so if you’re someone who doesn’t like things that are heavily scented like Bath & Body Works, this could be a nice alternative.

The only thing I don’t really like is that for some reason it feels a little bit waxy o_O. Usually when you put on a cream that’s thick you would feel like your hands are a little greasy, but this one feels waxy?

Do I feel like it’s a must-have item? Not really. I collect soo much hand creams/lotions. This one isn’t one I particularly reach for because I love it, but I like keeping it in my bag because of it’s small-size – very travel-friendly.

Skinfood Parsley and Mandarin Emulsion

I love this product a lot.. and I’m not even sure why LOL!! The scent of it I would not describe it as Parsley and Mandarin – for one I really don’t like parsley XD. It has a certain spiciness to the smell.

When you pour it out it looks like runny moisturizer and when applied, it turns into liquid to seep better into your skin. I put it on after I use my toner so it keeps the moisture on my face.

Usually, I use my Lettuce & Cucumber Water Jelly Cream after so my face is all nice and dewy. After I give it a couple minutes to all absorb my face feels very soft, not to mention smelling fantastic ; ) LOL.

The Parsley and Mandarin line is targeted towards troubled skin. Not sure if it has really helped in that field, but I love it anyways : D.

Skinfood Sugar Cookie Blusher #2 Bebe Peach

I actually bought this item because I thought the colour and packaging looked cute. A big mistake. I actually tried it a couple times, didn’t like it, and gave it away to someone.

I kept running my blush brush over it and couldn’t really pick anything up. So obviously it wasn’t going to show on my face. Even when I ran my fingers over it I barely got anything. I guess if you have the patience to keep building up the layers to make it noticeable… LOL.

Not recommended. I’m sure there are plenty of better alternatives at better prices >< !