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April 2013

Book Reviews, Fantasy

Rosie Reviews: Gone – Michael Grant

April 23, 2013

Gone Michael Grant - Book Review

I picked this up a couple of weeks ago, attracted to it by the flourescent yellow page ends and the front cover which said ‘It’s a world without adults, and normal has crashed and burned..’.

Everyday life for Sam and his classmates is turned on it’s head when everybody over the age of 15 suddenly disappears, no teachers, no parents or no shop assistants.

All of a sudden life descends into chaos when everyone expects Sam to step-up and try to restore some normality. Within hours some of the ‘difficult’ kids from a rival school roll into town and take over.

Unfortunately for the kids of Perdido Beach, they have more issues than everyone over the age of 15 disappearing; some kids have developed potentially deadly superpowers, animals are mutating and people disappear on their 15th birthday.

Gone follows Sam, his friends and his smart love-interest Astrid and her little brother Pete as they try get their heads around life in ‘The FAYZ’, understand their powers and try to save the innocent kids of Perdido Beach from the bullies and Caine and his powerful army who have really got it in for Sam.

My Thoughts 

The story is told from various points of view, the main one being Sam Temple, however without warning the story just switches point of view, which was quite confusing at the start of the book. I wouldn’t mind the point of view switching within a chapter, however I think it might have been better if the author had used an icon or something to make it obvious the point of view had switched.

The story itself waste quite predictable, however the characters were interesting and some of them were truly scary, especially Drake.

The ending seemed like quite the anti-climax. The last half of the book is building up to a battle between Sam and Caine as they both try to avoid disappearing on their 15th birthday. *Spoiler Alert* They manage to stop themselves disappearing on their birthday however instead of having the massive battle I was expecting, they had a bit of a battle and then Sam told Caine to leave Perdido Beach…and he did.

It was like one of those frustrating moments when you watch a horror film and the good guy doesn’t kill someone who you know is going to turn out to be a real pain in the ass and repeatedly try to kill them later on in the film. I found myself shouting ‘just finish him!’ at the book.

The book didn’t just look at the big things involving the main characters, it also looked at things you’d never think about like who would look after babies and children who had suddenly been left without parents? And who will keep McDonald’s open!

Despite finding the book a little bit predictable, I enjoyed the story and the characters and I will read the second in the series at some point, though the title is Hunger so I guess I know half of the book already.

3.5 / 5 

Have you read Gone? What did you think? 

Beauty Reviews, Nails

Rosie Reviews: Riot Gear Nail Lacquer from Hayley Williams for MAC

April 17, 2013

Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

As I mentioned in the Daydream review I did earlier this week, I was really excited when I saw this would be part of the collection.

I’ve never used a MAC nail lacquer before, but at a cost of £10 per bottle I was expecting something spectacular.

The brush wasn’t as good as I was expecting, it was average and certainly no where near as good as Rimmel’s maxi brush which provides excellent easy coverage. Which is great when you’re as bad at applying polish with your left hand as I am.

Riot Gear Nail Lacquer

The description on the website says it provides a streak free finish however that wasn’t what I experienced at all. Normally I only have to apply two coats however I had to apply at least three coats and it was still streak in places as you might be able to see in the picture below.

It did provide a great creamy long-lasting finish, I’ve been wearing it for four days now and there’s only a tiny bit of chipping right on the end of my nails. Any other polish I’ve used would look much more chipped by now.

To conclude, there are polishes that truly do provide steak-free coverage, have a much better brush and are cheaper than £10, however the long lasting finish is the best I’ve personally come across and the colour is fantastic. Just a shame they can’t make it less streaky!

Have you been tempted by anything from the Hayley Williams MAC Collection? What did you think of Riot Gear?

Books, Books Posts That Aren't Reviews

Do You Pick Books At Random or Like To Know About Them First?

April 15, 2013
Gray Justice

I’m guilty of heavily researching a book before I actually go through with buying it. Makes sense really, I don’t want to waste my time reading a rubbish book, or worse, have to actually give up on it. 

I normally come across a book either via some of you lovely folks on WordPress who review or recommend books, GoodReads or Amazon suggestions. I’ll then head straight over to the books GoodReads page and check out the reviews and then I’ll stalk the books Amazon page for reviews. If it’s had positive reviews and the general consensus is it’s a good book I’ll then download.

Very rarely, in fact the last time I did this was Game of Thrones, have I purchased a book I know nothing or very little about.

On Sunday afternoon I was showing my Nan how she could download Kindle books to her laptop and I downloaded the first free Kindle book I came across which is called Gray Justice. The title is literally all I know about it and I’m fairly certain from the title it’s going to be some kind of crime novel.

I’m refraining from checking the Amazon page or GoodReads to see what it’s about and I plan on reading this after I’ve finished Gone by Michael Grant, that’s if the temptation to read Insurgent isn’t overwhelming.

Do you like to know about books before you read them? Or do you just pick one up and dive in? 

Beauty, Beauty Reviews

Rosie Reviews: Hayley Williams for MAC – Daydreaming

April 14, 2013

Hayley Williams for MAC - Daydreaming

When I first heard about Hayley Williams’ collaboration with MAC I was really excited and as soon as it became available in the UK I ordered the eyeshadow and the nail varnish, today I’m going to focus on the eyeshadow as the jury is still out on the nail varnish. 

Both on the website and in real life the eyeshadow, named Daydreaming after a song on the new Paramore album, looks very pink. This struck me as quite odd as she’s known for loving the colour orange and the rest of the collection was very orange heavy.

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I was quite surprised when it arrived because it looks very pink, however when applied it mellows out into a more coral-ly colour with hints of orange and a shimmery finish.

It applies and blends really well and lasted a good eight hours when I used eye primer, it might be less without.

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£12 is more than I would usually pay for an eyeshadow, however I really couldn’t resist it and I’d  do it again.

Has anything from Hayley’s MAC collection caught your eye and tempted you? 

Book Reviews, Romance, Vampire

Rosie Reviews: Savor – Megan Duncan

April 13, 2013

Savor by Megan Duncan Book Review

I discovered Savor after seeing it mentioned on YA Big Bookworm as a free read. I didn’t really read the synopsis to be honest as I just wanted to try out another vampire novel as the only ones I’ve read are Twilight, which is embarrassing I’m sure. 

Savor begins on the day of Clare’s 18th birthday. Her region is ruled by vampires and on everyone’s 18th birthday they go to the local blood bank to have their blood tested and then for the rest of their life they will give blood a couple of times a month to satisfy the vampires thirsts. The majority of them are happy to do so as the vampires pose no real threat to them, however there are a some who oppose the vampires and the idea of keeping them well fed.

The day after Clare’s 18th birthday her life is quite literally turned upside down when a representative of the Vampire Royal Family visits Clare to tell her that her blood is incredibly special and that the royal family have chosen her to become their Princess to strengthen their family.

Although confused and unsure Clare accepts realising she has no other choice, she’s taken away from the family she loves and is thrust into a strange world (because she apparently paid no attention at school, where they learn about vampires y’know) where she realises that not everyone is happy about her joining the Vampire Royal Family.

Without giving too much more away, Savor follows Clare as she tries to adapt to life as a vampire, deals with people who are less than happy at her being there and angry protesting humans who think that what the Royal Family have done to her is cruel.

My Thoughts

I thought the idea behind Savour was quite unique, though some parts did remind me of Twilight. However, I suspect that’s because my general knowledge of vampires isn’t excellent and Twilight is the only vampire book/series I’ve read.

I found the majority of the characters really likeable, especially Robin, and I found the bitchy characters to be positively bitchy and felt Clare’s frustration and anger towards Ana and Luka almost immediately and was happy when Clare got her revenge on Ana.

While reading I noticed that there were a couple of instances where the wrong word was used, words were missed out entirely or the sentence was just worded awkwardly and it took a few reads before it made sense, however it really didn’t ruin the book for me at all.

In parts the pacing felt a little odd, for example Clare meets Dmitry but then she’s crazy in love with him after the third time of meeting him. It just felt a little bit like I had missed something out and it took a while for me to get to grips with her sudden love of Dmitry. I really liked Dmitry’s character though and I’m not at all sure about how I feel regarding her blood mate, Arrick, just walking in and taking off with her (literally), I’m team Dmitry all the way!

All in all, I really enjoyed Savor and I’ll definitely give the second in the Warm Delicacy series, Indulge a go because I really need to know what happens to Clare and darnit she needs to find a way back to Dmitry!

I’d give Savour 4 out of 5. 

If you’ve read Savor, what did you think of it? 

Book Reviews, Dystopian

Rosie Reviews: Free Four – Veronica Roth

April 10, 2013

Free Four Veronica Roth

Free Four is a thirteen page novella which looks at Chapter 13 from Divergent from Four’s perspective. 

I’m not going to say too much as if you’ve read Divergent, it will spoil it and if you haven’t read Divergent you should read it first otherwise you’ll be quite confused.

Personally Four was my favourite character so it was really nice to read from his point of view and find out a bit more about him as it’s clear from just reading Divergent that there’s a lot more to Four. It was also interesting to read about the history and the issues between Eric and him.

Roth made a great choice by choosing to look at Chapter 13 from his perspective as when you read Divergent it’s clear there’s something else going on here and he isn’t just being a jerk, so it’s nice to find out what that is.

If you’ve read Divergent, I highly recommend you read it and it’s a must read to find out more about Four, if not read Divergent first otherwise you’ll be confused.

Free Four is free to download and isn’t available to ‘buy’ through Kindle or Kobo, so here’s where I read it online – Free Four on Epubbud

4 / 5 

What do you think about authors releasing novella’s from another characters point of view? 

Beauty Reviews, Lips

Lipstick Review: MAC Lipstick – Chatterbox

April 2, 2013

MAC Chatterbox

MAC Chatterbox Swatch and Lip

When at Birmingham Airport last August on the way to Paris I came across a MAC counter, MAC isn’t easy to find it shops around where I live, so I spent a good half an hour mooching when I finally came across Chatterbox a lovely bright pink creamy lipstick. 

I had a love-hate relationship with lipstick, in that I loved it and how it looked but I hated that I could never find one which lasted and didn’t dry my lips out in hours, up until I met this.

It lasts really well and feels soft and creamy all day long, meaning my lips are still intact by dinner time meaning I can actually chompy my dinner without feeling like my lips may fall off. Not only that but it remains looking bright and bold for hours and smells lovely and vanilla-y.

MAC lipstick isn’t exactly cheap, but you do get what you pay for. I can’t remember how much I paid for it since it was in August, £12 sticks in my head, however it’s available for sale on the MAC website for £14.

This is the first MAC lipstick I’ve ever brought, I wear it regularly and when I can finally find a store selling MAC I’ll definitely buy another one.

What do you think of MAC lipstick? Have you ever worn this shade? 

Beauty, Nails

Get the Glam: Hayley Williams Nylon 2013 Nails

April 1, 2013

Hayley Williams Nylon 2013 Nails

I love simple yet bright and fun nail polish and this nail art worn by Hayley Williams from Paramore for the April Nylon shoot ticks all three boxes for me. 

I had a little go myself, and while it didn’t turn out perfect, I’m sure with a bit of practice I’ll get better at it. You could even do it without the smiley faces or the little gems on the black polish and it would still look great.

Hayley Williams 2013 Nylon Nails

Products I Used:

  • Save The Nail Toughen Up Base Coat 
  • Barry M Black 47
  • Barry M Gold Glitter
  • Rimmel London 410 Orange Bliss
  • A shimmery blue from Miss Sporty – any nice bright blue will work
  • Models Own Top Coat

I painted my nails as shown in the picture above, her hands are actually crossed over so I’ve taken photos of the left and right hand separately to make things a little bit easier as shown in the photo below.

Once my nails were completely dry I used the Gold Glitter and a dotting tool to make the smiley face on the index finger on the left hand. I then used Barry M Nail Art Black to draw a smiley face on the middle finger on the right hand. My attempt wasn’t very good at all and it’s times like this I’m jealous of left handed and ambidextrous people, you lucky folks you.

To me it looks as if she actually has small jewels on the nails with black polish, if you’ve got some jewels then great, however if not don’t worry all you need is a dotting tool.

I tried to copy the picture as best I could, again my attempt was far from perfect but it’s all part of the fun. I then finished off with the top coat once everything was dry.

Hayley Williams Nylon 2013 Nails

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Have you tried this? If so, I’d love to see your attempts.