Good morning, make up fans! Welcome to the book tour for The Makeup Test, by Vanessa M. Knight! In this post, you’ll find overall info about book and author, the author’s top 5 favorite cosmetics, my cover analysis and a giveaway!
The Makeup Test
by Vanessa M. Knight
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Release date: April 4th, 2017
Parker Breckinridge is a sophomore in college and already running her own internet cosmetics business. She doesn’t apologize for her successes – or anything else. She’s worked hard to get what where she is. She’s had to. It’s not like there was anything else in her life, despite her rich family.
Cade Adler doesn’t do relationships – especially relationships with uptight princesses. Been there. Done that. Destroyed the T-shirt. Besides, what with working full-time as a police officer and going to school, who has time for women? Not him.
With his tattoos and overall attitude, Cade is exactly what Parker doesn’t need. And between her father’s money and her piss-poor attitude, Parker is exactly what Cade doesn’t need.
Hello, panda shippers! Hope everyone is on the beautiful path for the new year and having a good time =) Today I’d like to talk about those 83479303203902 late reviews I own you all.
I know, it’s bad, but thanks to Cait, from The Paper Fury, I FINALLY found a perfect solution to speed things up with my reviews, especially regarding books that were good, but not remarkable: MINI REVIEWS!
I know what you’re thinking. But Annelise, the whole internet and the galaxies know about your George R. R. Martin syndrome, so how are you planning to write mini reviews?!
Thankfully, I have another awesome friend that helped me solving this problem: Lindsey, from @thepagemistress ❤ A looong time ago, she asked how I organized my ideas for a review and we chatted about this for hours until she finally came up with her own method for Goodreads reviews and I’m graciously using them as well for the Mini Reviews posts =)
As this is the first one, I apologize for it being so long, but explanation is necessary! I’ll try to stick to a theme when doing mini reviews, so you know what you’ll find here =) Feedback is always welcome and needed, but in this section especially, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT TO DO IN THE COMMENTS LATER, PLEASE?!
Now, let’s do this, haha!
In this post, you’ll find mini reviews for:
Andrew Grey – Eyes Only For Me
Aria Grace – More Than Friends (More Than Friends #1)
(Alternative title: the book that made me into “the crazy girl from the 15th floor” to my neighbors because it was too awesome for me to keep my emotions to a human level)
Hello, guys! How are you doing? Are you ready for September? I’m ready for December since March, so… YAY SEPTEMBER! Hahaha 😀 Moving on to the book we’ll be discussing today: third volume to the Highland Magic series, from brilliant Helen Harper: Veiled Threat! I finished this in May or June, but you know. Drama drama drama, laziness, job and no review at all.
But never fear, this will be fixed! I won my copy from the author herself in exchange for an honest review and I can’t thank her enough for the kindness. She knew I was dying without Integrity in my life ❤ (I know, that sounded so wrong, hahaha!) Thanks, Helen! You rock hard!
Oh, before we start, you may want to read the reviews for books one and two on this series!
Integrity can’t catch a break. After all the emotions of the Sidhe games, she got her ancestors’ lands back, but her problems are just beginning. There is something wrong with the local safety magic, her new place is glued to the Fomori entrance to their side of the veil, her crush’s father is still plotting to kill her and everybody thinks she’s building an army.
And to make things worse, her crush, Byron Montecrieff, is back to her life, as she needs to pay back a favor to another Sidhe family. Can Integrity focus on her mission, get the man of her dreams to believe that his father is a merciless killer and restore her clan’s magic?
There is only one thing certain on Integrity Taylor Aidar’s life right now: she needs vacation.
Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂
Soooo, if you knew me before my breakdown, you probably know I’ll all over the place when the subject is Integrity Taylor Aidar. She is my ultimate bookish bff and I can never get enough of her or this series! ❤ If you wanted a bitchy review, well… As two contemporary and respected thinkers would say…
Sorry, guys! Without any further ado, this was a five stars read. Besides seeing my beloved characters once again, I also got to have chills at the unknown and almost die with the HARD twist right before the end. Also, it was the first time we saw the story from another perspective, as this series is told by Integrity herself. Which takes us back to the first person narrator thing: this was a case of deep and mad love for the protagonist that made everything work out ❤
Well, I’m tripping over myself on this review, haha! As I already talked about the narrative, I’m going to only add that Harper’s writing style – full of humor and clever remarks – is bewitching to the point that I talked back to the book when Integrity was mussing around, haha! And that was how I got known by my neighbors as the crazy girl from the 15th floor. My favorite part in the technical aspect is how Harper is able to give life to the book as a whole thing – not only for her characters. I felt it all reading this series and, with Veiled Threat, wasn’t any different.
The plot was by far the best of the three books. I felt on the edge from page 1 to 238. As I told, there is a huge twist in the end that I totally didn’t see coming and was crying before realizing what the hell was happening, oops! Have I already mentioned that Harper is a genius? SHE IS. I also love that, no matter how heavy things are, she always finds a way to break the reader’s tension, you know? She gives us time to digest all the bad things without being boring 🙂 I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! I don’t know about you guys, but I really feel the burden of a totally dramatic book from beginning to end 😦
As it goes with characters, I liked the new ones that we meet and I must say that I’m a character hoarder. I mean, I love when you slowly pile up characters into a plot and everybody lives with everybody, haha! The more, the merrier, and that is how this series goes ❤ Integrity meets new friends, new villains and they are all there with her all the time, haha!
Hm, I can’t think of anything new to say about characters, as this is my third volume, haha! Integrity is still her clever and funny self, Byron is still a sexy bitch, his father is still a bore and everybody is still awesome, haha! #sohelpful #sarcasm
Now, can we just stop my drooling for a moment to appreciate the awesome cover of Veiled Threat, please? Seriously, I loved it so hard. I wish I had a paperback with this, haha! Maybe next year 🙂
Hmm, I don’t think I have anything else that is useful to say besides: YOU NEED THIS BOOK SERIES IN YOUR LIFE! Do you like fantasy? Dystopian? Awesome Geek references? Kick ass female protagonists? Sexy men? JUST RUN TO AMAZON AND DOWNLOAD THIS FOR GOD’S SAKE! I need people to fangirl with me over this series!!!!
Thanks for reading all of this! I know I tend to babble a lot – if not ranting, complimenting, haha! – so thanks for the patience 😀 Also, thanks again to Helen Harper for being the awesome person she is and for sending me her book ❤ December won’t be here soon enough for me to read the next book!!
Hi, there! Welcome to a very special book tour, hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. It’s with the deepest pleasure that I present you Derek Murphy’s new book: Prescient!
by Derek Murphy
Genre: Time Travel/Dystopia
Release Date: April 1st 2016
The first time I saw the future I lost hope.
It wasn’t just that the future sucked; that civilization had gone and ruined itself; that we’d altered our own DNA and devolved into predatory monsters that fed on the few remaining survivors. That was all awful enough, but it was more than that. I remember being young and thinking, when I grow up, I’ll have a nice big house. I’ll get an exciting, interesting job. I’ll meet the man of my dreams and we’ll fall in love and stay together forever.
But that all disappeared the first time I tripped 20 years into the future and found the houses burned, the handsome boys dead, and the only jobs were the ones young girls gave hairy old survivors in tents in exchange for a little food and water. Nobody asked little girls what they wanted to be when they grew up anymore. Nobody wanted to draw attention to the fact that most of them wouldn’t live that long.
There was no hope, no peace for anyone. At least I had it better than they did. When my trip was over, I would get to go back. Back to the normalcy of 2015. Back to iPhones and Twitter and buying so much food it went bad before you could eat it. Back to laughing over foamy cappuccinos and iced lattes at the mall, window shopping and flirting with hot guys (not that I ever did that, mind you – but I always wanted to). And I still could. That was the point. Unlike everybody else, for whom 2015 was 20 years ago – long before humanity was destroyed – it was my reality. At least, it was some of the time.
But after seeing the future; after struggling to make it to the end of the day; after my first kill – none of those other things were the least bit enjoyable. All I could think when I got back to the real world, is how can I stop what’s coming?
Prescient is a young adult time-travel dystopia, this is Part One of the first book in the series.
I’m beyond excited to read this book because I love Murphy’s writing. I’ve read and reviewed another book of his earlier this year, Shearwater [review here] and I’m sold. I’ve already got his other two new novels, Orpheum and The Scarlet Thread, so it was only natural for me to want to shout to the world about this new release ❤ You can find Prescient in both ebook and paperback formats here:
Bellow, you can know a little more about this awesome guy that is Derek ❤
I wrote my MA thesis on Harry Potter and am working on my PhD in literature, while secretly writing YA fantasy novels and designing book covers. I blog about self-publishing, book design and book marketing, and am renting a castle for Nanowrimo 2016. I hope you like my writing!
And, if you already know Derek like I do, you may also know that he is famous for his awesome giveaways ❤ Like it went with Shearwater, Orpheum and The Scarlet Thread, Derek is hosting a HUGE giveaway for Prescient’s release!
Here’s what Derek has to say about the giveaway:
BEST SCIFI TIME TRAVEL BOOKS FOR TEENS 2016
Here are some great young adult time travel books. If you think writing is hard, try writing time travel fiction – it’s so much more challenging! To honor these authors, and to launch the book I’m working on (Prescient), I’m giving away a package of time travel books, and a Harry Potter time turner. It’s the coolest time-travel related object I could find.
I’ll choose 3 winners and give each winner ebook copies of each book, plus a time turner. Everybody who signs up to my list will get my book (Prescient) for free.
Hello, there! I know, it’s late, but I bring to you something that hasn’t visit the blog for quite a while: a manga review! And, of course, it’s a yaoi [a.k.a. gay] title, so sit back and relax: Annelise is back to her good shape, haha!
Today’s series is none other than Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, from Shungiku Nakamura-sensei! This review contemplates the series until volume 9, as it’s still being published on Japan.
Ritsu Onodera is the heir to one of the biggest publishing companies in Japan. He loves his job as a book editor more than anything in the world and has been living the dream since he left college and started working.
But there is one thing that really bothers Ritsu: everybody assumes he’s got his job and is good at it because he is taking advantage of his dad’s position as the president and owner of the company. And, as it isn’t true, Ritsu is determinate to prove that he can be the best book editor in the world anywhere without his dad’s help.
So he quits and leaves behind his perfect life to end up on the shoujo [romance] manga division of Marukawa Shoten publishing company.
And directly into the hands on the most tyrannical manga editor of all times: Masamune Takano.
As if things couldn’t get worse, Ritsu starts to feel that he knows Takano from somewhere and the feeling seems to be reciprocal…
Just remembering that those are my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂
This title was another tip from dear Hachiyumi, responsible for the entry of some of the best manga titles ever in my life, like The Tyrant Falls in Love, Ten Count and Super Lovers. I already knew that I would love it, as she knows my tastes almost better than myself, but wow. THIS SERIES IS SOOOO COOL! It explains in detail how a Manga Publisher works and shows their very difficult routine. As a journalist and a manga lover, I was swept away for all the knowledge that came with my delicious gay romance. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi started as a 4 stars series for me because of the art, that was a little weird, but now evolved into a full 5 stars series!
The narrative follows Ritsu’s point of view almost most of the time, especially on the beginning, but as the story goes by and the other guys in the publishing company gain relevance and their own parallel stories, we start to see the story from almost everyone’s point of view. AND I LOVE IT.
The plot is simple, but has a lot of room for anything to happen, as it is the kind of manga that follows the character’s everyday life. Of course, the story has a point: Ritsu needs to fall in love again with Takano, his high school boyfriend that broke his heart (and had his own heart broken by Ritsu). But until then – and even after, if you ask me, there’s so many nice things that can happen! And things get really tangled when the secondary characters become main characters on their own stories. They also have their problems to solve and stay with their respective lovers, so it is all too exciting!
I wanted to take my time reading this series, as a new chapter is out only every four months at time (just like Super Lovers, may I add…). Seriously, this kills me, but moving on. I couldn’t stop reading! I read volume one and held myself, but as I read the next one, I was doomed. I almost cried when I reached the last available chapter, as only God knows when the next one will reach English readers now.
The characters are the best part of this title. I wouldn’t classify them as the strongest point, as we’ll get there, but definitely they are what would appeal the most to any other person in the world besides myself and Hachi, haha! Ritsu is a good protagonist, not overly dense or cocky, but not helpless and pathetic either. Takano is a dominant and stubborn boss that will do anything to get his mangas published right and in time and to get into Ritsu’s pants. [spoiler alert: Takano always gets what he wants, so he got into Ritsu’s pants several times.]
I find highly amusing Ritsu’s perpetual denial of any good feelings that grow inside himself for Takano during the story and that’s new for me. I usually have no patience with indecisive characters, but there was just something about Ritsu that made me love him. To be honest, I love all the characters in this series, haha!
However, I must insist that the strongest point ever in this series is the backstage of the manga publishing companies in Japan. This is the kind of knowledge that you usually only have if you work in the area or is very close to someone who does it. Seriously, it was priceless for me to see how my lovely babies are born and now I want to thank all the editors that brought me the manga titles present on my collection!! ❤ THANK YOU, GUYS!
Now, let’s talk about Nakamura-sensei’s art. It definitely evolves during the series and gets so much better… Here’s a comparison between an image on the beginning of the series and one more ahead:
Amazing, right?? Nakamura-sensei isn’t fooling around by any means, haha!
Overall, if you like gay titles, are deeply interested on how this crazy manga publishing world works and love real and alive characters, just stop whatever you’re doing and go read Sekaiichi Hatsukoi!!
That’s it, thank you for reading! Have you missed my manga reviews? Haha!
*ps: I do not own the illustrations, they were found on Google, belong to Shungiku Nakamura-sensei and were used with illustrative purposes only 🙂
Hello, there! Today we are going to navigate among my bought and read books of October! Yay!
I was a very good girl this month and read a total of 12 books; 10 books and 2 comics. I told you in my September’s wrap up that October was my month, haha! I also received some new books in exchange for honest reviews, but all in due time!
In shopping matters, October was practically non-existent – honestly, I didn’t even got out to the bookstore, you know? And I’m not making online shopping lately, as I don’t have the time either, haha! I bought 2 mangas, 5 comic books, 1 coloring book (call me obsessed) and one sticker album, because I’m a child, haha!
I managed to not read a single manga this month, which is impressive for my standards, and I already wrote two of three reviews expected to October. Go, me! ❤ The first Bound Series’ review will be up until Friday, Nov. 6th, with luck.
I already reviewed a book from Linda, Chasing Rainbows (link here), and a book by James, What Lies Within. Thanks so much for the trust, guys! Just wait my vacation, haha!
My currently readings are The Night Clock, by Paul Meloy, which I received through NetGalley (thank you!) and Finding Forever, because its release was on Oct. 29th. I’m positive that FF review will be up on the blog on Nov. 8th and The Night Clock, on Nov. 5th. But let’s see, right? Hahaha!
I also would like to start a countdown here. I deliver my dissertation on Nov. 10th, which means that this will be seven days from this post. CHEERS FOR FREEDOM!
Ahem, that’s it! Thanks for reading and Happy November!
Hi, guys! I know it’s been an awful lot of time since my last post and I apologize dearly – the end is closer than you can imagine, haha!
As I deliver my dissertation to college on November 10th, I thought it would be nice to share what I’ve been doing during this time and what I learned from this experience 🙂
I cried. A lot. No dissertation is ever made without hypotetical suffering and that’s the worse kind of suffering: the what ifs, where can I get this info, why making scientifical references has to be so hard, why my college hates me, why can’t my friends leave me alone in my cherished misery? (funny thing is you don’t really want attention or consolation or sympathy: you just want to be done, haha!)
I started to realize how deeper I’m thinking about routine things. Like my beloved Disney movies. We were watching The Hunchback of Notre Dame and I was very happy, saying to my mom that Freud was right, that the Church Institution held back Frollo when he was about to throw baby Quasimodo in the well and the movie would have ended there without it and my mom was like: “please. Just shut up and watch it. PLEASE”. Yup, and they thought I did nothing at college during those four years.
I am more passionate about fashion than ever: I studied it so hard and there’s so much more left, unfortunatelly irrelevant to my dissertation… I never want to stop!
I learned to appreciate scientific papers, something I really hated until this year.
I could get to see who were my real friends. The ones that helped me when I needed to research something, to chill out or just respected my need of a me time in the middle of this chaos. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I hope I can be with you guys Till The World Ends (SPEARS, Britney, 2011).
For now, that’s enought self-pity. There’s more in the oven, as november 10th is not tomorrow, haha! Now, bookish news!
I have read A GREAT DEAL this month, but unless you guys have an interest in fashion or Brazilian historical books, I won’t be publishing any reviews about them. For the reviews that I actually own: I’m counting The Bond Series, by Ava March, The Heir, some comic books one, Secrets and High Spirits, by Lou Harper, and What Lies Within from James Morris, both that I finished yesterday. On personal readings, October was a mess, as I had an almost full month long slumb thanks to my dissertation, that drained me out (it was worth it, thought. The shit is ready weeks earlier mwahaha mwahaha *evil laugh*).
I won’t spoiler my october wrap up, but I do have good news: I planned myself to join Linda Oaks’ release blitz of Finding Forever! Btw, here is the amazing cover:
The story follows Addie’s friend Kara and her magic boy, after Chasing Rainbows’ happenings. You can check Chasing Rainbows’ review here and see the book trailer for Finding Forever here:
I believe that I also own a lot of tags (thanks for keep tagging me, I love those!) and I’ll make a decent schedule for them as soon as I’m out of my nightmare ❤ IT IS ENDING, GOD IS MERCIFUL!
For now, that’s it. I missed wrtting! ❤ Thanks for reading, you’re awesome!