Sunday, May 15, 2016

Book Review: The Lies About Truth - Courtney C. Stevens Book Review on The Lies about Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

Goodreads Synopsis: 

 Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max. As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she'll always be trapped in the past. 

 My Review:  (Spoiler) I believe Courtney C. Stevens has done it again! She has written yet another great story, called The Lies About Truth. It is yet another story about real life struggles. The main character Sadie has to deal with her physical scars that came about from a car accident. She also has to deal with a friend she lost, and friends she was slowly pushing away. Slowly letting them slip away. I do enjoy reading a story like this because it shows me how people can be strong and actually get through those struggles. I enjoyed reading about her having a new relationship blossom because of the accident. Especially reading about how she got through her list of what she wanted to conquer to get back to herself. So she wouldn't be hiding and secluding herself anymore. There are a lot of folks who go through plenty of different terrible things. This is a good story that shows everyone we can be strong and conquer what we need to, to get back to where we want to be. 

I understand in my own way with my mental issues. I try to make my own lists also that I am working on. Some are attempting to drive again, attempting to fight the anxiety/depression I deal with. I want to make it to where I can work again. Just this morning I was feeling down and like I was getting nowhere. I believe finally reading the rest of this book this morning reminded me I need to keep trying. I pray With God's help I will eventually get there. I enjoy reading anything Stevens writes about, even if it has sad and struggling in the story. She reminds me with her stories that I or anyone can get through these storms and overcome them. I seriously cannot wait to see what else she comes out with. I wish there was a new book already coming out right now so I could read it. Her writing is very easy at catching and keeping your attention. You always want to see how things end up. So make sure to grab this book and give it a read. It won't be any time wasted at all. Have a Blessed Day!

Friday, May 06, 2016

Blog Tour: ARC Review: The Girl I Used to Be By April Henry

Disclosure: I received The Girl I Used To Be by April Henry from The Fantastic Flying Book Club complimentary. Provided that I give an honest review.


The Girl I Used to Be
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary, Suspense


When Olivia's mother was killed, everyone suspected her father of murder. But his whereabouts remained a mystery. Fast forward fourteen years. New evidence now proves Olivia's father was actually murdered on the same fateful day her mother died. That means there's a killer still at large. It's up to Olivia to uncover who that may be. But can she do that before the killer tracks her down first?

My Review: First thing I will tell y'all is the cover of this book is very inviting. The Cover and the title catches the eye very easily. Reason I had to try and sign up for this Blog Tour from The Fantastic Flying Book Club. I believe this is the first time I am doing a Blog Tour for them. I was so excited to be accepted into giving this book a read.  

In the beginning of this book it is talking about Olivia running from her kidnapper. Therefore, of course it already had me hooked to trying to figure out what was going on. In the next chapter it moves on to about maybe a few months before this scene. It explains this young woman's situation and will keep you hanging on your seat wanting to learn more. It sure did keep me guessing who the person was  chasing her in the beginning. 

During the whole story she is trying to figure out who killed her parents when she was just three years old. But when she moves back into the house that was owned by her grandmother, she decides to ask the folks in town about these murders. So of course when you are new and keep asking about details about a past murder, sooner or later the killer will find out and feel the need to get rid of the new girl who is curious in town. I will admit when the killer explains how her parents died, I was not expecting what he told her. I was still going by the guesses the townsfolk were guessing. I love this about any book or movie. The not being able to tell who the killer is and how it happened. It gets boring when you figure out the result easy and fast. Always give me something that keeps me guessing and makes me use my brain muscles. If you enjoy suspenseful type of books, this is one definitely to read. I also enjoyed how the author writes, because she knows how to keep you engulfed in the book. I know I will keep my eye out for Henry's other books to read.
About The Author: I write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.

If you've read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. Hearing from readers makes me eager to keep writing.

When I was 12, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children's magazine.

My dream of writing went dormant until I was in my 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side. Those first few years are now thankfully a blur. Now I'm very lucky to make a living doing what I love. I have written 13 novels for adults and teens, with more on the way. My books have gotten starred reviews, been picked for Booksense, translated into six languages, been named to state reading lists, and short-listed for the Oregon Book Award. 

I also review YA literature and mysteries and thrillers for the Oregonian, and have written articles for both The Writer and Writers Digest.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Airspray Hairspray?

Disclosure: I received Pantene Airspray Flexible Hold Hairspray from Influenster to review. Provided that I give an honest review

I am not the best at curling my hair, but I try.  Recently a few months ago I purchased a curling wand to try and get those wavy curls everyone is wearing nowadays. It takes me forever just to curl my hair, which is the reason why I straighten it normally. 

This Airspray Hairspray is supposed to have no alcohol and not have that hard or sticky feeling to it. When I first started using this hair spray it comes out in a powerful gust. Which was not fun. It also states you will probably not have to use as much as your normal hairspray. I normally have to spray a lot and with this hairspray it was the same. I did find my hair stiff and kind of sticky, although it does have a nice smell to it. I will have to say my curls did fall a little bit, but y'all will see in the pictures. The one thing about this hairspray is that when I went to brush my hair to get ready for bed. It felt as if I had no product in there at all. I will say that is one plus I can give to this product. Review for Pantene Airspray. Given Complimentary to me from Influenster Review for Pantene Airspray. Given Complimentary to me from Influenster Review for Pantene Airspray. Given Complimentary to me from Influenster Review for Pantene Airspray. Given Complimentary to me from Influenster Review for Pantene Airspray. Given Complimentary to me from Influenster Review for Pantene Airspray. Given Complimentary to me from Influenster

These pictures I took with my phone. Sorry for the back pic being a tad blurry. but you can tell some of those curls after a few hours did relax and didn't stay in their full curl. I can't say if I am fully devoted to this product. I will keep trying other products and see what happens before I'm fully set to constantly using this one. I believe you can find this product at any drug or grocery store. Also here is a LINK to see what the price of this product ranges. Have a Blessed Day!

Monday, March 14, 2016

The most Adorable Cuteness ever!

Disclosure: I received Pop Painting: Inspiration and Techniques from the Pop Surrealism Art Phenomenon by Camilla d'Errico complimentary from Blogging For Books. Provided I give an honest review.

 Goodreads Synopsis: 

 Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at the painting tools, methods, and inspirations of one of the top artists working in the growing field of Pop Surrealism. For the first time, beloved best-selling author and artist Camilla d’Errico pulls back the curtain to give you exclusive insights on topics from the paints and brushes she uses and her ideal studio setup, to the dreams, notions, and pop culture icons that fuel the creation of her hauntingly beautiful Pop Surrealist paintings. With step-by-step examples covering major subject areas such as humans, animals, melting effects, and twisting reality (essential for Pop Surrealism!), Pop Painting gives you the sensation of sitting by Camilla’s side as she takes her paintings from idea to finished work. This front row seat reveals how a leading artist dreams, paints, and creates a successful body of work. For fans of Camilla and the underground art scene, aspiring artists looking to express their ideals in paint, and experienced artists wanting to incorporate the Pop Surrealist style into their work, Pop Painting is a one-of-a-kind, must-have guide. Book Review on Pop Painting: Inspiration and Techniques from the Pop Surrealism Art Phenomenon Camilla d'Errico

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My Review: This art book is pretty explanatory if you look into it. (I will post a few pictures of the inside so you can understand what i mean) This artist is one of my favorites! I just love the adorable little girls and animals she paints. I wish I had enough money just to spend on one of her products. I believe I would buy one of the animal prints, because they are kind of kawaii looking to me and of course they are adorably cute! I was so excited to receive this book to review. One reason I needed/wanted her book is she gives you tips and shows steps on how she draws and paints the certain images she chose for this book. The second reason is so I can stare at her artwork in my own hands. If you are into learning this style of drawing and painting, it is one of the best books to grab. I love the colors she uses in her paintings also. I believe most of them are watercolor, and I just enjoy watercolor. If you are an artist looking for new ideas and inspiration on doing your own artwork, hurry up and grab this book! I believe it will be worth it. If you would like to know where to purchase your own company click this LINK.  Have a Blessed Day!