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10 March 2015

Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Image via Amazon
"Adventure, intrigue, and romance combine in a new fantasy duology from Incarnate series author Jodi Meadows.
When Princess Wilhelmina was a child, the Indigo Kingdom invaded her homeland. Ten years later, Wil and the other noble children who escaped are ready to fight back and reclaim Wil's throne. To do so, Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate the Indigo Kingdom palace with hopes of gathering information that will help them succeed.
But Wil has a secret—one that could change everything. Although magic has been illegal for a century, she knows her ability could help her save her kingdom. But magic creates wraith, and the deadly stuff is moving closer and destroying the land. And if the vigilante Black Knife catches her using magic, she may disappear like all the others. . . ." ~from Amazon
Please note that this review is of an unfinished ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of 112 pages of THE ORPHAN QUEEN.  It was downloaded via Edelweiss for free in exchange for a fair review.

I want to say I enjoyed THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows, but I'm not sure if I can.  The story was moderately interesting and the characters were developing, but I just couldn't get into the story.  For me, the book kind of just plodded along.  There wasn't much action or drama.  The story also felt like I had read it before; the storyline feels like it's already been done before.

This could be because I only got to read the first 100ish pages as that is what was available for review on Edelweiss.  And maybe I was just getting to the good part.  But I'm not sure, if given the opportunity to finish the book, I'd feel any different.  I'm also not sure, if given the chance, I'd even want to finish the book.  

I really hate that I had to write this review.  I really wanted to like this book.  I did.  But honesty is the best policy.  And I know that there will be many positive reviews.  But, I needed to put my feelings out there.

27 February 2015

{Out of the Box}: February 2015 A&M Treasure Box Review

Out of the Box is a feature I do to showcase and give a brief review of products in the subscription boxes that I receive.

This review is a little different as I applied to be a reviewer on the A&M Treasure Box website, and was chosen to review their Whoa Baby!  Everyday Box.  I did receive the box for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Some basic housekeeping details first:
A&M Treasure Box offers three different box types:
  • Everyday Box ($22/month; 2-3 pieces of trendy, but a bit more subtle jewelry.  Value $40-60), 
  • Glam Box ($27/month, 2-3 pieces of bolder jewelry.  Value $40-60), 
  • Kids Box ($22/month, 2-3 kid friendly--ages 3+---pieces.  Value $40-60). 
Each box is billed on the first of the month and you receive your box the month AFTER you subscribe (so if you join today, you'll get the March box).

One other little tidbit that I love about this company is that Anel, the "A" in "A&M" is a teacher!  For me, it's really easy to forget to dress stylish in favor of comfort since I'm up on my feet and moving around all day.  A little bit of bling can help turn a drab outfit to fab!

So let me just walk you through what I got:
The package shipped in a manilla envelope, in a nice little box, wrapped in this pretty tissue paper.
All three pieces were in a little bag

But you don't really care about the packaging, do you?  You want to know what I got!

Left:  Sterling Silver Rhinestone Bar Pendant Necklace ($28)
Center:  Square Rhinestone Stud Earrings ($22)
Right:  Silver Geometric Bangles ($12)

First impressions:  
I really like everything in the box.  The bangles are definitely something that I'd choose for myself, and I really like the little ribbon that was wrapped around them.  I guess that was just to hold all of them together, but I really like it, and given the amount of craft supplies I have in the house, I could probably change it out to match my outfit!  

I can see myself wearing the earrings quite a bit, too.  I like that they're a little dressier looking, and because of that, just the earrings could really dress up an outfit.  I could also wear them with a tee and jeans.    

The colors of the necklace are really pretty, and actually go with a lot of my clothes.  But, it's a lot shorter of a chain than I like:
It was almost a choker.  And I don't have a very thick neck.  It was a little uncomfortable.  So, if I were to wear this again, I'd put it on a longer silver chain.  

All in all, I really like the A&M Treasures Whoa Baby! Everyday Box!  Thank you so much for the opportunity to review the treasures.  

18 February 2015

{Out of the Box}: February 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag reveal/review

Out of the Box is a feature I do to showcase and give a brief review of products in the subscription boxes that I receive.

Today's review is of my Ipsy makeup bag for the month.  Ipsy is a service where "each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. All for only $10 a month. "  If you are interested, please click here to use my referral code and help me earn free bags.

February's theme is #ipsyLOVE.  The bag is a cute pink/red/white geometric pattern.  Because it's Valentine's Day and those are the predominant colors of the month!

Here's a screenshot of my bag:

Why not use the snow to take a cool pic?  

*Cargo Cosmetics Mini Lip Gloss in Anguilla.  I'm getting a sample size (hence the "mini"), but regular size gloss costs $16.
*EVA NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray.  $10
*Joya Composition No. 1 Perfum Oil---I'm hesitant about smells, as most perfumes trigger headaches.  So far, this one has more of a powdery scent, so it isn't that bad.  It's not a spray, it's a little roller ball.  $30 for 0.34 fl oz.
*ModelCo Blush Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini.  I like the way that looks on the back of my wrist!  A hint of peach shimmer.  I usually go for pinks, but I like this!  $22
*'Tini Beauty Rob Scheppy for 'Tini Beauty Eyeshadow in Pearl Fizz.  According to the website, it's a "shimmer", which I can go either way on.  I'm kind of over ipsy sending me neutral eyeshadows.  I want something darker, more bold.  Apparently, this color is part of a collection that is $39.50.
Right:  Cargo Lipgloss
Center:  ModelCo Blush (you can't even see it!)
Right:  Tini Beauty shadow

Overall, I really like this bag.  I have to be honest and say that I'm jealous of my friends who got the blush brush in addition to the blush, or the eyelash curler.  Like I said, I'm kind of over slightly shimmery eye shadows, and perfume is hit or miss (though still so far so good!).  And now, trying on the lipgloss, the color just isn't right.  You can't really tell from the pic, but it's just too light for me.  Darn.  I'm always looking for a good pink gloss. 

31 January 2015

Thank you

Thank you for reading and sharing your love of Harry Potter with me this month.

30 January 2015

Fun fact

I can neither confirm nor deny the fact that I've done this...
from Did you know?
You should call and let me know what you think!

And don't pull a Bobby!
From Pinterest

29 January 2015

We're leaving today: A post in Supernatural gifs

From Giphy
I'm pretty sure this accurately expresses my feelings about today and the upcoming weekend of awesome.  I just can't hold it in anymore.

From a Google image search of "supernatural, excited, gif"...the link doesn't work
That's happening.  And so is this...

According to my friend, Becca, this is going to be us, driving down the road, blaring the Harry Potter soundtrack:
These girls.  They get me.

Honestly, Supernatural has the best gifs.  I can find a good gif for any emotion.

I will try to update with pictures as we go, but if you want up to date, as it's happening, make sure to follow my instagram (@akfurman) or my twitter (@maestra_amanda).