Bookish Manicures | The Fault in Our Stars

Last week I decided to start a new feature here focusing on book manicures. Why? Because I love both books and nail polishes immensely and combine them a lot to inspire my nail art. I shared some old manicures I’d done (some were pretty bad) and one of them was the first time I did TFiOS nail art. Well when the movie was released last year, I re-did the same nail art — with a few changes — so I decided to start with that as my real first showcase of book manicures.

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I think my favorite part of this cover is the simplicity of it which makes for a really easy nail art design. I thought of writing “Okay? Okay” in the cloud bubble things but I was short on time and I liked how they looked on their own like that.

 

Review | 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

Review | 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil3:59 by Gretchen McNeil
Publication: Balzer + Bray on September 17th, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
three-stars
Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse.

Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.

This was one of those books that I was a little hesitant to read. I am not much of a science fiction fan when it comes to books, because they get a little confusing, but I really like McNeil’s stuff, it’s fun and she’s just an awesome person, so I feel like my like for her books also comes from me liking her as a person (I’ve met her 3 times already.) I previously read Ten and enjoyed it, because of the classic I think.

Jumping into 3:59 made me realize two things: 1) I am still terrible at science and trying to wrap my brain around the way things work in this book, scientifically, was impossible; and 2) I knew it was predictable kind of story, but still didn’t know what to expect. Basically, from reading the synopsis, you get the main idea of what happens in the entire book. And not much else happens, other than that. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, just that if the summary sounds like something you’ll enjoy, then you most likely will.

The book opens up pretty much with Josie hating how her life is going because of several things (boyfriend cheating, betraying best friend, parents divorcing, etc.) so the chance to switch lives with Jo seems perfect. Except, obviously things aren’t always what they seem…predictable right? Not only that, but Josie gets trapped by Jo in her alternate world so now she spends a good portion of her time trying to convince the right people that she is in fact another person and needs to get back to her other world. A few mysteries are solved, a few tragedies are overcome, and in the end, it all wraps up pretty nicely if not a bit sad. You get the last glimmer of hope in the last few pages that might leave readers wondering if there will be a second part (will there be??) and the end.

While I still love McNeil’s writing, I wasn’t able to attach myself to any of these characters. Yes, I felt a little bad for everyone I was supposed to feel bad for and so on, but I felt very meh about everyone. I was more interested in how the author would make the story unique in such a predictable plot and she did by adding a bit of suspense and some horror elements as well. So, for the most part, I did enjoy 3:59 but not as much as I was originally hoping.

three-stars

Literary Fashion | Charlotte’s Web

Sometime last year I decided to start up a new feature, Literary Fashion. While I’ve never considered myself to be very stylish or fashionable, I found it to be quite fun to put these outfits together. The normally match what the main character wears or match the cover somehow, and lately I started putting a few more together. Here’s one of the older ones I done that I really liked, inspired by Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.

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I wanted to keep the outfit relatively simple, and while the dress mostly represents what Fern wears in the book, but the accessories basically focus more on the animals. I really enjoyed creating this one because it was a fun, simple look but it came out kind of classy and I liked that.

(New Feature!) Bookish Manicures | Miscellaneous

I’ve wanted to incorporate some manicures into my blog for the longest time. I have an obsession with nail polish and I often create book inspired manicures. I wasn’t sure how to incorporate them into my blog though because I was trying to focus on only reviewing, but late last year I decided I would go ahead and create a new feature because what the heck!

To start off I wanted to show some of my old manicures, since I have done a lot and my nail art has improved a bit over time. It isn’t great yet, but it definitely has gotten better.

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Like I said, not great right? Even the pictures are terrible, but I have gotten a bit better I promise haha! I know there are nail blogs out there and I usually spend hours drooling over their nail art and polishes, but I know I can hardly keep up with this blog so I didn’t want to start a whole other blog!

Review | The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Review | The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen ChboskyThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Publication: MTV Books on January 1st 1999
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
two-half-stars
Charlie is a freshman.

And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

Omg, a review, finally! Sort of. It’s been so long that I’ve written my actual thoughts on a book that I am quite rusty and it’s been such a long while that I actually read this book (almost a whole year!) that this will probably be pretty terrible anyways. So let me just ramble a bit while I get the hang of things again.

The main reason why I picked up The Perks of Being a Wallflower was because my brother adores the movie. Like any pesky brother, he continued to bug me about the movie long after he’d seen it, because he wanted me to watch it with him. Really, desperately needed me to see it. My mom watched it with him also, and adored it as well. I’d heard of the book, and it has great rave reviews but it never truly caught my interest. But of course, being the book nerd that I am, I had to read the book before watching this movie and since I was tired of my brother annoying me each time we were going to watch a movie by suggesting (read: pestering) that we should watch TPofBaW, I finally decided to give it a try.

Surprisingly, I finished it quickly. I can be a terribly slow reader and maybe I only finished it fast because I sort of was being pushed and shoved to read it (I do believe I work best under pressure, but that could also be my procrastinating ways talking)…where was I? Oh yes, I finished it pretty fast, at my reading rate. And what did I think of it? I mean it was good, but it wasn’t…fantastic. At least not to me. I guess with books that are so hyped up like this one it’s difficult to not expect the best. And sometimes when you expect something so great, you’re left disappointed. Which was kind of how this worked out for me.

I liked Charlie, that’s probably the best thing I’ll be able to say about this book at the moment (with my bad memory and all,) and I felt for the kid you know? But I didn’t feel for him. I liked the characters and some parts were sad, and the writing was unique, but again…this book was sort of forgettable for me. Some books stick with you, and that’s what makes them amazing. This one, not so much.


And what about the movie? I think I liked it more. That doesn’t usually happen to us book lovers right? But in the rare cases that it does, I think it’s because the story is compressed and told at a faster rate, and just left with the main points. Sometimes that’s just necessary with some books. Very rarely though.

two-half-stars