Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-Offs

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is bookish turn-offs, you know those books we shoot down completely because of these things. I’ve got quite a few that revolve around YA romances!

I’d also like to just add before I start that of course there are always exceptions to these but a majority of these types of books will turn me off.

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Romance Being the Central Focus In A Non-Romance Genre

Just to make sure everyone understands this: I am not saying romance in any book is a no-no for me only when I’m reading say a Fantasy or Sci-Fi novel and it’s more about romance than action or anything else. That drives me nuts. I signed up for death, revenge, and action not kissy faces and moony eyes!

I just really don’t like when romance becomes the sole focus of a book when the book itself is supposed to be about more than that.


Love Triangles

Most of the time love triangles in books are unrealistic, I can totally be on board with a love triangle if it’s believable. Such as if both love interests have good reasons to attract the attention of the main character (similar interests etc.), but unfortunately most of the time it’s just “Hey he/she is super hot! Oh hey so is he/she! I will like both of them!”.

Love triangles just tend to make things messy and add a lot of unnecessary drama to the story and what’s worse is when the object of said love triangle strings both love interests along. Just….no.

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Urban Fantasy (Anything With Vampires, Werewolves, Angels, etc.)

This genre is just a huge no-no for me, I’ve been there and done that! I was part of the Twilight phase and everything that came and went with it and that’s how I found out Urban Fantasy is NOT for me! I find that most of the time these books are riddled with the usual YA romance tropes that I can’t stand: insta-love, love triangles, etc. and are also full of air-headed characters that go around breaking all of the rules for said urban fantasy world.

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The only real exception I’ve found for this was Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series and I’m not sure if that would hold up my scrutiny anymore these days.


Unappealing Covers

This may sound pretty shallow of me but I think we are all allowed to dislike ugly covers, right? I mean after all the book cover is supposed to draw your attention not make you cringe away! I usually wait to read other reviews before I read something with an unappealing cover….


Insta-Love

This one goes hand in hand with both #10 and #9! I cannot stand insta-love, it’s just unrealistic to me. I don’t believe in love at first sight (I do believe in attraction at first sight though) so having characters fall head over heels in love instantly just isn’t something I can take seriously. I want a slow-burn, developed romance!


Predictable/Over-Used Plots

You know the ones….the books that are referred to as the next “Hunger Games” or the next “Twilight”. I want more unique books, not ones that fall into the same old YA rut.

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All Talk and No Action

I like my books action-packed and fast-paced so when the narrative drags on and on inside of a characters head instead of having exciting things happen, that’s boring. I can understand taking your time to set things up but I really can’t stand having pages and pages of inner monologue and no dialogue or action.


Not Enough World Building (Fantasy Lite)

I am the type of person that NEEDS intricate world building because I read to escape reality and I want to be completely immersed in the world the book is throwing me into. It’s kind of hard to get into the book when the world has no structure or information at all.


Under Developed Characters

Nobody likes dull characters. Nobody. I find that well written and complex characters can either make or break the book, it’s a lot easier to read a book with great characters and a “blah” plot than vice versa. If the characters are developed I’ll be more invested in what happens to them and therefore enjoy the book a lot more.


A Story That Is Completely Different Than What Was Promised (False Advertising!)

Okay there really isn’t anything I hate more than getting a book, reading it, and finding out that it is NOTHING like what the synopsis promised! Prime example: “Blackhearts” by Nicole Castroman. It’s supposedly Blackbeard’s origin tale! So of course I expected some damn pirates! Did I get any pirates at all? NO! What I did get was a trope-filled historical romance.

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Do we have any bookish turn offs in common?

What are some of your bookish turn offs?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your Top Ten Tuesday as well!

The Sassy

Discussion Post: Unwanted Review Requests

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This is a discussion post I’ve been wanting to do for a while and this may be viewed as bloggers requesting to review a book that isn’t what I’m looking at today, what I am looking at is authors requesting reviews from us when we don’t want them.

I could easily do another post on handling review requests when you get the book and actually read it but like I said today’s discussion is all about those unwanted review requests. If that sounds like something that might interest you, let me know in the comments too!

I’m definitely curious to see what your thoughts are on this!

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Do You Accept Review Requests From Authors/Publishers?

I personally do not most of the time and usually my Review Policy page states I am not accepting any at all. Why? Because I find that when I do receive requests they aren’t anything I’d be interested in. (which I will get to in my next point…) Am I grateful? Of course! But my reading time is precious to me and I just don’t like wasting time with books I won’t enjoy.

I find it a lot easier to just request books I want to review myself.


Do Authors/Publishers Even Read Review Policy Pages?

***First off before I get too far into this one, of course there are people out there that do but in my experience it seems that generally people do not! I’m not trying to say everyone ignores the review policy pages! ***

While it isn’t essential to have a review policy page on your book blog it probably is a good idea when it comes to receiving and or accepting review requests. It lets authors or publishers know if you are even accepting review requests at the moment and if you are what kinds of books you will accept and in what format. Just makes sense right? This way your time is not wasted and neither is theirs! However, this only works when PEOPLE ACTUALLY READ THE REVIEW POLICY PAGE!

*Cue Rant*

This right here is the reason I quit accepting review requests: because generally people do not read what books I accept or if I’m even accepting any at the time. Then they proceed to send me requests in genres I have absolutely no interest in and send them when I specifically stated I am not accepting ANY at the time.

I’m sorry but I find it pretty annoying when I get sent requests for Adult Fiction when I mostly read and blog about YA Fiction. I wrote down exactly what genres I accept and it seems I get sent nothing but the opposite of those. That really makes me lose hope in accepting review requests.

What is even worse than that is when I get emailed the full book in a PDF format along with the request!

“Hey I was wondering if you’d read my book! Here it is, read it!”

Um, excuse me? I’m sorry but that, to me, is downright rude. I get that you want to promote your book but sending a review copy when it was not approved is not okay. It’s one thing to send me a review request when I’m not accepting any and it’s a completely different thing to just send me a copy and expect me to read it.


How Do You Handle Unwanted Review Requests? 

Honestly? I just ignore them. At first I’d email back and politely tell the requester:

“I’m sorry but as you can see on my review policy page I am not currently accepting any review requests at this time.”

That went fine as most people apologize and were polite back but THEN I started getting some people that would tell me they “didn’t see that on my page”. Um yeah sorry but….it’s at the top in bold and red type so if you didn’t read that you didn’t read my policy at all. So if you didn’t read what I accept then why bother sending me a request?

So my conclusion was that most people requesting reviews from me didn’t bother to read my review policy page and just plain ‘ol didn’t care. So if you don’t care why should I care to email you back at all? Which lead me to just ignoring unwanted requests.

Of course as I said not everyone was like this but my experiences so far have just lead me to not accept requests at all, I get tired of telling people no. Maybe one day I’ll go back but not for a while.

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Overall I hope this didn’t sound too incredibly negative! I wasn’t trying to go into full on bitch mode but this is something I get pretty frustrated with as a book blogger and hopefully some of you can relate!

Do you ever accept review requests? 

What are some of your experiences with unwanted review requests?

How do you deal with unwanted review requests? 

Do you ever get sent unapproved review copies? 

Do you get requests for books that aren’t on your review policy? 

Do you ever get frustrated with unwanted review requests? 

Come join in on the discussion! 

The Sassy

 

Book Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

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Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane’s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

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**** Trigger Warning: Descriptions of Abuse, Sexual Abuse, and Suicide****

I was actually pretty excited to read “The Roanoke Girls” since it sounded like the perfect dark, gritty, and twisted mystery/thriller but boy was I wrong. This was super disappointing because it wasn’t any of these things….well it was twisted just not in the way I was expecting as it wasn’t shocking, just gross and also pretty boring.

PLOT

I absolutely love dark, messed up books if they actually have a good plot line that is shocking and intriguing. I can handle some pretty heavy stuff in books including the abuse and sexual abuse that is present in this book but only when it isn’t the SOLE focus of the book. I am not even joking when I say that this book revolves 100% around dysfunctional sexual relationships! There is no other plot and nothing else going on at all! I have to say this was the most disappointing aspect of the book because I was expecting a fast paced thriller and all I got was this!

I don’t want to give too much away even though the “deep, dark family secret” is revealed way too early on in the book, seriously you’ll know exactly what’s going on right away and then there’s no plot twist really at all after that. The “secret” is also very unbelievable it’s honestly just ridiculous, because really all of these girls are subject to the “secret”? Really? And no one did anything? Really? Come on.

So besides that “family drama” the only other thing going on is Lane’s “search” for her cousin Allegra and let me tell you she does a terrible job of actually searching. She was more focused on having sex with her former flame, Cooper. Like helloooo think with your brain not your hoo-ha, lady, your cousin is missing!

I did like the inclusion of flashbacks from Lane and Allegra and also all of the “Roanoke Girls” I thought they were interesting enough for the most part, they added some story. Although I will say once again that the flashbacks were, like everything else in this book, all about sex.

The ONLY  reason I rated this book two stars instead of one was because the writing is fairly good and I was interested enough to keep reading up until the very end.

Overall the plot was pretty predictable and the ending was just…cliche.

 

characters

The characters in this book were all awful, unlikable, and had absolutely NO personality! They were honestly all a mess and not the hot kind! I feel like the author tried really hard to make these characters complex but it just fell extremely short, they were dull and boring.

Lane, the main character, is very spineless and NOT someone I want to root for at all. As I mentioned earlier it seems that she cares more about getting drunk and banging her ex than she does about finding her missing cousin.

Allegra, is the missing cousin and she’s very vain and manipulative but you know those characters that are so evil and scheming you love them? Yeah, Allegra isn’t one of those characters, she just gets really annoying….

As for the other characters they were like wet mops too. Sure they had lots of flaws but they didn’t really develop the characters at all.

romance

Okay there is romance but to me it is mostly just sex and no feelings, yes there are some “feelings” but there is just such a lack of chemistry it’s blah. Plus on top of that ALL of the relationships are extremely unhealthy and dysfunctional!

in conclusion

Once again I’ll say just how disappointed I was with this story because I was expecting a fast paced mystery/thriller and instead I got no mystery whatsoever! Yeah, should we go look for the missing cousin? Nah, let’s just have a bunch of sex and get wasted instead of actually dealing with our problems! Woohoo!

No. Just no.

What I Liked:

  • The writing was good enough
  • It was short so I didn’t suffer long

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The fact that the sole focus is abuse and sexual abuse
  • No mystery whatsoever
  • The plot twist is predictable and revealed early on
  • The plot is sex, sex, sex and nothing else (trust me, the sex scenes aren’t even good!)
  • The characters are unlikable and boring as hell

RECOMMEND

NOOOOO! Especially if you’re sensitive to the triggers I listed at the top of the review! The story is just plain boring and gross, I really have nothing good to say about “The Roanoke Girls” except that the writing is adequate. If you were hoping for a fast paced thriller with some mystery and intriguing family drama, then just steer clear of this one!

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

The Sassy

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

Let me just start off by saying I’m usually not a big contemporary reader so when I rate a contemporary 5 stars it’s just through the roof amazing! “The Hate U Give” is probably one of the most hyped books out there and it is 100% worthy of all of it, not only is it just an overall incredible read but it’s also a very important book. It focuses on the Black Lives Matter movement and speaking up for equality and against racism and police brutality.

I wish I could go into more depth on the subject matter of this book but I am not one to talk about important issues such as these that I don’t know anything about personally (not saying I’m completely ignorant I just don’t know enough to go giving you all the information you need). All I can do is try and give “The Hate U Give” a review that will do it at least some justice and convince you all just how much you need to get your hands on a copy.

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First things first, I cannot believe this is Angie Thomas’s debut novel! Her writing is phenomenal and she writes like a pro, it was easy to follow, entertaining, and very emotional. Trust me when I say that books have to be VERY well written for me to get so immersed in the characters and story that I’ll be crying and I did more than once throughout this book!

As I mentioned above this book focuses mainly on racial inequality, our corrupt justice system, police brutality, and racism and in my opinion it really nails all of these things and sheds light on the truth of the way our society works. While this is some pretty heavy stuff that doesn’t mean “The Hate U Give” is that way the whole time, in fact there is a lot of humor in the otherwise somber plot. I loved how many light-hearted moments were included even though what Starr was going through is very tragic and scary.

The story is very character driven and that being said almost every single character has their own storyline that interconnects with everyone else’s as well. So the plot is very complex and there is never, NEVER a dull moment. You will be hooked from page one and will be 100% invested in these character’s stories.

Remember when I said the writing is very emotional? That’s probably one of the things that stuck out the most with me, just how emotional this story gets in so many different ways. There were times when my heart was absolutely broken, other times when I was over-joyed, and times where I was legitimately terrified for the characters.

This last thing I want to say involving the plot is kind of a side note but I wanted to mention it because it pissed me off so much! The white kids at Starr’s private school decide to hold a protest for Justice for Khalil which is awesome….except the only reason they did anything was to get out of class and they didn’t actually care. How about NOOOOOO? I did really appreciate the fact though that some of the other white characters refused to do it once they found out it was just a gimmick.

characters

If I was going to be honest and tell you what my absolute favorite part of this book was I’d have to say all of the characters! There wasn’t a single character who didn’t have a personality and a story all their own.

Starr is an extremely down-to-Earth and relatable character, I was rooting for her the entire time! Not to mention she’s also sassy, smart, and brave but she also isn’t without her flaws as well. Overall she’s very complex and has earned a spot in my favorite bookish heroines!

I also absolutely adored the family dynamic in “The Hate U Give”, literally loved it to little bits and pieces! It’s definitely a nice change to see a loving, supportive family in YA with children/teens who respect their parents and elders. I mean how many times do we see YA heroes/heroines that blow their parents off? Too many is the answer and it drives me nuts to see kids be so disrespectful.

The secondary characters were amazing as well and it was almost mind-blowing to see so many complex and developed characters all at once!

romance

So this is going to be very brief because while there is romance in the story it definitely does not take over the plot, THANK GOD! While I do love the way Starr’s interracial relationship is handled by themselves and outside parties I just didn’t like it overall, I felt that Starr and Chris just didn’t really have any chemistry. I think that Starr’s friendships and family relationships were handled a lot better with much more depth.

in conclusion

This is usually where I state the things I did like and didn’t like in the book and honestly there just isn’t anything I disliked that strongly, it is a 5 star book after all! I loved the story, the writing, and most of all the characters and I have zero complaints.

RECOMMEND

If I could give every single one of you a copy I would that’s how much I wish everyone would read “The Hate U Give” because as I said not only is it just a plain amazing book it’s also an extremely important one that handles some very serious and all too real issues.

GO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!! YOU WON’T REGRET IT!!!!!!!!!!

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I’ve Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is unique books and you can put any kind of twist on this that you wish but I’m going to be simple and do up the most unique books I’ve read! I absolutely love books that break the mold so unique books are some of my all time favorites.

These books aren’t really listed in any particular order and I will link up my full reviews to each title, although two of these were done when I was VERY new to blogging so I’m sorry they suck!

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10.) Alice by Christina Henry

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I love a good retelling and retellings of all kinds are unique on their own considering that they are a re-imagining of another story. However, I found that “Alice” is even more unique that your regular retelling, it’s dark, horrific and yet still really fun to read through if you’re a fan of Alice in Wonderland. Although I will say read my full review for trigger warnings and to see if it is a book you could stomach…it is pretty gruesome.


9.) Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

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Good YA Horror books are kind of hard to come by, especially if you actually want to be terrified out of your wits. This book not only does that but it also has a really unique setting and the story itself is something I haven’t ever really seen before. A family being terrorized by the supernatural out in the middle of the prairie back in the 1800’s is definitely not an over-used plot!


8.) The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

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There aren’t many YA books involving cults (at least that I know about anyways) so a book that not only has this element but also has a very important and powerful plot: believing for yourself and not for others. It’s a very emotional book as we watch Minnow come to terms with herself and everything she’s been taught to believe.


7.) My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

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This is a historical retelling of Lady Jane Grey’s story with some added magical twists! I think what makes this story unique is that it is absolutely hilarious and silly, you don’t read many books that manage to be a comedy and yet still very heart-warming and touching!


6.) The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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This is about a boy named Todd who lives in a town on a different planet and in this town men can hear each other’s thoughts and there are no women. The world is 100% original, detailed, and just downright interesting and I think that’s enough to make it one of the most unique books I’ve read.


5.) Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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I don’t even know where to begin with this book, it’s a mish mash of the past, present, and future and everyone’s stories on this island mix together. The non-linear style of the story makes it not only intriguing but also, once again, very unique!


4.) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Laini Taylor’s writing is absolutely gorgeous and I have yet to find any author who can compare to it, but if that’s not enough to convince you of her book’s uniqueness then the plot certainly will. It’s a long, fleshed-out world with its own mythology that centers around a centuries old war between angels and chimera. Hello originality!


3.) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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I don’t think I need to explain this one too much since I’m sure you all know what makes this book unique! The formatting is “out of this world” (lame pun alert!) because there is some amazing typography, diagrams, and designs throughout the book that make for a really unique reading experience.


2.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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Like with “Illuminae” what makes this one unique is its formatting, the story is told throughout a series of newspaper clippings, video transcripts, and journal entries. This is a creepy psychological thriller about a girl whose twin goes missing in a mysterious fire at her boarding school except….she doesn’t have a twin.


1.) A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Magical, parallel Londons and a boy who can travel between them. Now that just screams uniqueness! I absolutely love the ideas Schwab comes up with for her books they are never, ever boring.

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What makes a book unique for you?

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

What are some unique books you’ve read?

Do you have any unique books on your TBR?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your Top Ten Tuesday as well!

The Sassy

The Makeup Book Tag

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I found this tag on Kayla Justice, so be sure to head over and check out her answers as well! I really loved how she included her favorite makeup product along with the book so I’m going to be doing that too, I mean this is all about makeup AND books after all!

I do have reviews for most of these up if you’d like to read my full thoughts!

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Primer – Pick a book that left a lasting impression.

Nyx Angel Veil Primer & Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

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I absolutely love using this NYX primer because it not only holds foundation well but really smooths out the face too, I could easily just slap this on and be done!

“Stormdancer” is also easily one of my favorite fantasy books it has pretty much every element I look for in a perfect fantasy book. Action, world building, and next to no distracting romance! It left a lasting impression because of all of those things too, it was just TOO GOOD!  If you love fantasy this is one I definitely recommend.


Foundation – Pick your favorite first book in a series.

Maybelline Dream Cushion & Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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My skin is actually pretty clear so normally I’d use a powder foundation because it’s quicker but when I have time I absolutely love to use this cushion foundation because it’s also pretty quick. It also lasts for a while and goes on with no hassle.

This may be cheating since the third book hasn’t come out yet but I didn’t enjoy “Gemina” (the sequel) nearly as much as I did “Illuminae” so I think it’s safe to say it will remain my favorite first book in this series.


Concealer – Pick a character you wish you could get rid of.

Maybelline Master Conceal & Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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I like this concealer because not only is it full freaking coverage but you also use the tiniest drop for big areas so a tube lasts a long time

Sorry, not sorry but Celaena drives me nuts! If I could get rid of a character it’d be her! If you brag about being literally the BEST assassin of all time, ever then you need to prove it and not spend all your time complaining, mooning over boys, and obsessing over clothes and shoes.


Powder – Pick your favorite last book in a series.

e.l.f. HD Setting Powder & Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

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Setting powder is something I’m not really picky about but I prefer a solid powder over a loose powder and e.l.f. is cheap!

I’m notorious for not ever finishing series, period. So the pretty obvious pick is of course The Deathly Hallows because I thought it was a fantastic end to a wonderful series!


Eyebrows – A Book you think everyone should read.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade & The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Hands down my favorite brow product and I now refuse to use anything else ever! It fills them in perfectly and its quick and easy too, the Soft Brown matches my eyebrow coloring exactly.

Everyone should read The Hate U Give! Everyone! Not only is it an important and very powerful book it’s also just a wonderful, perfect book that I truly enjoyed reading! Go read it now!


Eyeliner – Pick a dark and mysterious book

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Liquid Eyeliner & Night Film by Marisha Pessl

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I’m not too terribly picky about eyeliner and this one works well enough so…..

If there is one book that comes to mind that is both dark AND mysterious it’s Night Film. It’s eerie, suspenseful, and at times downright horrifying! If you looked up dark and mysterious in the dictionary of books a picture of Night Film would be by both…seriously.


Mascara – Pick a Long Book.

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara & And I Darken by Kiersten White

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Mascara is another thing I’m not super picky about but I love Pacifica Dream Big for two reasons: 1.) you can twist the wand to have it be longer or shorter and 2.) it has unicorns on it!

I’ve read plenty of long books so I’m just going with And I Darken because it was longer and awesome the entire time.

Blush – Pick a book that had a cringe-worthy romance.

Becca Cosmetics Blushed With Light Palette Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

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Becca blushes are amazing and the only ones I have are in this trio palette so I’m going with all of them, so much pigment!

I’ve read many cringe-y YA romances in my day but one that really takes the cake is the one betwen Edward and Anne in Blackhearts. I just…..can’t even begin to explain because the whole book was awful for me as well but the romance was so trope filled!


Highlighter – Pick a book that brightened your day.

Colourpop Highlighter in Monster & My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

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I like all highlighters for the most part, I’m like a bird, attracted to shiny, glittery things. I like the Colourpop highlighters because they’re very pigmented and creamy and the shade Monster is duochrome so it’s really unique.

My Lady Jane is probably the most guaranteed book to brighten your day becaue it’s so light-hearted, fun, and silly! Those words describe it perfectly and it’s just such an entertaining read!


Lipstick – Your favorite book kiss.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Viper & And I Darken Kiersten White

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Colourpop lipsticks are amazing! The Ultra Matte Lips dry down and don’t come off and I personally don’t find the formula drying at all. I also just loooove this shade, so pretty!

I spent the better half of this book shipping Lada and Mehmed and waiting for them to kiss, so of course it’s one of my favorite book kisses. It takes a really well written romance for me to ship it too especially in YA!

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Have you read any of these books or used any of these products?

Also if you would like to do this tag then go right ahead!

The Sassy

March Wrap-Up

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March wasn’t the best of months for me but it was still alright as far as reading went! I did have a bit of a blogging slump there at the end which was absolutely ZERO fun but I’m back now and will hopefully be getting more posts up. I do apologize for all the posts I’ve missed from you guys and I know there are comments from WEEKS ago I still haven’t replied to but bear with me I’m getting to it all!

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Books Read This Month: 5

The Women in the Walls by Amy LukavicsBad Blood by Demitria LunettaThe Night Circus by Erin MorgensternThe Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie OakesThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I pretty much enjoyed every book I read in March which is amazing especially since I did not have such good luck in February. Of course I’d have to say “The Night Circus” and “The Hate U Give” were my favorites and both are definitely 5 star books! I’m not sure how the heck I’m going to be able to write reviews for them……


Reviews Finished This Month

The Beast Is An Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale

The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta

I should have finished a lot more than 3 reviews but…blogging sluuuump!


Tags & Memes Done This Month

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite YA Fantasy & Science Fiction

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR


Other Posts Done This Month

February Wrap-Up

Discussion Post: Reviewing Books Long After Finishing Them

My Recipe for the Perfect YA Fantasy Book

Mystery Blogger Award

Unplanned Hiatus/Blogging Slump Update


What I’m Currently Reading:

Living Dead GirlTiger Lily

I’ve been switching books a lot lately trying to find the ones I’m in the mood for so if you follow me on Goodreads I’m sorry! I did finally settle on “Living Dead Girl” which is a super short book and then after that I’ll be going straight into “Tiger Lily”!

I also have a poll on Twitter going right now about which of the following books I should read next: “Red Rising”, “The Song of Achilles”, “Starflight”, or “An Ember in the Ashes”! So if you don’t follow me on Twitter feel free to leave a “vote” in the comments below!

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How was your reading and blogging month this March?

What were your best or worst reads?

What are you currently reading?

What books are you excited for this coming month, April?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy