Monday, November 23, 2009

Two great books in under a week!

I've been pretty lucky. I received earlier-than-usual copies of Beautiful Creatures and The Seven Rays.
These authors are pulling out all the stops. Mrs. Meyers should be proud of herself. Not only is she compelling the casual NY Times and magazine readers to actually pick up a book and READ, she's really set the bar for these unheard of authors.

Beautiful Creatures was an amazing read. Simple, yet captivating. I loved reading from a boy's POV. I was never a misfit or outcast in high school, so this book really captivated me. The fantasy part of the story was so different, and the southern charm was everywhere. The accents, the food, the scenery - I felt as if I were at home.
Although the book had a lot of characters, they were very easy to keep up with and understand their importance. LOVED the way the chapters were named, and mostly, the dates at the beginning of each, very poignant.
The second half of the book got a little scary and even more suspenseful - I almost had the feeling that a Dark Willow story was brewing. (Sorry, I often use the Whedonverse when doing reviews, can't help it).
***Warning....if you're a sensitive schmuck like me, the last 20 or so pages will have you crying, so keep a Kleenex box handy.
The book ended with many unanswered questions, IMO, so if a sequel is in the works, sign me up!

The Seven Rays
was original. Mind boggling at times too. Without giving too much away, make sure you pay attention at the beginning of each chapter - it means something. This book totally took me to places I wasn't expecting. You grow up with Beth. You wonder right along with her "Why her?". There is so much to be explored from this book. So many story-lines that need exploring, and I look forward to Mrs. Bendinger elaborating more on these stories - because believe you me, the name of the book "The Seven Rays" was no accident.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

My New Moon Theater Experience

This is me, telling you what I feel, felt, loved, hated, about the movie. Totally from a Twi-Hard POV.Contains spoilers for those of you who haven't seen the movie. Beware, my thoughts are all over the place given I cannot put myself to without further ado....

1. The dream sequence at the beginning was possibly one of the best depictions of Bella's feelings towards her birthday at the start of the book. The word Epic comes to mind when I replay this scene in my head.

2. When Edward first appeared during the dream sequence, we "the ladies" went berserk and started hootin' and hollerin' for the presence Rob P. makes in this scene. That smile just melts my heart, and the way he looks at Old Woman Bella is priceless.

3. "Jasper! No fair with the mood control!" L.O.L. Love Jasper and the way he can say so little yet his words reach you. "Happy....never-mind".

4. A word to the Producers of New Moon...please get your act together when it comes to the hairstylists. Jasper's and Rosalie's hair wig things were WORSE than they were in Twilight. Seriously. That wig that Rob P. didn't want to wear, obviously got handed down to Jackson. Didn't you WATCH the horror that was Jasper's hair in the first one? The reason the boy looks like he's always in pain is because of the dead squirrel/racoon hybrid you guys pile on his head day after day. Did you maybe stop and think the reason why Rosalie's such a biatch is because of the peroxide number you make her wear? I know the bigger budget went towards the CGI wolves, but seriously, spending a couple extra hundred bucks on some decent hair extensions might have made Jasper not go after Bella on her B'day party.

5. What happened to the huge Cullen mansion? It looked like a box.

6. Billie Burke (Charlie) is a hot ladies man. I don't care if he's Bella's dad.

7.It's a tie between Billy Burke and Ashley Greene (Alice) on who portrays their character as if they were coming out directly from the book. Simply put, these two can act.

8. Taylor, Taylor, Taylor...what can I tell you that you haven't already heard? I sure am glad you didn't have to wear that God-awful wig throughout this movie. I was afraid it would get stuck on one of those dirt bikes you were working on. Have you not heard of on the job hazards? Hair nets are your friend my man. Just saying.

9. "I don't want you to come"..."You don't want me?"...."No"....Ugh, that still hurts. Thanks Edward. (1st cry)

10. October. November. December. Ugh, that still hurts. Thanks Edward. (2nd cry)

11. Jessica...."Yeah, those guys look great!" L.O.L. moment.

12. My Favorite Bella/KStew moment? The rain scene with Jacob when she first confronts him. She's actually ACTING and emoting something other than awkwardness. Way to go! I knew you had it in you.

13. Paul is hot. His wolf self isn't as good looking as Jacob's wolf, however, he still looks better than Sam's Yeti-looking wolf.

14. Sam's wolf looks like a Yeti. Didn't know if you caught that bit. It needs to be reiterated.

15. Victoria's hair ROCKED the HOUSE. However, her skin care regime needs to be questioned. Dirt is organic and all, but I'm sure you need a little water in order to get the effect you were hoping for. Just saying.

16. The wolf pack jumping off the cliff? Hot.

17. Victoria jumping off the cliff? Olympic-like graceful.

18. Bella jumping off the cliff? Pathetic.

19. Bella in the water...ugh, that still hurts. Thanks Edward. (3rd cry)

20. "What is that God-awful wet dog smell?" L.M.A.O.

21. "Don't go, please, I'm begging you, please"...Jacob honey, c'mon, get some dignity.

22. Edward's apartment in Rio? GROSS. OMG. He totally let himself go, and it looks like he wasn't even cleaning up after himself. I really wanted a book to explain "his" side of New Moon, since we really have no idea what he did, but this movie gave me CLOSURE. Thanks Chris Weitz, I owe you one.

24. What happened to 23? A rat in Edward's apartment ate it.

25. Damn, those muffins Emily made looked good.

26. Talk about adding insult to injury... Did you SEE the nice shot of the "Virgin" plane flying Bella and Alice to Italy?

27. Alice's Grand Theft Auto. Priceless.

28. Is one of Edward's nipples bigger than the other? All signs point to yes.

29. "I LIED, you believe me so easily" Duh.

30. Dakota Fanning stole the scene. The girl has presence. Excellent casting choice.

31. Ok, so did you laugh when Edward and Vamp Bella were running through the meadow? That was such a Jack-and-Jill-went-up-the-hill-moment. Everyone laughed when this scene played out in both theaters. I hated it. Could have totally done without it.

32. The Volturis were extremely well done on all accounts. Again, Dakota stole the scenes she was in, but they all did a very good job overall. Major creep factor, which was the point.

33. The humans screaming, wow, just like the book. I was waiting to see the lady with the bible, but she never came. Sad. It would have made that scene ever more poignant.

34. The sad puppy dog eyes that Jacob give Bella at the end were heartbreaking. Ugh, that still hurts. Thanks Bella. (4th and last cry)

35. Marry me. Ha! Edward, you have no idea the can of worms you've opened up. You're about to start taking her on play dates in Eclipse, you just don't know it yet.

So cynicism aside, I absolfreakinglutely loved this movie, and the company I had made the experience even better. C'mon June 30th! I'm ready for some Eclipse!

Monday, November 09, 2009

New Moon is only 10 days away!

10 days until New Moon! I'm so excited. I apologize to anyone around me when I suddenly yell like a fan girl at the top of my lungs and scare the crap out of you!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Updates on my October to-be-read books...

  1. Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2) - TBR
  2. Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely #3) - TBR
  3. Eyes Like Stars: Theater Illuminata, Act I - TBR
  4. Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale - Hated it.
  5. Wuthering Heights (the one with the Twilight-looking cover)- Reading it now.
  6. Hush, Hush - Loved it, 5 out of 5 stars
  7. Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales, Vol. I - Liked it very much 3 out of 5 stars
  8. Storm Born - TBR
  9. Thorn Queen - TBR
  10. Vampire Academy #1 - Fell in love with this book and the entire Vampire Academy series! I didn't get started on any of the other books because I had to go out and get Vampire Academy #2, #3, #4.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Beautiful Creatures (9780316042673): Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl: Books

I just received notification that Amazon has shipped this book to me today. I am so ecstatic! I wasn't expecting it until December, so Christmas has come early for me!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Coming up on Karen's bookshelf!

  1. Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2)
  2. Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely #3)
  3. Eyes Like Stars: Theater Illuminata, Act I
  4. Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
  5. Wuthering Heights (the one with the Twilight-looking cover)
  6. Hush, Hush
  7. Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales, Vol. I
  8. Storm Born
  9. Thorn Queen
  10. Vampire Academy #1

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Relationships and Friendships

I reconnected with an old friend today. We've been friends for about 15 years. Like any friendship, we've gone through our ups and downs. I must say after my talk with her today, I realized why we've been so out of touch. A Man. Her choices, in my eyes, are not the correct ones, so I must turn a blind eye and just not dwell too much on the past. Reading this quote below, reminded me so much of her, and the reason why I think she has such a hard time with relationships.

"Women are the worst. They zero in on some guy. Oh boy, he's the one, gotta get me that one. So they do. Then they spend the rest of their time trying to figure out how to change him. Then if they manage it, they're not all that interested anymore, because guess what? He's not the one anymore." — J.D. Robb

Saturday, September 26, 2009

My latest reads....a quick overview.

I blogged a few weeks ago about some books that are on their way to me. They got here, they've been read, and now here's my unbiased reviews in order from worst to best.

Worst Read / Intertwined: 1 out of 4 stars. This book had way too much going on. To read my Goodreads review, click here.

Not Too Bad Read /The Truth About Forever: 2.5 out of 4 stars. It was a mushy little love story about a girl whose father dies. I think the book is very appealing to YA fans, and if I was 10 years younger, I would have absolutely loved it.

Beautiful Read / Shiver: 4 out of 4 stars. Amazingly written. I loved being able to see and hear from both sides of the "coin". Maggie S. wrote a true masterpiece. Something very poignant to me, were the temperature readings at the beginning of each chapter. It enabled me to really feel the suspense over Sam and his inner struggle. Beautiful love story. Don't miss out on Linger, the sequel.

A kick in the gut never felt so good Read / Lament: 4 out of 4 stars. A kick in the gut never felt so good. Another Maggie masterpiece. The moment Luke arrives into her life, Dee is swept away by his "Homicidal Faerie Assassin Good Looks". At first, it seems like this is your typical YA paranormal romance, but it's so way beyond that, I'm embarrased to have even considered it. It's a story about survival, love, and sacrifice. When you have love in the middle, it makes for GREAT storytelling. That's what Lament is, a great story. Don't miss out on Ballad, the standalone sequel to Lament.

Most Favorite Read / Graceling: 5 out of 4 stars. Epic. Liberating. Sensual. Driven. Love. Loss. GIRL POWER. This book is so far beyond amazing, it's difficult for me to write any coherent thoughts beyond 1-word sentences. Po stole my heart. Katsa had both my envy and my respect. This story will go down as one of the greatest Mythical Fantasy romances I've ever read. Don't miss out on Fire, the prequel and standalone, which I read is even better than the first.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


My second favorite book for 2009. The author's playlist is below:
1. "The Ocean" - The Bravery (the general thematic song)
2. "Sundrenched World" - Joshua Radin
3. "Run" - Snow Patrol
4. "Cemeteries of London" - Coldplay (hunt scene)
5. "Make This Go On Forever" - Snow Patrol
6. "Matroshka" - Dredg
7. "Underwater" - Vertical Horizon
8. "Star Mile" - Joshua Radin (making quiche)
9. "Set the Fire to the Third Bar" - Snow Patrol
10. "Jeremiah" - Starsailor
11. "Bug Eyes" - Dredg
12. "Everything'll Be Alright" - Joshua Radin (bookstore scene)
13. "Hide and Seek" - Imogen Heap (car scene near end)
14. "A Clock is Ticking" - Snow Patrol (Jack scene near end)
15. "Peter Returns" - James Newton Howard (last scene)
16. "Wake Up, Open the Door, & Escape to the Sea" - Blaqk Audio (ultimate nookie scene)

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Upcoming books that will make themselves at home on my bookshelf....

Items shipping soon:
Delivery estimate: September 8, 2009

Intertwined (Harlequin Teen

The Truth About Foreve



Items not yet shipped:
Shipping estimate: September 8, 2009

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception
Dark Slayer
Devil's Kiss

Items not yet shipped:
Shipping estimate: October 9, 2009


Items not yet shipped:
Shipping estimate: October 13, 2009

Wuthering Heights

Items not yet shipped:
Shipping estimate: October 19, 2009

The Twilight Journals
Hush, Hush

Items not yet shipped:
Shipping estimate: December 7, 2009

Beautiful Creatures

Items not yet shipped:
Shipping estimate: December 28, 2009

The Dark Divine

Friday, June 12, 2009

Vampires, and how my life has, one way or another, revolved around them.

I've always had this crazy obsession for the abnormal. I was never one to like watching scary movies - but the thoughts that fear provoked within me, were very interesting. Sometimes I would force myself to watch something scary, just so my imagination would sort of "wake-up". Luxuries weren't a big part of my childhood, therefore, my imagination would have to do. I remember being a little over 7-years-old, staring out my bedroom window, gazing at all of the lights to and from the airport in Puerto Rico. I wished that one of those curiously bright lights was some kind of UFO, who had come to abduct me.(I have to thank ET the movie for that one).

When Joss Whedon created Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my young adult life changed. When the show began on The WB back in 1997, I was fresh out of High School, and watching TV was the last thing I wanted to do. I was too busy hanging out with friends, drinking, partying, and doing what most kids that age were doing. I had gone through a pretty bad break-up with my High School sweetheart, so being at home wasn't an option for me. I didn't want to mope. I remember a friend of mine at the time had started watching Buffy, and was already becoming a fanatic of the show. She would tell me, “Wait until you watch it, you're going to love it” - and she was right, thanks Maria. The witty language, the girl power, the VAMPIRES! Story lines that actually made you CARE about the secondary characters, instead of having these characters act as props to the main star of the show. A television show that would shape my early 20's, and really my adulthood for years to come. I admit I watched the horrible Kristi Swanson version with Luke Perry, and although the only breakthrough actor in that movie was Donald Sutherland, I was very intrigued by what Joss Whedon was trying to portray. A GIRL who could kill vampires. I became a die hard, cry yourself to sleep, stay up all night chatting with the INTERNET fandom, FAN. A Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, and proud of it, no matter how many weird looks I got.

My mind was made up. After 7 seasons of gut-wrenching story lines involving love, sex, friendship, family and the “abnormal”. I never thought anything regarding Vampires would catch my attention and make me believe anything outside of my Buffyverse.

That of course, was before I read the Twilight series.

These books have captivated me in a way I wasn't expecting. My heart aches to think there will never be anything like Twilight in my life, and much less like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I'm grateful to have been able to experience these books.

I sign off with my love and happiness.


Now playing: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - La Traviata (Bonus Track)
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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Monday, January 26, 2009

The Fun in Homework

Little C's homework called for him to fill in the blanks with the word "want".
Some of the sentences were:
I [blank] a big rug
I [blank] a big truck
I [blank] a big house....

LOL, are they shaping my kids future or what?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Long day at work

Sometimes I wonder why I work so hard. Oh, that's right, to support my fashion, hair, and beauty addiction....LOL, almost forgot there.
Randomness aside, today was the perfect day to try something that always works. I wasn't feeling it in the lipstick department, if you know what I mean. With the colors that I wore today, and the way I styled my hair, I sorta looked overdressed, so putting on a bright set of lips would have really been over the top.

So what did I do? My never fails lip-cipe (er, whatev)....mix a "cool" lipstick along with a "warm" lipstick on your lips, and 99% of the time, you'll have AWESOME results. I tend to start with the warm first, since those colors are darkest usually. Then I appply the cool tone over the warm tone, generally with a lip brush.

It's just one of those things that no one sits down to teach you. I was 19, broke, and only had two "nubs" of lipstick to get me through the day. The mixture turned out to be one of my favorite beauty discoveries. It's been 10 years, and I still do it with lipsticks and lipglosses. Try it, it's fun seeing what color you're going to come up with!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Daisy Fuentes Targets Multicultural Consumer

Daisy Fuentes is launching her own hair care line. I'm a fan of her clothes and perfume's at Kohls, so I'm definitely looking forward to trying her paraben-free products!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Be superfine in '09! 25% off everything* online.


Guys, this is so rare, I hope you take advantage of this. Their new Blonde, Brunette, and Redhead Collections comes out tomorrow. The only thing you cannot use this coupon for is the VIVA GLAM, and they have a lot clearance going on right now getting ready for the new spring collections. Let me know if you got anything! I'm such a beauty whore!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Clumps of Mascara: UDPP has been holdin' out!

Clumps of Mascara: UDPP has been holdin' out!

I'm so doing this tomorrow.

Because I should be sleeping


Makeup Related Abbreviations
BE/BM = Bare Essentual/Bare Minerals
BNIB = Brand New in Box
CP = Custom Purchase
CCB = Cream Color Base
CCO = Cosmetics Company Outlet.
DDD = Dark Darling Diva
DTB = Dare to Be
E/C = Eye Curler
EOTD = Eyes Of The Day
EDM = Everyday Minerals
E/L = Eye Liner
E/S = Eyeshadow
EOB = Essence of Beauty
FOTD = Face of the day
FFF = Foxy Fair Female
GGG = Golden Glam Girl
GC = Gift Certificate
HG = Holy Grail
IR = Irridescent (Shu uemura eyeshadow)
LE = Limited Edition
LLL = Light Lovely Lady
l/g = Lipgloss
l/s = Lipstick
M = Matte (Shu uemura eyeshadow)
MA = Makeup artist
MAC = Makeup Art Cosmetics
ME = Metallic (Shu uemura eyeshadow)
MUT = MakeupTalk
MMM = Medium Marvelous Mademoiselle
MMU = Mineral Makeup
MSF = Mineralize Skin Finish
OM = Ocean Mist
P = Pearl (Shu uemura eyeshadow)
Px = Prescriptives
PPP = Pale Porcelain Princess
SE = Special Edition
SK = Sonia Kasuk
SIB = Still in box
T/M = Tinted moisturizer
UD = Urban Decay
UDPP = Urban Decay Primer Potion
WnW = Wet 'n' Wild
YSL = Yves Saint Laurent

Other Beauty Related Abbreviations
AHA = Alpha Hydroxy Acid
BHA = Beta Hydroxy Acid
BBW = Bath & Body Works
DC = Discontinued
DHC = Daigaku Honyaku Center
EL = Estee Lauder
HOTD = Hair Of The Day
MB = Mario Badescu
NPOTW = Nail Polish Of The Week
NOTW = Nail Of The Week
PH = Potential Hydrogen
SPF = Sun Protection Factor
TBS = The Body Shop

r/o = read on

MAC Hello Kitty Collection Photo & Information

MAC Hello Kitty Collection Photo & Information
And again with the freaking cat. I'm so excited for this collection. The little princess was just overlooking my shoulder and she's already asked me to buy her something off this collection!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Watchmen The Movie

This is # 5 in my must-watch-this-year-movies list.
4 through 1 are coming up soon!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

The Pick-It Line

The Pick-It Line

If you suffer from adult acne, this is a must read article.

Second Annual Temptalia Beauty Awards - Vote For Your Favorites Today!

Second Annual Temptalia Beauty Awards - Vote For Your Favorites Today!

Make sure you vote! I've used most of the items listed, or at least heard about how fab or bad they are, so it's neat to have names I recognized on this survey rather than sit dumbfounded and vote "other" everytime LOL!

MAC Hello Kitty Pictures and Photos

MAC Hello Kitty Pictures and Photos

OMG, I am so super excited about this collection! Do I care about the colors? Big Fat NO. But honestly, the packaging is too cute to pass up, so I see myself ordering this as soon as it's available!