Amazon Buy! & the Book You Need to Read

I’d call it a haul but it really wasn’t.

So the reason I’m even doing a product review is because I just wanted to share how my finds on Amazon were.

First off, we all know Tobey needs stuff. Like a tag because we can still keep the hope alive that he will wander beyond the doorway.

This ID tag looked so cute. I wanted to get a normal one from the local store but was convinced by TC to give it a go.

Um, it looks just like it’s shown. The back is not engaged but printed or something like that.

The cat threw a fit when it went on his collar. I mean, it was the enemy.

Two days in, the enamel black of the fish is gone. The tag, which was thin and light and ideal at the time, is now pocked with teeth marks.

Yeah, it wasn’t the seller’s fault, but it is definitely not cat proof.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

So, you know, probably not worth the money, since I have to buy another one.

The second item I just got was my long longed for wallet. I don’t often buy wallets. At all. But I’m always shopping for the right one. I’ve retired two. One that was way too small and kinda pointless (my phone never fit in it without pressing all the buttons.) The other has holes everywhere and is from six years ago.

This is my new wallet. It just got here and it is exactly as shown. I obviously can’t say too much about it since it just got here, but I am in love with the wallet color and inside and space. So much space!

I’m crossing my fingers.

The only weird thing about it is that in the corner it says Forever Friend In Harmony. Which is weird, as mentioned but not bad. 😀

The other thing I got from Amazon is my favorite book from school. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. It’s the story of Kit, a spoiled rich girl from Barbados, who was orphaned and had to sell everything she owned and move to Puritan country to her estranged family.

I wore down my paperback from that era so much that the last page (which contains my favorite ending) fell off! I was so glad when they finally revived it with a digital version.

It’s my book of the week to really promote!

So that’s my adventure in Amazon shopping. If anyone has a cute pastel handbag suggestion, please let me know! My current one is black and from Wal-Mart (shockingly durable but way too dark for my wallet now.)

Happy Friday!

Today is Paradis Day!

Does anyone else listen to their book playlist while working out? Considering that it’s mostly high-adrenaline, rock songs about saving the world, I guess mine is an appropriate track to sweat to.

But I also like listening to some really weird/random music.

Here’s a bonus work out playlist track:

I post this in hopes I will feel guilty and actually go work out. -.-

Good luck, right?

Have a great Friday!

P.S. I’m also on Instagram! (Please don’t expect me to keep up with it. :P)

Book Review: UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan

ATTENTION: There are screen caps from the actual digital book. They are property of Sophie Jordan and her publisher. I claim absolutely no ownership and only quoted to show the points of this review. Cheers.

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So I read UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan. I don’t even remember how long ago I got it, but it was on a deal to support the release of the sequel. I read the summary and was instantly attracted to the idea of the heroine being wicked and deadly.

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It’s my thing and I definitely wanted to see a bad girl. Not the angels most of the YA heroines tend to be, so I bought it. And I finished it in the usual time span (for me, so like a month or two.)

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And it was the longest read of my life. My stomach still clenches to remember. My eye muscles do too.

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See, this is my first Sophie Jordan book and maybe it shouldn’t have bene but that’s what it is now. I expected huge things out of her. Not even in a mean way. I just expected to be knocked over by the writing.

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I almost wish I was. The entire novel I held out hope that the story would make a change. Or rather, I wished the protagonist Davy would change.

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I lost hope a chapter before the end. I guess, thankfully. All the pictures I just posted? They’re screenshots. This is throughout the novel. The thing that really kicked me out of the story and made me scream and throw my Kindle down.

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Really. There were good parts in it. Like, I liked the ending. I won’t spoil that but even as forced and odd and too fast as it was, I did like the final imagery.

Which made me realize maybe I do wanna see if it gets any better in book two.

Sigh.

Overall, though. Not my fave. No one in here, other than Gil.

Hangover? or Coma? Definitely a coma.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Today is 유카리(Yukari) Day!

My computer still has it in its head that I need to be rerouted to my Blogger address.

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I really will miss how pretty the color scheme was before. Someday, I will go back to something similar, but for now, WordPress is a dream. Fearing it made no sense.

Look!

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Categories and tags. I think that’s what’s got me so excited!

But this is all about growing and changing and adjusting. Keep moving.

Today’s playlist is by artist 유카리(Yukari):

Have a wonderful Wednes/Thursday!

Book review coming right up!

Today is Ellie Goulding Day!

I should be writing but I just finished the way I wanted a third of the book so the rest is sort of looking weird. Like a sort of food coma but a writing coma.

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Not to mention that I have a serious thing with Naoko Takeuchi today. Have you guys seen her push commentaries? Addictive.

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Just wanted to drop by since I’m procrastinating. (Did you guys know sifting through hundreds of old posts is overwhelming?)

And decided I’d just link up to my playlist today.

Happy Tuesday/Wednesday! (Depending where you live.)

50 Things About Me: Inaugural Repost!

Hey, everyone!

So excited to be procrastinating on this post switching business. But also excited about new posts I might write here. For now, here’s a repost from the last blog.

Fun post!*
*for people too lazy to actually fix things they’d already written. for the people who do not want to wade through several hundred posts for things to switch over.

1. I was not born with a tail but I’d always secretly hoped.

2. As a senior in high school, I took the maiden course of AP Art at my school. Did an entire freaking portfolio of me. Because that was all I knew how to do even vaguely right.

Warning: Clicking this link will make you cringe.

3. Because of that aforementioned AP course, I shrugged my way into a few art college meet and greets. Even though I never wanted to go for visual arts or even wanted to go to school anymore. And still kinda don’t.

4. Don’t ask me for sincere opinions. We won’t be friends for very long. :/

5. Despite being very loud, I am equally bashful. And cannot control the spectrum. Changing from extrovert to introvert in the span of an hour is my one and coolest trick. *weeps*

6. I had/have more adopted siblings than I had friends. But it’s always fun having them all over.

7. After drawing/painting etc, I thought photography! Nope. Not any better.

8. I am a natural promoter of things I like. (Have you heard of our lord and savior, PicsArt?)

9. I will never shut up about the things I don’t like.

10. When reviewing, and it’s not a very good review, I use different names and sites. People donate books/movies/etc for honest opinions. I give them.

11. I’ve been writing all my life. A lot of the times, I don’t even want to/don’t find the point in publishing.

12. The anime Sailor Moon, a cartoon my mother flicked on when she was trying to bewitch me into stillness so she could change me, was the reason I ever wanted to do storytelling of any kind.

13. I am both too lazy and too overwhelmed to write what I want to write for: movies. Way too chatty to write a screenplay. Forget about it!

14. I watch the Long Island Medium and thanks to the show, I’ve become more spiritual. Whether it’s a hoax or not.

15. All of my childhood houses have been certified, priest-blessing haunted.

16. I love ghost stories.

17. My sister and I, when sleeping in the same room, will sleep-argue in gibberish.

18. I thought my sister was my twin up until kindergarten.

19. I have a Whisper! And I rarely use it.

20. Syntheseia. I have it. Which makes listening to music and eating a real weird, impossible thing. Having shapes in my mouth because of lyrics? Yeah, kinda weird.

21. I have a tumblr! It’s all Sailor Moon. You’ve been warned.

22. The web name ebelleful came from Youtube trying to rename me for no reason other than being a douche. Instead of staying mad, I adopted the name so people would stop confusing me with someone famous.

23. All the stories I have written up until now have been about one real person. Some span lots of books and some just one or two stories.

24. I’m a Gemini. Yay!

25. I watch bubzvlogz because her optimism reminds me to smile.

26. Once, my friend and I made dating profiles because we were waiting for Gone Girl to start. We bugged the shit out of the other people in the audience.

27. I am the biggest pervert ever. Knee-jerk reaction.

28. I am way too sentimental sometimes.

29. My hair had red low lights when I was younger. I dyed them right out.

30. I burned my hair with chemicals and had it all chopped off at one point.

31. I didn’t learn to do my makeup or dress appropriately until after high school. Thanks, bubzbeauty!

32. Interstellar’s First Step reminds me why I love Hans Zimmer so much and why I love to write stories of the tragic variety.

33. I always do things when I’m avoiding other things.

34. I left Twitter the first time because people were harassing me. I don’t put as much effort as I used to because of that.

35. Wherever I go, I’m called princess. Because I’m a bossy pants.

36. I worked in tech support. So when I tell you something techy, I am not talking out of my butt.

37. I worked with Australians and New Zealanders so often at one point that sometimes I still use some of their phrases.

38. I’m a bad luck genie. No matter what I want or how I expect things, it comes out different.

39. I have a bizarre, intense love for protector roles. A father watching his daughter? A police officer strolling down the sidewalk? A soldier out to buy an engagement ring? I immediately become protective of those people.

40. I’d rather donate all of my fake-lottery money than spend it on me.

41. I am always surprised whenever someone listens to me online. So thanks for reading this.

42. I want a tattoo on my shoulder. Of a flower.

43. I have too many nicknames because of my friends and family.

44. I hate the sound of my own name when someone other than my family says it.

45. My name is Helen in Portuguese.

46. My middle name doesn’t sound good in American English.

47. I go to the movies at least every week.

48. When I don’t, it’s because I’m renting some to watch at home.

49. I always review movies.

50. I really do love PicsArt.
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Phew! I was really looking for things to put on here! I knew there were random things about me but so many I didn’t even care about!

I will have time to edit in the next few days. So prepare your throats for the movie cramming I’ll be doing.

And that movie cramming is coming!

Changes are coming!

Hi, all!

So I am constantly making changes here. That’s not about to change.

  • One of the things I’ve always wanted to do was feature book deals. Books that are having a promotional, like the first in a series, or that are just having a good old fashion sale on any site. Because of the way my blog is built, that might not crowd together so well. But I am trying.
  • And Movie Night is coming back! If I can just get enough authors, we will once again have book premiere guest posts and interviews.
  • A special section for reviews. Books and movies and other things!
  • I’d really like to have a different layout.
I think what I’m saying is that we’re moving to a new address. I have left this address before. I have a lot of memories here. But it hasn’t changed with what I’ve done.
I’m both excited and terrified of making the wrong move. But there’s no use in not trying.
So excited! Hope we have better communication in the next site!

Update: Coming soon!

Update #2: Hey! Change is definitely underway. If you’ve visited the link at all in the last few moments, you’ll see I’ve done a bit. I’d totally forgotten how much work it is to build a site! But I’m excited by how much space there is now and what I can accomplish! It’s going to be hard work but it will be worth it! 😀 Thanks again for your crazy support. You all know I don’t deserve it. 🙂

Out to Eat! Which Wich

So here’s a new feature for the blog. I’m always trying new things and figured that this could be a side it to the movie and book reviews.

On to the food.

THE OVERVIEW

We had Which Wich for the first time in forever. And there IS a reason for that. Stuff is expensive but sososo good.

I had a vegetarian sandwich and banana and vanilla milkshake. Which is as yummy as it sounds.

Which Wich, if you’ve never been, is actually justa slightly fancier Subway, but worth a try if you’ve got the cash.

I recommend hot days when you need a good sandwich, really.

THE QUIRKS

You go in and find a couple of metal turn pockets with long brown bags. Each has themain ingredient for the sandwich.

So chicken, vegetarian, seafood, etc.

Pick your bag and the questionaire begins. They have a similarly colored sheet for milkshakes and cookies.

After you’ve placed your order, they hang upyour bag on a wire clothesline and send it down a factory line to be built.

SO GOOD.

THE RECIPE

For my sandwich, choose the following:

Caprese

Wheat bread

Hotwich

Large 14″ *chose this for leftovers! Don’tbe scared.*

Double cheese
   Swiss & Pepper Jack

Pesto
Hot Pepper Mix

Regular

Caramelized (onions)

Avocado
Lettuce
Spinach
Tomatoes
Banana peppers
Cucumbers
Jalepeños
Bell peppers
Mushrooms

THE CHALLENGE

I’d just finished the leftovers when I wrote this down. Whether or not you get that size is wholly up to you.

But you have try this!

Movie Hangover: Ouija

Hi, everyone!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Here’s my once-again very-freaking-late-to-the-party review of a stunning display of plagiarism that we have to take as cliche the movie OUIJA!

Eh.

Most of the time when we (TC and I) watch movies, we’re caught in the new setting, the lighting of the piece and sometimes the characters. For me, at the beginning of OUIJA, I couldn’t help but wonder starting with the dark lighting? Okay. Original.

As the movie progressed, there was promise. Because the house this story centered on was gorgeous, with what the producers must have thought was the average teenager’s room–please see Paranormal Activity: The Chosen Ones for a good teen room portrayal.

But still. A gorgeous setting? Who doesn’t see the promise in that?

Then I knew this was probably not what I paid for when the inevitably MIA parents were cut out around The Darkening. Um, what? Why?
The lack of adults, though, is the king of teen tropes. Please see the first two seasons of Awkward. to see how parents can still be part of a teen’s life.
I’m not sure why this was so telling but it was. I just knew that this was not the last “standard” this movie would follow. But it’s not in my nature to walk out. Something I wish I’d take up already!

The next scenes took the suspense right out. Escalating, cutting out violent deaths, the works. A few cheap scares and very cliche plot twists later–actually, so many that I wondered when I’d ever get out of the damn movie theater–the film ended the way it began. With nothing making sense. And nothing resolved.

“Get me out of this fucking movie!!!1!”

So yeah. Standard bad is good, good is downright fucking evil, and the works.

I miss the good old movies that left no glimmer of hope or sanity. Sigh.

Whatever happened to Ouija, I hope it never comes back again. Because that’s true horror right there. ba-da-ding!

NOTE! I am super excited for Insidious 3! Who’s with me? 😀