Monday Mix-up

Published October 5, 2015 by chrisalys820

It’s the Monday Mix-up! It’s when I do a Friday Five-like post on a Monday! There are only four books here but it’s not a Friday Five. I don’t need five. I’m doing this because I’m sick, there are books that need reviewing and I don’t feel like separating them. I did them all at once, I’ll post them all at once. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to be here.

The Casquette Girls – Alys Arden


This was a good book. I did enjoy it. I had one major issue with it and a few minor issues. My major issue was that Adele had lived in that house for her entire life and she didn’t know that there was a bathroom on the second floor. She was curious enough to poke a dead guy to see if he was dead but not curious enough to explore her family’s home. Seems a little wonky to me… I won’t go over the minor issues because they didn’t stop me from reading. Neither did the bathroom thing but it irked me so I had to mention it. It is a good book and I can’t wait for the next one. If you haven’t read this one, you should.

Seven girls tied by time.

Five powers that bind.

One curse to lock the horror away.

One attic to keep the monsters at bay.


After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normalneeds a new definition.

As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal.


I Wish – Elizabeth Langston


This book was good. I enjoyed it. You should read it. There were some issues but they didn’t bother me enough to stop reading. They just drove me a bit insane but I’m okay now.

What Lacey needs is a miracle. What she gets is a genie with rules.

Lacey Linden is hiding the truth of her life—a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. While her high school classmates see a girl with a ready smile and good grades, Lacey spends her evenings seeking ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, Lacey stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find it is inhabited by a gorgeous “genie.” He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there’s a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible.

Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling the boring wishes of conventional teens, he is one assignment away from promotion to a challenging new role with more daring cases. Yet his month with Lacey is everything that he expects and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the most difficult task of all might be saying goodbye.


It’s a Wonderful Death – Sarah J. Schmitt


≈°Warning: this book made me cry. I think I shed more tears over this book than I did when it kicked in that Harry Potter was over. Have a box of tissues handy.°≈

I did not want this book to end. I wanted it to go on forever. I realize that eventually I would want it to end but I wasn’t ready. I also wasn’t ready for the ending. (See warning above.)

Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction. (less)


Material Girls – Elaine Dimopoulos


I love dystopian novels. So much. Including this one. It was a bit awkward with the back and forth but after about the 4th chapter, I got used to it.

I also love fashion. Not that you would know it today. Or any day this week. Or any day of my life really. I tend to be comfy over fashionable. But that doesn’t mean I can’t read fashion magazines and get excited over Fashion Week.

Combining the two was awesome. I want more books.

In Marla Klein and Ivy Wilde’s world, teens are the gatekeepers of culture. A top fashion label employs sixteen-year-old Marla to dictate hot new clothing trends, while Ivy, a teen pop star, popularizes the garments that Marla approves. Both girls are pawns in a calculated but seductive system of corporate control, and both begin to question their world’s aggressive levels of consumption. Will their new “eco-chic” trend subversively resist and overturn the industry that controls every part of their lives?

Smart, provocative, and entertaining, this thrilling page-turner for teens questions the cult like mentality of fame and fashion. Are you in or are you out?

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Currently reading – Sugar Skulls – Lisa Mantchev, Glenn Dallas

Published October 5, 2015 by chrisalys820

So… I got this shiny new thing and I’m excited. Yay!!! I’m also sick so I’m laying around reading and interwebbing.

I got this from NetGalley in exchange for my soul and/or an honest review. :) I think I’ll do the review… I need my soul…

Welcome to Cyrene, a city where energy is currency and music is the lifeblood of its young citizens. Everyone lives on the grid, and the residents of the world’s largest playground are encouraged to pursue every physical and emotional pleasure imaginable.

Vee is the lead singer of the Sugar Skulls, an all-girl band that is Corporate’s newest pet project. Micah haunts the city like a ghost after an overdose of a deadly illegal street drug knocks him off the grid. When Micah and Vee forge an immediate, undeniable connection, their troubled worlds collide.

Trading concert stages for Cyrene’s rooftops and back alleys, they have to evade vicious thugs and Vee’s possessive manager as they unravel the mysteries connected to their dark pasts. And before the curtain falls, Micah and Vee will bring the city to its knees in their desperate bid for love, home, and a future together.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Spectacular Nail Art – Larit Levy

Published October 5, 2015 by chrisalys820


I enjoy painting my nails. A lot. Over the years, I have acquired so many different colors that I can probably paint my nails a different color each week and not repeat one for a whole year.

I never got much into nail art but reading the instructions in this book makes me want to. The instructions are so simple that I’m sure my 4 year old could follow them, if he were so inclined. :)

Spectacular Nail Art

A Step-by-Step Guide to 35 Gorgeous Designs

No woman is fully dressed without the perfect manicure: it’s the final touch, the must-have accessory to any outfit. And today, spectacular nails mean more than a coat of pink polish. It’s fashion art, with a world of fabulous colors, unique patterns, and gorgeous embellishments to choose from. These 35 designs are eye-catching and ultra-stylish, whether you’re looking to liven up an everyday look or get glam for a special occasion. Novices needn’t worry, either, because every project—from sparkling Champagne Chic to the wintry, Christmasy Snappy Snowflakes—includes easy-to-follow instructions and handy step-by-step photos, and most are really simple to create.

Have a spooky Halloween with black-and-white cobwebbed nails; hail the red-white-and blue and stars-and-stripes forever with Positively Patriotic; and celebrate the coming of spring with vintage fancy flowers. Go wild with animal prints, like leaping leopard spots or zebra zigzags on your “claws.” And even if you can’t make it to Hawaii, your nails can, with designs featuring the island’s famed hibiscus. Whether you’re choosing elegant, wedding-ready pearly bubbles or playful retro dots and fun characters, every pattern here makes an unforgettable statement.

Tips on nail care, products, and basic manicures (including a French one) help you keep your hands in tip-top shape. One thing’s for sure: with this art on your nails, you’ll never want to wear gloves again!

A Note From the Publisher

This book was originally published in 2014. Enjoy this backlist title… nail art is timeless fun!

Stay awesome ♥ Christa


Published September 28, 2015 by chrisalys820

We live in a world where some books are banned based on their content. People aren’t allowed to read those books in certain parts of the world (including the United States.) I think that is horrible.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that keeps ending up on banned books lists. TKAM has been one of my favorite books since 8th grade when I first read it. Back then, I had no idea that books were still banned. I knew that some books had been banned during WWII and I knew that some books had been banned in other countries but the United States was the land of the free… Right? Nope. Thousands of books are banned each year in the US and other “free” countries. I think that it is time to stop banning books. And I’m sure other people feel the same way. So, if you are one of those people, give a shout out to your favorite banned book in the comments.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

The Waiting List – Thieftess – Alethea Kontis

Published August 28, 2015 by chrisalys820

I know that you can’t rush perfection and that this book is so far out that it doesn’t have a Goodreads page yet but I. Can. Not. Wait. I am super duper excited for this book. I want it now. I want it more than I wanted to see the Backstreet Boys in concert when I was 15 (and that’s a lot.)

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

The Heir – Kiera Cass

Published June 28, 2015 by chrisalys820


This month has been horrible here at AGSBAAB. I’ve learned a few lessons about trusting people. I also broke some bones. That in itself has been a lesson in frustration. I haven’t really read much. But I have been waiting a long time for this book and when it came into the library, I devoured it. It took me about 4 hours start to finish. It had the same feel as the first 3 books but it was different. I liked Eadlyn differently than I had liked America. She was princessier than her mother but lacked some of the spark that made me like America. This is a good follow up to The Selection series and I can’t wait for the next one. #TeamHenri

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought. 

Stay awesome ♥ Christa


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