Due for Discard

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After a disappointing read with the previous book, I’m ready to move on and start another!

Next on my list is a book that came to me from the Harlequin book club but a different category then their usual sappy romances. Due for Discard by Sharon St. George.

I’m hoping this turns out better than my last read!

Here’s to adding this book to my “currently reading” shelf!

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I Dew Care! (Review)

Hola! Good morning everyone (or whatever time it is wherever you’re at when you’re reading this!)

Today I’m doing a sheet mask review for a brand called I Dew Care!

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Disclaimer: This isn’t a sponsored review. These masks were a gift from a friend and my opinions are my own. 

This review has been a long time coming, so I apologize for it being up so late. These sheet masks come in a pack and I was going to do a review on what I thought of the entire pack. But, that would be one long ass post and I don’t think any of you would sit through all of that, haha! So instead, I’m reviewing them one by one. 

To start off, I’m gonna tell you a bit about  this specific mask and what it’s supposed to do (keywords being ”supposed to do”..there’s a spoiler for ya if you’re already bored to tears.) So if you don’t wanna sit through the specifics and the ingredients and stuff like that, just feel free to skip to my thoughts on it.

So.. Here we go! 

 

This particular mask is the Un-Wind De-Stressing Mugwort Leaf Mask. It’s said to be made with Eucalyptus Fibers. 

Directions: Step 1. Apply mask to cleansed and toned face.

Step 2. Relax for 10-20 minutes, then remove. 

3. Pat in remaining essence.

Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Fragrance, Madecassoside, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract.

What It’s Supposed To Do: Crafted with Eucalyptus- derived elements and infused with Mugwort Leaf and Madecassoside, this sheet mask reduces the appearance of blemishes and calms stressed and sensitive skin. 

The verdict: I had this mask for the full 20 minutes while I was getting other things done and I’ll be honest.. It… Did absolutely nothing for me. I know it doesn’t claim to do miracles on the skin necessarily but, I may as well have just placed a wet, scented paper towel on my face and called it a day. I have way more luck with Charcoal activated facial wipes. This was just..eh. It didn’t irritate my skin though so, that’s always a plus when it comes to products like these. It does say that it’s meant for sensitive skin so, I’ll give it that. Other than that, this was a solid 1/5. 

Thank you so much for sitting through this review! I know this was kind of a new format from my other beauty/skincare review so let me know if you enjoyed it, or if you prefer it in another more simple format. 

And if you missed my previous post, check it out here!

Adios muchachas! (And muchachos!)

xoxo, Gigi. 

 

(Book Review) What The Flower Says of Death

Hola mis amores! I’m a little late but, as promised, I’m here with a full review on What The Flower Says of Death by Danielle Koste! 

If you haven’t checked out my release day blitz post on this book, please do

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SynopsisViolet Holt has already met Death once. 

After a failed suicide attempt, she finds herself dumped by her callous mother on the doorstep of her family’s desolate oceanside estate. With only the company of her estranged grandmother, comatose grandfather, and the monsters in her head, at least there was no one to interfere with her plans to try again on her eighteenth birthday.

No one, except maybe Jack: a skeleton of a boy who says he’s there to rake her grandmother’s leaves, yet seems more experienced at stalking than grounds-keeping. She knows he’s keeping a secret behind his gentle smiles and aloofness, but it’s difficult for Violet to be put off by his untimely thin-air appearances when figuring out the mystery of his true identity makes for such a good distraction. 

Violet’s trauma is deeper than the wound on her wrist though, and it cannot be simply whisked away in a whirlwind of guessing games and pleasant gestures. She struggles to reconnect with her grandmother, find forgiveness for her mother, and closure with her grandfather’s dire condition, all while battling the strain of it all on her family. Even with a flicker of something hopeful blossoming within herself, Violet knows her birthday plans must be inevitable. 

Death wouldn’t be there for her if it wasn’t.

My thoughts: This was a heavy one. But it also had it’s fluffy and cute parts which were really nice! 

I really enjoyed the complex relationship that Violet had with her mother and her grandmother. I don’t wanna compare this book to Danielle’s last novel, Pulse , because they’re so different in my opinion. But I love how she creates such gritty and.. relatable characters! They’re not perfect but, you still find yourself rooting for them in a way. 

I thought I had all of my feelings about this book gathered but honestly..just read it, haha!.. I will say though that because this book delves into rough topics like suicide, anxiety, depression- things like that. And when I say delves, I mean it nose dives.

Violet was a great female protagonist. At times she was frustrating, but for the most part I really enjoyed her as a character. She stood up for herself and for what she felt was best for her and I respect that. 

Another topic that this book delves into- which I love- is forgiveness. It doesn’t paint forgiveness as this end all be all cure to your problems and what not. But, it just shows that you don’t know what someone’s going through, even if you think you do. Forgiveness isn’t something you automatically owe people who you feel have wronged you. However, I’m a firm believer that forgiveness is healing. It’s not magic, but it’s a start. And I feel like this book handles that topic extremely well! 

Jack. Dear, sweet,lovely, naive, pure, encouraging Jack… He was such a great male protagonist. I loved that while he always tried to make her walk in her mother’s shoes, he never made her feel like her feelings or thoughts weren’t valid. It’s honestly one of the healthiest relationships I’ve ever seen in a YA novel. It wasn’t like a “Oh wow, we met and I’m suddenly fine now!” kinda relationship we tend to see in books that deal with topics like those that are touched upon in this book

In a nutshell, I definitely think you should check out What The Flower Says of Death as soon as possible! I gave it a 4/5 stars on Goodreads, mainly because of the heavy subject matter. At times it was definitely too intense for me. But it was definitely worth the read!

Hope you enjoyed this post! I’ll definitely be back soon, I don’t wanna stay away from here for too long. 

See ya soon!

Xoxo, Gigi .

 

Release Day Blitz: What The Flower Says of Death

Hola mis amores! I come bearing exciting news! 

Today’s a special day because the brand spankin’ new YA release, What The Flower Says of Death by Danielle Koste is officially out today, and I’m gonna tell you all about it!

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*Short synopsis: After a failed suicide attempt, Violet Holt is left in the company of her estranged grandmother and comatose grandfather at their seaside estate in Newport. While biding her time until her rescheduled rendezvous with Death, Violet stumbles across Jack instead. He has his own secrets for why he’s in Newport, and in the process of figuring them out, Violet finds herself reconsidering life.

 

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*Genre(s)/ Themes: paranormal, romance, death and suicide, family and relationships.

 

*Heres a little blurb in case you’re not convinced 😉 ..

Violet Holt has already met Death once.

After a failed suicide attempt, she finds herself dumped by her callous mother on the doorstep of her family’s desolate oceanside estate. With only the company of her estranged grandmother, comatose grandfather, and the monsters in her head, at least there was no one to interfere with her plans to try again on her 18th birthday.

No one, except maybe Jack: a skeleton of a boy who says he’s there to rake her grandmother’s leaves, yet seems more experienced at stalking than grounds-keeping. She knows he’s keeping a secret behind his gentle smiles and aloofness, but it’s difficult for Violet to be put off by his untimely thin-air appearances when figuring out the mystery of his true identity makes for such a good distraction.

Violet’s trauma is deeper than the wound on her wrist though, and it cannot be simply whisked away in a whirlwind of guessing games and pleasant gestures. She struggles to reconnect with her grandmother, find forgiveness for her mother, and closure with her granfather’s dire condition, all while battling the strain of it all on her family. Even with a flicker of something hopeful blossoming within herself, Violet knows her birthday plans must be inevitable.

Death wouldn’t be there for her if it wasn’t. 

 

*Release date: September 25th, 2018.

 

*About The Author: 

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Danielle Koste is a born and raised Canadian, but currently lives with her significant other in the equally snowy and cold Stockholm, Sweden. While working a day job and learning the language of the locals, she spends her free time honing the craft she’s always had a passion for. 

When procrastinating, Danielle likes to enjoys other forms of rich story-telling, besides the obvious abundance of novels filling up her apartment and Kindle, movies, music, and video games are among her favorite time-wasters.

*If you’re interested in WTFSOD or on where to find Danielle, here are some links to help you out!:

*Ebook Preorder Locations:

*Paperback Preorders:

And that’s it, ladies and gentlemen! Hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you do check out What The Flower Says Of Death!(Spoiler: it’s great!)

I’ll be back with a full review on WTFSOD later on today so stay tuned for that! I still need to get my thoughts on it in order. 

Catch you lovely people later!! 

XoXo, Gigi. 

 

 

 

(Upcoming Release) Chips In a Bag by Margaret Kelleher!

Hello everyone! Hope everyone had an awesome weekend and to all the great fathers out there, I sincerely hope you had an equally awesome Father’s Day! 🙂

I’m here to talk to you guys about an upcoming release that I think some of you might enjoy. So, here we go muchachas & muchachos!(.. And unicorns!)

 

Title: Chips In a Bag (Classy Mr Murray)

Publisher: Orla Kelly

Author: Margaret Kelleher

Pages: 326

Genre: Romance, Mystery

Release Date: June 19th 2018

Synopsis: In the shadow of heartbreak, new love blooms under the giant Irish sky.
It’s been decades since the Brandon Lodge was at its peak: the idyllic background for many Irish summers and the romantic seeds its planted. Thirty years ago, this iconic landscape was the backdrop for a chance meeting between Clodagh Kenny and James Murray. It was there that they fell in love–and fell prey to heartbreak.
Years later, the site of the lodge has fallen under new management, and those who once loved it have returned in order to restored it. Now a successful knitwear designer, Clodagh has found herself a solid businesswoman with a lovely daughter whom she has raised as her own. Looking to create a fresh start in the newly developed Brandon Lodge Enterprise Park, Clodagh seeks to plant the seeds of new birth in the land of her past mistakes. Elsewhere, James is busy ascending the corporate ladder, only to find that no matter how far he climbs–he cannot escape the past.
When their new lives become entangled once again–Clodagh and James must reconcile the past if they ever hope to become lucky in love once more.

Here’s also a book trailer for y’all to check out!

And here’s where you can purchase the novel:

Kindle Store

Amazon (paperback & hardcover)

Barnes & Noble/ Nook

Kobo

 

 

Hope you guys check it out if you can. Take care!

XOXO, Gigi. 🙂

 

(Book Review) Eternity’s War by Ruben Stelliswolfe

Hola mis amores! Hello my loves! I’m here with another book review, this time on Eternity’s War by Ruben Stelliswolfe! (Disclaimer: This book was free on Amazon here in the U.S. These opinions are my own.)

Pages: 193

Genre: Sci-Fi

About the author:

”Hey there! I’m Ruben, a writer and coffee addict from Melbourne, Australia, currently staying in Boston. When I’m not writing, I love to surf, binge-watch Netflix, and travel the world with my partner.

I’m a big sci-fi geek, and love all things Marvel and Star Wars. My debut series, Eternity’s War, is a cyberpunk technothriller and Amazon bestseller, and the first of many other series to come. I have plans for many, many books.

In fact, my goal is to write 100. And then 1,000. I have a whole world to build, so why not? 🙂

If you ever want to chat about the geeky ways, feel free to say hey! It’s always great to make new friends and meet new fans.”- via his website

He’s also bi which, YEEEES. 

Synopsis: “The #1 Bestselling Amazon series

When one can live forever, how would you spend your eternity? Who would you save? Who would you kill?

Time is running out for Skye and White Shadow. The newly elected President must be executed before he damages Athenia any further. The inauguration looms, as does a new era of chaos for the already corrupt nation.

Little do they know that Nikolai and Black Dawn have plans of their own for fixing the country: by controlling the President’s every move, doing whatever it takes, and sacrificing whoever necessary, to ensure he comes into power.

But both factions are being monitored by the Tianzu, an all-powerful clan who will stop at nothing to keep the peace, even if that means killing those who stand in their way.

All three have their own vision for a perfect world. But in an eternal war, there can be no victor …

A fast-paced action adventure book reminiscent of X-Men, Game of Thrones, and shounen manga, Eternity’s War is a gripping cyberpunk technothriller featuring vengeful assassins, dark corporations, relentless vigilantes, and government conspiracies. The first book in the series, it explores the human condition and questions our ideals.”

rating: 4/5 stars

My review:

I actually really enjoyed this book! Mainly towards the middle/end. At first the characters weren’t really speaking to me in any way but, slowly I started to get invested in them. Also the imagery in this book is insane! There’s a villain named Nikolai and another one named Night and holy shit.  They’re quite possibly the most unsettling pair of characters I’ve ever read. They’re just exquisitely written, there’s no other way to put it. Nikolai especially had this eerie, calm yet monstrous and calculating vibe to him. He was honestly terrifying.

As for White Shadow, like I said above, at first I wasn’t really invested in them. I guess because plopping  the characters and the action right from the start is kind of a hit or miss for me. For the most part I need a back story of the characters right from the start in order to get invested in a character. Especially in a goal such as killing someone which is obviously really extreme.

The synopsis says ‘it explores the human condition and questions our ideals.’ And I have to say it definitely does. There’s so many differing opinions yet they all have more or less the same goal which I thought was interesting. And even in the political climate that we’re living in right now here in the U.S, herd mentality and free will is an important topic to talk about. Political climate aside, we have people tearing each other apart over simply differing opinions. 

What’s also interesting that while White Shadow go through a tragedy 3 months before the book events take place,and the whole group is fractured because of their own grief and not knowing where to place that grief. Basically to the point where they can no longer function as a group. Yet, they stay together because of that one goal they have in common. And because deep down, they know they have to stick together. This book really makes you think about people’s actions- and your own- and abou t what’s morally correct. And that may not mean the same thing for everyone.

In short, while I haven’t read the whole series yet, I definitely recommend this book if you want some action, if you want to think about the actions of humans and whether or not they fit into your standards of morality, no matter the goal. 

And that’s it y’all! Thank you for sticking around reading my rambles. You’re a champ! 

Till next time! XOXO, Gigi. 

 

Review: Pulse by Danielle Koste

Random Melon Reads

Title Pulse
Author Danielle Koste
Genre Science Fiction, Paranormal
Format Kindle Edition
Page Length 291
Publication Date 01 Jan 2018
Publisher Self Published
Read Date Jun 2018
Recommended Yes
Synopsis
When she’s presented with the chance to work on a top secret project fronted by her idol, renowned virologist Dr. Margot Miller, Rowan signs her life away without second thought. The realization she’s gotten in over her head comes only after the subject of their study is revealed: a boy with a bad attitude and an uninhibited taste for human blood.

He’s a medical anomaly. Having the ability to crush metal with his bare hands and hear a heartbeat from across the room, it would make Rowan’s career if she was the one to discover what made him so unusual.

Easier said than done, with a subject who prefers snapping necks over answering questions.

Likes
– The setting. The first…

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Books I’ve Read in 2018(So far…)

Hola mis amores! Hello my loves! I’m coming at you with all books I’ve read (some I dnf’d but I’m still gonna include them) in 2018.. So far. And I figured it would be nice to compile all my reviews in one post. So.. Buckle up, buttercups!

1. image.jpeg 3/5 stars. I did a review on this book.

 

2.image4/5 stars. Review here

 

3. image.jpeg DNF’d it but I do have a review !

 

 

 

4.

image 4/5 stars. Review here !

 

5.image.jpeg DNF. Review here !

 

6. image 4.5 stars. Review here!

 

7.   image  5/5 stars. Review here!

 

8.  image 1/5 stars. It was spectacularly lackluster so I didn’t have anything to say about it.

 

9.image.jpeg   4/5 stars. Review here!

 

10. image.jpeg 3/5 stars. Review here !

 

11. image 4/5 stars. Review here !

 

12. image 4/5 stars. Review here !

 

13. image 3/5 stars. Review here !

 

14. image 3/5 stars. Review here !

 

15. image 4/5 stars. Review here !

 

16. image.jpeg 3/5 stars. Review here !

 

17. image.jpeg  3/5 stars. Review here !

 

18. image 2/5 stars. Review here !

 

19. image 5/5 stars. Review here !

 

20. image  DNF. Review here !

 

21. image.jpeg DNF. 

 

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 3/5 stars. Review here !

 

23. image 4/5 stars. Full review coming soon!

And that’s all for today! I have 3 or 4 reviews coming within the next few days so be on the lookout for those. 

Adios! Xoxo, Gigi.