Blog Posts by Cmetalangel249

  • Twilight Fans, This One's For You.

    I never liked Twilight, but every girl old enough to know who Robert Pattinson is was off-her-rocker crazy about Twilight. And so, I needed to find something just as addictive and supernatural so that I could be that crazy, too. Crazy loves company. I discovered The Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong.

    In Bitten, you get to know Elena, the world's only surviving female werewolf. Werewolves and the like are still kept under wraps, but those who are supernatural are aware that there is only one Pack.Elena belongs, somewhat, to that pack. The problem is that the Alpha's adopted son Clayton loves Elena. They dated before Elena knew Clayton was a werewolf, before she herself WAS a werewolf, and loved him. But loving humans isn't for the pack. At least, not in the white picket, 2.5 kids, and dog named Spot way. Desperate to keep Elena with him after being told to leave her, Clayton bites her and she becomes a werewolf. Internal struggles ensue as The Pack enlists Elena's help in

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  • Must Read Book List

    I've decided to write a list instead of reviews. I sat down, fully intending to choose only one title to write about but it really came down to picking a puppy out of the pound. All the titles started bounding against the cage, barking gleefully, their brown eyes begging to be taken home. Much the same here...

    So this week in lists, which I ADORE, by the way (I'm a bit OCD) are the following:

    Califia's Daughters by Leigh Richards: In this engaging read, the worlds population of men has been decimated. Amazonian women, clustered in tribes scattered throughout the lands, guard their men and their land and struggle to get by. Their struggle for life and repopulation becomes even more difficult when news of a fierce leader named "Queen Bess" reaches their tiny village. No spoilers here, but if you enjoy a bit of a 'historical' novel peppered with 'what-if's' and action, you'll love this book. I know I did.

    Embrace Me by Lisa Samson: A heartfelt novel about fallible humans and their

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  • Shine Book Club

    I thought I'd get a head start on this review since I'll be in school for the better part of the week.

    If you're looking for a light, whimsical read with feel good characters and warm fuzzies...look elsewhere. This isn't it. Giraffe by J. M. Ledgard isn't a book you peruse hastily, only to toss it back on the shelf to gather dust. Giraffe will leave you with unanswered questions and a burning desire for the answers.

    Without giving away too much, Giraffe is about...well, giraffes. The largest captive herd in a
    Czechoslovakian zoo around the mid-seventies to be exact. The plot revolves around their slaughter and subsequent dismemberment, and the fact that to this day, no clear reason was given for their demise.

    The chapters are narrated by different characters. Some are enamored of the docile giants, others are in awe of the science behind their stature. Regardless of the speaker, the voice tells the same story; one of heartbreak and anguish at the loss of these gentle doe-eyed

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  • Shine Beauty Panel

    "The taste of her Cherry Chapstick…"
    You know what I'm talking about. Maybe you haven't kissed a girl, but I bet you have tasted the sweetness that is Chapstick's Cherry goodness. Not only does it soothe and calm chapped lips, but it also comes with a myriad of unknown tricks up it's jaunty plastic sleeve.
    If you're like me, you try to be good to your skin. No harsh soaps, no drying agents…but sometimes your skin just isn't that into you. Or your feelings. No matter how nice I am, I get minute flaky patches peppered all over my face. Exfoliating will only make the problem worse, and if I use moisturizer one of two things can happen: my VERY sensitive skin will erupt in itchy red blotches or someone will have to call the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the oil spill across my cheeks.
    The answer: using your finger, swipe a bit of Chapstick across the offending patches, repeating as needed. It's gentle enough that it doesn't cause me to break out and within the next day or

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