DIY Skull Decor

I didn’t realize how long it’s actually been since I posted a DIY until I started scrolling through my blog. I am so excited to share this DIY with you guys. First off, Halloween is my favorite holiday ever and since I’ve moved a million times I haven’t really been able to decorate much or buy much. Secondly, this DIY is so super cheap! I’m talking $4 for the whole thing!

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I bought the skulls from Dollar Tree, they were originally a silver color, but I spray painted them black. I got the plant saucer from Home Depot for .77 and also sprayed it black.

Once everything is dry use a hot glue gun to glue everything in place. You can do them all straight on or have them all facing different ways, whatever works best for you. Additionally you could also drill a hole into the top skull before gluing everything together so you could put a taper candle in the top.

For only $4 you can’t go wrong with this piece. Plus you can make them as tall or as short as you want. I hope you all liked this DIY and I have another more fall themed DIY coming up as well.

Happy haunting!

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Monthly Challenge Wrap-Up

Where is this year going?! I skipped doing an August wrap-up because I was just so busy and to be completely honest I didn’t think I would have time to do a September wrap-up either. It was a great 2 months for reading though and I actually already passed my Goodreads goal! I’m going to combine August and September for this wrap-up.
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Flights of Fantasy Challenge

Goal: 20

Read this month: 8

Total read so far: 30

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New Release Challenge

Goal: 1-30 books

Read this month: 7

Total read so far: 25

2017 Library Love Challenge

Library Love Challenge

Goal: 36 books

Read this month: 5

Total read so far: 21

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2017 Reading Challenge
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Goodreads Challenge

Goal: 52

Read this month: 13

Total read so far: 55

The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer, By Your Side by Kasie West, Invictus by Ryan Graudin, This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, Fallen Heir by Erin Watt, The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa, Fireblood by Elly Blake, Select by Marit Wiesenberg and The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa.

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Body Parts Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway

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I’m super excited to be part of the blog tour for Body Parts by Jessica Kapp and to bring you a guest post from Jessica! Before we jump into what Jessica has to say let me tell you a little about Body Parts.

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Overview:

People would kill for her body.

Raised in an elite foster center off the California coast, sixteen-year-old Tabitha’s been sculpted into a world-class athlete. Her trainers have told her she’ll need to be in top physical condition to be matched with a loving family, even though personal health has taken a backseat outside the training facility. While Tabitha swims laps and shaves seconds off her mile time, hoping to find a permanent home, the rest of the community takes pills produced by pharmaceutical giant PharmPerfect to erase their wrinkles, grow hair, and develop superhuman strength.

When Tabitha’s finally paired, instead of being taken to meet her new parents, she wakes up immobile on a hospital bed. Moments before she’s sliced open, a group of renegade teenagers rescues her, and she learns the real reason for her perfect health: PharmPerfect is using her foster program as a replacement factory for their pill-addicted clients’ failing organs. And her friends from the center, the only family she’s ever known, are next in line to be harvested.

Determined to save them, Tabitha joins forces with her rescuers, led by moody and mysterious Gavin Stiles. As they race to infiltrate the hospital and uncover the rest of PharmPerfect’s secrets, though, Tabitha finds herself with more questions than answers. Will trusting the enigmatic group of rebels lead her back to the slaughterhouse?

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About the Author

Jessica Kapp enjoys writing Young Adult Contemporary and Speculative Fiction. Story ideas often strike at inopportune times, and she’s been known to text herself reminders from under the covers.

She lives on a small farm in Washington with far too many goats and an occasional cow.

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The world of …  (World Building)

I’m going to be straight with you. I am not as good at world building as my CPs. Not even close. But the beauty of having CPs with masterful world-building skills is that I can learn from them (and they can critique the snot out of my story until I get it right).

BODY PARTS is set in a new futuristic world, so I had to consider what, if any, advances we as a society had made. I didn’t want the technology so far fetched that gadgets and gizmos needed an explanation. My story is a thriller with sci-fi elements, not straight sci-fi. Therefore the setting for the fictitious island and city of Gladstone needed to be relatable but still an arm’s length away from society we know today.

To create this world, I focused on PharmPerfect, the company that creates super pills that can bulk up muscle mass and smooth wrinkles. Pills that make the residents look flawless. Or, as Tabitha likes to say, freeze dried. With that in mind, I looked at the citizens as part of the world building. I needed to show the results of the addiction to pills. That included the clean streets they walked down, and the prestigious buildings they worked in. Every element is a reflection of their obsession with perfection.

For the hideout where Gavin and his group of renegades plan their rescue missions, I wanted to create an environment that was the polar opposite of what you’d see if you walked down the streets of Gladstone. Gavin and his team find safety in the basement of a dumpy old barn that smells like mildew and straw. They wash dishes by hand and wear hand-me-down clothes. They eat peanut butter sandwiches if that’s all the food they have in the cupboards.

Even though the two environments are so different, there are pockets of Gladstone that are not tainted by perfection. For instance, the Gladstone beach is just that—a beach. There’s no need to improve the sand and sun. Tabitha is apprehensive to step away from the security of the barn, but I wanted her to see a place that had not be touched by PharmPerfect or the citizens who lived in Gladstone. The beach is an important element in that it helped reiterate there is beauty in the world that is not manmade.Giveaway Jessica Kapp BODY PARTS (1).jpg

And now for the giveaway! You can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card so you can grab your own copy of Body Parts!
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Book Review & Giveaway – Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros

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Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. Cue world’s tiniest violin. But when strange things start happening—waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight— Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.

Even stranger, the girl he’s falling for has a burner phone just like his. Finding out what’s really happening only leads to more questions…questions that could get them both killed. It’s not like someone’s kidnapping teens lost in the system and brainwashing them to be assassins or anything, right? And what happens to rogue assets who defy control?

In a race against the clock, they’ll have to uncover the truth behind Project Pandora and take it down—before they’re reactivated. Good thing the program spent millions training them to kick ass…

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Review: Project Pandora follows 4 characters and is extremely fast paced. I really got attached to one of the characters and loved everything about him through out the book. The story is told through case notes and status reports which really lets you delve into the characters backgrounds and history and helps pull everything together.

The ending of the book left me pretty upset and clamoring for the next book to see what happens. As a debut novel from Aden Polydoros it absolutely captured my interest and I can’t wait to see the progression in the next story and Aden’s writing.

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About the Author:

Aden Polydoros

Aden Polydoros grew up in Long Grove, Illinois, the youngest of three children. Aden’s

family moved to Arizona when he was in second grade. As a kid, he spent much of his time exploring the desert near his home. When he wasn’t searching for snakes and lizards, he was raiding the bookshelves of the local library. As a teenager, Aden decided that he wanted to be a writer. He spent his free time writing short stories. He was

encouraged by his English teacher to try his hand at writing a novel, which inspired him to begin PROJECT PANDORA. The YA thriller is set for publication with Entangled Publishing in Summer of 2017. He is represented by Mallory Brown of Triada US.

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Now for the giveaway! You can enter to win a Project Pandora Prize Pack or a $10 Amazon Giftcard. Enter through the rafflecopter link below.

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Book Review – The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer

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I had the pleasure of receiving an arc of The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer which was just released on August 7. Check out the synopsis below.

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Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.

But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.

Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.

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Review: This book was a great quick read and I really enjoyed all the aspects of it. I’m a sucker for witty banter and Jonas and Cora fully delivered. The will they, won’t they that played out was very enjoyable.  Cora is a take care of herself kind of girl which I fully relate to and really helped me connect to her as I feel like most YA books these days have ditzy main characters.

The curse itself and the world were so interesting to me and I really enjoyed learning about the curse slowly and all the different facets to it. There are a couple of twists in the book and I will say that I saw one of them coming for most of the book, but didn’t expect the other.

I’m excited to see what more we learn about the curse in the next book and where the story for our characters goes. Jonas, Cora, Beth and Leo are a lovable squad that you’ll be rooting for.

 

About the Author: Kat Colmer

 

Kat Colmer is a Sydney-based Young and New Adult author who writes coming-of-age stories with humor and heart. The recipient of several writing awards, she has won the Romance Writers of Australia First Kiss contest, as well as the Romance Writers of America On the Far Side contest for her debut Young Adult Paranormal Romance.

 

 

 

 

 

Kat has a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and loves working with teens and young adults. When not writing, teaching, or reading the latest in YA fiction, Kat spends time with her husband and two children.

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and look out for more book reviews coming soon!

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Monthly Challenge Wrap-Up

I can’t believe it is already August! This year is seriously flying by and to be honest I am already dreaming of fall (my favorite season) July wasn’t my best month for reading, but I’m still ahead of my goal so I’m not stressing about it. I am so excited to let you guys know that I will now be hosting book reviews on my blog, keep an eye out later this week for my first one!
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Flights of Fantasy Challenge

Goal: 20

Read this month: 2

Total read so far: 22

Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros, and Lifeblood by Gena Showalter

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New Release Challenge

Goal: 1-30 books

Read this month: 3

Total read so far: 18

Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros released August 1, Lifeblood by Gena Showalter released February 28, Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker released August 8

2017 Library Love Challenge

Library Love Challenge

Goal: 36 books

Read this month: 1

Total read so far: 16

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter

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Goodreads Challenge

Goal: 52

Read this month: 5

Total read so far: 42

Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros, Lifeblood by Gena Showalter, Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker, This is War by Kennedy Fox, and This is Love by Kennedy Fox.

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Monthly Challenge Wrap-Up

June was an amazing month of reading for me! I felt totally reinvigorated to continue towards all the goals I made for the year and really make up for my lack of reading the past couple of months. I don’t expect July to be as good as June, but wow what a great way to kick off the second half of the year!
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Flights of Fantasy Challenge

Goal: 20

Read this month: 5

Total read so far: 20

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Nyxia by Scott Reintgen and Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller.

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New Release Challenge

Goal: 1-30 books

Read this month: 5

Total read so far: 15

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han released May 2, 2017, When It’s Real by Erin Watt released May 30, 2017, Nyxia By Scott Reintgen comes out September 12, 2017, Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller released June 19, 2017 and Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza coming out July 11, 2017.

2017 Library Love Challenge

Library Love Challenge

Goal: 36 books

Read this month: 3

Total read so far: 15

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and P.S. I Like You by Kasie West.

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