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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Book to Big Screen Review * The 5th Wave

If you guys remember my Books to Big Screen 2016 post you know that I was hoping to read all the books before I saw the movie. Well The 5th Wave came out yesterday and we went to go see it after work.

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I had finished the book a couple weeks prior so I was really excited to see how it translated over to the big screen. It seemed like a lot of the people in the theatre had read the book also as they were very excited when certain things happened in the movie.

I really liked the way they began the movie explaining all the waves and showing what happened. Small things were left out, but I didn’t think they were crucial to the story so I let it go. Also some things changed, but again not a huge deal for the beginning of the movie. What really bothered me is that they didn’t really delve into the characters so you never really felt connected to them. I understand for time purposes that they can’t go into detail as much as the book, but I felt like so much of the relationship between Cassie and Evan was left out and really if you hadn’t read the book you wouldn’t understand how close they really became. The movie made it seem like Cassie was at Evan’s house for 2 days. Another relationship that wasn’t really explored in the movie was between Zombie (Ben) and Ringer.

Another thing that was completely left out of the movie that I felt like was a very important part of the books was how the Others used a green orb to decimate an area and basically erase it off the map. This was never mentioned once in the movie, while in the book they use it on the camp Cassie was staying at and then it’s used to destroy the base where the Others have been training the kids for the 5th wave.

Also Zombie tied up Nugget (Sammy) so that he couldn’t go on the mission because he was afraid he would die, but in the book it is decided that he is too young to join them on the mission and would be moved to a different squad to train for a couple more years. I understand they did this in the movie to show how much Zombie cared for Nugget since that relationship also wasn’t fully shown in the movie, but for someone who didn’t read the books it seems ridiculous because it seems like Nugget and Teacup are around the same age and it just doesn’t make sense. Matt actually said to me after the movie that he thought it was messed up that he would only try to save Nugget and didn’t care about Teacup.

All in all the movie was a good movie, but a lot was changed or left out from the book. I always say this after seeing a movie that has been adapted from a book, but do yourself a favor and read the book first, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re someone who simply doesn’t care about reading a book before the movie (or ever) then I would definitely say that you could see this movie and fully enjoy it.

Influenster’s RoseVoxBox – Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

Today I wanted to show you guys how I used my free mascara I got in my RoseVoxBox from Influenster. Usually I use quite a few different mascara’s to achieve the look I want and always spend a lot of time trying to separate my lashes at the end. I know some people love the clumpy look, but I just prefer the separated lash look and LET ME TELL YOU this mascara totally does this! The mascara and brush are quite large and I actually think that’s one of the reasons I feel like it does such a great job of separating my lashes. I’ve used another large brush before as well and I always love the outcome. Don’t let the large bottle and brush scare you away from trying it! Paired with some dark winged liner this mascara really does open up your eyes and give you that retro glam feel. Now I will be honest and say that I don’t usually wear makeup unless we are going out somewhere for the evening, but I wore it out yesterday to just hang out with a friend and really didn’t feel like it was too over the top for the day. This mascara hits shelves this month so be on the lookout for it and let me know what you think of it!

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I received Rimmel’s Retro Glam Mascara free in my RoseVoxBox from Influenster, all opinions voiced are my own.

 

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Influenster’s Rose VoxBox

I was one of the lucky people chosen to receive Influenster’s Rose VoxBox. Influenster is a company that sends out different products for free and in return you complete tasks promoting the products, the more tasks you do the more likely you are to get picked for another box or product. I have been lucky enough to receive a couple different products and boxes to test out and I have to say that I LOVE Influenster. It is completely free to sign up and to participate, you do however have to be invited to join so leave an email and I will gladly send you an invite! Now lets get to unboxing this bad boy!

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1. Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffles $3.99

 

Smooth, Melting, Luscious. When you break the shell of a LINDOR truffle, the irresistible smooth filling starts to melt and so will you. Available in 10 smooth, melting flavors. I love Lindt chocolate and every time I go to the outlets I always check to see if the bars are on sale because the toffee crunch is my absolute favorite. So much so that last time I bought and ate 5 bars!

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2. Dr. Scholl’s For Her Cozy Cushion $12.49

Dr. Scholl’s For Her Cozy Cushions help keep feet warm and dry while providing all-day comfort. Their multi-layer design helps insulate the foot while two plush layers provide extra cushioning. Cozy Cushions help keep feet dry by absorbing perspiration and offer superior support on hard surfaces. I so wish I got these a couple days earlier so I could of put them in my boots I wore on Halloween, but I know that I will get a lot of use out of these since I live in boots all winter.

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3. Vitabath Hydrating Lotion $7.99

Moisturize your skin with lotion formulated with Aloe Vera, Safflower and Olive Oils for silky soft skin. This Hydrating lotion enriches skin with luxurious moisture and a delicate scent. Free from propylene glycol, phtalates, mineral oil, and synthetic color. Right about this time my skin starts to get super dry, I was hoping this year wouldn’t be as bad as years past since I am drinking a gallon of water a day but it seems that it has already started. As much as I love bath and body works and their lotions sometimes I think that it doesn’t actually quench my skin as well as it could so I am excited to try this and see if it helps my dry skin and the extreme itching I experience.

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4. belVita crunchy Breakfast Biscuits $3.69

belVita crunchy Breakfast Biscuits are made with delicious ingredients and carefully baked to release steady energy that lasts all morning. They’re a good source of fiber and B-vitamins, contain no high fructose corn syrup, have 18-20 grm=ams of whole grain per serving and taste great – perfect for on-the-go. I remember when these first came out I was dying to try them and for some reason I just never did. Even though we are starting a 6 week nutrition challenge at our house and eating 90% clean, I will be giving these a try tomorrow on my drive into work!

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5. Kiss Gradiation Polishes $6.99

Give yourself a trendy gradiation manicure in no time with Kiss Gradiation Polishes. Quick and easy to apply in three easy steps, you will end up with a mani filled with glitter and shine in no time! Available at Walgreens. I will admit that I probably won’t be using this. Aside from going to get my nails done at a salon lately I have a HUGE nail polish collection and I just don’t see myself using these colors when I have so many others that I like more. Who knows though, I may get the urge and try these out one day when I don’t feel like going and getting a mani.

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6. Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara $5.99

The 60s are back in full swing with a thicker, fuller, wide-eyed look! Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara brings you a bold, wide-eyed look, fanned out volume, and no clumps for lashes that are up, out, and over the top! I love Rimmel products and actually used one of their other mascara’s for quite a while until I changed over to Benefit’s They’re Real mascara. I love layering mascaras and trying out new ones so I am super excited to see how well this mascara works, layered and alone!

 

So run, don’t walk, over to Influenster now and sign up to qualify to test awesome products for FREE!

 

 

 

 

Review – Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip

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I was sent a sample of Pantene Pro-V’s new Silky Moisture Whip by the website Vocalpoint to test out and give my feedback. I will admit that I got the sample and tossed it to the side because typically I don’t like to use products on my hair. I’m one of those girls that is constantly buying all the new products and then never using them (that’s a whole ‘nother story about my shopping addiction!) But with this insanely cold weather we have been having I noticed that my hair was getting a little static-y which means like everything else around here it was dry. I figured it couldn’t hurt to try the moisture whip and gave it a try.

The Silky Moisture Whip comes out like a mousse, but it much thicker which had me nervous that it was going to leave my hair feeling weighed down with product or greasy like some other products I’ve tried. I flipped my head upside down and worked it into my hair from the ends up and then blow dried and styled my hair as usual. I really loved the scent of the product that it left in my hair and I could see a noticeable difference in my hairs shine. That night I had someone comment on how great my hair looked and that I must of just gotten it cut and styled. That’s the kind of thing I like! I used the product on my hair a second time because I know sometimes a product can be great the first time and then start to buildup in your hair and cause serious problems, but it looked just as great and it really does make my hair feel more moisturized. I continued to get compliments on my hair at work throughout the week so I definitely think I will be buying this to use all the time.

The only drawback I noticed when using this product was that when spraying it out it comes out pretty quickly and you have to make sure you do a quick, short burst otherwise you will be wasting a lot of product!

bk-3You can join Vocalpoint and sign up to receive great offers like this as well many others, they constantly have great offers on their page.