Rush

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This happens to be a trilogy, but where each book focuses one of the three best guys friends. (Which kind of bums me out i’d love some more Gabe/Mia action).

Now my brief star rating: I’d like to give it like a 4/5 just because it wasn’t dying to see what happened next sadly until like 75% of the way through it.

The story focuses on Mia who was raised by her older very protective brother Jace. Mia happens to secretly admire one of his best friends Gabe. (Dun, dun, dun) The forbidden romance plot.

I actually was quite excited for this story as I’ve heard good things about Maya Banks. I did enjoy the story too, but I have some problems.

Gabe is a total alpha male, which I normally love reading, but he’s a really a total ass. The dude makes her sign a contract right away where he owns her which made me hesitant. I was able to get passed the contract with the mini backstory, but he constantly went all harsh on her, not explaining things to her (she never said no so it wasn’t forced but idk repetitive i guess).

than the dude instead of growing a backbone towards his ex wife he lets mia get hurt by another man. I pretty lost some respect for this man at this point.

He does redeem himself though in the end and I found myself wanting more of the good Gabe and Mia. It sadly ended so fast after he finally stopped being stupid.

In the end, it was a book I enjoyed and I’m quite interested in a Jace/Ash attack so I will buying the next book to read.

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Fushigi Yuugi Review

Today I’m reviewing Fushigi Yugi by Yuu Watase, an 18 volume manga series.

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My short simple review:

This story involves Miaka and Yui, two best friends who get sucked into a book. Pretty much every readers dream, right? Once thrown into the book though, they become enemies and have to gather their own warriors to help return home and fix their lives. Along the way Miaka grows with her warriors and learns love. It’s truly an adventure for all! I loved this story, it was the perfect balance of action, romance, and comedy.

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My longer mostly likely containing some spoilers review including all my favorites from my bullet journal!:

This happened to be one of those stories where when I had to do things like adulting (ugh who needs to pay bills and feed kids >.< ) that whenever I let myself start daydreaming the story was there. Replaying my favorite parts, wondering what was going to happen next. Even now after finishing it this morning while driving I was wishing Taka’s and Miakas story wasn’t done. Yuu Watase did a great job creating each character and story. I feel like creating seven different warriors on top of Miaka plus Yui and her warriors would of been a difficult task to have them all such unique traits that all combine perfectly, but she managed it just fine 🙂 Now I’m not a huge fan of reviewing by breaking down all the major plot events because who wants to read it than? I do want to share some of my favorite things though from my bullet journal below.

 

Favorite Character~ Ugh, it’s so hard to chose xD I have to say that tamahome and hotohori have my heart though. Tamahome is pretty much the perfect guy, but I mean that scene where hotohori fights tamahome almost to the death for his love of Miaka swoon. Nuriko is also quite high on the list though, he was such a beautiful woman=p

Least Favorite Character~ This is a huge toughie just because even the bad guys are needed right, but I disliked Yui the most. (I know that’s probably not what other readers of fushigi yugi say). The girl was just annoying to me the most though for some reason like that weird crying scene right near the end of the series. Though Miakas constant running away after promising not too, did make me want to slap the girl sometimes.

Favorite Quote~ I actually loved a lot of the lines from this manga and I wanted to read them so much it was hard to stop and write down my favorites. They were usually 99% of the time during intense scenes. My favorite though, taka delivers perfectly at the end. “Don’t ever forget that with each step a person is able to take on their own they have become that much stronger.”

Favorite book of the series~ Volume 14, it has the mini finale where we all think everything is going to be perfect and miaka and tamahome are finally able to love in peace. ha! jk we get to keep them for another four books before ending=p

Mario Birthday Party

This weekend was my daughters 5th birthday (seriously having to hold in the tears when i think about it!). She loves mario, so much and even though power rangers came in a close second she decided on a mario party. Now mario isn’t exactly the popular birthday theme currently so I had to do some research. This means I went onto pinterest (seriously my favorite place ever!)

Pinterest had lots of neat ideas for inspiration not that I doubted it =p. I decided though since it was a party of littles that the attention span probably would be best limited to a few easy games. The first being Pin the Star for mario, which I actually ordered off amazon. My only problem with it only had 8 stars, but I had some yellow board paper from her pinata so i just cut one out and traced it. They almost all hit the center so either I had a bunch of cheaters or we didn’t spin them enough xD

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019XF27MQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

My next inspiration was her pinata. Pinterest had a few links where you could purchase these from overseas I believe it was? Well being the last minute shopper that I am, I didn’t have time nor did I want to pay the price for kids to beat it up within a minute. So I saw a pin where someone had made one themselves and went with the idea. Her link below with the instructions I think my only real tweak was I used yellow board paper from the dollar tree as it was cheaper and just taped the construction paper onto the box in like 4 or 5 layers.

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https://joyfulwhimsey.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/mario-party-question-mark-box-pinata-tutorial/

Now my third one (Stomp the Goombas) I saw a few pins but never actually saw one with instructions. It was always a link to purchase them but were out of stock (seriously guys it was a easy one don’t do it). I just looked at a picture and winged it. You’ll need paper plates, balloons, and either can print off the goombas faces like I did or draw them on if you have art skills which I do not. All I did was cut the paper plate in half taped them back together at an angle creating “feet”, blew up the balloon but definitely don’t be afraid to make them big! Mine were so hard to pop seriously most of the kids could lay on them without popping xD than I taped/glued on the faces.

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Now below are some of the decorations which is all easily found on pinterest or amazon for your viewing pleasures. I don’t think they need descriptions. My husband did do a great job on the ghosts in our hallway but I didn’t get a good picture because I suck. Also completely missed pictures of hanging decorations also on amazon pretty standard stuff:p

 

Wishful Drinking

This book was such a quick read! It also happened to be my first ever celebrity read, I’ve always just kinda avoided them in the past for some reason. I loved Carrie Fisher though and picked this one up and let me tell you all her other books are going in my thrift books shopping cart. (Remind me to make a post about that amazing website).

Anyways this was one of her last books she wrote and it touches on her shock therapy like whoa props mama! Her drug and alcohol problems and her life all together, but it was so real and not heavily depressing as she talked about. This woman was so strong i sometimes don’t think she realized how strong, but man the world lost an amazing woman when she passed away. So please go get this book it literally didn’t even take me three hours to finish it, but I’m a fast reader 😉

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Caraval Review!

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This book right here…OMG seriously phenomenal, my new current favorite! This adventure you will take on this book from the start grips you so hard. There is not a moment I was bored in this book, at all! Scarlett is the strong loving older sister that everyone raves for, Tella the whimsical younger troublemaker , and Julian the strong sailor who strangely knows more than an typical sailor. Together Legend crafts the perfect show for these three after all he’s the greatest magician alive.

 

Beware! Spoilers!

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It was a nonstop magical adventure. The moment scarlett arrives on the isle for the caraval I wanted to be right beside her. Scarlett has to win the game to save her sister, but it doesn’t feel like a competition between the other players. Actually, besides Dante you don’t really even notice the other besides briefly at the beginning. It was more of a tale of Scarlett learning to take risks and break away from her old mind warped by her fathers control.

Julian…o Julian her partner for the game and I’d say savior but I think Scarlett saved him more=p I jumped for joy when they finally stop ignoring their feelings for each other. I’m a romantic so I was just like come on already! Julian wasn’t even supposed to stay with Scarlett which shows even if he does some shady stuff, I wondered for a minute if I was going to have to hate him that he cared for her.

The twist at the end too, was not what I was expecting. I had a few theories, but was pleasantly surprised to know Tella had it all planned for the most part. She put her own life on the line to escape her father. Can i say though how disappointed I was that that dreadful man didn’t die. Seriously I was about to freak out if Tella hadn’t survived but he did.