“Look up here, I’m in heaven.”

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In the spring of 1962, on an idle afternoon, a fifteen year old David Robert Jones was about to learn that his life was about to change in ways he had never thought possible. His only fault at that time was to have fallen for a girl that another bloke, a certain George Underwood had already set his eyes upon.

To try to impress this said girl, the two blokes decided to partake in a fist fight. The winner would win a date. Hit by the ring on George’s finger, David’s left eye will never be the same again. No matter how many numerous operations he will succumb to years later, his peripheral vision is lost, and his pupil will perpetually remain dilated. That day, the young David knew that his physical appearance was destined to continuously change thereafter.

Embodying various personas, and deciding to change his surname from Jones, to Bowie, after Jim Bowie, (notorious for the being in the battle of Fort Alamo and having a knife named after him), David soon put on the guise of David Bowie. Being a true chameleon he was never one to remain static. His transformations over the years have reflected various eras of his musical journey and emotional growth.

Like the young David, who knew that his physical appearance would be fated to modify with each new identity, in the summer of my sixth year of life, I knew that something in me had changed when I came across this enigmatic and beautiful man in Labyrinth. It changed my perception of men, and what it meant to be innovative and a misfit. An outsider who wrote songs for the outsiders, he gave a sense of belonging of anyone who ever felt misunderstood.

He and I shared a birthday, and not only that, we were both born on a Thursday, so I’ve always felt oddly linked to him. His music transcended time and space, and throughout my life and travels his songs were always there for me as a sense of comfort. Maybe this tribute isn’t worthy of his grandeur, nor does it do justice to the importance his influence upon me as a person. But when I heard of his passing, my heart cracked in two and I fell asleep to a pillow soaked with tears.

R.I.P. David Bowie, I know that you’ll be looking down on us from your spot on Mars, and we will be looking up at the stars hoping to have a glimpse of our favourite Starman.

Life On Mars?

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Prettiest Star

Thursday’s Child

Without You I’m Nothing with Placebo

The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

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My Life in Books in 2015

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Rating System: 5= the best 1= the worst

  1. The Blood Vivicanti Part I Mary Paige – Becket This was a new genre of vampires, where they had stingers on their tongue. 4 out of 5.
  2. The Blood Vivicanti Part II Wyn – Becket This was a sequel to the first book, and you got to know some of the characters better. 4 out of 5.
  3. The Blood Vivicanti Part III Theo – Becket Theo was my fave character in this series, so getting to know him better was a pleasure. 4 out of 5.
  4. The Blood Vivicanti Part IV The Origin Blood – Becket I didn’t enjoy this part as much as the others. Actually I think it’s around this time that the series started to go downhill for me. 3 out of 5.
  5. The Blood Vivicanti Part V Lowen The Dark Man – Becket This is when the series started to get really sci-fi and I’m not a fan of that genre, really so I didn’t like it as much. 2 out of 5.
  6. The Blood Vivicanti Part VI The Locomotive Deadyards – Becket Despite this book being really short, it was just painful for me to get through. It went from sci-fi to steampunk and left me wondering WTF?! 1 out of 5.
  7. Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn Camille Preaker, former cutter and now Chicago newspaper journalist goes back to her hometown to try to shed some light into the disappearance of a little girl. Highly twisted story, although I figured out who the killer was. 4 out of 5.
  8. Dark Places – Gillian Flynn A girl gets back in touch with her brother who had been accused of killing her mother and sisters after she encounters a group of people who think that he’s innocent. Very fast-paced. 4 out of 5.
  9. Pure Evil – Jesse Bastide Devon begins hearing the voice of an evil spirit, and chaos ensues. The story was told in a very Stephen King kind of way, but didn’t have an impactful ending. 3 out of 5.
  10. Evangeline – E.A. Gottschalk I really enjoyed this book about a girl with multiple personalities who seeks revenge on the men who have done her wrong. Extremely violent, but hilarious at times (I mean that in a good way!). 4 out of 5.
  11. Il Peccatore – Germano Dalcielo A monk finds a manuscript of an apostle that’s been hidden for 2,000 years. What’s written in this manuscript could radically change the image of Jesus and the power of the Catholic church. The author has a disclaimer that says if you’re Catholic not to read this book as you may be offended. I’m Catholic, but didn’t find the book offensive, but rather original and ballsy. Good job. 4 out of 5.
  12. 13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher A girl committs suicide and leaves behind audio tapes of reasons why she did what she did. It felt like the author read a manual about suicide and then made sure to put every tell-tale sign as a reason for his protagonist to kill herself. A bit dramatic and unrealistic at times. 3 out of 5.
  13. My Takeaway Vampire – Derek Haines A teen befriends Agatha, an ancient vampire at a fast food joint and his life takes a whole new twist. Entertaining. 3 out of 5.
  14. Supernova – Isabella Santacroce A heartbreaking story about Dorothy and her two friends that become teen prostitutes in Milan for a rich lady. Beautifully written, Dorothy’s realization of the adult world will break your heart. Must read. 5 out of 5.
  15. Sogno di Volare – Carlo Lucarelli This was part of the series of Almost Blue trilogy. Grazia Negro is back, and this time she’s got a new case dealing with a new serial killer who’s more violent and angrier than the ones she had in the past. Gripping. 5 out of 5.
  16. Girl On The Train – Paul Hawkins A recently divorced woman taking the train into London every day daydreams about the perfect couple she sees on their porch every morning. But then the woman goes missing and she becomes obsessed with finding out the reason behind it. Usually I don’t read bestsellers cause the more someone hypes up a book, the more I usually don’t like it. But this is the exception to my rule. This book deserved all the hype it got and more. One of my absolute favourite books of the year. 5 out of 5.
  17. The Doll – J.C. Martin The Island of the Dolls is a strange and eerie tourist attraction in Mexico. When a mother and daughter return from their trip, strange things begin to happen. Is a ghost involved? I absolutely loved this story. Then again, one of my favourite horror movies is Dolls and Child’s Play. 5 out of 5.
  18. Under Your Skin – Sabine Durrant I got this book thinking it would be a fast-paced thriller as Girl On The Train. Boy was a I wrong! The protagonist was a total twat, and a lot of the book was spent having her do everyday boring things. The twist at the end wasn’t even worth the boredom I had to survive through to get to the end. 1 out of 5.
  19. Wreckage – Emily Bleeker Lillian is a liar. On the surface she looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash, but the truth of what really happened on that island haunts her everyday life. A compelling read but weak ending. 4 out of 5.
  20. Horns – Joe Hill Ig Perrish wakes up one morning with one hell of a hangover and discovers to have grown horns on his head. These horns makes people become explicitly blunt and truthful, as he tries to figure out who truly raped and killed his girlfriend, despite the whole town thinking he’s the culprit. A truly wicked ride. Must-read. 5 out of 5.
  21. Asylum – Madeleine Roux Chronicles the summer of a teen who stays in a dorm that used to be an Asylum. Of course strange incidents and mysterious deaths ensue. Creepy but could’ve been better. 3 out of 5.
  22. Butterface – Gwen Hayes Beth has a facial deformity that makes her think that no man could love her. So when the most popular boy in school falls for her, she does everything to resist him. Cute short read. 3 out of 5.
  23. Girl Over The Edge – Amy Kinzer Another story about slut shaming that leads to suicidal tendencies. An enjoyable, yet turbulent ride. 4 out of 5.
  24. Sacrificed: The Last Oracle – Emily Wibberely Clio tries to avenge the death of her sister, as she tries to come to terms with her new powers as an oracle. Action packed, although for being a historical novel there’s very little about history about ancient civilizations. 3 out of 5.
  25. Sanctum – Madeleine Roux Sequel to Asylum sees Dan, Abby, and Jordan return to Brookline Asylum. Again, strange things begin to happen as the three of them try to solve the new mystery surrounding the asylum. 3 out of 5.
  26. The Truth About Alice – Jennifer Mathieu Another teen book about slut shaming told in alternating points of views. Entertaining, and eye-opening as to how it’s so easy for a girl’s reputation to go downhill when she pisses off the wrong people in high school. 4 out of 5.
  27. The Scarlets – Madeleine Roux This was a book about a group discussed in Sanctum, The Scarlets, a secret society that brainwashed students to commit hideous crimes. This book had potential to be so much more if the author had actually focused on the cult rather than focus on the character’s issues with his sexuality. 2 out of 5.
  28. Weird War One – Mat Devine Leadsinger of Kill Hannah gives advice about love, self-esteem, friends, and work. Hilarious and inspirational at times. 5 out of 5.
  29. Twisted Wing – Ruth Newman Cambridge is home to 18,000 students, 1,500 academics – and one serial killer. Forensic psychiatrist Matthew Denison is sure that his traumatised patient, student Olivia Coscadden, has the killer’s identity locked up in her memory. That within the little clique she belonged to lurks someone with a grudge. Compelling, very fast-paced, and at times gives you the feeling that you’re truly experiencing the Cambridge student life. Although I figured out who the killer was before the grand reveal, I’m sure most readers will be surprised by the ending. 5 out of 5.
  30. The Giver – Lois Lowry This was a book my dad had bought me to read when I was 12. I never read it until now because I was convinced that the book wasn’t really for me. And I was right. Maybe futuristic societies that have a slight evil edge to them really isn’t my thing. Either way, I’m not compelled to read the sequels. 2 out of 5.
  31. The Good Girl – Mary Kubica Mia gets kidnapped and slowly begins to fall in love with her kidnapper. Classic Stockholm Syndrome. This book was painful to get through. A real drag. Many people seemed to have written awesome reviews for it, but it just didn’t work for me AT ALL. ½ star out of 5.
  32. The Silent Wife – A. S. A. Harrison Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. Told in alternating voices, this book will leave you rooting for the killer, because in such a twisted novel, sometimes the bad guy, is actually the good guy. 5 out of 5.
  33. Prince Lestat – Anne Rice Lestat is back! After almost a decade of not seeing the Brat Prince, it was refreshing to see him back in a new adventure. Too bad that this book focused more on the ten thousand other bloodsuckers around the world than focus on Lestat himself. Kudos for the most uninteresting vampires to finally be killed off. 3 out of 5.
  34. Go Ask Alice – Anonymous This book was toted as a true diary of an addict teen in the ’70’s. Finding parts of it unrealistic, I did some research and discovered that the author of the book was an older Mormon woman who made stuff up to scare teens away from drugs. Not sure if she accomplished that. 3 out of 5.
  35. Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls – Lynn Weingarten Gone Girl meets 13 Reasons Why in this stylish, sexy, and atmospheric story about friendship packed with twists and turns that will leave you breathless. This story was INSANE in the best way possible. 5 out of 5.
  36. Werewolf – Ed & Lorraine Warren A British man is convinced of being a werewolf, and soon the two demonologists discover that he’s been possessed by the spirit of a wolf. Interesting but doubtful. 3 out of 5.
  37. An Abundance of Katherines – John Green Colin is obsessed with dating girls exclusively named Katherine, and they all end up dumping him. Nineteen times to be exact. So his bestfriend suggests a roadtrip where they learn more about themselves and love than they thought they would. A hilarious and heart-felt read. 4 out of 5.
  38. We Are Water – Wally Lamb Wally Lamb is one of those authors that excels in writing compelling family dramas. Beautifully written and utterly heart-breaking. Must-read. 5 out of 5.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or if you can suggest me some books for 2016!

Happy New Year, darklings. Let’s make it an awesome one.


DOLL PARTS Giveaway!!

To kick off the launch of Doll Parts : Tales of Twisted Love there’s going to be a giveaway that will run from December 8-January 8! One winner will win a $15 Amazon Giftcard! This is an international giveaway, so don’t hesitate to participate!

CLICK HERE FOR GIVEAWAY


“DOLL PARTS: Tales of Twisted Love” Goes on Tour & Inspiration behind the book

Forgive me for my four months of silence, but I’ve been busy reading, writing, & living. On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, I’ll be releasing a collection of short stories entitled, “DOLL PARTS: Tales of Twisted Love.”

Each short story was inspired by various song titles. Below are the songs and the story they inspired:

APARTMENT STORY – THE NATIONAL

SCARED OF GIRLS – PLACEBO

POST ORGASMIC CHILL – SKUNK ANANSIE

(Granted, the album was called that and not a song, but here’s one of the songs from that album that was the mood of my short story).

Below are the blog tour dates for DOLL PARTS! Check it out & stay tuned for an exclusive giveaway coming soon!

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Blog Tour Schedule

December 8th

Mythical Books http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/ Promo Post

My Nook, Books & More http://mynookbooksnmore.com Promo Post

Paper Skies http://www.paperskies.org Promo Post

The Readdicts http://thereaddicts.blogspot.in/ Review

December 9th

the Blacksheep Project http://theblacksheeproject.blogspot.com/ Review

CBY Book Club http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk Promo Post

Novel Ink http://novelinkblog.com Review

Kimber Leigh Writes http://kimberleighwheaton.com Review

December 10th

Bibliophilia, Please http://www.bibliophiliaplease.com/ Promo Post

My Book Fairy http://mybookfairy.blogspot.com/ Promo Post

Booknista http://www.booknista.com/ Review

Live Laugh & Love Books http://livelaughandlovebooks.wordpress.com Promo Post

Comfy reading Www.comfyreading.wordpress.com Review

December 11th

Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions http://crystalschaoticconfessions.blogspot.com/ Promo Post

Books Babies Being www.booksbabiesbeing.com Review

Books Direct http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/ Review

The Voluptuous Book Diva http://voluptuousbookdiva.blogspot.com Review

December 14th

This Girl Reads A lot http://www.thisgirlreadsalot.blogspot.com Review

Galleywampus http://galleywampus.com Review

Cover2Cover https://chocomeiske.wordpress.com Promo Post

Around the World in Books http://www.aroundtheworldinbooks.ca/ Promo Post
A Book Addict’s Bookshelves http://www.jesswatkinsauthor.blogspot.co.uk Promo Post
Tine’s Reviews http://tinesreviews.wordpress.com/ Promo Post

Pre-Order DOLL PARTS!


[Health] The Best Green Smoothie for Great Skin & Energy Boost!

With summer in full swing, at times appetite decreases and keeping hydrated is a must! Rising temperatures and humidity do a number on your skin during the summer months, so how can you combat both those things in one easy step? THE SOLUTION: Green Smoothie!

I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not a huge fan of smoothies or green smoothies in general (something about the consistency and taste), but here is a quick recipe that isn’t necessarily grainy and quite tasty! Oh, and it combats both hunger and thirst while providing enough vital nutrients and vitamins to help keep your skin looking its best even when it’s sweltering!

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INGREDIENTS:

¾ cup Almond Milk
¾ cup Coconut Water
½ cup chopped Kale
½ cup baby Spinach
1 medium sized Apple (chopped)
¼ Avocado
Half a Banana
1-2 Tablespoons of Soy Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds

Blend the following ingredients on high speed for about 30-40 seconds, and you’re on the road to better skin and an instant energy boost! Enjoy!

Let me know if you try this and how you like it!


[Beauty Blip] 5 Best Lip Balms for Softer Lips!

Long before I learned how to read and write, cosmetics were (and still are) one of my areas of passion and expertise. My parents gave me my first vanity at the tender age of three, and with a whole palette of eyeshadows and tubes of different coloured lipsticks, where I would create various looks, and whole thus whole new characters or alter-egos. But out of all the products out there, one of my greatest obsessions is lipbalm. Nothing could break your entire look like dry, chapped lips. And after many years of experimenting and trials, five lipbalms have stood out out of the sea of options.

Now I know that personal preference is just that, personal, but the key ingredients to what makes a lip balm absolutely amazing are, the softness (which usually means it’s a bit thicker and not on the shiny side) and the scent (an awful smelling lip balm is quite distracting, especially when one wears it 24/7 as I do!).

Here are my five favourite lip balms, in order of preference:

LABELLO – CHERRY KISS

Not only does this lip balm promises soft lips with its conditioning ingredients, but it smells amazing. The slight reddish tint is perfect when you’re on the go and don’t really want to commit to lipstick. I’ve been using this since I was ten, and no other product tops this one. Usually retails around $8 on amazon, but if you’re in Europe you can purchase it around 2 euros.

EOS – LIP BALM

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What I absolutely love about this lip balm is the pure softness. It’s very thick, which means that it doesn’t easily dry out, so less applications than your normal lip balm are required. Plus it’s made from organic ingredients, which means no harsh chemicals. Cause ya know…not all of wish to be spreading lead on our lips (looking at you L’Oreal). Retails around $4.

CAUDALIE – LIP CONDITIONER

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This lip balm smells amazing, and on top of that it is very moisturizing with a hint of honey goodness to make your lips that extra soft! It goes on colorless, making it the perfect balm to wear under lipsticks or glosses. Or at night and not leave residual hue on your pillowcases. Retails around $12.

MARGOT ELENA TOKYO MILK BON BON LIP BALM – CHERRY BOMB

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I’ll admit it right now, most of my lip balm flavours revolve around cherry. This lip balm is the best smelling cherry lip balm there is. The feel is extremely luxurious, as is the beautiful packaging. Put this on your lips and set the little case on your vanity and you’ll be feeling like a gorgeous Marie Antoinette in no time. Retails around $12.

SHISEIDO WATER IN LIP – PURE PINK (CHERRY BLOSSOM POWDER)

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When it comes to innovative and amazing beauty products, Japan is the place to go. They’ve had BB creams years before the rest of the world got wind of the craze. This is why Shiseido’s lip balm is one of my all time favourites, with Vitamin E and Gritilretin Acid blended with Italian mineral water, it provides exceptional moisture for hours. As most of the lip balms mentioned, it doesn’t have a real tint to it, but a slight pearly sheen, giving the lips a youthful look. Retails around $5.


“Taking joy in living, is a woman’s best cosmetic.”

Youth and beauty are two things that our current society is blatantly obsessed with. But how would one feel if they had the chance to never age? This is the dilemma that strikes Blake Lively in The Age of Adaline. After a car crash, a lightning brings Adaline back to life causing her heart to regain beating after stopping for several seconds. The bolt not only kickstarts her heartbeat again, but it somehow stunts her aging as well. Initially, it seems like a blessing to never lose one’s youth. But throughout the course of the film, you get to see how being incapable of change is quite a curse. The world around you changes, and yet you do not. This is the same exact curse that plagues vampires as well. Especially if you read Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, where her vampires are depressed over the passing of years, and how they feel detached from the changes that occur around them.

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With so many people obsessed with youth and beauty, The Age of Adaline wishes to pose the question of, would life really be better if you were to never age? You’d have the opportunity to be perpetually youthful, but does that truly lead to happiness? One could live a thousand lifetimes over the decades, but would that be enough, or is the importance of life more about the people who surround you, and the experiences you can live together with them, rather than living it on your own. Eternal youth in the movie lead to loneliness, and perhaps, when someone seeks out eternal youth through uses of plastic surgery, exercise, and fad diets, in a way you’re alienating yourself from living in the present, because you’re too focused on the future.

Just like Adaline, who had to flee all the time to keep her eternal youth a secret, we too flee, and become prisoners of our vanity if that becomes our only purpose. Beauty shouldn’t be solely equivalent to youth, for wisdom and experience can have a beauty of its own. And beauty shouldn’t only be defined by the mass, because looking the same as everyone else, doesn’t make you beautiful. Just a vulgar clone. Think about it.


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