Top Songs of 2014 Playlist!

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My final playlist of 2014! 

Week XIII Sally Hansen Tidal Wave

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Isn't this color just absolutely stunning? 

Winter 2014 Playlist!

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It's that time again! 


Book Review: The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

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Title: The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
Author: Walter Isaacson
Release Date: October 7th 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Giveaway
Rating: ★★★

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The computer and the internet are among the most important innovations of our era, but few people know who created them. They were not conjured up in a garret or garage by solo inventors suitable to be singled out on magazine covers or put into a pantheon with Edison, Bell, and Morse. Instead, most of the innovations of the digital age were done collaboratively. There were a lot of fascinating people involved, some ingenious and a few even geniuses. This is the story of these pioneers, hackers, inventors, and entrepreneurs—who they were, how their minds worked, and what made them so creative. It’s also a narrative of how they collaborated and why their ability to work as teams made them even more creative.

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Art Basel 2014

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Art Basel is this annual art festival that happens in Miami every year where art connoisseurs come together to look at A R T. 


If you don't know about Art Basel, it originally started as a haven for art collectors and now has expanded to a cultural event that happens every year where people look at art (using this word loosely) and some people pay exorbitant amounts of money to own this said art. 

Comic Review: Genius #2

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Title: Genius #2 (Genius #2)
Author:  Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Afua Richardson (Ilustrator)
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Publisher: Image
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★

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GENIUS: ISSUES 1-5, WEEKLY THROUGHOUT AUGUST The Winner of Top Cow's Pilot Season makes its triumphant return to print! What if the greatest military mind of our generation was born to a people who are already supremely conditioned to wage war, who know nothing but violence since birth, and must continually adapt to new predators in order to survive? What if the second coming of Alexander the Great, of Genghis Khan, of Napoleon, of Patton...what if it was a teenaged girl from South Central, L.A. named Destiny? And what if she decides to secede three blocks of the ‘Hood from the Union? Who is going to take it back from her and her army of gangbangers? Who CAN? From writers MARC BERNARDIN and ADAM FREEMAN (Alphas, X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler, The Authority, The Highwaymen) and rising-star artist AFUA RICHARDSON comes a harrowing, action-packed tale of a city that declares war on a brilliant young woman pushed to the edge.

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Week XII Formula X Dark Matter

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Baby sample bottle! Isn't it absolutely adorable? (Am I the only one who finds anything mini super cute and irresistible?)

Comic Review: Genius #1

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Title: Genius #1 (Genius #1)
Author:  Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Afua Richardson (Ilustrator)
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Publisher: Image
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★
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GENIUS: ISSUES 1-5, WEEKLY THROUGHOUT AUGUST The Winner of Top Cow's Pilot Season makes its triumphant return to print! What if the greatest military mind of our generation was born to a people who are already supremely conditioned to wage war, who know nothing but violence since birth, and must continually adapt to new predators in order to survive? What if the second coming of Alexander the Great, of Genghis Khan, of Napoleon, of Patton...what if it was a teenaged girl from South Central, L.A. named Destiny? And what if she decides to secede three blocks of the ‘Hood from the Union? Who is going to take it back from her and her army of gangbangers? Who CAN? From writers MARC BERNARDIN and ADAM FREEMAN (Alphas, X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler, The Authority, The Highwaymen) and rising-star artist AFUA RICHARDSON comes a harrowing, action-packed tale of a city that declares war on a brilliant young woman pushed to the edge.

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Mockingjay Part 1: Book + Movie Comparison Review

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The two part finale of the adaptation of the finale in The Hunger Games, Mockingjay, is a different turn of events than the previous two installments, but does it live up to expectations? 

This review doesn't contain spoilers for the film or the novel Mockingjay! Read on! 


Top Nail Polishes for Fall

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Whenever fall or autumn comes around, I like to choose colors that are deeper in hue than my usual spring or summer picks. Fall colors are all about rich colors and darker hues that are meant to transition to the wintertime. 

Week XI China Glaze Hook and Line

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Hello guys! Welcome back! I took some time off to revamp the site and make it way bigger and better for you all. I hope you're loving the new look for Reads By Amanda as much as I do! I'm back full time now with posts three times a week (every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!) 

So what's better than to kick off the end of my mini hiatus with a beauty post featuring the Hunger Games! 



Autumn 2014 Playlist!

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Hey you guys! It's a new season upon us and that means cooler weather (which I'm still patiently waiting for), Halloween and various fall activities. 



Comic Review: Storm #2

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Title: Storm #2 (Storm (2014) #2)

Author: Greg Pak, Victor Ibáñez (Illustrator)
Release Date: August 20, 2014
Publisher: Marvel
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★
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STORM is on a mission to use her extraordinary powers for the betterment of not just mutantkind, but the entire world. When wayward youth start disappearing from the streets of New York, Storm is reminded of her own past as a thief and decides to investigate. But little does she suspect that the culprit behind the disappearances is one of her oldest foes: CALLISTO!



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The Merciless by Danielle Vega Review!

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Title: The Merciless
Author: Danielle Vega
Release Date: June 12th 2014 
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★

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Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .

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Comic Review: Saga Issue #23

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Title: Saga #23
Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (Illustrator)
Release Date: September 24th 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★★

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Betrayal.
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Comic Review: Storm #1

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Title: Storm #1 (Storm (2014) #1)

Author: Greg Pak, Victor Ibáñez (Illustrator)
Release Date: July 23, 2014
Publisher: Marvel
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★
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Thief. Goddess. Headmistress. Queen. The X-Men called STORM has always defied a single title. And her desire to better the world has never been limited to only her own kind. On a mission to foster goodwill and safeguard the mutant race’s continued existence in her own way, Storm will travel the globe, confronting man and mutant, god and monster and everything inbetween. She will overthrow tyrants, quell tsunamis and strive to see her dream for the world realized. She is STORM, a hero like no other….and the skies will tremble at the sight of their namesake.


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Book Review: Daughters of the Dragon by William Andrews

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Title: Daughters of the Dragon: A Comfort Woman's Story

Author: William Andrews
Release Date: January 8th 2014
Publisher: MADhouse Press 
Source: Sent for review 
Rating: ★★
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DURING WORLD WAR II, the Japanese forced 200,000 young Korean women to be sex slaves or “comfort women” for their soldiers. This is one woman’s riveting story of strength, courage and promises kept. 


In 1943, the Japanese tear young Ja-hee and her sister from their peaceful family farm to be comfort women for the Imperial Army. Before they leave home, their mother gives them a magnificent antique comb with an ivory inlay of a two-headed dragon, saying it will protect them. The sisters suffer terribly at the hands of the Japanese, and by the end of the war, Ja-hee must flee while her sister lies dying. Ja-hee keeps her time as a comfort woman a secret while she struggles to rebuild her life. She meets a man in North Korea who shows her what true love is. But the communists take him away in the middle of the night, and she escapes to the South. There, she finally finds success as the country rebuilds after the Korean War. However when her terrible secret is revealed, she’s thrown into poverty. In the depths of despair, she’s tempted to sell the comb with the two-headed dragon that she believes has no magic for her. Then one day she discovers its true meaning and her surprising heredity. And now she must find the only person who can carry on the legacy of the two-headed dragon… someone she abandoned years ago. 


Set within the tumultuous backdrop of 20th century Korea, Daughters of the Dragon by Mayhaven Award-winning author William Andrews will make you cry and cheer for Ja-hee. And in the end, you’ll have a better understanding of the Land of the Morning Calm. 


Daughters of the Dragon is inspired by The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Memiors of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, the books of Amy Tan and Lisa See.


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Comic Review: The Wicked + The Divine #4

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Title: The Wicked + The Divine #4 (The Wicked & The Divine #4)

Author: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator)
Release Date: September 17th 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★★
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The mystery is solved. But does pop-god Lucifer like the answer? The answer is a word that rhymes with “Go”, “Blow” and “Pro”. If you think the answer rhymes with “Cow” I applaud you for your unconventional nature. It’s good to experiment. We’re experimenting with being Awesome for four issues in a row. JOIN US.

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Author Interview: Kailin Gow

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Here at Reads By Amanda, we love authors. How could you not? From our favorite series, books, moments, scenes and characters, there's a writer who created all those moments and decided it had to be written down and shared with the world.


Click on to read my interview with Kailin Gow! 



Comic Review: The Wicked + The Divine #3

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Title: The Wicked + The Divine #3 (The Wicked & The Divine #3)

Author: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator)
Release Date: August 20th 2014 
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★
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Laura has no choice. She has to go underground to find the goth-goth-gothity-goth of the Morrigan. Is this the most illadvised underworld-related decision since Orpheus decided to see how Eurydice was doing in the back seat? To find out, read the comic that people are literally calling "The one by GILLEN/MCKELVIE/WILSON with the very long title."


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Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Review!

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I still haven't had the best luck with BB Creams. So far, I've tried a few western brands and I'm intimidated to try some of the Korean ones since I would have to buy them online and I've heard horror stories of fakes being sold on there. 


Comic Review: Saga Issue #22

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Title: Saga #22
Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (Illustrator)
Release Date:  August 27th 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★1/2

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The family is tested.
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Comic Review: The Wicked + The Divine #2

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Title: The Wicked + The Divine #2 (The Wicked & The Divine #2)

Author: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator)
Release Date: July 16th 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★
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Diabolically divine pop-god Lucifer is in trouble. She offers superfan Laura an unprecedented deal if she helps. It’s a bargain. A Faustian bargain, and they always turn out so well. Who knows who Laura will turn to fulfill it? We do. Clearly. It’s our comic. You can know too if you buy this fine pictorial narrative with your human money coins.


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Comic Review: The Wicked + The Divine #1

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Title: The Wicked + The Divine #1 (The Wicked & The Divine #1)

Author: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator)
Release Date: June 18, 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★
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Diabolically divine pop-god Lucifer is in trouble. She offers superfan Laura an unprecedented deal if she helps. It’s a bargain. A Faustian bargain, and they always turn out so well. Who knows who Laura will turn to fulfill it? We do. Clearly. It’s our comic. You can know too if you buy this fine pictorial narrative with your human money coins.


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Comic Review: Zaya by Jean-David Morvan

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Title: Zaya (Zaya #1-3)

Author:  Jean-David Morvan, Huang-Jia Wei (Illustrations), Mike Kennedy (Translator)
Release Date:  August 26th 2014
Publisher:  Magnetic Press
Source: Sent by Publisher
Rating: ★★
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Zaya tells the story of secret agent in the distant future who left her post to seek a normal life as an artist and mother. When a biomechanical threat destroys an orbiting colony station and former fellow agents start dying, she is called back into the field to find and stop the danger. Her investigation leads to many questions about her own past, filled with explosive revelations.

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish Review

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 Sally Hansen recently launched their new nail polish line which promises to be an innovation in gel manicures. According to them, their new line of 45 (!) gel nail polish colors promises '14 days of color and shine' with no UV light or base coat needed with 'two easy steps.'

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Book Review

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Title: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern
Release Date: September 13th 2011
Publisher: Doubleday
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★
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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. 



But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009 Review!

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Title: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009 (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #3.3)

Author: Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill (Illustrator)
Release Date: July 10th 2012
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions, Knockabout 
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★
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In Chapter Three, the narrative draws to its cataclysmic close in London 2008. The magical child whose ominous coming has been foretold for the past hundred years has now been born and has grown up to claim his dreadful heritage. His promised aeon of unending terror can commence, the world can now be ended starting with North London, and there is no League, extraordinary or otherwise, that now stands in his way. The bitter, intractable war of attrition in Q'umar crawls bloodily to its fifth year, away in Kashmir a Sikh terrorist with a now-nuclear-armed submarine wages a holy war against Islam that might push the whole world into atomic holocaust, and in a London mental institution there's a patient who insists that she has all the answers.

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969 Review!

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Title: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969 (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #3.2)

Author: Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill (Illustrator)
Release Date: April 1st 2011 
Publisher: Knockabout Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★
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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1969 Volume III, Number 2 Chapter two takes place in the psychedelic daze of swinging London during 1969, a place where Tadukic Acid Diethylamide 26 is the drug of choice, and where different underworlds are starting to overlap dangerously. The vicious gangster bosses of London's East End find themselves brought into contact with a counter-culture underground of mystical and medicated flower-children, or amoral pop-stars o Full description


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