A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Review

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Title: A Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness, Jim Kay (Illustrator)
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★1/2
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The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.


But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming...


This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.


It wants the truth.

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My Review: 

Week IX Essie Mojito Madness

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One of my favorite shades! Greens can be tricky but this is a perfect bright color for spring. It kinda reminds me of a tennis match, strangely enough and I love wearing it. 


-Amanda Leon
 

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Review!

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Laura Mercier's Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer ($43) as the title suggests, the oil free version of their popular Broad Spectrum Tinted Moisturizer. Just like the original, both have SPF 20 UVB/UVA and promise long lasting wear time and a semi-matte, natural finish.

Swatches below! 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Review!

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Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Release Date: March 14, 2006 
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers 
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★★

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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery.

So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
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Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara Review!

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Benefit's BADgal Lash Mascara ($19) promises to make lashes "like a set of sexy black false eyelashes... Without the glue! With its famously big brush and volumizing formula, this matte-black mascara builds beautiful, bodacious lashes." 

February TBR

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness: This fairytale type story told with illustration has been on my tbr list for a while, and I'm really excited to read it. I'm a sucker for pretty pictures.


Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead: I've read this and the entire series already and I decided to re-read this again since the movie adaptation is coming out this month. I will do a book review and a separate book and movie review comparing the novel and the film. Stay tuned!


The Forsaken (The Forsaken #1) by Lisa M. Stasse: The cover. The cover. I'm pretty hyped about this one and I've waited until the sequel's been released so if I liked it, I could read it back to back. Fingers crossed! 


Control (Control #1) by Lydia Kang: I'm doing a read along on Goodreads so if you have an account, come join! It's the first in a new futuristic YA series and looks pretty interesting so I'm intrigued on how the story will pan out.

Those are my February reads! What are you reading this month?

-Amanda Leon
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