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Book Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead

Originally posted on The Fault in Our Blogs:
Soundless | Richelle Mead | On Sale Since Nov 10, 2015 Razorbill | 272 Pages | ARC Provided by Publisher Synopsis: For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. ? When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation. ? But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon. ? Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever… Review: Soundless reminded me of Indiana Jones…

Worth the hype? | MAC Whirl

Originally posted on LucieLeannexo:
Since the release of the new MAC matte range in August, Whirl has been one of the most talked about lipsticks in the blogging community. It was inevitable eventually I would end up purchasing this, especially after seeing so many rave reviews and the fact I’m totally addicted to MAC lipsticks. Whirl is like the darker, bolder big sister of Velvet Teddy. MAC describe this is a dirty rose, on my skin tone it pulls a lot more brown nude though. As with VT, I think Whirl would suit a wide range of skin tones. On a pale complexion like mine it is quite a bold shade but I still think it’s a very versatile colour. I think Whirl is a great shade for the colder months of the year, I’m not I will get as much from this shade when Spring/Summer comes around. Whirl is a matte finish, it is one of the more drying MAC lipsticks I’ve tried but it isn’t overly uncomfortable on the lips. It does tug…

Film Review – Knight of Cups (2015)

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
Christian Bale and Natalie Portman in Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups Knight of Cups Directed by Terrence Malick Starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman Review by Jordan The emotional isolation of a contemplative man, whose fleeting encounters with beautiful strangers furthers his own self-loathing and solidifies his position as one unable to reconnect to a life he no longer has any control over, is a lonely, disquieting place to be. Why are these women drawn to him? They say he has love to give, but admit that while he means his promises they don’t come from the heart, and ultimately these connections are as fleeting as any semblance of hope afforded to the vain wanderers that occupy Terrence Malick’s version of LA. For his seventh feature film, released in the most prolific period of his career, the director once known for his mesmerising ability to marry a purposeful narrative with related pondering on the essence of life on an ever-changing Earth has opted to forgo…

Mechanic by Alexa Riley

Originally posted on Words. . . I Need Words. . .:
Purchased: Kindle – $.99 My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars Spoilers! What’s It All About: “Everything was fine until that innocent little rich girl walked into my garage. Since the second I laid my eyes on her, all I’ve wanted to do is get my dirty hands on her pure body.  There’s one minor obstacle standing in my way, but I’ve got a plan. All I’ve got to do is claim her, and she’ll be mine forever.  Warning: This book is over-the-top, insta-love. There’s nothing but steamy scenes, babies trying to be made, and an obsessed bearded alpha hero claiming a virgin who will be his forever. If you want it hot and dirty, this is it!  *whispers* There’s a sweet smutty surprise at the end!” Description taken from Amazon. The Best Parts: Who wants smut?! Like pure honest to god dirty sexy smut. This novel isn’t for the faint of heart as it is literally the description. The hot sex scenes dominate this novel, but even then…

Liebster Award

We were nominated for the Liebster Award by the wonderful Erika who runs, one of my favorite blogs, The Farm on the Hill. The Liebster Award is an award for bloggers by bloggers. The goal of the award is to encourage more connection and support within the writing community, as well as assist in discovering up and coming bloggers. The award focuses on bloggers with less than 200 followers. Though we don’t quite qualify in that regard, we’re happy to participate. When someone nominates you for the Liebster Award they ask you a series of questions. Here are the questions submitted by Erika. What originally got you blogging? Like many of my peers, I realized that adulthood didn’t come with a manual. As I wanted to share what I was learning as I learned daily lessons; thus the blog was born. What do you most enjoy about blogging? I love when bloggers comment and interact. I know we all have busy days, but it’s nice when someone takes the time to share their opinion or experiences. …

One Lovely Blog Award

A little while ago we were nominated by the oh so kind Fandom Addict for the One Lovely Blog Award. I’m not entirely sure what to call our site. However, I wasn’t willing to pass up the opportunity to spotlight other bloggers.  How the award works: Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog (Happily) List the rules and display the award Add 7 facts about yourself Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they’ve been nominated First, thank you again to Fandom Addict for the nomination. 7 FACTS ABOUT ME I created G.U.M (this site) after finding it difficult to find, and connect to, other millennial bloggers. I work in the TV industry. I hail from the great state of North Carolina (go heels!). I collect 5 different things. I recently cut back from 8. I’m an ambivert and anti-hipster. I absolutely cannot stand the taste of peanut butter. I have the same birthday as the Dark Lord (I was a bit upset when I …

Movie Review – ‘Brooklyn’ is Perfectly Pleasant and More!

Originally posted on Ice the Burn:
I went in knowing nothing about this film. I googled the film, saw that Rotten Tomatoes had a 99% approval rating, IMDB had 8/10 and Metacritic had around 87%. Naturally I figured this film would be good, but I had no idea in what regard, so I didn’t go in with many expectations except knowing that I would probably like it. And I did. It seems like a very simple film – Immigrant comes to New York, adjusts to life, meets a boy, then the plot eventually thickens. But the whole process seemed more meaningful and relevant – particularly due to problems with immigration today and how they never truly end just after a person gets admitted into a country. There are several elements to it – adjusting to culture, dealing with homesickness, and meeting new people. Brooklyn offers that and more with a plot set in the 1950s and a wide array of characters that offer moments of different tones that keep the audience entertained in multiple ways. So here…

Film Review – In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
Title – In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Director – Ron Howard (Rush) Cast – Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Tom Holland, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Riley Plot – The “true” story of the real Moby Dick that sees the whaling boat the Essex as captained by George Pollard (Walker) and his more experienced first mate Owen Chase (Hemsworth) take on a great white whale that will test the crew of the Essex’s very will to survive. “We were headed for the edge of sanity… like we were aberrations, phantoms” Review by Eddie on 4/12/2015 Let’s deal with the elephant in the room or in this particular case the great white whale in the boat, old ginger top Ron Howard’s impressive looking new high seas adventure is not one of the year’s best (or awards player as many thought) but it’s an often mightily enjoyable time out at the cinema thanks to its visual spectacle. Delayed from an early year release at years…

The Fairy Wren by Ashley Capes

Originally posted on xingsings:
The Fairy Wren by Ashley Capes Published by Close-Up Books on October 31, 2014 Genres: [Adult] Fantasy Pages: 238 Format: DRC Source: Author Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books a Million 3.5 Stars, Completed October 17, 2015 – SPOILER free – Not only have I been in an awful reading slump for the past few weeks but also a reviewing/blogging slump as well. This was the last book I was able to read before I fell into that strange non-reading period, and I’m so glad that during my time away I finally found the words to describe how I felt about The Fairy Wren. This book begins with the readers meeting Paul Fischer, a guy who just can’t seem to catch a break. His bookshop is doing poorly, his wife has left him, and on top of all things he meets a preteen, Nepali runaway, has a shady friend struggling with his own problems and needs Paul’s help, and notices a blue, magic wren suspiciously following him. Throughout the story, it seems like questions are only followed by even more questions and uncertainties. Initially,…