Saturday, December 31, 2016

Pre-Review: Holding up the Universe

So this is the first of this kind that I will do.



A Pre-Review

I will go ahead and do this for SOME of the books I will be getting my hands on. The reason for this is... Just because its new
At least I hope it new.

Pre-Review:
So I went ahead and picked this book out without knowing ANYTHING about it buy choosing it because I have heard nothing but good things about this book. I will dive into this book simply on the hype.

That terrifying for me, to be honest, because I tend to only read/want to read books that I am super excited about based solely on the descriptions. This one, I dont even have that.
Onto actually reading the description. 
A chubby Libby reminds of Libby from The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram xD. 
Im actually excited about this book, I feel like there will be so much heartfelt drama and things that I can relate to. 

I have high hopes for this book now, based on of course, the hype, and my own ideas based on the description. 

Can't wait to dive in.

Goodreads Description:

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Review: This is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp


Rate:
5/5

Goodreads Description:

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.


10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.



10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won't open.



10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.



Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


Review:
Literally me the whole freaking time! Right from the start after you get some very briefs introuctions and normality shit starts to happen and boy does it happen.
This book actually freaking terrified me! 
The ball of emotions that this had me in were too much to handle.
Like bloody terrified of this book. I think it has a lot to do with the day and age that we are in that sadly school shootings are not uncommon and its just scary
As the book says, school is supposed to be a safe place and to think otherwise to this POINT is freaking scary ! Even if youre not in school anymore, this can sadly happen absolutely anywhere!
Not to sounds paranoid but no where is safe
Mariekes job at portraying this fear was phenomenal, I mean the characters being so terrified to the point that they just dont know what to do but they do know that they need to remain calm, otherwise so many lives are at stake. 
Now, it could be that I am listening to Moonlight Sonata but thinking about this book, its story and listening to the song just makes me want to cry.

Personally this book I find it to be a masterpiece, one that I hope is turned to the silver screen with the proper talent to show the fear that I felt just thinking about this.

Recommend it?
YES! This book just ... It was amazing. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Blogmas Day 12

On the twelfth day of blogmas my true Jen gave to me


Day 12: Christmas Tree picture

Are you ready?
I DONT THINK SO





This year I didn't do an Actual Christmas Tree.
Instead, I did a BOOKish Christmas Tree!

To be honest, I wasn't planning on it, I was watching TV, then I went to get water and when I came back, I simply grabbed books and put them on the floor and then started to build a tree.

It was a whole process, I started with a bunch of hardcovers on the floor and in a circle and put paperbacks in the middle for filling and then built it up. 

The first tree that I made was actually half as tall, it was pretty pathetic, so I took it down and started it again and this time I ended up using about 95% of my books and this is what happened.

I didn't want to use some of my favorite paperbacks as fillers so I put those at the top. 

And by favorites I mean, irreplaceable copies such as ARCs of
Heartless- Mariss Meyer
Six of Crows- Leigh Bardugo
Clockwork Angel- Cassandra Clare
The Burning World- Isaac Marion

I also TRIED to keep my favorite books showing on the sides and fronts but height was more important as well, so as to actually be sure the tree would stay up and not bend the books on the inside of the tree. I dont know if you can tell though, the tree still ended up a bit lopsided. 

I actually took down the tree 3 days ago because the paperbacks on top were starting to get a little bent by the weight of the books on the top sooo... For the good of preserving, I had to take my epic book tree DOWN.

So worth it though.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Blogmas Day 11

On the eleventh day of blogmas my true Jen gave to me



Day 11: What are some of your best holiday memories?

I honestly can't remember. 


But hey, lets briefly talk about this one instead because it has been good so far!

Jenny: So my dear, DEAR Jennifer has set herself the goal to make this a kickass Christmas for me and you know what. She has fucking done it! She didnt tell me anything. Gifts just started to show up! What am I talking about? 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS! Not blogmas but straight up CHRISTMAS! 12 days, 12 presents, its the dream for any holiday lover and the heart revival for any holiday dreader, like me.


To be honest, I don't know what else to say, I thought I would have better memories about the holidays at this point but she beats it all.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Blogmas Day 10

On the tenth day of blogmas my true Jen gave to me 


Day 10: What are you hoping for in 2017?

Oh boy! After a long ass year, so many things.


1. Personal shit

So there is personal drama that to be honest, there are certain things that I wouldnt like to share in social media, and this is one of them. Sorry. I simply hope that they can be sorted out.

2. My birthday

That this year, I dont actually dread my birthday so freaking much. I am such a freaking downer on my birthday. I actually CRY on my birthday.

3. Classes

That I can sort out my college classes and I can actually get in them, as in, there is some actual space in the damned classes.

4. San Francisco

So I wanna go visit my dearest Cecilia! (le main bae). We have  this kickass idea that me and another friend fly up to San Francisco for spring and celebrate our birthdays together, and get to know the city. She talks wonders of San Francisco, but I have never been there so I don't know shit about it, so it would be amazing to get to discover the city and what better way than with friends.

5. Booktube

So this isnt a hope as much as a get my shit together and actually start a booktube. So I guess my actual hope is that I wont be scared to do it. There are many booktubers out there that to be honest, kind of discourage me from starting a booktube. But that is as far as I will go.

What are something YOU hope for this coming year?

Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake


Rate:
2/5

Goodreads Description:

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.


But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.



If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.


Review:
When I first heard about this book a few months back I was like FUCK YES! THIS IS MY JAM! I NEED THIS
Then my library got the book and I was like oh hell yes! Finally and then I got right into the book
What the fuck
Im so confused
I thought the book was going to be a lot more bad ass and it was all a huge love fest.
All of them were like oh no, my love, I need my love.
Like...
Just..
No
Like... I was super dissapointed. Let me explain
This book left me with a lot of questions about how the whole, need to kill each other thing started. Or how a lot of things came to be for that matter. A whole lot is left to the imagination and it sucks because this is why I read. I have no imagination!
Throughout the whole book instead of getting into detail about why the Quickening needs to happen and why it was even started, their love interest are thrown into our face and to be honest. I feel nothing for them.
There isnt enough background to them for me to feel attached and actually root for them. 
It all felt like a bad summary of a book, as if someone was trying to make some fan fiction for a book that is already out there and that we should have read in order to understand this one 
If that makes any sense
This is why I dont write books guys
Cuz I know I would suck



Recommend it?

Ehm... Not really no

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Blogmas Day 8

On the eighth Day of blogmas my true Jen gave to me


Day 8: The Best thing to happen to me in 2016?

Well if you have been alive for the past year you know that 2016 has been a big ass slap in the face!

Like just when you think 2016 can't get any worse

IT DOES

So what are my best things to happen?

Well they are random and to be honest I can't think of any other things.

1. My grandmother got surgery.

Let me explain, for the longest time, her leg had been bothering her, she was in REALLY bad pain but she finally got an implant and its as if she was reborn! So that makes me really happy.

2. My cousin was born.

Nicholas Tyler
What a name, he was such a tiny bean! I have like 3 pictures of him from the day he was born up in my wall and as I saw him like a week ago I was like holy shit! HE IS HUGE! And it made me all nostalgic. He is seriously such a cute butterball with a massive personality. I can't wait until I start reading to him every day!

3. My true friends shone!

So in my more recent years I have closed my friends list more and more and towards the end of the year, I have made that list even shorter. I have my reasons for doing this that to be honest I wont get into. My proud moment is when after YEARS I was finally able to rid myself of a friendship that to be honest was kind of toxic for me, as much as I hated to admit it. Each one of my current friends have proven themselves to be the best out there. Without them really knowing or even needing to tell them, they have just naturally been there. Im talking to you Jenny! And of course, Cecilia, Angela and Estefano. There are others out there that even though I don't talk to on a daily basis I know I can count on and im proud to have them as member of the squad I have in my mind. Yeah, thats you Johanna and Mandy!

4. I got to skype with one of my favorite authors!

It was super fucking brief but it counts! So Isaac Marion, author of Warm Bodies, was doing a west coast tour for his upcoming book, The Burning World (out February 2017), and I had totally missed the date he came to my city! I was totally heartbroken! I had missed my chance! 
*Cue in Super Cecilia entering the picture*
My friend Ceecy lives in San Francisco and when I found out this whole fucking thing, Marion was actually going to BE there that same day! Thankfully, she went to the meet up on my behalf and was able to get me a SIGNED ARC OF THE BOOK ANNNDDD she skyped me while she was there and I got to say hi!
So I thought I was going to be totally chill and collected but I spent the first solid 30 seconds of the call saying "I cant even, this isnt happening" BUT IT WAS! The call mustve lasted no more than 8 minutes, but it was the best 8 minutes of my bookish year!


There are other tiny bits of my year that to be honest should be worth a mention but hey, this post would be infinite, so lets just stick with the mentioned ones.



Monday, December 19, 2016

Blogmas Day 7

On the seventh day of blogmas my true Jen gave to me


Day 7 : Create a Christmas Cookie Recipe


Shit... How??

Can I just tell you my flan recipe? I have honestly never done a successful cookie

Like flavor wise I can do it but I always burn the cookies. Well maybe not BURN but the cookies will be stone hard after a couple of hours. Same thing with brownies. Those are just 2 things I can't manage to get correctly for some fucking reason.

So I feel like I would be a hypocrite if I went ahead and told you to make some cookies and that they would be perfection if I can't even make them myself.


So FLAN

Get ready for this
Read EVERYTHING before attempting this.

Ingredients:
12 eggs- oh yeah, you heard me right, this is a large flan!

6 cups of milk - fuck yeah

1 cup of sugar

Vanilla - to be honest I just pour until im satified. I guess go with a tablespoon and a half?

1 cup of sugar- this is for the bottom part.

What to do:

So in a skillet you will go ahead and pour a cup of sugar and let it heat a bit on MEDIUM heat for maybe 2 minutes and then put the fire on LOW and start stirring the sugar until the sugar has melted and is a golden brown color

This melted sugar you will now pour it on a glass pan. To be honest, doesnt matter how round it is or even if it is squared (I have never seen it squared though- so maybe stick to a round glass pan). Personally my glass pan is 8 inches in diameter and its maybe 4 inches tall. Be SUPER careful as you pour, this will be stupid hot. You WILL get injured if the sugar touches you.

Turn on your oven and preheat it at 325F. Place in a large rectangle metal pan with about an inch of water in which you will place your glass pan.

In a blender put in half of the ingredients (6 eggs, 3 cups of milk, all the vanilla, 1/2 a cup of sugar) and blend  it all until it is an even color. 

By this point, the sugar should be hard, (you mightve hear it cracking in the pan as it dried. Dont worry, this is normal as the sugar rapidly cools), pour in your egg mixture.

Repeat with the remaining ingredients. The reason I say put in HALF the ingredients is because unless you have a MASSIVE blender. they wont all fit haha xD So yeah, do half then the rest.

So your preheated oven should be ready, place in your glass pan that has your egg mixture into the pan holding the water and leave your flan in there for about an hour at 325F.

It might be ready a bit before or a bit after. The way you will know is that when you stick a knife in the center and pull it back out, the knife will come out CLEAN. 

Once it is done, remove the glass pan and leave it to cool for about an hour or 2 at room temperature BEFORE you put it in the fridge overnight. You wouldnt want to put it in the fridge right away because it could show the glass and well.. It could break. While the flan is stil hot, you can also move it around a little bit and coax the edges to seperate the flan from the pan and make it easy to remove later on. 

Tip: To remove the sugar from the skillet simply leave the pan filled with water overnight and by morning the sugar should be completely dissolved.


Flan is super freaking delicious and is actually very simple to make. It simply takes a long time for it to be ready. It is so worth it though.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Blogmas Day 6

One the 6th day of blogmas my true Jen gave to me


Day 6: Christmas Traditions

Shit, if you guys haven't noticed. Im so grinchy!
I have no traditions!

I am trying to think of stuff because I dont want this to be the shortest blog post in the world.


When I used to live near my extended family we all used to have dinner together and to be honest I don't even know if they will be making large dinners any more ever since one of my aunts opened up a restaurant and has to cook all day and another aunt helps her out as well

I know for a fact that they actually stopped cooking at home so I dont even know what their plans on this Christmas is.

The last couple of Christmas that I started living in Southern California they would actually forget about me so I didn't even get Christmas presents, so it's not like I was also part of opening one present after dinner and the rest on Christmas morning.

Here, I guess ill tell the most depressing Christmas story ever, 

The last Christmas I spent with my extended family, and I made it this was after I considered it so shitty. They downright forgot about me. So it was 3 aunts, a bunch of cousins and my uncle. And we all had dinner, naturally my cousins went to the tree to fetch one of the family presents. Actually it was the family presents that were opened after dinner and Santa presents in the morning. Well as we were in dessert, my aunts and uncle just stopped looking me in the face and I knew something was up. It was when my cousins were getting their presents and I sat down (already having suspicions) that one of my aunts was like heeyyy, Im so sorry, we just forgot you were coming (I was living in SoCal and them in Tijuana) and we didn't get you anything. And me trying to be nice and courteous I was like oh thats fine, I didn't want anything anyways, I stuck around as everyone bragged about their presents and I just looked at my phone. Of course, the next morning, Santa forgot I was coming as well... So it was the previous night all over again as I watched from the kitchen and fake ate breakfast.

And I say fake ate because to be honest the whole thing depressed me and I was not feeling hungry but I simply didn't want to stand with the rest of the family and act like I was just as happy as everyone else who was opening their presents. Every single present that they opened was just a reminder that they forgot about me.

To be honest, from that year on, thats how it was with them. And its one of the biggest reasons that my birthday depresses me and Christmas.

That was probably the last Christmas I properly celebrated. I did go back the year after, which is when my mother was actually there and she was the only one that had a present for me, she had bought me New Moon and Breaking Dawn. The rest had forgotten me once again and to be honest, I was past the point of caring by that year and had stopped expecting anything from them. I stopped expecting anything for Christmas ever and Christmas became a card holiday for me.

Speaking of birthday, thats actually an even sadder story.
So while im at sad stories, I will go ahead and tell you my saddest birthday yet.
Where I was once again forgotten.. Or rather ignored.

So my birthday is March 12 and I have an older cousin whos birthday is on the 9th. She isnt MUCH older than me. We have never gotten along, or rather she has never gotten along with the rest of the family, so I dont know how much older she is. Anyways, one year, as I lived here in Southern California, she came over for the weekend and we went to Olive Garden, on the day of my birthday. To celebrate her birthday. No one said shit to me the whole day.
Ever.

I sat by as my aunt, uncle (different than the Christmas and this was actually before the Christmas story), my grandmother and maybe another aunt, I honestly have blocked who was there, all congratulated her since the morning, made her breakfast, we all went out, she got presents. They got her a cake at Olive Garden, they sang her Happy Birthday and she got treated like a Queen and I swear, no one said ANYTHING to me. Literally, not even the day before or later or EVER! They literally forgot about my birthday over all. They celebrated her on my birthday and my gift was to watch them ignore me. 

I think my mother (who worked the whole time in Tijuana which is why she wasnt with me) was the only one that got me anything, I can almost guarantee that she got me a slice of my favorite cake the following weekend when she came to visit.


Every year, as much as I tease people to get me shit on my birthday and say all these things, I actually go depressed as my birthday grows nearer. To the point were I actually cry. Like I hate my birthday. And maybe I say all that shit to my friends about my birthday because I am scared they will forget but I honestly dont think that my worst birthday is the reason I hate my birthday, because I know Ive had good ones after that, ones that I wasnt dreading the date, like in 2010 I know I wasnt dreading it, I honestly think I have started to hate my birthday with a passion since the year after that actually. 

Ive had good times, but I just always dread the day of my birthday. And if I can avoid social interactions the day of my birthday, I can guarantee that I will take it. 


Wow,,, this went the total opposite direction of where I wanted it to go...

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Blogmas Day 5

On the fifth day of Blogmas my true Jen gave to me


Day 5: Write a letter to Santa as an adult and as child.


Crap, this needs me to be creative as fuck and I am not!

I never wrote a letter to Santa ... Like ever.

Even as a child I knew that Santa visiting my house was impossible.

You know, with the billions of children in the world, what were the odds of him getting to my house.

Also I still dont understand how one particular christmas happened. Considering I never voiced what I wanted that year and how we weren't even home that year at all...

Anyways

What does one even WRITE in said letter?

Dear Santa

I might be a bit overly medicated with the whole wisdom tooth pain, because I accidentally wrote Dead Satan at first. Forgive me. That was no my intention. This year, I will go ahead and make it easy. The one thing I guess I could really want from you this year is a signed Henry Cavill picture. How you get it, well, that is for you to know and me to wonder I guess. IF that is isnt a thing then I guess I could go ahead and ask for a Macbook. Up to you Santa, complicated but cheap or a supidly expensive gift. Either way I would be super fucking grateful. Hey, now that I think about it, I would also be very happy with a large box of macarons, surely Mrs. Claus could whip something up...

- Love Vale

There you go, he would laugh at my ask and give me a laptop shaped piece of coal inside of a Macbook case. It would be so funny I wouldnt even be mad.


As a child there is honestly nothing I really asked for. I never knew what I wanted and when I DID start wanting stuff I wanted books (was the twilight series) or movies (Harry Potter was my first). So imma just go ahead and ditch that one and leave it to your imaginations.

What would YOU write to Santa.




Friday, December 16, 2016

Blogmas Day 4

On the fourth day of blogmas my true Jen gave to me


Day 4: My Perfect Christmas

Shit, I actually do not even know so let's just go with what I will probably do this year

I will go ahead and get my most comfortable pyjamas, get my biggest blanket, sit myself on my couch and watch netflix from sundown to sunset. During the day I will go ahead and do nothing but read The help once again. What will I watch on Netflix?

That is a real question since I have so much I need to catch up on! I will end up finishing Once Upon a Time, probably start The Crown, of course I need to watch The Grinch, I will need to look up the cartoon version and pop in my live action.

I totally relate to the live action by the way.





In my perfect christmas I would also drink nothing but rompope (like an alcoholic eggnog with a sharper taste of vanilla and egg) and eat flan (a mexican egg custard) all day

Now that I think about it this would probably bring a totaly of consuming over 2 dozen eggs in a 24 hour period which is actually pretty fucking gross.

I guess I could be making up for all the egg I didnt consume throughout the whole year xD
Still, when it is like that, it sounds disgusting. 

In this perfect Christmas I would also be having so many fucking presents to open but I know that I only have one waiting for me from my dear Johanna but hey, the rest of Christmas is still pretty damn perfect! Soooo
Christmas here I come!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Blogmas Day 3

On the third day of blogmas my true Jen gave to me



Day 3: Christmas Wishlist

I mean, of course this will have a shit ton of books!
But I have already voiced my opinion on what books I want so I think I will go ahead and mention books that I havent voiced that I want

And non book items as well, lets keep this original

Socks
Uhm... Yeah, as a child, getting socks is the weirdest thing, but as an adult, I simply dont have enough god blessed socks! They all mysteriously disappear of get ruined after one wash!
I recently bought new socks and I swear I am a happier person for it.

Me Before You Movie
This movie makes me cry like no ones business. I swear, ill typically get over a movie being sad after the first 2 times watching it but not this one. I totally need it for my collection.

Black Holo Witch nail polish
Need I go further?! This is what I need in life! Period

Throne of Glass Hardcovers
So I really loved the series and have yet to actually own any of them and I know this is a series that needs re-reads so I totally need them all!

Macbook
Uhm... This is one thing I know I wont get but I felt like I should go ahead and say it anyways.
To be honest im not even sad about not getting it cuz I have my computer so its like, I have that, dont need anything else. But this could be said about pretty much anything else really. Like books, I can always check them out from the library, dont need to actually own them if I have those... Which is why I have stopped buying as much D:

Macarons
These little craps are sooooo expensive, this is actually a wishlist item I do wish for. They are impossible to make and are super expensive and not easy to find. We used to have a place that sold them by my house but... Sadly they closed down, no one was really buying.. CUZ THEY WERE LIKE 3 BUCKS A PIECE! They were tiny! And they also sold cupcaked but they were like 5 each... The prices were pretty insane.

The Features- Some kind of Salvation Vinyl
This is probably the only band that I actually legit love
Now this wishlist item would actually be directly through the bad because there is sadly no vinyl for this one which SUCKS because it is my favorite album by them!
I mean, psh, I could SURVIVE with a signed edition of this book xD

Heartless HC
So I have the ARC of this book (I was blessed by the gods, I know) and its even signed, but I have yet to get my hands on the hardcover for this one!

Bella Swan Funko pop
So yeah.... I have a large collection of twilight stuff apperently.,
I even made my own Edward funko WAY before they announced the release of the ones that came out a couple of weeks ago.
I even made a shelf


I mean, I surely have a lot more stuff that I would love for christmas but since I have already thrown my wishlist out into the world, I cant think of anything else to add for here.

What is on YOUR wishlist?



Review: A Game of Thrones by G. R. R. Martin


Rate:
5/5

Goodreads Description: 

Alternate cover edition can be found here and here



In A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin has created a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantansy fans everywhere.


In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes of the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.


Review:
If you follow me on snapchat (valesbookshelf) you have seen this

So I had wanted to read the books ever since I started watching the series earlier this year with a friend and of course, I became obsessed with it!
When I started to read the books though I wanted to mark all of the deaths that happened during the period of the book, (except animal deaths) and that is what came out of it, I actually didnt count them but I know that there is more than 40 tabs in there
OH! Shoutout to my main Jelly Bean Jenny who not only found these amazing tabs but gifted them to me! Tabs are hella expensive where I am from and im extra in love because they are super thin plastic arrow tabs

ANYWAYS!
Freaking enough with the non sense
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The book made it so much easier for me to understand the show, you get of course a lot more details but not going to lie. This is the best adaptation I have ever seen!

G. R. R is a god.
Without the show I know for a fact I would not have gotten around to the books, and that wouldve been the biggest mistake of my life.

He does the best job I have ever seen at keeping a reader entertained even when it is not a genre they typically read. Im saying this because this is my case.
The whole book is not something I would ever have added to my TBR pile (To Be Read pile) but oh damn, I never hesistated with this book, there was never a dull moment. 
The characters are young, but everything that they do and go through makes you forget it and when you are reminded of their young age it just makes you think, " How twisted it all of this"
Which all in honesty adds to the whole world.

My favorite character remains the same in the book and the show
Daenerys Targaryen



Her character development is like a slap in the face! 
Her story line made more sense to me in the book than in the show, since you get more of her thoughts and the reasoning and interactions with everyone in there, it makes more sense why she does things. Everything is more intense. 

Tyrion Lannister is... He is something else, he is something who has gone through a lot and while we see that in the show it is sadder in the books.

The way G. R. R. writes is simply captivating. Everything about it is just like a glass of the best wine

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I wish my TBR pile was shorter so I could continue on with the adventure but at the same time im glad since the series is yet to be finished and catching up with the books would mean waiting for the release of the next book which will probably be released when the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, when the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves, when Daenerys's womb quickens again, and she bears a living child. 

Then of course, 2 more after that!
I dont think I have ever anticipated a release so much for any other author. 
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EVER
THATS RIGHT! EVER

I feel like I have talked a lot yet have said nothing. I just cant manage to get over it, if you have seen the first season of the show, that will cover the first book. If you havent seen the show or read the books then go out there and do something about it , I havent been able to say much because I end up spoiling everything xD

Recommend it?
I mean if you are a book lover and youre as in love with the show as I am, then yeah, you need to read this as soon as you can.
If you simply love the show, you should really attempt reading these books, they are amazing.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Blogmas Day 2

On the second day of blogmas my true Jen gave to me


Day 2: Introduce yourself


Now that I think about it I don't think I have ever introduced myself
I have introduced other people but never myself

So my name is Valeria, I go by Vale

Above is a picture of me before I died the bottoms of my hair and my colorist fucked it all up... Yeah
I mean I would still take a recent picture but I have a wisdom tooth growing out and half my face is swollen
It is NOT fun.

So I am 20 years old, I live in southern California and have NO idea what people would like to know about me besides I LOVE books and my favorite youtuber is SimplyNailLogical

Books arent the only thing I have a lot of, I used to collect nail polish so I have over 100 nail polish bottles, which also means I used to do my nails every week, I was well known for it.
I also have a crap ton of movies and because my friends travel a lot, I also collect small snowglobes.


Another thing about me is that I like to paint!
My style of painting is an odd one that I honestly don't know why I do it like that all the time. I like to work with matte paints and then typically do details with a shine coat on the top


 So this one is actually a present for someone that I made, all the lettering I decided was going to go ahead and stand out. This one is not my design, it is actually by Risa Rodil I believe, so if you want one go buy one from her page. I added the feet and the whole shine so you wouldnt find it like that and the coloring is also different, I adapted it to what the receiver would like and that I could actually do.











This one I never did find out who made it but I changed the colors as well and for the shine aspect or "stand-out" I did silver pain for the bow, copper for the arrow and gold for the pin and covered it with gloss so it all stands out















This one is probably the one that wasthe hardest to do and so not what I am used to painting. It was actually the first large canvas that I ever did as well. I honestly don't know how i managed to do the clouds xD The stand out aspect of this one is the city skyline.













This one I saw on bookstagram and I remember commenting, Im totally doing this! I changed all the colors and what the books all say xD, the stand out aspect was actually the whole background, decided to keep all the lettering and books matte.














So here are 3 of my biggest loves. Marissa Meyer, Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games! The shine aspect of the Targaryen crest was of course going to be the dragon but it been months and I have yet to get to it ! The words one was a bookmark that I saw and I was like imma make this into a canvas.... The bookmark was much prettier.













The stars are all the shine aspect... Yeah, that was a bitch and a half to paint xD

















I am not creative to be honest, with personal paintings I am really not because I hate all my work and unless I know how it is going to look in the ends, I wont actually work on it. I need to have a solid idea of what I am dealing with or other wise I wont put any effort on it. Wrong, I will put effort but I will simply hate it all the time xD

There is also a small painting I did for someone that was the yellow umbrella from how I met your mother that in gloss, inside the umbrella, actually had a bunch of phrases from the show, it is honestly one of the collest things I have ever done but sadly I don't have a picture of it. And I also painted BB8 and the silver in the circles were the shine aspect of it, I also do not have a picture of that.

Those are honestly some of the biggest things about me





Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Review: Lights out by Ted Koppel



Rate:
4/5

Goodreads Description:
In this tour de force of investigative reporting, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared.
 
Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to a generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before. 

It isn’t just a scenario. A well-designed attack on just one of the nation’s three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure—and in the age of cyberwarfare, a laptop has become the only necessary weapon. Several nations hostile to the United States could launch such an assault at any time. In fact, as a former chief scientist of the NSA reveals, China and Russia have already penetrated the grid. And a cybersecurity advisor to President Obama believes that independent actors—from “hacktivists” to terrorists—have the capability as well. “It’s not a question of if,” says Centcom Commander General Lloyd Austin, “it’s a question of when.” 

And yet, as Koppel makes clear, the federal government, while well prepared for natural disasters, has no plan for the aftermath of an attack on the power grid.  The current Secretary of Homeland Security suggests keeping a battery-powered radio.

In the absence of a government plan, some individuals and communities have taken matters into their own hands. Among the nation’s estimated three million “preppers,” we meet one whose doomsday retreat includes a newly excavated three-acre lake, stocked with fish, and a Wyoming homesteader so self-sufficient that he crafted the thousands of adobe bricks in his house by hand. We also see the unrivaled disaster preparedness of the Mormon church, with its enormous storehouses, high-tech dairies, orchards, and proprietary trucking company – the fruits of a long tradition of anticipating the worst. But how, Koppel asks, will ordinary civilians survive?

With urgency and authority, one of our most renowned journalists examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe that is all but inevitable.
 

Review:

Holy shit this book was mind blowing. 
It is the first of its kind that I have personally read
As much as this type of book is not my typical genre when I read the description I just knew I needed it in my life.
This book is eerie and screams nothing but the truth about what would happen in real life if this was to happen
It is a truth that we are in denial about and arent really ready to face or even admit that its the truth.