Monopoly Money Monday

Not gonna lie, this post is getting harder and harder to do and I’m running out of ideas so it may have to go on hiatus for a while unless you have some suggestions for me. But with all that aside I did have one idea left in the artillery. Books! As you know, if you have been reading or paying attention to my Instargram, I am not buying anything in the month of April. No clothes, no nail polish, no books. Which has actually worked out since there are about 25 books that I want that are released in May. With that in mind I decided I would spend my $100 monopoly dollars(seriously, I’ll be spending real money on these at some point as well) and buy the top 8 books for the month.

maybooks

1) Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy(available 5/7/13): $11.20
2) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey(available 5/7/13): $11.98
3) How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler(available 4/23/13): $8.99
4) Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton(available 5/7/13): $8.99
5) Golden by Jessi Kirby(available 5/14/13): $11.41
6) The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler(available 5/21/13): $11.46
7) Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown(available 5/21/13): $11.42
8) Wild Awake by Hillary Smith(available 5/28/13): $11.98
9) Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland(available 5/7/13): $11.80

TOTAL: $99.23*

*Prices may have changed since this post was created.

What books are you planning to buy in May?

Continue Reading

Second Chance Sunday – Divergent by Veronica Roth

I could sum up the reason why Divergent is a Second Chance Sunday post in a short sentence of: I ♥ Four!, but then I would look shallow and Divergent would look like nothing more than a book with a painfully adorable boy that is tough and vulnerable all in one. And Divergent is so much more than that. Divergent is an epic story of love, loss and choices. Of finding out who you are and what you can take and what scares you the most. It’s about growing up and living your life for you. It’s about being brave and smart and selfless. Well and I ♥ Four!

Second Chance Sunday – Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Published by HarperCollins
on February 28th 2012
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Amazon, Goodreads

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Review

I don’t even know where to begin with my love of this book. I first read Divergent on September 3, 2011. Yes, I read it in one day I just couldn’t put it down. And since then I have read twice more, once in April of 2012 and then again in March of 2013. Three reads, one day to read the book each time, it is that good. I don’t even remember to eat when I’m reading it that’s how wrapped up I get even knowing how it will end. Really there is no other word to describe Divergent other than masterful. It’s simple masterful!

Divergent is a story that takes place in dystopian Chicago about 16 year old Beatrice Prior. The world has been divided into five factions and when kids are 16 they must take an aptitude test to determine if they should stay in the faction they were born into or choose a new one. Beatrice struggles with her decision and when she makes a choice she is faced with a highly challenging initiation that she must complete in order to not end up factionless. She changes her name to Tris and embarks on a journey that will not only change her but the world around her and everyone she knows, including her hot trainer Four that she can’t seem to get out of her head. When it comes down to it Tris will have some tough decisions to make and the world’s fate may just rest of her tiny shoulders.

FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!  Roth wrote a genius novel about typical teenage thoughts and emotions and threw them into this amazing dystopian Chicago and made it all believable! Every single page had meaning in it and completely enthralls a reader. Because  when you look at the bare basics of the story, take out the factions, take out “Chicago” take out initiations and all you have is a teenage girl that is growing up. Brave at times, selfish at times, uncertain at times. You have Tris that is skittish around boys and around her feelings and her emotions. You have a girl that grows into her own skin. You have a typical teenager. And really I think that is why I part of me ♥ Tris so much. Sure she is strong but she is vulnerable and is unsure of her place anywhere which is what teens go through on a daily basis. Basically Tris’ experience in the initiation as a hardcore puberty/growing-up and it is pure awesomeness! One of the best female leads in a book by far. Very few compare to her in my eyes and that is a testament to Roth’s talent.

Now in every good book where there is a good female lead you need a good male to counter the female. And let me tell you Divergent isn’t lacking with the perfect counter for Tris. Ah Four…he just makes me want to sigh and smile and be hugged by him. Absolutely perfect male lead for this series. I honestly can’t think of anything better than him for a book of this caliber. He is definitely tough and a hard shell to crack, but when that shell is cracked you can tell he cares with his whole heart because he really is a softy but had to make himself to survive. His interactions with Tris are so fired with energy you kind of need to fan yourself even if nothing is going on. It’s hard to write chemistry and yet that is exactly what Roth has done for these remarkable characters.

And did I mention the story and the action? There is something going on at every corner whether it be the physicality of the initiation, the drama of the initiates, or the navigation of relationships. There is never a dull moment but there also isn’t any clutter either. Sure a lot is happening at once but it is paced in a way that makes sense and lays out the story and series in the best way possible. Even in an end that could have seem abrupt  in some books, appears to be even paced and well thought out.

Basically Divergent is one big gush fest of awesome! Veronica Roth is awesome! Tris is awesome! Four is awesome! The secondary characters that aren’t all secondary are awesome! Divergent is awesome! Like I said, one big love fest of awesome. NOW READ IT IF YOU HAVEN’T!

 

Continue Reading

Minty Fresh

Minty Fresh

Minty Fresh by andiabcs featuring madewell

 

It’s safe to say that mint is my color of choice in the spring/summer. It’s such a fun, classic color that can be paired with so many colors that is almost seems like a neutral. Not to mention it reminds me of ice cream which is never a bad thing. Lately I have been try to grow my mint collection of clothes/accessories/nail polishes and I’ve been pretty successful. I’m not there yet but I’m getting there.

Below are some outfits idea that incorporate my personal color of the year:

 

Mint Wristlet

Mint Wristlet by andiabcs featuring j.crew tops

Mint Stripes

Mint Stripes by andiabcs featuring j crew t shirts

Mint Skirt

Mint Skirt by andiabcs featuring j crew

Mint Wedges

Mint Wedges by andiabcs featuring a long sleeve cardigan

How do you wear mint? What color would you pair it with?

Continue Reading

Review: Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Review: Cinder – Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer
Published by Macmillan
on January 8th 2013
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Amazon, Goodreads

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

thoughts1
I will be the first to admit that I am shocked how much I enjoyed this book. When I first started reading it I was convinced that I wouldn’t want to continue the series. It was just too out there for me. Cyborgs and androids and moon people; that’s just a tad too much for me to take. But as I started to read more and more and I started to see the similarities of Meyer’s Cinderella and the originally fairy tale version, I got swept away in the creativity of it all. Was it predictable? Absolutely. But even in its predictability it was a fun journey to take.

Honestly I don’t really even know how to describe this book because it is very similar to the story of Cinderella. You have the awful step-mother that expects Cinder to do what she wants when she wants it, the step-sisters, one evil and one loving, you have the charming prince, and you have the ball. But Cinder is also a cyborg in this story which brings a whole new level to the story. Instead of Cinderella hiding that she is servant girl, Cinder hides that she is only half human from the prince. But really that is where the similarities kind of stop. They are there on the surface and especially at parts of the ball, but the story isn’t really focused on all of that. The main part of the story is the state of New Beijing due to a deadly plague brought to earth by the Lunar’s and the Lunar queen herself who is a mix of the Wicked Queen from Snow White and Ursula from The Little Mermaid if you ask me.  And as Cinder gets closer to the Prince and the Lunar Queen starts using her power in questionable ways, Cinder starts to uncover something that just might help save New Beijing and Prince Kai, but collapse her world personally.

I know, I know, it sounds insane and a crazy book for a girl that is obsessed with Anna and the French Kiss to love. But truthfully when you read it and everything is put together it just makes sense. Cinder is likable so that helps greatly in forgetting that is in fact only half human. And her android friend is so quirky and fun you can’t help but love Ilko too. Prince Kai is suave and charming and also little boy like which makes him endearing. And the step mother is evil as she should be. All the parts are there fixed in with the familiar and the new and it just all clicks and creates a wonderfully imaginative story that will have you clamoring for more.

Like I said it was predictable for me, which had more to do then with the actual story of Cinderella. I saw something coming a mile away, but even in that predictability the build-up was strong. If I was often surprised by books I would definitely have enjoyed the steps Meyer took to get us there. It was done at just the right speed to get to the outcome. And although I found the ending a tad abrupt, the book really was a great read and I plan to continue on with Scarlett. One book at a time in this challenge and Cinder was a good one to go with.

reread3

Continue Reading

The Great Gatsby Read Along

Okay so I admit I wasn’t the most astute reader in high school. I got by but I never read all of the books I was supposed to. I was a Cliff’s Notes queen and proud of it. (Teachers all over cringe!) But I can proudly say I never read The Great Gatsby because it was never required of me to. Now with the movie coming out and my first boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio playing Gatsby himself I have no choice but to finally see what it is about. Because the thing is, every time I ask someone what it is about, not one person seems to know.

So this is where I throw out the challenge to you my ABCers. Where it is a first time read or a millionth time read or a refresher read, lets read The Great Gatsby together. I have corralled a couple of Twitter friends and we are embarking on a The Great Gatsby read along together. Starting on April 25th we will take the journey of Gatsby together and ready ourselves for what is sure to be another epic Leo and Baz movie collaboration. I am inviting all ABCers out there to read along with us and email me your thoughts(accessoriesbooksclothes@gmail.com) on The Great Gatsby and whether you are a first time reader or a repeat offender. If I get enough reponses I’ll post a collaboration review of sorts. So let me know if you are interested but commenting, tweeting, emailing. The more the merrier. Let’s act like we are in high school again and read it as a class.

Continue Reading