Thursday, October 8, 2015

Throwback Thursday Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Some of you may know that I originally had my own blog, Beauty but a Funny Girl, prior to joining Bookish (now Bookish Lifestyle). I was thinking the other day about all those reviews I left behind when I transferred and thought they should get some love too - no matter how badly written and newbie they come off! So I present to you: Throwback Thursday Reviews! Every once in a while I'll post an old review from Beauty but a Funny Girl, unedited in terms of content, with the exception of any spelling or grammatical mistakes. It's definitely going to be fun and interesting to see how my tastes and writing style have changed over the years!

Anna #1
Young Adult, Ghosts, Horror, Paranormal
Publication.Date:September 27, 2012
Pages:503 (hardcover)
Published By:  Little, Brown and Company
Website:Kendare Blake 

Anna Dressed in Blood on Goodreads
My review copy:
Borrowed from the library

Where to get: 

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life.


Originally posted October 24, 2012 on Beauty but a Funny Girl

Creepy. Not scary. Creepy.

There were nights I laid awake. Cas said it best at one point: "I woke up and there was nothing there, but I knew if I reached under my bed something would grab me and drag me to hell."

Thesis Cassio (Cas) is a ghost hunter. Not the TV kind, the kind that actually kills ghosts. He inherited his athame from his father - a ghost killer who was killed by a ghost. (Not a spoiler folks, we learn this in the first chapter.)

Speaking of first chapter, boy you get pulled into the story right away!

Anyway, Cas gets a tip about a ghost up in Canada called Anna Dressed in Blood (get it?). Cas makes new friends in town - something he hasn't done before as he and his mother are always moving - and they "team up" to help Cas kill Anna. But of course, this being a novel, it's not as cut and dry as Cas's previously kills.

I loved the cast of characters - especially Anna. Very sassy ghost. I liked the evolution of Carmel. She's not at all who she appears to be when we first meet her and Thomas is a lot of fun, too. He evolved just as well as Carmel, in my opinion anyway.

Overall, Anna was very well written. It took me a bit to read it because I couldn't read it right before bed. My mind would just race and "they" (whoever "they" were) were always out to get me once the lights were out.

Definitely worth a read. Just not at night and not by yourself. Unless you don't enjoy a peaceful nights rest that is.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Beauty Product Review: Dream Beauty Box Professional Makeup Brushes + Win 1 of 3 sets!

If you think these look soft.. You're absolutely right!

Honestly, "soft" doesn't even begin to cover it. These are, hands down, the softest brushes I have ever used, and that is including my Real Techniques and Sephora brushes. They are cashmere soft, with fibers so fine and gentle on your face, it's actually hard to believe these are synthetic.

There are 5 brushes in this set, and they come in a neat black pouch. What you get is pretty much all you should need for a complete face makeup - a gorgeous face brush, a nicely shaped contour brush, a standard eye-shadow brush, a fantastic crease/blending brush and a smudge brush (to perfect your smokey eye look!). These are all the brushes I ever use for applying my makeup, no matter if it's a date-night or a mope-around-at-home-in-sweatpants night.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'd like to say that I get at least one review request for makeup brushes per week and I have long since stopped accepting those, because most of the brushes sold on Amazon are lacking in quality and/or overpriced. When the owner of the company emailed me about evaluating this brush set, I accepted it because the brushes looked like they were top-quality, very soft and well-made. I am so happy that I did, because they really are one of the best makeup brushes I've used to date. I will be buying a set for my mom and recommending those to all of my friends.

Sample was provided for review consideration.

About Dream Beauty Box Professional Makeup Brushes:

  • ELEGANT PROFESSIONAL QUALITY BRUSHES - Exceptional makeup application begins with expert makeup brushes.Our premium quality soft synthetic fibers have been all been handcrafted and finished in a stunning rose gold and black design
  • THESE ARE THE ESSENTIAL TOP 5 MAKEUP BRUSHES EVERY GIRL NEEDS! The 5 brushes are the must have tools to create any high defiition make up look. Ideal for blending cream, liquid, powder and mineral cosmetics.The densly packed fibers and perfectly contoured shapes will make blending, buffing, contouring and highlightinh a breeze
  • TOP QUALITY BRUSHES, 100% VEGAN & CRUELTY FREE - we are proud to say all of our brushes are made from the highest quality synthetic fibers. They are vegan & 100% cruelty free. This results in the brushes being longer lasting, with minimal shedding and fallout. They give a much smoother flawless makeup application than cheeper scrathy natural brushes
  • PROTECTIVE SLEEK BLACK POUCH - light weight and ideal for travel, its small and compact so can even fit into your purse. Treat yourself or a loved one, its the perfect GIFT for any beauty lover


· EXPERT FACE BRUSH - Unique dome shape makes it a multipurpose tool. Ideal for powder, liquids, minerals or pigments to obtain a flawless airbrushed base.

· SCULPTING / CONTOUR BRUSH - Create defined contours and model bone structure. The specially designed tip highlights and sculpts seamlessly.

· SMUDGE BRUSH - The densely packed bristles are designed to enhance the eye by smudging shadows and liners for a soft smoky effect. Can also be used for precision concealing.

· CLASSIC SHADOW BRUSH - For subtle or dramatic high definition results. The brush effortlessly applies cream, powder and pigment shadows evenly from lash line to brow

· CREASE AND BLENDING BRUSH - This beautifully soft and fluffy brush blends and softens harsh lines in a flash. Great for all over shadow and blending crease contour. It can also be used on the face for precision highlighting and contouring. 


The wonderful founder and owner of Dream Beauty Box, Katie, has graciously offered 3 sets up for a contest on Bookish Lifestyle! 3 lucky winners will get to experience the luxurious softness of her fabulous brushes, YAY!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Volume 1 & 2

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Graphic Novels, #1 issues #1-6
Paranormal, Vampires, Graphic Novel, Adult
Publication.Date:July 18, 2007
Pages:168 (hardcover)
Published By:  Marvel
Website:Laurell K. Hamilton

Stacie Ritchie (Text)

Jessica Ruffner (Text)

Brett Booth (Illustrator)

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Volume 1 on Goodreads
My review copy:Borrowed from the library
Where to get:

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Graphic Novels #2, issues #7-12
Paranormal, Vampires, Graphic Novel, Adult
Publication.Date:August 6, 2008
Pages:144 (paperback)
Published By:  Marvel
Website:Laurell K. Hamilton

Jessica Ruffner (Text)

Brett Booth (Illustrator)

Ron Lim (Illustrator)

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Volume 2 on Goodreads
My review copy:Borrowed from the library

Where to get:

New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton brings Anita Blake to the world of graphic novels. Anita Blake lives in a world where vampires, zombies and werewolves have been declared legal citizens of the United States. Anita Blake is an "animator" - a profession that involves raising the dead for mourning relatives. But Anita is also known as a fearsome hunter of criminal vampires, and she's often employed to investigate cases that are far too much for conventional police. But as Anita gains the attention of the vampire masters of her hometown of St. Louis, she also risks revealing an intriguing secret about herself - the source of her unusual strength and power.


I read Guilty Pleasures many years ago and absolutely loved it. It's the first true adult series that I read and loved - at least until it became more about the sex scenes than the mystery, but that's another story.

These two volumes stick very closely to the novel and is essentially just these artists interpenetration and visualizations of the novel. The artwork is detailed and eye catching, allowing yourself to really be pulled into the story.

My problem with graphic novels is simply that: my problem. They don't have enough depth for me to really be pulled into the story. While these volumes encompass the main aspects of Guilty Pleasures, I don't get the depth and back story of these characters that I really enjoy and felt was missing. But again, that's my issue with graphic novels as a whole and not necessarily with these two volumes.

If you are a fan of graphic novels and have yet to read Guilty Pleasures, or you're already a fan of the novel and enjoy graphic novels, these volumes are definitely something worth checking out!


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