"New fashions are created by the logical accident of experimentation ... gradually evolving into numerous mutations that may take decades to play out."New fashions are created by the logical accident of experimentation ... gradually evolving into numerous mutations that may take decades to play out... if everyone likes the new look then that is IN and everything else is OUT!"
Betty's theory of evolution is the law of the fashion world. This book is a jewel. I held onto my Survey of Historic Costume text after fashion college; but I can see now that this book will replace my former first line reference tool. This is so much more fun to read.
My favorite section is "A Good Body Never Goes Out of Style". The "stuff with cotton what God has forgotten " comment had me dying of laughter. As a designer myself I can relate. I adored the tips also. Like "do not over-fit a bad figure..." will stick with me forever. The conversational tone and witty titles like "Look Ma!...No Bra!" kept me fully engaged.
The author does and excellent job of breaking down the details in each sketch.
My only complaint at the moment is I wish the history went further back. I always have issues dating the tunic eras.
I've got warm and fuzzys all over. I loved this soooooo much! Faith Sullivan you're pretty damn awesome. Finally a guy I can call home and talk to momI've got warm and fuzzys all over. I loved this soooooo much! Faith Sullivan you're pretty damn awesome. Finally a guy I can call home and talk to mom about! xoxo!
Oh Adam.....*sigh*...it's not you it's me. Oh my goodness that sounds like a break up speech! Retract, RETRACT.
*ERASE & start again* Adam you're cool, but Eric's cooler. I don't want no guy guy, I just want a shy guy.
Could you kill someone with your face? Could you kill at all if faced with certain death? In the world of Dualed, if you want to make it into adulthooCould you kill someone with your face? Could you kill at all if faced with certain death? In the world of Dualed, if you want to make it into adulthood you will become a murderer.
Dualed centers around a society when everyone has a genetic alternate complete with government medically "timed" wiring that can be activated at any time a little before or during puberty. Such internal devices make killing your twin an undebatable command. But where there are laws, there are criminals willing to break them. Where there are law abiding citizens, there's also a black market.
Dualed is told from West Grayer's point of view. Her situation instantly made me like her. She's lost a lot of her loved ones and virtually one step from homelessness on top of poverty. Her only hope for a better living situation is being activated, and yet the public school system is not up to part. With a little push, she delves into a journey of bloodshed and cowardness. While I completely understood West's hesitation, the length of it seemed a bit at olds with her initial portrayal. She was kind of a walking contradiction. I was curious to know her Alt's point of view. It's weird to automatically have an enemy from the time you are born, and while Dualed is written to make you automatically hate "the other one". It would have been nice to see things from their perspective.
Dualed was both an entertaining as well as frustrating novel. I found it difficult to get into the story right away. Mainly because I was juggling reads. Dualed is the type of novel that demands your undivided attention. West goes back and forth between the past and present, and if you're not careful you'll get lost. While West's character was a grey zone for me, I was completely in awe of the society. I could see a lot of potential. Kersh seemed very cut throat (literally)! I look forward to book two.
I'm an Ambuzzador (via Random Buzzers) for this book and was given a free copy for an honest review....more
Silencing Breath was the sequel to Stealing Breath, a novel I enjoyed beyond words. The supernatural content and originality blew me away. Even at theSilencing Breath was the sequel to Stealing Breath, a novel I enjoyed beyond words. The supernatural content and originality blew me away. Even at the end there was still a thick level of mystery surrounding the characters and the extent of their strange powers. I took it upon myself to check out Vicarious and was thrilled to sneak a peek at Sarah's past complete with her blossoming abilities. In Silencing Breath, we're taken into Evan's world. Thus begins the meet & greet of the Valenti clan. It's been four years since Sarah and Evan's "Happily Ever After" began. There's even marriage on the horizon. That is until revenge comes knocking.
Silencing Breath was a dark chapter in this series. In fact I believe there was a bit of a genre shift from paranormal romance to simply paranormal in the process. That's not all that much of a bummer but with the steamy of the last novel, the smooch time diminishes quickly in this installment. However the thrilling action remains. The intensity of this one will have you biting your nails, maybe even holding back a gag, and begging for the return of love. While I found myself engrossed with this, it's still very much different then anything I could have imagined. The history of Evan's family will make you wish you remained in the dark.
Silencing Breath did not skimp on the horror, dark magic, and addition of new allies and villains. It was a solid follow up within the series. I'm holding out many hopes that the next novel will return with a HUGE romantic BANG! ...more
Keatyn Douglas is the offspring of Hollywood’s sweetheart. She spent her childhood on movie sets. She’s lived a glamorous life within the confounds ofKeatyn Douglas is the offspring of Hollywood’s sweetheart. She spent her childhood on movie sets. She’s lived a glamorous life within the confounds of her mother’s famous shadow. Stalk Me details Keatlyn’s life in high school when she decided to have a try at normalcy.
From the cover, you see a pretty girl, see the title inviting obsessive attention and can’t help but roll your eyes thinking all kinds of not nice things. Perhaps I’m just speaking for myself. Truthfully, I didn’t really know what to expect. The synopsis made comparisons to Gossip Girl, but I never watched the show. Ehhh, just couldn’t hold my attention long enough to really get into it, so I wasn’t really a fan. I didn’t dislike it either. I just wasn’t interested.
While Stalk Me was full of stereotypes, Keatyn was the exception. She was just as high maintenance as she was down to Earth. She reminded me so much of Alicia Silverstone in Clueless. Her system for deciphering the complexity of friends and relationships was completely alien to me, yet the reasoning was sound. It’s like when Cher compares shoe shopping in Miami to shoe shopping in LA and ultimately decide that it’s not where you buy the shoe but the comfort in the fit. Her analogy was used in discussing going to private school to public school. The quality of learning is what’s important. Oh, but wait, her current shoes are so last season. So then she buys new shoes for her first day at school. Then you ask yourself why the heck she had to use that round about explanation to argue something so obvious. Keatyn wasn’t a carbon copy of Cher but she did have similarities. Her desire to do the right thing is what made me like her. Another quality that I liked was her expectations and dreams. She wanted to be popular, date the cutest guy, and go to the coolest parties. I think a lot of teens can relate. It was especially entertaining when the reader gets glimpses into her fantasies. Keatlyn literally had a script for every milestone in the teenage card catalog of first experiences.
On the other hand there were many times I wanted to knock on her fictional door and slap the naiveté out of her. Her strength to stand outside of the popular clique and grow a backbone was nonexistent. In my opinion, she also didn’t particularly make the best decisions.
Stalk Me surprisingly had a lot going on socially aside from there being a stalker. Much of the unpleasant action could have been easily avoided. It makes you wonder if the rich and famous really do have as much drama steaming from their stature or if the chaos is of their own making.
Stalk Me brought out every last one of my emotions. I loved the gushy romance. I lusted on the steamy scenes. I envied the lavish lifestyle. I giggled at Keatyn's gullibility and dreamy expectations. That also pissed me off at times. I teared up on the unfair unfairytale realities. I was frustrated by all the drama, that also had me glued to see what happens next.
In sum, Stalk Me was an interesting read. I loved it. I hated it. I loved it some more. It was like plucking petals. Keatyn's like my very first fictional frenemy, but I'm kind of obsessed now. But it's not all her, but her unfair life. This novel is dramalicious! I definitely plan to stalk this series....more
“You think you have everything figured out, that everyone has their place, that it is black and white, you fail to see the gray in-between.”
Barbie Gir“You think you have everything figured out, that everyone has their place, that it is black and white, you fail to see the gray in-between.”
Barbie Girl is a novel that will have you rethinking your own preconceptions and dismissing, if not, analyzing rumors before you take them at face value. Hopefully it’ll also open your eyes up to second chances and second impressions of everyone around you.
Barbie Girl tells the story of what happens when a geeky guy makes a deal with a girl with a bad reputation to get the attention of the “good girl”. Of course someone falls in love, true identities are revealed and things don’t go as smoothly as originally planned.
The depiction of the characters in Barbie Girl were almost, I dare say, solid!
Yeah Dylan Knight has his issues with prejudging Barbie and everyone else around him, bit who hasn’t. That made him very believable in my eyes. I’ll be lying if I said; I’d never bought into rumors or allowed them to affect my opinion of someone until proven otherwise. With that being said, I found it sad that he allowed those same misconceptions to affect his actions later on even after he got to know Barbie.
Third (aka whose real name is far too embarrassing to mention in this review) was an awesome wing man. He’s the best friend struggling with an identity crisis. He reminded me so much of almost half of my high school student body. His antics at trying to be “cool” provided much of the comic relief.
Barbie Starr! I adored her. She was labeled many things. Among them were “the hottest girl in school” and “the easiest girl in school”. Some of these labels were spewed from a bit of truth. Yet there was so much more to her story. Even with her issues, she made for an entertaining read.
Katie Bloom was the objective and distraction in Barbie Girl. She’s the perfect student and ideal girlfriend according to Dylan. In the course of Dylan rallying to win her affections, we learn that she’s not all as she appears on the outside. I don’t believe her character was fully developed. It would be a delight to see her world further explored in the future.
All and all, I read this one rather quickly. Less than 24 hours is a record with my hectic schedule nowadays. I've also highlighted quite a few very memorable scenes. I was drawn to this novel by the catchy cover, but I honestly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I figured it would be ho-hum. See I was prejudging, but I know better now. (I hope.) I am delighted that I picked this up, because I can’t think of a single complaint. I like how Barbie Girl ended on a drooling note both inside and outside the book. It definitely has me wanting more. I can’t wait to see what drama Barbie World brings....more
Open Heart eliminated any doubts I had about the Farsighted series. Simmi’s story completely surprised me and exceeded my expectations. Open Heart picOpen Heart eliminated any doubts I had about the Farsighted series. Simmi’s story completely surprised me and exceeded my expectations. Open Heart picks up where Farsighted left off. Dax is now living with Alex and has become the latest torn in his side. At this point, I’ve become immune to Alex’s sullenness and since the story isn’t from his point of view, I was able to whip right through this one. In Farsighted Simmi was presented the way Alex saw her: Nice & Sweet. But there’s so much more to her personality. As I suspected, she had ulterior motives for advancing her and Alex’s relationship. It was an eerie feeling to read this and think back to Farsighted. The Simmi from book one was so much in opposition to this one that it was almost like reading about two different girls. I liked both portrayals of her, but Simmi through her own eyes really struck a chord. I was able to relate to her on so many levels. Like many teenage girls, Simmi has insecurities about her body, relationships and life in general. She fears her powers. She questions her love life. She has physical flaws in which she amplifies in her mind to the point of developing an eating disorder. While I’m sure no one in the real world has experienced the level of young adult supernatural and hormonal complexity as Simmi, there’s definitely a topic we can snip from her life that’ll resonate on one level or another. I am pleased to announce that after this, I am highly anticipating continuing on with this series. I’m even more excited to read Shapri’s story.
*A copy of this novel was provided courtesy of the author for an honest review....more