BOTD: The Maze Runner by James Dashner


The Maze Runner is book one of the Maze Runner series. The book opens with Thomas waking up on a dark lift unable to remember anything except for his name. When the lift stops moving, he faces a group of teenage boys who live in an open space known as the Glade, which happens to be surrounded by the Maze. The other boys also have no memories of their lives prior to arriving in the Glade. Thomas tries to find his place in their community when the first girl arrives and everything changes. 

This was absolutely engrossing and I legitimately had a hard time putting it down. This was one of those books that leads to you hissing at and giving the death stare to anyone who dares interrupt you during the last fifty pages. There is so much going on with this story; who are the Creators? Why these kids? Why a maze with no exit? Why make sure the kids have ample supplies when they are dumped in the middle of nowhere with dangerous creatures lurking around? And the interaction between characters and how they react to their predicament is really interesting. I can’t wait to get my hands on The Scorch Trials!

- Eve


BOTD: The Bounty Hunter Code by Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham, and Jason Fry


Like The Jedi Path, the Bounty Hunter Code is presented as a manual, but for bounty hunters. It has advice for new hunters, details about recommended weapons, and how membership in the Guild works and benefits its members. Like The Jedi Path, it has “handwritten notes” from the bounty hunters that used this particular copy.

I really wanted to like this book. I thought The Jedi Path was fun, and figured this one would be just as fun. However, for some reason, I found it boring. It may be because I haven’t read all of the Star Wars books, but this was a book I had to make myself read. If I hadn’t been given this, as opposed to purchasing it myself, I probably would not have finished it. Disappointing.

- Eve


BOTD: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a mystery novel. Christopher John Francis Boone, fifteen, finds a neighbor’s dog dead via a pitchfork on his neighbor’s lawn and is determined to find out who is responsible. The course of his investigation reveals all sorts of secrets that people have hidden from him, and ultimately changes his life.

The book is told from Christopher’s perspective. While his diagnosis is never revealed, Christopher appears to be on the autism spectrum, but this book isn’t really about what his diagnosis is or isn’t, it’s just about how he tackles the challenges he’s presented with. A running theme is his love of math, his struggles with common literary devices, the aversiveness of particular outside sources, and difficulty reading faces and emotions. The irony of course is that reading this story from his perspective leads to empathy for a character who is incapable of it. It’s a really thought provoking and intriguing read.

- Eve


Julep Maven October 2014

Now that I have returned from my vacation, here is my delayed Maven post!


Tons of customization this month. 

Left to right: Ledi (It Girl), Marla (Boho Glam), Splendid lip gloss (I don’t remember which style it was from, I only remember that it was not Boho Glam), and I exchanged some Jules for the cat stickers.

And candy corn! The way people have been talking about candy corn lately, I’m apparently the only one who actually likes it.

- Eve


BOTD: Looking for Alaska by John Green


Miles Halter is living a boring life. In an attempt to seek a Great Perhaps, he uproots his boring life to attend the boarding school his father attended. He finally finds friends in the Colonel, Takumi, and Alaska, whom he falls for. Alaska is reckless and adventurous, everything that Miles is not. His new friends teach him to smoke, and to drink, to pull pranks, and more importantly, to get involved in the lives of the people around him, as opposed to simply memorizing the last words of historical figures. But getting involved in people’s lives doesn’t only open you up to fun things, it also exposes you to things like grief and suffering.

This is a lovely story. While I don’t think it should be compared to The Fault in our Stars, it’s hard not to, and frankly, this book did not make me feel the range or intensity of emotions that TFIOS did. However, the characters and Miles’ coming of age are genuine, and enjoyable, and there are some really great philosophical gems in here that I think anyone of any age can relate to.

- Eve


BOTD: Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Correia


Monster Hunter Vendetta is book 2 in the Monster Hunter series. This is pretty much one of those series that is going to deal with apocalypse after apocalypse, and special people become more special and the ante keeps getting upped ridiculously.

And it is SO FUN.

At the end of the first book, the Old One was injured by a nuke, and believes that Pitt is to blame, so now there is a hit out on him. The cult that serves the Old One and wants to take out Pitt will do whatever they can to draw him out, including attacking his family. And of course, the cult wants to bring about the end of the world. To top it all off, MHI has to work with the feds!

This book starts off with a huge action scene filled with zombies and the pace does not slow down. This is particularly impressive given that it is 612 pages long. You learn more about the Shacklefords but you also learn more about Pitt’s family, and I think Correia does a really good job of fleshing out characters to make them more complex without slowing the book down.

I don’t care what you generally like to read, if you like to read for entertainment purposes, definitely try this series!

- Eve


hellogiggles:

NAILS OF THE DAY: CARAMEL APPLES
by Sarah Waite
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What a great take on your typical drip and tyipcal ombre manis!- Eve

hellogiggles:

NAILS OF THE DAY: CARAMEL APPLES

by Sarah Waite

http://ift.tt/1rhftJt

What a great take on your typical drip and tyipcal ombre manis!

- Eve


heynicenails:

Purple Herringbone #accentnails #nailart #gelnails #prestocolorgel #longbeach #heynicenails #nicenailsfornicepeople (at Hey, Nice Nails)

I’m going to be near Long Beach soon and would LOVE to get my nails done, but a new customer appointment is three hours long! :( I am in love with the photos they post!- Eve

heynicenails:

Purple Herringbone #accentnails #nailart #gelnails #prestocolorgel #longbeach #heynicenails #nicenailsfornicepeople (at Hey, Nice Nails)

I’m going to be near Long Beach soon and would LOVE to get my nails done, but a new customer appointment is three hours long! :( I am in love with the photos they post!

- Eve


petergkaidatzis:

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Love the color combos!- Eve

petergkaidatzis:

Love the color combos!

- Eve

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justlovedress:

Daisy nails

Cute and fun!- Eve

justlovedress:

Daisy nails

Cute and fun!

- Eve