If you were to dress up in Halloween, inspired by a book, the easy way would be to get a nice braid, a bow and arrow and then BAM! Katniss. Maybe just some black, ink, a couple of guns and become a Divergent…. Or be a Steampunk Pirate, or a steampunk vampire!!!
So, I searched the web for halloween ideas inspired in some of my favorite steampunk series:
Iron Seas Series by Meljean Brook
Vampire Empire by Clay and Susan Grffith
Both series are full of action, never boring, with lots of steampunk details and romance. What I liked the most is that I had to pause to imagine the ships and machined they described, I had to fight the urge to stop reading and draw them 😛 I’ll post the reviews of both series later.
Now … the makeup … These are some pretty cool tutorials I found online, hope you like them, and maybe, give you some inspiration for this year’s october 31.
I haven’t really read military themed books, just books about PTSD after deployment, since this one was about teenagers going to military academy it had a different context.
Sam McKenna it’s one of the first 4 teenage girls about to enroll in a really prestigious military academy, she’s military legacy since her father and both older brothers are also military but that doesn’t matter since almost everybody it’s against the idea of changing the academy to a co-ed program. That doesn’t stop Sam, she wants her father’s approval and to complete her oldest brother dare (he died after he dare her to do it and it’s mentioned several times that she never backs out of a dare).
Needless to say she’s subjected to a lot of abuse from her peers and her family doesn’t support her, she’s trying to deal with her brother’s death and the cruel and hostile environment doesn’t help with her mental and emotional well being.
I’ve to confess that through out the whole book I was always afraid and expecting Sam to be gang raped or something like that, every time there was a sense that something was going to happen I was pleading with myself “please just don’t be sexual assault, please, please!” Nevertheless there was a lot of physical and mental assault for poor Sam. She develops friendships but she’s also really stubborn and didn’t accept help without a fight, she wanted to prove herself and didn’t gave importance to her safety.
There are a different subplots and interesting characters that made the story compelling and entertaining, overall I give it even though I was sad because the ending has just a partial HEA.
This story is really creepy and unlike its title really implausible, the story starts with Aquilla Chavez a.k.a. Quill, she’s a teenager part of a wealthy family but with secrets and threats since her father it’s in the drug business as well as chattels girls (a nice way of saying sex slaves even though they mention it isn’t coerced and the girls are paid and released at the end of their contract, call it like you want but let’s not kid ourselves…). At first she’s kind of oblivious about everything even though deep down she really suspects about it, yes! she lives in denial land…
She has a brother, Julius Chavez, seven years her senior (I forgot to mention: they aren’t related even though their father pretends they’re) for whom she develops feelings and attraction. They give into their feelings and lust and have a relationship but then everything goes up in flames when the FBI raids their house, kills their father and detain her (Julius manages to escape).
That’s when everything becomes complicated because the truth about her origins is revealed, her whole world changes she doesn’t know what to believe or whom to trust and she just wants to be with Julius but he’s MIA.
I think the intention was to have an edgy and controversial book but it felt short, like I said it’s not plausible, logical or believable, therefore I give it only
On a side note the book cover has the exact same picture as another book I just saw on GR but didn’t paid attention to the title, I hate when that happens…
When I read If I Stay , I had no idea it would become one of my favorite books ever, but to be honest … I like Where She Went better.
I read those two books back in 2011, and when I was done, I sent and email to my friends telling them to read them … they read them … 3 years later LOL but they did, just in time for the movie 😛
And going to the movies was such an experience … the girl sitting next to me was crying a river, and her boyfriend was kind of laughing … I just wanted to watch the movie in silence …
Anyway, the thing is, that since everybody is talking about the movie and the book I thought that instead of sharing my review, I would share my favorite quotes …
“You know, I thought about that a lot these last couple of years,” She says in a choked voice. “About who was there for you. Who held your hand while you grieved for all that you’d lost?”
OK … yep … it’s a quote from Where She Went and it summarizes the book perfectly …
“I look at her there in the shadows of the shut-down city, her hair falling onto her face, and I can see her trying to figure out if I’ve lost it. And I have to fight the urge to take her by the shoulders and slam her against a shuttered building until we feel the vibrations ringing through both of us. Because I suddenly want to hear her bones rattle. I want to feel the softness of her flesh give, to hear her gasp as my hip bone jams into her. I want to yank her head back until her neck is exposed. I want to rip my hands through her hair until her breath is labored. I want to make her cry and then lick up the tears. And then I want to take my mouth to hers, to devour her alive, to transmit all the things she can’t understand.”
Ohhh Adam … you make the best heart breaking quotes ever!!!
Any other quotes you like???