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Disney Book Tag!

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1) The Little Mermaid - a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”
i’d have to say this one goes to Macey McHenry from the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. she shows up four years behind into the most elite school in the country where they train girls to be spies, and this girl goes from being a stuck up, spoiled senator’s daughter to a fighting, selfless girl who values every single person around her. but she sure was out of her element for a while

2) Cinderella - a character who goes through a major transformation
i think this one most definitely goes to Aelin in through the series so far, but especially in Heir of Fire. she goes from the deepest, darkest, lowest parts inside of her to the point where her suicidal tendencies are visible. like, this girl did not care if she died. and she picked her damn self off and kept fighting. do you know how hard that is??? she came to terms with the biggest secret, the biggest nightmare inside of her. she did that. on her own. and she embraces the deaths that have come to her. sam, nehemia, marrion, her fucking parents, and every life she has taken. she’s my hero.

3) Snow White - a book with an eclectic cast of characters
Shatter Me! every single character in the book has different quirks and personalities and they blend together so beautifully as one. tahereh mafi is extremely talented

4) Sleeping Beauty - a book that put you to sleep
all of the Maze Runner books (sorry!) they were just so boring and non-descriptive.

5) The Lion King - a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood
i’d say this one has to go to several characters, and this’ll be long (spoiler alert). Juliette Ferrars from Shatter me—her parents were repulsed with her to the point that they sent her to an insane asylum. she didn’t know what was happening to her. she never heard of them again. people around her literally saw a monster instead of a human. my favorite plot twist, the Anderson brothers, Adam and Warner. do i even need to explain?? their father beat them every year on their birthday. he beat their mothers. he was twisted in every way possible. my baby darling Ruby from The Darkest Minds trilogy! she literally wiped her parent’s memory of her from their brains. and then they sent her to a concentration camp, where she worked to survive and hide who she was. and come on, sam?? and cole?? and nico?? I’m in tears. Cammie Morgan from the Gallagher Girls series. her father disappeared on a mission when she was twelve. do you get that??? twelve. and she had to grow up with her mom as the headmistress in her school. this girl was hunted down by an ancient terrorist organization. need i say more??? she’s been shot at, chased down, tortured. like, actually tortured by her boyfriend’s mother, had to stop world war three, and was literally shown her father’s grave as a form of torture after thinking he’s been dead for six years. lastly, we all know Aelin is on this list. y’all already know the whole story i literally cannot start ranting about her without wanting to cry.

6) Beauty and the Beast - a beast of a book that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. the book is moderately pretty big, but i was just so so scared of what was going to happen. hands down one of my favorite books. it still makes me cry.

7) Aladdin - a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse
i mean no one really comes out as unscathed as Ruby does from The Darkest Minds. she gets everything she ever wanted, though it was most DEFINITELY a difficult way to get there.

8) Mulan - a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not
again, Ruby from the darkest minds

9) Toy Story - a book with characters you wish would come to life
Throne of Glass and Gallagher Girls and Vampire Academy. i love them all too much to choose

10) Disney Descendants - your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character
Catherine Goode from Gallagher Girls was so well organized and thought out like god damn what an insanely well written villain. also Arobynn Hamel. he’s so complex you don’t even know where to start

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Fashion, Knowledge and the Economy.

There comes a time when the glamour behind the fashion elite begins to fade. Usually, this is something that occurs after you’ve passed 25 years of age (usually).

You begin to think and wonder whether the tale behind the magazines and the industry itself are all it’s cracked up to be and whether or not you simply want to enjoy it aesthetically, or perhaps immerse yourself in it completely. You see celebrities for what they truly are, glorified ordinary people who lead un-extraordinary lives full of extraordinary possessions and exclusive events.

Grace Coddington paints a wonderful picture about the fashion industry, and true to form she’s humble about it. It’s intense, it’s stressful, you’re mediating between a passionate and angry photographer and perhaps a diva model or celebrity. It’s hard work. It’s not easy and most importantly, it’s just business. The extensive name dropping (whether intentional or not) makes you realise we are now in an era where the ‘greats’ will forever be The Greats. If you have the opportunity, definitely give her biography a read. You’ll feel as if you’ve lived a thousand lives and then some. (It’s perfectly ok to then begin furiously searching for the scans of editorials she mentions in her bio as well!)

Coco Chanel - she’s one of these reluctant feminists of another time where she did what she wanted and that was all there was to it. The lover of an ex-Nazi soldier, the ex-singer, the horse-rider and the continually reinterpreted cinema persona. This read is more about a historical figure making waves during a period when it was safer to stay ashore. You truly develop a strong appreciation for what it meant to be a woman forging a business during times of workers unions and the revolutions and of course the down-turn after the second world war. People forget she came from poverty, as I am sure she on many occasion tried to forget as well.

Nothing makes you feel more at home than the words of Maureen Callahan. Admittedly, the writer has just started this book and has devoured most of it in one sitting. The 90s, this has to be one of my favourite eras. Everyone was confused, confounded, angry and rebellious. We were all moving into a different consumerist age and no one really knew what to do about it. So we rebelled. The (now clichéd) grunge and indie bands poetically screamed the 'youths’ frustration. The twiggy girls came forward and said 'hey! we skinny girls can be pretty too!’ and then of course market fashion became high street fashion. People were pissed off about global warming, whaling, the War and wanted everyone to know about it. Joining the 'Peace Corp’ was cool and biking was considered flipping off 'the man’.

We saw Alexander McQueen highlight the beauty of vintage BDSM in his collections. He endeavoured to illustrate the gothic dark fetishist ages into clothes. Of course his shows scared people. He shook beliefs. Well violently shook beliefs. We all thought the sex revolution happened in the 60s but it truly unravelled in the 90s. Teens were having sex, it was becoming public and what’s more sex wasn’t just about rebelling, it was about experimentation.

Kate revolutionised the idea of beauty and everyone was telling her 'hmmmm thanks but not thanks’ all the while she was drinking, getting high and of course having lots of fun.

Marc Jacob’s evolution is also explored in the book. Sonic Youth and Marc Jacobs? I’m there. I don’t think I need to say more, do I?

// Don’t want to read? Perhaps you prefer to watch a documentary? Catch 'McQueen and I’, ’The True Cost’, ’Scatter my ashes at Bergdorfs’ and also ’Dior and I’ for some great tv-time.

The question that remains unanswered now is, in a world where our economic structure is based on a capitalist principle, how do we evolve and how will this influence our consumption of goods? The 80s was all about power dressing and showing wealth, getting more, more stocks, more shares, more gold, bigger houses, me-me-me. The 90s was about experiences, more gigs, more concerts, more self-expression, more drugs, more experimentation, me-me-me. But ever so slightly, the 90s also became more about you, you need to not care so much about me and care more about the person next to you. This message was more of a whisper, but it was always chanting in the background.

The political and social climate of the world was war-torn and recovering and at the same time evolving. We developed the digital era and internet and again everything evolved.

The 00’s saw reality shows harness our viewing and the social media phenomena take over all our social interactions. It was about celebrity, it was about using social media to be a pseudo celebrity. It was about generating lifestyle envy.

The 2010s has seen the messages from the 90s finally take momentum. Global warming, global poverty, world-health issues - people are developing a conscience but don’t know what to do with it. Yes, we care, but how do “we” do anything about it. This is where the problems of our economic model become most apparent. Our values are conflicting with what we’re conditioned to desire and consume.

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TMNT: Eclipse

Ch.5 Fire and Water

12 am

The two brothers stood beside each other watching the Elite charge their way. Both of them grinning, they turn their heads to each other, hold their weapons in their hands, nod to each other, bump fists, and Leo says the last words before the fight begins

“Ill take two, you take two. Split, NOW!”

Both brother split drawing two Elite with them as they do. Splinter looks on, impressed by his sons seemingly perfect synchronized movement. It took these two a lot of pain and suffering to actually work as a team but they finally got there. Leo had ran toward the parks fountain to spread the two groupings, the Elite close behind. The two that had followed him carried broad scimtar like swords, but Leo was not afraid of the size. He knew his katana excelled most weapons. Black steel, with a dragon engraved in blue on both blades. Leo began to turn, his feet sliding on the wet grass. He was ready to fight. Though he and Raph were much stronger and faster, it was still going to considerble effort to take these ninja down. Both Elite came swinging down hard towards Leo’s head. He blocks both overhead, flips them underneath and drop kicks both ninja away.


Raph was not to far away from this battle. He had felt it best to stay somewhat close to Leo just in case something went wrong. He was a close quarters fighter. Among certain disciplines, Muay Thai was his favorite. Of the two Elites who chased him down, one had a kusarigama held close. A killer weapon up close and far away. Raph would have to be careful not to let his guard down. The other Elite had Sai just like his own but Raph had acquired new, stronger, and sharper Sai since his training had started. Sterling Silver with a red engraving in both. The Japanese character for “family”. The Elites both charge in quickly, but Raph was ready, a swift elbow to one, the other making wild swings with his kusarigama almost tearing off Raph’s tattered mask. This made him angry for whatever reason and before the second knew what hit him, Raph’s huge hands were on his head thrusting it down to deal a harsh knee to the face followed by a roundhouse to dizzy him. But it was gonna take more than that to take these two down.

Leo had been blocking sword slashes like they were nothing. In fact there was a point to where the Elite started to get frustrated with their missing, so they became more wild and unpredictable. This was something Leo wasn’t used to so he soon had to slowly escape from the onslaught of wild blows. Raph was having a much easier time with his two. And all it took both only a glance at each other to know the warm up was over. It was time to lay down the killing strokes. Leo had enough, the onslaught had cut him three times and that was it. With two great swings, he cut both enemies swords in half. The Elite look on astonished by whatbhad just happened. And Leo took advantage of their hesitation and made four more strong yet swift slices in the shape of an “x”. Blood started to sputter and leak from the chests of the ninjas as Leo looked open them with savage eyes.

“You don’t deserve a quick death. You aren’t able to fight any longer. I would guess you’ll bleed out in a few”

Leo turned to watch Raph’s fight and it was a little more brutal than he expected. Raph had both attacking so angrily he was smiling. But knowing how much of a glutton Raph was for a good fight, it came as no surprise.

“Alright, shitheads. This for my brothers.”

Raph had the ball end of one of the elite’s kusarigama thrust at him. He catches it as if with no effort. He yanks hardly taking the ninja off guard and as he stumbles, Raph’s Sai goes in to his head, the extra two points through the eye sockets. And as he pulls the ninja off of his weapon, the eyes follow.

“Ugh, sick. Here, have ‘em!”

He throws the dead eyeballs to the remaining opponent and with that distraction, the Elite had caught the eyes out of reflex, but that was his undoing. Three crushing blows, two punches and a knee for good measure, crushed the ninjas ribcage. You could almost hear the crunch of the bones with the blows. The Elite begins to choke on his own blood from the crushed ribcage tearing apart his lungs

“Know what we felt. Bastards.”

Meanwhile, as Leo looked on, the Elite he had already taken care ofnhad decided they would not die quietly. They attempted to charge Leo while his back was turned. But as quick as their attempt was, Leo was much quicker. He swiftly flips his katana so the blades faced the ninja, turned and slashed at them in another “x” motion. This time, both heads fell half off. As their lifeless bodies hit the floor, both brothers spit to the dead bodies as a sign of disrespect. They walk up to each other and bump fists once more.

“You know Leo, you didn’t look half bad out there”

He grins slyly

“You too bro, you too. But now we gotta go home. Well, what’s left of it anyways.”

Splinter had been proud of how far they had come as ninja but especially as brothers,. It was no secret these two were polar opposites but they finally learned that without each other, the were truly nothing.


“Yes, we must go now. The foot will recover their own bodies, we must retreat before they do so.”

2:30 a.m.

The turtles and their master had retreated to the confines of the sewer once more and they knew the horror they were about to witness. As they approached the inside of the den, the saw Mikey. Dead but smiling. They all began to shed tears for their fallen brother, student and son. Splinter took Mikey in his arms and could not believe that his face still had a smile on it. But such was his true nature. Not matter what, Mikey found a bright side to anything. And realizing this, the family had decided that his body would be best left here in their now former home. Knowing that the foot would know where to find them again, a new home was needed. Saying their final goodbyes, Mikey’s nunchaku were placed on his chest and he was lain in Splinter’s old room. Next plan of action, eliminate The Shredder,

Secret US Classics Junior Results and Recap

Secret US Classics Junior Results and Recap. What a great meet!

The arena was ablaze with sparkling leotards as the juniors took the stage at the Secret US Classics. After an exciting competition, Lauren Hernandez of MG Elite topped the podium with a 58.45. Ragan Smith of Texas Dreams won the silver with a 57.70, while reigning national junior champion Jazzy Foberg of MG Elite followed behind her for the bronze with a 57.40. Hernandez led the entire meet,…

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TdF: The Plot Thickens...

Today’s stage 19 from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to La Toussuire on the Tour de France was arguably the toughest stage of the 2015 Tour. With 138 km, a category 2, two category 1s and an HC (beyond category), the riders all knew they had a long day ahead.

Team Sky was prepared to be attacked but not to the extent that it happened. Vincenzo Nibali (last year’s winner) got away from the elite group on the climb up the Col de la Croix-de-Fer, 59km before the finish at La Toussuire. Pierre Rolland was with him until the final climb when Nibali accelerated and Rolland could not respond. Nibali sailed the final 16km to the finish, gaining crucial time on his rivals. In the group of elite riders behind, Chris Froome found himself without team support and vulnerable to attacks. Sure enough, Nairo Quintana took off on the final ascent with 6km to go and was able to carve out 30 seconds from Froome’s overall lead in the GC.
The new GC still has Froome in 1st place but Quintana is only 2′38″ behind now. In third is Valverde at 5′25″ and Nibali climbs up to 4th at 6′44″. A very dangerous Alberto Contador is in 5th at 7′ 56″.Unless Froome cracks tomorrow on the Alpe d’Huez, he will win the TdF on Sunday but the battle for podium places (and for the various jerseys) is intense and far from decided.

BLACK DAWN by Cristin Harber: Review

Black Dawn by Cristin Harber
Series: Titan #6
Published by Mill Creek Press
Publication Date: July 14th 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Author
Format: eARC

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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

What happens when nothing is as it seems?

Lexi Dare is on a one-woman mission to stay alive. Both at home and at work. Because how did she end up with a ring on her finger and an abuser in bed as she readies to hit the high point in her career? Everything should be perfect. Amazing job. Handsome fiancé. It’s all a disaster. 

Parker Black is the brains behind Titan Group, an elite security firm. In his world, everything is ordered and controlled, except what he feels for his buddy’s girl. Something in her eye screams for help, but he has no idea what. 

When Lexi disappears, Parker realizes what he should have known. The lines blur between friendships and work, and they must find each other to survive a terror attack that only Lexi can stop.

Nerds absolutely rule! That’s the first thing that came to mind when I finished reading BLACK DAWN! I have read all the preceding books in the Titan series but this blows the rest of them out of the water!

Parker Black is a former marine, but his true skills lay in the magic he performs with his computers. As the tech guy for the Titan Group, he is the best of the best and he’s also a force to reckon with in the underground hacker scene. As a computer geek, he sees life in black and white, which is why he has never gone after the woman he’s loved since he first met her.

Lexi Dare should be over the moon about her life. Engaged, with a great job as an elite hacker and about to sell her highly sought-after program, everything is perfect. Or is it? In reality, the only thing great about her life is that she has an amazing job and is about to sell her program. Everything else is a crapshoot because Lexi is stuck in an abusive relationship that gets steadily worse, but she can’t break away because he’s the only person offering her what she has always wanted – a sense of belonging, a family.

Unfortunately for Lexi, this is just the beginning. Lexi’s professional and personal lives are about fall apart spectacularly. Hunted by a terrorist organization for her revolutionary program and her exceptional skills and faced with an increasingly abusive fiance, Lexi has only one person she can turn to for help, her fiance’s friend Parker Black.

Parker is completely out of his element when it comes to his feelings for Lexi but one thing he knows is that he will move mountains to protect Lexi and when he discovers that the hacker he’s collaborated with for a very long time and Lexi are one and the same? All bets are off!

“I will kill to protect you. I will hunt what follows you … I will seek out anything that has its sights on you, and I will destroy it. I’m not a muscle hound with a hard-on for electronics. I’m a mercenary for the good guys, an analyst of life-and-death situations, and I will, I swear to Christ, maim, harm, and kill anything that wants what I care about.”

What’s not to love about BLACK DAWN? Parker is the perfect combo: brains and brawn, fiercely protective of Lexi and I swear I was swooning as they spoke geek stuff, even though I had no idea what they were talking about. Now, I loved Lexi and her skills, but I can’t help wondering how someone with so much confidence in her skills could stay in an abusive relationship for so long. In the end, after being shuffled around in the foster care system she wanted what everyone wants and found it in Parker and by extension, the rest of the Titan team and their families.

BLACK DAWN may not have all the action of the rest of the series but it’s easily my favorite.

 

About Cristin Harber

Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

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Elite: Dangerous Community Gathering Announced For Gamescom 2015 http://ift.tt/1LkUyRT

Fans of Elite: Dangerous had a surprise revealed earlier today when Frontier Developments, the UK-based developer of the virtual reality (VR) compatible space simulation experience, unveiled that it would be hosting a special real-life gathering for community members of the Elite franchise at this year’s Gamescom.

It revealed that the company would be hosting a free gathering entitled Elite Meet Cologne 2015 on the evening of August 5th at a secret location in the German city. The free event for one hundred lucky fans is due to feature food, drink, entertainment (though not what this is, is not specified), a chance to meet members of the team behind the Elite series as well as an intriguing promise of ‘exclusive content’.

Those wishing to take part should register their names (up to two) by email and  winners will be drawn at random with an additional six pairs of tickets which shall be awarded to those who give the best reason why they’d want to attend, explain which characters they’d dress up in for, etc.

Attendees must be 18 or over and the contest closes on July 21st. You can find more details here about both the 100 ticket draw and the guaranteed ticket contest.

VRFocus will be in attendance at Gamescom and will bring you all the latest VR news from the event, we’ll also continue to follow Elite: Dangerous closely and will report back with any further updates on it.

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Blog Tour Promo Spot & Giveaway: Black Dawn - Cristin Harber

Blog Tour Promo Spot & Giveaway: Black Dawn – Cristin Harber

What happens when nothing is as it seems? 

Lexi Dare is on a one-woman mission to stay alive. Both at home and at work. Because how did she end up with a ring on her finger and an abuser in bed as she readies to hit the high point in her career? Everything should be perfect. Amazing job. Handsome fiancé. It’s all a disaster. 

Parker Black is the brains behind Titan Group, an elite security firm.…

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