Literary Friday ~ Starters

 photo ArtatHomeButton_zps18898da7.jpgSynopsis according to GoodReads:

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . .

Starters is a YA adventure/mystery set in a futuristic Los Angeles. Ignore the cover- although creepily gorgeous it has nothing to do with the story. Which, by the way, is fairly creepy in concept.

I thought the book had a unique concept, and it wove some wonderful Cinderella re-telling moments in there. The Starters (teens) and Enders (those in their hundreds- everyone lives longer in the future) are contrasted in a way that reflects the socioeconomic contrasts of today: if we eliminate the middle class (or in the book, those between the ages of mid-20’s to 100), what happens? 

I was glad that this wasn’t a stand-alone, but the first novel in a series. There were parts that were a bit Deus Ex Machina, but then Price would turn your expectation on its head with some new revelation. I really liked that Callie was realistically more concerned with the survival of her brother (and self) than taking down an evil corporation. Her voice seemed genuine, and believable. 

Overall, I recommend this for fans of techno-dystopian YA, realistic female protagonists, overlapping mysteries, and good, creeptastic villains. Honestly, The Old Man freaked me out more than he freaked Callie out (if, after getting to the last page, you don’t shudder in revulsion, you have a heartier stomach than I do). 

BONUS!

Here’s the book trailer, which is what caught my eye for this book in the first place:

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Featured Eyeshadow ~ Prologue

Every story has to have a beginning. Why not make it a cheerful one? For me, moving to Seattle in 2008 was a great beginning to a new chapter of my life. And I chose Seattle, over San Diego, because it’s so verdant. All that rain makes for amazing shades of green.

Tada! Prologue.

So here’s the prologue for Printcess: Trying to find mineral eye shadow that didn’t look ten years younger than I am, a particularly nasty customer service experience with an indie mineral makeup company, and a 15-month-long stint of unemployment that left me penniless were the impetus to start my own mineral makeup company.

And although I’ve had plenty of small frustrations in mixing up colors and learning the art of micas and oxides, it’s wickedly good fun to play mad scientist.

In shadow

In sunlight

What’s your favorite color to start new beginnings with?

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Eye of the Week ~ A Spell for Chameleon

Sometimes I just want to buck tradition and do something wild.

These were taken after 8 hours of a Wedding Expo (the joys of a bridesmaid!), after the sun set. So flash was required. But I’m quite pleased at how the eyeshadow stayed put, and didn’t migrate despite the fact that I was clearly sweaty (er, glowing) and tired.

Climax is a vibrant orangey red. Not a color that looks fantastic on my olive skin, but I can’t get over the intensity of it. It’s very, very flame-like.

Given it’s firey tone, I chose to sweep it on from lashes to just above the crease, and wing it out toward my eyebrows. I would love to play with a sunset look with Climax, when I have the time!

Literary Friday ~ If I Stay

 photo ArtatHomeButton_zps18898da7.jpgSynopsis according to GoodReads:

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

If I Stay is a contemporary story that straddles the line between YA and literature. It’s a tearjerker, first and foremost, that occasionally dips into the maudlin. But it’s also the (non-linear) story of a life, or really just two or three years of a life. It’s a romance, at its soul, that focuses on the power of love as opposed to the journey of finding it.

I’m keeping this review simple because the book itself was pretty simple. Mia’s decision is one I think most of us have considered, and her reasons for staying or going are both compelling and earnest. It’s an emotional and relatively static read, but if you like contemporary stories based entirely in memory, you’ll probably enjoy it. 

Featured Eyeshadow ~ Storytime

When Pantone announced the 2014 color of the year, my first thought was “I can’t look good in that color”. My second thought was “I bet I could make an eye shadow in that”.

What do you think? Did I come close to the mark?

Here’s what it looks like on:

In shadow

In sunlight

I gotta say, my favorite part about this color is that Storytime sparkles in the sun, but not the shade.

And please forgive the goosebumps- in January in Seattle, the one day the sun popped out it was about 35 degrees. Brrr!

Honestly, I’m eager to see 2015’s color of the year…I’m betting it’ll be a dark burnished gold. Betting? Sorry, I meant hoping. 😉

Eye of the Week ~ Tuck Everlasting

It’s been a typical grey, stormy, wet January here in Seattle. It’s not a never-ending pewter, but it does dampen the spirits (pun intended).

As color is my go-to happy maker, I fought the grey with some Easter egg pops of color, courtesy of Storytime and Prologue.

Pardon the low-light and blur. Also, I lined my lower waterline with Epilogue for a more polished of a look.

That’s Narrative on the brow bone, blended into the crease.

(with flash, for sparkle)

It didn’t chase the clouds away, but it did make me think of Spring, and my tulips. Proof positive that makeup can improve your mood!