Thursday, August 28, 2014

Paris is always a good idea

I finished another two pages of the smashbook/journal. Actually the first part (the page on the left) I had it done days ago already, but then I put it aside during August, until yesterday I finally motivated myself to finish it. These are dedicated to one of my favorite cities: Paris.













Saturday, August 2, 2014

Book Review: Newsflesh

Title: Newsflesh (Feed, Deadline, Blackout)                  
Author: Mira Grant
Genre: Post apocalyptic
Publication: 2010 (first book)
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

The Covers

I really like the covers of the whole series, they're creepy in a good way and quite a good representation of the books themselves. Blood, the Internet, life and death. Without any weird photos, just symbols and letters. It really works
and the fact that they used red for the text and made it seems like blood, immediately gives you an idea about the books in a good way.

The Story

While my review will be for the whole series, I'll just give a summary of the first books because summarizing the others would really spoil the first one.

It's twenty years after the Rising of 2014 when the common cold and cancer were cured but it came with a price, the Kellis-Amberlee virus, virus infecting people and turning them into zombies. The world as we knew it changed and people are living their lives accordingly with a lot of mandatory blood tests for example. Traditional media has basically become obsolete and blogs and other new media have taken over. Journalists consist of Newsies (they report the factual news), Irwins (they are basically entertainers that poke zombies) and Fictionals (they write fictional content).

Georgia and Shaun Mason are the founders of After the End Times, a news site; George is the head of the Newsies, Shaun of the Irwins and together with Buffy, who's the head of the Fictionals, they run the site. Trying to always report the truth, no matter the cost. They have gotten their first big break when they're asked to follow the campaign of presidential candidate senator Ryman and while on the campaign trail they end up discovering some big secrets...

My Thoughts

I started the first book in this series over a year ago and while I really liked it, I could never put myself to actually finish reading it until I finally did and got completely sucked into this world. After I finished it, I continued with the rest of the series and got seriously hooked and  devoured the next two books in the series and three novellas that came after (I had read two other novellas before book one already to follow the timeline of the series). The three main books are quite long but don't be put off by that because the world building is really great and once you get into the story, you want to keep going.

As I already mentioned the world building is amazing, you can really see that the author did her research and made sure things make sense in a way that you can imagine a world after the zombie apocalypse will be. Sometimes certain things are bit exhausting because they're repetitive but in a way it makes sense because things like blood test and decontaminations are simply part of this new world. The characters have to suffer through them so we have to as well. Another complaint I have is that some parts of the books seem a bit long winded and could have been shorter, it's especially noticeable in the first book which is also the reason it took me forever to get through the first part but once things get going they're really good and luckily the second and third books are better done when it comes to this.

I really liked the characters as well, everybody was well done and they all different distinct personalities that are fleshed out in a good way. Even minor characters have their own voices and the whole staff of After the End Times is cool in their own way. I enjoyed how everybody has their own strength, be it being brave and going into the field or being good at anything technical and computer related or simply living their own kind of life. Through blog posts and some email exchanges at the end of every chapter, you really get good insides in the heads of all the people working for the site (and some not working for the site)

This is technically a zombie series but it also isn't because yes the books are set in a world that has zombies in it but as the novels are set 20 years after the Rising, people have adapted and are living with the zombies so it's not a survival kind of series. There is some gore but not too much so if that's what you're looking for in books about zombies, these are probably not what you're looking for. If, however, if you want to read a story about people, conflicts, the news, media and truth, politics and conspiracies, road trips, science, technology, and all of this set in a post-apocalyptic setting with zombies, these are something you'll really enjoy. What is really interesting is that there are a lot of ideas in these books that make you think because they ring true in a world not inhabited by zombies as well... Rise up while you can!

The whole series (including the novellas) is a solid 4 stars for me, I would have given it 5 stars at certain points but as I mentioned they are a bit long and very wordy at times, which sometimes seemed unnecessary so 4 stars it is, leaning to 5 because they are pretty awesome. You can find all the books belonging to the series here on Goodreads. The author is working on a fourth book and I for one, can't wait to get more of this world.



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Smashbook: Collect moments, not things

It's been two weeks since I finished these two smashbook pages, but I never got to share them before, so here they are! Despite being Summer, I wanted to do something warm, cozy, something that reminded me of what I love most about autumn, and at the same time, something that felt as slow paced and as Summer days can be. Is not a color pallete I usually go for, but somehow for this I feel it worked.













Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Treasury: Let's go on a Road Trip!


If you want to see the treasury on Etsy, click here


Road Trip Pendant Necklace with Multi Colored Beige Cords
$15.00
Two Gorgeous Mustard Yellow Vintage Suitcases / American Tourister Luggage
$120.00
World map pillow in vibrant color and Italian script - global awareness for home decor, designer stuffed throw cushion - great for gifts
$18.90
Road Trip banner necklace - Travel, best friend camper van necklace
$21.90
Mini Road Trips Route 66 - Postcard set of 6 (Series I)
$6.00
small leather journal sketchbook hand-printed custom for you not all who wander are lost with free personalization
$15.00
Bag world map camel
€50.00
Nursery Art, Childrens Wall Art, Kids Decor, Mid Century, Caravan Art, Retro Wall Art, Travel, Car Art - Summer Holiday
$15.00
Grey Retro Camera Stamp
$4.25
iPhone 4 iPhone 5 / Samsung  Black Case, iphone case, hard case road
$15.00
Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, California - Metal Polaroid
$10.00
Custom Hand Painted Pastel Rainbow LOW TOP Converse Tie Dye Toms Rainbow Toms Tie Dye Ombre Converse Shoes
$90.00
VW Camper Van Illustration
£10.00
dream big photograph, inspirational wall art, mustard, pastel, blue, color photography, world, map, wanderlust, travel photograph
$80.00
Stack of Suitcases Luggage Travel Greeting Card
$5.00

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Treasury: Somewhere beyond the sea


The first Sunday of July is here! I hope you're having a great one! This treasury is inspired on the sea, on sailing, on the ocean breeze. If you're interested on seeing it on Etsy, you can click here.


Vintage 1970's Red Shoes / Block Heeled Straw Hippie Sandals / AZURA Peep Toe Heels / Size US 7 1/2 / Size Euro 38 / Made in SPAIN
$38.00
Ahoy There Nautical Blank Kraft Greeting Card
$2.49
Fish and Buoy Set - Nautical Decor - Nautical Nursery - Beach House Decor - Nautical Wedding Favor - Beach Wedding
$12.00
White Whale Wall Hooks , formica , birch , nursery room , room decor ,  unisex
$18.00
Red anchor & striped iphone 5 case, red anchor stripes iphone 5s case, nautical Iphone 4/ 4s case, Nautical iPhone 5c case. Nautical iphone
$15.75
Navy Knotted Bracelet - Nautical Bracelet - Sailor's Knot Bracelet - Rope Bracelet - Rope Knot - Thread Wrap Bracelet - Rope Jewelry
$12.00
Marine Blue Red Starfish Pom Pom Tote Nautical Marine Sea Life Shoulder Summer Beach Bag,Handbag Purse OOAK  Minimal Unique Tote
$39.00
Rustic Distressed Crab, Lobster, Starfish Set of 3 Wood Nautical Beach Sign Set
$154.99
100% Linen Blue Stripes Dish Towel
$22.00
Needlepoint Anchor Notebook, Unique sketchbook, notebook, art journal, drawing book, daily
$43.00
Studs LITTLE BOAT Seaside Manolo
$18.43
You Float My Boat His and Hers Pillow Covers 18 x 18 inch
$54.00
Vintage Vitrock Grease Jar, Anchor Hocking Red Flower Pots, Fire King Kitchenware, Depression Glass
$15.00
Navy clutch - beach purse - nautical bag with sailors rope knots - blue small purse set with zipper pouch & key fob -  fabric bag for women
$20.00
Anchor Print Large Fashion Scarf
$14.9

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Freebie: Set of 30 Social Media Icons - Morning on the Beach

I was feeling like doing something Summer related today at the computer to share on the blog, and that's how I ended up with this set of square social media icons with round edges. These icons come in three colors so you can pick the one that better adapts to your site, and give it a Summery feeling.

Use the link below to download it for free :)



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

10 reasons to grow your little herb garden!


(Lavender, rosemary and parsley on my balcony)


I've always been fascinated by herb gardens. I guess it comes from living in a small apartment and not having a garden where to grow fresh products. If you need to be convinced here you have 10 awesome reasons why you should start an herb garden right now!


10 REASONS TO START GROWING AN HERB GARDEN

  1.  To have fresh herbs all year long. It doesn't need to be Spring or Summer to grow them, you can place the plants in pots inside in winter. Imagine cooking spaghetti sauce or pesto with your own herbs, whenever you want!

  2. You can spice up your meals and experiment as much as you want. Baked potatoes can taste different every day of the week if you want.

  3. Because it's a green, sustainable solution. 

  4. They'll save you money. Buying fresh herbs every time you need them is no cheap in a long term speaking. If you have them available at home it will save you money. And you'll know for sure that they're always available for you.

  5. It's very relaxing to have herbs in the house: they smell wonderful, and taking care of them can be a very soothening pastime.

  6. You can always share them! Because not much of them are needed when cooking, you'll always have left herbs to share with your family and friends.

  7. Because depending on the herbs you grow, you can use them for other purposes than just cooking: you can dry lavender to put them in little bags in the for the drawers to have your towels smell fresh all the time

  8. Having fresh herbs with your meals is healthy for you. They are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and they can even help you treat illness.

  9. They look pretty. Which is not the main reason why we might want an herb garden, but it's still a bonus to have one.

  10. Just because!