On My Bookshelf: Fever Series

After finishing the third book in the Downside Ghosts series (what I thought was the final book), I cast about for something else to read that would catch my interest.  After a couple false starts, a friend of mine lent me the first four books in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series.  I had no idea what I was in for.

The first book had a pretty stuttered start for me.  Within the first few pages the author completely lost my suspension of disbelief when she referred to OPI’s iconic I’m Not Really a Waitress polish as “pink”.  WTF?  I mean, I’ll buy the whole fae in Ireland thing, but in no way, shape, or form is that polish pink.  And there may be a lot I don’t know – but I do know polish.

I decided to give Moning the benefit of the doubt and continued to read.  And before long I was completely. sucked. in.  I tore through the first book in a couple of weeks and moved right on to the next.  And the next.

And yes, I do tend to match my polish with what I’m reading.  Not sorry.

I continued to read each book in about two weeks and quickly ran through the first four books.  After finishing book four, I had to step out at lunch the next day to buy book five.  These books are like crack.  I came home that night and immediately dove into book four and then proceeded to want to throw the book across the room.  I won’t give anything away, but holy shit I almost dropped the whole series right there.

Except that I couldn’t really.  I had to know what happened.  With Mac, with Barrons, with V’lane.  I finished the final book on the plan home from NYC after Easter.

The books are urban paranormal, and they are most assuredly NOT YA books.  There’s a whole lot of steamy UST going on in the books.  Mac finds herself coming in repeated contact with a gorgeous death-by-sex fae who amps up Mac every time they encounter one another.

There is a spin-off book that ties in with these, but I honestly didn’t feel the need to read it.  I was so enamored of the Mac and Barrons entanglements, that I was good with sticking with these.  The books are seriously fabulous and if you haven’t read them yet – do it.  I wasn’t completely sold on the whole fae thing (I’m a vampire girl at heart), but these books changed my mind pretty quickly.

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First Days of Spring

Oscar Red Carpet
With the first day of Spring this week, my thoughts turn to clear sunny days and soft colors.  Although this morning is full of thunderstorms and chilly winds.  But, I can indulge in my little piece of Spring right here!  Lately I’ve been catching up on my DVR’d shows, which includes several hours of Red Carpet watching.  Seems the days are gone when I can actually watch things live.  But, what surprised me about this year’s Oscar Red Carpet was the overall softness of the colors.  There were very few bright colors, particularly the emerald green I was expecting to see everywhere.   But there was no lack of gorgeous dresses to choose from, as you can see above.  One of my favorites was Jessica Chastain in that amazing coppery beaded Armani Prive gown.  So many subtle shades.

And Chanel has released their lovely Spring collection of nail lacquers, Printemps Precieux.  You know I normally go in for the dark, vampy colors like Accessoire, but I’m really drawn to Emprise, which is a rosy beige.  Perfect almost nude nail that would go perfectly with a brighter wardobe.  And Fracas, who can resist a pretty, bright pink?  This one will most definitely transition into the summer months.

Chanel Spring 2013
Even Starbucks is celebrating Spring in Japan with their new Sakura line. It even includes cherry blossom macarons (which you know I can’t resist).  It’s too bad that this lovely pink deliciousness won’t be available in the States, but from what I hear the taste (not cherry at all) might not translate to the American palate.  But what fun a pink latte would be (as long as it’s not strawberry, since I’m allergic!).

starbucks-japan-sakura-drinks-2013
And I saw a photo on Instagram the other day of the new Coach handbags in Mint.  I can’t resist, such a gorgeous color for Spring.  Too too tempting. Alas, I am on a new handbag hiatus, so no Coach bag for me. But look at those fun tassels too.  Gah!

Coach Bag in Mint
I did have to indulge in my own version of that luxurious mint color though. How do you like my Essie Mint Candy Apple mani this week?  Perfect, huh?  Such a fun color.  I’ve really enjoyed wearing it.

Mint Candy Apple
And how can I resist anything in a bright pretty yellow?  (I can’t) Of course, the J Crew bubble necklaces are almost everywhere these days, but I just love it in yellow.  A fun bright pop of color against a subtle colored top?  Love.  It.

Bubble Necklace

What’s bringing thoughts of Spring to you this week?

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January in Pictures

January 2013

For 2013 I thought it would be fun to start a new tradition at the end of each month and share some photos from the previous month – just as a little look back into my days.

January was definitely a month for refocusing and it seemed to spark my creativity too, since I spent a lot of time working on some crafty projects.  I took a day off work at the beginning of the month to spend with Eric and my niece and go see the Trains at Northpark.  We, of course, had to stop for gelato.  Work has been extra difficult this month, so there were several nights I came home in need of comfort food – like the grilled cheese sandwich Eric made for me.  I did try to take time for myself though, by leaving early one Friday afternoon and going to the quilt shop to pick up my Hex on the Beach kit and a few fabrics I fell in love with.  And we even had snow!  Last Saturday morning I had a couple of hours to kill between my hair appointment and my eyebrow appointment, and I spent that time curled up in a comfy chair, sipping Starbucks and reading.  Decadent!

My last mani of the month was the perfect transition into February – Essie All Tied Up with an accent nail of OPI Berry Berry Broadway.

Looking forward to seeing what February brings!

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