Grasshopper Art Statues- Unique Must-Have Gifts for Men, Women, and Kids

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On the website you can browse through a variety of categories–statues, paintings, gifts, and jewelry are all available here. One special series that’s available is a Feng Shui art collection of 12 unique grasshopper statues:

Each grasshopper can promote good luck and feelings in a home or office space! There are many different types to choose between. They all have catchy names, too, like St. Nicky  and Your Honor, both pictured above. See the list for yourself here:

Of course, with the holidays coming up fast (and I know it’s impossible to avoid them, because the decorations and gifts go out earlier each year!) this is a perfect time to pick up a gift like this. Whether you’d like to indulge yourself or think that this would be perfect for your spouse, friend, or family member, you can order one of these statues in time for whatever holiday you prefer to celebrate.


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REVIEW: The Suffering by Rin Chupeco

The Suffering

The Girl from the Well #2

author : rin chupeco

pages : [paperback] 272

memorable quote Someone nobler than me might have given Okiku the final peace she deserves.

favorite character : okiku

summary :

Over the last year I’ve gone against faceless women, disfigured spirits, and grotesque revenants. Some people keep dangerous hobbies; skydiving and driving at monster truck rallies and glacier surfing. Me? I cast my soul into the churning waters of potential damnation and wait for a bite.

It’s been two years since Tark Halloway’s nightmare ended. Free from the evil spirit that haunted him all his life, he now aids the ghostly Okiku and avenges the souls of innocent children by hunting down their murderers. But when Okiku becomes responsible for a death at his high school, Tark begins to wonder if they’re no better than the killers they seek out.

When an old friend disappears in Aokigahara, Japan’s infamous ‘suicide forest’, both must resolve their differences and return to that country of secrets to find her.

Because there is a strange village inside Aokigahara, a village people claim does not exist. A village where strange things lie waiting.

A village with old ghosts and an ancient evil – one that may be stronger than even Okiku…

review :

 Okay, I’m not usually one for horror books, but this YA novel and its companion have me hooked. I seriously hope that the author writes more. I don’t think that you necessarily need to read the first book, The Girl from the Well, to enjoy The Suffering, but trust me, you’ll want to read both. Book one gives backstory for Okiku and Tark, how they meet, and sets the precedent for their beautiful little relationship. Book two picks up about a year or two after the first book ends. There are new bad guys to exorcise, ancient evils to fight, and some drama between Okiku and Tark as well.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but the horror movies that often scare me the most are the ones with ghosts like Okiku. Just the idea of them is . . . well, there’s a reason why people make so much money scaring the pants off of viewers with ghosts like that. But Okiku is on, like, a whole other level. I love her so much more than I’ve loved any other character in a while. Much more than Tark (okay, he’s cool too, but OKIKU). I could read a whole series just about how her mind works. And I think it’s so awesome how a character who’d be the antagonist in practically any other horror novel is actually the ghost kicking bad guy booty in The Suffering. Okiku experienced terrible things before she was killed; now it’s her life’s goal to avenge other victims and rid the world of murderers. Tark joins her in this, which is why he is also awesome.

Sorry. Enough fangirling. The Suffering has a creepy setting that I feel like a lot of people have heard about lately, either through social media, movies coming out about it, or just articles online. Aokigahara is a place I might enter if I had Okiku by my side, but . . . see above for what my worst fears in horror movies are and imagine an enter forest filled with them. In this book, it’s speculated as to whether the forest draws in lost or lonely souls and that’s what leads so many to commit suicide there. It’s terribly devastating that a place like this exists in real life. In the book, a ghost hunting crew from a TV show thinks it would be a great idea to head into the forest to film Aokigahara and an ancient village inside that may or may not have ever existed. I can totally picture this happening in real life. And of course, the ‘ghost hunters’ are NOT prepared to meet any real ghosts. But that’s their own fault.

I don’t want to give any of the plot away but it’s incredibly detailed and creepy and sad. Most of the ghosts that are around in these books never deserved to die and were nothing in life like they are as spirits. Tark needs to figure out how to pacify the spirits, save everyone lost in Aokigarhara, and make it out alive. You won’t want to put this book down because there are so many twists and turns, you’ll never see this ending coming.

I loved this book so much and want everyone to give it a chance! I feel like even people who don’t often like horror might like to give this book a chance. It’s a real twist on everything you might expect to get out of a book like this.

5/5 stars

REVIEW: Beauty by Robin McKinley


Folktales #1

author : robin mckinley

pages : [paperback] 256

memorable quote As I have said, you have no reason to trust me, and an excellent reason not to.

favorite character : the beast

summary :

A strange imprisonment…

Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.

When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, “Cannot a Beast be tamed?”

Robin McKinley’s beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple, Beauty and the Beast.

review :

Retold fairy tales are my favorite. These days, there are a plethora of them, which delights me to no end. Unfortunately, that means that I’ve read many variations of the more popular fairy tales, and Beauty and the Beast is a story often dealt with, over and over again. While I don’t mind knowing that some aspects of the fairy tale are obviously going to be predictable, I do expect there to be some degree of originality in the story.

Robin McKinley’s Beauty is certainly . . . lacking that. We get nearly 70 pages into the 250 page book before the Beast is even mentioned. Then, when the relationship between Beauty and the Beast is actually kind of cute and interesting, it’s rushed over because of course we already know what’s going to happen so we don’t need all of the details. But I do! I want all of the cute moments when the two of them are learning to trust one another–or when Beauty is finding more about magical, because I did think that the complex layers of magic in the castle was fascinating. What wasn’t fascinating was spending so much time explaining how Beauty’s family came to the point where her father would end up in the woods to offend the Beast.

It was utterly disappointing. Believe me, the writing was great; it put me in the exact mood of a fairy tale and it was gorgeous. But superfluous, when it came to lingering over the setting of Beauty’s home, before the family uproots and moves elsewhere, to a new setting that needs more pages of detail.

I also don’t understand why authors find it necessary to introduce characters who spend a lot of their time going on and on about how ugly they are and how no one will ever like their looks . . . only to end up with everyone assuring them that they’re gorgeous, princess-ly, and all. Obviously, I don’t mind girls embracing how they look and owning it, but that is not what happens here. Unearthly beauty is definitely not always necessary and the plot (and the seemingly ironically named Beauty) would have been fine without that addition.

If you’re a fan of fairy tales, or Beauty and the Beast, or good novels, I’d say you can skip over this short rendition and find another one which is more unique and less frustrating.

2/5 stars

GIVEAWAY + SNEAK PEEK: The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever

Author: Jeff Strand

Release Date: March 1, 2016

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire


After producing three horror movies that went mostly ignored on YouTube, Justin and his filmmaking buddies decide it’s time they create something noteworthy, something epic. They’re going to film the Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. They may not have money or a script, but they have passion. And, after a rash text message, they also have the beautiful Alicia Howtz—Justin’s crush—as the lead.

With only one month to complete their movie, a script that can’t possibly get worse, and the hopes and dreams of Alicia on the line, Justin is feeling the pressure. Add to that a cast of uncooperative extras and incompetent production assistants, and Justin must face the sad, sad truth. He may actually be producing The Worst Zombie Movie Ever…

About Jeff Strand:

Jeff Strand has written more than twenty books, and is a four-time nominee (and four-time non-winner) of the Bram Stoker Award. Two of his young adult novels, A Bad Day For Voodoo and I Have A Bad Feeling About This, were Junior Library Guild picks. Publishers Weekly called his work “wickedly funny.” He lives in Tampa, Florida.



Excerpt from The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever:

The vampire, whose fangs were too big for his mouth, turned to the camera and hissed.

“Don’t look at the camera,” said Justin Hollow, the director.

“I keep poking my lip on these things,” said Harold, spitting the plastic fangs out onto the ground. He hadn’t been a very frightening example of the undead before, and he was even less scary with no fangs and a thick line of drool running down his chin.

“Cut!” shouted Justin, loud enough to be sure that the command was heard by his production crew of two. “C’mon, Harold. Stay in character. We’re three hours behind schedule.”

“I don’t care. I hate this. You promised that I’d get all the girls I wanted. So where are all of the girls I want?”

Justin let out his thirty-ninth exasperated sigh of the night. “The movie has to come out first.”

“It’s not even a real movie.”

Justin bristled. It was a full body bristle, head to toe, which he hadn’t even realized was physically possible. Bobby, who handled sound recording, and Gabe, who handled everything else, both stepped back a couple of feet. Neither of them truly believed that they were about to witness a murder, but they wanted to get out of the splash zone, just in case.

Had this been one of Justin’s movies, he would have very slowly lowered his camera, stared directly into Harold’s eyes with a steel gaze, and then after an extremely dramatic pause asked “What…did…you…just…say?”

His actual response, delivered in a squeakier voice than he would have allowed from his actors, was: “Huh?”

“I said it’s not a real movie.” Harold started to wipe the fake blood off his mouth. It didn’t come off, and probably wouldn’t for several days. Justin had planned to feel guilty about this later, but now he wouldn’t bother. “Nobody’s ever going to see it. You probably won’t even finish it.”

“I finished my last three movies!” Justin insisted. “I got hundreds of hits on YouTube!”

That statement was technically accurate, though it was the lowest possible number of hits you could get and still use “hundred” in its plural form. The only comment anybody posted about his latest film had been “This twelve year-old filmmaker sort of shows promise,” which really frustrated Justin since he was fifteen.

Harold shrugged. “This is a waste of time. I’ve got better things to do on a Friday night.”

“Nobody ever said this was going to be easy,” said Justin, who had indeed said that it was going to be easy when luring Harold into the role. “You can quit now, but what are you going to think about your decision ten years from now?”

“I’m going to think, wow, it sure is nice to be such a well-paid dentist.”

Harold walked off the set. It wasn’t an actual set, but rather a small park near Justin’s home, where they were filming without a permit. Justin knew he should shout something after his ex-actor. Something vicious. Something devastating. He thought about shouting “You’ll never work in this town again!” but, no, it had to be something that Harold would consider a bad thing.

“Fine!” Justin shouted. “But when we record the audio commentary track for the Blu-Ray, I’m going to talk about how you abandoned us, and how much happier everybody was with the new actor who took your role, and how we all agreed that he should have been cast in the first place, and how he had so many girlfriends that he couldn’t even keep track of them, and how they all found out about each other and had a great big awesome catfight in his front yard! And I’ll pronounce your name wrong!”

Harold continued walking, apparently not heartbroken.

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Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes

a percy jackson and the olympians companion book

author : rick riordan

pages : [hardcover] 412

memorable quote Theseus put his club aside. He approached the Pine Bender and sized up the situation. He wasn’t as strong as Sinis. He didn’t have the ability to root himself to the earth. He didn’t even have a plan. But he glanced over at the girl Perigune, and his distractible brain started racing. A girl in the trees. A girl. A tree. Trees have spirits. I’m hungry. Wow, Sinis smells bad. A dryad. I bet the dryads in these trees are really tired of getting bent. Hey, there’s a chipmunk.

favorite character : our beloved narrator, percy jackson (and all of the little comments he says that annabeth makes)

summary :

Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I’ve had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I’m going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan’s legions of devoted fans–and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you’ve got arrows in your quiver. We’re going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we’ll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let’s do this.

review :

What can I say that I haven’t already said in my raving over Percy Jackson? I mean, he’s the greatest demigod around (okay, Annabeth is, but she’d definitely let Percy think that he’s better just to make him feel better) and he’s infinitely funny, even when it comes to telling information that could come in a pretty boring format.

I’m taking a Greek Mythology course this semester at college and I have to say that I thought it would be much more interesting than it has been so far. We’re only skimming over the myths and, yes, I already know most of it because of Percy and co., making the lessons a little tedious. If we had this book as a textbook, I’m sure that many more people would have been clamoring to take this class. It was interesting that some of my assigned chapters, while I was reading Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes, were about heroes like Theseus and Heracles (otherwise known as Hercules) so I was able to compare the two lessons. Or stories. Percy’s versions definitely read more like a book, like modern myths. He makes it fun. It’s the kind of writing that would appeal to people of any age and I feel like if kids got this book, they would learn so much about myth without even realizing it. They’d have all of these heroes and gods in their heads, and then when they take a Greek Mythology class in college they can daydream through the lessons because they already know who the Olympians are.

Not that I condone that sort of thing (even though I think Percy would quietly support it and Annabeth definitely judge me for it).

One thing that I absolutely loved about this collection is that there are surprisingly a good number of female heroes included. Four out of twelve isn’t quite half, which would have been perfect, but, honestly, for the time period we’re talking about it’s awesome that ladies are getting some spotlight. And no damsels in distress, either; just like the men, they’re ready to fight for true love, their very lives, and freedom for themselves and others.

Percy’s wit and humor really make these stories come to life. It’s amazing that after so long, they’re still relevant, well-known, and being retold to another generation. I love Percy, and that this is a sneaky way of teaching people who otherwise wouldn’t bother to learn about these myths, and I can’t wait to see what Riordan puts out next.

And even though, apparently, Percy had to be bribed into writing this book, I think that he should definitely write another. Who doesn’t need two lifetime supplies of blue jellybeans?

5/5 stars

My First GIVEAWAY: To Thank My Readers!

Hello friends! Today I’m SO excited to share with you a wonderful giveaway–the first ever that I’m hosting here on my blog! I’ve been wanting to do something for a while to share the love and brighten someone else’s day with something bookish. What would be better to give away than a little buddy for your shelf?

I’m sure that I’m not the only one who loves decorating book shelves, bookcases, or even stacks of books. Currently the theme is, of course, Halloween.



I also love to keep tons of quotes (from books, movies, and more!) around to keep me inspired and in my happy place.


Now, on to the info for the giveaway!

The wonderful RaeAnne creates lovely crocheted pieces and is making a special bookish creation for the winner! It’s the perfect piece to make a shelf look a little cuter, brighter, and more whimsical! The book buddy is shaped like a book, complete with pages, and will have a book worm friend as well! Here are a few sample pictures:



Find out more about RaeAnne’s pretty awesome creations at her Etsy shop!

A few rules:

-U.S. only, please.

-Use the Rafflecopter to enter

-Giveaway will run from October 30, 2015 to November 8, 2015.

And hopefully this will be the first of many giveaways to come, so stay tuned!

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Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George

Silver in the Blood

Silver in the Blood #1

author : jessica day george

pages : [hardcover] 358

favorite character : lou

summary :

Society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about the mysterious Romanian family that they barely knew. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their relatives, find proper husbands, and—most terrifyingly—learn the deep family secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate… or fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might.

With a gorgeous Romanian setting, stunning Parisian gowns, and dark brooding young men, readers will be swept up by this epic adventure of two girls in a battle for their lives.

review :

I first heard about Silver in the Blood because I’ve read some of Jessica Day George’s work before. She tends to publish works influenced by fairy tales, which are always my absolute favorite stories to read. Coupled with this gorgeous, intriguing cover, I had to pick this up when I finally spotted it at the library.

Silver in the Blood is nothing like I anticipated. Although it has a slow pace, it has an interesting setting, premise, and characters. Leading ladies Dacia and Lou are polar opposites; Dacia is outspoken and wild whereas Lou is quiet and prone to panic in social situations. From the very beginning, I related and loved Lou. I loved how her character developed and rooted for her from the start. I do think that her personal journey went on a little quickly, though of course there are mysterious forces at work in this book so I’m assuming that ‘magic’ aspect might have had an influence on her personality. Because that was never expressly started, I had a little issue with it.

I don’t think that I would have enjoyed this plot so much if it hadn’t been for the setting. Not only was it fantastic to read a book set in Romania, because there aren’t many of those on my shelves, but both ladies are well-bred women at the end of the 1800s and have several social stigmas to fight against. I love how neither of them differed to men or once considered her limitations (apart from some complaints about how their dress limited their movement!). Lou and Dacia need to keep their reputations pristine in society, of course, but they find ways around that and, when it comes to their true happiness, neither seems to care what ‘society’ thinks of them.

The magical aspects of this book are fantastic; I won’t go into it in detail because it takes practically half of the book to get to the great reveal to the girls about what their family is. And I’m thankful I didn’t read the book summary before I picked it up, or else it would have all been spoiled for me before I’d be able to read and use context clues to figure the mystery out for myself. It’s utterly disappointing that they’d have so much detail on the summary when they know readers won’t get to it for hundreds of pages!

There were many tiny details that frustrated me because I wanted further explanation; I didn’t know until I finished this book that it was obviously setting itself up for a sequel. While I do think that an entire, faster-paced story could have been told about this world and these characters, I’ll be picking up the sequel. Now that the basics of the story have been established, I’m hoping that the plot will really pick up speed!

3.5 stars