Ziftit! A fun new way to shop online

Hey everyone! Today I’d like to talk to you about, partially because it’s almost November and, hey, I don’t know about you, but I still like to make a Christmas list. What better way to ensure that your friends and family know what you’re interested in?

I’ve always found it a little hard to do that online because I’ll find items that I want from several different stores and will have to build different wish lists on each site. But on Ziftit, you can add anything from any store on the web to your list! Even if you’re making it for something other than Christmas shopping. The Barcode Scanner app even lets you scan items and add them to your lists, on the go!

Gathering ideas about what to buy your friends could be great, too, because I know I’ll have a sudden inspiration and then forget about what I wanted to purchase later on. Even better, if you know that your friend wants a big ticket item you wouldn’t be able to purchase on your own, with an upgraded account you can pitch in with others. This site makes it impossible to lose track of everything you want for yourself and others.


Ziftit is useful too for the times when you just want to treat yourself to something nice. With the Trending Feed, personalized for you to your own style and likes, you’ll be able to find other great products that you might not have had the chance to hear about otherwise!

I think the site is great for college students in particular, mostly because of the price comparison aspect of the barcode scanner app. Because I’m a college student who really can’t afford to pay more for items when I could be saving even a few dollars, I definitely plan on using this with as many of my purchases as possible. Another thing I think college students should look into is the events part of Ziftit! You can create events and organize your invites on the site or even RSVP to other events! This’ll be great for clubs, organizations, charity events, Greek Life, parties . . whatever you can think of that you run into on a daily basis. It keeps it all organized!

Want to hear something even better? Ziftit is currently running a trendsetter contest where the participant with the overall highest influence rating will win $10,000 and be named “The Trendsetter of 2013”! Find out more on the website!

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · series · young adult

Wish by Beth Bracken & Kay Fraser


faerieground #1

authors : beth bracken & kay fraser

pages : [hardcover] 306

favorite characters : kheelan & soli

summary :

With one wish made in Willow Forest, Soli and Lucy are pulled into Faerieground – and into the middle of an ancient battle. In the faerie kingdom, an evil queen searches for her daughter while the palace crumbles. To save her best friend, Soli must find her hidden strength. This is a story about friendship, growing up, and the power of wishes. This is a story about faeries and spells, queens and lost princesses, fireflies and four-leaf clovers. But mostly, this is a story about love.

review :

This book is such a quick and cute read! Although it is obviously geared toward younger readers, fantasy lovers of all ages will love the illustrations and messages presented in Wish! I flew through it in just a few short hours because half of the book is full-page illustrations of the characters and events of the story. I loved the visual presentation of the fairy world, the dynamic between Lucy and Soli, and the fact that both fantastical and real-life issues were addressed throughout the novel!

The entire plot of the novel only happens because of a simple fight between best friends over a boy, something that most female readers would be able to relate to. Because the opening of the book is grounded in realism, that only enhances Wish and makes it especially useful to younger readers. Lucy and Soli remain loyal to each other, even if they are angry, and I think that seeing these strong characters facing obstacles they never could have imagined before.

I do with that there was a little more writing because there are spaces on the pages where more dialogue and description could have been added, though I’m assuming that that was avoided in favor of the fantastical drawings. While those were definitely my favorite part of the novel and what makes it so incredibly unique and fun, I really wished that the ending could have been less abrupt and more well-rounded, though of course now I’ll need to go on to read the next book! I can’t wait to see what else happens in he Faerieground and what adventures Soli and Lucy might have!

I’d recommend Wish to anyone, young and old. Fairy lovers, especially, or people who love fairy tale worlds will love this book!

5/5 stars

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · young adult

You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

You Wish

Author: Mandy Hubbard [also wrote Prada and Prejudice]

Pages [paperback]: 272

Favorite Characters:
Kayl, Ann, & Ben

Available now!


Kayla McHenry’s sweet sixteen sucks! Her dad left, her grades dropped, and her BFF is dating the boy Kayla’s secretly loved for years. Blowing out her candles, Kayla thinks: I wish my birthday wishes actually came true. Because they never freakin’ do.

Kayla wakes the next day to a life-sized, bright pink My Little Pony outside her window. Then a year’s supply of gumballs arrives. A boy named Ken with a disturbing resemblance to the doll of the same name stalks her. As the ghosts of Kayla’s wishes-past appear, they take her on a wild ride . . . but they MUST STOP. Because when she was fifteen? She wished Ben Mackenzie would kiss her. And Ben is her best friend’s boyfriend.


I’ve been looking forward to reading You Wish for a while-and not only because the main character has an awesome name. 😉 The idea of getting everything you ever wished for seemed so interesting, and hilarious! This book had me guessing what the next wish might be while rolling on the floor laughing about the current wish.

Iorginally thought this novel would be a cute, fun little story that I’d read, enjoy, and promptly forget about. It was a lot more than that! It was so creative and unique, plus the overall message was wonderful. The characters were well defined and seemed to jump off the page-especially the non-human ones!

It was fun seeing what Kayla wished for at different stages of her life, and then figuring out why she would have wanted that wish at that exact moment. Some of the wishes were more of a nuisance to her than anything, like the unlimited supply of gumballs. Others were ridiculously funny, like having a life-size Ken stalking her every move.

I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a funny, quick read. There’s definitely more substance to it than I first thought, but it was still light-hearted. Sort of like Prada and Prejudice, also written by Mandy Hubbard. I suppose I should stop underestimating this author’s work, and I’ll definitely keep my eye out for more by her.

I give You Wish 5/5 stars. It was amazing, and definitely memorable!