Desmaquilhar sem crueldade

Na hora de tirar a maquilhagem, existem imensas opções para uma boa limpeza de pele. Não importa o quão cansados estamos, é importante tirar sempre a maquilhagem e hoje trago algumas opções em conta, biológicas/vegetarianas cruelty free e que servem para qualquer altura.

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Removedor de Maquilhagem Bifásico
200 ML
Purobio
€13.90

Ingredientes:
Aqua, Helianthus annus seed oil*, Pyrus malus fruit extract*, Coco-caprylate, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 caprate, Saccharum officinarum extract*, Betaine, Hippophae rhamnoides oil*, Ricinus communis seed oil, Tocopherol, Beta-sitosterol, Squalene, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Parfum°.
* ingredientes provenientes de agricultura biológica
° ingredientes de origem natural

Vegan e cruelty free, mistura-se os dois lados, coloca-se no algodão e tira-se a maquilhagem toda. Indicado para todas as peles e retira a maquilhagem mais chata como batom líquido e rímel. O meu único problema é a quantidade de algodão que eu usava. Numa full-face glam eram uns 6 discos no mínimo: 3 para a minha cara toda e 2 para os olhos e 1 no final para tirar tudo. Depois passava um tónico de água de rosas. Senti a pele sempre bem hidratada e muito suave. Não agredia.

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200 ML
TheBodyShop

15€

Ingredientes:
Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Emollient), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (Emollient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Isohexadecane (Emollient/Solvent), Polysorbate 85 (Surfactant-Emulsifying), Sorbitan Trioleate (Surfactant-Emulsifying), Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Octyldodecanol (Emollient), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Fragrance/Essential Oil), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster).

Foi-me aconselhado para a minha pele sensível mas ainda não tive tempo de experimentar. No entanto a minha prima (ok parece estranho but bear with me) usa o sólido e ama e lembro-me que a pele dela era sensível e mista (?) ok posso estar a dizer asneira mas sei que sensível era e ela jura por este desmaquilhante!

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Leite de limpeza rosa damascena bio
150 ML
Dr. Organics

11,07 €

Ingredientes:
Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Aqua, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl
ether, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) butter, Cetearyl alcohol, Glyceryl stearate, Cetearyl glucoside, Rosa canina (Rose) fruit oil, Avena sativa (Oat) kernel extract, Humulus lupulus (Hops) extract, Rosa damascena flower extract, Passiflora incarnata extract, Tilia europaea flower extract, Calendula officinalis flower extract, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, Ascorbic acid, Xanthan gum,
Sodium stearoyl glutamate, Parfum*, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) oil, Eugenia caryophyllata (Clove) flower oil, Rosa damascena (Rose) flower oil, Citric acid, Dehydroacetic acid, Benzyl alcohol, Potassium sorbate, Citronellol, Geraniol.
*de origem alimentar natural.

Leite de limpeza para os mais preguiçosos ou aqueles que não têm muito tempo para tirar a maquilhagem. Dá para enfiar no saco do ginásio, levar na mala se for preciso. Como tudo na marca Dr. Organics os ingredientes são tudo de bom para a pele. Nada de químicos agressivos e imensos extractos de plantas.

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Óleo de coco bio
200 Gr
Vitaquell
6,59€

Ingredientes:
gordura vegetal de coco virgem* (*de agricultura biológica certificada DE-BIO-013 Agricultura não UE). Primeira pressão a frio a partir da polpa do coco não refinada.

Yup só óleo de coco! Simples e eficiente. Pego em dois bocadinhos de óleo de coco sólido aqueço entre os dedos e é só espalhar pela cara. Recomendo para quem tem pele seca e sensível pois não só hidrata como ainda deixa a nossa pele suave e nutrida.

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MakeUp Eraser
20€

Vende na Sephora / 100% polyester silk fiber

Só precisam de água morna e esta toalhinha! Nada de sabão, sabonete, gel… nada. É o meu sonho tornado realidade! Quando vou de férias só levo isto. Tira toda a maquilhagem sem problemas e logo à primeira passagem. Passo depois o meu tónico de rosas porque não hidrata claro e ele sai branquinho. Dura 2 anos por isso durante 2 anos escusam de comprar mais nada e só usam isto. A minha já tem 1 ano mas definitivamente não sei se dura muito mais devido ao facto de a usar quase todos os dias e tiro maquilhagem de reboco com ela. Mas se chegar até ao próximo ano está óptimo. E se virem bem o preço gastam 10€ por ano com isto desde quando é que gastam 10€ por ano em desmaquilhantes?

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Maresia e Fortuna | Andreia Ferreira

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Maresia e Fortuna
Andreia Ferreira
Páginas:318
Editora:Coolbooks
P.VP. 16.60€/papel
6.99€/ebook eWook

Sinopse:

O que é o verdadeiro amor?

Para Eduardo, de 17 anos, é a mãe e o irmão mais velho, Simão. Este, porém, tem um segredo que o empurra para a bebida e Eduardo receia que o seu irmão se suicide, tal como o pai de ambos o fizera, dez anos antes.

Júlia acredita que passou ao lado de um grande amor. Em busca da verdade que mudará a sua vida, regressa à vila de Apúlia para reconstruir um passado de que não se consegue recordar.

O caminho desta mulher perturbada está prestes a cruzar-se com o de Eduardo, trazendo à tona segredos, paixões agressivas e remorsos intemporais, com consequências devastadoras sobre a vida da outrora pacata vila piscatória.

Uma alegoria moderna de um clássico, onde os humanos se destroem sem precisarem de intervenção divina.

Maresia e Fortuna é o quarto livro de Andreia Ferreira e o primeiro de romance contemporâneo após uma viagem no mundo da fantasia paranormal. Apesar de ser num género diferente, o novo romance consegue seguir o mesmo tom quase fatalista e negro característico da autora. Se muitos autores demoram a conseguir encontrar a sua voz, Andreia Ferreira conseguiu-o no seu segundo livro, Soberba Tentação e ao contrário da trilogia, Maresia e Fortuna é mais carregado de temas e simbologia.

A identidade é o tema mais importante e, curiosamente, é também o tema fulcral do quarto livro da autora Célia Loureiro (curioso que tanto a Andreia e a Célia começaram na Alfarroba e conseguiram com mérito próprio passar para editoras de renome). Eduardo enquanto adolescente que não sabe o que seguir ou fazer do seu futuro, Júlia em busca da identidade de alguém muito querido e tentando ultrapassar o seu passado perturbado. Com forte inspiração nas tragédias gregas, o tom negro e fatalista do enredo vai deixando pistas aos leitores que, com alguma mestria, devem juntar as diversas peças.

Sendo, no entanto, o enredo tão envolto em segredos que qualquer crítica mais alargada poderá cair no spoiler, as personagens podem ser analisadas livremente. E, como nos Soberbas, existe uma barreira que algumas das personagens exibem que as deixa menos agradáveis. Não existem personagens “likable” e isso, dependendo do leitor, pode ser um fator dispensável. Contudo continuo a julgar que existe nos conjuntos das personagens criadas pela Andreia uma ausência de “bom” no mundo, as personagens são muito negras. Aprecio um bom anti-herói e um bom vilão e ainda assim há sempre um barreira na criação e no desenvolvimento através de diálogos e acções. Talvez a mãe e a sobrinha fossem as únicas personagens que verdadeiramente simpatizei. A sobrinha por ter diálogos vivos e bons e a mãe por representar de forma bastante realista o que uma mãe é. Eduardo e Júlia são duas personagens que é difícil centrar emocionalmente, ainda que a personagem da Júlia seja mais interessante a nível de temas, a nível de personalidade é complicado gostar dela.

Ainda assim, julgo que é um livro verdadeiro ao estilo que a autora se esforçou por desenvolver e que lhe é tão característico e que será algo novo para quem não é familiar com o registo da autora.

Maresia e Fortuna combina um registo de escrita menos formal com um enredo e personagens pesadas para um leitor que só procura um livro para se entreter. Contudo, consegue ainda se distanciar dos romances enfadonhos que possuem mais simbologia que enredo. Complexo para classificar e ainda mais difícil de explicar vale a leitura.

TheBodyShop | Primeiras impressões e haul

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Desde que a The Body Shoop virou vegan e tirou as suas lojas da China passando a ser Cruelty Free que decidi apostar em produtos deles. Não são produtos muito caros (nada que se compare a Estee Lauder ou LaMer), mas é neste momento a loja com produtos mais naturais que possuímos no Norte (não temos ainda Lush!). Por isso para cara e cabelo decidi investir um bocado mais, deixando a KIKO de lado e apostar em boas máscaras e produtos para o cabelo.

Pele

Vitamin E Eyes Cube

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Para quem sofre com papos e sacos debaixo dos olhos e na parte da olheira este cubinho que parece minúsculo é milagroso. Durante os anos que dava aulas notei que não ganhava olheiras nenhumas mas os papos! Ai as bolsinhas e o parecer que estava a envelhecer 30 anos num dia. Por isso decidi experimentar este cubo e deixar os eye patches que não faziam quase nada e eram um dinheirão porque era preciso comprar às 2 de cada vez. É, seguramente, o meu produto favorito da BodyShop. Não é caro e parece Photoshop na pele. Tira logo o aspecto de cansaço, ilumina a zona e os papos desaparecem. Vale bem os 12€ por ele! Se conseguirem em promoção, melhor ainda!

Ingredientes: Aqua/Water (Solvent), Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane (Skin Conditioning Agent – Humectant), Sodium Stearate (Surfactant), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Propanediol (Viscosity Modifier), Methoxy PEG-10 (Humectant), PEG-150 (Humectant), Glycerin (Humectant), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite (Viscosity Increasing Agent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Myristamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate (Skin Conditioning Agent), PEG-12 Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Polysorbate 60 (Surfactant), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil/Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil (Emollient), Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Mica (Opacifying Agent), CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide (Colorant), CI 77491/Iron Oxides (Colorant)

Aloe Protective Restoring Mask

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Esta máscara comprei-a em promoção e acho que foi por volta dos 7€. Uso-a 2x por semana durante a noite toda para de facto repor a hidratação que a minha cara precisa. Esta máscara é feita para pele sensível e seca sem álcool o que para mim é espectacular. Tem uma consistência um bocado líquida e é complicado saber se estamos a colocar produto a mais na pele. Sinto que de facto a minha pele tem toda a hidratação que precisa e fico com a pele bem mais sedosa e iluminada.

Ingredientes: Aqua/Water/Eau, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Lanolin, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Levulinic Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Hydroxide, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract/Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol.

Vitamin C Energising Face Mist

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Comprei para ser mais eficaz que a água termal e ainda não sei bem o que dizer deste face mist. Sei que não serve de certeza para melhorar o aspecto da maquilhagem, para isso não há melhor, infelizmente, que o grande MAC Fix+! Gostava ao início de me refrescar mas com o tempo achei que o cheiro ficou mais activo, mais intenso e parecido com álcool… Deixei de usar para fixar a maquilhagem mas posso recomeçar agora que não preciso de nada muito forte.

Ingredientes: Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Gluconate, Parfum, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Linalool, Limonene, Citric Acid, Benzyl Benzoate, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal

Vitamin C Skin Boost

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Este skin boost comprei hoje (esta a 11€ por sair de linha) por isso ainda não tenho uma opinião formada, mas parece-me um bocado estilo o Perfectionist da Esteé Lauder. Tem uma base de silicones forte mas também tem glicerina e outros óleos suficientes para não entupir os meus poros. Gostei da sensação como pós-creme, no entanto para primer acho que funcionou melhor com a base da MARK matte do que com a AVON Anew que é bastante dewy. Por isso ou usarei de noite ou como primer com a minha base da MARK.

Ingredientes: Cyclopentasiloxane (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Cyclohexasiloxane (Conditioning Agent), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (Emulsion Stabilizer), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite (Viscosity Increasing Agent), HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer (Anticaking Agent), Fragrance (Fragrance), Ascorbic Acid (Antioxidant), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Glycerin (Humectant), Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Polysilicone-11 (Film Former), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Silica (Absorbent), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Water (Solvent/Diluent), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Mica (Opacifier), Titanium Dioxide (Colour).

Cabelo

Banana Truly Nourishing Conditioner

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Infelizmente não sei se vou conseguir usar este condicionador porque só no metro vi que tinha Sodium Hydroxide que é um ingrediente incompatível com imensas químicas. O cheiro é divinal e parece ter só coisas boas! Vou ver se o meu cabelo stressar muito volto aos meus da Garnier… mas é uma seca ter este ingrediente.

Ingrediente: Aqua/Water/Eau, Musa Sapientium Fruit Extract/Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lecithin, Mel/Honey/Miel, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Linalool, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 15985/Yellow 6.

Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask

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A seguir ao cubo e a máscara de aloe vera, este vai ser de certeza um dos meus favoritos da BodyShop! Os ingredientes são dos melhores e não vejo outras máscaras de nutrição tão boas quanto esta! Vou ainda usar na minha irmã porque sendo no poo pode tocar na raíz e só parece fazer bem. Custou 15€ (carota) mas está linda para o meu Cronograma Capilar. Atenção: pelos ingredientes isto parece uma máscara para cabelo MUITO seco, maltratado (descoloração) e até mesmo elástico. Quem tem cabelo oleoso ou saudável se calhar não precisa de algo tão potente.

Ingredientes: Aqua/Water/Eau, Musa Sapientum Fruit Extract/Banana Fruit Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter/Cocoa Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Behentrimonium Chloride, Distearoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Parfum/Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Diheptyl Succinate, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Ascorbic Acid, Linalool, Panthenol, Tocopherol, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 15985/Yellow 6.

 

Chloe By Design: Making the Cut

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(ARC copy given by NetGalley)
Author: Margaret Gurevich
Publishing House: Stone Arch Books
384 pages
Publication:  1st July 2014
Review by Lady Entropy

For viewers that love Project Runway comes a series that puts fashion at the forefront. 16-year-old Chloe Montgomery has always loved everything to do with fashion. Clothes, accessories, designing–she knows it all. And when she finds out Teen Design Diva, a new reality series for aspiring teenage designers, is holding auditions in her town, she’s desperate to win a spot on the show. She knows this is her chance to finally get her designs noticed. But before Chloe can realize her dreams, she has to survive the competition.

I have to confess I liked the designs a lot more than I liked the story, but I suspect that was because of problems with pacing. Chloe was endearing and passionate and so I was, obviously, rooting for her to win, so my few issues with this book came not from the characters but rather how it was organized.

It’s possible that this book would have worked better if split into two, allowing for the first part to be Chloe preparing for the competition, and the second being the competition itself — instead, whatever little conflicts there were, they had to be diminished because the “big payoff” was still to come. Plus, the competition section felt incredibly rushed through, with multiple challenges happening on top of each other, characters being shipped off in hordes and with flimsy excuses to reach as quickly as possible to the top three – even if the book is 400 pages long and a good chunk of it was dedicated to the competition.

Plus, Nina, who was the closest thing to a villain, was barely a villain — the worst thing she did was steal a hemline cutter — and it was so very easily replaced that it wasn’t even a challenge. There were was no conflict, no drama other than the main character stressing constantly with “Can I make this”. She doesn’t change, she doesn’t grow that much. And that is a huge pity because Chloe is likeable, has a good relationship with her mother and her friends and the rest of her family.

Still, maybe the next book will come out and we’ll see Chloe at her internship and the book will feel less rushed.

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: Remakes Done Right.

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(ARC given by NetGalley)
Author
: Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
Publishing House: Touchstone
400 pages
Publication:  24th June 2014
Review by Lady Entropy

A modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice based on the Emmy Award-winning phenomenon, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

When rich, handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck-up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets—and for Lizzie’s viewers. Suddenly Lizzie—who always considered herself a fairly normal young woman—was a public figure. But not everything happened on-screen. Luckily for us, Lizzie kept a secret diary.The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

provides more character introspection as only a book can, with revelatory details about the Bennet household, including Lizzie’s special relationship with her father, untold stories from Netherfield, Lizzie’s thoughts and fears about life after grad school and becoming an instant web celebrity.


This book is the companion book to the NetSeries (on Youtube) The Lizzie Bennett Diaries — which I had watched and loved. This is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, which, as a book and love story, I never particularly was a fan of, but I couldn’t help but ADORE in the video format. Maybe it was the actresses, maybe it was the writing, the fact is that I loved it, and this book helped to fill some of the gaps. Obviously that 5 to 10 minutes episodes were limited in scope, so the writers had to cut out quite a lot and just leave the strictly necessary — between episodes there was often a jump of several days or even weeks, and Lizzie would give a quick description of what had happened and move on — plus, there was always the awareness that she was talking to “real people” so it was easy to guess the character would hold back and keep some things secretive. Especially at the end of the story when her sister’s reputation is in danger, she keeps some details secret as the subject is clearly private and sensitive, so the audience is left to mostly guess what happens.
But this book presents the perfect reason to fill in the gaps, to add small details and make the main narrative awesomer. Lizzie has a quick wit, and she doesn’t try to make herself look good – she’s as critical to herself as to anyone else.

On the one hand, I admit, it kills off a bit of the mystique, on the other hand it does clarify and presents some awesome plot points, so I am glad I read it. Plus, it dubs very well as a stand-alone book, and a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice whether or not you have watched the WebSeries.

Still, I would recommend this to anyone with a sense of humour or who loves Jane Austen — and I would also recommend picking up the WebSeries to watch while you read — it’s free, after all, and definitely worth it.

Deadly Curiosities: The Human, the Gay Best Friend and the Vampire

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(ARC given by NetGalley)

Author: Tim Waggoner
Publishing House: Angry Robot
464 pages
Publication:  24th June 2014
Book 1 of the Deadly Curiosity Series
Review by Lady Entropy


Welcome to Trifles & Folly, an antique and curio shop with a dark secret. Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670—acquiring and neutralizing dangerous supernatural items. It’s the perfect job for Cassidy, whose psychic gift lets her touch an object and know its history. Together with her business partner Sorren, a 500 year-old vampire and former jewel thief, Cassidy makes it her business to get infernal objects off the market. When mundane antiques suddenly become magically malicious, it’s time for Cassidy and Sorren to get rid of these Deadly Curiosities before the bodies start piling up.

This book is a decent Urban Fantasy romp: girl with some powers needs to rely on stronger friends and allies to solve problems, while still remaining useful. It has several creature types, some truly scary and poignant moments, and manages to wrap it all up without making a mess of itself.

Unfortunately, I read it right after another, alas, far superior Urban Fantasy book so I couldn’t but be left with a sense of “meh” at the end. I am sure I would have thought far better of this book were it not for the unfortunate timing.

I can say it works very well as a light read, with a refreshing character who’s not supposed to be all-powerful or a bitch, that is not desired by all men that she comes across. She was sensible, smart, and a good person who (almost never) fell into the Too Stupid To Live category.

My pet peeve was the Sassy Gay Best Friend, who I felt was such a specimen of perfection and awesomeness (great cook, appreciates the arts, incredible smart, expert armed and unarmed fighter, with magical powers that dwarfed the heroine, incredibly attractive, sensitive and thoughtful to his lover) that I wondered why weren’t we reading the story from his point of view, instead. It felt that the writer was trying to compensate for something, or she was so afraid to be dismissed for writing a “bad” gay character that she had to heap all the awesomeness on him to protect herself.

And also, our adventurers tended to rely too much on magical artefacts to get themselves out of problems. No, literally, there is a “suit up” scene. I couldn’t but help feel that, in the process of increasing the stakes, the writer wound up coming up with a threat that the heroine simply couldn’t sort.

Funnily enough, the side and minor characters (like clockman and the hunter) wound up being my favourites and I would have liked to know more about them.

Blog Tour: Above the Noise by Michelle Kemper Brownlow [Bonus Scene+Giveaway]

Hey every one, despite the headaches and all I started reading this novel and I will be putting on the review tomorrow. Today here is a bonus scene to start the Blog tour 🙂 The giveaway is right in the end of the post so be patient ^^ Thanks to Book plug promotions

SYNOPSIS:

Becki Mowry’s journalism expertise keeps her busy as she spends her waking hours filling a calendar with gigs and public appearances for her boyfriend’s up and coming band, Alternate Tragedy. Radio interviews and TV spots result in sold out concerts and rowdy groupies hot for her guy; lead singer, Calon Ridge. But, as fame would have it, their time in the limelight also brings sabotage, rumors and false accusations. Becki and Calon try to stay steadfast on a personal journey that takes them to the depths of fear and uncertainty. And finally, the rug is pulled out from under the band when they must make a transition they never dreamed they’d be faced with.In this third book of the In Too Deep series, Becki and Calon struggle to find balance as they navigate their new relationship while living amid the rock world’s nocturnal chaos. But when life’s unexpected obstacles come out of nowhere, they focus on finding their own private solace Above the Noise.

 
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Bonus scene

Calon

    My body burned with desire as I imagined her body pressed against mine. She was all I wanted. When her lips moved against mine in a sultry dance of tongue and flesh, all I could think about was being inside her. She exhaled my name against my mouth and raked her nails across my back — I needed to stop daydreaming because we were in public.
It was a thirty-three hour trip from Knoxville to Los Angeles and we’d decided to drive straight through. Spider drove and Manny and Bones switched off and on for shot gun. Becki and I had taken up residence in the back bench seat of Spider’s van. We were on our one of many stretch-your-legs-and-piss stops after hitting traffic heading into Bullhead City, Arizona. Apparently it was their annual River Regatta weekend and we could either sit in highway traffic or pull off into one of their shuttle parking lots and enjoy the festivities and finally grab some food that wasn’t drive-thru crap.
I leaned back against the picnic table I was told to save while everyone got their food. I sucked in a deep breath and took in the view. Becki stood in line at a lemonade stand not more than twenty feet from me. I watched the gentle breeze lift the very bottom of her short strapless sundress. I prayed for gale force winds but none came. Everything about her was gorgeous. From her long golden-brown hair that curled at the ends to her etched collarbones that drew my eyes down to her cleavage. I couldn’t keep my thoughts under control.
Becki and I kissed for the first time the night before we left Knoxville which was well over thirty hours ago and I was dying to kiss her again. But, I was told kissing in the van with the guys around would be in bad taste. So, it was definitely inappropriate for us to do what I wanted to do in the back seat of the van as we made our way west. I wasn’t sure my balls had ever been this shade of blue.
Baseball. Baseball. Baseball.
“Hey, handsome. You look so pensive. What’s going on inside that creative mind of yours?” I glanced up into the sun just as she blocked it with her beautiful face, then sat down on my lap. So much for distracting myself from how attracted I was to her. She wiggled her hips on my thigh, smiled, and seductively slid the straw between her lips.
Good lord.
“I was watching you and thinking about how—“ I wasn’t sure how I was going to finish that sentence when Bones interrupted my thoughts.
“Guys! Guys!” Bones was carrying a tray of food and barreling toward us at a pace that had me concerned he wouldn’t be able to stop. “Look! Gator-on-a-stick! There’s a stand over there by the main stage!” And with that, he tripped and everything on his tray spilled down the front of Becki and all over my legs.
Becki shrieked and shot off my lap. She stood, mouth agape, shaking her head and looking back and forth between the gristle and grease dripping down her chest and Bones.
“Uh, um. Becki. I’m so, so sorry.” He slowly slinked backwards, preparing to use the tray as a shield if he needed to. His eyes were as wide as saucers and his body turned away but he kept a close eye on her over his shoulder as though he was afraid for his life. “I’ll go get you some napkins. Shit. I’m so sorry.” And then he ran. Fast.
The next ten minutes was a flurry of napkins, bottled water and a lot of swearing. Becki was beautiful but she had a mouth like a sailor if you doused her in meat juice. But whether he was holding fresh napkins or bottles of water, every time Bones inched toward her, she’d scream obscenities and he’d slink back toward the picnic table.
“I have to shower. I can’t breathe. Every time I breathe, I smell dead things.” She turned her head and tried to sneak a breath or two that didn’t smell like gator.
“Becki, we are at a festival and our home is a van until we get to LA. You can’t shower.” Spider tried very hard to hold in his laughter so as not to get on Becki’s bad side…ya know, the side Bones was on.
“I don’t care if I have to strip down in the rest room and climb into the sink. I need to get this shit off me! I smell like MEAT!” She stomped a couple times, stuck out her bottom lip and looked up at me with her hands fisted at her sides. She was adorable.
“I have an idea.” I took her by the hand, told the guys to find something she could use as a towel and then head to the place I pointed out when we pulled down the long lane to the lake. Becki grumbled and cursed the whole way. I was sure she was casting spells on Bones.
“Calon, where are we going? There could be snakes in these tall weeds.” She looked around nervously.
“Relax. I’ll protect you.” I said it all goofy-like hoping to see her smile. It worked.
“If you can protect me and find a way to get this sticky stench off me, you will be rewarded generously.” She winked and raised one eyebrow.
“Your bath awaits.” I pushed aside the thin branches of some brush and opened up a space for her to see a deep pool of water hidden within a small grove of trees.
She bounced up and down and clapped then looked around to see if anyone had spied us. She kissed me on the cheek and gripped me by the shoulders. She turned my back to the trees.
“You can’t look.” She grabbed my forearm and pulled it out perpendicular to my body. “Keep your arm like this to hold my clothes. If they hit the ground, I’ll kill you.”
“Got it.” I smiled and rolled my eyes. She hung the strap of her sandals over my fingers. I shook my head. She was about to get naked and she was expecting me not to look. I wanted to be respectable. I wanted her to be able to trust me this much but I so wanted to see what was beneath that sweet little sundress.
“Your generous reward is void should you steal a glance.” Her voice was sultry. She stood behind me and pressed her body into my back. “Promise me you won’t look.”
Shit.
“I promise.” I was surprised by her adamant request because the Becki I’d been accustomed to seemed brazen and daring. But over the last couple days, something had changed between us and she was more private and even a little shy which was incredibly sexy.
“Thanks.” She laid something across my arm. I heard her take a couple steps and then there was a splash. She giggled and squealed at the cool temperature of her own little hidden oasis.
When I looked down and saw her tiny little sundress hanging over my arm goosebumps raised all over my body. And that’s when it hit me. I was only holding shoes and a dress. Nothing. Else. Holy Hell, she was going commando under that short dress. I closed my eyes and talked myself into remaining honorable and not peeking. I took a couple deep breaths but kept my eyes closed as a means to help with my resolve. I lost track of time as I stood and listened to her quiet moans and splashes as she cooled off and scrubbed away the stench of what Bones spilled on her.
“Oh shit, Cal.” Bones spoke slowly.
My eyes flew open and caught Bones gawking. My hands shot out in front of me and made contact with his chest and he and Becki’s dress and shoes hit the ground.
“CALON! Did you just let my dress touch the ground?!”
“You did NOT just sneak a peek at Becki naked!” I glared at him as he stood back up and brushed the dirt from his ass. I was ready to throttle him for the first time in our lengthy friendship.
“Shit, Cal! No! I didn’t get to see her knockers… but they did!”
I heard movement in the water and a gasp that came from what sounded like multiple people, not just one Becki. I turned and saw a bunch of shirtless guys standing on a berm just beyond the deep pool Becki had been bathing in. I yelled her name so she would be aware of her onlookers as well.
“CALON! You promised! BONES!” Becki’s voice was shrill and her annoyance was palpable. She only saw me and Bones but not her peeping Toms.
“Becki! I didn’t peek! I swear!” I tipped my head back so she could see I was diverting my gaze. I really didn’t see anything. I didn’t have time to. I was stunned by the number of guys silently gawking, my eyes hadn’t left their shit-eating grins.
“Oh, he looked Becks. He looked you all up and down. I saw it with my own eyes.” Bones nodded.
“I did not! Come on, man!” I turned back around so Becki didn’t think I was trying to steal a wayward glance.
Bones chuckled and took off running toward the guys staring at Becki. “Hey! Get outta here you assholes! This isn’t a peep show! This was a private viewing! Go! Git! Go get your own naked girl. This one’s ours!”
“Bones! Man, she’s gonna kill you.” I squeezed my eyes closed. I was trying my damnedest to keep my word. But it was so difficult knowing she was naked and wet right behind me. Dripping. Wet.
“No, you’re gonna kill me.” I wasn’t sure what Bones meant by that but I didn’t even have time to question him. His hands hit my chest and I was falling backwards. My back hit the water with a loud slap and I quickly sucked in a deep breath before I went under. I flailed a little, got my feet under me and stood, all the while keeping my eyes closed like a perfect gentleman.
“Funny, Bones. Nice one.” I waited for a comeback. Bones always had a comeback.
Nothing.
“Becks?” I spun slowly and tried to get a feel for where she was.
Nothing.
I peeked out of one eye and found myself alone in the little pool of water. I scrambled to the bank and pulled myself up with the exposed roots of the trees that had parted for our entrance to what was a private little hideaway. Bones and a fully-clothed Becki were headed back to the festivities. He carried a towel and her soiled dress.
“HEY! Wait! Bones! Did you see her naked?” I shook the water from my hair and wrung out my t-shirt. “Becki! How did you get your clothes without him seeing you? Wait! Guys! Wait up!”
“Now, who’s the gentleman, Cal? Huh? Looks like you might have some competition. Looks like your girl may be diggin’ some Bones.” Bones threw his arm in the air and flipped me the bird. He chortled and dropped his arm across Becki’s shoulders.
Becki turned to me, flashed me a smile that stole my breath. She winked, blew me a kiss, but kept walking.
 
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Michelle Kemper Brownlow has been a storyteller her entire life. Her debut was on the high school cheerleading bus granting requests to re-tell her most embarrassing moments for a gaggle of hysterical squadmates.
Earning her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in Art Education and then marrying her very own “Jake,” she moved to Binghamton, NY where she taught high school. After having two children she quit work and finished her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Binghamton University.The Brownlow family of four moved to Michelle’s hometown of Morgantown, PA while the children were still quite young. A few years after moving, her family grew by one when they welcomed a baby into their home through the gift of adoption. The family still resides in PA, just miles from where that high school cheer bus was parked.

Michelle has been an artist for as long as she can remember, always choosing pencils and crayons over toys and puzzles. As a freelance illustrator, her simple characters play the starring roles in numerous emergent reader books published by Reading Reading Books.


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