Book Review: How to Speak Emoji by Fred Benenson

Disclaimer: I received this from NetGalley in return for an honest review. 

How to Speak Emoji by Fred Benenson

I figured with emjoi speak practically taking over texts, snaps, instagrams, tweets, and anything else in the social media realm, but I was annoyed by the book. When most of the phrases in picture form are 3 times as long as the phrase it’s to imply, I’m not sure it gets the point across.

Maybe this is also the time I should add, I’m probably older than the designated target group. But I also hope this book was in good jest. The beginning with overview of what the emjoi’s mean is great, even the basic conversation section, as those are little emjois that you would use in small conversation.

Then the book goes downhill with song lyrics and sentences.

I wish I could have enjoyed this book, but in the end I just didn’t.

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Book Review: Taco El Gato


Taco El Gato is by Candy Briones and this is the first book in the series. Taco is a cat who was abandoned and then rescued by dogs. He has a “brother” and the brother isn’t too fond of him, or cats. Taco is chill about this rivalry, but I’m pretty sure something more will happen in later issues. Overall this is a cute comic to start, but I do wish a little more explanation of characters had happened. But I do look forward to reading some more about Taco and his friends/family.

Disclaimer: I received this from NetGalley in return for an honest review. 

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Book Review: The Twilight Zone: Shadow & Substance


Disclaimer: I received this from NetGalley in return for an honest review. 

ISBN: 9781524100520
Pulblisher: Diamond Book Distributors/ Dynamite Entertainment
Release: October 2016

Review/Booktalk: While, I’m a little too young to remember The Twilight Zone on TV, I have watched a few episodes here and there and also am a fan of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Ride at the Disney parks, I wasn’t fully expecting the comic to be engaging and yet slightly creepy.

This compliation has multiple stories in it, and each are short and to the point. Which while great for the art of comics, I found myself wishing for a couple of the stories to be longer.

The artwork and lettering were fabulous, and I do hope more of these come out.

So I ask you now, are you here in the present or are you in another dimension known as The Twilight Zone?

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Review: Cetaphil


Hey long time no blog! I’m participating in the JingleVoxBox from Influenster, and I got some products to try and review for free.  One of those products was the Cetaphil moisturizing cream.


While I’m more of a Beekman 1802 lotion girl, this Cetaphil cream didn’t feel greasy and did help some dry spots. I also enjoyed the fact that it was scent free and didn’t bother me.

Overall, I’d recommend it to someone who is looking for something to help with their winter dry skin and I’ll most likely keep using it as a backup lotion as well.

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Product Review: Airbrush Legs


What did I get this time around from Influenster you ask? Well I received  Airbrush Legs from Sally Hansen. I know there’s supposed to be lots of pictures, but I received the “light” color to try out. Well I thought the light color was going to be OK for my legs, then I realized how pale my legs are. When I applied the leg make up on, my legs kind of resembled the  oompa loompa from Willy Wonka and I’m not posting that🙂

Overall, the product applied smooth, and set out what it was made to do, cover up issues. I did find that even though it was supposed to be easy wash off, it took some scrubbing to get the make up off the next day.

So how did I apply it?

  1. I squeezed a small amount (less than dime size) into my hand.
  2. I worked the amount into a small area on my legs.
  3. I blended to get an even finish.
  4. Then I repeated for the rest of my legs, until I got an even tone.

While I got this for free, I probably would have chosen the lightest shade they offer for myself to make sure my legs looked more natural. Also it’s great for people who wear clothes that show off their legs, and that is something I just don’t do.

So yes, I give it a recommendation but make sure you know which color works for your skin tone.



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Book Review: Uncle Scrooge: Pure Viewing Satisfaction


Gray,  Jonathan, Rodolfo Cimino, Jan Kruse, Romano Scarpa, and Joe Torcivia. Uncle Scrooge: Pure Viewing Satisfaction. IDW. 2015. ISBN-13: 9781631403880

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Uncle Scrooge: Pure Viewing Satisfaction


The ever famous Uncle Scrooge is back at his money hogging ways in this series of comics. There’s a group of robbers who keep trying to steal his money, and hilariously fail. Donald and the nephews go on wild adventures with their uncle. If you like Disney and you like Uncle Scrooge stories, Pure Viewing Satisfaction will be enjoyable for you. The artwork in Disney comics is always beautiful and detailed. A great children’s comic.

Notes: (all links open in a new window/tab)

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.

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States I’ve Visited!

In looking through my blog, I saw my old states I’ve visited map. I’ve now added Indiana to that list, and have updated the map accordingly.

So 28/50, I really need to get westward don’t I?

visited 28 states (56%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or Amsterdam travel guide for Android

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Book Review: Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom


Franklin, Emily and Brendan Halpin. Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom. New York, NY: Walker Publishing Company, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0-8027-2345-1. Hardcover USD $16.99

Annotation: Lucas and Tessa are best friends. When Lucas realizes he wants more, how will he react when she comes out as a lesbian?


No awards but the book was named to the 2013 Rainbow List.

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Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom


Lucas and Tessa have been friends for most of their lives. One day Luke realizes his feelings for Tessa go more than friendship so he decides to ask her to prom. She declines, but not for the reasons you might think. She comes out as a lesbian.

Lucas feels hurt and betrayed. Some actions on his part cause Tessa and her family a lot of hurt and controversy. Will Tessa and Lucas make up but more importantly, will Tessa Masterson go to prom?

Fun Facts: This book was based on real life events in a small southern town.

Credits: (all links open in a new window/tab)

Image Cover: From Goodreads

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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green


Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. New York, NY: Dutton, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0-525-47881-2. Hardcover USD $17.99

Annotation: Two teens with terminal cancer go on an adventure of friendship and love.


Buxtehuder Bulle (2012), Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Honor (2013), West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (WAYRBA) for Older Readers (2013), Milwaukee County Teen Book Award (2013), Indies Choice Book Award for Young Adult (2013)

Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for Preis der Jugendjury (2013), Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award (ALAN/NCTE) (2013), Dioraphte Jongerenliteratuurprijs for vertaald boek en publieksprijs (2013), The Inky Awards for Silver Inky (2012), Abraham Lincoln Award (2014), Goodreads Choice for Best Young Adult Fiction (2012), Luisterboek Award (2015), Green Mountain Book Award (2014), The Inky Awards Shortlist for Silver Inky (2012) .

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The Fault in Our Stars


Hazel Grace Lancaster is a 16 year old girl battling cancer. Upon her mother’s request she attends a cancer support group. She meets a boy named Augustus Waters. They share an attraction with each other.

How do two people with terminal cancer deal with life, love, and eventual death? Read “The Fault in Our Stars” to see how these two people live their lives to the fullest.

Fun Facts: Author John Green hosts a The Fault in Our Stars Q&A on his website. *Note* Spoilers are abound if you haven’t completely read the book.


Book Trailer:

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Image Cover & Awards List: From Goodreads

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Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Notes: I also changed this book from what I originally picked. If I would be living in the UK this biography review would have been about John Cleese.

Age Range: Including age range for this book, while not inappropriate, there may be some jokes or parts of the story that are inappropriate for younger readers. 15+ for the age range on this book. I will note there might be choices in the story where you won’t find anything out of the ordinary, but it’s best to caution.


Harris, Neil Patrick. Choose Your Own Autobiography. USA: Crown Archetype, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-0-385-34699-3. Hardcover. USD: $26.00

Annotation: If you thought Choose your own adventure books were out of style think again. Neil Patrick Harris’s autobiography brings this style of book back to the forefront and is a fun adventurous look through Harris’s life.


None yet.

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Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

Mini Review:

Star Rating- 5 out of 5 (That’s what I gave it on Goodreads).

You’ve seen him in reruns of Doogie Howser, M.D., you know him as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, now read about how Neil Patrick Harris got there, and read about his theater and hosting duties. You’ll see how he gained fame and fortune and has found happiness on and off the screen.

In Choose Your Own Autobiography, you get to choose how you read the story. Just like the choose your own adventure books you read as a kid, you get to read “adventures” in Neil’s life. Don’t worry if you want to read straight through. You can. It doesn’t feel too disjointed as each “adventure” is standalone, but it is neat to see what would have preceded that adventure. If you want a biography that isn’t your standard read, than Choose Your Own Autobiography is for you.


Videos: Book Trailer from the book’s website

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Cover Image- Goodreads


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