#BookwormFashion: Eadlyn Inspired Look (The Selection Series by Kiera Cass)

Books/Graphic Novels, Fashion & Design

Eadlyn Dress The Heir The Crown

One thing I’ve found I love to do the last few years: bring a look from a story to life. It lets me combine my secret wish to be a fashion consultant/personal stylist with my love of reading, and Polyvore lets me do it without actually spending a dime.

While I typically aim to create everyday looks, Princess Eadlyn, protagonist of The Heir and The Crown by Kiera Cass wears only the finest. This modern ballgown by Modcloth.com combines the shape and detail of the dress from The Heir with the color of gown from The Crown. Accessorize with an embellished sash or belt and some dressy heels. And no princess would dare be caught on camera without her tiara! Find all the items used in this set and shop the look on Polyvore.

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The Biggest Insights from The Force Awakens Novelization

Books/Graphic Novels, Entertainment, Movies/Shows

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Novelization

Ever since The Force Awakens hit theaters a few weeks ago, theories have been flying about the new trilogy. People are lining up to see the film twice, three, or even four times looking for hints, Reddit and Tumblr threads grow by the day, and Youtube channel theories abound. Want a source of further insight that’s 100% canon? Check out the novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster. If you’ve seen the film, read the novel, and/or aren’t afraid of spoilers, let’s talk about some of the biggest reveals the novel offers that we didn’t see on screen. I’ve included some pages from the hardback novel for reference. SPOILERS AHEAD! 

The Giver Quartet Inspires Young and Old Alike (Contains some Spoilers)

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The Giver Quartet Review

As part of my voluntary writers’ group homework, I was told to read several books in the same genre as my own novel to get a sense of pace, structure, style, and so forth. A book with a strikingly similar word count, series length, genre, and audience is The Giver by Lois Lowry.

I find The Giver and its sequels to be a moving, thought-provoking set of stories for readers of any age. Here are some of my thoughts on the four books in The Giver Quartet. 

Thoughts on DC Comics’ Convergence Special (Contains Spoilers)

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Thoughts on DC Comics' Convergence

For the last 8 weeks, many of DC Comics’ main titles pressed the pause button for a 2 month special called Convergence. When Brainiac pits cities from various timelines against each other in a battle to the death, heroes must band together with others from across the Multiverse or face the destruction of their universe – or every universe!

Darth Vader #4 Continues to Impress (Spoiler-Free Review)

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Darth Vader 4

This Wednesday I went straight after work to my neighborhood comic book store to pick up the latest issue of Marvel’s Darth Vader solo series. Just as the with the first 3 issues, the story continues to build and continues to impress me. Doctor Aphra gains new depth and we are reminded that Darth Vader is not as emotionally robotic as his suit or threatening reputation would have us believe as they head to Geonosis where an insect-like queen has attempted to revive her culture with an army of droids.

The next issue won’t be out until May, but I’m actually okay with that. If Marvel continues churning out these awesome Star Wars comic books every single week, my wallet will be running empty.

What did you think of Darth Vader #4? Leave your thoughts in the comments and thanks for reading.

Catching up on Comics: Darth Vader #1-3 (Spoiler-Free Review)

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Darth Vader #3

Between traveling to San Diego and L.A. a few weeks back, work, and editing my first novel, I’m afraid my blog has suffered a bit of neglect the last few weeks. Between the stack of comics I armed myself with in L.A. for the flight back and the new releases of the last few weeks, as well as my library loans, I’ve been consuming a ton of comic books that I can’t wait to review. So I’ll be playing catch-up with those reviews throughout this week, starting with one of the best series out right now: Star Wars, Darth Vader. 

Princess Leia #2 Review (Spoiler-Free)

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Leia 2 cover

Today the second issue of Marvel’s Princess Leia series was released. Unlike Issue #1, which felt lackluster, the plot picks up with #2. I’m sorry to say that the princess’ solo series still lacks the quality of the main Star Wars comic book series and the recent Darth Vader solo series, but I’m holding out hope it will get there by the end.