February 21, 2018

Book Review Wednesday: The Favorite Sister

When I found out the author of "Luckiest Girl Alive" was coming out with a second book, I was so excited! Then, when I found the book on NetGalley and was able to read it early, I was even more hyped; I think I actually yelped when I was approved to read "The Favorite Sister".

*I could've SWORN I did a book review on Luckiest Girl Alive but I can't find it anywhere!

I started reading the book and was very confused. There was a lot of POVs, and we went back and forth between the past & present, and I just couldn't get into it at the beginning.

The premise behind the book is that there is a group of girls, the Goal Diggers, who are on a reality show of the same name. Brett, Stephanie, Lauren, and Jen are the main characters and stars in Goal Diggers, and they each have their own niche.

Brett & Stephanie used to be best friends before they had a major falling out, and their reconciliation is the storyline for the next season.

Brett's sister Kelly joins the cast, as well as her daughter (Kelly's) Layla. The sisters have a SoulCycle type of business called SPOKE and they give back to third world countries in the process.

At certain points, I felt like I couldn't follow along; I was just confused as to what previously happened. Maybe I just wasn't paying attention and was distracted when reading it, or maybe it just simply was a confusing book.

However, in the middle of the book, I caught on and everything was good.

The book was very interesting and I loved that it gave you a weird, behind the scenes look at what probably happens on our favorite reality shows. It's not scripted, but it's definitely coerced and directed in the right way.

I was definitely missing the mystery/suspense feeling of the book until we get to the end of it. There's some secrets that are revealed, some marriage problems, and a whole lot of drama.

The end of the book is truly mind-blowing and makes up for the slowness of the rest of the novel.

My vote is, this isn't a must read but if you need a good, light-hearted suspense novel, this is a going to be a good one.

It's important to note that this book doesn't come out until April 24th so keep an eye out! I think if you like mystery novels but also like something not too dramatic, this is the one for you!


February 20, 2018

Gifts for the Book Worm in Your Life

I am well aware that it is not Christmas or any other gift-giving holiday, but I had this idea and I just wanted to share. There are always birthdays and other gift giving occasions year round, so why not write this?

I've always been a bookworm, ever since I was a little girl. I hit peak readership when I was a teenager and started asking my aunt (who I got the book gene from) for baskets of books for my birthday and/or Christmas.

I would give her a list of about 20 books and she'd buy almost all of them for me; then she'd wrap them up in a gorgeous little basket and I was set for about 4-5 months.

My peak readership around 2008-2009 was also because of my discovery of the Twilight series. After that, I just wanted to read everything. I was also writing fanfiction (I know, I know) at the time so I took inspiration from everywhere.

Reading has always, and will always be my thing.

I've been getting back into a lot recently, but there are so many bigger bookworms out there. If you have a reader in your life, someone who lives, breaths, and eats books, these are just a few things to get them!

What would you get the reader in your life?

February 19, 2018

Manicure Monday: Essie Winter 2017

Aside from the press on nails, I've been really into wearing different, unique color nail polishes lately. When I first saw the Winter 2017 collection from Essie, I wasn't really interested in any of the colors.

That is until I took a closer look at them and saw them on real nails, on the Essie Instagram. That's when the Social Lights color caught my eye.

It's so different from anything I have; it's metallic but has looks as if it has a hint of shimmer to it. It's described as a gray polish but has a hint of green in my opinion. On the Essie website, it also says that there is a hint of amber warmth which I  definitely agree with.

Social Light is the perfect winter color; it's warm, cozy, and just dark enough that you feel like you're on trend.

Also on the Essie website, it has a chart to show you where this color falls in comparison to similar shades. It's really interesting! I'm curious to go check out some other of my favorite shades.

I am obsessed with this color and have worn it quite a lot since getting it. The formula is one of the better Essie ones and I pair it with Julep Oxygen TreatmentEssie Gel Setter & my Orly Quick Dry Drops and it's a pretty good manicure!

What is on your nails this Monday?

February 16, 2018

Royal Round Up: Week 7

We got through Valentine's Day with flying colors! I am so pleased that I don't have to worry about February 14th for another year!

If you didn't read my Valentine's Day blog post, I recommend reading it now. It gives you a bit of an inside look at my dating world, something that I've always been hesitant to talk about, which I will maybe talk about in the future.

It was another long week here in the world of Briana... work has been very busy; my sister has started interning with me (it's a very interesting experience so far which maybe I will write about). Even though the week was busy, I felt oddly light. I didn't feel too stressed out, I didn't feel anxious, and I was in a fine mood.

It wasn't until today (Thursday) that I started to feel anxious. Maybe it's because the week is over and I'm looking forward to Friday, or it could be that the weekend has been giving me a lot of anxiety lately. I don't know if it's because work has been hard, or because I feel like I have a lot of things to accomplish in only two days, but it's weird.

This is the first week where my weekend anxiety kicks in TWO DAYS early. Why am I like this?

OH, this week Lent started and every year, I do try to give something up. The past few years I have failed but this year, I am giving up shopping. I am DETERMINED to do this no buy. As a good Catholic, I want to do my best. Let's see how it goes...

Ok, now for my favorite links of the week!

What you missed on Royally Pink:
Have a great weekend everyone!

February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day to All My Single Gals

I mean, Happy Valentine's Day to all those ladies in relationships too! However, I feel like my bitter single girls need some extra love today.

Yes, we had Galentine's Day yesterday but today is the real day, the one everyone cares about. I've been single on all but two Valentine's Day and those don't even really count. I've never liked this holiday because it's just a reminder that I'm alone.

I don't talk about dating a lot on this blog because, to be honest, I don't go out on dates. I've had one semi-relationship that I don't want to talk about, for personal reasons.

I just got ghosted by another guy I was seeing (I'm upset about it) and I've been on dating apps a lot but nothing has really come to fruition. Maybe as I become more comfortable, I can share more.

However, I think all you single gals should celebrate Valentine's Day with your friends, family, and anyone who you love.

I'm spending the day at work and then coming home for a Lobster Tail dinner with my mom & sister, and I even made chocolate covered strawberries for us! I will also spend the night blogging & writing, doing the things I love.

I also love all of you who read this daily so Happy Valentine's Day!