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August 2014 Link Loves!

Hey!

Yet another month has passed by!. I really hope you had an amazing month. I fulfilled one of my wishes this month and that was to visit Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world :). Then I spent some quality time with my parents when they came to visit me recently. We went shopping to Mega Mall in Sharjah.

Another really exciting thing is that my hair is now completely back to how it was look-wise before I rebonded my hair, five years ago!. The first time I rebonded my hair was in 2009 (Want a detailed post?. Click here). I rebonded a second time in 2010.

As years went by, the new hair seemed wavier than before and the bottom half of my hair was still straight. It’s not a really neat look. I have always sported long hair and I didn’t want to cut a big chunk off in one go. I kept letting my hair grow then trimming it and repeating this process. I would have an inch cut off every 2 or 3 months, thus getting rid of the straight [damaged] hair but at the same time, keeping my hair length the same throughout. This month, the last of the straight hair was trimmed off!. I am not saying my wavy hair is damage free now. Of course not. Hair strength and damage wise, I don’t think I can ever go back to my virgin hair but hey a girl gotta keep trying right?. So, I will keep looking after it by oiling regularly, applying deep condition masks and all that.

Alright, on to my August favorites:

1) Camila of Titi Crafty has created these gorgeous DIY Modge Podge Wooden Jewelry boxes and done a complete tutorial on it. They are so perfect and pretty. I love the pattern combinations on each box. Check them out!

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2) Sarah of Blend N Smack has done a post on how you can turn an eye shadow into a lipstick. She created some really different colors with it. Do check it out!

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3) Daania of Serendipity Happens is in Sri Lanka at the moment on vacation. She visited this picturesque place called Sembuwatha lake. I am in love with the photos!. I hope I go there one day <3. Check out more pictures from the post.

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4) Chrys of Oh Chrys! did a post highlighting the cons of being an inactive blogger. With the help of memes that she created, she drives home the message clearly!. If you are not into blogging frequently, you got to read this!

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Glorious mentions

1) Daania of Serendipity Happens has done the lip product addict tag after I tagged her :). She has mentioned my lip product addict tag in that post too.

dsc_03002) Michael Todds True Organics has permanently linked my Eye-o-sonic review on their website, specifically on the Eye-o-sonic product page!. I am so proud to see my name there. Click the link above or checkout this screenshot below:

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3) Renee of Mother Daughter Book Reviews has mentioned my When Violet was Blue book review in her Book Blitz wrap up post. Thanks Renee!

violet4) Eyova recently sent out an email newsletter to a closed group mentioning my Eyova egg oil review. Since it was sent to a group of people and not published online, here is a screenshot for you guys!

Eyovaemail5) Renee of Mother Daughter Book Reviews has also mentioned my Dream Warriors book review in her Book Blitz wrap up post. Yay for the mention!

DreamWarriors-Cover563x9006) Irene of Drab 2 Fabz has started a mission!. She mentioned my blog in that post since I am also taking part in it along with my other blogger friend, Abidha of Abidha Ayyoob’s blog. Check out the post to find out what that mission is 😀

That’s it for this month. I hope you have a sensational September ahead of you ♥

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Naz ♥

Book Review: Dream Warriors by D. Robert Pease!

Hello!

Today I am reviewing a Young Adult book by D. Robert Pease, titled Dream Warriors. Let’s first get to know the author!.

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D. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn’t been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer’s Sirens. It’s not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters he creates.

D. Robert lives in the gray-skied world of Northeast Ohio with his wife, two kids (a boy and a girl) and two pets (a dog and a cat) and a pond full of goldfish. When not writing he loves to travel the U.S. via RV with his trusty Jeep in tow, or ride the hills of Ohio on his bike..

Book Summary

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Joseph Colafranceschi is a fifteen-year-old, self-described geek, living in the Bronx. The second youngest of twelve sons of the former U.S. ambassador to Italy, Joey discovers that a small Egyptian statuette, given to him by his father, endows him with power to control his dreams.

After his brothers throw him down a manhole, Joey is drawn into a hidden society of warriors who have been battling a reincarnated Egyptian Pharaoh for over 3,000 years. In the dream world, everyone is not what they appear to be, and it’s impossible to tell who to trust. As Joey slips deeper into a world of gladiator battles and clandestine missions within other people’s dreams, he catches the eye of a beautiful Egyptian princess.

The only thing that keeps him grounded in reality is his best friend Alex, but even she may not be who he thought she was.

My review

The book cover is very nice, something that inspires fantasy. It shows the characters Cleopatra, Joseph Colafranceschi (aka Joey Cola) and Alexandra Romanov (aka Alex). Joey stumbles onto a parallel world once he comes into possession of a magical amulet, passed onto him from his father. I felt so intrigued by this amulet that I couldn’t put the book down until I found out what magical powers it held!.

I liked Alex’s character a lot. I can very much relate to her. She is very kind hearted and amiable. Her dress sense is unique and the author describes it well in many instances. Joey has a huge family. He has several brothers and a sister. Extreme sibling rivalry is shown in this book. I did grow up fighting with my brother, whom I love to bits right now, now that we see each other only about twice a month!. I know there is always some sort of rivalry between siblings. However, in this book, it’s extreme to the point that Joey’s step brothers don’t even worry about any consequences that might occur, like for e.g. Joey’s death!. Not that he dies in the book, but two of his step brothers do leave him to be dead at one point of time. The world building is really nice. The author has very imaginatively presented a fictional world called To-She.

The character development is nicely done. I feel Joey, who is 15, really shows maturity beyond his age once he discovers the world of To-She. There is a lot of sexual tension between him and Cleopatra and for some reason, I felt it to be inappropriate. After all, he is just 15. Well, kids these days might develop and mature way ahead of time. However, for me it felt really weird. If Joey was say 20 or 21, it would have been more appropriate.

The battle scenes in To-She are described really well and I quite enjoyed it. The character called Ammon, who is an old man is very intriguing and all knowing. The concept that there are many who are normal people in real life but their avatars in To-She can take on disguises and have powers, is a unique one. No one really knows who a particular avatar in To-She is, in real life. They could be anyone, situated anywhere in the world but all they have to do to enter To-She is to fall asleep. Then they train and fight battles in To-She, thus becoming dream warriors!. That’s how the title came about.

Though I like the story line, there are certain situations that are unbelievable. For instance, there is a scene (not a spoiler!), where the President of US meets Joey, to discuss a dream!!. Well, that was a bit too much. The scene however was nicely depicted, whereby Joey was whisked away by secret agents and all that.

The ending was nice in such a way that it didn’t leave a lot to imagination. It felt like a proper ending and not a cliffhanger that drives you crazy with anticipation until the next part of the book gets released. However, there are still some things left out so that you would still wait around to see what happens in book 2. So, kudos to the author for handling that well. The next book is titled Cleopatra Rising and is set to be released in March 2015. I can’t wait for book 2 to see how the characters and situations further develop!

If you love action, adventure, mythology and fictional universes, you would love this book. I give this book 4 out of 5, which by Goodreads standards mean that I ‘really liked it’.

Links to the book

Amazon ~ Goodreads ~ Evolve Publishing

Source : I received a complimentary ebook copy for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

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