Thoughtful Third Thursday: December 2015

Today’s T3 theme is Best or Worst Read of 2015. I’ve decided to do both!

We’ll start with one of my favorite books of the year, Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell. Imagine my surprise when Betsy herself liked my review on Goodreads! Here’s what I said:

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Oh my good Lord, that was awesome! It’s a steampunk retelling of Cinderella. All the familiar parts of the story are there, but twisted in completely unexpected ways. The final 3 chapters took multiple unexpected turns that kept me up WAY too late, but it was totally worth it!

My review makes the book sound action packed, but it’s not. It’s a beautiful character study of Nicolette (the titular Mechanica). I especially loved the friendship between Nick and Caro, Nick’s abiding love for her long dead mother, and Jules. The world building is amazing as well. There’s magic, political intrigue, and steampunk elements woven in seamlessly and believably.

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My look is based off of the gorgeous cover – shades of purple, black, and grey with a butterfly print. Instead of mice, Nicolette has little mechanical bugs that help her with her chores. 🙂 I’ve also included my brass key necklace, because the story starts with Nicolette finding a key her mother hid for her (plus, the design is similar to the fantabulous font!).

I stepped back, relishing this last moment of mystery. I put a fair amount of force behind the key, expecting rust to have diminished its fit.

But it slipped in like a foot into a slipper, and I stumbled against the door.

A rattling overhead drew my attention. There were round, spiked shadows in the darkness of the ceiling, rotating at the same rate that the door was pulling open–being pulled. Inside the room, a hissing sound stopped and started in a heartbeat pattern.

I picked up my candle and entered.

Now for the “worst” book, Splintered by A. G. Howard.

It’s another fairytale retelling (Alice in Wonderland) with a gorgeous cover and fantastic world building, but the heroine, Alyssa, is a whiny, clingy mess with the worst fashion sense ever:

Once I line my eyes with strokes of dark green and wriggle into some purple, green, and red plaid tights, I top it off with a miniskirt over fluffy red petticoats. A green cap-sleeve tee layered under a red bustier—along with a pair of purple fingerless gloves—and I’m ready to face the customers.
– A. G. Howard, Splintered

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I’ve taken the purple, green, and red color scheme and turned it into something actually wearable. I’ve used the same necklace as the first look – see the key around Alyssa’s neck? Insects are another theme that both books share. Alyssa uses them in her “art” – basically, she kills them and pins them to a canvas with a bunch of other crap. Ewww.

Since Maricel is taking a break from blogging, this is the final edition of T3. 😦 However, starting in 2016 I will be writing a series of “Look Reviews” – full fledged book reviews with an accompanying outfit. I’m excited about this new venture!

Okay, your turn! Click on the little blue frog and link up:

Thoughtful Third Thursday: November 2015

Today’s T3 theme is “Gratitude (what have you read that inspired gratitude?).” I’ve chosen Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

This book looks at the effects of a seemingly small decision: will Hannah leave the club with her best friend or stay and hang out with an old flame? In alternating chapters we follow Hannah’s life after each choice.

And what does she wear on that fateful night?

I find a teal shell tank and throw it own. I slip on my black heels. I look in the mirror and fix my bun.

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This book really surprised me! It made me, once again, thankful for every decision I’ve ever made, including the “bad” ones, because:

When you sit there and wish things had happened differently, you can’t just wish away the bad stuff. You have to think about all the good stuff you might lose, too.

Thoughtful Third Thursday: October 2015

Today’s T3 theme is Supernatural Read (just in time for Halloween!).

I’ve read several books and series recently with supernatural elements, but I’m choosing to feature Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series.

Goodreads synopsis of the first book, The Name of the Star:

Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago has broken out across the city. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him – the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target…unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables.

Since I’m pretty pale–years of excessive sunscreen and being slowly bled to death by swamp mosquitoes–the rich black looked dramatic. I added some red lipstick, which may have been a touch too far, but Jazza said I looked nice, and she seemed to mean it.

Pale skin, rich black, red lipstick, and a star brooch (from the book title):

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