extraordinary means tag

The Extraordinary Means Blog Tag

4:17 PM

I'm popping in to do a quick tag that Lily from Lily's Notes in the Margins said allll her readers could do. So I'm doing it. BEHOLD, the Extraordinary Means Blog Tag.

1. I would give up the internet for a month for a signed first edition of this book.

*chokes* WHAT. Did those words just come out of your mouth? Disclaimer: Just because I'm doing this tag doesn't mean I would ever willingly go without internet for a month. Ever. But, IF this were to happen, I would want a Pride and Prejudice copy. 

2. I would give up pizza for a year if it meant I could sit next to this author on a long plane ride.

(I don't think the people who made this tag understand my life. Or pizza for that matter.) Susan Dennard, the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, is seriously hilarious on Twitter. Not that that even makes this situation realistic because I don't talk to people. It's dangerous. I've heard it causes stress and pain.  

3. I would sit through a thousand hours of commercials if it would ensure Hollywood made this book into a movie.

I can't even sit through 20 seconds of commercials.

I have had many serious conversations about this with my sister (about book movies not commercials). Sooo...hm, it'd probably be between The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black or Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt. My biggest fear though is that they'd completely mess up the characters. I would legit cry if that happened. 

4. I would never read a new book again if it meant I could live inside this book.

I actually don't know. All of my favorite books that have semi-interesting worlds are dangerous. When I was a kid, I wanted to live in Kit Kittredge's world with her tree house and typewriter and independence. 

5. I would let my Google search history be made public if it meant I could be best friends with this author.

Um yeah. This is actually possible. There's not even anything interesting on there anymore. It's all art history stuff and social media sites (I live a wild life). The humor in Lindsey Leavitt's books gives me life so I'm gonna go with her. 

6. I would donate everything I own to Goodwill if it meant I could date this book character in real life.

Don't ask me such things.

Besides. I legitimately can't think of anybody right now.

Of course any of you are welcome to do the tag too! Leave a link in the comments so I can check it out. :)


7:52 PM

I'm in a really busy time right now, so despite me wanting to write a review for Red Queen (because omg what even is this brilliance) and loads of other posts of awesomeness....

The sad truth is that this is a really busy week or couple of weeks, and I have a ton of things to do. 

  1. I have an exam in my online class, plus regular homework. 
  2. I have a cover commission. 
  3. I have studying for a CLEP exam. 

*sigh* Yurp. 

I shall leave you with this. 

And the promise that I will be back. 

After I conquer my first test of the summer semester.

(This also makes me realize that I should probably have posts like pre-scheduled and pre-written and all the jazz because I get busy but I still want you guys to come by and comment. Any suggestions on genius ways of brainstorming for post ideas?)

it's a random day

It's a Random Day {3}

7:21 PM

(So, if you didn't read my intro post about the above meme-y looking thing, it's something that I made to cover all the random days I feel like talking about my life and blabbering about songs and weather and things. It's probably not original but the image is, so if you want to use it please credit me. :) )

I'm finally back to posting semi-regularly! Three cheers for me *grins* It's been a while since I posted one of my random, long-winded "me" posts, so I thought I'd bring you up to speed on what I've been doing and how things are going.

Songs I've Been Listening To:

Party Rock by Boys Republic. This is the perfect song to jam out to. It has an awesome beat and is THE summer song. It's on replay all the time. 

Go Away by 2NE1. Also has a good beat (I love my beats man). Girl power all the way. 

Fill Me In by Austin Mahone ft. Pia Mia. This one's just so mellow and I love both their voices. 

Weather In My Spheres:

Well actually it's been pretty sucky lately. 

It's been rainy off and on which makes it really hard to plan for any adventures. Disappointment. 

In Other News:

>>> I've started my online Art History class (been doing it for a little over a week) which is... pleasant. Not. It's not awful but there's a lot of content and reading assignments and writing. I haven't written a paper for school since last year so I'm a little out of practice. >.< 

>>> The Goodreads critique group has grown to 14 members! I'm so excited and hope it keeps expanding so I can talk with you lovelies about design and art as well as bookish stuff on there. You can check out Random Design here

>>> I'm starting to practice driving on the interstate more which is both terrifying and well yeah terrifying. But I need my driving skills to be up to par if I decide to like drive somewhere...sometime...

>>> Vlogs will be coming semi-soon. Amongst them, a sister tag (with a twist) hopefully!

>>> I'm starting to work on another book cover project I got. SUPER EXCITED. 

>>> I went to see a president's house the other day and while it was pretty awesome, it was kinda not awesome because of the heat waves crashing against my face. When did we decide it was okay to walk over twenty minutes in Saharian weather? 


My reading groove is also something that's getting way better (before it was kind of bipolar. some days I wanted to read 5 books and other times I wouldn't want to read for days.) thank the heavens. So this is my fingers-crossed, begging-the-fates TBR for this month. 

(I also read Red Queen recently and OMG amazing. At first it was just meh for me but oooh. My heart. Do you wish to read my flailings in a review?)


City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. Do I even need to explain my reasons?

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han. You may or may not have read my tweet about finishing trilogies (or failing to, in my end). This is part of Project Conquer Trilogies. Evil things. 

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier. *cough* Another trilogy finisher. *cough*

Here, There and Elsewhen by Charles L. Fontenay. Goodreads doesn't even have a helpful blurb thus the lack of a link. Basically, this is a collection of sci-fi short stories? Um...not my usually pick, except it's short so it fits my "read a book you can read in one day" requirement for my 50 book challenge. 

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas. This sounds like super fun combo of contemporary, cheesy things and a mystery. Plus, the cover. It's gorgeous. 

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. More cover love! Also, the main character has an anxiety disorder which I thought was really unique and relatable. #socialanxiety. 

What's going on in your life? Are you enjoying being a lazy bum this summer or are you being super productive and other distasteful things? ;) 

book reivew

Review: Dorothy Must Die

8:00 AM

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: hardcover
Source: my sister
Pages: 452

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a yellow brick road - but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I've been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

If that's not an epic blurb I don't know what is. Sadly, when I finished Dorothy Must Die late last night...it didn't live up to any of my expectations. Maybe that's a slight exaggeration. Most parts of the book didn't live up to my expectations, which really disappointed me. I'd been waiting to read it for a really long time and it has like the most awesome cover of all time. 

I can't figure out if he's shrugging or trying to like shift his coat or something.
Some things will always remain mysteries.

Possibly one thing that might have affected my opinion is that I took a pretty long break from it somewhere near the middle. BUT, my logic is that if it was actually more interesting I wouldn't have taken that break. Logic, peoples. 


The world was amazing. It was so interesting and unique! The descriptions were pretty great and I couldn't have imagined up any creepier versions of the Lion, the Scarecrow, and so on. And Dorothy was psychotic. Talk about the scariest kind of villain-- the kind that smiles. 

But seriously, Dorothy was wrapped in so many layers of preppy sorority-ness (to quote Amy) and even more layers of pink that when it was contrasted to her evil side it was super creepy. 

Another thing that was pretty cool was learning about magic. Even more so, because we got to learn along with Amy. 

STAR. Gosh, I almost forgot. I loved Amy's pet rat Star! She was so smart and loveable. *squee*


These are all person feelings and I totally understand that people might not agree with me. So, I'm not dissing one of your favorite books... it just didn't click with me. 

First of all, the romantic plot was a little bit to cliche for me. Yeah, there were wizards and the amazing land of oz and magical evil creatures but that didn't make up for the fact that (to me) this romance had been written many times already. 

Step 1: Girl meets guy. 
Step 2: Guy pretends to not like her but actually does. 
Step 3: We learn that the guy has never ever liked anyone else before because dedication (to a cause).
Step 4: Jealous girl warns us to stay away from said guy. 

It just didn't hit it off with me. 

And even though I liked reading about the main character Amy... I didn't really feel close to her. She didn't grab my heart and rip it to emotional pieces. I didn't feel a whole lot with her.

She was too ready to risk things, exploding in anger really easily. And maybe I could understand that if she apologized or thought it out or actually got steaming mad over something that really mattered. Even if I understood her reasons for doing the things she did and was starting to warm up to her, she let her feelings of anger and disappointment with herself influence her to do things super hastily and without thought to anyone's safety.

In this Oz, that wasn't a good thing. Her acts of bravery seemed to be more her proving to herself that she was worthy and not an awful human being rather than doing it for something she believed in.

I didn't hate Amy at all. But every time I felt like I was getting closer to her, she threw me off. She was low on self-esteem and I don't think that justified her actions because of the low self-esteem.

One more thing I didn't really like about Amy is-- her instincts were too perfect. She's a girl from a trailer park in Kansas. Come on! Don't tell me she's going to have perfect fighting instincts (and etc) after just a few weeks of training. There were so many times in the book where it would say that Amy "had a feeling" that something was going to go wrong or that there was no way back or or. I would've loved it if that wasn't so prominent.

Even though I didn't really like Dorothy Must Die (which again, super disappointing *tears*), there's a big chance that you might actually LOVE it.

So, I recommend it to readers who love Oz-ness, wizards, magic, and grisly laboratories. Oh, and smart rats.

My Rating:

Disclaimer: I was not reimbursed for this review in any way. All opinions or thoughts expressed are my own. 

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Poll Time

1:14 PM

I'm popping a super important quiz on you today. Be prepared for doom and sadness.

Nahhh, just kidding. I'm actually just posting a quick poll on here today because I'm super curious about when you read my posts. I went to a small business seminar this spring when I was at college and it really posed some interesting facts and questions about social networking. Apparently, the time I post and where I post affects things more than I would've thought.

So if you have time, please please please take a few seconds to answer this poll. It would make me so happy *flutters eyelashes* and also I offer virtual chocolate. Yeah. That's right baby.

Create your own user feedback survey


Quotes for Life

10:44 PM

I'm working on some exciting future posts, but today I want share some quotes with you. I've gone through some times this past year that were really challenging and tough, and when I wasn't feeling the greatest, some quotes really helped. And God was pretty awesome too. :) Even in the best of times, quotes are life. SO, I SHALL GIVE YOU QUOTES.

Resistance is futile. 

(Warning: This is probably going to be very long. I'm a serious pinner. #swag)



If there's one thing I learned from my first year of college, it's this-- it never works to focus on all the things that haven't gone your way. You just have to tell yourself that you've accomplished a lot even though it doesn't seem like it. 



There are a lot of things that I am/try to be relatively relaxed about. One thing I'm never too relaxed about though is school. I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to grades and homework completion and all that jazz. 

Well... I made a few mistakes. Got frustrated by a few teachers. And I had to learn to get over it. To forgive myself and make the best of it. The past is the past and you can't change it.



I'm shy. Really shy. And if that isn't fun enough, I'm also very introverted. And I don't like huge risk-taking, whether it be jumping into deep water or being the one to talk to someone new first. With all these things, it's a given that I have fears. Probably an unhealthy amount. ;) But I think (I hope) I've learned to push past them, and make things work. 

This is a big one. I tend to avoid confrontation or any clashing of wills so a big thing I need to own is saying no when I want to.  



The above quote by Albert Camus is probably one of my favorite quotes of all time. I feel like it sums up me as a person perfectly. Every day when I was at school, it completely drained me to be in classes all day and have to interact with people in all that time. I feel like I have to put a lot of effort into things most people do without a second thought.

It doesn't make me mad or anything... I just love the quote because it's so perfect.

Note: I wanted to post way more but I thought I'd focus on one thing on this post and save the rest for a part 2. :) So be prepared for more quote awesomeness featuring *drumroll* all things quirky me!! YAY. APPLAUSE. 

Do you have any favorite quotes? Please write down in the comments along with any story about it or reason you love it!

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