Red Queen – Book Series Review

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

During this summer I had the opportunity to read the trilogy of Red Queen.

In my opinion these books are worth to read but they are not that awesome.
The story is similar to hunger games with a bit of X-Man background. So, the main character, comes from a poor family where her older brothers were sent to war and her destiny was to go to war too when she’s 18, but, the King and royal families found that she had a power to control electricity and a puppet show begins. She has red blood, and in a world where only people with silver blood were known to have powers, she was forced to play a role of a lost daughter of a royal family that were raised as a red blood but never knew who she really was, and now, soon to be married a prince.
Mare Barrow, sick of having to relate to people whom she hated the most, who sent her brothers to war, she joined a rebellion and became, like Katniss Everdeen, a Mockingjay.
They found out there were other like her, which blood were red and they too have powers, more powerful than the silver blood, and formed an army to fight the king.

Then the second book is more of a show off of all the powers and training. X-Man action. The third book was the one I loved the most because it describes the oppression of the king under his mother’s power (which was the power to go inside a person’s head and also manipulate his mind) and how he became so evil. This makes Mare Barrow think weather she wants to kill him, or save him. An answer we still don’t have.

There’s a fourth book released this year and by the comments on it it’s all about Maven. We’ll see how it goes.

Some people told me about a movie called The Darkest Minds… I think this might be similar to The Red Queen series, it also has book versions, I have to get them also. Have you read them? What do you think about them? Let me know…

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The Algorithm of Power

At the end of last year I’ve received a book that I won from a Goodread’s giveaway from the author Pedro Barrento and it’s called The Algorithm of Power.

A society run by an operating system…
A world without politicians…
Digital Alternative is a new movement that intends to revolutionise politics… by doing away with politics.
From its humble origins as a buggy strategy game developed by a geeky teenager, Epochs evolves to become The Network, the operating system that will rule over the whole planet with chilling efficiency.
Split between the 21st and the 24th centuries The Algorithm of Power is a new type of dystopia. One in which the future that awaits us is not democratic and where the government has no use for torture, gulags or a secret police – because no one even notices there is a government.
Welcome to the reign of software!

The History

In the year 2307, Julia Koch, a nurse from the region of New Shangri-La faces with a problem that messes with her conscience and emotions. A man needing surgery and the operating system that runs the world denies this man any care because he’s an illegal immigrant. Before dying, he made Julia promise that he would tell his wife what have happened to him. This causes Julia to move to a new region called Integralia where the costumes are very different than she was used to and she has difficulty to adapt.

In the year 2031, Carla Rodrigues is involved in a political movement that is against having politicians as government instead of an operating system. She believes an operating system would be impartial and always satisfying people’s needs. She’s developing an algorithm that identifies patterns on people’s behavior so that she can contribute to this new world.

Her Friend Paulo Fontana is the man behind this new world idea. After a childhood incident where, tricked by his cousin, he watched how humans can be cruel to defenseless animals, he decided to dedicate all his life into protecting nature. With the help of one great developer, they manage to make an AI that simulates the tactics of governments to make earth recover and human race survive. The answers they got where not what they expected, but the results were better.

Julia Koch lives in this world that Paulo Fontana and Carla Rodrigues helped create and that no one knows about. As the story goes on, our mind gets blown out.

My opinion

This book is amazing. I am a person who loves historical books, and reading this futuristic one made me fell in love with the author.
The story has so much detail and very well thought of an alternative future that may or may not happen, having the ideals of different type of people, technological advance and politics. Also all this happening on my country, Portugal.
This book really got me thinking on what’s the best solution for survival and it will be placed on my favorites’ shelf.
Can’t wait for the next book.

 

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If you’re interested in knowing more about this self-publish author, feel free to visit his page.

 

Eurovision 2018

A week pasted by since Eurovision’s final, and oh boy, what a show!
Since this year, Eurovision took place in Lisbon, Portugal, I got a chance to buy ticket and watch it live. This post will be all about my opinions since the semi-finals till the winner.

For those who don’t know what Eurovision is, it’s a musical festival that exists for 62 years. Every year, European countries and some other countries invited compete with each other with one performance. The winning country gets to host next year’s show.

In 2018, Eurovision had 43 countries entering the contest. Since Portugal won last year’s show, it didn’t have to pass through semi-finals neither the big 5 countries that are the biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union (Spain, France, Germany, UK and Italy).

Results of the 2 semi-finals.

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I felt really sad that Belgium didn’t get to pass to the finals, I enjoyed the song, and the performance was different. Also Georgia’s song, was real music. I guess not many people likes that kind of music on Eurovision.
Latvia’s song was like watching 50 shades of grey…

Georgia’s song
Belgium’s song

Now about the performances on the final:

  1. Ukraine -> It was so unlucky that this was the first song to be performed because I think that’s the only reason it got so few points from the crowd. The performance was amazing, and the song got stuck in my head.
  2. Spain -> hated it.
  3. Slovenia -> Catchy music, but the lyrics are meaningless, doesn’t bring anything new.
  4. Lithuania -> Cool song, not on my top list tho.
  5. Austria -> Really liked the song, but the performance was so poor.
  6. Estonia -> That’s what I am talking about, she was AMAZING. I enjoyed hearing her live, made a huge difference.
  7. Norway -> The singer was already known… pretty, smiling face… didn’t brought anything new.
  8. Portugal -> I know it’s my country but I hated it… it wasn’t even our first choice.
  9. United Kingdom -> What were they thinking?
  10. Serbia -> Nooo.
  11. Germany -> Looks very much like Ed Sheeran. Meaningful lyrics, and song full of emotion. I liked it from the start.
  12. Albania -> Nothing new.
  13. France -> Was a nice try but it didn’t work out. Those red shoes tho, really caught my eye.
  14. Czech Republic -> Loved it all, the clothing, the dancing, the catching song and the meaning of its lyrics. I don’t know why it got so underrated.
  15. Denmark -> It passed because it was something different, men with beards and a lot of hair, bringing the viking world. Still the song wasn’t good enough.
  16. Australia -> nothing new.
  17. Finland -> great performance from Saara Aalto, not enough to gain people’s vote tho.
  18. Bulgaria -> I loved the song, and Im so sad I can’t find any more Equinox’s songs. Their clothing were very appropriate to the performance.
  19. Moldova -> everyone got in love with this performace. They had a genius idea to get people’s attention. Very proud.
  20. Sweden -> This guys looks like Jim Carrey.
  21. Hungary -> My favorite band, yes, because I’m a metal fan. I came to the show to support them.
  22. Israel -> I got curious how would she perform, since she was the most popular one on Eurovision. She kicked it
  23. Netherlands -> nothing new
  24. Ireland -> Not my style
  25. Cyprus -> She really is a Beyoncé… and catchy song
  26. Italy -> Poor performance, great lyrics.

My Top 5 countries:

Hungary
Germany
Czech Republic
Bulgaria
Ukraine

The Results

results

At the end Israel won, it was always the favorite one. And the show was great no matter who the winner is.

Operation Hail Storm – Book Review

Brett Arquette emailed me his book in exchange for a honest review and I do not refuse to read any kind of books. So I started reading this book on March 17th and finished it on April 1st. I don’t have much time to read books as I had last year, so it took longer than usual. Here’s my review on it:

RATE *** 3/5

The book’s theme is new to me. I haven’t read anything like it. I did not like the first 100 pages, at all. The book starts with giving too much information about the characters and their past. Sometimes it’s useful to get to know what a person went through to get where they are, but when the person it’s not crucial to the story, it’s just too boring to read. And when the person is, in fact, important to the story, it just ruins the mistery of its acts since the beginning. Also on those 100 pages had too much detailed drone activity that I couldn’t visualize it.
The part that I liked the most was when Marshall Hail went to see the memorial for victims of “The Five”. That was when the whole book started to make sense to me and got my attention.
Through the rest of the book I liked the care that the author had on researching all this technologies, the way that they work, and improve them with his creativity, he showed how the world could be affected with them.
I rate a 3, out of 5… I would definitly read the next book of Operation Hail Storm.

 

Goodread’s review

 

My name is Daniella, and I kick and bite

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What I eat in a day

I’ve been at the gym for almost a year now, 6 times a week from Monday to Friday. Since then I also started seeing a nutritionist that has helped me with my diet. I find important to share with you what my daily diet looks like because it can help understand the myth about losing weight.

So for starters, I wasn’t forbidden to eat anything, neither do I have to eat something I don’t like. So, if I crave for fast food, I go and eat it. Why is this important? Because if we don’t do this, the craving will not go away and we can easily forget this whole dieting thing because it’s too much for us. The goal is to an healthy daily diet, not a rough diet that we can’t wait to finish.

The rules:

No carbs at night.
No high in sugar food after lunch.
If you go to the gym, eat a lot of protein after working out.
Starting cutting on the sugar on every food you buy:

  • thin yogurt ( <5g/100ml sugar)
  • thin gelatin (did you know normal gelo has only 12% gelo, and about 80% sugar? thin gelatin has about 60% gelo)
  • less sugar on coffee or tea
  • use brown sugar
  • use coconut oil to cook your meat

 

Note: I go to the gym at lunch time, so I have lunch at the middle of the afternoon.

My daily plan

Breakfast at 8am

  • 250ml of water with Pensal (barley)
  • Bread with cheese
  • coffee

Morning break 10:30am

  • Gelatin
  • 1 white cheese (18g)
  • 1 whole rye toast, or a rice cookie

Before Gym 00:30pm

  • a banana
  • a thin yoghurt

After Gym 2:30pm

  • A scoop of protein
  • quark cheese with granola
  • A cup of green tea

Lunch 4:30pm

  • Meat or Fish
  • Soup or Salad
  • Sometimes a small portion of rice or potatoes
  • Fruit
  • Coffee

Dinner 8:00pm

  • Soup
  • A small portion of dry fruits
  • Meat or Fish or an yoghurt

Before going to bed:

  • Gelatin or Tea

 

Total calories: 1500

Calories burned at the gym: 450

With this diet I’m never hungry, my body as enough nutrients to recover my training and I’m losing weight on an healthy way.

For a better life…..

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My 2017 and new year’s resolutions

I really can’t complain about this year… 2017 has been good to me. I’ve been much better than I was a year ago, and it all started with me getting a job (paid internship) and it all ended with me signing a contract on the same company.

I couldn’t ask for anything better than this, since I could help my parents with their expenses, because my dad still doesn’t have a job nor allowance, which I hope he does next year. So every month, I helped my family with groceries, car maintenance, insurance and taxes, and I could also buy nice thing for my family on Christmas.

Having a pay check also allowed me to enter a gym and lose weight. I’ve been dying to tell you all about my gym journey but I just can’t get time to do so. But basically I was at about 70.1kg when I enter the gym and I’m now 66.5kg after 6months. I don’t need to lose a lot, but I want myself to be healthy and decrease my body fat.

The saddest thing that happened to me this year was my cat Pickle passing away. Was totally unexpected and we still don’t know what happened to him. He just showed up dead with no injuries. I really miss him.

Apart from myself…. Portugal won Eurovision this year, which is GREAT!

Taking a look at my year’s resolution, this is what I have accomplish:

  1. find a job
  2. pay my parent’s debt to my grandparents
  3. read more than 34 books
  4. build my own app
  5. see my blog growing
  6. sell my tshirts
  7. play guitar
  8. go to the gym every week
  9. learn German
  10. get my kitchen remodeled

Well, money wasn’t enough for all the debt and remodeling the kitchen, my blog didn’t grow as much, I didn’t play guitar as much as I wanted.

This is my 2018 resolutions:

  1. Practice German at least 5 times a week
  2. Practice guitar at least 1 time a week
  3. Go to Eurovision’s show
  4. Rent a house
  5. Read 37 books
  6. Make 22 blog posts
  7. Get to 63Kg
  8. Get a new cat

 

We’ll see what 2018 has reserved for me. I hope you all had an amazing year. Happy Holidays. Don’t drink and drive….

My name is Daniella and I… kick and bite.

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2017 Reading Challenge

Hi there, today I’m gonna show you my list of books I’ve read through the year 2017 and my rating on them. If you’re interested on a deep opinion about the books, please comment bellow. Also I’ll leave my Goodreads profile, feel free to add me.

My challenge this year was to read 34 books, I actually read (till today) 37 books.

5* Rating

 

4* Rating

3* Rating

2* Rating

1* Rating

To marry or not to marry

Today, I had a talk with my mom.

Hi, for those who don’t know me, I’m Daniela and I’m a catholic girl who wants to move in with her boyfriend. When we started thinking about that, I dropped out of catholic teaching since church thinks it’s a sin.

My family doesn’t like the idea of me moving in with him without marriage, they say it’s against everything I’ve been teaching about. I come from a huge family of the north of the country. My mom has 5 brothers, 4 sisters, and my dad has 3 sisters… So far everyone is married and there’s not a single divorce… You’re getting why they think marriage is the answer. On the other hand my boyfriend comes from a medium family from the south, he has 2 uncles divorced, one of them twice.
The difference between a northern family and a southern family is that my boyfriend’s family isn’t catholic. Some do believe in God, but won’t go to church often, others don’t even believe in anything and my boyfriend didn’t get baptized because of that. That doesn’t mean he does not support me or hates God, he just doesn’t believe in it. He still respects me.

Back to the topic…. I had a talk with my mom… She asked me if I would consider get a 25€ wedding on church. Just… having the blessing and papers signed and be done with.

Why would I? It’s not the kind of wedding I want, nor the point of us moving together, nor I see anything wrong with it. If church accepts me dating a guy for 6 years and not being a virgin why would it care if I moved in with him and marrying later on? What difference does it make?

Why would a church not support me when I move in with the person I love and support me after I marry the same person? Is it the same if I would marry on paper with one person and later on marry ANOTHER person on church? Which is more sinful?

We ain’t gonna live together because it’s easier to get in bed… We are because we wanna commit, we wanna learn each other and then be sure if this is what we really want. I wanna marry the person who is gonna make me happy, I’m not marrying my community. Many marry because of those rules and are miserable later. It’s normal to be naive when you don’t have much examples on your family.

Times change, I’m not a woman from the bible. I work, I’m successful, independent, I was not made to be in the kitchen nor I know if I wanna grow a family

This isn’t even a God’s law… This is a pope’s one… And there’s a lot of things I think it’s wrong on our religion like homosexual couples being judge because they can’t procreate when a wife who can’t reproduce is not, or a wife who does not want to reproduce. Love is love, and I’m sharing it the true way. I didn’t do anything against God’s rules so I see nothing wrong with moving in with him. And I might be wrong or they might be wrong but we will only know that when we’re dead and gone. So I’m gonna do what my conscience tells me.

I have only one life, and I’m gonna be sure I’m happy!!

 

My name is Daniella and I kick and bite.

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Beauty Products Update

So, awhile ago I made 2 posts about the beauty products that I use and my KIKO cosmetics collection. Since then, more stuff has been added and I felt the need to update on the new stuff I’m using, or stuff I stopped using.
I’ve never talked about my hair products. I really love my hair and I’ve always been very careful with it. I wear it long and my hair is kinda curly, basically I can do whatever I want with my hair. If I want a more curly hair, I can do it by just not brushing it too much, if I want to straighten it, it stays on, so I’m always changing my hair day to day.
My hair is dyed brown red (my natural color is dark brown). I didn’t have to bleach it or anything, bleach makes the hair dehydrated and that is what I always avoid because I want it to grow longer and longer, not having to cut it because I fucked it up. So here’s the products that make my hair smooth, with volume, and hydrated during the year.

Now, the new stuff I’ve been using for my face:

I changed my face moisturizer, not because the other didn’t work, but it was out of stock and I needed a replacement. This one is even better with my face. The same goes for the Mascara and the Highlighter.
I regret buying the KIKO lipstick. This one it really is a velvet matte like it says, but it come so easily, with one wipe. And the parts of the lip who gets wet faster, the color doesn’t stick, even with a hundred coats. The color wasn’t what I expected either.

New packaging:

 

My name is Daniella and I kick and bite

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Dark Humor and Religion

Today I come to realize I have a pretty dark humor… I joke about things that aren’t nice to be joked, I laugh about things that I shouldn’t laugh because I’m a christian and joking about someone who had died or about a Jesus in a parallel universe isn’t something I should do.
There must be respect to the religion. I demand respect of my believes. So why am I making fun of my believes? I’m kinda of lost because I don’t know if dark humor and religion should be connected.
I’m a happy person, I enjoy little things in life, and I’m always laughing. My religions believes in happiness and love. If we joke about something, is it sinful? We don’t mean to hurt anyone, we don’t mean to disbelief anything, we just mean to have a good laugh. So is it ok? We still are disrespecting tho.
What we are taught is that we are alive because of God, and we must live our lives for him… But the way I see God (everybody has their own mind of god) is that I should live my life WITH him. I think I should live my life like I own it, and do my choices, and always be with him present in that. So I talk to him, I go to church to listen to him… but I’m still… me… He doesn’t make me do something I don’t wanna do.
My thoughts are, as long as my intentions are good, he’s with me… Like a father is always there for their kids no matter what they choose to do.

Have a Dark Humor as long as you don’t hurt anybody.

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