What Would the Girls from Gallagher Girls Wear

Usually, when I do What Would_____ entires. I focus on books that I’ve already reviewed. However, I decided to break from this trend this week where I decided to focus my energies on Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series. I will review the series soon, I promise. But take my word when I say that this is a book series to read.

Okay, first up we have Cammie Morgan. Cammie is the narrator/main character of the series. She’s often referred to by her friends as the chameleon because she can easily blend in. I tried to choose clothes that I thought would go to this affects. Lots and lots of casual wear. With plain t-shirts and jeans. I tried to avoid patterns for the most part, though I did choose to give Cammie a stripped hoodie. Additionally, I choose a flamboyant looking red dress that is suppose to resemble the one that Cammie wore in the second book in the series. Showing that when need be Cammie can still attention from the crowd. Finally, I chose two other dresses for Cammie to wear. One plain black and one that is floral patterned. While these aren’t chameleon wear so to speak, especially the patterned one. I feel like they Cammie would wear one of them when she wasn’t in spy mode or when she was pretending to be a normal girl like she was in the first book.

The next character I decided to do a set for Cammie’s best friend, Bex. Out of all the characters in Ally Carter’s series, Bex has the loudest personality. She’s the go to tough girl always having some sort of gadget to gain the upper hand on the enemy, hence the taser. I could so see her carrying one as a must accessory. I also could see her wearing a lot of flashy clothes, but at the same time I see her wearing lots and lots of black. I tried to her wardrobe showing her toughness through practical casual wear while at the same time having other pieces, like the short lame gold dress, show Bex’s glamorous side.

After Bex, I decided to focus my attentions on Liz. Liz like Bex, is one of Cammie’s best friends and roommate. Liz, unlike Bex is a little more reserved. A bookworm. I can see her having a girly girl like style. But nothing way too over the top. I tried to pick some sweet pieces a lot of skirts and sweaters. And I picked two fun little evening dresses that I didn’t think would overwhelm her petite figure, rather enhance it. Finally, I don’t see Liz as the type of girl who’d wear heels or boots rather a sweet pair of ballet flats.

Finally, I decided to focus my attentions to Cammie’s other roommate and friend, Macey. When I think of Macey, I think of glamour. However, her look can’t be over the top because she is a politician’s daughter. Because of that, I tried to stick to relatively tamed pieces but still had flair in style. for example, the first peace I chose for Macey was a black wrap that I thought while providing a mysterious flare to the look was reserved enough where it wouldn’t cause her dad’s PR people to give her an extreme makeover. Of course, I chose some fun looking pieces to her look like the sparkly sweater and a few fun looking skirts. But I still tried to have the overall look scream elegance. Case in point, the long black evening dress I chose for Macey to wear.


Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have): Sarah Mlynowski

Sarah Mlynowski has a light breezy voice.  However, this book is anything but light and breezy despite it’s cotton candy looking cover and title.

Okay, so there are a lot of stupid teenage antics in this book.  But it’s really not about said antics.  Instead, the books about growing up, learning from mistakes, and learning how to deal with STD’s.

Yeah, STD’s.  And birth control pills.  And child neglect.

Big issues here.

With such a deep book. It must be reviewed.

General Summary: April is devastated when she learns that her dad and stepmom are moving to Cleveland since she’ll be leaving her friends and cute boyfriend, Noah.  But never fear, because April and her friend, Vi, come up with a scheme to keep April in town by having April stay at Vi’s house.  The only catch is, Vi’s mom isn’t home right now either.  Leaving April and Vi in a beach house to themselves.  Havoc and hot tubs then occur.

Review:  I had mixed feelings about this book.  I loved Mlynowski’s style.  It’s easy to read and her writing always makes me smile.  But I just had mixed feelings about the content of the book.  And it’s not that I’m a prude.  I’m alright with the sexual content in the book, I’m actually glad Mlynowski addressed such issues-though it seemed a tad bit PSA and I wish that one of the girls would’ve waited or at least contemplated about giving up their virginity a little more.  The partying was on the other end of the spectrum.  Yeah, I get they’re teens and that most likely they’re going to drink and do stupid stuff, unless they’re like me and played Boggle on Friday nights with my friends on Friday nights instead.  I just wish the constant partying would’ve been addressed a little better.  Have some lasting consequences, like April’s grades could’ve slipped from having one too many hangovers or something like that.  Nothing dramatic really was needed, just something that said getting drunk every night isn’t all fun and games.    However, the biggest problem I had with the neglectful adults in the book.  I’m surprised April’s dad didn’t get just a little suspicious.  And for that matter, I’m surprised Vi hadn’t been picked up by CPS already due to Sueanne’s  neglect.  These issues aside, the book was enjoyable enough.

Best Feature: April.  While I got annoyed with April many times throughout reading the book.  I liked the fact that she was a very complex character.  She did stupid stuff, but the stupid stuff she did made sense given her background.

Worst Feature: Reality.  This book is hardly realistic.  With all the complex issues it talked about I wished we had a bit of reality in here.  And how the hell did they get away with living alone like that wouldn’t one of the adult neighbors have noticed that Sueanne wasn’t at home and that some random teenage girl had moved in.  Seriously?

Blockbuster Worthy: Sure, why not.  This book would probably end up being a Lifetime movie of the week.  Seriously, I can just see it now.  Wild parties, teen drinking, teen sex that results in an STD,  and broken up families.  Sounds like one hell of a Lifetime movie to me.  Yet, April’s mom isn’t present.  And it’s required that there always be at least one proactive parent (usually the mother) in a Lifetime film.  So, maybe it would just have to be a normal teen movie.  Anyway,  here’s who I’d cast.

April: Shailene Woodley.  I think she can pull of the All-American teen look pretty well.  Plus, God knows she has played a sweet teen who’s gotten in trouble even if it’s on that insufferable ABC Family show that shall not be named.

Vi: For some reason I kept thinking of Heather Matarazzo circa when she played Lilly Moscovitz in this role.  Obviously, she’s too old to play the part now.  But one can always type cast, can’t they?

Noah: Van Hughes.  He seems to have the right look when it comes to Noah.  Brown eyes, brown hair check.  And he seems like he looks like the type of guy teenage girls would go gaga for.

Hudson: Eddie Redmayne.  A British actor/director, I think Eddie could play American born and raised Hudson.  It helps that both of them having rather sharp looking cheek bones.

Overall Rating: Five out of ten party streamers.  I really wanted to give this book a higher rating, but I just couldn’t.  

Every Other Day: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile. It’s not the first Jennifer Lynn Barnes book I’ve read. That would be her squad series-a fantastic series about cheerleaders who are secret agents in training- and I have Raised by Wolves in my TBR pile. I decided to read this book by her first though, mainly because I’m a little burnt out on werewolves and I found the whole concept behind this one intriguing.

Summary: Kali D’Angelo lives in a world where monsters are real. Where hellhounds are put on the endangered species list and studying these creatures is a legitimate degree. Problem is, girl herself is a little (actually, a lot) messed up. Every other day, Kali turns into a lean, mean, monster hunting machine. That wouldn’t be so bad if monsters only appeared every other day. On one of her “off” days, Kali finds herself in a situation that requires her unique skills when she does not posses them which changes her life forever.

Review: Okay, this book was amazing. It had it’s faults which I’ll get to soon enough, but overall I loved it. It really was one of those books you had stay up all night with to find up what happens next. Kali was a real treat. Barnes created a three dimensional character with real problems and faults. The supporting cast was great as well, they defied archetypes. The plot itself was well thought out as well. The lone complaint I had about this book its the use of science. Personally, I loved how Barnes wove in all the Darwin talk throughout the book. I could see the science talk though affecting/alienating  uneducated readers though. And it’s not because the whole evolution issue either (which really isn’t even an issue in the book) it’s just the complexity of these principles might come with a little difficulty to some to understand without some background about Darwin and his journey on the Beagle.

Best Feature: Characters. This is a big plus in my book. If you can write decent characters you have me. Barnes’ characters aren’t only realistic, but they come off as very real. Each of the characters has their own unique quirks and problems of their own. She even keeps herself from falling into the popular Mean Girl trap, by making Bethany a relatable character as well. Bravo, Ms. Barnes.

Worst Feature: Information Overload.   Honestly, I would say that nothing is wrong with this book. But I’m going to be picky because A) This is a book review blog, B) I’m naturally a very critical person, and C) I need to put something in this section. As previously stated I can see someone having difficulty with understanding scientific concepts having some issues with this book. But honestly, they can get over it. I really enjoyed all the science talk myself.

Blockbuster Worthy: Yes. A monster hunting movie is always in. Here’s who I’d cast:

Kali: Teresa Patel. Okay, so I don’t know that many actresses of Indian descent. And Teresa’s acting skills needs some work, but I think she could pull off Kali. The character she played on One Life to Live has that sweet sort of easy to overlook quality that Kali has about her. So she might be able to pull this one off.

Zev: Tom Sturridge.  I’ll just say the eyes have it.

Bethany: Jane Levy.  Bet you thought I was going to pick Emma Stone for this role, didn’t you?  Since Beth is a strong, sassy, supporting role.  Well, I almost did.  But I didn’t.  I think Jane has a little bit softer look to her which I see Beth having.

Overall Rating: Nine out of ten stakes.

What Would the Girls from Sweet Venom Wear

And it’s time for another What Would ____ Wear. This time I’m featuring the three main characters from Tera Lynn Child’s Sweet Venom. To see my review of Sweet Venom click here.

First up is Grace. Grace is described as the sweet triplet. Throughout the book she is very self conscious about the way she looks. I see Grace as dressing in cute pieces that aren’t over the top. I chose a lot of things that were in ether neutral colors or pastels, save for one fun looking skirt that I can see Grace reluctantly having in her wardrobe for a special occasion. I also made sure I gave Grace a pair of Crocs and a cloth bag that I think would fit her eco-friendly style. And last but not least, I always see Grace with her computer.


Gretchen is the strong, edgy one out of the triplets. I think she’d die before she was forced to wear a dress which is why I chose mostly casual wear for her to wear. I did pick some nice outerwear, a nice blazer and leather jacket. That I thought were show stopper pieces but casual enough to fit Gretchen’s style. I also see Gretchen more the type to have a messenger bag, than a regular purse so that she can carry all her monster hunting material with her. Because who knows when you’re going to have to fight a beastie.

Out of all the triplets, Greer is the most fashion forward. She likes to wear design brands and is obsessed with shoes, hence the Chanel bag and pair of yellow Jimmy Choos in the set. I tried to do a variety of different looks for her. Since Greer is a socialite I tried to do a few conservative looks with various sweater sets and skirts. Of course, Greer occasionally be able to relax in a pair of jeans. But even then, I see her casual wear as looking elegant. Finally, I found a wide array of cocktail dresses for Greer to wear since I find her to be a character who likes to dress up.

What Would the Characters from Blue Bloods wear

To continue my What Would _____ Wear feature, I’ll be posting what I believe the characters from Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Blood series wears.

Up first is Schuyler Van Alen, one of the main characters in the novel. For Schuyler, I decided to do a variety of different looks. The first two looks are casual wear. I chose both of them because they are both loose looking garments, have several layers, and are stylish in their own quirky way. I chose the black dress because it reminds me of the dress that Schuyler wore when she and Oliver went to their school’s dance together. Though the dress isn’t Marc Jacobs, like the one in the book, I chose it because it has a vintage vibe to it. The light blue gown is Schuyler’s bonding dress. It’s actually a renassiance dress, believe it or not. The gold gown in Schuyler’s 400 Ball dress. Though not a vintage Chanel, I still think the dress is a stunner.

The next character I decided to depict was Jack Force. Jack Force is cool, sophisticated, the sort of guy girls dream of. The first shirt I picked for him to wear is a simple polo shirt. Since he is described as a preppy popular boy at Duchesne, I can picture him wearing this shirt. Below the shirt is a nice charcoal colored suit that I can see Jack being forced to wearing by his sister, Mimi. Of course, he’d look great in it though he would definitely be more comfortable in jeans and a pullover that I pictured besides it. I can also see Jack being forced to wear a tuxedo a lot. Above the tuxedo is a suede jacket that reminds me a bit of Indiana Jones jacket. Though, this jacket is much more expensive and luxurious. Still though, I think it would be perfect for Jack to wear since he’s an adventurer at heart.

After Jack, I decided to do Mimi Force. When I think Mimi Force, I think over the top elegance. I chose several looks for Mimi, more than any other character because I feel that Mimi would have more clothes than anyone else. The first outfit is a leopard print dress that I chose as a nod to the dress Mimi used to snag her Italian familiar. Below it our two jackets. I could see Mimi wearing both of these. The first is more flashy. I could see Mimi wearing this with a pair of jeans and tank top to add sparkle to the overall outfit. The second is a more demure looking pink coat that I could see her wearing to a business event. Below the coats are two dresses. The first is a black dress that I could see Mimi wearing to her fall formal. Besides it is a dress that I could see Mimi wearing to a Committee meeting. This dress is more restrained but it still has the elegance that’s needed when one thinks of Mimi Force. The picture in the center of the set is a wedding dress or in Mimi’s case a bonding dress. Though nowhere ornate as Mimi’s, I think this gown in somewhat similar to the one she wore in the book. Below it, is a picture of some pink Jimmy Choo shoes which stand out and look very Mimi-ish to me. The dress besides it, is another casual wear peace for Miss Force. In the far right column, the first dress I chose is a little red dress that I could see Mimi wear when she reunited with Kingsley at that club in hell. Below that our a pair of zebra boots, that I chose to play homage to the boots Mimi wore when she was a venator. Last but not least, is a Greco-Roman style of dress that I think resembles Mimi’s 400 Ball gown.

After Mimi, I decided to look at Kingsley Martin. Kingsley Martin is a GQ man if there ever was one. When I think Kingsley I think rockstar. I think he’s the sort of guy who dresses where he wants you to think he doesn’t care, but he obviously does. I picked two shirts for him to wear. A plain plaid button down shirt and a graphic tee, I could see him wearing either of them with a pair of dark colored jeans and a leather jacket. I can also see Kingsley, when need be, cleaning up really well hence the Armani suit.

Up next, is Bliss Llewllyn. I see Bliss as having a much more relatable style than either Mimi or Schuyler. While Mimi is very high fashion, and Schuyler has a Bohemian look, I see Bliss as having a look the average girl could have. Of course, no average girl would have the gown that Bliss wore to the 400 Ball. Though the dress I chose is not exactly the Dior number that Melissa chose Bliss to wear in Masquerade. The gown is still a show stopper and would definitely show off Bliss’s green eyes. Below the boots are a fun pair of Uggs. Though i’m not a personal fan of Uggs, I think Bliss would be because they are comfortable and these Uggs have sparkles and I see Bliss liking sparkles. A pair of ripped jeans is besides them. I can see Bliss wearing these jeans with the black fuzzy coat that is besides it. I was originally looking for a purple jacket, to match one of the jackets Bliss wore in the book. However, I was unable to find one. Finally, I chose a nice little plaid dress that I thought Bliss would wear to Duchesne to try to fit in.

Of course, I also had to do a set for Oliver, Schuyler’s human best friend and former love interest. I picture Oliver having a unique quirky style. The first item I picked out for him was a smoking jacket. I wanted to find one in navy blue, unfortunately black was my only option. Still though, I can see Oliver making quite the entrance in this jacket. Below the jacket is a set of clothes that I think Ollie would wear as casual wear. The bow tie looks like something Ollie would throw on to give make his outfit look unique. I also, see Ollie owning a pair of plaid shorts in his closet and actually making them look presentable too. Next to the shorts, is a picture of a guy in a hat and suit. This is how I think Ollie would dress in formal wear. Once again, the hat providing a little individuality that makes the clothes Ollie. Above the suit is a Flash T-shirt. I see Ollie being the type who’s into comics. And I think the Flash would be one of his favorite super heros.

Last but not least, I decided to do a set for Deming Chen. Deming is a character who has a tough exterior. I picture her normally dressed in pain simple silhouettes. For example, I see her wearing something like this plain looking black turtle neck dressed. Instead, of giving her a long ball gown to wear. I chose this gold and black cocktail dress. It is feminine, yet there is a toughness about it in the hard looking bodice. I see a leather jacket being a staple in Deming’s wardrobe. It might seem a bit cliche, but she is a tough girl and tough girl’s have to have leather jackets. As well as a nice pair of black boots. I chose these boots in particular because they’re in suede or mock suede which gives boots a feminine quality. Of course, Deming couldn’t wear said boots to a mission, but I could see her wearing them when she went to the office. In Misguided Angel, Deming goes undercover as a popular student. I figured her alter ego would dress in lots of colors that are meant be seen. While the wardrobe would still be sophisticated, I think it would have a more younger vibe. Hence the polka dotted and stripped dress. The red shoes also show this contrast as well.

Insatiable and Overbite: Meg Cabot

Rather than reviewing these two books separately, I decided to comply them into one review since the two of them are a series. Well, would two books even qualify as a series?  I’m not going to ponder that right now.   Unlike most of the books I review, these two books are adult books.  However, I’m making an exception to review them here because they are by Meg Cabot (aka the queen of YA fiction) and there’s really nothing too adult in them.

General Summary: Meena Harper is a soap writer  who is trying hard to get a promotion for her show from her evil scheming coworker who got her job through nepotism, help her unemployed brother get a job, and find a guy that is not a) taken, b) a jerk, and c) have weird fetishes.  This would make life difficult enough, but she also has to deal with having psychic powers.  That leads her into a world full of vampires and slayers.  Soon, Mia finds herself being recruited by the Palatine Guard (the Vatican’s version of Ghost Busters, save for more stakes and less Bill Murray) and dealing with the affections of  a vampire and a grumpy slayer.

Review: When I read the summary of Insatiable I thought it was the Meg Cabot book for me.  Which is saying something because I already found the Meg Cabot book for me.  However, I thought Insatiable was going to be even better.  After all, it was about a soap opera writer.  A soap opera writer and vampires.  How could it not be good?   Unfortunately, there’s just something off in this series.  Many people, I’ve noticed, claim it’s because it’s written in third person. I disagree with this.  I think the third person point of view was fine.  Meg is great at writing from whatever point of view she choses to write.  Heck, she could write one of those annoying second point of view pieces that I was always forced to write in creative writing class and it would still engage me.  I just think that with this series there’s just something about the characters that seems a little sour.  Maybe that they seem a bit like archetypes.  After all, we have Meena who even though she can kick butt, finds herself more often than not a damsel in distress.  There’s Lucien, who is essentially Meena’s Dudley Do-Right…er, knight in shining armor.  Alaric whose the mysterious brooding guy.  Not to mention Meena’s brother Jon, who is the lovable if slightly idiotic sidekick, and Leisha, Meena’s sassy best friend.   While it is true that archetypes can work when the characters are well developed, in this series it just never seems like these characters are developed enough so a lot of them-with the couple of exceptions- are  just flat.  This is really a disappointment since Meg usually excells in character development.  I’m honestly hoping Meg gets to publish another one of these books out, then maybe this issue can be fixed.  Another issue in this series was pacing.  Yet again, I wish the series had been slowed down somehow.  A lot of stuff happens in these books.  And while it’s amazing,  I just feel like if we had another book or two, the story could’ve even been better.

Best Feature: Soap Operas: I’ve always been a big, big fan of soaps.  I grew up on All My Children (RIP) and am currently a big fan of One Life to Live (It’s a travesty ABC is axing such a socially relevant show for  some cheap ass reality show that is  an insult to the American public.  God knows, I can’t stand AMC’s replacement with that annoying Mario Batali whose food looks like a heart attack in the making, but I digress).  Soaps are fun and whacky, and they’re delicious to read about.  I just loved reading about Meena’s job, despite the fact that her coworkers were are bunch on dweebs.  I had to wonder if Meg was making a subtle nod to Port Charles.  I also liked how the soap medium sort of carried on into the actual story itself.

Worst Feature: Love Interests: Once again this goes back to the character issue I mentioned in the review.  Honestly, I had issues with both of Meena’s men.  It’s odd, in Insatiable I had problems with Alaric while in its sequel I had problems with Lucien.  Alaric’s entrance in the series made him a bit obnoxious.  He was essentially an anti-social He Man.  I think Meg was trying to make him come across like Michael Douglas does in this, but I just didn’t get the appeal with him.  Although, I will admit he grew on me, but his growth between the two books was a bit ridiculous.  I feel like if Meg had more room to grow the character, I would’ve liked him better than having him simply propped by Jon and  Creepy! Lucien.    Which brings me to Lucien.  In the first book, he seemed ridiculously perfect to me.  I knew he had flaws.  Especially towards the end of the book.   But in the second book, well, he just got to creepy too fast.  I felt bad for his fans who shipped him, it reminded me very much of season four and five on Charmed.  Heck, even Lucien’s ending reminded me of Cole’s ending.

Blockbuster Worthy: Hell yes!  Any of Meg Cabot’s books are blockbuster worthy to me.  This one included.  Despite it’s faults.  Here’s who’d I cast.

Meena: Alyssa Milano.  This is the Meena.  This is the only actress I can see playing the role .  Okay, maybe I could see maybe Sarah Michelle Gellar if she cut her hair (after all, she did play a vampire slayer and worked on a soap), but I honestly see Alyssa when I picture Meena.  Perhaps it’s because her character on Charmed had psychic powers and a crazy boyfriend as well.

Lucien:Julian McMahon: It’s a Charmed reunion!  I do think Julian is perfect for the part though he can play the tortured character torn between good and evil.  Though honestly, I picture Lucien looking a little bit more like Christian Bale who can play tortured characters too, now that I think about it….

Alaric: Honestly, I’m having a hard time casting Alaric.  Looks wise that is.  Acting wise, I’d put Jeffrey Donovan up to play the part of the disgruntled slayer.  He’s used to playing grumpy characters who kick butt.  Plus, he can do a variety of accents and he does have the blue eyes, but his hair is alas black not blonde.

Cheryl: Susan Lucci.  She is the ultimate soap diva.  And like Cheryl, she didn’t get that much deserved Emmy for years.

Overall Rating:

Insatiable: Eight Emmy’s

Overbite: Six Emmy’s

What Would Mia Thermopolis Wear

One of the new blog features I wish to try out is called What Would ______ Wear. Essentially, what I’ll be doing is picking out clothes that I believe certain characters would wear. Since the first book I reviewed was The Princess Diaries I decided to make Mia Thermopolis my first victim errr…guenia pig.

When Mia’s at home she likes to dress in comfort. It’s mentioned several times throughout the books that she likes to wear overalls and shirts concerning saving the whales and what not. Mia also likes to wear Doc Martin combat boots. Instead of doing the tradition Doc Martin combat boots, I decided to pick a patterned pair of boots since I think Mia would wear something a bit unique. I also placed a tiara in the overall outfit. Not because I actually think Mia would wear a tiara at home, but because Grandmere might force her to wear one during princess lessons.

Mia Thermopolis: Home

Free people

$348 – freepeople.com

Dr. Martens short heels

$130 – infinityshoes.com


$26 – swell.com

Of course, Mia wears a uniform to school. Though she has options when it comes to her shoes. In the books it states that the AEHS preferred footwear is loafers. Mia, however, seems to always be outgrowing her loafers and prefers combat boots which are pictured below.

Mia Thermopolis: School

Royal blue jacket

£95 – johnlewis.com


$135 – stylebop.com

Schu lace up ankle booties

$86 – edgeofurge.com

Minnetonka suede shoes

$40 – nordstrom.com

Satya Jewelry gold plated earrings

$108 – couturecandy.com

This outfit was based loosely on the clothes that Mia wore in Forever Princess to her interview/date with Michael. The jeans are Mia’s favorite brand-7 Jeans- the tunic looks comfortable yet stylish at the same time which describes Mia. As usual, the princess of Genovia is wearing her beloved snowflake necklace and has a watch to tell time she has a very tight schedule. Of course, no outfit of Mia’s could not be complete without a pair of combat boots. Since she is going on a date, I decided to substitute her typical Docs with a funky pair of Betsey Johnson boots in pink. The boots might appear a little loud, but I think it gives the outfit a nice funky effect.

Mia Thermopolis: Night on the Town

Antik Batik sequin top

$227 – stylebop.com

True Religion low rise bootcut jeans

€268 – shopmrsh.com

Betsey Johnson low heel boots

$130 – betseyjohnson.com

LORD TAYLOR snowflake jewelry

$800 – lordandtaylor.com

Betsey Johnson white jewelry

$185 – macys.com

This outfit is once again loosely based off of Mia’s prom wear in Forever Princess. The dress, shoes, and earrings are by Betsey Johnson. I picked this particular dress because it had an 80ish vibe to it. The earrings go well with the dress and make it appear more sophisticated. And of course, no outfit of Mia’s can be complete without a tiara.