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Review: Foundations of Drawing

Title: Foundations of Drawing

Author: Al Gury

Date of Publication: June 1st, 2017

 

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Goodreads Summary:

From a leading art instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, a complete survey of drawing as an art form covering its history, materials, and key techniques, alongside step-by-step demonstrations. 

Foundations of Drawing is a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the history, aesthetics, methods, and materials of the drawing medium. Throughout, clearly defined demonstrations provide easy access to the practice of drawing as well as the history and development of core drawing techniques. Richly illustrated, the book contains reproductions of the finest master drawings from the fifteenth century to the present. Unlike other drawing instruction books that focus on step-by-step lessons exclusively, Foundations of Drawing provides readers with the context and background to help understand just why these materials and methods are so vital for successful drawing.

My Review:

This book is a well put together book about learning about drawing, how to draw, the history of it, etc.

I really enjoyed the first chapter the most, just reading about the history of drawing and that part was really cool. The techniques the author offers are actually some good advice. I may even be able to draw a proper stick figure now. The pictures inside are perfect for use of seeing what the author is describing. Now, I did find myself zoning out sometimes as I tend to do with a lot of history books, so I did have to re-read some parts.

For me, I read this book because I enjoy looking at art, but I feel like this one is definitely a great tool for anyone that loves to draw and maybe wants to learn a little more skill!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Review: Fallen Heir

Title: Fallen Heir

Author: Erin Watt

Date of Publication: August 28th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

My Review:

I was not sure how I was going to like this book since Easton was always such a screw up in the last books. Being in his head was pretty intense, and I’m proud to say, Watt did an amazing job of creating such a complex character. I wanted to slap him at times… HARD. I wanted to hug him at times… EVEN HARDER.

Hartley I did like most of the time, but there were times where I wanted to shake her as well, but the book is only told from Easton’s POV, so I could never really know what was going on in her head.

Easton is full of problems, with alcohol being one of his main downfalls. He lashes out and does things that he doesn’t mean to do. Instead, he should really think before doing the things that he does. But that is what makes him feel so incredibly real.

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The ending to this one, is one that I was not expecting AT ALL. I knew there would be a cliffhanger based on the other books, but this was all kinds of unexpected. Next book now pleaseeeeeeeeeee!

 

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Review: My New Crush Gave To Me

Title: My New Crush Gave To Me

Author: Shani Petroff

Date of Publication: October 31st, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, and contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor). Basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem—he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie has a plan: Rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with five perfect gifts. Enter J.D. Ortiz—Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, unorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.

Yet the more time Charlie spends with J.D. the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

My Review:

My New Crush Gave To Me was adorably cute! I read Petroff’s last book, Romeo & What’s Her Name, which I might add is one of my favorite reads so far this year! This book was just as good!

What I feel like Petroff does really well is have teens act their age. I notice people will say when they read YA books where teens actually act their age that they find them immature, etc. Does everyone forget that most high school kids are immature?? Heck, I was immature even through college and still am at times! Not everyone in YA books needs to act like the are forty years old!

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I lovedddddddd J.D.! He was the perfect match for Charlie. I also loved Charlie’s best friend. They were what friendship definitely should be. There were some hilarious moments in the book, and I am seriously a hard person to make smile while reading. I constantly found myself smiling at this story.

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This book is a great read around Christmas time or anytime really. I already have Petroff’s next book on my TBR, and I’m already anxiously rubbing my hands together waiting for it!! Come on 2018!!!

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Review: If There’s No Tomorrow

Title: If There’s No Tomorrow

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Date of Publication: September 5th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend, Sebastian, know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian could never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

My Review:

As far as Jennifer Armentrout’s books go, they can always pull me in right away. I am way more of a fan of her YA stuff, and I absolutely loved her YA contemporary The Problem With Forever, so I was pretty excited knowing she was releasing another YA contemporary.

This one felt a lot different than her other books, but like The Problem With Forever, it had me really thinking about things. The beginning starts out like a lot of her books, but the emotional aspect was in full swing in this one as the book moved along.

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It’s also not as angsty as her other books, but there is still a sweet romance that I truly loved. As per usual when characters go through hard emotional times, sometimes I get so angry and wanted to shake Lena and tell her to just come on already! But we all handle our emotions differently, and I loved her.

Some of the side characters I wish would have been developed more, but I felt Sebastian was well done. This story, however, was mainly about Lena and how to overcome something that you think is all your fault.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I really loved this book and give it five stars!

 

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Review: Draw 50 Sea Creatures

Title: Draw 50 Sea Creatures

Author: Lee J. Ames & Erin Harvey

Date of Publication: July 25th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Part of the best-selling Draw 50 series this step-by-step guide to drawing various fish, sharks, oysters, bottlenose dolphins, crabs, polar bears, coral, and other ocean life is for artists of all levels.

In this new installment of Lee J. Ames’s beloved Draw 50 series, readers will find easy-to-follow, step-by-step visual lessons on sketching and rendering all kinds of sea and ocean-dwelling creatures. Animals and plants from in and near the water featured in the book include clownfish, whale sharks, sea otters, dolphins, turtles and more.

My Review:

I got another art book in the mail to review, and I was thrilled! I love reviewing art books! So, first off I love sea creatures, and there are 50 of them! 50 super awesome drawings! I kind of want to go scuba diving to see them all, except I’m scared of heights, and I feel like being under the sea is the same thing, just reversed!!

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Now, could I draw them after looking at the steps? No! With these step by step books, after the first step, I’m like I rock! Then I move on to the second step and am like, dude I got this! Then the third step, I’m like what? And then finally step four, I’m like, where did all this shading come from????

However, I think kids learning to draw would really enjoy this book or anyone that has an interest in drawing, even though the shading isn’t explained very well.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Review: Manga Art

Title: Manga Art

Author: Mark Crilley

Date of Publication: June 6th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The world of manga (Japanese comics) has captured the imagination of artists, both aspiring and professional alike. Now best-selling artist and art instructor Mark Crilley presents the most complete look yet at the variety of creative options available in the world of manga. Crilley fills each chapter with gorgeous, original artwork created with a variety of tools (pencils, colored pencils, digital art, pen and ink, and more) and in a variety of manga-inspired styles. He pairs each piece with information on the materials used and the inspiration that led to its creation. Manga Art provides readers a one-of-a-kind chance to hear from one of the leading artists in the field of manga instruction, as he reveals the unlimited possibilities of manga and the creative secrets behind over 100 pieces of original, never-before-seen artwork.

My Review:

This is my favorite art book I have read so far! I absolutely am in love with this art. Especially that hair! Can my hair be awesome like manga characters????? This book had awesome techniques and instructions on how you could try to draw this type of art yourself.

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The cover is awesome as you can tell! The colors on it drew me in! I actually liked reading about each of the pictures. Sometimes when I read non fiction type stuff, I forget what the crap I read and will have to go back and reread. Most of the time I still don’t know what I read lol! But each paragraph was pretty interesting on what the author was talking about.

Even if you aren’t into manga, because I sure am not (but I have always liked the way the characters looked), you should check this book out!

About the Author:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Crilley was raised in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Kalamazoo College, he traveled to Taiwan and Japan, where he taught English for nearly five years. It was during his stay in Japan that he created the Eisner Award–nominated comic Akiko on the Planet Smoo, which spawned a series of graphic novels and prose novel adaptations. In 1998, Mark Crilley was named to Entertainment Weekly’s It List of the 100 most creative people in entertainment.
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The Hummingbird Heart: Excerpt + Giveaway

I am so
excited that
THE HUMMINGBIRD HEART
by A.G. Howard is available now and that I get to share the news!
 
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About The Book:
Title: THE
HUMMINGBIRD HEART
Author: A.G. Howard
Pub.
Date: 
August 15, 2017
Publisher: Golden Orb
Press
Pages: 234
Formats: Paperback,
eBook
 
Set 19 years after The Architect of Song:
Shortly after escaping a circus tragedy, young Italian orphan, Willow
Antoniette, seeks refuge at The Manor of Diversions—a holiday resort in England
born of a ghost story. For eleven years, she’s raised alongside the children of
the resort’s owners: Julian, his twin brother, Nick, and their younger sister
Emilia. Now that Willow is of marriable age, she’s determined to escape
finishing school along with everyone’s efforts to make her a proper lady. The
only man she wants to spend her life with is Julian, after all. Yet how can she
tell him, when he thinks of her as nothing but a friend?
As a machinist and engineer, Julian Thornton prefers a governable life.
He can’t allow his ever-deepening attraction for Willow to distract from his
amusement park plans to lure a younger, wealthier clientele to their family’s
resort. In hopes to escape Willow and find investors, Julian sets off on a
transatlantic ocean liner headed for the St. Louis World’s Fair, unaware Willow
has secretly stowed away on the same ship.
A tiny, mute orphan named Newton and a pair of haunted Italian shoes
bring Willow and Julian face to face on deck. Forced to work together to solve
the mystery of Newton and his vindictive, ghostly companion, Julian and Willow
can no longer fight their untapped passions. However, time to admit their true
feelings is running out, for the ghost and her murderer have enlisted them as
unsuspecting pawns in a karmic game of cat-and-mouse that could cost all of
them their lives.
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Title: THE
ARCHITECT OF SONG

Author: A.G.
Howard
Pub.
Date:
 August 15, 2016
Publisher: Golden
Orb Press
Pages: 425
Formats: Paperback,
eBook
Find it: AmazonGoodreads
 
A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a
ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story
that transcends life and death.

 

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated
by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at
risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old
mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she
secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the
name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment
Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form,
singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his
identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

 

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her
fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing
as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning
who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through
romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the
specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her
mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord
Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is
lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love
taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

 

International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly
magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of
Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy
series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as –
haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for
self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

 

New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.

Excerpt:


In the dream, Willow was a child again. With each barefooted step around
the stacks of baggage in steerage, she found them taking on new shapes:
pyramids of clowns, bears, horses and feathered performers, all balanced atop
one another. She was back at the circus, albeit a much hazier and dimmer
rendition than she remembered. She skipped along the center ring, excited to be
home at last. Grit and discarded trash snagged between her little toes. A
spotlight clicked on to illuminate a trunk. From within came a thumping sound,
and girlish giggles.
“Tildey!” Willow cried out, racing across the distance to find her doll,
her pigtails slapping her face and neck upon each bounding step. The creak of
abandoned trapezes swung overhead, cutting intermittently through a thick cloud
of fog. Yet it wasn’t fog. It was tobacco—a stench that seeped into her
leotard, her tights, her very pores, until she could taste it coating her
tongue like bile.
The spotlight shifted from the trunk to a trapeze just above her where a
shape took form in the light: a graceful silhouette in a shimmery leotard and
glistening tutu.
“Mama?” Willow whispered in the dream, forgetting Tildey for the chance
to see her mother perform once more.
The trapeze vanished into thin air but the aerialist continued a controlled
descent toward her, held in place by harnesses attached to the center pole. A
face came into view, painted white like a clown, with bloody eyes and a hollow
of a mouth—stretched wide on a perpetual scream. Willow yelped and squeezed her
lashes shut, willing away the creature … for it was not Mama.
When she opened them again, the freakish performer exploded into a flock
of hummingbirds made of ink. They skittered around Willow, buzzing wings
scraping her skin and hair, imprinting tattoos everywhere they touched. She
screamed and stumbled backwards, bumping into the trunk which was somehow right
behind her. A tinkly, off-key lullaby drifted from inside the giant box. The
lid shook and shuddered, as if something wanted out.
Whimpering, Willow tried to back away, but her feet grew heavy. She
looked down and ballet shoes, covered in steel spikes, swallowed them up. The
empty harness that had held the ghastly aerialist slithered toward her like a
snake, coiling itself around her legs and arms to hold her in place.
On the final haunting strains of music, the trunk’s lid popped open, and
out from the midst rose a hunched old man, holding Nadia’s haunted shoes upside
down. Blood and water gushed out of them—a stench of copper and stagnancy—and
the man laughed with a voice that gnawed into her bones like a thousand
snarling wolves.
About A.G. Howard: 

 

A.G. Howard
was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always
wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures
in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute
to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a
child.
When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening,
and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century
graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
Giveaway Details: All International
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prize: Signed set of The Architect of Song & The Hummingbird Heart PB
(1) First Place prize: Signed The Hummingbird Heart PB
(1) Second Place prize: Signed The Hummingbird Heart poster
(3) Third – Fifth Place prizes: Signed The Architect of Song
& The Hummingbird Heart swag pack sets

 

 

 

 

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