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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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Have you read any books by Jennifer L. Armentrout?

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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Do you like drawing books?

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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Review: Furever Home Friends

Title: Princess Allee & Smile, Chewie

Author: Savy Leiser

Date of Publication: August 11th, 2017

 

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Goodreads Summary for Princess Allee:

While living at the shelter, Allee, a black lab puppy, dreams of being a princess. When a stylish young woman comes to adopt her, Allee thinks her dream is about to come true! But Allee soon learns that her new suburban life doesn’t include castles or crowns. It includes two dog brothers that she has to learn to get along with! Can Allee learn to feel like royalty even when living the average life?

My Review:

I loved loved the artwork in this book! If you have kids or love reading picture books, then check this one out! This book is a great learning tool for kids or adults that want a pet. Maybe you should think about getting one from a shelter because there are so many pets there that deserve to be in a home rather than a cage.

This book isn’t just seriousness though, it’s cute and has playful scenes and can help kids to think about things. It also shows that when you adopt a dog, it takes them a little bit to get used to their new home. Definitely a win for a picture book!

 

Smile, Chewie

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Goodreads Summary for Smile, Chewie:

Despite Chewie’s friendly personality, he’s too shy to let the shelter volunteers take his picture! See, Chewie is stuck with scars on his face after the abuse he suffered as a puppy, from a man who was prejudiced against pit bulls. Can Chewie find the confidence to stand up to these awful pit bull stereotypes, and smile for the camera?

My Review:

Smile, Chewie I feel like is an excellent book for kids because it shows real life aspects done in a way that they can understand. When you adopt an animal from a shelter, they need to realize not all the animals come from the best of places. This does not mean that they are a bad animal, it means that this is a second chance for them to get a good home.

There are some sad parts, but there are some happy parts, too. This is a book about second chances, and the pictures inside are amazing and match perfectly with the sentences. A perfect read for kids that love dogs!

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Review: Stealing Snow

Title: Stealing Snow

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: September 20th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

Review:

So, for some reason this book has a ton of low ratings. I know a lot of people have complained about the Love Square, but even Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow & Bone series has a weird love square, but 5’s get thrown at that left and right (I do really like that series as well, though). Anyway, I felt this book had a ton of awesomeness! First, snow power!!!!!

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I did feel like the best parts of this book was the first 50% and the last 5%. Our character, Snow, begins in a mental institute where she was placed by her mother. I absolutely loved all the scenes there, and her first kiss with Bale (Romancer #1), Wow, catastrophe occurred!

A mysterious boy shows up (Enter Romancer #2), and Snow finds herself in a new world searching for her beloved Bale. Romancer #2 AKA Jagger gets separated from her, and enter Romancer #3 AKA Kai. These were my favorite parts of the story because the training was all kinds of awesome! And I loved the character Gerde!!!!!

Then somehow we meet back up with Romancer #2, and this is where heist/robbery comes into play. These parts were just okay for me, and I really missed the other characters even though Jagger is all kinds of fun. But the crap hits the fan toward the end of the book, and this is where I need book 2 in my life! If you shut out all the boydom, this story is amazing, but you have to also remember Snow is a teen and she has been locked away in a mental institution for a while, maybe she can’t get her mind straight! Excellent writing, and spot on descriptions and world building!

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Review: The Hummingbird Heart

Title: The Hummingbird Heart

Author: A.G. Howard

Date of Publication: August 15th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review:

I have really liked all of A.G. Howard’s books. Morpheus is one of my all time favorite characters from her Splintered series. I also really loved The Architect of Song which was the first book in this series.

I love that each book can be read as a stand alone, but I think you should read each one because the first book connects to the second book, and it’s quite nice seeing characters from The Architect of Song. One of my favorite aspects about this book was the setting. I love the whole gothic atmosphere type vibe, and then the stuff about aerialists/acrobats had me entranced.

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The Hummingbird Heart has the perfect amount of swoon and sensual scenes where it isn’t over the top and mixes perfectly with the well thought out story. Julian and Willow were awesome characters, and I felt like they complimented each other and helped make each other better. There were some scenes that had me smiling and giggling. Anddddd I normally do not giggle!

This book was loaded with mystery, action, romance and addiction. I couldn’t put it down and kept wanting to know what was going to happen in different areas, with the romance, the mystery, all of it! I need to know what is going to happen in the next character’s book as well! I highly recommend this gorgeously written series!

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Have you read The Architect of Song?

Writer Interview & Review

I normally do not read non-fiction stuff at all, but I was very interested in reading a few sample chapters from Sarah Mueller, who is a blogger I have followed for a while! She is one to look out for with the book she is working on!

Honestly, I don’t know much about Eleanor of Aquitaine, but what I read was incredibly interesting! I just can’t get past girls getting married back then at ages 12 and 13… I just think about how immature kids that age are today, but it must have been much different back then.

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I have always wanted to live way back in the day, but maybe not that far back after hearing about all the history, but Eleanor was an amazing woman!! Also, she had eight kids with Henry ii!!!!! That’s a lot of kids! I love that she was an intelligent woman that women today should look up to instead of celebrities that really don’t do anything!!

What I liked best about Sarah’s writing was the flow. It was history, but it still felt like I was reading a story along with facts!

Writer Q&A

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What do you like best about Eleanor of Aquitaine?

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