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Gilt Hollow: A Review

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Willow Lamott’s best friend is a convicted killer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. Over four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow Lamott stepped back into his life. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton wonders if his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves.
Review: 
Gilt Hollow is a simple YA murder mystery. I can’t say it’s any more than that. The plot is simple a guy wants revenge on the people who put him in juvie fo…

Rad Women Worldwide: A Review

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Rad Women Worldwide tells fresh, engaging, and inspiring tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. From 430 BCE to 2016, spanning 31 countries around the world, the book features an array of diverse figures, including Hatshepsut (the great female king who ruled Egypt peacefully for two decades) and Malala Yousafzi (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) to Poly Styrene (legendary teenage punk and lead singer of X-Ray Spex) and Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (polar explorers and the first women to cross Antarctica). This progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women's history and belongs on the shelf of every school, library, and home. 
Review:
Rad Women Worldwide is the first sort of Feminist non fiction book I have ever read. I have to say I loved every minute of it. There were some women that I was familiar with but it was still exciting to re…

Photographs From The Edge: A Review

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Legendary nature photographer Art Wolfe presents an intimate, behind-the-scenes guide to the experiences, decisions, and methods that helped him capture images from some of the most exciting locations across the globe.

Wolfe takes you from the mountains of the Himalayas to the sandy shores of Mnemba Island, with stops in the crowded streets of India and the alkali lakes of Africa along the way. You’ll learn the equipment, settings, and creative choices behind each photograph. From endangered species to cultural celebrations to natural wonders, Wolfe brings each subject to life through his stunning photography and the stories he shares in this one-of-a-kind photo safari.
Review:
In Photographs From The Edge shows off almost 35 years worth of beautiful photographs from Art Wolfe. These photographs were taken all over the world. Besides showing off his work, it also tells of Wolfes life, how he came up with his style.
Along with the beautiful photographs Wolfe adds a story to it, how life t…

The Loyal Heart: A Review

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Robert came to Galveston to fulfill his promise to a dying man and look after his widow. He didn’t expect to find love in the unlikeliest of places. Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything. After the war, Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda's home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip's name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast. Even more disturbing is her emotional well-being. Miranda seems hopeless, lost, and so very alone.  Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possible in order to honor a promise. But the moment Robert laid eyes on her, his plans changed. He's m…

Pop Manga: A Review

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Manga artist and Pop Surrealism superstar Camilla d’Errico presents her first ever adult coloring book, filled with portraits, patterns, and the stunning artwork her fans and collectors have come to love.

This one-of-a-kind book offers you the opportunity to collaborate with d’Errico, adding your colors to her gorgeous black and white linework. Featuring everything from haunting and surreal character portraits to pages filled with patterns and designs all rendered in d’Errico’s inimitable style,Pop Manga Coloring Bookis guaranteed to provide hours of coloring fun and excitement.

Review:
Pop Manga is probably one of the most beautiful adult coloring books I’ve ever seen. Camilla d’Erricos art is so wonderful to look at. I was able to review one of her art books a couple months ago. The pop manga coloring book has different things to color, her characters to random objects. And as always these types of coloring books let you take off the dust jacket and color on that as well. Another thing…

Doodletopia: Manga: A Review

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The world's bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books, Christopher Hart, will show you all the interactive, artistic possibilities offered by doodling, designing, and coloring using characters, scenes, and crafts from the world of manga inDoodletopia: Manga.

Unlike other doodle books that leave you stranded, with no help at all,Doodletopia: Mangapairs fun doodle-based activities with the sort of insightful (and laugh-out-loud funny) advice and tips that countless readers have come to expect from cartooning master Christopher Hart. 

From dressing up super-cute chibis to designing your own manga mazes to completing manga scenes and making manga-inspired crafts like bookmarks, stationery, and more, the opportunities for creative expression are endless. So what are you waiting for? Pick up your pencils, pens, markers, or crayons, and start doodling!
Review:
This was my first How to manga book. I really believe is one of the unique ones. Doodletopia: manga is a how to and it’s a b…

Punderdome: A Review

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Punderdome is a card game for pun lovers. I was excited to be able to review an actual game. I thought it would be a short sweet card game. A mashable review stated “Will replace cards against humanity at your next party” I really wish it would be as quick as cards against humanity but punderdome has a lot more components to it. Also I suggest more people the funnier it gets.  And it is ages 12+, so it’s a kind of kid friendly game.  So may the most terrible punster win.


I received this game for my honest review from the blogging for books program. (www.bloggingforbooks.com)
~Kellie

The Beautiful Pretender: A Review

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After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise? The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character. Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea. Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences Re…

Long May She Wave: A Review

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Compiled from one of the largest collections of the American flag art in the world, these postcards showcase more than two hundred years of artistic interpretation and innovation. From patriotic banners and folk art curiosities to modern artistic masterworks. This historic cache of images has been lovingly curated and packaged by legendary designer Kit Hindrichs
Review:  In this postcard collection there are 50 different designs and 50 duplicates. Each card is made out of a thick cardstock. Also each postcard has the description and year it was made or when the picture was taken. I feel unfortunately to say that I’ve never sent out a postcard and I think with these it’ll be exciting to do so. Also I make no promises to not use a bunch of these as bookmarks.
If you are interested in this or anything Kit Hinrichs has curated you can just out his website for future projects. http://www.studio-hinrichs.com/index.html

I was given the Long May She Wave postcards in exchange for my honest rev…

Sister Dear: A Review

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All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever? Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows. But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family. As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom. Review: After reading Laura McNeills…

Wonderland: A Review

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Follow the White Rabbit into this imaginative coloring book inspired by Lewis Carroll'sAlice's Adventures in Wonderland, featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings by acclaimed artist Amily Shen. Meet the Cheshire Cat, attend the Mad Hatter's tea party, and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts in this evocative tale that invites you into a strange and beautiful new world of coloring.


Wonderland should be added to your probably giant stack of coloring books. Wonderland is definitely a very fun and beautiful coloring book. Every page detailed and intricate. I was actually pleasantly surprised that there is a story in this coloring book as well. It’s not just Alice In Wonderland but it makes you a part of the story as well. Also there are even little games in the story you can take part in.
Lastly Wonderland is a beautiful coloring book, and probably a great book to have in your collection.

If you interested in this book or Amy Shens future projects you can check her website. ht…

Life-Changing Magic: A Review

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This gratitude journal from lifestyle guru Marie Kondo provides a space for you to notice and record the things that spark joy in your life each day. By asking yourself "Does this spark joy?" about not only the objects in your home but also the activities and relationships in your life, you can mindfully zero in on your ideal life. Peppered with inspirational quotes fromThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, this 365-day, 3-year record is the perfect way to spark joy, one day at a time.
Review:
I wouldn’t call this a gratitude journal really besides a few quotes in the journal otherwise the journal is blank. I guess it’s up to the writer to make it one. So other then that it’s just a cute little paperback journal. Each day has six lines so you can write a short little summary or as Marie Kondo says “what sparks joy” to you. And it’ll be something fun to do for 3 years.  


Marie Kondo the author behind this journal also writes self help books so if you’d like to check out any of …

Collage This Journal: A Review

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This irrisistibly iteractive journal is filled with dozens of clever ideas for recording your life, such as "Make balloons out of photos from special and happy occasions" or  "Fill the genie's lamp with wishes." The author/illustrator's wonderfully layered photo-illustration montages invite readers to mix media, too, and make this keepsake truly their own.

Review:
If you love Wreck This Journal you’ll definitely like this. Collage This Journal puts you in different scenarios like “creature your perfect view” and “create your own tiny world” in a snow globe. I think projects like these are extremely fun and for me, they are kind of stress relieving.
The one downside about this is there are a lot of pages of friends and family memories. There are instructions saying to photocopy pictures which is something I can’t do. So I guess I’ll have to recreate them with something else. So in short, Collage This Journal is definitely something to do in your free time and …

Light Of The Last: A Review

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After an accident left him temporarily blind, Drew Carter didn’t just regain his sight. He now sees what others can’t imagine–an entire spiritual realm of mighty beings at war.

Forget the gift, Drew just wants his life back. Part of that involves Sydney Carlyle, a woman he is inexplicably drawn to. When he’s offered the chance to become a CIA agent, it seems the way to redeem his past. The only problem–his visions of the supernatural realm are increasing in frequency.

It’s up to the warrior angel Validus and his hand-picked team of heavenly agents to protect the unbelieving Drew. Validus now knows that the young man is at the epicenter of a global spiritual war, and the angels must use a millennia of battle experience keep Drew alive, for the Fallen want him dead.

Surrounded by spiritual warriors and targeted by demons, Drew’s faced with an impossible decision that will forever alter the destiny of America...and his own soul.
 Review:
The Wars Of The Realm has come to an end.  The Light o…

Curio: A Review

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Grey Haward has always detested the Chemists, the magicians-come-scientists who rule her small western town. But she has always followed the rules, taking the potion the Chemists ration out that helps the town’s people survive. A potion that Grey suspects she—like her grandfather and father—may not actually need. By working at her grandfather’s repair shop, sorting the small gears and dusting the curio cabinet inside, Grey has tried to stay unnoticed—or as unnoticed as a tall, strong girl can in a town of diminutive, underdeveloped citizens. Then her best friend, Whit, is caught by the Chemists’ enforcers after trying to protect Grey one night, and after seeing the extent of his punishment, suddenly taking risks seems the only decision she can make. But with the risk comes the reality that the Chemists know her family’s secret, and the Chemists soon decide to use her for their own purposes. Panicked, Grey retreats to the only safe place she knows—her grandfather’s shop. There, however, …

Pop Painting: A Review

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Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at the painting tools, methods, and inspirations of one of the top artists working in the growing field of Pop Surrealism. For the first time, beloved best-selling author and artist Camilla d’Errico pulls back the curtain to give you exclusive insights on topics from the paints and brushes she uses and her ideal studio setup, to the dreams, notions, and pop culture icons that fuel the creation of her hauntingly beautiful Pop Surrealist paintings.

With step-by-step examples covering major subject areas such as humans, animals, melting effects, and twisting reality (essential for Pop Surrealism!),Pop Paintinggives you the sensation of sitting by Camilla’s side as she takes her paintings from idea to finished work. This front row seat reveals how a leading artist dreams, paints, and creates a successful body of work. For fans of Camilla and the underground art scene, aspiring artists looking to express their ideals in paint, and experienced artists w…