Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Every Little Thing: A Flat Vernacular Coloring Book




I love the fact that the "adult coloring books" are the latest new thing on the shelves. Now I must interject a little thought here. I wish they were called something else…like intricate coloring books. Adult coloring books bring naughty things to mind. Then again, maybe that's just me. My imagination bounces right into the gutter at times.

Okay…time to bounce back to my review of Every Little Thing.

I've tried several coloring books and always look forward to filling in intricate drawings with my gel pens and color pencils. However, this book was not my cup of tea. The drawings in Every Little Thing are far from intricate. Luckily, this book wasn't my first coloring book. If it was, it would be my last.

Seeing I'm a bit harsh, let me focus on the pros of this coloring book:
1. It is well made.
2. The pages are thick and with a little coaxing, lay flat for coloring. 
3. I tried to think of more pros, but my color pencils threatened to stab me if I didn't get on with the cons.

Cons:
1. The drawings are repetitious, simplistic and boring.
2. There are some instances where the drawings are in a different color smack dab in the middle of the black and white. Ugh.
3. There's a lot of empty space on the page.
4. The wallpaper look on every page makes sense. The design company specializes in wallpaper after all. However, this is a coloring book, not a wall. I feel they should stick with wallpaper and stay away from the coloring book craze.
I'm obviously not a big fan of this coloring book. However, I'm sure there are some who would enjoy the poorly drawn animals dancing around with random things thrown in.


    

Disclosure of Material Connection in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Blogging ForBooks has provided me a copy of this book in exchange for a review.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Luther and Katharina :A Novel of Love and Rebellion by Jody Hedlund



I am a fan of historical novels. It doesn't really matter what time period, as long as the story is believable and accurately shows the life of the era. In this novel, the author, Jody Hedlund has penned a story of religions clashing, love and the strength of the people who lived through it.

The story of Martin Luther and Katherina is complex.  Martin Luther is a former monk, leading the Protestant rebellion against the Catholic Church. Katherina Von Bora is an escaped nun who is rescued by Luther's followers. The story revolves around the struggle to follow their hearts and religious beliefs.

Jody Hedlund has done a great job of weaving fiction and sixteenth century historical facts in this novel. She made the time period come alive. The two main characters with all the struggles, and at times life-threatening issues, were vivid—it was if I were there, life threatened, fear palpable.

Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora are headstrong characters. Because of this, they continuously frustrate and infuriate each other. Both of them grew to accept each other, and the love they shared is deep and mature.
The author created a beautiful story filled with the emotional and difficult upheaval during this time of religious rebellion.  I highly recommend this excellent read.




 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


Monday, November 2, 2015

The Time Chamber by Daria Song



Daria Song does not disappoint with the second in her series of coloring books for adults. I adored the first book, The Time Garden.

Her newest, The Time Chamber,is absolutely stunning. I don't know which of Daria Song's coloring books I like best! I've been fulfilling my inner child, color pencils in hand.
Here's an example of a page:



 In The Time Garden,  Daria Song still tells a story to go along with her art work. Not many coloring books do that.

I've perused the many adult coloring books and I honestly think Daria Song's books have a quality of art,and imaginative story. The thick pages will prevent any bleed through. So I might just  try gel pens instead of color pencils like I did in the first book.

I highly recommend this book for any adult who needs to de-stress!




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255