Category Archives: Adult

Manga Art by: Mark Crilley

Manga Art

ABOUT MANGA ART from penguinrandomhouse.com

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.

Mark Crilley

Photo of Mark Crilley

Photo: © Mary Moylan

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.

 

My Review:

This is a beautifully illustrated book that combines the various manga artistic techniques with a bit about the authors time in Japan.  My daughter has a vast love for all things Japanese and I am thrilled to share this book with her.

It is very stunning to look at as well as informative in both an artistic way (techniques that are used) as well as culturally.  It is nicely bound and presented.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a love for Manga whether you are an artist or not.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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I received this book from Bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review.

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See What I Have Done by: Sarah Schmidt

See What I Have Done

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

Recognition

 August 2017 Indie Next selection
My Review:
Before reading this, I really didn’t know anything about Lizzie Borden and the horrific details of her life.  I went into this book thinking it would be a good mystery based on a true story.  This is a debut novel for this author and it was a good first book.
I am not sure how I feel about the story.  I did find myself interested in what happened but it did drag at times for me.  I was thoroughly annoyed at the ending of the book I feel as if the author ran out of things to say.  I do understand that the conclusion of the Lizzie Borden case was one in which everyone felt satisfied with, but for me, the book ended abruptly.
I gave this book 3 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Goddesses by: Swan Huntley

The Goddesses

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My Review:
Wow!  I finished this book this morning and I am stunned.  I was emotionally invested in this story and these characters, it was as if they were people I knew.  Nancy was going through a difficult period in her life and she found a friendship with Ana that she desperately needed.  Ana was a free spirit who showed Nancy a different way to live.
Nancy struggled to decide if she wanted to be the woman that she was in the States or if she was going to reinvent herself.  Ana made that choice easy for Nancy.  As their relationship became stronger, Nancy’s home life started to fall apart.
This was a psychological thriller that read like contemporary fiction.  I was hooked.  I highly recommend this book.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received an E-ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Marriage Pact by: Michelle Richmond

The Marriage Pact

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

Recognition

 August 2017 Indie Next selection
 July 2017 LibraryReads selection
My Review:
This took a simple marriage and turned it into a nightmare.  What would you if you received  wedding present that promised a happy marriage above all else?!  For Alice and Jake, they decided to sign the contract and join the Pact.
They had to memorize rules and procedures and if they screwed up in any way, they were punished.  The events and repercussions that Alice and Jack and the other members of the Pact participated in were outrageous.
This was an interesting twist to a story about a cult-like organization.  It has a suspenseful atmosphere and is categorized under a few different sub-genres.  I would read something else from this author.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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I received this e-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Woman No. 17 by: Edan Lepucki

woman no. 17

This was an interesting read.  I didn’t know much about it going into the story and what I did know was incorrect.  The main female characters Lady and S had a very intriguing dynamic.  There relationship didn’t seem to fall into one specific category and that led to some issues.
I enjoyed this book and would pick up the author’s other works.  This is not a typical fiction book and that made it more engrossing.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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Final Girls by: Riley Sager

Final Girls

Description from the publisher through Netgalley:

Recognition

 July 2017 LibraryReads selection
My Review:
This was a twisty read.  I thought I had it all figured out about halfway through and I would’ve have been so disappointed if I had.  I was wrong.  This was an interesting story that revolved around 3 women who were known as Final Girls, meaning that they were the only survivors of horrific, murderous events.
The majority of this story is not really about those events but more of the lives of these women after.  We do find out what had happened during the murders but the focus is the present.
I really liked this book and it was different then the type of thrillers I normally read.  I gave this book 4 crowns.
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The Bookshop at Water’s End by: Patti Callahan Henry

The Bookshop at Water's End

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My Review:
This was a sweet story of two women who are trying to come to terms with things that have happened in their lives over the years from the time that they were children through the present.
They return to the place were they met and spent some of the best summers of their lives as well as one of the worst.  With their children in tow, they confront their pasts and try to prepare for their futures.
I really enjoyed this story and loved that one of the main focal points of this story is this well loved bookshop that was had its’ own ups and downs and has survived.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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