Category Archives: Young 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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Girls in Pants by: Ann Brashares

Girls in Pants

The third installment of the Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) was so much fun to read.  I listened to this on audio and I can’t wait to finish of the series.  I love the characters so much and have no trouble envisioning the movie while I listen to this.

The girls in this novel are about to go to college and are experiencing their last summer before that happens.  The is excitement and hesitation and an overwhelming sense of love and gratitude for the friendship that these girls have.

This is a sweet summery read.

I gave it 4 crowns.

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Page by Paige by: Laura Lee Gulledge

Page by Paige

After moving to a new city pretty much unwillingly, Paige decides that she has the unique opportunity to really work on the way that she views herself.  Her secret passion is Art and she is slowly able to make some friends and open up to them about who she really is.

It is hard to put yourself  out there to be judged by others and Paige takes a leap of faith and finds that it’s ok to take that chance.

The artwork in this graphic novel is beautiful.  The images are a story themselves.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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My Name is Memory by: Ann Brashares

My name is memory

I am working my way through Ann Brashares catalog of books.  I listened to this book on audio and I enjoyed it.  I don’t know if I would have liked it as much if I had read it in its’ physical form as there was a lot of jumping around from character to character and life to life.

The narrator is a memory that has lived many lives but remembers them all and in each one, is searching for its’ “soul mate”.  It was a bit strange but it was written well and I did enjoy it.

I was a bit confused at times but I did think the plot was a true romance however,the ending was awful.  It just stopped.  I said aloud in my car, “That’s it?! How is that an ending?!”  That was beyond frustrating and definitely impacted my rating.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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Bring Her Home by: David Bell

bring her home Publication Date:  July 11, 2017

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

This story is filled with twists and had me trying to figure out what was going on.  I was pretty close to solving this minus some details.  However, I did enjoy the story.  It was well thought out and detailed.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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I received an E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Fitness Junkie by: Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Fitness Junkie  Publication Date: July 11, 2017

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My Review:
After having a few books that I added to my DNF list and reading a few mystery/thrillers, this book was the perfect book to read.  I laughed out loud and thoroughly enjoyed this book.  In today’s society we are all so obsessed with our appearances and this book really brought that to light in a humorous way.
Janey was a lovable character that was easy to relate to.  Her friends supported her in her decisions and were there with her through all of the crazy ways in which she attempted to lose weight.
This was an empowering story with a great ending.  I want to pick up the authors’ previous work.
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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