Jul 28, 2016

Recent Reads: The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

The Marriage of Opposites
The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date:   August 2015

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Hardback
Source: Borrowed from the Library



Goodreads Synopsis:
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro; the Father of Impressionism.

Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel's mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel's salvation is their maid Adelle's belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle's daughter. But Rachel's life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father's business. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Fr├ęderick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.

Building on the triumphs of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, set in a world of almost unimaginable beauty, The Marriage of Opposites showcases the beloved, bestselling Alice Hoffman at the height of her considerable powers. Once forgotten to history, the marriage of Rachel and Fr├ęderick is a story that is as unforgettable as it is remarkable.
This book seems to be getting great reviews and I am sad to say that even though I made my way through it, it was a struggle. This book was chosen for my book club by another member and voted as the book we should read and I think this book was just too far outside of my normal reading for me to really enjoy it. That being said, it was still an alright book.

The author uses wonderful detail to describe the island and the people to the point were I was impressed but also bored - there was a lot of detail. What I like to read most is interactions between characters and a lot of the book takes place as these descriptions or as someone's thoughts and feelings versus conversationsSo the lack of dialogue really bothered me.

The book was very interesting, I really got into reading Rachel's point of view and right when I was the author decided it was time for a change and lead us into another POV, it felt disjointed at times. I understand the need for all the views but I had a number of chapters with one person then was surprised to realize that it would be changing. And because of these changes I found the overall story fairly slow. I ended up reading it in more than a few sittings but I felt bogged down as I read it and had trouble really feeling the urge to pick it up.

So overall this was not my cup of tea (so to speak). I think readers of this genre probably loved the historical aspects of it and all the detail and thought put into it but I was not really feeling it. On the bright side, I made it all the way through without tossing it, so thus the 'it as ok'  rating versus a lower one. I am glad I am broadening my reading but I also am finding that I just really don't enjoy most books outside the YA/MG genres.

Jul 27, 2016

Release Day Blast: Someone I Used to Know by Tessa Marie

Someone I Used to Know

30812413Someone I Used to Know
A Novella
By Tessa Marie

About the Book
Charlotte was not looking forward to Spring Break. No technology and a boy she can’t stand. But when she realizes the boy is actually a hot guy now, and wants to hang out with her (!) she cant help but think this break may turn into something pretty awesome. But, is he harboring a secret that will challenge their budding relationship?

About the Author
Tessa Marie aka Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin). (ONCE) AGAIN will release this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Jul 26, 2016

Review: Pop Manga Coloring Book by Camila d'Errico

Source: From Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
Pop Manga Coloring Book: A Surreal Journey Through a Cute, Curious, Bizarre, and Beautiful World
Pop Manga Coloring Book: A surreal journey through a cute, curious, bizarre, and beautiful world by Camila d'Errico 
Publisher: Watson-Guptill 
Publication Date:  July 19, 2016

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20
Format:  Paperback Coloring book



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Manga artist and Pop Surrealism superstar Camilla d Errico presents her first everadult 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 tocollaborate with d Errico, adding your colors to her gorgeous black and whitelinework. Featuring everything from haunting and surreal character portraitsto pages filled with patterns and designs all rendered in d Errico sinimitable style, "Pop Manga Coloring Book "is guaranteed toprovide hours of coloring fun and excitement.
This coloring book is beautiful. There was some confusion it seems, with there being both a coloring book and also a book about Pop Manga drawing and coloring. But this was in fact the coloring book and I was SUPER excited about it. I have been coloring as an adult since before the craze and I love that it is a 'thing' now. I have even hosted 'coloring parties'. I love it!

The images throughout are super detailed and whimsical and I love all of them. The pages are a wonderful thickness and the coloring book itself is great quality. I have been coloring with colored pencils but I think that markers might be ok as well - although I have not tried yet.

The artist is wonderful and I am loving using this coloring book to de-stress and have fun. She also prefaces the book with notes about coloring and drawing and even recommends copying pages to color in different ways, which I thought was a wonderfully fun idea for color palettes.

I think that some of the images might be a little disturbing for younger colorers. There are images of half human half monster/ animals and some that look pretty evil, but I love it and think that it is a very fun coloring book.


Jul 24, 2016

Building the Book Pile #195

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Blah, I have been so exhausted. After work I binge watch old TV shows and really don't read much. I really need to get back into reading and not slacking. Hopefully this week will be more productive :) I am half way through my July TBR which is good and I have to finish another one this week for bookclub so hopefully I make it through...

How was your week? Is it hot where you are?

 I  hope that all of YOU had a wonderful week!
  Giveaways on Cover2CoverBlog!

Coming up on the Blog... 

Review: Pop Manga Coloring Book by Camilla d'Errico (Adult Coloring Book)
Release Day Blast: Someone I Used to Know by Tessa Marie (YA)
Recent Reads: The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman (Adult)
Monthly Re-Cap: July 2016


  Books Received this Week 


Pop Manga Coloring Book by Camilla d'Errico from Blogging for Books in Exchange for an honest review

Have you missed anything lately?

Week of July 18 - July 23

                                      Jul 21, 2016

                                      Blog Blast w/ Exerpt and Giveaway!: Kindle Scout Tour for Something Eternal by Joel McGrath


                                      About the Book
                                      Life without love is fire without flame.... In our time, wonder has disappeared. Most believe in what is seen, others in what is heard, yet a few know something eternal guides them. When Vincent steals his older brother’s girl, Noemi, someone is going to die. Three lives, once ascending to greatness, are pitched into chaos. Jak, after months of searching, finds his younger brother, Vincent, while Noemi faces certain death. On one hand, Vincent can save her, yet others will die for their love. Hearts prided on rational choices waver. Logic conflicts with reality, and emotion, not reason, decides the future. 

                                      A Note from the Author:  
                                      To breathe life into this book, I am asking for your support. During the month of July, Something Eternal will be in the running for a Kindle Scout publication contract. My book needs your nomination. If Something Eternal wins, you’ll receive a free copy compliments of Amazon. Links for nominating Something Eternal will be made available in July during my month-long nomination period. Please check out the Kindle Scout program and discover how readers are making their voices heard.        

                                      About the Author
                                      abnaJoel T. McGrath is a proud member of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. He is a four-time top 20% choice for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award with four different manuscripts. He has sold foreign rights to his first novel through a literary agent in Turkey. Joel is currently working with a Disney illustrator on a graphic novel and hopes to release portions of the work in summer 2017.   Author Links:  Website | Facebook   

                                      Keep reading for a Giveaway and an Excerpt!

                                      Jul 20, 2016

                                      Waiting on Wednesday: Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman

                                       Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library
                                      Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman
                                      Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
                                      Publication Date:  August 1, 2016


                                      Goodreads Synopsis:  

                                      Have you ever thought about bringing your dragon to the library? Don't do it! You might have the best intentions, but that dragon will cause nothing but trouble. Using rhyming text and a diverse cast of characters, this charming picture book will provide some important and some not so important library etiquette in a very entertaining way.

                                      Why I Am Waiting:
                                      This looks like so much fun! I can only imagine a dragon in a library is not a good idea but it would be very fun :) That dragon on the cover looks like he is up to something...

                                      Jul 19, 2016

                                      Early Reader Review: Caring and Sharing Treasury by Jan and Mike Berenstain

                                      Source: From BookLook Bloggers and Zonderkidz in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review. 

                                      The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing TreasuryThe Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury by Jan and Mike Berenstain
                                      Publisher: Zonderkidz
                                      Publication Date:  July 5, 2016

                                      Format: Hardback



                                      Goodreads Synopsis: 
                                      Time after time the Living Lights, Berenstain Bears series has attracted young readers through creative and engaging stories that not only entertain but teach values and life lessons. Now, five of the series’ most loved books are available in a comprehensive bind-up. This Living Lights collection Back to School is sure to be a popular choice for Berenstain Bears readers who have enjoyed the series in the past.
                                      This Benenstain Bears collection compiles 5 stories including: Jobs Around Town, Get Involved, Love Their Neighbors, Neighbor in Need, and Gossip Gang. Each story has a lesson and they were very cute reads. The Living Lights series teaches lessons and values by including a Bible verse before the story begins and some of them mention God's intention in the story but the book overall is not overwhelmingly religious.  

                                      As with all Berenstain Bears books, the images are vivid and interesting and I think young readers will have a wonderful time looking at them while reading or while being read to. There are lots of details for them to point out

                                      I remember reading Berenstain Bears when I was a kid, and I don't recall them being religious books but they could have been and if that is the case, I think that all kids will enjoy this collection regardless of that addition.