Thursday, January 28, 2016

Eve of Destiny by Maya James


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Summary
Adam vanishing from her life hasn't been as easy for Evette to forget about as she'd hoped in this finale to the novella, Fate: Adam & Evette.

No matter what distractions Evette creates for herself, the memories of her short but intense love affair refuse to fade. An unexpected encounter with someone from Adam's past reveals the awful truth of his fate and the plane crash that has plagued Evette's subconscious. New and old friendships converge around her for support and with them comes a new purpose, the sole survivor of the accident that took Adam. A young man named Mark Zimmerman, with his devoted father at his side, becomes Evette's obsession. But with Mark's recovery and entire future offering no promises at all, is she placing her heart on an impossible hope?

Unexpected love, forgotten revenge, lifelong secrets, forgiveness, loss, and unrelenting passion all await Evette on her path from fate.



EXCERPT
"Nothing in this world will ever compare to how I see her. Take every wonderful moment of your life, every sunset, every birth of a child, every kiss, every single thing that has ever brought you a moment of peace and happiness in this life, and put it all together—that is how I see Evette every time I look at her."


Impressions
The perfect book to make your heart skip a beat, sigh from the sweetness of the characters romantic feelings and get an heart attack from the cliffhangers!
All in once, this story will not let you indifferent!

Divided in different parts, you will follow Evette after she has learned what happened to Adam just few minutes after their incredible moment together.
To be honest, the outcome was predictable but the author's words and emotions make you turn the pages eagerly. And you meet new secondary personages that are irresistable.

Then, you start to wish you have met someone in your real life, that has a beautiful creative soul as Adam.
When you begin to tell you that the story will be ending in a cute way, the author wake you up with a clever illusion and description of a scary cliffhanger.

Was really caught by the author playful way of dealing your her readers while she was telling them beautiful love stories.
Great sequel and cool series!

Author Bio
Indie Author of contemporary romance and suspense novels such as the Charity Series (Charity's Warrior, Charity’s Secrets, and Charity’s Passion) and a novella titled Fate: Adam & Evette.

East coast born and raised, I'm married, extremely happily, with 4 kids, 3 of which are now young adults (not sure when that happened).

I’m a COO in my technology-based "day job,” which requires a mix of technical and creative writing for both internal and client-facing materials, but it was not satisfying my artistic spirit. Writing the “Charity” series has been absolutely fulfilling and exciting.

My favorite writing takes place on my phone while lying on the Southernmost Beach in Key West, where I try to go at least twice a year.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Scoop on Good Grammar by Margie Blumberg

Summary

In THE SCOOP ON GOOD GRAMMAR, each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of culture: exploration, art and invention, food, sports, classic movies and TV, poetry, and travel.​ By pairing grammar lessons with such cultural touchstones as a baseball, a telephone, a painting by Renoir, and a slice of pizza, learning becomes enjoyable! ​ 

Note: The original eBook version of this title has been revised for this first print edition.

Impressions
To be honest, the funny cover attracted me at first. I've also wanted to improve my grammar so I've decided to have a look at this book.

Through culture, quiz or pictures, you are learning about grammar. If the lessons are made to be fun and attracted a large public from children to adults, sometimes the stories told were distracting.

I remember reading about "adjectifs and adverbs" and to stay stuck on the female version of the world "pizzaiolo".
I was asking myself why are you telling me about this?

Of course, it's a great information but it has nothing to do comparative and superlative forms the lesson was talking about.
Sure, it's a grammar book and it's not always sexy to read about grammar but it's confusing enough when you are not a native speaker to not distract me with other details.

Same with a French translation in a middle of English lessons that is not correct. I talk about "After Tour Coffee" that doesn't mean anything if you translate it literally into "Après-Tour Café". It has made me frown and focusing on the badly translated title instead of the lesson.

Don't get me wrong, the book is interesting and try to make grammar seems fun. But by wanted to be original, the author has confused and distracted me from the lessons a little to often.

Source
*Arc provided by Netgalley
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Maya James Blog Tour



It has been a long time since I've decided to participate to a blog tour.
Busy busy... I know it's a lame excuse but it's a valide one when you have to respect a schedule. :-D
But I couldn't stay away from Evette and Adam adventures.

"Fate", the first volume, was a really cool romantic read with a cliffhanger that was unpredictable and almost made me shed some tears.
I've really appreciated the ending.

So when I've learned there was a sequel, I was really curious about it.
And you will learn about my impressions very soon as this blog tour will stop by my blog thursday 28th.

Have a great weekend!







VOL 1
FATE: ADAM & EVETTE BY MAYA JAMES



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Friday, January 22, 2016

The Art of Fashion Illustration by Somer Flaherty Tejwani

Learn the techniques and inspirations of today's leading fashion artists *Plus, tear-out fashion silhouettes to create your own stylish designs!

Summary
Includes tear out sheets to practice your own fashion illustration.

The Art of Fashion Illustration is the ultimate guide to fashion sketching. Inside, you'll find more than 150 beautiful illustrations from the international community's masters of illustration and rising stars including Adriana Krawcwicz, Sarah Beetson, Pippa McManus, Sarah Hankinson, Nuno Da Costa, Lovisa Burfitt, and Erin Petson. Peek behind the cloth and enjoy interviews with the illustrators, commentary from influencers in the industry and a discussion of illustration techniques. Expert stylist and fashion writer, Somer Flaherty Tejwani, provides your with an inside scoop on over 30 illustrators.

Along with interviews with the illustrators and fashion influencers, you'll find additional fashion illustration techniques - how artists infuse movement and attitude in their drawings, watercolor versus pencil, insider information, fashion silhouettes and more. Create your own illustrations by using convenient tear sheets that are included in the back of the book.

Fashionistas and aspiring designers will love the inspirations found in this book! You'll be creating stylish and contemporary looks in no time!



Quotes

"Really find your style. It defines you and makes you stand out from the crowd."
Erin Petson
"I couldn't imagine a life without drawing in it."
Nuno Da Costa
"Not everyone will like what you do, and to be honest, it would be a boring world if evryone did!"
Niki Pilkington

Impressions
For me, fashion design was always about sketching and drawing to let your ideas out before deciding to create a model. Seeing this book, I thought it was perfect way to learn more about the profession and what is behind the stage.

Let me tell you that I was really impressed by the diversity of the art, the quality of the artists and the way the book was made.

I've liked how you are introduced to the creators with a bio, their advices and motivational quotes to beginners, who will be interested in a carreer in the fasion industry.

Of course, they all have their specificities and I was draw to some of them more than others. But I've really enjoyed reading about their works and how they see it.

You can also see the designers using differents medium: watercolor, sketch, collage, digital, even some street art style. Work with colors or black and white. There is not really a difference with another artists. It's just their attention that is focusing on clothes, materials instead of canevas, packaging or a book cover.

It was a very enjoyable read. Interested. Full of great illustrations, advices and a nice way to see fashion..

Source
*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!



Happy New Year!

Since 2015 was very challenging and hard on myself, I'm happy to be able to turn this new page and start fresh.
Hope I will be able to read much more than last year and to accept, once again, book tour and book promotion.
Was too busy this past year to really do so.

But I've been able to discover new fabulous authors and it's always a cool experience.
Hope I will be even more surprised in 2016!

Thanks for following my reviews/posts and wish you all to enjoy a wonderful year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

My Temporary Life by Martin Crosbie

Summary
Malcolm Wilson learns that everything is always temporary. Growing up, he's raised by a promiscuous mother who can't stay out of trouble, his best friend is a thirteen-year-old alcoholic, and the masters at his tough Scottish school are always raising their canes in his direction.

When he becomes an adult, he escapes, and chooses the safe route, watching the world from a distance.

Everything changes the day he meets the beautiful, alluring, green-eyed Heather, and when he learns of Heather's own abusive childhood and the horrific secret she's been carrying, Malcolm decides to help her.
And, this time he's not backing down, whatever the cost.




Reactions
It was a recommandation from a friend of mine, so I was curious about what kind of story has attracted him, as well as knowing more about the plot based on the promising summary.

To be honest, I wasn't able to finish it. Got stuck on the middle for a long time and wasn't able to pick this story up again.

Nothing wrong with the style, it's well written. I was even pretty much into Malcom's adventures wanting to know about about his past.
But then, he has grown up and met a girl... It was the whole point. Discovering how the relationship will evolve. Strangely, it's exactly when the author has lost me.

I wanted to know more about the boy Malcom was, like some pieces where not adding up in my reader's brain to be able to enjoy something else. Hasn't fallen under the girl spell and it was becoming harder and harder to turn the pages.

Thought i will need some time since I don't like to close a book before the end. But it has been six months, so i now i will not go back to it any time soon.

If I do so, i will add a new review. If not, I hope you will have a better experience with the plot and the characters cause there is something attractive and interesting in the author writing.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Art of the Brick: A Life in Lego by Nathan Sawaya

Summary
Nathan Sawaya is renowned for his incredible, sometimes surreal, sculptures and portraits--all made from LEGO bricks. The Art of the Brick is a stunning, full-color showcase of the work that has made Sawaya the world's most famous LEGO artist. Featuring hundreds of photos of his impressive art and behind-the-scenes details about how these creations came to be, The Art of the Brick is an inside look at how Sawaya transformed a toy into an art form.

Follow one man's unique obsession and see the amazing places it has taken him

Reactions
This spring and summer, Nathan Sawaya art was exposed in Paris. And I was really curious and tempted to go.  Unfortunately, something was always distracting me when I was planning to have a closer look at his work.
And now, I deeply regret it! :-(

So when I've seen the book, after missing my chance to do it for real, I've decided to read it and enjoy his creations.

It's amazing since Lego is a toy, we all have played with at some point in our life. I've appreciated how the author explains why he has decided to build a skull or what he was thinking when creating Yellow and the way the meaning of this sculpture has changed over the time.

"Yellow is not about death at all, but about opening yourself up to the world without fear or reserve. It's about dropping the mask and the hundred of little compromises you make every day to show the world the true you, and letting life come at you as it may."

Nathan Sawaya's creations are impressive but in this book, i've really enjoyed the stories about his life, his depression, his work. It's direct, easy and really add something more to this art book. It's not boring, it's little bit of himself he is sharing to make us understand his art.
Cool artist!

The Red Dress is one of my favorite and Yellow too.

Don't hesitate to read this art book, it will do you some good to the heart and to your art. ;-)

Source
*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.