Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#73)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: SOMEONE LIKE ME by M.R. Carey
Expected publication: November 8th, 2018 by Orbit

THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY.

Liz Kendall wouldn't hurt a fly.

Even when times get tough, she's devoted to bringing up her kids in a loving home.

But there's another side to Liz, one that's dark and malicious. An alter-ego that will do anything to get her way - no matter how extreme.

And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.

Someone Like Me is the intoxicating new thriller from the phenomenal M. R. Carey. A modern take on the Jekyll and Hyde tale, think Gone Girl meets Stephen King - but you won't have read anything quite like this before . . .

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Some Shades of K-K-K-Kawaii in Miss Wah's Colouring Book

One of the cutest gifts I've ever received came from my sister. Not that surprised since she clearly knows me quite well, hehe. New colours to try and a colouring book? Way to make a big sis super happy! Let's see if I can show you how much I enjoyed it by sharing some pictures I coloured from Shades of Kawaii by Miss Wah.


First thing first, how cute is that cover and how much you want to squish the characters on it grab the book?

The honest challenge was picking up the image to colour first. They are all SO terribly cute that I wanted to colour them all at once! It's true that I usually prefer using pencils, but since I got this beautiful set of colouring felt pens, I thought why not? Also, the illustrations in this book just call for some pens and markers and, just as predicted, every single one of them was a pleasure to bring to life with some vibrant colours!


Who'd like a cup of coffee or chocolate? This is one of my personal faves, something I love—and crave—that not only shows me it loves me back, but also offers me some treats! Let's face it, it does make you wanna come for more . . . and that's exactly what I did by turning page and working on another one :P

    

Alright, technically two, but I dare you say you're not pleased to see them both—please, don't hurt my feelings! *chews her nails* I don't know about you, but I really like when simplicity works like this. You don't necessarily have to make things too elaborate to make them shine and, more importantly, put a smile on your face.


These little guys here made me smile for some reason during the whole colouring process, which just made my time with this book even more fun! I'm particularly pleased with how this picture turned out and the colour combination I ended up choosing, hope you guys like it as well :)

Shade of Kawaii is the perfect choice to relax and have the nicest time with some truly adorable characters, just be sure to follow the tip given by the illustrator and use a piece of thin card underneath each page while you colour. I was honestly ready to do that before reading the tip inside the book because I was already afraid the pens would pass through the pages—and they do—but I can assure you that if you do this, it totally protects the next picture. Kudos to Miss Wah for the warning, though, and for her design skills. There are other two Shades of Kawaii volumes, and I totally wanna put my hands on them!!

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Miss Wah resides in Worcestershire, Working and playing hard as a Graphic Designer, author of hugely successful "Shades of Kawaii" adult colouring books and self titled 'semi-pro' doodler sponsored by Uni Posca. With a huge passion for all things Street Art & Kawaii related, She spends hours doodling random-ness on any surface possible, creating youtube videos and travelling the country doing demonstrations for Posca. She has also collaborated with some of the biggest names in the street art world at festivals and events and loves to bring her characters to life on the street and in print.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#72)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE by Natasha Ngan
Expected publication: November 6th, 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honour they could hope for...and the most demeaning. This year, there's a ninth. And instead of paper, she's made of fire.

Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. Ten years ago, her mother was snatched by the royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. Now, the guards are back and this time it's Lei they're after - the girl with the golden eyes, whose rumored beauty has piqued the king's interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king's consort. There, Lei does the unthinkable - she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world's entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Monday, September 24, 2018

"Arthus Trivium: The Angels of Nostradamus" by Raule & Landa



ARTHUS TRIVIUM: THE ANGELS OF NOSTRADAMUS
BY RAULE & LANDA

SERIES: Arthus Trivium #1
PUBLISHER: Europe Comics
GENRE: Historical Fantasy
SOURCE: NetGalley
LINKS: Goodreads

SUMMARY
France, 1565. Charles IX reigns with an aging Nostradamus as his advisor, but unrest is afoot in the land. The Black Plague, believed to be under control, rears its head anew. Superstition vies with newly born science in the people’s hearts and minds. Through a countryside riven by religious and political rivalries travel Nostradamus’ three young disciples, Arthus Trivium, Angelica Obscura, and Angulus Dante, solving mysteries with wits, weapons, and the erudition their master has imparted. But soon they are drawn into the web of a well-laid plot against Nostradamus’ family, which may threaten the life of the king himself.

MY REVIEW

Do you have a love for history and a passion for the mystical? If the answer is yes to both, you may have just found the right graphic novel for you.

Set in France during the sixteenth century, "Arthus Trivium: The Angels of Nostradamus" is what could be described as an esoteric historical fantasy that offers more than one would expect. The artwork perfectly matches the dark atmosphere of the story and, although the volume is quite short, following Nostradamus' three disciples' tasks is captivating. Arthus Trivium, Angelica Obscura, and Angulus Dante drag you into quite an adventure with their travels around the Country, mysteries to unravel, and a dangerous territory to explore…

Vividly illustrated, this fast-paced read lets the reader ponder over characters and events that promise to entertain with a plot full of mystery and interesting occult elements. Definitely an interesting start of a twisted series.

RATING: 3.5/5

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#71)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: DRACUL by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker
Expected publication: October 18th, 2018 by Bantam Press

The prequel to Dracula, penned by a Stoker descendant and a bestselling writer, Dracul is a supernatural historical thriller in which a young Bram Stoker must confront an indescribable evil.

It is 1868, and a 22-year-old Bram Stoker has locked himself inside a desolate tower to face off against a vile and ungodly beast, armed with mirrors and crucifixes and holy water and a gun, kept company by a bottle of plum brandy, praying to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to leave a record of what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles out the events that led him here–a childhood illness, a haunting nanny, stories once thought to be fables now proven true.

A riveting novel of Gothic suspense, Dracul reveals not only Dracula’s true origin, but Bram Stoker’s–and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.


What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Monday, September 10, 2018

FairyLoot August Unboxing: Mutinous Pirates


Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a FairyLoot box for me!

Lovers of book subscription boxes rejoice! After my February unboxing, here comes another shiny one to reveal. Although each box is always a pure pleasure to open, I won't hide that I was a bit over-excited for this one because its theme is one I'm particularly captivated by, and I believe lots of readers are with me on this. Well, they will be as soon as I say this month's theme was: MUTINOUS PIRATES.

Ahoy! This is your Captain, you have permission to come aboard and enjoy the unboxing journey . . .

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