Sunday, September 4, 2016

Doodletopia: Manga Book Review

So, you may remember my last art-book review on Christopher Hart's first Doodletopia book here. Well, I loved that one so much that I was soooooooooooooooooo excited when the next book in the series came out. And that's the book review I'm doing today. :) *drumroll please*

Doodletopia: Manga by Christopher Hart

This book is so fun and I'm still using it. I really, really love copying the drawings in the book and following the guidelines. I haven't even gotten through the whole thing because I got so distracted with the international chibis. Agh, they were tooooooooo cute! (sorry about the bad quality, but you get the idea)

There are all different types of manga characters that Hart teaches you to draw. There are some just plain figures, fun drawings to finish, and the silly mazes to finish. It reminds me a lot of his cartoon book and the layout is very similar, only in manga form. There are several pages that have vampires or less than desirable drawings that I do not appreciate, but the rest of the book is great fun!

Like the Doodletopia: Cartoon book, the manga book has a "Master the Manga Mazes". This is a section that has half of a manga maze that you have to finish. The variety of Hart's ideas in his Doodletopia books is really nice because you learn a lot of different ways to draw styles. 


 Would I recommend this book to a friend? Probably. The only thing that I have hesitation about is the vampire pictures that are in the book. There are only a few pages but I don't really appreciate them being in that book.

What would I rate this book? 4.5 stars. The only reason is the same reason I stated above. Other than that, I really like this book!!! :)

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. 

If you want to get one of these fun manga books for yourself, click here for more info.

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Now go change the world!!


Monday, June 27, 2016

"Light of the Last" Book Review

So I finally have all of the Wars of the Realm books by Chuck Black...AND I WANT MORE!!!!!! As far as I know, Mr. Black has not released anymore information on future books, but I'm following his Facebook page (be sure to check out their Video and Art contest here !) and am so looking forward to his next series!

Anyway, a few months (yes, I'm sorry it's been months!) ago, I received Light of the Last. Wow. To start of this review, I have to say it is the best book Chuck Black has ever, ever written (at least, in my opinion it is!)

Officially, the book I am reviewing is titled "Light of the Last", the last book in the Wars of the Realm trilogy by Chuck Black.

In the first book, we were left with the fact that Drew Carter had been taken into custody by the FBI and something big was happening in the angels' realm. But that's where it ended. The second book went back in history and focused mainly on the invaders' realm. (see my review on Rise of the Fallen here)   So, with that cliff-hanger ending and not knowing what was going on, I was dying to find out what happened. This book was not a disappointment!


We find Carter in the FBI questioning room, just 2 days after we left off in book one, and see the heartbreaking separation he has to go through with several people very close to him. He then joins the CIA and the things that occur after that are so intense that I was almost quite literally on the edge of my seat the whole way! Just to give you a taste of what is to come, think of leather jackets that have 360* cameras and hidden mics, ISIS attacks, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (yes, someone does get diagnosed with that! I'm not telling who, though!), and Ebola outbreaks...and a microbiology major that helps save the nation. Are you interested now?!

I don't want to give too much away for those of you haven't read it, but I was never expecting what happened in the end. That's one of the reasons I like this book so much: I wasn't exactly sure what was going to happen next (and that's hard to find in today's books, believe me!)!!!

So, would I recommend this book to a friend? ABSOLUTELY!!!

What would I rate this book? 5 out of 5 stars for sure!

Summary: If you're looking for a book that has a million unexpected twists and turns, this is the one! There's a bit of romance, a whole lot of suspension and danger, and some heartbreak too.

If you're interested in getting this book for yourself, click here. If you want to drop me a note, click here.

*disclaimer* "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Now go change the world!


Friday, February 26, 2016

The Rebelution's Top 27

If you haven't been over to The Rebelution blog, head over there now!

Brett has just posted a new article titled "27 Books Christian Teens Should Read and Grownups Should Too." So head on over to get the full list by clicking here.

Now go change YOUR world!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

"Doodletopia: Cartoons" Book Review

Wait, let me read that again - 2 book reviews in one month?! How is that even possible???? (I have an ulterior motive, but motivation is good, right? ;) )

About a week ago, I got this book (Doodletopia: Cartoons) in the mail.

Let me just tell you, Christopher Hart is a genius! Can I say how much I enjoy this book???!!! (And I just found out he has more books....Amazon, here I come!)

First of all, Doodletopia: Cartoons is designed to help people enjoy drawing, and believe me, I've really enjoyed this book. It's different than a lot of other drawing books in that it doesn't just give examples of how to draw the character. Doodletopia has cartoons that are halfway done for you and you can finish them. Here's one I did of a panda:

Actually, I traced the half that was done in the book because I can't bear (no pun intented) to write in the book yet!!! (the left side was traced, the right side wasn't)

Another thing I liked about this book was that Christopher Hart doesn't limit you to just animals or people. In the last few pages of the book, there's a whole section titled "Draw Ridiculous Inventions" and it has inventions that you get to draw and add to. Another section is called "Write in Cartoon Calligraphy" and has all sorts of different fonts to try. I haven't gotten brave enough to do either of those yet, but we're going on a trip soon and I'm definitely taking this book along.

Here are a couple  of my drawings from the book: 

Okay, now for the ratings. Drumroll, please!!!!

Would I recommend this book to a friend?: ABSOLUTELY YES! This is a book that's great for all ages and it's not intimidating because you aren't staring at a blank page - you get to finish a drawing or add to a drawing, not start from scratch and pull your hair out trying to make your drawing look like the one in the book.

What would I rate this book? 5 stars, hands down! Like I said, it makes drawing super easy and fun, and for those of you who don't like to draw, this book will change your mind.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

If you want to get one of these great cartoon books for yourself, click here for more info. 

Thanks so much for reading! Be sure to follow through email or G+ and comment below with your favorite drawing included in this post!

Now go change the world!!


P.S. Here's a bonus drawing that I did in art class a few weeks ago! 

Want to see more drawings? Let me know in the comments below!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators" Book Review

Okay, first of all, I am not a great artist, so this book review might be a little short. :) I enjoy art (somewhat) but I wish I could draw better (believe me, I'm working on it!). I've actually started art classes with a fantastic art teacher (and I'm with friends and my sister so it's great!!!) so my sketches will hopefully improve with time.

Anyway, this book (Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators) caught my interest and I got it. I have yet to read it word for word, but I'm working on it. As a beginning artist, a lot of this stuff goes way over my head but it makes sense still.

I really appreciate all the example drawings that are throughout the book. Mr. Ross (the author) doesn't just tell you what to do, he explains it through his drawings. The book also progresses in difficulty, starting with describing how to draw different points of view by placing the vanishing points at different places and such. (This is about where I am in my art hobby - I'm actually supposed to do a drawing that contains vanishing points for my art class this week!) He then explains how to draw mannequins, how they are different, and what they should look like for different angles. (I can't wait to get to this point because it looks so interesting!)

Each part of the body (torso, muscle-type for each gender, how the torso and hips are connected, etc.) is explained and illustrated to show how a person would stand and what it would look like from each angle.

Later on in the book, head construction, including the eyes, nose, and ears, are explained in detail. There are great illustrations to refer to from different angles; for example, on pages 98 and 99, there are 7 different drawings of the ear, all from different angles. It's so cool and very, very helpful!

David Ross even gets into the human skeleton and how all the bones connect, which shows why the body looks and moves the way it does. If you are interested in how to draw the human body in ways that you never thought you could, this book is definitely one I would recommend.

*Note: For those of you who are uncomfortable looking at human bodies without clothes (it's not too detailed but detailed enough to make some (including me) uncomfortable at times, you might want to flip through the book before you buy it to make sure it's something you are okay with. Honestly, I don't really appreciate all the female models in sports bras, halter tops, and really-short shorts but I do like the helpful tips and instructions contained in the book.

What would I rate this book?
4 stars - the drawings are very well done and the explanations aren't overly confusing, which is great for me. The only part I didn't really like was the immodesty (noted above) but that's a personal conviction that I realize not everyone has.

Would I recommend this book to a friend?
Maybe, if they are really interested in art.

I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Thanks so much for reading! Be sure to follow through email or G+ and comment below what your favorite things are to draw!

Now go change the world!


Sunday, August 9, 2015

"The Paleo Chef" {Cook}Book Review

I'm back!!! Yes, I'm back!!! I apologize for such a long delay --- my life has been so crazy recently. I'm hoping *crosses fingers* to be able to keep up with this blog more this summer.....ha, a girl can dream, right?

Anyway, without further ado, here is my next book review....

The Paleo Chef
by Pete Evans 

When I first got this book, I was really excited. The recipes looked really good and the fact that they were all healthy stuff made me happy. 

But as I looked through the book several times, I could barely find one that looked easy enough for a simple family dinner. These recipes look amazingly delicious, but for a girl who doesn't have 3 hours to fix dinner, this book isn't really for me. 

I do have to admit that I would like to try these recipes one day. The Apple-Berry Crumble, the Churros (with chocolate sauce!) and the Chocolate Smoothie all look really, really good. However, a lot of these ingredients we don't have: maca powder, coconut water, and ghee...most of the ingredients I had never heard of!

When I get the spare time (haha), I'd be interested in trying some of these things. But for someone who doesn't have a lot of time, this cookbook doesn't really have a place in my kitchen

Would I recommend this book to a friend: probably not, unless they love going all out for every meal. This cookbook has some really good recipes, but they aren't really time-savers.

What would I rate this book? Recipe quality: 5 stars 

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Thanks so much for reading! Be sure to follow through email or G+ and comment below with what your favorite healthy recipe is!!! 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Book Review: Cloak of the Light

Yes, yes, I know I said the next book review would be on The Paleo Chef but I had this one written so I decided to post it. Enjoy!!!!! :)

Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black is an intriguing story about a young man who, after
a series of unexpected events, has the ability into see into another realm: the realm of
angels…and demons. This exciting story takes you into the life of Drew Carter, now a young
man in high school, who has experienced much hurt, disappointment, heartache, and
tragedy in his short lifetime.

At the age of twelve, Drew’s father dies in action as a member of a Special Forces
unit in the United States military. Jake Blanchard, Mr. Carter’s best friend and fellow
soldier, visits the mourning family and helps them through their grief. Over the years, Jake
takes Drew on camping trips and eventually, combat training trips beyond the borders of
the U.S. Despite having to move from one place to another to get a job, Drew’s mother,
Katherine, is a strong woman who does whatever she can for her son. Although they go
through many struggles, Katherine and Drew bond and push through life together.

Then, when he meets and defends the high school “geek”, Drew’s life is changed.
He also crosses paths with a fascinating girl named Sydney Carlyle, a homeschooled
student who takes a speech class at the same school. She is a dedicated Christian,
which Drew finds difficult to understand. Drawn by her confidence and beauty, Drew seeks
to develop a relationship with the elusive young woman. After an accident at a lab in
college, Drew went blind, but later gained his sight back, along with an unexpected change
that turned his world upside down. Through the life of Drew Carter, this book gives insight
to the spiritual battle that rages all around us.
In Cloak of the Light, Drew Carter finds himself in the midst of a battle that wages all
around us: the war of the realms. Despite a rough childhood, Drew excels in his later years
of high school, graduates, and is accepted into Drayle University, where both his best
friend, Ben, and the mysterious Sydney Carlyle also attend school. After an accident in a
physics lab, Drew goes blind and, a few days later, Ben disappears.
A few months later, Drew regains his sight but, now, not only is he able to see
normal things, but also realizes that he is able to see into another realm, a realm that
contains warriors, both good and bad. These “invaders”, as Drew calls them, somehow have
the ability to control, protect, and affect the human mind and circumstances beyond
comprehension. With this new ability, Drew watches as the dark invaders wreak havoc on
the world, controlling the human judgment and causing everything from anger to
international scandals and world atrocities. Armed with extensive training from a former
Special Forces soldier, Drew drops off the grid and sets out to help counteract these
invaders’ evil doings.
As he moves into inner-city Chicago, Drew has many opportunities to help others by
protecting them from the local gang called “The Dragons”, actions which earn him the
nickname “The Guardian.” All these good deeds are a result of something Drew remembers
his father telling him: “It’s wrong to do nothing when you have the power to do something.”
Drew does not realize that this quote comes from the biblical principal found in James.
“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it,…it is sin” (James 4:17).
Although we don’t have all the details about angels, what we do know provides
room for speculation and a bit of imagination. This book had some very interesting details
about the angels and, after reading this book, made me think more about what very
possibly could be more than just speculation. Cloak of the Light contains great enjoyment
for the reader - humor, heartache, suspense, action, prayer, and a touch of romance are all
packed in one book. Although not everyone has the same views on the subject of angels,
Cloak of the Light is a good reminder that we are “under the charge of the angels” (Psalm
91:11) and that the “war is not of the flesh” (1 Cor. 10:11). I would recommend this book to
anyone who has an imagination and loves action.