6/18/18

Lighthouse Beach - Shelley Noble


5 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
What was supposed to be an idyllic wedding leads to an unexpected journey of self-discovery…

When Lillo Gray pulls up to Kennebunkport’s most exclusive hotel wearing a borrowed dress and driving a borrowed VW van, she knows she’s made a big mistake. She’s not even sure why Jessica Parker invited her to her posh wedding. They haven’t seen each other since they were unhappy fourteen-year-old girls at fat camp. And now they’re from two completely different worlds. There’s no way Lillo fits in the rarefied circles Jessica travels in.

Jess isn’t sure she’s ready to go through with this wedding, but she’s been too busy making everyone else happy to think about what she wants. But when she and her two closest friends, Allie and Diana, along with Lillo, discover her fiancĂ© with his pants down in the hotel parking lot, she’s humiliated…and slightly relieved. In a rush to escape her crumbling life, Jess, Allie, and Diana pile into Lillo’s beat-up old van and head up the coast to Lighthouse Island. Once there, she hopes to figure out the next chapter in her life.

Nursing broken hearts and broken dreams, four lost women embark on a journey to find their way back into happiness with new love, friendship, and the healing power of Lighthouse Beach.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Shelley Noble is a multi published fiction author whose books have been translated into seven languages. She writes women’s fiction as Shelley Noble and is also the author of several amateur sleuth mystery series, written as Shelley Freydont.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. She also consults on various dance and theatre projects, most recently the world premiere of a full length Tom Sawyer ballet commissioned by Kansas City Ballet.

Shelley is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Liberty States Fiction Writers.

She lives near the New Jersey shore. In her spare time she loves to discover new beaches and indulge her passion for lighthouses and boardwalks with vintage carousels.


MY THOUGHTS -
Wow - loooooooved this story! This was my second book by this author - the first one was just OK for me - I loved this one soooo much better. I loved this book right from the start, had no trouble getting into it at all. I was hooked after only a few pages.
You know how sometimes you read a book and you feel like "This book was written just for me ;-)" Well this was one of those books! I loved everything about it. In the dictionary under "Wendy's perfect book" it would say - See Lighthouse Beach.

Character development - Excellent! And - I actually loved all the main characters even the men and that doesn't happen all the time! What a riot they all were. Now this was a group of ladies I could have hung out with! I seriously loved them all. I could relate to each one in a different way. I would have loved to read a single book about each one. The ending kinda leaves it wide open for each of them... soooo hmmm will there be a sequel? 

This kind of starts out very Chick-lit-ish which I don't have a problem with because I love that! But it really turned into so much more, it got very deep and more serious but still with a touch of chick-lit.

I loved how this group of very different women, each with their own set of problems, come together and end up helping each other. It sounds unrealistic when I say that, but it isn't at all! It actually reads very realistic!

Pool Rating - 5 Stars! this is definitely a great pool side book!



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6/17/18

GULL HARBOR - Kathryn Knight



4 STARS!


When Claire Linden's job sends her to the sleepy town of Gull Harbor, she never expects to encounter her ex-boyfriend. As a medium, the prospect of tackling a haunted house is less daunting than seeing Max Baron again. Throughout their passionate college relationship, he promised to love her forever. Then, without explanation, he abandoned her on graduation day. Max never intended to break Claire's heart - a cruel ultimatum forced him to disappear from her life. While he's shocked to find her in Gull Harbor, he isn't surprised by the bitter resentment she feels for him...or the fiery attraction that remains between them. Claire is determined to rid her temporary home of its aggressive ghost, but Max soon realizes she's facing a danger beyond the paranormal. When Claire risks everything to help a desperate spirit, Max must race to save her - before another tragedy tears them apart forever.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Kathryn Knight spends a great deal of time in her fictional world, where mundane chores don’t exist and daily life involves steamy romance, dangerous secrets, and spooky suspense. Kathryn writes contemporary romance spiked with mysterious hauntings as well as YA paranormal romance filled with forbidden love. Her novels are award-winning #1 Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestsellers and RomCon Reader-Rated picks. When she’s not reading or writing, Kathryn spends her time catching up on those mundane chores, driving kids around, and teaching fitness classes. She lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her husband, their two sons, and a number of rescued pets.

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Kristin “KJ” James was born and raised in the Nashville, TN area. Acting has always been a passion of hers. Starting on the stage as early as preschool, KJ pursued her passion into college where she received a BA in Communication with a double emphasis in Theatre and Public Relations from Mississippi State University. After college she found herself more and more drawn to voice overs. Several classes, coaching sessions, seminars, research, and a closet-turned-studio later, and she now records and produces audiobooks on a regular basis. She has also done several radio commercials for clients such as Advance Financial, TriStar Health, and GAC. Her ultimate dream is to work in video games and animation, so hopefully in the not-too-distant future you'll hear her in an RPG or cartoon. When she’s not in her booth, you can find her crocheting, playing video games, or running agility with her dog, Phoenix.

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MY THOUGHTS -
I would describe this as a romance first and a ghost story second. I would prefer it to be the other way around, but I still thought this was a good entertaining read.
Also the ghost parts were a little too normalized for my tastes. It made it seem like a haunted house was an every day occurrence, no big deal, so we have a ghost happens all the time. It wasn't very suspenseful or spooky. But if you like romance/love stories with a touch of paranormal then this is a great book for you to read. It is very easy reading easy flowing with good strong character development. It definitely was enough to keep my interest all the way to the end.

Audio- I thought the narrator did a fine job. She had a good voice, and I thought it was read very well. I would listen to more stories by this same narrator.

A good solid romance with a touch of paranormal - good for a quick summer read ... or listen! 


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6/12/18

In the Land of Milk and Honey by Nell E.S. Douglas - GIVEAWAY!!



 3.5 Stars

When Gabrielle “Bree” Valentine awoke in a hospital bed with a newborn baby, she centered herself and rebuilt. Bree didn’t think about her mental breakdown, lost memories, or the features of a stranger emerging daily in the face of the son she is raising alone. Five years later, on a weekend in the Hamptons, a chance encounter with a man unlike any other jars her—bone deep. Daniel Hawthorne Baird II, wealthy, dangerous, British aristocrat, gravitates to Bree like caviar on crostini. In his relentless obsession with Bree, their lives entwine despite Bree’s resistance. With the unconditional support of friends she calls ‘family’, Bree confronts the most difficult questions of her life. Unearthing the painful mysteries behind who fathered her child, who the real Daniel Baird is, and the irrepressible desire driving her towards a man destined to be the end of them both.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Nell E. S. Douglas has possessed a deep, abiding love for written words since childhood. The transition from reader, to writer, was a natural one. Her first stories, penned on the lined pages of class notebooks, were inspired by her mother’s poetry and epic tales of travel, and a professorial inquisitiveness inherited from her father. Following college in Florida, Nell exited the world of pure imagination, and entered the one of business, successfully establishing a career in sales, and developing a cup-a-day habit (of coffee). Today, Nell writes everything from story ideas to essays during the spaces in-between domestic goddessing, and contributing as a managing partner to a thriving small business. Nell resides in Florida, with her husband and their children, passing on the traditions of her mother, and sinking her feet in the sand whenever possible.
Her favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Her favorite movies are Gladiator, anything by Scorcese, The Time Traveller’s Wife, and Bridesmaids.

MY THOUGHTS -
I was not in love with this book - But still an OK read for the summer. I had trouble getting into it at first and couldn't connect with any of the characters (and some of them I actually hated). But I will say - it did get better after the middle! Quite a few reviewers liked the first half of the book better while I liked the last half LOL. To each their own.

As far as character development - it was good I just didn't like them! I liked Bree but actually hated Daniel, and I didn't like her friends either. I did like August and at times felt bad for him. Ian was another one I tried to like but he was just so over the top. I don't think I would have liked any of them in real life - and I have some pretty strange friends!

So not one of my favorites but still a good book to read and it did keep my interest!

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6/11/18

The Wild Garden AND Butterflies & Bugs by - Felicity Brooks


5+ STARS!!!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Decorate the scenes with beautiful rub-downs in this beautifully detailed keepsake book! The card pocket in the inside front cover holds eight sheets of rub-down transfers. There are jungle, pond, meadow, honeybee garden, butterfly house and many more scenes to decorate — half of the spread is colored, and the other half is labeled line drawings ready to be colored. The beautifully detailed rub-downs can be added anywhere you like!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Felicity Brooks is an Editorial Director and writer at Usborne Publishing. She studied English and Drama at Exeter University and worked as an actor, teacher and lexicographer (someone who compiles dictionaries) before starting work in children’s publishing in the late 1980s.
She has written and edited hundreds of children’s books, including stories and novelty books for pre-schoolers and books about history, geography, languages, science, maths, nature and the arts.
Her books have won the TES Senior Information Book Award, the Aventis Science Books Prize, the SLA Information Book Award, the Sheffield Baby Books Award and Practical Pre-school Gold and Silver Awards.




MY THOUGHTS -
Oh my goodness! Can I even say enough wonderful things about these books? These are absolutely gorgeous and so much fun. I dare say they are - perfect! I have found nothing wrong.

  • Beautiful, top quality hard cover books.
  • Lots of very detailed pages.
  • Lots of beautiful rub-down transfers.
  • A nice, sturdy envelope in the front to keep the transfers in.
  • So easy to do.
  • So far - have been perfect everytime!

OK I have a little confession - shhhh - I didn't buy these for a child!!!  I bought them for myself! And let me tell you... I have been having fun!

The video shows you what the transfers look like and how to use them, so I won't even go into that.
But here is one picture from each book -
This one is my favorite because dragonflies are my favorite animals!


So... I actually bought these for a different purpose. Although I still might do some in the book. I have just started doing "Bible journaling" (that is journaling right in the Bible with drawings and pictures etc.). I thought "How fun would it be to use these transfers in my journal Bible!" It is so beautiful! I have only done one page so far, but I love the idea and can't wait to do more.

I drew the cactus and the little plant at the bottom, copying what was in the book. Then I used the flowers and owls rub-downs and then added my own thoughts.

I am kind of an out-of-the-box type person. This just shows you how creative you can be. You don't have to just use these craft books they way they were meant - but you certainly can - because that would be beautiful too! Have some creative fun!

I highly recommend these for however you want to use them and for whoever you buy them for!

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6/6/18

It Takes Death to Reach a Star - Gareth Worthington & Stu Jones


5 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
THE WORLD YOU KNOW IS DEAD.

WE DID THIS TO OURSELVES.

The epidemic struck at the end of the Third World War. Fighting over oil, power, and religion, governments ignored the rise of an anti-bacterial-resistant plague. In just five years, the Earth was
annihilated. Only one city survived—Etyom—a frozen hell-hole in northern Siberia, still engulfed in conflict.

The year is 2251.

Two groups emerged from the ashes of the old world. Within the walled city of Lower Etyom, dwell the Robusts—descendants of the poor who were immune to The New Black Death. Above them, in a metropolis of pristine platforms called Lillipads, live the Graciles—the progeny of the super-rich; bio-engineered to resist the plague.

Mila Solokoff is a Robust who trades information in a world where knowing too much can get you killed. Caught in a deal-gone-bad, she’s forced to take a high-risk job for a clandestine organization hell-bent on revolution.

Demitri Stasevich is a Gracile with a dark secret—a sickness that, if discovered, will surely get him Ax’d. His only relief is an illegal narcotic produced by the Robusts, and his only means of obtaining it is a journey to the arctic hell far below New Etyom.

Thrust together in the midst of a sinister plot that threatens all life above and below the cloud line, Mila and Demitri must master their demons and make a choice—one that will either salvage what’s left of the human race, or doom it to extinction…

ABOUT THE AUTHORS -
Gareth Worthington BSc PhD is a trained marine biologist and also holds a doctorate in comparative endocrinology. Currently, Gareth works full time for the pharmaceutical industry helping to educate the world’s doctors on new cancer therapies. His debut novel, Children of the Fifth Sun, won in the Science Fiction category at the London Book Festival 2017. He has a number of passions, including: martial arts (he trained in Muay Thai at the prestigious EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore), studying ancient history, and most of all writing fiction. Born in England, Gareth resides in Switzerland.

Find out more about Gareth at his website, and connect with him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Stu Jones has served full time as a law enforcement officer for twelve years. Over the course of his career he has worked as an investigator, an instructor teaching SWAT close quarters and defensive tactics, and as a member and team leader of a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team. He is also trained and qualified as a law enforcement SWAT sniper, as well as in hostage rescue and high-risk entry tactics. He is an Eagle Scout, a lifelong martial artist, and an avid outdoorsman.

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MY THOUGHTS -
Fantastic! The post-apocalyptic genre is one of my favorites. Normally I don't go for stories quite so sci-fi or fantasy. But lately… I am really liking the ones that I have read. And this one was just excellent. I felt it was very well written. There was such attention to detail.

I really loved the characters, Mila and Demitri. Both so different and from totally different backgrounds in a new world where there is a caste system putting Demitri on the top and Mila on the bottom . But they soon meet and work together so wonderfully. I have to say, being a woman, Mila was my favorite character! She was this strong, smart, take no crap, kickass heroine. But I also love that she had her morals and a touch of heart as well that is what made me fall in love with her! Demitri on the other hand, was quiet, a bit shy, not the fighting type, but super intelligent… a computer geek, and the whole while thinking he had schizophrenia.  And again you can't help but fall in love with him.

You get a lot of action in this book. It is all very well done, very easily visualized. The more I read the more I wanted to read. The last half of the book I sat eyes glued to the page.

This is my first one by either of these authors but it made me go and do a search for other books that they have written, wanting more.


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6/5/18

Preordained by David L Wallace - GIVEAWAY!



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Preordained

by David L Wallace

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Preordained by David L Wallace
5 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Art Somers is a detective in close-knit Murrell's Inlet, S.C., a small-town, coastal community with deeply held spiritual and supernatural belief systems. A serial killer has shattered his peaceful existence by abducting multiple twelve-year-old boys within his county. Young thugs, backwater drug dealers and the occasional murderer are the most Art’s had to deal with, but now he must apprehend a predator who FBI profilers can’t find.
He discovers he has a tie by blood to the case and uncovers evidence that calls into question his long held spiritual and supernatural beliefs. Abraham, the father of faith, had to choose to either sacrifice his son or disobey a direct order from God. Art must now make a choice - sacrifice his soul to save his son.
“A riveting and intriguing read.” – Clarion Review
“Original and engaging.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“A gripping detective story.” – Kirkus Reviews

Book Details:

Genre: Paranormal Crime Thriller
Published by: David L Wallace
Publication Date: April 13th 2018
Number of Pages: 346
ISBN: 0997225726 (ISBN13: 9780997225723)
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Chapter 1

From his crouched position in the woods of rural Georgetown County, South Carolina, and under the echo of his heavy breathing in the night air, he watched his favorite family’s movements inside their small brown home.
After much thought about the impression his outfit would make, he’d decided it was festive enough for the occasion. The complete ensemble consisted of a red and black head mask, aligned perfectly to the holes for his eyes, nose, and mouth and a form-fitting, black bodysuit with white wings painted on the back.
For years, he’d contemplated a befitting name for himself and finally settled on Star of David killer. He liked the way the alias reverberated in his head. It revealed a lot. It concealed everything. It hinted at his purpose and yet – it withheld the true essence of his aspirations, keeping them covered in a shroud of secrecy. He hoped an insightful reporter would have an epiphany and bestow that nickname on him. It was far more interesting than the one his parents had given him at birth. He breathed deep and exhaled slowly, taking in the ambience of the moment. He flexed his muscles. It was time to initiate the events that would lead everyone to recognize him by his self-appointed moniker.
He clenched and released his toes on each of his hospital footie–covered feet. Through the sheer curtains of the dimly lit dwelling, he watched the boy pick up the used plates from the table, which signaled the parents and their twelve-year-old son had finished their dinner. He knew them well. He’d cased their dwelling for years, observing every nuance of their behavior. He sat flushed as he watched them for the last time, shivering from time to time from the thrill of the thought of what he was about to do.
The music of the bullfrogs kept him company, along with the thought that all he’d longed for, all that he was meant to be, was about to be on full display on the world stage in a matter of hours. Like Heinz ketchup, he’d been waiting in anticipation for a long time for this moment.
He glanced at the scavengers in the clear sky above him, each casting its shadow across the moon as it circled. They were his favorite creatures—the redheaded, black-feathered, and partially white-winged turkey vultures of the Carolina skies. His outfit mimicked theirs. The birds squawked in the sky, seeming to know his plan for that evening. They’d followed his vehicle from his home until he’d parked, and now they circled directly above him. He could feel their hunger and impatience.
The boy walked outside his home and scraped the remains of their dinner plates into a slop bucket on the back porch. He picked up the hog’s food and headed out to the pigpen, which was located near the backend of their yard.
The Star of David killer watched the boy make his evening trek on pigeon-toed feet that turned inward with each step. Ever since the infant pigs were born, the boy fed the adult male hog an extra feeding at night to prevent him from dining on his offspring. That’s right, the daddy hog actually ate his own children. What a disgusting breed of animal.
The overhead undertakers began to shriek and shrill as the boy moved across his lawn, their voices echoing in the night.
The boy jumped at their sound and looked to the skies. He stared into the woods directly below them.
The Star of David killer remained as still as a stone as the kid’s gaze seemed to linger on him for a moment. The last thing he needed was for the boy to detect his presence and yell out for his daddy. The papa of the family had an itchy twelve-gauge finger that he didn’t want to deal with that evening.
Seemingly satisfied, the boy stopped searching the woods and continued his walk.
The Star of David Killer glanced overhead at the vultures, angry with them for almost giving away his position. For their carelessness, they wouldn’t be feeding on his handiwork that evening, and if they didn’t atone for their misstep, they wouldn’t partake in any of the festivities on his planned itinerary.
This was the first night—the evening of his coming-out party and the kickoff of his personal pilgrimage. It was the acknowledgment that the presence within him, who had compelled him to plan and now execute the initial steps of his mission, had chosen the right vehicle for the job.
He felt something biting him on his lower legs. Glancing down, he saw by the light of the rear porch that ants were advancing up his calves. He remained silent and didn’t move, not wanting to sound the alarm that he was out there in the dark. A small green garden snake slithered out of the brush toward him. He stepped on it and crushed its head.
The grunting male hog reveled in the slop the boy had dumped into his pen. The female hog stood to the side with her five remaining piglets cowering under her.
The killer frowned at the stench of the hogs. It wasn’t the last smell he wanted on his mind before he began his body of work. To get past it, he closed his eyes and thought of the fragrances inside the boy’s family home, smells that he knew all too well. He’d spent many nights there while they slept, enjoying their scents, with his favorites being the individual smell of each of their worn clothing. The laundry room was a treasure trove of delights. Each of the family members left their own unique and enjoyable stains in their underwear. He’d gotten to know the other families in just as much detail, meticulously taking in their routines and schedules, getting to know every nuance of each of them.
He removed his blade from his waistband and watched Rueben, his first victim, as he rinsed out the slop bucket with a water hose attached to the rear of his home. He squeezed the black-handled blade. The paring knife felt perfect in his hand, after having gone through an exhaustive testing process to find the right cutting instrument—one with just the right shape and size for optimal carving control against a moving body. He’d practiced his skills with it for many hours, initially on cantaloupes, cucumbers, and other fruits and vegetables, until he’d graduated to successful tests on small gerbils, kittens, and puppies he’d purchased at various pet stores.
Finally, the lights went out in the shack. It was time. As usual, Rueben’s parents were more than likely already fast asleep. Rueben, on the other hand, should be wide-awake in his darkened room, surfing Internet porn sites by the light of his laptop. The little fella loved to look at online pussy, but he wouldn’t live long enough to enjoy any.
As the final step of his preparation process, he extracted a bottle of removable glue from the front waistband of his outfit and placed another coat over his hands. It was an additional layer to guard against him leaving fingerprints behind, but he knew he didn’t need to worry on that score. Over the past year, he’d used razor blades every month to remove the top layer of skin on each of his fingertips, making them as smooth as a baby’s ass.
He had no fingerprints.
He could’ve easily used gloves, but he wanted to touch them, to feel his prey with his bare hands. He blew on the glue until it dried. Satisfied, he stood, stretched his legs and approached Rueben’s home on silent feet.
He hadn’t troubled himself to brush the ants from his lower torso. The stinging sensation of their bites would serve as a reminder that before that evening, he was once human.
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Excerpt from Preordained by David L Wallace. Copyright © 2018 by David L Wallace. Reproduced with permission from David L Wallace. All rights reserved.
   
 ABOUT THE AUTHOR -

Before publishing his debut novel in 2016, he served over 27 years as an information technology professional working initially for the US Navy, and then the Department of the Navy and various fortune companies. He’s a UCLA writing program alumnus who writes mystery thrillers and children stories. He has three wonderful kids who he enjoys immensely. Writing is his passion and his goal with each story is to capture the imagination in the opening pages and keep it engaged to the story’s riveting conclusion.
 

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MY THOUGHTS -
Wow, this book got really mixed reviews so far. But I loved it! I just thought it was a fun, entertaining, and exciting read. I liked the characters, Art and Angela were a good mix and they were believable enough for me. 

I got to a certain point in the story and just wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen. It was a page turner that's for sure. I loved the supernatural parts of the story. This does have a strong evil element to it. I loved how the author tied it to the Bible - very interesting. I am a Christian and I liked it - I was not put off by it. But then again - I was reading it as a "Fantasy". I think some people get caught up in "it didn't feel real to me" or "that would have never happened in real life" well duh! This wasn't real - it was fiction/fantasy. Come on people... In Stephen King's Christine - would that happen in real life? There are just some stories you don't expect to be real and this was one for me. I liked it for what it was.

I enjoyed it, it was a fun book to read! I liked the author's writing style. It keep me interested every step of the way. I read the whole thing in almost one day. And, yes it did get a little crazy at the end, but a lot of Fantasy stories do. So that didn't even bother me.

If you enjoy a good, fun, supernatural Good vs. Evil type of book - give this one a try!

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6/3/18

Grumpy Cat's Miserable Papercraft Book - Grumpy Cat & Jimi Bonogofsky-Gronseth - GIVEAWAY!!!


5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Have some papercraft fun with Grumpy! Grumpy Cat hates just about everything, including papercrafts. Nevertheless, this book displays the furrowed-browed feline on several cut-out crafts that include bookmarks, door-knob hangers, masks, gift boxes, signs, paper chains, snowflakes, finger puppets, stand-up figures, origami of Grumpy's face, a mobile, a paper fortune teller, and other items.

MY THOUGHTS -
This book is hilarious! I don't think it is supposed to be a serious craft book. I think it is meant to be just a silly, fun, and kind of (alright... a lot) sarcastic! Kind of like a spoof book.

Lots of pages full of cute fun cut-outs to make silly things! Cards, pin wheels, spinners, fortune tellers, door knob hangers,paper beads, mobiles and tons more. All VERY simple - all cute and fun!

Honestly I think this would be a fun gag gift for an adult who either loves... or hates cats! LOL



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6/1/18

Patterns Foil Art - Elisabeth Golding


4 Stars!
 
ABOUT THE BOOK -
Foil Art Patterns comes in a highly collectible format in a PVC wallet. Each wallet contains a 16-page book of practical, lovely projects to make and draw, 10 picture cards and 40 pieces of very shiny foil.

Here’s what you do – each card picture is divided into little shapes, which are sticky underneath. You peel off the stickers, one at a time – start anywhere – and put a piece of foil on top. It has to be shiny side up, then you just rub down on the foil with your finger. Any color you like. No extra tools needed! Just a finger!

When you’ve finished foiling the picture, it’s time to make something with it. There are lots of ideas for each picture. There are birthday cards, picture frames and more: easy and fun and different and creative and … shiny. 

MY THOUGHTS -
Super cool fun idea! Simple, clean, and can be done almost anywhere. I would say an older child, around age 8 and up could do this with little to no help.

I took this to work with me (the family that I nanny for) and let the 10 yr old girl try it. She loved it! I had to help her a bit to get her started but once she got the hang of it - she actually took it to her room and did herself on her desk. When I checked in on her she was almost finished! She said "This is really cool!"

The only negative I have (and this was mentioned by a couple other reviewers) a few of the foil sheets do not transfer clean, there is a residue left that makes it looks streaky. I think this is just a quirky fault in the foil paper. But I only noticed it on two of them - the rest transferred amazingly well. And you get a lot of sheets! I asked "my girl" if this disappointed her and she said no it didn't bother her at all. She still loved the pictures, still thought it was pretty, and it was still fun!

Here is my 10 yr old girl working on it -





And here's one that I started -


 
So... It's not perfect. But craft projects are never perfect (unless an artist does it) if you want perfection - buy a picture. If you want to just have fun and to have something that your older kids can enjoy by themselves over summer vacation - this is great. And a great price too - only $7.99. You get lots of foil sheets and 10 pictures to do (that's less than a dollar per page!!!!!) you also get an idea book of other things you can do with the pictures after they are finished.

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