LOVE BETWEEN THE LINES: AN ADULT COLORING BOOK FOR BOOK LOVERS by Christina Collie

PUBLISHER: Forever, 11/8/2016
PURCHASE: link
AUTHOR SITE: link
MY GRADE: C

FROM PUBLISHER: Fall in love all over again with this adult coloring book featuring 45 hand-drawn illustrations inspired by romance novels from bestselling writers Colleen Hoover, Anna Todd, S.C. Stephens, Abbi Glines, K. Bromberg, Jodi Ellen Malpas and more. Sit back, grab your pens and markers, and get ready to explore LOVE BETWEEN THE LINES.

In the pages of this book you will find:
· Designs to help you relax and reduce stress
· Hidden images and book quotes
· Each design printed on a separate page
· Elaborate drawings as well as quickie pages for when you just have a few minutes to color

Illustrations inspired by the works of:

Anna Todd, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Colleen Hoover, S.C. Stephens, Abbi Glines, K. Bromberg, Claire Contreras, Jillian Dodd, Amy Harmon, Tiffany King, R.K. Lilley, Molly McAdams, Tara Sivec, Alessandra Torre, Mia Sheridan, J. Sterling, Katy Evans, Emma Chase, S.L. Jennings, K.A. Linde, Beth Ehemann, Tarryn Fisher, Karina Halle, Helena Hunting, Leisa Rayven, Madeline Sheehan, and K. A. Tucker.

Images of three pages that I colored, with close-ups.
Below, three other pages that I like.
Below are three pages that I don’t like at all. They’re a good example of what the majority of the pages look like- big lettering.

MY THOUGHTS: The book is 9 3/4″ square. The paper is good quality, nice and thick, but the pages aren’t perforated and it’s a bit difficult to rip the pages out cleanly. The pages are too wide to fit fully on a scanner bed, 1″ of the left side gets cut off, which is disappointing if you want to post photos of your finished work online, but the pages are a nice size to work with. I tear out the page I want to use and place it on a clipboard.

The artwork is really good, some of which is really intricate, like the ‘Reel It In’ page above. Unfortunately there are only about ten or eleven pages that are what I’d call feminine, with flowers and such. The rest of the book isn’t attractive at all to me. Almost all of the pages have large lettering, which ruins the look of the finished piece.

This isn’t a coloring book I’d recommend.

Same review here.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

ZENDOODLE COLORING PRESENTS: KEEP HAPPY AND COLOR ON- 75 DELIGHTFUL DESIGNS by Meredith Mennitt

PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin, 10/2015
GENRE: Arts/Adult coloring books
PURCHASE: link
MY GRADE: A

FROM PUBLISHER: Color away the stress with these stunning book of relaxing designs that offer a therapeutic retreat into a world of beauty, inner peace, and relaxation. Each exquisite design allows you to fall deep into the calming experience of coloring, providing tranquility and ease that we so often miss in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Perfect for framing and gift-giving, these designs bloom from creative sanctuary to modern works of art.

· Soothing designs perfect for art therapy
· Instant stress reliever
· Original designs
· 8.5 x 10 tear-out pages fit for framing
· Personalized artwork for home-decorating, framing, or gift-giving

MY ARTWORK (lol)

The first two are close ups of the larger one below it.

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 Below are scanned images of three pages of more intricate designs from near the back of the book, as well as one image of several animal heads.

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MY THOUGHTS: I must admit I really enjoyed coloring with colored pencils. Adult coloring books have become very popular this year. I think the craze came out of Europe. I can’t say I’ve colored since elementary school. There are six animal heads, twenty-four animals, lots of floral designs, and some I don’t now how to describe. There are cats, rams, birds/hummingbirds, tigers, horses, turtles, hot air balloons, butterflies, telephones, fish, and so on.  Most of the designs aren’t what I’d call feminine, though the floral designs are my favorite, and this certainly is for both genders.

The quality of the paper is very good and bright, possibly like 22 lb. printer paper (definitely stronger than 20 lb.). The pages are perforated and I recommend you tear them out and use a clipboard or something else hard to put the paper on when you color. People have said about other adult coloring books that marker bleeds though so if you use markers, especially if you leave the pages in the book when using them, make sure you put a couple sheets of printer paper behind the one you’re coloring to protect the page behind it. You may even want to make a copy of each one you’re going to do in case you mess up and your eraser isn’t any good.

Publishers say coloring books are supposed to be relaxing but for me it was a bit stressful, since I’m not artistic and can’t drawl or anything like that. Choosing colors is much harder than it sounds but I did enjoy this little project. I didn’t really know what I was doing and it took me more than a few hours. I used Cra-Z-Art brand from Walmart, but mine was a pack of 36. I guess they were alright. I don’t have anything to compare them to. The color didn’t smear while I was working, so that’s a plus. A regular pencil eraser didn’t work too good on it.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.