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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Guest Post & Giveaway: Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks!

Welcome to the Human Body Theater, where your master of ceremonies is going to lead you through a theatrical revue of each and every biological system of the human body! Starting out as a skeleton, the MC puts on a new layer of her costume (her body) with each "act." By turns goofy and intensely informative, the Human Body Theater is always accessible and always entertaining.
[aka: welcome to one of the quirkiest blog tours I've ever been part of! =D ]

Now: onto the Organ o' the Day...


Take a deep breath. Now exhale. (Also, keep breathing after you’ve done those first two instructions.) Breathing is one of those things that we must do to survive, but we rarely think about it. That’s because it’s one of our bodies’ many involuntary actions. Our heart beats, our stomach digests, our armpits sweat, all without us telling them to do so. Breathing pulls air into the lungs, were oxygen is exchanged for carbon dioxide. The oxygen is absorbed into the blood and carried throughout the body to give energy to cells, and the carbon dioxide (leftover waste from the body) is carried up out of the lungs and out into the air. It’s not all oxygen and carbon dioxide though! The air that we breathe is only about 21% oxygen with the rest being 78% nitrogen and 1 to 2% other gases. The nitrogen goes into our lungs as well, but it’s just along for the short ride, and is exhaled back out, along with the carbon dioxide! Whew!

To celebrate the release of Human Body Theater, FirstSecond has offered up a copy of the book to one lucky winner! 
To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below. 
Entrants under 13 require parents permission.

Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks
Get It | Add It
Graphic Novel, 240 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by First Second
Welcome to the Human Body Theater, where your master of ceremonies is going to lead you through a theatrical revue of each and every biological system of the human body! Starting out as a skeleton, the MC puts on a new layer of her costume (her body) with each "act." By turns goofy and intensely informative, the Human Body Theater is always accessible and always entertaining.

Maris Wicks is a biology nerd, and by the time you've read this book, you will be too! Harnessing her passion for science (and her background as a science educator for elementary and middle-school students), she has created a comics-format introduction to the human body that will make an expert of any reader -- young or old!

Maris Wicks lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. She has harnessed the power of her various biological systems to draw comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and Spongebob Comics, and written stories for Image and DC Comics. Wicks is the illustrator of the New York Timesbestselling Primates, with Jim Ottaviani. When she's not making comics, Wicks works with New England Aquarium. She's especially proud of her pulmonary system.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Peek at Fable Comics! | blog tour

Fable Comics is a collection of graphic novel adaptations of various fables by a whole host of amazing illustrators and graphic novelists, edited by Chris Duffy (whom some of you may remember from the similar take on Fairy Tales, which obvs I need to get my hands on). I'll be talking about Fable Comics pretty soon in an upcoming video (woot!), but until then, I'm very happy to be part of the very unique blog tour, in which a laundry list of awesome bloggers and talkers-of-books are each featuring one tale from the book, in the order in which they appear!

The story I'm sharing a peek at today comes from an old Russian fable in which a group of cluelessly jealous animals debate why Elephant always seems to get ahead; it's been adapted by Corinne Mucha to very humorous effect, as you'll see below. And though it may amuse no one but me, having worked in the crafting industry, the idea of Elephant tediously and meticulously (an elephant, of all things! With clumsy elephant-feets!) felting tiny mushrooms . . . well, the image just gives me lols.

Check out the sneak peek of the story below, and a bit of each tale on the Fable Comics blog tour, and make sure to keep an eye out for my next The Last Five Books video, where I'll be telling you all about what I thought of this fun anthology!


From classics like "The Tortoise and the Hare" and "The Grasshopper and the Ants" to obscure gems like "The Frogs Who Desired a King," Fable Comics has something to offer every reader. Twenty-eight fables from different cultures and traditions are wonderfully adapted and illustrated in comics format by twenty-six different cartoonists. Edited by New York Times bestselling Fairy Tale Comics' Chris Duffy, this jacketed hardcover is a beautiful gift and an instant classic.

Fable Comics is:

James Kochalka and ‘The Fox and the Grapes‘
Tom Gauld and ‘The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse’
George O’Connor and the ‘Hermes’ fables
Sophie Goldstein and ‘Leopard Drums Up Dinner’
Charise Harper and ‘The Belly and the Body Members’
R. Sikoryak and ‘Lion + Mouse’
Jennifer L. Meyer and ‘Fox and Crow’
Eleanor Davis and ‘The Old Man and Death’
Jaime Hernandez and ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’
Simone Lia and ‘The Crow and the Pitcher’
Graham Chaffee and ‘The Dog and His Reflection’
Maris Wicks and ‘The Dolphins, The Whales, and The Sprat’
Vera Brosgol and ‘The Hare and the Pig’
Kenny Widjaja and ‘The Demon, The Thief, and the Hermit’
Corinne Mucha and ‘The Elephant in Favor’
Liniers and ‘The Mouse Council’
Mark Newgarten and ‘Man and Wart’
Israel Sanchez and ‘The Milkmaid and Her Pail’
Ulises Farinas and ‘The Great Weasel War’
R.O. Blechman and ‘The Sun and the Wind’
Graham Annable and ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’
John Kerschbaum and ‘The Grasshopper and the Ants’
Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline and ‘The Thief and the Watchdog’
Gregory Benton and ‘The Hen and the Mountain Turtle’
Roger Langridge and ‘Demades and His Fable’

Friday, October 2, 2015

Makeup Book Tag | #TagWeek

Sorry for the delay in Tag Week, guys! I was having technicaly difficulties and couldn't upload, BUT ANYWAY, onto today's tag! Day 4 of Tag Week brings us a combo-version of the Makeup Book Tag.
I was tagged by LizzzzzzZ and the tags were created seperately by Beth Anne & lifeloveandbooks.

More tags!
Betwixt review

(I picked only those that interested me from each tag, and combined them into one)
Questions from Beth Anne:
1. FOUNDATION: pick your favourite book that is the first book in a series
2. EYESHADOW: pick a book that has your favourite colours on the cover
3. EYELINER: pick a dark & mysterious book
4. MASCARA: pick a loooooong book
5. BLUSH: pick a book that had some cringe-worthy romance
6. LIPSTICK: your favourite book kiss
7. FINISHING POWDER: pick your favourite book that is the last book in a series

Questions from lifeloveandbooks:
Acne Remover- What book would you "remove" from your memory?
Moisturizer- What book "covers all" of the things you look for in a book?
Eyebrow Pencil- What novella really "filled in the gaps" that the novels left?
Eye Primer- What is your favorite world "building"?
Eyeshadow- A book cover that perfectly reflects the book, and a book that does not
Eyeliner- A book that took you a few tries to get into?
Lash Primer- The "longest" book on your shelf?
Mascara- Your favorite villain?
Bronzer- A "highlight" of your reading career?
Lip Stain- A book that "stained" you?
Lipstick- A fun story about a book that has nothing to do with the actual book

MUSIC: "Sleepy Jake" by Silent Partner, from Youtube Creator Library lifeloveandbooks   Beth Anne

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NSFW Tag | #TagWeek

I think it should go without saying, since this is the NSFW tag, but

Tagged by Kat  |  Original tag by Luke and Katie.
Bad Sex Award
Hush, Hush review.
Book Boyfriends (so many!)
More book tags this week on my instagram.
See more tag videos here.

The Questions:
1. What is the LAST book you would want your parents to walk in on you reading?
2. It’s storming outside, and you’re home alone for the night. What book would only make matters worse?
3. Have you ever read a book simply because of the controversy surrounding it?
4. What is the most cringe-inducing romance or sex scene you have ever read?
5. What book has made you question the author's sanity?
6. Have you ever put down a book and not finished it because the content was too much for you?
7. What fictional character do you have the most NSFW thoughts about?
8. Show us your most NSFW book cover (or drawing/photo inside a book).
9. Have you ever read something from the erotica/romance genre, and what did you think?
10. You stumble across a portkey. What fictional world would you NOT want to be transported into?

MUSIC: "Fingers" by Otis McDonald

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Jane Austen Book Tag | #TagWeek

Bit of a thoughts from places today! Sorry if the occasional windiness bothers anyone, but if you hang in, it's not too bad after the beginning!
Today I'm doing the Jane Austen Book Tag, which I was tagged in by Angela  aaaages ago!
Original tag from Thoughts from Nowhere.

I tag people who have a J or an A in their names! (Or anyone who wants to do this tag.)

For more tag videos, check out this playlist.

1) Sense & Sensibility - a book with a dynamic sibling relationship
2) Pride & Prejudice - a book that at first did not seem interesting but after reading it you found it very much enjoyable
3) Emma - a book in which two close friends fall in love
4) Mansfield Park - a book with a “rags to riches” story plot
5) Persuasion - a book involving second chances
6) Northanger Abbey - a book with an almost overly imaginative character

Books Mentioned:
Something Real
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Anne of Green Gables
An Old-Fashioned Girl
Hush, Hush
and the complete works of Jane Austen

My instagram, if you want to check out my tags there.

Monday, September 28, 2015


It's official! Tag Week has begun. =D
Kicking it off with the UNPOPULAR OPINIONS TAG, because yeah, I got those.

Tagged by Michelle from ChelleyReads. Original tag video here.

Hush, Hush review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/76034803
Carrier of the Mark review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/169837421


1. A Popular Book or series that you didn't like.
2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don't like.
4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.
5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
6. A popular author that you can't seem to get into.
7. A popular book trope that you're tired of seeing. (examples "lost princess", corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
9. The saying goes "The book is always better than the movie", but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Excerpt: Believarexic by J.J. Johnson

Little sneak peek of a book that a lot of people expressed interest in when I shared it on instagram and in a book haul. This one's out very soon, so you'll be able to get your hands on it shortly, but until then, check out this excerpt and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Hope to see you next week for Tag Week. Thanks for watching!

Believarexic by J.J. Johnson
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464 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2015 by Peachtree Publishers
In 1988, when she was fifteen, JJ Johnson was hospitalized for treatment of bulimarexia, a combination of bulimia and anorexia. During her ten-week stay, JJ had to eat everything on her tray, and took classes like "Assertiveness Training," "Depression Management," and "Body Image Workshop." She gained weight, but her path toward health was a constant struggle. In her heart, JJ knew-she knew-that she would be a happy, healthy adult one day.

But how? Instead of a clear path, there was a black abyss. She needed a guide, a mentor, someone who knew her inside and out.

So, one morning, just before weigh-in, JJ closed her eyes and made a deal with herself:

I promise myself that when I'm grown up, and happy, I will come back here, to these months. Healthy me will guide bulimarexic me through this.

This book is that promise, kept.

Isolated by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100792
Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Disclosure: This books was provided to me for promotional/review purposes. This is NOT a sponsored video.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Giveaway: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell!

Well, Fairy Tale Fortnight may be well-over for the year, but that doesn't mean there aren't still some great new fairy tale adaptations being released -- and really, by this point, you're probably going through fairy tale withdrawals and about due for some new ones, right? ;)
Enter the "fairy tale 2.0" campaign from Disney-Hyperion, which is filling up this Fall with new imaginings of some old favorites -- one of which I have the pleasure of offering up to you today!
Check it out:

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
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384 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Disney Press
What if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This first book in the A Twisted Tale line will explore a dark and daring version of Disney's Aladdin. When Jafar steals the Genie's lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish. To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war. What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

After the sort of introverted childhood you would expect from a writer, Liz earned a degree in Egyptology at Brown University and then promptly spent the next ten years producing video games. Finally she caved into fate and wrote Snow and Rx under the name Tracy Lynn, followed by The Nine Lives of Chloe King series under her real name, because by then the assassins hunting her were all dead. She lives in Brooklyn with a husband, two children, a cat, a part-time dog, three fish and five coffee trees she insists will start producing beans any day.


To celebrate the release of the "Fairy Tale 2.0" books, Disney-Hyperion has offered up a prize pack of A Whole New World and "fairy tale 2.0" swag!
One (1) winner receives:
·           Copy of A Whole New World;
·           plus FAIRY TALE 2.0 tank, notepad, cosmetic pouch & pillow.
Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing provided by Disney-Hyperion
Closes to entries October 2nd, 2015 at 11:59pm EST
Fill out the Rafflecopter to enter.
Good luck!!

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Follow along with hashtag #FairyTale2pt0 to discover giveaway opportunities for more twists on other classic tales in the line!

by Wendy Toliver
in stores September 22nd

About the Book
Red is 16 and lives with Granny in a cottage in the village, where boarding up the house and hiding during Wolfstime is a means of survival. Red help’s Granny with Granny’s baked good business, catering as well as door-to-door sales. Red has a constant internal battle between her wild side and her strict, overprotective upbringing, and the issue of “control” as she discovers she has a hot temper when the “mean girls” push her too far. (“When we learn to control it, we needn’t fear it,” Rumpelstiltskin says in the series.) She has flashbacks to her 13th year when she received her cloak and the nickname “Red.”
She is plagued by nightmares that she doesn’t understand, but the Once Upon a Time fans will recognize them as her wolf side coming out. Red balances the difficult times with Granny at home and the girls at school with an emerging and satisfying romance with Peter.

by Elizabeth Rudnick
In stores October 6th

About the Book
Told in alternating chapters from both Anna's and Hans' perspectives, A Frozen Heart takes a sophisticated look at events of Frozen, exploring the couple's backstories, motivations, and doomed relationship.

FTC Disclaimer: All prizes and samples* for this campaign are provided by Disney-Hyperion for promotional purposes. This is not a sponsored post (no compensation was received, just sharing an opportunity for you to win!)
* I did not accept samples for this campaign.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Book & Beauty Haul | MailBag #6

Hey! Next week is Tag Week, so if you've tagged me in something, or have a tag you want me to do, let me know! ^_^


Cargo Summer in the City Eye Shadow Palette
Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips
Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Curacao
Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
Pura Vida Lace Headband

Carefree by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license
Source | Artist

Disclosure: Books shown were provided by the publishing companies for review purposes; I have NOT been paid to feature or review them, and any reviews I decide to do are 100% my honest opinion. This is NOT a sponsored video.


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