Blog Tour: The Fashion Committee – Etsy Fashion Illustrations {giveaway}

Today is my stop n the blog tour for The Fashion Committe by Susan Juby. So far you have seen some reviews and a fabulous Book Look and you have some great things coming your way. For my stop though I am going to share with you something I have become obsessed with on Etsy (and in my crafty space), fashion illustrations. But first a little about the book:

Blog Tour: The Fashion Committee – Etsy Fashion Illustrations {giveaway}The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
on May 23rd 2017
Amazon, Goodreads

Charlie Dean is a style-obsessed girl who eats, sleeps, and breathes fashion. John Thomas-Smith is a boy who forges metal sculptures in his garage and couldn't care less about clothes. Both are gunning for a scholarship to the private art high school that could make all their dreams come true. Whoever wins the fashion competition will win the scholarship--and only one can win.

Told in the alternating voices of Charlie's and John's journals, this hilarious and poignant YA novel perfectly captures what it's like to have an artistic drive so fierce that nothing--not your dad's girlfriend's drug-addicted ex-boyfriend, a soul-crushing job at Salad Stop, or being charged with a teensy bit of kidnapping--can stand in your way. With black and white art custom-created by fashion and beauty illustrator Soleil Ignacio, the book is a collector's item, perfect for anyone with a passion for fashion.

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About Susan Juby

Susan Juby has written six acclaimed novels for teenagers. The most well-known is Alice, I Think, the first of the Alice MacLeod trilogy, which was made into a successful television series. She is also the author of a memoir, Nice Recovery, and the adult comic novel The Woefield Poetry Collective; its sequel, Republic of Dirt, has just been published in Canada.  She is currently working on another movel set at the Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applied Design. 

 

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There is a huge selection of fashion illustrations on Etsy and I’m in love with like 97% of them and want them all. Since Charlie Dean and John Thomas-Smith spend a fair amount of their time having to draw and create looks I thought what better time to show you some of my fave prints from some super talented fashion illustrators:

The Shop by Melsys

Azul by HNIllustration

Fashion Illustration Print. Emma.b by SweetBWorld

Minimalist Fashion Print by akrDesignStudio

Fashion illustration print by IvanaIllustrations

Stripes + Floral by anumt

Lupita Nyong’o illustration by RongrongIllustration

Aren’t the all just gorgeous? If I had the money I would have a wall covered in them.

TOUR SCHEDULE:
Week One:
May 22 – Pink Polka Dot Books – Review & Book Look
May 23 – The Fandom
May 25 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
May 26 – Andi’s ABCs – Favorite Etsy Fashion Illustrations
Week Two:
May 29 – Swoony Boys Podcast – Dreamcast
May 30 – Paper Trail YA – Review + Setlist
June 1 – The Hardcover Lover – TBT: Fashion Crafting in High School
June 2 – YA Romantics – Review + Fashion Quiz

GIVEAWAY LEGAL COPY:
Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby (ARV: $16.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 22, 2017 and 12:00 AM on June 5, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 7, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

 

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Cards by Andrea S. Page

The day has come and I now have some of my cards live and up for sale.

I know, it’s crazy it has taken me this long but I wanted to have some kind of stock to sell. I don’t have a ton (the people at work bought 19 cards the other day) but I have some. The page will come down when I have nothing left to sell and will be updated with anything new I add. It has been a lot of fun making a bunch of random cards and I hope you love them all.

Here are a few you will find for sale:

 

Make sure you check out my new page HERE.

See anything you like?

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Book a Date with Maggie from The Caramel Files

Welcome to the newest feature on Andi’s ABCs, Book a Date, a post about something you are excited for that is releasing in the future. It can be a TV show, a movie (in the theater or out on DVD), a clothing line, a video game, a graphic novel, and of course a book. Actually it can be anything you want.  If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE.

Who booked a date this week? Maggie from The Caramel Files.

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Hey, y’all! I’m Maggie and I’m so thrilled to be a part of Andi’s Book a Date feature! Of course there are always books and definitely TV shows coming up that I’m dying to get my eyes on, but as I thought about what I’m MOST looking forward to, I kept returning to one particular event.

My husband and I are major Phish fans. Phish is a jam band with extremely talented musicians and super creative songs. The lead singer and guitarist, Trey Anastasio, is playing with the Nashville Symphony in September and we have tickets!

I cannot explain how excited I am about this concert! I have only seen Trey play with the full band in concert, but I’ve listened to a show he played solo with another symphony and it is just unbelievable – it’s SO good and I love hearing Phish’s jammy songs accompanied by violins and other classical instruments.

My husband is counting on Trey and the symphony playing his favorite Phish song ever, The Divided Sky; it would sound amazing in classical form. Not only am I excited about seeing Trey, I’m really looking forward to doing something different – going to the symphony!

I will leave y’all with a song played by Trey with Princeton’s Scorchio Quartet in 2010. P.S. I adore this song!

Hurry up, September!

Thank you so much for having me, Andi! 😀

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Thanks Maggie for Booking a Date!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Summertime Reads

There is something about summer that makes me want to just read all the quick reads. And there is nothing quicker than reading a New Adult/Romance book. These kind of books have the tendency to just suck you right in and even though you know what is going to happen you still find yourself on the end of your seat. So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I’m sharing the series/books in NA and romance that you would want to read on the beach

Mayhem series – Jamie Shaw

Off Campus series – Elle Kennedy

Rusk University series – Cora Carmack

738 Days – Stacey Kade

Caroline & West duology – Robin York

Marked Men series – Jay Crownover

Stage Dive series – Kylie Scott

Scoring Wilder – R. S. Grey

Game On series – Kristen Callihan

Kingmaker series – Amanda Bouchet

What are your summer reads? Have you read any of the above?

*Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish

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Mini Reviews #6 – Mini Mini Reviews

Mini Reviews #6 – Mini Mini ReviewsThe Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren
Published by Harry N. Abrams
on April 4th 2017
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Amazon, Goodreads

Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I have mixed feelings on The Last Thing You Said. I’m not really sure what it is. Honestly I loved some parts of it. I loved the part where both Lucy and Ben were dealing with their grief in vastly different ways. I loved the setting of the beach. I loved Lucy’s friend. But there was also a lot I was confused by. Honestly I hated how Ben treated Lucy and how Lucy let him treat her. I hated a lot of the things that Lucy did. I do admit the grief of Ben and Lucy and how much they missed Trixie was done really well. That was the one part of the story I felt and understood. But everything else was sadly just not for me.

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Mini Reviews #6 – Mini Mini ReviewsBy Your Side by Kasie West
Published by Harper Teen
on January 31st 2017
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Amazon, Goodreads

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book. Oh this book. The more I am away from my read of it the more I realize just how much I didn’t really like it. This was strange for me because I have never not loved a Kasie West book. But By Your Side just didn’t do it for me. It had all the ingredients, library [check]; trapped [check]; opposites attract [check]; cute boy [check, check, check] but all of those ingredients just didn’t pan out. The library was 100% not used to its best ability and because of that I felt duped into the book we did end up getting. It was like once Dax and Autumn got out of the library I was reading a whole new book, and it was a book I never saw coming. In the end I just didn’t feel like I got what I signed up for and I was left disappointed.

 

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Mini Reviews #6 – Mini Mini ReviewsThe One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Published by Penguin Teen
on May 2nd 2017
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Amazon, Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. She lives under the careful watch of her parents, in a town she is familiar with, among people who are equally familiar with her story. She has not been able to recall any part of her past since she was ten, when the tumor that was removed from her brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend's boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. She lives under the careful watch of her parents, in a town she is familiar with, among people who are equally familiar with her story. She has not been able to recall any part of her past since she was ten, when the tumor that was removed from her brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend's boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this singular memory pierces Flora's fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake and their shared kiss are responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step in reclaiming her life.

With little more than the tattoo "be brave" inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is, how old, where she lives, and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to the land of the midnight sun--Svalbard, Norway. There she is determined to find Drake, and to explore the romantic possibilities and hopeful future that their reunion promises her. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must "be brave" if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’m not gonna lie, I struggled with this book. I didn’t struggle because it wasn’t good but I struggled because I was frustrated. And I felt terrible about being frustrated by it because I could only imagine what Flora was actually going through. But the truth is I had a hard time because this book was super repetitive. And believe me, I understand why it was, but it just kind of pulled me out of the story because I felt like I was reading the same page over and over. Really though, Flora had an incredible journey finding out how brave and strong she truly was and there was one part that I didn’t see coming until much later into the book. When all is said and done though, this book just wasn’t right for me. I do feel like it would have been a fun movie.

 

 

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