Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Freckled Pearl's Original Book Page Art | Bookish Things

I'm going to admit it.  When I first came across The Freckled Pearl at a local boutique, I was taken aback.  I thought, "She's desecrated the books!"  I even said something like that to her face.  Yeah,  I did.  I'm awkward like that.

Then I took a picture of some of her pages (with permission; above) and took them home with me.  I was confused.  I couldn't decide if I absolutely adored them or if I absolutely abhorred the thought of them.  After a few weeks (no joke), I landed on adore.

She has taken upcycling to an art form.  Quite literally.  Books that are falling apart get a one-of-a-kind hand-drawn and watercolored illustration, that relates to their pages.  They're beautiful.  And they're probably a perfect piece of art for that bookish person on your list.  Not to mention, you're shopping small, supporting an American artisan.

My Ariel page is already framed up and beautiful in her new home. I'm having a hard time not buying all. the. pages. and putting them everywhere!  But I'm so in love with my little pin-up Ariel and so in love with the fact that she isn't anywhere else in the world!  (Forgive the messy shelves - 'tis the season, you know?)

Head over to her shop at Big Cartel and see if she has anything left for that super-hard-to-buy-for bookish person on your list!  You can also check-out her work on Instagram

Monday, December 14, 2015

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum | Review

Jessie's whole life has fallen apart.  In the last two years, she's lost her mother, found out her dad has eloped with a woman she's never met, and then moved to California to be with her dad and his new wife.  Everything changes - she starts attending a prep school that she's not equipped to navigate, she gets lost in the nuances of her new world with no guidance from the adults in her life, and she watches the only parental relationship she had disintegrate into the ether.  The pieces haven't even all fallen for her to start picking up.

Enter Somebody Nobody, (SN for short), who first contacts her via email, the only way that this secret person can remain secret and contact her.  SN starts handing out advice to Jessie about how her new world works.  They forge a friendship as SN guides her through some of the ups and downs she encounters in her new life, but the nagging feeling that SN is just an elaborate set-up from some mean girl never escapes Jessie. It's a great mystery until the end.

Tell Me Three Things is a delightful departure from the current contemporary young adult climate.  Julie Buxbaum wowed me!  I couldn't put Jessie's story down.  And though I knew how I wanted it to go, I never knew exactly how it would happen until it did.  The story is never forced.  It flows well and pulls you into Jessie's world, making you care enough about her to care about the mystery that is SN.  It's funny. It's fun. It's heart-wrenching. It's got enough romance to satisfy without dominating.  It's well-written.  It's a 100% must for preorder right this second.  Tell Me Three Things at Amazon.

It comes out this coming April, and a preorder would be an ah-mazing stocking stuffer for any YA fan on your list this season.  Just wrap up the receipt and give the gift of an amazing book and all of the anticipation and fun that goes with a preorder.  It's sure to satisfy even the most jaded of young adult readers!