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review 2018-11-14 03:02
Crush, Berrybrook #3 by Svetlana Chmakova
Crush - Svetlana Chmakova

Jorge Ruiz is bigger than most of his classmates, but he uses his powers for good and helps keep the peace in the halls of Berrybrook Middle School, which, despite its utopian-esque levels of diversity and vibrant club-driven atmosphere, still has a bullying problem. Of course it does, because middle school. Anyway, Jorge is a decent guy and loves hanging out with his two best friends, but one day as he's musing about how complicated life is getting with everyone else pairing off and breaking up, he can't get his mind off of Jazmin.

 

This is a deceptively simple story about crushing, love, and friendship. I have zero criticism. Chmakova has a way of balancing her characters and making a tight story out of the swirling, hormonal chaos that is middle school. She focuses  on a few characters and realistic problems and captures something special. I mean, I hated middle school and yet this made me remember some of those fleeting moments of dizzy happiness. 'Crush' is sweet. I also appreciated how the crisis aspects of the storyline were resolved this time around. In 'Brave' Jensen's problems were solved, but in a way that left a bad taste in my mouth. This felt like a more responsible and realistic way to deal with behavior problems.

 

Berrybrook Middle School

 

Next: '?'

 

Previous: 'Brave'

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review 2018-11-11 15:16
Sometimes the simplest of messages can mean so much...to me this story is all about its message...
Sky in the Deep - Adrienne Young

๏ ๏ ๏  Book Blurb ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.
 
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
 
Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
 
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
 
 
 
 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Review ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
While this story's message is a well-known one but, it's still an important one.  The reviews for this are all over the place, some loved and some did not even like.  I obviously really liked it, maybe possibly loved it, even.  Some said it was cliché, and not true to the Viking heritage...I didn't feel that way at all (not that I'm super knowledgeable about Viking heritage).  I believe if you go into this thinking that is Viking-inspired and not true Viking, you won't set yourself up for disappointment. 

Maybe, it was the narration that made me so invested in this story...the narration is excellently done, after all.  Maybe it's the fact that it is a stand-alone...I do love stand-alone's.  I think it's both of these things actually...plus the vivid writing and I seriously loved Fiske, and truly loved Eelyn and Fiske together.   éé

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

4.8STARS - GRADE=A

 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.7/5 
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.7/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.5/5
Originality⇝ 4.2/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.  It's a stand-alone!
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Book Cover⇝  Amazing
Narration⇝ ☆5☆ for Khristine Hvam...I've always liked her.  She always does a powerful female character justice.
Setting⇝ Between the Aska and Riki Villages...The Mountains and the Fjord.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2018-11-11 13:38
Initiates, The: A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs - Étienne Davodeau 
Initiates, The: A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs - Étienne Davodeau

No surprises: two friends who know nothing about one another's fields spend a year learning and then appreciating their two fields, and the reader learns alongside. There's no drama,  just a slowly developing knowledge and discernment. Because it is a story about middle-aged white French men primarily, it can be hard to grasp the references. It was good, but I remained at a distance and never really felt any emotional attachment.

 

Library copy 

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text 2018-11-09 13:12
Peanuts Classics - 20/250pg
Peanuts Classics - Charles M. Schulz

I had planned on using In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox - Carol Burnett  for the Festivus door, and even started it last night after I finished Firestarter - Stephen King,Dennis Boutsikaris, but then while I was browsing Half Price Books while waiting on friends for dinner, I came across this and had to have it. Then I opened it to read  couple comics and just kept reading! So I think I will use this for Festivus instead. 

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text 2018-11-08 09:18
Photoshop Background Delete Technique with Photoshop

Photoshop can be very handy yet very time-consuming. It takes the longest time of working when you have the complex image to edit. It is highly recommended by the entire editor and the photographers as well. It creates images flawlessly beautiful where you shall not find any flaw or foreign object that might disturb the viewers. The image editing is all done with it not only because it retouches well but also it improves the image quality, unlike other alternatives. You will find many images that have the techniques to alter the images but they will not improve the image rather will cut out the quality and make it worse.

 

The image quality depends on the image itself though; if you have a low-quality image then none have the ability to make it better. High professional cameras are used to click the images and then they are all edited under Photoshop. Clipping path service is the most used technique here that does most of the works. It is the most basic work that all the images need. It draws lines along the edges of the product and selects the product only that helps to detach the product from the other objects; the main object that we are all concerned about is the background here, the background is deleted with the pen tool from the toolbar. It helps to cast out the background layer and add a new background layer. The background layer is added when the layer is deleted. After deletion, you will see the transparent background that indicates that the background should be changed with the other background. The other color background is used here. You can use the white background or any other color background. The white background is mostly used here, it helps to stand out the products more, and if there are more other colors present then it will help to reflect them all. The whole process of the removal and addition of the new background is known as background removal. This process is the most used process for the products and other images where the background needs to change with any other backgrounds.

 

For apparel images, it is really important to make the image look very interesting and so it chooses some of the editing techniques that the image might need and among them all these are some edits that you would be definitely needed along with the background removed. Color correction is in the top of our list as it saves time and is quite easy to go with. It finishes within minutes without any mess or any mixing. The clipping path service here goes along the edges of the product to select the part of the product where the color changing needs. Parts are all selected with the clipping and then the parts are all changed with the colors that the original product color is in. Apparels come in the same design but different colors. The colors are all change

d as the real products. If you want you can use the desired color as well but it will create a conflict with the real product and the image which might even damage your reputation. The more the colors the more option of the products you get which is really a great impression for the images and company.

 

The ghost mannequin is another awesome trick here which can be used on the apparel images when the models are not available and you have bulk products to click in a less time. And so the images are all clicked with the mannequins wearing the product, which represents the product only. The mannequin remove is done with the background removal service that deletes all the odds and replaces with the fine image edits. The white background is made here and blended with the mannequin removed layer so that the image is found as an invisible person is wearing the product and representing the parts of the images like the tags, labels, this helps the apparel company a lot to make the buyers know about the products. This phantom is loved by all the consumers and so the effects are all done with the Photoshop. It helps to remove all the odds and other objects that need to be removed.

 

The image editing not only ends here if you are working of the product images then you will need some of the extra edits here too like-

 

Resizing- it is a must of the images, heavier image size loads the pages of the sites slow which makes the consumer turn to another site. The heavier the image size the slower the page gets. The slow-moving pages are always hated by the consumers. No one likes the slow loading pages. The faster the page is the faster the images are seen and they will choose the product on your pages first.

 

Rotating- this is not always needed; it is needed when the image is rotated to some other directions and it needs to be rotated in the middle so that you can see the image to be in the middle and in the focus of the consumers.

 

Saturation and Exposure- The exposure and the saturation all depend on the image, if it is lacking some of the exposures then you will always need to add some of the saturation and the exposure so that image looks more interesting and seen easily. The image might also need some of the contrast as well; this is needed when the product edges are hardly seen.

 

Cropping- it is needed when the subject is not in the middle and out of focus, the cropping helps to cut out the extra sides and the parts of the image and keep the subject in the middle. It also helps to make the image look more focused and the products are easily seen.

 

All are above are the part of the image enhancement, you will always need it to make your images stand out more but if you don’t use them then you will never get the images as per your demand. And always maintain the layers in orders or else you will ruin the image and if you have huge numbers of layers then you shall not mark out the layer that you need to change and arrange accordingly.

 

 

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