Coloring Book Review: Love Between the Lines by Christina Collie

Reviewed by Heather C

29775890Title: Love Between the Lines: An Adult Coloring Book for Book Lovers
Author: Christina Collie
Genre: Coloring Book
Length: 96 pages
Publisher: Forever and Forever Yours
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Available at: Forever and Forever YoursAmazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: 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, Harper Sloan, and K. A. Tucker

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Review:

I own several bookish themed coloring books and LOVE BETWEEN THE LINES is the second one I’ve reviewed here on the blog.  It is also BY FAR the best book lovers coloring book I’ve held in my hands.

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LOVE BETWEEN THE LINES by Christina Collie

A few things that stand out about this book:

The Cover:  The glossy cover isn’t the best for photographing, but it sure is pretty to look at with the swirling flowers and soft colors.  It is also nicely sized and compares to many of the other popular adult coloring books out there.

The Binding:  It comes with a glued binding, which is not my favorite, but seems to be of very strong quality.  The spine didn’t crack at all when I flattened the book open to color.

The Paper:  Thick, bright white, and perforated pages!!  With single-sided illustrations!

and finally…

The Illustrations:  Each illustration is either generic book themed, or inspired by a selected author and their work.  I’m not familiar with any of these authors, but I can still appreciate the illustrations as a colorist.  The illustrations range from quick and easy to intricate and complex.  I’m a leaves and flowers kind of girl, so I was QUITE overwhelmed with all the lettering and non-nature art work…so much so that it took me a few days to pick the page I wanted to color.  And even after deciding, I ended up coloring a different page instead.  So this book will definitely take me WAY to of my comfort zone.  I know I will enjoy coloring in this book more in the future, but I will probably focus on the pages with quotes first.

Con: 

Many pages are too complex for my tastes and I can’t figure out exactly what some images are supposed to be.  This is common problem for me with many coloring books that are not nature themed

Quick quote page I colored using Marco Raffine colored pencils for the lettering and Faber-Castell soft pastels for the background.

I didn’t have much time to try out many coloring tools and techniques in this book before I needed to get my review wrapped up, so I chose a quick page to test.  This wasn’t my original choice to color, but after testing my Marco Raffine colored pencils on it, I continued on with coloring the rest of the page.  The paper held the colors very well without too much or too little tooth.  I used soft pastels on the background and it turned out very smooth without any splotches.  I did use a black Faber-Castell PITT Pen to fill in the quotation marks, and as expected with PITT pens, there was no bleed through.

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Example of another quick page.

 

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Example of one of the more intricate illustrations.

Overall Impression: I Really Like It

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

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