No. of Pages: 96
Publisher: Sphere (11 August 2016)
Size: 25 x 0.9 x 25.1 cm
The popular online game Candy Crush Saga is one of the most successful gaming franchises of all time. There are many devoted and addicted fans around the globe. This is the second colouring book dedicated this time to the follow up game of Candy Crush Soda Saga. The book is typical square format and same size as we’ve seen with the majority of releases such as those by Johanna Basford and Millie Marotta. It is paperback with 96 pages which are both glue and stitch bound to the inside spine. The pages are bright white and a medium thickness so should be ok to use with a light application of waterbased markers and/or gel pens. As the designs are double sided you may not want to use alcohol based markers as they will bleed through anything, although there are many similar pages so you may not be bothered that they do.
Most of the designs revolve around the sweet shapes of the game. Sometimes they form a repeat pattern, sometimes a random scattering on the page. There’s mandala’s made of sweets, gameplay screen-shot type pages and pages with words such as ‘Divine’ or ‘Sugar Rush’ to colour.
The first colouring book sold over 11,000 copies, and no doubt this will be a big seller too. Coloured in bright coloured felt tip markers or glittery gel pens to resemble sugar coating these pages will look great – however for me that is where it fails. Pages are too similar (seriously though how many ways can you arrange sweets on the page). The characters feature but I think more could have been made of them as other than a repeat page of the girls they really don’t feature as much as I would have thought. There could have been more made of sweet landscapes to; I’ve not played the game myself but I’m sure I’ve seen pictures from it resembling scenes from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s all too repetitive and I think the majority will tire of it quickly. For those who own the first book this is so similar you’ll know exactly what to expect – there’s nothing new here. At the back there are 12 pages where you are invited to draw your own candy creations.
As a serious colourist this is not a book for me, but then again it isn’t aimed at me. It is aimed at kids, those who are big fans of the games, beginners or those who just want to throw down some colour. If you just want a colouring book to kill time and relax with, or love colouring patterns this book could be what you are. looking for, but it I really think this one for die-hard fans of the games only.
The Candy Crush Soda Saga will be released 11 August and available from Amazon, Book Depository, The Wordery and all good book sellers.
NB: I was sent a complimentary copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thought and comments are my own.