Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Two Ghostly ARC Reviews

The American Southwest is home to dozens of ghost towns with fascinating histories and active spirits. This book shares the captivating spirit communications conducted by Dan Baldwin and Dwight and Rhonda Hull, using pendulums and psychic abilities to make contact with ghosts and help them pass through to the other side.

ARC Review

This was written wonderfully, it was easy to follow their conversations and who was talking. I loved that they gave some history about the place before they went into them. I've never heard of anyone uses a pendulum before and I really liked that touch. 

I think I found the history part more interesting than the actual investigations but I'm a sucker for history and that's not saying the parts where they were making contact were boring because they weren't, at all. 

Dan Baldwin is a good writer and he makes me want to go out there and try some of this with my pendulum! How cool it must be to connect with these spirits. I hope to read more from this group in the future! They work well together.

*Thanks to NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

An ironing board jumps off the wall and flies straight toward an investigator's head at the famous Villisca Axe Murder House. Shadow figures rise out of the ground and run between the gravestones of a haunted cemetery. The mischievous spirit of a deceased child pulls the blankets off an investigator, humming a song from the other side the whole time.

Featuring investigations of famous paranormal hotspots like Waverly Hills, Myrtles Plantation, and The St. James Hotel--as well as many lesser-known though equally fascinating locations--this riveting book details years of creepy stories, hair-raising experiences, and intriguing physical evidence from one of the heartland's most experienced investigators. 

ARC Review

So I'm torn with this one. There's lots of cool things in this book and the story itself is great but the writing isn't the best. Also... it reads very clunky and almost in a way, like a textbook and that is just boring. There were some investigations that could've been left out and I felt more details would've been better in others. Overall, this isn't a bad book, it's just not my cup of tea. 

*Thanks to NetGalley for this book in exchange for an honest review*

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I've Lost Interest in Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl

This used to happen to me all the time. People would hype books and I went out to buy those books and then never got around to reading them because they never really appealed to me.... I just did it because I thought I had too. So this list might step on some toes but hey, everyone is different and has different tastes. So just because it doesn't interest me, doesn't mean anything. If you love these books, that's great! I'm glad for you. I just don't want to read them.

10) Nevernight

9) The Lightning Thief

8) The Harry Potter Series
(This series I will still be reading as my partner won't stop bugging me about it)

7) Glass Sword

6) Truthwitch 

5) A Darker Shade of Magic 

4) Born at Midnight 

3) Glitter

2) The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

1) Pivot Point

Monday, February 19, 2018

Music Monday - The Devil and the Universe

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me. The point of this meme is every Monday you share two of your favorite songs from the past week. So here are the songs I've been listening to this week. 

Did you know Folk Horror was a genre? Well, neither did I till I found this group. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Living Wicca - Review

Selling more than 200,000 copies, Living Wicca has helped countless solitary practitioners blaze their own spiritual paths. Let the wise words of Scott Cunningham guide you toward a new level of practice.

Living Wicca takes a philosophical look at the questions, practices, and differences within Witchcraft. You'll learn how to create your own rituals and symbols, develop a book of shadows, and even become a high priest or priestess. Also covered in this Scott Cunningham classic are tools, magical names, initiation, the Mysteries, 120 Wiccan symbols, and the importance of secrecy in your practice. 

My Thoughts

As always the author writes so wonderfully simple that anyone can grasp what he's saying and that's what first pulled me into his work because he was easy for the newbie that I was to understand. Now I read his work because I enjoy it. I loved the prayers in this book and the stuff on the Sabbats. 

I love what he says about the God and Goddess. My favorite part of this book is how he says to do what feels best to you. Which I like, because not everything in Wicca will fit every single person so I love being able to draw from certain things and leaving others behind when they just don't vibe with me. 

I also love the laws that he goes into in this one. I think that's one that isn't really talked about in other books. Least the ones I've read... maybe I'm reading the wrong books. Anyway, I do think this is a book good for anyone who's into Wicca and looking for something a bit more than the basic stuff. This isn't for the person who's just getting into Wicca, this book expects you to know a little about the practice/religion. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Family in a Book

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by me and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.

Now what is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Family in a Book

Least Favorite 
I could go with any of the houses in this series as they are all awful. I'd never want to be apart of any of them.... I mean.. insanity, incest... dying way too young... 

Yeah these are my least favorites because they are crazy.

Blue's family is awesome. I want them all in my family right now. 

Topic for Next Week
First/Last ___ Book You've Read (specific genre, etc)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1) - Review

That hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau's bed? He's not dessert - he's the main course!

Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

Dr. Gregory Hewitt recovers from the shock of waking up in a stranger's bedroom pretty quickly - once he sees a gorgeous woman about to treat him to a wild night of passion. But is it possible for the good doctor to find true love with a vampire vixen, or will he be just a good meal? That's a question Dr. Greg might be willing to sink his teeth into...if he can just get Lissianna to bite.

Book Breakdown


So, I wanted to get back to what I really love and what started my whole love of reading; vampires. I've loved vampires since I knew what they were. So I wanted to read more about them and less of books that are just... hyped. I wasn't enjoying most of the hyped books anyway. I admit, this book wasn't the best idea to get me back into reading about vampires... Nanos... I mean, props to trying to be different with your take on vampires... I guess.

So this follows Lissianna and Greg. He's been brought into her room and tired down so he can cure her of her fear of seeing blood (which he never cures fyi), and while he's tied up some of his first thoughts when he sees her is how badly he wants to fuck her. I know most men only think of sex but really? I mean really? He's tied up and has no idea what they are going to do with him and he's wanting to sleep with the girl? 

Well, he's soon saved by Lissi and then brought back by her mum and then he's tied down again and he now knows they are vampires and he never really freaks out at all. He's like Bella, he just takes it within stride and moves on. Which isn't a bad thing... 

They end up falling in love, I mean it's a romance, everyone knows that was coming. Their love happens though after a long and rather unnecessary plot and then Lissi is dumb as fuck because come on! The hints were huge! I knew the father was guilty the first time we see him in the damn book! I mean... I did enjoy the story for the most part, but some parts just had me laughing and rolling my eyes. I won't be continuing this series.