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.



Favorite 
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 blood...an 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

(Spoilers!)

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.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Komomo Confiserie Volume 1 - Manga Review






As a little girl, Komomo Ninomiya delighted in picking on Natsu Azumi, the son of her family’s pastry chef. Ten years later, when the family fortune is lost and she has no place to live, Komomo encounters Natsu again in her hour of need. Now that Natsu is a master pastry chef in his own right, he’ll help Komomo—but only if she works for him at his new confiserie!










Review 

Komomo was a spoiled little girl. She got everything she wanted as a child, other than seeing her parents because they were working so much. She especially loved picking on the son her family's pastry chef, Natsu. One day, this father leaves and goes to France and he goes too. Her family loses their money and now she's poor and trying to find a job but can't keep anything down. 

Well, guess who comes back... none other than Natsu, he's now working at his father's little cafe while he's gone. He wants to find Komomo and bully her like she did him when they were younger. That seems to be his life goal.... he sure didn't aim very high. He wants her to know what he went through I guess. Writing this out now... it sounds rather strange but it was an entertaining manga and I do plan to continue as the art is wonderful and it had me laughing and I don't laugh enough anymore. 

If you're looking for a fun, strange, and quick to read manga, this is the one for you. It's not a hard plot to follow, it's simple and something that is perfect when you want to read but can't really focus too hard. It's cute and silly and just fun.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Top Ten Romance Books

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


Now before we start, not all of these books are labeled as romance but I happen to love the romance in them. So now that that's cleared up, let's get started! 

These aren't in any special order as I love them all.


10) Gemini Keeps Capricorn
(Review






9) White Hot Kiss


8) Obsidian



7) Wait for You
I'm sure you noticed but three of these have already been JLA books. I can't help it! She just writes great romance! 


6) Paper Princess



5) The Deal



4) Unknown 



3) Daughter of Smoke and Bone




2) Vampire Knight





1) A Court of Thorns and Roses

Monday, February 12, 2018

Music Monday - Breaking Benjamin

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. 




Breaking Benjamin has always been a band I enjoy and now they are coming out with a new album, so let's check out the new singles! 



Hope you enjoyed these songs as much as I do. 

Manga Monday - Bleach (Volume 5)


Ichigo Kurosaki thought that Soul Reapers were the only ones hunting Hollows, but he was wrong. Enter Uryū Ishida, a Quincy, and possibly the last member of a powerful clan that died out over 200 years ago. Unlike Soul Reapers who strive to cleanse Hollows of their sins and send them to the Soul Society, Quincies adopt a more direct approach - they kill Hollows without hesitation. To demonstrate the supremacy of the Quincies' ways, Uryū challenges Ichigo to a contest - bait is spread around the city, attracting a large number of unstable Hollows. Whoever defeats the most wins, regardless of the danger. 

Also, Orihime and Chad, confronted with a host of Hollows terrorizing their friends, awaken to their own psychic abilities. 


Quote: “If I don't wield the sword,
I can't protect you. If I keep wielding the sword,
I can't embrace you."

So this volume is all about Uryū Ishida and learning about the Quincy clan. I love his character. He's a bit of a butthead in this one but he gets better. I love the Quincy clan and wish we could get more about them as they just seem so freaking awesome. Though in this volume we also get to see Chad and Orihime awaken into their powers. Which is cool, Chad is freaking awesome and I've accepted at this point that Orihime isn't going anywhere. No matter how much I wish a freaking Hollow would eat her and end her so I'd never have to see her face again. That might seem like too much but I've always disliked her.... since 2010 when I first found the anime. 

We get to learn all of kinds of new info in this volume, we get to see there are more than just Soul Reapers and I thought that was so awesome. The world building is getting bigger and bigger and it's like Christmas, waiting to see what new thing the Tite Kubo will throw in next. This volume is full of action (duh, they all are. It's a fighting manga...) but Ichigo and Rukia aren't in it as much as you'd think. this volume really branches out to fill in the side characters wonderfully. This volume would be a huge 5 stars if it wasn't the volume that gave Orihime more of a reason to be in the storyline.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Big Little Lies - Review

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. 

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.


Book Breakdown

So I didn't know this book was even a thing till I saw the HBO show. I heard such great things about it and so I gave in and watched the show and I fell in love. I never would've thought that a show about mother's and their children would be something I would love but it was. So After I watched and loved the show, I had to read the book and as always, the book was so much better! 

The ending was the main thing I found better in the book because it shows just how each person dealt with it and the person who did it actually confessed and it explains why this person killed them. It made such sense while in the show I did wonder why this person would kill, even if they didn't mean to. I love that some of the men were involved, it seems to me that the show took a more 'feminist' approach which is fine and dandy if that's what you're looking for but I liked that the husbands were there as it felt more... real? If that makes sense. I don't really know what word I'm looking for here but I just like the ending to the book better. But that usually happens, the book is always better.

The character development is top notch and I fell so in love with all of these characters and their world by the beach and it made me feel like I was there, at the beach and... I don't know what else I can say other than this book is fantastic. I don't give five stars often so when I do, it MEANS something, this book is worth all the stars in the world. 

It made me cry, I felt such strong emotions with this story. I've not been moved by a book this much since ACOWAR last year. I also don't usually connect this much to a contemporary... actually, I never have with a contemporary but this book is just something special. I just love it. It's well written and wonderful and just pulls you into these women's lives. 

Give it a read, you won't regret it. Not one bit.

My Favorite Quotes 

1) “They say it's good to let your grudges go, but I don't know, I'm quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet.”

2) “Reading a novel was like returning to a once-beloved holiday destination.” 

3) “Nothing and nobody could aggravate you the way your child could aggravate you.”


Friday, February 09, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Ships

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


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 Ships


Everyone has a ship.... everyone. So let me share my all time favorite and all time least favorite with you. Also just because I hate this ship doesn't make them a bad ship. Everyone is different and therefore has different likes. So if you like the ship I hate, that's great. You keep doing you. 


Least Favorite 
Chaol and Celaena
Yeah before You Know Who came into the picture I was a huge Dorian fan. I still am. I love him. I've not read Tower of Dawn yet so... I know some people have said that Chaol gets better in that one but I just think... I just don't like him. Let's leave it there.
Credit to Merwild




Favorite Ship(s)
I have so many that I don't even know where to start... so I will just name a few of them. These are some I can think of off the top of my head.

 Feyre and Rhysand

Alec and Magnus

Elias and Laia

Amber and 
Rylen

Katy and Daemon



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







Wednesday, February 07, 2018

My Favorite Fairies

I've shared my favorite vampires and werewolves and now I'm sharing my favorite fairies. I am a sucker for anything paranormal and I miss reading about it. That's why, I've decided to go back to my roots and read the genre of books that caused me to fall in love with reading. I will not be just trying to read only the hyped books. I'm so over that... 

So without anymore rambling. Let's talk about my favorite fairies! These aren't really in any order as I love them all.


Keenan

He's king of the Summer but trapped so deeply waiting for a girl to change his fate. 




Ash
He's cold as ice and hot as fire. Need I say more?



Donia
Her touch is ice but her heart is pure. 


Merry Gentry
I haven't finished this series so I may change my mind but as of now, she's freaking kickass.




Ainsel
Who doesn't like cute and dark little fairies?



Celaena Sardothien
She is badass. Need I say more?


I want to take this time to make a shout out every single member in the inner circle as they all get a spot on this list. 

Though the top spot must go to my favorite fairy of all.

Rhysand