Friday, January 19, 2018

50/50 Friday - Book With Most Complex/Straightforward Plot Structure

This meme is hosted by myself 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.

Topic for the Week
Book With Most Complex/Straightforward Plot Structure

This one will be fun and really easy for me to answer. I got a lot of books with easy to understand plots.... like any contemporary books I've read. Easy and straightforward. But I will just list a Middle Grade book series that I loved as a kid and even now.

A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak)
In the tradition of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot, Cirque Du Freak is the frightening saga of a young boy whose visit to a mysterious freak show leads him on a journey into a dark world of vampires. Filled with grotesque creatures, murderous vampires, and a petrifying ending, Cirque Du Freak will chill, thrill, and leave readers begging for more.
Now.... sadly, most books I read have rather easy to understand plots so I wouldn't call them complex but I will go digging and see if I can find any that are a bit more..... well a bit more.

Well, I'm actually going to cheat because I have not read this series yet but I plan to soon and from the HBO show, the plot can get complex and even hard to understand at times. So it fits here. 

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice)

Topic for Next Week
Favorite Book Set in Winter/Summer

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner - Review

Cunningham's classic introduction to Wicca is about how to live life magically, spiritually, and wholly attuned with nature. It is a book of sense and common sense, not only about magick, but about religion and one of the most critical issues of today: how to achieve the much needed and wholesome relationship with our Earth. Cunningham presents Wicca as it is today: a gentle, Earth-oriented religion dedicated to the Goddess and God. Wicca also includes Scott Cunningham's own Book of Shadows and updated appendices of periodicals and occult suppliers. 

My Thoughts

This book was the second book I ever read about Wicca. It helped me so freaking much. It made everything idiot proof. Which I personally needed when I first started coming from the background I did. It's written in a way that is easy to understand, easy to follow, and the author just feels like he's sitting there talking to the reader. It's a personal kind of feeling and I loved that so much. There is a lot of info in this book, everything one would need to start down this path that they've chosen. 

Some have said that this book is too 'fluffy' and while I agree that it leans to the lighter side of things. I liked that going into this from my background it was a good thing. Had it not been so fluffy I might have not continued on. So while some people hate the fluffy part, I don't. I think these 'fluffy' books are perfect for people like me. So I will always love this book and think it's great.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Manga Monday - Bleach Volume 1

Hot-tempered 15-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki, the hero of the popular fantasy-adventure Bleach , has the unsettling ability to see spirits who are unable to rest in peace. His sixth sense leads him to Rukia, a Soul Reaper who destroys Hollows (soul-devouring monsters) and ensures the deceased find repose with the Soul Society. When she's injured in battle, Rukia transfers her sword and much of her power to Ichigo, whose spiritual energy makes him a formidable substitute Soul Reaper. But the orange-haired teenager isn't sure he wants the job: too many risks and moral dilemmas.

Manga Breakdown 

Ichigo is just a normal 15 year old guy... except he can see ghosts. Though everything changes when a Soul Reaper named Rukia comes floating into his room and a Hollow attacks his family. Little does he know this one encounter will change his life forever.

Once Rukia gives Ichigo her powers, he's forced to do her job and go after the Hollows. He's not sure he wants to that, but once a Hollow tries to attack him and then his friend Orihime... he knows he has to fight to protect them both, even if the Hollow was once Orihime's brother.

Next we get to met Chad, a badass guy with a heart of gold, and his pet Parakeet. Not just any Parakeet but a 'cursed' one! It causes horrible things to happen to it's owner. The question is though, is it really the bird... or a Hollow? 

This is great first volume. It really showed us what we are in store for and we got a great impression of most of the main characters and how they are going to be. The art is great! Very detailed and clear and all the characters are all attractive. I love how the series blends humor and seriousness.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

2 Fairy Mini Book Reviews

The subject of fairies in Celtic cultures is a complex one that seems to endlessly intrigue people. What exactly are fairies? What can they do? How can we interact with them? Answering these questions becomes even harder in a world that is disconnected from the traditional folklore and flooded with modern sources that are often vastly at odds with the older beliefs. This book aims to present readers with a straightforward guide to the older fairy beliefs, covering everything from Fairyland itself to details about the beings within it. The Otherworld is full of dangers and blessings, and this guidebook will help you navigate a safe course among the Good People.

My Review 

This was a lot more academic then I thought it would be going into it. Which I found really neat, it was different from any other fairy book I read. It shows so many different different types of fairies in different cultures and what different people have said about the fair folk. I learned a lot from the book but I didn't know too much about them so....

The writing is still easy to understand even though it's written more like an essay would be. I just love how well research this book is, I am not kidding when I say there is a lot of info here. It's rather mind blowing. I took my time reading this one just so I could retain everything better. A wonderful book!

*Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review*

In the woods or your own backyard, do you ever sense something magical, just out of reach? Discover how to attract faeries and elementals to your home and garden--and befriend these powerful nature spirits. From ashrays to will-o'-the-wisps, this practical beginner's guide introduces a wide assortment of wild and wondrous creatures. With elementals divided by air, fire, water, and earth, you'll learn the unique qualities of each, how to catch sight of them, and respectfully request their help with healing, protection, getting a job, attracting love, and more. Along with step-by-step instructions for invoking faeries and elementals, you'll find rituals, meditations, and everything you need to begin safely interacting with these magical entities.

My Review 

This really is for beginners. It starts from the most basic things, what type of fairies and elementals there are. Which was great! There is grounding with the fairies in here, rituals to do with the elementals, folklore on some one them. This is really such a wonderful book for anyone like me. The ones who want to apply fairies and such to your practice but have no idea where to start and how to reach out to them. 

It's written in an easy to understand fashion and everything is spelled out so even the most new to this subject can easily understand. Wonderful book full of awesome things.

Friday, January 12, 2018

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Book Read in 2017

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
Best/Worst Read in 2017

I'm so happy to be done with 2017. It was one of the worst years of my life. Actually it ranks 2nd followed by 2013. Here's hoping 2018 is so much better! 

In terms of reading, 2017 was a great year for me! I had some many great books and not too many bad reads. So let's jump into my favorite read of 2017 and the one that I disliked the most. 

Favorite Read of 2017
This one also won a Goodreads Choice Award! 

Least Favorite 
I didn't even finish this one it was so freaking bad. 

Topic for Next Week
Book With Most Complex/Straightforward Plot Structure

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Three Mini NetGalley Reviews

Ethan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that’s what he’s trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches’ Guardians, who are able to control a witches’ ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan’s case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost all connection to it, and the reasons behind it could only mean one of two things: His Wielder is either dead, or hiding out somewhere.

Alex Burgendorf has been living in her aunt’s locket for the past sixteen years with her mother—a Fire Wielder, and her father—a Water Wielder. For sixteen years, her parents vowed to protect her, and they have, as she is the last Earth wielding witch. However, time is running out. Alex must find her Bender, or the fate of the Supernaturals might be at stake.

Mini Review

I'm trying to get through all my NetGalley books because Goddess, I am so far behind it's not even funny! I requested this one because it sounded so good and I love reading about witches as I am one myself and it's cool to see it played out. Sadly I couldn't even get 20% through this book. I just couldn't get into it. I tried and tried so freaking hard but I just couldn't make myself connect and enjoy this one. I hate it but sometimes this happens.

I’m a lone wolf, and I like it that way. 

Banished from my birth pack after a bloodbath, I never wanted a mate. Then I meet Kylie. My temptation.
We’re trapped in an elevator together, and her panic almost makes her pass out in my arms. She’s strong, but broken. And she’s hiding something. 

My wolf wants to claim her. But she’s human, and her delicate flesh won't survive a wolf's mark. I'm too dangerous.

 I should stay away. But when I discover she's the hacker who nearly took down my company, I demand she submit to my punishment. And she will. 

Mini Review 

Trying to get through all my NetGalley books by the end of the year but it's not going to happen. Even I can't read that much in such a short amount of time. Moving on, I loved this one! It was perfect until about 3/4 the way through and then.... something stupid happens that is making me dock a star from it. I just thought it was so out of character for Jackson King and it kinda made no sense at all but to further the plot. That's all it felt like it was there for... to move the characters from A to B. That being said, the first 3/4 of the book is just what I love in a paranormal romance book. Sexual tension, witty banter, and a sexy werewolf. I loved all of that and even though that part felt weird I would still say if this sounds like your kind of book, grab it. You'll enjoy it!

When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

Mini Review 

So many NetGalley books that I read and forgot to log here. Huge fail.... I know. Anyway, moving on. I have seen that there is hardly anyone that is just meh about this book. Everyone either loves it or hates it. I feel like one of the only ones that doesn't hate it but doesn't love it.

The writing isn't bad but sometimes it felt confusing to me.... like I'd have to go back and read something twice to make sure I understood it. The story was a thriller and that I was not expecting. I didn't love that fact but it was alright I guess. The main problem I have with this book is the characters... they are just... not well written. I think had they been written stronger I would have really loved this book.