Saturday, June 16, 2018

2 Mini NetGalley Reviews - Traditional Wicca & Blood and Absinthe

So I'm almost all caught up on my NetGalley reviews, which makes me insanely happy and gives me one less thing to stress about. Yay! 

One of those reviews is about Wicca and finding a coven. The other is about vampires. Let's let's just jump right into it.

“A masterful gem of insight and wisdom, Traditional Wicca: A Seeker’s Guide reveals the time-honored practices of initiatory Wicca, thought all but lost by many, but hidden like so many occult secrets in plain sight. Drawing a clear and respectful distinction between eclectic Wicca and its older more traditional sibling, Thorn Mooney takes us on a personal journey exploring the powers and the pitfalls of the initiatory inner court, revealing the persistence of a thriving and dynamic Craft.”—Storm Faerywolf, author of Betwixt and Between

“Traditional Wicca is a unique and important book. It’s amazing to me that in over 70 years of publishing on the subject of Wicca, nothing like this book has ever been written! . . . The chapter on initiation is, by itself, worth the cover price. If you want to understand what people mean by ‘traditional Wicca,’ whether or not you’re seeking it, this is the one book you must read.”—Deborah Lipp, Wiccan high priestess and author of Tarot Interactions

“Thorn writes with obvious sincerity, with feeling, and from experience. Her book covers everything from defining Witchcraft, through the workings of a coven, to actual initiation and beyond. She warns that Wicca is not for everyone and--I am personally delighted to see--includes a chapter on recognizing ‘red flags’ when first contacting others . . . especially those who might claim to be more than they actually are. This book is the quintessential guide for the true, sincere seeker.”—Raymond Buckland, author of Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft

Mini Book Breakdown

The writing is wonderful, the author never talks down to the reader and instead feels like they're right there talking to you. I enjoyed this book even though it was not quite what I was expecting. It really focuses on covens more than anything else and I have no desire to be with a coven, tried once and it was not for me. So if you're looking into a coven, wondering how to go about it, how to even find one in the first place: this book is for you. Otherwise... there really isn't much more here. 

Blood and Absinthe: Books 1 – 3

Book 1 – Taming the Vampire (a novella)

Demon hunter Liz Marlowe and vampire Jack Morgan have hated each other from the moment they met. But when a powerful enemy threatens their beloved city of Boston, they form a reluctant alliance. It's supposed to be temporary - just one night, in fact. But as the tension between them builds to the breaking point, neither is prepared for what happens next.

Book 2 – Bound by the Vampire (a novella)

Celia Albright, an eighth-blood Fae and a spellcaster, is having a very bad day. She's being targeted by an unknown assassin, and she goes to the only person in Boston who might be powerful enough to help her: vampire Evan Grant. Soon, Celia and Evan find themselves caught up in an adventure neither of them expected - and an attraction neither of them is ready for.

Book 3 – Claiming the Vampire (a novel)

Fae princess Jessica Greenwood has never questioned that her duty to her people comes before her own wishes. To avert a war between dimensions, she agrees to an arranged marriage with a stranger - the Dark Fae prince. Then she meets the mysterious vampire Hawk, who challenges all her beliefs and tempts her with a longing she’s never even imagined. Now Jessica is caught between duty and desire. With the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance, how will she choose?

Mini Book Breakdown 

Wow! I didn't think these books would take that turn but I guess the cover should've clued me in. These books are hot! Like so hot I thought my e-reader would catch fire in my hands. I loved the vampire aspect but it did start to feel a little like vampire erotica after a while. I don't mind sex scenes, I like them in the books I read because it feels more natural and real, I mean, people have sex, duh. But I don't like when the sex over shadows the plot and I felt that sometimes, this is what happened. So while, yes, I did enjoy these stories and am so glad that NetGalley approved me, I think they could've been better if they'd focused a little more on plot and a little less on the sexy times.