Friday, September 28, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite Book With the Most/Least Ratings

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog and over at 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. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
Favorite Book With the Most/Least Ratings



Favorite Book With A Lot of Ratings
A Court of Mist and Fury
( 192,911 Ratings)




Favorite Book With the Least Ratings
Shadow of the Moon
(6,124 Ratings)


I used Goodreads for my ratings and when you read this those numbers may have changed, this was what they looked like when I made this post. 

Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Read in September






Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Raise Clairaudient Energy - ARC Review


Obtain the audible, psychic guidance you need to make better decisions, improve your health, and take purposeful action with renowned author Cyndi Dale's book on clairaudience, the ability to hear those in Spirit. Many people think clairaudience is limited to hearing the deceased, but, as Cyndi shows in this book, that's not the case.

Raise Clairaudient Energy provides step-by-step instructions for using six styles of this psychic skill: classical clairaudience, speaking in tongues, clairaudient writing, telepathy, connecting with natural beings, and applying clairaudience for healing and manifesting purposes. Build your clairaudient toolkit and utilize Cyndi's specialized techniques. Explore exercises designed to improve your skills as you move through each chapter. This essential guide helps you enhance your spirituality and attract great opportunities.





Book Breakdown

Before this book, I had no idea whatsoever what clairaudient energy was. I assumed it was something like clairvoyant but that was pretty much it. Turns out, it's called 'clear hearing'. When you hear things from spirits and such. So that's pretty cool. 

So after I'm diving into this book, I'm thinking, there is no way I can master this! My hearing sucks... the only thing good about my hearing is that I can hear really high pitched nosies that no one else around me can. So, I read the book, I tried to the exercises that it said, Spirit to Spirit is the most basic of them.... and last night, I heard this weird popping noise and then water rushing around me. Which was weird because everything was normal. 

Then right as I go to write this review, water starts dripping from the apartment above us into our water heater.... turns out her water tank broke. So I heard the water rushing before it even happened.... that's pretty freaking cool. 

Now, let's say you want to open yourself up to hearing things but are scared that only dark things will come to you, no worries! This book teaches you how to know if there is so something negative around you and how to get rid of it. It also teaches you how to protect yourselves so the chances of something bad happening are lowered. 

I also enjoyed the little stories she threw in there about her episodes with clairaudience and how she does it personally. All in all, I learned a lot! It's great if you're a noob like me when it comes to this stuff! I'm so glad I was approved to read this one from NetGalley because I learned a lot and now I can't wait to dive more into this topic! 




Friday, September 21, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite Book Set Where You Live/Another Place

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog and over at 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. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
Favorite Book Set Where You Live/Another Place


Book Set Where I Live
I have no favorite books set where I live because I've not read any. So for the book set for where I unfortunately live, I've not actually read it but on Goodreads it says it takes place in Oklahoma City. So this is what I'm going by, I'm sorry if I'm wrong! 




Book Set Somewhere Else
This one takes place in Japan and when I visited there, I loved it so much! 


Topic for Next Week
Favorite Book With the Most/Least Ratings







Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday - Kingdom of Ash



So if you've been here for a while you'll know that I'm a Sarah J Maas super-fan, I loved both her series to death! Well.... until Catwoman, I'd loved every book she'd put out. I'm hoping that was a one time thing and this series continues like her other books and doesn't move towards the way of Catwoman. 


Expected publication: October 23rd 2018

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

This meme is now hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl

So I don't really do TBRs as I'm a mood reader, I want to read what I what when I want, if I'm forcing myself to follow a list.... then I'm more likely not to like what I'm reading, if that makes any sense. Anyway, I'm going to list ten books that I want to read soon. 

10) The Chase 
Everyone says opposites attract. And they must be right, because there’s no logical reason why I’m so drawn to Colin Fitzgerald. I don’t usually go for tattoo-covered, video-gaming, hockey-playing nerd-jocks who think I’m flighty and superficial. His narrow view of me is the first strike against him. It doesn’t help that he’s buddy-buddy with my brother.

And that his best friend has a crush on me.

And that I just moved in with them.

Oh, did I not mention we’re roommates?

I suppose it doesn’t matter. Fitzy has made it clear he’s not interested in me, even though the sparks between us are liable to burn our house down. I’m not the kind of girl who chases after a man, though, and I’m not about to start. I’ve got my hands full dealing with a new school, a sleazy professor, and an uncertain future. So if my sexy brooding roomie wises up and realizes what he’s missing?

He knows where to find me.



9) The Girl in the Steel Corset 
In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one... except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch...

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on even if it seems no one believes her.



8) Code Wolf
A Were’s forbidden desire tests the limits of loyalty

When Seattle detective and alpha werewolf Derek Miller meets Riley Price, the bond is instant. Feral. Their connection entails enormous risk, for he must keep the existence of his kind secret at all costs. But the forces of darkness have Riley in their sights. Now Derek must choose between the Were code of silence and saving the woman who’s set him on fire.



7) Llewellyn's Little Book of Life Between Lives
Explore exciting new case studies and research findings from the world-famous Newton Institute®. This handy pocket-size book provides an introduction to Life Between Lives, regression hypnotherapy, past life regression, and reincarnation. Discover simple exercises designed to help you make contact with a higher wisdom for answers to your questions and guidance in developing the life you were meant to live. In these pages, you will find expert advice, tips, and techniques for your own journey of spiritual self-discovery. Llewellyn's Little Book of Life Between Lives also explores soul groupings, the Council of Elders, the process of life selection, soul development, and much more. In a warm and wonderful way, this book confirms what many of us suspect—at the end of life, a home filled with everlasting, unconditional love awaits you.



6) The Mortician's Daughter: One Foot in the Grave
The first exciting novel in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author C. C. Hunter!

Her dad’s job is with the dead . . . and he’s bringing his work home with him.

Once again, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her mother and her father’s alcoholism, she’s got enough problems of her own.

But nothing could prepare her for the next tormented young spirit who darkens Riley’s door. The young woman’s death wasn’t the accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face with the killer and her only protection comes in the form of another spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape becoming the killer’s next victim, Riley knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on too, but what if she can’t let him go?

For thrills, chills, romance and laughter, preorderThe Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave today.



5) Seven Black Diamonds
Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal. Her father’s “unconventional” business has meant a life of tightly held secrets, concealed weaponry, and a strict code. But Lily’s crime isn’t being the daughter of a powerful mob boss. Her guilt lies in the other half of her DNA—the part that can coax ancient rumors from stones and summon fire with a thought. Lily is part fae, which is a crime in her world.

From the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humanity and fae. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of both the Seelie and Unseelie courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir—a death that was the fault of reckless humans.

Lily’s father has shielded her from the repercussions of her ancestry…until she is sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, straight into the arms of the Black Diamonds.

Mysterious, glamorous, and bound together in their mission but constantly at odds, Zephyr, Creed, Will, Roan, Violet, and Alkamy are a Sleeper cell of fae, planted in the human world to help destroy it from within. With covers as rock stars and celebrity children, the Black Diamonds carry out the queen’s war against humanity. And unbeknownst to Lilywhite, she’s been chosen to join them.

Now more than ever, Lily’s heritage puts her in peril, and even the romantic attention of the fae singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the safer world of organized crime.



4) Empire of Storms
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she's to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.


3) Tower of Dawn
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.



2) Last Year's Mistake 
Before:
Kelsey and David became best friends the summer before freshman year and were inseparable ever after. Until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke and everything around her crumbled - including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey’s parents decided to move away, she couldn’t wait to start over and leave the past behind. Except, David wasn't ready to let her go...

After:
Now it’s senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David’s family relocates to the same town and he shakes up everything. Soon old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey’s second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never let him go. And that maybe she never wants to.



1) A Court of Frost and Starlight
Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. 

Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Music Monday - Honestly / Honestly Encore

This meme is hosted over at Always Me


I don't usually listen to Youtubers music.... because honestly, most of it sucks. This was something that surprised me when it popped up on Pandora. I found I really liked it. 





Friday, September 14, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Book Set in a School

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog and over at 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. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Book Set in a School

This is a topic I love as I've read so many wonderful books set in school and today we are going to talk about old school YA, back when it was all new and shiny. So let's just jump into this! 


Favorite(s)


Vampire Academy 




St. Vladimirs Academy isnt just any boarding schoolits a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. Theyve been on the run, but now theyre being dragged back to St. Vladimirsthe very place where theyre most in danger. . . . Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academys ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoithe worlds fiercest and most dangerous vampiresmake Lissa one of them forever. 

Glass Houses





College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town's terror or will she drown like everyone else?











Least Favorite 

With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today's foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman's If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person's life can affect so many others.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—"Cupid Day"—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.
Before I Fall


Topic for Next Week
Favorite Book Set Where You Live/Another Place









Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Romance Review - The Italian's Christmas Housekeeper


From making the billionaire’s bed…

To Christmas between his sheets!

Shy housekeeper Molly Millar always tries her best. She’s anxious to impress outrageously wealthy houseguest Salvio de Gennaro, but instead is unfairly criticized by her employer! When she’s found sobbing by Salvio, he comforts her…with the most amazing experience of her life. But when that incredible encounter costs Molly her job, Salvio rescues her with an irresistible proposition: become his temporary housekeeper—just in time for Christmas!

Escape into this captivating Cinderella romance!




Expected publication: October 16th 2018

Book Breakdown 

Okay, something I just want to say that, it's really me nit picking but it bothers me deeply. Through this whole novel almost... it's known that the main character is curvy.... the way some character characters go on about her it's more like she's overweight... does that cover model even look curvy at all? Not not me, she's just as thin as any other model on these kinds of books and that doesn't bother me, the thin models.... what bothers me is in this book, the MC isn't a skinny chick, so the cover model should fit the MC. At least in my opinion. 

Anyway! Now to the story, it was a cute little romance read, it said something about a Cinderella tell but the prince in this story is a little more.... mean than the Disney tale we all know and love. He has his reasons to be the way he is and we do learn them and it all makes sense but I still feel so freaking bad for our girl, having to deal with all this heartache till it all works out.

The writing is perfectly fine, easy to follow, the romance does build up, at least on the part of our prince, it hits our girl pretty early but girls are usually better with their emotions than guys, so that all made sense to me. 

Overall, it's a cute read that will bring tears to your eyes but leave you with a bright smile on your lips.

*Thanks to the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.*

Monday, September 10, 2018

Music Monday - Peter Hollens

This meme is hosted over at Always Me

I found this artist through Lindsey Stirling and he's so talented! The first one is such an epic mash up and the second is a cover that just really sounds amazing.





Friday, September 7, 2018

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Read in August

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog and over at 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. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
Best/Worst Read in August


Worst Read



Best Read


Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Book Set in a School





Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Discovery of Witches - Mini Review





Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. 






Mini Review 

So this books suffers from what I like to call 'overstuffing'. Where so much is added to this book that is unneeded. So much talk about tea and wine... it really dragged the book for me. Then there were things that didn't have enough explained about them (but I won't mention them as they are spoilers). 

I heard somewhere that this book is like Twilight for adults... it kinda felt that way, Matthew is rather like Edward but Diana is not so much like Bella, she actually has a personality. I did get bored with all this book talk... I mean I love books, that's why I'm here, but to read about people hunting for a book? Not that exciting. 

It probably sounds like I hated this book but I didn't, there was some parts that I really loved, like Diana at the end where she uses one of her powers, I loved finding out more about her parents, and being a witch myself, I loved reading about the witches. 

I bet the next one is going to be better with them being the past and all, so I do plan to continue this series, just not right away.


Haunted Castles of England - Mini NetGalley Review



The sprawling, mysterious castles of England are incredible sights to behold, but even more captivating are the ghosts that dwell within them. This book invites you to explore more than eighty English castles and meet the spirits that roam their grounds, from the tallest towers to the deepest tunnels.

Discover fascinating stories, photos, and eye-witness accounts of hauntings across England, from the Tower of London to Oxford Castle to Castle Keep. Experience ghoulish prisoners rattling their chains, ghostly maidens in shimmering gowns, and gallant knights charging on their spectral steeds. Organized by region, Haunted Castles of England provides the history of each structure, reported hauntings, and more.






Mini Review 

This is the last of my mini reviews for the day. I hope you've enjoyed them all!

I love how this book started! It really put me into the creepy mindset and had me looking over my shoulder (I read this whole book before bed). I could not put it down! I loved reading about all the creepy places and long to go visit one. If you love ghosts, then you'll love this, the pictures just add to the creepy factor. You can tell this book is very well researched and written in a way that just pulls you in and doesn't let you go. I was trying to save this for closer to Halloween but I just couldn't stop once I started. 

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


Essential Oils for Emotional Wellbeing - Mini NetGalley Review + Recipe


Since ancient times, essential oils have been used to address a wide variety of mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. Bring this knowledge that has been gathered through the ages into your modern life. Featuring more than 400 step-by-step recipes, Essential Oils for Emotional Wellbeing makes it easy for you to take control of your wellness and spiritual journey.

Finding the recipes you need is simple with this book's well-organized categories based on conditions, emotions, needs, desires, or devotion. Learn how to store oils, what their therapeutic properties and warnings are, and how to best use each one for a specific need. The featured recipes include everything from lotions, ointments, and bath bombs to diffuser scents, powders, rubs, salves, and sprays.




Mini Review 

This is the first of three mini reviews today! So I hope you enjoy this super short reviews! 

This book isn't really one you read cover to cover, it does give the history of oils and how to use them but still it's full of amazing recipes for essential oils! If you like essential oils, then you'll love this! It's got recipes for depression, anxiety, nightmares, and even paranoia. It's also got other good things as well like passion, love, balance, luck, and peace.

I'm going to share one of my favorites for balance.

It's a bath salt recipe.

6 drops of vetiver oil
6 drops of jasmine oil
6 drops of clary sage oil
2 drops of lavender oil
3 cups of salt
1 tablespoon carrier oil
1 tablespoon of milk

Any salt type is fine to use for this, add all the oils together with the salt and make sure it's well blended. Leave the mixture in a dark area for 24 hours and then stir it again.  When ready, add the bath water and the milk and 1/2 cup of your bath salt and there you go! Let the mixture seep into your skin and help you bring balance to your life. 




Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Paranormal Parasites - Mini ARC Review




Most people remain oblivious to the truth--there's a monstrous menagerie of supernatural entities that feed upon human victims without our knowledge. Fueling themselves with our psychic energy, high states of emotion, and our essential life-force, these dark entities attack as we sleep or even in our waking hours, terrifying and tormenting unsuspecting souls whenever and wherever they can. Join Nick Redfern as he delves deep into the long history of struggle between us and them. Learn the ways of Shadow People, supernatural seducers, poltergeists, thought-forms, tulpas, the Slenderman, Men in Black, and many other types of energy creatures.






Book Breakdown 

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

Quick overhaul of this book, it talks about all kinds of different 'monsters' and how they feed off of us. My favorite part were the Black Eyed Children (they're pictured on the cover), I've long since been creeped out but enthralled by them. It also talks about Slenderman which is one of those cases that prove our thoughts are more powerful than we think. I loved the stories that went along with each of the monsters, some gave me chills and I had to stop reading until it was daylight again, which is how I like my creepy stories! Overall, this book is awesome!


Monday, September 3, 2018

August 2018 Wrap Up!




I read seven books in August... not a lot for me but I've been busy. My daughter is back in Pre-K, I've been substitute teaching when I can find the job. Teaching is no joke! It's really hard, I feel so bad for the teachers who do this. I work three days and my anxiety is on overload. 

Anyway, to the books, that's why we are here.  

1) The Score
He knows how to score, on and off the ice

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she's going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.


2) The Hanging Tree

What if you couldn’t remember the worst night of your life?
What if you couldn’t forget it?

May 13, 1994.

On her thirteenth birthday, newly orphaned Evie, witnesses a brutal attack at the hanging tree. She wakes the next morning on a bus to Los Angeles, dazed and bruised and desperate to remember. Her best friend died that night—she’s sure of it. But there’s no body, no crime scene, and no witnesses. Twenty three years later, the whole night is still a blur. The murderer, a faceless, nameless man. 

Fresh out of a stint in juvie, Butch kills a girl, strangles her. Twenty three years later, he walks out of prison a free man. But a haunted one, the ghost of his past at his heels.

When another body turns up at the hanging tree—a girl, strangled—Evie is certain her lost memory holds the key. Can Butch help her find the faceless man? Or is he hiding the darkest secret of all?

The Hanging Tree is a standalone novel, and the second book in the Doctors of Darkness series.

Quickie Review

Why on earth did I not read this sooner!? This author always pulls me into every story that she writes even if it's not normally a genre that I would reach for. this story is dark and full of mystery but the characters are the true shinning stars of her work, they always have been for me and this one is no different. The world building is always great, the writing is wonderful but the characters draw me in and never let me go. 

If you love dark stories with a creepy setting and amazing characters, what on earth are you waiting for? Get this novel and hunker down for one amazing thrill ride!


3) The Inner Temple of Witchcraft
Explore your Inner Temple--your personal sacred space where there are no boundaries and all things are possible. With study, dedication, and practice, the lessons and exercises in this book will empower you to transform the repetitive rigors of the daily grind into a witch's web of magickal experiences.

The Inner Temple of Witchcraft is a thorough course of education, introspection, meditation, and the development of the magickal and psychic abilities that are the birthright of the witch. Four introductory chapters present the history, traditions, and principles of witchcraft, followed by thirteen lessons that start with basic meditation techniques and culminate in a self-initiation ceremony equivalent to the first-degree level of traditional coven-based witchcraft.

As you progress through this year-and-a-day course of study, you will explore a wide range of topics that support and inform the dedicated witch:

Ancient and modern magickal philosophy Modern scientific theories supporting a new definition of reality "Instant" magick techniques for protection, healing, and serenity Energy work and anatomy, including chakras and auras Astral travel, dreams, and spirit guides Healing techniques for body, mind, and spirit This book's non-dogmatic presentation encourages an eclectic, personal approach while providing a strong foundation for the practice of witchcraft and magick. Develop your psychic abilities and practice potent magickal techniques as you explore the source of every witch's power--the temple within.



4) Haunted Castles of England

The sprawling, mysterious castles of England are incredible sights to behold, but even more captivating are the ghosts that dwell within them. This book invites you to explore more than eighty English castles and meet the spirits that roam their grounds, from the tallest towers to the deepest tunnels. 

Discover fascinating stories, photos, and eye-witness accounts of hauntings across England, from the Tower of London to Oxford Castle to Castle Keep. Experience ghoulish prisoners rattling their chains, ghostly maidens in shimmering gowns, and gallant knights charging on their spectral steeds. Organized by region, Haunted Castles of England provides the history of each structure, reported hauntings, and more. 




Quickie Review 

I love how this book started! It really put me into the creepy mindset and had me looking over my shoulder (I read this whole book before bed). I could not put it down! I loved reading about all the creepy places and long to go visit one. If you love ghosts, then you'll love this, the pictures just add to the creepy factor. You can tell this book is very well researched and written in a way that just pulls you in and doesn't let you go. I was trying to save this for closer to Halloween but I just couldn't stop once I started. 

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



5) Wicca Candle Magic
Everything You Need to Know About Candle Magic, from Best Selling Wicca Author Lisa Chamberlain 
Do you want to enhance your life by using magic to tap into the unbound power of the Universe? If so, you’re in the right place. 

Wiccans and other Witches have long known that candles are a great tool for performing magic. Perhaps one of the oldest magical arts, candle magic is also the easiest and most simple form of magic for beginners to learn. This makes it the ideal starting point for anyone looking to start practicing Witchcraft. 

But, whether you’re Wiccan, Witch, or just curious about magic, you are more than welcome here! 


6) Essential Oils for Emotional Wellbeing

Since ancient times, essential oils have been used to address a wide variety of mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. Bring this knowledge that has been gathered through the ages into your modern life. Featuring more than 400 step-by-step recipes, Essential Oils for Emotional Wellbeing makes it easy for you to take control of your wellness and spiritual journey.


Finding the recipes you need is simple with this book's well-organized categories based on conditions, emotions, needs, desires, or devotion. Learn how to store oils, what their therapeutic properties and warnings are, and how to best use each one for a specific need. The featured recipes include everything from lotions, ointments, and bath bombs to diffuser scents, powders, rubs, salves, and sprays. 




Quickie Review 

This book isn't really one you read cover to cover, it does give the history of oils and how to use them but still it's full of amazing recipes for essential oils! If you like essential oils, then you'll love this! It's got recipes for depression, anxiety, nightmares, and even paranoia. It's also got other good things as well like passion, love, balance, luck, and peace.

I'm going to share one of my favorites for balance.

It's a bath salt recipe.

6 drops of vetiver oil
6 drops of jasmine oil
6 drops of clary sage oil
2 drops of lavender oil
3 cups of salt
1 tablespoon carrier oil
1 tablespoon of milk

Any salt type is fine to use for this, add all the oils together with the salt and make sure it's well blended. Leave the mixture in a dark area for 24 hours and then stir it again. When ready, add the bath water and the milk and 1/2 cup of your bath salt and there you go! Let the mixture seep into your skin and help you bring balance to your life. 

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




7) A Discovery of Witches

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. 





Quickie Review 

So this books suffers from what I like to call 'overstuffing'. Where so much is added to this book that is unneeded. So much talk about tea and wine... it really dragged the book for me. Then there were things that didn't have enough explained about them (but I won't mention them as they are spoilers). 

I heard somewhere that this book is like Twilight for adults... it kinda felt that way, Matthew is rather like Edward but Diana is not so much like Bella, she actually has a personality. I did get bored with all this book talk... I mean I love books, that's why I'm here, but to read about people hunting for a book? Not that exciting. 

It probably sounds like I hated this book but I didn't, there was some parts that I really loved, like Diana at the end where she uses one of her powers, I loved finding out more about her parents, and being a witch myself, I loved reading about the witches. 

I bet the next one is going to be better with them being the past and all, so I do plan to continue this series, just not right away.

 
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