Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Everyday Empath - Mini Review


Deepen Your Understanding of Empathy, Develop Your Gifts, and Discover Emotional Balance

Enrich your knowledge of empathy and improve your empathic abilities with this captivating, easy-to-use guide. The Everyday Empath offers a well-rounded view of what it means to experience high levels of empathy in daily life. Featuring exercises, examples, and insights, it's an essential resource to have on your shelf.

Explore empathic self-care and how to spiritualize your empathy through daily meditation, prayer, shrines, vision boards, and more. Learn about the importance of creative expression and astrological shifts. Find out how to share your gifts with friends, family, and your community. From science to spirituality, this book shows you how to achieve personal balance and reveals new ideas that will help you thrive in your empathic life.



Book Breakdown 

I've been wondering if I'm an empath for a while so when I saw this on NetGalley, I had to snap it up, what better way to find out if I am? Well, this was the perfect book for me. Not only does it cover the basics, like what is empathy but it goes into ways to protect yourself with shields, how to turn negative feeling into positive ones, even some shadow work. I was very overwhelmed with all the information in this book - in the best way! 

I've never read anything else by this author but I plan to change that, because I love the writing style and how much they seem to know about this topic. I will say that some of the exercises in this book that aren't beginner friendly but something to work towards, which is fine by me, I have some things to do now and some for later. 

Overall, I just really love this book, I don't have a single bad thing to say about it.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Darkest Night - Review


Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive—and unimaginably powerful… Don't miss a single book in this stunning paranormal series from New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter!

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member—a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments…and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love…

Book 1 of Lords of the Underworld.





Book Breakdown 

I've been getting back into paranormal romance and I've been loving it. This genre is my true home and I'm always happy when reading it. So that meant I had to try this series. I read this book years ago, so long ago that I didn't remember much at all. So I decided to reread before jumping into the whole series. 

Now, this one follows Ashlyn and Maddox. Ashlyn is pretty bland at first but she develops nicely as we got through the book and Maddox pretty much stays the same, just learns to control his demon. Now, the romance in here wasn't as much as I thought it would be. For a romance book, it's pretty plot heavy, which is great if that's what you're looking for. 

Overall, I can't wait to read the rest of this series as I heard it keeps getting better. Plus, there are other characters that I can't wait to follow!

Friday, February 22, 2019

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Sarcastic Character


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 me know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Sarcastic Character




Favorite 
Rose (Duh) - Like I could choose anyone else but hey for this spot. She was the very first sarcastic character I ever read and I just love her. 




Least Favorite
Max - I've not read this book since I was in 8th grade but I remember her character rubbing me the wrong way. I only read the first three, back when there was only three out and when the others came out, I didn't care to get them. Sorry if these are your favorite books. 




Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Read of February 






Friday, February 15, 2019

50/50 Friday - Character You'd Most/Least Want to be with in a Zombie Apocalypse



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 me know!

Topic for the Week
Character You'd Most/Least Want to be with in a Zombie Apocalypse



Most
Merit - She's kickass, funny, and knows the good places to eat. Seems, like the end of the world would be fun with her around. 





Least 
Eadlyn - Not only does she have no fighting skills but her personality alone would make me want to run right into the zombies and let them eat me. 




Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Sarcastic Character








Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Darkest Star - Review



When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.






Book Breakdown 


Okay, let's be honest here. Let's just get everything out in the open, shall we? No one and I mean no one is every going to replace Katy and Daemon. Never. That being said, I really like Luc. I've been interested in his character since I read the Lux series. Evie on the other hand... seems a little bland me to me. She's a perfectly fine character and I liked following her around. I loved getting to see her reactions to the big secrets and I loved the little bits of Daemon we got and meeting all these new characters. 

I just loved being back in this world again, even if it feels like everything has changed. Sometimes it felt like this new Lux story world mirrored ours in ways that just left a sour taste in my mouth. I read to escape the horrid world in which I live in, not to see glimpses of it through a different lens. I know not everything everything this way and so I knocked no stars for it. Because this is al personal opinions. 

Now, I really liked the friendship moments we got in here, you could see that Evie had some great friends and I loved how everyone seemed to work so perfectly together. It's nice to see the man that Luc is growing into, poor guy had been through way too much in his short life and I like that he can still laugh and smile through it. 

Evie also went through a lot and really overall, I thought she handled it well. All the characters were great as any JLA book and the dialogue was great, there was even a little banter between our two leads. I also think that if you've never read the Lux series, you could jump into this one with no issues but I FULLY recommend reading the Lux series first as it's breathtakingly amazing! 

My only real compliant with this story is just.... the feel of it. Maybe this is also just me but the world in this book just felt less vivid than the pervious one. None of the places really stood out as much in my mind. The Club, her home and Luc's apartment were all that really stood out. 

Anyway, I'm knit-picking now, overall, I loved reading this, powered through it in only two days. Laughed my butt off at certain parts and gasped in others when something twisty happened. If you're looking for a fun read with some freaking great characters, grab this book! I can't believe I waited so long to read it.




Sunday, February 10, 2019

January 2019 Wrap Up! Over 30 Books!

I've noticed that for the past few years January is my most read month. I think it's because I want to get a jump on my Goodreads goal so I won't have to worry about it all year. I can just read and enjoy books. This month, I read a lot of manga, otherwise I'd never have made to 32 books. 



Yona of the Dawn Volumes 1-9



Nana Volumes 11-16



At His Majesty's Request 



The Darkest Night



Butterflies, Flowers 



Now, let's move away from manga, shall we?


Blaze of Memory (Psy-Changeling #7)



Pestilence
(The Four Horsemen #1)



To All the Boys I've Loved Before


One Foot in the Grave
(The Mortician’s Daughter #1)



Lawbreaker
(Unbreakable #3)




Heart of Desire: 11.11.11 Redux



Now we shall move onto the metaphysical books!



The World's Most Haunted Hospitals




Garden Witch's Herbal: Green Magick, Herbalism & Spirituality




Grimoire for the Green Witch: A Complete Book of Shadows





Phantasmagoria

The Chakras Handbook: Tap into Your Body's Energy Centers for Well-Being, Manifestation, and Positive Energy




The Hearth Witch's Kitchen Herbal: Culinary Herbs for Magic, Beauty, and Health




The Numerology Handbook: Uncover your Destiny and Manifest Your Future with the Power of Numbers


Friday, February 8, 2019

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst World Building in a Fantasy Novel/Series

This meme is hosted here 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 me know!

Topic for the Week
Best/Worst World Building in a Fantasy Novel/Series


So this one was a fun one to come up with because a lot of my favorite books are fantasy novels.

Best World Building


Now, while I don't personally like this series there is no denying how great the world building really is. The author did a really good job of making me believe this word could indeed be real and right beside ours but we can't see it. 



Worst World Building 


Now, this is kinda funny. The best world building is a series I don't like and I've put the series I do like under worst world building... yeah, I'm strange. Now, I do want to say that the world building isn't bad, I just wanted more, I wanted the world flushed out as much as possible and while what world building we did get was great I just wanted more. 


Topic of the Week
Character You'd Most/Least Want to be with in a Zombie Apocalypse







Thursday, February 7, 2019

One Line Reviews (3)




Here we are again, this seems to be a lot easier for me than writing a whole review on a book. Maybe it's where I've read so many books but lately none of inspired me to write something long so enjoy these One Liners! 





Tap into the nine major chakras that affect your power, health, and well-being. The Chakra Handbook is the essential portable reference for the experienced energy worker, as well as the perfect introduction for anyone just starting out.
First discussed in ancient Hindu texts and studied for thousands of years in numerous spiritual traditions, including acupuncture, meditation, and yoga, chakras are the power centers connecting your physical body and the world of energy. By tapping into the power of your chakras, you can live a healthier, balanced, and more abundant life.

Athena Perrakis, leading metaphysical teacher and creator of the world's largest online metaphysical resource website, SageGoddess.com, has created a modern guide to the ancient practice of working with the chakras. Unlike most other guides, which only address the seven body chakras, The Chakra Handbook addresses the nine major chakras you can tap into to balance, heal, and manifest. This guide explains how and why different crystals, aromatherapy, essential oils, and sacred plants help to support each chakra.

Each chapter of The Chakra Handbook also includes magical exercises for accessing the energy of each chakra, including meditations, journal exercises, and working with goddesses and spirit guides. Readers will even learn how to create a dedicated chakra altar, a mandala, chakra-specific incense blends, as well as other inspired projects. Lavishly photographed and illustrated, this guide promises to be an essential volume for beginners and experienced energy workers alike.

One Line Review

A short but informative and beautiful book. Perfect for beginners!

+I received this book in exchange for an honest review+





If something doesn't happen soon, I'm going to get bored and stop reading this series.



Dev Santos discovers her unconscious and battered, with no memory of who she is. All she knows is that she’s dangerous. Charged with protecting his people’s most vulnerable secrets, Dev is duty-bound to eliminate all threats. It’s a task he’s never hesitated to complete…until he finds himself drawn to a woman who might yet prove the enemy’s most insidious weapon.

Stripped of her memories by a shadowy oppressor, and programmed to carry out cold-blooded murder, Katya Haas is fighting desperately for her sanity itself. Her only hope is Dev. But how can she expect to gain the trust of a man who could very well be her next target? For in this game, one must die…

One Line Review 

Not my favorite of the bunch.... I just wasn't feeling Dev or Kayta.

BONUS BOOK!

Crack the codes to success in money, love, home, and career by unlocking the secrets of the numbers in your daily life.

Numbers are everywhere in our everyday lives—our addresses, bank accounts, birthdays, anniversaries. Even the letters in your name reduce to a numerical formula. These series of numbers all contain codes as to where you can find fortune and cycles of opportunity in your career, home, relationships, and life events. You can even use numbers to determine your soul's purpose.

The Numerology Handbook enables you to quickly decipher numerical codes and patterns to forecast outcomes and take advantage of opportunities. Once you understand the significance of numbers, you'll be able to select the most opportune dates and corresponding numerical formulas when buying a home, launching a business, or planning an important event.

This fascinating and portable guide helps you learn what messages the numbers in your life hold. The Numerology Handbook is the codex to break the codes.

Bonus Mini Review 

I know a little bit about numerology but this books taught me a lot more, like Personal Year numbers, Life Purpose and Destiny numbers. Pretty dang cool! I also learned that all my numbers are in the Mind Triad, which is pretty cool. It's easy to follow and anyone who loves working with numbers will love this book!

+I was given this title in exchange for an honest review+

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Review



Lara Jean’s love life gets complicated in this New York Times bestselling “lovely, lighthearted romance” from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.






Book Breakdown

This is one of the very few times I will ever say this but here we go.... I preferred the movie. Yes, I said it. I LOVE the movie, seen it at least 6-7 times since it came out and I even watched it again while writing this review. The Netflix movie is perfect. This novel..... 

Let's start from the beginning, this books follows Lara Jean as she slowly comes into herself and realizes her own feelings for certain people while taking over her older sister's spot. It's cute a story. I fell in love reading about her and Peter and loved them together. The writing is great, the flow of the story is great. Honestly, if not for the ending, I would have given this a five star rating but the way it just left me hanging...

The whole book is really based on this plot point that never gets settled. Never. All the subplots are neatly wrapped up with a little bow and that's nice but I'm left hanging on the only thing I really cared about when reading the freaking book! 

It really kind of ruined it for me, that ending. I hate to say this, but I doubt I will continue this series because I'm just bitter. Maybe over time I will change my mind. 

Overall, I'd say skip this and just watch the AMAZING Netflix movie because it was so satisfying and just one of my favorite movies of all time.


Monday, February 4, 2019

Music Monday - Omnimar

This meme is hosted over at Always Me.

I don't know if I've spotlighted this artist before but I've been getting into more world music and she's from Russia so today I want to bring you two songs from Omnimar. Also, if anyone knows how to pronounce that, please let me know. Thank you.




Manga Monday - Yona of the Dawn





Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Soo-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when she witnesses her father's murder!

Yona reels from the shock of witnessing a loved one’s murder and having to fight for her life. With Hak’s help, she flees the palace and struggles to survive while evading her enemy’s forces. But where will this displaced princess go when all the paths before her are uncertain?






Manga Breakdown 

Yona's the only princess of her kingdom and her father has made sure she's lived a good life but everything changes when the love of her life kills her father. Now she's confused and lost with only Hak, the general of the wind tribe to keep her safe. What will happen to the princess now that her father is gone and the guy she loves has betrayed her and stolen her kingdom? 

I went into this one thinking it would be okay but nothing really special but I flew through the first and then more. I still can't wait to read the rest of the series. The plot is pretty basic but it's fun and keeps me entertained. I wish the romance would pick up because it feels more like a Shonen Jump title rather than a Shojo Beat one. Hopefully that changes as I love my romance more than anything else. 

The art isn't my favorite. The guys just look a little strange to me and I don't know why. Yona looks way younger than she is and it's kinda weird when one of her love interests looks like he's 25. Of course, this is just my opinion, art is subjective. Besides the art, I do love this manga and have enjoyed every volume I've read so far.



Saturday, February 2, 2019

Mini Review - Chasing American Monsters



From Alabama to Wyoming and every state in between, the United States is crawling with monsters lurking in the dark corners, just waiting for the right moment to scare the pants off unsuspecting victims. This eye-opening book is a state-by-state guide to monsters, myths, cryptids, and things that go bump in the night. Discover Connecticut's Black Dog of Hanging Hills, the Tommyknockers of Pennsylvania, the Banshee of the South Dakota Badlands, and hundreds of other fearful figures. With more than 250 creatures covering everything from modern-day dinosaurs and dragons to extraterrestrials, lizard men, gnomes, and more, Chasing American Monsters brings you face to face with the unique beasts that hide in the shadows of each of the fifty states. Don't forget a flashlight, pepper spray, and a good pair of running shoes--some of these monsters are downright nasty.





Mini Book Breakdown

*I was given this novel in exchange for an honest review*

Every chapter of this book is a different state, first it gives just a wee bit of info about that state and then it jumps right into the monsters that have been seen along with stories from those who have seen these monsters. It's a pretty fun to read book and I enjoyed it but honestly, I just wanted to know about the states I've lived in or just ones that are important to me. Still, it was fun learning about other monsters in other states. 

It's written in a way that is so easy to understand and at times had be chuckling because the author has one of those voices that is just funny in the best way. Made the book even better in my opinion. Not going to lie, my favorite is the Mothman, I've been interested in him for about ten years now and anything about him just catches my attention instantly. 

A fun book to read, I enjoyed it and even learned about quite a few monsters.


Friday, February 1, 2019

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Read of January

This meme is hosted right here 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 me know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Read of January 


January was a pretty blah month for me. I had no awful reads but nothing that really blew my skirt up either. Still, it's better than a bad reading month so I'll take it! I read a lot of manga which brought my reading number over 30 books read this month. Now, with all that out of the way, let's just jump into it.

Worst Read
I really do like this series but it's starting to lose steam... I don't know if it's being drawn out for more money or if this one and volume 15 were just off. But I'm not sure if I will continue this one....




Best Read
This was soooo good! If you're into herbs at all, I fully suggest this title!



Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst World Building in a Fantasy Novel/Series





 
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