Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Llewellyn's Complete Book of Essential Oils - Mini ARC Review

Recognized throughout history for their pleasing aromas and their spiritual power, essential oils are must-have tools on the journey to wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Llewellyn's Complete Book of Essential Oils is a thorough guide to working with these remarkable extracts, with detailed profiles for sixty-eight essential oils and fourteen carrier oils. Author Sandra Kynes also includes remedies for seventy-five specific ailments. Filled with tips, techniques, and dozens of recipes, this book is designed to help you discover the most important and up-to-date information about essential oils, including:

Choosing Essential Oils by Perfume Note, Scent Group, and Sun Sign Blending Basics Medicinal Remedies Personal Care Products Aromatherapy and Wellbeing Chakras Spiritual and Magical Uses of Essential Oils Caring for the Home Balancing Energy with Aromatic Feng Shui History Extraction Carrier Oils Scientific Names Safety Guidelines Marketing Terms Red Flags
Also discover recipes for:

Birthday Blends Bath Oils and Salts Foot Soaks Compresses Gels Massage Oils Ointments, Salves, and Balms Sprays Skin Care Hair Care Body Care Spirituality and Magic Scented Candles Fresheners and Deodorizers General Cleaners Natural Pest Control alancing Energy


Mini Book Breakdown


*Thanks to NetGalley for this title. I read and reviewed this title voluntarily*

Wow! I'm blown away by all the info in here! It tells the history, the process for making the oils, and so much more! I will say that I knew next to nothing about essential oils before reading this book and now I'm got information overload! That's how much info is in this book! I know for sure that I will use it more in the future to look back on as well. A must have if you are even a little interested in essential oils!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Music Monday - The 70's (5)


This meme is hosted over at Always Me

Welcome all, I hope you had a great weekend and your week goes great! Now, let's just jump into these awesome tunes, shall we?




Favorite Lyrics

When you believe in things that you don't understand
Then you suffer, superstition ain't the way, no, no, no



Favorite Lyrics 

Mama, life had just begun
But now I've gone and thrown it all away
Mama, oh oh 
Didn't mean to make you cry
If I'm not back again this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters

Friday, July 26, 2019

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Memoir

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. I'll 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 Memoir

Now I don't read a lot of memoirs and I'm trying to change that but I do have two to share with you today. I will give you the memoir that ran me away from reading anymore till I found the blog Keep the Wisdom. Which is a great blog by the way! Check it out. So that being said, I've started to read more. My goal is one a month.

Anyway, enough of this, let's just jump into this, shall we?

Least Favorite 
I don't know if I wrote a review for this one, I was too scared to post negative things at this time. Anyway, I do remember thinking how 'uppity' the book came off to me. Like she thought she was better than everyone else and it turned me off big time. 


Favorite 
I loved how I could relate to Signe and I enjoyed watching her travel and come to terms with things. It was magical and even at time had me laughing while other times it hit me right in the feels. 


Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Read of July
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

What Makes A Book Great?

Have you ever sat down and wondered what makes a book great? Is it the writing? The characters? The world building? Maybe the message? There are many things that can make a book great and everyone has an opinion on what those reasons are. Today, I'm going to share my thoughts on what makes a book great.

1) Characters

Characters make or break a novel for me. If I can't handle the main character than the book will suck to me. If it's that bad, I will DNF it. Now, I don't mean bad characters because I can follow a good villain and see their story. I mean, flat, useless, and lifeless kind of characters that are just so boring they can't hold my attention. I also can't stand a 'bratty' main character. How can I cheer for someone I want to toss out a window?

I need well written, solid characters that feel like they could actually be out there in the world somewhere just living their lives. Great characters can make a great book.

2) World Building 

Nothing is worse than diving into a high fantasy novel and given no idea whatsoever how the world works. The customs, mannerism, their way of life. It all matters and can really ruin a book. Now, of course, this doesn't matter in a contemporary the world is our world and we know how it works... I hope. But for those sci-fi, paranormal, and fantasy novels, we need to know!

If a book takes its time to develop the world, pulling me in with vivid descriptions and lush worlds, it will leave a lasting impression on me. Solid world building makes a book great.

3) The Plot

Alright, a show of hands please, who has ever finished a book and at the end, you'd guessed every single little thing that had happened? Or it was just so basic that you just tossed it aside and never thought of it again?

Yeah, a bad or basic plot can ruin a book. But if a plot has you on the edge of your seat, so sucked in that you forget to eat and pick your kids up from school... well that's a book you won't forget any time soon. A strong plot makes a book great.

4) The Writing 

Okay, this happens to me far more than anything else on this list. Bad or unedited writing.  I can't tell you how off-putting it is when I'm really into a book and find a mistake, totally takes me out of the book. Sadly, I still see mistakes in indie work but on the bright side, it's much better than it used to be!

As for bad writing... I've read books that honestly felt like someone just published their unedited rough draft and that is not a great book. No rough draft is golden. They need a lot of work before they become a great book.

Bad writing can pull you out of a story or even confuse you. I've read books where I've read a sentence over and over and still not understood just what the heck was going on. So writing can make a book great.
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These are my top reasons for what makes a book great. As you can see, it's not just one thing. It's like baking a cake you need more than one ingredient. Let me know below what you think makes a great novel.  Hope you have a great day!








Monday, July 22, 2019

Music Monday - The 70's (4)


This meme is hosted over at Always Me

We are moving right along into this decade, already been a full month of wonderful songs from the 70's. Without further ado, let's jump into this week.




Favorite Lyrics

We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone





Favorite Lyrics

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules
A working class hero is something to be

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? - Review

Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, identity, home, and a mother.

Jeanette Winterson's novels have established her as a major figure in world literature. She has written some of the most admired books of the past few decades, including her internationally bestselling first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents that is now often required reading in contemporary fiction.

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a memoir about a life's work to find happiness. It's a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in an north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the Universe as Cosmic Dustbin.

It is the story of how a painful past that Jeanette thought she'd written over and repainted rose to haunt her, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother.

Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, identity, home, and a mother.


Book Breakdown 


This book left me thinking... would we still be the same person if life had dealt us a different hand? If Jeanette had been raised by her birth mother, would she still be the same person? I enjoyed this book, seeing how much the author loved to read, I think anyone on this site can fully relate to that. Jeanette LOVES books and that made me feel close to her. I can also relate to her strict religious upbringing and know that wasn't easy at all. Though like her, I wouldn't change it because I happen to like how I turned out and if my life had been different, I wouldn't be the same. 

I can't imagine being adopted and told all the time that you're not wanted. That's just vile and cruel... first given up and then not wanted by the other parents. It's heartbreaking but Jeanette shows how strong she is through the whole process even when she was forced to sleep outside. 

Jeanette's life hasn't been easy but it's what we make of it that really matters. Our choices and the paths we take.

Friday, July 19, 2019

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Book Fandom

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. I'll 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 Book Fandom

I usually don't get involved in book fandoms anymore because I don't have the time or I just found that I didn't click with the others... I'm weird okay? Lol. Anyway there is one group that I still follow on FB (when I have an active account) and I would say it's my favorite. 

My least favorite is one that might get me some angry comments but I will forever be honest. And before anyone does get angry, I'm not saying EVERYONE in the fandom acts this way because that's simply not true but there are some that do and it just makes the fandom less enjoyable to me.

Favorite Fandom - ACOTAR 
Every time I see anything by these guys it's funny or dirty or both and I just love that they know how to laugh and enjoy the world they love.

Least Favorite - Shadowhunters 
Yep. Now, I've talked to many in this fandom and they are great but there are those that just take things too far and it ruined the fandom for me. 

Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Memoir
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Flight of the Eagle - Wattpad Novel


Blurb

All Sapphire ever wanted was freedom. Freedom to choose her own life. Freedom from being a Second Daughter but her family just won't allow that. Until one day they need her to pretend to be her twin sister and help them win the hand of the next High Lord. Then she can be free but if she's caught... it's certain death.
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Excerpt 


There it was, GoldenGale, the capital of Lorian. I could see the High Lord’s castle just up ahead, the high brick walls taller than any other building I’d ever seen. It took my breath away. 
The sun was hidden by the castle, since it was just past daybreak. It didn’t matter, I could make out every detail of the land below. Tents were pitched all around the castle, in order of their Clan’s power. 

Lightning stomped his foot, no doubt wishing to get rid of my weight. We’d ridden hard for a whole week, five long days just to be here. I swung my leg off and landed easily on my feet, rubbing his face, “better boy?” 

He neighed in answer, a smile lifting my lips at the sound. My thighs were swore and stiff but even that could not ruin my mood. For after seventeen years, in the month of Petrum, I, Sapphire Raine, was seeing something most Second Daughters never got to see.  

Lightening followed behind me, I didn’t have to even tug his reign as we made our way through the tents, most of them smaller on this end where the clans O’Longeneh and Starabon had settled. 
The ground was soft from the summer rains, mud covered my boots, mother wasn’t going to be happy with me. That caused that all too familiar feeling of anxiety to swim through me, butterflies flying in my stomach. When they’d ask me to come, they had said it was so important, that something had gone wrong. Was it father? Since he’d broken his leg a few years back, he’d never been the same. 

I kept my head down once we finally reached the the tents of the Six. These tents got bigger as I passed each one, most had servants running around emptying pots or hanging up clothes to dry on the line. 

I didn’t want anyone to think I was Lyanna. Though I’m sure if they knew her, they’d know she’d never been caught in pants. Still, better safe than dead. Lightning bristled at me when I stopped after seeing the familiar red banner, with the slight breeze it seemed like the eagle was flying. 
With the promise of an apple, I tied Lightning to the small post and dinged the silver bell that hung outside the tent. Amannah’s face greeted me, the smile falling off her face when she spotted me, “Be careful.” 

Before I could ask her what was going on, her fingers closed around my wrist and gently tugged me inside. A fire burned right in the center of the space, lavish pillows all around, a metal kettle sat over the fire. It was much more roomy than one would think just by looking at the outside. 
Father’s sword lay near my feet, a sword he hardly ever used anymore, no need when he had me. I clutched my own daggers at my sides, eyes moving to the enclosed sleeping areas. “Are they not here?” 

Amannah shook her head, brown hair whipping around her small face. She was the only servant they’d taken with them, I wondered if it was because she had been my closest friend whom I’d not seen for three months, since they’d come here. 

“They are dinning in the hall with the High family.” She pointed to the teapot, “Shall I make you something to drink?” 

I cocked an eyebrow, “I can make my own tea, you know this.” 

The ball in my stomach tightened, why was she acting this way? What was wrong? I began to remove my boots, thankfully mother wouldn’t see how dirty they had gotten, that was a plus. 

“Sapphire,” She bit her lip, fighting with herself wether to speak or not. 

I placed the boots just outside the tent, with the intent to clean them after washing and changing my clothes. 

This wasn’t like Amannah, she’d never been hesitant to tell me anything. We’d shared everything, “Tell me.” 

She opened her mouth to speak when the tent flap was moved and father limped into the space, mother and Lyanna right behind him. His blue eyes seemed to brighten when he saw me, that was rare. 

“You’re here.” Mother said, motioning at Amannah to make tea while she sat on the pillows, fanning her face. Mother was stunning, even now in her older age, men still stole second glances at her. She was blonde and thin with long legs and dark blue eyes that reminded me of my favorite pond back home. 

I nodded, silence was better when it came to my parents. 

Lyanna embraced me, nearly squeezing the life from me. “I’m so glad to see you! These past three months have been agony!” 

I returned her hug, studying her face as she pulled away. It was like looking into a mirror, her nose was small and straight, lips full, with the top lip slightly smaller. Expressive eyes like mine but there were two differences between us. She had freckles all across her face while mine were planted just on either side of my nose.

Father grunted as he sat down on the largest pillow. We got our coloring from him, his red hair short but beard nearly down to his chest. “Come here girl.” 

I thought he was talking to me but it was Amannah he was addressing, her eyes downcast as she approached him, “You will draw me a bath and wash me when all this is taken care of.” 

My heart fell into my chest, no, there was no way he’d use Amannah, she was only 19. That was so young… “Father,” I started.

He waved me off, “Shut up. Sit down, let me talk.” 

I didn’t move, crossing my arms over my chest, “I can hear your words from right here.” 
Lyanna inhaled swiftly, hand squeezing mine, I didn’t care. I’d taken his wrath more than once and it still never changed me. 

“Insolent girl!” Mother said, “There is no way this will work.” 

“What will work?” I asked, tired of being kept in the dark, anxiety giving way to anger. 

Father’s lips lifted into a smile, “You’ve been given the chance to help this family and your sister.” 

Amannah moved in front of father to grab the tea kettle, pouring water into a metal cup my mother held. Her eyes flickered to mine, a warning in those deep browns. She made sure her shabby red dress didn’t touch my mother as she passed. 

“Drengr has announced that his son wants to marry a woman that is equal to him in every way.” Father’s beady eyes glowed in the light for the fire. “He wants a woman who can handle herself on a battlefield and in court.” 

I furrowed my eyebrows, “I don’t understand.” I looked to Lyanna, she was biting her lip, making them appear much redder than what the paint on her lips did. “I’m a Second Daughter, there’s nothing I can do. He’ll want a First Daughter.” 

“Stupid.” Mother muttered, kicking her feet out over a long pillow, rubbing at the back of her neck.

“Naturally.” Father said, “But you’re going to help Lyanna win him over.” His grin turned dark, “You will pretend to be your sister when it comes time to show off her fighting skills.” 

I pulled my hand from Lyanna’s, taking a few steps back till I was against the tent, “That’s against the law.” 

Suddenly it was too hot in the tent, I needed air, had to breathe, they were asking me to risk my life, all for the sake of power. Was this family not strong enough? Clan Raine sat at number three just below clan Massey and the High Lord’s clan. Other clans feared us, wanted to be us. Why was that not enough? 

“I love him.” Lyanna whispered, looking down at the earth colored rug beneath her feet. “I’ve gotten to know him a little and he’s perfect Sapphire. It would break my heart to lose him.” 

Father smirked at me, knowing I would agree because I’d do anything for Lyanna. I sighed, pushing my braid over my shoulder, “If I do this. You are never to touch Amannah, that understood?” I rubbed my temple, “If I ever learn that you have, I will make sure you never see your daughter as a High Lady.” 

He nodded, “Agreed.” 

That was too easy, I looked to see Amannah shake her head, kneeling on the servant’s white, waiting mat. I’d been played, he’d never touched her, was using that against me. I narrowed my eyes at him, never would I fall for that again.



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I hope you liked this little piece. If so, head over to my Wattpad to read the rest of the first chapter. I will be adding a new chapter once a week so look forward to those!


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

My Blog Name in Books Tag

I saw this over at BiteIntoBooks and just thought it looked like such fun that I wanted to do it too. I won't be tagging anyone but if you'd like to do this, then consider yourself tagged and have a blast! 

Rules
Spell out your blog’s name. Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. 
You cannot add to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodreads TBR

Now, let's get to this! 



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 (B) Brave

 (U) Unearthly 





(R) Recursion



(Y) Yurara 
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(A) After



Monday, July 15, 2019

Music Monday - The 70's (3)


This meme is hosted over at Always Me




Favorite Lyrics

I really wanna be with You
I like to see You, Lord
Oh, it takes so long






Favorite Lyrics 

There's a sign on the wall
But she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings
In a tree by the brook
There's a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiving

Friday, July 12, 2019

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Character Arc

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. I'll have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be she and let me know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Character Arc

Today we will be stepping away from the world of books. GASP! Yes, well kinda. One of these characters is originally a book character but I'll be talking about the TV adaption of him. So now, let's just get to this!

Least Favorite Character Arc - Jon Snow
Yes, he grows as a character but the end to me... just seemed to backslide him. I could also put Daenerys and it would work just as well. 


Favorite Character Arc - Lucifer 
He's growing into such an amazing character and I'm only on season 3. No spoilers please! 


Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Book Fandom

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Vicious (Sinners of Saint, #1) - Review

Emilia

They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true.The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares. He is a brilliant lawyer. A skilled criminal. A beautiful liar. A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover.

Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him.

Vicious

She is a starving artist. Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom. Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down. She paid the price.

Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate. That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t. So she hates me. Big fucking deal. She better get used to me.


Book Breakdown


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

Vicious has been nothing but a terrible bully to Millie. He even ran her from her home, her family, everything all because he couldn't handle his own feelings. Ten years later and they meet in a diner she works at and he corners her in the bathroom... yeah. So because she's tight on cash and taking care of her sick sister, she agrees to work for him for a lot of money. He's mean to her once more but he does slowly, slowly, get better towards her. They end up falling in love and Vicious gets everything he wanted, including revenge for what happened to his poor mum. So even though it seems like there will never be a HEA, there is a HEA! 

Now I did enjoy this book and found myself wanting to read it even when I wasn't but I'm torn because it mentions pot way too much. Usually I give a book three strikes and then DNF it but when it comes to books like these, I still read them. Even though drugs are a hard limit for it and it makes me uncomfortable. I used to think content warnings were unnecessary but after being burned so many times, I would love one for drugs. Then I could pass books and move on with my life. 

So I knock two stars for pot and how it was used. It was never looked down on. I've read books like Crank and those get high ratings because it shows what drugs can do to you and your life. Any book that looks on drugs badly is one I can stomach. 

Anyway, I know that most people aren't like me and they give zero shits about drugs being in their books. Moving on, this book is well written, the characters are well developed and it's addicting! You will not want to stop reading it as all. So be warned that if you start this, clear your day.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Rogue King by Abigail Owen - Review

Kasia Amon is a master at hiding. Who—and what—she is makes her a mark for the entire supernatural world. Especially dragon shifters. To them, she’s treasure to be taken and claimed. A golden ticket to their highest throne. But she can’t stop bursting into flames, and there’s a sexy dragon shifter in town hunting for her...

As a rogue dragon, Brand Astarot has spent his life in the dark, shunned by his own kind, concealing his true identity. Only his dangerous reputation ensures his survival. Delivering a phoenix to the feared Blood King will bring him one step closer to the revenge he's waited centuries to take. No way is he letting the feisty beauty get away.

But when Kasia sparks a white-hot need in him that’s impossible to ignore, Brand begins to form a new plan: claim her for himself…and take back his birthright.



Book Breakdown


Thanks to NetGalley for this title. I read and reviewed this title voluntarily.

Can I have the next one now please? I just have to read about the next couple because it's all I can think about after finishing this one!

I've never read this author before but when I saw this title on NetGalley... I asked for it. It sounded so good and I was not let down! I was kind of in a reading slump and this book pulled me out of it! It's that good! If you love fiery heroins that don't take crap from anyone and hot brooding men, you're gonna love this! Not to mention the dragon part!

Kasia is awesome! She's been dealt a rough hand in life but she's always positive and trying to make the best of her life. Brand is a man who has lost everything but still keeps going, even when it isn't easy. These two are made for each other! It was a blast watching their romance. All the action scenes were even really good. The writing is crisp and follows nicely. There's never a dull moment. I really did love this one.

My only complaint is the fact that this is a new series and I want the squeal now!!!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Music Monday - The 70's (2)


This meme is hosted over at Always Me

Here we are back in the time where disco thrived!






Favorite Lyrics 

I know nobody knows
Where it comes and where it goes
I know it's everybody sin
You got to lose to know how to win

Saturday, July 6, 2019

June Wrap-Up


I only read 11 books this month but a lot has happened. My daughter started summer school, speech and occupational therapy. Not only that but my partner and I have decided that we want to get married in January or February and I've started writing my WattPad novel. So 11 books on top of all that... I call it a win! Though I also lost because I so failed this Pride Month. I'm rather ashamed of myself but I did read one LGBTQ book. Now, let's jump into this, shall we? 


1) Top Secret 

LobsterShorts, 21
Jock. Secretly a science geek. Hot AF.

LobsterShorts: So. Here goes. For her birthday, my girlfriend wants…a threesome.

SinnerThree: Then you’ve come to the right hookup app.

LobsterShorts: Have you done this sort of thing before? With another guy?

SinnerThree: All the time. I'm an equal opportunity player. You?

LobsterShorts: [crickets!]

SinnerThree, 21
Finance major. Secretly a male dancer. Hot AF. 

SinnerThree: Well, I’m down if you are. My life is kind of a mess right now. School, work, family stress. Oh, and I live next door to the most annoying dude in the world. I need the distraction. Are you sure you want this?

LobsterShorts: I might want it a little more than I’m willing to admit.

SinnerThree: Hey, nothing wrong with pushing your boundaries...

LobsterShorts: Tell that to my control-freak father. Anyway. What if this threesome is awkward?

SinnerThree: Then it’s awkward. It’s not like we’ll ever have to see each other again. Right? Just promise you won’t fall in love with me.

LobsterShorts: Now wouldn’t that be life-changing...

My Thoughts


Where to start... hmmmm. Oh I know, I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was everything I wanted and more. It ripped at my heart strings, had me laughing, and then wishing I could jump into the book and hug these two guys till everything got better. The character development is top notch, the writing is fun and quick paced and it's so wonderful. 

I only knock half a star for a continuity error(s). On page 60 it says that Joe is 26 and then on page 164 it then says that he's 24. So I do knock things like that because it takes me out of it. Keaton's food also changes from waffles and bacon to pancakes and bacon but that's not as big of an issue... it still bugs me though. 

Honestly, please don't let those issues keep you from reading this book. It's an amazing book that I really enjoyed! I read it in less than 24 hours. I just couldn't put it down.


2) The Language of Tarot: A Proven System for Reading the Cards - (Review)


Learn how to give amazingly accurate and insightful tarot readings with little or no guesswork. This revolutionary guide, written by a tarot master with thirty-two years of experience, reveals a simple, proven system that makes reading cards in a spread nearly as straightforward as reading words on a page.

The Language of Tarot presents an innovative system that treats tarot as a science. Author Jeannie Reed discovered that when the same two or three cards appeared together, it always meant the same issue in a client's life. This amazing book reveals what she learned, translating each combination for you and supplying examples that support each lesson until you are fluent in the language of tarot. 






3) MARS Volume 1

A bad boy can change a good girl forever. Rei is the school delinquent. Kira is shy and studious. What they see in each other is a mystery to their friends. What they find in each other is a miracle to themselves. With a style that is artistic and chic, this tale of restless and confused high school love will appeal to young women everywhere.

Kira and Rei might as well be from different planets. She's a shy art student, afraid of boys and hated by her classmates. He's a rebellious motorcycle racer with girls dropping left and right just to talk to him. Their lives become intertwined when Kira asks Rei to model for her and, to everyone's surprise, he agrees. As these two battle their personal demons and the pressures of their classmates, they learn not only to love each other, but themselves.





4) Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss 

Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn’t involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, who is a full-on nightmare.

As Lacey struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance with the unlikeliest of leading men, she quickly learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script.









5) Faery Tale: One Woman's Search for Enchantment in a Modern World

In search of something to believe in once more, Signe Pike left behind a career in Manhattan to undertake a magical journey-literally. In a sweeping tour through Mexico, England, Ireland, Scotland, and beyond, she takes readers to dark glens and abandoned forests, ancient sacred sites, and local pubs, seeking people who might still believe in the elusive beings we call faeries. As Pike attempts to connect with the spirit world-and reconnect with her sense of wonder and purpose-she comes to view both herself and the world around her in a profoundly new light.

Captivating, full of heart, and unabashedly whimsical, Faery Tale is more than a memoir-it's the story of rekindling that spark of belief that makes even the most skeptical among us feel like a child again.




6) Cruel Intentions - (Review)

In the power struggle between two elite groups, one feisty girl will bring them to their knees…

Life is a cruel game where only the most ruthless survive. It’s a truth my mother rebelled against, and she paid for it with her life. Now, I play their game. Publicly accepting the destiny that lies in wait for me when I turn eighteen.

But, behind closed doors, I plot my escape.

Trent, Charlie, and my twin, Drew, rule the hallways of Rydeville High with arrogance and an iron fist. I execute my role perfectly, hating every second, but they never let me forget my place in this world.

Everyone obeys the rules. They have for generations. Because our families have always been in control.

Until Cam, Sawyer, and Jackson show up. Throwing their new money around. Challenging the status quo. Setting hearts racing with their gorgeous faces, hot bodies, and bad boy attitudes.

Battle lines are drawn. Sides are taken. And I’m trapped in the middle, because I made a mistake one fateful night when I gave my V-card to a stranger in a blatant F you to my fiancé.

I thought it was the one thing I owned. A precious memory to carry me through each dark day.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Because the stranger was Camden Marshall, leader of the new elite and my perpetual tormenter. He hates me with a passion unrivaled, and he won’t be the only one. Fire will rain down if the truth is revealed, threatening alliances, and the power struggle will turn vicious.

My life will hang in the balance.

But I’ll be ready, and I’m not going down without a fight.


7) A Year of Stone Painting: 52 Mandala Designs to Inspire Your Spirit

You can craft a new mandala every week for one year with this full-color guide by the author of the bestselling The Art of Stone Painting. F. Sehnaz Bac, an artist and seasoned archaeologist, presents step-by-step instructions for fifty-two projects. Her easy-to-follow guide will show you how to transform ordinary stones into inspirational works of art.

The mandala — derived from the Sanskrit word for "circle" — represents the universe, and the symbol has long been instrumental to sacred rituals and meditative practices. This treasury of radiant designs presents patterns for stone paintings, each of which is accompanied by a one-word mantra — relax, tranquil, spirit, dream, believe, and other uplifting terms. A few projects are meant to be painted on sea glass, leaves, or shells, but most are based on Bac's popular interpretations of classic stone-based styles. Colorful photographs accompany simple instructions for a year of crafting inspiration.


8) Tangle of Need

Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past—one as unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to a desperate woman who belongs to another.

For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion toward one another proves a losing battle.

Their coming together is an inferno…and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Only pleasure. Too late, they realize that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both.


9) Green Witchcraft 

Learn the basics of Witchcraft from a third-generation Witch raised in a family tradition. Positive, practical, and easy to use, "Green Witchcraft" brings together the best of both modern Wicca and the author's family heritage of herb craft and folk magic.








10) Heart of Obsidian 

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.
A woman whose very existence has been erased.
A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.
A deadly price that must be paid.
The day of reckoning is here.









11) The Rogue King - Review Coming Soon! 

Kasia Amon is a master at hiding. Who—and what—she is makes her a mark for the entire supernatural world. Especially dragon shifters. To them, she’s treasure to be taken and claimed. A golden ticket to their highest throne. But she can’t stop bursting into flames, and there’s a sexy dragon shifter in town hunting for her...

As a rogue dragon, Brand Astarot has spent his life in the dark, shunned by his own kind, concealing his true identity. Only his dangerous reputation ensures his survival. Delivering a phoenix to the feared Blood King will bring him one step closer to the revenge he's waited centuries to take. No way is he letting the feisty beauty get away.

But when Kasia sparks a white-hot need in him that’s impossible to ignore, Brand begins to form a new plan: claim her for himself…and take back his birthright.

Friday, July 5, 2019

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Read of June

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. I'll 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 Read of June

Best Read(s) 
Both of these were great in their own ways. Faery Tale was a book about a young woman going through hard things and trying to find that magic again while working through those issues. I related to her so much, her child with her pothead father and the things she went through with him... God I've lived that myself but with both parents so I get it.

The Language of Tarot is unlike any Tarot book I've ever read before. Its approach to the cards was something nifty to read and learn.


Worst Read
(Review
Just yucky. That's all I got. 

Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Character Arc

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim - ARC Review

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia's task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor's reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.


Book Breakdown 


Thanks to NetGalley for this title! I'm so freaking excited to dive into this story. Not going to lie, the cover plus the promise of Mulan just pulled me in.

Loved the writing, loved the characters! Now, I know this won't be the most popular thing to say but... I don't care about Project Runway. Yeah, I know. What pulled me into this novel was that stunning cover and the idea of a Mulan retelling because Mulan is one of my favorite Disney movies. I just love the story so much. I was not disappointed with this novel. Maia is an awesome character. She's smart and very talented. Not gonna lie, I even got into all the tailoring talk. 

My only issue with this story is how it kind of feels like two in one. For the first part of the book we are in a totally different place than we are for the second half. Which is fine, just kind of throws you off for a second. I love the romance in this book, I will say that this book (as most YA books these days) is a bit progressive. So take from that what you will. 

Overall, this is a fun story that will leave you wanting the sequel in your hands right now!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Music Monday - The 70's


This meme is hosted over at Always Me

Last week we tied up the 80's and now we are moving even further back in time. So sit down, and enjoy!




Favorite Lyrics

Hello?
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone at home?





Favorite Lyrics 

We are the champions, my friends
And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions

 
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