Checking in!!!

I know that I have not posted in awhile. I have a lot going on my life that has been keeping me way from the laptop. It seems the universe has a way of keeping things up in the air. My husband has been laid off and I am still having trouble finding work. The world around us has changed in some ways, but remained the same in others. I keep getting the same line from people and it makes things hard. You all know the phrase that I am taking. “You are over-qualified for this position. I have heard it a lot. I have two associates in business and an accounting certificate.

He and I are working on our options and trying to get back to a good play. I wish blogging paid. I know it does for some but I have not found a way for it to work for me. That does not change why I am a blogger. No I will continue to do what I love when it come to sharing my option of books and the stories they take me on.

D.

Review: Book: Salvation’s Kiss- Kathryn Jayne

Title: Salvation’s Kiss

Series: Tales Of Mython Book 1

Author’s Name: Kathryn

Publisher: Blurb

Genre: YA Romance

Page Count: 234 Pages

ISBN: 978-1715847258

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: Salvation’s Kiss (Tales Of Mython Book 1) Jayne, Kathryn: Books

Link to Goodreads: Salvation’s Kiss (Tales Of Mython Book 1) by Kathryn Jayne | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

For Conrad, moving to Overton was the promise of a fresh start, a way to escape the pain and ridicule, and leave behind the hateful words that reminded him every day he was a monster. He would not make the same mistake again. He would keep his other-self hidden, his heart shielded. Or that had been his intention. The moment his gaze met Ashley’s, his resolve faltered. With a single, disarming glance, she became all he could think about; an infatuation he knew must be shed. But she was human, incompatible with his kind. To love her would be to one day watch her burn. He had thought wrestling with his heart was his biggest concern, but his new friends harbor a secret. They hold the answers to one of the most burning questions of their time. But how much is Conrad willing to sacrifice to get those answers?

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I love paranormal romance it is my genre of choice. I have always been a lover of vampire stories. I love the main two characters and those closest to them, but there were a lot of other characters that came in all but vanished. It bothered me that I did not know what happened to them. I know there are more books in the series, but I am sure it follows others couples so might figure out what happened to them. It was a good book over all. I just thing the cast should have been cut back a little. It did have good pacing and I love how they interacted and secrets that they had. It made me care about them and what happened to them.

My Rating of the Book: 3 1/2 Stars.

Review: Book: The Piper and The Fairy- Carole Bulewski

Title: The Piper and The Fairy

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Carole Bulewski

Publisher: Dream’s Edge Publishing

Genre: Occult Fiction

Page Count: 293 Pages

ISBN: 978-1913844097

Author or Book Website: Home | Carole Bulewski

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Piper and The Fairy: Bulewski, Carole, Jones, Hache, Low, Alban: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: The Piper and the Fairy by Carole Bulewski | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

London-based sculptor Iris’ friend Tom has disappeared without a trace during a trip to Austria. Worse still Iris has no recollection of what happened when she went searching for him.

Stranger still she regularly hears Tom’s voice in her head?

Fearing that she may be losing her mind she consults a therapist, to bring back the memories she’s temporarily erased.

The focus of the therapy quickly shifts towards the only two people who have mattered to her. Tom, the piper, a Sixties-influenced musician who reignited her creativity; and Matilda, her childhood friend, who encouraged her to pursue her artistic ambitions whilst inspiring her through her Wiccan practice.

What is it that Iris, the fairy in the trees as Tom called her, has buried deep inside that her mind, and will she be able to dig up the clues as to what happened to Tom?

The Piper and the Fairy is a story of obsession, intense friendships and alternative realities that will keep you guessing until the final scene.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. The author sent me a copy of the book to read and review. I knew from just reading the blurb about the book that this book was going to be a lot to take in. I was not ready for what I found within the pages. Iris is a lot to process as she is looking for Tom and she has her friend Matilda long for the ride. It was a blend of obsession and realities beyond knowing. It kept me on my toes with each turn of the page. I wanted to know what happened next. This is the first book in a trilogy so I feel there is still a long way to go. I want to know more about what goes on in Iris’s head and those that are in her life. It did seem to get a little off track at times, but I did not mind that all too much.

My Rating of the Book: 3 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: The Redpoint Crux- Morgan Shamy

Title: The Redpoint Crux

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Morgan Shamy

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: NA Romance

Page Count: 332 Pages

ISBN: 979-8644518135

Author or Book Website: Writer | Morgan Shamy YA Author

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: The Redpoint Crux: Shamy, Morgan: Books

Link to Goodreads: The Redpoint Crux by Morgan Shamy | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Fans of The Phantom of the Opera and Black Swan will enjoy this thrilling debut.

When Megan Van Helsburg gets kicked off the U.S.A. Climbing Team, she has no choice but to return home and leave her climbing career behind. With no coach, no money, and no prospects, she joins the corps de ballet determined to improve her strength and agility. But the ballet theater is in dire straits. Not only do a series of murders break loose, but the ballerinas are becoming deathly thin and brain-dead. As Megan investigates, she meets Bellamy, a tortured young man who lives beneath the depths of the theater. Megan falls hard and fast for Bellamy, who becomes her mentor, but something is off about him.

It isn’t until the company announces they’re doing Giselle for the fall performance that Megan realizes the parallels between the ghost story and the lives around her. Megan must find a way to not only save her climbing career, but balance her feelings for Bellamy, and stop the murders and dying girls before she, too, is numbered among the dead.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have been a fan of the Phantom of the Opera since I found the book in my grandmother’s library and my aunt got me cassettes with the play on it. I would sing long with the songs. I saw this and was like wow this is a take on the tale I had not heard before. It is about Megan who danced to please her father and when he passed way and left her with her mother who abused her. She runs off to be come a climber. Megan loses her cool and is kicked off the team and told she can’t climb anymore. Her mentor and lover leaves her in a hotel room. Her only choice is to go home and she takes up ballet again. It is not long before she discovers that the company is in dire straights and something is happening to the casts. Then Bellamy lives beneath the opera house. It is a good retelling of the story with a bit of a modern twist. Not one of my favorites but it is okay. I wanted it to have more something. It lacked the suspense that I think that comes with POTO. It did not keep me as engaged to it as I wanted to be.

My Rating of the Book: 3 Stars

Review: Book: A Love Across Time- Genevieve Jane

Title: A Love Across Time

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Genevieve Jane

Publisher: GenZ Publishing

Genre: YA Fantasy

Page Count: 345 Pages

ISBN: 978-1952919022

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: A Love Across Time: Jane, Genevieve: Books

Link to Goodreads: A Love Across Time by Genevieve Jane | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

In every story of good and evil, there is a heroine and there is a villain, and it is only fitting that it begins with once upon a time…

As a young woman, Kathryn mostly enjoys her life. It is full of family and friends, cozy chairs, books, and tea. Although happy, she has longed for something more, to be something more. Her life turns into a fairy tale when she is thrown into a centuries-old curse, falling in love with an immortal man.

Jacob has forever felt out of place. Focused on his writing, he has no time to love, and certainly no time to find a wife as his family wishes. Feeling suffocated, he flees and when he meets a stunning young woman and makes the wrong decision, he has no choice but to find love.

Every heart can be broken.
Every wish has a cost.
Every choice has a consequence. 

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have been a lover of fairytales since I was a child. I still read then in my adult life. I was excited to get this and see if it was a twist of the tales I knew or if it was retellings. I love the idea of this book, but for me it left me wanting the magic of the stories I knew. It has elements of fairytales, but it was not enough for me. It left me a bit confused and wondering if something was missing from the story. There were times I have to go back and read sections because I thought I might have missed something.

My Rating of the Book: 2 Stars

Review: Book: Beyond Faery- John T. Kruse

Title: Beyond Faery

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: John T. Kruse

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications 

Genre: Spirituality

Page Count: 288 Pages

ISBN:978-0738766102

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Beyond Faery: Exploring the World of Mermaids, Kelpies, Goblins & Other Faery Beasts: Kruse, John T.: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: Beyond Faery: Exploring the World of Mermaids, Kelpies, Goblins & Other Faery Beasts by John T Kruse | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Beyond the faerie realms, all sorts of magical creatures lurk. This book explores some of the more fearsome beasts that have been known to meddle in human affairs. Join renowned fairy expert John T. Kruse as he reveals the secret lives of merfolk and mermaids, river sprites and kelpies, hags and banshees as well as hobs, goblins, bogies daemon dogs, and many more. These are not the cutesy fairies and kindly beings found in light entertainments. These are the magical creatures that tend to terrify instead of help, and learning their ways may be just what you need to survive your own encounter with one of these other-world beasts.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have been reading books about the world of Faery for a very long time. I knew that they were not all beautiful and regal like in media. I knew there were things that the Fae would rather remain in the dark. I was glad for a better understanding of the these beings and creatures. I have to say some of it will keep you up at night if you are not careful. There are some beings in here that will keep you out of the woods or way from the water. I am not sure I would want to come across any of them for I am not sure I would make it out alive. It would be my own fault for invading their space. I will have to see what the other books by this author can teach me.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: The Call of Intuition- Kris Franken

Title: The Call of Intuition

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Kris Fraken

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications

Genre: Spirituality

Page Count: 256 Pages

ISBN: 978-0738765938

Author or Book Website: Kris Franken –

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: The Call of Intuition: How to Recognize & Honor Your Intuition, Instinct & Insight: Franken, Kris: Books

Link to Goodreads: The Call of Intuition: How to Recognize & Honor Your Intuition, Instinct & Insight by Kris Franken | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

This book shows how integrating and balancing your three inner guides–intuition, instinct, and insight–helps you unleash your deepest creative wisdom and move forward with a renewed zest for life. You will discover how to work with chakras, crystals, mindfulness, spirit guides, prayers, and more as you become attuned to the natural flow of universal energy.

Filled with practical, hands-on techniques and playful exercises, The Call of Intuition is all about embracing life as an act of co-creation and learning to let go of the compulsive desire for total control. Author Kris Franken shows you how to consciously connect to intuition through six steps: Breathe, Surrender, Connect, Trust, Honour, and Nourish. You will also explore angels, mantras, tarot cards, clutter clearing, meditation, and journaling on your journey to manifesting your own highest good.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I was not sure why when I first saw this book why it called to me, but once I had it and started reading it and using the prompts. There was something in me that seem to awaken to a new way of looking at myself. It is something that I needed at this time in my life. I will continue to go back to the practices and prompts as I need them. It is helping get a better understand of the inner me which I have ignored for far too longer. It helped me get out of that kind of stuck feeling I have been having in the last few months.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Death Rights and Rites- Judith Karen Fenley/Oberon Zell

Title: Death Rights and Rites

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Judith Karen Fenley/Oberon Zell

Publisher:  Llewellyn Publications

Genre: Paganism

Page Count: 276 Pages

ISBN: 978-0738748818

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Death Rights and Rites: A Practical Guide to a Meaningful Death: Fenley, Rev Judith Karen, Zell, Oberon: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: Death Rights and Rites: A Practical Guide to a Meaningful Death by Judith Fenley | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Death Rights & Rites presents practical information for approaching death and dying with a sense of personal and sacred meaning. You will learn how to navigate the practical, legal, and spiritual issues related to home-based dying, home funerals, and alternative burial methods. This book assists those who want to approach dying with a deeper sense of purpose and advocates for those who want to care for loved ones as they pass in a way that supports the best medical care and the emotional needs of the community.

It is possible to manifest your deepest spiritual values before, during, and after death. Within these pages, you will discover alternative death ways that are sustainable, artful, sacred, and supportive.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have a couple of other books about death practices from around the world and I don’t see them very often so when I saw this I had to see how it compared with the books that I have read already. It was a bit of an eye opener that is for sure. Once I started to read this book it gave me a new way of looking at the end of one’s life. I have dealt with a lot of death in my life and this told me things that I did not know or how to deal with those moments at the end. The book was more then I thought it was going to be and that is good. I like to be surprise when I go in to a book thinking I know what it is and it is that and more.

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: Wild Magic- Danu Forest

Title: Wild Magic

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Danu Forest

Publisher:  Llewellyn Publications

Genre: Magic Studies

Page Count: 240 Pages

ISBN:  978-0738762678

Author or Book Website: Danu Forest author courses druidry witchcraft celtic shamanism faery

Link to Amazon purchase page: Wild Magic: Celtic Folk Traditions for the Solitary Practitioner: Forest, Danu: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: Wild Magic: Celtic Folk Traditions for the Solitary Practitioner by Danu Forest | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

An Immersive Guide to Celtic Magic and the Wild Wisdom of Your Heart

This book is a storehouse of magical and spiritual lore as well as practical knowledge based on age-old Celtic traditions. Filled with hands-on exercises and deep meditations, Wild Magic will show you how to access the Otherworld and come into a profound connection with the divine in nature. Author Danu Forest explores the timeless animistic practices of the Celtic faerie faith, creating relationships with the faerie folk, green kin, the ancestors, and the spirits of the land. You will learn to call on your spirit cousins for protection, and practice magical techniques based on the elements, such as fire scrying and spells to raise the wind.

Discover the secrets of ley lines, dragon lines, faery roads, and spirit paths that will transform your life in the here and now. Work with Danu’s tips for wildcrafting and her unique recipes for making magical oils, salves, bundles, and ointments with common herbs. Drawn from authentic country wisdom and the folk traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, the spells and rituals within are designed to channel your own modern wildness for the benefit of all. 

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have always loved a good book on magick and the practices of the ancient ways. It did take me a little bit to get into it and I think that is what slowed me down, but the exercises and practices were nice to have to re-enforce what the books was trying to teacher and get back to the world so it is not forgotten. I will go back and reference it if I need to. I enjoyed the parts about the fairies and the ancestors. It gave me a lot to think about and that is something I want when I read a book like this one.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Rise of Knight and Sword- Miriam Wade

Title: Rise of Knight and Sword

Series: One Sword Saga #1

Author’s Name: Miriam Wade

Publisher: GenZ Publishing

Genre: YA Steampunk

Page Count: 317 Pages

ISBN: 978-1952919039

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: Rise of Knight and Sword (One Sword Saga) Wade, Miriam: Books

Link to Goodreads: Rise of Knight and Sword (One Sword Saga, #1) by Miriam Wade | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Avalon, city of kings. Sky towers and airships dominate its skyline, dinosaurs roam freely throughout its parklands, and bounty hunters lurk in its shadows.

Guinevere has always lived on the outskirts of Avalon, working as an archivist in the central library. While corruption runs rampant throughout the city, her life is fairly mundane and predictable. That is, until she discovers the map to Excalibur and uncovers a plot to usurp the throne.

Finding herself on the run from these would-be king-slayers, Guinevere sets out to find the mythical sword. But with no one to trust and no where to hide, she must form an uneasy alliance with a pair of notorious bounty hunters.

“My future, and the future of Avalon are forward.”

Rise of Knight and Sword is the first installment of the One Sword Saga. It reimagines Arthurian legend in a steampunk fantasy world at the height of the 1920’s. Follow Guinevere and crew as they face off against smugglers, wild dinosaurs, hidden motives, and mistrust.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have always been a fan of the Arthurian legends so I was excited to get my hands on this book. This is the story a bit reinvented. I love steampunk and this mixed those fantasy and sci-fi elements together so well. I know this is a debut novel and it was wonderfully done. It is a different way of going on the journey for him to become king and actually sit on that throne and Guinevere has always been a little off putting in most of the tales, but I did not feel that in this book as much as I have in other ones. I like that she was smart and worked in a library. I want to read more by this author.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars