If you read Cinder, the first in this series, you have to read Scarlet. It takes up where Cinder left off, but with new characters. Yes,Wow. Just wow.
If you read Cinder, the first in this series, you have to read Scarlet. It takes up where Cinder left off, but with new characters. Yes, we meet up with Cinder, but later on, after other things have happened.
Though I wasn't totally enamored of the first book, I did enjoy it and this one took that much further. The twist on traditional fairy tales only adds to the unique flavor of the story.
In this one, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother has gone missing. It's been several weeks and the police have written the case off. When Scarlet digs into her grandmother's disappearance, she finds out some things that were kept hidden from her, like the danger she's in for her own life. A street fighter named Wolf helps her out, though she's not sure if she should trust him or not. Things get really heavy when they meet up with Cinder. And Prince Kai has some "heavy" duties to take care of too.
There's action, angst, adventure, treachery, murder, and some sweet moments - all of which combine into a decent dystopian story. A definite must if you read Cinder. Note: if you didn't, I don't think I'd start with this one. While it's a good story, you'll understand much more of the background having read Cinder first. ...more
What can you say about garlic? Actually, a lot so it seems. This is a fascinating little book all about the pungent herb - how to select, grow, and usWhat can you say about garlic? Actually, a lot so it seems. This is a fascinating little book all about the pungent herb - how to select, grow, and use it, the health benefits and how to get the best for what you need and more. I never knew there was so much to know about this wonderful little plant - or that there were so many different varieties. My grocery store carries one type so it would seem I've been losing out by missing the differences between them. I have grown my own in the past, but never knew there were so many types. I know I will most definitely be looking for and trying some of them. In addition to the health benefits, growing tips, and selecting tips, the author also includes some great recipes in which to use garlic.
If I have any criticism at all, and trust me, it's a minor one, it's that this book was obviously written for a British/Canadian/Australian audience. Though she does include American measurements in the recipes, be forewarned about some of the differences in spelling.
Overall, I thought this was a helpful, interesting book and I learned several things from it - never a bad thing. If you're into cooking or alternative health at all, you should pick up a copy of this book....more
I have been a fan of Sarah Zettel's ever since I picked up Fool's War back in 1997 (I still have my copy). This book reminds me of why I like her so mI have been a fan of Sarah Zettel's ever since I picked up Fool's War back in 1997 (I still have my copy). This book reminds me of why I like her so much. There is fantasy, a touch of history, a touch of religious mythology, and more.
In this book, Callie is a young girl of mixed race stuck in dust bowl Kansas in the 1930's. She has never met her father, only knows a name and that he's a jazz pianist. Her mother runs a hotel, but there are no guests and haven't been for a long time. When the money finally runs out - as well as the last of the townspeople - Callie's mother drags her into the ballroom and demands that she play the piano. An instrument Callie has never been allowed to touch. She does, and what blows up is much more than a massive dust storm.
The characters are well-developed and believable and the world building - no surprise - is beyond good. Sarah weaves a wonderful tale of the usual fight between good and evil; Seelie and Unseelie; life and death. The character of Callie grows and changes, as all good characters should, through the book. Though this is the first in a trilogy, the ending was satisfying enough - meaning, though there were loose ends, it didn't stop in the middle of a chapter. You know there's more story to come, but this one ended right.
Recommended for older YA's who like things a little edgy....more
The beginning of the book reminded me so much of when I was a kid walking the mountains with my dad and he'd be picking plants and telling me what theThe beginning of the book reminded me so much of when I was a kid walking the mountains with my dad and he'd be picking plants and telling me what they were good for. Or he'd be talking about my grandmother and what she used to do for them on the farm when they were younger. Stephanie evoked some good memories with her introduction to this book.
Healing with plants has been around for thousands of years. The use of natural ingredients over chemical ones is cheaper and, in many cases, better for us. But don't think just because something is natural, that it is good. Stephanie cautions multiple times about this. After all, poison ivy is natural. She stresses that if you do use the recipes in the book, that you look for pure ingredients from good sources and to use patch testing and more. Her cautions are valid and should be followed.
After the beginning and the cautions, the book goes into various recipes for different ailments such as Essential Immunity Balm and Three-Flowers Anti-Itch Spray. The recipes are easy to follow with cautions and clear instructions. The book also contains an extensive dictionary, list of suppliers of ingredients, and a further reading list.
If you are looking for a good book that will help you use more natural ingredients for your health, definitely take a look at this one. It's one of the better ones I've seen in a while.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC free for an unbiased review....more
This is a light-hearted, yet serious look at Wiccan rituals throughout the year. With the help of Deborah's cat, each month is broken down into ritesThis is a light-hearted, yet serious look at Wiccan rituals throughout the year. With the help of Deborah's cat, each month is broken down into rites appropriate for that month as well as specific holidays. The directions are simple enough for the neophyte, yet can also be adapted for the experienced practioner and group rites.
Why use rituals? Accoring to Deborah, rituals are a way to help us focus energy and put us in the right mindset. They create comfortable patterns. And she's right, and not just about Wicca. Think about any belief system and there are rituals to be followed.
In this book, she breaks down each ritual to its simplest form, outlines the tools and supplies as well as the steps needed to perform each one, whether as an idividual or in a group. She also stresses the rules needed for groups and the timing of each one.
In addition to monthly rituals, she includes rites for Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, the solstices, Lammas and Samhain as well as rituals for handfasting, birth and death and more. Each one is detailed and easy to follow.
I'd recommend this book for anyone who is either interested in Wicca or is already a practioner. Definitely a keeper.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC free of charge. ...more
This is an easy-to-follow book for the neophyte practioner. Michaels directions are well-written so that anyone can follow them, but not just anyone sThis is an easy-to-follow book for the neophyte practioner. Michaels directions are well-written so that anyone can follow them, but not just anyone should. As he stresses time and again throughout the book, the casting of spells is something that needs to be approached with preparation and proper precautions. Although he gives multiple directions, it is the intent of the caster that is of utmost importance. One should not use spells to overpower the free will of others or negative energy will return to the caster. He also warns about not mixing magics from different beliefs as some are not compatible with others.
In the book, he gives recipes, easy spells, ingredients and lists of herbs to be used in casting. The spells are basic ones, but the preparations are the same - cleansing, preparation, intent. He goes into the timing of spells, whether the moon is full, new, waxing or waning, as well as day, time of year and more. In addition, he talks about charms, wardings, gems and crystals, poppets, cord and knot magic and more.
Overall, this is a really good book for someone just starting out. It is basic, but at the same time, full of good information that is both understandable and informative. But don't think the book is boring - it's not. This is a good book to read even if you never cast a single spell.
Definitely recommened for the neophyte witch and anyone interested in learning more about spell casting.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing this free ARC. ...more