This is a comprehensive guides to the sabbats in witchcraft and the practices associated with them. It is a wonderful tool to help one with their book...moreThis is a comprehensive guides to the sabbats in witchcraft and the practices associated with them. It is a wonderful tool to help one with their book of shadows. The back features multiple lists of correspondences associated with each sabbat. It is incredibly helpful for spell work, circle ideas and altar set up. (less)
This book is an simple guide to witchcraft. It explains the basics but also goes into detail (along with self reflection) about what it means to be a...moreThis book is an simple guide to witchcraft. It explains the basics but also goes into detail (along with self reflection) about what it means to be a witch (as opposed to wiccan) and the responsibility it entails. It also features 100 questions that help you determine: Are you ready to be a witch?
I reference this book often and hold it as an invaluable piece in my spiritual practice. (less)
My reaction to "Days of Blood & Starlight" by Laini Taylor: ...............................!!!!!!!!!!
Right after I finished this book I was so ex...moreMy reaction to "Days of Blood & Starlight" by Laini Taylor: ...............................!!!!!!!!!!
Right after I finished this book I was so excited. I was emotional, I was raging, I was breathless and my heart rate was up a bit (I'm not kidding). I was shocked by the events in the last 100 or so pages. It was intense and unexpected. I had to call my friend and vent!
Laini Taylor has done it again! She continues "Days of Blood & Starlight" with her melodic writing style and wonderful characters. I was really excited to see Zusanna and Mik in this book. I was expecting them to be left behind. It's a good thing they were not left behind because they really added to the storyline. I was also excited to see new characters! My favorite would have to be Ziri. Poor, poor Ziri. I didn't think I could love another character in this series. I figured there was no way they could get tangled up enough to make me like them. Sure enough... Ziri made the cut (in retrospect... that is a really sad pun).
Overall the plot was great. I felt like there was a good pace. I enjoyed the jumping back and forth, seeing different sides of the war. I also liked that because it kept me reading. If I became invested in what Karou was doing, then all of a sudden we're reading about Akiva, Hazel and Liraz, I would keep reading in order to get to a chapter where Karou's story would continue. The pace was nicely set and I never got bored with what I was reading. I only had to stop a few times because of my day to day activities. If I had a whole day to myself, this book would have been read in an afternoon.
The ending was fantastic and kept my heart pumping til the very last word! My ONLY small complaint, was the epilogue. It was good but after the heart facing finish I felt like it ended kind of slow. I wish the book would have stopped before the epilogue.
I also felt like this book was not really a YA novel (which is not a bad thing!). I really think Laini Taylor's writing style alone could boost her up into regular Fiction. But I also felt that some of the subject matter was more adult than YA. When this becomes a film, I would expect it to be rated R.
I can't WAIT for the next book in this series. Laini Taylor is incredible and has once again taken me to a world I cannot get enough of!
************************************************* Now... let's do the actual review (WITH SPOILERS!)
Let's talk more about the characters:
Karou: I have loved Karou since I met her. She is bright, full of life and a very strong protagonist. I feel like she is STILL a strong protagonist but BOY, OH BOY did she go through HELL in this book! I felt so sorry for her. I saw my favorite character, tired, beaten, losing hope and being used to do the bidding of Thiago. She was a slave. I felt her loneliness and despair. I felt like even when Zusanna and Mik were there, she still felt as if they could never understand and so, she kept things to herself. I just wanted to hug her.
Now... let's talk about the attempted rape scene. W......T......F?!?! At first I was like: "Is this really happening? Holy S**t! This is really happening!" I was so thankful that Karou stabbed Thiago in the throat. I cheered for her. I breathed a sigh of relief until.......... THIAGO F-ING ENTERED THE ROOM A FEW CHAPTERS LATER?!?!? At first my reaction (that I posted in my status updates on Goodreads) was:
KAROU?!?! WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!?!?!? I want to throw my book but I'm in public. Did he REALLY JUST WALK INTO THE ROOM?!?!?
So I raged for a minute. I had to put the book down and deal with this new reality. I then picked the book up again and found out it wasn't Thiago at all! It was my new favorite character: ZIRI, SAVING THE WORLD! Yay!!
Ziri: I. LOVE. Ziri! I felt like Ziri went through hell in this book as well. He broke my heart so many times. I cried when he was fed the ashes of his fallen chimera friends. I thought what the angels did to him was appalling! I couldn't believe I was reading a YA novel. That scene actually gave me a nightmare.
I loved Ziri's heart. I think that is what made him such a lovable character. His love for Karou is (in some ways) better than Akiva's because he is willing to do anything (even slit his own throat!) for Karou and for his people. I feel like Akiva would only die if he gave up and felt like life was not worth living. In THAT sense I see Ziri as a stronger character than Akiva.
Akiva: I am still not Akiva's biggest fan but I feel better about him and I'm glad he's on the right side now. I believe in his love for Karou I just feel like that ship has sailed. It's the same old story. Angel falls in love with Kirin, Kirin gets beheaded for falling in love with Angel, Kirin gets resurrected as a human girl, Angel finds human girl.... It's the oldest story in the book and we all know it's always a bad idea to date your ex. I kinda hope Ziri and Karou end up together because I fee like Ziri truly loves Karou whereas Akiva is obsessed with the memory of Madrigal.
I originally picked up Christian's book because of some bad and (in my opinion) ill-informed reviews. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. As...moreI originally picked up Christian's book because of some bad and (in my opinion) ill-informed reviews. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. As I read the book, I was floored. First, it was an easy read. Reading the book was like listening to Christian speak. His personality really came through. I didn't feel talked down to and I didn't get lost while reading. The history presented in the book was addressed in such a way that I felt I learned a lot but wasn't lectured. I also enjoyed the personal stories and experiences. I think this brought the topic into the real world and helped me understand it's application.
Necromancy is something that is severely stigmatized and through reading this book I have found that it is not nearly as scary (even if we should use a skull!) as I once thought. I am still a Novice and do not plan on practicing necromancy anytime soon because I am not as experienced as I feel I need to be. However, when the time comes, I plan on revisiting this book and following Christians advice. Unlike some reviews I read, I felt like Christian approaches necromancy from a very respectful stand point. He doesn't sugar coat what necromancy is and is not afraid to tell it like it is. Yes, as a necromancer you will ask spirits to do things for you but you're not shackling them into slavery. There is definitely a large element of respect when asking spirits to do things for you. A relationship must be developed and maintained. At no point did I get the impression that spirits are treated as beings without a face or story. I actually gathered the opposite. I felt as if Christian was saying you should work with familiar spirits you feel comfortable with.
As for Christian's "ego" (which has been addressed in other reviews), I feel like it comes through in this book but not in a stuck up way. The voice behind the book is that of confidence and experience. I felt like the "name dropping" he does solidify's his place in the community and (when it comes to spirits) shows his reverence for his beloved dead.
All in all this book is invaluable for someone that would like to practice necromancy now or in the future. I feel like I am not bias, seeing as I do not know Christian personally, and I am not involved in the greater witch community. Politics and personal practice aside, this book is a home-run.(less)
This book is AMAZING! I use it as a reference ALL THE TIME! I wish it came in pocket size (lol!)
As a wanna be astrologer I find this information to b...moreThis book is AMAZING! I use it as a reference ALL THE TIME! I wish it came in pocket size (lol!)
As a wanna be astrologer I find this information to be incredibly helpful and most importantly incredibly accurate. It has helped me better understand the basics of astrology and I'm not able to put together basic birth charts for friends and family with ease. (less)
I really enjoyed Insurgent! It was obviously the middle of a trilogy and with that I felt like the conflict was lacking a bit. There was an...moreHoly. shiz.
I really enjoyed Insurgent! It was obviously the middle of a trilogy and with that I felt like the conflict was lacking a bit. There was an obvious mission but I didn't feel like there was anything super new and fun. I still thought it was great. I learned so much more about the world The Divergent Series is set in.
As of now, I like where the series is going.
**SPOILERS** Here are some things I liked:
-I really like how the love story between Tris and Four doesn't seem to overpower the main storyline of bringing down the system. I enjoy the passion and the conflict between them but I'm not distracted by it.
-I LOVED the cliff hanger at the end! I was all like: WHAAAAAAA?!
-I also love how I am still trying to figure out where this is all going. To me, it's not entirely obvious yet. I like books that make me think and keep me on a good edge.