This book is FANTASTIC! Dorothy Morrison is a badass wicked witch that knows her stuff!
I love Dorothy's writing style. She is personable, easy to undThis book is FANTASTIC! Dorothy Morrison is a badass wicked witch that knows her stuff!
I love Dorothy's writing style. She is personable, easy to understand and most importantly she is does NOT talk down to you. The information Dorothy gives in this book is sound, helpful and refreshing. The topic of cursing and hexing is a red-button issue in the Wiccan/Pagan community and she does an excellent job of keeping to traditional Wiccan belief (ie: what you send out comes back to you, balance and responsibility for your actions!)
Even if you are not keen on cursing or hexing I think this book is essential to any witchy book collection. For me, it was truly eye opening and the information golden.
Again, Libba Bray has delivered an excellent tome. I love the amounIs it possible for Libba Bray to write poorly?
NOPE! I absolutely loved this book.
Again, Libba Bray has delivered an excellent tome. I love the amount of research she puts into her novels. Everything about the time period was so authentic and believable. Of course this work is fiction and a lot of it mystical and paranormal but the foundation of research it stands on makes it that much more wonderful.
If you're looking for a novel that is full of ups and downs and turns this is not it. The pace is a bit slow but the world she builds is worth it. I would say this book is full of intrigue. That is what keeps the pages turning.
One of my favorite things about this book is the spiritualist/occult/magic/creepy vibe. It reminds be of her other book "The Diviners" (which was published later than this but I read it first. If you haven't read it... DO IT!). I also love how strong the characters are. Gemma is a total feminist and I love her challenging view of what a woman is supposed to be.
I would recommend this to everyone. I absolutely love this story and can't wait to finish the trilogy!...more
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 bThis 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. ...more
I was provided with an advanced readers copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Initial reaction: Just wow. Absolutely LOVE. I heard the pI was provided with an advanced readers copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Initial reaction: Just wow. Absolutely LOVE. I heard the physical ARCs came with tissues. I wish I had some while reading this! A book hasn't made me cry in a long time. I was surprised that this was the book to break the streak.
Apple is a 14 year old girl living with her grandmother in England. Life is suddenly disrupted when her mother (who left her on Christmas Eve 11 years earlier), unexpectedly comes back into her life. Apple is elated and decided to move out of her grandmothers house and live with her mom, the woman she has built up in her mind for so many years.
**possible smallish spoilers**
I think the most sad thing about this novel is watching Apple idolize her mother when, as the reader, I can see her mother is in no state to parent. It broke my heart watching her try to fit in and change her life around to accommodate her mom instead of it being the other way around.
I love Apple's character. She reminds me of behaviors I exhibited as a young teen. She wants to believe the best about her mother and has an idealistic view of how life will be now that they're reunited. Like may young teens, she was wrong. I could relate to how she dealt with her feelings by using poetry. I enjoyed that part of the novel. It was a great way to see Apple grow from the inside. I could also relate to how she would write her real feelings down and then turn something completely different in so people didn't catch on to how things really were.
Rain was a great character as well. My heart hurt for her. I could tell her mom was neglecting her and just moving on to the next new and shiny thing (Apple). The manifestation of her hurt into her doll, Jenny was a great illustration of her inner feelings. I don't think there was/is anything inherently wrong with Rain. I think she was just suffering from being pushed to the side by selfish mother.
The relationship between Apple and Rain was a bit typical but it still tugged on my heart. I could see where it was going and I still cried like a baby toward the end when (view spoiler)[Rain ran away and Apple was frantic trying to find her (hide spoiler)].
Also, can we talk about Del? He is so wonderful! He was the most charming young man I've read about in recent memory. I absolutely loved the dynamic between him and all the characters he came in contact with. He was sweet and understanding with Rain and just incredible with Apple. I also loved the fact that there was a budding romance between Apple and Del but it was just on the periphery of the story. It was non-invasive and I applaud that.
I would recommend this to everyone looking for a sweet story with a lot of feels. Much love to Apple and Rain! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was a re-read for me. I first read Interview with The Vampire when I was 18. It's 11 years later and I'm still smitten.
This is how vampires shouThis was a re-read for me. I first read Interview with The Vampire when I was 18. It's 11 years later and I'm still smitten.
This is how vampires should be written. I've read many vampire books in my time and I think Anne Rice takes the cake. Her vampires are sensual, thoughtful, tormented, questioning, complex, creatures. She sticks to many of the classic myths on vampires (coffin, can't be out in the sun, etc) but leaves the rest (crucifix, garlic, stake through the heart). Rice's vampires are not only immortal, they are timeless.
Anne Rice writes such great characters. They are all so complex and brilliantly thoughtful. I know it bothers some people but I really enjoy how Louis is always in his own head. He thinks too much and has far too many opinions and feelings on his surroundings. I think that is why I identify with him. I'm always in my head thinking about all the possibilities, the different ways I feel about certain situations, the future, the past. I get Louis.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys vampire books and/or complex characters. ...more
The following should be taken in the absolute best way possible: This book was FUCKED UP! I absolutely LOVED it. I keep telling everyone how much thisThe following should be taken in the absolute best way possible: This book was FUCKED UP! I absolutely LOVED it. I keep telling everyone how much this book rocked my socks off. I initially heard about it from Mindy McGinnis and Jasmine Warga at an author signing in Cincy. I was told "Do not read this if you're uncomfortable with excessive masturbation." So (maybe this is messed up) I was like: SURE! I'll read it!
The praise was so high from those that read it I picked up a copy that night. The whole book is written in 2nd person by Joe. He is a pretentious bookseller at a local book store that becomes obsessed with Beck, a customer he meets in the beginning of the book. His obsession quickly turns into stalking and it moves on from there.
I can't begin to describe how much I loved Joe's character (other than the fact that (view spoiler)[he's an obsessive murdering psychopath (hide spoiler)]). He's so well written. If I didn't know any better I'd swear a man wrote this book but Kepnes did an excellent job getting into the male perspective. She also writes a great creepy/stalker/psychotic character. Joe's mental instability is fascinating. I love how he perceives himself as perfectly sane and competent.
This book is the perfect blend of fiction/thriller/erotica/romance. It's incredible and you all need to go out and buy it now. Like.... right now.
Why are you still reading this? Go read the book!
3/17/15- At the recommendation of Mindy McGinnis and Jasmine Warga I picked this up. I am super excited to read it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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 bookThis 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. ...more
Mindy McGinnis is my new favorite author! She's solid and can write really great characters!
In a Handful of Dust is the last booMindy McGinnis is my new favorite author! She's solid and can write really great characters!
In a Handful of Dust is the last book in the Not a Drop to Drink duology. It features Lucy and Lynn (two main characters from the first book) but is mostly focused on Lucy's journey. I really enjoyed learning more about the world and the characters McGinnis introduced me to in NaDtD.
Things I liked:
-First of all: THAT COVER!!!!
-Character contrast: I loved seeing Lucy in contrast with Lynn. Lynn is a hard product of her environment and she knows it. She has tried to protect Lucy from becoming hard because she knows how difficult it can be for her soul. Lucy is curious and loves to be around other people. I loved seeing their relationship go through all of the ups and downs and conflict but still remaining strong.
-The pace: I saw that other people thought the pace was too slow but I thought it was just right. I was never expecting the trek from Ohio to California to be ACTION PACKED! I thought it was a great opportunity to showcase Lynn and Lucy's relationship (and it was!). I thought new characters came in at the right time, conflict came in spurts (keeping me on the edge of my seat). I just loved it.
-I'm SO glad the Lucy Carter love story never actually happened. I thought this book was MUCH more valuable as a Lynn/Lucy love story.
Things I did not like (but really liked at the same time): SPOILERS!!!!!
-Lynn almost died like..... A MILLION TIMES!!!!!! My heart couldn't take it. I was so worried for her. I didn't want her to leave Lucy all alone in the middle of the US with miles between home and their destination. After the canyon scene I was SURE she had died then she showed up again and then almost died.... AGAIN! I had to put the book down. I was truly about to cry. BUT Things like this make me love a book so... good job!
Things I wish that were different:
-I think it would have been cool to get a bigger sense of the world these two books take place in. I'd like to learn more about the Shortage and other cities/people/the east coast etc.
-I'm from Ohio (like Mindy!) and I was wondering why she made up the names of cities. There is no Entargo in Ohio. I didn't understand why that was a city name in this future of Ohio. Who knows. I assumed it was Columbus but I could be wrong.
The end note is:
This book was wonderful. I recommend the series to anyone and everyone. ...more
Initial reaction: 5 stars. MORE than 5 stars. I am in LOVE with this book.
SO MANY HAPPY FEEEEEEEEEELS!
I'm not sure what it was about this book but IInitial reaction: 5 stars. MORE than 5 stars. I am in LOVE with this book.
SO MANY HAPPY FEEEEEEEEEELS!
I'm not sure what it was about this book but I am in love. I absolutely adore Simon. He's such a relatable character. The way he talks, his attitude, everything. And that love story? Shut the front door!
I was literally "Squeeing" as I was reading this book. It was SUPER adorable and just .... *sigh* Maybe I'm not ready to write a complete review? Maybe this IS my complete review.
BUY THE BOOK. READ THE BOOK. GET YOURS HANDS ON THIS BOOK. NOW....more
This book was so much fun! It was sarcastic, funny, real, adorable, and touching.
Things I liked:
-Tiny Cooper: Holy crap! I've known people like Tiny Cooper in my life and I think he was written PERFECTLY. I felt like he was my friend and I'd known him my whole life. His gayness was annoyingly wonderful and I really enjoyed hearing him speak from his heart toward the end of the novel (with wg and in his play). I identified with his outgoing personality to hide his pain.
-I really enjoyed both Will Grayson characters. They were both snarky, funny, and smart. I loved being wrapped up in their thoughts and emotions.
-I actually laughed out loud during this book (specifically when wg talks about seeing a sexy baby). I also found myself concerned, tearing up, and nodding my head in agreement to many of WG and wg's observations and thoughts.
-The audiobook readers were INCREDIBLE! Both brought a life to each Will Grayson. The emotion in their voices and even the singing (oh god....Tiny Cooper and his singing) made this experience immensely enjoyable. Seeing as I only listen to my audiobooks in the car, I found myself purposefully finding places to drive that took a long time so I could hear more.
Things I did not like:
-I can't say there was much I didn't enjoy BUT at times, the language that I so loved was a little too much. I sort of felt like the only thoughts WG and wg had were sarcastic, snarky comments and it was mildly annoying at times.
-At first, I thought the excess cursing was not necessary. I quickly decided to roll with it and it actually made the story more believable. I am not against cursing (I curse like a sailor!). I guess I just wasn't expecting it. ...more