Friday, February 17, 2017

Review ~ The Trouble with Magic by Madelyn Alt

Title: The Trouble with Magic
Author: Madelyn Alt
Copyright: 2006
Type: Fiction
Pages: 261
1. A Bewitching Mystery

Reason for Reading
I am trying to clean up my TBR pile and this one has been there since 2007 so I thought it would be  a quick easy read.

Antiques-shop clerk Maggie O'Neill was a little weirded out when she discovered her new boss Felicity was a witch. But when Felicity becomes the suspect in a local murder, Maggie must enlist Felicity's wiccan friends for help--and discover her own spellbinding talent.

I thought it was cute to a point. There was a lot of teaching me about magic, Wicca and the basic belief behind it. It felt like I was being converted or attempted to be converted throughout the book. I had no problem reading about witches and honestly if I did I wouldn't have picked up a book on magic so I didn't see the point to constantly remind me the reader that witches are good, this is what they do, this is how they work and the world is against them and wants to burn them. Honestly I found that I ended up skipping those parts which was sad because the book wasn't that long to begin with. All in all it was a quick easy read and the mystery wasn't that deep nor that hard to figure out. I was worried for awhile that there would be a love triangle and I HATE those but turns out that the author was smart enough to end that. It also turns out to not have a real romantic part to it either.
I enjoyed a lot of the other side characters as well, but I just didn't need all the other stuff with it. I felt that I was being told a lot of information that was unnecessary which is why I won't continue with the series.

Grade: 3 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend: It was cute if you like a fluffy mystery with a little bit of magic that turns out wasn't magic
Keep or Give: Give

Thursday, February 16, 2017

TBR Thursday #4

So I discovered this lovely book meme over at Kimberly Faye Reads and I thought to myself I just have to do it. I no longer have a massive TBR pile however, I still need to clear out some books that I told myself I would read so I thought I would keep doing this until I did.

Title: A Meditation on Murder
Author: Robert Thorogood

Aslan Kennedy has an idyllic life: Leader of a Spiritual Retreat for wealthy holidaymakers on one of the Caribbean's most unspoilt islands, Saint Marie. Until he’s murdered, that is. The case seems open and shut: when Aslan was killed he was inside a locked room with only five other people, one of whom has already confessed to the murder. 

Detective Inspector Richard Poole is hot, bothered, and fed up with talking to witnesses who’d rather discuss his ‘aura' than their whereabouts at the time of the murder. But he also knows that the facts of the case don’t quite stack up. In fact, he’s convinced that the person who’s just confessed to the murder is the one person who couldn’t have done it. Determined to track down the real killer, DI Poole is soon on the trail, and no stone will be left unturned.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday #3

W...W...W... #6 ~ February 15, 2017

The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey 

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

What did you recently finish reading?

I Hate You - Don't Leave Me: Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder by Jerold J Kreisman


"Am I losing my mind?" 

People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) experience such violent and frightening mood swings that they often fear for their sanity. They can be euphoric one moment, despairing and depressed the next. There are an estimated 18 million sufferers of BPD living in America today-each displaying remarkably similar symptoms: 

* A shaky sense of identity 
* Sudden outbursts of anger 
* Oversensitivity to real or imagined rejection 
* Brief, turbulent love affairs 
* Intense feelings of emptiness 
* Eating disorders, drug abuse, and other self-destructive tendencies 
* An irrational fear of abandonment and an inability to be alone 

For years BPD was difficult to describe, diagnose, and treat. But with this classic guide, Dr. Jerold J. Kreisman and health writer Hal Straus offer much- needed professional advice, helping victims and their families understand and cope with this troubling, shockingly widespread affliction. This completely revised and updated edition includes information on the most up-to-date research that has opened doors to the neurobiological, genetic, and developmental roots of the disorder, as well as the connections between BPD and substance abuse, sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, and eating disorders, making it a vital reference for understanding and living with BPD.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis 

Ethan Makkai thought that seeing ghosts was the worst of his problems. Between his ethereal gift and life with a single mother hell-bent on watching his every move, he feels imprisoned. When Ethan sees a chance to escape, to leave the house by himself for the first time in his life, he seizes it, unaware that this first taste of freedom will cost him everything.

Ethan is thrown into a strange and eerie world, like nothing he's ever seen. He's assaulted by dive-bombing birds and rescued by a stranger who claims to be his bodyguard. His apartment is trashed, and his mother is kidnapped to a place Ethan never knew existed—a hidden continent called Tara.

Travelling to Tara in search of his mother, Ethan discovers that everything he knows about his life is a lie. His mother is royalty. His father is not dead. His destiny is likely to get him killed.

Confronted by a vicious sorcerer determined to destroy the Makkai family, Ethan must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother and all the people of Tara, including the beautiful girl he’s fallen for.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Album Review ~ Under My Skin by Ben L'Oncle Soul

Artist: Ben L'Oncle Soul
Album: Under My Skin

Released: 2016

1. A Very Good Year
2. All The Way
3. Fly Me To The Moon
4. The Good Life
5. Moonlight Serenade
6. I love Paris
7. My Way
8. New York, New York
9. The Way You Look Tonight
10. I've Got You Under My Skin
11. Witchcraft

Bought from: Amazon
Price: $9.49

Thoughts of Album:
This album obviously just from the name of the tracks is a throw back to old blue eyes of Sinatra, but what I love is Ben has made it his own. The words are there you recognize them for what they are and yet they are uniquely Ben's. I don't feel that once again I am getting Frank Sinatra redone and thrown back in my face the same old way again. I am getting a little of unique Ben and his interpretation of the how he feel Fly Me to the Moon, New York New York and Witchcraft should be done. Ben has his own flavor which makes everything on this album unique and fun. I enjoy listening to it getting ready for work as well as coming home and cooking dinner. Ben has a unique voice yet at the same time I feel that he could totally jam with Ottis Redding and fit right in there as well. I like the mix of modern and yet I could feel at home in a jazz club doing what I need to with wine to relax. Everything about this album just flows together. Never once did I feel jarred out of place wondering where does that song fit in or how did they think that worked. If you are feeling like you want more Ben check out his original album it has both English and French you can get it on Amazon here it is my ABSOLUTE favorite album of his and I play it all the time. 

Favorite Track(s)
1. Fly Me To the Moon
2. The Way You Look Tonight

Grade: A

Would you recommend: I would highly recommend anything this man does and any of his albums are worth it. This is just his latest one released. 

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Review of a Re-read ~ Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

TITLE: Cry Wolf
AUTHOR: Patricia Briggs
TYPE: paranormal romance
PAGES: 294
First full novel but a short story before
1. Cry Wolf (original Review)
2. Hunting Ground
3.Fair Game
4. Dead Heat
5. Burn Bright 3/18

It has been sitting on my floor since the move and I wanted to make sure that I still loved the series enough to keep it. Plus I have 2 more to read in the series.

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

So I can't remember reading this book to a point so color me confused when I jumped in and was like what? This book literally expects you to have read the short story that went before and for the love of me with all the moving I've done I have no idea where the short story is or what's happened to it. That being said I got the gist of what story was and it was a lot of torture/rape and beatings to Anna so I'm glad I didn't have to read it. This book is the after effects of that book when Charles has come to rescue her and the pack from the crazy alpha who let that happen.  Throw in some other side plot with a witch that didn't need to happen and you have the book. It's Anna trying to cope with PTSD while learning how to mate with an alpha and them trying to come to terms with it all. Their cute together, sweet and enduring you want to seem them together as they are trying to move slow and make it happen. They want to be together for different reasons and I get why this offends some people and not others. However, I enjoyed the book other then the side plot. That being said I'm good I don't need to re-read it a 3rd time. Anna and Charles are great but I will let another person at the goodwill enjoy them just as much as I did.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? passing

Would you recommend this book? I think this series is wonderfully sweet and yet brutal so yes I recommend as long as it won't trigger you.

Grade: 4 out of 5 stars

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Ramblings #4

Whew what a roller coaster of a week. I started my 4 10 hour days so I had Friday off. But really ended up doing a bunch of errands on Friday. Then thought I had a second job from 11p to 4 a only to find out that they gave it away. So that was for naught, but at least will keep me in mind should anything come up in the future.
I got paid, fought a fraud charge, fixed a recall on my BRAND NEW CAR, got food for 3 weeks and ordered from Amazon the crap that one needs for work.

Such as my new work related book that I have to have read by March for a lunch and learn. and it is BIG.

I also discovered a lovely surprise Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis was in my mailbox as well so I will have that read in the next week for a review

I love little surprises in the mail like that :) makes the whole week better. So today I my plan is to read some, start taxes again :/ and then head to my book club. I have to pick the puppy up and maybe wash some clothes at Ma's house then I can head home. Tomorrow the puppy goes in to the groomers for a nice cleaning and I get to clean my house since my 4 10's happen to give me Monday off as well.

Hope you all have a fantastic week. Has anyone read either of the books listed above?