Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sweep 1, 2, 3 By: Cate Tiernan

Book of Shadows (Wicca, #1)Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I feel as though this is a good book, but there is something not quite right about the story. Maybe it is because there are so many more continuations to it, that it ends adruptly, contains more about beginning Wicca than a story to tell.

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The Coven (Wicca, #2)The Coven by Cate Tiernan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

What did I get myself into -- a how to to circles and Wicca and another remedial storyline... uggh - one more to go.

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Blood Witch (Sweep, #3)Blood Witch by Cate Tiernan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, well,-- more Wicca how to but a true and interesting storyline that introduces more suspence and questions of who Morgan is and the people around her.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Review: Hades by: Alexandra Adornetto

Hades (Halo, #2)Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jake is back with a vengence and after Bethany. In an act of deceit he tricks her into a realm of Hell that he is Prince. Gabriel and Ivy, along with Xavier and Molly are off on a mission to get Bethany back, if they can... while Bethany seeks her way out she meets with some likeable characters Hanna and Tuck and some unlikeable ones such as Big Daddy, himself and Asia...will she have the wherewithall to keep her faith when she is surrounded by darkness or will her final deal with Jake be the one that seals her fate.

Great book - a wonderful continuation to Halo.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Review: Witch Child By:Celia Rees

Witch ChildWitch Child by Celia Rees

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Story told in first person as diary entries allows the reader to enter into the mind and culture of Mary Nutall. Enter into the world of persecution of the wise woman and gifted woman from England into the New World.

An easy fast paced read, I could not put this down to find the instant treasure within it's pages. i do feel as though the story ended arubtly, but the mystery is one that leaves the reader thinking of what happened long into the night.

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Review: The Forgotten Garden By: Kate Morton

The Forgotten GardenThe Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Within the lives of four generations, lies a deep secret, a secret that is unraveled in The Forgotten Garden. Lives and dreams are interwoven and when pulling on a thread, secrets are brought into the light of day and as a blossom turns itself towards the sun, the truth seeks out and is finally revealed so peace and love can bloom.

This amazing story is so well written and goes beyond touching your heart and dreams in suprising ways. From Eliza, her mother, an abandoned child Nell, and her grandaughter Cassandra - a family's darkest moments and secrets are investigated as each tries to find their past and the answers hidden deep within each one of them.

I loved this book, amazing characters and unforgettable situations, along with the fairy tales told within it's pages, enchanted me and grabbed at me.. leaving a special place in my heart. A definite must read.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Review: The Restorer By: Amanda Stevens

The Restorer (Graveyard Queen #1)The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Amelia has a special gift of seeing ghosts, Devlin is a man haunted, along with a mysterious secret group, a paranormal society, and murders all around - one is left wondering... why is this book part of a series?!

The premise is good, a restorer of cementaries has a gift to see the restless dead, uncovers a body and then more, only finding herself drawn to a haunted detective and being drawn over and over again into the mystery of the murderer, the detective, and a spirit unlike any she has encountered.

But... I found myself getting bored and restless, I don't know if it was the style of writing, the stretched out plot, or a character that seemed more whiny at times than a three year old looking for a nap. I wish the editing process was better, the characters were better - but the story was a good premise, what could go wrong, read and see.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Review: The Pleasure Garden By: Amanda McIntyre, Charlotte Featherstone, and Kristi Astor

The Pleasure GardenThe Pleasure Garden by Amanda McIntyre

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wish that in the anthologies one could rate each individual story - but overall, each tale had good/ok/great rating

Within the tale of Sacred Vows, the Beltane celebration has occurred and the Green Man magic brought two unlikely people together with an unlikely enemy in their circle.

Within Perfumed Pleasures, lies a story not just of the magical garden, but a tale of Beauty and the Beast.

And in the Rites of Passion, is a story of attration and love, the healing heart and green man garden.

The common theme of the Green Man, Beltane, and the magical garden is hard to resist not planting your own garden, hoping for a blossom of your own.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Review : The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer By: Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara DyerThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think that once reading Mara Dyer's story an all consuming need to follow her and further understand the madness that is uncovering to reveal truth.

Mara has been in a serious accident, in a coma, and once awakening finds things different - about her memory and who she is now. It takes a move to Florida, her father's high profile legal case, and a boy from school - Noah, help unlock what is the beginning of the unbecoming of herself.

A treat to read and delve deep into what the reader can believe is madness, you find yourself treading water fighting the current to be swallowed whole by the story.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth By: Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mary has been told stories by her mother of the ocean, a distant memory of those confined and living within the village surrounded by the Unconsecrated. All Mary knows is that which the Sisterhood has taught, the Guardians that protect, and the need to explore - for there must be something more out there, the ocean must still be there. Living within a community that requires her either spoken for in a bonding, living with her family, or joining the ranks of the Sisterhood, Mary soon finds that none fit her. After her mother is bitten and chooses tho join those infested outside of the gate, her brother throws her out, and her "love" that she found in Travis is destroyed when he asks for her friend, she has no choice - the Sisterhood it is. Within the confines of the Cathedral, secrets are kept, and as Mary helps Travis heal a visitor from outside is taken in, hidden, and then destroyed by the Sisters. With the adventure of a post-virus world, through Mary's eyes and drive the reader is able to experience the chase of escape and the need for the ocean, for even as the tides of life change, so do the people with her.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Review: Halo By: Alexandra Adornetto

HaloHalo by Alexandra Adornetto

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three angels are sent to Venus Cove on a mission to help humanity from the imbalance of evil that was found there. Gabriel, Ivy, and Bethany are there for a mission, yet Bethany - the youngest, and the angel most in tune with humans has found a dilemma, love. Xavier Cross has had his share of loss, can he have his own miracle, or will the darker forces come not just for the town, but for him and his girlfriend...

A good story, I wish there was a way to rate this 3.5 stars. At times it felt as though the book was getting too long, too deep in places unnecessary that could have been edited out, but it did flow. I look forward to reading the next in the series to see where Bethany and Xavier's tale continues.

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Review: Anna Dressed In Blood By: Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in BloodAnna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fast adventurous read that takes you into a mix of dark and light exposing the grey that lies in the in between. The combination of white witches, black witches, voodoo, ghost hunting, poltergeists, and a mixed group of people that come together that you haven't seen since the Buffy series on TV. Enter Theseus "Cas" Cassio Lockwood who has filled the footsteps of his father by hunting ghosts and destroying them, Carmel Jones, the "it" girl at school who becomes entangled in the hunt, Thomas Sabin, local boy who brought Cas in and has a few gifts of his own to bring to the table. In Thunder Bay there is a legend of Anna Korlov also known as, Anna dressed In Blood- she has taken victims ripped them apart, she is unlike any ghost that Cas has encountered, yet it there is depth to her that let's him know that the destruction is not of her will. To get to the bottom of her story could free her, yet can he kill her afterwords - and after all the hunting he has done, something might be hunting him...

Loved this book, a fast, easy read that was fast paced, fill with twists. I love the way the author writes and holds the voice throughout the book, lending a true gothic feel.

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