Ouija by Katharine Turner

OuijaOuija by Katharine Turner

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was a quick read. It’s based on a script, which is basically what it reads like, and it reads like young adult or even teen reading. It’s not very long, and lines are almost double spaced throughout. Once the plot got going it was very predictable. This happened, followed by this, and ending like that.

It’s very much a book based on a movie and you can tell. It was alright, and worth the buck I paid for it at the Dollar Tree, but there are more interesting and worthwhile books to read rather than this one. I wouldn’t seek it out again.

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The Joy of Less Book 2 by Cary David Richards

The Joy of less Book 2 Decluttering Your EnvironmentThe Joy of less Book 2 Decluttering Your Environment by Cary David Richards

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A continuation of Book 1 from Cary David Richards. The last book was all about your mind set, this book is all about taking action. He gives tips on how to actually go about decluttering your home, as well as how to deal with kids, measuring your success, and some more resources to help you out.

The two books together work rather well, but there is nothing new in these books. You’ll find the same concepts in most other clutter related books, websites, and blogs. However, I will say it is nice to have them as a digital copy to put on an e-reader and take with you wherever you go.

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The Sea Thy Mistress by Elizabeth Bear

The Sea Thy Mistress (The Edda of Burdens)The Sea Thy Mistress by Elizabeth Bear

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is part of a series, I believe it is the third book in this series. This is part of the reason why I felt a bit lost when reading this book. The author uses a language that she doesn’t really explain, just expecting you to know it from a previous book, but I did manage to wrap my brain around it after reading a few chapters. There were concepts that the author didn’t delve into until later on in the book, leaving you wondering what the heck she was trying to tell you.

The overall story was good though; the fate of a world landing into the hands of gods and angels, those angels having all too human weaknesses because they were once human. And anthropomorphic animals. I would have liked to know a little bit more about the world these characters lived in, as I felt I knew the characters by the end, but their world was still a bit confusing.

I liked it, it was okay, it’s not a favorite though.

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Arms-Commander by L.E. Modesitt Jr

Arms-Commander (Saga of Recluce)Arms-Commander by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I usually don’t have terribly high hopes for most of the books I pick up at the Dollar Tree, but this one surprised me.

First, the majority of the book is politics, battle strategies, and logic/rational. Second, it focuses on changing society’s view of women. While that might sound like a rather dry plot and story, it wasn’t. Not at all. The plot didn’t skip from battle to battle, and the entire was very well written.

This also happens to be the sixteenth installment in a series, but it really didn’t feel like it. As I read I didn’t feel like I had missed out by not reading the previous books (though after reading this one I want to find the rest of the series on Amazon) because the author did very well by filling in the gaps and briefly explaining why things were they way they were.

It was good, I liked the vein of women’s liberation that the book focused on (especially since I am female myself). I liked reading the battles as their strategies and techniques changed from fight to fight as the book carried on. For being such a thick ~800 page book, it really didn’t feel that long.

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Candle Burning Magic by Anna Riva

Candle Burning MagicCandle Burning Magic by Anna Riva

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is quite a lot of information packed into this 100 page book. I love that, however, I do wish that the author took a more secular take on it rather that put a Christian take on the entire thing, but I digress as that didn’t really impact the information provided.

Anna Riva covers everything from the physical appearance of the candle and what it means, to dressing it with oils, using incense, intentions, inscriptions, symbols (seals/sigils), the Hand of Glory, how long to burn the candle, when to burn the candle, and even ceromancy.

I took notes. I had to, there was so much information covered here and I wanted to be able to build on this basic foundation that Anna Riva provided. If you are at all interested in candle burning magick, I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of this book. It’s perfect for beginners or people wanting to get back into it.

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The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #3)The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would have given this four stars, but there there were some plot inconsistencies that confused me. For one, it was never explained how the main character knew where the Cemetery of Forgotten Books was. It was supposed to be this big secret, and then all of a sudden there they are. Other plot points were either shoved aside as unimportant later on in the book.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a good story, but it got my hopes up at seeing some of the events concluded and then they suddenly weren’t important enough to follow through with. Now, I have to admit that this is a book in a series, and that some of these events may either be explained in previous/later books, but as a stand alone book, it doesn’t really resolve much.

In short, it’s a good story, I just wish it would have resolved more plot points.

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With Open Arms by Nora Roberts

With Open Arms: Song of the West / Her Mother's KeeperWith Open Arms: Song of the West / Her Mother’s Keeper by Nora Roberts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a set of two short stories: Song of the West and Her Mother’s Keeper, collectively called With Open Arms.

I willingly admit that I liked Song of the West more than Her Mother’s Keeper. I have a couple reasons for this. One, I was raised on a farm, rode horses, and worked around cattle most of my life. I identified with the characters and the setting. The story was believable, I liked it.

Her Mother’s Keeper… well I couldn’t get into it like I did with Song of the West. One of the main characters is a writer, and as a writer, I liked him. But her…she was a terrible daughter. The main premise (spoilers!) is that the man lets her believe that he is involved with her mother, yet she has no willpower to stop kissing him even though she believes he’s with her mother. Yeah. Couldn’t wrap my head around that one.

Anyway, I liked Song of the West, wasn’t impressed with Her Mother’s Keeper. I received this book from a co-worker as a gift, otherwise I’m not sure I would have gone out and purchased it on my own.

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