Dollar Tree Book Reviews – Part One

I’ve bought quite a few books from the Dollar Tree in my time here on this blog, and I think the time has come to do a collective review on some of them. So, without further ado here is a video of my talking about some books from the Dollar Tree!

 

The books I cover in this video are:

 

Keep reading little book worms!

Ghosts Among Us by James Van Praagh

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started reading this book thinking it would be along the lines of all those ghost shows on tv. Like, the guys who take all this equipment with them and sit in a supposed haunted building all night and then review what they captured in the morning.

Nope. This is a more mystical take on communicating with ghost. The book goes a bit into what the after life is for ghosts, or the spiritual energy everyone has inside them. He talks about auras, chakras, the power of thought, the power of energy, and how a person never really dies.

It was a lot to take in, having never had an interest in chakras, Van Praagh explains the basics, and how others’ energies (ghosts, or even other peoples’) can affect it, which in turn causes us to have issues. Same with auras, how our auras can change based on the energies around it. It was, a little eye opening.

It wasn’t all his mystical knowledge, there were stories of readings he’s done, both for the average man on the street and a few celebrities he’s encountered. He also revealed what he thought the after life was like based on his near-death experience and from his visits with ghosts on the other side.

Some of the ideas he presented were similar to my own thoughts about what happens after we die. Such as, I believe in reincarnation, and that when we die we get to see those who have gone before us (grandparents, family pets, etc), James addresses all those things and more. If you’re at all interested in this kind of stuff, give this book a read. I mean, I found a copy at the Dollar Tree so you might as well! As a side note, this is not a religious read, he does touch on it to a degree, but it’s not the main focus of the book.

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Book Haul // The Dollar Tree

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Every so often I pop into my local Dollar Tree to see what new and interesting things they have for sale. And every so often I end up buying more books to add to my never ending list of ‘to read’ books. This is what I found on my last trip:

Pay Me In Flesh (Mallory Caine, Zombie at Law #1) by K. Bennett

Hungry For Justice-And Brains

Meet Mallory Caine. Attorney at law. Zombie at large. She’s not like those “Living Dead” losers you see in the movies. She doesn’t slobber, drool, or lurch-she’s smart, stylish, and sexy. Sure, she’s a zombie and a lawyer but, hey, a girl’s got to eat. When Mallory’s not in the courtroom, going head to head with her ex-boyfriend, killer-prosecutor Aaron Argula, she’s in the seedy streets of Hollywood, hunting brain after brain. That is, until some psycho starts hunting zombie after zombie…

The Defense Never Rests-In Peace

The undead are decapitated, a letter “Z” carved in their flesh. Mallory doesn’t want to lose her head, but she’s worried. Like a lot of lawyers in L.A., she doesn’t have a soul-a side effect of being a zombie, not a defense attorney. If Mallory dies before she gets her soul back, she goes straight to hell. No appeals. Objection overruled. If the killer isn’t stopped, it’s case closed for zombies everywhere. But Mallory is an undying champion of justice. And she won’t go down-without a bite

Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other Side by James Van Praagh

Everyone loves a good ghost story. Perhaps the human fascination with the supernatural stems from the fact that most of us, at some point in our lives, have experienced something we couldn’t quite explain. From a very young age James Van Praagh was aware of a dimension that most of us cannot see, and he has dedicated his life to explaining it to the rest of us. Ghosts Among Us takes us on an incredible journey into the spirit world that brings to light one of our greatest mysteries—what happens to us after we die?

Van Praagh, the New York Times bestselling author and co-executive producer of the CBS series The Ghost Whisperer, shares his knowledge and life experience about ghosts, a subject that can seem to many of us both bizarre and terrifying. But when the world beyond is explained fully by an experienced guide, dismissal and apprehension can be turned into knowledge and inspiration. With incredible true ghost stories and surprising details about how ghosts actively participate in our lives, Van Praagh challenges us to question our perceptions and shows us how we can live more fully through understanding the world of spirits. Including eerily accurate readings, the author’s development as a medium, and detailed how-to information, Ghosts Among Us is an all-encompassing guide to the supernatural.

The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

Vampire Rising (Alex Van Helsing #1) by Jason Henderson

Fourteen-year-old Alex has no idea that he’s descended from the world’s most famous vampire hunter, but that changes fast when he arrives at Glenarvon Academy and confronts two vampires in his first three days. Turns out Glenarvon isn’t the only school near Lake Geneva. Hidden deep underground lies an ancient university for vampires called the Scholomance. And the deadly vampire clan lord known as Icemaker? You might say he’s a visiting professor.

When two of Alex’s friends are kidnapped by Icemaker, it’s up to Alex to infiltrate the Scholomance and get them back–alive. Assisted by the Polidorium, a top-secret vampire-hunting organization with buried ties to the Van Helsings, Alex dodges zombies, bullets, and lots–and lots–of fangs on his way to thwarting Icemaker’s plans and fulfilling his family destiny.

The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor

1786, Jerusalem College Cambridge. The ghost of Sylvia Whichcote is rumoured to be haunting Jerusalem since disturbed fellow-commoner, Frank Oldershaw, claims to have seen the dead woman prowling the grounds. Desperate to salvage her son’s reputation, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth to investigate.

Its a very supernatural themed haul this time, but then, that’s what I lean towards when I’m reading for pleasure (I’ve also been watching quite a bit of Supernatural on Netflix, but that just might be a coincidence).

Keep reading little book worms!

Disclaimer: All books were purchased by myself, for myself, with my personal piggy bank. Hyperlinked book titles all open into new windows to the appropriate Goodreads book page. Supernatural opens in a new window to IMDB, and Neflix opens in a new window to the company website. I am not affiliated with The Dollar Tree in any way. I am not affiliated with IMDB, however I do have accounts on both Goodreads and Netflix. I do not earn any royalties or affiliate earnings if you click on any of the links in this post.