Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

Shadow Spell (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #2)Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this series but I have an idea now after reading this second book by Nora Roberts. Three cousins – three romances – three books. I’ve noted this theme in other book reviews and here it is again, with a bit of a twist, witches.

Our sextet takes another swing at the dark evil hounding them, this time from a man’s point of view. Two life long friends discover their friendship is much more than either thought, and with their newly laid plans to end the terror of an ancient sorcerer everything is in place.

Except there is a third book in this series. It’s not over yet.

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Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

Dark Witch (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #1)Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a book and a series recommended to me by my godmother. I’ve read Nora Roberts before, but never anything like this. Never about witches. The story takes place across generations, ending with the return of one to the homeland, Ireland.

This is a series about 3 cousins, each with their own book, and their own path to romance. The overall plot is a typical good versus evil story. Even with this fairly common storyline, I enjoyed the writing, the animals, the witchcraft, the magick, and even the setting.

I have the rest of this series and will be reading them.

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Clairvoyance and Occult Powers by William Walker Atkinson

Clairvoyance and Occult PowersClairvoyance and Occult Powers by William Walker Atkinson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There is a ton of information crammed into this book. It’s clear the author has written about this subject before and has experience with it. He even provides further reading and recommendations at the end of the book.

Not everyone is going to like this book as it does deal with certain beliefs that not everyone is into, however if you are into this sort of thing (clairvoyance, clairaudience, telepathy, telekinesis, psychic influence, and the “laying on of hands”. Even astral travel is mentioned and takes up about half the book.

The author quotes other writers and his other books quite often in order to make a point or further explain the concepts therein. There are exercises to develop your psychic powers should you choose to do so.

It is very well written and full of information. Every angle is sufficiently explained. If you’re looking to learn more about what clairvoyance and occult powers are, I’d start with this free ebook off Amazon.

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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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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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Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Jolie Wilkins, #1)Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was interesting to see another person’s take on witches, warlocks, werewolves, vampires, demons, fairies and pixies. However…

I will forever and always get stuck on the “everyone want’s to have to sex with the heroine” gimmick and this book has it. I’m almost willing to forgive the author for this because 1) there is a plot point for her doing this and 2) she hints at there being another reason that isn’t fully explained in this book.

Anyway, I’ll run off the “another book” I mentioned. This is the first book in a series of books. The book ends at what is a good point plot wise, but sort of feels a bit anti-climatic…like the book should have had a better ending? I’m not sure how to put it into words. Our heroine feels better about her abilities, but the ending is very abrupt, or at least it seemed so to me. Yes, that was what I was trying to communicate.

You also get a chapter from another first book in a series at the end. I generally like fantasy books, but I also don’t like the “everyone sleep with the heroine” tactic either…

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