It’s time to link up with Kathryn of Book Date for It’s Monday! What are YOU reading? Kathryn took over this weekly, Monday meme from Shelia of Book Journey who had taken it over from J Kayne Book Blog. It’s all about catching up with fellow book lovers about one’s reading week. If you’d like to participate with us, simply link to Kathryn, share about what’s goin’ on with you, and tell us about the good &/or bad reads you had for the week. I’m a day later, but FYI, you’re able to link your post until Friday of the week.
Well, apparently I’ve gotten a lot of reading done. Last week on the old blog I thought I didn’t finish any new books but of course that was a Homer Simpson moment on my end. I actually had one hardcover read but like I said before, my swap partner’s package was high priority.
Patty (Books, Thoughts and Adventures) had flashed The Black Witch and its series several times on her blog. Each time I was reminded to move up the book until finally, I procured a hard copy from my library. Envision this:
hidden away far
unbeknownst old power lives
tough love dispels ignorance
unlikely band together.
A mercurial magic hidden so young. A free, sheltered spirit goes as a country mouse to the big city. In a Catch-22 situation, Elloren fights manipulation with her inborn stubbornness. Immersed among others her people’s history has vilified, she gets a hands-on education on what’s it like in the real world. Through ups and downs, this teenager’s eyes are opened and she then must make decisions on who to trust and what to do.
When first reading this book, my brain had to adjust to their world. I had to sort out the hierarchy and learn this society’s terms. I won’t lie and I will admit, I was kind of reminded of Harry Potter’s world. That made me nervous because I didn’t want to read a copy cat. However as the pages turned, Elloren’s experiences went in another direction. At times the plot got intense. I was riveted of course. I thought the book would get to a certain point in Elloren’s character but I realized the storyline moves at a moderate pace so me, as the reader, can see everything that is going on. There are no rushed elements or skipping over of time. I grew to appreciate that. I also loved the names of Laurie Forest’s characters; they are refreshing. In addition, I loved the protagonist’s connection to trees, a plant I am always in awe of when I admire how tall it is and how its bark grows. I liked how her innocence was balanced by her tendency to dig in her heels despite her powerlessness in situations. The only thing I was disappointed in was that The Black Witch was published recently so that means I have to wait for the second installment!
If you are a fan of witches, like to read about a different kind of magic, and like to root for an underdog, this read is for you. Five stars.
Sewing to Sell is a book that was featured on my library’s Overdrive site one day. It made me curious so I found the paperback copy and checked it out.
There is a variety of topics covered in this and Virginia Lindsay even shares some of her basic, sewing patterns towards the end. If you are new to the idea of selling your handmade crafts and want to get an idea of how to go about it, a read through of this book wouldn’t hurt. In the past, I have read posts on selling one’s crafts from Pinterest. Therefore, not much was new to me after getting through the paperback. With today’s technology ensuring a world-wide web of information, I’m the type who will research as needed and as she goes + as one who likes to compare and contrast articles. Because of this, I gave it two stars.
connect to the old
doubt, intrigue, premonitions
chain reaction starts.
The Fortune Teller reminds me of a chain reaction. Once Semele discovers and reads an old manuscript a chain reaction of events are started. Danger becomes an element as chaos disrupts her world. The quest for answers will only soothe the beast of questions.
The crew gave me this book for Christmas. I had seen it advertised on Amazon, became curious about its cover, and so I read its summary and liked what was presented. I felt this historical fiction is like a cross between Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and B.A. Shapiro’s The Art Forger. There are historical facts, a very old object of intrigue, and a race to find out everything possible. It was like I stepped on a roller coaster that didn’t stop until the end of the story.
Once when I was high school, my friends and I encountered a psychic who read each of our faces quickly as she solicited for business. Other than that, I don’t know much about tarot cards. I enjoyed the peeking glances into its history. The switching between the past and the present flowed smoothly. Each character was relevant to the plot and every action made sense. I was never bored. Three stars.
You know I’m a big fan of the fantasy genre. This series kept poppin’ up on Goodreads. I felt like it kept saying, read me, read me, read me! So I asked Santa to bring me one for Christmas and he did.
Jane Yellowrock comes to New Orleans. She’s hired to hunt down a rogue vampire that’s been killing other vampires. This supernatural hunter is a Skinwalker, one who shares the soul of a mountain lion with her body. Jane uses both mountain lion and human forms to navigate through the politics and ways of vampire society.
Ah, a strong, female lead who can fight, rides a kickstart motorcycle, and carries a shotgun, knives, and crosses? You bet that was right up my alley. Blood? Check! Guts? Check! It was a real good book. I liked how Jane didn’t care about getting dirty. It was any means necessary. Boy, finding the rogue vampire was tricky. I liked this book more than the Mercy Thompson series. Want more. Four stars.
Okay; that’s all the juice I’ve got for this post. Honestly, the last three books I got swept away with reading so I didn’t note down anything. You can tell for the first book I had notes and observations. I’ll do better next time. I hope you’re having a good week. Happy reading to you. TTYS.