I will NOT be taking anymore review requests at this time, because I'm a bit overwhelmed and getting behind.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

{Book Review} Mabon: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Autumn Equinox (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials) by Llewellyn Publications, Diana Rajchel

Mabon: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Autumn Equinox (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials)
by Llewellyn Publications, Diana Rajchel
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Release: July 8th 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Wiccan, Religion
How I got it: Netgalley

Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials series explores the old and new ways of celebrating the seasonal rites that are the cornerstones in the witch's year. A well-rounded introduction to Mabon, this attractive book features rituals, recipes, lore, and correspondences. It includes hands-on information for modern celebrations, spells and divination, recipes and crafts, invocations and prayers, and more!

Review:
I have to admit that Mabon is my favorite Sabbat, because some years it actually falls on my birthday Which I think is pretty cool.
This mean I love learning more about the history and how to celebrate it. Of course this is the perfect book for that.
Mabon is a harvest festival celebrating the Autumnal Equinox.This is the day when the days begin to grow shorter and the nights longer. In some places n this day the day and night last for the same length of time.
As with the other books in this series Mabon gives us a bunch of information on rituals, decor, crafts, and recipes to honor this day. I really enjoyed reading and learning more about this Sabbat.


Friday, June 5, 2015

{Book Review} Haunted Plantations of the South by Richard Southall

Haunted Plantations of the South
by Richard Southall
Publisher:Llewellyn Publications
Released:June 8th 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction-Adult: Paranormal
How I got it: NetGalley

When you hears the word "plantations," most people think of grand homes with pillars and sweeping staircases. These houses of grandeur were located all through the South in the days before the Civil War, and there are some that still resonate with the loveliness they had in their heyday. These majestic homes have a long history, and some of those who lived in these homes remain today. The ghosts of soldiers, slaves, and the elite family who lived in the plantation homes still wander the halls.

Richard Southall explores gorgeous plantation homes and those that are abandoned and in decay to present a colorful history of the ghosts that linger there.

Review: I liked the historical aspect of the book but felt it was a bit light on the ghosts.
I felt Mr Southall did a wonderful job with the research and how he told the plantation histories. I enjoyed learning about the different places and historical significance of each. While I enjoyed the historical information, I found the book a little light in the paranormal field. Some of the houses seemed to have very small amount of ghostly activity and places that had well documented hauntings seemed down played. For example the Myrtles Plantation, a very well documented haunted bed & breakfast, was kind of glossed over in my opinion. It seemed Mr Southall picked the most popular points and left out those not so well known such as the legend of the William Winter's Room. Which in my view would have made the book more interesting than just the same old, same old.
Overall the book was enjoyable and interesting from a historical standpoint.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

{Book Review} Lughnasadh: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Lammas (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials) by Llewellyn Publications, Melanie Marquis

Lughnasadh: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Lammas (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials)
by Llewellyn Publications, Melanie Marquis
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Release: June 8th 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Wiccan, religion, crafts, recipes,
How I got it: NetGalley

Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials series explores the old and new ways of celebrating the seasonal rites that are the cornerstones in the witch's year. A well-rounded introduction to Lughnasadh, this attractive book features rituals, recipes, lore, and correspondences. It includes hands-on information for modern celebrations, spells and divination, recipes and crafts, invocations and prayers, and more!

Review:
This is an inbetween celebration, not quite summer but also not exactly fall. Lughnasdh takes place around the time those things you planted in the spring are reaching the time to start picking. Sort of the beginning of harvest festival.
If you've read the other books in this series skip the intro and jump right int the good stuff. I enjoyed learning the history of the celebration and how other religions have comparable festivals. Easy rituals with things found outside or around the house. I love the crafts and yummy sounding recipes.
Another wonderful addition to this series.


Monday, June 1, 2015

{Book Review} Calming the Chaos: A Soulful Guide to Managing Your Energy Rather Than Your Time by Jackie Woodside

Calming the Chaos: A Soulful Guide to Managing Your Energy Rather Than Your Time
by Jackie Woodside
Publisher:Next Century Publishing
Released:March 18th 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction- adult: Self-Help
How I got it: Received a copy via author

Far too many people in contemporary culture feel they don't have enough time to "get it all done." The stress of this chronic overwhelm creates a disorganized mind that leads to a chaotic life. Based on her highly acclaimed "Energy Management" workshops, and drawn from over 25 years of counseling and coaching experience, professional trainer and speaker Jackie Woodside shares her breakthrough methods that lead to becoming the least stressed, most productive person you know!
In Calming the Chaos, you will learn the step-by-step skills and thought processes that lead to increased productivity and peace of mind. Jackie's approach stems from the new frontier of human performance called energetic consciousness. Part philosophy, part psychology, fully practical application, you will learn:
- Why there is no such thing as time management and what to do instead.- How to manage your energy instead of your time and stress.- The three-step formula for managing every component of your life for the rest of your life!- Why "to-do lists" are a set up for failure and what really works.- "The Three Strikes Rule" that will end procrastination for good!- How to always know that you have the time for what you want and need to do!
Many books promise to change your life. Applying these principles will make this a reality!

Review:
As a working mom, I'm always trying to stretch another hour out of the day. Calming the Chaos turned the way I look at and manage time on it's head.
Working through this book has helped me understand managing myself and my energy not just time. Figuring out what is important and what can be thrown to the wayside. The book teaches you a new way of looking at what you are doing and what you want to do.
I found everything this book offers interesting and educational. If you are someone who is trying to "do it all" then you definately need to pick up this book.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

{Book Review} Murder and Mayhem in Jefferson County by Cheri L. Farnsworth

Murder and Mayhem in Jefferson County
by Cheri L. Farnsworth
Publisher: History Press (SC)
Released: April 1st 2011 by
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: True Crime
How I got it: Received a copy from the publisher

Jefferson County, located in New York's beautiful North Country, has a dark and violent past. During the long winter months, it was not the cold that was feared, but the killers. In 1828, Henry Evans committed a crime so brutal that the location in Brownsville is still called "Slaughter Hill." A real-life "Little Red Riding Hood," eleven-year-old Sarah Conklin met someone far worse than a wolf on her way home from school in 1875. And in 1908, Mary Farmer, a beautiful young mother hacked her neighbor to death and was sent to the electric chair. Author Cheri L. Farnsworth has compiled the stories of the most notorious criminal minds of Jefferson County's early history.

Review:
I find it amazing that I have lived in Jefferson County all my life and never heard of these stories. It's interesting to read about event that happened around where I live. With most of these case, I know and can imagine where they took place.
Ms Farnsworth did a great job researching the cases. It's actually pretty amazing the amount of information she found on the other cases. I enjoyed the way she told the stories, letting them unfold.
This was a wonderful book filled with history and true crime.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Update

So I felt I should post a quick update for everybody. I have been recently trying to do far to much and my reviews have suffered. Also I got a promotion at work. My supervisor retired, so I was put into her position. This meant I got a newbie, who I have to train. The whole thing has been super stressful and frustrating. I haven't been able to listen to books at work like I used to, so I'm not getting as many done as I was. Lately when I get home the last thing I want to do is work on reviews.
So I ended up taking this weekend off to work on all the stuff I've been putting off. If I have a book you've sent me to review I will get it done, if I haven't already scheduled it.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

{Book Tour} The Last Witness by Jerry Amernic

The Last Witness
by Jerry Amernic
Genre: Historical Thriller
Published by: Story Merchant Books
Publication Date: October 29th 2014
Number of Pages: 334
ISBN: 9780990421658

Synopsis:
The year is 2039, and Jack Fisher is the last living survivor of the Holocaust. Set in a world that is abysmally complacent about events of the last century, Jack is a 100-year-old man whose worst memories took place before he was 5. His story hearkens back to the Jewish ghetto of his birth and to Auschwitz where, as a little boy, he had to fend for himself to survive after losing his family. Jack becomes the central figure in a missing-person investigation when his granddaughter suddenly disappears. While assisting police, he finds himself in danger and must reach into the darkest corners of his memory to come out alive.

Purchase Links:
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Author Bio:
Jerry Amernic is a Toronto writer who has been a newspaper reporter and correspondent, newspaper columnist, feature writer for magazines, teacher of journalism, and media consultant. His first book 'Victims: The Orphans of Justice' was a true story about a former police officer whose eldest daughter was murdered and who became a leading advocate for crime victims. This resulted in Jerry’s column about the justice system for The Toronto Sun. More recently Jerry co-authored 'Duty - The Life of a Cop' with Julian Fantino, the highest-profile police officer Canada has ever produced and now a member of the Canadian Cabinet. In fiction, Jerry’s first novel 'Gift of the Bambino' was praised by The Wall Street Journal in the U.S., The Globe and Mail in Canada, and others. His latest novel is the historical thriller 'The Last Witness'. Just released is the biblical-historical thriller 'Qumran'.

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