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Review: The Violet Countercharm (Pearl Goodfellow)

9 Jul

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Where there’s murder there’s magic. 

Ding Dong! The witch is dead!

Spithilda Roach didn’t croak from natural causes, though. Did one of her attempts at gloomy magic backfire again? Or did one of Spithilda’s many haters finally do her in?

Onyx, Shade, Midnight, Gloom, Eclipse, Carbon, Jet and Fraidy; the group of eight immortal cats that make up The Infiniti, join their witch-in-denial, Hattie, to help solve Spithilda’s murder.
When they come face-to-face with the caustic old witch’s past, they realize it isn’t just magic to be found there. Instead, they find Spithilda’s history is rife with jealousy, revenge, and full moon mania!

Hattie’s inner sorceress is still beckoning, waiting for her to accept the power of her bloodline. But, can she solve the murder without using her innate magic? Only time will tell.

Tick-Tock, Hattie. Tick-Tock.

“The Violet Countercharm” is the second book of the Hattie-Jenkins series, and I enjoyed it just as much as the first book. There are cats, there is romance and mystery, and there is lots and lots of humor. You do not have to have read the first book, although I do not see why you would not want to do so, because they are both hilarious. One might argue that the culprit was a bit too easily found, but still the tale unravels in a breath-taking, highly entertaining way and leaves the reader wanting more.

(Having said that, I am off to download the next books … )

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A review: Jailbreaking the goddess (Lasara Firefox Allen)

28 Feb

Book blurb:

Jailbreaking the Goddess is a revolutionary revisioning of the feminine divine. Where the maiden, mother, crone archetypal system is tied to female biology and physical stages of life, the fivefold model liberates the female experience from the shackles of the reproductive model.

In a woman’s lifetime, she will go through several different cycles of beginnings, potential, creation, mastery, and wisdom. This fivefold model is not an adaption of the threefold. It is a new system that embraces the powerful, fluid nature of the lived experience of women today.

Join Lasara Firefox Allen as she explores the nature of the five archetypes; gives examples of what areas of life each might preside over; lists goddesses that fit within each archetype; suggests ways to begin building relationship with the different archetypes; and provides simple rituals for recognition, transition, and invocation.

 

MY OPINION:

No breakthroughs, only replacing one system of sorting the deities with another. Many of my friends have been raving about this book, but I just can’t find my way into it. First the author explains that the “maiden-mother-crone” system is harmful to modern women because it is too rigid for the modern world. But then she goes and replaces it with a just-as-rigid system consisting of deities such as the “creatrix”, who is nothing but the mother. I don’t know, maybe it’s just the right book for you, but for me – I was hoping for someone to show the deities in all their glory, instead of providing just a different sorting box. The tasks to be performed are mostly theoretical – at least for the part of the book I could make myself read – and lack divine connection. Sorry, just not my type of book.

Book review: “Filthy witch and dead famous” (Pearl Goodfellow)

17 Jan

A COZY MYSTERY, SHROUDED IN PARANORMAL SUSPENSE, WRAPPED IN A COMEDY-FANTASY!

Nebula Dreddock has been murdered. Most would say the actress had it coming, but that’s beside the point. Nobody deserves to die this way. Even if it happens to be Gless Inlet’s bitch … ahem … witch-iest A-lister.

Portia Fearwyn, Nebula’s crotchety neighbor, seems the most likely suspect. The pair have shared some bad blood, after all. But, what about Cressida Dreddock, Nebula’s mad-as-a-hatter twin? With multiple escapes from Midnight Hill asylum, it’s soon clear that Nebula’s crazy sister does, in fact, have an even crazier motive to want her famous twin dead.

Reluctant witch, and practicing herbalist, Hattie Jenkins is drawn into the case as herbal consultant. But, wherever Hattie is, her eight (insufferably) immortal black cats aren’t far behind.

Will Hattie and her fuzzy sidekicks find Nebula’s killer before yet another untimely death takes place? And, can Hattie pull it off without having to engage with her inner sorceress?
Join Hattie and The Infiniti as they race against the clock to unravel the clues!

Part one of an eight-part series: Hattie Jenkins and the Infiniti Chronicles.

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This book came to me as recommendation from a good friend, so of course I picked it up between sorting through my virtual ebook files. And I did, indeed, love it! Even though I am not too fond of romance and all. Hattie and her friends are highly likeable characters with personalities of their own, coming alive between the pages without too much description. The world they inhabit is familiar and strange at the same time, and there are many things I feel are worth exploring. Plus the story contains the odd herbal remedy or two (and you get even more when you subscribe to the author’s newsletter!)

All in all I highly recommend this book to everyone looking for an entertaining, cozy, witchy read. If you like cats, tea and/or mysterious murder, you’ll feel right at home.

I did it again!!!

26 Jul

As of today, you can get “Whispering woods” through the usual channels:

Amazon UK 
Amazon US

And now I have to rush to get through edits and get the next book translated to catch up with everything and everyone! So, if you feel like you miss me, pick up your copy and leave me a few nice words! ^^

 

Mirror Lake print

28 Mar

960290_527158790758708_714881489288739232_nThis morning, my print books arrived! First good thing to happen this weekend, since remaining sober at our favorite cocktail bar resulted in an attack from the stomach bug from hell. I don’t know what it is, but I should have battled it with booze! At first I tried to tough it out at the office, but called Richard after two hours so he’d take me to the doctor’s office instead. Then spent the whole Friday on the sofa, dozing, sometimes puking, not drinking enough and barely eating anything all day – except for some chocolate pudding and sweet raisin rolls with Gouda cheese later in the evening. Once I felt slightly better, Richard helped me to the bedroom at three in the morning.

The parcel arrived at eight, leaving me with only five hours of sleep. But my stomach is slightly better, the books look great and the cats love the packaging material (which they have spread through the hallway at this point). Ever since I have dozed, looked at the manuscript of a friend (whose first book Hedge Games (Rule of Thorns, book 1) you should totally buy), had pizza with ham and pineapple for breakfast and drunk my first cup of coffee since Thursday night. We still have to go grocery shopping, but apart from that I plan to remain as lazy as possible.

So, what are your plans for the weekend?

Like sleeping in a library

22 Jan

That’s how Richard describes my latest change to our bedroom. I mean, imagine if you found yourself with a giant wardrobe, what would you put in it?

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Books, obviously.

One big advantage of our new flat is that it comes with an inbuilt wardrobe. It has sliding doors, and due to construction one compartment is always open. Since we have two white cats intent to Shed On All The Clothes!!!, this compartment is really not for clothing. So I got to use it for two of the most precious things in the world to me: Books, and my altar.

My altar is still under construction (second shelf from the bottom) and only consists of my bonsai tree, my divine balance statue and my tarot cards. I have not yet figured out how to add a candle without burning down the house, and in time more magical objects will surely make its way into our wardrobe. But I am not in a hurry.

(That is one fifth of our wardrobe. Envious?)

And the books – see for yourself. Pretty, right? The shelves hold our university textbooks, dictionaries, scientific books on interesting subjects (from serial killers to “good officialese” from the fifties) and my witchy books.

I have started spreading my library through the complete flat, with the cookbooks in the hallway…

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… and some interesting books one would not mind showing to guests in the livingroom.Sorry for the crappy picture, it is all still under construction.

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Most of the novels and some random volumes still inhabit my personal office, where more shelves are needed (You can’t see the remaining books lining up against the other wall.)

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Review: End of dreams (The immortal destiny, volume 1) by Kim Faulks

4 Nov

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Description: “A vicious killer hunts a young pregnant woman. He wants more than her blood–he wants her baby too.
Young Eve dreams of being a good mother to her unborn son, that dream is shattered when child killer, Edric Hasting finds her in the middle of the night.
Haunted by the images of black wings on her baby’s ultrasound and the killers last words Eve knows her only hope of survival is to run.
She soon finds hard-bitten detective Adley Scott who dreams of justice for a string of murdered children which hit too close to home.
A group of Immortals are drawn into Eve’s battle for survival as events are played out across the globe by two opposing factions of immortal beings.
The fragile, divine balance of all things is at stake, and the world is the ultimate prize.
Against a background of universe-changing events and an ensemble of vivid, unforgettable characters, Eve and Adley will have to fight to survive as they begin to learn the truth of The Immortal Destiny.”

Let me start off by saying that unless a book manages to really grip my attention right at the beginning, I won’t continue reading. Especially with everything you can find for Kindle these days – there are true gems to be found, but also lots of crap. And this book was a great read. The characters were well-formed, the action never got boring and the descriptions sucked me right into the story.

I would rate it four out of five stars only because there were some minor problems. along the road – things that seemed unlogical, as if the plot idea had changed mid-story or as if something had been edited out of the story or into it at a later point in time. It was never enough to make me not want to continue reading, but enough for me to notice and stumble. Still I highly recommend reading this book.

 

You can get the book as paperback or ebook.