Oracle for Writers

Oracle Deck Review: Wisdom of the House of Night

img_20180510_154654.jpgThe wisdom of the house of night is an Oracle deck inspired by the House of Night Novels. It’s a 50-card deck along with a corresponding Guidebook.

If you haven’t read the novels, they are very good. Full of Vamp/witches creating all sorts of messes. You can see my review for Marked –> Here.

Nyx, the Greek Goddess of the night (apt for a school of Vampires) is very present in the novels as well as the cards. The premise being that Nyx influenced Sgiach to create them.

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The author of the cards (P. C. Cast) uses very simplified language when it comes to the instructions on how to use the cards and what purpose they have, I imagine it’s simply because the books themselves are YA and doesn’t want to overcomplicate them.

The Card’s range from different meanings, such as Individuality and Loyalty, most of which can be used for seeking advice from the universe, and also used for writing prompts.

Some of the meanings have characters from the books. To me, I feel it gives the reader a chance to look at what the author themselves was thinking when they wrote the book.

Some of the cards look great, but some feel like they got poor special effects in a movie. Like shadows are not present where they feel they would naturally, and some of the hair of one of the models does not look real. Little things like that, but they DON’T ruin the cards for me, just… disappoint me.

Overall not a bad deck, Rating ★★★★☆

 

 

 

 

New Post, Paranormal, Reviews

Review: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton

Rating: ★★★★★
Series: Anita Blake, #1
Pages: 355
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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“Pity is an emotion that can get you killed. The only thing more dangerous is blind hate, and maybe love.”

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Anita is an animator, she brings the dead back to life, even for a brief moment.  She also Kills the not so friendly neighbourhood vampires when they get a bit out of hand.

Only now, something is killing the Vampire’s and Anita has been called in to help then find the Killer of the dead.

with the help of Old, and new friends, Anita will need to fight whatever a 1000-year-old Master Vamp will throw at her.

“Important safety tip – never look a vampire in the eye.”

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now, but the series is on, book 26, so it’s a commitment.

I liked Anita. Often when a series is around just one character I can imagine it’ll get a bit tedious, but already she has so many layers I actually think I am going to love the series.

In some ways the series reminded me of TrueBlood/Southern Vampire Mysteries. Vamps out of the coffin, were-animals, bad case of religion.. etc, but Anita has much more dept.

Overall the writing is quick paced and whilst a lot is inner monologue, it perfectly describes Anita’s World.

Other characters; I loved Phillip. He was vulnerable in places like a child addicted to candy. I wanted to cuddle his big muscles.

I’ve heard Jean-Claude is a big thing in the rest of the series, but he mostly in a coffin for this one, but I am looking forward to the character development.

Such an interesting introduction to a world I know I am going to love. I cannot wait to get my teeth sunk into the rest of this series..

I Don’t date Vampires. I kill them. 

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Paranormal, Reviews

Review: Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Dark Hunter, #14

Pages: 728

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

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Outline:

Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. However, his human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Then, brought back against his will, Acheron became the sole defender of mankind.

Only it was never that simple. For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he’ll do anything to keep concealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence.

Now his survival and ours hinges on hers and old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both.

War has never been more deadly… or more fun.

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Review:

After I had read the reviews for Acheron, it took me a while to read this book. In fact, I had read the previous Dark Hunter books earlier this year but was afraid of this book. I have read ‘The League’ series, and the last one ‘Born of Silence’ was horrifically graphic.

This stuck in my mind because of the awful torture scenes. Sherrilyn Kenyon loves a tortured bad boy. I love em too.. just not that far gone. If you haven’t read Born of Silence, I fully recommend it, just not for the faint of heart.

With Acheron, I expected to feel disgusted with the first half of the book. I didn’t. I felt sad and overwhelmed at the number of times poor Acheron got beat, and she didn’t hold anything back. A few times I was reading the book so fast, trying to get past a truly horrific scene, whilst my hand was over my mouth in shock.

She left plenty to the imagination ( thank God.. or is that Zeus) but it was readable. I especially liked how Sherrilyn used Ryssa’s voice for the first part of the book and of course, explain the whole process of the Dark Hunter’s, why they were needed. I finally understood Acheron and Artemis’ relationship, and the full extent of his humility, morality and honour.

The second part of the book is Acheron’s chance at a HEA.. after everything that had happened I felt that this was perfect. Tori was perfect. She had brains, beauty, humour, quirkiness and spunk. She stood up to him; she stood by him. She reacted perfectly to a man who had every person betray him. I loved her…

This book was not what I was expecting, it was far better. Thank you very much Sherrilyn for an amazing read.

 

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Ghost Stories

New home… Not alone

So I wrote this a few years ago for a creative writing class. Thought I would post my short snippet. I do love ghost stories!!

P.S I’m looking for constructive criticism and advice about my writing. So any thoughts or feedback will be like cookies. Eaten up and enjoyed!

New Home… Not alone

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I feel like I am going crazy. It has to be the stress of moving into a new house or the divorce. Something. No sooner had I laid down in bed; things start to happen.

 It’s an old house and at first, I put the knocking and the creeking down to the wind and rain outside, something logical and explained.

Then, the door handle rattled inside my bedroom. The frantic shaking of a handle.  It was like someone could not get into a locked door and would repeatedly try.

Quietly, the door opened and a slither of grey moonlight crept into my room and over my bed. I remember looking from beneath my threadbare blanket and seeing only the outline of my door. And then… then the light was slightly blocked by something. I could make it out beneath my blanket, but the fear was sending shivers up my spine. I couldn’t move. I was frozen.

There was someone there. A figure was in my house, I was utterly defenceless. Trust me to be a divorcee.

 I shut my eyes, pretending that this wasn’t happening. I remember thinking that I should just turn over onto my stomach and go to sleep, but somehow that made me feel vulnerable. If I was going to be attacked I should face it head-on.

Suddenly the blanket was ripped away, I saw it fall down as if thrown. I glanced up at the door to see what was blocking the light. I could make out a dark silhouette of a tall woman. I couldn’t see her face, or what she was wearing but her silhouette was unmistakably female.

 “Who are you?” my voice was cracking in fear.

 She turned her head sharply, as if she heard a noise and walked towards the noise, and disappeared from the crack of light. I wanted to feel relieved but the pressure in the room seemed to close in. I felt that someone was sitting on my chest. Something heavy and constricting. I looked around the room. Nothing was out of place. Nothing was there.

 Out of the corner of my eyes, I saw something. The woman was back. She was pacing in the hallway. Back and forth. Back and forth. I couldn’t hear any footsteps, but she began to pace more furiously.

Back and forth. Back and Forth.

 Then she stopped. Turned and looked straight at me. She didn’t speak, but her eyes look straight through me. They were grey and gaunt. With a small, thin mouth and black eyes, she was terrifying. She stared at me for what seemed like minutes but could have only been a few seconds.  She opened her mouth, wide and let out a piercing, high-pitched scream.

 I closed my eyes and held my hands over my ears to protect them from the noise, but it was like she was screaming in my head. I couldn’t block her out, so I screamed as well. Over the scream, I heard a loud bang to my right. My eyes flew open and swiped towards the window, where I heard the noise. The window was open, and the wind flew across the room with such a large force, that the door closed. The screaming stopped. The door had slammed shut with another large bang!

 Everything had gone quiet. I couldn’t even hear the wind or rain outside. It was a deathly silence. I lifted my hands up off of my ears. My mouth wide open with shock. I turned towards the clock on my nightstand and it was 3am. My hand shaking, I reached over to the glass and drunk the water.  I collapsed back onto the bed with a thump, staring up at the ceiling.

 The next thing I remember was waking up the next morning, listening to the birds telling the world that they had survived the night. Well, so did I.

Tonight I will have to sleep in that bed, in that room. Will she return?

Paranormal, Reviews

Review: The Vampire’s Kiss by Cynthia Eden

“I give to you my blood, my life. Take it, become one. One of the chosen. Be of the night. Be of me.

 

30251450Rating: ★★★★★

Series: None

Pages: 199

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

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Savannah Daniels needs to die in order to execute vengeance against the monster that murdered her brother and his wife. Enter William Dark, a vampire who promises eternity and revenge in exchange for her company… for eternity. 

 

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REVIEW:

For me, this is the quintessential Vampire Romance. It has everything that a good vampire novel should have.

After the wake of such Vampire pop culture as Buffy and Twilight, vampires tend to have a soul. They fill pages and pages feeling guilty about what they’ve done and they brood! – A lot! Which is fine.. for a while. Then you get a book like this with a character like William and it changes things. When I read this it was shortly after I had read Twilight, and William was my introduction to a more naughtier Vampire. Okay, sure at some point William is not happy to condemn her soul.. yadda, yadda.. But I am glad to see that about 4 paragraphs into it; he don’t care!! To say the least, it was refreshing for me.

This book also kicked off for me my true love for Paranormal Romance, so for this I am eternally grateful (get it!!) This was also the first Cynthia Eden book that I read and have been hooked ever since.

This book had the right mix of romance and action and was very sweet, but hot at the same time, and I Loved it!!

I no longer fear the darkness.
-Entry from the diary of Savannah Daniels de Montfort,
January 1, 2005.

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Unboxing, YA

FairyLoot Unboxing: May 2018

I think its safe enough to unbox today without any spoilers. Everyone should have gotten theirs.

What is FairyLoot?

FairyLoot is a UK, YA Book subscription box, which contains a YA Fantasy hardback book,  and various book merchandise. Each box usually contains a candle, Fan Art posters, and others.

I’ve been getting FairyLoot for about 5 months now, and they are fab. Past boxes have contained cushion covers, pop vinyl, makeup bags, cork board bunting, enamel pins..

The May whimsical Journey’s Box contained:

  • Narnia Travel Mug
  • Hobbit Tote Bag
  • Fantastic Beasts Luggage tags
  • YA Hardback; Beyond the Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake
  • Literary Candle based on Beyond the Darkened Shore
  • Ace of Shades Badge
  • Percy Jackson Pin
  • Notepad with Quote from The Darkest Minds.
  • Fan Art from Beyond the Darkened Shore

 

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Fantasy, Reviews, YA

Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by S J Maas

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Pages: 228

Genre: Paranormal & Fantasy,

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Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their Court..

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“Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.”

I grinned so much during this book, my jaw hurt. I loved the friendships and the Christmassy feel, plus Rhysand!!

Not to brag, but I read it in one sitting…

“Dangerous words, Rhysand,” Amren warned, strutting through the door, nearly swallowed up by the enormous white fur coat she wore. Only her chin-length dark hair and solid silver eyes were visible above the collar. She looked— “You look like an angry snowball,” Cassian said.”

It was funny, Heart warming, and at one point I got a little choked up. This story to me what very much a ‘what happens after a war novel’

“To the blessed darkness from which we are born, and to which we return.”

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Literary Witchery, Tarot

Tarot Review: Eight Coin Tattoo Tarot

My first Tarot deck I am going to review is stunning. It’s by the very talented Lana Zellner, Check out her Instagram: Here.  The artwork is phenomenal, and I can’t stop staring at them.

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So let’s start with the box, it’s a Hardshell with finger grooves at the side to assist in opening, The first thing I notices was a folder poster, which practically lept out of the box.

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Next came the guidebook, It’s by far the best I’ve ever seen. The Images are in COLOUR, and the side pages have small tabs, for each of the suits and Major Arcana. The guide begins to describe her creating/drawing process

Next, the cards, they are very slippery, but overall a nice feel to them. There are 82 cards overall. six of the cards, have an original drawing from the first version of the deck. I personally have removed these ones, because, although nice cards, I would work with just the 76 cards.

The tattoo imagery is neo-traditional, as in the vintage tattoo that screams 1950s hillbilly, but that I am totally having for my first tattoo.. whenever that happens

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Ultimately, I am really looking forward to using this deck, more, and the rich imagery is spellbinding.

You can purchase the deck from Amazon.

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Literary Witchery, YA

Beltane, Books, & Magic

Happy Beltane & Welcome to Literary Witchery…

White magic in the air. Tarot, Oracle, Runes, Tea Leaves, crystals, and incense.

I love to celebrate seasons, and I am lucky enough to live in a country where each season is identifiable.

Beltane is celebrated today, which in the Celtic Calendar; May 1st in the northern hemisphere,  and the 31 October in Southern Hemisphere.

Beltane is often referred to as May Day, and although not yet summer, it is the marking of the seasons from spring to summer.

Spiritually, the veil between this world and the spirit world is thin, like at Halloween. Beltane is also a time for fertility and maypoles. Everything about this season is bright, the flowers, the grass, the sky and the leaves on the trees.

Summer is Coming…

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Books & Magic

From the 1st of May, Literary Romance will become Literary Witchery. I am a witch, and it’s something I have kept buried inside of me especially that creatrix inside of me.

My passion for books, and for spiritual development has always been treated as two separate things, but really, I’ve found that writing to heal is a powerful experience, and I hope at some point to show you some of my healing words.

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What Can I expect from this blog?

Book Reviews, Writing tips, Tarot/Oracle Deck Reviews, Nature wonder & recipes.

A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic – Carl Sagan

 

 

Fantasy, Reviews, YA

Review: A Court of Wings & Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3

Pages: 699

Genre: Ya Fantasy

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With the release of A Court of Frost and Starlight within the next 24 hours, I thought I’d post my final thoughts on the previous book, ACOWAR.

I was super excited about this book. I even booked the day off work when it was released. With the cliffhanger from ACOMF, I wanted answers…

“A Shadow slammed into the eath before us, cracking the ice toward every horizon.
Not a shadow.
A Illyrian warrior. ”

From that point on I couldn’t stop smiling, and then when Rhysand came back on the page, I SQUEALED… Needless to say, the neighbourhood dogs started barking.

He leaned down, nuzzling my throat. “Don’t you want to comfort your mate, who has missed you terribly these weeks?”

In the previous books, War has been brewing between the King of Hybern, and the rest of Prythian. The Inner Circle are reunited, and it’s fabulous!! I love the way SJM has written the friendship; it is stunning.

Only you can decide what breaks you

Tamlin the tool is back, and earlier in the book, I felt nothing but anger to him, and by the end, I guess he made amends, a little.

The pace of the book was uneven but in a captivating way. the scenes of war were fast as expected, and the family comforting and almost warm.

“Night Triumphant- and the Stars Eternal.”

There was just no point in the book where it lulled for me. I never got bored, I never skipped pages, I just kept wanting more.

There are a few things I had wished that the SJM had answered, like relationships within the Inner Circle, her sister full gifts, and the outcome of other characters within the series, such as other High Lords.

I am sooooo pleased that there is a next book coming out, and maybe some answered.

In my opinion, these books are pure perfection, and SJM will have a fan for life…

Previously in this series:

 

 

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