Tarot of the Night Deck Review

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17760227My first reaction to this deck was excitement. Tarot of the Night comes in a large, sturdy box
that opens when a ribbon is pulled.This box is clearly meant to be kept along with the deck, a box that I won’t be throwing out in favor of a muslin bag that I store most of my decks in. Inside the box is a thick 256 page book; a book larger than any that has come with the decks I have thus far.

The box is what drew me into this deck. Instead of a booklet that brushes over the different meaning of the card in bullet form, this book told a vivid story of what each card could mean when drawn for the querent–the same was true with the spreads included in the back. I found that if I wanted to get the quick meaning of each card, if, for instance, I didn’t have time to read the story, I was better off going to my Tarot for Life or Tarot for Dummies book to refresh my memory quickly.

This deck worked with what it got: graphics on par with the Sims 2, not a “plus” in my book (or should I say deck?). While there is realistic shadowing for the rough shapes, there are too few facial expressions for my liking. The cards differ from each other in the sense that some card place all the focus on an individual, living or dead, while many others use the background to tell a story in the card.

I absolutely loved that there were so many ghosts in this deck. I’ve been dying to get my hands on a deck that incorporates ghosts and the like but I didn’t expect it in this deck, though in hindsight it makes perfect sense that a “Tarot of the Night”. There are some cards that seem out of place, like the King of Swords, for instance, that highlights a man standing with his hands on his hips, looking at the artist and, quite frankly, I’m not totally sure what to do with that.

The back of the cards are hard to decipher. At first glance I just thought the back of the card depicted a burning hourglass, which is true, but I didn’t see the skeleton on fire within the hourglass. It’s a clear indication, in my book, that it’s to remind us that we only have so long in this life so we must take advantage of what we’ve been given.

Each Tarot card has the number of both the major and minor arcana, as are court cards. There is no way to mistake which 10 card belong with the “swords” and which 10 card is a wand. The benefit of this is that it’s easy for a beginner to learn how to read this deck, as it is for the advanced readers as well. I appreciated the ease of the reading of each card.

True to my belief is what the author says is the purpose and application of the Tarot, The Tarot cards won’t get you there; you will, but insight into possibilities is a valuable tool if it is properly applied. Frankly put, you can’t sit on your ass all day expecting the love of your life to find you. Rather, it may give you some indications of what to look for and suggestions on how to make your future turn into one that pleases you.

Likes:

  • Sturdy paper that won’t bend easily
  • Small pixels so that the illustrations are smooth
  • Most were simplistic
  • Beautiful story for each card, something I’ve never experienced before

Dislikes:

  • Graphics weren’t well done
  • Very few facial expressions, unlike other decks like the Happy Tarot or Tarot Gothic, also by Schiffer Publishing
  • Graphics were on par with the Sims 2

Buy this deck if you like dark fantasy. The cards are literally dark in the sense that each is highlighted with a black background and also because most of the cards are dominated by death of some sort, whether it’s a collection of skeletons or ghosts interacting with the living.

August 24, 2016

Books for Trade! ~Or~ Give me thy books and I shall give thy mine

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Hey peeps, it’s time to clean out my bookshelves…and then get more! Below are the books that I want to trade, and there will be more on the way. I’m open to suggestions from you about what you have to trade with me. I’ll be working on a wishlist but come at me, bro, with all of the books you may want to get rid of. You can follow the progress of my #BooksForTrade on Twitter where there will be many an update as the books disappear.

Looking forward to trading with you!books for trade 1books for trade 3

August 23, 2016

Review: My Best Friends Exorcism

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My Best Friend's Exorcism Book Cover My Best Friend's Exorcism
Grady Hendrix
YA Horror
Quirk Books
May 17th, 2016
Hardcover (like a yearbook)
336
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Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act . . . different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?

My Best Friend’s Exorcism: A Story of True Friendship and Fear

I reviewed a book by this author through Quirk Books some time ago. It wasn’t my fave but it was still plenty creative and entertaining. This book, however, is now one of my faves. My Best Friend’s Exorcism‘s title doesn’t look serious at all; however, this book is scary as fudge. If I’m going to read a horror book, I expect it to be plenty scary. It’s one of my favorite genres and I want to be so scared I have to carry the dog when I go to the bathroom at night.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism‘s title says it all. It follows the story of two friends, Abby and Gretchen, through childhood, and high school and the love they have to each other. The MC doesn’t give up on her friend, even when the demon possessing her tries to ruin the Abby’slife and those around her. This story is about true friendship in spite of terrible things one does.

I’m going to split this book review up in a few sections now to make this an easier read:

The plot:

It starts out slow, really really slow. So slow I almost considered putting the book down, if Quirk Books hadn’t given it to me for review, of course. But I kept trudging along and soon it got scary enough to make me fear having to take the long trek next door to the kitchen. While the demon in Gretchen starts out as just a terrible person, a phone call gave me chills.

The plot accelerates quickly enough after Gretchen changes and ends with a conclusion that I didn’t expect. After reading the other book by this author, Horrorstor, I was not expecting a story like this. It made me want to re-read the first book, and once I finish my ARCs, I think I’ll do just that.

The Characters & Character Development:

The story begins with the start of Gretchen and Abby’s unlikely friendship and goes throughout the years quickly, leading up to the present. The title gives away the fact that Abby’s best friend will go through an exorcism, so it’s no surprise that Gretchen goes through the changes that take place. What got me in the feels is that Abby stuck fast by her friend, never giving up on the friend she cared so deeply about.

The Writing Quality of My Best Friend’s Exorcism:

The writing quality was exponentially more pleasing than the first.. The author’s voice developed since Horrorstor and was easy to follow. I’m not a huge fan of books where the author forces complexity into their writing and so this book was easy to follow. It wasn’t full of “big words”, nor did it leave too much to the imagination. Sometimes that’s nice, not having to work when you’re reading. In fact, that’s the type of reading I prefer.

You’ll note about the details of the book, and my rating, which is quite high. Do check out Horrorstor, if only for the comical effects of the book, after reading this one. Thank you Quirk Books for le book. It was my pleasure reading for you and my followers. <3

 

August 16, 2016

The Infernal Devices by Cassie Clare

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Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess Book Cover Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess
The Infernal Devices Trilogy
Cassandra Clare
YA Steampunk
Simon & Schuster
2010, 2011, 2013
Paperback (new covers)
A LOT
Barnes and Noble

Welcome to my first review of an entire series vs individual books! You may have noticed that I haven’t reviewed for a while, because work and life :( But I’m back and trying something new. Let me know what you think of the formatting of this post so I know what works for you and what doesn’t. I read for me and I review for you so it’s important to me that you get something out of this.

Let’s start this out right by telling you that I. LOVE. THIS. SERIES. It’s super awesome. So here’s how it works: you read book 1-3 of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare STOP Switch to The Infernal Devices series then resume The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Way cool dudes and dudettes. Way cool. I was hesitant to pause The Mortal Instruments because I was having a blast but I ended up absolutely loving The Infernal Devices more so than The Mortal Instruments. I can’t give a final judgement about The Mortal Instruments yet because I picked up book 4 and then put it down but, as of now, The Infernal Devices is what slapped me in the feels.

The Infernal Devices book #1-3 (Thank you, Cassandra Clare!)

Clockwork Angel of The Infernal Devices introduces the main characters of the trilogy that are the relatives of the peeps from The Mortal Instruments. It’s amazing following the ancestors, knowing how their children will grow up, eerily similar to their own. Cassandra Clare shows us how the characters from The Mortal Instruments are connected to The Infernal Devices and slaps you in the face with it.

The way Cassandra Clare wrote The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices is absolute genius. I’ve never read a series that is interrupted by the ancestors of that series. It flows naturally, a Steampunk novel within a modern-day series that explodes among SIX books from another series set in the same world as each other.

This series hit me in the feels way more than The Mortal Instruments did, which made me fall in love with this trilogy. There’s the regular love triangle that so many YA novels have and I’ll never tire from them. That’s how I roll, one woman between two gorgeous men. I’ve been told that many people are sick of the love triangles. Personally, I never will feel that way and you don’t have to worry about being annoyed about this. The way Cassandra Clare handles it is insanely genius and unlike anything I’ve ever read.

The Twist

is wild. Truly wild. I didn’t see any of it coming and that’s how I like it. Cassandra Clare covers everything that is in The Mortal Instruments and ensures that the story will carry on in books 4-6.

I’m so bummed that it’s over because I want the world to keep spinning but rumor has it that Cassandra Clare will be coming out with more in the time period of The Infernal Devices. 

Have you not read anything by Cassandra Clare?

WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU. Fix that. Fix that now. If you’re trying to decide which series to read next, choose this one even if you don’t follow the pattern Cassandra Clare intended.

 

August 3, 2016

August TBR

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August TBR That I WILL FLIPPIN’ FOLLOW

This will be the second time I’ve made a TBR list in my life. Not even my blogging life; just my whole life. I play my reading life by ear, and that’s sometimes why I’ll go days or weeks without picking up a new book. I have so many flippin’ books that it’s hard to decide what to read. Book blogger problems, right?

A Netgalley ARC/Physical ARC

the inquisition

The Inquisition by Taran Matharu Netgalley that is a continuation of a series that I loved (well, I loved the first and only book up to this point). I’ve had it for quite some time now, first as an e-book and then as a physical book because the publisher was kind enough to send me the physical book as well, a format I prefer over e-books. I’ve almost gotten halfway but The Red Queen distracted me. Oops. Never fear, it’s on my TBR for August!

Finish a Series and Read a New Release for 2016

I’m so totes cheating for this month’s TBR. I’m going to read A Court of Mist and Fury. I loved the first books, A Court of Thorns and Rosesbut even though I’ve started this book a million times I haven’t kept up with it.

I was tempted to say that I’ll be reading Glass Sword this coming month but I’m halfway through it this month so I’m not going to include Glass Sword; I’ll just need to finish that thang ASAP.

A Physical Book for Review & Post Review

Ensnared by AG Howard. I’ve had this for ages and I absolutely loved the first two and reviewed Splintered, but for some reason I just never finished the third book. I’ve decided to start reviewing whole series as opposed to individual books because I read faster than I review, especially with series that I love. LINK

A book From My Instagram Account


I made it about 1/4th of the way through Library of Souls and I put the book down and never picked it up again. Quirk Books was kind enough to send me this book along with two others LINK and I want to continue to review for them. There are several books of theirs that I have my eye on and this was one of them so let’s get a review from it already!

A Kindle Unlimited Book


Wicca for Beginners. Wicca is a fascinating religion and I can’t stop reading about it.

A Comic Book

arkham manor batman

Arkham Manor a Batman comic book. It’s about darn time I finish this thing!

I will buy these books and only these books

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J K Rowling. I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL TONIGHT.

BOOM. There you have it, my August TBR 2016. <3

 

July 30, 2016

Feature and Follow: DNRs

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What is your take on DNF books? Do you review them? Choose not to review them?

I used to feel like I had to read every single book I started, that was even before I began buying books to keep (as opposed to going to the library). The thing is, when I was in that mindset I would go weeks without reading which, for me, is crazy. I just couldn’t accept that it was time to put the book down. Now, however, I’m still hesitant to put books down when they are not doin’ it for me, but I will DNF the fudge out of them.

As for reviewing DNFs; kinda. I have a policy on my blog where I state that even if I get a book for review, if it is a big pain in the rear to read and is getting in the way of my reading life then I will put it down.

By accepting a review copy of a book I do not guarantee that I’ll finish it if I don’t like it. Whether or not I write a review of that book depends on my feelings toward it. In some cases, it’d be better for you not to have a review written, though it is up to me to make that decision and my decision will be final.

I will usually review a DNF, though I haven’t come across to many of them. Honestly, part of the reason why I’ve reviewed so few DNFs is because I have a lot of Netgalley books for review that I can ignore if they suck and not worry about them. Print books? Print books are hard to post negative reviews because someone took the time to send it to me and paid not only for publication but for postage as well.

tl;dr

Print book that turned into a DNR? Will most likely review. E-book? Probs won’t.

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a GREAT read

 

July 29, 2016

The League of Regrettable Superheroes

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Jon Morris
Humor
Quirk Books
June 2nd, 2015
Hardcover
256

You know about Batman, Superman, and Spiderman, but have you heard of Doll Man, Doctor Hormone, or Spider Queen? InThe League of Regrettable Superheroes, you’ll meet one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print, complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary. So prepare yourself for such not-ready-for-prime-time heroes as Bee Man (Batman, but with bees), the Clown (circus-themed crimebuster), the Eye (a giant, floating eyeball; just accept it), and many other oddballs and oddities. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The League of Regrettable Superheroes will appeal to die-hard comics fans, casual comics readers, and anyone who enjoys peering into the stranger corners of pop culture.

The Review

The Regret is Strong in This One: The League of Regrettable Superheroes

I looked through The League of Regrettable Superheroes when I was down and/or needed a laugh and it never ceases to entertain me. My mom’s fiancee and I giggle through the book and all the regrettable superheroes. The characters Jon Morris features are truly regrettable and downright embarrassing.

When I first started reading The League of Regrettable Superheroes, I thought that it was a joke; I was under the impression that Jon Morris created all these unfortunate superhero’s but when I read the intro (something you must do!) I realized that many of these were, in fact, actually real superhero’s that were published; don’t ask me how they went public…

I don’t know how, on God’s Green Earth, these superheroes made it to print but they did and now they are featured here in The League of Regrettable Superhero’s for us to giggle at. Jon does say that a lot of these hero’s show potential to be great, with some major changes.

Jon Morris divides the sections of the book by year they were published, making it I’m torn between telling you I’d buy this book and telling you I wouldn’t.

If I’d buy The League of Regrettable Superheroes it’d be…

  • Because it gave me a million laughs, particularly “Fatman” and “Slapstick.”
  • I had the flexibility of jumping chapters and reading the page or two that came with each regrettable superhero
  • The style of illustrations mirrors comics from the 60s or so that I’ve seen in comic book shops. The pictures have the look of being drawn on comic book paper, the kind that was made to be a mass-market production to make it affordable to everyone. However, the paper this book was printed on is not even close to comic book paper; it’s thick and sturdy.
  • The creativity is endless. Fatman and Doctor Hormone, for instance, are quite unfortunate just by looking at their name.
  • The one-page comic page accompanying each character has dialogue relevant to the characters’ character.

These characters are incredibly embarrassing and I’m a fan of embarrassing (just look at my life….). I enjoyed flipping to random pages and reading all the regrettable-ness that went on. It was a pleasure to read, and an easy read at that, perfect for even the non-readers in your life.

Quirk Books, thank you for sending me this book. It’s always a pleasure to review for you <3

Happy reading, peeps!

July 28, 2016