Thursday, 31 July 2014

Book review: Angel Astrology 101 by Doreen Virtue & Yasmin Boland

Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: 13 March 2014
Genre: Spirituality
Source: NetGalley / Publisher (In exchange for an honest Review)
Audio or Book: eBook
Length: 288 pages



Overview:
Learn about the archangels who work with your birth chart in Doreen Virtue’s Angel Astrology 101. Co-authored by the widely published astrologist and Angel Therapist Yasmin Boland, this is the first book to combine angelology and astrology. The 12 beautifully illustrated and easy-to-understand chapters describe the personality characteristics of each of the sun, moon, and rising signs, as well as which archangels to call upon in association with them. Angel Astrology 101 is perfect for anyone who is new to these subjects—but it also offers plenty of fresh insights and material for those who have long worked with either astrology or the angels.



When I saw this book it grabbed my attention for so many reasons... I love angels, I love astrology and that is a gorgeous cover *cover junkie moment*!

This is a very colourful book with an awesome layout and stunning pictures throughout the book. It took me a while to get into it but only because I needed to find my chart so I could read the relevant sections which it made it that much more interesting. I enjoyed the small things about the books as well like how they included the star constellation and each Angel's specialties. 

Angel Astrology 101 is a very interesting read. Personally I would prefer this in paperback so that I can refer to it when I need to. It can be read from cover to cover but I think it is more interesting when you can apply it to something or someone you know. 

Final Thoughts: This is a beautiful book and it will probably end up on my bookshelf!

My Rating:




Love

Chanzie

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

~ MWYA 1 Year Blogoversary ~



Hello everyone!!

Wow can you believe it... where has the time gone *cheers* What an amazing year it has been!! I have connected with readers and authors all over the world and made some great friends along the way!!!


~ You want to know the stats ~

I have had:
- over 47000 pages views in 1 year!
- over 2800 published comments
- 259 published posts (Including this one)
- 96 book reviews
- 110 different countries have visited my blog!


To celebrate this milestone I think we should have a giveaway to say thank you for all the visits, comments and book love!!











Top Ten Tuesday #15 Authors I have the most books from




Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish, where bloggers get together and list the top ten things related to that week's topic.


Hello Everyone!! I know it has been ages since I participated in a Top Ten Tuesday. Everything about blogging became a bit overwhelming and I needed to take a step.. I have been following the topics though :) 

~ Top Ten Authors I own the most books from ~

1 - Cassandra Clare (TMI + TID)
Yes I own them all and have read The Infernal Devices + City of Bones!



2 - Rachel Cain ~ The Weather Warden Series
<3 I loved this series! From book 1 all the way through to book 9 <3



3 -JK Rowling - Harry Potter
Of course I have this one!!!



4 - LJ Smith - The Vampire Diaries
Ok to be honest I only loved the first 7 books where it was LJ Smith writing, the prequels were OK and I an yet to read the last 3. I probably will just to get my Damon fox!




5 - Lauren Kate - Fallen 
I loved this series, I am yet to get the teardrop books. You either loves these or you don't!



6 -Richelle Mead - VA & Bloodlines
I have all of them except Fiery Heart and Silver shadows!!




7 - Colleen Gleason (Gardella Vampire Chronicles & Regency Draculia)
I loved the Gardella Vampire Chronicles!! I am yet to read the regency Draculia - but I have only recently managed to find all the books. 




8 - Stephanie Meyer
Yes yes I know - but you know what.. I don't really mind because it was twilight that got me back into reading after my studies. The Host book was great but the movie sucked!



9 - Doreen Virtue
What can I say... I love to read about angels




10 - Dan Brown

I love a good suspense mystery!!!



Who do you have the most books from?


Love

Chanzie


Monday, 28 July 2014

Book Review: Nightshade (Nightshade #1) by Andrea Cremer

Series: Nightshade #1
Publisher: Philomel
Publication Date: 01 January 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased
Audio or Book: Paperback
Length: 452 pages



Overview:
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?


Fan-made Book Trailer

I thought this one was much better than the official penguin trailer, which just seemed a bit boring. 





Nightshade is one of those books I picked up on sale (at Bargain Books - Buy 3 for R99) and have been on my bookshelf for about 2 years! I didn't really  have any expectations going into the book after it won my book of the month poll for July. If you haven't voted for August... Go vote now.. please :). 



Initially I sighed thinking.. Another werewolf book. I have read quite a few of them lately, but boy was I wrong! This was not just another werewolf book, it was a werewolf book with many twists! Take your werewolves and throw in a mix of magic! What made it even more fun is that Niki from The Obsessive Bookseller joined in and made it a read-a-long!



Nightshade kicks off with an intense opening scene that just throws you into the thick of things. I could already tell it was werewolves with a difference, there blood heals humans and Calla has had an arranged marriage since birth. There are quite a few layers to the story which definitely kept it interesting!


Characters & Story line: 5/5

Andrea creates all types of characters in Nightshade. The ones you love that creep into your heart and stick like glue, the ones who just creep you out and ooze evil, and the ones that just plain annoy you! Yes Nightshade also has a love triangle... but there are lots of other elements that come into play that make it interesting.



Calla - Calla is not your typical heroine. She is actually more of an anti-heroine (in my opinion) but will do anything to protect her pack. Calla is your grungy kick ass warrior, not your finesse princess that some people want her to be. Since the day she was born she was arranged to marry Ren. Then she saves Shay from a bear attack (this all happens within the first two chapters so this is not a spoiler) and everything changes for her. I do think that Andrea kept all the love angels interesting. All in all Calla is a great main character!


Ansel - Ansel is Calla's younger brother and I loved him immediately! His protectiveness towards Calla even though he is the younger one is adorable. There is just something so pure and sweet about him that I just wanted to eat him up! 



Ren - Ren Ren Ren *sigh* as much as I like Shay I am total Team Ren!!! Yes - he comes across as a womanizer and all that but there is something underneath it all that just appeals to me. He has such a tenderness for Calla that he covers up because he is an alpha but it creeps through when they are alone! I think Ren was made to break the rules even though they have been drilled into all of them from birth. I really hope to see more of him in Wolfsbane and Bloodrose!!



Shay - Shay is a great character. He challenges Calla and isn't scared to fight for want he wants (within limits). I knew from the beginning that there was some twists coming when it comes to Shay but I still have a few unanswered questions. I can see why everybody loves Shay but unfortunately in the Ren versus Shay battle.. you know who I choose!



Fey & Sabine - There are always characters that get on your nerves and for me, it's these two!! Just thought I'd put my two cents in there... 



The pack - The pack is great and I enjoyed seeing the Nightshades and Banes trying to gel together and make it work before the Calla and Ren union. There are few more characters that add flavour to the story but I will let you meet them on your own!

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 4/5  

Nightshade catches your attention from page 1. I was not 100% hooked from page 1 but was extremely interested and drawn into the story slowly. The chapters were nice lengths, I don't know if it's just me but long chapters make the book feel a bit drawn out. These ones were just perfect, not too short and not too long. 

The plot is unique and the writing style is easy to follow. The pace is perfect! So Nightshade does end on quite a big cliffhanger... Thank goodness I already picked up Wolfsbane a few days ago so that I can just dive straight into the next book!!


Cover talk: 4/5 
I really liked the cover and it is what made me grab the book in the first place. 

Final Thoughts: 
Nightshade is an unexpected enjoyable completely unique read! It has a refreshing take on werewolves without losing any of the magic and adding plenty of excitement!

My Rating:

Books in the series:


Prequel & Post series:


Author Bio:
Andrea Cremer is the author of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series. She spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. 

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. Before she wrote her first novel, Andrea was a history professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In her books, she strives to bring together her two passions: history and fantasy. Andrea now lives in New York and writes full time.

Author Links: Goodreads l website l twitter







Love

Chanzie

Friday, 25 July 2014

MYWA Random Ramblings: 10 Reasons why you need a bookish person if you were stranded on an island



Hello everyone!!

A while ago my hubby and I went to visit friends who were staying on farm at the bottom of a mountain. While we were walking a long a hike I was thinking to myself how all 3 of them would be able to survive if they were all stranded on an island. 

Guy (my husband) - is a make a plan man. He is your 4x4, offroad and camping guy. He would be able to make shelter, a fire and provide food - just to name a few things...

Roché - Ranger Roach! Yes he is a qualified ranger and can protect you in the wild. He is like a walking wildlife encyclopedia and can fend for himself (and others). He can use the stars as a map and will get you to safety (our very own Bear Grylls)

Anzette - Look this girl knows how to look after herself... She is engaged to Ranger Roach and is pretty bad-ass. You don't want to get on her wrong side, but she is such an awesome girl and so much fun! Guaranteed laughs. She can catch fish, make a fire and do pretty much everything the two above can do! 

Then there is me... You can see how depressed all the above skills might have made me, and yes I was a little despondent at the time. Why on earth would they need me? So I started analysing my skills... Reading, reading, reading and writing?

Then it hit me... I have knowledge of the paranormal elements!! Plus lots and lots of read-about skills... *tee hee* 

~ Top Ten Reasons You need a bookish person ~

1 - We know the different types of vampires, how to test and kill them
(Twilight, Vampire Academy, Trueblood, The Vampire Bride, Dracula.. Shall I go on?)

We know how to survive a Zombie apocalypse - 2

3 - We know how pack life works with werewolves and how to deal with them

We know magic - even a Muggles can learn it - 4

5 - We know how to rock climb 
(Yes I read about this in A Boat made of Bone and in my opinion it counts!!! Check out my review here)

We know how to deal with mythological gods (Egyptian or Nordic) - 6
(Gameboard of the Gods, Daughter of Isis, Son of Set.. etc) 

7 - We have really great memories and can store facts for later use

We make really great conversationalists - 8 
(without alcohol or mind altering substances) - we are interesting!

9 - We have picked up various survival skills and medical tips

We'll have lots of good campfire stories to tell to keep things interesting! - 10

~~~

Well there you go... I feel a lot better now! 

What skills do you bring to the party?? Leave it in the comments!!!





Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Topic of Light: Believing in what you do / Passion

Hello lovelies!! 

Welcome back to a new Topic of Light *Yay* I know I have been a bit scarce with them but I have been working on my Topic of Light book (name still to be decided) and have just had a lot going on in my life. 


This week's topic is something I have thought about quite a bit. After listening to a talk at the Brahma Kumaris house a weekend or two ago and doing some people watching, I decided to write about it!!

Have you ever noticed the difference between someone who absolutely loves what they do and is passionate about it versus someone who is just there because either they have to be or it's just a job? 

Would you rather interact with someone who looked bored out of their mind or someone who greets you with a smile and at least seems happy. 

Some people are happy no matter what they do. It takes the same about of energy to do something with joy as it does with misery. I might only be an admin assistant right now who does filing but in the long run my job is important. If I don't do my job properly and put the stuff in the incorrect file or process something incorrectly, it will be a problem for someone else somewhere down the line. Yet, if I do take some time and do my job with pride, it could help someone down the line because what they are looking is where it needs to be. 

You might not be doing your dream job just yet, but maybe if you tried changing your perspective it makes your current job a blessing instead of a chore. 

I have had those days where I just huffed and puffed and was irritable beyond comprehension and those days were very very long. 

Lately I have been practising a lot gratitude and it cannot help but overflow into every area of your life. I am grateful for my 'mundane' job and here is why:

- It gives me a secure income
- I work with nice people 
- I work at a stable company 
- I am good at what I do
- My salary helps me pay the bills and buy nice things
- I have purpose (no matter how small)

People can feel the difference with the energy you put into your job. Even though I am 'just an admin assistant' I have people who are happy to hear my voice and talk to me when they have a problem. 

It does matter what you do, as long as you can be joyful that you are doing it. Whether you are mopping the floor, filing some papers or working in your ultimate job - It all comes back to how you do it. 

Yes, I have my grumpy days, but my days are always so much better when I come from a place of gratitude. 

May you have a beautiful, blessed and joyful day!











Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Blog Tour: Soul Twister (A Touched Girl #3) by Robyn Jones


Welcome to my stop on the Soul Twister (A Touched Girl #3) by Robyn Jones Blog Tour!



Soul Twister (A Touched Girl Novel #3) by Robyn Jones
Published: Expected Publication - 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Goodreads Summary:

Months into recovering from the bloody events that took place in Soul Bender, Anna Pierce is ready to get back out there and fulfill her self-crafted destiny. Sadly, no one in her life feels the same way. The emergence of buried memories and out-of-the-blue powers send her straight into regular sessions with the school counselor. If only she could talk about her overly protective vampire boyfriend or the real threat posed by former friends turned enemies or her new guide who makes her former guide look like a bowl of sunshine. Anna has a lot going on, but at least she's too busy to think about her first Christmas at Ella's.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22324884-soul-twister?from_search=true


Since Anna Pierce is one heck of a quirky girl,
I thought I’d do a Robyn Jones 

Top 10 list of quirks.


10. I always drink milk or apple juice when I eat peanut butter sandwiches.

9. I write inspirational quotes on my hands.

8. I’m a list girl, but I don’t like big sheets of paper, so there’s usually a flurry of little torn pieces of paper around my work space (which is everywhere since I use a laptop).

7. I’m ambidextrous, but more dominant with my left. That’s not the quirky part. I fear when I’m a righty, I’m a little bit more...normal.

6. I aced Logic in college and I’m the most illogical person I know.

5. I absolutely love airplane turbulence. We’re talking squealing and possibly accidental clapping.

4. I’m a sleepwalker.

3. If you startle me you might get punched. Or at least you’ll get an up close view of my awesome secret ninja skills.

2. I have piss poor peripheral vision, so it’s easy to startle me.

1. I put stuff away in the most brilliant places and can never find them again. Recently, I lost my favorite hat for months only to find it at the bottom of my underwear drawer. My feisty mother asked me if that meant I hadn’t worn undies for the last few months.

~~~

Excerpt:

“That was a real show, Anna.” Trent stood over me, looking smug, arrogant, haughty, all of those. He had the whole wavy brown hair, blue eyes, tall, fit, thing going on. He slid next to me and crossed his arms. I waited for the lean-in maneuver he did right before offering one of his trademark mean observations. “Do you often step in front of a flying punch to stop a fight?”

“Thought you’d be heartbroken if your pretty face was messed up.” I quickly learned that this boy hurt my feelings if I didn’t channel Betsy’s bad attitude. I almost patted myself on the back for a job well done.

“That was all for my benefit? It had nothing to do with looking for ways to get hurt?” Attitude, I had to find it somewhere. I stood and turned my back to him, hoping he couldn’t see how much he got to me, only to realize the powwow over my well-being was in full force. Their expressions took me back to my parents after I stopped talking at the tender age of five. Each furrowed brow said the same thing, “Anna needs professional help.” Not good. I would be institutionalized if all my Brad-memories returned. Everything seemed to teeter on my brain’s ability to keep locked away what everyone in this lunchroom wanted me to work through.

“There’s no need for your sad huddle. I’m good.” I felt my fingers drum the tops of my thighs and my calves tighten as I went up to my toes. I talked my heels down and my fingers to stop to prove I was the model of mental stability.

“Anna.”

“I need to get to class. Or am I suspended, too? I did push Cody, but that was to protect the other one.” Still couldn’t say Jason’s name out loud. I turned to grab my stuff from the corner where I should have stayed put, when Mr. Howard walked over.

“If she doesn’t talk to someone, will she go silent again, or worse?” The words never left his lips. Maybe I needed to bury my head under some pillows and sleep it off. All eyes zeroed in on me, a silent plea in their matching stares.

“Someone convince the girl,” Ella said on a huff. “Staring at her won’t do the trick. Lord knows the world could be watching and she’d twirl.”

“I think what your grandmother is-”

“Mr. Howard, do not speak for me. Anna, you are going to counseling. You’re a mess . . .”
My mind finally did the right thing and tuned her out.


For a limited time, the First 2 Touched Girl novels are on sale for $.99 at Amazon!

Purchase Links:     Soul Walker |    Soul Bender



About Robyn Jones: 

I laugh when people fall down. It's a glitch in my programming, but even my mom has suffered this quirk. I have a BA in Studio Art from the University of Puget Sound. My boys make me laugh every day. I steal pens; I try real hard not to. I collect those free bookmarks at the checkout counter at libraries. I've had more stitches than anyone I know. I love stories; writing them, reading them, watching them. You can email me at robgirlbooks@gmail.com.


Giveaway: 8 Winners!



Monday, 21 July 2014

Mini Book review: Whispers from the Past (Charmed #4) by Rosalind Noonan

Series: Charmed #4
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2000
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Source: Library
Audio or Book: Paperback
Length: 179 pages



Overview:


Phoebe Halliwell is having a very bad day. A demon has pulled her back centuries into the past and she has no way of telling her sisters, Prue and Piper, what has happened to her.




Previous reviews:
The Power of Three #1
Kiss of Darkness #2
The Crimson Spell #3


My Review:

This was such a fun read - Whispers from the past is one of my favourite Charmed reads so far. The story is about all three sisters, but for me it was mostly about Phoebe. I could picture the adventure exactly like it would happen in the TV show. 

You get to see the darker side of Prue and Piper... Let me tell you they are bad-ass! Phoebe gets sucked into a time portal while chasing a demon and gets stuck in the 1600's... The time of the witch hunts! You can just imagine how things can go wrong on both ends as Phoebe tries to get home and her sisters start turning evil slowly but surely. 


Final Thoughts:

I can honestly say I am addicted to these quick reads! Too bad I am 10 years to late and am having trouble locating some of the books. 

My Rating:


Love

Chanzie