Review: Book: Wishtress- Nadine Brandes

Title: Wishtress

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Nadine Brandes

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Genre: YA Fantasy

Page Count: 464 Pages

ISBN:  978-0785264002

Author or Book Website: Nadine Brandes – YA Author

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: Wishtress: Brandes, Nadine: Books

Link to Goodreads: Wishtress by Nadine Brandes | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

She didn’t ask to be the Wishtress.

Myrthe was born with the ability to turn her tears into wishes. It’s a big secret to keep. When a granted wish goes wrong, a curse is placed on her: the next tear she sheds will kill her. She needs to journey to the Well and break the curse before it claims her life–and before the king’s militairen track her down. But in order to survive the journey, she must harden her heart to keep herself from crying even a single tear.

He can stop time with a snap of his fingers.

Bastiaan’s powerful–and rare–Talent came in handy when he kidnapped the old king. Now the new king has a job for him: find and capture the Wishtress and deliver her to the schloss. But Bastiaan needs a wish of his own. When he locates Myrthe, he agrees to take her to the Well in exchange for a wish. Once she’s fulfilled her end of the deal, he’ll turn her in. As long as his growing feelings for the girl with a stone heart don’t compromise his job.

They are on a journey that can only end one way: with her death.

Everyone seems to need a wish–the king, Myrthe’s cousin, the boy she thinks she loves. And they’re ready to bully, beg, and even betray her for it. No one knows that to grant even one of them, Myrthe would have to die. And if she tells them about her curse . . . they’ll just kill her anyway.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This book was just beautiful to read. It grabs you from the get-go and whisks you off on a heartbreaking journey of Myrthe and those that want wishes from her, but one wish goes wrong and changes the course of everything. Even one more tear and it will be the end of her. There were times I wish I could help her get through what she was dealing with. It is so powerful and enchanting.

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

Review: Book: Spellbound- Crystal J. Johnson/Felicity Vaughn

Title: Spellbound

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Crystal J. Johnson/Felicity Vaughn

Publisher: W by Wattpad Books

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 320 Pages

ISBN: 978-1990259401

Author or Book Website: Crystal J. Johnson Author of Edge of the Veil and Spellbound (crystaljjohnson.com)

Felicity Vaughn

Link to Amazon purchase page: Spellbound: Johnson, Crystal J., Vaughn, Felicity: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: Spellbound by Crystal J. Johnson | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Gemma inherited more than she can handle thanks to the hot inhabitants of her hotel . . .

When Gemma Fox inherits the storied Reynard Hotel from her great-aunt, she’s totally unprepared for the responsibility. It’s not the bills or the renovations or the repairs piling up. Or her family’s complete lack of confidence in her ability to manage the hotel. It’s that she’s not alone.

Bound to the hotel are two spirits, Archer and Soren Hyde. Brooding, handsome, immortal—they’ve been haunting the Reynard for generations. And Gemma is now their custodian.

As Gemma fights to keep the hotel from going under, she also finds herself fighting a growing attraction to the brothers. Each offers her something different: Archer is impish, fun, sexy, and just the distraction she needs. Soren’s arrogant, passionate, sinfully attractive, and driving her crazy. In turn, they each want something from her—one wants freedom, the other wants her heart.

It turns out that Archer and Soren are holding back a secret that might finally see them no longer spellbound. And when the truth comes out about who—and what—they are, their imperfect triangle shatters. With her life and her happiness on the line, and pressure mounting on all sides, Gemma is forced to make a decision that could change everything—for eternity.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have read a lot of stories that were on Wattpad that got published, but somehow I missed this. It was worth the read. Gemma inherits a hotel called the Reynard with a set of ghostly immortal twins that are hiding secrets. They are spellbound to the hotel. The pacing for the book was great and the imagery made me feel like I was right there with the characters. The story made me feel a whole array of emotions and that is something I love about reading. I need to find more things by this pair of authors.

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

Review: Book: The Witch’s Cookbook- Fortuna Noir

Title: The Witch’s Cookbook

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Fortuna Noir

Publisher: Rock Point

Genre: Cookbook

Page Count: 120 Pages

ISBN:  978-1631069123

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Witch’s Cookbook: 50 Wickedly Delicious Witchcraft-Inspired Recipes: Noir, Fortuna: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads:

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Make every meal magical with The Witch’s Cookbook, your very own recipe grimoire!

Chefs and bakers may seem to wield magic in the way they can whip up the most amazing dishes and desserts. But they are nothing compared to the original brewmasters—witches! Featuring over 50 wickedly delicious recipesThe Witch’s Cookbook is your short-and-sweet go-to for quick-and-easy meals with a mystical flair. Each recipe is witchcraft themed and can be made with traditional ingredients, plus a little bit of spellwork and magic, of course.

Get your cauldron bubbling with recipes like:

  • Toadstool Toppers
  • Midnight Berry Pavlovas
  • The Evening Elixir
  • Thrice Boiled Eggs
  • And more!

Along with amazing meals to make any time of the year, The Witch’s Cookbook features “Witch Tips” that offer additional spells and blessings for your home and hearth. From breakfast to dessert and everything in between, The Witch’s Cookbook is sure to be your cooking companion for every solstice, full moon, and magical day of the year!

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. The part I enjoyed most about this book was the name of the recipes. I really want to try the Cerridwen Goddess Pancakes. It all just gave a magical feel to the recipes. Even the watermelon pizza or figs and berries. It makes me want to try them and add them to my special occasion. Reading cookbooks always makes me hungry and I want to try combinations that are new to me.

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: Wyvern’s Sigil- Kater Cheek

Title: Wyvern’s Sigil

Series: Kit Melbourne #10

Author’s Name: Kater Cheek

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Page Count: 330 Pages

ISBN: 979-8415187089

Author or Book Website: Kater Cheek – Urban Fantasy (catherinecheek.com)

Link to Amazon purchase page: Wyvern’s Sigil: Cheek, Kater: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: Wyvern’s Sigil (Kit Melbourne #10) by Kater Cheek | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

An ancient house’s curse. Occult spellbooks. Vampiric vengeance.

Kit and her husband fled to their new rural property, hoping to live safely as a normal human family away from dangerous vampires. But when constant supernatural setbacks plague their new home, Kit suspects she may be literally haunted by the ghosts of her past.

Felix has a centuries-old vendetta against the elusive House Sanguinatus. A book casket bearing the warlocks’ wyvern sigil sparks hope that Felix will finally taste revenge. When the unholy box curses his young friend, Felix must forgo vengeance or watch yet another innocent mage die. As his friend edges closer to death, Felix learns of a mysterious mage who may be able to banish the jinx. But is this reclusive witch his last hope or a secret agent of House Sanguinatus?

As the paranormal happenings force her family to live outside, Kit learns she has more to fear than just being homeless when the snows start falling. Vampire warlocks are hunting her, and they will eventually track her down. Kit tries to stay aloof to protect her innocent neighbors, but as her wards crumble, she realizes she can’t keep her family safe without the help of her new human friends.

Will she be able to defend her family from the evil House Sanguinatus?

Wyvern’s Sigil is the tenth book in the Kit Melbourne series. If you like tension, drama, and spooky magic, you’ll love Kater Cheek’s nuanced contemporary fantasy.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This is the tenth book in the series and it has been a while since I have read this far into a series. Kit is going through hell in this food to keep her family safe. She is being hunted and she lives on a property they purchased. There is so much happening in this book and I still have some questions. I just love Kit and that she does anything that she has to do to keep herself and her family safe. She has become one of my favorite characters which is odd for me since the main character is not usually who l like the best.

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Author Interview: Deniz Bevan

• When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I’ve been writing since the first grade! I finished my first book in fourth grade; a story called The Strange Girl, about how a girl bonded with her classmates at a new school.

• What do you do when you are not writing?

Besides feel guilty?

Actually, not writing isn’t usually the probably; what I feel guilty about is not regularly spending more time editing my finished stories. I always procrastinate on that step…

Otherwise, I read, knit, blog, or play Lego with the kids!

• What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

I’ve been to various places connected with Tolkien, including Oxford and Warwick, and I’ve been to major literary centres such as New York, London, Dublin, Edinburgh, and Istanbul! Whichever city I find myself in, I’m sure to look up the authors who’ve resided or written there.

• What is the first book that made you cry?

Charlotte’s Web

• What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I don’t research before; I research concurrently! I try not to read fiction set in the time period of my story until after I’ve finished all of my own edits. But I read all the non-fiction I can, whether it’s textbooks, books for the general public, journal articles, blog posts, or any other tidbit that comes my way. I keep an ear out for references to my locations and time periods, even when I’m not actively working on a specific story. I just came across a saying from Cornwall, for example, that would have been fun to include in Druid’s Moon: everyone is either up a cliff or down the lane from you!

• How do you select the names of your characters?

Either they come to me right away and feel right, or they involve a long foray into lists of historically and culturally appropriate names, until I find one that’s just right. I had to do a bit of research to find an appropriate title for Frederick in Druid’s Moon, since I didn’t want to use a title related to anyone currently living. His family name, Cunnick, was chosen based on his relationship to one of my other characters, Austin Cunnick. A lot of my characters are related to each other, actually! I’ve shared the family tree on my blog: https://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2020/08/in-my-writing-i-alwaysnever-and.html

• Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

No secrets! But I might hide Easter eggs; usually a reference to Tolkien or Diana Gabaldon’s writing. And my time-travelling character Kedi the Cat (https://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2020/01/character-faces-for-every-story.html) tends to appear in every book.

• What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

I love hanging out at thelitforum.com! I’ve been a member for over 15 years now, and it has helped me in countless ways, through advice, exercises, accountability, and, best of all, through the friendships I’ve made with other writers around the world.

Review: Book: Vampire’s Pawn- Kater Cheek

Title: Vampire’s Pawn

Series: Kit Melbourne #9

Author’s Name: Kater Cheek

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Page Count: 320 Pages

ISBN:  979-8715426901

Author or Book Website: Kater Cheek – Urban Fantasy (catherinecheek.com)

Link to Amazon purchase page: Vampire’s Pawn (Kit Melbourne): Cheek, Kater: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: Vampire’s Pawn (Kit Melbourne Book 9) by Kater Cheek | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Can Kit serve a vampire warlock without becoming evil herself?

When vampires in Austin break the centuries-long code of silence, bloodsuckers around the world are forced to choose sides. Vampire Guild Leader Holzhausen allies with the traditionalist Quieters who kill those who speak the truth about their kind. Kit feels duty-bound to support her patron, but as a tsunami of vampires take to social media, the enormity of her boss’ position grows untenable.

As Holzhausen uses dark curses and assassinations to solidify his political base, Kit realizes that the only way to keep from becoming complicit in her mentor’s massacres is to escape the city. But when a betrayal thwarts Kit’s plans to flee, she finds herself faced with an unspeakable choice: murder a friend or endanger her family’s lives by refusing.

Will Kit remain loyal to the warlock who trained her or die for refusing to cross an ethical line?

Vampire’s Pawn is the ninth book in the Kit Melbourne series. If you like character driven urban fantasy with an ethically nuanced plot, then you’ll love Kater Cheek’s dark novel.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This book pushes Kit to so many limits and she has decisions that had to be made. When some vampires want the world to know they exist, but it divides people on all sides of the issue. Kit wants to protect her family and she decides she needs to get out of the city. But keeping up with her track record she is betrayed by someone close to her and she has to make a deadly decision that will come with some dire consequences. I know this series is winding down and I don’t want it to end, but I do want Kit to get a little piece.

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: The Witch’s Guide to the Paranormal- J. Allen Cross

Title: The Witch’s Guide to the Paranormal

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: J. Allen Cross

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications

Genre: Ghost and Hauntings

Page Count: 256 Pages

ISBN: 978-0738772080

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Witch’s Guide to the Paranormal: How to Investigate, Communicate, and Clear Spirits: Cross, J. Allen: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: The Witch’s Guide to the Paranormal: How to Investigate, Communicate, and Clear Spirits by J Allen Cross | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Flex Investigative Methods That Only Witches Can Wield

As a witch, your ability to manipulate energy allows you to interact with ghosts in ways that other investigators can’t. Discover how to use your magical toolkit to identify and resolve the four main types of haunting–residual, poltergeist, human earthbound, and inhuman entity. J. Allen Cross guides you through the basic principles of a haunting, while building a foundation of paranormal investigation, witchcraft, and mediumship skills. You will learn how to craft a seal, open and close portals, perform an exorcism, and help spirits cross over. With more than forty exercises and rituals, this book shows you how to make the most of your talents so you can bring peace to restless spirits and those they haunt.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have been a fan of this type of thing. This book is a good guide for those who are just now dipping their toes into the world of the paranormal. The content is nicely organized to make it an easy-to-use reference guide. I grew up in a house that is haunted and this would have been a good book to have when I was younger to understand what was going on.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: First Love: The Art of Making Doughnuts

Title: First Love: The Art of Making Doughnuts

Series: Anthology

Author’s Name: Multiple Authors

Publisher: ‎ Freedom Fox Press

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Page Count: 186 Pages

ISBN:  978-1939844880

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: First Love: The Art of Making Doughnuts: Budzinski, Linda, Maygrove, Melissa, Ney, Sylvia: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: First Love: The Art of Making Doughnuts by Linda Budzinski | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

The sweetness of first love…

Could a fiercely independent cop’s heart be stolen by the guy who makes her favorite doughnuts? Will a maid who used deceit to snare a mail-order husband get a dose of her own medicine? Can her handsome neighbor rescue a modern-day “princess” from a tenacious ex-boyfriend? Can two strangers in a rideshare be honest enough to fall in love for real? Can you remember your first love? How about your second? Third? Fourth?

Featuring the talents of Linda Budzinski, Melissa Maygrove, Michael Di Gesu, Sylvia Ney, Katie Klein, Kim Elliott, Templeton Moss, S.E. White, Denise Covey, and Sammi Spizziri. Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will touch your heart and rekindle lost feelings. Prepare to return to that first love…

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. There is room in the day for wonderful short stories and doughnuts. This anthology has 10 short stories that are all about first love sweetness. I enjoyed that I got the whole story in just a few pages. I love my novels, but sometimes just a group of short tales helps me get back on track for the longer reads. The stories are both contemporary and historical in nature. I am glad I got a chance to read this collection.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Werewolf Pack Magick- Denny Sargent

Title: Werewolf Pack Magick

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Denny Sargent

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications

Genre: Magick Studies

Page Count: 288 Pages

ISBN: 978-0738770352

Author or Book Website: FERAL MAGICK – The Scribings of Denny Sargent – Writer, Teacher, Artist (dennysargentauthor.com)

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: Werewolf Pack Magick: A Shapeshifter’s Book of Shadows: Sargent, Denny: Books

Link to Goodreads: Werewolf Pack Magick: A Shapeshifter’s Book of Shadows by Denny Sargent | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Run with Your Pack and Unleash Your Power with Joy and Wildness

Beyond Werewolf Magick, this lycanthropic Book of Shadows unites you with your spiritual kin and invites them to join in rituals, romps, and spells that call on the feral magick within and about you. Denny Sargent teaches you ecstatic shapeshifting experiences, newly revived from ancient traditions and designed to free you from the restrictive chains of civilization. With your pack, you will return to your true home in the heart of Mother Nature.

Werewolf Pack Magick offers a wide variety of activities, including pack initiations, shapeshifting training, werewolf divination, pack sabbat celebrations, and ancient werewolf festivals. With step-by-step guidance, Denny reveals that pack magick is intense, powerful, wildly fun, and effective. Now is the time to honor and reconnect with nature and your werewolf brothers and sisters in the Wildness.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have always had a thing for werewolves and shifters than to see this book about this type of magick. While I was reading through the book I got an understanding of the primal way of this magick. There was how to set up the rituals and rites and how this should be handled. I had never read anything quite like this and it gave me a new way of looking at things. I going to look into the author’s other books.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Echo- Yasmine Maher

Title: Echo

Series: The Curse of the Blackwood Witches #1

Author’s Name: Yasmine Maher

Publisher: Fables and Facts Publishing

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 494 Pages

ISBN: 9798985994636

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page:

Link to Goodreads: Echo: The Curse of the Blackwood Witches by Yasmine Maher | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Master forbidden magic, destroy an immortal enemy, and prevent the apocalypse—all before college finals.

Echo Blackwood has no idea she’s a witch, but after supernatural beasts attack her sister’s wedding, she discovers her long-dormant magic, and she’s quickly catapulted into an impossible war.

The novice witch is the only one who can stop the immortal Jivar—but her magic hides a sinister secret. The dark arts run through her veins, and using their power could cost her soul.

Desperate to control her magic and uncover the truth about herself, Echo and her newfound allies must race against time to defeat Jivar before he unleashes his fury and destroys the world.

Can Echo use the powers of evil to save the world? Or will fighting fire with fire only end in her ruin?

Imbued with all the thrilling action and marvelous magic, Echo: The Curse Of The Blackwood Witches is a riveting and unforgettable read that will sweep you up and refuse to let you go.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. Echo goes from a normal girl to a witch. It is a lot for her to struggle with. The struggle of being a good witch or will she be taken over by the dark magic. She makes connections along the way and she has to figure out if she going to follow in her ancestor’s footsteps for the evil she now faces was created by that ancestor. I am trying to not give away too much. It is really worth the read. The world this takes place in is amazing, great fight scenes and the adventure is just even to add to the fast pace of this book.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars