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The Furies: #bookreview

Can witches ever really have true friends? In The Furies by Katie Lowe, Violet learns about betrayal and witchcraft more than she learns about any other school subject.

The setting is Elm Hollow Academy, an all-girls boarding school, near a small town. It’s a boarding school but it doesn’t seem like the students live there. In the beginning, a student has been posed on the swings after her death. The narrator doesn’t tell the reader who the student is until the end.

Violet has lost her father and sister. Her mother is alive but stuck in a cycle of depression. Violet can get away with almost anything because her mother isn’t paying attention. She had been homeschooled for the last year. Violet took on the responsibility of her own education so she decided to attend Elm Hollow Academy.

There has been a student, Emily, that disappeared before Violet arrived on campus. Apparently, Emily and Violet resembled each other. Violet also became friends with Emily’s friends – Robin, Alex and Grace. The art teacher, Annabel, invited Violet to participate in a secret group that learned about the local women accused of witchcraft and Furies, goddesses of vengeance.

Violet and her group of friends go through all of the growing pains of friendship. Can they trust each other with their personal secrets? Are they more like enemies than friends? Maybe frenemies.

If you like “The Craft” or “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” then there is a good chance that you will enjoy “The Furies.”

Witch hunters and Nancy from “The Craft” will probably not be a fan of this book.

  • I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Favorite Shows for #Spooktober: AHS Coven


American Horror Story: Coven is part of the horror anthology series American Horror Story. Every season is different but all scary in some way.

American Horror Story usually has a large cast. AHS: Coven includes
Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson as the main witches/voodoo priestesses. It takes place in New Orleans in 2013. There are also flashbacks to different periods of time – starting with the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.


Jessica Lange is Fiona Goode, Supreme of the Coven. Her health is failing because a new Supreme is rising but no one knows who it is yet. Her daughter, Cordelia, is the headmistress of Miss Robichaux’s Academy, a boarding school for young witches.


There has been a truce between the witches and Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Priestess. Angela Bassett portrays Marie Laveau. No one has ever been a better Marie Laveau. Unfortunately, the truce has been broken so there is some fighting between witches and voodoo practitioners. Cordelia is trying to keep the witches together but they fight amongst themselves.

My personal favorite character is Myrtle Snow. How many times can she be burned at the stake and make a grand re-entrance? She’s eccentric and a bit snobby but she is dedicated to Cordelia and the coven.

AHS: Coven is definitely my favorite season of AHS. I’ve watched parts of this season twice. However, I’m struggling to get through AHS: Hotel.

Plus, Stevie Nicks makes a guest appearance. What witch doesn’t love Stevie Nicks?

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I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem: #Spooktober Book Review

I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem

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I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Conde follows Tituba from her home in Barbados to Salem Village and back to Barbados. In the book and in real life, Tituba was a slave owned by Reverend Samuel Parris. She was the first person accused of witchcraft at the very beginning of the Salem Witch Trials.

She was actually married to John Indian and had one child. However, he betrayed Tituba during the witch trials by accusing her and others of being witches.

Since she confessed, she was not burned at the stake and later released from prison. Tituba stayed longer in prison than necessary because Parris refused to pay for her prison fines. History does not paint Parris in a good light. He’s cruel and greedy and that is how people will see him for eternity.

Since there is not very much information about Tituba, Conde does take some creative license in telling this story. No one is really sure where she went after her release from prison. In the book, her fines are paid for by Benjamin Cohen d’Azevedo. She works for him until Puritans set his house on fire.

After the house fire, she becomes a free woman and makes the journey back to Barbados. Tituba has always been a healer. She learned from Mama Yaya, her surrogate mother and spiritual herbalist. When she returns to Barbados, Tituba continues to heal people.

This book was translated from French by Richard Philcox. It’s an excellent book in any language. I spent more money on a used edition of this book than on the last five years of my used book collection. It’s not cheap but it’s worth the money.

Some of the language is not kind to people of color. I do feel conflicted that the book is so well written but also uses derogatory terms. How do you guys feel about historical fiction that uses derogatory terms? What is acceptable and what isn’t?

If you like stories about witches or the Salem Witch Trials, you might enjoy this book. If you are a Puritan, you probably won’t like this book.

Favorite Shows for #Spooktober: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina


The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is loosely based on “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” Think of the Netflix adaption as the darker, spookier sister of the 90s sitcom. Both shows are based on the comic book series, Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” which debuted in October 1962.


So far there are two seasons with a third season more than likely coming to Netflix in 2019 or 2020. I cannot wait to watch the next season. I would have read more of Sabrina the Teenage Witch comics but it’s possible that no one in my family wanted to buy anything witchy or non-Christian.

Sabrina lives with her aunts, Zelda and Hilda, and cousin, Ambrose in Greendale. Salem, the cat, also lives with Sabrina. You might recognize Zelda, played by Miranda Otto, from the Lord of the Rings. Aunt Zelda might be my favorite character. She’s terrible yet delightful.

If you would like to see the full cast, visit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7569592/?ref_=ttep_ep_tt.

At the beginning of the series, Sabrina is a nearing her 16th birthday. She must decide whether she will go through with her dark baptism or continue with her life as a powerless mortal. She struggles through both seasons with the good and bad within her.

Some people are horribly offended that the witch coven sign their soul over to Satan. It’s a deal breaker for really devout Christians. Personally, I don’t think watching the show will make me . . . anything . . . Christian, Pagan, Satanist. I haven’t committed to anything spiritual yet and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina isn’t going to change that fact.

Her Dear and Loving Husband: #Spooktober Book Review

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The book is set in Salem, Massachusetts. It’s the perfect setting for a book about vampires and witches.

Sarah has had awful nightmares for many years. She has also recently divorced her husband and moved to Salem. In many of the dreams, it’s like she’s seeing someone else’s memories. She also sees a man without a face that she thinks is her husband – not her ex-husband. Who is he? Are her dreams really memories?

While taking a tour of Salem, she is intrigued by one of the houses and its owner, James. Apparently, Sarah looks like his wife who passed away. James doesn’t tell her that his wife died during the Salem Witch Trials or that he is a vampire. Sarah and James start spending quite a bit of time together and are starting to fall in love. At first, James isn’t sure if he likes Sarah because she looks like his wife.

Her best friend/boss is a witch, J . J and her coven want to help Sarah learn more about what’s going on with her dreams. J also knows that James is a vampire and pleads with him to tell Sarah. She thinks it will help them both to move forward with their relationship.

After some hesitation, Sarah agrees to do a past life regression session. The session reveals so much that I cannot tell you. It will all make sense to you after you read the book for yourself.

Besides the issues with Sarah, James is trying to avoid a vampire hunter who is also a reporter. He’s pretty sure that the vampire hunter is going to expose him and his vampire friends.

If you like vampire romances, then you will enjoy Her Dear and Loving Husband. If you are a vampire hunter or have something against witches, then you might not like this book.

P.S. There’s a linkup here if you are interested.

Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse: #Spooktober Book Review

Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse by Jay Veloso Batista is set in a Viking settlement in England as well as a realm beyond Midgard, where humans live.

Thorfinn, also known as Finn, has had an incident with a witch that cursed his family. After this event, Finn becomes a vardoger or a forerunner. This means that while he sleeps, his ghost or essence roams a different realm. Being a forerunner also means that he knows about upcoming events and secrets that he shouldn’t know. In the other realm, he is taught by Raga who becomes his familiar as a raven in the real world.

Yeru is Finn’s aunt. She is a great storyteller. I think she could be a witch or at least possess some power. Yeru can be a nag, which takes away from her likability. I can relate to her though. She’s just trying to work and raise her daughter but it’s hard sometimes.

I enjoyed all of the Viking stories. It was like having several stories within one book. If you like Vikings,ghosts and witches, then this book will be perfect for you. People who don’t believe in ghosts, Viking mythology or witches might not enjoy this book.

Spooktacular Spooktober Link Up
  • I received the ebook from Free and Fast Reviews in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously

Witch at Heart: #bookreview

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Jinx Hamilton has recently inherited a small shop from her Aunt Fiona. Of course, it’s not the only thing that she has inherited. Jinx soon discovers that Aunt Fiona has passed on her magical powers.

Soon she is communicating with ghosts and developing her own magic. Jinx and her best friend, Tori, are also trying to decide what to do with the shop, which is self-aware. The shop’s name is Myrtle and definitely communicates her wishes.

On top of all of the things with magic and running a business, Jinx and Tori embark on solving the mystery of Jane Does, a ghost in the local cemetery.

I enjoyed reading this book. I love a good mystery as well as a good ghost story. It’s a fitting book to read around Halloween. I’d give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

This book is the first in the Jinx Hamilton series by Juliette Harper. There are eleven books in the collection. The twelfth book is supposed to be out in 2018.

 

 

Witch at Heart on Amazon

 

Juliette Harper website

The Council: #bookreview

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Well, it’s a good thing that I go through my emails to see if I missed or forgot anything. I’m human – a busy, unorganized, easily distracted human. Honestly, I was looking for another book related email but I found an email from Kayla Krantz regarding her book, The Council. So I decided to squeeze another book into the reading schedule.

Sometimes you just don’t know if you are going to like a book. There are times when I think I’m going to love a book and no – there’s no love.

I was not expecting to like this book but I really did. The plot was interesting. The characters were developed. It was hard to tell who to trust or not so there was enough suspense to want to keep reading.

Lillith and her friends, Clio and Helena, are getting ready for a ceremony which determines if they have any supernatural powers. They want to be powerful witches but not everyone develops magic. Lillith lives in an area called the Land of Five, which is governed by The Council.

There’s a cliffhanger so you’ll have to read the second book to find out what happens next. If I didn’t like the book, I would have zero interest in getting the second one. However, I need to know what happens to Lillith.

 

Kayla Krantz website

Kayla Krantz on Twitter

 

Everwylde by Donna Grant: #BookRelease

 

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Who doesn’t need more historical paranormal romances in their life? Anyone who says no is totally missing out on a good thing.

Everwylde by Donna Grant is available today. Ravyn is a witch hunter. She is always on the hunt for the witch who killed her family.

I got nervous for a minute. Then I remembered: I’m a good witch. No one will be chasing me with a crossbow.

Still, I cannot wait to read this book. It has witches and romance. I’m a little hesitant to read romances but add some paranormal creatures – vampires, werewolves, etc. – and everything is groovy.

Due to a misunderstanding on my part, I thought I had two days to do a book review. I don’t even have the book yet. It’s ok – everything is fine. No one has to feel bad about starting four books at the same time. Who else does that?

If you’re interested in finding the book, the links are at the bottom. Let me know what your thoughts are if you do read the book. Happy reading!

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Donna Grant, author

 

  • If I’m ever a bestselling author, I want my picture to look like Donna Grant’s photo.

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Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2HHApWV

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2HHTjNj

iBooks: https://apple.co/2HIj4xc

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2HD00QU

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2HHyOjX

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