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review 2017-05-11 00:00
Queer Magick
Queer Magick - L.C. Davis Queer Magick - L.C. Davis Love the cover and a little more than half was great but after that it kind of dragged and went down for me. I think the premise is interesting and the cover is lovely but it just didn't snag my attention. I'm not sure I'm going to read the next one even though I'm a tad curious. I'm also not a reader of polygamous relationships, characters getting maimed and decisions with no real options being forced on them.
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review 2017-05-01 00:00
Magick & Mayhem
Magick & Mayhem - Sharon Pape Magick & Mayhem - Sharon Pape While the cover is gorgeous and I seriously want a poster of it, it's a tad misleading if you take it literally. There's no flying broomsticks as that's a real thing in this setting, apparently.

↣I love how the magic is understated and simplistic, that intent and belief play such a large role.
↣Drawn in quickly.
↣Easy to read.
↣Ow: The Treatment of Aunt Tilly.
She's a stereotype of fat women, even includes her running and causing a scene over seeing a mouse. She's comic relief. She's a burden and a godsend depending on what Kailyn and the scene needs.
She puts on the typical fortune teller show, including g*psy garb, because "that's what people want and pay for". Why does every fucking book insist on using this reason to be lazy about their characters and perpetuate harmful crap?! Ugh.
↣Love the herd of kitties!
↣But the familiar magic and purpose isn't explained. Do familiars live longer than normal pets? What's so special about them? Do they really get to pick their kind of familiar?
↣Why the detective doesn't like Kailyn isn't explained or explored. It just is.
↣During the showdown I lost track of a major player. Went back to check and couldn't figure it out. Did they disappear into a plot hole?
↣Did not expect the last revelation about the town. I think that's very clever, ties things together and makes me wonder about the sequel.

There's a lot going on in Magic & Mayhem, so it's aptly named, but I don't think it was all executed well. I want to read the sequel to find out more and enjoy Kailyn, but Aunt Tilly is an annoying cardboard cutout which makes me hesitant to go further. Considering this was just published on the 2nd, I'll see what the next blurb is about and make my decision from there.

I hope that was helpful! I know this book would be perfect for some, but it's only mildly worthwhile for me.
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review 2017-02-01 00:00
The Witch's Book of Shadows: The Craft, Lore & Magick of the Witch's Grimoire
The Witch's Book of Shadows: The Craft, ... The Witch's Book of Shadows: The Craft, Lore & Magick of the Witch's Grimoire - Jason Mankey I've always been fascinated with Witchcraft and even dabbled in it when I was in my late teens. This book was an interesting and engaging look at the different types of Book of Shadows used and was filled with a lot of practical information for making your own Book of Shadows.

Told through the author's own personal experiences. As well as Including the history of witchcraft and examples of ceremonies for cleansing and protecting you own BOS, this book offers both the beginner and experienced Witch a little something worth learning.


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review 2016-09-24 19:13
The Magick Host by Jacquie Alanna Gallo
The Magick Host - Jacquie Alanna Gallo
This is a debut novel that gives a twist to the tale of magic (with a k) and vampires. It revolves around a trio of twenty-somethings and what happens to make their lives more interesting and infinitely more dangerous.

There is not a lot of explanation about why Skye/Eli can do the things he can, or even a lot of detail about how and why Eli was killed previously, but still this story will take you along. It is a slow burner but stick with it because it certainly heats up as things progress. 

I really enjoyed this book even though I wasn't sure about it, even when I was about a third of the way through. There are some editing issues where characters are called by the wrong name which does interrupt the flow, but on the whole, it is very enjoyable and definitely worth a read and a review.
* Verified Purchase - November 2012 *
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/09/review-by-merissa-magick-host-by.html
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review 2016-05-30 03:37
Black Magick Volume 1: Awakening, Part 1
Black Magick Volume 1: Awakening, Part One (Black Magick 1) - Greg Rucka

The first thing that you'll notice upon opening Black Magick is the art. The art is stunning, despite the very bold choice to work in black and white. Even before I knew anything concrete about Rowan, I was drawn in with the illustrations of a midnight ritual. Some of the dual page spreads in this book are just stunning! And that's after looking at them digitally. I can only imagine how impressive they look in person.


That being said, the three star rating here mainly comes from the lack of story movement in this particular volume. We meet Rowan, and get a glimpse into the double life that she leads. That part really intrigued me. To be a part of the normal police force by day, and be part of something much more magical by night. Which, is the part that I wish was really more focused on. The mystery revolving around Rowan's past, and why she was being hunted, were only barely touched on.


Truth be told, I'll be reading on in this series. It's hooked me enough, that I want to know what happens next. Plus, I can't wait to see more of this amazing art!

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