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review 2017-03-14 12:17
Destined, a novel of the Tarot - Gail Cleare

Destined by Gail Cleaire
Wasn't sure I was going to like this book but loved the writing style of another of the author's books.
A bit out of my comfort zone as I know nothing about Tarot cards and the fortune tellers but enjoy reading and learning.
What I loved about this book was Emily who is trying to be strong and powerful walks away from a job where they want her to do things she really wasn't hired for. Bravo for just walking out the door.
Which leads her to more job interviews where she comes across a curio shop and is hired on sight. Henry and her seem to have a bond through visions and other events although they've never met.
She's now the manager and in charge of getting the rooms in shape so they can open the shop or rare and antique things to be sold. She goes above and beyond while meeting his other clients and associates.
Love that she is able to help others in need and works with others she doesn't get along with to benefit the shop. Love the festival of sorts as the whole community work together in that feat and many other things to help one another make a success of their businesses.
Like clash of some as they do come together. Especially love the discussions of different kinds of power and are able to implement them and that the discussions are so today concerns of climate changes.
There are so many the book follows, male love interests, shop owners and their families and the spirit world. Didn't care for sex scenes, seemed to be a bit rushed and not that deep of a relationship.
Love how each chapter starts out with a step or symbol and it's described in words that you can use in today's world although they may not have been in the original 1700's tarot card decks (the way I understand it).
Received this book from the author and this is my honest review.

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review 2017-02-23 11:52
Beautifully-made fantasy story – without words
A Land Called Tarot - Gael Bertrand

 

With illustrations in the French/Belgian “bande dessinée” tradition, colourful and detailed, this collection tells a series of wordless stories taking place in fantasy landscapes with fantastic creatures, extravagantly clothed.

 

A feast for the eyes, this is thoroughly recommended to all lovers of excellent artwork.

 

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review 2017-02-09 09:29
Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Mega Beasts
Encyclopedia Prehistorica - Robert Sabuda,Matthew Reinhart

The last of my pop-up book splurge, Mega Beasts is almost every bit as good as the Dinosaurs edition created by the same pop up artist team.

 

The same incredible level of paper art, the same solid writing; my only complaint is sometimes the spectacular paper art actually blocks the text, making it difficult to read without some maneuvering.  Otherwise, an awesome example of its kind.

 

Once again, MT provided a hand (or two) for the picture taking portion of this review:

 

King Kong wasn't just a myth y'all!

 

It was depressing to learn just how many creatures lived for ages without natural predators... until man came along.

 

My personal favourite spread.  Of course.  :)

 

 

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review 2017-01-19 04:08
Choices
In The Cards - Peter Styles

Al, short for Alchemy, I know - right?  Poor character.  It's sure different.  Anyway, Al has several men in his circle he could choose.  He currently has a love interest who takes him for granted, is already cheating with him on his partner, and is kinda testy when pushed.

 

Finn is someone who believes in magic, the universe, and is a touch jaded.  Hugh is a mentor who has some serious issues.  In the ways of love, however, we are not always thinking with a logical part of our brain.

 

I found this story to be full of surprises for the reader!  Each character has its own quirky and individual personality.  That was the best part of the book.  I had a hard time with a bit of the fact that I felt the main character was taken advantage of.  That could just be my own interpretation, of course.  Overall a funny read.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

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review 2016-10-16 14:32
The White Magic Five and Dime (A Tarot Mystery)
The White Magic Five and Dime a Tarot Mystery - Steve/Falco,Lisa Hockensmith

The White Magic Five and Dime (A Tarot Mystery) is not a good book, but it is fun.  Written by Pride and Prejudice with Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls author Steve Hockensmith assisted by SME (subject matter expert) Lisa Falco, The White Magic Five and Dime (A Tarot Mystery)  is a nicely done puff piece of a cozy, complete with Tarot spreads.  While much of the plot was predictable, the one-liners and amusing Tarot card descriptions frequently had me smiling. 

 

I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of selected cards from the major arcana that appeared as chapter dividers, such as the two pictured below.

 

 

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