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text 2017-02-10 07:48
Modern Rituals - J.S. Leonard

 Computers and science are used to fulfill the needs of elder Gods. Seven strangers find themselves in a Japanese school. After exploring they find they are trapped. What is known is they are there to appease the God of Death. The ritual only turns out right when there a certain amounts of death. If the ritual fails it will end modern life worldwide. Every year rituals are held to appease the Gods so continue to slumber. If the rituals are done right the ancient ones remain asleep. There is a huge secretive organization called Magnus that had enormous reach and scientific knowledge that was used -that selections of people that are randomly picked to be put in rituals. Each ritual put the chosen people in an artificial environment filled with monster type entities. Rules are those who don’t survive die those who do get to return to their normal lives. Olivia is a trained nurse and helps some people survive. But a lot of time the gory aspects of the ritual didn’t bother Olivia and James had to remind Olivia not everyone was a nurse. But Olivia does have a heart. They found out a man behind the scenes controlled everything and not everyone will survive.

I had mixed feelings for this story It was a little far fetched for me. But i did like how James stayed true to his nature no matter what. I didn’t like this story at first almost stopped reading but did push on and really started to like by the end of the story. I just didn’t really connect with the story or the characters very much at least not til close to the end and then it’s a little late really.

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review 2016-12-21 15:11
Last Rituals - Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
Last Rituals - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir,Bernard Scudder

I'm torn between 2.5 and 3 stars. The mystery was well developed and interesting, but I hated the main character, Thora. What a childish, immature, stupid woman. I understand that not all MC can be super smart but she is so stupid it makes you want to hit her. Her 6-year-old daughter tells her that her 16-year-old brother spends his afternoons "jumping on the bed and making strange noises" and Thora can't imagine what he could be doing?? Come on. And don't get me started with how she refers to her secretary because she is fat. Granted, the secretary is a terrible one but all Thora says about her are mean things about her weight. It was offensive and unnecesary. Horrible, horrible main character. But as I said, the mystery was an interesting one and that kept me reading, so that's why I'm torn about the rating. I don't know if I'll continue with the series yet. I think I need some time away from Thora before I decide.

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url 2016-11-15 14:44
Meditation Full Moon Rituals
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Art of 4 Elements - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Meditation Full Moon Rituals

 

Wow! What a Full Moon that was! Once in 50-60 years it shies so bright over our waters. What a magic filled event was to soak in its light and beauty. We all know that the Moon has a profound influence upon us. Many say that the highest energy occurs at the Full Moon. The peak of peaks it was during this year’s Bright Moon.

 

Have you had a chance to meditate, absorb its beauty and its energy? Have you had a chance to pay your respect?

 

Full moon rituals from around the world

 

To read the Main Article about Why and How of Full Moon Rituals have a look at the Publisher's website: http://artof4elements.com/entry/full-moon-rituals

 

Source: artof4elements.com/entry/full-moon-rituals
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review 2016-07-26 00:55
Light Love Rituals: Bulgarian Myths, Legends, and Folklore
Light Love Rituals: Bulgarian Myths, Leg... Light Love Rituals: Bulgarian Myths, Legends, and Folklore - Ronesa Aveela [b:Light Love Rituals: Bulgarian Myths, Legends, and Folklore|25650581|Light Love Rituals Bulgarian Myths, Legends, and Folklore|Ronesa Aveela|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1433293279s/25650581.jpg|45470462]
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158 pages

I was given a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review of this independently published work.

This comprehensive and exhaustively researched book on Bulgarian myths, legends and folklore is a handcrafted labor of love. Organized around the calendar year, the book works its way through the seasons and festivals of each year and shares with the reader the blended pagan and Christian roots of each festival and custom. Using the device of a local family experiencing and learning about each custom, the book also shares local recipes, traditional clothing, tragic love stories and funny bits of folklore with the reader. “Did you know?” inserts share such useful information as the correct wood for driving through the hearts of vampires, the days you really don’t want to die because you will turn into a vampire and other snatches of folk wisdom. Delicate pencil drawings in vibrant colors and ornate designs illustrated nearly every page of the book.

Opening the book was like entering a riotous colorful bazaar of information, all about Bulgarian folklore and myths, going back to the times of the Thracians. The authors deny any claims to scholarly accuracy or academic methods, but the careful and thorough research they did is obvious. They list in the back of the book several pages of links to additional information. I had to chuckle at the line mentioning that the links functioned at the time they did their research, noting that they share with the U.S. Supreme Court the problem of managing “link rot.”

I found the classification as fiction confusing, as this is very much a non-fiction book comprehensively listing and explaining myths, legends and folklore. The authors used the device of a fictional family to illustrate the different customs, but they were clearly embedded in a non-fictional book. For any researcher interested in Bulgarian culture and folklore, this book should be a first step. I was glad to discover the subtitle “Bulgarian Myths, Legends and Folklore” on Amazon when I went to check out the book there, as my free version had only the not-very-descriptive Light Love Rituals title and I worried about discoverability for the book without a clear hook to Bulgarian folklore and culture.

The writing itself was clean and well-edited, and obvious care had been taken in the formatting, with words of the text carefully framing the images and special note sections. The fictional family sections were sometimes a bit stilted, in the way that an “exposition dump” in a novel can feel forced rather than natural, but for the most part, the writing was fluid and had a joyous, light and often humorous tone that was a pleasure to read. There was a home-made quality to some formatting choices, like the insertion of calendar pages to show festival days, but never was there sloppiness or lazy editing.

The recipes for traditional foods looked mouth-watering, with photos of key steps and final presentation to illustrate each recipe.

Review: for travelers, students, mythology and folklore fans who are interested in Bulgarian/Thracian folklore and culture, this is a terrific resource. This book is also a vibrant, joyous example of the wonderful, creative niche offerings from passionate authors that can come into the world through independent publishing, works that would otherwise never make it past gate-keepers looking for the big market opportunity. I had minor issues with a few formatting and writing choices, but overall found the book to be carefully and lovingly crafted, with a vast wealth of interesting information to share.


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review 2016-06-13 08:00
Awakening
Awakening (The Dark Rituals Book 1) - Catrina Burgess

Mwah. That's my main feeling when I was reading this book.

 

Colina wants to train as a Death Dealer to take revenge on the people who murdered her family. While at first her motives are understandable, she soon grows into a less likable character. 

 

She needs to pass certain rituals, which became increasingly, ehm, weird. However, the weirdest and worst part was the immediate insta-love between the two main characters. Again. *sigh*

 

Also, everything was so convenient. I don't like that.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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