Category: Magic

Stories From The Witch Store by Olga Gutsol

Posted September 11, 2017 by karenbaron in Animals, Cats, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Ghosts, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Review, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Stories From The Witch Store by Olga GutsolStories From The Witch Store by Olga Gutsol
on August 20, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 114
Format: Kindle
Source: Author

Funny and imaginative chronicles from the life of a hereditary witch Arelia who, along with her loyal companions Cat and house-ghost Puck, moved to the small town of Burnaville to open the Magic Potions store. Here she falls into a lifetime of boredom. How have her magical powers resulted in this? What is missing from the charming life she has built?

My take on this story:             Stories From The Witch Store by Olga Gutsol is definitely different than what I thought it was going to be. It’s still a good book, just not what I was expecting from reading the plot summary of the book.

The main character is a hereditary witch named Arelia. She lets everyone believe that she is this mean witch that can do more harm than good. However, she also helps the people in her town that comes to her magic potions shop. She is also very stubborn,  She only wants to do things that she wants to do, but will help once someone wears her down. She has red hair that is mostly all over the place and the elder witches have been trying to get her to do something about it. She has a cat familiar that she calls Cat. Very original I might add. It is hard to know who is helping who and who is getting who in trouble with these two. She also has a house ghost named Puck. I think Puck is an elf but I’m not entirely sure. Puck seems to be friends with Cat or at least they tolerate each other and seems to be friends when it comes to food.

What I liked about this book. There are at least four things that I liked about this book. The first one I liked was a dragon named Dragon. She has such creative names for the animals in this book. I liked the dragon because yeah, he was kind of an antagonist but he was pretty funny. He just wanted some help and eventually, Arelia figured that out and helped him. Another pretty funny character is the Father. He was pretty weird and a bit kooky in my mind. He would go to her and ask for help with whatever ailment he needed to get rid of or just to go for a talk and then he would end up spilling holy water to make her go away on her doorstep on his way out. Or even just tell her to her face that he doesn’t like her. At least until she does something like save the town or the cattle or whatever and he ends up liking her again. I also liked how even though the book is all told from Arelia’s point of view that some of the other characters seem so three-dimensional which is always a good thing. The last thing that I like about the book is that there is a little romance in it but not a whole lot.

What I disliked about this book. There is a bit that I didn’t like about this book. The first thing that I disliked about this book is that all of it consists of journal entries. I didn’t like that since it made it a bit hard to really get to know the other characters besides what Arelia thought of them or with what she said of them. I would have preferred if it was in first person or even third person point of view. The last thing that I disliked about this book is that I didn’t really know what time period the book was in.

Stories From The Witch Store by Olga Gutsol is a good book despite some things that I mentioned above that I didn’t really like. I am giving this book four stars since all in all this book is still really good.

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About Olga Gutsol

Olga is a former economist who turned yoga instructor. She is a digital nomad who travelled more than to 35 countries and a photography enthusiast.

Jonathon Goode, Honorary Witch: The Crystals of Aztlan by Michael Lingaard

Posted August 16, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Elves, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal People, Review, Supernatural, Time Travel, Witches / 0 Comments

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Jonathon Goode, Honorary Witch: The Crystals of Aztlan by Michael LingaardJonathon Goode, Honorary Witch: The Crystals of Aztlan by Michael Lingaard
Published by Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC on November 24, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal
Pages: 663
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

Twelve thousand years ago, the fabled island of Aztlan, in a cataclysmic event, disappeared beneath the sea, taking with it all the island's mysteries, which were lost forever. Or were they?

Bloodlines lived on, passed on through Aztlan's survivors. These bloodlines included powerful priests and priestesses, who controlled almost mythical powers through the magic of Greater and Lesser crystals.

In modern day England, 16-year-old Jonathon Goode and his cousin, Elizabeth Waterhouse, are told by a fairground fortune teller that they will meet an elf in an emporium where magic is bought and sold. It comes to pass.

The elf gives Jonathon an Everywhere Key, opening a doorway to a realm between realities. Three Muses of magic in the realm are convinced that Elizabeth is the heir to an ancient bloodline of Priestesses, and believe she has the power to control a Lesser crystal.

They were wrong. Elizabeth does have a magic power, but it is the power of a biomorph. Elizabeth is a shape-shifter.

It is Jonathon who has the true power.

The Muses tell a tale of a crystal that is no longer lost and is being use for evil. They want Jonathon and Elizabeth to find it and return it to them. But the crystal is in another reality, one they can access through the Everywhere Key. They end up in the land of Thallos, where the survivors of Aztlan fled when their island home was submerged. But Thallos is also the home of Great Worms, dwarves, trolls, and magicians.

My take on this story:             Jonathon Goode, Honorary Witch: The Crystals of Aztlan by Michael Lingaard is really a great book. Despite some things that were a bit weird this book is definitely one that I can see myself rereading in the future.

What first caught me about this book is the wonderful plot it made me think about Atlantis since Aztlan sounded a little bit like Atlantis from the plot. I am so grateful that I did read it as it is such a great book. I like how Mr. Lingaard created a bit of three worlds and together into this book. I especially like the way he had the magic aspect of the book. I also liked how we followed more than one character throughout the book. I really liked that it actually made sense to do that. I also like despite the differences between Earth and the other two worlds the characters are all becoming friends with each other. The people from Earth try to help one of the worlds out even more than what they are supposed to do.

There were somethings I disliked about the book and the biggest one happened to be no chapters in the book. So, for someone, like me, who likes to read to the next chapter can’t exactly do that in this book. Instead I read from one set of bold words to the next. There were also some words missing but my brain was able to put the words in which is good and didn’t take me out of my story. That happens sometimes and I hate it when a story does that to you.

Another thing I liked about the book are the references to some past history thrown in. That history helped the protagonist a lot. Each of the characters are so well-crafted that I am glad to have read this book and created a lot of new friends.

I am giving this book a five-star rating because it is that good. Though I am sure by now my mom is tired of me talking about this book. I just can’t help it! Jonathon Goode, Honorary Witch: The Crystals of Aztlan by Michael Lingaard is definitely a book good enough for both young adults and adults’ a like. The ending also left it open for a sequel or for us to just contemplate about Jonathon, Elizabeth, and everyone else’s lives now. I will definitely say more of the second option though.

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About Michael Lingaard

Taken from the author’s website:

English born, New Zealand raised and Australia domiciled is the short answer to where I come from. Travel does that, you skip the bits in between in case people think you’re going to bring out the photographs.

New Zealand was where I grew up and finished my education. Then it was into engineering and getting on with things. It was also where I first began to read sci-fi.

Years and much traveling later, I’m in Australia working as a senior construction estimator when I decided that I was going to write a sci-fi novel. So I designed my universe along with appropriate technology and characters and diligently scribbled everything down over many, many, many late nights. Then I carefully put my story away for a while until I’d finished rebuilding the house. Then along came the kids. And a different house…

… twenty years later I finally got down to serious writing. Three hundred thousand words; first part of a trilogy; great story; great technology. Sure fire winner, right? ( those out there sniggering… this was my first book and I knew nothing ) Three re-writes and many bruises later I realized I needed something different. The ego had gone and I could look at things objectively.

From my now-uncluttered mind up popped the concept of the Mirror Worlds and I went from there. It was fun to write. I wanted to make magic believable, as if it could really be explained. I hope I’ve succeeded.

We’ll see.

Shadowhunters 2.10

Posted June 10, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Angels, Book to Series, Demons, Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Mortal Instruments, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Review, Series, Supernatural, T.V. Series, Teen, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Format: T.V. Series


Season 2 Episode 10

By the Light of Dawn (March 6, 2017)

Plot Summary

The New York Institute is attacked as Valentine’s plan for the Soul Sword grows close to fruition; the Shadowhunters race to save their loved ones and the rest of the Downworld; some of the Downworlders target Clary in their plan to stop Valentine.

My take on this episode:                      This episode is pretty good and a lot has happened in this one.

Valentine has been using the little warlock and has decided to attack the institute once most of the shadowhunters are gone to find Valentine and the little warlock got most of the shadowhunters but saved Alec because he was nice to her when they first met when he went there with Clary to bring her mom back from the dead.

Jace and Luke both try to get Clary to see that going after Valentine who has Simon isn’t a good thing and they get it through her first until later on when Valentine hurt’s Simon than Clary isn’t very happy. Jace, Clary, Luke, and Magnus get a plan thought up and goes off to the institute to try and save Simon and try not to get Clary caught and have her touch the sword. Luke with his pack and Raphael with the vampires are out front waiting for the right time to go in and help the shadowhunters defeat Valentine.

Things go as planned and Jace learns a lot more about himself in this episode toward the end. Simon is able to do something that he has never been able to do.

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Shadowhunters 2.8

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