Book Review: Prophecy of Three by Ashley McLeo!

Sorry in advance to those of you who don’t care for book reviews, since I’m doing two of them back to back! A few months ago I started receiving ARC copies from another talented writer named Ashley McLeo, who is currently writing the awesome Starseed Trilogy! So far, I’ve read two of the books and one novella, and they have all been amazing! All my reviews are posted to Goodreads, but I’ll post them again here as a courtesy just in case anyone is interested! Again, I’m not trying to go into a deep analysis here… I just want to give a brief overview of the book and what I thought of it! 🙂

The blurb from Prophecy of Three is as follows:

It begins with a burning library, a frantic witch, and an enchanted prophecy. It ends with the birth of the three.
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Lily Whiplark returned home from college expecting nothing more than an epic summer solstice party followed by months of blissful relaxation after her devastating breakup with her boyfriend Liam. Instead, she’s handed a ticket to Ireland to meet her birth family. In the rolling hills of Ireland, Lily’s life takes a thrilling turn when she discovers she’s one of three women fated to save humanity from an alien invasion. What’s more, the events of her birth are connected to the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria, historical witch hunts in Europe, and even the legendary rift between Adam and Eve. Despite the promise of danger, Lily agrees to train in the magical arts. But will it be enough? Will she be brave enough to learn all that is required to rectify Eve’s betrayal and save humanity from magical otherworldly forces intent on chaos?

The cover of the book (which is so beautiful!):

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Prophecy of Three, the first book in The Starseed Trilogy, was quite entertaining! After a brief prologue, we are introduced to Lily, the main character. She has just returned home from college, and she is happy to see her unconventional family once again. (Lily was adopted and lives in a commune consisting mostly of women!) Shortly after arriving home, Lily is given the opportunity to travel to Ireland to meet her birth family. Despite her reservations, she ends up making the trip!

After arriving in Ireland, Lily’s world is turned upside down. First of all, she learns that she is a triplet. Her sisters, Evelyn and Sara, are there with her, and they are nothing alike at all. Second, she learns that she and her sisters are actually witches! Lastly, she learns that her birth family did not give her and her sisters up because they didn’t want them- they gave them up to protect them. This is all because of a prophecy written many years ago.

There were so many things I loved about this book! The characters are entertaining and engaging. I rolled my eyes at Evelyn for a little while, but she does have some redeeming qualities. Lily’s birth mother as well as her aunts are so interesting and seem like they would be some awesome ladies to have in your family! 🙂

One aspect I really enjoyed with this book is the fact that the story provides a different take on witches. Without going into too much detail, witches are apparently descendants of a race of beings called fata from the planet Hecate. I can’t wait to see how this knowledge plays out in later books!

Overall, I thought this was a fun, entertaining read, and I rate Prophecy of Three 5/5 stars!

Book Review: Spirit Snatcher by Margo Ryerkerk!

As I’ve done previously, I’m sharing this book review as a courtesy for Margo Ryerkerk, a really great author who so graciously gives me copies of her books in exchange for an honest review! I reviewed this book back in April on Goodreads, so sorry I’m just getting around to posting this now!

Spirit Snatcher is the third book in the Ardere series. Here’s the blurb for it:

She will venture into the enemy’s lair to save the ones she loves.

Sierra is trying to come to terms with the discovery of her family’s dark secrets and master the elements when the Culpatus begins to abduct Guardians from London’s streets.

To find out what the Culpatus has planned and where they’re taking the Guardians, Sierra has to team up with Gavin and confront the reality that her heart still longs for him, even though she’s dating Cooper.

The mission to rescue the Guardians will test Sierra, Gavin, and Cooper like nothing has ever before and take them deep into the lair of the Culpatus.

Will they manage to free their people, or will they end up prisoners themselves?

Filled with plot-twists, secrets, and romance, Spirit Snatcher will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more!

And of course, the gorgeous cover:

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Spirit Snatcher was another excellent entry in the Ardere series! The book was exciting and entertaining right from the beginning. In Spirit Snatcher, we see Sierra continue to become a warrior as she works hard to master the elements. She learns everything so quickly, which I find somewhat surprising considering a few short months ago, she had no idea she was a supernatural! Then again, maybe because she is a Fluidus, everything comes easier to her.

One thing that made me kind of cringe a little was Sierra having to “choose” between Cooper and Gavin. While Cooper seems like the sweeter choice, Gavin seems like her destiny. I can’t fault her for being a little confused- and after all, she is only 18.

By the time the final battle was taking place, I couldn’t put this book down. There is one character in particular that managed to get away, and she is a horrible person that I hope eventually gets what is coming to her! I also felt very sorry for the Umbra, because the fact that the Ardere generally look down on them as a lesser species is unwarranted.

I’d like to mention something else I’ve noticed in this book, as well as the other books in this series: the descriptive language used is so beautiful! For instance: when Sierra was getting dressed up, she had on “titian eye shadow.” Titian means bright, golden auburn (I will admit I had to look it up to see what it meant).

I rate Spirit Snatcher 5 out of 5! Since I’ve read and reviewed this book, I’ve also read and reviewed the 4th book in the series, so I’ll be posting that at some point as well!

Blogger Recognition Award!

Back in January, Art of Redress was kind enough to honor me with the Blogger Recognition Award!

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I always really appreciate anyone who takes the time to read my little blog, and getting recognized from time to time means I don’t totally suck, right?? 😉

Anyway, here’s the rules for this award!

Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that person’s blog.

Done and done, if you read the first sentence of this post! 🙂 Art of Redress is seriously a great blog- every entry is really entertaining to read! Please check it out if you haven’t yet.

Give the story or history of your blog.

I’ve touched on this before, but I’ll do a little recap anyway. I’ve always enjoyed writing in any form- short stories, journaling, etc. I’ve kept several online journals throughout the years, though none of them stuck around. A few years ago, I started reading a couple gaming blogs and found I really enjoyed the content. For awhile, I just lurked around and never wrote anything, haha! Then finally I decided what the hell, let me try this blogging thing out. I chose to blog about video games since that is my favorite hobby and I could blab on for hours about them! 🙂

Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.

Are you sure you really want to listen to advice from someone with the user name DefyTheMajority?!? Haha! 🙂 Anyway, here’s my best advice.

#1: Don’t worry about being too formal! Blogging is supposed to be fun. I myself am a very casual blogger and when I write, I try to write as if I am having a conversation with a friend. I’m talking about video games here, not submitting a dissertation.

#2: Don’t put pressure on yourself to follow a schedule! I’m not saying blogging schedules are a bad thing. I have several friends I follow who always post on a consistent basis, and I do envy that. However, if I try to set a schedule for myself, it just makes me feel pressured. When I feel pressured, I end up not doing anything. Don’t stress yourself out!

#3: Blog about what you love. If you write about something you love, whether it be your favorite hobby, recipes, parenting advice, etc., if you feel passionate about it, it’ll be much easier to write about!

So there ya have it! The last two rules were to nominate other bloggers and leave comments telling them that you did so, but… you know me! I nominate everyone! Woo!

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As always, thank you so much for reading! 🙂

My Animal Crossing Collection Part 3: Everything Else!

Welcome to the final post for all my Animal Crossing crap! 🙂 In Part 1, I showed you all my games and guides, in Part 2 I showed you toys/ amiibo, and in this final part, we’ll take a look at a couple odds and ends!

The first thing I have to show is a 550 piece puzzle that I received as a gift from my husband. I held off putting it together for awhile, simply because I wanted to get a frame and all the supplies to glue it together permanently. I recently decided “what the hell” and dumped the puzzle all over my desk. Yep… it’s a mess!

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Next, we have some Animal Crossing manga I purchased online! I did a post about it a really long time ago, if you want to go check that out! The manga is all in Japanese, but I don’t mind. I think they are pretty cool!

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Lastly, there is my collection of Animal Crossing cards. I have many of the original cards that came out in conjunction with Animal Crossing for the GameCube…

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a lot of Amiibo cards…

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a handful of Welcome amiibo cards…

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and I even have some Doubutsu no Mori + cards, which I was happy to receive!

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Sorry I can’t post pictures of each individual card, but that would be way too much work at this point 😉

So there you have it! I love Animal Crossing, so I’m glad I’ve amassed this humble collection of goodies over the years. 🙂