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The Usurper King by Zeb Haradon

51nfZRINqmLWhat if Ted Bundy was never caught? What if he stopped killing people and set his mind on his budding political career. If you’re unfamiliar with Ted Bundy’s interest in politics, I suggest you do a little research on this monster of a man. He was an interesting character and could have done some amazing things in real life if he had not had a taste for killing young ladies.

In Zeb Haradon’s book ‘The Usurper King‘ we’re taken into an alternate universe where Bundy wasn’t caught and wasn’t fried in the electric chair.

In the book, Bundy runs for the 2016 presidency. My opinion (and this is my blog, so I’m allowed) is that he’d be better than the one we have now.

Anyway, there are some freakish things in the book, like predicting the future with animal entrail reading (I do lots of divination, but I’ll pass on this one). As gruesome as it is, a guy with a biological virus starts seeing things in the animal entrails that tell him about Bundy’s past… his murderous history. The guy, Jim, works with another person to stop Bundy from becoming anymore powerful.

I found this story extremely intriguing, especially since Bundy is my favorite serial killer (say what you will about that statement… it’s healthy to study the things that make bad people bad and to find interesting things about them which make you see them as a little more than the monster they were).

If you like stories about alternate universes which borderline ours in who’s there, but not in what is happening, you’ll dig this book. Thing “Fringe” meets “Aquarius.”

 

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The Codependency Recovery Plan by Krystal Mazzola

419VFjdqK5L._SY346_Codependency is common, more common than you’d like to admit. However, it’s not a healthy thing to live with. When you depend on someone else for your emotion livelihood, you’re going to get hurt. So, how do you stop the cycle of attachment?

Without going into the 5-steps in this guide (you need to buy it and read it to get that information), this book teaches you how to better communicate, which is the key to setting boundaries. Boundaries will keep you from being a people pleaser and they’ll help you learn to understand your own worth.

This book is a literal step-by-step guide to helping you understand exactly what codependency is and how to break free from your own cycle of codependency.

 

I received this book for free from the publisher.

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Crystals for Beginners by Karen Frazier

51o8JEGCYtL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_I am no “beginner” when it comes to using crystals for healing. I am also one of those wonderful people who believe you can never have too many crystals, nor too many crystal books. Crystals for Beginners is a welcome addition to my collection.

Not a comprehensive guide to crystals and their attributes like the many volumes of The Crystal Bible, Crystals for Beginners is an introduction to using crystals which looks at some of the most commonly used stones you’ll find in people’s collection.

With vivid colors, this book is pleasing to the eyes. From keeping your crystals cleansed and charged to using crystal grids, the basics are covered. There is a section on colors, helping you understand how crystal color works with healing and magic workings.

The ‘Crystal prescriptions’ section is what really makes this book stand out, and is the reason it’s staying in my collection. This section breaks down your issue (stress, abuse, illness) and gives you a mantra, meditation tips, and/or a crystal grid to help you use your healing crystals to their full advantage.

Beginner or not, I highly recommend this book!

I got it for free from the publisher, but this review contains my honest feelings.

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The Door to Witchcraft by Tonya A. Brown

41uoi0cuo3L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_You ever fall behind at life? I did. That’s why you haven’t seen many posts from me. It seems like everything took its own self-piloted path, and that path missed the stack of review books waiting for my attention (and growing almost weekly). I’m back on the right track, so I am also back at sharing some great books with you. Since I’ve recently launched my own witchy related business, The Art Of Dreams And Divination, I decided the best place to start with this stack of books would be a witchy one.

As someone who has been studying and practicing witchcraft since I was 13 (to give you an idea of the span of time, I’m 44 now), I was really looking forward to checking out The Door To Witchcraft. It’s subtitled “A New Witch’s Guide,” but don’t let that keep you away from checking it out even if you’re experienced—I found it to be a great reminder of some of the “basics” I’ve forgotten over the years.

Not only does this book touch base on the history and traditions of witchcraft, but it offers a great jumping point to start learning more about things like color magic, herbology, and more. You won’t get all of the knowledge in this one little book, but it will help you decide which witchy path (or paths) you want to pursue more info through.

I love this book, and it has found a permanent home in my personal library. What I liked about it is that the layout is perfect—everything goes in the order you’d expect it to, ending with spells and spiritual work you can do to help you get started on your own witchy path.

As a divination addict, I was thrilled with the fact that Brown made sure to talk about that aspect of witchcraft as well. I feel like a lot of general info books like this focus only on ritual and spells and miss on all of the other aspects of witchcraft, Paganism, Wicca, and spirituality that a lot of us live by.

So, I need to let you know that I got this book for free from the publisher for this unbiased review (Honestly, this is a great book).

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The Minimalist Way by Erica Layne

41uR1im2D1L._SY346_If you’ve found yourself hooked on Marie Kondo, there are more books in the world that will teach you decluttering techniques. I’ve read some great ones over the years, including Don Aslett’s Clutter’s Last Stand and Dinah Sander’s Discardia. Both of these books changed my life and helped me to let go of my hoarding ways.

The Minimalist Way is definitely in my top 5 favorite decluttering books. It begins with a look at what minimalism is and how it helps with the control of clutter (makes sense, if you have less stuff you’ll have less clutter).

There is a mental note when it comes to the need to own things. For me, I felt like I didn’t have much of a connection with other people, so I connected to things. Both my mom and my grandmother were hoarders up until they died. I didn’t want to be like them. I’m recovered. I don’t live a minimalist life, but I also don’t hoard things anymore.

Books like The Minimalist Way are tools I use to help me stay “cured.” They offer a reminder, even to those of us that are mostly or completely clutter-free, what an importance it is to have less clutter, and less stuff, filling up our lives and our minds.

There is so much information crammed in this little book. My favorite chapter is on budgeting. In this chapter, among many tips, the author encourages readers to take a “spending” fast—such a great idea. When you realize the money you save and the space you save in a month of not spending, you’ll realize that it’s not as hard as you thought it would be.

I highly recommend this book to people drowning in clutter and to those of you that simply want a reminder of why you don’t have a house full of “stuff.”

I received this book for free from the publisher so I could pen this unsolicited review.

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The Complete Guide To Natural Soap Making by Amanda Gail Aaron

51RXC2e9KDL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_If you’ve been considering making homemade soap, The Complete Guide to Natural Soapmaking is the only book you’ll need. This is an amazingly comprehensive guide to soap making. I wish I’d have had this book in my mitts years ago when soap making was something I did for money!

Whatever type of soap you want to make, from the easiest ways to the most difficult, they’re all in this book. Instructions on cold and hot-process soaps, hand-milled soaps, melt-and-pour soups, and even liquid soaps can be found within these pages.

Not only do you learn the processes, but you also get a massive collection of specific soap recipes so that you know exactly what you need in order to make some delightful soaps that are good for your skin, smell great, and help you get clean.

There are skin softening soaps, super-cleansing soaps, and even soaps that look like they’re made to eat (but don’t eat them).

This is not just a guide for beginner’s (though it is the perfect tome for anyone just getting started), there are plenty of tips and recipes worthwhile to people that have been making soap for years.

I received this book for free from the publisher for this unbiased review.

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Bigger Than All The Night Sky by Rose Rosetree

biggerthanallthenightsky-194x300I want to begin with the fact that this is an intriguing memoir about life, growing up, and spiritual awakening. The author’s story begins at birth, a page in each of our personal unwritten memoirs most of us don’t remember. Even when I focus my intent on childhood, I can only get back to about age 5.

Bigger Than All The Night Sky is laced with childhood trauma, lessons in failure, messages from God, and all of the typical things we each experience as we make our way through childhood. Rose’s story is a tale that evolves with her spiritual awakening, a life that leads her to be a future spiritual leader. It’s an inspiring story for people like me, who are on their own everlasting spiritual journey.

It’s an easy and quick read, as you get sucked into poetically written words of the author’s life. She is a poet, not just a spiritual guide, after all. This is one of the things that attracted me to the book – souls alike.

Bigger Than The Night Sky is a lifelong tale, but it won’t take you a lifetime to get through it. What you will find is that it inspires you to follow your dreams, to find your path. This is a profound read – if you’re ready to change your life, I highly recommend it. We all have a greater purpose; by learning how Rose found hers, maybe you’ll be able to do the same.

The author herself sent me this amazing book for my unbiased review.