Thursday, August 17, 2017

Random Mini Review - Supermarket Sabbats

Celebrate the wheel of the year and the Wiccan sabbats with recipes, spells, and rituals prepared using items commonly found at the supermarket. This book features a complete year's worth of magical items and practices; all the needed ingredients are at your local store and just as effective as rarer ones.

Organized by season, Supermarket Sabbats focuses on seasonally relevant spells, recipes, and formulas as well as a full ritual for each of the eight sabbats. Michael Furie combines ancient knowledge and traditions with twenty-first-century methods, providing you with the best of both worlds. Discover prosperity magic cleansings, blessings and banishing of negativity, and more, that builds upon the energies of the sabbats.

Mini Book Breakdown 

First, I'd like to thank NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I have never read anything by this author before and I am kicking myself for that now. I have already gotten a few of his books and I plan to read those too. I love his style of writing, everything is easy to understand and follow. Which I love, I've read some other books like this that just leave me scratching my head wondering what the heck to do. You will not have that problem with this book, I promise! 

I also love the variety offered in this book; brews, oils, potpourri, witches' bottles, and even incense. All with simple ingredients you can find at Wal-Mart or Kroger. Which makes it easy for someone like me with the nearest Pagan store over an hour away. 

What I love most is how each of these spells pertain to a Sabbat. I've been needing something for a few Sabbats and this helps me a lot. If you are looking for new things to try on those special days of the year and want something easy to follow with lots of different information, this is for you!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Music Monday - Under Your Spell

This meme is hosted over at Always Me.

I thought it was time to show more of my dark favorites of music and for the next month or two that's what I plan to do. Before we just jump right into the darkest stuff, let's start with something not too dark. The Birthday Massacre is one of my favorite bands. They have a dark sound but Chibi has a very soft voice (usually, she can get dark). Kind of like Evanescence but Chibi's voice is nowhere near Amy Lee's. Anyway, they came out with a new album and I wanted to share my two favorite songs on this album. 

Under Your Spell

Favorite Lyrics 
I know now
You can only hurt me cause I let you get to know me so well
I know now
I love you cause only you can turn my heaven to hell
I know now
I want out from under your spell


Favorite Lyrics 
Caught up in the waves
The death of the day
Sing like sirens in shadows
As blue turns to gray
In youth and decay
Turning oceans to shallows

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Chosen - Book Breakdown

Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and Zoey Redbird’s adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey finds herself in the very unexpected and rare situation of having three boyfriends. Mix a little bloodlust into the equation and the situation has the potential to spell social disaster. Just when it seems things couldn’t get any tougher, vampyres start turning up dead. Really dead. It looks like the People of Faith are tired of living side-by-side with vampyres. But, as Zoey and her friends so often find out, how things appear rarely affects the truth…

Book Breakdown 

Zoey now knows that her old mentor is not what she claims to be. She's hiding something and doing things that Nyx doesn't like. Also Zoey is struggling with her best friend dying but not really being dead. Old enemies become friends and some friends are lost. It's all weighing on Zoey and then there are three guys that are keeping her mind from the things she should be focusing on. One of whom isn't whom he seems to be. 

There was some stuff that bothered me in this one. I can sum it up in one word: Loren. The adult vampire that Zoey so stupidly fell for. Even at her age I would have know something wasn't right. I would have went more with Erik's thinking and that he just wanted sex but it turns out there was more there then that. 

I wish Zoey was smarter than that. I get it, she needed to be that easily swayed for the plot to move the way it did but ugh. Just silly. I love how Aphrodite and Zoey worked together though. I loved that they found a way to save Stevie Rae. I do like that she and Erik broke up. I never really liked him. Don't know why but I just don't. Though I do feel bad for him.... 

I like how much more the plot moves in this one. Now more people know what's really going on. Zoey got more tattoos from Nyx and now there are warriors at House of Night because vampires are dying... it left off on a cliffhanger, so have the next one handy!

Friday, August 11, 2017

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Font/Style

This meme is hosted here and over at Blue Eye Books.

What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Font/Style (that a book is written/printed in)

the Lunar Chronicles 

I don't even know what font this book is set in but it's very different and I love it! 

Least Favorite
As for one I don't love... this is more of a style complaint. Have any of you got those Hunger Games paper backs? The ones that just don't want to bend and our very annoying to handle/hold? Or is it just me and no one else had this problem? 

Topic for Next Week
Bookish gift you'd most/least like to receive

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

July Wrap Up

This has been my best reading month all year! I have read 14 books! 14 books... I was amazed and quite proud when I saw that. None of them are manga, they are all actual novels. So without further ado my butterflies, let's just jump right into all the books I read in July. 

This is my first time reading through this series. I will be honest, the first few books weren't that great to me. The third one got better and then I did really enjoy this one. I think it's a series that keeps getting better and for once I'm excited to read the 5th one next. The writing is really enjoy. simple and easy. Doesn't give many details and leaves a lot up to the imagination which in this case I like. Will be diving into the next one

Okay I loved the premise of this book and I love the fact that it features a Genderfluid MC but I did have a few problems with this book. Lots of times I was confused on reading it. It just jumped around so much that I had to reread parts many times just to try and grasp what the heck was going on. 

I loved the character development with Sal. I felt that was very well done. Though some of the side characters didn't get that. I do think this was marketed correctly to SJM fans, as it follows that trope very well. To the point where sometimes I felt it was too much like an SJM book. 

The action is very well done, and I do love the plot. I love how the member's of Queen's hand are named after rings. I know that sounds silly but I just love that little tidbit. I really enjoyed just following Sal around while they did their thing. Sal is pretty damn badass. 

So overall, I did enjoy this book, the parts I could understand and hope the next books fixes these issues so that it is mind blowing amazing!

Book Review Coming 8/19/17 
So be on the lookout!

Book Review Coming 8/26/17

Read the Review

So, I've said before that for some reason I love conspiracy theories. Do I believe any of them? No. I don't but they are interesting to look up. So when I saw this one on NetGalley, I had to get it. I learned nothing new from it but someone who knows nothing about the the conspiracy that 9/11 was an inside job will learn lots. This actually leads me to the first problem I have: info dumping. It got pretty boring in some parts of this book for that reason. I get it, she would go look up all these things and it made sense for the info dumping but it didn't make it any less boring.

Also the drugs... I'm not a fan of drugs and her father was big into weed. I pushed past that because I'd never seen a YA book like this one before and it does make sense why he did it but I still don't like that. Overall, this is a good book for anyone who likes 9/11 conspiracy theories. 

Review Coming 812/17

At the time I'm writing this, the review won't be for a few days but you guys will already have it when this goes live. 
Review Released 8/5/2017

I wrote this review back in 2016... and my thoughts have changed some on this book.

So I remember reading this book back in 2009 and loving it. I read the other books that were out at this time and it was simply an amazing series. I remember being so sad that they weren't coming out fast enough for my liking. Then I reread this first one this past month. It's not really the best book out there. It's rather immature and silly. Though highly entertaining. 

It's also a rather neat idea, a vampire finishing school. I like the whole idea and premise I just think it could have been done better. I mean Zoey is kind of whiny and some of her friends are rather shallow at times. I do like that their is some diversity in this series. Like Zoey having a Native American background, Damien being gay, and Shaunee being African American. It did feel very real in that way. I loved it. Wish more books would follow this series in that way.

Though I've been told it does get a little more mature in the later novels, with how the characters actually grow up. Maybe that's what they were going for, making them seem like real teenagers, though they made them a bit too whiny and shallow and well... bratty. I wasn't anything like that as a teenager. 

Overall, I for some weird reason like this series, it must be because it holds a place in my heart. In 2008 we moved from my hometown (which I would kill to go back too), and got even more into reading, this was a series I picked up and it helped me through the dark time where I had no friends and was in a new place I didn't like. So whenever I read these, I don't feel so alone. Weird sounding I'm sure but that's the truth.

So if you like quick reads that make you want to pull your hair out at all the strange things and characters that are mostly shallow, this is for you!

Review Coming 9/2/2017 

Monday, August 07, 2017

Music Monday - Love Exists

This meme is hosted over at Always Me

I wanted to share a song that I love so much. It was a cover by Amy Lee and the original is Italian. I have both here so enjoy! 

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Shadowhunters Sunday - Update!

I will no longer be doing Shadowhunter Sunday on my blog. I will be doing it on my Tumblr account instead. If you still want to check out my thoughts on each episode of Shadowhunters then make sure to follow me on Tumblr! I'm very behind on episodes right now but I have my notes and hope to get them up soon! 

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Betrayed - Book Breakdown

Zoey, High Priestess in training, has managed to settle in at the House of Night and come to terms with the vast powers the Vampyre Goddess Nyx has given her. Just as she finally feels she belongs, the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. 

Book Breakdown 

This one picks up not far where Marked left off. Zoey is now in charge of the Daughters of Darkness. Aphrodite is now old news and her 'evil' ways are done. Even Neferet has said that the Goddess has taken away Aphrodite's gift of seeing the future... or has she? Human Teenagers that Zoey used to know are dying and Aphrodite has a vision that ends up saving Zoey's grandmama. So if Aphrodite still has her gift... why would Neferet lie? What's really going on in the House of Night? Who can Zoey trust? Not only is Zoey dealing with all that but her parents aren't helping anything at all... then something really happens that will shake Zoey up for sure. Darkness isn't always evil and light isn't always good. 

I can be the first one to admit that these aren't the best books out there. While I think there are some great things about this series, I can also say there are some things that could be done better. Much better. My biggest gripe with this series is just how whiny all the characters are. I know that some people have said that this is how teenagers are... and while that is true. Some teenagers can be whiney. Not every single freaking teenager is that way. I wasn't that way. So that being said, I like the writing style. It's fun and fast to read. It's an engaging story. Also, I'm vampire trash so.... anything with vampires, I may just be biased about. Crap, let's just be honest, I've very biased when it comes to vampire novels. I just love it all so much. 

I like how witchcraft plays a part in this novel. As a Pagan, this is just so cool to me. I love how the ones we think maybe 'evil' characters, aren't always evil. Good isn't always good. There can be this grey area and I feel like this mirrors the real world greatly. 

I started this series back when only the first three or four were out and I never finished it. So this is a reread so I can finally finish this series and jump into Loved. 

Favorite Quote

“Remember, darkness does not always equate to evil, just as light does not always bring good.” 

Friday, August 04, 2017

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Book Read in July

This meme is hosted here and over at Blue Eye Books.

What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.

Topic for the Week
Best/Worst Book Read in July 


Unshadowed and The Deal

I read so many good books this month! I can in no way chose just one. So here is two and they are both rated 5 stars.

Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Font/Style (that a book is written/printed in)

Thursday, August 03, 2017

New Things Are Coming!

Hello there everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful week. I just wanted to make a quick post to tell you all some things I have planned for The Butterfly Reader in the near future. When I started my blog I used to talk more about my spiritual side. I never reviewed some of my Wiccan/Pagan books on here. When I changed my name from The Book Goddess, I dropped that. 

I thought that my blog was only meant to be a YA book blog. The more I think about it, the more I don't like that label. I read more than just YA and I never review them on here. So I'm changing that. I will now be reviewing all the books I read, which will mean Wiccan/Pagan books. I've missed it. 

So that's really it, I just wanted to say that I will be reviewing ALL the books I read on my blog. I don't want this blog to just be a YA book blog when I read so much more than just YA. I hope you will continue to follow me along my reading journey. 

Also for anyone who celebrates it, I hope you had a wonderful Lammas. 

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