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Wisdom of the House of Night Oracle Cards & Guidebook
By: P.C. Cast & Colette Baron-Reid
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publishing Date: October 2012
Reviewed By: Amy Lignor
Review Date: November 29, 2012
Many readers know about the “House of Night” YA series written by the amazing author P.C. Cast. However, a new product has come out on the market with her name on it and people – teens AND adults – will absolutely love it.
In this world, Tarot Cards, Angel Cards, etc. have been a source of ‘magic’ for some and an actual career path for others. There are those who can read the cards and understand their meanings, telling people’s futures in a way that is both exciting and amusing. Whether you see this area of life as real or simply entertainment doesn’t matter where P.C. Cast’s new project is concerned – because as one (disbeliever), this reviewer has to tell you that I absolutely love them.
The House of Night Oracle Deck and Guidebook are based on the incredible story of the Oracle of Nyx, which is offered at the beginning of the book. Readers will be able to see that ancient castle on the Isle of Skye and the dream that the immortal vampire queen, Sgiach, had when it took her to the wise Oracle who offered her answers. These cards are actually meant to be a “personal connection” for readers to the wisdom given out by the goddess Nyx. You can almost see yourself as one of the fledglings begging for some type of direction when it comes to relationships, careers, friendships, and any ‘sins’ that perhaps await them in the future.
Examples, sample readings, instructions on how to use these cards and descriptions of each card are offered so that you have full understanding when you do a reading whether individually with one card; a two-card relationship reading; or a three card past, present and future reading. These cards are not only stunningly beautiful with artwork that will literally take your breath away, but P.C. Cast has done a magnificent job of bringing about the wisdom and intellect that she always provides her readers in every book she writes. Her partner in this project, Colette Baron-Reid, is a counselor and motivational speaker who’s a bestselling author of many books as well as oracle decks. Therefore, she knows how to bring the ‘sacred’ to this project. Enjoy!
Quill Says: A magnificently beautiful and, oddly enough, dead-on correct gift that is right in time for Christmas.
Nightshade on Elm Street: A Flower Shop Mystery
By: Kate Collins
Publication Date: November 2012
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: Novmeber 24, 2012
Pryce Osborne II, corporate attorney, residence New Chapel, Indiana was a pain. Once upon a long time ago he had dumped Ms. Abby Knight just before their wedding and he was up to his old tricks again. This time he had dumped Melissa Hazelton. Granted, she was one of the worst interior decorators on the planet, but she didn’t deserve to be clunked any more than Abby did. Fortunately Abby recovered in due time (almost immediately) and found love instead of money. Abby and Marco Salvare, owner of Down the Hatch Bar and Grill and a private investigator, were very much in love and engaged to be married. Abby’s bridal shower was in five days and things couldn’t be better ... that was until Pryce called.
Pryce insisted it was “exceedingly urgent” that Abby get in touch with him and had called Bloomers, her flower shop. He claimed a “friend” was missing, but in reality it was his darling ex-fiancé, Melissa. She thought it was going to be a cold day in Indiana before she and Marco took on that case, but she had to consider her cousin Jillian’s feelings. She’d married Claymore, Pryce’s brother, and family ties came first, even if Jillian was a “drama queen” supreme. Case closed, they’d take the case. Apparently they’d had a “disagreement over a personal matter” and Melissa had disappeared. Once Abby and Marco started to interview people, it looked like more than a few people could have been suspect in her disappearance.
The case of the lost fiancé looked rather simple on the surface, but it wasn’t long before Abby and Marco uncovered a web of secrets and lies that was proving to be extremely difficult to unravel. Orabell had accused Lily of stealing her precious timepiece, a Piaget Altiplano, while everyone else seemed preoccupied with their neighbor’s bedroom decor all the while feigning innocence. “Nobody,” claimed Jillian, “can freeze out a person with a killer glance like you can, Abby.” She would have to try to use that glance on those suspects to try to ferret out a killer when a woman’s body washed up on the sands in front of Pryce’s house. Abby was definitely on to something when someone holding a knife began to chase her across those very sands. It looked like she just might be missing her bridal shower and attending a funeral instead ... hers!
This highly intriguing and tightly woven mystery will pack a punch with readers. It was mystery all the way once Abby and Marco started investigating. When they started to examine the facts, it seemed as if everyone in New Chapel had a motive to drown the victim. It was as if fingers were pointing every which way and, as a result, it elevated Nightshade on Elm Street into a real whodunit. I changed my mind with each chapter as the suspects, their motives, and lives came into view. Little snippets such as a peek through a window would raise my eyebrows as suspects either came on the list or went off. Every glance seemed to add a new conundrum to the plot. If you want the killer to jump out at you on the first few pages, you should look elsewhere. This is a cozy mystery that even Sherlock Holmes would put his stamp of approval on!
Quill says: If you like your mysteries hot, spicy, and rip roaring good, the Flower Shop Mysteries are just the ticket!
Raining Cats and Detectives (Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Mystery)
By: Colleen AF Venable
Publisher: Graphic Universe
Publication Date: August 2012
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: November 19, 2012
There was a little problem at Mr. Venezi’s Pet’s & Stuff pet shop. Mr. V was always mixing up the names of the animals, but Viola was trying to set him straight. She held Hamisher, the hamster, in her hands and asked, “What’s this?” No, it wasn’t a mini koala, a short ferret, or a tiny dragon. Ugh! Of course Ham thought being called a dragon was perfect, but that just wouldn’t do. Viola was trying, but Mr. V never really was good at names. Viola worked for Mr. V and was saving her money to buy the chinchillas, Janice, Clarissa, and Mr. Sparkles. Detectives Hamisher and Sasspants, PI(G) decided they needed “a better detective office” so they could figure out who would be the perfect owner for them.
Of course Hamisher already knew that he wanted the detective sort to be their owner. “I just want someone who’s a supercool professional detective, with a detective’s hat and a detective’s notebook and big ears to hear crime ...” Yeah, right, but first they had to make their office. Charlotte’s daughter Bree might be a good owner, but then again maybe not. They owned Tummytickles, but he was pretty harmless for a cat. Bree wanted another pet, but noooo way! In the meantime Sass and Ham were working on their office while Viola was trying to sell pets.
All of a sudden a Detective Pickles came through the door looking for “a bloodhound to sniff out clues.” No, Pets & Stuff didn’t sell dogs, but they did sell ferrets, rabbits, birds, hamsters, and guinea pigs. Guinea pigs? Hamsters? Detective Pickles didn’t quite have enough money for both but he would take ... SASSPANTS! Oh, no, what was going to happen to the shop without him? It wouldn’t be long before Hamisher really needed him because Tummytickles turned up missing and there was a big reward. Soon everyone was trying to be a detective, but there was only one Sasspants PI(G). Would he ever come home to help solve the mystery?
Once again, Sasspants PI(G) and Hamisher are back on the job trying to solve yet another pet shop mystery. It’s not a secret that Mr. V simply cannot figure out the names of the animals, but neither is the fact that Sass and Ham are a perfect detective team. This time there is a little twist ... Sass has been sold. The tale, told in graphic novel form, will have definite appeal to both the reluctant and young reader. The characters are fun, witty, and detectives Sass and Ham really know how to crack a case. The clues are there, but if you want to solve the mystery, you too have to put on both your thinking cap and detective hat if you’re going to keep up with this furry duo. In the back of the book Hamisher tells us all about cats and you’ll learn a bit about “The Best Animal Detectives!”
Quill says: If you've ever met Sasspants PI(G) and Hamisher, the pet shop detectives, you'll love this mystery ... if not, you'd better look into it!