This book is AWFUL!!!!

Where do I start with this book review? My mind is literally spinning right now, so many things I want to say about this horrendous book I don’t know where to begin.

The book I am reviewing is called Medicine Woman by Lynn V. Andrews

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There is so much wrong with this book AAHH!!!! This book is absolutely ridiculous I don’t know if I should laugh or cry. Maybe both. The author describes this book as her autobiography, going to Crowley Manitoba to steal a marriage basket she thought she saw at an art opening in Los Angeles, but the art gallery people claim they have never heard of or seen such a photo by the photographer McKinnley. This marriage basket photo is not on record of ever being at the gallery. The author then starts having weird dreams and is sent off to Manitoba to see Cree Medicine Women who tell her she has to steal the marriage basket blah blah blah.

First off, I am from Manitoba. There is NO such place here in our province named Crowley. Also, my grandfather is Cree and follows the old ways. I don’t know of any Native Americans who would put all their faith in a rich Beverly Hills white woman to save their culture by having her steal a marriage basket….What?

Here’s just a few of the eyebrow raising things I read in this book (laugh, cry, bang your head against the wall, I don’t know)

The story starts with the author and a friend going to the art gallery and the author seeing the photo of a marriage basket, calling the art gallery to purchase it, the gallery saying they have no history of that photo ever being in their gallery. Then the author is at a dinner party at her friends Beverly Hills mansion, now this is where the really weird stuff happens, and I started questioning things. At the dinner party with a bunch of rich high society Hollywood types; movie producer, plastic surgeon, an actress, a Native American Indian. How random, right.

So the weird stuff. The guy hosting the dinner party at his mansion becomes belligerent and rude to the Native American man. There is no explanation as to why other than the host had too much to drink, but why does he single him out? Lynn Andrews doesn’t say in the book. So the Native American man gets up and walks over to the host sticks his hand in his stomach and pulls out the hosts ego. Then he sits back down in his seat like nothing happened and tells Lynn they can finally talk. It is like they are in a dream, everything is perfect now that the host lost his ego. The next morning the host tells Lynn his stomach hurts.  What do Lynn and the Native American man talk about? They talk about the marriage basket and he tells her she must go to Crowley Manitoba (ahem, there is no such place in MB) and speak to Agnes Whistling Elk.

She arrives in Manitoba, two silent native guys come out of nowhere as her tire blows on her car and they stand around her car watching her try to change her tire without speaking only laughing at her and not offering to help. After her tire is changed they ask her for a ride, she gives them a ride. WHY would you let two strange men in your car after they were laughing at you, personally I would have left them behind, not because they were jerks but because HELLO, two strange men in the middle of nowhere? NOPE!

Now she finds a cabin in the woods, takes off her clothes and gets into bed and goes to sleep, after finding an apple on the kitchen table and devouring it. I’m starting to wonder if I’m reading Goldie Locks and the three bears had a baby with Sleeping Beauty a retelling written by someone who just dropped a ton of acid. There’s more strange stuff she goes on about. The woman who lives in the cabin, Ruby shows up, is shaking Lynn and yelling at her to hurry up, and they go running off into the woods naked, then they come back to the cabin and slaughter a deer and eat the deer heart raw. And a bunch of other absurd stuff happens.

This book is a sick joke. At this point I decided to look up the author and found that her ex was interested in Native American culture and came up with the story for the book, after the two broke up he sued her but she paid him off so he’d go away, and he claims he is not allowed to talk about her or the book.

I was really disappointed in this book, it wasn’t at all what I was expecting it to be. I was expecting to read a true account of a spiritual journey of a woman who found herself or something meaningful. Maybe to Lynn Andrews it was, who am I to judge (although clearly I did). I believe in a lot of stuff, I read a lot on spirituality from all faiths, and I think it all to be beautiful. But I just can’t believe the claims in this book, it’s just a little to tutti fruitti, not to mention the inaccuracy of the Cree people, and the description of the province I live in was completely wrong. My point being, if you are going to write about someone’s religion and culture be respectful and do your research before you call it non-fiction.

Maybe Lynn Andrew’s boyfriend made up the story as he claimed, maybe he didn’t as she claims. Maybe this story happened in her reality, I don’t know. I just personally find it difficult to believe.

 

 

The Path of Practice: A Woman’s Book of Ayurvedic Healing

I’m really interested in holistic health, and eastern medicine. I was browsing books specifically on the topic of ayurvedic health and came across this one by Bri. Maya Tiwari and had to read it after reading the description of the book on the back cover.
I have type 1 diabetes and hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, so I am always on the look out for ways to be the healthy I possibly can.

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Bri. Maya was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her early twenties, she went through all the treatments that were hard on her body only to find out that the cancer was not responding to the invasive treatments, and her doctors told her she had only 2 months to live. and suggested she take morphine to die as comfortably as she could. Instead of doing as the doctors suggested she quit her very successful job as a top fashion designer in New York City to go live in an isolated cabin and get back to her traditional Indian roots.

Bri shares how she beat her cancer and healed herself through hardcore meditation and nutrition as well as her spiritual healing.
She explains in detail how sound is healing, using singing bowls and chanting, how to eat for your dosha type, including a chart to find what dosha you are, recipe’s, chakras, journaling and all aspects of ayurvedic and traditional Indian medicine.

I found this to be a very informative and inspiring book. It’s a great read for novices as well as those with extensive knowledge in Eastern medicine. Do I think these practices will help keep me healthy? Yes. I absolutely do!

Mother Earth Spirituality and a Miracle Healing (true story)

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This is my favorite book about Native American Spirituality. Ed McGaa, Eagle Man is very, very thorough in his explanations. He goes into detail about the history of the Peace Pipe, the Sun Dance and other spiritual and healing ceremonies. He is passionate about his heritage and spirituality and teaching non-Native Americans the way of his people. He comes off as a very kind and caring person. I originally borrowed this book from the library and loved it so much I had to purchase it, I knew I was going to refer back to it many times.

I’ve always been interested in Native American Spirituality and medicine, this book is a great starting point for anyone new, and wanting to find out more, or doing research for a school project or even just for your own self.
I do have a story to share that made me even more interested in Native American healing.

A co-worker of mine had to take leave from work for many months, as she could not walk without the assistance of two canes. She didn’t know what was wrong with her, and neither did her doctors or the specialists she was sent to. She was given numerous tests to try find what was causing her to be unable to walk or be mobile. There were days when she would literally not be able to move at all and wasn’t sure when she was going if ever to return to work. She attended a Native American healing ceremony (more than one,i’m not sure how many), she now walks perfectly fine with absolutely no need of a cane, never mind the two she previously needed! She is back at work AND participates in the company’s annual soft ball game. She and her doctors still don’t know what the cause was, but it’s amazing to see her now from how she was!
It’s like one of those “miracle” healings you read about, it’s really awesome!

 

The Life She Was Given review

THIS BOOK, OMG!

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I received a copy of “The Life She Was Given” by author Ellen Marie Wiseman from the publisher Kensington Books through Netgalley for an honest review. 

Lilly was born an albino in the early 1930s during the depression to a family that was fairly well off during that time, the family owned Blackwood Manor and horse farm. Lilly’s mother kept her locked up in the attic until Lilly was ten years old before selling her to the Circus where she became a member of the “freak show”. All the time Lilly was locked up in the attic, hidden away from the outside world, her mother told her she was a monster and an abomination. Her mother was a religious fanatic and kept Bibles in Lilly’s tiny attic room and made her pray and read scripture devoutly. It’s hard to say if her mother was always this way with religion, or if she became that way after Lily was born, it doesn’t really say in the book, i’m guessing maybe after the birth of Lily, because, after having eight miscarriages, her mother vowed to sell her soul to the devil for a baby, and after Lilly was born with her condition, her mother believed it was because of the deal she made with the devil. Through the happenings of Lilly’s tragic and sad life it would seem like Lilly was absolutely a cursed child no doubt.

In the second chapter we meet Julia an eighteen year old girl in the 1950s. She is a struggling, barely getting by waitress in a little diner, she is not sure if she is going to have a meal that night or be able to pay her rent for the apartment she and her abusive boyfriend are living in. A private investigator shows up to the diner one night with a letter, informing Julia that she has inherited her childhood home, the home that she ran away from two years prior, is now hers. Her mother has passed and left the Blackwood Manor to her. Arriving at the creepy and possibly haunted manor, she discovers a disturbing secret that she is determined to get to the bottom of. From here bombshell after bombshell is dropped, right to the very last page. A few times I actually gasped and whispered “oh my gosh.”

I enjoyed this book immensely, this story has stuck in my mind, it really had an impact on me. The author really did a wonderful job with her research of that time period, and took some actual true events from history and weaved them into this unique skin crawling story.  Knowing that a lot of the story was inspired by actual events makes this story that much more gripping. I saved this book to read at the end of my day, which for me is when I save the best books to read, it is the quietest and the time when everyone is unwinding themselves or already in bed. This is my me time. Unfortunately, this is when i’m in my bed, before going to sleep. Unfortunate because this book was too good to put down and two nights in a row I stayed up all night reading. This is a must read!

Clockwork Angel…. I’m love

Oh Will I’m in love with you ❤

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This book was AAAAAAAAMAZING!!!!

My heart is pounding, i’m breathless and i’m in love with a fictional character from a book! OOOOF course would be, after all I had a crush on a Ninja Turtle as a kid. I’m weird, ok.

Cassandra Clare, you did a wonderfully fantastic job creating swoon worthy characters and one enthralling captivating plot in THE INFERNAL DEVICES, A CLOCKWORK ANGEL! This I believe will be my new favorite YA series. Why did I wait so long to read it, what is wrong with me? Totally fan girling atm, let me catch my breath, i’m a little too excited!! 

Here’s the Goodreads synopsis for you while I catch my breath:                                                In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.

The plot was action packed, not a dull moment, and I loved all the characters, except the bad guys obviously, and I really, really looooved Will. Some serious heart eyes going on over here.

Tessa: I love that she is not afraid to be herself, she doesn’t try to be a tough chick, and she is not helpless, not an “Oh I need a boy to rescue me” type either. She is a very                     smart capable heroine who finds her voice and speaks up when the timing is right.             And when she speaks up, boy does she ever. I love that about her. I also love (there’s           lots of love in this review I know, but I really just love this book, ok), that she is not             judgmental and is friendly toward those who are different and doesn’t care about               their disabilities or flaws, she sees the good in them and cares about them for who               they are as people. And of course she is a massive book lover to boot!of

Will: Oh, sweet lovely, brooding, sarcastic Will, with his black hair and blue eyes…… let’s     just take a moment and appreciate the visual in our mind’s fantasy…… Ok, Will, hmm           Will. He tends to push everyone away, he pretends to be out drinking and hanging                 around in brothels, but really he’s going for long walks by himself. This boy is a                       mystery, which is kind of frustrating because he won’t let anyone get near him, or love           him, you (ok, I) just want to scream “Let me love yooouu!” His past is only touched                 upon a little in the book, hopefully we’ll learn more about his history in the second                 book “A Clockwork Prince”  He also is a very caring person, but hides it, and                         something happened between him and one of the servant girls Sophie, i’m curious to             find out and hope that it will be revealed.

Charlotte and Henry: Husband and wife team who run the INSTITUTE, well, ok,                 Charlotte runs the institute, while silly Henry is just that, he’s your silly but ultra lovable uncle.

Jem: Sweet Jem, he is my second favorite character after Will. Jem suffers from an addiction that is slowly killing him. Will takes great care for Jem, he loves him like a brother and the two of them know each other inside and out. Jem is the only one Will shows his heart to. I really hope Jem makes it through the series, I hope beyond hope they can find a cure for him. It will break my heart if anything happens to him, he is very special.

There are quite a few twists and turns and surprises in the book to keep you interested. I have a fondness for the characters, there are a lot of key players in here, but the way the story was written, it’s super easy to keep track of who is who. The book ends with a cliff hanger and had me running out Sunday evening to the bookstore just before they closed to grab the second book in the series Clockwork Prince. I can’t wait to get started on book two tonight. I really hope the rest of the books in the series will be just as awesome as the first book was if not better.                                          

 

 

Quick Review: Look Again, Lisa Scottoline

LOOK AGAIN, LISA SCOTTOLINE
This book had my heart pounding hardcore from the very beginning until the very last page.
Besides almost throwing me into an anxiety attack, this book had me balling my eyes out at one point. I was literally an emotional wreck.
I read this book a few years ago and it has stuck with me.It really hit me to my core, no other book since has come close to putting me in such an emotional state as this book did.
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I’d like to check out more of this author’s work, her writing is magnificent to be able to make the reader feel so much, to really get lost in the story and make the characters seem so darn real.

My favorite Shakespeare Play

 

a-midsummerIn my last post I shared my love for fairies, so it should be no surprise that one of my favorite Shakespeare plays would be A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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The play is beautiful and magical, I love the costumes. I remember the first time I saw it, I think my eyes must have been huge and my mouth agape in wonder and amusement, it was spectacular, it was unlike anything i’d ever seen before! I was enthralled and obsessed with this play from then on. I couldn’t get enough. I was the oddball, at that time The Lion King had just come out in theater’s and all the kids my age were going nuts for that movie, seeing it hundreds of times, and there i’d come along talking about this awesome Shakespeare play I saw with fairies in it!

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And then 1999 came along and Michelle Pfeiffer starred in the movie version. I was in awe all over again.

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It was because of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that I became a fan of William Shakespeare. I have not only seen the play on stage, watched the movie countless times and of course read the play a bazillion and ten times, it still remains my all time favorite work of Shakespeare’s.

 

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Believe in the magic

Like stardust glistening
on fairies’ wings
Little girl’s dreams
are of magical things.

I looove fairies, I collect them and I have to have every book on them
I like to add some magic and fantasy to my everyday boring old human world, imagining that there are little fairies looking up at me and smiling while perched on a wildflower, playing with the ladybugs, butterflies and dragonflies.

What if…..they were real?

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The Bell Jar

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The Bell Jar is the only novel that was published by Sylvia Plath. It was first published under a pseudonym “Victoria Lucas” in 1963, one month before Plath’s suicide by gassing herself with her head in the gas oven.

Sylvia herself suffered with depression, so it makes sense that that her lead character Esther Greenwood would suffer the same feelings of hopelessness and despair as the author. It is a semi-autobiography after all, one of the main reasons it was published under a pseudonym.

The book starts off with Esther going to New York in the summer on an internship at a popular women’s magazine to her unfortunate decline into a deep depression in a psychiatric hospital receiving electroshock therapy treatments after her attempted suicide by swallowing a bottle of sleeping pills.

The book was definitely dark, but there were some funny parts. Mainly when Esther was in the asylum and would fantasize about messing with the doctor’s heads I couldn’t help but laugh a little. It made me love the character a little more and lightened up the serious dark subject matter the book focuses on.

 It is EXTREMELY rare for me to read a book more than once, and this is one of the very few I will more than likely read again.