Book Review Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Book Review Cop Town by Karin Slaughter Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Random House Publishing Group Bantam Dell 417 Pages Literature/Fiction (Adult), Mystery, Thrillers I have read Karin Slaughter’s books for many years and found them captivating. This book is no different in that aspect. The difference with this book is the time period. The book takes place in the 1970s in Atlanta where civil rights and segregation are finding footholds. Even the police locker rooms are segregated. The main characters are two women police officers and the male officers do not want them there. Maggie has been an officer for five years and faces verbal and physical abuse from her uncle. He has been on the force a long time and doesn’t believe it is the place for women. She struggles every day to make ends meet and help take care of her family. Kate lost her husband to the Vietnam War. She grew up privileged but needed to find a job where she could make a difference. There is a shooter in town killing police officers. Maggie and Kate try to find commonalities between the cases to see if they could narrow down a motive for the killings….

Book Review: Mixing Essential Oils for Magic Aromatic Alchemy for Personal Blends by Sandra Kynes

Book Review: Mixing Essential Oils for Magic Aromatic Alchemy for Personal Blends by Sandra KynesReview by Dawn Thomas Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.Nonfiction (Adult)Print Size: 336 Aromatic alchemy – I love that terminology. The author starts out giving the history of blending fragrances then moves on to the magical connection. She describes the different oil extractions processes. I found one point especially interesting; pure essential oils do not leave an oil residue if dripped on a piece of paper. After sharing the information on history, the author shares information on the different ways to blend oils. In addition, she provides the magical properties of the essential oils so the reader knows which oil to use for a specific purpose. She also provides a sample blend at the end of each section. The first section addresses botanical families. The second describes blending scents according to their scent group. In the third section, the author discusses the process of blending by perfume note. I learned so much about perfumes in this section alone. She then lists the properties of the oils classified as So Below and As Above. She includes a section on carrier oils and their magical properties. It opened my eyes to…

Book Review: Faeries and Elementals for Beginners by Alexandra Chauran

  Book Review: Faeries and Elementals for Beginners by Alexandra ChauranReview by Dawn Thomas Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.Nonfiction (Adult) Outdoors & NaturePrint size: 218 Pages Faeries have always been in my life. Now I realize elementals have been present as well. I enjoyed her story advising us to stay balanced with the elements. She worked and perfected her connection with fire but suffered the consequences for being out of balance. The book is divided into faeries and each elemental. The author does a wonderful job describing the different categories of faeries. I was not aware of most of them. The author provides ways to scry with all of the elementals. She also gives meditations and ritual ideas for each section which is a great way for people to get started with that elemental. The section on Sylphs and the element of air was very interesting. I now look at the air element differently. In the past I have had a hard time connecting with this element when in reality I should have embraced it. As a fire sign, I need air to fuel my fire. The author gave me ideas of working with air. About seven years ago at a ritual…