Book Review: Ostara by Kerri Connor

Book Review: Ostara by Kerri Connor Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Llewellyn Publications Release date: January 8, 2015 208 pages Sabbats This book is a part of the Sabbat Essentials and begins with a tour through the wheel of the year. The author also explains the difference hemispheres. The book is divided into six chapters. The first chapter is called Old Ways. She describes how the equinox is calculated. She also includes a timeline for the connection of Eostre with hares and shows how a tradition was born. She continues this chapter with descriptions of sacred sites that mark the Equinox. She includes the Celts, Druids, Malta, Mayans and Angkor Wat. The author also includes the relationship between Ostara and other holidays and deities that are honored by various religions. She also describes how Ostara was thought to be the celebration of the New Year. The second chapter is New Ways. The author describes the newness of the season, the symbols of spring, and seasonal activities. She mentions kite flying is a perfect activity to honor the season. Other activities involve eggs like egg rolls, hunts and races. She continues the chapter by detailing the different ways Pagans celebrate Ostara….

Book Review: Beaded Jewelry Stringing Techniques by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, and Kate Feld

Book Review: Beaded Jewelry Stringing Techniques by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, and Kate Feld Review by Dawn Thomas Storey Basics Series Storey Publishing, LLC 88 Pages Crafts & Hobbies As a budding beader I was excited to find the Storey Basics series. I have been beading for many years but have only completed simplistic projects. This book involves stringing beads onto stringing material. Each chapter has tech tips. The book has many ideas for creating assorted pieces from necklaces to bracelets and more. The authors go into great detail on beading materials in the first chapter. The location of the bead hole depends on various positions or their uses. The deciding factors are shape and how the bead hangs. The authors describe the different types of glass beads. Another section describes the different gemstones and their qualities. The following section describes the types and qualities of metal beads, findings and clasps. I was not aware of the different cultures and traditions of making metal beads. Another section discusses beads made of natural materials like wood, bone, and horn. Chapter two discusses the different materials used for stringing from nylon to natural materials. Chapter three explains the differences in findings and…

Book Review: Beaded Jewelry Knotting Techniques by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, and Kate Feld

Book Review: Beaded Jewelry Knotting Techniques by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, and Kate Feld Review by Dawn Thomas Storey Basics Series Storey Publishing, LLC 88 Pages Crafts & Hobbies This is the second book I read in the Storey Basics Beaded Jewelry series. I learned quite a bit in the first book and the information continues into this installment. The first chapter gives details on how to tie proper knots in nylon, silk and other cord material. The authors make recommendations on specific types of cords depending on beads and use. This book is a valuable addition to anyone interesting in improving their knot techniques. The second chapter covers ends and clasps. This includes basket and side-closing bead tips, bullion and different crimp findings. There are recommendations on specific clasps depending on the type of jewelry, bead and use. As in the first book, chapter three details the type of tools needed for knotting. The authors recommend common tools but also specialized knotting tools that may or not be in your current toolbox. They also recommend inspecting your tools for wear or damage. Using these tools will make it easier for you to complete a project. Chapter four describes the…

Book Review: Beaded Jewelry Wirework Techniques by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, and Kate Feld

Book Review: Beaded Jewelry Wirework Techniques by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, and Kate Feld Review by Dawn Thomas Storey Basics Series Storey Publishing, LLC 89 Pages Crafts & Hobbies This is the third book in the series I have read. The other two included stringwork and knotwork. Working with wire is a natural progression when making jewelry. There are several projects I wanted to make but did not know how to begin. This book provided me the knowledge I need to begin and the confidence to finish. Chapter one covers the basics on wire. The authors start with the history of wirework going back to the Egyptians around 6000 BCE. There are different types of wire and gauges. In chapter two the authors discuss the different types of chains and composition. Jewelers use chain as accents, extenders or the foundation of a jewelry piece. There is certainly a variety of types of chain including single, links, rollo, Figaro, belcher and bar. Chapter three tells you everything you need to know about findings. These include clasps, earrings and an assortment of other metal items. There is a description on each type of finding. The most common type of clasp is the…

Book Review The League of Delphi: Book 1 of the Delphi Trilogy by Chris Everheart

Book Review The League of Delphi: Book 1 of the Delphi Trilogy by Chris Everheart Review by Dawn Thomas Mystery/Thriller Young Adult Publisher: Yellow Rocket Media 300 Pages “Katie hates me, my life’s a disaster and my parents want me dead.” Who wouldn’t love a book that begins this way? The story is about 17-year-old Zach. When he was seven his father’s plane crashed and he with his mother moved to France where he attended a boarding school. His mother died a year ago and he finds it hard to believe so much time has gone by. He returns to the United States and his hometown Arcanville where he takes a job as a baristas at a café. A run-in with Larry, a man digging in the dumpster behind the café leads to a strange relationship. This man seems to know Zach yet Zach does not know how that is possible. A boy he went to school with when he was seven has died and as he looks around the café he notices none of his school mates are upset over the dead of one of their own. Maybe Sutton wasn’t a part of their click. As Zach becomes familiar…

Book Review: The Delphi Deception: Book 2 of the Delphi Trilogy by Chris Everheart

Book Review: The Delphi Deception: Book 2 of the Delphi Trilogy by Chris Everheart Review by Dawn Thomas Mystery/Thriller Young Adult Publisher: Yellow Rocket Media 231 Pages The second book in the series picks up where the first one ended. Zach tried to rescue Ashley from the psych ward in the hospital. When a nurse came in and caught him they injected Ashley with a pneuma compound and she falls back into unconsciousness. The secret committee that runs the town is using this drug to prepare girls for the role of oracle. On the run Zach looks for Larry, an unlikely ally after confiding his relationship to Zach. Zach is shocked when Larry uses an African poultice to heal Zach’s knee by setting it on fire. Katie has aspirations of being the president of the committee and threatens Zach to tell her who is on the list of candidates above her. He believes she was involved in Sutton’s death and fears for the others. He convinces her if she helps him get his belongings from the hospital he will tell her what she wants to know. They see Ashley in the hospital and she imparts a prophecy on them. It…

Book Review: Delphi Revelation Book 3 of the Delphi Trilogy by Chris Everheart

Book Review: Delphi Revelation by Chris Everheart Book Review by Dawn Thomas Yellow Rocket Media 220 Pages In the last book, the Delphi Deception, the League captured Zach and was questioning him. Dante, the security guard injected Zach with the Pneuma compound with the intent of learning all he knows. Poole, one of the guards that captured Zach approaches him in a cell. He surprises Zach with plans for an escape. Even under the influence of the Pneuma compound Zach knows he has to get far away from the library but the effects of the drug hamper his efforts. When he begins to wake he sees people he never expected to see. He learns they are a part of the Delphi Resistance. For as long as there has been The League, the Resistance has worked against them. But now Zach learns the Resistance has a devious plan and he has to wonder which group is worse. People are not who they seem and he continues to question who is on which side and why. Zach find out his father is still alive and hiding in plain sight as Larry. He is not a part of the League or the Resistant….

Book Review: Seti’s Charm a Max Carter Adventure by Chris Everheart

Book Review: Seti’s Charm a Max Carter Adventure by Chris Everheart Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Yellow Rocket Media Children’s Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers 256 Pages In a dark museum two men are working frantically to remove an Egyptian artifact. An old man hears them and tells them they are not supposed to be there. They attack him and he goes down hard. Max, a 14 year old is out looking for his grandfather when he sees the inferno that was the museum. Max tells his grandfather the museum is gone and along with it Seti’s Charm. His grandfather says, “Not the real one.” Max’s grandfather believes the charm is cursed and must be returned to Egypt or he will die from his injuries. This begins Max’s quest to find the original Eye of Horus known as Seti’s Charm. His grandfather’s only clue was to find Renault. Max must find this man and ask for his help to find the amulet and return it to Egypt. His travels take him to St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. where he must fight for his own life and the life of an unexpected friend. I enjoyed this book. It was filled with suspense and intrigue….