Book Review: Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan

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Book of Shadows (Sweep #1)
By:
 Cate Tiernan

Publication Date: January 29, 2001 (My edition)
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Something is happening to me that I don’t understand.

I see things, feel things in a new way. I can do things normal people can’t do. Powerful things. Magical things. It scares me.

I never chose to learn witchcraft. But I’m starting to wonder if witchcraft is choosing me.

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The Sweep series is one of my all-time favorite book series. Of course, it doesn’t beat Harry Potter by any stretch of the imagination, but that’s also a big act to follow. I will let you know now, I own every book in this series, and I’ve read it through many times over. The bindings are worn down, the covers are a little crinkly, and the pages are well-read. Safe to say, it’s one of my favorites. I actually read it shortly after it was released; my mother found the first book at some sale (Scholastic, maybe?) and it was love at first read.

Book of Shadows is about Morgan Rowlands, a regular teenage girl. Her life is going as normal until Cal Blaire moves to town and goes to her school. Everything turns upside down and she discovers things about herself she never dreamed possible. She has Cal to guide her and her friends in their journey into the world of witchcraft.

Tiernan does a great job creating characters that are likable and mysterious. I loved getting to know each of the characters in Book of Shadows and learning about their lives. There is a beauty in the world of Wicca for these characters, with magic and nature in its depths. Where there is beauty and light, however, there is also darkness. Darkness intertwines in this world Morgan is discovering.

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The Final Countdown

Characterization – 4/5 Stars
Dialogue– 4/5 Stars
Plot – 4/5 Stars
Visual Imagery – 4/5 Stars
Structure/Pacing/Editing – 4/5 Stars
Ending – 4/5 Stars

Total: 4 Stars

Links
Book of Shadows (Sweep 1) Kindle Edition Amazon Buy Link
Book of Shadows (Sweep 1) Paperback Amazon Buy Link
Book of Shadows, Coven, & Blood Witch 
(Sweep 1-3) Paperback Amazon Buy Link  <—AWESOME DEAL!!
Goodreads Book Page

 

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 10 – Ten Of My Many Favorite Books

Day 10

I have SO many favorite books, so this was a hard list for me to make. I tried to pick books that have significance to me.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
More information about this book will come in a post later on during Book Blog Writing Month.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
We actually just got this amazing fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter to add to our collection. We pre-ordered from Amazon because the price was so amazing. By the look of it, it’s still great. JKR will be releasing each book in this format for the next six years. It will be a great way to introduce our son to the series when we start reading it to him in a few years. (This would make an AWESOME holiday gift, as well. Just some suggestions!)

The Sweep series by Cate Tiernan
This series is about witchcraft and completely brought me into this incredible world about magic. I’ve read the series multiple times now and still have an emotional reaction to it.

Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
This book was gifted to me by a previous coworker and I’ve been reading it to my son every morning before I drop him off at day care. It has become out little tradition. A review of this book will be coming soon. It is AMAZING. I have officially become a Nancy Tillman fan.

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
This is a nostalgia book for me. I read it in high school and became very attached to it. It was my first journey into the world of Nicholas Sparks.

The Prophecy of Tyalbrook series by Michele G. Miller
This series was my first introduction to Michele’s literature. I steadily fell in love with Xander and there was no turning back once I hopped onto this adventure. When she asked me to edit for her, I definitely couldn’t say no!

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
The perspective and message within these dark novels really struck a cord with me. If you haven’t read these yet, you should hop on board the Hunger Games train. And I don’t mean the one to the Capital. The movies are also incredible; while there are bits missing from the books, they are depicted very well!

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
One of the best children’s books to exist. My family had my best friend make me a baby shower cake of The Giving Tree. My guests also signed the inside cover. I will always have a special place for this one.

Unlit Star by Lindy Zart
Seriously one of my favorite books of Lindy’s. Also one of my favorite reviews that I’ve written. (Find it here.)

Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
This is the book that the Broadway musical Wicked is based off of. Gregory Maguire is a very talented author with quite a bit to say. His tongue-in-cheek style mixed with his knack for twisting fairy tales and traditional stories makes each of his stories a new experience. You can see my review of Wicked here.

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 10

I am thankful for my parents. As I write this, I realize there is no way words can do my thanks justice, however. They’ve been there through thick and thin, raised me “right” and given me the tools I need to succeed. They’ve supported me in all of my passions and my crazy endeavors, and they’ve helped guide me through my new adventure of parenthood. Through my many scraped knees, teary moments, silly laughs, onstage adventures, and everything else – I couldn’t be more grateful. ❤

#BookBlogWriMo Day 6 – #TBT Favorite Childhood Books and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 6 – #TBT – Favorite Childhood Books

I was that kid who always got reprimanded in class for hiding books under my desk and reading… during every class. I always had my nose stuck in a book. Once I saw this was a prompt, I knew it just wouldn’t be possible to list all of the books that I loved growing up, so I tried to mix in to run through growing up. I look at my book shelves happily, knowing that my college of loved books is growing all the time. I find myself going through the Used Book Superstore and spending hours in the Child and Young Adult sections. This post was actually a whole lot of fun for me to do because it brought me back. Now I want to go back and read some of these books again. I’m sure my mother will get a kick out of this, too. Well, here are some of my favorites:

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Love You Forever
By: Robert Munsch

This story was, by far, my favorite book growing up. I remember turning the pages and falling deeper into this story. My heart broke as time moved on in this story, even when I was a young child. This story affected me far deeper than it probably should have and still sticks with me today.

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Where the Sidewalk Ends
By: Shel Silverstein

I have loved poetry forever. I have notebooks filled with my poetry from since I was little until the end of college. I haven’t written much since, but WTSE (and anything else by him) was such a wonderful adventure for me. I love the quirkiness to this day. I look forward to owning the entire collection one day. Even beyond all of that, the illustrations in his books are absolutely wonderful. I wanted to be Shel Silverstein.

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Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
By: Judy Blume

I read this book over and over and over again. Something about this story pulled me right in and I couldn’t get it. I felt it. I understood it. I was it. I was that little girl who would say, “Are you there God? It’s me, Samantha.” Then I’d just start talking. This story made me feel better. This one was a huge thanks to my Mom. She introduced me to Judy Blume and I was hooked. Her, and Sharon Creech.

 

 

The Sweep SeriesBook of shadows
By: Cate Tiernan

I have read this one over and over, as well. All of them. Every few years, I go back to this series and pick it up, then I relive the moments. This book was such a wonderful look into a fantasy world with a great basis on fact. I love that my family was so open minded and comfortable to let me read books about Wicca. I loved getting lost in this world of magick and nature and love. It also made me fall in love with the name Hunter. 🙂

 

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The Outsiders
By: S.E. Hinton

This is the most important book that my mother gave to me when I was younger. There is no other book that has stayed with me as much as this one has. My favorite poem comes from this book, my first book crush Johnnycake, and some of the most wonderful life lessons. S.E. Hinton started writing this book when she was just 15 and it was published when she was 18! She was an inspiration to my young mind. If she could do it, so could I. Come to think of it, I’m due to re-read this one again, too.

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The Harry Potter Series
By: J.K. Rowling

I don’t think this series needs much of an explanation, but I will give one anyway. I grew up with these books. As my mother would read to my younger sister chapter by chapter each night, I would take the book and read at my own pace, quickly finishing and anxiously awaiting the release of the next book. I fell in love with this wonderful world and, like most kids my age, wished my own letter to Hogwarts would arrive.

 

 

*sigh* What a wonderful childhood I had. So many great books.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 6

This is easy… I am thankful for all of the books above. They shaped me into the person I am today, as all of the books I have read and will read will continue to do so.

 

What books are some of your favorites from childhood?

 

A: An Array of Amazing Authors I Admire

As a fun addition to my blog, I have joined in on the fun event that is currently taking place through the month of April. http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/ I’m very excited. So here goes nothing…

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A is for An Array of Amazing Authors I Admire. I decided to go back to my collection of books in my personal library at home and inside my Kindle Fire HD to share some Amazing Authors that I Absolutely Adore.

Douglas Adams
Dan Brown
Judy Blume
Suzanne Collins
Bruce Coville
Sharon Creech
Roald Dahl
Cornelia Funke
Charlaine Harris
Thomas Harris
S.E. Hinton
Stieg Larsson
Gregory Maguire
Michele G. Miller
Jodi Piccoult
S.B. Roozenboom
J.K. Rowling
Nicholas Sparks
Cate Tiernan
Lindy Zart

Who are some of your favorite authors?

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