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REVIEW: Tarot by Numbers: Learn the Codes that Unlock the Meaning of the Cards by Liz Dean

Happy Publishing Day!!!

I came across this book while perusing Netgalley’s extensive collection, and as someone interested in this subject but doesn’t actually know a whole lot about it, requesting it was a no-brainer for me. So, a big thanks to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group- Fair Winds/Fair Winds Press for this advanced review copy.

This was a relatively quick read, only took two, maybe three hours to read. This is a fantastic book for beginners if they’re just getting into Tarot or maybe just testing the waters a bit. I think that those who are more advanced or knowledgeable would also enjoy it too, it might give them a new way of looking at and understanding their cards.

Unlike most tarot books that just lay out what each card typically means, this one goes further by focusing on the numerology of each card and what it means, and how the cards go together (Appendix II: Directory of Card Meanings does give this information in an easy to read list). It also walks readers through numerous layouts, what each section of the layout means, and how to interpret the cards in those sections.

The book itself is split into an introduction and the five main parts with an additional three appendixes that host spectacular information to go along with what the book talks about. The five main parts are 1 – The Major Arcana: Cards by Numbers, 2 – The Minor Arcana: Cards by Numbers, 3 – Timing Techniques and Intuition, 4 – Number Techniques in Tarot Spreads, and 5 – Your Birth Cards and Tarotscope. These sections are jam-packed with great information and it’s easy to follow along with. Some books can be on the dry side, but I didn’t find this one to be like that at all, I enjoyed each section, especially section five, and I’ll definitely be re-reading this and trying out some of the layouts.

The deck that is featured in this book is the Rider Waite Smith tarot, or RWS as the book refers to it, which I believe is the most common and ‘traditional’ tarot deck. I don’t have this deck, I have the Sharman-Burke deck, but it was easy to compare what’s in the book to the cards in my deck. I had a lot of fun comparing my cards to those in the book and matching the meanings to images on my cards.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I would gladly buy a physical copy when it’s published.

This review will also be posted on Netgalley, Functionally Fictional, and Goodreads.

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REVIEW: “Nefertiti’s Heart” by A.W. Exley

TW/CW: for potential readers, please be aware that this book makes several mentions of sexual assault and physical abuse against an underage girl, a few scenes of sexual nature (adults), and features varying degrees of violence throughout.

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REVIEW: “The Hallowmas Train” by Gloria Pearson-Vasey

I won a copy of this through the Goodread’s Giveaways and the summary of it sounded interesting; not to mention the title. Going into this I just thought it was a long book, 64 chapters though only a few hundred pages on Kindle, but it’s two books put together. Book one, The Hallowmas Train, follows Azur Moonstorey, Dillian (Dilly) Witherton, and Dr. Xavier Tennyson (XT) Barkley as they go on a mission to save Azur’s sister Hilma and find out the truth about Dilly’s ancestor. The plot involves mystery, supernatural elements, and time travel; all of which sounds great. Surprisingly, this first part wasn’t too bad, it wasn’t the greatest mind you, but it wasn’t bad.

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Exclusive Interview with The Lost Prince Author Cait Marie!

The Lost Prince, the second book in The Nihryst series, by Cait Marie dropped last week and I was fortunate to have a quick interview with the busy author.

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Review: “The Lost Child” by Emily Gunnis

A couple of years ago I read the debut novel “The Girl in the Letter” by Emily Gunnis and fell in love with the heart-wrenching story and Emily’s writing. So, when she began talking about her second novel on social media I was thrilled and counting down the days until it’s release. Thanks to NetGalley, I was able to get my hands on an e-book copy of it and I was not disappointed; once again Gunnis crafted a wonderful story that is intriguing and captivating.

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WWW Wednesday: December 11, 2019

Functionally Fictional

By: Manuela Soares

Hello everyone, it’s that time of the week again where one of us posts what we’ve been reading over the last little while. WWW Wednesday is a weekly reading update hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Here’s what I’ve been reading.

The Three Ws are:

  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Right now I’m reading several books, first is Cravings by Chrissy Teigen – her twitter makes me laugh so much and when I saw my library had her first cookbook, I checked it out immediately; her personality shines through her writing and it’s fabulous!

The next book I’m working my way through is Phantom Evil by Heather Graham – I randomly came across one of her books a few years ago and really enjoyed it…

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