Wolf Pact The Complete Saga by Melissa De La Cruz

Did the Blue Bloods series need a shot in the arm? Yes, it did. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the series. There was a lot of information in these books that we’ve been waiting on to make the world that Melissa De La Cruz created more complete. The world of the wolves, those who have not been turned into hell hounds and those who have, is explored in great detail.

I’ve always liked the character of Bliss, and felt a bit sad for her because of her many challenges. I’m glad to see that she got a bigger piece of the story, even if she did have plenty to learn and do. I also started to like Allegra Van Allen a tad bit more. There was a time when I was seriously questioning what she was thinking.

Wolf Pact The Complete Saga is definitely worth the read and was an excellent lead in to Gates of Paradise.



Inferno by Dan Brown (2013)

I just spent ten lovely days with Professor Robert Langdon.  Don’t ask me how I dragged it out for so long, I’m still amazed I could put it down and go to sleep at night.

I am a Dan Brown fan.  I patiently wait the four years it takes for him to bring me and the rest of the world’s Dan Brown fans, another book.  I’m so glad that this one was with my favorite professor.  If you’re unfamiliar with the series, the first one is “Angels and Demons,” the second is “The DaVinci Code,” the third one is “The Lost Symbol,” and “Inferno” is the latest.  The first two are now movies starring Tom Hanks.  I only mention the films if you didn’t already know about them.

I give “Inferno” a full five stars.  You know that’s rare for me.  Why five stars?  Professor Langdon is as brilliant and entertaining as ever.  The action and adventure mixed perfectly with the mystery and the history.  Art history, that is.  There isn’t a lot of symbology in this one.  One teeny, tiny request I would make of Mr. Brown?  Some of the Italian made me scratch my head a little.  I have a basic grasp of the language, but I’m not sure how many fans will appreciate having to guess or go to their browsers to figure out if they missed an important piece of the puzzle.  I don’t think any truly important information was given in Italian, thank goodness.

I’m already patiently awaiting the next Robert Langdon mystery since the world changed forever in a big way by this one.  That’s my only spoiler.  Please, treat yourself to “Inferno” and then join in on the GoodReads discussions about it.  Where will he go with it next?  I know I wasn’t expecting anything like what he delivered.

Deepen Your Understanding of Reiki for Animals

“Animal Reiki: Using Energy to Heal the Animals in Your Life” by Elizabeth Fulton and Kathleen Prasad (2006) earned the “I like it” rating from me.  I’ve been recommending this book based on a skim read I did when I first purchased the book years ago.  Now that I’ve read it I am really glad that I did.  It is filled with inspiring stories that I read aloud to others because they were so special. 

These ladies have clearly done a lot of Reiki on animals!  It shines through in their respect for the animals they help, often in a shelter situation.  I particularly enjoyed learning how they approach a new animal and even their own animals for permission each time they offered a treatment.

They also have the unique distinction of sharing techniques for giving Reiki to raccoons.

The appendix is full of good resources for finding Reiki teachers and further information on natural healing for animals.

This book will give anyone interested in Reiki a lot to grow on, whether you’ve been a teacher for years like me, or you’re just starting to learn about the amazing world of animals and Reiki.