Author: Ciarra Stebbins

All 12 Zodiac General Monthly Tarot Reading!

All 12 Zodiac General Monthly Tarot Reading!

Hello everyone and welcome back! This past week was very busy for me since I was working on this group of monthly tarot readings for my channel! It was a very interesting experience and I learned a lot about how to film readings like these. […]

Ciarra Review’s – A Discovery of Witches!

Ciarra Review’s – A Discovery of Witches!

Hello everyone and welcome to the blog! Today I have another book down for my required 24 out of the year, and this one was an interesting read! A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness For this book, I went ahead and did my first ever video review of both book […]

Something New I’ve been up to…

Something New I’ve been up to…

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! I have been a little bit off the grid the last few weeks, but I have been working on some fun new things for my various platforms! And today I will be sharing with you all some of my most recent YouTube Videos diving into…

Tarot Cards and Oracle Cards!

tarot and oracle message.

So the first two videos I am sharing are my most recent unboxings of some brand new tarot decks I have added to my collection!

Shadowscapes + Mystical Manga tarot, find out more at gossamerydreams.com

These are all decks I’ve had my eyes on for so long now, and I’m very happy to be working with them finally. It is very interesting to feel out the different energies that each deck has, and the sort of personalities they project.

And of course with new tarot decks…I just had to dive into doing some pick-a-card readings!

Both of these videos are prefect for this new spring season! Please do give them a watch and let me know which groups you chose. As always, trust in you intuition and pick the groups that call to you.

Shadowscapes tarot

I have some more tarot videos in the works, so definitely keep an eye out for my next post! I’m really enjoying making these types of videos and I hope that you guys also enjoy seeing them!

Until the next one!

Thanks for reading! 😉

Lunar New Year 2019!

Lunar New Year 2019!

Today’s post is a fun one since it features my tribute piece for this years Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year!

My Favorites from January 2019!

My Favorites from January 2019!

Hello everyone and happy February!  It is time to reflect on the previous month by looking at some of my favorites from January, as well as wrapping-up my thoughts on the month! Lets get started!   Enamel Pins!  In January, I found my next obsession…enamel […]

Ciarra Review’s – The Burning Maze

Ciarra Review’s – The Burning Maze

 

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog!

As I mentioned in my goals for 2019 post, I want to finish at least 1 novel every month. I am already on the right track with this goal by finishing my first book of the year!

 

The Trials of Apollo, The Burning Maze
By Rick Riordan

The Burning Maze Review, read more at gossamerydreams.com.

I’ve talked about this in previous blog posts, but I enjoy reading books across all the various age groups, and Rick Riordan has been a long time favorite of mine for the middle/young adult range.

I started reading his books when I was 9-11 years old, if not younger. His whole universe is well constructed and fun (also dangerous but that is to be expected). With that in mind, I think the Trials of Apollo is a very interesting addition to this whole world of gods and demigods.

While in a lot of ways, I would say a person could probably start reading any one of his series in this universe and relatively understand what’s happening, without reading the previous books (in fact, the first books I ever read in this world was the second Percy Jackson book, and I had no problem following and it made me want to read the rest), but I don’t think you can really do that with this Apollo series.

The whole plot of this story is so dependent on the events of Heroes of Olympus (which of course is easier to understand after reading the Percy Jackson series too), and that you have read that series beforehand. Could you still read this series without reading the other books? Of course, but again, I think compared to all the others, too much context and reasons to who-whose and why are they important, would be completely lost on the unseasoned reader to this world.

With that said, let me get into some of my thoughts on this third book in the series.

*Warning—Minor spoilers*

The Burning Maze Review, read more at gossamerydreams.com.

The Burning Maze in my opinion definitely falls into what I’ve noticed to be Riordan’s formula for structuring his series–that is to say that I find the third to fourth book is often…transitional? What I mean by this is that it often feels like not much is happening in the third book of the series. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of action in the Burning Maze and some gut wrenching scenes. I won’t lie…this books had one of the most tragic deaths of a character in this universe, Personally though, I was not that invested in said character, so while their actual death was not too impactful to me, the reaction of other characters to that death was more meaningful for me.

It didn’t help that I was going through my year-long reading slump when I started this book, but I feel that this book is the build up to something crazier to follow. Again, the third book always feels like that transition to me, which kind leaves me a little on edge and anxious, but in a good way. Usually, something that doesn’t feel like a major detail in the third books comes back to play a major role.

I think two of my favorite things from Burning Maze were…
  1. All the succulent/cacti dryads! They are such cool characters, plus I just love those strange little plants.
  2. The continuing character development of Apollo/Lester! This book I think marked a big step in Apollo’s growth from this egocentric god to someone with some real empathy. I won’t spoil it here…but he does something that I honestly wouldn’t have ever expected this character to do.

The Burning Maze Review, read more at gossamerydreams.com.

 

Overall, I rated this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads, because it was a very solid book in the series, and I did enjoy it. Maybe a little slow for the first half, but the second half of the book definitely lays some major whammies on you.

The next book in this series comes out September 24, 2019 and is titled The Tyrant’s Tomb! I’m very much looking forward to reading it.

So yeah, these are just some of the quick things I had to say about this book. If you enjoyed this little review, please make sure to leave a comment letting me know!

What are some of your favorite Gods & demigod books?

What would you want me to read next?

Until next time!

Ciarra Review's - Burning Maze, read more at gossamerydreams.com

 

 

 

Welcome 2019! Setting Goals for the New Year!

Welcome 2019! Setting Goals for the New Year!

Hello everyone and welcome 2019! In today’s blog post I want to go over some of my goals for this New Year! New Year’s resolutions or goals can be daunting, but I think it’s important to pick positive goals anyway, because it sets the energy […]

RedBubble Update!

RedBubble Update!

Hello everyone, and I hope you are having a happy holiday! I just recently published these four festive mermaids up on my RedBubble shop! It is a goal of mine for 2019 to regularly be adding new works to my shop, as well as some […]

My Month of Hues!

My Month of Hues!

My Month of Hues!

The 2018 Huevember Challenge!

Hello everyone! It’s been a minute since my last art update, so I decided to share with you all a challenge that I completed in November, amidst the busyness of my semester.

Huevember! 

My Huevember challenge! by Ciarra Stebbins (@Ciarra_13). Find more at gossamerydreams.com

My Huevember challenge! by Ciarra Stebbins (@Ciarra_13). Find more at gossamerydreams.com

My Huevember challenge! by Ciarra Stebbins (@Ciarra_13). Find more at gossamerydreams.com

My Huevember challenge! by Ciarra Stebbins (@Ciarra_13). Find more at gossamerydreams.com

If you would like to see each individual piece, please go to my Instagram @Ciarra_13.  

This challenge requires you to create a piece of art everyday, but only using the hue that is specific for that day. For me to properly do this, I ended up using both watercolor and copic markers to achieve the right hue.

I had no specific theme in mind for the drawings, beside the hue and wanting to keep it fairly simple. I also kept my watercolor pieces in a ATC/ACEO format, since smaller works of art are usually faster to complete. My copic drawings were all done in a copic sketchbook I got a few months back, and this challenged really helped me to become more comfortable working on the extremely smooth marker paper. Overall I really loved completing this challenge, and I’m definitely thinking about doing something similar challenges soon!

Have you ever tried the huevember challenge? Which hue is your favorite? 🙂

My Month of Hues! The 2018 Huevember Challenge!

My Favorites for August & Wrap-up!

My Favorites for August & Wrap-up!

Can you believe we are already in the month of September? Time has gone by so fast! But that means it’s time to do my favorites for August and wrap-up!   Favorite reads of the month Didn’t finish any major novels this month but as […]