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Geek Girl: Model Misfit – Book Review and Giveaway

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Well the Geek is most definitely back. Harriet tries to hoodwink us into thinking her new modelling career makes her cool, but she’s still our peanut-muffin (my attempt at a Wilburism) Harriet really.

Geek Girl: Model Misfit is the second book in the Geek Girl series by the brilliant Holly Smale. You might also like my review of Geek Girl, and an earlier interview with Holly.

Now I’ve been pondering how to review this without giving spoilers, so all I’m going to say is that Holly has expertly used one of my favourite writerly tools – bravo.

At the start of Model Misfit Harriet is due to be a big sister, and with all attention on the baby, Natalie sent away for the summer and a lack of Lion Boy!, an overheard conversation is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Harriet jumps at the chance to head to Tokyo for scary Yuka’s latest campaign, which involves Charlie the octopus, sumo and an awkward reunion.

Most of the characters from the first series are back, but because the action takes place in Japan, some of them are just mentioned rather than seen. A few notable additions are Harriet’s highly irresponsible step-grandmother Bunty, and Harriet’s new model room-mates, Rin and Poppy.

I have only one last thing I’m going to mention, because really I want you to experience this amazing follow up fresh and spoiler free…

My favourite character, Toby – Harriet’s stalker, reduced me to tears in one scene, and I nearly hugged myself because of ‘all the feels’.

Clearly I gave Geek Girl: Model Misfit 5 out of 5 stars

Also, thanks to Abby at HarperCollins, I have a copy of Geek Girl: Model Misfit to giveaway (along with some Geek girl badges and glasses). Look at all the geeky goodness!!! All you have to do to win is enter the Rafflecopter below (you can enter one… or all of the options).

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Thanks also go to HarperCollins and Netgalley for my review copy – the gushing praise is entirely my own.

Beautification Bewitchment

My third chapter is my favourite (inspired by semi-autobiographical facts) – Beautification Bewitchment in Basic Hexes for the Busy and Vexed [This should be viewed as Harry Potter fan fiction].

Beautification Bewitchment

This hex is for the witch or wizard who prefers the comfort of their night robes and likes to spend an extra few minutes snoozing their owl alarm in the morning.

Do you need to present an outwardly immaculate appearance?
Want the skills of a Metamorphmagus but not born with that ability?

Yes there are ointments and potions available for defrizzing hair, make-up applying wands and even an on-body clothes iron. But really who has time for that?

Instead use the Bewitching Beautification Hex and turn up for work in your nightrobes with morning hair, but to others look like the most enchanting person ever.

No need to hide in the shadows with the Beautification Bewitchment Image 'Silhouette Sorceress' courtesy of sattva/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

No need to hide in the shadows with the Beautification Bewitchment
Image ‘Silhouette Sorceress’ courtesy of sattva/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

How to Perform the Hex

The good news is that you perform this hex on yourself before leaving the house and then for the amount of time you specify everyone who looks at you will be hexed. You do need to make sure you allow at least two minutes before you leave the house to perform the relevant wand motions and speak the incantation.

Step 1. Stand upright with the best posture you can muster (don’t worry you can slouch later – the bewitchment will remember and evoke this posture for the rest of the day though).
Step 2. Hold your wand in your non-dominant wand hand and wave it anti-clockwise around the top of your head three times repeating the words Beautification Bewitchment for each rotation.
Step 3. Relax your arm and speak the incantation below naming the length of time that you wish the hex to last for (up to a maximum of 24 hours) where I have written time needed.

They say you snooze you lose
But that’s not true
Now I’ve put this hex on you
My beautification bewitchment
Means all that see
See the perfect form of a perfect me
For the next (time needed)
If at me you glance
You’ll be under my beautification trance

Step 4. Hold the wand in your dominant hand and wave it clockwise around the top of your head three times repeating the words Beautification Bewitchment for each rotation.
Step 5. Check the effects by looking in a mirror.
Step 6. Go and face the world confident that you look fabulous.

WARNINGS
Overuse of this Hex can make those around you start to feel completely inadequate and may induce in them tears and frequent mirror visitations.
Hex may wear off if you boast too much.
Hex only applied after the first glance so people will see your natural state for a second.
It is best to wear shoes or hard soled slippers because this hex does not prevent lego (a notoriously painful muggle toy) on the floor injuries.
Hex is not effective on cameras or videos!

Angel/Oracle Cards

Next up a slightly more serious chapter (although with apologies to Doreen Virtue for revealing her true identity ;o))- Angel/Oracle cards from Unfogging the Future by Cassandra Vablatsky [This should be viewed as Harry Potter fan fiction].

Angel/Oracle Cards

Like Tarot, using Angel Cards to unfog the future means selecting from a pack of cards to find an answer to your question.

Angel and Oracle cards can be credited to Doreen Virtue. Muggles know her as a clairvoyent psychologist but we in the wizarding world know differently. Although muggle-born Doreen received her letter to West Coast School for Wizards and Witches in Training when she was eleven. She had a nasty incident with some dementors in 1995, and vowed to share the power of the patronus with muggles (she was with her muggle family at the time who couldn’t conjure their own).

Working closely with the Ministry of Magic in the USA, Canada and the UK she translated the idea of the patronus into boxes of Angel or Oracle cards in order to comply with the Statute of Secrecy. Some wizards and witches have found these useful too in times of emotional turmoil or when facing life transitions such as graduation, change of job, new relationships, becoming a parent etc.

These cards represent guardians who can help you realise an inner peace and seek support with dealing with the present and planning for the future.

They are used in a similar way to the Tarot – each box of cards is slightly different and will have its own incantations and messages but the basic steps are the same.

Step 1 – Preparation
Clear away old energy by holding the deck in your non-dominant hand and by tapping on the deck with your dominant hand.
Touch each card quickly then spread the cards out in a fan, hold the fan to your heart and ask your relevant guardian for help with the reading.
Step 2 – Shuffle the Cards
Mix the cards into a new order making sure the backs are showing on the same side.
Step 3 – Ask a Question
Ask a question/questions whilst shuffling, if any cards jump out keep them to one side and use them in your reading. Ask for guidance to know when to stop shuffling.
Step 4 – Lay out the Cards
Ask the guardians how many cards to select, take this number from the top of the deck. Lay each card in turn face up, placing each to the right of the previously placed card. (Sometimes you will fan the cards again and select cards from anywhere in the pack that feels right.
Step 5 – Read and Look At the Cards
Each card generally has pictures and words – take note of them. The accompanying guidebook also has further details on the meaning of the cards. Think about the questions you asked when reading the meanings and listen to your feelings.

Wizards and witches using the cards may find that casting their patronus before the reading gives a more accurate response from the cards.

References/Resources
Angel Therapy Website
Doreen Virtue – Magical Unicorns Oracle Cards – 44 Card Deck and Guidebook (sponsored link)

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