Mickey’s Inferno by Disney and Guido Martina

I received a galley from NetGalley and Papercutz in exchange for an honest review.

To be really honest, it was a weird read. Imagine reading a graphic novel that involves Mickey as Dante going through all the stages of hell and seeing some beloved Disney characters… Yeah, a bit odd. But it works, it made me laugh because not only of the beautifully drawn comic, but also with the hilarious captions and dialogues by Martina. It reminded me a little bit of Dr. Seuss.

It’s a great way to get young people/young at heart to read Inferno. It’s easy to understand and just amazingly hilarious.

4.5 stars!

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What am I Trying to Say?

That’s the question I ask myself a lot. Do you ever get that feeling? You have this thought that you want to share and for some reason you can’t express it. it becomes difficult to describe and then suddenly you’re rambling random shit that doesn’t make sense whit your original idea and now you’re stuck.

This happens a lot to me, but after rambling, I just freeze with a look of utter confusion. I end up looking like a person who just snapped out of a weird trance. like what my face looks like now.

The Little Big Book of White Spells by Ileana Abrev

I got a galley from NetGalley and Llewellyn Worldwide. My review is my own.

“The Little Big Book of White Spells combines Ileana Abrev’s four popular spell books in an attractive hardcover package. With more than 200 quick spells for love, money, protection, happiness, and more, this book is perfect for anyone who wants to improve the most cherished parts of life.

Create positive transformation in your relationships and a better world for your community with easy enchantments for finding love, removing a curse, bringing the passion back, banishing depression, making a business more profitable, and many more. Let Ileana’s charming writing style carry you to a magical place, where simple actions, creative rhymes, and sincere intentions will bring you your heart’s deepest desires.”

The Little Big Book of White Spells is true to its title. It has White magic spells for casting protection, healing certain sicknesses, attracting love, etc. Some of the spells comes from different types of Magick like, Candle magic, Crystal Magic, Herb Magic, Bath Magic and they are all infused with some Ritual magic as well.

What I love about this book is that it’s beginner friendly. Abrev’s writing is relatable to a point you think you’re actually learning from a teacher right in front of you. The spells are well written too. There’s no room for misinterpretation.

Also Abrev writes about the uses for the different kinds of magic, like crash courses. She excellently wrote about how to protect oneself from harmful/negative energy. She explains about the law of Karma, and how curses work and how sometimes curses are self-inflicted. I love how she discusses it in a way that’s easy to understand, but still appealing for advance witches.

Here’s my thing about the spells, some of them I could do and some of them might be too costly for me. I live in the Philippines and some of the herbs and crystals I would need for the spells are a bit hard to find, but they are doable.

If you’re interested in starting magic then you should have this book, as it does offer a lot of quick and easy spells to do.

4 out of 5 stars.

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A List of Cages by Robin Roe

I received a galley from NetGalley and Disney Book Group, but all my opinions are my own.

A List of Cages is written in the POVs of two teens, Adam and Julian. Here’s the book description:

“When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian–the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives”

I CRIED LIKE A FUCKING WATERFALL! MY TEARS WON’T STOP COMING OUT OF EYES FROM CHAPTER 10 TILL THE FUCKING END. I’ve only read two books that made me do that and one of them is A List of Cages (more like A List of Things That Makes Me Cry).

Robin Roe’s (omg you great writer) writing style is relatable, quick, and amazing. She made Adam and Julian real, two teens with so much emotion, but expresses them in opposite spectrums. Julian, all shy and quiet and Adam, a cheerful, jumpy, giddy senior.

It’s like riding a boat where the waves crash into you and the next it soothes you with its gentleness. Every page had emotion, it didn’t drag the story longer than it should be. Roe puts you in Adam’s and Julian’s shoes and you get to feel their anxiety, their sadness, their love, and (again) THE FEELS!!!!

ALL THE STARS FOR A LIST OF CAGES. ALL OF IT.

 

 

I got an ARC thanks to Netgalley and Disney Book Group, but my opinions on this book are entirely my own.

A List of Cages is told in two POV’s, Adam and Julian’s, you get to know their lives and how their friendship works. Here’s the book description:

“When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian–the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years. Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives. First-time novelist Robin Roe relied on life experience when writing this exquisite, gripping story featuring two lionhearted characters.”

THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY LOADS, like from chapter 10 till the end. I couldn’t handle all the feels. Robin Roe made them so relatable and lovable that you just want to hug Adam and Julian forever. The writing style is quick and the story does not slow down. the story brings you to a rocky boat ride. There’s emotion in every page, some good, some bad, but feels all around. It did not stop, but that’s the best thing about the book, it holds you and it runs its hands down your back- making you cry while soothing you.

It makes me swell with so much love for the two main characters. Robin Roe made them real and I can’t say that about every author.

ALL THE STARS. ALL THE NUMBERS FOR MY NEW FAVE BOOK!!!

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2016 With Mysterium

So 2016 was a great year for me (except all the current events that made me feel all the feels) and a big chunk of that is because of Mysterium Philippines!

I was always fascinated by Tarot, mostly because I thought a deck of illustrated cards could tell me my future and shit; all thanks to all the horror movies I watched when I was younger. So when I was able to buy my own deck, I tried to learn tarot with the help of YouTube and a bunch of blogs.

I tried learning about tarot and I didn’t know my limitations. I needed someone to guide me and thankfully I found Mysterium.

I started May 2016 through their distance tarot program. I didn’t live far away, but I’m a lazy girl so I didn’t want to leave my fortress hahaha. It’s a six week course, one suit per week. I was given homework to do and I had to submit them at the end of every week. It was amazing, but I wanted to go the center to finally learn (and meet) from Sir Rob. OMG it wasn’t as different learning from the center and learning from your own home,  Sir Rob would answer all my questions (because I’m a worrier.) and would be so understanding of everyone.

Suffice to say after learning at the Mysterium center for one day… I liked it better because I like learning with classmates and getting to give each other tips and tricks also new friends!!! By the time we finished the Introduction to Tarot course, I signed up for multiple classes for the coming months.

A rundown of the courses I took:

  • Intro to Tarot- a six-week course. Learning with all the tarot basics plus you get to earn money while taking the course. It legit tells you that Tarot IS JUST A GUIDE. You make your own future. Mysterium tells its Tarot students to empower their clients and to never doom them to a future they don’t want.
  • Intuitive awakenings -want to enhance or “open your third eye.” You get a rundown on chakras, auras, and how to connect to your intuitive side. You’ll learn how to see, hear, feel, or see things you don’t normally see, oh and how you can ignore them when you want to.
  • Tarot for Self Discovery- a whole day workshop. It helps you use tarot to talk to your unconscious. *bring tissues, you might cry.
  • Advanced Tarot -a lot like Tarot for Self Discovery but it introduces new ways to use tarot besides just reading it. *pre- req intro to tarot. 7 week course.
  • Advanced Intuitive Awakening- you watched Doctor Strange? it’s kinda like that. you learn about astral projection. *drink lots of water and get lots of rest it’s a bit tiring.
  • Seraphim Blueprint level 1- the first in the Philippines (THANK YOU, SARAH!) a healing modality that works with angels. It’s a whole day thing with lots of meditation/attunements. *no coffee before class and drink lot of water in between.
  • Reiki 1- an intro and an attunement of one of the most popular energy healing modalities. It teaches how to channel energy for self-healing and healing for others. * drink lots of water between the breaks.

Sir Rob is hilarious and frank. He would tease us if we asked weird questions, but he would answer them and then he would tell us his experiences. He’s been reading the tarot for more than 20 years, so he has a lot to share with us. He became a friend to all of us as well. He would encourage us to start our own tarot business and damn right he would help you too if you have problems.

Ma’am Sarah is different from Sir Rob, she’s absolutely caring and sweet. My first class with her was Seraphim Blueprint level 1. To see someone as passionate in helping and healing other people,  she gave me the reason to look into energy healing. She showed me how compassion and empathy connects us all. She’s like the mom of Mysterium.

*btw Sir Rob and Ma’am Sarah are married to each other. Such a beautiful couple. Love emojis!!!

Mysterium Philippines is a great esoteric learning center, you get teachers who are legit supportive and you get to meet people with the same interests while learning. I felt so accepted and I made new friends. They made my 2016 the best.

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