Life Update

I know another Life Update??? I mean this is just routine at this point. I want to let you know why I write so sparsely. Writing for me is an escape, whenever I feel anxious I go into writing or reading books.

So here’s the update! I’m into sewing now! I’m gathering supplies so I can start embroidering. I want to make clothes, I have a few patterns, but I need some good cloth to use. Also, I’ve been obsessed with my PlayStation 4; I got it a few months ago and I’ve been using it every day. It’s unbelievable that someone can get so gaga over Resident Evil 5.

So there it goes, my life update.

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Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin

I got a copy from Entangled Teen and NetGalley but all my opinions are my own.

Where do I even begin? Okay the story. The story is in the POV of Adrianna “Andy” Bottom a new kid in Beverly Hills and the star on a new reality show involving her family and their rising business in the bathroom world.

Adrianna is dramatic at times and a bullied girl who just wants to fit in and not be tormented by the kids she’s gonna meet in her new school. She meets Kevin and he likes him but her new friends are against it because he’s a geek, but what they don’t know is that Andy is also a geek. She’s pretending to be cool to fit in. Oh, and did I mention she was in a reality show that she doesn’t want to be a part of?

I mean the writing was enjoyable and in some ways punny, but it’s the whole clique thing. I feel like it isn’t a thing anymore tho. I just… I didn’t like Andy and reading this book was annoying because I didn’t like her and I couldn’t relate to her in anyway.

3 out of 5 stars.

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Angels for Beginners by Richard Webster

I got a copy from Llewellyn Worldwide and NetGalley but all opinions are my own.

As a person who is obsessed about learning about the occult/spiritual world, I was always fascinated about Angels. The problem was I didn’t understand how to connect with them or their different roles in human lives.

Then this book came along. I was legit happy. It explained so much to me, Like the “hierarchy” of the angels and what they do and what they usually look like. Most importantly, how to connect to them in every way and to ask them for help to deliver your prayers to God.

Here’s a book description:

“Welcome angels into your life with Angels for Beginners. Discover how to communicate with guardian angels and archangels as well as angels of healing and abundance. Join world-renowned author Richard Webster as he explores how angels have helped people throughout history, and shares simple ways we can apply those lessons in our own lives.

You don’t have to follow any particular spiritual path to connect to your divine guides. This book shows how angels work for people of different faiths and backgrounds all around the world. Sometimes angels come into our lives in unexpected ways; Angels for Beginners shares the signs and symbols angels use so you won’t miss their life-changing messages.”

Webster writes in a simplified way, but it doesn’t skimp on the information. So it was really easy to understand and to take notes. I love this Llewellyn series, I hope they continue it.

5 out 5 stars!!!

Spirit Conjuring for Witches: Magical Evocation Simplified by Frater Barrabbas

I was given a free copy by NetGalley and Llewellyn in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.

WARNING: Not totally beginner friendly. There were terms that I had to look up for me to understand them properly, I needed to search for a lot of things even thought this book was well written. I know it said SIMPLIFIED but I felt lost in some parts.

“The greatest Witches of legend and folklore practiced their craft through spirit conjuration and employing a familiar spirit. Now, centuries later, this art, once the supposed proclivity of ceremonial magicians, can be acquired and mastered by Modern Witches using only the enhanced tools and methodologies that they already possess. Without having to invest a lot of time, money, and effort, the average Modern Witch can adopt certain practices and techniques to safely and competently perform invocations, evocations and travel the Spirit World like the Witches of legend.”

Barrabbas’s writing style is engaging and absolutely informative, but with a beginner like me, you can get lost with a whole lot of things. I had to constantly check my laptop for my notes while reading.

The book is written in like a textbook would be written but you know an interesting textbook.

3.5 stars out of 5 just because of all the note taking I had to do. haha

*also if you don’t like magic/spirits/witchcraft/etc.. Don’t read this.

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Angels of Love by Grant and Melissa Virtue

I was given an ARC by NetGalley and Hay House UK in exchange for an honest review.

Real life married couple Grant and Melissa Virtue wrote a book about how to ask the angels to help us find our own perfect relationship.

“Finding a soul mate and life partner is only half the story. Once you actually have a wonderful relationship, it’s important to take definitive steps to keep it. Grant and Melissa Virtue, a husband-and-wife team, offer a variety of tools and techniques to create and maintain a healthy relationship: meditations, writing exercises, affirmations, prayers, and more. Readers will also learn how to call on the Angels of Love, a council of angels dedicated to helping soul-mate relationships. Practical advice will help readers understand how to recognize the right relationship, release the baggage from their past, attract love into their lives, and be present in a relationship.”

Okay, first of all this is like a workbook which I wasn’t prepared for, I just wanted to read and not go into my feelings. omg. But in all seriousness the book is great at what it’s suppose to do. If you’re in a relationship well this can help you both.

I’m not in a relationship and to be really honest, I didn’t want to do the exercises sometimes… Not because I didn’t like it, I was a bit scared that maybe there was something wrong with me and shit.

I’m fine, I survived. hahaha but it does work if you want to go on this spiritual love journey and it’s beginner friendly so that helps a lot.

4 out of 5 stars because it made me journal like crazy hahaha.

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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