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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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.

 

 

All The Bright Places By Jennifer Niven

This is a book review.

To start it off All The Bright Places is about two teens who met in a bell tower. Finch and Violet find themselves doing a project together; they need to find wonderful things in their state of Indiana. Slowly a romance builds while they’re wandering.

It’s a tale of grief, mental illness, and love.

I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH THAT I FUCKING RELATE TO FINCH. I’m glad that someone wrote Finch as well as Niven did. She did her research. What Finch was feeling, the black hole, the need to hurry about doing things…. It’s real. I felt those too. I could relate to Violet as well… The grieving part. It’s hard to move on and still want to remember your loved one.

Yes the plot is a bit predictable, that’s why I let myself not devour it because I knew it would break my heart. It did. I really wanted to cry but I was out in public so I didn’t.

This book is amazing and I can’t wait to have my copy signed soon.

Read this book. You won’t regret it.

Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins

I bought this book, because of Ellen Hopkins ( my fave author). Her books are my salvation and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this novel.

The story is in the POV of Tara, a woman in her forties who doesn’t believe in love and treats almost everything as a business deal. She meets Cavin Lattimore and now she tries the concept of Love.

okay, so this book is a guilty pleasure. this is not a good book from Ellen Hopkins. Her style was different in this one and the character was unintentionally funny. The ending was a bit of a shock, but it felt forced in a way. I compare this book as if reading your fave smut novel, you can’t put it down but you know it’s not good.

I still love Ellen Hopkins, but I think I’ll stick to her YA novels.

The Catcher in the Rye

It took me 2 months to finish reading this book. I won’t bore you with the synopsis, because you’ve probably read the book.

Holden is seriously relatable, I understand why Catcher became a classic. Holden is the teen that we all were. We wanted to be treated as adults, but we want to hold on to our childish ways. For me, I knew how he felt, hating the world, but at the same time… Hating myself. I contradicted myself about judging other people.

I liked reading this, but it made me depressed in a way. I probably won’t be reading it again, but I’ll keep my copy.

Why do you love Holden?