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.

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.

Buy it here:

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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.

 

 

Amity by Micol Ostow

Got my copy from Net Galley.

I’m going to be super honest here so… Here it goes:

I WAS SO SCARED BY READING THIS BOOK! IT TOOK ME LIKE 2 WEEKS TO FINALLY FINISH THIS, BECAUSE I WAS SO FUCKING SCARED!!!

Micol Ostow wrote Amity in such a good way that I could see the image she wrote, I saw the scary “red room” (btw this is the only thing I’m going to tell you about what’s inside the book, I don’t want to spoil anything and I might get scared again.) You probably figured out that this book falls under the horror genre and revolves around the house called Amity (Amity is based on the Amityville horrors but purely wrote in fiction… I hope)

I refused to read this book at night, and failed I read it and suddenly heard strange noises in my room, so I stopped. To tell you how scared I was… I would read this with the lights on and my window curtains open (there was sunlight), that is how good this book was. It felt like I was watching all the extremely scary horror movies while reading this book.

Would I read this book again? Yes but certainly with the lights on (still).

Buy Amity here.

Portraits Of Celina by Sue Whiting

I got my copy from Capstone Young Readers and NetGalley. Thank you!!

Bayley is coping with her father’s death and the pain of moving into a new town. Her mother thinks it’s for the best to move into an old family home which maybe isn’t a bad idea since they have a hot neighbor. Now Bayley’s room is the same same room Celina O’Malley used. Celina disappeared when she was 16, and now Bayley is wearing her clothes and remembering her memories. Bayley thinks Celina is trying to tell her something from beyond the grave.

First things first, I thought the author hurried the ending, but I absolutely loved the story, how suspenseful things got. I loved how the author wrote how people dealt with Celina’s disappearance, there were characters who only saw the good in her, and characters who saw her flaws. Oh my goodness! I read this book twice and it didn’t disappoint me (because sometimes when I reread a book, I get disappointed because I realize they were not that good.)

Portraits of Celina is filled with mystery and revenge. It gets you to a few chapters before you get hooked, but once the book has you in its grasp, you won’t be able to stop reading. I love it!!!

Get your copy from Amazon.

Murder Me Dead by David Lapham

(I got a copy of this from Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley.)

The story revolves around Steven Russel a man whose rich wife was found hanging from a ceiling fan. The police thinks it’s suicide, but his wife’s family doesn’t think so. He finds love again in his old high school crush, now I won’t spoil anything, but the story goes from bad to worst for Steven. The story includes murder, lust, blackmail, and annoying bad guys (I do not mean in a bad way).

I have to be honest, I’m not a big fan of noir, but I appreciate its beauty, so when I started reading Murder Me Dead… I was surprised. I could not stop reading, I was hooked. The story had me guessing who killed who. This book just grabbed me and did not let go, I finished it in one night. I gripped my phone harder and harder till I got to the ending where everything made sense. There was a bunch of times where I went “What?!?! Why?!?! NO!!” I love it when books make me question things… This book definitely did.

Readers who love mysteries should definitely buy this book (and prepare for its ending)!

Buy Murder Me Dead on Amazon.

 

Productivity Break

I’ve been MIA for the past couple of months, things happened ( I won’t get into details), and now I find myself out of school (I dropped out for this semester) with nothing to do. At first I was like “YES! A BREAK FOR MY SOUL TO HEAL!” but I found myself being unproductive and just sitting on my sorrow.

I decided to make my “break” a productive one, I made cross-stitched bookmarks, I made bracelets out of those rubber bands, and I started reading a lot. I’ve been in love with reading since I was like 12 years old, my grandpa would take me to a bookstore (where I did spend a lot of hours in) every sunday. He would buy me books every week and I would finish them all. When I started college… well, I didn’t get time to read books (that were not school related) a lot.

Here comes my escape NetGalley! It’s a place where you can download books for free and review them in your blog… I can do both, so why not? I’ve been trying to write reviews and I want to read so this is a great opportunity!

You interested? If you are, first things first, you need to register to their website so you can request for titles (books) from publishers to download, and review them. Update your profile so more publishers can approve your requests for titles. It’s a great website!

In the next months you’ll see a bunch of reviews and of course random thoughts.