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.

buy it here:

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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.

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.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I brought this book everywhere just so I could read what would happen next. Gillian Flynn made her two main characters, Nick Dunne and Amy Elliot Dunne, so dynamic that it was hard not to root for them both. The wonderful plot twist made me grip and read this book so hard I found myself reading till 5 AM

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here’s the teaser of the book:

“On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife, Amy, has disappeared. Nick is weak, Nick is a liar, and maybe he’s not the very best of husbands – but is he a killer? Amy’s diary reveals turmoil over their marriage, strange sicknesses, and her deep wish to be a mother – but is she telling the whole story?”

Flynn painted a good picture of the media and its hype with the “missing girl” stories. How PR and strategic interviews can change people’s opinions about the suspect (in this book)… no really, the media can change our perceptions about a person through how they create their take of the news. I wish I could my thoughts into words tight now, but seriously I’m just so speechless on how she perfectly painted that picture… I can’t transform my thoughts into writing.

I admit I was skeptical into buying this book (but thank the heavens for giving me a friend who forced me to buy a copy). I did not regret buying this book. If you’re looking for a thriller that has two kick butt characters… this is the book for you.

plus they made this book into a movie, with Flynn’s screenwriting (hinting there’s a different ending in the movie)!