Review: Runaway Max by Brenna Yovanoff


Don’t miss this gripping, emotional prequel to the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things! The never-before-told backstory of the beloved Dig Dug maven, Max Mayfield, written by New York Times bestselling author Brenna Yovanoff. 

This must-read novel, based on the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things, explores Max’s past–the good and the bad–as well as how she came to find her newfound sense of home in Hawkins, Indiana.

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

This is basically Season 2 through Max’s eyes. Though we do get a closer peek at her home life with the Hargroves, which was sad at times. Also Psycho Billy confirmed… But overall this was a cool read and it was nice to see things from Max’s POV

~Friend: did you really need this book
Me: *shrugs*~

Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: Never-Contended Things by Sarah Porter

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (March 19, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765396734
ISBN-13: 978-0765396730


“Sarah Porter is a genius. Her language is lush and dangerous, and her books burn with the beautiful, ferocious intensity of a bonfire in the darkest night. Read Never-Contented Things with the lights on. Then read it again.” ―Brittany Cavallaro, New York Times bestselling author of A Study in Charlotte

“Sarah Porter’s Never-Contented Things creates a creepy new world like none I’ve seen before. Eerie, edgy, and filled with mystery, Porter takes us to the depths of the magical and psychological.” ―Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die


“You’ll never think of your nightmares the same way again. Darkly seductive. Sarah Porter’s writing glitters and her storytelling stuns in this twisted tale of siblings, love, and death.” —Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL

“Sarah Porter’s darkly imaginative WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW intrigues from the start. Tragic and engrossing, filled with nightmarish dreamscapes and menacing villains, it also treads the tender terrain of family, and the strange and sometimes dysfunctional ties between siblings. Highly recommended!”  —Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of THREE DARK CROWNS

Seductive. Cruel. Bored.
Be wary of…

Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries ― until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies’ otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price ― and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom.

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My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

Please note that there is abuse, rape, gore, incest (though it’s not normalized or accepted).

I did like the creepy elements of the story but what knocked it down for me were the abusive-incesty relationship and rape. Sarah does a great job though with the horror which I appreciated. Her language and sentence structure is also gorgeous which made the book a treat to read regardless! Overall I would recommend this to horror fans who don’t mind a few strong topics.

~Me at the triggers in this book~


Photo Content from Sarah Porter

SARAH PORTER is the author of the Lost Voices Trilogy (Lost Voices, Waking Storms, The Twice Lost) in addition to Vassa in the Night—all for the teen audience. For over ten years she has taught creative writing workshops in New York City public schools to students in grades K-10. Porter also works as a VJ, both solo and with the art collective Fort/Da; she has played venues including Roseland, Galapagos, Tonic, Joe’s Pub, The Hammerstein Ballroom, The Nokia Theater, and the Burning Man festival. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats.

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Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich



Author: Dawn Kurtagich

Pub. Date: June 11, 2019

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 352

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindleB&N, iBooksKoboTBD



A genre-bending epic horror-fantasy, inspired by the legend of Faust, that spans generations as an ancient evil is uncovered–perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Ransom Riggs.

Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil’s Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations…

Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember–so she and her best friend, Poulton, run away from home to explore them. But are they really alone in the house? And who will know if something goes wrong?

In 1851, seventeen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward–one of three, all with something to hide from their new guardian. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.

  1. Hermione, a new young bride, accompanies her husband to the wilds of North Wales where he plans to build the largest water mill and mansion in the area. But rumors of unholy rituals lead to a tragic occurrence and she will need all her strength to defeat it.

Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching…

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

First and foremost the interior of this book is GORGEOUS! I got a sneak peak of it at BEA and fell in love. The photos, handwriting, and drawings really add to the atmosphere of the book. Overall this book was such a spooky treat!!! It was SO GOOD! Pick this up if you love spoopy, horror reads. You will so not be disappointed plus this book is stunning on the inside so YAY US.

About Dawn:


Dawn Kurtagich is an award winning author of creepy, spooky, and psychologically sinister YA, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide.

Her debut novel, THE DEAD HOUSE, was a YALSA Top 10 Pick, An Audie Award Nominee and an Earphone Award Winner. It has been optioned for TV by Lime Productions. She is also the author of THE CREEPER MAN / AND THE TREES CREPT IN, NAIDA and the forthcoming TEETH IN THE MIST, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Orion Children’s Books. If you enjoy a creeping chill along your spine, mystery and little bit of terror, then you’re in the right place!

By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa—on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert.

She has been lucky enough to see an elephant stampede at close range, a giraffe tongue at very close range, and she once witnessed the stealing of her (and her friends’) underwear by very large, angry baboons. (This will most definitely end up in a book . . . ) While she has quite a few tales to tell about the jumping African baboon spider, she tends to save these for Halloween!

When she was sixteen, she thought she’d be an astronomer and writer at the same time, and did a month-long internship at Cambridge’s prestigious Cavendish Laboratories.

Dawn vlogs on her youtube channel and can be found hanging around Twitter and Instagram.

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Giveaway Details:

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Product Review: Books Tabs and Wicks

I am an Influencer for Domonique but all thoughts are my own. I bought all of the candles I have from her shop with my own money.

Domonique, aka Books Tabs & Wicks, is such a wonderful person! My Influencer DREAM15 is active until the end of June.

I have a few of her candles and they are truly awesome. Strong scent profile but it’s not overwhelming, she also used glitter on a few of her candles.

Domonique packages them extremely well and has also included stickers from time to time. On her cards she also gives a discount for your next purchase!

Overall I love her candles and she also does bookmarks which are super cool!

She did recently have a jar change so they are more rounded jars like you would get from other candle companies.

Overall I give her and her candles 5/5 ⭐️

~Me loving on these candles~

May Wrap-Up and Tentative June TBR!

Heyo! It’s the last day of May which means it’s time for a May wrap-up! I read 10 books in May! Wow! Considering I haven’t been reading a lot with school going on that is AMAZING!

Books I read in May:

A Girl Called Fearless- DNF page 80, 2/5 ⭐️

Strange the Dreamer- Audiobook 5/5 ⭐️

A Conjuring of Light- 5/5 ⭐️

White Cat – DNF page 75, 2/5 ⭐️

Bloodwitch – 5/5 ⭐️

Finale – 4/5 ⭐️

Kiss Number 8 – 5/5 ⭐️

The Scarecrow Queen – 3/5 ⭐️

A Hunger Like No Other – 3/5 ⭐️

Never-Contended Things – 4/5 ⭐️

Tentative June TBR:

Sawkill Girls

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

The Ring and the Crown

The Near Witch

The Brilliant Death

Tiger’s Curse

Call It What You Want

Sea Witch

Only a Breath Apart

Defy Me

Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway



Print Length: 364 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 125031772X
Publisher: Tor Teen (May 7, 2019)
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Language: English


Praise for DARK SHORES

“Richly-woven, evocative, and absolutely impossible to put down―I was hooked from the first lines! Dark Shores has everything I look for in a fantasy novel: fresh, unique settings, a cast of complex and diverse characters, and an unflinching boldness with the nuanced world-building. I loved every word.” ―Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“The book grabs readers from the beginning with its stellar worldbuilding and multidimensional characters, and the mythical elements are truly believable within the constructs of the story. The perspective shifts between the viewpoints of Teriana and Marcus from chapter to chapter, offering readers greater insights into each. …A gripping introduction to a new series.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“This is a lush, imaginative world, and as the focus shifts between Teriana and Marcus, it becomes clear that the readers are only getting a glimpse of its complicated history and mythology. …Their secrets don’t, of course, stop Teriana and Marcus from embarking on a steamy romance, and fans of Rutkoski’s sighworthy The Winner’s Kiss and the high-stakes sea adventure of Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King will want to know where Marcus and Teriana journey to next.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books



High seas adventure, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, the first novel in a new YA fantasy series.

In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.


Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Her people are born of the seas and the keepers of its secrets, but when her closest friend is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Teriana breaks her people’s mandate so her friend might escape—a choice with devastating consequences.


Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his family, but even they don’t know the truth he’s been hiding since childhood. It’s a secret he’ll do anything to protect, no matter how much it costs him – and the world.


When an Empire senator discovers the existence of the Dark Shores, he captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they sail in pursuit of conquest, forcing the two into an unlikely—and unwilling—alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice.

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My Review:


I definitely enjoyed this book! Super engaging with great characters. I was hooked from chapter two. I really liked Marcus as a character, definitely one of my faves!! His romance with Teriana was truly beautiful! Also her name is so cool, super unique! Definitely pick this up if you love fantasy books especially with a political twist.


~Me cheering on this book and its great cast of characters~


Photo Credit: Katherine Calnan Photography





Danielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Novels: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress, Warrior Witch, and The Broken Ones, as well as The Bridge Kingdom (Audible Originals). Her latest novel, Dark Shores, will be released by Tor Teen in May of 2019. She lives with her family in Calgary, Alberta.






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Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole


In New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sizzling series, a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire become unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death. 

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. Emmaline Troy is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him. 

Sheltered Emmaline finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings. 

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

My Review:

3/5 ⭐️

So I went into this book not knowing it had rapey elements and kidnapping… It’s supposed to be ‘romance’ but I couldn’t get passed that even if Emmaline punched back every once in a while.

Overall I get this book is from 2006 (I checked and was baffled, I thought it was older)… But I didn’t like the rapey elements. The rest of the book was pretty good and Emmaline is a really awesome female lead. Though I didn’t care much for Lachain he did grow on me towards the end.

~Me throughout this whole book~

Review: Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A. F. Venable and Illustrated by Ellen T. Crenshaw


Mads is pretty happy with her life. She goes to church with her family, and minor league baseball games with her dad. She goofs off with her best friend Cat, and has thus far managed to avoid getting kissed by Adam, the boy next door. It’s everything she hoped high school would be… until all of a sudden, it’s not.

Her dad is hiding something big―so big it could tear her family apart. And that’s just the beginning of her problems: Mads is starting to figure out that she doesn’t want to kiss Adam… because the only person she wants to kiss is Cat.

Kiss Number 8, a graphic novel from writer Colleen AF Venable and illustrator Ellen T. Crenshaw, is a layered, funny, sharp-edged story of teen sexuality and family secrets.

Before I jump into my review I wanted to post some trigger warnings for this book: Transphobia, Homophobia, Bullying, Domestic Abuse, Cheating, Heavy Religious Tones

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️

I really enjoyed this book, it was really cute. It does deal with some triggering subject matter but I enjoyed reading about it. Especially Sams story, I would have loved more of that or even a spinoff about his life. This does have both trans and bisexual rep — though Mads does not come out and say exactly what her sexuality is at the end of the book she is seen in a relationship with a female presenting person and the other people she has dated after coming out are mixed. This was a really quick read and I found it to be beautiful, please go pick this book up especially if you love diverse reads!

~Me after reading this book~

Review: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I received an E-ARC for this book via the publisher, all thoughts are my own


From the New York Times and internationally bestselling authors of the Illuminae Files comes a new science fiction epic . . . 

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the academy would touch . . . 

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates 
A smart-ass tech whiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder 
An alien warrior with anger-management issues 
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering 

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem–that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline cases, and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy. 


My Review:

5/5 ⭐️

I LOVED this book. Like… AHHH I can’t even. It was filled with action, funny moments, great characters, and a little romance. Fyn is, I think, my favorite character. He’s witty and gets stuff done!

Overall I still think of this book even though I read it a while ago, it was very good. It’s out now so go pick it up!! 😉

~basically all of them through the novel~

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Aurora was seriously awesome and the mystery surrounding her and her powers was just 😱 Also towards the end of the book came my favorite section when Fyn was aghast over ‘choomp murder’ 🤣 I still giggle at that. The romance between Aurora and Kal was really great, I loved the slow buildup!

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