Review: Teen Titan’s Raven by Kami Garcia and Illustrated by Gabriel Picolo

I was given this ARC to review by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Synopsis:

When a tragic accident takes the life of seventeen-year-old Raven Roth’s foster mom–and Raven’s memory–she moves to New Orleans to live with her foster mother’s family and finish her senior year of high school.

Starting over isn’t easy. Raven remembers how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can’t remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. When strange things start happening–impossible things–Raven starts to think it might be better not to know who she was in her previous life.

But as she grows closer to her foster sister, Max, her new friends, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she’s ready to face what’s buried in the past…and the darkness building inside her.

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️

I absolutely loved this comic!!! I’m a huge fan of Gabriel’s work so when I saw he was illustrating this I knew I needed it! I’m also a fan of Kami’s, she’s such a sweetie!! Overall I thought the comic was well paced and fun to read! Raven forgetting who she is was an interesting twist since in the show she was always burdened with knowing exactly who and what she was. The comic follows her losing her mom, her memory, and ‘finding out’ she has powers. It was cool to read! I definitely recommend this to any Teen Titan’s fan. I also loved the introduction to Max, she’s definitely really cool and that end reveal 👏🏻 loooved it!!!

This comic releases July 2nd!

~Me dancing around when I got this comic~
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Review: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Synopsis:

Isobel is an artistic prodigy with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life. 

Furious, Rook spirits her away to his kingdom to stand trial for her crime. But something is seriously wrong in his world, and they are attacked from every side. With Isobel and Rook depending on each other for survival, their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

My Review:

3/5 ⭐️

A very quick read for me. The story was enchanting at times and I loved Isobel’s fiesty character. Rook is honestly goals ok? Haha but other than my love for the characters the story felt rushed and unfinished. Would love more 🤔

~My overall thoughts~

Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher:
Tor Teen (January 22, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250193850
ISBN-13: 978-1250193858



Praise for ONLY A BREATH APART

“Katie McGarry knows what YA is, how it works, and what it can do better than anyone, but she always takes it one step further.” ―Hypable

“Fair warning: Picture-perfect Scarlett and misunderstood Jesse will have you in your feels.” ―Girls’ Life Magazine

“Beyond a haunted teen romance is a beautiful, moving exploration of domestic violence, forgiveness, and self-love. …Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming.” ―Kirkus, starred review

“McGarry ably captures the feeling of desperately wanting to come home to a friendship that has radically changed. The novel manages to tackle domestic violence in a way that never feels clichéd, and the romance is sure to win over even the most cynical reader. This is a story you’ll want to read slowly, just to be able to stay with the characters for a moment longer.” ―Booklist

“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love.” ―Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

“Powerful, emotional, and ultimately hopeful. An unforgettable story that will leave its mark on your heart.” ―C. J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author

“Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.” ―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series

“Meticulously weaves a fragile love story through a minefield of loss, broken trust, and familial curses both real and imagined. Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful.” ―Tammara Webber, New York Times bestselling author

“A painful, beautiful, and utterly magical story about the family you’re born into versus the family you choose.” ―Trish Doller, author of In a Perfect World

“A touching tale of love and fate straight from the heartland.” ―Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species

“Scarlett and Jesse’s story will stay in your heart long after you finish the book.” ―Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author

“Southern Gothic at its finest, this is Katie McGarry’s best book to date!” ―Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan and Breathe, Annie, Breathe

Bestselling author Katie McGarry’s trademark wrong-side-of-the-tracks romance is given a new twist in the gritty YA contemporary novel, Only a Breath Apart.

Jesse Lachlin is cursed.

So the town folklore says, but while Jesse’s had his fair share of tragedy, the only curse he believes is in his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year, Scarlett Copeland.

Scarlett Copeland is psychic.

Glory Gardner tells Scarlett she has hidden psychic abilities, but Scarlett thinks Glory is delusional. What is real is Scarlett’s father’s irrational fears, controlling attitude, and the dark secrets at home. Scarlett may have a way to escape, but there’s a hitch: she’ll have to rely on the one person she used to trust, the same boy who broke her heart, Jesse Lachlin.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other. But as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

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My Review:
5/5
I absolutely loved this book, it was amazing. I’m totally not biased since I loooove all of Katie’s books but this one was really awesome. I really enjoyed Scarlett’s character!! She was so cool and the aspect of curses in this story was equally cool. Scarlett’s home life though really stuck with me, especially when she describes how she feels like she’s drowning with no help. Very poignant.
Photo Content from Katie McGarry

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. She is the author of the Pushing the Limits and Thunder Road series.

 
       
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Review: Call it What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Synopsis:

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship…

This captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

This is the second book I’ve read by Brigid and I really enjoyed it! Though I did knock it a bit for one reason: Owen. But I’ll address that in the spoiler section. Overall I loved how Rob and Meagan interacted! Though I will say they were paired up for a math project and… I think that got dropped because of all their personal drama? Did they actually ever finish the project/turn it in? Did that happen? I don’t know, so we’ll also say I knocked the star down for 1. Owen and 2. The dropping of the math project. Otherwise it was a straightforward contemporary with two characters going through some tough stuff, though Rob’s was more serious and life-altering.

~Basically me @ Owen~

Spoiler section! You’ve been warned 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Ehhem!! So, Owen. Owen Owen Owen… He convinces Rob it’s totally OK to steal stuff if it’s going to people who ‘really need it’. Even when Owen’s mom tells him how totally wrong that is he doesn’t get it and that was never resolved. It came across as the poor kid with the chip on their shoulder which didn’t jive too well with me. I guess I kinda wanted that to be resolved and for him to properly confess that he was wrong, etc. Other than that though… The book was good. When Maegan stood up to the professor her sister had an affair with I totally cheered! Though now I want a book from her sisters perspective haha!

Review: Wildcard by Marie Lu

Please see my review for Warcross before reading this one

The Synopsis below contains spoilers for Warcross! Read at your own risk

Synopsis:

Return to the immersive, action-packed world of Warcross in this thrilling sequel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu 

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side. 

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price. 

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves? 

In this explosive sequel to the New York Timesbestselling Warcross, Marie Lu delivers an addictive finale that will hold you captive till the very last page.

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

A really great followup to Warcross! I still get Code Geass vibes but not as much with this one as the first. I did NOT see the Zero twist coming though this book did fall into the ‘dystopian ya’ trope of ‘the villain isn’t the villain but someone close to them is’. Which is why I knocked it down a star. However, because this was a duology instead of a trilogy it didn’t lull like other books do in this genre!

~Me needing this book immediately after reading Warcross~

Review: Runaway Max by Brenna Yovanoff

Synopsis:

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

Praise for NEVER-CONTENTED THINGS

“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

Praise for WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW

“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

TEETH IN THE MIST

Title: TEETH IN THE MIST

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

 

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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

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:

3 lucky winners will receive finished copies of TEETH IN THE MIST, US Only.

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6/13/2019- Wonder Struck– Review

6/14/2019- Pink Polka Dot Books– Review

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~

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