Review for One Paris Summer

Please excuse this short review. I’m not near my laptop right now so I’m having to use my phone. I loved this book! Honestly, the main reason I wanted to read it was the topic of Paris, which is my absolute bucket list dream trip. The setting, the romance, the way the author deals with divorce…all perfect! I have no marks for improvement for this book and it is definitely one of my favorites. 5/5 undoubtedly! 

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Never Said by Carol Lynch Williams

“The story of twins, Sarah and Annie, whose relationship has suffered as each struggles with her own issues. Sarah, whose chapters are all in prose, has severe social anxiety and recently experienced an unexpected breakup. Annie, whose chapters are all in poetry, is a former beauty queen who has started overeating and gained 45 pounds since she quit pageants suddenly a year ago. Hanging over everything is the influence of adults in this story—Sarah’s boyfriend broke up with her at his mother’s insistence, and Annie’s weight gain has upset her whole family’s dynamic—in fact, the whole town seems to be overly concerned that she is, by their standards, no longer pretty. During the course of the novel, the sisters’ relationship deepens. The eventual reveal of the sexual trauma that caused Annie to gain weight is expected, but the exact circumstances are unnerving and feel out of place and unresolved. The first book by the publisher that feels decidedly mainstream YA and not their previous more Christian fiction fare, this title unevenly handles important topics. VERDICT While this is an overall engaging read, the strange decisions both protagonists make, the overbearing parents, and the constant message that being overweight is the worst thing that can happen to a girl will put off many teens.—Sarah Jones, Clinton-Macomb Public Library, MI”

I absolutely loved this book. I really wasn’t sure how I would feel about it because it’s a delicate subject matter but the author handled it really well. I thought the title and the cover fit perfectly with the story. The author tied up all loose ends and left the readers with a very satisfying story.

Unexpected Break

I want to apologize to any of my followers that might still be paying attention to my little blog! I’ve been so busy with my college classes that I haven’t had time to read, much less update my blog. I want to start back up because it’s a stress reliever for me and with graduation coming up next Friday, I have more time to read. I’m literally on the first page of Glass Sword right now. I bought it when it first came out and never got the chance to read it so I’m excited to now! I hope you guys are still out there and will be interested to read my posts!

Review for Tacos by Alex Stupak

I recently heard about Alex Stupak through a molecular gastronomy lecture I watched online. I thought the lecture was extremely interesting and at the end, Alex mentioned that he was going to be doing something completely different from what he had been doing by opening a Mexican restaurant. I didn’t realize how old the lecture was until I was amazed by the work he did and I looked him up online. That’s when I found out the restaurant was already open and he had this cookbook out. I was completely set on buying the cookbook because I really wanted the recipes. I got lucky because the next time I logged on Blogging for Books, it was there! Of course, I had to request it and let me tell you, it did not dissapoint! At first I was thinking, how involved can a book about tacos really be? When I started looking through the recipes, I was really impressed with the amount of different ways you can present tacos. They even have some with offal meats in them. I would definitely reccomend this book for anyone who is a fan of Alex Stupak or tacos in general!

Review for Kitchen Matrix

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Hi guys! Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve been on here! I’ve been really busy with work and school and I haven’t had time to post like I’ve wanted to. I am hoping to change that though! 🙂 I’m going to be taking time on the weekends to post and hopefully read a lot more.
Rating: 5 bookmarks
I recently received Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix and I love it! It has kind of like a base recipe and then you can go through and look at all the different options and variations for that recipe. I like how it felt like a simple, back to basics review but it was still really good food. For example, they had a section on dips but it was 13 different ways and they were all variations that you could bring to a party.

Review for Food52 Baking

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Food52 Baking

Rating: 5 bookmarks

I loved Food52 Genius Recipes so I was really excited for this book. It definitely did not disappoint! All of these recipes look amazing and it makes me wish I had time to try them all. This book and the previous one have made me a huge fan of Food52 and I’m happy that I got to add this book to my collection.

The New Sugar and Spice

The New Sugar and SpiceThe New Sugar and Spice by Samantha Seneviratne

Rating: 5 bookmarks

As a culinary student, I’m always looking for recipes or techniques that are different from something you see every day. I love this book because it has chapters like peppercorn, chile, ginger, and savory spices. Some of these things you wouldn’t think could go well in a dessert but they all look amazing! I can’t wait to experiment with these and see which recipes my family likes and I’ll be glad to make them something different instead of something we have every day.

Review for The Twinkies Cookbook

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The Twinkies Cookbook: 85th Anniversary Edition

Rating: 4 bookmarks

So the sophisticated side of me wasn’t completely sure about this book but I think it has some fun recipes for the family to make together or have fun with on the weekend! Some of the things in this sound a little strange and I’m not sure if I would ever make them but either way it’s a pretty fun book.

Review for Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

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Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

Expected Publication: February 29th, 2016

Rating: 5 bookmarks

First of all, just let me say the cover for this book is absolutely beautiful and I think it fits the story perfectly! As far as what’s inside the cover, this story just completely blew me away. I’ve read The Woodlands series by Lauren and I loved those so I was expecting to love this too but it completely exceeded my expectations. I’m in love with Peter Pan so I was excited to see the different references and descriptions that made me think of that story. I was a little bit worried about the subject matter of the book because it deals with abuse. However, I think Lauren handled it perfectly and I found myself rooting for Nora and hoping that everything would turn out okay. I loved the way Kettle interacted with the “lost boys” and his relationship with Kin. I will definitely be reading anything Lauren writes. She was already one of my auto buy authors but this amazing book made me love her work even more.The last chapters just about had me in tears and when it ended, it left me wanting more. Like so many other people who have reviewed this book, I kept trying to turn the last page thinking it couldn’t be over yet.

Review for The Curse of Crow Hollow

_233_380_Book.1654.coverThe Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey

Rating: 4 bookmarks

There is a witch in the mountains, who some say deal with demons. She will curse anyone who gets close enough. Four teenagers decide to stay the night in the mountains and they end up too close to this town legend. Are they cursed or is there another reason they’re acting strange?

I loved the beginning of this book! The legend surrounding Alvaretta and the mystery surrounding the curse that these teenagers return with. I thought the middle of the book was a little bit slow which is why I rated it four stars instead of 5. I liked the southern style language and the narration in this book. I also really loved the ending, particularly the last chapter! Finding out who the narrator was one of the most amazing parts of the book to me!

Overall, I really liked this book and I would recommend it to everyone!

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