London prep 4: the key review

“I think that somehow, I love them both.”

Whew! Heartbreak rodeo!

How am I doing? Other than my completely shattered heart, I’m great! I’m fine. Maybe I’ll get hit by a bus. Dramatic much? YES. Just like Mallory. 😛🤣😉

An author is phenomenal writer, if they can make you feel a range of emotions: happy, sad, confused, shocked, anxious, furious, devastated. That’s Jillian Dodd. Her story telling skills have the ability to elicit emotions from readers. Emotions ™. And LP4: The Key is guaranteed to bring out some feelings! ALL THE FEELINGS! For me. I’m sad. Sad for Mallory. For Noah. And Harry. Poor Mal is in desperate need of a redo. Like several redos. BUT…Mohammad. 👏🏼 Clap it up for Mo👏🏼! Watch your knickers and his sultry eyes. And Mia! I’m so glad we got to meet her in this book. Her drawing of Noah had me LOL! Readers…LP4 is a roller coaster ride and you will most likely read it in 24 hours! And I’m not talking about a Disneyland coaster. I’m talking Goliath. Colossus. CraZanity. Drop of Doom. Scream. Six Flags rides. BIG. Catch my drift? Hang on tight! Take note of the very last sentence in the book… It is exactly how you’ll feel!

Jillian, don’t make me wait six months for the next book! I’m going to need at least 5 kisses. And that movie night. Now where are my Noah Williams’ sweats? I need them to wallow over a big box of chocolates. I’m going to go cry and fall asleep way too early.

#IsThisAKissingBook

Thank you, thank you to Jillian for sending me an advanced copy. I don’t think I’ve ever read one of your books so fast! 😂

🎶 Song: Apologize by One Republic 🎶

The gods of men review

“I don’t believe in fear. To fear a thing only gives it power over you.”

Sable is trying to rid herself of her past by escaping to the heart of the Wilds. The land of thieves. Her guilt weighs heavy but she is surviving (and hiding) as a healer. Magic is forbidden throughout the Five Provinces. Those born with it are hunted and killed by the Wolf of Corinth. Ten years after that horrifying event that led her to flee for her life, Sable finds herself hunted by a summoned spirit of the dead. Her best chance at survival? Agree to the dangerous Provincial, Jos’s, offer: heal his dying father in return for a large sum of money. And perhaps Jos will keep her safe. Or maybe the tables will turn and Sable will be the one risking her life for Jos.

The Gods of Men is SUPER entertaining! Jos and Sable have a very exciting and adventurous story. Nothing like being chased through the forest, near death, to bring two people together. There is a twist bomb that is like…

Yup. I didn’t see THAT. I’m rooting hard for this OTP! Need the sequel! The Gods of Men was a top 10 finalist of Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off in 2018! 👏🏼 If you enjoyed The Traitors Kiss by Erin Beaty or anything by Brandon Sanderson, you need Barbara Kloss’s dark and epic fantasy novel stat!

✨ READ IF YOU LIKE ✨:

  • enemies 2 lovers
  • hidden identities
  • magical systems (dark & musical)
  • sarcastic, snarky banter that will make you LOL 🤣
  • #IsThisAKissingBook, oh by the wards 😘
  • palace politics (so you’re saying there’s a painfully handsome prince? Yes. Yes, I am.)

🎶 song: In the Shadows by Amy Stroup🎶

Dear emmie blue review

“Maybe home isn’t a place. It’s a feeling. Of being looked after and understood. Of being loved.”

Looking for a book that makes you feel as if your throat is stuffed with cotton wool? This. Is. It. Words are trapped. Lucas Moreau. Balloon boy. The one who found Emmie Blue, against all odds, when she needed a friend most. When Emmie Blue was sixteen she released a balloon (with a dark secret) on her school field, and Lucas found it, miles away on a beach. He emailed Emmie and a friendship was born. Emmie feels lonely, lost, small, nothing. But her meet-cute with Lucas is so…serendipitous. Lucas is supportive and Emmie will always have him. So is Lucas the one? Lucas has a brother.. Eliot. Half brother. He is kind, warm, and safe. And the trio are best friends. Everyone loves Emmie. So why is she all alone?

I LOVED THIS BOOK. It’s deep. It’s romantic. Witty. And heartbreaking. Lia Louis does a fantastic job balancing humor and tragedy. The story deals with lows and high and is true to life. You feel SO much of Emmie’s devastation. Like a gut-punch. Push through! It’s a bloody brilliant story!

💿 READ IF YOU LIKE 💿:
-Bridget Jones’s Diary x My Best Friend’s Wedding
-Charmingly British novels
-Brother trope
-Mixtape love notes
-#IsThisAKissingBook “I finally kissed Emmie Blue”

🎶 Song: Always by Bon Jovi 🎶

what i like about you review

“His smile is so big and I am a puddle. He looks at me like… Like I dont even know, and I lose my words. Something has shifted, though, I can tell.”

Internet friends turn into IRL crushes. Halle Levitt is just a kid who bakes cupcakes that match book covers and has an opinion, like everyone else on the internet. Eye roll 😛. Halle created One True Pastry (OTP) under the pen name Kels aka 😎 incognito. Her blog, OTP, is dedicated to the two greatest things on Earth- YA books and cupcakes. Hi, I’m SOLD🙋🏼‍♀️. Nash Stevens, fellow blogger and crazy talented graphic novelist, is Halle/Kels pixel BFF. They chat about anything and everything. With the exception of who she really is🙈. Kels + Nash = Endless 😍 heart eyes😍. THE OTP. I ship them! Guess what! Halle arrives to spend senior year in her gramps small town where she just so happens to run into IRL Nash. 😱GASP! Nash has infiltrated Halle’s life. Halle has infiltrated Nash’s life. He invites her into Le Crew. Yet she remains a secret🤐 because she doesn’t want to ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. However, she’s falling for Nash IRL… but he’s in love with Kels. Love triangle! Fake love triangle? It’s more like a line since it’s only two people. EEP! And Gramps is beyond precious! He’s a ⚡️Potterhead and it’s darling.

All the HP references made me feel super young at heart and left me grinning 😁 like a Cheshire cat. Another thought…Nash and Halle deal with grief. Even though, on the screen as Nash + Kels, they thrive on sarcasm, banter, and angst, they deal with their grief as Nash + Halle. I related to Kels’ life lesson on friendship- it’s not easy. “It’s knowing the world might be a trash fire, but it’s less trash when there are people to help navigate the darkness.” I love that.

🧁 READ IF YOU LIKE 🧁:

  • Friends 2 lovers #IsThisAKissingBook YA romance
  • Harry Potter references. Embrace the Puffness!
  • Cupcakes & book reviews
  • 👭🏼real friendship

🎶 song: Sugar by Maroon 5 🎶

The Summer I Turned Pretty series

 “Best friends are important. They’re the closest thing to a sister you’ll ever have”. 

This series is magic!! Jenny Han has an authentic voice that captivates readers. She’s a truly gifted writer! I cannot fathom how she can tell a story that evokes so much emotion. Major nostalgic summer vibes! Belly (Bells) measures her life in summers with the boys (brothers) she has known since the first beach house vacation… Jeremiah and Conrad. Connie *sighs dreamily* I love his brooding James Dean routine… wink. But the sharing a soda complete with twizzler straws circa 1950s Coke commercial and all Jeremiah’s cuteness. Swoon. Love triangle? Or square? Get outta here Cam Cameron.

TSITP is being turned into a television series for Amazon!! SCREAMING!! Here’s what I sleuthed like a stage 5 clinger: 8 episodes, no official date/possibly summer 2021, casting details yet to be revealed, Han wrote the pilot episode and will serve as executive producer. Plenty of time to binge this series before the show!

READ IF YOU LIKE:

  • love triangles with brothers
  • coming-of-age stories
  • first love
  • first heartbreak
  • the magic of that one perfect summer

🎶 Song: All of the Stars by Ed Sheeran 🎶

The shadows between us review

“I want a life with you, Alessandra, one without the shadows between us.” 

On this weeks edition of #TrashforTrish, I’m  joined by special guest, Aundreya Rich (@reading.inwatercolor), the CrEaToR of #TrashforTrish. 😉 We just really like her #IsThisAKissingBook 👏🏼😘🔪

Let me tell you the first line of TSBU: “They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.” Okay, two sentences. But you’re HOOKED right. 👏🏼 Whew! What a way to start off. Alessandra. Girlfriend, is cunning and slightly villainous. She knows what she wants and she’s going for it. Aka taking the Shadow King’s kingdom in four simple steps: woo him, marry him, kill him, reign as queen. Easy peasy. BUT this courtship of convenience turns into so much more. AND she’s not the only one trying to murder the young king. Didn’t see the twist at the end coming. Around 90% 😱 I wish we got an epilogue! I mean that in the kindest way because I love and want more of Alessandra and Kallias! 🥰 Crossing my fingers that Tricia comes back to this OTP🤞🏼Fantasy readers need The Shadows Between Us on their shelves! 

🗡READ IF YOU LIKE🗡:

-eating dessert first when you dine

-murder/attempted murder 

-enemies 2 lovers 

-lavender & mint

-a giant dog

-courtship of convenience 

“All the time in the world is worth nothing if I don’t get the spend it with you.”

🎶 Song: No Rest For The Wicked by Lykke Li 🎶

always and forever, Lara jean

“One day all of this will be proof, proof that we were here, proof that we loved each other. It’s the guarantee that no matter what happens to us in the future, this time was ours.”

We made it. Friday, February 12th. TABT3. So bittersweet. The third and final installment of the To All The Boys trilogy. Crying! I wanted to bake a caramel sheet cake in honor of the cake walk (TATB2: Ps. I Still Love You) but then I remembered, (emphasis) I would be the only one to eat it. So… Mug cake it is! I’m actual living proof that your cake can look absolutely horrifying BUT still taste delicious. Can’t go wrong with butter and sugar. I shared the recipe I used, PLUS a Lara Jean cake walk inspired playlist on my blog. (If you’re into that sort of thing). Because once you press that play button you’ll be hit with LJ & PK nostalgia. “It all started with a love letter.” I’m ready! BONUS! 🎉 @booksparks and @jennyhan are giving away TATB Valentine bookgrams this month! #ToAllTheBooksWeLove

Caramel Mug Cake

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon caramel sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • whipped cream for topping, optional
  • caramel sauce for drizzling, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large mug, whisk (with a small whisk or large fork) together the milk, vegetable oil, caramel sauce, vanilla extract, flour, sugar, instant coffee, baking powder and salt. Whisk until smooth.

Cook in the microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds.(The cake will rise and then sink just a little, this is normal.)

Let cake rest for 1 minute.

Top with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Serve immediately! Recipe from The Novice Chef.

🎶 Song: Sugar Shack by Jimmy Glimer 🎶

CLICK HERE FOR LARA JEAN’S BAKING PLAYLIST

favorite trope: enemies 2 lovers & friends 2 lovers

Do you enjoy swoon-filled stories? In case you forgot, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. To get into the spirit of the holiday (in a literary way) pick up one of these lovey-dovey, YA romance reads. You know I’m a sucker for a good love story #isthisakissingbook! I promise these novels (with my fave tropes) are better than a box of chocolate and a candle lit dinner. Remember restaurants? RIP. Book sparks #ToAllTheBooksWeLove

  1. Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch. Find my review [here]
  2. Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Find the synopsis [here]
  3. To all the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han. Find the synopsis [here]
  4. I Hate You, Fuller James by Kelly Anne Blount. Find my review [here]
  5. Ps. I Like You by Kasie West. Find the synopsis and my review [here]
  6. That Summer by Jillian Dodd. Find my review [here]

warrior of the wild review

“A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman, is no man at all,” he says. “you want someone who lifts you up, not tries to bring you down.”

Readers! You NEED all of Tricia’s books. #TrashforTrish. WotW is the story of a wickedly talented warrior woman. Rasmira, the next leader of Seravin is easily one of my favorite heroines. (#vdayromancechallenge). WotW is broken up into four pats.
Part I The Trial: The betrayal. The lies. The hurt. And twist had me 😱 GASP. If you read the synopsis then you know…A failed trial. And impossible mattugr if she wants to return home. Her village sealed her fate. They sent her to die.

Part II The Wild: Hello, Bromance.

Meet Soren and Iric. Iric is a proud man and Soren is a bit of a broken man. One boy who is honor-bound and ever so loyal. Because of a life debt Soren follows Rasmira into danger. Again. And again.
Part III The Mattugrs: Impossible quests! To win back her honor, Rasmira must kill the oppressive god who claims yearly tributes from the villages. Mercy is not a concept the god, Peruxolo, has been known to show anyone.
Part IV The God : Surviving the monster-filled wilderness. Woman and warrior. Facing her task or die trying.

READ IF YOU LIKE:
-Viking inspired mythology
-#isthisakissingbook: there’s room for love in the wild. Can Tricia even write a book without romance? (the answer is no).
-impossible quests
-A FIERCE female lead
-standalone YA fantasy novels

🎶 Song: Warrior by Chloe x Halle 🎶