With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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“Sometimes focusing on what you can control is the only way to lessen the pang in your chest when you think about the things you can’t.”

The first time I saw the cover of this book I fell in love, it is so gorgeous!! This book means so much to me! This story was very empowering. Emoni was such a strong character and full of passion. Also the amount of representation in the book was excellent. Emoni is part Puerto-Rican and Black and a  teenage mother, there is also a lesbian side character.

Emoni is told that she has a magic touch when it comes to cooking. She takes a recipe and makes her her own by adding spices she believes will enhance the flavors. I felt such a deep connection to Emoni, she is a badass single teen mom, with a beautiful little girl. Many of you probably don’t know that I had my son Noah when I was 17.  I understand her struggles, she wants to provide for her daughter. To make the right decisions so that there future will be secure. I have never felt such a connection with a character before, I cried so many tears throughout this book.

When Emoni discovers she has a chance to take a culinary cooking class as an elective in school. She cannot decide if it’s the right choice to take the class,they will also be going on a trip to Spain at the end of the semester. She already has to keep up with school work, and she works part time to help cover the cost of the baby, plus actually taking care of the baby. Emoni has a lot on her plate. She dreams of becoming a chef and someday working in a restaurant. This book could have been full of stereotypes about teen mother’s, but it wasn’t. It was a beautiful story, about a girl despite her circumstances goes after her dream. Oh my Goodness, I’m crying again just typing this review.

” I want to be able to take care of my own and the only thing I would want to study is culinary arts, but why try to learn that in a school when I could learn it in a real restaurant where I’m making money instead of spending it?”” 

The side character’s were also an amazing addition to the story, Emoni’s best friend is her rock. She has been there for her all through her pregnancy and remained after the baby was born. She is also a lesbian and has the cutest relationship!

The chapters are also really short which I loved. The start of new sections also has little recopies which I thought was a nice touch.It was next to impossible to put down With the Heat on High.

Overall, I would strongly recommend this book.

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April Anticipated Releases of 2019

Hello Bookworms !!! April is a crazy month for new releases, it was really hard to narrow them down, so if I didn’t mention a book your excited for that doesn’t mean it isn’t on my radar, just that I didn’t want this post to go on forever.


 

img_8658The Descendent of the Crane – Joan He
April 2nd 2019

Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own.

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her.

Hesina’s court is packed full of dissemblers and deceivers eager to use the king’s death for political gain, each as plausibly guilty as the next. Her advisers would like her to blame the neighboring kingdom of Kendi’a, whose ruler has been mustering for war. Determined to find her father’s actual killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by
death, since magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of Yan at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?


36535913The Devouring Gray – Christine Lynn Herman
April 2nd 2019

On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening…

Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either—her new neighbours treat her with distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.

When bodies start to appear in the woods, the locals become downright hostile. Can the teenagers solve the mystery of Four Paths, and their own part in it, before another calamity strikes?


36118682Wicked Saints – Emily A Duncan
April 2nd 2019

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..


38101643The Raven’s Tale – Cat Winters
April 16, 2019

Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!”


36511805Serious Moonlight – Jenn Bennett
April 16, 2019

After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.

Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.

In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.


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March Monthly Wrap Up

It’s that time again, the end of the month and that means I get to talk about all the books I’ve read. I felt a little slumpy that’s why Harry Potter is thrown in there, but I actually managed to read 9 books in March.

Books Read

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Four Dead Queens is a a fantastic fantasy debut. This is a standalone where there are four quadrants and a queen rules each quadrant .This book is set up like a murder mystery— there are so many fantastic twists. I am absolutely blown away by this book. I devoured this book in a few days as I just couldn’t put it down.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This is my third time reading City of Bones, I have never made it past City of Glass, but 2019 will be the year I finish all of Cassandra Clare’s books. I still really love this first installment to the series. I love Clary and I always have, I cannot wait to see her development as a character, as for Jace I really don’t like him. I continue to find him annoying, and I don’t understand how so many people love him. I’m excited to see where this series goes.

Sorcery of Thorns by Magarete Rogerson

Sorcery of Thorns has been at the top of my list when it comes to 2019 releases. Enchanted of Ravens was one of my favorite books of  .To say I loved this book would not even begin to describe how I felt about it! I really liked  the romance. It was a slow burn romance, which is one of my favorite tropes. The ending was absolutely amazing It had me on the edge of my seat, and I honestly wanted to jump up and down!

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling

I wasn’t planning on reading this book but my library hold for the audiobook came in, and I couldn’t pass that up. I’ve never listened to the audiobooks before, and its such a fun experience I would listen to it before bed, and theirs no pressure because I’ve read them so many times. This is probably my least favorite HP book, there isnt as much action as the first book, and Lockhart really annoys me.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

The first time I saw the cover of this book I fell in love, it is so gorgeous!! This book means so much to me! This story was very empowering. Emoni was such a strong character and full of passion. Also the amount of representation in the book was excellent. Emoni is part Puerto-Rican and Black and a  teenage mother, there is also a lesbian side character.It was a beautiful story, about a girl despite her circumstances goes after her dream.

The Mermaids Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace

This is the final poetry collection in a three book series. Amanda has been my favorite poet since her Tumblr days, and I will forever support her. This collection focuses on sexual assault and her healing journey. Her writing is so raw and powerful, you can see she pours her heart and soul into each word.I really loved this collection.

The Risk by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy is the queen of sports romance, and I don’t even like sports haha but I will read every book she writes. There just that good.From the very first page, I was obsessed with the banter between Brenna and Jake.I rated this book 5 stars, and I will have a full review up really soon!

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I Buddy read this book with Amy and Amber. This book was so good that none of us stuck to the reading schedule, we just needed to know what happened next. I haven’t had much luck with thrillers lately and I’m happy to report that this one was really well done.This book is the very definition of a page-turner, the characters are not always what they seem, there complex and have lots of secrets. That ending though !!

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren 

This was such a cute Rom-Com, it will make the perfect summer read. I finished it in two sitting, the pages just flew by. .I was laughing out loud and swooning over Ethan. I was obsessed with there banter! This book was such a fun ride and has me aching to pick up more books from Christina Lauren.


How was your month of March? What were your favourite reads?


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March Book Haul

Hello bookworms! Can you believe Match is done in a few days. I’ve acquired quite a few books this month. I usually don’t buy to many but so many came out in March and April is another big book month. Also I want to say a huge thank you to all the publishers on Netgalley and Edelweiss. Okay enough talking, here are the books I’ve added to my collection this month!

Physical Books

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Mermaids Voice Returns in this One- Amanda LoveLace

Daisy Jones and the Six- Taylor Jenkins Reid

Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippicott

Now you see her – Heidi Perks,  A Paperback copy was sent to me by the publisher as part of the Twitter party for the paperback release!

E-Books Bought

Shadow Me- Tahareh Mafi

Six of Crows -Leigh Bardugo

NetGalley/ Edelweiss

The Fever King by Victoria Lee

Aurora Rising by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Meet Cute- Helena Hunting

Fix Her Up – Tessa Bailey

Waiting For Tom Hanks – Kerry Winfrey

When We Left Cuba – Chanel Cleeton

My Lovely Wife – Samantha Downing


That’s all for now, Let’s me know if you got any of these books, maybe we can buddy read!!


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Emmy 15 Month Update!

 

(14 months old)

This is Emmy’s 15 month update! I’m sorry I missed last months update, things just got really busy and by the time I noticed I don’t write one it was well into March. I cannot believe just how much she’s grown and learned.

Emmy is now wearing size 24 months and 2T. She can still fit into 18 months depending on the fabric and make of the clothes. She’s recently started wearing shoes,size 5/6, omg she is adorable in her outfits. She is still wearing size 4 diapers. Her hair is in a weird stage it’s long in the back and her bangs hang in her eyes, I bought her some hair clips, she’s so cute!

She is completely weaned from breastfeeding.She warned herself, I’d offer her to nurse and she would turn her head. I miss the convince of nursing, now we have to make sure we always have some whole milk in her soppy cup, also miss the bond we had, but she is still extremely cuddly when she’s tired.

We are still co-sleeping, but she no longer wakes up at night to feed. We will probably continue to co-sleep until we buy her a toddler bed in a few months. At night time she goes to sleep between 6 and 7. In the morning she tends to wake up around 7am. For naps, it depends on the day and her mood. Most days she will nap just before lunch, if we have an early lunch she will nap afterwards.

She is now running, she’s super confident in her walking. She stomps her feet, we recently took her to the park and she was jumping in the puddles. She’s always on the move, exploring the house. Opening closets and cupboards, so we use the baby gate to block off the kitchen. That’s where the cat litter is and the cleaning products,so the kitchen is off limits. I can’t wait for the snow to melt and I can take her to the park, it’s going to be so much fun!

She says a few words but not many, she can say ma-ma, da-da, this,that,kitty and na-na. She seems frustrated at times, when she wants to say something and she doesn’t have the words yet. She points at things she wants, which is so funny sometimes.This Girl has so many teeth, she has 4 molars already and all her front teeth. I’ve started brushing her teeth, she thinks it’s fun, laughs and bites the toothbrush. So hopefully she’s done with the teething for now.

She goes through so many emotions throughout the day. She is the sweetest thing, she will give hugs and lays her head down. Even with the cats she runs her face on there belly’s. She’s so loving with the people she’s comfortable with, meeting new people she will still cry. She has such a silly sense of humour,she snorts and hisses, then will laugh.She is so smart, she can point out her nose,eyes and mouths. She throws a ball, and shares her toys with us.

Thanks for reading our 15 month update 😊


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Down The TBR Hole #18

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to Narrow down your GoodReads TBR shelf.

How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence 

I can’t believe this book has sat on my TBR unread for so long, I’m really hoping to change that this year. Keep

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

I bought the book shortly after the show was released, and this might make me a bad Canadian but I’ve lost interest in reading the book. I do however really want to watch the show. Delete

Cracked Kingdom by Erin Watt

Yes! I need to finish this series. I have loved all the other book’s, so i really need to get to this one. Keep

Words on the Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

I have so many contemporaries to read, and as good as this one sounds, I’m interested in so many more. Delete

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Again, I’m going to let this one go. Its been on my TBR for years and I’ve yet to pick it yup. Delete

Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson

I really want to read this one, to support Sophia, her poetry is amazing so I have no doubt that her novels will be anything less than great. Keep


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Captain Marvel (2019) Review

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Today I wanted to share with you another thing that I really love: Marvel movies. I am a huge Marvel fan, and I have been so hyped for this movie. Having a toddler makes it difficult to get out theses days but I had an opportunity to see this movie in the theater. This movie was amazing, and an excellent addition to the MCU. There aren’t words to describe just how good this movie was, but I’m going to try.

Captain Marvel is the latest superhero film based on a character featured in Marvel Comics also going by the same name. A quick synopsis: Carol, is a Kree warrior who finds herself in the middle of a war between her people and the Skrulls. During a mission to save an undercover spy ,she gets captured and taken onto the enemies spaceship. During her attempt to escape, she crash lands on Earth more specifically in LA. She keeps having glimpses of old memories of herself when she was younger.  With the help of Nick Fury she tries to uncover her past and find a way to end the war with the Skrulls. The majority of this movie takes place in the 90s, and the soundtrack was so good!

“You are Carol Danvers. You were the woman on that black box risking her life to do the right thing.”

Bri Larson is fantastic, I love her with my whole heart and soul! Her acting is exceptional, she really brought the character to life.  She is charismatic, witty and full of sass. I love how sarcastic Carol is, and the fact that she is so caring at the same time.She is such a powerful character, even without using her powers, she is a strong lead who does what she wants. One of my favorite things is that she became a hero due to her own actions, not because she was forced into the position. She controls her powers, that she was not born with, she has to learn to harness her abilities.Captain Marvel is the female superhero I never knew I needed.

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We also get to see a young Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) , I really liked seeing him as part of the story. Seeing him back in the day before getting into deep with all the other hero’s, he is actually pretty funny and a really nice guy, before he grows into a brooding man in the future.  I really loved the friendship between Carol and Fury, as well as Fury’s interactions with Goose. Another character we get to meet is Maria Rambeau, a badass pilot who is also a single mother to a little girl. I really hope we get to see her again in future movies.

The Stan Lee Cameo was so sweet and I almost teared up. I absolutely loved Captain Marvel and overall it was so so so good!


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Sorcery Of Thorns by Magaret Rogerson

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ARC received by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Sorcery of Thorns has been at the top of my list when it comes to 2019 releases. Enchanted of Ravens was one of my favorite books of  .To say I loved this book would not even begin to describe how I felt about it!

Elisabeth, works as an apprentice in a magical library full of magical books with souls, who whisper and interact with the characters. When the books get damaged they turn into huge rampaging monsters. Elisabeth’s interactions with the grimoires gave me all the feels! Elisabeth inst like all the other apprentices, she grew up in the library having been abandoned on its steps as a baby, the other apprentices only start to study at the library at the age of thirteen.  Despite growing up in the library some of the wardens look down on her.

When a dangerous grimoire is released Elisabeth is is thrown into the middle of the situation and soon find herself with charges against her. She is taken away from the library by the Magister,a sorcerer she had briefly met in the past. He is to bring her to the capital to be judged for her crimes.

Elisabeth: I loved her so much! Honestly one of my new favorite characters!! She is full of sass, always getting herself into trouble. She was a badass, and didn’t take crap from anyone and stood up for those she cared about. She also has a soft spot when it comes to the grimoires, I love how she interacts with them.

Nathaniel: I fell in love with immediately. He is such a soft boy! He is also Bi. He openly says that he enjoys the company of men and women. He is portrayed as the villain but he is so much more than a sorcerer.

Silas: OHMYGOD I loved him so much!! He is a demon that turns into a big white fluffy cat. He is bound to Nathaniel but there relationship goes way beyond master and servant. He genuinely cares for Nathaniel, though he tries to hide it. I love that he is supposed to be this evil powerful demon, but he cooks and makes sure there all dressed nicely.

Another thing that I really liked was the romance. It was a slow burn romance, which is one of my favorite tropes. There relationship is everything, its so sweet. You can feel the tension are there interacts become more frequent.

The ending was absolutely amazing It had me on the edge of my seat, and I honestly wanted to jump up and down! I will 100% be pre-ordering the hardback.Sorcery Of Thorns will be released on June 4 2019, and i strongly urge you all to pick it up!


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Top Ten Tuesday:Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This weeks topic is what books are on your spring tbr, while I don’t like making monthly tbr’s, I do try and make seasonal lists. I am so excited that it’s finally spring, I am so over this cold weather and there are so many amazing book’s being released it was hard to narrow it down. So here are the books that I’m hoping to get to this Spring season!

Spring TBR

1. Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan

2. Aurora Rising by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

3. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

4. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

5. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

6. We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

7. Say You Still Love Me by K A Tucker

8.The Risk by Elle Kennedy

9.Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

10. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang


I am seriously so excited for all of these releases!

Is there any books i mentioned that are also on your TBR? What books are you most exciting to read this spring?


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Down The TBR Hole #17

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to Narrow down your GoodReads TBR shelf.

How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

This book received a lot of praise when it was released,sadly it just kept getting pushed down my TBR,. At this point i don’t believe I will be reading it anytime soon. Delete

Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

I want to finish the originally trilogy so I can move on to this new series. Keep

The Breakdown by BA Paris

I have no idea what this book is about, but that’s how I like to go into my thrillers. This author is really popular even with friends IRL, so I will be keeping this a book on my TBR. Keep

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole

I love this cover! This is another book I’ve sadly lost interest in, as there are so many books I want to read. I’m going to let this one go. Delete

The Child by Fiona Barton

I loved Fiona Barton’s first book, and I’m interested in reading her other works. Keep

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

I’m not big into non fiction, and if I do pick one up I have to be in the right mood for it. Delete


Have you guys read any of theses books? What did you think of them?


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