Thoughts & Aesthetics: Nocturna by Maya Montayne

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Title: Nocturna

Author: Maya Motayne

Published by: Balzer +Bray

Publishing date: May 7th 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 480

To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks. As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever.

After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfehr is first in line for the Castallan throne. But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy. Riddled with grief, Alfie is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.

But when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they accidentally unlock a terrible, ancient power—which, if not contained, will devour the world. And with Castallan’s fate in their hands, Alfie and Finn must race to vanquish what they have unleashed, even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pasts.

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Nocturna is an entertaining book that, while not having the most original plot and characters, feels unique in some ways thanks to the incorporation of Latinx culture and Spanish language in its world and magic system.

The main characters of Nocturna, Alfie and Finn, are both interesting in their own ways and that’s due to how they are impacted by their pasts in different but very powerful ways and how that affects the plot of the story. Alfie is a cinamon roll type of character that, at the same time, it’s a mess and makes a lot of mistakes, and throught his character, Montayne explores the ways in which grief can cause a person to be a mess, make the wrong choices and screw everything up.

On the other hand, Finn’s character is compelling because she uses a facade of being tough and heartless as a way to hold on to some control after having experienced a situation in which she was manipulated and controlled by someone else. Her development, her vulnerability and her contradictions throughout the book are not only escencial to the plot, they also give an emotional backbone to the story.

The dymanic between these characters is really entertaining and the snarky comments and the banter are fun to read, but there are also these tentative moments when they are vulnerable and honest with each other and they are so tender and beautiful. At the end, the development of their relationship is captivating and touching.

In terms of the villain, it’s interesting that this book has two villains in one and seeing the struggle for power and for control within the villain is interesting because the struggles between these two villain are not caused by one trying to stop the other from doing evil things, it’s about setting priorities for what evil things to do first and that adds a compelling element to the story.

The most magical thing about this book is the way it embraces Latinx culture and the way it uses Spanish as the language of magic in this world. Maybe it’s because there’s not that many YA fantasy books that do this, but the fact that those things are incorporated it felt special and meaningful. Another aspect of the book that it’s interesting is the way it addresses colonialism and slavery through the history of its world, and how it’s done in a very organically and subtle way.

Lastly, the main issue of this book is the pacing because it’s really uneven, so there are long bits in the book where characters are talking or thinking or planning and then some action would take place but inmediately after there would be another long strech where not a lot would happen. That constant start and stop of the action didn’t allow the book to flow as well as it could have.

Overall, while not being extremely original and having some issues with pacing, Nocturna does a great job of seamlessly incorporating Latinx culture and spanish to the story in a beautiful and meaningful way, and it does a good job too of including discussions about colonialims and slavery in a interesting, toughtful and organic way.

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Romance Report: Let’s Talk about Surprise Baby, The Penalty Box & Fit

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Hi everyone! Today I bring you another Romance Report. I’m having so much fun writing this feature,  I read so many romance books and this is the perfect way for me to talk about them here on the blog.

I started this feature because I’m usually looking for very especific elements in romance books depending on my mood (like a especific trope, a certain level of angst, a certain level of steam, etc) and I think a lot of people feel the same way, so in the romance report that’s the kind of information I’ll include as a way to make it easier for people to decide if a romance book is the one they are looking for or not. I’ll also include comments about the things I enjoyed or didn’t enjoy in the book, as well as my rating.

Without further ado, here are the books I want to talk about today:

Surprise, Baby by Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam

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  • Series: Standalone
  • Synopsis: Two characters that dislike each other get stuck together for a weekend and it results in a suprise pregnancy (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 358
  • Trigger warnings: Mentions of alcohol and drug use.
  • Representation: Drew, one of the main characters, has diabetes and it’s a big part of the story. The book really tries to show how much this disease impacts Drew’s life.
  • Point of View (POV):  dual perspective in first person
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Tropes: Accidental pregnancy, dislike to like to love
  • Romance: There is a lot of chemistry between the characters, but what makes this especial is that there are a lot of sweet moments between them as well. Their conversation and their banter is highly entertaining.
  • Steam level: This book is hot, all the scene are really explicit not just the first one or the last one (which happens sometimes in books)
  • Angst level: Medium-high. There’s a lot miscomunication, which is the cause of the main conflicts in the book and it becomes a bit frustrating because it happens again and again, usually when the main characters are doing better and their relationship is evolving.
  • Comments: This book talks about pregnancy in a different way than many romance books, it definitely includes the positive aspects of it but it also discusses how hard it can be with the tiredness, the vomit, the strech marks, the weight gain and the hormones.
  • The writing is good, the writing styles of both authors are similar enough that you can’t tell it’s two people writing instead of one and the entire book feels very cohesive writing wise.
  • Rating: 3,6 stars

The Penalty Box by Odette Stone

The Penalty Box

  • Series: The third book in the Vancouver Wolves Hockey Series
  • Synopsis: Marriage of convenience between a hockey player and the assistant of his publicist (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 369
  • Trigger warnings: Kidnapping, stalking, sexual assault, mentions of death of a child and death of a parent figure.
  • Point of View (POV):  dual perspective in first person
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Tropes: marriage of convenience
  • Romance: The dynamic between the main characters is full of tension and nerviousness – especially at the beginning – which works really well with the plot of the story. That tension and chemistry are mixed with some sweet moments and it makes this a great love story. My one problem with the romance is that the guy becomes extremely posesive at one point, which doesn’t work for me.
  • Steam level: This book was really hot, very explicit and detailed.
  • Angst level: high, there’s a lot of back and forth from the main male character about wether he wants to be with her or not outside of their arrangement. Also, he went through a very traumatic situation when he was a child, which marked him and causes a lot of angst thoughout the book.
  • Comments: There were two scenes that made me uncomfortable while I read this because both characters at different points in the book started to have sex with the other person while the other character was still asleep and since there wasn’t a previous conversation between them about wheter that was ok or not, I felt like the consent wasn’t clear even if both characters were fine with it at the end.
  • Rating: 3,5 stars

Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon 

Fit

  • Series: The first book in the Fit series
  • Synopsis: A producer for The Food Channel wants to get in shape and ends up falling for her trainer (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 160
  • Trigger warnings: Minor fat shaming
  • Representation: Chinese Fat main character
  • Point of View (POV):  female perspective in third person
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Romance: This book has a relatable female main character and a really considerate and caring love interest and that makes the romance so sweet. There’s also a lot of chemistry between the characters.
  • Steam level: This book is steamy, it’s explicit and detailed and it includes bdsm, which is a big part of the story.
  • Angst level: Low, there’s a conflict at the end but since this is a short book, it’s resolved pretty quickly.
  • Comments: I read this book to give Rebekah Weatherspoon a second chance after reading one of her books called Rafe last year and not enjoying it that much. I’m so glad I took another chance on her, because her writing in this book is so much better and I ended up enjoying Fit a lot. If you didn’t enjoy one of her books in the past and are wondering if you should read another one, I’d say: go for it!
  • Rating: 3,7 stars
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Book Review: Your Heart is the Sea by Nikita Gill

Your Heart is the SeaTitle: Your Heart is the Sea

Author: Nikita Gill

Published by: Thought Catalog Books

Publishing date: November 22nd 2018

Genre: Poetry

Pages: 200

Let poetry help you examine the depths of your wounds. Let it remind you that no matter how deep it goes, you will be able to heal it because you have been able to heal every single wound inflicted on your heart and soul before. Let these words show you that you will be able to find the light at the end of the wound because you have always found your way before.

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A copy of this book was provided  by Thought Catalog Books  in exchange of an honest review.

Your Heart is the Sea is a poetry collection that touches on sensitive subjects like emotional abuse, sexual assault, feelings of abandonment, mental illness (depression and anxiety) and self- harm, and it deals with them in a thoughtful, insightful and powerful way.

“People aren’t buildings. We aren’t ancient monuments that, once ravaged by some forgotten war, lie in permanent ruins of ourselves” 

Like most poetry collections, not all the poems in Your Heart is the Sea manage to have the same impact, the same resonance, but there’s a consistency in this collection that I appreciated. That probably has to do with the way the collection is organized in different sections that group poems together that address similar themes.

My favorite section was the first one called The Anguish, because  it contains the poems that resonated more strongly with me, especially in terms of mental illness. For me, the most relatable poem in the collection is The War Called Anxiety, in which Nikita Gill defines anxiety saying:

“It is the habit of fashioning bullets within my head. It is the unwanted practice of treating my body like it is a pistol, constatly waiting for someone to pull my trigger” 

That poem had a huge emotional impact on me when I first read it and it has continued to have that impact  all the times that I have re-read it since then. Nikita Gill found a way to perfectly describe my experience with anxiety, while being raw and honest, which means a lot to me.

Every section from this collection has poems that stand out for how relatable and touching they are. Nonetheless, another section that I particulary enjoyed is titled The Worship and it’s dedicated to heroes and gods from greek mythology, and it includes fascinating and captivating poems, including my favorite one, which is called How to Become a Myth.

Lastly, I would like to mention that the design of this poetry collection, which is based on the sea, is beautiful. From the cover to the images that are included to the color of the pages, everything works really well and adds to the experience of reading the poems.

Overall, Your Heart is the Sea is a powerful, touching and heartfelt poetry collection that deals with sensitive topics in a thoughful and insightful way.

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Things I Loved about Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Hi everyone! This post is so late, I read this book months ago and I inmediately wrote this list of things I loved about it, but I’m a mess so this post stayed in my drafts for the longest time (because I was lazy and didn’t want to formatted it) until now.

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Title: Red, White & Royal Blue

Author: Casey Mc Quiston

Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin

Publishing date: May 14th 2019

Genre: Contemporary

Pages: 432

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

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1. The Diversity

This book is about Alex, who is biracial (Mexican/white), has ADHD and as he realises throughout the book, he is bisexual. Alex happens to be the son of the  female president of the United States, and he falls in love with Henry, the gay prince of England. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, there’s also diversity when it comes to the supporting characters, there’s a biracial character, a bisexual character, a character with no regards for gender roles and a character that struggles with addiction. And that’s just the most prominent secondary characters, there’s even more diversity when it comes to minor characters. How fantastic is that?!

2. The Romance

Now, the main focus of the story is the romance and let me tell you this book is the perfect example of the dislike to like to love trope.  I was swooning so hard while reading this book, the romance was cute and angsty and hot and everything I could have ever asked for. Also, for a big part of this book, Alex and Henry communicate through emails, which are sweet, romantic, thoughtful and just thinking about them makes me want to smile.

3. Amazing side characters + coolest friend group ever

Each of the two main characters in this book had two people in there lives that were really close to them. For Alex, it was his sister, June, and his best friend, Nora. And for Henry, it was his sister, Bea, and his best friend, Pez. Throughout the book the six of them form a friendship and they become the coolest, most badass group of friends ever and I’m so here for it! I love all six of them.

Also, I need follow up books so I can get stories for the other characters (I feel like they are hints of June and Nora having a thing, but I have mentioned it to some people and no one else seems to have noticed it, so I’m fretting that I made it all up in my mind and now I’m invested in it and it won’t happen, so if you read the book and you also saw the June/ nora hints, let me know!)

4. The political aspect

Lastly, this book deals a lot with politics, elections, electoral campaings and all that sort of thing since Alex’s mom is up for reelection and that has an impact on Alex and Henry’s relationship.  I know that may be divisive because a lot of people may not like how big of  part politic plays in the book, but as someone who graduated as a political scientist, I LOVED it! I thought it was really interesting and well reserched, even if the ending didn’t feel completely realistic, it was more on the hopeful side but it went well with the tone of the book.

There are so many other amazing things about this book like the supportive family and the humor, but these were the main four things that made me fall in love with Red, White & Royal Blue.

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Romance Report: let’s talk about four Lauren Layne books (Hard Sell, Huge Deal, Love Story & An Ex For Christmas)

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Hi everyone! I have another Romance Report for you!  I started this new feature because I’m usually looking for very especific elements in romance books depending on my mood (like a especific trope, a certain level of angst, a certain level of steam, etc) and I think a lot of people feel the same way, so in the romance report that’s the kind of information I’ll include as a way to make it easier for people to decide if a romance book is the one they are looking for or not. I’ll also include comments about the things I enjoyed or didn’t enjoy in the book, as well as my rating.

Hard Sell by Lauren Layne 

Hard Sell

  • Series: Book 2 in the 21 Wall Street Series. It can be read as standalone, but you’ll be spoiled for the previous book. I skipped book 1 and it was ok.
  • Synopsis: A Wall Street guy and PR genius, who have a frenemies with benefits relationship,  have to work together to improve his image. (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 247
  • Trigger warnings: child endangerment
  • Point of View (POV):  dual pov
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Tropes: frenemies to lovers, frenemies with benefits, fake dating
  • Romance: The chemestry between the main characters is off the charts, the author does a good job writing the ‘I dislike you but I want you’ dynamic and also showing the change from dislike to like. There’s a lot of bickering and sexual tension. Both characters are the socially competent, charming, flirty type of characters.
  • Steam level: high, there are explicit scenes and they are descriptive but not too detailed.
  • Angst level: very low, the conflict is resolved quickly and easily.
  • Comments: I really like the friend group in this series, the relationship between all the characters are a great a addition to the story.  The ending is a bit rushed, which was my main problem with the book. But overall, this is such a fun, entertaining read and definitely one of my favorite Lauren Layne books.
  • Rating: 3,8 stars

Huge Deal by Lauren Layne

Huge Deal

  • Series: Book 3 in the 21 Wall Street Series. It can be read as standalone, but you’ll be spoiled for the previous books.
  • Synopsis: A Wall Street banker and his long time assistant have liked each other for a while but they have had a tense relationship full of misunderstandings that they have to overcome to be together.  (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 259
  • Trigger warnings: Death of a parent
  • Point of View (POV): dual pov
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Tropes: office romance, unrequited love
  • Romance: There’s definetely a slow-burn progression to the romance between the characters, there’s a tension between them from the beginning, that’s not enterily sexual, but that makes reading about them really compelling. Both protagonists are the serious, responsible, focused type of characters, even if they are very different in some ways.
  • Steam level:  high, there are explicit scenes and they are descriptive but not too detailed.
  • Angst level: medium, there is some angst thanks to misunderstandings and unrequited love. Also, a death takes place during the course of the story.
  • Comments: one of the main reasons I liked this book is that Kate is such an amazing main character, she is intelligent, nice, serious, detailed oriented and competent and I hadn’t read any characters like her in a while, so it was refreshing.
  • Rating: 3,8 stars

Love Story by Lauren Layne

Love Story

  • Series: This is book 3 in the Love Unexpectedly Series, which is a series of standalone novels. I know that’s kind of contradictory but 🤷🏽‍♀️. So it’s a standalone.
  • Synopsis: Over the course of one road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love. (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 232
  • Trigger warnings: death of a parent, cheating
  • Point of View (POV): dual pov
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Tropes: second chance romance, best friend’s sister
  • Romance: The back and forth bickering and animosity between the main characters is amusing, and the few moments where they get along show that they can have a good relationship if they let go of the past, but there’s a point where the misunderstandings and miscommunication, which cause the main conflict between them, get a bit annoying and frustrating.
  • Steam level: high, as with most Lauren Layne books , the sex scenes are explicit and descriptive but not too detailed.
  • Angst level: high, there’s a lot of hurt feelings between the characters so that creates lots of drama and conflict in their relationship.
  • Comments: This is a bit slow and it feels like is a repetitive at points because the characters can’t let go of what happened in the past and refuse to talk about it openly and honestly, so it’s one step forward two steps back between them.
  • Rating: 3,6 stars

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

An Ex for Christmas

  • Series: This is book 5 in the Love Unexpectedly Series, which is a series of standalone novels. So this is a standalone, there’s no crossover characters from the other books.
  • Synopsis: A psychic tells Kelly that she’s already met her true love and to track him down she starts contacting old boyfriends. The truble is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend, Mark. (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 218
  • Trigger warnings: cheating (not by the main characters), dead of a sibling
  • Point of View (POV): Single female POV
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Tropes: friends to lovers
  • Romance: This is a slow burn, but so much of the story revolves about the female protagonist and her ex boyfriends that it doesn’t entirely work. It takes a while for the female protagonist to start seeing her friend in different way and it takes FOREVER for anything to actually happen between the characters.  Also, the main characters are very different and sometimes it feels like their relationship doesn’t make much sense, not even their friendship.
  • Steam level: high, the sex scenes are explicit and descriptive but not too detailed.
  • Angst level: high, there’s unrequited love so that creates some angst and the female protagonist is a bit stubborn with her belief in fate which also creates angst.
  • Comments:The premise is a bit silly but I was ok with that going in, my real problem with this is that I was a bit frustrated by how much the main character lets ‘fate’ dictate her choices and how until the very end she follows fate more than her own heart, which iw what causes the main conflict in the story.
  • Rating: 3,4 stars
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Romance Report: let’s talk about two f/f romances (Once Ghosted, Twice Shy & Marriage of Unconvenience)

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Hi everyone! This is the first installment of Romance Report, a new feature that I created because I’m usually looking for very especific elements in romance books depending on my mood (like a especific trope or a certain level of angst or a certain level of steam, etc) and I think a lot of people feel the same way, so in the romance report that’s the kind of information I’ll include as a way to make it easier for people to decide if a romance book is the one they are looking for or not.

Without further ado, here’s my first romance report:

Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron 

Marriage of Unconvenience

  • Series: it’s a standalone
  • Synopsis: Two childhood best friends get married to inherit some money and solve their financial issues, but they end up realizing they have feelings for each other (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 197
  • Representation: lesbian and queer main characters and a trans side character.
  • Point of View (POV): single female pov
  • Relationship: female/female
  • Tropes: friends to lovers, fake marriage
  • Romance: this book has so many sweet moments including a wedding dress shopping scene that warmed my heart, these two women love each other so much and it’s easy to tell throughout the book.
  • Steam level: low, it’s more cute than steamy. But there are explicit sex scenes.
  • Angst level: low, there aren’t any huge obstacles or any dramatic moments.
  • Comments : The writing isn’t the best, but the real problem is the editing. There are inconsistencies that go from the protagonists having different middle names throughout the book to one character being described as the best secret keeper and a few pages later as not being the best at keeping secrets.
  • Rating: 3,5 stars

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole 

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  • Series: book #2.5 in the Reluctant Royals series. It can be read as a standalone.
  • Synopsis: Two women reunite months after a short fling that left them brokenhearted and fall in love all over again (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 106
  • Representation: african lesbian main character and haitian-american bisexual main character.
  • Trigger warnings: deportation and forced separation of families.
  • Point of View (POV):  dual pov, one narrates the present and another the past
  • Relationship: female/female
  • Tropes: second chance romance
  • Romance: This books relies too much in the characters’ past feelings that were instalove-y to begin with (3 dates and they are in love!), which made me not be invested in the relationship. Also, the main conflict in the past and present timelines is that the characters don’t talk to each other, which gets a bit frustrating.
  • Steam level: low, there’s one explicit scene and the other scenes are fade to black.
  • Angst level: medium, there’s angst because of the way things ended between the main characters the first time they were together and also because of the reason behind their separation.
  • Comments: the writing wasn’t really for me and, because of that, it took me a long time to get into the story and connect with the characters. Also, issue of possible deportation was solved so easily that it because obvious that it was a plot device more than anything else.
  • Rating: 3,6 stars

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Blog Tour: With the Fire on High by Elizbeth Acevedo (Review)

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ISBN: 0062662856
Title: With the Fire on High
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 7 th 2019
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Contemporary

With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.

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Elizabeth Acevedo expertly executes the recipe of an amazing book mixing loveable characters, complicated family dynamics and mouth watering descriptions of food.

It’s easy to tell this book was written by a poet, there are chapters where it’s just Emoni, the main character, reflecting on things and specific situation that are going on in her life from gentrification to racism to her relationship with her father, and in those chapters there are some really powerful quotes. Honestly, this book is full of incredible quotes and beautiful writing. The short chapters this story is told in made it such a fast and entertaining read.

Emoni as a character feels so real, she is patient, mature, responsible, insecure, she wants things for herself and for her child, her feelings get hurt, she is guarded, she gets angry, and sad, she is scared about the future. It was truly wonderful to read from her perspective. I loved her relationship with her grandma and with her best friend and I was infuriated by the way she was treated by her dad, her ex boyfriend and her ex boyfriend’s mother. The development of those relationships, especially her relationship with her dad, is amazing.

In terms of Emoni’s relationship with Malachi, it is just so sweet and he is such a nice guy and it is a great addition to the story, especially because it doesn’t take center stage and it is not the most important thing about the story. Also, I love that we are getting more YA books that address sex and intimacy in a positive way.

This book does a great job of showing Emoni as a mom and the struggles she faces being a mom, while also showing that she is more than that, she has dreams and hopes for herself, she’s also still a teenage even if she can’t act as one most of the time.

Also, I loved the way the Acevedo addresses being Afro-latinx and how sometimes people are not considered enough of either of those things, not black enough and not latinx enough, but the reality is they are both and they are enough.

While the heart of this book is defenitily in the relationships between Emoni and the other characters, the magic of the story, what makes it unique, appears when Emoni is cooking or talking about cooking and her dreams of being a chef or when other people talk about her food and what it makes them feel. It just made this book feel so special. I had so much fun reading about the culinary art classes, the fundraising and the trip to Spain.

EOverall, With the Fire on High was such a heartwarming read, perfect for fans of complex family dynamics and food in books.

About the author

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ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. With over fourteen years of performance poetry experience, Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. She has two collections of poetry, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016) and winner of the 2016 Berkshire Prize, Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm (Tupelo Press, forthcoming). The Poet X is her debut novel. She lives with her partner in Washington, DC.
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Tour Schedule:

1 st week
April 22 – Afire Pages | Welcome Post & BTS Look on the Cover
Design Process
April 23 – Reading Peaches
April 24 – Shut Up, Shealea | Printable wallpapers/ bookmarks
April 25 – A Book Devourer | “The Life of Emoni; A Comparison”
April 26 – Bookish Wanderess
April 27 – Flipping Through the Pages
April 28 –Utopia State of Mind

2nd week

April 29 – For the Love of Diversity in Books | Aesthetics + Quote
Graphics
April 30 – The Royal Polar Bear Reads | Instagram Photos
May 1 – Endless Chapters | Recipe
May 2 – The Ultimate Fangirl
May 3 – The Wolf & Books
May 4 – Book Lover’s Book Reviews
May 5 – Weekend Reader | Cover Inspired Hairstyle

3rd week

May 6 – The Writer and The Story| Favorite Quotes
May 7 –Themollyweather
May 8 – All Things Gene
May 9 – Darque Dreamer Reads
May 10 – Your Tita Kate
May 11 – Afergtale| “Stories Our Abuelas Wouldn’t Tell Today”
May 12 – F A N N A

Giveaways

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