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

Yes, you’ve read it right! This blog tour has giveawayS not just a giveaway. Enter below to enter and win a book or a shirt of With the Fire on High! You can enter not just on either but on BOTH giveaways. The giveaways are open internationally until May 22nd.

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Blog Tour: Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale (Review + Playlist)

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Hi everyone! Today, I bring you my review and playlist for Small Town Hearts as part of the blog tour for the book. I received an ARC from the author in exchange of an honest review. A big thank you to Lillie Vale for the ARC and to Lili from Utopia State of Mind for hosting the blog tour!

Small Town Hearts

Title: Small Town Hearts

Author: Lillie Vale

Published by: Swoon Reads

Publishing date: March 19th 2019

Genre: Contemporary

Pages: 336

Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy. 

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?

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Trigger Warnings: manipulative friendship, mention of casual drug usage (weed, not shown on the page), alcohol consumption (on page) and alcohol abuse (a character drinks and parties to the point of dehydration and sleep-deprivation; two characters get wasted and are too drunk to fully consent to sex with each other).

Small Town Heart is an angsty book about love and friendship, but mainly about not holding so strongly to people that you don’t let them change and grow and that you don’t allow yourself to change and grow. The book is full of complex relationships and fascinating discussions about growing up.

The main character, Babe, is naïve, indecisive, scared of change and a pushover at the beginning of the book, but she develops as a character and I really enjoyed seeing that. She embraces the fact that people don’t always stay the same, they change, and she should be able to change to, she should be able to grow as a person. One thing that I abolutely loved about Babe and about this book is that she is unapologetically bisexual and eveyone accepts that, it’s normal, it’s not an issues and it’s fantastic.

The love interest, Levi, was sweet, honest and mature. I really liked him, and I didn’t quite understand why he put up with Babe being so indecisive for such a big portion of this book. Nonetheless, their relationship was thoughtful and sweet, and I enjoyed their scenes together.

Now, in terms of Babe’s best friends, Penny was a fascinating character to me because I hated her at the beginning, she was manipulative, insensitive and mean.  But as the book continues it’s evident that she is a more complex character, she makes some good points about change and about growing up that Babe needed to consider and accept. Nonetheless, that doesn’t excuse the way she behaved throughout the story and I liked the way this ended regarding her friendship with Babe. On the other hand, I don’t think there’s enough in this book about Chad to know him at all and the few scenes he has in this book made him look like an inconsiderate, pushover, oblivious guy.

I loved Babe’s coworker and friend, Lily and her boyfriend Lorcan. They are so cute and I really want a book about how everything started between them, because they are definitely one of my favorite part of the book.

The setting of this book is captivating, it’s this small seaside town, where everyone knows each other, where there are amazing sea food and desserts, beautiful landscapes, a sand castles competition and an awesome lighthouse where the main character lives. It honestly sounded like a magical place to live and it has a very big role in the story.

The plot gets a bit repetitive, the interactions between Babe and Levi always start cute and meaningful, but most of them end with Babe freaking out about Levi being a summer boy and getting weird and leaving, which I could understand at the beginning, but it kept happening again and again and it became a bit frustrating. Also, there is a point were the drama between Babe and Penny and Chad, got really repetitive as well.

Overall, Small Town Heart is a book for people who enjoy complicated firendships, sweet romances and books that have a bittersweet feel to them. 

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The playlist has songs that remind me of Babe and her relationship with Levi, a song that reminds me of Penny and even a song that reminds me of Babe’s relationship with her ex-girlfriend. I hope you enjoy it!


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Lillie ValeLillie Vale, upon discovering she could not be one of Santa’s elves or attend Hogwarts, decided to become a writer to create a little magic of her own. Enjoying the romantic and eerie in equal measure, she’s probably always writing a book where the main characters kiss or kill. Born in Mumbai, she has lived in many U.S. states, and now resides in an Indiana college town where the corn whispers and no one has a clue that she is actually the long-lost caps lock queen.

Small Town Hearts is her debut novel.

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FOLLOW THE REST OF THE BLOG TOUR FOR MORE CONTENT!
MARCH 11
Sprinkles of Dreams – guest post
Drizzle & Hurricane Books– interview
Eloise Writes – review + aesthetic
Flipping Through the Pages – review + creative
Annotated Paperbacks – creative

MARCH 12
Unputdownable Books – creative
Santana Reads – review + character aesthetics
Bookish in Texas – interview
Green Tea & Paperbacks – creative

MARCH 13
Bookish Wandress – review + a playlist
Bubbly Booknerd – creative
Bookmark Lit – review + creative
The Contented Reader – interview + review

Camillea Reads – review

MARCH 14
The Bookish Beagle – review + creative
Fannatality – review + creative
Syndneys.books – creative bookstagram
Word Wonders – review
Chasing Faerytales – review + creative
Utopia State of Mind – guest post
MARCH 15
Read by Tiffany – creative
Fangirl Fury – review + creative
Romie We Deserve Love – creative
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Blog Tour: Graham’s Delicacies by Em Ali (Review + Playlist)

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for an amazing book that I have been highly anticipating. Today, I’m bringing you a review of the book and a playlist  that I did based on it!

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Title: Graham’s Delicacies

Author: Em Ali

Published by: Blue Latte House

Publishing date: March 5th 2019

Genre: Romance

Pages: 227

Saccharine:  Jen goes to work, agonizes over college, and looks forward to the stolen moments in the kitchen. There she can watch Emilie bake love into every morsel. Their delicate friendship takes a step towards a budding romance, but will Jen’s anxiety help them survive their first hurdle?

Delectable: James has never been kissed but he wants to be. Especially by his co-worker Sam, who he can’t talk to without turning into a little jerk. Sam is made of all the good stuff, but will James’ deepest insecurities allow him to kiss the boy?

Ravenous: Alex won’t let some foodie with a video camera bash their beloved bakery, even if it means to be petty. Except they’re nowhere ready for Yujin, the one who got away and is now romancing them. Will Alex’s pride let them see the gold heart the bashful king hides?

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Trigger warnings: anxiety, mention of parental death, misgendering (challenged on page), alcohol and sexual content.

Graham’s Delicacies is the fluffy book of my dreams. If you are looking for diverse romance stories with low angst and so much cuteness that you’ll smile most of the time while reading them, Graham’s Delicacies is for you!

There are three queer love stories in this book: Saccharine, Delectable and Ravenous,  and they were all lovely and captivating.

Saccharine is about Jen (she/her), a Black bisexual women with anxiety, and Emilie (they/ their, but she/her for special people), a chubby and anxious nonbinary baker. They are really cute and soft together, but they also have sexy moments. Em’s a really shy character and seeing them be confident and take charge during sex was amazing. Also, I loved Em’s cats, they are named after their favorite Disney princesses! Basically, this story couldn’t get cuter even if it tried.

James and Sam are mentioned a lot in Saccharine, because Jen and Em can tell that they like each other even if they are oblivious to it. By the time the first story was over, I was really excited to finally see how everything played out with James and Sam and I was not disappointed with their story.

Delectable is definitely the story I liked the most in this book, mainly because the dynamic between Sam and James is my favorite. When they are together the atraction and tension is palpable, honestly, I can’t believe how oblivious they were. Also, the flirting in this story is on point, Sam and James have so much chemestry and they are playful but bashful and it’s really entertaining to read. This story shows glimpses of James family and it was amazing, his relationship with his younger siblings is adorable and I would love to read more about his relationship with his twin, Clara, since it’s a bit complicted.

Ravenous is the story of Alex, a nonbinary baker (they/them) and Yujin, a Korean foodie vlogger (he/his). It’s the story with the coolest concept, since the characters have a one night stand and then find each other again after Yujin gives Graham’s a bad review. While I really liked the concept, I had a problem with the way Alex behaves when they meet again, they act like a jerk and, while they apologize later on, what didn’t make sense to me is that Yujin keeps trying even when Alex is behaving that way. Nonetheless, this story redeem itself with some very domestic and adorables scenes between the character and a really sweet ending.

Lastly, I would like to mention that my main issue with this book is that it needs better editing, especially, when it comes to the excesive use of pronouns at some points in the book. There were other little mistakes with phrases and words that didn’t really bother me, but I did have an issue with the fact that sometimes there are so many pronouns in a paragraph that it’s hard to tell who they are refering to and that makes certain scenes confusing.

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone looking for sweet, fluffy stories about POC and queer characters

Rating: 4 stars 

And finally, here’s the playlist I made imspired by this book,  I think the lyrics of the songs go well with the stories. I hope you enjoy it!

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Book Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Before getting into the review, I just wanted to say that I finally picked up this book in January after reading A Study in Scarlet thanks to Catch up on Classics  and I’m so happy I finally read this! (Also, can you tell I’m really behind on reviews 😭)

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Title: A Study in Charlotte

Author: Brittany Cavallaro

Published by: Katherine Tegen Books

Publishing date: March 1st 2016

Genre: YA Mystery

Pages: 321

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

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Trigger warnings: substance abuse, sexual assault, murder, anger management issues. 

A Study in Charlotte is an enthralling and entertating read, that brings a unique spin to a beloved classic, with characters that are as captivating and complex as the ones in the original version.

The fact that the main characters are related to the original Watson and Holmes gives this book an interesting and unique premise that it’s very well executed. What makes this work is the little details like the fact that Jamie is an unapologetic fan of Doctor Watson’s writing and his stories, while Charlotte criticizes the liberties he takes with the narration of some of the cases, but at the end she loves the stories as well. Another details is the guide to being friends with a Holmes that is passed down in the Watson family, which was a really hilarious touch. There are more little details that tie the premise together and make it feel plausible because of how well integrated they are to the story.

The real strengh of the book lays in the main character, Charlotte and Jamie, and the relationship between them. They have an engrossing and strange dynamic, they feel like they were meant to be friends but still they have to actually get to know each other and learn to trust each other. Their dialogue and banter is incredibly entertaining, and the honest moments when one or both of them are being vulnerable are so precious that I feel like crying just thinking about them.

Jamie is just the sweetest boy, but not in a ‘Mr. Perfect’ kind of way, he is still a flawed and complex character. He’s a great narrator for the story and it’s really interesting to see him be this boy that romanticises people and situations and likes to write in his free time, and at the same time, witness him struggling to keep his anger management issues under control.

Seeing Charlotte through Jamie’s eyes is such a enthralling experience. She is brilliant, sarcastic, blunt, calculating and bossy, but she also has insecurities and she has been hurt before, she is a bit lost and lonely and a fantastic main character. Through Charlotte’s journey, Cavallaro explores heavy subjects like substance abuse and sexualt assault and she does it in a raw and delicate way that it’s captivating and heartbreaking at the same time. This two subjects are present thorughout the book and are never forgotten or dissmissed, we get to see how they affect Charlotte’s live and her reactions and perceptions of things.

My one problem with this book is that the case wasn’t that interesting to me for a big portion of the book, because for a long time there are no new leads or the clues they have lead nowhere, so the case lost importance to me. This book is still a 5 stars read because during that time where not a lot is happening with the case, I was still fascinated by Charlotte, Jamie and their relationship. Also, there’s a point, when the case starts to move along and things get interesting and there’s twists and turns that I didn’t see coming at all, and it makes up for that portion of the book when the case didn’t seem that interesting.

Overall, I found this to book to be highly engaging and I couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters. I would totally recommend it!

Rating: 5 stars 
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Book Review: Are you Seeing Me? by Darren Groth 

Are You Seeing Me

Title: Are You Seein Me?

Author: Darren Groth

Published by: Orca Book Publishers

Publishing date: March 7th 2017

Genre: Contemporary

Pages: 278

Twins Justine and Perry have left their home in Australia and embarked on the road trip of a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest.

It’s been a year since their dad lost his battle with cancer and Justine became the sole caregiver for her autistic brother, Perry. Now Perry has been accepted into an assisted-living residence in their hometown, Brisbane, Australia, but before he takes up residence, they’re seeking to create the perfect memory. For Perry, the trip is a glorious celebration of some of his favorite things: Ogopogo, Jackie Chan movies, and earthquakes. For Justine, it’s an opportunity to learn how to let go of Perry and of her boyfriend, Marc. Justine also wants to offer their mother the chance to atone for past wrongs.

But the instability that has shaped their lives will not subside, and the seismic event that Perry forewarned threatens to reduce their worlds to rubble…

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Are You Seeing Me? is a bittersweet, beautiful and touching story that revolves around the personal journeys of the characters and the relationships between them. I’ll admit that it took me a long time to get into the story, because the writing style wasn’t for me. Groth’s writing felt really choppy, especially at the beginning;he uses really short sentences and that doesn’t allow the story to flow. But at the end, I did manage to get over that and enjoy the book.

This story is about Australian twins. Perry is Autistic and Justine is his main caregiver, this is told in dual perspective, so we get to hear from both Perry and Justine. They are both wonderful and they love each other so much and I just wanted to cry over it. Their love for each other was the best part of the book and seeing them try to protect each other’s happiness was bittersweet at times, because in some situations it meant sacrificing what they wanted or were hoping for.

Justine is an amazing character, she is caring, patient, smart and funny, but she’s scared and stressed all the time because she has so much on her plate. As for Perry, he sometimes makes people feel uncomfortable because of the way he responds to situations, but he’s also articulate, smart and funny. Both of them are very compelling and likeable characters. I think it’s important to mention that the Autistic rep is NOT #ownvoices, but the author has a son that is Autistic and he wrote the book for him and his twin sister. I can’t really speak about how accurate the rep is, but here’s an #ownvoices review of the book.

One thing that I would like to mention is that Perry sometimes makes up movies on his mind and most of the time it’s easy to tell that it what he’s describing isn’t real. Nonetheless, at the end of the book, there’s a long and important part of the story that’s completely told like it’s a movie that Perry is making up in his mind, but at least part of it isn’t, and that makes it odd and a bit confusing. Even if that part didn’t work for me personally, I undertand that it shows how Perry processes the world and how he deals with intense, scary things that feel out of his control.

Now, in terms of other elements that I enjoyed, thorughout the book there are inserts of a diary the twins father kept for Justine since her birth until he passed away, and those parts are captivating and so emotional and it’s a great element of the story that adds depth to it and allows Groth to tell the backstory of their lives in an interesting way. The storyline with the mom is also fantastic, I loved how her relationship with each twin develops, and how even with all the hurt, anger and disappointment that she had caused, we get to see her create new bonds with her children.

Overall, this is a heartwarming and bittersweet story with lovable characters and I would totally recommend it.

Rating: 3,6 stars  

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Book Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black

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Title: The Wicked King

Author: Holly Black

Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publishing date: January 8th 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 336

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world

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The Wicked King is highly entertaining, full of twist and turns, and brimming with complex and compelling characters and relationships. As with the first book in this series, the tension is high, there’s never a moment of peace because the feeling that somthing is about to happen, most likely something bad,  is always present. This is full of angst, betrayal, deceive, lust, murder, mind games, viciousness and wit, all of it is so enthralling and intoxicating and Holly Black’s writing works perfectly to reflect that.

Jude has made it to my list of favorite main characters, she is cunning, coldhearted, strong, and even when she’s outwitted and undermined and even plain defeated, she’s always scheming and getting back up and finding ways to beat everyone and keep her power. At the same time, she loves her family and she’s conflicted between her love for her family and her love of power, which makes her motives and reasonins more complex. She’s a three dimentional character and I liked that we get to see her afraid, sad, furious, desperate, vulnerable; we get to see so many sides of her.

When it comes to Cardan, I liked seen him grow as a character even if there were only glimpses of it because the story is told from Jude’s prespective.  By the end of the book, Cardan is a more confident, clever, strong, powerful, cunning character and it’s so good to see that. The whole storyline about the lands of Fairy being connected to the ruler is great and the direction in which Holly Black takes that in this book opens so many posibilities. I also enjoyed the glimpses we get of the relationship that Cardan is building with The Roach and The Bomb. Their ideas about him definitely change and there’s loyalty and trust being built between them and I’m so happy Cardin is starting to have the right people on his corner.

Now, let’s talk about my favorite part of the book, which is, the relatinship between Cardan and Jude. The dynamic between them is messed up, I’m not gonna deny that, but I still love them together. Cardan and Jude have this angsty, spiteful, deep, complicated relationship, that is the epitome of the friends to lovers trope and I can’t wait to see where it goes in the next book.

In terms of Jude’s family, Madoc is such an interesting character, as soon as he’s on the page he comands attention and I love how complex his relationship with Jude is, full of love, hate, cunning and betrayal. I can’t wait to see where it goes. Now, when it comes to Jude’s sisters, I’ll say that Vivi is exaspering, oblivious and a bit selfish and she annoys me a bit. As for Taryn, she is the worst character in this series, not only because she does things that make me dislike her, but also because she manages to be boring while doing them. I mean as much as Locke is terrible, he is at least interesting and I’m pretty sure he’s gonna be a bigger player in this series than he has been so far, when he actually puts his mind to it.

Nicasia, Orlagh and Balekin were the most obvious antagonist and the first to make a move against Cardan’s rule, but honestly, I feel like they worked mostly as a distraction, because the fight for power is a long one and there’s other people scheming and biding their time to win the long game.

The one negative things I’ll say about this book is that one of the big plot twists relays on Jude overlooking something that was a bit obvious and it’s a bit hard to believe that she would miss that. There’s a partial explanation because she was putting her body and mind through hell by not resting, not eating, consuming poisons, between other things. So, it could be all of that that lead her to overlook some things, but it’s never point out in the book and I don’t entirely buy that explanation. But overall, it didn’t really diminish my enjoyment of the book.

The ending was fantastic, infuriating but fantastic, and I can’t believe we have to wait a year for the next book. Honestly, if you haven’t started this series yet, what are you waiting for?! I know the hype can be scary, but get over it! You will be happy if you do.

Rating: 5 stars 
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ARC Review: You Are Here by Dawn Lanuzo

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Title: You Are Here

Author: Dawn Lanuzo

Published by:Andrews McMeel Publishing

Publishing date: February 12th 2019

Genre: Poetry

Pages: 272

Growth and change—two powerful anthems resonate throughout this collection of poetry and prose that will leave you feeling emboldened and empowered.

You Are Here is Dawn Lanuza’s newest collection of contemporary poetry that lends itself to the idea of giving ourselves second chances. These self-healing poems and words draw on central themes of self-love, self-discovery, and empowerment. In order to survive the vicissitudes of life, You Are Here boldly reminds readers to always choose themselves, and in times where it seems impossible, to find the courage and strength to start anew.

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A copy of this book was provided via Netgalley by Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange of an honest review.

“Isn’t it sad, to be sad, and not able to say it”

You Are Here addresses themes like depression, chronic pain, healing, second love and second chances. A lot of these themes resonated with me and a lot of what the author was trying to say is important, but the execution took away from the message behind the poems. The writing style isn’t strong enough, is too simple and it doesn’t allow the poems to feel as powerful and touching as they could have been.

“No one knows how to love me when I’m sad

And I can’t blame them for that

I don’t even know how to love me

When the voices come at night

I hate and hate and hate

Even when I fight”

Nonetheless, I feel like this collection could help a lot of people dealing with depression (or mental illness in general) to feel seen and understood. There’s this poem that talks about Lanuza’s struggles to decide when it’s the appropriate time to tell a new romantic partner that she has depression, and I think that poem in particular will resonate with a lot of people, even if the writing isn’t the best. That’s one of the many poems that talk about mental health in this collection, which to me, represent the best of Lanuza’s work.

Overall, I would say that even if this is not the best written poetry collection, it deals with some important subjects in a relatable way and I would still recommend it.

Rating: 3,4 stars

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