The Week's Entrée #151

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!


So my sister & I just watched the first season of Netflix's adaptation, Anne with an E, and it's incredibly good. We initially had a bit of trouble getting into the story and moving past a few things regarding adoption that I believe were not handled that well (as an adult, we might understand, but not children) but after the first two episodes we were hooked. And now I'm suffering from withdrawal. I need to watch the other adaptations and read the books  ASAP because I hear they are even more amazing and that thrills me to no end. This series is sweet, funny, and heart-melting, and I cannot wait to learn more about Anne's adventures.

And Gilbert.... ♥♥♥♥ 

 He's just too cute. LOOK AT HIM! Be still my teenage heart.

Have you seen this new show? Have you read the books??? :)
New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.

Huge thanks to the publishers for the access to There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins & A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess! Super stoked to have them waiting for me on my kindle (though I will have to read my copy of A Shadow Bright and Burning first!).

Also downloaded Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle from Edelweiss because it looks so cool. Also received a review copy of  Holding Court by K.C. Held and it looks pretty cute.

Also have to review the The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts &  All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher!

And Guyliner by J. Leigh Bailey!

My awesome friend and fellow YABCer, Beth, sent me this pretty ARC of The Sandcastle Empire! Will bump it up my TBR because release day is so close now (June 6th!).


I bought a kindle copy of the Complete Anne of Green Gables Books by L. M. Montgomery because I am now obsessed and must binge all the books (for the first time!!!). Super excited about it. :D
To Read This Week:

I still need to finish my eARC of The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King but this week I shall! I'm enjoying it so far and already looking forward to the sequel. And I will probably start with my ARC of The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson as well.

And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

#BroodyBFF ~ Favorite Brooding Book Boyfriends

Hi everyone! So, one of my favorite book boyfriends, Broody McHottiePants, asked me the other day to share with him who were my favorite brooding book boyfriends, and I sweated. It felt like a trick question since this dashing, eye-smoldering, drop-dead gorgeous guy was asking ME to talk about other guys, with an innocent smile that DID NOT AFFECT ME AT ALL. Okay, maybe a little. (Fine, a lot). Anyway, I told him I would think about it to save face and not instantly hurt his feelings, but I guess now he must understand that while I do love him, there are others who have enamored my heart as well (but no worries Broody, you are on this list too of course!).

1. Prince Tristan de Montigny from Stolen Songbird

Arrogant. Jerk. A troll. Gorgeously brooding. And the secret leader of a rebellion. Naturally, he is the perfect brooding book boyfriend for me. I've been in love with Tristan de Montigny since 2014 to the point of changing my twitter name to Melissa de Montigny and I haven't been able to change it back. Did I mention that he's a prince? Yeah, there's nothing I love more than brooding book princes.  Tristan is my all-time favorite book boyfriend and if you love brooding, then this guy is perfect to look at and NOT TOUCH BECAUSE HE IS MINE, BACK OFF. *Clears throat* No, but seriously, this book boyfriend is amazing! Plus, he loves food. ;)

2. Ash from The Iron Fey

My second favorite book boyfriend! Ash is THE reason why brooding book boyfriends are my all-time favorites. His tragic past and an upbringing in the winter court turned him into a dark and devastatingly gorgeous old soul and ugh, I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.

3. Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows

I know, I know, Kaz Brekker is a bastard but I can't help loving him. I just can't! I love how smart and quick-thinking he is, like, he always has a way out and a plan for EVERYTHING. Need something done? He knows exactly how to achieve it. Something goes wrong? Yeah, he probably planned that too. And apparently, when he loves, he is the gentlest person in the world. ♥♥♥

4. Henry from The Goddess Test 

I truly believe Henry is one of the most underrated brooding book boyfriends in YA, yet he will always belong in my top favorites list. He is the god of the Underworld (aka Hades) and oh-my-beating heart, I need one like him in my life. So sweet and caring, unfairly criticized over his unrequited love for Persephone, and extremely powerful. I mean, he rules over the dead!!!!! Not sure if I'd move into the Underworld to live with him though, it sounds a bit dreary. 

5. Prince Tristan from The Rise of the Dawnstar

ANOTHER PRINCE CALLED TRISTAN. I'm telling you, all Prince Tristans are the best! And this one is also brooding and amazing and aasalkjsskdjl. I will get a teensy bit spoilery with this and say that while Tristan may not be the main love interest of The Avalonia Chronicles (he is introduced in the second book and I fear that he is on the losing end of the complicated love triangle) he is the absolute best and Prince Rafe doesn't hold a candle to him. Okay, okay, Prince Rafe is also awesomely brooding but I don't care if the MC picks him as long as Tristan can be mine. You know what? All the Prince Tristans should be mine. I call dibs!

6. Thomas Cresswell from Stalking Jack the Ripper

I cheat a bit in this one because Thomas is certainly not as brooding as my other loves, but he starts a bit as one and I have to take every chance I get to yell into the wind that Thomas is indeed, mine. Plus, he is smart enough to rival many typical brooding book boyfriends and drive them mad. Thomas has so much sass in him and I love him for it. ♥

Last, but not least, my other one and only. The embodiment of every smoldering gaze, tragic and misunderstood past, and the reason why my knees go weak. I feel that every tweet you send out is about me, about us, and since I'm a main character in my story, we are perfect for each other. 
I mean, how can you not fall in love with THIS:
Speaks to my soul & such lovable arrogance! *swoons*
(Seriously though, 'Mi Pescado' is just a whole other level LOL).

And there you have it! All my favorite, ridiculously handsome and brooding, book boyfriends. Who are a few of your favorites? ♥

Book Review: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

Title: Noteworthy
Authors: Riley Redgate
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date:  May 2nd, 2017
Page Count:  400 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: Netgalley

A cappella just got a makeover.

Jordan Sun is embarking on her junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts, hopeful that this will be her time: the year she finally gets cast in the school musical. But when her low Alto 2 voice gets her shut out for the third straight year—threatening her future at Kensington-Blaine and jeopardizing her college applications—she’s forced to consider nontraditional options.

In Jordan’s case, really nontraditional. A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshipped…revered…all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

Jordan finds herself enmeshed in a precarious juggling act: making friends, alienating friends, crushing on a guy, crushing on a girl, and navigating decades-old rivalries. With her secret growing heavier every day, Jordan pushes beyond gender norms to confront what it means to be a girl (and a guy) in a male-dominated society, and—most importantly—what it means to be herself.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars
.This review can also be found on YA Books Central.

From the moment I heard that Noteworthy was being promoted as "Pitch Perfect meets Mulan" I knew this book was going to be the perfect read for me, and I wasn't wrong. Noteworthy is a fantastic YA Contemporary book about a capella and what it means to break gender norms.

What I Loved:

Jordan is a Chinese girl with a contralto voice and perfect for a capella singing, not theater. Since there's only an opening for an all-male a capella group, she risks it and dresses up as a guy to audition. While this may sound somewhat childish and impossible to pull off, Jordan makes it look believable as she takes us undercover into the Sharpshooters' inner circle and the secret life behind a capella groups!

It was fun to go on this journey with Jordan. I loved her commitment in pulling through this act that, while it's not exactly right or fair towards the Sharps (lying about her gender), Jordan carries the weight of her actions constantly on her shoulders. Stepping into another gender's shoes proved to be a liberating, empowering, and eye-opening experience for Jordan. With this she soon realizes that we often limit ourselves or let society set our limits in what we can and cannot do solely based on our gender, when it shouldn't be an obstacle. Gender norms should and must be broken.

Jordan, along the way, also realizes that she's bisexual. I cannot say that I'm an expert in bisexual representation, but when I was reading Jordan's experience, it felt right. Sexuality is fluid and Riley Redgate, in my opinion, did a great job portraying it.

Besides Jordan (who also calls herself Julian when cross-dressing), Noteworthy also has an excellent diverse cast of secondary characters. I like to call them the A Capella Six of Crows gang because basically, the Sharps are just like the Six of Crows gang, but in a modern setting. And instead of being thieves, they sing. Hilarious, I know, but true! They have that fun camaraderie between each other and, if you are a fan of Kaz Brekker, you might find a character with a similar personality. Loved them so much and I wish to have more time with them all!

Final Verdict:

Noteworthy is certainly an excellent book in so many ways. With amazing characters, strong bonds of friendship, passion for the arts, and good bisexual representation—this is a book I highly recommend!

Waiting on Wednesday #25: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:

July 25th 2017, Harlequin Teen
YA Fantasy
A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear. 
I need this book. I NEED IT. Still weeping that Harlequin Teen ignored my request on Netgalley. Whyyyy, Harlequin Teen? I thought we were friends! Doesn't matter though because release date is oh-so-close and I am super excited to finally dive into this amazing book. I just feel that it will be a favorite read, don't you think so? Plus, this cover is ♥♥♥♥♥!

What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Alchemists of Loom Bonus Content Blog Tour: Unwritten/Cut Scraps + Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Welcome to my bonus content in The Alchemists of Loom Read-Along tour hosted by Elise Kova and Sabrina of Beyond The Book Reviews! The Alchemists of Loom is the first book in the Loom Saga by Elise Kova and this read-along is in celebration of the upcoming release of The Dragons of Nova on July 11th!!! Below you can find some awesome deleted snippets from The Achemists of Loom, the complete schedule of all the bonus content for the read-along, and an amazing Intl giveaway for a signed hardcover copy! Thanks so much for stopping by & enjoy!

The Alchemists of Loom
(Loom Saga #1)
by Elise Kova
NA Steampunk
January 10th, 2017 from Keymaster Press
Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.


Unwritten/Cut Scraps from The Alchemists of Loom

As I am conceptualizing a world, I often times get glimpses of scenes in my head that begin to clutter my desk, notebooks, phone notes, and draft documents. I write in chronological order and do so to maintain excitement (with myself) for the world I am building and what I am working toward. However, sometimes, these moments, be it dialogue, world building, or a scene, are so powerful that I don’t want to lose them.

Because of this, I keep a document called “SCRAPS” with my draft. This is where I jot down the bare-bones of these scenes to draw from later. Sometimes, they make it into the final version. Other times, they no longer fit. But they really help me get into the mindset of my characters and help build my world.

These are some of those SCRAPS from writing THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM and where I had originally thought they would go…

“Dragon, you have only just met her, and you are already older than she is likely to live. Yet you say that she has done more than you could ever hope to do… So, look me in the eye and tell me that you have not wasted your life so far. Tell me that every moment you have lived has been worth it.”

About this scrap…
This bit of dialogue I had envisioned being said to Cvareh somewhere around the middle to end of book one. Originally, I had thought Florence could say it, but it’s a bit too mature of a statement for where Florence is at this point in the overall story. It didn’t make it in because there wasn’t any other person both close and invested enough to Ari and Cvareh… but it was one of my original scraps because it hints at the idea that the Dragons have much longer lifespans than the Fenthri.

“It’s Magic, it can’t be explained by your science.”
“But —”
“Do you only trust what can be measured and quantified by your limited means?”
“I trust the things I can see and touch.”

About this scrap…
This is a snippet of a conversation I imagined between Ari and Cvareh, it hints to some evolving feelings between them and underscores the very different ways in which they both approach the world.

She’d watched it all day and hadn’t seen any valuable metals carted on or off it. She couldn’t sense Dragon magic, so it wasn’t moving reagents legally or illegally. All she had seen move on and off were textiles. She smirked in the darkness. An honest business? Who knew they still existed in Loom?
Honest men and women were, ironically, the people Arianna preferred to work with. She may fall on the “wrong” side of the “law” most times, but she never tried to hide the fact. She completed jobs as they were due and she lived up to her word on every account. The honest were also easier to predict, on the whole, than the liars. And Arianna didn’t like variables.

About this scrap…
This was part of a heist that was ultimately cut. But it really helped craft Arianna’s opinion of her trade.

These deleted scraps are awesome! Thanks for sharing with us, Elise! ♥ Now don't forget to also add The Dragons of Nova, sequel to The Alchemists of Loom, to your Goodreads TBR!

There is also an amazing pre-order offer where you can get exlcusive swag! More info can be found HERE.

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Bonus Content Blog Tour Schedule:

Bonus Content #1: May 9th
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About Elise Kova

Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the Loom Saga.



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The Week's Entrée #150

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

Guess what? I'm YA Books Central's book blogger of the month!

The lovely Beth (YABC's Assistant Blog Manager) interviewed me about my blogging journey & what's next for me in the blogging world so if you'd like to check out my answers you can click HERE. It's such an honor to be featured on YABC because this site is now my second bookish home and I just felt so loved by this. Thanks, Beth! ♥

In other news, this year I am once again part of the International Committee for Armchair Book Expo (formerly known as Armchair BEA). This is an online event happening during Book Expo for everyone who cannot attend the real event. There will be daily topics, twitter chats and so many giveaways! To sign up as a participant or become a sponsor (donate prizes) just head over to the site and you'll find everything you need to know. It will be so much fun!!!
New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.

Huge thanks to Storygram tours for the review copy of Vanity in Dust by Cheryl Low! It was fun to help reveal this beautiful cover in our bookstagram plus the book sounds AMAZING. I think it's NA Fantasy... ;). And I downloaded a copy of A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland from Edelweiss because I just loved its synopsis, cannot wait to read it!


Finally have my gorgeous copy of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas!!! ♥
To Read This Week:

I couldn't resist and started right away with ACOWAR. I still don't know what to make of it, but I am enjoying buddy reading it with Danielle L. Jensen. I'm also a few chapters into The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. I think this book will give me aaaaall the feels. ♥.♥

And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Survivor Week: Don’t Be A Castaway - Foodie Survival Tips + Giveaway/Scavenger Hunt!

Hi everyone! Welcome to day 4 in the Survivor Week creative tour for The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson. This event was pulled together by the ever amazing Sarah from The YA Book Traveler and it consists of Island-themed survival  posts and a giveaway & scavenger hunt to win fun prize packs! I am so excited for The Sandcastle Empire (it's going to be a movie!!!) and I hope you guys enjoy my post & follow the rest of the tour. Have fun scavenging!

The Sandcastle Empire
by Kayla Olson
YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian
June 6th, 2017 from HarperTeen
When all hope is gone, how do you survive?
Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.
Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.
Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.
This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.
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Don't Be A Castaway ~ Foodie Survival Tips

Disclaimer: Gifs source from Cast Away movie by 20th Century Fox
Have you ever thought about what you'd do in the off-chance you suddenly found yourself stranded on a deserted Island? I have, constantly, ever since I watched Cast Away with Tom Hanks and his whole experience on that Island. There is seriously so many things to learn from the movie, but today I want to focus on what I think is the most crucial for your survival if ever found alone on an Island -- FOOD. That's right, you need your energy to keep working hard if you are set on escaping your new prison. You could last a few days perfectly fine, but with all the added stress and things to get done, don't you think you'd be best off with a satisfied stomach? Yup, think so too. Let's get started!

First of all, find water.

You can go days without food but you can't last long without drinking water. Sea water is not an option, so you'll have to go into the trees/jungle and find either a stream or small forms of condensation in leaves that are left behind by rain. Be careful to check the water before you drink though, don't want to accidentally drink something bad. Best to boil it if possible!

Now that we are all set with water, you need to look for sharp objects. It could be from junk washing ashore (if any), or sharp rocks.

The purpose of the sharp object is to help make a spear to go fishing which is the most obvious source of food when stranded.

 Fishing with a makeshift spear is no easy feat, so it might take you a few times (or forever) to catch any seafood. Just hang in there and you might see results! Stick to small fish and crabs though, much safer to eat.

But uh oh, depending on how hungry and desperate you are, some fish/seafood might not taste good raw.

So it's time to build a fire!

No matches? No flint? That's too bad, but guess what? Tom Hanks' method in Cast Away is legit (although the slowest and hardest of all). Rub two pieces of dry wood together with vigor and the friction will char the piece of wood so you will quickly have to place dry grass on it so it catches on fire. I've seen this work personally (my family grew up in ranches and they did this sort of thing). Striking rocks together might also work as flint.

Once the nest of dry grass catches on fire, keep adding more dry grass and dry pieces of wood until you become a fire lord!

Oh, to create more smoke just add green leaves and wood. It'll serve as a signal for your rescue too. But why do we need a fire for food? Because you'll want to cook your food here! Stick your seafood in sticks and roast them over the fire. It'll taste better! And also, with your fire you'll be able to boil your water to eliminate bacteria. It's best to do this ALWAYS. You don't want to get sick. You can do this with coconut shells, but first we have to find them...

There they are! Make sure to climb the coconut tree or somehow bring the coconuts down and DON'T get the coconuts that are already on the ground. Those are surely all dried up and you want to be able to drink the coconut water which will provide you with several nutrients and prevent dehydration. It's also quite tasty! :D

But first we need to know how to open coconuts. Like so:

Hahah just kidding! Couldn't resist. Unless you do have this skill??? Color me impressed.

But really, desperate method #1:

Not that great if you ask me. Chances are you will crack it open and all the coconut water will leak out.

Method #2

Grab a pointy rock and place it on the coconut's line while smashing it with another rock. It will crack it right in the middle, but be quick so you don't spill the water. Now enjoy great coconut water and the fruity goodness! This will keep you full and enough to keep you alive (in case you weren't lucky with the fish).

And coconut shells will also be useful to gather water and boil over the fire. Win-win!!!

Other fruits/food to search for:

- Bananas
- Kiwis
- Berries
- Seaweed

These are excellent for you, especially paired up together.

But be careful with a few berries and seaweed though, they can cause food poisoning. First rub them over your arm or lips to see if it doesn't irritate your skin. If it does, then it means it's not good for you and best find something else. Also DO NOT eat mushrooms. Most of them are poisonous. Better not risk it.

And if all this fails and you are dying from hunger then... *gulps*

But I'm sure it won't come to that! You've got this.

I hope. 

Dun dun duuuuun.


Tour Schedule: 

Follow the tour to check out more great content & join the scavenger hunt!
Monday 5/8: The YA Book Traveler Guest Post & Trailer
Tuesday 5/9: No Bent Spines Dystopian Dream Treehouse
Wednesday 5/10: BookCrushin – Deserted but not Illiterate – Books I Would Want on a Deserted Island
Thursday 5/11: The Reader and the Chef – Don’t Be a Castaway: Foodie Survival Tips
Friday 5/12: YA Wednesdays – Q & A with Kayla Olson
Saturday 5/13: Booknerd Addict – I’m a Survivor! Fashion Post
Sunday 5/14: Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Glamping – Island Beauty Regimens

Giveaway & Scavenger Hunt!

Main Giveaway Prize #1

Signed ARC of THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE (can be personalized upon request) // write. read. repeat. tote bag // signed+personalized postcard // Anna Tovar print that reads "some things take time" // sprout bookmarks // TSE swag, including wolf sticker + wolf temporary tattoo—I drew the wolf myself! // ingredient kit to make cayenne-cinnamon-marshmallow hot chocolate (packaged in a test tube!), one of Eden's favorite treats from before the war // {plant + tray not included} US Only

Scavenger Hunt Prize: Prize #2

How to win: A scavenger hunt requires you to find all the clues! Each day of this tour will have a quote card and in order to be entered to win this amazing prize, simply share the graphics each day (7 total!) on social media with the hashtag #SurviveTheEmpire. Make sure you share all 7 graphics. 

This is day 4 graphic:

The prize: copy of SECOND SIGHT, one of my favorite books on writing and revising, signed by author/editor Cheryl B. Klein // pre-order of THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE (represented here by second post card) // write. read. repeat. tote bag // signed+personalized post card // Anna Tovar print that reads "some things take time" // sprout bookmarks // TSE swag, including wolf sticker + wolf temporary tattoo—I drew the wolf myself! // ingredient kit to make cayenne-cinnamon-marshmallow hot chocolate (packaged in a test tube!), one of Eden's favorite treats from before the war // {plant + tray not included}


About Kayla Olson

Kayla Olson lives in Texas, and can usually be found in near proximity to black coffee, the darkest chocolate, Scrivener, and an army of Sharpie highlighters.