That's what HE said Thursday #3: Trevor from Pivot Point


That's what HE said Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Chapter Break where you post a favorite line of a book boyfriend to his heroine. Awesome, isn't it? It's the coolest meme ever. So many awesome quotes to share from our favorite reads!

Today I'm gonna share a quote from Trevor of Pivot Point by Kasie West. I love this boy and his cowboy boots. He has such a sweet heart and it's definitely the swoon-worthy type!




Quote:

“ Don't. Not while I'm here. Just promise me something. If this is a search and you don't pick me, don't pick this path, for whatever reason, promise me you won't Erase me."

Trevor, Pivot Point


This is the part where Trevor asks Addie if she ever wondered if what they were having was a Search (a possible future) instead of the reality. He doesn't let her prove it when she wants to because he doesn't want to know. It would hurt to know if their present wasn't set in stone. 



Have you read Pivot Point? It's a wow read.







The (Late) Week's Entrée #2

I'm a terrible excuse of a blogger and the worst thing is that I'm barely starting. You see, I was supposed to post "The Week's Entrée" every Monday to show up what I'm planning to do on the blog. But I didn't. Because I haven't been writing my posts on time (or scheduling), because when I wanted to, life got in the way, and when I finally had the chance, my internet went down. 

And not only that, I've also been neglecting all the books I have to read or want to read. I think it's the fact that I'm reading a book that it's not living up to my expectations. So sad.

On a bright note.... I got a new book in the mail yesterday!!


All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin is a book I've been wanting to read for such a long time, like almost 3 years now. I got this book through The Book Depository which was on sale 2 months ago. Yup, it took that long to arrive here, the perks of our postal service.

Summary:

In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I've Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and the fantastic.

Sounds great, right?

                                              To Read This Week:


Trust: A New Beginning by Cristiane Serruya (ARC)
They are beautiful. They are rich. They are strong willed and successful. They have everything, but love. And each one of them has a dark secret looming in their past. 
Sophia is a 25 year old Brazilian widow. Intelligent and ravishing, she flees from her own country after a tragic incident. Hiding from everyone and everything, she remains alone, torn between the love for a dead man, the torment of living without part of her memory and the fear of moving on. 
Ethan is one of the most important tycoons in the steel industry. As the memory of an awful evening in his adolescence haunts him night and day, he keeps looking for an elusive woman whom he could love - and who would love him - as he never has in all his 35 years... Until he finds Sophia.  
Alistair is a 34 year old powerful banker, searching for one–night stands with women who will warm his bed. And that he can punish physically to abate his anger for his late wife's black deeds and his own guilt for being such a debauched man for so many years. Any woman will do, and he has many to choose from, as they all fall instantly for his manly, devilish charming ways. 
In Europe, in the months after October 2009, their paths will cross and clash. Who will win the prize of love?
This book is the first installment of a trilogy.
It is intended for 18 and up.

I won this ARC through Goodreads (my first win there, yay!) and the author kindly signed it for me! Sounds like an emotional ride so I'm pretty excited to read it.

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The Chef  is still reading Daynight by Megan Thomason, she says it's not an "OMG I can't stop reading this" type of book, but that it's still enjoyable so far.

Aaaaand, have you seen the first trailer of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green yet?! It's AMAZING. I'm so excited for this movie even though I haven't read the book yet. I have it on ebook but I want my first time reading it to be with the book in my hands. I want to hug it and love it and cry all over it.

Watch the trailer:



Okay? Okay.

Cover Reveal: The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

Today we are so happy to participate in the cover reveal of Rachel Harris' new YA Contemporary book "The Fine Art of Pretending"! This book sounds all kinds of amazing and is definitely worthy to be on your to-be-read pile on Goodreads or any other place you keep track of the books you have to read, so go add it after you check out the beautiful cover below!


About The Fine Art of Pretending

Release Date: September 30, 2014
Author: Rachel Harris 
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary


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 According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.  
With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.  
But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.

About the Author:


Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, watching soap operas with her grandmother, and staying up  late sneak-reading her mama's romance novels. Today, she still stays up late reading romances, only now she does so openly.

A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.

She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches countless hours of Food Network and reality television with her amazing husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult Fun, Flirty Escapes, and LOVES talking with readers!  

Find Rachel Harris Online:

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Book Review: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

Title: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
Author: Louise Rennison
Series: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #1
Publisher: Harper Collins 
Published: 1999
Page count: 336 
Format: Kindle
Source: Bought from Amazon

Buy from:   Amazon  .  Barnes&Noble .  The Book Depository
Book Summary:
There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.
In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones's Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it's "Fabbity fab fab!"

*The Reader's Review*

My rating: 5/5 stars!

I discovered Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging a few years ago thanks to the movie released by Nickelodeon Studios (Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging). At the time I didn't know it was based on a book. And yes, it took me that long to actually purchase it (a couple of weeks ago). I was very excited to start right away, the reviews are awesome and almost everyone points out to the same thing: prepare to die from laughter.

So naturally, I waited for a blue day so this book could cheer me up. That day came so soon, so I thought why not? I opened the ebook and I sat on my school's staircase to read. The effect this book had on me was instant. I was smiling and laughing all the time! Georgia's diary entries about her "love life", her cat Angus and everything else were hilarious and so ridiculous that it totally made me forget about everything else.

Because really, it's crazy thing after crazy thing. Georgia goes to extremes to snatch Robbie the sex god not caring if she was making a fool of herself or not. All my money was on her to get Robbie  but I do admit she's not exactly the best person in the whole wide world. She does have mean teen thoughts and says harsh things about her supposed bad life, but I couldn't bring myself to hate her or anything because so many things she does come back and bites her hard on the nose, I think it was more than enough payback (or something). Still, the nerve of that girl! I really don't know how she came up with half of those ideas. Credit also goes to Jas and the rest of her silly friends.

Now I have to talk about my favorite part of the book, the funniest part in my opinion. It's when Georgia is strolling her little sister in the park and they stumble with Robbie. Everything was going so well until her cute sister said something concerning about Georgia and poo (as in poop). Seriously, I had to put the book down 'cause I was shaking with laughter and I was so embarrassed for Georgia. I even caused some stares from strangers. Thanks a lot Georgia.

So this book is that type of book that will make you feel several emotions at once. You will feel for the characters and turn red along with them. Actually, you will end up with a British accent in your head and won't question expressions like fabbity fab fab or nungas nungas. Whatever the last one means. 

To wrap it all up, I think you should read this book and enjoy every funny part of it. Then, head over to watch the movie and laugh some more. Or read the other 9 books of the series, your choice.

P.S. The author confessed she did half the things Georgia did, so I believe she is quite brilliant and a little bit mad too. There's the answer  to why this book is very bright.

Now really, the end.






Starcrossed Release Day & Giveaway




Today is the day. Starcrossed, a Starstruck novel by Brenda Hiatt, is out now!  We are in celebration mode here and to celebrate the release we are happy to share an  interview with Princess Emileia and Rigel Stuart as well as an excerpt from the book. Did we mention there's also a giveaway? Keep on reading and you'll be able to enter for a $20 gift card, open international! Seriously, you don't want to miss this.

 The Starstruck adventure continues…

 Marsha spent the first fifteen years of her life as a nerdy nobody before discovering her true identity as the long lost princess of a secret civilization. Now M is dodging extraterrestrial paparazzi while trying to keep the truth from her adoptive aunt and uncle and everyone at school. At least she can be herself with her boyfriend and literal soulmate, Rigel. Whenever they’re together, it’s easy to forget the responsibilities that will eventually come with her new status. But when a new boy arrives at Jewel High, everything M thought she knew about herself and her future is turned upside down. Now the very destiny that lifted her from obscurity threatens to tear her away from Rigel and their happy ever after. But when two planets conspire against you, where is there to run?




*Recently Discovered Princess Grants Exclusive Interview*
with Gwendolyn Gannett, Echtran Enquirer

I’m sitting here in a charming little ice cream shop in Jewel, Indiana, to chat with our newfound Princess Emileia and Rigel Stuart, the boy who recently saved her life when she was attacked by the dictator Faxon’s minions here on Earth.

Tell me, Princess, how did it feel to discover your true identity after being raised as a Duchas?

With great presence of mind, the Princess immediately shushes me. “Not so loud! And please, stick to English. I don’t want everyone in Dream Cream to freak out the way I did when Rigel first told me there are . . . people like us…living on Earth!”

Given the pains our Nuathan Ministry of Terran Obfuscation has taken to keep that secret, I suppose she has a point. I lower my voice as I continue.

Is that true, Rigel? Did the Princess ‘freak out?’

“Only for a day or so,” he replies. “Really, she handled the news like a champ—way better than I did when my parents first told me.”

So you were raised Duch I catch myself. Like a regular Earthling, too?

“Until I was ten, yeah.”

Back to my original question, Princess—

Please don’t call me that!” she interrupts me. “Not here. Just Marsha is fine, or M—that’s what my friends call me.”

Though it seems terribly disrespectful, far be it from me to disobey. M, then. How has your life changed since learning the truth?

“If you don’t count people trying to kill me, mostly for the better. I mean, back in August I was a complete nobody on the very bottom rung of the social ladder. Now I hardly get picked on at all—well, except by Trina, but that’ll never change. I even get invited to parties and stuff. Not that my aunt ever lets me go, but it’s still cool to be invited. But that’s not because of being, you know, who I am. Nobody at school knows about that.”

Unfortunately, this coincides with the rumors of her being mistreated by her adoptive Duchas family and the surrounding townsfolk.

Then why the change?

“Mostly because of Rigel. He’s pretty popular, what with being quarterback of our football team and just generally awesome. I’m just kind of along for the ride.”
“Not true!” Rigel interjects. “You’re the awesome one. It just took people a while to figure it out.”
The Princess laughs at this and claims, “Nobody would ever have called me awesome before—” She breaks off when Rigel raises his eyebrows at her.

Not wishing to pry, I move onYou must be dying to tell everyone the truth about yourself. Is it hard living with such a huge secret?

“Sometimes,” she confesses, “but when I think about what could happen if people found out, I’m a lot less tempted to say anything.”

And what was your life like, growing up as a—you used the word ‘nobody’ in a non-Echtran household? Was it difficult living in such primitive conditions?

She laughs again. “Since I never knew anything else, I never thought of my conditions as primitive. And it’s not like my aunt was ever actually cruel or anything, even if she isn’t always easy to get along with.”

All right, then, next question. Once a certain dictator falls, how do you see your future unfolding? Are you excited at the prospect of someday returning to the place you were born?

The Princess shrugs. “I guess so, though I have an awful lot to learn before I’ll be ready for that! All the stuff people will expect of me, I mean. Besides, I’m pretty happy right here in Jewel for now. For instance, I went to my very first Homecoming dance last week and it was amazing.”

Oh? With Rigel here as your date?

“Well, yes. He and I—”
“Went with a bunch of our friends,” Rigel butts in, cutting her off for the second time, something he’d never dare to do in Nuath, I’m sure.

This makes me very curious. You two have shared a few harrowing experiences since meeting and I’m sure that’s created a bond of sorts. (I notice they exchange a glance when I say that.) Tell me, just how close have you two become?

At this point, Rigel stands up, then the Princess stands, too. “We said we’d give you five minutes,” Rigel says, “and we’ve been here longer than that. You have your story. And please tell your readers she’s tired of being stalked, okay?”
The Princess is much more polite, but it’s clear she’s ready to leave, too, so I don’t stop them.

Overall, I’d say our Princess seems surprisingly content with her new identity and especially with her knight in shining armor, Rigel Stuart. It will be interesting to see how things progress there once she’s called upon to take up the position she was born to—but I’ll leave that story to my colleagues in Nuath, who will be on the spot to witness it firsthand. 


*STARCROSSED EXCERPT*

 “Hey, did you hear there’s a new transfer?” Debbi Andrews asked the moment I sat next to her in Geometry class.
Petite and blond, Deb was my second-best friend after Brianna Morrison, though lately it seemed like the two of them were closer to each other than to me. Not that I could blame them, between the time I spent with Rigel and all the secrets I couldn’t tell them.
“Really? Two in one semester must be a record.” I grinned over at Rigel, who’d been the new kid at the start of the school year. “Boy or girl?”
“Boy. I haven’t seen him yet. I think he’s a junior or senior. Natalie said—”
The teacher cleared his throat then and Deb had to shut up. I was sure I’d hear more later, from Bri if not from Deb. New students were a huge deal at our little rural school.
Sure enough, the new guy was the first thing Bri talked about when we met up with her in the lunchroom a couple hours later.
“Hey, Rigel, looks like you’re off the hook for the basketball team.” Bri had been pestering Rigel for days to try out, egged on by her father, who was on the coaching staff. “This new guy, Sean, is just what our sucky team needs, according to my dad.”
“Sean?” Deb asked eagerly. “So that’s his name?”
I glanced at Rigel, who looked more relieved than curious. I, meanwhile, was having a mild deja vu moment, remembering when Bri had been all excited about the wonderful new quarterback we were getting—Rigel.
“Yeah, Sean O’Gara,” Bri told Deb.
“So, is it true he’s from Ireland? That’s what Natalie told me this morning.”
Bri nodded, her long, dark curls bouncing. “That’s what Dad said, too. I didn’t even know they played basketball in Ireland! But apparently it’s huge there.”
“Ireland? Really?” I glanced at Rigel again, remembering something he’d told me a while back, and saw he looked a little more interested. 
“Yeah, he and his family just moved here last— Ooh, that must be him!” Bri broke off to point.
Of course, we all looked. The new guy was definitely tall enough to play basketball, maybe three or four inches taller than Rigel. He was fair bordering on pale, with bright, copper-colored hair. Very good looking, though of course he couldn’t compete with Rigel in that department. Who could?
“Let’s go say hi,” Bri suggested, already heading his way. “You know, welcome him to Jewel.”
It looked to me like plenty of people—mainly girls—were already doing just that. Again I was reminded of Rigel’s first day, especially when I saw Trina Squires—cheerleader, flirt and bitch extraordinaire—saunter up to to the newcomer. Rigel and I followed Bri and Deb, since it seemed the nice thing to do. We were maybe halfway across the lunchroom when both of us stopped cold to stare at each other.
“Do you—?” Rigel asked.
I nodded. “I feel it, too.” It was the brath—the weird, almost electric vibe Martians sense when other Martians are nearby. Like what I’d felt from those two tourist women yesterday.
Sean O’Gara was one of us.


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Brenda Hiatt is the author of nearly twenty novels (so far), including traditional Regency romance, time travel romance, historical romance, and humorous mystery. She is as excited about her new STARSTRUCK series as she's ever been about any of her books. In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving (she has over 60 dives to her credit), Taekwondo (where she recently achieved her 2nd degree black belt), hiking, traveling, and pursuing new experiences and skills. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and Novelists, Inc, an international organization of multipublished novelists, where she served as President in 2006. For the past dozen years, Brenda has also collected data on writers' earnings, which she shares at her website, http://brendahiatt.com You can also find Brenda on Facebook, Twitter (@Brenda_Hiatt), Tumblr, Goodreads and Wattpad.


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That's what HE said Thursday #2: Mr. Darcy


That's what HE said Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Chapter Break where you post a favorite line of a book boyfriend to his heroine. 

I know I'm a bit late for this post but the day isn't over yet, it's still Thursday! This time I'll be sharing a quote from a classic. From one of the best love stories of all times. And a favorite book that you just can't get tired of re-reading. I give you:  Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy from... wait, what book? (he he kidding) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen!

Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy (Rain scene)


 Quote:

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” 
Mr. Darcy, Pride And Prejudice


Aw, I love him. And the movie with Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightley. This quote is so famous that I really don't need to explain it. I would have married him right then and there, lol. He is a keeper. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Recipe: Banana and Nutella Crêpes inspired by Anna and the French Kiss

Hi! Today we are going to make some delicious Banana and Nutella Crêpes inspired by Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Melissa and I both love this book and we wanted to share a simple recipe of Anna's favorite crêpes.

We made two versions:

 The Rolled-Up Crêpes



The Folded Crêpes 
(this is how it appears in Anna, sort of)
(A&E stands for Anna and Étienne:)

Don't they look good?! We'll be following the same steps to make the crêpe batter, and then I'll point out the different directions for the two versions. Let's get cooking!


What you'll need for the batter:

·         2 eggs
·         ½ tsp salt
·         1 tsp vanilla extract
·         ¼ cup of sugar
·         1 ¼ cup of milk
·         ½ cup of water
·         ¼ cup of melted butter
·         2 cups of flour
·         1 tsp baking powder

Steps:

1.       First of all, grab a clean bowl and crack the 2 eggs. Add salt, vanilla extract, sugar and milk and start to whisk away until it's fully incorporated. Then add the water, milk and melted butter to the mixture.

2.       So after you have all that, sift the flour and baking powder onto the liquid mixture and stir so as not to leave any lumps in the batter. Like so:


3.       That's it. We have the crêpe batter. Now all we have to do is heat the crêpe pan in low heat. If you don't have one don't worry about it, just use a regular non-stick pan and spray it with a little oil so the crêpes won’t stick.


4.   When the pan is ready, add a little of the batter (I used about 1/3 of a cup), swirl it around so you make  a perfect circle and wait for it to set. Now, when you see little tiny bubbles, grab a toothpick and start to unstick the edges of the crêpe. Grab an edge and flip it with your fingers, but be careful! It should be hot.


5.   Wait for about 10 seconds on the other side of the crêpe and then place it on a clean surface. Do all the crêpes and stack them up, but wait for them to cool before you stack them together to prevent from sticking (you don't want that mess, trust me).

6.     Grab some cling film, wrap the crêpes and store in the fridge or you can use them right at that moment. It's your choice. And that's it. Pretty simple, right? You should have made around 14 crêpes.
      
     Now for the good stuff, let's fill them up. You can use any sweet filling you like (for sweet crêpes), but since we are dedicating this to Anna, we chose:
  • Nutella  
  • Sliced bananas     
  • .Drops of lemon ( I used this to coat the bananas so they wouldn't turn brown but it's your choice).

To make the Nutella sauce:
·         ½ cup of nutella
·         ½ cup of chocolate chips
·         Splash of milk

Steps: It's quite simple, I'll tell you two ways.

A) One way is to put the nutella in a bain mary along with the chocolate chips and stir constantly. Add a splash of milk just to make it a little runny and that's it.

B) Or you can add all the ingredients into a microwave proof bowl, put the timer for 10 seconds and stir. Do that again and again and again… until you have the desired thickness. Pretty easy.


Now at this part, you can pick the version you want to make:





Folded version: (the easiest one) When you finish doing your crêpes, and they are still very hot, place your nutella sauce with your sliced bananas (I used 1 banana per crêpe but it's your call) and fold each crêpe twice so you have a kind of triangle (see picture)  and splatter them with more nutella.





Rolled-up version: You have your crêpes ready, now place nutella all over it then arrange the banana rounds.Tuck them up really nicely and roll it like a burrito. Now take one baking dish and spread it with butter making sure it's well covered so the crêpes won't stick. Arrange the crêpes and top them with the nutella sauce. Place on a preheated 350 °F oven for 15 minutes, serve and decorate with nutella sauce (and sugar glass if you want).




Et voila! Now all you have to do is eat and pretend you are eating along with Anna and Étienne! I encourage you to draw yourself a nutella twirly mustache so it feels more real. Oui? ;)


 


Note: I know, I know… Anna's crêpes had real vanilla ice cream on them, but since they don't sell it here where we live and because we're poor and because we're not in Paris, we had to make do with whipped cream. It was still a treat! (and optional too.)

ENJOY!


The Week's Entrée


Yes, we had to name this post after something cooking-related. My sister is ecstatic about this but she's still too shy to come into the blog and write posts herself, lol.

Anyway, on The Week's Entrée we'll be writing about what we have read, what we'll probably read and what recipe we plan on doing this week on the blog. It's sort of our menu if you will. We might throw in a few other stuff of ours as well, everything book related of course.


First, let me start off with what I read this past week! I read two incredible books that I instantly fell in love with and I hope to re-read soon:

   


Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison and The Distance Between Us y Kasie West. They are both contemporary reads but so different from each other. Absolutely must reads I say. Time just flew when I read them.  I'll post their reviews later this week I hope.




My review of Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando is now live over at Cuzinlogic (yay!) so you are welcome to check it out,  and while you are at it, why not check the other awesome posts from Catherine and the rest of the team? They are great. Lots of author interviews, book reviews, product reviews, giveaways and more!










Also, tomorrow my sister Flor, a.k.a. the Chef of this blog, will be creating the recipe of the Banana and Nutella Crêpe found in Anna and the French Kiss by the fabulous Stephanie Perkins. I loved this book and the companion novel Lola and the Boy Next Door. These are very bright books and have the sweetest book boyfriends you can find. Have you read them? They are on my list of top favorite books of all times.








To Read This Week:

On another note, I don’t really know which book(s) I’m reading this week. I feel like mythology, so maybe I’ll be reading this one:
  

Elsker by ST Bende. It's Norse mythology and I'm excited to find out what it's really about. Here's the book's synopsis:
You don't win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way. Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn't exactly what she was expecting. He's an honest to goodness Norse God - an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. Kristia's crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms. Her orderly life just got very messy.
Sounds good, right? 




The Chef will be reading Daynight by Megan Thomason and I'm so jealous because I want to read it soon too. I'm looking forward to hear what she thinks about it. Here's the book's synopsis: 
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Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death.  
Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead. 
Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan. 
Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs. 
Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, Daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series.


And next week I’ll start writing mini reviews in Spanish of all the books I review here on the blog. For my friends, for new potential Spanish readers, and those who understand the language. You’d be surprised how many are dying to read these books.



I hope everybody has a happy week of reading!

That's what HE said Thursday: Prince Damian from Defy


That's what HE said Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Chapter Break where you post a favorite line of a book boyfriend to his heroine. 

I'm so glad to finally be able to participate in this meme!I love highlighting lines and quotes from my favorite books said by those crush-worthy boys. Really, this is just one more way to fangirl. ;)

As this is my first post, I would like to start off with Prince Damian from Defy by Sara B. Larson. Loved the book and loved the boy!

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"Thank you, for saving me-- and I don't just mean from that arrow." He smiled, a soft, wistful smile. "It's always been you, you know that, right? From the first moment I realized you were a girl-- it was always you." Prince Damian to Alexa 






For the love of swoons! In here, Prince Damian is finally showing more of his true self towards Alexa and his feelings for her. Lucky girl. Although it wasn't meant to be funny, I found it amusing how he said "I realized you were a girl", it must have been weird to fall for someone pretending to be a boy.

Have you read Defy? Do you have book quotes to share? Tell me in the comments below!


Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick + Lemonade Recipe!

Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dial Books For Young Readers
Published: June 14th 2012
Page count: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought 

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Book Summary:
A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another 

“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.” 

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself? 

A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.

*The Chef's Review*

My rating: 4/5 stars!

What a sweet book!!!

I enjoyed reading it and it kept me entertained all the way through. Jase and Sam are the example of a typical but "I wish this would happen to me" teenage summer romance without the too much drama part. Jase is such a cute guy and I simply adore him, along with his scandalous Garret family.

Meanwhile, Samantha was a little odd on some parts. Although I can't blame her giving to the fact how her life at home is. Sam's mother (Grace) is this hard-working woman running for senator who is so keen on making their life so perfect that she sometimes forgets about her daughters: Sam and Tracy. In other words, she is a perfectionist (although I have to give her thumbs up for the image she created in my mind for the perfect lemonade). While the campaign is running she meets this Clay Tucker, a guy who is an overenthusiastic politician (let's just leave it at that) who is making her become into one of his minions more or less.

So anyway, let's go back to Jase and Sam! They have been next door neighbors for quite a while but they've never actually met because Sam's mom doesn't approve of the Garrets (and who would like to get acquainted with such a loud, disorganized, happy looking, too many children kind of family?). But they finally do meet and then the romance starts right away.

While Jase and Sam are the main characters of the book, I have to admit that it was George and Tim who grew on me. And, how could you not love such characters! Jase's little brother, George, is so cute with his constant intellectual interruptions and Tim (Sam's best friend's twin brother) with his sarcastic humor that even though he is a bit of a mess, he starts to come around later on.

However, there are some details that prevented me from giving this book 5 stars like:

  • Jase's way to approach Sam. It was so sudden (if it were to happen to me, I would have freaked out.)
  • Sam's awkward behavior in her relationship with Jase. I think she exaggerated when she didn't want to confess to her mother and people in general about Jase, when at the end it wasn't such a big deal. Her attitude sometimes frustrated me. 
  • The ending. It was so sudden! What happened to Jase's dad? Did Nan (Sam's best friend) really gave up on their friendship? Did Sam move?

But all in all, it was fun to read. Thank you Huntley Fitzpatrick, I'll be looking forward to read another book of yours.

*My Life Next Door's Lemonade Recipe*




I wanted to start with something simple, and what better way than the famous perfect lemonade that's mentioned here in this book.  This is what caught my attention while I was reading, I couldn't simply stop imagining it, so I gave it a shot.  It may not be as fancy as in My Life Next Door, but to me, it's perfect and it's simple and that's why I loved it sooo much! It has the common simple ingredients with a twist. Let's start!

We will begin with the ice cubes. They looked so pretty! 



Ingredients:
  • 2 yellow lemons
  • Water
Utensils:
  • Ice cube tray
  • Knife
  • Cutting table
Procedure:
  • First, you should make sure that the lemons are perfectly clean. Then take your knife and start taking the lemons' peel off very carefully without the white layer because that's the bitter part and we don't want that.  
  • After that, start slicing the lemon peel into very fine strips. Place them inside the ice cube trays (about ½ teaspoon each) and fill them with water. 
  • Put them inside the freezer and you're done! All you have to do is wait until they are solid.
Ok, now let's pretend you have your ice cubes ready. We will proceed with our lemonade. You will need...

Ingredients:
  • 5 cups of cold water
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar (or until hearts' desire)
  • ½ cup of green lemon juice
Utensils:
  • Knife
  • Lemon squeezer
  • Bowl
  • Glass pitcher
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups
Procedure:
  • Pour the 5 cups of cold water into the glass pitcher. 
  • In a bowl, add the boiling cup of water along with the sugar and stir well until it dissolves (the reason I'm doing this step is because we all know how Grace is a perfectionist and she will hate it if she had granulates of sugar in her lemonade just sitting there and not blending properly like they should). Set aside. 
  • Cut the lemons and squeeze them (not too much because there is a point when the last drops turn bitter) until you get the amount (I used about 6). Set aside.
  • Now all you have to do is mix and stir all the ingredients together in the glass pitcher. Pour yourself a glass of lemonade with the adorable lemon zest ice cubes and enjoy!


Please tell us what you think about this recipe in the comments below!