I spy Cookbooks

I spy cook books at work. Oh Boy these books make me hungry! I wish I could just pull out the food from the pages.
Check them out!

In Snacking Cakes, the indulgent, treat-yourself concept of cake becomes an anytime, easy-to-make treat. Expert baker Yossy Arefi’s collection of no-fuss recipes is perfect for anyone who craves near-instant cake satisfaction.

With little time and effort, these single-layered cakes are made using only one bowl (no electric mixers needed) and utilize ingredients likely sitting in your cupboard. They’re baked in the basic pans you already own and shine with only the most modest adornments: a dusting of powdered sugar, a drizzle of glaze, a dollop of whipped cream. From Nectarine and Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake and Gingery Sweet Potato Cake to Salty Caramel Peanut Butter Cake and Milk Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cake, these humble, comforting treats couldn’t be simpler to create. Yossy’s rustic, elegant style combines accessible, diverse flavors in intriguing ways that make them easy for kids to join in on the baking, but special enough to serve company or bring to potlucks.

Whether enjoyed in a quiet moment alone with a cup of morning coffee or with friends hungrily gathered around the pan, these ever-pleasing, undemanding cakes will become part of your daily ritual.

Taking care to prepare a meal for yourself is a different experience than cooking for others. It can be a fun, casual, and (of course) delicious affair, but there are challenges, from avoiding a fridge full of half-used ingredients to ending up with leftovers that become boring after the third reheat.

Cooking for One helps you make cooking for yourself special without becoming a chore with unfussy yet utterly appealing meals that rely on ingredients you already have on hand, like Garam Masala Pork Chop with Couscous and Spinach and Weeknight Chicken Cacciatore. Don’t have exactly the right ingredients? Never fear–with a “Kitchen Improv” box on every page, we offer ideas for altering the dish so it works for you. And for those weeks you didn’t make it to the supermarket, we use a “Pantry Recipe” icon to clearly mark recipes that rely entirely on our checklist for a well-stocked pantry. We show you when it’s worth making two servings (but never more) with our “Makes Leftovers” icon, and suggest how to transform those leftovers into a whole new meal. (We love our Spice-Rubbed Flank Steak with Celery Root and Lime Yogurt Sauce served over arugula as a hearty salad the next day.) Ingredients themselves often lead you to another exciting meal–when you’re left with half an eggplant from Simple Ratatouille, we direct you to Broiled Eggplant with Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette as the perfect way to use it up. And if the thought of a sink full of dishes keeps you out of the kitchen, there are plenty of appealing one-pan dinners like Sheet Pan Sausages with Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Rabe, and Mustard-Chive Butter or Couscous with Shrimp, Cilantro, and Garlic Chips that are here to save the day.

Nourish Me Home features 110 recipes in 6 chapters that pay homage to the seasons and the elements of water, fire, air, and ether. The curious, creative, fearless Cortney Burns—formerly of Bar Tartine—is back with a personal cookbook project about nostalgia, immigration, and her own uniquely delicious recipes

Cortney Burns’s cooking always includes layered flavors and textures, surprising ingredients, and healthful twists, and her recipes range from weeknight turn-tos such as salads, soups, and vegetable-forward mains to the homemade liqueurs and ferments she’s famous for.

Known for her incredibly approachable, slimmed-down, and outrageously delicious recipes, Erin Clarke is the creator of the smash-hit food blog in the healthy-eating blogosphere, Well Plated by Erin. Clarke’s site welcomes millions of readers, and with good reason: Her recipes are fast, budget-friendly, and clever; she never includes an ingredient you can’t find in a regular supermarket or that isn’t essential to a dish’s success, and she hacks her recipes for maximum nutrition by using the “stealthy healthy” ingredient swaps she’s mastered so that you don’t lose an ounce of flavor.

In this essential cookbook for everyday cooking, Clarke shares more than 130 brand-new rapid-fire recipes, along with secrets to lightening up classic comfort favorites inspired by her midwestern roots, and clever recipe hacks that will enable you to put a healthy meal on the table any night of the week. Many of the recipes feature a single ingredient used in multiple, ingenious ways, such as Sweet Potato Boats 5 Ways. The recipes are affordable and keep practicality top-of-mind. She’s eliminated odd leftover “orphan” ingredients and included Market Swaps so you can adjust the ingredients based on the season or what you have on hand. To help you make the most of your cooking, she’s even included tips to store and reheat leftovers, as well as clever ideas to turn them into an entirely new dish. From One-Pot Creamy Sundried Tomato Orzo to Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken, all of the recipes are accessible to cooks of every level, and so indulgent you won’t detect the healthy ingredients. 

When her father developed Type 2 diabetes, eight-year-old Haile Thomas began a journey that would change her family’s dietary habits, improve her dad’s health, and radically transform her life. Haile’s family began looking into ways to improve his condition without having to rely on medication with dangerous potential side effects. Inspired by her mom’s research, and fueled by her love of food, Haile learned everything she could about nutrition. After seeing how dramatically she and her family were able to change her dad’s health, she chose to expand her reach to make the biggest positive impact possible in the world—particularly in underserved and at-risk communities. At 16, she was the youngest to graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Now a social entrepreneur, speaker, and activist Haile is an advocate for conscious living who promotes resilience, positivity, and a healthy, nourishing lifestyle to young people everywhere.

Haile believes that to productively work toward our best selves, we must first fuel the vessel that supports us—our bodies. By incorporating healthy, plant-based dishes into our daily routine, we can boost qualities such as confidence, happiness, and positivity, giving us the energy we need to change our lives and the world.

You don’t need a kitchen brigade, decades-honed skills, or expensive ingredients to cook and eat like master chef Jacques Pépin. Just like the rest of us, he doesn’t always have as much time or energy as he’d like to put together a satisfying meal. So, he came up with Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple, 250 recipes for surprisingly achievable, impressive fare. Covering homemade staples and every course, with tips for kitchen tools and equipment, pantry staples, and techniques to simplify and improve every dish you make, this foundational, classic collection is essential for every busy home cook who refuses to eat poorly. Dine on the Braised Short Ribs in Red Wine Sauce that Jacques is proud to serve, prepared in under an hour. Or, for healthier fare, Suprêmes of Chicken with Paprika comes together in under thirty minutes. Originally published as The Short-Cut Cook, this revised edition is a testament to Jacques’ timeless food and advice, and now includes beautiful photographs.

Update of what’s going on

I am around but I haven’t been blogging as much nor reading since a while. My mood has been up and down with weather and the world. Just taking it one day at a time.

I am hoping to tackle reading this Thanksgiving! I have two books that I am going to try to read before they are due back to the library and the other two should kick in a bit later to read. Plus I have two e- Arcs from Netgalley to read too.

How’s everyone doing? Hang tough! More to come soon.

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3 Books (Trilogy) by J.A. London

I finally finished the whole story! Three books total!

Book 1

At seventeen, Dawn Montgomery knows that monsters really do come out at night—after all, they are her job. It’s just after the thirty-years war between vampires and humans, and as an ambassador between the two sides (a role she inherited when her parents were killed), Dawn quickly learns that balancing schoolwork, teen life, and the requests of Lord Valentine, the most frightening vampire in the region, isn’t easy.

And it only gets more complicated when she forms a tentative friendship with Victor, the mysterious stranger who rescued her from a hoard of vampires…only to discover that not only is Victor a vampire, but that he is Lord Valentine’s son.

Soon Dawn is struggling to remember that with everything on the line, she can’t afford to fall for the enemy…

Book 2

Dawn Montgomery knows that monsters really do come out at night—after all, they are her job. It’s just after the thirty-year war between vampires and humans, and as an ambassador between the two sides (a role she inherited when her parents were killed), Dawn quickly learns that balancing schoolwork, teen life, and the requests of Lord Valentine, the most frightening vampire in the region, isn’t easy.

There’s nowhere left to hide. I thought vampires were our enemies—they controlled our lives, isolated our cities, and demanded our blood—until I met Victor. With Victor taking over as the new Lord Valentine, things were supposed to get better. Instead, they’re worse than ever.

Day Walkers, a new breed of vampires who can walk in the sun, are terrorizing the city. Blood supplies are low, and if Victor’s vampires don’t get enough, they will become infected with the Thirst—a disease that will turn them into mindless killers.

To stop it, I must journey across the desolate wasteland to the very place where the sickness began. I can only hope that the answers that await me are enough to save us all…before it’s too late.

Book 3

Dawn grew up behind a wall, terrified of the vampires outside who controlled the lives of humans and demanded their blood. But when she became a delegate for her city and met Victor, she realized that not all vampires were the same, that maybe one could be trusted.
 
Now Day Walker Sin is infecting his followers with a disease that turns them into mindless killers. Dawn and Victor will have to convince humans and vampires to band together to stop him, because alone they will all die.

My Review:
I gave these books a shot and I actually liked it. I think there are other reviews out there that thought the story was okay. As I said before I like to focus on books that capture my attention. This story did. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Dawn. I wanted to know about her friends, her relationship with the vampires and what Victor was all about. Although I did want to beat Victor’s father.

I liked how Dawn was always thinking of things and that she seemed very mature for her age. She even risks her life for her friends and her goal. I think Dawn is a character who knows what is right and is trying to do the right thing. She shows compassion, is ready to fight and tries to help in any way she can.

I liked her friends : Michael and Teagan. Then down the road meeting Ian, Faith and Richard. There’s a whirlwind of characters that just seem to sit well with the story.

Victor and Dawn – they’re sweet with each other. It’s a nice aspect in the story. I think they just click really well. It’s not like a major smooching kiss love explosion. To me it seems like a slow burn with them. I think their relationship will last.

Sin who is the villain of the story is just lost. Due to how he was raised and cast aside, he has lost himself to madness, revenge and darkness. He plots and goes after his plan. I don’t like him. Dawn does try to give him a chance but sadly he is too far gone. Does Sin succeed or no with his plan? Who will survive?

These books are a good way to escape what’s going on around you. As I said I like reading vampire fiction/YA/fantasy if the story stays with me.

Books for my to read pile

These books are going into my to read pile….how about you? What is in your pile that is new?

Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn’t met him yet either. She hired him from Rent for Your ’Rents, a company specializing in providing fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents.

Drew Chan’s passion is art, but after his parents cut him off for dropping out of college to pursue his dreams, he became a Rent for Your ’Rents employee to keep a roof over his head. Luckily, learning protocols like “Type C parents prefer quiet, kind, zero-PDA gestures” comes naturally to him.

When Chloe rents Drew, the mission is simple: convince her parents fake Drew is worthy of their approval so they’ll stop pressuring her to accept a proposal from Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community.

But when Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew—who, unlike his fake persona, is definitely not ’rent-worthy—her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Can she figure out what she wants before she loses everything?

When Anna Pendragon was born, Merlin prophesied: “Through all the ages, and in the hearts of men, you will be forgotten.”

Married at twelve, and a mother soon after, Anna – the famed King Arthur’s sister – did not live a young life full of promise, myth, and legend. She bore three strong sons and delivered the kingdom of Orkney to her brother by way of her marriage. She did as she was asked, invisible and useful for her name, her status, her dowry, and her womb.

Twenty years after she left her home, Anna returns to Carelon at Arthur’s bidding, carrying the crown of her now-dead husband, Lot of Orkney. Past her prime and confined to the castle itself, she finds herself yet again a pawn in greater machinations and seemingly helpless to do anything about it. Anna must once again face the demons of her childhood: her sister Morgen, Elaine, and Morgause; Merlin and his scheming Avillion priests; and Bedevere, the man she once loved. To say nothing of new court visitors, like Lanceloch, or the trouble concerning her own sons.

Carelon, and all of Braetan, is changing, though, and Anna must change along with it. New threats, inside and out, lurk in the shadows, and a strange power begins to awaken in her. As she learns to reconcile her dark gift, and struggles to keep the power to herself, she must bargain her own strength, and family, against her ambition and thirst for revenge

Leia Scott has sworn off love. Fresh from a messy, public divorce from her hockey player ex, the twenty-six-year-old fashion designer temporarily trades New York for London to heal and embrace her freedom. Her vow? To protect her heart, steer clear of relationships, and say yes to flings without strings. She throws herself into designing upcycled dresses and exploring London with her sister. But Leia’s carefully curated plan encounters a flirty complication with an irresistible British accent.

Wealthy, charming, and devastatingly attractive, Tarquin Balfour is tired of meaningless hookups and dates that go nowhere. For years, he has played the bon viveur with reckless abandon, throwing decadent parties, sleeping with a parade of women, and diving into extreme sports around the globe. But now the young property developer wants more. He craves love and commitment, to prove his kind heart matters more than the abundance of zeroes attached to his bank balance. Struggling with undiagnosed depression, Tarquin worries he’ll never find The One…until he meets his princess, a fashion designer named Leia.

Afraid of falling in love and fearful of being alone, Leia and Tarquin enter into an entanglement that threatens to hurt them both.

Gelya is a Vessel, a girl who channels the word of the One True God through song. Cloistered with the other Vessels of her faith, she believes—as all Ovinists do—that a saint imprisoned Elath the Great Demon centuries ago, saving humanity from earthly temptation.

When Gelya stumbles into a deadly cover-up by the Ovinists’ military, she reluctantly teams up with Tavik, an enemy soldier, to survive. Tavik believes that Elath is actually a mother goddess who must be set free, but while he succeeds in opening Her prison, he inadvertently turns Gelya into Elath’s unwilling human vessel.

Now the church that raised Gelya considers her a threat. In a race against the clock, she and Tavik must find a way to exorcise Elath’s presence from her body. But will this release stop the countdown to the end of the world, or will it be the cause of the earth’s destruction?

And as Tavik and Gelya grow closer, another question lingers between them: What will become of Gelya?

Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar, a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test, and a girl who just wants to prove her worth to her people.

Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure, a competitive wizard who’s mastered all nine colors of magic, and a boy anxious to return home for the first time since he was a child.

Together, their arranged marriage will unite two of Wickery’s most powerful kingdoms. But after years of rivalry from afar, Adraa and Jatin only agree on one thing: their reunion will be anything but sweet.

Only, destiny has other plans and with the criminal underbelly of Belwar suddenly making a move for control, their paths cross…and neither realizes who the other is, adopting separate secret identities instead.

Between dodging deathly spells and keeping their true selves hidden, the pair must learn to put their trust in the other if either is to uncover the real threat. Now Wickery’s fate is in the hands of rivals..? Fiancées..? Partners..? Whatever they are, it’s complicated and bound for greatness or destruction.


Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life withher single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there.

What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lucky Karras. Outsider, rebel…and her former childhood best friend. Lucky makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the newly returned Josie. But everything changes after a disastrous pool party, and a poorly executed act of revenge lands Josie in some big-time trouble—with Lucky unexpectedly taking the blame.

Determined to understand why Lucky was so quick to cover for her, Josie discovers that both of them have changed, and that the good boy she once knew now has a dark sense of humor and a smile that makes her heart race. And maybe, just maybe, he’s not quite the brooding bad boy everyone thinks he is…

This or that?

So I saw Sofi : A Book Thought blog about a tag. I decided to write my thoughts and replies on it too. This is something a bit different to do than writing reviews!

Read on the bed or the couch? 

For me it varies. Bed would be mostly at night. Once in a while I’ll go in there to read in the afternoon if the sun is shining nicely. The couch is mostly during the day so I can keep an eye on my kids if they need me.

Read at night or in the morning

Morning would be on the weekends sometimes. I read mostly at night. Night owl reader!!

Male main character or female main character? 

I do not have a preference.

First person POV or third person POV?

I’m open to either one.

Trilogies or quartets? 

Both!

 Libraries or bookstore?

Libraries are my favorite! I even work in one. Bookstores I used to go all the time when I was younger and now I still go but watching my budget since it’s called being an adult. I still buy books.

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Both! I think most books I have read make me laugh or scream no. As for crying there has a handful of them.

Black book covers or white book covers? 

All the colors!! I may have to do a survey of what color books I have.

Character-driven or plot-driven? 

Both!

So tell me what your “this or that” would be? Do you have a favorite color for books? Do you use your library? Let me know.

Review: Kingdom of the Wicked

  • Author: Kerri Maniscalco
  • Hardcover : 448 pages
  • Publisher : jimmy patterson
  • Date: October 27, 2020
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    I received an e-arc from Netgalley and publisher for an honest review! Thank you!

    Summary:
    Two sisters.
    One brutal murder.
    A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…And an intoxicating romance.


    Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

    Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is at is seems…

    My Review:
    Oh my gosh this book, I could not stop reading. I have read Kerri Maniscalco books before and this one met my expectations. This one was filled with adventure, action and magic! Plus the cover is just perfect for it. I have to buy it. Yup I will buy it.

    The summary is listed up above. I am not going to repeat it. I just want to express how I felt and what jumped out at me while reading this amazing story.

    The beginning was a little slow but gave me a background on Emilia and her sister. I enjoyed the stories that Emila’s grandmother passed down to her and her sister tied to magic, witches and demons. As I continued to read on and on waiting for the book to kick up some action, I eventually got my wish! I was hooked! I could literally feel Emilia’s emotions in everything from being innocent, to sadness, to revenge, to being bold, to feeling lust and desire, and feeling strength to kick butt! It was awesome, so awesome. I wanted to know what was going to happen next for Emilia with each page I turned. There were twists and turns that kept my attention. I could not stop reading it.

    Emilia, she goes on adventure to find her sister’s killer which ends up having lots of things happening. One heck of a roller-coaster! You should have seen me turning the pages to wanting to know. Now some of the creatures that show up in this story are pretty freaky. I could picture them appearing before my eyes and I would be running away unless I had power to take them down. (I can dream can’t I?) Some of the other characters in this story are related to magic such as Wrath and his brothers. My my..the story gets more interesting!

    Wrath shows up. Damn! The way he and Emilia just talk just sends sparks. Anyone else feel that? These two just connected. I cannot explain it. Maybe it’s enemies to friend thing to sweet on each other thing? I do not know. I thought at first they were just using each other, but my hunch told me there could be more? I could be wrong. The way the story ended, it could go either way.

    Anyways, the way Wrath conducted himself was interesting because he did come across as a demon and yet was particular about clothes. He is a clothes snob? I loved that! Will he be particular about clothes in the next book? I was still trying to figure him out and is still trying to figure him out. What was his next move?

    I have to wait for the next book. I want it now. Anyone else feel that way? What did you think of this story when you read it? Would you want to be Emilia? If you read the book, do you think her decision at the end was worth it?

    FYI: the mention of food in the book sounded soooo yummy while I was reading it. I actually craved for Italian food. Maybe I should order some take out one day.

    Can’t wait to read your comments!

Review – Queen of the Shadows

  • Author: Sarah J. Maas
  • Series – Book 4
  • Pages: 672
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens
  • Date: Reprint edition -September 6, 2016


Summary:
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire-for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

My Review:
I am loving the series so far! This book got me out of my reading slump due to what is going on in the real world. Isn’t it nice when a book just takes you away from all that? The action, the drama, the battles and even some romance in this story just grabs my attention. Even though the book was long but I wanted to know know what was going to happen to Celaena aka Aelin. She is such a sneaky and bad ass character. She keeps going on her quest and never gives up. She just keeps going. I love that about her. She empowers those who are around her. She even sometimes makes the hard choices which I think shows strength.

Love explodes on the scene here. It’s not all mushy love but it’s loyalty love. Aelin has love and loyalty with most of those around her right now. Dorian, Charol, Rowan, and Lyssandra. Everyone passes it around and keeps their word. It’s pretty powerful. I loved how Aelin did not give upon Dorian. That is such a friendship. I enjoyed the flirty moments between Rowan and Aelin. I’m crushing on Rowan. hahaha The banter between Lysanndra and Aelin was even nice to see too. Even Aelin’s cousin joined in this.

I really liked this one and I have to read the next ones because anything could happen. Aelin and her friends, will they be up for the next task to battle against the darkness? What will the witches do? Will Dorian control his magic? Will Charol get his happy ever after? Will there be more sparks between Aelin and Rowan? See all these questions need to be answered.

So next book will be in my hands soon!

Anyone else read these series? Let me know.


Update

Okay I know I’m slacking on blogging and even my reading mojo has been messed up. A thing called stress is what I have been battling with. Stress is not fun. I think I’m getting back to normal so that’s good, right? One day at a time.

Reading status…..engage!

I am almost done with this book. Why didn’t I read these series earlier in life? I cannot put them down it is that good. I am sooooo going go finish this book this weekend and then the next one! Anyone else read these?

I just started this book, so far so good.
Retelling of a fairytale.

I will also dive into this one too!
I have read her previous books and can’t wait to see how this one goes.

I spy Teen Books

Okay so during work, I took a quick peek at what new books arrived. Here are some of teen books that caught my eye. The covers are absoluting stunning!
Have any of you read these?
Or will you read them?

I want to read all of them! I
guess my to read pile is going to grow more.

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

Ashleigh Ansklelisa may be called the Glass Princess due to her weak heart, but Saxon, king of the Avian, knows she is more dangerous than broken glass, in this Cinderella retelling that sweeps readers into the magical land of Enchantia, filled with treacherous enemies, unexpected allies, forbidden love, and dangerous magic! Can destined lovers find their way to each other, or will evil win the day? Everything changes at the stroke of midnight as one determined princess fights for her legacy, her love, and the crown that is her destiny.

When math genius Emma and her coding club co-president, George, are tasked with brainstorming a new project, The Code for Love is born.

George disapproves of Emma’s idea of creating a matchmaking app, accusing her of meddling in people’s lives. But all the happy new couples at school are proof that the app works. At least at first.

Emma’s code is flawless. So why is it that perfectly matched couples start breaking up, the wrong people keep falling for each other, and Emma’s own feelings defy any algorithm?

For generations, the crown princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. Nor once dreamed of seeing the mysterious mountain kingdom for herself, but after a childhood accident left her with a scar, she knew her twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the crown prince.

Then Zadie is injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. She soon discovers her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, Prince Talin, Nor learns of a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen…and a plot to destroy her village.

To save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules…but discovering her own formidable strength may cost her everything she loves.

In the Jim Crow South, white supremacy reigns and tensions are high. But Evalene Deschamps has other things to worry about. She has two little sisters to look after, an overworked single mother, and a longtime crush who is finally making a move.

On top of all that, Evvie’s magic abilities are growing stronger by the day. Her family calls it jubilation—a gift passed down from generations of black women since the time of slavery. And as Evvie’s talents waken, something dark comes loose and threatens to resurface…

And when the demons of Evvie’s past finally shake free, she must embrace her mighty lineage, and summon the power that lies within her.

Once upon a time, a girl named Sophie rode into the forest with the queen’s huntsman. Her lips were the color of ripe cherries, her skin as soft as new-fallen snow, her hair as dark as midnight. When they stopped to rest, the huntsman took out his knife . . . and took Sophie’s heart.

It shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Sophie had heard the rumors, the whispers. They said she was too kind and foolish to rule — a waste of a princess. A disaster of a future queen. And Sophie believed them. She believed everything she’d heard about herself, the poisonous words people use to keep girls like Sophie from becoming too powerful, too strong . . .

With the help of seven mysterious strangers, Sophie manages to survive. But when she realizes that the jealous queen might not be to blame, Sophie must find the courage to face an even more terrifying enemy, proving that even the darkest magic can’t extinguish the fire burning inside every girl, and that kindness is the ultimate form of strength.

Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone―whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold―but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of a revolution looming, Thea is sent to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.

But there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse―instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.

The Love Square Review

Thank you for NetGallery and Avon for an E-Arc for an honest review.

Summary:
She’s single. But it can still be complicated…

Penny Bridge has always been unlucky in love.

So she can’t believe it when she meets a remarkable new man.

Followed by another.

And then another

And all of them want to date her.

Penny has to choose between three. But are any of them The One?

My Review:
This story was in the middle of things. I thought it had some good and not so good parts but I like to focus on all the good things. It gave me a feeling of fun, adventure and an escape from the dark reality that has been going on.

The story follows Penny who gets tangled in a triangle of love. Three different suitors which ends up being a square. She meets Francesco who she connects with immediately but things happen and she has to depart due to changes in her life. While she is gone, she meets two other two men that spark something in her. It was interesting to see how different the other men were. I think I favored Francesco the most. During through the entire process, Penny seems like she does not know what she wants in life and dating. She feels like she has to figure things out. (Aren’t we all doing that?) So while she is figuring her dating life out, she also reflects on the loss of her parents and her battle with cancer. She is human who has feelings.

I think the story was a ride of life for Penny. An emotional roller coaster ride. Up and down and all around. It was a good and interesting read. It was a soft type of rom con story. I liked the story but it wasn’t a feeling of falling in love with the story for me. I am glad that I read it. I look forward of more stories from this author.

Go pick it up when you get a chance if you are looking for a light easy read!