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With the Fire on High

Title: With the Fire on High
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Type: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Contemporary
Pages: 388
Rating: 5/5

“Trust. Yourself, mainly, but the world too. There is magic working in your favor”

I was immediately drawn in by this gorgeous cover. It’s absolutely stunning! The story did not disappoint either. With the Fire on High is a coming of age story about Emoni Santiago who became pregnant as a freshman in high school. She always makes the best decisions for her daughter and her abuela who raised her. The one place she can break free and let loose is the kitchen where she makes elaborate meals for friends and family. When she is a senior in high school a new culinary arts elective because available and she feels like it’s a great opportunity. Emoni wants to work in a kitchen when she graduates high school but with a daughter she feels that dream might be impossible. It’s a story about growth, love and cooking!

This story is a masterpiece and I highly recommend you read it. There was not a single character I didn’t like, they were all well developed. I loved the descriptions of the food, it made my mouth water. I also loved how when people ate Emoni’s meals they connected the flavors to a memory or emotion. I also feel like Emoni is a powerful role model for readers who are just like her, single young moms trying to navigate the world. This is probably one of my favorite reads this year and my review isn’t doing it any justice. Check it out!

Category Archives: Young Adult

Dry Review

Title: Dry
Author: Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
Type: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Pages: 390
Rating: 5/5

I love Neal Shusterman. His books always manage to pull me in almost right away. Dry did not disappoint. California has been in drought for years when suddenly the water is completely turned off. Now it’s every person for themselves as everyone tries to survive. Alyssa’s parents go on a hunt to find water and don’t return. Alyssa and her brother Garrett’s team up with Kelton, a neighbor and whose family have always been doomsday preppers (you might be wondering why doomsday prepares don’t have water… well I’m not going to tell you why. Read the book and you’ll have to find out) on a hunt to find water. They meet people along the way and they must do unthinkable things in order to survive.

I loved everything about this book, the characters, the storyline and the ending. Shusterman has this unique ability to make the reader feel as if they are along for the ride in all of his stories. I will say, it was… interesting to read this fictional catastrophic event while we are in the middle of our own global pandemic. I also love when stories contain resilent teenage characters.

Category Archives: Young Adult

Red, White & Royal Blue Review

Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Type: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult, Male/Male Romance
Pages: 421
Rating: 4/5

Alex, son of the first female President of the United States and Henry, a Prince in England have always seemed to be enemies. Then a situation happens between them and both England and the US need to do damage control. Henry and Alex must pretend to be friends for the press but the more the act like friends the more their relationship blossoms. Theres silly banter, there’s flirting, both are crushing each other hard and then they fall in love. They feel they must hid their relationship for fear of disrupting their countries. I loved how Henry and Alex’s relationship progressed throughout the book. It wasn’t an “instant love” or “instant lust” type of situation. It was cute, funny and sweet. One of my favorite parts of the story was how Alex and Henry brought out the best in each other and how they were there for each other during difficult times. The development of both of these characters and their relationship was amazing! I don’t want to share to much more but I’m definitely happy I read this. The only thing that bothered me was that the chapters were kind of long. Not a deal breaker but I found it hard at times to pick up and read it because I knew I didn’t have enough time to read 30 pages and I hate stopping in the middle of a chapter and try to avoid that at all costs.

Category Archives: Young Adult

The Grace Year Review

Title: The Grace Year
Author: Kim Liggett
Type: Young Adult, Dystopian 
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Published: 2019
Pages: 416
Rating: 4/5

What is this book about?
No one is allowed to talk of the Grace Year. All thats known is that women have the power to persuade men and enrage other women with their powerful magic. In their sixteenth year women are banished in to release their magic and they refer it to as The Grace Year. Not all of them make it home and those that do are left with physical and emotional scars. The girls fight to stay alive both from each other and from porches seeking to capture them and sell them on the black market. This is a story about survival and love.

What did I think?
I really enjoyed this novel. I loved the characters and the storyline. I loved the dystopian feel to it. It reminded me of Lord of the Flies and The Handmaids Tale. These characters were complex and raw. I did this one on audio and the narrator interviewed the author at the end and it made me love the book even more. It was neat to hear how the author came up with the story and you can tell how much she loved writing this and how much emotion she put into it. I was also excited that this will be made into a movie. I know many didn’t like the ending but I absolutely loved it. I highly recommend this.

Category Archives: Young Adult

A Good Girls Guide to Murder Review

Title: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
Author: Holly Jackson
Type: Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Published: 2019
Pages: 433
Rating: 4/5

What is this book about?
Five years ago Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend Sal Singh. At least thats what everyone thinks. But Pippa isn’t so sure. She decides to do her senior capstone project on Andie’s murder and hopefully prove that Sal, who committed suicide, was innocent this whole time. As she investigates, she starts to uncover secrets someone in town is trying to keep hidden. Will she find the truth? Did Sal kill Andie?

What did I think?
I really enjoyed this book. It definitely had a lot of twists and turns. I didn’t see the final twist or twists coming. This is a great who did it mystery/thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This was a Book of the Month pick for the young adult option in the month of February. So I had thought this book just came out. I was pleasantly surprised to see it actually came out last year and this author has another book coming out in April of this year! Can’t wait to read more from this author.

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