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Currently Reading – June 27, 2022

What are you reading this week?

This week I’m finishing up The Becoming by Nora Roberts (The Dragon Heart Legacy #2). I made a lot of progress over a productive weekend. With less than 200 pages to go I should finish in about another two days.

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ABOUT: The world of magick and the world of man have long been estranged from one another. But some can walk between the two–including Breen Siobhan Kelly. She has just returned to Talamh, with her friend, Marco, who’s dazzled and disoriented by this realm–a place filled with dragons and faeries and mermaids (but no WiFi, to his chagrin). In Talamh, Breen is not the ordinary young schoolteacher he knew her as. Here she is learning to embrace the powers of her true identity. Marco is welcomed kindly by her people–and by Keegan, leader of the Fey. Keegan has trained Breen as a warrior, and his yearning for her has grown along with his admiration of her strength and skills.

But one member of Breen’s bloodline is not there to embrace her. Her grandfather, the outcast god Odran, plots to destroy Talamh–and now all must unite to defeat his dark forces. There will be losses and sorrows, betrayal and bloodshed. But through it, Breen Siobhan Kelly will take the next step on the journey to becoming all that she was born to be.

Summer is here and it’s time to get a start on my summer reading. So today, I’m also going to start House of Beating Wings by Olivia Wildenstein (The Kingdom of Crows #1), which now has an amazing cover to go with it! It’s the start of a brand new, new adult fantasy series and close to 500 pages!

Way back in December I got to read and review an early excerpt of the prologue and first chapter – I was hooked! So I’m excited to begin a bit of it today.

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ABOUT: Free the crows, Fallon, and they will make you queen.

Until an oracle predicted my regal future, I’d never imagined myself rising above the curve of my round ears. After all, I was the magicless halfling loved by beasts but loathed by every pure-blooded faerie at court. Well . . . by all but one.

Dante Regio, prince of Luce, had owned my heart since he gave me my first kiss. If gathering a slew of iron relics could help me overthrow the current monarch and crown his brother to rule at my side, then treasure hunting I’d go.

If only the oracle had warned me what winged demon I was releasing into the world.

And that I’d become this demon’s obsession.

And, as you may recall, I’m starting Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #6). This installment has been out for over a year now, but I borrowed it from the library, so it’s only now that I’ve found the right time to read it.

I’ve enjoyed the series thus far and continue to love Anna and Charles. I’ve read all the books with huge chunks of time in between that I don’t remember a lot of details nor can guess what the end game is for this series. But you can’t go wrong with werewolf shifters, especially ones by this long-time author.

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ABOUT: Mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham must discover what could make an entire community disappear — before it’s too late — in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Alpha and Omega series.

In the wilds of the Northern California mountains, all the inhabitants of a small town have gone missing. It’s as if the people picked up and left everything they owned behind. Fearing something supernatural might be going on, the FBI taps a source they’ve consulted in the past: the werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. But Charles and Anna soon find a deserted town is the least of the mysteries they face.

Death sings in the forest, and when it calls, Charles and Anna must answer. Something has awakened in the heart of the California mountains, something old and dangerous — and it has met werewolves before.

Those are my reading plans this week. Should be interesting trying to read three books at once. Busy as a bee I will be. But this busy bookish bee shall persevere!

Have a great week, everyone!


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My Recent Library Haul

What are some of your favorite parts about going to the library?

Last week I made another spontaneous trip to the library to return a book and check out more. I’m starting to get the hang of how to manually find books in this new library.

I’ve been checking out a lot of picture books lately because they’re quick, easy reads that can be read in minutes. Plus, there are just so many cool stories and colorful art to explore that they’re hard to resist. They’re fun to read, review and recommend. I snagged a couple of graphic novels as well.

Here are what I got on my latest library run:

A History of Me

by Adrea Theodore, Illustrated by Erin Robinson

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I like what this story is about and can relate to the main character a little. The synopsis alone radiates so much love and empowerment that I’m already predicting it will be a 5-star read.

ABOUT: Who do you see when you look in the mirror? One mother’s account of her experience as the only Black child in school serves as an empowering message to her own daughter and children of color everywhere.

Life can be hard for the only brown girl in a classroom full of white students. When the teacher talks about slavery, she can feel all of her classmates staring at her. When they talk about civil rights, she is the one that other kids whisper about on the playground. In those moments, she wants to slip away or seep into the ground; and she wonders, is that all you see when you look at me?

What really matters is what she sees when she looks at herself. She is a reflection of the courage, strength, intelligence and creativity that’s been passed down from generation to generation through her ancestors.

Inspired by the author’s daughter’s experience in school as well as her own.

The Proudest Blue : A Story of Hijab and Family

by Ibtihaj Muhammad, with S.K. Ali, Illustrated by Hatem Aly

This story has been on my radar since its publication. I’m glad I finally was able to check it out of the library. I think it’s going to be a wonderful read with a lot to learn about.

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ABOUT: A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school–and two sisters on one’s first day of hijab–by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It’s the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it’s her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab–a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

Paired with Hatem Aly’s beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali bring readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.

Your Name Is a Song

by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Illustrated by Luisa Uribe

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Names are important and hold so much power and meaning behind them. So I like that this book will explore that and more into an inspirational picture book that I can’t wait to read.

ABOUT: Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl’s mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city. Empowered by this newfound understanding, the young girl is ready to return the next day to share her knowledge with her class. Your Name is a Song is a celebration to remind all of us about the beauty, history, and magic behind names.

The Juneteenth Story: Celebrating the End of Slavery in the United States

by Alliah L. Agostini, Illustrated by Sawyer Cloud

Better late than never, as they say. I couldn’t find this book that last time I went. I just happened to walk by it while looking for another book.

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ABOUT: With colorful illustrations and a timeline, this introductory history of Juneteenth for kids details the evolution of the holiday commemorating the date the enslaved people of Texas first learned of their freedom​.

On June 19, 1865—more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation—the enslaved people of Texas first learned of their freedom. That day became a day of remembrance and celebration that changed and grew from year to year.

Learn about the events that led to emancipation and why it took so long for the enslaved people in Texas to hear the news. The first Juneteenth began as “Jubilee Day,” where families celebrated and learned of their new rights as citizens. As Black Texans moved to other parts of the country, they brought their traditions along with them, and Juneteenth continued to grow and develop.

Today, Juneteenth’s powerful spirit has endured through the centuries to become an official holiday in the United States in 2021. The Juneteenth Story provides an accessible introduction for kids to learn about this important American holiday.

Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey (vol. 1)

by Ngozi Ukazu

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This is the summer of graphic novels, another medium that doesn’t take too long to read. The cover is so cute as is the story it seems. This also seems in line with the kind of sports fiction I enjoy reading.

ABOUT: Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

Fence (vol. 1)

by C.S. Pacat, Illustrated by Johanna the Mad

Another graphic novel series I’ve seen around the blog-sphere and bookstagram that I wanted to give it a try, especially with how thin of a read it is. It sounds interesting enough, so I’ll see how that goes.

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ABOUT: Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion, is a scrappy fencing wunderkind, and dreams of getting the chance and the training to actually compete. After getting accepted to the prodigious Kings Row private school, Nicholas is thrust into a cut-throat world, and finds himself facing not only his golden-boy half-brother, but the unbeatable, mysterious Seiji Katayama…

Through clashes, rivalries, and romance between teammates, Nicholas and the boys of Kings Row will discover there’s much more to fencing than just foils and lunges. From acclaimed writer C.S. Pacat (The Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad.


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ARC Review: Heat Wave by TJ Klune

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Thank you to Tor Teen and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Heat Wave releases July 19, 2022.

"Heat Wave" by TJ Klune (cover)
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Genre: LGBTQIAP+ Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary Fantasy
Series: The Extraordinaries #3
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Nick, Seth, Gibby, and Jazz are back in action bringing justice, protection, and disaster energy to the people of Nova City.

An unexpected hero returns to Nova City and crash lands into Nick’s home, upturning his life, his family, and his understanding of what it means to be a hero in the explosive finale of the thrilling and hilarious Extraordinaries trilogy by New York Times bestselling author TJ Klune.

 

REVIEW: Heat Wave was the best possible ending for this trilogy. It wonderfully emphasized the importance of owning yourself and who you are while embracing both your strengths and weaknesses.

Nick really comes into his own in multiple ways in this book, learning what it truly means to be a hero. That not all heroes wear capes and being neurodivergent is its own kind of superpower. I also loved how his relationship with his dad and Seth progressed

It was somewhat difficult to get into the story in the beginning. Ironically, I felt just as confused as the characters because I couldn’t remember past established facts.

I loved the many incredible, adorable, funny, and heartwarming moments between the characters. Literally, family goals, squad goals, friendship goals, relationship goals. Also, Dad Squad is the best and Burrito Jerry is a down-to-earth national treasure, the hero we didn’t know we needed but are forever thankful to have. And everyone deserves a special someone to share their Swinkles Salsagheti with. Simon Burke proves once more how wicked and devious a villain he is. I thought Simon’s story-line and that of those associated with him came to satisfying, logical conclusions.

A few breaks in scenes when characters would start having a side conversation in the middle of something went on for too long in a “do we really have time for this?” kind of way. A mix of short attention span irritation and eager reader needing to know what’s about to happen next.

Looking back, I don’t know if the tensions between police and the black community ever saw a “resolution” of sorts. Are things going to stay the same or is change for the better going to happen? Also, what happened to Rebecca Firestone? Her character elevated in this book in a way I didn’t see coming. Even though she’s Nick’s sworn enemy, there was no mention of her in the conclusion.

Heat Wave was an entertaining read in which love, family, and friendship conquered all.


More by TJ Klune

The Extraordinaries
The Extraordinaries (#1)
Flash Fire (#2)

Tales From Verania
The Lightning-Struck Heart (#1)
A Destiny of Dragons (#2)
The Consumption of Magic (#3)
A Wish Upon the Stars (#4)

Green Creek
Wolfsong (#1)
Ravensong (#2)
Heartsong (#3)
Brothersong (#4)

The House in the Cerulean Sea

Under the Whispering Door


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Book Review: These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

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"These Rebel Waves" by Sara Raasch (cover)
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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Stream Raiders #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

 

REVIEW: These Rebel Waves was surprising, hectic, heartfelt, and oh-so good. Wow! This story took a lot of wild twists and turns, keeping the reader in thrilling suspense.

Lu (Adeluna) the soldier, Vex (Devereux) the pirate and stream raider, and Ben (Benat) the prince who is deemed a heretic, are the main characters telling the story in alternating point of views. They have so much heart and drive to do good even as they feel themselves breaking under the weight of their pasts and future threats. The war took away their innocence, so they have been trying to find a new, honorable sense of self since. They’ve always sought to do good and are passionate, intelligent, and pure-hearted. As the story progresses they come to recognize (or maybe they’ve always known) that the old ways were wrong and never worked and that a new way of life full of love, compassion, and justice is the way.

The odds of preventing war are really stacked against the main characters. Grace Loray was originally an island of refugees and immigrants from several countries until Argrid claimed and colonized it under a fierce religious rule. Poor Ben, I felt bad for him the most because he is so pure of heart and he’s up against the strongest adversity that I predicted would be a lose-lose situation for him. But he still tried to do good and be good and enact change in how his countrymen view magic. Moreso, how do you combat countless years of disunity, hatred, mistrust, elitism, hypocrisy?

I loved how the characters and other aspects were seamlessly interconnected. It’s not just the main characters trying to find or redefine themselves. Everyone is trying to establish and maintain an identity and a decent, livable way of life. But the power struggle will inevitably make things worse before things get better. Many secrets uncovered, betrayals, revelations shocked all of the main characters (and I) to the core, making the story a more gripping read. Consequently, this also makes for a great deal of heartbreaking and rage-inducing moments.

I was pleasantly surprised by how good this turned out to be. Raasch writes such breathtaking and compelling stories. I am very invested in what’s happening and beyond curious about what the state of things will be like once the dust settles. I both loved and hated the cliffhanger because feelings. War is a given. But who will come out on top and can peace at last be achievable remains to be seen. I look forward to finding out in the next book.


More by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes
Snow Like Ashes (#1)
Ice Like Fire (#2)
Frost Like Night (#3)

Set Fire to the Godswith Kristen Simmons
Set Fire to the Gods (#1)


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Spring Reading Rewind

How did your spring reading go? What were some of your favorite reads? Was there a book you wanted to read but didn’t get to?

Spring is over. Another season has come and gone. All things considered (and there was a lot to consider), I think my spring reading went fairly well.

I read 48 books this spring with one more (The Becoming) that I’m still reading.

As usual, the list changed dramatically. Originally, I had 29 books planned but only read 15 and removed the rest as time went on. Which means I read an additional 33 books not on the list, many of which were short reads.

Back in March I made 5 star predictions from the original spring tbr. Here’s how that went:

    • Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (removed)
    • The Bodyguard by Katherine Center (3⭐)
    • Wildseed Witch by Marti Dumas (3⭐)
    • The Bachelor Bargain by Maddison Michaels (removed)
    • The Scandalous Vixen by Tracy Sumner (5⭐)
    • Daja’s Book by Tamora Pierce (removed)
    • When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed (removed)
    • Inferno by Donna Grant (removed)
    • Built to Last by Erin Hahn (4⭐)
    • The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen (removed)

So some hits and misses with the ones I did get to, but the ones I didn’t I still think they will be 5-star reads. Maybe they’ll make it onto the Fall tbr. But that’s a ways away.

A book that surprised me the most was These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch. This was a back-listed title that I just never found time to read. What on Earth took me so long?!? It was really good! I was hooked and very invested in each of the three main characters. And thank goodness, my local library has a copy of the next and final book. That just very well may be a coming Fall or Winter read.

"These Rebel Waves" by Sara Raasch (cover)
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I had a few disappointing reads: Wildseed Witch, Batter Royale, and The Bodyguard. These books had some things they did well and had a lot of potential based on the synopsis alone, but I wanted more.

From the ashes of disappointment rose plenty of favorites over the course of the spring:

ROW 1: Hair Love, Eyes That Speak to the Stars, Dear LibrarianFalling Short
ROW 2: Camp Famous, That Cowboy of Mine, Summer Nights with a Cowboy, The Scandalous Vixen

And just as many, there were books that had so much emotional depth and heart that I could not even with how much they moved me. One or both of the main characters were relatable and had pasts that took a lot of strength and faith to overcome. The character growth from overcoming these obstacles was huge and gratifying. I definitely recommend these heartfelt reads:

BlendedBuilt to LastThe Fastest Way to FallFinding JupiterSummer Nights with a CowboyThat Cowboy of Mine

The most outstanding book that I read this spring was Finding Jupiter by Kelis Rowe.

"Finding Jupiter" by Kelis Rowe (cover)
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Finding Jupiter became an instant favorite of the season. I was blown away. It was a book I didn’t see coming that was everything I wanted and needed from an amazing, outstanding, 5-star read. I highly recommend Finding Jupiter.

And that, my bookish friends, wraps up the spring reading season. I had a good time. Time for a new crop of books to read and enjoy.

In case you missed it, yesterday I posted my full summer reading list. It was just those 26 books but I went to the library that same day that list was posted and checked out “a few” books not on the list. Classic case of bookworm problems.

Have a great day!


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Waiting on Wednesday – June 22, 2022

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


What upcoming title that’s being published this summer are you most looking forward to?

Now that it’s summer I thought I’d highlight a book releases this summer that I’ve been waiting anxiously to read for forever it seems, Husband Material by Alexis Hall.

I enjoyed getting to know Luc and Oliver in Boyfriend Material. Luc underwent such a transformation to regain a self of self and life. Olivia is such a lovable person with an innate goodness that draws you in. Both were such charming characters that I’m glad that their story is not over. Book 2 looks like it’s gonna be another entertaining summer read.

Husband Material releases August 2, 2022.

"Husband Material" by Alexis Hall (cover)
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ABOUT: Wanted:
One (very real) husband
Nowhere near perfect but desperately trying his best

In BOYFRIEND MATERIAL, Luc and Oliver met, pretended to fall in love, fell in love for real, dealt with heartbreak and disappointment and family and friends…and somehow figured out a way to make it work. Now it seems like everyone around them is getting married, and Luc’s feeling the social pressure to propose. But it’ll take more than four weddings, a funeral, and a bowl full of special curry to get these two from I don’t know what I’m doing to I do.

Good thing Oliver is such perfect HUSBAND MATERIAL.

This Summer 2022, you’re invited to the event(s) of the season.


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🏖📚 Summer Reading 2022 List 📚🏖

What book(s) would you like to read this summer?

Happy first day of summer! Today, I’m sharing my Summer Reading 2022 list. I’m excited to (hopefully) read them all. Half are physical books and the others ebooks.

I’m still reading my last spring read, The Becoming by Nora Roberts. But afterwards I’ll be starting the summer with:

  • House of Beating Wings by Olivia Wildenstein
  • Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

So right now there are 26 books planned. A lot of graphic novels and fantasy books with sprinkles of romance.

And, like with any tbr of mine, I will likely stray and read books not on the list and/or not finish all of it. Much of summer is up in the air in terms of free time, so the latter is very possible…

Still excited though! 😊

ARCs

  • Ruthless by Gena Showalter
  • House of Beating Wings by Olivia Wildenstein
  • Marlowe Banks, Redesigned by Jacqueline Firkins
  • Vanessa Jared’s Got a Man by LaQuette
  • A Guide to Being Just Friends by Sophie Sullivan

MANGA

  • Spy x Family (Vol. 2-6)
  • Snow White with the Red Hair (Vol. 14 & 15)
  • The Water Dragon’s Bride (Vol. 6-8)

GRAPHIC NOVELS

  • Remarkably Ruby by Terri Libenson
  • Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

YA FANTASY

  • Endure by Sara B. Larson
  • Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
  • The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
  • Rise Up from the Embers by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons

FANTASY ROMANCE

  • The Damning Stone by TJ Klune

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

  • Crave by Tracy Wolff
  • Starlight by Olivia Wildenstein
  • Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

  • One Bossy Proposal by Nicole Snow

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Summer 2022 Is Here!!!

Summer 2022

Happy First Day of Summer!

Can you believe that we’re in a new season already and that the year is nearly halfway over?! I can’t. It’s going to be a hot summer for sure, which I’m not looking forward to much. BUT there will hopefully be plenty of time for trips to the beach and loads of summer reading.

Have a spectacular day!


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ARC Review: Batter Royale by Leisl Adams

*delayed arc review*

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Thanks again Amulet Books and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Batter Royale is OUT NOW!

"Batter Royale" by Leisl Adams (cover)
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Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel
Rating: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
Recommend to Others?: No

ABOUT: In this fun graphic novel, a talented young chef is selected to participate in a baking reality show and finds herself mixed up in spicy competition, bitter rivalry, and sweet romance.

In Leisl Adams’s debut graphic novel, Batter Royale, an aspiring amateur baker enters the toughest, ugliest, most fearsome fight she’ll ever experience: a baking reality show.

When seventeen-year-old small-town waitress Rose impresses a famous food critic, she and her best friend, Fred, find themselves thrust into the tough world of competitive baking. The contest is an intense ten days of bizarre challenges, and the competition is cutthroat. Some competitors are willing to lie, cheat, and sabotage their way to the top. Rose may be in over her head, but she is determined to show that she can become a top chef.

Batter Royale is a fish-out-of-water style romantic comedy about climbing out of the circumstances you’re in and making your dreams come true.

 

REVIEW: Rose is a passionate baker who just got into the culinary school of her dreams. But with money tight and her parents’ relationship so strained, her dreams may be over before they’ve even begun. When Rose sneaks a dessert she made to a top food critic, she’s invited to be a contestant on a food competition show. Winning could be the answer to her problems.

Batter Royale was a cute story that flowed nicely. I liked the artwork a lot even having to view it all in black and white. Everything came full circle. I expected more and wanted more from the story, so it was a disappointing and okay read. While there was a dash of romance, Battle Royale didn’t really feel like a rom-com. More cutesy and low-key than anything.

Rose has the natural, raw talent to become an excellent baker. I normally love characters who are so passionate about what they love to do. But I had a hard time liking Rose. She’s eager but very impulsive to prove her worth as a baker that it often gets her into trouble. I feel she kind of took advantage of her friendship with Fred by not listening whenever he said when something was a bad idea. Fred’s a nice guy. I wish she’d been more considerate of his feelings.

I’m conflicted about Rose and Fred as a couple. These long-time childhood friends clearly like each other. They had good and bad moments, but were kind of a hot mess together, especially since both want different things at this point in their lives.

As for the competition itself, it’s not one I’d watch myself. I love food competition shows, but this one was a little over the top and the logistics didn’t make much sense even for fiction. Nichole, one of the contestants, made a good adversary. And I liked how helpful and considerate Rose was to the other contestants even when it risked losing the competition.

I think one of the best things about Batter Royale was that it includes several dessert recipes in between sections. Definitely made me hungry for all of it.

I wanted to like Batter Royale, but it just fell flat for me. It’s a cute story with great artwork. And I think some readers will be able to relate to Rose, her passion, and her struggles. I just needed more.


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Six for Sunday: A Rainbow of Books

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.


What’s your favorite lgbtqiap+ book in your favorite color that you recommend I read?

Welcome back to another Six for Sunday post, continuing with the theme “Pride matters!” Today’s prompt is sharing a rainbow of books.

I wanted to share three lgbtqiap+ books I loved and rated 5-stars (*). These particular stories struck a chord with me. These stories that will turn your emotions upside down and back again in the best of ways. They’re well-told and amazing reads.

The other three books I’m spotlighting are lgbtqiap+ books that I really want to read (*). I don’t know when I’ll get to them (when does a bookworm ever know, lol), but they are high on my tbr in this category.

Making rainbows out of books is always fun, so I happily share this colorful list with all of you:

 

REDThese Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy*

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ORANGEFeel the Fire by Annabeth Albert*

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YELLOWWrath Goddess Sing by Maya Deane*

"Wrath Goddess Sing" by Maya Deane (cover)
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GREENUnder the Whispering Door by TJ Klune*

"Under the Whispering Door" by TJ Klune (cover)
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BLUEWritten in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur*

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PURPLELoveless by Alice Oseman*

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