The Song of Achilles | Book Review

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By: Madeline Miller

Standalone | 352 Pages | Pub. 2011

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The Song of Achilles at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★★
  • Hero: My sweet cinnamon roll
  • Emotional: *sobs for days
  • Steaminess: where there is smoke there is fire
  • Brutality: This IS ancient Greece

Pairs Well With

Wine all the way

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An Ember in the Ashes | Book Review

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By: Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes #1 | 446 Pages | Pub. 2016

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An Ember in the Ashes at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★
  • Heroine: Not the brightest crayon in the box
  • Dude: ooohh shiny!
  • Steaminess: The only steam is in Elias’s head
  • Brutality: Children whipped to death

Pairs Well With

Autumn Ash

  • 2ounces blended Scotch whisky
  • 1ounce apple brandy
  • 1/4ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 2dashes orange bitters
  • 1large wide lemon peel ‘chip’, as garnish

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The Wicked King | Gossip Girl Edition

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By Holly Black

The Folk of the Air #2 | 336 Pages | Pub. 2019

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The Wicked King at a Glance

Overall Rating: ★★★★

  • Heroine: *smh* Jude… Really?
  • Dude: The tail flick is the new shoulder brush
  • Steaminess: That was awkward…
  • Brutality: My back is sore from all the stabbing

Pairs Well With

Makers on the Rocks (to swirl while you plot)

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A Curse so Dark and Lonely | Book Review

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By: Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse so Dark #1 | 496 Pages | Pub 2019

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A Curse so Dark and Lonely at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★
  • Heroine: Lost Herondale #20
  • Dude: Stereotypical spoiled prince
  • Steaminess: They aren’t melting any snow
  • Brutality: I don’t want to know what goes on in the bloody room

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Mini Review Monday | The Winner’s Curse

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By: Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Trilogy #1 | 355 Pages | Pub. 2014

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Another Monday, another mini review! This time from our buddy read.


Rating: ★★★

Recommended for: Insta-love fans and those who are not angered easily

He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.

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