Cinder | Book Review

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#1 in the Lunar Chronicles | 400 Pages | Pub 2012

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Cinder at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Heroine: Your special peanut
  • Dude: Boy Bye
  • Emotions: Ben and Jerry are now on speed dial
  • Brutality: She. Took.Her. Foot!

Pairs Well With

Cinder

  • 1 t. Smoked Salt #8
  • ¾ oz. jalapeno infused blanco tequila
  • ¾ oz. tequila
  • ¾ oz. simple syrup
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3 dashes bitters

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Caraval (Your Bedtime Story Meets Saw) | Book Review

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By: Stephanie Garber

#1 in Caraval Series | 407 Pages | Pub. 2017

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Caraval at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★ 1/2
  • Heroine: The only girl ok with an arranged marriage
  • Dude: Flynn Rider meets Jack Sparrow
  • Steaminess: I think time tripled instead of standing still
  • Brutality: Sleeping with the fishes

Pairs Well With:

Caraval Cocktail

  • 4 oz raspberry vodka
  • 4 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 4 oz raspberry puree
  • ½ tsp grated ginger
  • 3 rosemary sprigs

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The One Where We Fangirl about Sky In the Deep | Book Review

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By: Adrienne Young

Standalone | 340 Pages | Pub. 2018

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 Sky in the Deep at a glance:

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★★
  • Heroine: Hide yo heart cuz this Viking chick is going to steal it
  • Dude: I’ll go where you go, Fiske
  • Steaminess: The kind of slow burn that melts glaciers
  • Brutality: 11 year olds “finishing off” fallen soldiers

Pairs Well With:

The Viking Storm

  • 2 parts Sap House Meadery’s Sugar Maple Mead
  • 1 Part Ginger Beer

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Strange the Dreamer (All Hail Queen Laini) | Book Review

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By: Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer #1 | 544 Pages | Pub. 2017

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Strange the Dreamer at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★★
  • Heroine: She’s your BEST nightmare
  • Hero: New Book Boyfriend
  • Emotional: Izzy crying on the bathroom floor after Denny dies
  • Brutality: Baby murders

Pairs Well With:

Nightmares

  • 1.5 oz gin
  • ½ oz cherry brandy
  • ½ madeira
  • 1 tsp orange juice

Our Thoughts

CW: rape, murder

We loved Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series so we knew that we would like this book. What we didn’t know is what we were missing out on this past year since Strange the Dreamer came out. It’s gorgeous. The worldbuilding is intricate and flawless; the characters have heart and soul and dreams; and the language truly brings everything to life. This world is brutal but full of love and potential for goodness.

The only legitimate complaint we have about this book is that it is a long one. We wish we could have read it over a week or two, but sometimes we are not great at planning so we did it in three days. If you aren’t into long books then maybe walk away from this one, but realize you are missing out on literary gold. We also aren’t okay that we have to wait until freaking October for Muse of Nightmares but let’s blame the publisher not our queen Laini.

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Shadow and Bone (Yep, We’ve Joined the Bardugo Fanclub) | Book Review

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By: Leigh Bardugo

#1 in The Grisha Trilogy | 358 Pages | Pub. 2012

 

Shadow and Bone At a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★★
  • Heroine: We need a self-esteem injection pronto
  • Dude: Basically Freddie Prinze Jr. in She’s All That
  • Brutality: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds comes to life
  • Steaminess: Well I’m avoiding dark rooms from now on

Pairs Well With

The Darkling

  • 2.5 oz chocolate liqueur
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz half and half

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