Review: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Happy Friday to all my party people! I'm doing my level best to not make *another* liar out of myself and delivering on the 86 million backlogged reviews I have waiting for you! I'm starting however, with a few more of my recent reads since they're fresh on the brain.

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Review: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North!

So as you're all probably well aware, I strive really hard to be a very positive person - sometimes relentlessly so. I genuinely believe that life is an attitude problem and if you focus on the negative, you can't be surprised when things are negative. Granted, sometimes life just really is a bummer and I get that. So I say this because this is my 100th review on my Goodreads profile!!! I would love to tell you this was a 5-star read for this milestone, but alas it was not. So maybe I'm a little extra bitter this time because I wanted this read to knock it out of the park, but it's kind of my own fault and I'll get to that later. So off we go then!

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Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black!

Ah yes, as we come to the close of another weekend and must all face the dreaded Monday blues together, let us rejoice in the ability to escape into the great land of literature. I didn't have a lot of reading time this weekend but I've finally actually started my two "currently reading" books and they're both fabulous so far so I'm really looking forward to finishing them. I've also found the next project I'm commissioning my husband to make as I slowly but surely get everything together for our [soonish] move to New Mexico. Anywho, in non-book related news I also watched Netflix's Abducted in Plain Sight and ya'll that was IN-SANE and if you haven't seen it and are into true crime - I definitely suggest it! So, on to today's topic! Today I'm bringing ya'll a review for The Wicked King by Holly Black. This is the second installment in the Cruel Prince series and it was just released last month!

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Every Heart a Doorway Review + Tortilla Soup Recipe!

What does that title say? Does it say RECIPE?! Yes, yes it does my friends - so without further ado, welcome back to the table! I'm getting back into the swing of things and I plan on bringing ya'll a lot more Recipe and a Read posts so buckle in folks - it's gonna be a good time! Today's review is for Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire! I'm pairing today's review with a recipe for my very own recipe for Tortilla Soup. This soup is super versatile, healthy, warm, comforting and super easy!

I honestly don't even know where to begin with this review because this book was both what I expected and nothing like I expected at the same time. Eleanor West's Home For Wayward Children, is exactly what the name describes and nothing like the name describes. This is a common theme throughout this book. Eleanor West takes in lost, disoriented, troubled children from their parents with a vow to rehabilitate them so they can become functioning members of society. What she doesn't tell the parents of these troubled children - is that the reason for their newfound affliction is not trauma in a traditional sense but that they've "tumbled" into and out of another world. Only to return to this one feeling helpless and like they've left the only real home they've ever known.

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Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman!

It's Friday my dudes! So what does that mean? It means it's review time!! Also, that I have so much time in my very near future to read, read, read! All my holds are coming in from the library so I'm super amped to get to them. Between reading, I'll be working on my house, couch shopping and finishing up our DIY hexagonal shelves! I was tagged in another book tag/award thing that I'll throw up on here sometime this weekend as well. Anyway, onto today's main event! A review for Unwind by Neal Shusterman! As I mentioned in my last review, I've been re-reading a bunch of books I read a super long time ago (IDK why, it's just happened that way) and this is the second book I'm very happy to have revisited.

This is my fourth Shusterman title to read in the last couple of months and man, this guy is KILLIN' IT - he just doesn't disappoint, time after time. Each of the worlds and scenarios he builds are so unique and vibrant that I'm consistently in awe of his imagination. Unwind takes place in a future where America has lived to see and survived a second civil war known as The Heartland War. Following the war, abortion laws are changed. Abortion is now illegal, but what does become the legal opportunity for parents who don't want their children is known as "unwinding" from the ages of 13 to 18 parents are allowed to sign orders to have their children unwound. The idea behind this, that makes it palatable for society, is that no part of the child dies, 99.6% of the child still lives on, as every piece of your baby, that you sent off because they're difficult or you didn't want them, lives on through another person.

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Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon!

I doubt many readers don't already know about Outlander - whether it's from it's cult following, it's 4.22 rating on Goodreads, or it's over half-million reviews, or it's Television adaptation - you'd kind of have to be living under a rock to not already know about this book. So while I doubt many of you need a real synopsis for this book but bear with me, cause you're gonna get it.

Claire Randall (Beauchamp) is on her second honeymoon with her husband Frank. Frank Randall is a good man and he loves Claire deeply, and she him. Claire and Frank have both been tied up in WWII, Claire as a combat nurse while Frank trained as an officer. When the war ended, Claire and Frank traveled to Scotland to reacquaint themselves with one another after many years apart - sometimes only seeing each other once or twice a year. While they're in Scotland Claire and Frank not only get to know each other once again, but they get to know the Highlands. The lore, the folktales, the history - both magical and brutal.

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Thoughtful Thursdays: World Building!

So I've talked about a lot of different book topics on Thursday's, along with touching on kitchen essentials as well. As you all well know by now, my previous go-to genre, and one of my absolute favorites is Fantasy. Not all Fantasy novels are created equal though - some focus on strong character building or building worlds that are a little too contrived and artificial for me to get into. Obviously, none of these are realistic because that's what Fantasy is - but I like my worlds grounded in thought, I like my "rules of magic" to have consistency and not feel arbitrary. So, in the spirit of getting back to my roots, I thought I'd do a post about my favorite novels, with the best world building!

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Recipe + Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo + Hutspot Recipe!

I get to use my favorite first line again: Welcome back to the table readers! It's been tough to get into the *mood* to write the back logged reviews I've had since being in the hospital and our subsequent stay in San Antonio but I'm really excited to be getting back into it. I had… Continue reading Recipe + Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo + Hutspot Recipe!

Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman!

Happy (sad) Monday readers! I hope everyone had the most fabulous holiday break, and if you're not one to celebrate Thanksgiving - I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I am both happy and sad to be back from our little vacation. I love being home and my own bed is like sleeping on a… Continue reading Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman!

Thoughtful Thursday: Book Slump Blues

When I started 2018 one of my New Years resolutions was to step outside of the genres / types of books I had been reading recently and try something new. I decided to stop searching out the tropes that I had been drawn to for years. I had gotten myself into the ultimate book slump.… Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Book Slump Blues