Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings where bloggers share which upcoming releases they’re most looking forward to. Join us every Wednesday and watch your TBR list multiply.

This is the year that I am going to read all the Rin Chupeco books (or at least I am going to try). Their newest upcoming novel, Wicked As You Wish, sounds like my kind of fantasy. Also, I could really just stare at the cover for ages. I want to know what every detail represents. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Title: Wicked As You Wish
Author:
Rin Chupeco
Series: A Hundred Names for Magic, #1
Pages: 432
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 3, 2020

      “Tala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends.
      And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated…”

Are you participating in Can’t-Wait Wednesday or Waiting on Wednesday? Is this book on your TBR? Be sure to leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll visit!

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters’ Food Blogs I’d Follow

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Characters I’d Follow On Social Media.” I wasn’t sure what to do with this week’s topic but it occurred to me that I’ve recently read several books where the characters love to bake. I wouldn’t consider myself a baker, but I do love to bake and I would be so excited to follow these characters’ foodie blogs.  Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Emoni from With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevdo – Can you picture how imaginative and vibrant Emoni’s food blog would be? Just thinking about it makes me wish it was all real.

2. Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – One of the reasons I relate to Lara Jean so much is because she often channels her feelings into baking. I for one would love to read her journey to making the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

3. Alex from Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno – There’s a possibility that I would swoon while reading Alex’s foodie blog, but that’s a chance I am willing to take.

4. Nora from The Resolutions Mia Garcia – Nora has tons of natural talent and a passion for trying new things, so I think her food blog would be a lot of fun to follow.

5. Leo from A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano – Yes, I’d be sad that there would be no magic involved, but would love to follow little Leo and some of her baking adventures.

6. Clara and Rose from The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo – I would love to try out some Korean-Brazilian food and would die if these two ran a blog talking about food and the food truck in general. It would just make me so happy.

7. Pepper and Paige from Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – While I do think some of the recipes talked about in this one were a little too sweet for my taste, I do think they were really inventive and would love to see what other recipes these sisters would come up with.

Would you follow any of these characters’ food blogs as well? Who else should be on my list? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Snapshot Review: Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Title: Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
Author: Carlos Hernandez
Series: Sal and Gabi, #1
Pages: 382
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Release Date: March 5th 2019

      “How did a raw chicken get inside Yasmany’s locker?
      When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn’t under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal’s office for the third time in three days, and it’s still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal. She is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany’s locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared.
      Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he’s capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken–including his dead mother–and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There’s only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk.
      A sassy entropy sweeper, a documentary about wedgies, a principal who wears a Venetian bauta mask, and heaping platefuls of Cuban food are just some of the delights that await in this mind-blowing novel gift-wrapped in love and laughter.”

“The entire back of the locker had become a portal into another world. I could see across dimensions into a whole new reality. Who knew what bizarre aliens lived there, what strange lived they led, what mind-blowing powers and technology they had?”

  • Sal – This kid had me laughing out loud for almost the entirety of the book. He’s mischievous, sometimes sarcastic, and has a knack for getting into trouble (then talking his way out of it). What I really loved about him was how open he was to being wrong. It was so refreshing to see a young male character not let pride get in the way when it came to apologizing.
  • Diabetes – I think this is the first time I’ve read a book about a character with diabetes and I’m so glad it was a middle grade novel. There is something about this age group that is so open that you know how important such a storyline will be for readers.
  • Gabi – Gabi is fierce and stubborn. She’s smart and unafraid to challenge things she doesn’t understand (like Sal). I definitely want her in my corner. Family is so important to her and I love how she embraces her judgmental side with regard to them. She will judge you based on whether you accept her family for who they are.
  • Light and heavy topics – The humor in the novel made me smile more times than I can count, but the emotional aspects are what kept me reading. Sal is still dealing with the death of his mother. His ability to pull things from other universes has intersected with his grief and sometimes he accidentally brings another version of his mother into his world. There is also Gabi’s storyline about her newborn baby brother being in the ICU. Both are handle with a lot of care and I really appreciated seeing the uncertainty and fierceness of these young characters when faced with issues that would make most adults crumble.
  • Different familial dynamics – There are some unconventional familial relationships in this one and some that defy stereotypes. One such relationship that really stood out to me was Sal’s relationship with his stepmother. I loved their interactions and how she was never a roadblock for Sal’s growth but just another adult in his life who was always in his corner.
  • The adults – I adored so many adult characters in this one. Loved that they didn’t hold the kid characters back, but were still ever-present. They didn’t talk down to child characters, but loved them and wanted what was best.

  • Conflict – As much as I adored this one, I do think it could have done with a little more conflict to drive the plot.

Carlos Hernandez’s Sal and Gabi Break the Universe is a fun middle grade SFF novel with charming characters who always manage to get themselves in the best kind of trouble. I cannot wait to read the sequel.

★ ★ ★ ★
(4/5)

Top Ten Tuesday: Last Five Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover.” It’s not super common for me to get book hangovers which is why this list is so short. What’s interesting is when I looked back at the last books that left me in a state of unrest, some of them weren’t even five-star reads for me. Still, they had a huge emotional impact and that’s largely how I define book hangovers. These are the books that left me reeling, left me thinking about them days after I’d finished them, and often they are the ones that I will spend a good amount of time screaming about to all of you. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone – What can I possibly say about this one? It’s one of the most beautifully written novels I’ve ever read. The love letters between the two lead characters just left me in a state of wonder. I was heartbroken when I had to return my library copy.

2. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – Has a book ever made you feel like you just got done running a marathon? This is the best way I can describe how I felt after finishing The Poppy War. I wasn’t emotional per se, but I was stunned and had no idea how I was going to move on after that epic ending.

3. Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri – Tasha Suri can murder me with her words and I would thank her. This one definitely felt different than the first book but the protagonist’s journey going from shunning her heritage to fully embracing it was so beautifully done. It made me really emotional and I am still thinking about it months later.

4. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri – This was a reread and yet it still managed to gut punch me. I will never get over how perfect this book is and can already see myself rereading it again this year. Mehr and Amun are among my very favorite book characters and I need everyone to read this story and suffer with me.

5. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi – I wanted to leave this one off my list because I know it will be months before people without ARCs are able to read it, but here it is. Oh my gosh, friends, I’m in agony being unable to talk about this one, but it HURT and I don’t know what to do with myself. The next book won’t come out for who knows when. AAAAHHHH!!!!

Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.