Review: The Dinner Plan by Caroline Campion

Review: The Dinner Plan by Caroline CampionTitle: The Dinner Plan: The Keepers Guide to Weeknight Meals and More
Author: Kathy Brennan, Caroline Campion
Publisher: Abrams
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

From the authors of the IACP award-winning cookbook KEEPERS, an entirely new and personalized approach to tackling the dinner dilemma:

Between juggling work, family activities, mismatched schedules, and often bare refrigerators, there are all sorts of situations that make weeknight cooking a universally challenging—and frustrating—experience. The Dinner Plan offers five meal strategies—Make-Ahead, Staggered, One-Dish, Extra-Fast, and Pantry—that will help get dinner on the table no matter what the workweek throws at you. The 135 recipes—from main dishes to sides to salads and “lifesaver” condiments—provide lots of practical options whether time is super-tight, you haven’t had a chance to run to the store, or everyone is coming home at a different time.

And most importantly, all of the recipes are “keepers”—brag-worthy, reliable, crowd-pleasing preparations that you’ll confidently turn to again and again. Shrimp Scampi, Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas, Foolproof Carbonara, and Mexican Skillet Lasagna are just a few examples of doable recipes that will earn their place in any busy cook’s repertoire. Rounded out with plenty of tips and a bonus section on healthful snacks called The Forgotten Meal, The Dinner Plan is every home cook’s indis­pensable weeknight dinner guide.

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Review: The Dinner Plan by Caroline Campion

The Dinner Plan by Caroline Campion is a well-organized, eye-catching book that has some fantastic suggestions to get a healthy dinner ready no matter what your day has in store. The ideas take into account all sorts of different lifestyles, but they are most definitely geared towards family meals. Continue reading

Review: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

Review: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali PerkinsTitle: You Bring the Distant Near
Author: Mitali Perkins
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genres: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story.

Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve her Bengali identity.

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Review: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins is a beautifully written saga that tells the story of the Das family and their experiences immigrating to the United States. When a book grabs hold of you and keeps you engaged right up to the end, it is safe to say that it is going to be a favourite. Told in alternating perspectives, Perkins gives her readers so many unique and interesting points of view through her well-developed female characters. The Indian customs and culture that are told throughout this story are so insightful and add to the magic of the narrative. Continue reading

Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Review: Warcross by Marie LuTitle: Warcross (Warcross #1)
Series: Warcross #1
Author: Marie Lu
Also by this author: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: Sci-Fi
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life.

The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross by Marie Lu has got to be one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I’ve read a lot of books. It tells the story of a girl working behind the scenes of a virtual reality game to stop a sinister plan. The world is absolutely incredible, and no details are overlooked. The main character is so brave and comes a long way from the beginning of the book as well. This is a book that should be on everyone’s TBRs. Continue reading

WoW: A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and have yet to read.

This week’s book: A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

A Girl Like That Tanaz BhathenaTitle: A Girl Like That
Author: Tanaz Bhathena
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 27,2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved. 

Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school.  You don't want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.

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Review: The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle

Review: The Thing with Feathers by McCall HoyleTitle: The Thing With Feathers
Author: McCall Hoyle
Publisher: Blink
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Emilie Day believes in playing it safe: she’s homeschooled, her best friend is her seizure dog, and she’s probably the only girl on the Outer Banks of North Carolina who can’t swim.

Then Emilie’s mom enrolls her in public school, and Emilie goes from studying at home in her pj’s to halls full of strangers. To make matters worse, Emilie is paired with starting point guard Chatham York for a major research project on Emily Dickinson. She should be ecstatic when Chatham shows interest, but she has a problem. She hasn’t told anyone about her epilepsy.

Emilie lives in fear her recently adjusted meds will fail and she’ll seize at school. Eventually, the worst happens, and she must decide whether to withdraw to safety or follow a dead poet’s advice and “dwell in possibility.”

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Review: The Thing With Feathers by McCall Hoyle

The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle is a novel that depicts this condition in a realistic way. I loved the complexity of the story and the main character’s personality. I haven’t seen too many books out there about epilepsy, so I was so glad to discover this one. However the book would have been much better without the insta-love and clichés. This is still an enjoyable story, though, and I would recommend it to those interested in learning about what it’s like to live with epilepsy. Continue reading