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Winter | Lemon Cake with Yellow Lemon Frosting
After finishing the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, I knew I wanted to create a dessert in honor of the last novel, Winter. This is one of my most beloved series of all time, so I really wanted to make this Food and Fiction blog post about this amazing series that I highly recommend to everyone who loves to read. At first I was going to create an apple dessert (to match the cover of Winter), but once I read this passage from the novel, I completely changed my mind and made this dessert:
“He was carrying a silver platter topped with a round, single tiered cake covered in swirls of pale yellow frosting. Cinder knew immediately that it wasn’t from the royal pastry chefs, whose creations were almost too immaculate to touch. This cake, with its messy frosting and lack of decoration, was remarkably unpretentious.”
“Scarlet brushed her hair off her shoulder. ‘It’s a lemon cake. My grandmother’s special recipe…'”
Red Queen | Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
I recently came up with this idea that I wanted to begin to prepare food that either matched book covers’ color schemes (like the photo above) or make actual food mentioned in the stories that I’ve read. And, with the help of my best friend, I decided to call this blog feature Food and Fiction. It’s my own way of taking a twist on the regular book photography I take by adding different foods into the photos too. It will also make my photos a bit more interactive by sharing my love for fiction with some recipes relating to it!
I’ve found majority of the recipes for this blog feature on Tumblr and Pinterest and would love to share my end-product of this first post of Food and Fiction. In these blog posts I’ll give you the summary of the novel displayed, along with my thoughts on it, and the recipe for the food that I made!
I decided to feature a very delicious food in honor of the epic fantasy novel Red Queen because Victoria Aveyard’s highly anticipated sequel, Glass Sword, was released this month! So what’s a better time to showcase a Red Queen inspired food?
Summary: A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.
Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.
Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.
When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
My thoughts: What an epic conclusion to one of my most beloved trilogies that I have ever read. If you have not read any of the Starbound novels, please run to the nearest bookstore and fix that dilemma right now! This trilogy follows two new sets of characters in each book where they all live in space and are desperately fighting against an evil corporation set out to kill innocent citizens all over the universe in order to find “peace”. Each character in this series has a unique skill that contributes to the team as a whole as they all come together in this last book to stop LaRoux Industries once and for all before the universe is changed for the worst. More
Summary: Love is a circus
“Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”
The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”
When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future—acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.
Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.
This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage.
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My thoughts: I read this New Adult novel in one day because it was that addicting and mystifying. I have always been very interested in acrobatics ever since I saw many acrobatic shows when I visited Las Vegas. So finding this book set in Las Vegas where the two protagonists are acrobats really hooked me when I read the summary. From the moment I began this books, I was sucked into Thora’s story of perseverance and strength. She fought against the skeptics in her life to move to Vegas in order to try and become apart of an aerial act that could make her dreams come true. All seemed smooth sailing until she met Nikolai who is intimidating, sure of himself, and notices Thora in a way that no one else does. Their relationships begins to grow in a unique way because they are both working towards the same goal of working their hardest in the circus. But that doesn’t mean that a romance can’t brew between them in the process, right?
Summary: In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.
Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
My thoughts: I had the privilege of reading this novel before it’s publication date, and I can truly say that it has become one of my most loved stories, ever. Salt to the Sea is a gripping and important novel that shows readers one of the biggest tragedies of WWII that was forgotten and not spoken of over time. It follows four different teens with vastly different pasts as they converge together to escape the brutality of the Russians threatening German territory. This story is incredibly moving, heartbreaking, and so vital to teach readers about the horror that innocent civilians had to go through during the worst war the world has ever witnessed. More
There are so many wonderful books that I have read this year! I read captivating fiction novels, amazing debut stories, and dove into fantastical worlds that I never wanted to escape I read over 100 novels and decided to compile all my absolute favorites to recommend to you.
Summary: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
My thoughts: This book reminded me so much of the Disney movie Tangled because Madeline is unable to leave her home under any circumstances because of her rare illness that could kill her if she were exposed to the outside world. Then comes along the new boy next door named Olly who is mysterious, has an angry father who yells through the night, and is the only person to really notice Madeline. They begin to speak to each other over email and IM because they are unable to make any contact in case it could harm Madeline’s health. But as the relationship progresses, Madeline wants more than to just sit in her house and read her books all day. She wants to truly live with Olly and do things normal teenagers do. Told through texts and IMs among other things, this story is a heartwarming quick read that will leave you wanting more in the end.
Rating: ★★★★★ (Actual Rating 4.5 stars)
Summary: Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My thoughts: At first I was hesitant to read November 9 because I didn’t enjoy Colleen Hoover’s last release, Confess, but I am so incredibly glad that I gave this book a try and finished it in one sitting. November 9 is another Colleen Hoover book that completely gripped my attention from the start, making me dive into this love story between Fallon and Ben who only meet once a year on the same date for five years. This entire plot line was unique by only following the characters on the date November 9, masking the rest of their years from our views until all that mattered was the relationship that was slowly brewing. The relationship itself was so addicting to read about and so interesting with all the hidden secrets they had and the fact that they can’t be together until the five years past because of Fallon’s rules she set between them. I really loved this book, although it didn’t make me cry like other readers said they did; it is a book that I would consider reading over again if I am ever in a reading slump.
*I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Summary: There is a rule amongst his kind: A jester doesn’t lie.
In the kingdom of Whimtany, Poet is renowned. He’s young and pretty, a lover of men and women. He performs for the court, kisses like a scoundrel, and mocks with a silver tongue.
Yet allow him this: It’s only the most cunning, most manipulative soul who can play the fool. For Poet guards a secret. One the Crown would shackle him for. One that he’ll risk everything to protect.
Alas, it will take more than clever words to deceive Princess Briar. Convinced that he’s juggling lies as well as verse, this righteous nuisance of a girl is determined to expose him.
But not all falsehoods are fiendish. Poet’s secret is delicate, binding the jester to the princess in an unlikely alliance . . . and kindling a breathless attraction, as alluring as it is forbidden.
*Mature YA: sexual content and language. Intended for readers 17 and older*
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, New Adult
My thoughts: This is fantastical tale about a jester named Poet who is known for his skill in seduction that could enamor both males and females with a simple smile thrown their way. But he has a secret that controls his actions, forcing him to be careful as he wins over the most powerful Royals in Whimtany. His life is smooth running and full of extravagant parties and dances until he comes across Princess Briar. An immediate rivalry brews between them because of their contrasting personalities that clash the moment they speak. But as events unfold, can Poet and Briar work together towards a common goal while also unraveling their secrets to each other until they pass the point of no return.
**POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Do not read this review unless you’ve read The Young Elites**
Summary: Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia
My thoughts: The Rose Society follows Adelina and her sister as they struggle to survive on their own now that they were cast off by The Young Elites, who blamed Adelina for many of their struggles they were put through in the first novel of this series. This story also follows alongside Teren as he works with his lover/queen as they plot to rule the kingdom together. Except Teren begins to repeatedly make fatal actions that disobey his queen’s orders which leads to some horrible consequences he must eventually face. Another POV follows Rafaelle who is now leading The Young Elites attempting to overthrow Teren and his queen while also working against Adelina and her new crew. Told in multiple perspectives, The Rose Society takes readers on a journey with Adelina where she explores the limits to her dark powers and how far she is willing to go to claim the kingdom as her own.