Goddess Interrupted — Aimee Carter

2/5 stars
Goodreads summary: Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she’ll have to fight for it.Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

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Easy — Tammara Webber

4.5/5 stars
Goodreads summary: A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night–but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

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The Goddess Test — Aimee Carter

2/5 stars
Goodreads summary: EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.

NOW IT’S KATE’S TURN.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom–and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld–and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy–until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she suceeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

IF SHE FAILS…

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If I Stay — Gayle Forman

4/5 stars
Goodreads summary: In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

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Top Ten Tuesday

This is a thing they do over at The Broke and the Bookish and which I’ve seen done on TrishaDM’s blog since I started following her, and I decided I wanted to try it! Unfortunately, due to a busy night, I’m sliding this in just after Tuesday.

Anyway, here it is: My top ten books/authors I am thankful for, in no particular order. This one was very Sophie’s Choice for me. Continue reading

Last Dinner on the Titanic: Menus and Recipes from the Great Liner

3/5 stars
Goodreads summary: 
A cookbook designed to recreate the atmosphere of dining on the famous, doomed luxury liner serves up such recipes as Lobster Thermidor, Quail’s Eggs in Aspic with Caviar, and Poached Salmon with Dilled Mousseline Sauce and Cucumber.

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History! And food!

This is a quick read with some historical accounts, both firsthand and second, peppered throughout. I already knew the historical facts (she said smugly) but I did enjoy the narrative way in which they were presented here. Also: pretty pictures!

As for the actual recipes, I haven’t cooked any of them yet and I will certainly never be making an authentic eleven-courseTitanic-themed meal for my friends and family, as the book suggests. Make your own damn Tournedos aux morilles and Homard Thermidor, buddy! However, there were a few smaller things in there that I would love to try, like the Punch Romaine–booze sorbet, yum!–and which I will probably make after Christmas, when my line of work goes back to its usual lull and the thought of shopping anywhere no longer makes me want to gouge my eyes out with a spoon.

Three stars for being interesting and a nice collectible, but docked a fourth because when you say you’ve “adapted the Edwardian recipes for the modern kitchen,” I don’t expect to have to go hunt down rose water and quail eggs to make the stuff. (Apparently quail eggs are easy to obtain? Can anyone confirm this?)

The Diviners — Libba Bray

3.5/5 stars
Goodreads summary: 
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.

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