Nov 17, 2017

Cookbook Review: Queso! by Lisa Fain

Source: From Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

QUESO!: Regional Recipes for the World's Favorite Chile-Cheese DipQueso! Regional Recipes for the World's Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip by Lisa Fain
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date:  September 26, 2017



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Format:  Hardback

Rating:



 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
A fun, full-color look at everyone's favorite cheese dip, with history, tips, facts, and 50 recipes from beloved food blogger Lisa Fain, "the Homesick Texan."

Queso (aka chile con queso) is a spicy, cheesy, comforting cult favorite that has long been a delicious addition to any party, barbecue, or family gathering. This appealing and accessible book features a mix of down-home standards and contemporary updates, from historical, regional, and Mexican quesos to vegan and dessert quesos, including Chile Verde Con Queso, Squash Blossom Queso Fundido, Fajita Queso, Cactus and Corn Queso Poblano, Frito Salad with Queso Dressing, Pulled Pork Queso Blanco, and Sausage Queso Biscuits. Whether you're relaxing with friends, having a few people over to watch the football game, or entertaining a hungry crowd, queso is the perfect party food for good times.
 
Review: 
I love getting cookbooks to review for many reasons, here are a few:
1. because I am a horrible cook.
2. they have loads of instructions for me to follow to do better at the cooking.
3. the pictures are always amazing and they make me WANT to cook.

And how can you go wrong with a dip made of CHEESE? You really can't. So I requested this book to give it a try and while I have not yet made anything out of it, I have read through a good amount of it and wanted to offer my opinion of the book itself versus how the recipes turned out (because lets be real, I am probably still going to mess this up)!

The book itself is a hardback, sturdy book with thick pages great for turning with your hands covered in food. And it has a lot of wonderful information right off the bat - there is a section about different types of chiles and how to roast them (very important for a chile-cheese dip) and then a section on various cheeses as well. Some notes from that section include - Velveeta is not 'American Cheese" but it's own type of awesomeness and that if you want to make queso, you should be shredding your own cheese versus buying those bags of pre-shredded cheese. Following this treasure-trove of info are the recipes, each section starts with a brief history then jumps into the recipes themselves - almost all have images and all have the normal list of ingredients and instructions but they also provide how many servings they make and how to serve them (as a side, with chips, with warm torillas... etc).

This is a wonderful cookbook, I can't wait to make a cheesy mess all over my kitchen trying out the recipes! 
This would also make a great gift for the cheese-loving cooks in your family!

Nov 16, 2017

Recent Reads: The Death of Death by K.N. Parker


The Death of DeathThe Death of Death by K.N. Parker
Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing
Publication Date:  January 1, 2013



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Format:  Ebook
Source: Free on Amazon Kindle.


Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Death guides usually have rather normal names like John, Mary, Harry, and Jessica. And even ones not quite so normal, like Bartholomew or Ambrosia. They also have the most interesting tales behind their deaths. But one particular death guide has a few problems: she cannot remember her name or the details of her demise, and thus has no story of her own. One fateful night, she meets a young girl that may change her death forever.

Inspired by and in the style of Children's tales of old, The Death of Death is a tragic, yet sweet little tale about loss and acceptance.

Suitable for ages 12 and up.
 
Review: 
I found this book free on Amazon for Kindle when I was on the internet a few months ago. I had seen that it won an award for a children's fantasy story and was interested in reading it around Halloween (which I did but the review is a little behind getting up). 

The story is about a death guide, who goes to warn people that they are about to pass on. While it is there the persons being warned is a little girl who asks a lot of questions of the Guide, now they are questioning how they came to be, did they die, did they have a story. This short tale follows the death guide on a quest for some answers.

The plot of this one is a little macabre and very sad and the ending was both surprising but very to the point. I found the story just long enough to give me answers and wrap things up but I wanted more about the death guides and their land and their purpose. It was a gloomy story but it was very good.

Nov 15, 2017

Blog Blast: Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle

Hello Readers! Another fun day of Book Content for You!
Today I have the pleasure of sharing a new Young Adult novel with you! Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle is a romance but a thought-provoking one. The main character Kendall struggles with her own secret.

Together At Midnight by Jennifer Castle
COMING January 2018

Below you will find info about the book, author, and there are some great quotes that are sure to lure you in.




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About the Book
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Combining the emotional deftness of Sarah Dessen with the magical spark of New York City in wintertime, this affecting novel will inspire readers to pay closer attention to the world around them.

What does it really mean to be kind . . . and why does it sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world to do?

High school senior Kendall, who just returned from a life-changing semester in Europe, and Max, who is drifting his way through a gap year before college, struggle with these questions when they witness a tragic accident in New York City during the holiday season.

Racked with guilt, the two accept a dare to perform random acts of kindness to strangers. The challenge pulls these two teens, who have a history together from back home, closer and closer as they explore a vibrant city filled with other people’s stories and secrets.

Kendall and Max can’t deny their growing bond, even though they both have other romantic entanglements and uncertain futures. As the clock counts down on New Year’s Eve, will they find themselves together at midnight?

Jennifer Castle’s latest novel is a romantic, thought-provoking tale of human connection and how we find—and make—our place in the world.






About the Author
 Jennifer Castle is the author of ten books for children and teens. Her YA novels published by HarperCollins include The Beginning of After, which was an American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, You Look Different in Real Life, What Happens Now, and the upcoming Together at Midnight. Her four-book middle grade fantasy series Butterfly Wishes is due out from Bloomsbury USA in December. She’s also the co-author of two non-fiction books, Friends and Frenemies: The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward and Famous Friends: Best Buds, Rocky Relationships, and Awesomely Odd Couples from Past to Present.
Jennifer received her B.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University and worked as a freelance copywriter, celebrity publicist’s assistant, and a screenwriter before finding her niche producing interactive media for young people. She created and produced “It’s My Life,” the award-winning PBS Kids website for tweens (pbskids.org/itsmylife). She has also produced children’s educational projects for Steven Spielberg’s Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, McGraw-Hill Publishing, and WNET-13.
When not dreaming up her own stories, Jennifer teaches fiction writing to young people in schools and private workshops. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, Bill, her daughters Sadie and Clea, and her tabby cats/writing assistants Angel and Squash.

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Nov 14, 2017

Recent Reads: The Painting by Charis Cotter

Source: From Librarything Early Reviewers Program and Tundra Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

The Painting
The Painting by Charis Cotter

Publisher:  Tundra Books
Publication Date:   September 19, 2017



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Format:  Hardback


Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
A haunting, beautiful middle-grade novel about fractured relationships, loss, ghosts, friendship and art.
Annie and her mother don't see eye to eye. When Annie finds a painting of a lonely lighthouse in their home, she is immediately drawn to it--and her mother wishes it would stay banished in the attic. To her, art has no interest, but Annie loves drawing and painting.
When Annie's mother slips into a coma following a car accident, strange things begin to happen to Annie. She finds herself falling into the painting and meeting Claire, a girl her own age living at the lighthouse. Claire's mother Maisie is the artist behind the painting, and like Annie, Claire's relationship with her mother is fraught. Annie thinks she can help them find their way back to each other, and in so doing, help mend her relationship with her own mother.
But who IS Claire? Why can Annie travel through the painting? And can Annie help her mother wake up from her coma?
The Painting is a touching, evocative story with a hint of mystery and suspense to keep readers hooked.
Review: 
This was a very strange book - dark and mysterious but also deliberate and deep. The story follows the point of views of two girls, Annie and Claire, who meet each other through a painting. Annie's mother was just in a car accident and so she is going through some things, and Claire lives by a lighthouse and recently lost her little sister. They come together to help each other through some traumatic times. That is the simplest way to put it all - the paintings are the threshold which Annie uses to see Claire, and Claire believes that Annie is the ghost of her deceased sister - so there are a lot more layers to this plot.

Annie is artistic but also wants to help, while Claire is more shy and has a tendency to dwell. The book alternated points of view pretty quickly as they visited one another or were alone, and the time the read spends with each girl is only 2-3 pages but there is a lot of depth of character in each section. I am honestly not really sure whether to characterize this as a MG or a YA book but it felt more on the MG side as far as the ages of the girls, but more YA in the overall concept, so for a more advanced MG reader this would be a great book. The story has time travel and is a bit of a ghost story as well, it is mysterious about the traveling and the paintings but it is deep in the wounds and healing side that both these girls are having to handle. It was a very good read. 

Nov 13, 2017

Discussion: Genre Lovin'


Today is a Discussion Day here at Cover2CoverBlog. I am trying to start these a little more since they seem fun :) I hope you enjoy and if you have any topic suggestions let me know in the comments.

Today's Topic

Genre Lovin' - Retellings/ Adaptations

If you have been around the blog a while you know that I am LOVING retellings lately and lucky for me there are been SO many on the market for all levels of readers. 

I found this wonderful graphic from Epic Reads and it got me thinking about the retellings that I love and so I wanted to compile a list from my blog for you of some they might no t have included (and I have Middle Grade books too!)

YA RETELLINGS - An epic chart brought to you by EpicReads!

Cinderella
Their list includes Throne of Glass - I kind of get that but not really... what do you think?
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)  Mechanica (Mechanica, #1) 


Snow White
Stitching Snow 

Mythology
Persephone (Daughters of Zeus, #1)  The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1) The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
A Beautiful Fate  Loki's Wolves (The Blackwell Pages, #1)

Jack and the Beanstalk
Mighty Jack (Mighty Jack, #1) 

Bluebeard
 Strands of Bronze and Gold

Beauty and the Beast
Belle's Tale (Disney Beauty and the Beast, #1) The Beast's Tale (Disney Beauty and the Beast, #2)
Peter Pan
Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, #1)

Alice in Wonderland
Complete Alice in Wonderland After Alice
Wizard of Oz
Spelled (The Storymakers, #1)
 
The Wild Swans
This is a fairy tale from Hans Christian Andersen that I wasn't even familiar with before reading this book!

Spinning Starlight 

Sherlock 
Not really a retelling but a wonderful adaptation :)
The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes, #1)

Robin Hood

Will in Scarlet 

Compilations
These books have a little bit of everything...
Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School, #1)  The Spell Thief (Little Legends #1) Tom Thorneval: Dream Merchant Extraordinaire  Far Far Away 
The Grimm Chronicles, Vol. 1

Do you have a genre that you are geeking out about lately? Let me know in the comments below.