After reading Children of Blood and Bone, I was excited to get the next book in the series from the library; however, Children of Virtue and Vengeance sets a completely different tone as the characters try to figure out "now what?" after the ritual went awry. The descriptions of magic are still wondrous, and the… Continue reading Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Although I don’t usually read YA books, this book blew me away. The story instantly draws you in with its complex characters, powerful descriptions, and plot that mirrors themes relevant to today’s race and police brutality issues. I particularly loved Tomi Adeyemi’s concept of magic, not only in the wondrous depictions, but as a power that can divide and unite.
Cuban Avocado Salad
This simple, yet delicious salad is a great side for many Cuban dishes. Best of all, it's hard to mess up!
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
Idaho is a beautifully written book set in the desolate lonely mountains of--you guessed it--Idaho. Throughout most of the book Ann is trying to figure out what happened one day many years ago when Wade’s first wife, Jenny, killed one of his daughters, and the other daughter disappeared.
Vegetarian Cuban-style Picadillo
A staple in many Cuban households, this is one of the few dishes I learned to cook for myself in college because it is comforting and cozy. When I became vegetarian, I didn't eat it for many years, but I recently made a veggie version! My husband says it's better than the meat one they serve at my house (shhh).
Miami by Joan Didion
Joan Didion’s Miami is like a mirage, a city surrounded by water, heat, and such wild stories that when you finish the book, you wonder if any of it was true. It’s like the feel of Miami in Scarface, full of fuchsia sunsets, gunfights, and zinging techno music.