October 20, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (51)

Weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews 

Another month, another rather big haul. In terms of what I bought, a few of my highly anticipated pre-orders came in (Leigh! Moxie!) that I'm super excited to read. Then after seeing the redesigned Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout in person, I splurged and got the rest of the Covenant series because let's face it, I was going to get them all eventually anyway. And of course, some very generous publishers sent me ARCs and finished copies, which I am very thankful for.

So, onto the books!


What new books have you guys gotten lately?

October 18, 2017

Review: Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

Collaborative feature with Alexa since Nov 2013. We read ARCs together and post our reviews on the same date.

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
pub 10/3/17 by HarperTeen
Young Adult - Contemporary
Received from pub via Edelweiss
Plot • After Grace, an old child adopted at birth, goes through the experience of putting her own baby up for adoption, she decides to see out her biological family. But the last thing she expects is to find out that she has two half-siblings, both in close proximity to her home. She meets Maya, her younger snarky sister, who often finds herself feeling out of place in her adopted family, and Joaquin, her guarded older brother, who’s had it rough with the foster care system and remembers more about their mother than either of them (and wants nothing to do with her). We follow all three siblings throughout their individual struggles and then the moving way in which they begin to open up to one another.

Characters •  I love stories that have to do with family and the relationships between Grace, Maya and Joaquin tugged at my heart SO much. (There were a lot of tears, my friends. A LOT.) Each sibling is struggling with something different but at the end of the day, it comes down to the bond they feel for one another, the wonderful people who took them in, and what it means to belong. I genuinely enjoyed each of their stories but I connected to Grace the most, maybe because she’s the glue that brings them all together and the driving force for wanting to face their past (aka their biological mother).

Writing • Robin Benway is one of those authors that I feel flies under the radar but every time I find out she has a new book coming out, it automatically goes on my TBR. And when I read said book? It reminds of what a wonderful writer she is and the distinct stories she tells. Far from the Tree had that exact effect on me.

Overall feelings • I five-star loved this book. So basically, you should read it.

What's your favorite movie with siblings? • Parent Trap! I loved that movie for such a long time and was the first movie that came to mind. (Followed closely by Practical Magic but I need to re-watch it. It's been too long!)

October 16, 2017

Table for Two #10

Alexa of Alexa Loves Books and I have teamed up to bring you a collaboration that involves two of our favorite things - New York City and food. We're proud to introduce Table for Two, where the two of us will be highlighting restaurants and dessert spots in New York City. You'll be hearing our personal opinions on the place and the food, as well as where you can go to try it out for yourself.

For this month's Table for Two, both Alexa and I will be chatting about Union Fare! I'll be talking about the restaurant though while she'll talk all about their bakery.

Union Fare is right by my office so I pass by it all the time! It's divided into two parts, the bakery (on 17th) and the restaurant (on 18th). That should be a clue already to how big this place is, because from the outside it definitely doesn't seem that way. I love their look with all the hanging lights and rustic feel. Even though it can get pretty packed, it wasn't so loud that we had to yell while speaking to one another (always a plus). Because we've always gone to Union Fare for their croissants (and for good reason), so I was excited to finally check out their dinner. 

We got: homemade ricotta toast to share, their house-made fusili with lamb ragu and their taste of three fries (curly, old bay waffle and shoestring). The toast was delicious but pretty filling so by the time our pasta came, we barely made a dent in it. It was still good though! And we may have underestimated just how much fries we were going to have but we happily munched on all of them. If you get full fast like we do, definitely get the toast, share the pasta and maybe stick to one type of fries. I can see us going back here again! 

You can find Union Fare at 5 E 17th St. Let us know if you check it out!