March 24, 2017

Music | What I'm Listening To

It's been two months since Carina and I have done one of our playlists but she's just getting back from vacation (lucky!) so instead, I'm going to share three songs I've had on repeat lately.

Ed Sheeran - What Do I Know
When Ed Sheeran's new album came out,  most of my friends raved about his super romantic song "Perfect" and while I understand why, I have to admit that it was "What Do I Know?" that I kept turning to. Aside from the fact that it's insanely catchy, it's this line from the chorus that gets me every time: We could change this whole world with a piano.

Dude York - Black Jack
The guitar riffs on this song are everything. That's all I have to say.

Milky Chance (feat. Izzy Bizu) - Bad Things
I've been waiting for Milky Chance to come out with another song for me to fall in love with and Bad Things is it.

What songs have you been listening to lately?

March 23, 2017

FOF Book Club: Written in Red

For our first quarter's book club, we read Written in Red (The Others, #1) by Anne Bishop. Here's what I thought!


Written in Red (Others #1)
by Anne Bishop
pub 3/513 by Roc
Adult - Urban Fantasy
It's been a while since I've gotten sucked into an urban fantasy series that wasn't written by J.R. Ward or Karen Marie Moning. But Anne Bishop, you can consider me a fan. Written in Red throws you into the story and the characters with very little preamble but the gaps get filled in quickly enough and it wasn't before long that I got my bearings and found myself along for the ride. Meg Corbyn is a cassandra sangue, a blood prophet who can see visions of the future when her skin is cut. But her kind are treated more like property than people by their controllers so Meg flees. And somehow finds herself at Lakeside Courtyard, a property owned by the Others, and asking to be their new Human Liasion. The Others are the dominant race who co-habit this world with humans and can be anything from shapeshifters (not just werewolves), vampires, faeries and more. The leader of the courtyard is shapeshifter Simon Wolfgard (note the last name) and against his better judgement, he gives Meg the job even though he senses there's more to her than meets the eye.

It's a dark and dangerous world which is why I was surprised to find myself chuckling at scenes and engrossed in the relationships Meg forms with everyone. First of all, Meg is just awesome. After being caged for so long, having a life of her own is new to her. It makes her reactions to situations both endearing and impressive, especially as she comes face-to-face with Others. Likewise, the author does a great job of giving the Others depth. We get to know each new person as individuals and through Meg's eyes. And lastly, Simon. It's clearly the beginning of an epic slow burn romance and I'm already in love with where it's going. Their relationship and the one she has with another character are my favorites.

The book ends on a solid note and while it was a tad too long, I enjoyed it so much that I immediately put the second book on hold at the library and bought a copy of Written in Red for myself!

Book Club Questions
For every series we read, we'll be answering the same three questions at the end of our mini-reviews.

Favorite character | Meg but also Simon and Sam. 
Would you read more from this author? | Yes! As I already mentioned, I have plans to continue this series. 

For those of you who read the series with us, 
what did you think?

Also, make sure to check out Alexa's thoughts on the series!

March 20, 2017

Table for Two #3

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, I'll be chatting about Sticky Rice and Alexa is featuring Soft Swerve.

I love Thai food so when we were looking for a restaurant near Soft Swerve, I was excited to find Sticky Rice. It's a cute little restaurant with a lot of food options! As soon as we sat down to look at the menu, we pretty much wanted to try everything. Which is why my favorite part about the place was their dinner combo which let you choose two appetizers, one entree and any of their specialty drinks. I ended up getting a spring roll, Thai dumplings and shrimp pad thai while Alexa got the Thai beggar's pouch, chicken satay and fried rice. The portions were definitely perfect for us but unfortunately, a bit too spicy for me which I wasn't expecting. We did end up liking our food though but not quite loving it. That said, I would still come back again if we were in the neighborhood to see if I had better luck next time. (I would totally ask if something was spicy or not!) 

You can find Sticky Rice on  85 Orchard St. Let us know if you check it out!