Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Charlotte Au Chocolat by Charlotte Silver

Publisher: Riverhead (Penguin)
Published: February 16th, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Source: Library


Like Eloise growing up in the Plaza Hotel, Charlotte Silver grew up in her mother's restaurant. Located in Harvard Square, Upstairs at the Pudding was a confection of pink linen tablecloths and twinkling chandeliers, a decadent drop for childhood. Over dinners of foie gras and Dover sole, always served with a Shirley Temple, Charlotte kept company with a rotating cast of eccentric staff members. After dinner, in her frilly party dress, and stilettos who shouldered the burden of raising a family and running 
kitchen. Charlotte's unconventional upbringing takes its toll, and as she grows up wishing her increasingly busy mother were more of a presence in her life. But when the restaurant-forever teetering on the brink of financial collapse-looks as if it may finally be closing, Charlotte comes to realize the sacrifices her mother has made to keep the family and restaurant afloat and gains a new appreciation of the world her mother has built.

Infectious, charming, and at times wistful, Charlotte au Chocolat is a celebration of the magic of a beautiful presentation and the virtues of good manners, as well as a loving tribute to the author's mother - a woman who always showed her best face to the world.


"I grew up rich. The setting—or stage set—of my childhood was the velvety pink-and-green dining room of my mother's restaurant, Upstairs at the Pudding, located above the Hasty Pudding Club in a red-brick Victorian building at 10 Holyoke Street in Harvard Square. My life was not a child's life of jungle gyms and Velcro sneakers, but of soft lighting, stiff petticoats, rolling pins smothered in flour, and candied violets in wax paper. It was a life of manners, of air kisses, of "How do you dos," and a life for which I needed six party dresses a year, three every spring and three every winter. We were rich. Everybody knew it. 
Yet we were not; we were not rich at all. For as long as I could remember, the restaurant had tottered on the brink of collapse. I always knew we would lose it one day. And we did lose it; we did."

Charlotte Au Chocolat (Source)
Charlotte grew up in a world filled with all manners of fancy things. In a little girl's eyes growing up in a restaurant like Upstairs at the Pudding was simply a wonderful dream that you didn't want to wake up from. Who wouldn't want to grow up at Upstairs at the Pudding when you are able to eat dessert whenever you want, stay up late with the grownups, be coddled by the staff, and best of all you get to wear the prettiest (preferably pink) dresses. But not everything's right in Charlotte's world. As she grows up things start to change. Her parents' divorce, the staff who were once her friends start to leave, and even her namesake, Charlotte au Chocolat, is
disappearing from the menu. Everything is changing and only after the fact does she realize what the restaurant, her mother, and her childhood really meant to her life. 

I really enjoyed reading about Charlotte's childhood. It wasn't just her childhood... but for the most of the book it was. At first it was all glitz and glam but like you know from the quote above on the very first page Charlotte told you how it was. I actually forgot about how the restaurant would inevitably close down because I had immersed myself so much in the here and now of the story. And what a story it was. Charlotte described her childhood in a way where it was like she was someone else. All wise but not out of touch with what was going on with her life. It's like she was reflecting on her life while she was telling her story. Her "voice" was one of the most recognizable things that I remember about this book.

In Charlotte's world people could be put into two groups. You are either a front room person which means you are like the glitz and the glamour of the restaurant or you are a kitchen person which means you are the backbone and rough, raw passion of the restaurant. We are all labeled as something or put into categories by someone else one way or another. I see people in different ways just like other people do and like Charlotte does which she got from her mother. It was interesting to read about her view on different people. I could never quite get who front people were. I understand kitchen people. They are easy to understand. They are the strugglers, the hard workers. I liked her description of her view on different types of people because well... I liked how she described everything! I love the way she wrote and this is a perfect example of how she writes. In that wise, and awareness type of tone. I feel like she's in her head a lot and is an observer of the world which I've always felt I am like.

"When I was a small child, I associated my parents with individual flavors. It was the same way you might filter someone through a filter of color - thinking of some people in blues, other people in reds - but instead of color, the sensation I latched on to was flavor. My mother's flavors were always those of the desserts she made - suave caramels and milk chocolates and the delicate, utterly feminine accents of crystallized violets or buttery almonds. But my father's flavors - my father's flavors were something else altogether. They were subtle and elusive and melted on the tongue only to vanish before you could place them. Dark, adult flavors, and slightly bitter: veal carpaccio, silvery artichokes. And, most of all, mushrooms: chanterelles, chicken of the woods, and - my father's favorite mushroom of all - trumpets of death." 

Charlotte even categorized her parents which is funny because I think about my parents and who they are. I see obvious differences but I also see obvious similarities. It's like when you see a couple together for a long time. They just fit together. Charlotte's parents did not. Her mother was this very stylish woman who was very... strict in a way. She was just tough about emotions. She's the type of person who probably expresses her love not by words, hugs, or kisses, but by food and advice. I never really liked her but I couldn't say I full out hated her or anything like that. I think it was the resolution in the end. This scene she and Charlotte had together. Charlotte felt resolved after it but I really didn't like what her mother had to say. Her tough attitude wasn't needed then.

Her father is a rough type of person. I don't really think he's the loud type of person which I first envisioned in my head for him. He's more reserved and secretive which you and Charlotte come to know. After the divorce you figure out who he really is. He photographed brooms and other weird still life. I was as confused by him as Charlotte was. He's completely different than what you expect. Around the time you are discovering what he really is like you get to know the downsides of owning a restaurant. There's this sad undertone to the book but it's not like you feel overly sad or anything. It's just there. I'm guessing I didn't feel it as much because again how Charlotte wrote her story. It was a closed off view of her life which means you didn't feel overly emotional about those parts in her life. I did feel connected to the story though and couldn't help relaxing into and discovering what's going to happen next.

The whole story reminded me of the 1950's. You've got what seems like a great life that you wish you had because this book seriously makes you hungry whenever you just look at the cover and you want to stuff a whole cake into your mouth... Anyways there is this credit building up and you act like it's not there but for Charlotte she didn't even know. She didn't know there was a price to her life. It's not like her mother was intentionally wasting money she just wanted the best for her restaurant and life and just like any restaurant it can close down. It's like how when you realize the concept of money and then you fully realize what it takes to feed a family and live in a home. It's her growing up and realizing these things like we all do. It captured those moments in our life where we grow up and your view of everything is different from what you felt the world was like as a child. This book reminded me of all those things but mainly it reminded me of why I love memoirs. I want to read more memoirs again because of this book more importantly more food memoirs.


Fantastic writing, great story and characters. Loved that I could get a sample of the restaurant world through this book especially when I think of all that food. The transition of childhood to adult and figuring out how the real world is was wonderful because we can all relate to those changes. Only thing is that scene with her mother in the end. I didn't feel like her story should have been resolved with that scene like I felt it was made out to be.

For more info about Charlotte Silver and her books go to:

Since it's almost Mother's Day (May 12) here's a book that connects mother's and daughter's that Charlotte Silver contributed to:

What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-One Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most

In What My Mother Gave Me, women look at the relationships between mothers and daughters through a new lens: a daughter’s story of a gift from her mother that has touched her to the bone and served as a model, a metaphor, or a touchstone in her own life. The contributors of these thirty-one original pieces include Pulitzer Prize winners, perennial bestselling novelists, and celebrated broadcast journalists. 
Collectively, the pieces have a force that feels as elemental as the tides: outpourings of lightness and darkness; joy and grief; mother love and daughter love; mother love and daughter rage. In these stirring words we find that every gift, no matter how modest, tells the story of a powerful bond. As Elizabeth Benedict points out in her introduction, whether we are mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, or cherished friends, we may not know for quite some time which presents will matter the most.

 What did Charlotte Silver's mom give here?

Why her leopard ankle boots of course!

“These, these were my mother’s trademarks, her badges of feminine armor against the world.”
It makes sense her mother would give her something stylish to wear when she was always making sure she showed her best face to the world. 

Speaking of Mother's Day... Does anyone have any plans to for their mothers, aunts, sisters, best girlfriend, etc.?

I want that cake...

Monday, April 29, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #16 + Extras

This meme is hosted by Book Journey

So I am back!!! It's a miracle really. I'm sure you were wondering why I've been gone most of the time and why whenever I posted anything this month and last that it was a blog tour. You may have noticed that I signed up for a bunch of blog tours these past couple of months. That there is the problem of why I haven't been around for a long period of time. Too many blog tours... There's also the fact that the semester was winding down and I was stressing out in a big way. Essays, finals, just the coming of the end made me anxious. So now that it's summer (for four months I might add) I'm going back to basics. My posts will be more like that of my January posts with discussions interspersed throughout the month. I do have blog tours but not that many. After I'm done with these I don't know... Blog Tours will be rarer. Hope you all have been doing great and I look forward to getting back into the mix of things reading reviews, commenting, and discovering new books!

Summer Plans:

Before I get into anything of what I am reading this week I wanted to tell you all what's going on with me this summer. Other than swimming, going to the beach, reading, and other regular stuff I am getting into shape! The only reason I'm saying this is well I am excited. I've been eating better for a couple of days and today's the day I started to exercise (my thighs are killing me!!!) I'm using videos to exercise with. I might even do an inspiring tumblr for all things fitness to motivate me a little more. Tumblr really is a great source of inspiration. How I miss it... Speaking of tumblr you may have noticed my new template (hopefully it lasts long). It kind of reminds me of a tumblr blog which is what I like about it. It's cleaner and nice... I plan on updating my blog more this week especially my About Me page. I've been 19 for a while now but my blog doesn't agree. The other tabs need updating too.

So I do have plans for the blog and reading in general this summer. I have gone back to the schedule way of things like I had for January. I will edit where I need it. I plan on reading more for my challenges. I have so many plans... I am so excited to share the reviews and discussions I have planned! I am more excited about getting back to the basics and when I go to the library I actually browse through books. That's something I've been missing out for a while.

One of the regular things that I will be doing is watching t.v. I mention this because I'm sure you all know there has been announcements for the cast of the Maze Runner movie. I will be watching Thomas, played by Dylan O'Brien, in Teen Wolf. My thing about him is that he's just too funny to be Thomas. If you have seen Teen Wolf I'm sure you will agree. He's awesome but can he play a serious/tense role? What do you think? Check out the video below so you can see exactly what I mean.

Dylan O'Brien is Thomas in Maze Runner Movie!

What do you think? Is Dylan going to be a good Thomas?

Currently Reading:

"Nine years after Mibs's Savvy journey, her cousin Ledge has just turned thirteen . . . But Ledger Kale's savvy is a total dud-all he does is make little things fall apart. So his parents decide it's safe to head to Wyoming, where it's soon revealed that Ledge's savvy is much more powerful than anyone thought. Worse, his savvy disaster has an outside witness: Sarah Jane Cabot, reporter wannabe and daughter of the local banker. Just like that, Ledge's beloved normal life is over. Now he has to keep Sarah from turning family secrets into headlines, stop her father from foreclosing on Uncle Autry's ranch, and scumble his savvy into control so that, someday, he can go home.

Starring a cast both fresh and familiar, Scumble brilliantly melds Ingrid Law's signature heart and humor with the legendary Wild West." -Goodreads Summary

Scumble is the sequel to Savvy, a new favorite of mine. The first book was such a fantastic book. I recommend it to EVERYONE. I expect the second book to be just as great.

"More than frosting filled those cakes... Wilma Sue seems destined to go from one foster home to the next---until she is sent to live with sisters and missionaries, Ruth and Naomi. Do they really care about Wilma Sue, or are they just looking for a Cinderella-style farmhand to help raise chickens and bake cakes? As Wilma Sue adjusts to her new surroundings and helps deliver 'special' cakes, Wilma Sue realizes there's something strange going on. She starts looking for secret ingredients, and along the way she makes a new friend, Penny. When Penny and her mother hit a rough patch, Naomi decides to make her own version of cake---with disastrous results. Then tragedy strikes the chickens, and all fingers point to Wilma Sue---just when she was starting to believe she could at last find a permanent home with Ruth and Naomi. Will the sisters turn her out, or will she discover what it feels like to be truly loved?" -Goodreads Summary

Cake sounds like such a feel good book. Both these books are children's book which is the perfect way for me to start off Summer. 

Both of these will be featured this month but only one will contribute to a discussion and be reviewed this week. Can you guess which one?

What are you reading this week? 
I know it's not technically Summer but what do you have planned for Summer?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Blog Tour: The Missing File

Title: The Missing File
Author: D.A. Mishani
Series: Book #1
Format- Paperback
Publisher- Harper
Published- April 16th, 2013
Pages- 289
Source- TLC Book Tours

In The Missing File, Israeli detective Avraham Avraham must find a teenage boy gone missing from the suburbs of Tel Aviv in this first volume in a fresh new literary crime series by D. A. Mishani. 

Crimes in Avraham’s quiet suburb are generally not all that complex. But when a sixteen-year-old boy goes missing and a schoolteacher offers up a baffling complication, Avraham finds himself questioning everything he thought he knew about his life. 

Told through alternating points of view, The Missing File is an emotionally wrought, character-driven page-turner with plenty of twists and turns. It’s a mystery that will leave readers questioning the notions of innocence and guilt, and the nebulous nature of truth.

Avraham Avraham is an investigator who usually has to deal with mothers who want their daughters followed or class bullies to get reprimanded so when a new mother walks in telling him that her son is missing he thinks nothing of it. He think he ran away or will come back soon after a wild night partying because nothing ever really goes wrong where he lives. This time he is proven wrong. Racked with guilt he gets on the case as soon as he can to find the missing boy. He tries to make up for lost time but seems more frazzled than usual with this case. Meanwhile there is Ze'ev, the missing boy's neighbor and once English tutor, who seems to take a great interest in the case. He's a little more than suspicious when he starts wanting to see Avraham all the time to tell him the type of person Ofer really is. This is a mystery that will keep you questioning until the end: W hat really happened to Ofer Sharabi?

Avraham is supposed to be this great investigator so initially I thought he would have it all together. He dismisses this mother's fears that something horrible happened to her son which I can easily forgive him for because it was an obvious mistake. The thing about Avraham and all the characters  were that they were the quiet, pensive type so any shake or disruption in how their world is startles them. Avraham seemed not to recover for most of the story because he felt so guilty for not taking the case so seriously in the beginning. I know that's not supposed to be the case based on something the book said later on but it feels that way. I like that Avraham was the quiet, pensive type like I think all the other characters were like too. It created this atmosphere of just... quiet tension. Tension when things didn't go a certain way. Again like the whole world turned upside down because things weren't how that character thought it would turn out.

Ze'ev was such a great character. When his part came around I made sure I paid attention. There were always moments with him where I'm surprised Avraham didn't turn around and say "Did you really just say that?" I mean he gave off definite crazy vibes. Him and his "relationship" with Ofer was all up in the air throughout the book. You think you know what he's about and what's going to happen but in the end you really don't. All I can tell you is that I felt like it was obvious he had something to do with Ofer's disappearance throughout the book. I felt like if I was there listening in or seeing what he was doing I would have stopped what I was doing, raised my eyebrow, and seriously doubt what type of person he was and what he had to do with Ofer's disappearance. The stuff he does or says... he's so suspicious! I mean WOW. This guy... How can you not question his motives?

So it definitely kept my attention. I really liked that this book was a translation from Hebrew. I liked that the book's main character, Avraham, referenced a couple of times about how come there wasn't any Hebrew crime novels or something to that affect. And here this book is. I really enjoyed the feel of the book and the intelligent way about it (in a good way). It kept me interested from start to finish and that's all you can really hope for in any book. I am so surprised by the number of surprises in this book which might not make sense but it is true. More accurately I am surprised by the twists because there oh so good twists people. They make me so happy it's crazy. It feels like they come out of left field or something. It makes you think.

I really wonder how this series is going to continue because it did have two POV's for this first book. One was an investigator and another was someone close to the person that everyone was looking for. Is the author planning on continuing with that theme or is it going to be based solely on the life of Avraham Avraham? Also, with that ending... What's going to happen with that!? Such a crazy ending. I absolutely loved it. I feel like the author might just leave it like that but then again it's like you can;t possibly leave it like that... I really enjoyed almost every aspect of this book. The feel of it, it's characters, and the intelligent way about it. It's just so good. I hope to continue on with this series and to read more books by this author.

About the Author

D. A. Mishani (born in 1975) is an Israeli crime writer, editor and literary scholar, specializing in the history of detective fiction. 

His first detective novel, "The missing file", was published in Hebrew in 2011. Translation rights for the novel, the first in a crime series featuring police inspector Avraham Avraham, were sold to more than 10 territories. The American edition of "The missing file" will be published by HarperCollins on April 2013.
D. A. Mishani lives with his wife and two children in Tel Aviv, and writes the second novel in the series, "Possibility of violence".

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Blog Tour: And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry

Title: And Then I Found You
Author: Patti Callahan Henry
Format- ebook
Publisher- St. Martin's Press
Release Date- April 9th, 2013
Pages- 272
Source- NetGalley

Kate Vaughan is no stranger to tough choices.
She’s made them before. Now it’s time to do it again.

Kate has a secret, something tucked away in her past. And she’s getting on with her life.  Her business is thriving. She has a strong relationship with her family, and a devoted boyfriend whom she wants to love with all her heart. If Kate had ever made a list, Rowan would fill the imagined boxes of a perfect mate. But she wants more than the perfect on paper relationship; she wants a real and imperfect love. That's why, when Kate discovers the small velvet box hidden in Rowan's drawer, she panics.

It always happens this way. Just when Kate thinks she can love, just when she believes she can conquer the fear, she’s filled with dread. And she wants more than anything to make this feeling go away. But how?

When the mistakes have been made and the running is over, it’s time to face the truth. Kate knows this. She understands that a woman can never undo what can never be undone. Yet, for the first time in her life she also knows that she won’t fully love until she confronts those from her past. It’s time to act.

Can she do it? Can she travel to the place where it all began, to the one who shares her secret? Can the lost ever become found?

And Then I Found You gives new life to the phrase “inspired by a true story.” By travelling back to a painful time in her own family’s history, the author explores the limits of courage, and the price of a selfless act.

Thirteen years ago Kate Vaughan lost the love of her life, the only life she wanted, and her newborn daughter. She actually gave that daughter away after her and Jack couldn't provide her with a united family. See everything was going well for Kate. She was with Jack Adams, who she's known for as long as she can remember and she was helping young girls feel better about themselves. Jack didn’t like all the time they were spending apart and he warned Kate but Kate didn’t listen. She lost him and all she wants for the longest time is for him to come back to her.

Jack was her first kiss on the first day of spring which becomes pretty important to her. Every day on the first day of spring she has to do something unexpected. Something she wouldn’t regularly do. The present spring she’s decided to make a clean break. She needs to talk to Jack and get closure. She decides this when she saw a wedding ring that her current boyfriend hid away. She didn’t tell Rowan that she was going. She just did it. There are a lot of things that Rowan doesn’t know about her but it’s all about to be revealed when she sees a friend request on Facebook. That friend request is from none other than the daughter she gave up all those years ago.

What I really liked that the author did with this book was give us a background of her own personal story. One of her family members gave away their child and 21 years later her child found her on Facebook. This personal story made me instantly like this story and the possibilities of where it can go. I loved that it was the daughter that found the mother especially since I’m sure it would be even more complicated if the mother or father found the daughter. Simply because maybe she would not be ready to meet the parents that she felt didn’t want her.

This seriously was an emotional book for me. Parents and children being lost and found, it all gets to me. It’s such a sweet story that feels lighthearted and happy but also is just very sad. I mean Kate gave away her child which I still don’t understand. So what if her and Jack weren’t together? Have you never met a single parent? I also thought Jack’s excuse for leaving her was just plain dumb. He could not convince me that he would let the love of his life get away from him just because they hadn’t been spending time together for a long time. If you love her, wait for her. You apparently don’t love her enough because she’s clearly happy helping children deal with their problems. Ugh. Annoying…

The style of writing is hard to explain. It just had this way about it that kind of felt… wise maybe? It kind of felt sometimes that Jack wasn’t really someone I could know though. He was distant for me but he wasn’t. I think I know who Jack was but really I think I would have liked his POV in the book so I would have gotten to really know him. His daughter was such a nice girl. She's like her mother in that she likes the "cool" guy who is also the good guy. I feel like she's humble too which I can't really explain. It's just a feeling I get off of her. I really did like this book. It was such a joy to read. I have been in a kind of reading slump where I felt the books I was reading were good but not great. This book is great. It’s an emotional, heartwarming story that I really needed. I am so happy I was able to read this book and can’t wait to read more about this author. This really was a treat for me.

To purchase And Then I Found You go to:

About the Author

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times Bestselling novelist. She has published nine novels (Losing the Moon, Where the River Runs, When Light Breaks, Betweeen the Tides, The Art of Keeping Secrets, and Driftwood Summer, The Perfect Love Song, Coming up for Air and the upcoming And Then I Found You --April 2013, St. Martins Press). Patti has been hailed as a fresh new voice in southern fiction, appearing in numerous magazines (Good Housekeeping; SKIRT; The South; Southern Living, etc..). She has been short-listed for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. She has been nominated four different times for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Fiction Novel of the Year. Her work is published in five languages and all novels are on Brilliance Audio.  Two of her novels were OKRA picks and Coming up For Air was an Indie Next choice. Patti is a a frequent speaker at fundraisers, library events and book festivals, discussing the importance of storytelling. Her next novel, AND THEN I FOUND YOU, will be released on April, 9th, 2013 by St. Martins Press. Patti Callahan Henry is a full time writer, wife and mother of three living in Mountain Brook, AL.


Thanks to the author & Itching for Books for this giveaway!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Blog Tour: Deadly Kisses by Kerri Cuevas

Title: Deadly Kisses
Author: Kerri Cuevas
Series: Book #1
Format- ebook
Publisher- WiDo Publishing
Published- March 5th, 2013
Pages- 246
Source- Xpresso Book Tours

Aiden Grant is seventeen, has a killer kiss, and a boss who used to be President, back in the old days. You see, Aiden is a grim reaper and his kiss welcomes the newly dead. But Aiden’s pleasant grim reaper lifestyle is in jeopardy. And it’s not only because Honest Abe keeps throwing out history lessons with reaping assignments, just to confuse him. It’s because Aiden’s next assignment is to reap the soul of Bee, the only girl he has ever loved.

When Aiden’s kiss of death fails, intertwining their souls, Bee is still very much alive and they are both in trouble. The ancients want Bee, who has special powers of her own, and they’ll do anything to get her.

Some rules are meant to be broken—even if that means Aiden must bargain with his own soul to save Bee. Who knew the afterlife could get so complicated?

Aiden Grant is dead. But, he still walks the earth. He's able to walk the earth still because when he died he held on to his regret which made him a grim reaper. He brags that he's a pretty good one too. Then he gets his next assignment from his "mentor" Abraham Lincoln, and it's Bee. Bee, the girl he once looked at with eyes full of love. Now he has to take her soul. He's resolved to do his job but when he tries to take her soul away she flat out surprises him by fighting him off. She actually speaks to him because for some reason she can see him. It's a race to discover how she's able to see grim reapers and what her other powers have to do with her history. This needs to be done by the seven day time limit when Aiden has to take her soul away. If not Aiden gets in some trouble ... well some big trouble. He would get sent to hell if he messes this up.

The story gets a little more complicated than just the regret and wanting he has for the life he had and the life he could have had with Bee. Ancient grim reapers start to get involved and wreak havoc but before that it's just Aiden and Bee. The thing is that Bee doesn't know Aiden is her grim reaper because he keeps himself covered up. So there's this whole drama with that. Aiden has to act like someone who doesn't care about what he has to do. He puts on a false voice so Bee won't know who he is. Everything gets complicated when things get too personal. Of course nothing can get more personal than taking the soul away from the one you love.

With Aiden you can tell he's a nice guy who really cares about Bee and her family. His regret has to do with her and her family. The way he died has to do with a lot about her family particularly Bee's cousin who was his best friend. You do feel some of his emotions about his death. Sometimes I felt the story could be a little dramatic at points but other times I did feel truly sorry for what Aiden had to go through. I got a little bit emotional for him because when you really think about it Aiden died so young. He was robbed of his life. The book is even partly inspired by the "If I Die Young" song so no wonder this book got me a little emotional.

Bee was just awesome. She was really strong. I particularly liked her entrance to the story which started with a bang. I didn't expect her to be so different. I didn't expect her to be able to heal him the way she did. I guess it makes sense she would be unique. I kind of really wished she was normal. There are some times I didn't want this complicated part of her to be in the story. I just wanted to feel like I could connect with their situation a little more. Only in that it didn't really need that extra bit of paranormal for me to like this story. Saying that I did really enjoy the story. The characters were great. I loved that it was about grim reapers too. I think a lot of people will like that this book deals with death and grim reapers because it's such a big thing in YA. The addition of the ancients I thought was unnecessary though. Other than those couple of things I pointed out this was a nice, fun read.

To purchase Deadly Kisses go to:

About the Author

Kerri Cuevas was born and raised in Rhode Island. She moved to New Hampshire with her husband, three kids, cats and a rabbit named Hercules in 2005. When she's not writing, she's chasing chickens on her small farm or searching for the ultimate mac-a-cheese recipe.

Kerri went to college for Early Childhood Education but now writes books for young adults full-time. Her storytelling stems from watching too many horror flicks as a teen, but she no longer needs to sleep with the lights on.

For more info about Kerri Cuevas and her book go to:


Thanks to the author & Xpresso Book Tours for the giveaway!