I love cake. And, I love books. So I was super excited when Jessica from Sea Reads (@sea.reads) tagged me on Instagram for the #cakeflavoredbooks challenge. Here are the guidelines for this tag:
- There are 7 flavors of cake (listed below).
- Each cake flavor represents a mood.
- Choose a book that you associate with that cake.
🍰 Chocolate Cake: A dark book that you loved.
I couldn’t choose one, so I threw in two slices of chocolate cake here :). There’s no specific order to the two. I love both novels all the same.
Synopsis of The King: The highest stakes…
My father gambles every night, falling deeper and deeper into debt. When he hits the bottom, he places a new bet: his daughter. I’m his entry bet to the biggest underground poker game.
Every kind of danger circles the velvet-covered table, but only one man makes me tremble.
A trailer park princess.
The son of a criminal king.
We don’t belong together, but I’m caught in a twisted game.
His eyes meet mine with dark promise. And when he puts down his cards, I know I’m going to lose more than my body. I’m going to lose everything.
The King is the first book in Skye Warren’s Masterpiece duet. I read both The King and The Queen back to back, and, yes, it was intense. But, that’s what I like about a Skye Warren read. This author doesn’t throw anything light to the reader. It’s dark, it’s gritty, but it also makes you swoon in so many places. I love that as a reader, I get to experience Penny’s and Damon’s growth and see first hand, the struggles in their relationship. These two were really meant to be.
Synopsis of Nero: Nero is the king of Legacy Prep, living a life of power.
Elle is the school’s punching bag, living a life of fear.
The only good girls Nero knows jump in his bed when he tells them to.
The closest Elle has come to a bad boy like him is in the cafeteria line.
The mob boss gave him orders to find out what she knows.
Her mouth is sealed.
I just want to be a fu**ing made man.
I’m just a fu**ing waitress.
When I first read Nero, the intro reminded me very much of another YA book, but the story takes a drastic turn fairly fast. We’re swipe into a world where violence, sex, and drugs are part of the every day language. Elle and Nero work well in this one. They’re so different; yet, they’re thrown together because of something Elle witnessed. Now, the search hunt is out for Elle, and Nero is supposed to bring her in, and if necessary, put her down. How could he have possibly known that he would fall for her. And, how was Elle, the good girl who keeps to herself, could have possibly guessed that a guy like Nero would put his life down for her. For those of us who are into k-dramas, I think the saying goes something like, “I ‘ship’ these two!”
🍰 Vanilla Cake: A light book.
Synopsis: Darcy Rhone has always been able to rely on a few things: Her beauty and charm. Her fiance, Dex. Her lifelong best friend, Rachel. She never needed anything else. Or so she thinks until Dex calls off their dream wedding and she uncovers the ultimate betrayal. Blaming everyone but herself, Darcy flees to London and attempts to re-create her glamorous life on a new continent. But to her dismay, she discovers that her tried-and-true tricks no longer apply–and that her luck has finally expired. It is only then that she can begin her journey toward redemption, forgiveness, and true love.
I actually picked up Something Blue after watching the movie, Something Borrowed. There are times when you want something light, yet meaningful. I did not like Darcy, and I don’t think I’ve completely switched over to her side either. Lets face it, Darcy is shallow and conceited. What redeems her, however, is that she does realize she what a horrible person she was to Rachel and Ethan. We all have our flaws. Darcy just has more flaws than others. That doesn’t mean she’s all bad. Through experience, and Ethan, Darcy learns the true meaning of friendship and love.
🍰 Red Velvet: A book you have mixed feelings about.
Synopsis: Dear Everly,
We promised each other forever, and now that’s gone. My memory of you is our daughter. I said I would never move on, but something happened. Someone moved into the house next door. She works at our daughter’s preschool. Everywhere I go, she’s there. My forever is changing now… I’m falling in love with her. Loving her means forgetting you. Loving her means letting you go. Loving her… means everything to me.
I love you endlessly,
Dear Everyly is one of my most recent reads. Full review of the book is founded here. On the one hand, I love the concept and pace of this story. I love that Jake is the ever affectionate father. I love that Emily accepts Jake for who he is. On the other, I think the characters and language could have been developed more.
🍰 Strawberry Shortcake: A sweet book.
Synopsis: When Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, she doesn’t know what to do.
The notes tell her that she must write a letter, a true story, and that she can’t share her mission with anyone—not even her best friend, Sal.
It would be easy to ignore the strange messages, except that whoever is leaving them has an uncanny ability to predict the future. If that’s the case, then Miranda has an even bigger problem—because the notes tell her that someone is going to die, and she might be too late to stop it.
I know, a middle grade book?! I read this back in my Children’s Literature course in university. This is actually one of my favorite books of all time. I’m not sure what it is. It could have been the time period — the ’90s. It could have been Sal, the average kid. It could have been the mystery and Einstein’s theory about time. Or, maybe it is all of these elements combined. I just fell in love with the cover and everyone in the book. There sure is a surprise at the end too, which makes everything so much better.
🍰 Cheesecake: A book you recommend.
Synopsis: Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
Why I would recommend this book? This book is a combination of sweetness and great writing combined. Two young boys, both loners in their own ways, come together. Ari always thought Dante has everything, but is that really true? How does an angry kid end up being the-boy-next-door’s friend and later, confidant? Through friendship, Ari and Dante learn from each other and, in turn, discover themselves. If I remember correctly, each (or most) chapter can be read as a standalone. There are times when I did question the purpose behind this writing technique. But, now that I think about it, true friendship doesn’t happen overnight. There are days when we get super excited with our friends. Then there are days when we’re so bored that we make something out of nothingness. I think that’s kind of the beauty of this book. Friendship, just as our universe, is filled with secrets, and it is wonderous.
🍰 Coffee Cake: A book that kept you up past bedtime.
Synopsis: When I was six months old, I dropped from the sky — the lone survivor of a deadly Japanese plane crash. The newspapers called me Heaven. I was adopted by a wealthy family in Tokyo, pampered, and protected. For nineteen years, I thought I was lucky.
I’m learning how wrong I was.
They say your life begins on your wedding day.
Here’s what happened on mine:
I lost the person I love most.
I learned that everything I knew about my family was a lie.
Now I’m being hunted. I must fight back, or die.
My life ended that day.
The old Heaven is gone.
I AM SAMURAI GIRL.
I read the Samurai Girl Series wayyy back. I really don’t know how I did it back then, but I stayed up reading this series, book after book. I used to pretend that I was doing my homework, just so I could find out what happens to Hiro and Heaven. I was, still am, disappointed by the ending. I mean, come on. I think this is the one time I preferred the t.v. adaptation over the book. Not that the ending from ABC Family was all that great, but compared to the ending in the book? . . . . Nonetheless, this series is action packed, the characters are on point, Heaven definitely knows how to stand her own, and, I binge read these books.
🍰 Carrot Cake: A book with great writing.
Synopsis: If she tries, Gabriela can almost remember when her father went off to work . . . when her mother wasn’t struggling to undo the damage he caused . . . when a short temper didn’t lead to physical violence. But Gabi cannot live in the past, not when one more outburst could jeopardize her family’s future. So she trades the life of a normal Miami teenager for a career of carefully managing her father’s delusions and guarding her mother’s secrets. As Gabi navigates her family’s twisting path of lies and revelations, relationships and loss, she finds moments of happiness in unexpected places. Ultimately Gabi must discover the strength she needs to choose what’s right for her: serving her parents or a future of her own.
Try to Remember has made me think about an author’s form in fiction writing. The language is not complex by any means. Yet, there is something about the free flowing language and linear time line in plot that brings the reader back to question the setting as well as the characters’ relationship to time. I’m sure that, in one way or another, Gabi is a character many of us can relate. She’s quiet, smart, and someone whom I’d describe as an old soul. Growing up in a chaotic household, to say the least, Gabi tries to make sense of her family and friends. Through books, Gabi finds her sanctuary. Eventually, Gabi needs to make a decision about some things in life. There are so many bittersweet moments in this read that I can’t even remember them all. But I do remember one of my friends caught me in the middle of reading once and said, “Your smiling so happily. That must be a good book.” As a coming of age novel, Try to Remember teaches us how to hold on and how to let go.
So, that’s it for this one. I had so much fun doing this tag because it really made me think about the variety of books I love and why I love them. Someone once said to me, life is lived like flavors in food. Our taste buds can pick up at least six different food flavors. Why shouldn’t we pick up a different “flavored” book every time we dive in for a read.
So, are you on your dessert course yet? What flavored cake is your favorite? I also do the occasional hazelnut cake, as you can see here. 🙂 If you would like to do this tag, please join in. Happy cake eating!