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Obsidian Blue

Government drone by day and book lover and geek girl by night!

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A Taste of Sage

A Taste of Sage - Yaffa S. Santos

Please note that I received this via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

 

I can't say much here. The heroine (Lumi) was likable, the hero (Dax) took a while for me to get there. There just needed to be more character development. I also thought that Ms. Santos just totally ignored the whole thing with the Fatal Attraction secretary. It just seemed to be hand-waved and it was just odd. I did love the recipes, and the description of the food in the book seemed great. 

 

"A Taste of Sage" follows chef Lumi as she tries to give her own restaurant in New York a go. Lumi wants to have an eclectic clientele, and changes up the menu on a daily basis. She thinks she may be close to realizing her dream after dealing with her mother's voice in her head and on the phone telling her she's not capable of more. When Lumi's venture fails she has to go back to work as a sous chef to French chef, Julian Dax at his place called Dax. Lumi finds Dax off-putting and arrogant. She also doesn't think his style of cooking resonates with her style since he's all about the classics with no modernization. The two quickly start to feel something between them. 

 

I honestly thought that Lumi was a bit naive at first. When she is told her venture is failing she just stuck her head in the sand. I liked the fact her friend helped her out with the job at Dax. I am realizing more now that we had gotten more of Lumi with her friends and other colleagues. Most of the book was her in the bath tub and then cooking something, while being irked at Dax. I don't know much about the restaurant world, but Lumi's style definitely didn't seem workable. I wish that we had gotten a chance to see her learning more from Dax and Dax learning more from her. I thought the book would end up similar to "Woman on Top" with the female character showing how to good wonderful food and how it slowly wakes up others senses around them. We do have Lumi with her special ability to taste people's emotions when she eats their cooking, but it didn't work it into the plot enough for me.

 

Julien or Dax as he was mostly called was fine. I just felt myself growing bored of him throughout the book. At first he irritated me, then I was just, eh. I wish there had been more there.

 

I did love the sexy times between the two of them, but sex scenes are no enough to have me return to a romance novel again and again. This just needed more time to simmer so we can see how the two have changed. We just jumped through so many things too fast I think and then we are in the epilogue a year later. 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Simply Irresistible - Jill Shalvis

Beyond wonderful. I loved this whole book. Hot sexy scenes too. 

Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 320 pages.

A Stranger in the House - Shari Lapena

This was not good. The entire premise read as fake and the characters had zero development. This is the second book by this author I read and I am a hard pass at this point forward. 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

A Taste of Sage - Yaffa S. Santos

So this was cute in parts, but other parts did not work for me at all. I liked the magical realism aspect of it (Lumi being able to taste other people's emotions). But I think the parts with the jealous secretary and her father got handwaved away too fast. I think this book needed more braising (see my pun) for it to resonate the way it should have. I did love the recipes though! I can't wait to try some.

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

Simply Irresistible - Jill Shalvis

Well damn. This is adorable. I love the three half sisters and the hot guy. Maddie reminds me of me a little bit. I am in the middle and don't like arguments either. I like her being more assertive with wanting to save her mother's resort (it's a dump) and trying to form connections with her sisters Tara and Chloe. 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Book Charmer - Karen Hawkins

I inhaled this book. It was so good. I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. It made me long for not only summer, but fall. It made me long for good books. It made me long for books who talked to you and got annoyed when you didn't read them. I loved it. 

The Sea of Monsters

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) - Rick Riordan

OMG so awesome! I do think there was a noticeable drag to parts of this book, but thought that Rick Riordan has done such a great job of moving Greek gods and goddesses we know into a modern setting with the threat of the Titans re-emerging to cause havoc.

I love Percy. He wants to fit in at school (as much as he can) but he loves Camp Half-Blood and his friends through thick and thin. I think that Riordan did a great job developing him in this one. And I loved the secondary characters too like Annabeth and Tyson. I also though that Riordan was clever with including cyclops into this one along with some guest appearances by some gods and also by a well known king who got rightly cursed by the gods.

 

I can't help it though, my only irritation was the book ending on a cliffhanger. I loathe that when reading. I think each story should stand alone and be done. It seems to always be something that YA authors do I think in order to keep the readers reading.

Shopaholic Ties the Knot

Shopaholic Ties the Knot - Sophie Kinsella

Nothing to say here really except it was a great book to jump back into the world of Becky Bloomwood. I think the next book was when the bloom fell off the rose for me. Becky's antics got more and more absurd and it felt like she learned nothing from previous issues. This one was a great way to move forward Becky and Luke's story. I loved that Becky realized that cutting off a person in Luke's life was not the best thing for him. She did something for him because she loved him that much. It was great to read and I did chuckle here and there.

I Have Been Reading....I Swear

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Sorry most of my days are meetings and dealing with my team. I hope to do updates tomorrow. I loved all of the reviews I have seen over the past few days. 

Finished up at The Book Thing in Baltimore! Got 11 books. If the books had been sorted alphabetically it would have been easier. And some authors were in weird genres. For example I saw Stephen King in romance.

Happy Post Valentine’s Day!

Yes! Off to Baltimore today to get free books at The Book Thing. Also my owl is back! I love hearing him or her hooting.

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Shopaholic Ties the Knot - Sophie Kinsella

Solid third book!

Reading progress update: I've read 5%.

The Sisters Grimm - Menna van Praag

Her last book was a miss with me so trying again. 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) - Rick Riordan

Solid second book. I’ve been traveling all week so apologies about all the book updates. 

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

Shopaholic Ties the Knot - Sophie Kinsella

This third book shows that Becky definitely has matured. So far am enjoying. 

Booklikes....

As of today I have blocked 2,262 people. I only have 195 people I am following. It feels like a good majority of Booklike users are spammers. I really wish Booklikes would pop up to show that they care and are going to do something about this. I hate that I have to set aside time once a week now to block spammers. 

 

I think that they did fix the search. Or at least I can now find the books I have been reading, which has not been the case for a year.


I wish why we knew why they didn't fix the challenge update, why they won't do something about the spammers, and why they don't seem to care the number of active users is dwindling.