GUN KISS will be released by Canada’s Imajin Books in Fall this year.
What an absolutely adorable story this was! Apparently this is the second in a set, with the first book revolving around Ava Wren, and her sister Pip. Which I didn't find out until after I'd finish this particular story. I can assure you, Ava and Taco Cat reads perfectly fine as a standalone. If anything, it actually made me want to seek out the other book as soon as possible. Ava and Pip are simply the sweetest, and the perfect example of what sisterhood really looks like.
Truth be told, Ava herself is exactly what an eleven year old girl would be like. Carol Weston easily brings the reader into Ava's mind, a place that swirls with questions of what she wants to do when she gets older, thoughts on whether her best friend is trying to leave her, and the passionate desire for a pet cat. I was extremely impressed with Weston's ability to nail down an eleven year old personality. Sometimes reading MG that is first person narrative can be a little daunting. Characters have the opportunity to feel too old for their supposed age. Not Ava. This darling girl was simply eleven, going on twelve, and full of all the emotions that I'd expect her to have at that age.
There are so many things that I could gush about! The fact that Weston expertly weaves in a discussion on friendship, and the ability to move beyond having a best friend into having many good friends. The idea that when new people move into your life, it isn't always easy to trust them at first. Best of all, the way that a pet can become part of the family without anyone even noticing. I adored every minute of it. I can't quite say too much, for fear of spoiling the last few chapters, but trust me when I say that this book is quite unexpectedly heartfelt. I teared up, and I'm not afraid to admit it.
If you have a young reader, especially one who is passionate about writing, I'd put this straight into their hands. There is so much in this story that will resonate with them, and this is coming from a reader who is well beyond the intended audience. Ava is adorable, and I see many readers falling in love with her.
So... I may have been a little overzealous in taking on blog tour books this summer. I think my brain is so ready to be in vacation mood (2 more weeks!) that I'm just of the mindset that I'll need plenty to read. Well, mission accomplished.
This is, of course, on top of the books I excitedly borrowed from the library. Those include Wolf Hollow and Some Kind of Happiness. I may, or may not, actually get to them. I can have big, lofty goals though. So many books, so little time.
One thing that I did realize about this year, is that I haven't really been doing wrap up posts at all. I haven't felt like it, and I didn't miss it at all whenever I didn't do it, so I just kept not doing it. I'm trying to simplify things, to fit in my new, much busier life. I'm liking it so far. Which is also why I stopped worrying about reviewing every book that I read. Some I do, some I don't, it just depends on how I'm feeling. No stress. That's not what books are about.
*starts making hash marks on the calendar* I can't wait for vacation. I need it.
I am officially the Taco Queen
I know that just about everything tastes better in taco form. It's just the way it is, accept it. I saw this book advertised online and bought it without reading more than the title. How could I not love it ? I was right in buying it, I love it ! Yes, that strong taco kind of love feeling deep down in my taco shaped heart.
The recipes are vegan, hold on now, these recipes will make your mouth water for more. Excellent spices, combos and all around delicious dishes for all hours of the day. It is worries you you can add your bits whatever it is that you need to be happy. That's right it's all about the happy. Be happy eat tacos, learn from the taco scientist in this book.
Fun, laugh out loud snark and witty tales. This is one book covers humor, science, recipes, and good taste. You can't go wrong.