Book Review: I, Lucifer

“There’s no such thing as evil for its own sake. All evil is motivated- even mine”- Lucifer

Lucifer is given the chance of redemption, and all he has to do is live a life of a human. The King of Hell, the Father of Chaos, the Stealer of Souls is walking among us, what could go wrong?

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I, Lucifer

I started I, Lucifer on May 3rd and finished the 262 pages on May 16th. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book so I ended up rating this book a 5 out of 10. I picked up this book because I recognized the author Glen Duncan. He also wrote, The Last Werewolf, and I absolutely loved that book. I, Lucifer was written in 2003, before The Last Werewolf which was written in 2011. Duncan’s writing majorly improved in 2011 as this novel was a struggle to get through.

Lucifer is doing his business in Hell; torturing people, looking for souls, and tempting mortals until God send a message. Lucifer can come home on one condition, he has to live life as a human in the body of Declan Gunn (an anagram for Glen Duncan, very clever). Seems pretty easy for the Prince of Darkness right? Turns out, its not.

Lucifer realizes that he has to play by the rules. He can’t be evil while he lives on earth. It’s an adjustment, but you know, gotta do what you gotta do. All this time though, is it worth it? Will God really accept Lucifer after all this time?

So this book brought very mixed emotions for me. I started this book and I couldn’t stop laughing. I mean, think about it, Lucifer’s gotta be a sarcastic smart ass. Which is hilarious, but Lucifer is technically still an Angel. So, he has angelic thinking and this thinking is explained in the novel as so fast that humans can’t keep up.

Duncan tried to express this thinking by the writing style, but honestly, it was so confusing to the reader. He used so many parenthesis, I would say there was at least one pair per page. It was way too much and the story was lost, I became totally uninterested.

Overall it was a decent book and I wouldn’t recommend this book.

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Lucifer Rising

For this drink combo, Lucifer actually made this specific drink in the novel called Lucifer Rising. It’s a mix of vodka, tequila, orange juice, tomato juice, tabasco, tio pepe, marnier, cinnamon and pepperoncino chili. It was a very interesting drink.

On to the next…

The next book is the finale, The Conjuring of Light. I’m actually sad and excited to start this book. Sad because I don’t want the story to end, and excited because I can’t wait to see how it ends.

A Gathering of Shadows and Black Coffee

A Gathering of Shadows was a great book to help me get back into the groove of things. Lately I’ve been so busy with graduation from college, I haven’t had time to read or blog. It’s such an exciting time for me but a busy time as well. Anyways, enough about me, lets get back to the good stuff!

I started A Gathering of Shadows on April 10, 2017 and finished it on April 30, 2017. Normally it does not take me twenty days to read a book, so yeah, I was kinda busy. Overall I gave this book a 9 out of 10.

In order for me to give an accurate review, there may be some spoilers for A Darker Shade of Magic. So please, if you don’t to spoil anything, read up on my past review of ADSOM and catch up with us when you can!

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A Gathering of Shadows

We pick up in A Gathering of Shadows where we left off in A Darker Shade of Magic, Lila is leaving to follow her adventure and Kell is to return to the palace, connected to Rhy.

Lila is exploring her new home of Red London the only way she knows how to, as a thief. Her inner desire to steal puts her in a predicament and we meet the savvy Captain of the Night Spire. We follow their waves on the sea and experience the struggle Lila feels as she starts to get close to someone / something. Personally I love being able to explore this character. I felt like I really got to know Lila in AGOS.

In the first book we only received a glimpse of the inner Lila and how she makes her decisions. In AGOS we really start to understand her fears and wants, but Lila still remain mysterious. But one thing is for certain, Lila makes her own path and no one can change that.

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While Lila is on an adventure, Kell is struggling to keep his cool. Rhy and Kell’s brotherly bond is stronger than ever. Their lives have been interweaved and Kell can feel every emotion of Rhy’s including pain. So now it’s not only Kell’s own life that he has to protect, it’s Rhy’s too. This puts some major stress on Kell and his body is craving power since he touched the black stone. There’s so much tension and he just needs to let go, luckily there’s the Essen Tach.

The Essen Tach is a elemental tournament where magicians from all around the world for the title of champion. This tournament was definitely a highlight within this book and it bought back so many Harry Potter feels. The dueling, fighting, dodging and quick thinking all reminded me of The Goblet of Fire. Which is my favorite movie but not favorite book of Harry Potter.

This book was a big step up from ADSOM and I really liked the first book. My friend who originally loaned me the books (you can follow her on Instagram here) told me that each book V.E. Schwab gets even better with each book. I’m super eager to read the last book. This series has really caught my full attention. The first book was great as an establishment but the second, wooo! It was exciting and I enjoyed every page!

Oh and a Darker Shade of Magic is officially going to be a movie!!

Black Coffee

The drink I chose for this pairing is Black Coffee. The reason I chose this drink is because Black London starts to become a bigger topic in A Gathering of Shadows and I wanted to highlight this issue that arises in the novel.

On to the next…

I just ordered A Conjuring of Light and that’ll be about a week I have to wait. In between I’ve chosen to read I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan. I’ve read Glen Duncan’s The Last Werewolf and loved it. I definitely recommend that one as well!

The Angel Maker and Red Bull

“Sometimes what might seem impossible, is only difficult.”

Science has always conflicted with religion. In The Angel Maker, Stefan Brijs explores and exposes this conflict with the geneticist, Dr. Victor Hoppe. Hoppe is a very strange man as he’s anti-social, introverted, awkward, and shows no emotion. Hoppe is so strange but, he’s a genius and there are no boundaries in his mind.

His mindset was majorly influenced by his childhood in which he grew up surrounded by the faith and religion of others. But, he learned what others could not see. The TRUE faith and the TRUE outcome of religion. Victor finds this mindset puts him on a path back to his home town of Wolfheim.

As he arrives unexpectedly into Wolfheim, he brings a surprise; his children. These three boys are just as strange as Dr. Hoppe. They don’t cry. They don’t smile. They don’t even look…normal. Dr. Hoppe keeps his three boys hidden and they are to never travel outside. This gets some major village gossip going on, but if only everyone truly knew what happens behind those closed doors.

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I originally found The Angel Maker at my local Half Price Books. I was looking for a quick, easy read, and I ended up getting more than just that. What I ended up getting was a story that made me think so heavily on my own beliefs. I was intrigued by The Angel Maker because it seemed to relate to Frankenstein so much. For me, it seemed like a classic tale told with a twist but I was wrong.

The Angel Maker is book number seven for my 2017 reads, and so far it’s one of my favorite books. I started The Angel Maker on March 28, 2017 and finished the 346 pages on April 4, 2017 . This book was really intriguing for me and it made me think a lot about life in general. Overall I rated it an 8.5 out of 10.

The reason I gave it an 8.5 is because I loved the inner conflict, the characters and the search for reason in religion.

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An inner conflict was found in every single character in this book, but the main and predominate conflict was within Dr. Hoppe. Victor grew up wanting to be good. He wanted to make an impact on the world by discovering new methods in reproduction. But his goal and personality blinded him and he became a mad man. Although Victor had no personality, I thought this quality made him such a strong character. I could feel the struggle he was facing through out the whole book.

So, this brings me to the next positive attribute, the characters. Oh, I loved everyone in this book! I felt like I was being thrown into an episode of American Horror Story. (Which is one of my favorite shows, especially coven!) I loved the wicked and twisted characters that thought they were doing good. Also the creepy kids and the innocent villagers were a great addition. They were all so different, but I found something to like for each and every one of them. (If you like AHS, I highly recommend this book!)

And for my favorite part of the book, the search for reason in religion. As a young adult, I haven’t found where I fit in my own faith and it’s always good to see the different views. Hoppe grew up in such a religious community, but his thoughts were very atypical of a holy person. I don’t want to spoil too much but it was just so interesting how his genius mind broke down faith so easily. You’ll have to trust me on this one cause anything I say might give it away.

Red Bull

So, I really had to venture out and think of a drink connection for this book. I wanted something crazy and daring because those are the qualities of Victor Hoppe. But I also wanted to stick with the whole “Angel” theme because God is such a big part of this book. A religious, crazy and daring drink….uhhhh. Got it! Red Bull!

Yes. Red Bull. Well, Red Bull gives you wings…Yeah, see what I did there. Angels, wings, Tah Dah! Oh and Red Bull gets you all pumped up and act like a crazy person. So sometimes Red Bull can make you act like Victor Hoppe.

On to the next…

A Gathering of Shadows. Need I say more?

California Book Review

As a book lover, it’s hard to write a negative book review. I believe that every book has it’s own true beauty, but I struggled to see the true beauty in California by Edan Lepucki. In most books, I can get through the bad attributes. For example, I don’t mind a boring book as long as it is well written, or weak characters, as long as there is a unique idea to the story plot. But… California struggled to do any of this. It was very difficult for me to enjoy this book. This is the first book I’ve ever marked as a DNF (do not finish). It hurts my soul to find a book like this and give it a negative book review but I want to prevent anyone else from experiencing the same situation. Overall I gave this book a 2 out of 10.

Originally I had found California at Barnes and Noble hidden under the table at the paperback section of new releases. I now understand why it was hidden. At first I thought I was cool cause I found a unique book, but you know, life tends to laugh in your face.

I was really attracted to the cover of the book. It was beautiful as it showed a forest, thriving and on its side. As a huge nature lover, I really enjoyed the tall green trees with a blue sky as the California cover. I thought, “With a cover that pretty, its gotta be good!” Yeah. Awkward.


So I know you’re thinking, “Why would you pick a book just based on the cover?” Well, the gist/ summary was really good too! Here, take a look:

The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they’ve left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can’t reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they’ve built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she’s pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

It sounds really good right?!? Yeah… So okay, here are the few reasons I did not enjoy this book.

#1- The writing style. The writing in this book struggled to connect with the reader. I felt lost sometimes and I found myself re-reading sentences three times just to understand what was going on. An example of the writing style follows:

“Cal didn’t like that. He didn’t like that he didn’t like that.”


So, personally I believe this book is just a ‘first book’. The writing style makes it seem like a rough draft, and I think that Lepucki is on the way to good things. I will be so excited for the next book she writes, but for now, California is just a stepping stone.

#2- The characters. In California, our two main characters, husband and wife are Cal and Frida. Both endured the apocalypse and are forced to live their lives controlled by mother nature. Cal is portrayed as a busy man focused on surviving. For Cal, love isn’t really a word used to describe his feelings. He doesn’t show his affection for Frida. Also, Frida is supposed to be this strong and empowering woman, but she constantly has a problem. There’s no dynamic between these characters and I struggled to find something to like.

#3- The apocalypse. Usually in an apocalyptic book, there’s one major key event. In California, there are several events to trigger it. But as a reader, you’re constantly guessing what really happened. It was so frustrating and I always felt like there was a new way or event of how the world ended.


Reading this book, I just felt so confused. I was annoyed that I couldn’t just read the book without getting lost. The characters were a struggle and I wanted to know what happened for them to end up in the damn forest. But this is only my opinion and there are other readers who loved California. Here are some of their reviews:

 “The writing style of this book is different from what I usually read and it took me a while to get used to it but when I did I could not put the book down. Definitely enjoyed it.” – Barnes and Noble Book Review

It’s a sinister place, this dystopian future Edan Lepucki imagined. I wouldn’t want to live there. I got lost in this book for a week though — and I love that, that feeling. Just wanting to read a book. Early in the novel, before things got bad, there was a line about how Frida yearned for nothing more than a latte going into a cafe and ordering a latte and that struck me as so true. A thing you can miss. There were lots of amazing lines, Frida and Cal, their thoughts, small deceptions.” – Goodreads Book Review

Unfortunately I couldn’t think of a drink to accompany this book. I didn’t want to pair a tasty drink to accompany an unsatisfying book.

On to the next…

The next book is a short read, Angel Maker by Stefan Brijs. An interesting read about human experiments. Reminds me a lot of Frankenstein.


March Book Recap

March was an exciting month for me! I’m starting to feel really confident about this whole book blogging thing. It’s been a new and exciting part to my lifestyle and I’m glad I can share it with you. So, lets just go through a little book recap for the month of March.

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Three separate worlds. White, Grey and Red. Each world is different but only those gifted in blood magic can travel between them. These rare magicians are also known as the Antari. Only two exist and Kell is one of them.

My friend and fellow book lover, Chloe Brown has an unconditional-fan-girl-crazy- love for Schwab. She talks about her literally everyday. So, I decided to take her recommendation with an open mind, and I’m glad I did. ADSOM was a fantastic book. I started the 398 pages of magic on February 26, 2017 and finished March 8, 2017. Overall I gave ADSOM a 8 out 10 rating.

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The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Melanie. She’s different. She understands, she feels, and she’s hungry. Most hungries survive on instinct and they live for the kill. Melanie wants to kill but she holds back because the only thing left to eat are the ones she loves. It goes against her needs but it’s worth the struggle to save Miss Justineau. Melanie’s ability to hold back and have choices makes her The Girl With All The Gifts. I started The Girl With All The Gifts on March 8, 2017 and finished the 403 pages on March 18, 2017. Overall I rated The Girl With All The Gifts a 7 out of 10.


California by Edan Lepucki

As a book lover, it’s hard to write a negative book review. I believe that every book has it’s own true beauty, but I struggled to see the true beauty in California by Edan Lepucki. In most books, I can get through the bad attributes. For example, I don’t mind a boring book as long as it is well written, or weak characters, as long as there is a unique idea to the story plot. But… California struggled to do any of this. It was very difficult for me to enjoy this book. This is the first book I’ve ever marked as a DNF (do not finish). It hurts my soul to find a book like this and give it a negative book review but I want to prevent anyone else from experiencing the same situation. Overall I gave this book a 2 out of 10.


Favorite Book of the Month

A Darker Shade of Magic– This book was a discovery and it helped me open my genres, therefore it’s my favorite book of the month. It was just soooo good! Kell is one of my favorite characters with his passion for good and he fights for what’s right.

Well, that’s a good amount of reading for me. But, of course, I am a book lover, so I’ve also added some new books to my TBR list. I can’t wait to read these!


Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

I’ve always been intrigued by this book because it sounds similar to Eragon, which is one of my favorites. I love dragons! They’re so powerful!


Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Neal Shushterman is also the author of Scythe, which is a huge hit right now. I would like to read Scythe one day but the Unwind series caught me first.


His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

At first I didn’t make the connection that this was the series of The Golden Compass. I just saw it and loved the story line and after some research I had my moment of realization. I’m excited to read this book to see what sparked its controversy.

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The Dark Monk by Oliver Potzsch

I had previously read another book by the same author titled, The Hangman’s Daughter, and I really liked it! As soon as I saw that there was another book of the same style, I had to get it.

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In Dark Dark Woods by Ruth Ware

I’ve been avoiding this book because it was so hyped up. I try to find unique books that no one really knows about. But this book kept popping up everywhere I went, so I gave in.

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The Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

I have always loved Nora Roberts. She has so many books! I thought I should give this series a try since it has some magic in it!

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I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan

I’ve read Glen Duncan’s, The Last Werewolf, and I feel in love with it. Once I saw that he had a different book, I had to get it. Plus, I love the whole heaven and hell style.


Of course I added more than I finished! I’ll never finish my TBR list, but that’s the best part of being a book lover… There’s always another good book!

Wicked & Apple of Eden

What does it mean to be good? To be evil? To be Wicked?

Some say it’s a quality you’re born with, while others say it’s created. Gregory Maguire tries to explore this ambiguous question through the character Elphaba in Wicked. She was a child born with green skin, razor sharp teeth and was cursed from the moment she took her first breath. The Unnamed God presented this child as a punishment to those who bore her. But, was it her choice to become evil, or was the path already written?


It took me a while to finish Wicked, and I’m not sure why. The style of this book was a little different for me because, it was very political (and what I mean by political is the good vs. bad stuff). I started reading on February 10th and finished the 519 pages on February 26th. For me, the book was average; I enjoyed the new angle of a classic story, but it took too long and it felt like a lot of build up for a quick ending. I gave a rating of 5 out of 10 and paired it with a drink called Apple of Eden.

I was completely surprised by this book. I expected a story less gritty, and actually got a book that was filled with death, sex and vulgar images. Although this was a shock, it made the book more life-like. A reader could truly connect with Elphaba as she became real.


Elphie is an in depth character. Her life is told through the perspective of others at time and it revels what type of person she is to different perceptions. To me, she was just a person who followed her instincts. She didn’t question her wants, she just acted on them, and I personally think she acted accordingly. Her sister’s death was the breaking point for her, as everything she worked for was taken away. The Wizard of Oz was standing in the way.

I love the way this book put reason to everything in the Wizard of Oz. There were a bunch of “Oh I get it!” moments within this fiction. But, now that I’ve read the book, I have an itch to go see the play.

The reason I rated it a 5 out of 10 is because of several reasons. The first one is because it took me so damn long to finish. I felt like it was never going to end. Another reason is the political agent within the book. Elphie struggles with what makes a soul in the book, and I constantly felt like I was in a debate. I understand that this debate is show to the character’s dilemma, but it was always shoved in my face. I like to figure out if a character is struggling, I don’t want to be told constantly. The last reason was due to the quick ending. Wicked didn’t really go into depth between the final good vs. evil battle (which I thought was strange because the whole book was based off of that internal fight). Anyways, it was a decent book and I recommend it to those who love a major flawed character.


Apple of Eden

For my pairing of this book, I decided to pick a drink made by the Tipsy Bartender, the Apple of Eden. The main reason I picked this drink is because it’s green like Elphaba’s skin. This is what sets her apart from everyone and everything, so I wanted to make sure and capitalize on it. The reason I picked an alcoholic drink is due to the unexpected adultness of this book. So I chose an adult drink. The last and final reason I picked this drink is because the Apple of Eden is the ultimate fight between good and evil.

On to the next…

I’m glad I finally finished this book and I’m ready to move onto the next. The next book I’ve chosen is a book a friend recommended and gave to me, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab.

Me Before You and Red Wine

This month I decided to fall into romance. Me Before You is an unconventional love story but a true love story none the less. I picked up this book at Half Price Book Store about a month ago and I’ve been craving to read it ever since. I went into this 369 page novel unbiased as I hadn’t seen the beloved movie either. This was my third book of the year and I started on January 30th and finished this tear-jerker on February 10th. I paired Me Before You with a red wine to really indulge myself in the feeling of romance. (Plus, who doesn’t love a good red wine!) Overall I gave Me Before You a rating of 6 out of 10.


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Me Before You starts with the horrific accident that damages the eccentric life of Will Traynor. Will’s life was so full of adventure, action, and excitement, that walking to work on a rainy day was the last of his worries. The story then turns to the main beauty of our love story, Louisa Clark.

Louisa Clark is an average girl who finds joy in even the roughest of days. Her family relies on her to be the bread winner as no one else seems to find a job. Her new job requires her to be a caregiver of a quadriplegic which seems like a job of a life time with the great pay, no skills required and it’s right down the street from her home. As fate has it, our two lovers meet, Louisa and Will.

The relationship is difficult at first; Will didn’t want to talk much and Lou was quite a chatty woman. Their relationship begins to flourish as Will comes to terms with Lou being his caregiver. But there is an obstacle these two must over come and they are both fighting for what they think is right.

It all comes down to sacrificing yourself to make the one you love happy, and making their wants and drams come true.


Me Before You is a journey of love about persistence and happiness. I was thrilled to read this book since it has been publicized pretty much everywhere since the release of the movie. (I am a true believer that you should read the book of any movie before you see the movie in theaters.) I craved to be emotional with this book and I feel that I was let down.

The relationship between Lou and Will seems unbalanced to me. As if Lou truly loves Will and Lou is just a convenient person for Will to care deeply about. Notice how I didn’t say love… Although, when I watched the movie, I was sobbing uncontrollably. I watched the movie with my significant other and he also found the movie to be compelling. (By the way, he is not a chick flick kind of dude, so that says a lot about this movie.)

The book taught me a life lesson: live to the fullest everyday because you never know when it’s going to be taken away.


Red Wine

My drink selection for this book is red wine. I drank my red wine several nights as I was enjoying my reading time. I was able to relax and put myself into the romance attitude. Whenever Louisa wore her red dress, I couldn’t help but connect her look with a fancy red wine. There are plenty of red wines but my favorite is made by Prima Mazzo. Sweet and easy to drink.

On to the next…

I loved the experience Me Before You gave to me. It truly got me thinking and reconsidering how to live my life to the fullest. I recommend this book for any romance lovers and those wanting more out of their life. My next book is also a musical and it famous for its spin on an original tale, Wicked. Stay tuned for the next Book and Drink. Let the Story Flow!

Armada and Blue Milk

Armada by Ernest Cline was my third book completed for the year of 2017. Armada was a great sci-fi written by the author of, Ready Player One. I reviewed Ready Player One in my Favorite Books of 2016 and I rated it a 9.7 out of 10.

My love for Ready Player One introduced me to Armada and my expectations were set high for this thriller. I finished the total 349 pages of Armada on January 29, 2017. The classic pairing I chose for Armada is Bantha Milk- also known as Star Wars Blue Milk. For the super nerds and Star Wars lovers, you know exactly what milk I’m talking about. For those who don’t…it’s milk….that’s blue. Overall I ranked Armada with a 6 out of 10.



Armada mimics the style used in Ready Player One with many pop culture, Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars and video game references used within the plot. Cline incorporates all of these nerdy aspects into the story of a high school student,  Zack Lightman. Zack has a rough childhood growing up without a father. It also doesn’t seem to help that Zack’s father went crazy just before he died. His dad, Xaiver Lightman, theorized that the government was training and preparing the world for an alien invasion through video games and movies such as Star Wars. But for Zack, it’s all just a theory until he looks out side his classroom window one day to see a “goddamn flying saucer”. This flying saucer is also completely identical to the saucers in his favorite video game, Armada. Zack can’t believe everything he sees and starts to question if crazy may be hereditary. Could the Earth Defense Alliance really exist?

Armada was a great book and I recommend it to any gamer or proclaimed nerd. Cline interweaves history of gaming, and movies in our universe, into Zack Lightmans story as timeline. My great expectations were met with some disappointment though and the reason I gave Armada a 6 out of 10. I believe that I wasn’t impressed due to my high expectations and I had already been exposed to Cline’s unique writing style in Ready Player One. The plot of the story became a little to predictable as well. Although there were some twists and turns, there wasn’t enough jumping moments. I consider jumping moments to be that time your eyes jump back to what you just read like, “Wait! What did I just read?!?” I still encourage you to read this book but maybe read Armada first before Ready Player One.


Star Wars Blue Milk

Star Wars Blue Milk makes its grand appearance on page four of Armada when Zack is trying to make sense of the flying saucer outside of his classroom. The subtle hint is barely noticeable for anyone who isn’t a Star Wars fan. In the Star Wars universe, blue milk was first seen in the movie Episode IV, A New Hope. Blue Milk, also known as Bantha Milk, is made by female Banthas in the Star Wars universe (kinda like cows). This vintage match explains and shows what kind of book Armada is. It’s a thrilling novel with a sense of nostalgia for everyone. It’s also super nerdy, just the way I like it!

Armada and blue milk were a classic match and describe each other so well. There are also tales of this book being made into a movie. Ernest Cline hints to his audience of a movie release  in his acknowledgements: “… everyone at Universal Pictures for believing this story would make a good movie…” This book will make a fantastic movie and I’m excited for its release.

On to the next…

My next book is special and just for Valentine’s Day. Me Before You. This book is a total romance and I have yet to see the movie. The attention this book has received is phenomenal, so I hope the book is just the same.




The Circle and Sake

Wooo! Book #1 is done! So, The Circle by Dave Eggers was a great book to start the year and Books and Drinks. The Circle is an easy read with 497 pages that go by so fast. Eggers writes in a way that allows the reader to flow (meaning there are no chapters). I started to read on January 2nd and finished on January 16th and I loved the steady flow . At times I found myself caught up in all the drama and thrill, only to realize I was 1/3rd of way done. I recommend this book to any millennials as an example for what may happen if we let technology overrule us. Overall I ranked this book an 8 out of 10.


“Secrets are lies, Sharing is caring, Privacy is theft.”

It all starts with Mae Holland getting the job of a lifetime at the Circle. The Circle is a major tech corporation (sorta like google) that creates a home for all of their employees. Everyone is connected through TruYou. This technological innovation, TruYou was created to be the only search engine/ social media to be used. All your information, zings, smiles and frowns in one place.

Her life at the Circle seems only to improve as she becomes the hit star at the company. But the Circle is about to present something life changing. Their showcase involves a revolution that will keep everyone connected. Lying, stealing and cheating will all be reduced thanks to this new technology… But what about your privacy? It doesn’t exist because everyone has the right to know.

The Circle is only a future warning prophesized by Dave Eggers. The Circle is what we could become and honestly, we’re only a couple of steps away. As a millennial, I enjoy social media and it’s a connection to my friends, family and the world. But what happens when social media goes to far? I can only hope that Eggers society will never be realistic.

The Circle is also a new movie of 2017, for the trailer click here.



So, now that you know a little bit about the book, it’s time to share why I picked Sake to pair with the Circle. Sake is a traditional Japanese white wine, and I first experienced Sake at a local restaurant in San Antonio Sapporo. There are several references towards the drink Sake in the book (Mae tends to drink it when she is having a good time). But Sake is transparent and Sake can get you messed up, just like the Circle.

So, the Sake some what symbolizes what the Circle truly is. The Sake, like the Circle is transparent and it hides nothing. But its not until you fully experience the Sake you realize it’s not innocent. It’s a drink that when you have a little too much can lead to a night you weren’t expecting. The Circle is one and the same as it can be fun at first and makes everything easier, but if you continue to absorb yourself you become lost into the mob of zings, smiles and frowns.

The Sake and the Circle were the perfect connection for me.

On to the next…

I’m excited and ready for my next book, Armada. Ernest Cline is the author of Armada and he is also the author of Ready Player One (Read my review of Ready Player one in my Favorite Books of 2016).

I’ll post my reading journey along the way on Books and Drinks Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to follow for updates on the blog.