Book Review: Mara Dyer

As we said yesterday, periodically we’re going to be posting book reviews. This is a review for one of my favorite books: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

Summary:
Mara Dyer was in an accident that killed three of her friends. She wakes up in a hospital and learns that her family is moving to Florida so that she doesn’t have to deal with the bad memories of the city. They arrive in Florida, where Mara starts school, and bad things start to happen. Who is she really, why is she having these visions, and why does she keep seeing her dead ex-boyfriend?

Review:
I love this book. Mara is a very relateable (although unreliable) narrator, and the way the author tells the story is spellbinding. The characters are all very realistic, and though their actions don’t always make sense, I still enjoyed the book. It is the first book in a trilogy, so there is a minor cliffhanger at the end. I highly recommend reading the second two because the last one in the series is even better than the other two.

Ratings:
Characters: 5/5 stars
Writing: 5/5 stars
Plot: 8/10 stars
Overall: 19/20 stars, or 95%

Thanks for Reading!

Book and Cook

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Any-Flavor Fudge

This is a recipe for a fudge that can be any flavor imaginable! With the base of a chocolate fudge, you can add whatever extract you want to flavor it. You could even switch out the chocolate chips for other chips, including cherry, pumpkin, or caramel!

Below is the basic recipe. The flavored chips in this recipe are mint chocolate chips, making the fudge distinctly minty.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Andes Creme de Menthe baking chips (or any flavored chips)
  • 1 package dark chocolate morsels
  • 1 14oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Line 8 inch square baking pan with foil.
  2. Combine chocolate morsels and condensed milk into saucepan over low heat, stirring till smooth.
  3. Remove heat and stir in vanilla
  4. Stir in 1/2 of the flavored chips.
  5. Spread mixture in baking pan evenly.
  6. Sprinkle the rest of the flavored chips on top of the mixture.
  7. Press the chips gently into the fudge.
  8. Refrigerate till firm.
  9. Cut into pieces, serve, and enjoy! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Book and Cook

Hello… Part 2

We showed you books… now let’s cook!

These are two of the best breakfast foods… Made in a MUG! So they’re quick, easy, single serving, and delicious.

Let’s get started!

http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/02/blueberry-mug-muffin/mugmuffinfork

This first recipe is from http://www.budgetbytes.com and is for Blueberry Mug Muffins. They are deliciously easy to make. I like to make mine with a little bit of extra cinnamon, and some cardamom extract.

http://www.prettyprudent.com/2011/10/entertaining-food/a-cup-of-coffee-cake-in-under-five-minutes-2/img_4016

The second recipe is from http://www.prettyprudent.com and is for Coffeecake. It is very yummy, filling, and only takes 10 minutes or so to whip up. I made mine with whole wheat flour and brown sugar, and it tasted amazing!

Thanks for Reading!

Book and Cook

Hello!

This is our first post on our new wordpress site devoted to great books and good food. We will post book reviews and recipes periodically! That is, if we remember 😉

So the subject of this post is… Books! Just some first recommendations to get our eager readers started.

Listed:

  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  •  Cinder  Marissa Meyer
  • All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Thing Explainer  by Randall Munroe

 

Explanations coming soon!

Thanks for reading!

Book and Cook