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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel,

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Summary: Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

The number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, “Like Water For Chocolate” is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness, bittersweet wit – and recipes.

A sumptuous feast of a novel, it relates the bizarre history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, and he is seduced by the magical food she cooks. In desperation, Pedro marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her. For the next twenty-two years, Tita and Pedro are forced to circle each other in unconsummated passion. Only a freakish chain of tragedies, bad luck and fate finally reunite them against all the odds.

My Review: So it is interesting I am writing this review today, this morning I was debating different cultures and how we view some things as wrong in America but other cultures view it as the right thing to do. In a way, this book falls into that category. How could Tita’s mother not want her youngest to find love, because that is what her family has done for generations. Simply put this is a beautiful novel, and I can honestly say I enjoyed every moment of this novel. I Listened to it on audio and I can say I am pretty sure I would have enjoyed it had I read the book the old fashioned way.

This book will immediately pull you into the world of the De La Garza Family and you will not want to leave as you will be immediately intrigued and pulling for Tita and Pedro… I mean could you imagine marrying a sibling of the person you love simply so you can be close to the person you love???? I mean to me that is impossible, but this book makes you realize how possible it could be.

I loved this story and the magic of the writing I could not put it down and I finished it one sitting. The story is beautifully written in a beautiful backdrop. You will love Tita and never stop pulling for her, even if you feel like you should not be.

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The Doll by J.C. Martin

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Summary: The Island of the Dolls is a strange and eerie tourist destination in Mexico, where hundreds of decomposing dolls hang from trees like grisly Christmas ornaments. On a trip to the island, Joyce Parker’s daughter falls in love with a beautiful but sinister doll. Soon after, she starts developing strange mannerisms that concerns Joyce. Her research into the doll’s past reveals a dark history, and the curse of a lonely child spirit.

My Review: First I found this book in my research for books set in Mexico, I wanted to find books set in the country so I could supplement my travels. I found mostly scary as hell books… which begs the question why do I hold Mexico so near to my heart?

This book was creepy as hell. First let me say The Island of Dolls is real and part of me wants to check it out next time I find myself in Mexico City, another part of me thinks ah hell no ain’t no way I am going to the Island of the Dolls.

This book is a short story, roughly 30 pages but it is 30 pages of creepy stuff that had me waking up in the middle of the night thinking a Mexican doll was watching me. Trust me if you have been to Mexico you know what dolls I am talking about. You see them in all of the markets.

This book is probably honestly one of my favorite short stories I read this year, I can’t stop talking about it. I love things supernatural and I love books that are set in Supernatural places that are real so this book is a win win…plus these dolls are creepy like related to Chucky creepy.

This is a super quick read and I highly recommend you get a copy you will not be disappointed especially since this is Halloween month and every one is looking for a book that gives you a delightful scare.

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Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry

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Summary: Geoffrey Firmin, a former British consul, has come to Quauhnahuac, Mexico. His debilitating malaise is drinking, an activity that has overshadowed his life. On the most fateful day of the consul’s life—the Day of the Dead, 1938—his wife, Yvonne, arrives in Quauhnahuac, inspired by a vision of life together away from Mexico and the circumstances that have driven their relationship to the brink of collapse. She is determined to rescue Firmin and their failing marriage, but her mission is further complicated by the presence of Hugh, the consul’s half brother, and Jacques, a childhood friend. The events of this one significant day unfold against an unforgettable backdrop of a Mexico at once magical and diabolical.

Under the Volcano remains one of literature’s most powerful and lyrical statements on the human condition, and a brilliant portrayal of one man’s constant struggle against the elemental forces that threaten to destroy him.

My review: This book was good but it was hard to read. If you know someone or have suffered with alcoholism I suspect this book is not easy to read at all. I found the book very well written and enjoyable, but at the same time it is hard to “enjoy” someone going through something like the characters are going through in the book.

The characters were believable and the back drop 1938 Day of the Dead will inspire you to travel to Mexico. I did enjoy this book a lot but again I feel very guilty saying I enjoyed a book where the characters are going through heavy stuff.

A MUST read for anyone wanting to visit Mexico, just be ready for some heavy drinking to the point you may in fact want to drink.

A Shadow of Light (A Shade of Vampire #4) by Bella Forrest

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Summary: Since the implosion at The Oasis and Derek’s stay at Hawk Headquarters, The Shade has fallen into a state of utter chaos. To make matters worse, the citizens of Derek’s kingdom have become suspicious of his loyalties and accuse him of siding with the enemy… At a time when Derek desperately needs full cooperation from his subjects, they wish to put their own King on trial.

Meanwhile, Sofia is being held hostage by the hunters. They are determined to rid her of her infatuation with the vampire. She submits to the strict routine and training they impose on her, but the only fuel that keeps her going is the thought of reuniting with Derek – something Reuben is fighting with every fiber of his being to ensure will never happen.

…Until one day, out of the blue, Reuben appears to have a change of heart and comes to Sofia with a proposal; a solution that she never dreamed possible. A solution that would fulfil her heart’s deepest desires and secure her and Derek’s future together, forever.

But can she really trust this man who is so renowned for his hatred of vampires? Does she even have a choice?

My Review: 
 Well it is time for my weekly round up of books that I read and/or listened to last week.  This book was the first one I finished last week I truly just feel like I can’t get enough of this series.  I am not sure if part of the reason I love this series is because two of my favorite narrators, Luke Daniels & Kate Rudd narrate or what but I love this story.

The third book in the installment left me with wanting more, but thankfully this series gave me some of what I craved.  There are so many point of views though, it is “almost” too distracting.  However, it is always fun reading a story told in multiple point of views because you learn what the characters are thinking.

I also love that Sofia, is a pretty strong character.  She is not whimsical and in love and making stupid decisions in the name of love.    I also love that Derek is not a jerk or controlling, which let’s face it peeps, is often the case with a vampire lover.  Time to start book five and I can’t wait to see what happens next because believe me these books end on cliffhangers.   Thank goodness I still have like 20 more to go 🙂