Posted in Book Tags

12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

Merry Christmas!, my lovely readers! I hope you are all enjoying the holidays!
I know it’s been a while (my semester was extremely busy, but I am officially half way done my post-secondary education), but this morning I’m back with a fun Christmas themed book tag!
This tag was originally created by Lizzie Loves Books. 
Hope you enjoy!!


“On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: a partridge in a pear tree.”
The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite stand alone?

I love a good stand-alone novel, so it’s very challenging to pick just one! For this reason, I’m just going to select a random one that I love: You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle. I read this book last year, and it was one of the most fun and unique romances I’ve ever experienced.
See my review of You Deserve Each Other here.

“On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: two turtle doves.”
Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

I am also a massive fan of a good romance, so choosing just one couple is nearly impossible for me! Again, I’m going to select a couple that I adore. Josh and Hazel are the perfect friends-to-lovers and opposites attract story, they made a wonderful couple!
See my review of Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating here.

“On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: Three French Hens.”
In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

I think I’ve read a fair few excellent trilogies in the last several years, but my very favourite would probably have to be The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. 
See my review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) here.

“On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: four calling birds.”
Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favourite series?

As I’m sure it’s no surprise, I’ve gotta go with Lux. Have I ever made it through a book tag without bringing up this series? It’s just too darn good!
See my review of Obsidian (Lux #1) here.

“On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: five golden rings.”
One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

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Hands down, Sebastian Morgenstern of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I thought that he was incredibly well-developed character, and I really enjoyed reading about him!

“On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: six geese a laying.”
Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favourite world/world-building?

Hogwarts, and the Wizarding World in general, is so near and dear to my heart. If I had the ability to visit any fictional world, it would have to be this one. 

“On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: seven swans a swimming.”
Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favourite animal sidekick?

Honestly, I can’t think of many books with characters who have animal sidekicks, unless Hedwig counts. 

“On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: eight maids a milking.”
Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level?

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This is a tough one, but I think I’d have to go with With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acedevo! As an aspiring chef, Emoni cooked so many delicious foods, many of which I had never heard of before, but would love to try.
See my review of With the Fire on High here.

“On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: nine ladies dancing.”
Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favourite kickass female lead?

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I honestly have so many, but I think that Alex from Covenant would have to top the list. I will forever admire her bravery and incredible skills in combat.
See my review of Half-Blood (Covenant #1) here.

“On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: ten lords a leaping.”
How about your favourite leading lad?

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It’s too hard to pick just one – I have so many favourites! This time I’ll go with my dearest Percy Jackson of Percy Jackson and the Olympians and all the other books in the Rick Riordan universe. I always have the absolute time of my life with Percy’s hilarious narration, and he is also an incredibly wholesome person. 

“On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: eleven pipes piping.”
What is your favourite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

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Yet again, it’s hard to pick, but I have to go with Daisy Jones and the Six for this one! I was absolutely enthralled by this story, and the musical aspect was so well done.
See my review of Daisy Jones and the Six here.

“On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 drummers drumming.”
Drum roll please…what is your favourite read of this year?

Hands-fricking-down, The Way I Used to Be by Aber Smith. This book was beautifully written, very emotional, and entirely unforgettable.
See my review of The Way I Used to Be here.


That’s a wrap on the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag! Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have a fantastic holiday season! See you again next time!
XO, Daniella

Posted in Quote Corner

Quote Corner #27: With the Fire On High

Happy Tuesday! I can’t believe that this is my last Quote Corner of the month already!
I’m so excited to be sharing some of my favourite quotes from this lovely book today!! ❤
It’s also worth mentioning that this book has the most beautiful cover ever!! I borrowed a copy from the library when I read it, but I am incredibly excited to buy my very own copy to add to my personal library someday!
Happy reading!! 🙂


I feel like I’m being pulled in a hundred different directions and my feet are stuck in cement.

The world is a turntable that never stops spinning; as humans we merely choose the tracks we want to sit out and the ones that inspire us to dance.

And I know the past isn’t a mirror image of the future, but it’s a reflection of what can be; and when your first love breaks your heart, the shards of that can draw blood for a long, long time.

I’ve had a lot of things to feel ashamed about and I’ve learned most of them are other people’s problems, not mine.


I read With the Fire On High last summer and I loved it!! It’s a really sweet contemporary novel about a young girl with a passion for cooking! It included strong character development, a gorgeous writing style, a sweet romance, and lots and lots of yummy food!!
I also loved the fact that the protagonist in this novel is a teen mother because this is the first time that I had ever read a book that featured a teen mother without the plot of the book centering around the pregnancy. It just smoothly blended into the character’s backstory; it gave a really interesting and unique perspective, which was so refreshing.

You can see my review of With the Fire on High here.

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Posted in Reviews

Review: With the Fire On High

Good afternoon, my lovely readers! I hope you’ve been having a great day so far. Today I’m back with a review for a relatively recent release and very hyped up story, With the Fire On High. I hope you enjoy!


With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Genre: 
Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Publication Date: May 2019
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read July 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read With the Fire On High yet? Did you think that it lived up to the hype? What was your favourite scene?
What are your thoughts on the cover?
Have you added this book to your TBR?
I’d love to chat about it in the comments down below!

Thank you all so, so much for joining me today! I hope you have a lovely week and I hope to see you again soon. Enjoy your evening! 🙂

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