Before I get into it, can we just chat a moment about last night’s Golden Globes?
Creative People should not be allowed alcohol before they’re supposed to do something which requires forethought to what they say.
As a creative person, I will tell you, once I’ve had a few drinks, “fuck” becomes the chief word in my vocabulary. I mean, it’s high up there to begin with, but it REALLY comes out when I’ve had some cognac.
Ok. This series, you guys.
This book is a YA, yes. However, it’s ridiculously intelligent. The history, the science, the well-researched intrigue. If you’re a fan of Erik Larson, Paula Uruburu, Hillary Mantel, Diana Gabaldon, Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, or Elizabeth Hunter, this series is for you.
It has all the politicking and intrigue of court society, but with a youthful, modern edge that will delight readers across age and genre lines. It’s a little like being held captive by an amazing storyteller, only to reason later that the bonds were untied the whole time, and you simply wanted to be there. It’s absolutely that compelling.
The Immortal Descendants series by April White.
Seventeen-year-old tagger Saira Elian can handle anything… a mother who mysteriously disappears, a stranger who stalks her around London, and even the noble English Grandmother who kicked Saira and her mother out of the family. But when an old graffiti tag in a tube station transports Saira to the 19th Century and she comes face-to-face with Jack the Ripper, she realizes she needs help after all.
Saira meets Archer, a charming student who helps her blend in as much as a tall, modern American teen can in Victorian England. He reveals the existence of the Immortals: Time, Nature, Fate, War and Death, and explains to Saira that it is possible to move between
centuries – if you are a Descendant of Time.
Saira finds unexpected friendships at a boarding school for Immortal Descendants and a complicated love with a young man from the past. But time is running out for her mother, and Saira must embrace her new identity as she hides from Archer a devastating secret about his future that may cost him his life.
It is so much more than this blurb. gah.
And a little this:
It’s not as cheery as most borderline romance adventure books. It’s not really dark, either. It exists somewhere in the ether above the sentiments of lamentation and determination.
April White’s Immortal Descendants Series reads like an eloquent waltz across the topography of space, time, humanity, and the wilds of emotion. It completely encompasses that idea of “show, don’t tell” that makes novels something more than mere words strung across papyrus. Saira is the modern heroine readers crave. She’s forward-thinking without alienating anyone who isn’t in need of alienation. She’s blunt, sharp, responsive, and completely age-appropriate. She’s seventeen, and the reader knows that. She’s bright and intelligent, yes, but she’s also seventeen. That hindbrain, the one that tells adults “hey, BAD IDEA!!” Isn’t fully formed, and it shows, which is completely appropriate. There’s a reason so many of history’s heroes are so young. Too young to be terrified.
This series is an absolute joy to read, and burning through them in a weekend is a perfectly respectable way to spend a winter weekend.
I tweeted April White to ask what she prefers, and she mentioned salad. I love a good salad, but I ADORE a good dressing. In honor of the herbivore shifters in the series, (hold me closer, gazelle dancer!!) BUDDHA BOWL with AMAZING Miso-Mustard Dressing.
Buddha Bowl with Miso-Mustard Dressing
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Buddha Bowl with Miso Mustard Dressing
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: appetizer salad condiment vegan
- Ideas for toppings:
- grilled tofu and vegetables
- black beans
- roasted beets
- black rice
- tortilla chips
- romaine lettuce
- chopped bell pepper
- 2 tbsp white miso paste
- 2 tsp liquid aminos
- 2 tbsp live apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp chinese mustard
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1/2 tsp chopped garlic
- 1/2 tsp white pepper
- juice of one lime
blend together ingredients of dressing and pour over salad.