In Novel & a Nibble posts I pair my recent favorite reads with recipes. It’s a new series, so if you want to see more jump in the comments & let me know!

Today, I’m talking about two recent reads I loved: MORE THAN FASHION, a New Adult romance, and UNDER THE LIGHTS, a contemporary YA.

Read on for my thoughts on the books, and the recipes I chose to pair with them. (They aren’t technically “nibbles” recipes because both of these books inspired me to find drink recipes. I’ve almost convinced myself that it’s okay.) ;)


Novel and a Nibble: Read book reviews + recipes paired with the books! Today's reviews are for MORE THAN FASHION by Elizabeth Briggs and UNDER THE LIGHTS by Dahlia Adler. Click through to read the reviews & see the recipes! //

###MORE THAN FASHION by Elizabeth Briggs // Strawberry Martini

MORE THAN FASHION is the latest in Elizabeth Briggs’ Chasing the Dream series (which I reviewed here), and it doesn’t disappoint. This series just gets better and better!

Julie Hong is a pre-med student with a passion for fashion design who lands a spot on a competitive reality television show for aspiring designers. The night before the show starts, she has a steamy meeting with a guy she never expects to see again … And guess who she runs into on the show?

Beyond being a fun and steamy (have I mentioned that it’s steamy?) romance, it’s also a compelling story about a girl trying to find her way. Will she be a doctor like her older sister, and follow her parents wishes? Or will she pursue her passion and face her fear of disappointing her family?

Elizabeth’s books are such a great combination of fantastic writing, great banter, and hot romance, all with unique settings and the kind of heroines who feel like real people.

Since we meet Julie while she’s sipping on a strawberry martini, I thought this Strawberry Martini recipe from Cooks with Cocktails would be a perfect fit. Yum!

MORE THAN FASHION by Elizabeth Briggs and Strawberry Martini Recipe from CookswithCocktails //

###UNDER THE LIGHTS by Dahlia Alder // Latté with Hazelnut Milk

I read the first book in Dahlia Adler’s Daylight Falls series (my BEHIND THE SCENES review), and was so excited when I found out we’d get to read more about two of the side characters, Vanessa and Josh. (Psst: Check out my interview with Dahlia for the YA Buccaneers!.)

UNDER THE LIGHTS is told from both Vanessa’s and Josh’s perspectives:

Party boy Josh is unlovably lovable. He’s full of himself, arrogant, and crass (and that’s generous), but somehow I found myself … liking him. How he went from being a character who made me snort laugh because of his over-the-top mean lines to a character who I was rooting for, I have no idea. I think it might be because Dahlia is amazing. (Dear Dahlia, please give us a sequel with Josh’s story. I already can’t wait to read it.)

Vanessa is a Korean-American actress on a teen television show, and can’t afford to be unlikeable. When her best friend Ally (who we met in BEHIND THE SCENES) leaves for college, Vanessa finds herself without a confidant. She turns to her agent’s daughter Brianna for friendship, which should be a great solution. Only, Vanessa discovers she has feelings for Brianna. Not only is she beyond confused, she’s also terrified that her feelings for Brianna will mean the end of her career.

This book! So. Good. I devoured it.

Speaking of devouring, I chose this latté with hazelenut milk recipe from The Clean Dish because Vanessa sips on a hazlenut latté with Ally at the beginning of the story.

UNDER THE LIGHTS by Dahlia Alder and Latté Recipe from The Clean Dish //

I hope you check out both of these books and the recipes!

P.S. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more Novel & a Nibble collections. I’d love your input!

Welcome to my first Novel and a Nibble collection!

Since I love sharing posts about recipes and books, I thought I’d combine the two and share my favorite reads with a quick review and a recipe. And because alliteration is awesome, I’m calling it Novel and a Nibble. ;)

Novel and a Nibble: Read book reviews + find recipes inspired by the books! Today's reviews are for The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas, Defy by Sarah B. Larson, and Stray by Elissa Sussman. Click through to read the review & see the recipes! //

###THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas // Tea Cookies

Let’s start with THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas, the first book in my new favorite high fantasy series. It’s about a young magic-wielding girl who realizes her powers are greater than she ever knew - and that some very dangerous people are after her. The magical world building is deliciously complex — which I loved — but the part where the heroine has to pass for an Eton school boy won my heart. The school boy antics are spot on, and I loved seeing the heroine navigate the dark and dangerous magical world, then have to learn how to exude boyish confidence and pass for a saavy cricket player. So. Much. Fun.

There’s adventure, romance, and political intrigue; it’s a rich, satisfying read, and the perfect story to go with some tea and cookies. Even better: tea cookies! These Orange and Black Tea Cookies from Food For My Family look perfect, and they made me think of how the younger Eton boys prepared tea for the older Eton boys in THE BURNING SKY. Tea time, anyone?

Book review of THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas, YA Fantasy. Plus a recipe for Vegan Tea Cookis from FoodForMyFamily //

###DEFY by Sarah B. Larson // Açai Smoothie Bowl

DEFY by Sarah B. Larson is the story of Alexa Hollen: a girl who disguises herself as a boy in a world where it’s dangerous to be a woman — a deceit made even more complicated because she is an elite soldier on the prince’s guard. When Alexa’s secret begins to unravel, she has to learn what it might mean to be herself, while trying to survive changing relationships and a world with treachery, sorcery, and an evil king.

Part of what I enjoyed most about this story was the setting. I haven’t read many (any?) high fantasy novels set in or near a tropical place, and I loved that the characters spoke of eating things like mango. I can almost picture Alexa going for this recipe for an açai smoothie bowl from Rosalie Ruardy. I know I would. :)

Book review of DEFY by Sarah B. Larson, a YA Fantasy, plus a recipe for an Acai Smoothie Bowl Recipe from Rosalie Ruardy //

###STRAY by Elissa Sussman // Cinnamon Rolls

STRAY is like a fantastical take on THE HANDMAIDEN’S TALE. It is set in a world where women train to be the best princesses they can be and using magic is wicked. The main character, Aislinn, tries to be a good princess, but she can’t control her wicked magic.

When she’s exposed, she’s sentenced to be a fairy godmother. Fairy godmothers are in charge of keeping princesses in line, and are required to swaddle themselves in nun-like habits. Aislinn tries to be a good fairy godmother, but that proves to be far more challenging than she expected. And… you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens to her!

Aislinn tends to cook when she needs to think through things, and the descriptions of her cinnamon bread made me drool. I think this book would be perfect with a stack of these cinnamon rolls from Petite Allergy Treats. I might need to re-read STRAY so that I have an excuse to make them!

Book review of STRAY by Elissa Sussman, a YA Fantasy, plus a recipe for Vegan, Gluten-free Cinnamon Rolls from PetiteAllergyTreats //

I’d love your input: Would you like to see more Novel and a Nibble pairings? Jump in the comments and let me know what you think!

P.S. These peach scones would also be an excellent tea-time treat. :)