L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón: Review

L.A. Weather has it all: drama, humor and the immigrant experience. The Alvarado family is an eclectic group filled with secrets!

L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón
Genre: Fiction
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: September 7, 2021

Synopsis

FORECAST: Storm clouds are on the horizon in this fun, fast-paced novel of an affluent Mexican-American family from the author of the #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller Esperanza’s Box of Saints.

L.A. is parched, dry as a bone, and all Oscar, the weather-obsessed patriarch of the Alvarado family, desperately wants is a little rain. He’s harboring a costly secret that distracts him from everything else. His wife, Keila, desperate for a life with a little more intimacy and a little less Weather Channel, feels she has no choice but to end their marriage.

Their three daughters—Claudia, a television chef with a hard-hearted attitude; Olivia, a successful architect who suffers from gentrification guilt; and Patricia, a social media wizard who has an uncanny knack for connecting with audiences but not with her lovers—are blindsided and left questioning everything they know. Each will have to take a critical look at her own relationships and make some tough decisions along the way.

With quick wit and humor, Maria Amparo Escandón follows the Alvarado family as they wrestle with impending evacuations, secrets, deception, and betrayal, and their toughest decision yet: whether to stick together or burn it all down.

L. A. Weather: Author Bio

L.A. Weather author Maria Amparo Escandon.
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María Amparo Escandón is the author of #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller
Esperanza’s Box of Saints and González & Daughter Trucking Co. Named a writer to watch by both Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times, she was born in Mexico City and has lived in Los Angeles for nearly
four decades.

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My Review

L. A. Weather shares the tale of the Alvarado family as they face personal struggles. Oscar and Keila Alvarado are on the brink of divorce after four decades of marriage. After a deep family discussion, they give themselves one year to figure out if their bond is worth saving.

Escandón beautifully writes about one family’s immigration experience. Oscar and Keila have deep roots in their Mexican culture that they lovingly pass onto their 3 daughters: Claudia, Olivia, and Patricia. While all three children adapted to the American ways of living, they also hold onto their Mexican roots. Their family journey is part of their story, and as the story progresses, we see shades of how important culture is deeply rooted for all.

While the Alvarado children fight to keep their family unit whole, their personal lives are in a state of flux. They are powerful women facing emotional abuse and guilt while attaining their goals. While Claudia, Olivia and Patricia share close family ties, their personal struggles leave them at a crossroads.

L.A. Weather is definitely a page turner! It kept me engrossed down to the surprising final pages. You’ll definitely want this powerful story!

Thank you to Flatiron Books and Netgalley for the gifted copy. L.A. Weather comes out Tuesday, September 7th!

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Book Blogger Hop | August 2

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer, in which you answer a book related prompt. The Book Blogger Hop, helps you discover fellow contributors to check out and follow! You can view Coffee Addicted Writer’s post here.

This Week’s Question

If you haven’t read a book in awhile and someone asks about a character or the plot, can you recall the details? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)


I can recall book details if I haven’t read it in a couple months. Unless it was a very memorable book, then I’ll always recall key scenes and details!



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Waiting on Wednesday | Jul 8

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme that first originated with Jill at Breaking the Spine. It has now linked up with Tressa at Wishful Endings (under Can’t Wait Wednesday). You can view Tressa’s post here.


This Week’s Post

Something to Say by Lisa Moore Ramee
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Something to Say by Lisa Moore Ramee
Release Date: July 14, 2020

A story about a young girl finding her voice when a sudden change takes place in her school. I’m looking forward for this book to come out into the world…which is soon!


Synopsis

From the author of A Good Kind of Trouble, a Walter Dean Myers Honor Book, comes another unforgettable story about finding your voice—and finding your people. Perfect for fans of Sharon Draper, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds.

Eleven-year-old Jenae doesn’t have any friends—and she’s just fine with that. She’s so good at being invisible in school, it’s almost like she has a superpower, like her idol, Astrid Dane. At home, Jenae has plenty of company, like her no-nonsense mama; her older brother, Malcolm, who is home from college after a basketball injury; and her beloved grandpa, Gee.

Then a new student shows up at school—a boy named Aubrey with fiery red hair and a smile that won’t quit. Jenae can’t figure out why he keeps popping up everywhere she goes. The more she tries to push him away, the more he seems determined to be her friend. Despite herself, Jenae starts getting used to having him around.

But when the two are paired up for a class debate about the proposed name change for their school, Jenae knows this new friendship has an expiration date. Aubrey is desperate to win and earn a coveted spot on the debate team.

There’s just one problem: Jenae would do almost anything to avoid speaking up in front of an audience—including risking the first real friendship she’s ever had.


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Book Tour: ‘Shadow of a Dead God’ by Patrick Samphire | A Review

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Today is my stop in the ‘Shadow of a Dead God’ Book Tour! Thank you so much to Storytellers on Tour for allowing me to take part. Click the banner above to check out the other amazing contributors!


Book Information

Shadow of a Dead God, A Mennik Thorn Novel by Patrick Samphire

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Shadow of a Dead God: A Mennik Thorn Novel
by Patrick Samphire
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 460 pages
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: May 27, 2020

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Book Blurb

A dead god. A brutal murder. A second-rate mage.

It was only supposed to be one little job – a simple curse-breaking for Mennik Thorn to pay back a favor to his oldest friend. But then it all blew up in his face. Now he’s been framed for a murder he didn’t commit.

So how is a second-rate mage, broke, traumatized, and with a habit of annoying the wrong people supposed to prove his innocence when everyone believes he’s guilty?

Mennik has no choice if he wants to get out of this: he is going to have to throw himself into the corrupt world of the city’s high mages, a world he fled years ago. Faced by supernatural beasts, the mage-killing Ash Guard, and a ruthless, unknown adversary, it’s going to take every trick Mennik can summon just to keep him and his friend alive.

But a new, dark power is rising in Agatos, and all that stands in its way is one damaged mage…


Author Information

Patrick Samphire started writing when he was fourteen years old and thought it would be a good way of getting out of English lessons. It didn’t work, but he kept on writing anyway.

He has lived in Zambia, Guyana, Austria and England. He has been charged at by a buffalo and, once, when he sat on a camel, he cried. He was only a kid. Don’t make this weird.

Patrick has worked as a teacher, an editor and publisher of physics journals, a marketing minion, and a pen pusher (real job!). Now, when he’s not writing, he designs websites and book covers. He has a PhD in theoretical physics, which means that all the unlikely science in his books is actually true. Well, most of it. Well, some of it. Maybe.

Patrick now lives in Wales, U.K. with his wife, the awesome writer Stephanie Burgis, their two sons, and their cat, Pebbles. Right now, in Wales, it is almost certainly raining.

He has published almost twenty short stories and novellas in magazines and anthologies, including Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, Strange Horizons, and The Year’s Best Fantasy, as well as one fantasy novel for adults, SHADOW OF A DEAD GOD, and two novels for children, SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB and THE EMPEROR OF MARS.

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My Thoughts

**I received a copy of Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire through Storytellers on Tour, in exchange for an honest review**

‘Shadow of a Dead God’ introduces us to Mennik Thorn. Mennik is a mage that never quite got the grasp of magic. When he and his friend Benny get wrapped into a heap of trouble, Mennik stops at nothing in order to make things right.

I appreciated the non stop action played out in Shadow of a Dead God! Mennik has the support of the little found family of Benny and his daughter. Mennik is very imperfect in his magical abilities, yet he’s determined to rectify the complications set forth by his actions. I love a flawed yet honest character!

Although the risks Mennik endures are high, he stops at nothing to make sure he and Benny get their names cleared. They also receive help from characters who lean toward the dark side, yet are loyal to a fault. I feel that readers will enjoy the antics depicted in Shadow of a Dead God. It is a very addicting fantasy tale!


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Book Blogger Hop| Overhyped Books

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer, in which you answer a book related prompt. The Book Blogger Hop, helps you discover fellow contributors to check out and follow! You can view Coffee Addicted Writer’s post here.


This Week’s Question

What book/books got a lot of hype but were a disappointment for you? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I was very excited to read about a strong woman at a magical library, but it wasn’t what I expected! I felt that Elisabeth’s character needed more development.


Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
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Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

I really, really wanted to love this book! The Scooby Gang grown up and solving a mystery from 20 decades prior…but I couldn’t get myself to enjoy it.


Liane Moriarty, 'Nine Perfect Strangers'
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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

I was looking forward to reading Moriarty’s work, but this book was missing something. I began to pick up interest at the middle of the story, but it still wasn’t enough!


What overhyped books were dissapointing for you? Feel free to share in the comments!



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Sunday Sentence : Jul 5

What is the ‘Sunday Sentence‘ project?

Sunday Sentence‘ is hosted by David Abrams. We share the best sentences read during the past week, ‘out of context and without commentary’. You can view the original link here.


‘This is going to be so much fun!’ Ed grins.
Please believe this sentence Amy. Please believe it. Absorb it, focus on it often and hope beyond all hope that it becomes true for you.’


Source: The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva



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Saturday Reading | Upcoming Plans

When Life Gives You Mangos by Kereen Getten.

My Saturday reading is off to a promising start!

I finished ‘When Life Gives You Mangos’ by Kereen Getten. I absolutely adored this book! It’s a very moving Middle Grade story set in the Caribbean. Clara has many feelings to sort through after a horrible storm hit a year ago, and issues are confronted. My review of ‘When Life Gives you Mangos’ is soon!



Saturday Reading: The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva.

My next story will be ‘The Existence of Amy’ by Lana Grace Riva. From the little I’ve read so far, It’s about a woman handling OCD. Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy, I look forward to diving in!



What are your reading plans this weekend? Feel free to share down below!



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Anticipated Reads for July

ANTICIPATED READS FOR JULY

Wow, half of 2020 has flown by! I really hope that July and August brings more peaceful events. My 1 year wedding anniversary is next month, so at least there’s that upcoming happy moment!

Some really exciting stories coming out this month. I can’t wait to share them with you!



What releases are you looking forward to in July? Feel free to share in the comments!



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June 2020 Reading Wrap Up

JUNE 2020 READING WRAP UP

What were your favorite reads in June?

I read 6 books during the month of June. I wish I read more, but I’m glad that I came across these titles!

Books Read:


  • The CEO, The Puppy & Me by Jennifer Faye: 4/5 Stars
  • The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon: 5/5 Stars
  • Heir of Ashes by Jina S. Bazzar: 4/5 Stars
  • Guild of Tokens by Jon Auerbach: 4/5 Stars
  • Love Unfeigned by Nadine C. Keels: 4/5 Stars
  • Hope Unashamed by Nadine C. Keels: 4/5 Stars

What books did you read last month? Feel free to share down in the comments!



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Goodreads Monday: June 29

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme started by Lauren’s Page Turners. You select a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it. Whether it’s a book photo or description (or both!), share why you love them! You can find Lauren’s Page Turners’ link here.


This Week’s Post

'More to the Story' is on my Goodreads TBR. 
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More to the Story by Hena Khan

More to the Story is a Middle Grade retelling of Little Women. I’m going to love this story as much as the original classic!

Synopsis

From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes a new story inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic, Little Women, featuring four sisters from a modern American Muslim family living in Georgia.

When Jameela Mirza is picked to be feature editor of her middle school newspaper, she’s one step closer to being an award-winning journalist like her late grandfather. The problem is her editor-in-chief keeps shooting down her article ideas. Jameela’s assigned to write about the new boy in school, who has a cool British accent but doesn’t share much, and wonders how she’ll make his story gripping enough to enter into a national media contest.

Jameela, along with her three sisters, is devastated when their father needs to take a job overseas, away from their cozy Georgia home for six months. Missing him makes Jameela determined to write an epic article—one to make her dad extra proud. But when her younger sister gets seriously ill, Jameela’s world turns upside down. And as her hunger for fame looks like it might cost her a blossoming friendship, Jameela questions what matters most, and whether she’s cut out to be a journalist at all…


Would you put More to the Story on your TBR? Feel free to share in the comments!


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