Rankings, Reviews

Best YA Book “Squads”

Yep, that’s right. #SquadGoals.

Today I’m going to be discussing the best squads, teams, and gangs in young adult literature, and I will rank them as well. When you’re in the mood for some serious group power, a novel with a great squad is your go-to, right? Well, it is for me, anyway. YA fiction books are filled with groups that are badass, show teamwork, fight each other, hate each other, love each other, grow together, and suffer together. These squads show up all over– in fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, really any genre that has characters (spoiler–they all do!).

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Cinnamon Spice “Oatmeal” (paleo, AIP, vegan)

Oats are not a hard food to replicate on a grain-free diet. There are many “n’oatmeal” and other grain-free porridge recipes out there, using coconut, banana, spaghetti squash, and more. I haven’t tried them all, but the ones I have made have been delicious!

I used to stick to mainly coconut-based n’oatmeal recipes, preferring the taste to others. However, coconut can be very fattening, and so I therefore started to use recipes relying on spaghetti squash. This was an excellent alternative and made me feel as if I was making a healthy decision (well, I was!).

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Muse of Nightmares Review


Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.

She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.

She was wrong.

Oh my god. I cannot fully express my feelings after finishing this book. It was so amazing! It was everything I hoped for and more. I loved it so so much! After the heart-stopping dramatic events that left me sobbing at the end of Strange the Dreamer–not to mention the cliffhanger–I waited desperately to get my hands on this book. Finally, I have read it! (and you should too!)

Stars: 5

Genre: Fantasy

Read this if you liked: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Shadowhunter Chronicles, A Wrinkle in Time, The Night Circus

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Reviews, Updates

Girls of Paper and Fire–ARC Review

In my land, we’re known as Paper Girls…easily torn, existing only for others to use and discard.

But there’s something they’ve all forgotten about paper. It can light the world of fire…and make it burn.

Recently, I’ve had the great privilege to read an advanced reader’s copy (ARC) of Girls of Paper and Fire, a lush fantasy novel set in an Asian-inspired world. It’s written by Natasha Ngan, author of The Elites and The Memory Keepers. Mark your calendars, because Girls of Paper and Fire will be coming out on October 23!

Stars: 4.5

Genre: Fantasy

Read this if you liked: The Belles, Girls Made of Snow and Glass, Red Queen, The Selection

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies (paleo, AIP)

Autumn is almost here!!! Which means it’s time to be prepared for lots of pumpkin products– Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos from Starbucks, Jack-O-Lanterns, baked pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie, and more! You will soon tire of the pumpkin-y goodness, however (don’t we all). But for now, let’s enjoy the fall season of this lovely orange squash and take full advantage, yes?

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Pork “Teriyaki” Stir-Fry & Bok Choy Salad (paleo, AIP)

Hello, and welcome back to Elemental! We have a new theme (much cleaner, I think)! I apologize for the long hiatus–as I mentioned in a previous post, I was in Peru for a month and then was so busy when I returned that I didn’t have time to create any recipes! I did read some great books over this summer holiday that I hope to review soon, so stay tuned!

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Top 10 YA Fiction Clichés

What’s worse than a terrible book with no purpose? A terrible book filled with annoying clichés. Yep, we’re talking about those tropes you see no end to in typical YA fiction. You may like some of these scenarios, and you may hate them to no end. Whether you love them or you don’t, they seem to be successful. Today I’m discussing the most common YA clichés and the pros and cons of each.

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