Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: Street Food and Love

Street Food and Love 
by H.A. Enri 

Published by: Martin Sisters Publishing
Publication date: Summer 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Sole Eaby, seventeen, has a few complaints he’d like to lodge against life, the main one being that his dad, Cedro, has recently quit his job and withdrawn his entire life savings, which included Sole’s college fund. Why? To launch a food truck business he knows nothing about.
To cope, Sole uses his knifelike wit to moonlight as a stand-up comedian, and so far, it’s paying off. He’s not only replenishing his college treasury, he’s making people laugh; but it’s one person in particular he performs for. Her name is Ava. When the fated bond of humor joins the two, and they begin a sort of quasi-romance, things begin to seem somewhat bearable. Of course, that’s when an ill-timed event decides to put another spin on things. Just when Sole is ready to move on with his own life and disconnect himself from his father and the family business, he suddenly finds himself in charge of the food truck he desperately loathes. Here is where Sole must realize that the answers to love and life are not to be found apart but, rather, are more like a savory recipe: only by combining the ingredients will the wonderful flavors reveal themselves. When comedy isn’t enough, the future seems ever bleak, and a fledgling love has barely had a chance to bloom, where will Sole turn?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22432900-street-food-and-love

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Street-Food-Love-H-A-Enri/dp/1625530684/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406558774&sr=8-1&keywords=Street+Food+and+Love
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/street-food-love-ha-enri/1119913578?ean=9781625530684

My Thoughts:
I'm actually really excited that I was chosen for this tour; I did the initial blitz a little while back and knew that I wanted to read it so badly. So here I am.

I'm very very pleased with the narration. We are told the story through Sole's eyes and I really like how developed he is. He's a very solid character and his actions are very him. Everything he does and everything he says is unique. I like that and I like the consistency of his character. I also like Sole's snark and all of his remarks. They are quite entertaining and I really enjoyed reading through them.

I like how the story falls in LA, a popular destination and often over-used in writing, but in Street Food, it is made unique by being the setting for a food truck business. Totally different. I think H.A. did a very good job with creating the world and setting it up. I've never been to Cali but I could envision everything.

I also enjoyed how the romantic interest, Ava, is older than Sole. Many people nowadays feel like the man has to be older in a relationship but it's not exactly true. I like how this shows some diversity in that trend.

I seriously just liked this book overall. It's a really cute story with a solid idea. Told exceptionally well, it had me smiling from when Ava first shows up. Actually before then. People probably thought I was weird, just smiling around. Whoops...

Rating: 4.5 stars! I feel like if I keep giving out five stars for books I love, they don't mean as much to me (or to you, either, probably). So I'll work on my rating scale and put it up hopefully this week. This definitely deserves a 4.5, though; I thoroughly enjoyed it!

H.A.'s love for all things caffeinated is what keeps him awake and alert so he can pursue that glorious tyrant called Nostalgia. And after all, isn't that what provokes most adult authors to write stories about the teenage years they long ago left behind (referring to Nostalgia, not the caffeine...he hopes)? When he isn't writing, H.A. can be found quaffing coffee (Yes, he might be addicted--don't judge) reading, riding his bike, snapping photos, making music, working on his theory of everything, and, on rare occasions, attempting to discover the elusive, and maybe impossible, secret to time travel. H.A. lives in So Cal. Street Food and Love is H.A.'s first novel.

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Thank you so much, Xpresso Book Tours, for putting me on the tour! Excellent book!

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