Crown of Embers Review (SPOILERS!)

This is my review for the second book in the Rae Carson trilogy and the second book of 2019 family book club. Obviously because this is a sequel it’s impossible to review this book without spoilers. What you need to know is that this book builds upon the incredible world building of the first book expanding it physically and in detail. Carson has a gift for romance, the incredible pull of characters towards each other is enticing. This whole book is rising action to the climax of book three. Five STARS!

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On Meal Delivery Services

So recently we completed a week of meal delivery services. One of my partner’s co-workers gave us a promo code for a free week of Green Chef.

Setting up:

  • Setting up our week of Green Chef was pretty easy. Choosing the meal plan was our hardest part because they are all based on diet and we don’t have one. But they had every healthy meal plan and potential dietary restriction under the sun accounted for. We ended up picking Heart Healthy. It let us decide which three meals we wanted for the week, which was nice considering I was allergic to 2 of the 6 options.
  • The package came on Monday. It was pretty heavy to move inside. However, very nice that everything including the ice packs was 100% recyclable. The meat and veggies could all be refrigerated throughout the week so no need to worry about defrosting in time for dinner.


  • Every recipe was timed out nicely, so it was all finished and warm at the same time. Except the meatball dish because peeling the butternut squash took me longer than a hot second.
  • The steps were easy to follow and clear for someone who is barely a novice at cooking. Plus the recipe had pictures to follow.
  • The recipes required quite a bit of cooking equipment and for someone who doesn’t have a dishwasher a lot of clean-up


  • The food was delicious. My favorite was the paprika-cumin meatballs with chimichurri sauce. My human’s favorite was the rosemary-roasted chicken with kale and potato salad.
  • I learned how to make rice pilaf which is significantly easier than the name suggests.
  • We have made the kale and potato salad several times since and plan to again as it is the only was I am currently willing to eat kale.
Rosemary Roasted Chicken with kale and potato salad (toppings optional)
Bavarian Pork Bowl with Quinoa and Kale Salad
Spicy Meatballs with Butternut Squash and Rice Pilaf


  • Recipes weren’t too expensive to make on their own and we have and probably will continue to make independently. On their own the food definitely cost less than the service.
  • Would order again when we become a 2-income household for the pure confidence and variety