Book & Bake | Cream Cheese Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies!



Hey guys!

I’m currently facing my last week of college ever, and instead of focusing on the ever important question of what the heck am I going to do with my life?!, I’ve been baking. A lot.

I’m actually baking more than I am reading at the moment, and so I thought if I can’t blog about books, I can try and blog about what I’ve been baking instead. But then I thought: why not meld the two? My blog is called The Book Crunch after all, so here is the first post in a new segment I’m calling Book & Bake!

In these posts, I’m going to be pairing a book with what I’ve baked. The bake will either be decorated to match the book, or I’ll just be recommending a novel I’ve read and enjoyed!


I stumbled across these cream cheese stuffed red velvet cookies on Sally’s Baking Addiction, which is full to the brim of other delicious treats to make, so you should definitely check it out!

The first thing I have to explain is that my cookies ended up not being red velvet, because someone kind of forgot to check if she had red food colouring or not before starting. I did try and substitute the red for pink, but it had no effect, so basically they’re just chocolate cookies. But they’re filled with cream cheese frosting goodness, and that makes up for my complete failure on the red velvet side of things.

Here are some of the cookies:


(Sorry for the bad photo!)

The recipe was really easy to follow, and except for a few mishaps with the cream cheese filling oozing out of a few cookies, I think they actually turned out okay! I think if I were to make them again, I’d probably use a bit more cream cheese in the filling, and maybe include chocolate chips, because chocolate in cookies is wonderful. And, of course, make sure I have red food colouring!


The book I chose for this weeks Book & Bake was originally picked because I thought the red and white of the cookies would match the cover, but the cookies didn’t quite turn out to plan. Oh well!

The book I’m recommending is…


Frostblood by Elly Blake

In a land governed by the cruel Frostblood ruling class, seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has spent most of her life hiding her ability to manipulate heat and light – until the day the soldiers come to raid her village and kill her mother. Ruby vows revenge on the tyrannous Frost King responsible for the massacre of her people.

But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable…and so are the feelings she has for Arcus, the scarred, mysterious Frostblood warrior who shares her goal to kill the Frost King, albeit for his own reasons. When Ruby is captured by the Frost King’s men, she’s taken right into the heart of the enemy. Now she only has one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her – and in doing so, she must unleash the powers she’s spent her whole life withholding.



This year hasn’t been great so far on the reading front for me, but as soon as I picked this book up, I was hooked. I read it in just over three days, which is the fastest I’ve read a book all year. It’s a pretty cliched story, but sometimes cliches are exactly what you’re in the mood for! My review of this one will be up soon!

Have you read Frostblood?! What type of cookies are your favourite?!


– Emma

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June Anticipated Releases!


Hey guys!

All year I’ve been completely out of the loop when it comes to new YA book releases, meaning I’ve been missing out on some awesome reads! So I’ve decided in order to make myself more aware, I’m going to go through Goodreads at the beginning of every month and see what’s being released. I’ll then make a post and talk about which books I’m most looking forward to!

I feel like this is only going to result in my TBR pile growing even more excessive, but oh well! Here are the releases I’m most anticipating this month:

Save the Date

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Publication Date: 5th June, 2018

I heard about this book a few months ago, and since then I’ve been waiting for it’s release! It sounds like a book I’ll really enjoy, and I’m looking forward to reading it!

(Side note: I read Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson a while back, and I remember absolutely loving it. It broke my heart, but it was a wonderful novel and I can’t recommend it enough!)

The Art of French Kissing

The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum

Publication Date: 5th June, 2018

This book sounds like it’s going to be a sweet contemporary, perfect for reading in the garden on a sunny day! And whilst eating yummy snacks, of course.

Fat Girl on a Plane

 Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos

Publication Date: 5th June, 2018

I think this novel sounds really promising – it’s supposed to be about body positivity and loving yourself, and I’m all for that. I’ve seen mixed reviews, but I’m hoping for the best!

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

Publication Date: 5th June, 2018

I love books that take place over the summer months, so I was instantly drawn to this because of the name. I’m looking forward to reading a book told from four sisters POVs!

What are some of your anticipated reads for this month?!


May Wrap-Up!

Hey guys!

May has been a busy month for me – I’ve had a bunch of assignment deadlines for college and exams, and I’ve just completely let stress overtake me. I’m currently nine books behind my Goodreads schedule, and I’m thinking I might not complete my challenge this year if I don’t get my read on!


Books I’ve Read…

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty #1) by Rosamund Hodge

My feelings on this book are very much mixed! I’ll be posting my review soon, so watch out for it!

Goodreads synopsis:

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Teardrop (Teardrop, #1)

Teardrop (Teardrop #1) by Lauren Kate

I finished this book a couple of days ago, and I enjoyed it! I still need to write a review for this one!

Goodreads synopsis:

Never, ever cry… 

Seventeen-year-old Eureka won’t let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean. And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother’s death and Ander’s appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don’t make sense. Can everything you love be washed away?


April Wrap-Up!

Remix by Non Pratt | Book Review

May Book Haul!

My Fave YA Books About Mental Health!

Hay Festival 2018!

This month hasn’t been great on the reading front (actually, this year hasn’t been great for reading at all, but oh well), but I’ve blogged more than I have been recently, which I’m happy about!

What books have you read this month?!


Hay Festival 2018!

Hey guys!

I’m currently on break from college, and I had planned to spend my free time catching up on blogging and reading. However, I haven’t done much of either because I’ve been so busy – such as with last weekend, when I found myself at a literature festival!


Hay Festival is a literature festival held every year in Hay-on-Wye over the span of a week, and has talks from special guests and author signings. It was my first time visiting the festival this year, and I’m happy to say I had a great time!

Image result for rupert everett the happy prince

I went to two talks, one of which was an interview with Rupert Everett about his upcoming movie about Oscar Wilde! This was a talk my sister wanted to go to because of her love of Everett and Wilde, and it was really good. I’d already watched the documentary about Rupert writing the script for The Happy Prince, and his struggles to get funding and everything to actually make the movie happen, and it was interesting to hear him talk about it and his career!

Now You're Talking: The Story of Human Communication from the Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence

The second was a talk from Trevor Cox, author of Now You’re Talking: The Story of Human Communication from the Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence. This talk was fascinating! I really enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to reading his novel!

I bought two books whilst at Hay, which were:

Things a Bright Girl Can Do

Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

I first heard of this book at YALC last year, and the first time I spotted it was at the Hay festival book shop! I’m really happy I spotted this one, and I’m currently a few chapters in!

The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Oxfam had a second-hand book stall there too, where I found a proof copy of this book! I loved Everything, Everything, so I’m excited for this one!

Have you read either of these books?!


My Fave YA Books About Mental Health!


Hey guys!

This week is mental health awareness week, and I wanted to post about some of my favourite YA books that feature mental illnesses and spread awareness for how important mental health is.

There’s a vile stigma that surrounds struggling with your mental health, and I think it’s really important for YA books to talk about it and help give people a better understanding of mental illnesses, and how important taking care of your mental health is.

Here are my favourite YA books that feature mental health issues:


Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

This book was so wonderful, and really touched my heart. It gives a strong insight into how agoraphobia and OCD can affect daily life, and also explores relationships and how romance is not a cure-all when it comes to mental illness, which is done so truthfully.

You can check out my review of this wonderful book here! I would like to add there are sections of this novel that could potentially be triggering to some.


Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I feel like even those who have the barest of experience with mental health issues will be able to understand our main character and her struggles in this novel. John Green really captured the essence of OCD and anxiety in this book, and how difficult it can be for sufferers themselves, and the people close to them.

am I normal yet

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

I found it hard to read this book; it was full of emotion that really hit me. How Holly Bourne depicts OCD is just so accurate, and I think the layout will really help people understand this mental illness better. I also think it was important that it was explained that OCD has many different forms – it’s not always to do with cleanliness!

Another reason to love this book aside from the rep for mental health: it talks about feminism! Here’s my review of this book!


A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

This book took a more delicate approach to mental illness, so it was lighter to read than the others in this list. I really enjoyed it, because it was a really sweet read in regards to plot, but it was also great in terms of diversity: not only is our main character facing mental health issues, her love interest is also deaf. A deaf character was not something I’d come across in  a YA book before, so it was wonderful to get a better insight into that.

And that’s the end of this list! Do you have any recommendations of YA books about mental health? Have you read any of the novels above?

If you’re struggling with your mental health, reach out to someone; you’re not alone! Mind are a charity which offer support and information for people experiencing mental health issues – you can find their website here.


– Emma

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May Book Haul!


Hey guys!

Fourteen days into the month, and I’ve already managed to buy eight books – which is how far behind schedule I am with my Goodreads challenge. I’m really busy at the moment with college work and other things, but I’m hoping in the summer I’ll have the chance to read more and catch up.

Here are the books I’ve bought this month so far:


The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

This book instantly caught my attention because it reminded me of Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series – a main character who can kill with a single touch? I was intrigued, and since I’ve heard a few positive things about this series, I thought I’d give it a go.


Frost Blood by Elly Blake

I remember seeing this book about a lot when it’s ARCs first came out, and since I love stories to do with controlling the elements, I decided to pick it up!


Ash and Quill (The Great Library #3) by Rachel Caine

I love Rachel Caine, and regardless of plot or genre, I will literally buy any book she ever writes…which is why I’m so ashamed to admit I haven’t actually started this series yet. I tried to read the first one a few years back, but hit a reading slump and gave up. However, I plan on starting this series soon!

(Side note: The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine is absolutely wonderful, and I cannot recommend it enough! It’s one of my favourite series of all time, so if you haven’t read it yet, you should!)


The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

I think this book is going to be hard to read, but I’m hoping it’s going to convey a really important message. I’m hoping to read it soon!


King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard

I really enjoyed Red Queen when I read it a few years back, and couldn’t resist picking up the third installment in the series when I saw it, even though I still haven’t read the second book!


Teardrop by Lauren Kate

I’m currently reading this one, and it’s interesting. It started off a bit strangely, but I like the style of writing, and I’m intrigued to see where the plot is going.


My Soul To Save (Soul Screamers #2) by Rachel Vincent

I picked this one up along with Teardrop from a second-hand bookshop, thinking it was the first book in this series, and only realised my mistake afterwards. I really wish books in series would have numbers on them to indicate what order they come in, because I’ve made this mistake too many times haha!


A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

I adore the A Court of Thorns and Roses series! The second book was absolutely amazing, but I have to admit that I have yet to read the third. I’m not sure whether to reread the first two novels, or dive right in with the third when I get round to it. I’m looking forward to reading ACOFAS eventually!

And that’s the end of this book haul! Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR?


– Emma

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Remix by Non Pratt | Book Review


I loved this book so much – the words flowed like music from the pages and into my head, where they stuck like a particularly catchy chorus and hit me in the feels over and over again.

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Publication Date: June 4th 2015

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

Kaz is still reeling from being dumped by the love of her life… Ruby is bored of hearing about it. Time to change the record.

Three days. Two best mates. One music festival. Zero chance of everything working out.


This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but it certainly won’t be the last. It had this deep sense of reality that can sometimes be missed in YA contemporaries, and that really made it as wonderful as it was.

The characters were just so real and flawed, which was what made them so great. There was something about Ruby’s character that was so real, so genuine – she’s just a teen trying to figure out her life and have a good time while she does so. And Kaz – she’s not as careless as Ruby, she doesn’t seem as ready to jump into things without thinking them through, but she still has a tough time with things. It also explored the difficulties of growing up, not just in regards to friendship, but also family issues, and the stress of knowing where you’re going in your life, which really added to the reality of it all.

I love books that centre around friendship and all of its trials and tribulations, because friends are so important. My friends are wonderful, and make me laugh when I feel like utter crap, and I think it’s such an important topic to be featured in YA books. I liked how this book delved into how Ruby and Kaz’s friendship worked, even with them having such different personalities.

I felt like I went on a journey with the characters in this book, so I was a bit sad when I finished reading it, because I was enjoying it so much! I wanted the story to continue, to find out what happens next to these characters after the weekend is over. But it had to end somewhere, and I think finishing with the end of the music festival was the perfect way.

The overall message I got from this book was: it’s okay to mess up; nobody is perfect, people make mistakes, and regardless of your flaws, you deserve to be loved. Flaws are real, and everybody makes mistakes – how you deal with your mistakes is what shapes you as a person.


– Emma

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Topic Awareness:

  • Mentions of drugs and alcohol
  • Sex