Books and Cookies: The Waking Land

There are very few things in this world that I like more than a good book, and cookies are one of them. Of all the desserts in the world, cookies are my go to. They are sweet, simple, and something about them just makes me think of home. 

So when asked to choose between my favorite things, I thought why should I have to? There’s no reason that books and cookies need to be mutually exclusive, in fact, I think that philosophy should be highly discouraged. And so, I have found a way to blend two of my loves together– by baking cookies to represent some of the things I love in my books!  

So if you are a cookie fanatic like me, and you just can’t seem to add enough books to your TBR, come follow me! I promise it won’t be a perfect adventure, but it will be fun! 

The Book

Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and must flee for her life.

Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition powers that suddenly stir within her.

But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart. 

The Cookies

One of the things I loved most about The Waking Land was Elanna’s affinity for plants and the earth. I loved reading about her magic and how she learned more about harnessing it and embracing it. I knew for this book, I wanted to bake cookies that represented this, and I though these cute, simple flowers would be the perfect fit for the story. They also turned out to be a great fit for the simplistic beauty of the cover — I mean, really. It’s GORGEOUS. 

My flowers are definitely not perfect, as I am still learning, but in this case it works– Elanna is learning how to harness her powers, and apparently, I am doing the same with mine!

The Review

Although I struggled to get in to The Waking Land at first, sticking it out proved the right decision! I really loved the world that Bates built and the magic that filled the story. The Waking Land has beautiful imagery and story-telling that once they captivate the reader, bind them to the story until they are through.

I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys fantasy, magic, and strong female characters. If you are looking for a fast paced, kick right off the bat kind of book, this might not be for you, but if you are willing to invest time into solid world-building and character development in exchange for a detailed, well-thought out storyline, give it a try!

The Rating

Overall, I give The Waking Land 4 solid cookies. Its pacing took a bit away from the full rating, but overall, Bates still baked a delicious story that I’d be more than happy to bite into again!

What do you think?

Have you read The Waking Land? Do you agree with my review?

What do you think about my cookie choice? 

Do you have any other books or designs to recommend?

Let me know in the comments below!

JM Sullivan

Retelling Writer. Sparkle Enthusiast. Author. Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee. If you would like to connect with J.M., visit her on social media at @jmsullivanbooks--she’d love to hear from you!

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