I was ecstatic to learn Rachel Van Dyken had a new book out from her brilliant Eagle Elite series. Then I realized Enforce is a different perspective of the first book in the series, Elite. I’ve gotta say I was skeptical of the whole flip-side of the same story. She blew me out of the water.
Just like Elite, I was completely and utterly engrossed. Even knowing where the story was headed, I couldn’t wait to see what new insight I could gain from the other characters. It gives you a better look at why each supporting character acts the way they do and what lead them to the people they are now.
If you haven’t read the series, then I would pick up this book or Elite to get you started. Personally, I like Trace’s point of view first in Elite, but either book can stand on its own. I’m already looking forward to the next book in this series, Ember. Van Dyken never fails to deliver a superb and all-consuming story.
Christmas is a magical time of year. It can only be made better by spending it in an equally magical place like New York City. Few places do Christmas on a more grand scale than NYC. Christmas is absolutely oozing at every turn. It’s a Christmas lover’s dream, or incidentally the Grinch’s worst nightmare. I happen to love Christmas, just not the crowds. Oh the crowds! But I digress. Let’s get started on the joys of Christmas in New York.
What trip to New York is complete without a visit to fabulous Macy’s??? We enjoyed some hot chocolate and a delicious Belgium waffle at Wafels & Dinges before venturing over to check out the displays. If you don’t locate a Wafels & Dinges food truck while visiting NY, then you are CRAZY. I’ve been ruined on all other waffles for life. No other waffle has that perfect amount of chewiness and crunchiness with all the dinges (toppings for you laymen) you could possibly want. Including delicious and addicting speculoos butter. Yummmm!!!
Back to Macy’s! The decorations are out of this world, which also seemed to be the theme this year. People are lined up to look at their display windows out front. After perusing the window displays in the freezing cold, head inside to see what’s in store this year. Each year Macy’s changes all their displays. Even the inside has beautiful decorations hanging from the ceiling. Oy! with the crowds again. I wouldn’t recommend actually attempting to shop unless you have a death wish. If you’ve never visited Macy’s on 34th street, then you’ll definitely wanna take a step back in time and ride their original wooden escalators. Macy’s is truly a Christmas experience.
If you are looking to do some Christmas shopping on your trip, 5th Avenue seems to be the place. Shoppers line the streets with bags from Lorde & Taylor, Tiffany, Saks and any other place you an imagine. After a full day of shopping, take a detour and head over to Rockefeller Center to see this year’s Christmas tree. Just be prepared to fight the crowds to get your picture for next year’s holiday card.
No trip to New York is complete without a trip to Broadway. This one was extra special because we saw Hugh Jackman perform in The River. I am in LOVE with Hugh Jackman. The story itself was somewhat confusing and not particularly my cup of tea. However, he more than made for it with his charisma and charm. Front row with Wolverine for two hours? Money well spent.
There are so many more things to do in New York at Christmas. These are just the highlights from our trip. There’s also iceskating, the Rockettes, pop-up Christmas shops, etc. The list is endless. The key is to find some things that pique your interest and then you can’t go wrong.
Belated Happy Holidays,