i'm always excited to see some real latinx rep, and a taste of sage has that in spades. not just with lumi santana, our intrepid heroine who can taste the emotions of the cook when she eats their food. but also in the food and recipes that are a key component to the text of this story.
when lumi begins working for julien, they find themselves at odds. he's got a bit of a reputation, and she can taste that there is something more to the man beyond his ferocious temper.
this makes for a great set up, the issue is that i'm not 100% sure the book delivered. as much as i wanted to root for julien and lumi's relationship, it felt as if there were perhaps one too many moving pieces to the plot, and not everything connected. the magical realism, in this case, didn't quite work for me. especially since it felt like an extra element added to the plot without really impacting the way the story works out.
**a taste of sage will publish on may 19, 2020. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/harper collins in exchange for my honest review.