The perfect tea and book pairings

What’s better than curling up with a cup of tea and a book? If there’s a cat curled up with you then nothing is better. When ever I settle in to read, for a long time, I make myself a cup of tea, after years of trying out many tea blends, I have found that certain teas go better with certain books. Today I’ll be pairing up a few of my favorite teas with a few of my favorite books.

9c3c65d3-3074-429a-b2c9-08b043c4f374Berry Blossom White with a thought provoking novel like: Flygirl. This soothing, fruity, white tea is my new favorite and what I was drinking when I read Flygirl one of my best recent reads. And a compelling, well researched, historical fiction novel

Cucumber White with a imaginative read like: Girl on a Wire. I really didn’t think I would like this tea, and I had no idea that I would love Girl on a Wire. It was an unexpected delight, so I’m pairing it with this surprisingly tasty and refreshing tea.

Honey, Vanilla Camomile with a modern fairytale like: Geekerella. Camomile is such a calming tea and is definitely a great staple, I could choose just about any book to go with it. I chose Geekerella because it made me so dang happy. It’s one of the most adorable books.

Peach and Rose with a nice contemporary like: The Color Project. Bee the protagonist is an assistant florist witch makes a floral tea a suitable choice, and I feel like peach tea pairs well with light spring/summer reads. Any fruity blend that has floral notes would go great with this lovely novel.

Peppermint a staple tea with a staple book like: Pride and Peppermint Prejudice. Pride and cfc0caaf-503f-49d0-b06d-5c1ebddee775Prejudice is story I’ll never grow tired of. There both great classics you can never go wrong with, and that always bring me comfort.

Vanilla Bean macaron with a classic YA novel like: Anna and the French Kiss. I was unsure I would like this tea but it was surprisingly really good! And actually tastes oddly similar to a latte. Anna and the French Kiss is a sweet read, that would pair well with this unique tea.

What is your favorite tea to sip while reading? Or do you prefer coffee?

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Reading update #3

It’s time for another reading update, this time around I have a wide range a books to talk about. I thought i would read mostly cute summer reads, but so far this summer I have been in the mood for all sorts of genre’s. I’ve read a lot of goods books so far this year.

Books I’ve finished recently

  • Children of Blood and Bone: this is has to be one of my favorite books I’ve read this year, and one of the best fantasy’s I’ve ever read. I loved pretty much all of it, I was so impressed by the magic system and world building. Full review.
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vol 7: This is not the volume I’m on ,but I decided to buy and read it anyway. It stands on its own like most of the volumes so is was fine, this has a special zine issue that is amazing. It’s partly why I bought it.
  • Since You’ve been Gone: I finally read this after wanting to for years, and owning it over a year, and I loved it. It was the perfect first read of summer, it had everything I could want in a contemporary, friendship, romance, adventure and a girl figuring out who she is.
  • Love and Gelato: another cute summer contemporary that I adored. It made me want to go to Florence and eat all the gelato. The story was a bit predictable, but I did really enjoy it, I loved the descriptions of Florence and the heartwarming family moments.
  • Flygirl: I loved this, it might also end up on my list of 2018 favorites. It has an engaging thoughtful story, with good characters and writing. It’s well researched, and underrated, anyone looking for empowering stories with strong heroines should read this. 
  • Radio & Siren: the final two books in the wonderful Vinyl trilogy, these books are hidden gems. I have a review here for the entire trilogy, if you want to know my full thoughts.
  • Amulet book 1 The Stone Keeper: The art is this is absolutely beautiful, the story compelling and imaginative. I’m exited for the rest of the series.
  • Six of Crows audio book: It was high time I reread this, I really enjoyed listing to the audio book all the narrators did an amazing job and fit each character remarkably well. I will have a post up soon with all my thoughts, on my rereading experience.

Current reads

  • Crooked Kingdom: I’m only two hours in and of course loving it, this is my favorite book in the series and possibly my all time favorite fantasy book.
  • Labyrinth Lost: I started this to have something to read in between listing to my audio book, but I’m starting to favor it, and don’t think it will take me long to finish it. I really like the writing style, it’s engaging and keeps me flipping the pages. I’m thirty percent through, so I can definitely finish it this weekend.

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books?

The Vinyl Trilogy by Sophia Elaine Hansen


Synopsis


All citizens within the soaring black walls of Revinia have metal Singers grafted into their skulls at birth. The parasitic machines issue a form of auditory hypnosis called The Music, which keeps their minds malleable and emotions flat. All artistic expression—especially real music—is strictly prohibited.

On the edge of the city, nineteen year old Ronja struggles to support her cousins and disabled mother. A chance meeting leads to her kidnapping by an underground resistance striving to preserve the human spirit. Violently severed from her Singer by the brash young agent Roark, Ronja revels in her newfound freedom until the consequences of her disappearance begin to unfold. 


Review


This series could be classified into many different genres, so no matter what type of books you like most you can surely find an element of it in this trilogy. With the first book I got what I was expecting, a dystopian with steampunk elements and romance. With this final book it sometimes felt more like a epic fantasy novel. I have never read any dystopian like this one. It’s different from every other book I’ve read in the genre in all the best of ways.

With pretty much every other dystopian the answers you get don’t add up, in this case all the answers to my questions are satisfying. Throughout the entire trilogy everything makes sense, there’s no obvious plot holes, or stupid explanations about why the world is the way it is. The world building is great, layers are added with each book,t there is a whole world that gets explored rather than just one continent like in many other books.

I’m always a fan of books about groups of people, this one has a wonderful diverse cast of characters to root for. I liked literally all of them, and loved the banter between them, if you like books with squads of lovable sassy people you’ll like this. I was impressed by the beautiful writing, Sophia is a wonderful storyteller, she has a lovely, strong and distinctive writing style. This whole trilogy has been a delight to read, more so than I expected, each book is compelling and hard to put down. These books are vastly underrated they deserve a lot more attention

I’ve been blogging for two years!

Two years ago I created this little corner of the internet and have had a blast with it. Blogging has not been exactly what I expected, but I’ve enjoyed it greatly. It’s led me to some amazing books, and helped me to figure out what I want to do with my life. So yeah it’s been a good two years and hopefully I’ll be blogging for many more years. Now let’s take a look back at my five favorite posts so far.

  • Realizing your fave is problematic / Analyzing The Mortal Instruments: Practically every post I wrote before this makes me cringe because of the ceramic errors and awkward writing. This is the first time I was really critical of a book, and I feel I do a good job summing up my conflicting feeling on this series.
  • Book trends I love: I’ve written a lot of bookish lists there one of my favorite type of post, I can’t actually pick a favorite of the dozens I’ve written. I choose this one because you guys seem to like it the best, it’s one of my most popular posts.
  • Are book bloggers too nice?: I am so proud of this discussion post I always struggle with them but I think I did well with this one. I also loved all the comments I got it sparked a really interesting conversation.
  • Book review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner: I do pretty well at reviewing books but reviewing all time favorite, possibly life changing, books is another matter. This is the only time I’ve managed to properly sum up why a book is a favorite.
  • Why I love Squirrel Girl and why you should too!: This post has more views then any other posts I’ve written, is the only post of mine to get to a hundred views, and was retweeted by Squirrel Girl herself. Most importantly I had more fun witting this post then any other.

 

Since You’ve Been Gone // the perfect summer read

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Since You’ve Been Gone was the perfect first read of Summer! It’s everything you want from a summer contemporary. There’s romance, adventure, lists and ice cream. Now that I’ve read two Morgan Maston books I can safety say that I see what the hypes about, her books deserve tons of love and recognition. I loved everything about this one all of the  shenanigans that take place are charming and amusing.  
There are a few moments that gave me major second hand embarrassment, but I also admittedly found Emily’s awkwardness relatable. Emily has a great character arc she goes from living in the shadows of her best friend, to learning to take chances, and face her fears. She starts out doing Sloane’s list in the hopes that it will bring her back, then she does it more for herself. It becomes less about Slone and more of summer project for her and her friends. I liked all the characters, and really enjoyed how the romance was slow building and first started as a great friendship.
I was inspired by this wonderful story to create my own summer to do list. Many of them are directly inspired by the events of the book, all much easier to accomplish then Emily’s list.
  1. Be a tourist for a day
  2. Watch a movie at the drive in
  3. Treat yo self to the spa
  4. Make a summer playlist
  5. Have a girls night out 
  6. Eat lots of ice cream 
  7. Photograph everything 
  8. Thrift shop
  9. Bake something homemade
  10. Look up more
  11. Take a trip
  12. Read a series in a day
  13. Hug a Zac

What’s on your summer to do list? Are there any books you plan on reading? I definitely want to read the rest of Morgan Maston’s books this summer.

Since You’ve Been Gone mini review and inspired list

Since You’ve Been Gone was the perfect first read of Summer! It’s everything you want from a summer contemporary. There’s romance, adventure, lists and ice cream. Now that I’ve read two Morgan Maston books I can safety say that I see what the hypes about, her books deserve tons of love and recognition. I loved everything about this one all of the  shenanigans that take place are charming and amusing.  
There are a few moments that gave me major second hand embarrassment, but I also admittedly found Emily’s awkwardness relatable. Emily has a great a great character arc she goes from living in the shadows of her best friend, to learning to take chances, and face her fears. She starts out doing Sloane’s list in the hopes that it will bring her back, then she does it more for herself. It becomes less about Slone and more of summer project for her and her friends. I liked all the characters, and really enjoyed how the romance was slow building and first started as a great friendship.

I was inspired by this wonderful story to create my own summer to do list. Many of them are directly inspired by the events of the book, all much easier to accomplish then Emily’s list.
  1. Be a tourist for a day
  2. Watch a movie at the drive in
  3. Treat yo self to the spa
  4. Make a summer playlist
  5. Have a girls night out 
  6. Eat lots of ice cream 
  7. Photograph everything 
  8. Thrift shop
  9. Bake something homemade
  10. Look up more
  11. Take a trip
  12. Read a series in a day
  13. Hug a Zac

What’s on your summer to do list? Are there any books you plan on reading? I definitely want to read the rest of Morgan Maston’s books this summer.

Children of Blood and Bone

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.


There’s so much to say about this book that I don’t know where to begin or how to properly summarize everything I’m feeling. I’m going to do things a bit differently and separate my thoughts on the characters plot etc.

The characters

Usually in fantasy series the characters are my favorite part, that is surprisingly not the case here. That however in no way means the characters aren’t great, they are. Everything about this book is good and it definitely deserves all the hype it’s been receiving. At first I didn’t care much for Zellie the protagonist but now I don’t know why, by the middle of the book I had grown to love her. My favorite character was Amari, I liked her from the beginning and enjoyed her arc and how much she grew throughout the book.

I liked the Prince at first but by the end I didn’t know how to feel about him and I still don’t. He made some choices I didn’t entirely understand that made his storyline go in a direction I didn’t expect. I’m curious to see what the author will do with him in the next book, it was interesting to read from the antagonists point of view and that made me really enjoy his chapters.

The story

At first glance the story seams simple, a familiar battle against good and evil and a quest to restore magic. This book features many classics fantasy elements, there’s a chosen one, a rebellious princess, hate to love romance. This book has all these things I love to see in a fantasy novel, and it has things I’ve never seen done before. It feels refreshing and new in many ways. This book is a nonstop adventure, you will not want to stop reading, you also won’t want the book to end. It ends with a bang, that has me eager to read the next one.

The magic and world

The magic system and world building is absolutely spectacular. Normally I don’t care about how complicated or cool the magic system is, I just care that it works within the story without being too confusing. In this case magic plays such a key role in the story that’s it’s something I paid attention to and, was impressed by. It first I thought I was never going to remember what all the different types of Maji are called, but I caught on easily. The magic is truly very awesome and made for some fantastic fight scenes.

The writing

I could tell from just a few chapters in that this was a solid fantasy novel, that deserves to become the next big thing in YA. I am impressed by everything in this novel including the writing. Despite being huge and a little daunting, I found it extremely easy to read. The chapters are short, which I always like, and the end of each one makes you want to read the next one. This is one of those books where reading just one more chapter before bed quickly turns into five. I am so satisfied by this and exited to see where the story will go after that epic ending.

The Changeling’s Journey

Ailsa is dead. Leaving Morven the last surviving changeling in the village. Everyone knows it is only a matter of time before she too is dead. Desperate to find out why the fairies steal human babies, and to save her own life, she leaves her family behind, travelling north into the fairy kingdoms with her best friend. 

They soon find that making their way through vast magical forests, across kelpie-ridden lochs and over seemingly endless mountain ranges is more than they were prepared for. Despite the countless evenings spent listening to stories about adventures, fairies and magic, they find themselves out of their depth. Fighting to stay alive. 

Meanwhile in the fairy kingdoms, Princess Freya of Culhuinn struggles to cope with life now that her love has been taken from her. Whilst Queen Euna of Norbroch spends more time lost in her memories than she does ruling her kingdom. 

One changeling’s journey to save her life will alter their world forever


This book took a while to get into, but I’m glad I kept reading because it dose have many good qualities. It’s told in three points of view and that element was done well. You follow Morven and Glen on their adventure to the fairy realm, to get answers about changelings. Then you have Princess Freya who is separated from her lover by her cruel father, and finally Queen Euna whose chapters are mostly flashbacks. They each have individual stories that connect in the end. Their all interesting characters, but they could have been flushed out more and been even better.

This book is about a long Journey and it felt long, there isn’t much dialogue, and it was slowly paced. The story is character driven normally I’m all for that, unfortunately, I didn’t like the characters enough. The side characters especially needed more development, I felt like many of them hardly had a personality. Even Glen who is Morven’s best friend wasn’t developed enough for me to care about. I think Fraya was the most interesting and likable, but her love interest was boring, and that detracted from Fraya’s arc.

I’ve never been to Scotland, and I don’t know much about Scotland, but I could tell that everything about this book is very Scottish. The descriptions of the landscapes they traveled through are beautiful and detailed, it was easy to visualize them, and to wish I was there. I adore how many different fairies are featured, there’s Changelings, Will-oh-the-wisps, fea and more. All the folklore was integrated into the book so wonderfully, the world is fantastical and charming. The writing is lovely as well, however the story sadly wasn’t as compelling as the word.

Reading update #2 // Indieathon wrap up

I had a wonderful time participating in Indie-a-thon this past month, sadly I didn’t read as much as I wanted to. But I read three wonderful books so I would say it was mostly successful. I discovered a bunch of indie books through this event that I’m so excited to read, that alone makes me glad I participated. I will definitely be making an effort to read indie more often.

I have read a lot of books since my last reading update post but I’m not going to talk about all of them. I have already talked about most of then so for the sake of length I’ll be skipping those. All of the books I’ll be discussing are ones I read for indieathon except the two comics.

Books I read recently

  • The Color Project: this book was so lovely! The main character Bee has a strong distinctive voice that was a pleasure to read. The romance was adorable, the whole thing was so sweet! It had basically everything I look for in a contemporary. Review
  • Vinyl: I really wanted a new series to read mostly one that would give me lovable characters and that’s exactly what this did. The characters are great, the world is underdeveloped but compelling, and I’m exited to see where the story goes. Review
  • New World Rising: I saw this recommended to people who liked Vinyl, I loved Vinyl but after reading it I felt myself falling into the dreaded book hangover. So I picked this one up in the hopes that another fun Dystopian would get me out of it. Sadly I did not enjoy this and ended up not finishing it. I couldn’t connect to the characters the plot was slower then expected, there was a few good things, but they didn’t seen good enough to keep reading.
  • Pasty Walker Aka Hellcat: vol 1: I needed something to get me back into the reading mood this was just the right book. I ended up enjoying this so much, it is extremely charming. I knew like nothing about Hellcat and now I’m mad this series got canceled.
  • Infinity Gauntlet: I am so exited for Infinity War before I see it I wanted to read the comics it’s based on. This comic is epic that’s really all I can say because of spoilers.
  • The Changlings Journey: This was an interesting read, I don’t know yet how exactly I feel about it. I enjoyed many things about it. but it took me a while to get into the story and it felt longer then it Review to come soon.

Current read

  • Children of Blood and Bone: This has been getting so much hype lately, a lot of my favorite authors and bookish people have loved it. So I bought it when I was at the bookstore the other week on impulse. I’m glad I got it. I’m halfway through and really liking it. It has a lot of similarities to other YA fantasies yet it is new and exiting. The characters are all interesting but for once it’s the story and magic system that have me hooked.

What was the last book you read? What are you currently reading?

Sky in the Deep

I am always exited when I find a standalone fantasy novel there is something so satisfying about a well done standalone novel. I am very impressed and satisfied by this strong debut. The writing is lovely I was enticed by every page, somehow Adrianne even made doing chores interesting to read about. There wasn’t as much fighting as I expected from a book about rival viking clans. But I’m not complaining because I think there’s enough and each battle epic, besides the story is really about the relationships.

Each relationship was beautiful, even though the book is only a little over 300 pages, the relationships all developed naturally and slowly. I really liked the main character Eelyn she’s tough and compassionate. Throughout the book she questions everything she believes in and the journey she goes on is heart wrenching. I sympathized greatly with her and there was quite a lot of unexpected emotional moments.

I strongly suggest going into this knowing as little as possible. I had forgotten most of the synopsis before starting it and I’m glad I feel like knowing nothing added to my enjoyment. That’s why I haven’t included a synopsis, all you really need to know is that this is a standalone viking YA novel. In a nutshell it’s about fighting for what’s right, letting go off prejudice and finding love in unexpected places.

I was given this title from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for a review.