Her Tea by Your Tea | Tea Review

This. Tea. Okay, I didn’t know what to expect other than knowing that the teas Your Tea creates are supposed to be super healthy regarding detoxing and their logo looks super awesome. I didn’t know what it would taste like, but I was definitely surprised when it tasted like a mellowed-out version of chai tea with a graham cracker flavor as well. It’s definitely the kind of tea I don’t mind having 1-2 times a day. I’ve used at least 5 tea bags so far and always feel better after.

I love the packaging. It’s simplistic, but still eye catching. It might be conditioning by YouTube colors, but I love the red and white packaging of the tea bags. The box holding all the teas makes it look a bit more eco-friendly. Once you open the box it is shipped in, you can smell how wonderful the tea smells! Mmm.

There are quite a few ingredients in this tea that I have a hard time pronouncing because they’re Chinese names, but Oolong is a main ingredient in this tea as well as Chrysanthemum. This tea has about 10 other ingredients that are all natural, no additives or preservatives. I don’t feel so drained and bleh! I know, I’m so eloquent.

TL;DR – I thought this tea was DELICIOUS as much as it was healthy-feeling. I have yet to see a difference in my face, but I may try their Skin Magic tea for help in that department.

For more info on Your Tea check www.yourtea.com. You can use the promo code “SALE10” for 10% off this month (August 2014).

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BookTube News | August 15, 2014

It’s time for another episode of BookTube News in which I — and several other booktubers — tell you of some really awesome content being created within the BookTube community.

This week’s episode:

All of the Isla and the Happily Ever After reviews are flooding in!
Tashapolis talks about the hottest YA author. Ever.
Sarah Garcia – Book Puberty and re-reading old favorites.

PipersBookNook recommends Underrated BookTubers Tag
ThePrincessofReading recommends Sticky Situations Book Tag
TheReignofBooks recommends 5 books and a movie
BrunetteBibliophile recommends Danne Cole who has returned to BookTube after a short hiatus.

 

What do you think of these videos? What are some of your favorite BookTube videos from this week?

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins Review

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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IndieboundBook DepositoryPublished by Penguin on August 14, 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 339
Format: ARC
Source: the publisher
Goodreads
three half stars Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins Review
From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Along with receiving Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins for review, I also helped promote the book on various social medias.

Isla is the third book in the Anna companion series, following Isla Martin, now a senior at SOAP – a school for privileged kids in Paris, France.

Isla has had an undying crush for Josh since freshman year, and one fateful night at a cafe called Kismet, she sees Josh while she’s doped up on pain meds after getting her wisdom teeth removed. Their relationship ever-so-magically unfolds from there.

Characters

I thought Josh was going to be this rebel, but he’s much more of a dreamer. Because he is writing a graphic novel, I hope we get to see an actual graphic novel! *crosses fingers* I also wish we could have gotten more of his perspective, although he is rather blunt.

Isla is one of those characters that’s really easy to slip into her very ridiculous shoes. She has one friend, she has a few interests, and no idea about what she wants to do with her life. And she likes adventure books. I totally related. She had little confidence, but had some intelligent realizations about her relationships and her life with other people.

Kurt is Isla’s best friend (almost brother). He is diagnosed with high-functioning Autism — like my brother — which was totally refreshing. He had this philosophy about finding the Right Way to places and a love for maps.

Story

While reading, it just seemed like a super cute story and then BAM everything explodes. It takes half of the book to get there, but it’s worth it. And everything that happens when she goes back to school after Agnostic Christmas was so… YES. There is pay off for the WHOLE SERIES. I don’t want to ruin that experience for you.

I’m glad Josh and Isla have a month of bliss before everything explodes. It just felt real. At least in my experience. It’s definitely a crescendo, a build up. I don’t know how real the ending of the whole book was, but it was still SUPER cute and swoony. It did it’s job.

Overall

Although the main relationship is Isla and Josh, her relationships with Kurt and her sisters are wonderful. Not perfect since sisters fight and all that. I loved Hattie and Isla’s moment with her in the tree house. goodgoodgood. Good sister-ing.

three half stars Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins Review

BookTube News | July 25, 2014

Welcome to BookTube News | July 25, 2014! This is a weekly feature on my YouTube channel in which I talk about some pretty awesome BookTube videos!

Libraries Rock by TheGwendolynReadingMethod

Let’s Discuss: John Green by WellDoneBooks
Critical overview of John Green’s writing and books. He talks about believability of characters and dialogue.

Because BookTube-a-Thon just ended, there are quite a few wrap ups, so keep an eye out in your subscription feed for those! They’re great because you’ll get to see how many books your fellow read-a-thin participants read through as well as seeing what they read and how they felt bout them.

Colorful Bookshelf Organization by Effusions of Wit

Monetization of Fandoms by Nicole’s Adventures in SFF

The Happiness Project / Homeroom Diaries Giveaway!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

HomeroomDiaries 187x300 The Happiness Project / Homeroom Diaries Giveaway! Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson, Lisa Papademetriou
IndieboundBook Depository • (Website, Twitter, Facebook)Published by Little Brown on July 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
Source: the publisher
Goodreads
In James Patterson's first highly illustrated "diary fiction" story for teens, the mega-bestselling author's most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while.

Margaret "Cuckoo" Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she's turning over a new leaf with her "Happiness Project". She's determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters.

Cuckoo's also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves "the Freakshow") decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and "bring the Nations together". Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling...until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough.

You know, I never thought my first James Patterson novel would be a quirky YA written as an illustrated diary. It’s fun, a little dark, with such wonderful characters and illustrations.

THE HAPPINESS PROJECT prize pack [Open to U.S. residents only]

HDPrize BookBundle The Happiness Project / Homeroom Diaries Giveaway!

Let great reads make you smile! Enter for your chance to win a James Patterson collection including copies of Homeroom Diaries, Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, Confessions of a Murder Suspect, and First Love.

To enter, comment below telling me about one of your happiest moments in which you did something good for another person.

About James Patterson

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In January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having “transformed book publishing.” Time magazine named him “The Man Who Can’t Miss,” and he is a two-time Children’s Choice Book Award “Author of the Year” nominee, a designation decided on by more than 15,000 children and teen readers.

In the past three years, James Patterson has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James’s books have sold an estimated 260 million copies worldwide. Since 2006, one out of every seventeen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he’s accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (76 total), which is also a Guinness World Record.

From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways of spreading the joy of reading) to his website ReadKiddoRead.com (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love) to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading. His critically acclaimed Maximum Ride series debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list at #1 and remained there for twelve straight weeks. The series has so far made ninety-four cumulative appearances on The New York Times bestsellers lists, proving that kids of all ages love page turners. He captured the attention of boy readers with Daniel X series, and his third series for readers of all ages debuted in December 2009 with Witch & Wizard, which spent five consecutive weeks atop the New York Times bestsellers list.

Patterson is the creator of the top-selling new detective series of the past dozen years, featuring Alex Cross and including the Hollywood-adapted “Along Came a Spider” and “Kiss the Girls,” starring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. He is also the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past five years, featuring Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club, from which the ABC television drama series was adapted. He has authored books behind six films on the Hollywood fast-track, including the upcoming Maximum Ride movie forthcoming from Avi Arad, the producer of X-Men and Spiderman.

He is the author of novels — from The Thomas Berryman Number (1976) to Honeymoon (2005) — that have won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild’s Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader’s Digest Reader’s Choice Award. And, he has won a Children’s Choice Book Council’s Children’s Choice Awards “Author of the Year” award (2010).

One of Forbes magazine’s Celebrity 100, James made a guest appearance on the popular FOX TV show “The Simpsons” in March, 2007.