Double Review: Harney & Sons Peppermint Herbal Tea and The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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Hello everyone!  This is officially my first book review and my first tea review on this blog! I’ll be reviewing the Harney & Sons Peppermint Herbal Tea and The Fault in our Stars by John Green, two things that I am very happy for purchasing.  So, here we go!

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Harney & Sons Peppermint Herbal Tea

First Impressions:  Honestly, I only got this tea because I needed a straight up mint tea because I was all out, Target didn’t have my usual brand (Twinings), and this tea had cool packaging.  It comes in a handy dandy tin that I know I can use for other things in the future (most likely carrying tea bags for vacations and such).  I didn’t expect the tea to be anything special.  When I read “sachets” I thought that I’d just be getting flat paper tea bags.

Positives: Four words: SILK PYRAMID TEA BAGS.  Look at these sexy things:

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That was the #1 best surprise I’ve had in my tea experience.  In case you didn’t already know, silk pyramid tea bags are basically the closest you can get to loose-leaf tea in pre-bagged form.  It’s also a sign that high-quality tea lies within.  Since I am a college student and bagged teas are the most convenient, I will and have bought from this company again.  Any tea company that exceeds my expectations is worth a second shot to me!  The tea itself was an excellent pure peppermint tea.  I sweetened my large mug with one pack of Splenda per personal preference, but it is anything but bitter and could easily go without.

Negatives: The tea does pack a pretty hefty $6 price tag for 20 sachets, but because of the convenience and the quality, I will buy it again.

Overall: 4 cups out of 5.  This tea is exactly what it ought to be and more!

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The Fault in our Stars by John Green

First Impressions:  We all know that Tumblr is all about John Green, so I figured that I ought to check him out.  As a Christmas present to myself, I bought the box set of his works, plus the book that he co-authored with David Leviathan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson.  I chose to read TFIOS first since it was JG’s most recently published novel and since I’d heard great feedback about it.  I dove headfirst into it as soon as I received it.

Positives: THIS IS AN AMAZING NOVEL.  Now, granted, I picked it up without knowing that it was about teenagers, so that is something that might stray away a few readers, but it was in no way a cliche high school romance.  JG does a great job of building up the pathos the reader has for each character and causing all of it to spill out of your eyes via tears with the twist of a few little words.  Also, there are a lot of amazing quotes in the novel.  While I did cry for an hour straight while reading this book, there are also some remarkable funny parts where I audibly laughed.  It is a very realistic mix of emotions; more realistic than any other teenage novel that I’ve read.

Negatives: I honestly can’t think of any except maybe that it was too short!  This novel was truly amazing and I enjoyed every word of it.

Overall: 4.9 cups out of 5.  It was an excellent, excellent novel.

Thank you for checking out my blog!  I hope you will stick around and travel with me through books, coffee, and tea!

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