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


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!


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:


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!


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.

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