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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