Bookish Product Reviews: Stormteas from Adagio Teas

Book Product Reviews

I’ve been looking to start this portion of my blog and finally have the chance to do so with some of my more recent bookish purchases. The first review I have is for the fandom tea blend Stormteas from Adagio Teas based off of Cora Carmack’s newest novel, Roar. I actually created these blends myself and it was a fun process to figure out what flavors I thought would match the different storms mentioned in the books, as well as the artwork for the tins. Some of the storms are pretty destructive, but I didn’t want the teas to taste horrible. In all, it’s a pretty solid set blend. It is $24 for the set of 6 ($4/ea) or you can purchase single samplers of each for $5.
Purchase the teas here.

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Teas: White Tangerine, Rooibos Lemon Cloud, Snowbud, accented w/ Safflower.
Steep Instructions: 190* for 4 minutes
Caffeine Level: Low
My Rating: Even though this tea has low caffeine, the citrus really energizes you. There’s a bit of a fizzy feeling from the taste, but it’s not carbonated – it’s a very light tea. I like that it has a yellowish color to it for lightning.

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Twister Affinity

Teas: Chocolate Chai, Vanilla Green, Cinnamon, accented w/ Cocoa Nibs.
Steep Instructions: 205* for 3 minutes
Caffeine Level: High
My Rating: Fun thing about this tea is that it started steeping in a greenish color then turned into this darker brown. Smells chocolatey and earthy. This one I didn’t want to make super harsh, but it’s definitely got a spicy kick to it due to the cinnamon and chai.

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Teas: Earl Grey Bravo, Ginger, Peach, accented w/ Cornflowers
Steep Instructions: 212* for 3 minutes
Caffeine Level: High
My Rating: the aroma of this one is quite strong in the leaves, yet mellows once steeped. I suggest adding honey to this one to really bring out the peach and ginger or the earl grey will overpower. Reminds me of summer thunderstorms in the south.

 

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Teas: Gunpowder, Spiced Apple Chai, Blood Orange, accented w/ hibiscus
Steep Instructions: 205* for 4 minutes
Caffeine Level: Moderate
My Rating: I’m so glad the red came out in this tea (thank you hibiscus flowers). Firestorm is spicy, but the apple/orange flavors blend to create this cozy/warm taste…much like a fireside.

 

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Teas: Candy Cane, Vanilla, Cream, accented w/ Candy Canes
Steep Instructions: 212* for 3 minutes
Caffeine Level: High
My Rating: I’m only rating this as okay since I’m just not a personal fan of minty teas. I did enjoy it paired with a chocolate biscotti with some cream and honey. From the tin, the peppermint is rather strong, but when steeped it definitely is more subdued. I’d probably drink this tea if I was feeling under the weather since peppermint is good for upset stomachs 🙂

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Teas: Snowbud, Decaf Earl Grey, Cream, accented w/ Lavender
Steep Instructions: 205* for 3 minutes
Caffeine Level: Moderate
My Rating: This blend definitely lives up to the way fog works in Roar – tastes mellow and calming, yet there’s a fuzzy/hazy feeling it gives. Pretty solid brew and even with the caffeine count in it, it would be a decent night drink.

If you end up purchasing these teas for yourself or as a gift, please come back to let me know what you think about them and be sure to give them a review on Adagio. If you would like a $5 off your first purchase on the site, drop a comment too so I can send you a gift certificate.
Happy Steeping!

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Top 10 Tuesday: Fandoms

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Top 10 Tuesday – Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Writing prompts (posted in advance) for “10 Books That …” and other bookish prompts in a list.

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is all about fandoms – so I’m going to give you a little breakdown of 10 of my favorites, in no particular order.

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1. Star Wars – I’ve been a fan of SW since I was a kid. I love that the story arcs fit so well into Joseph Campbell’s archetype of hero stories. One of the few space themed fandoms that I love. The costumes, the characters, the worlds, etc. Fun fact: my husband and I are a part of the 50st Legion, one of the biggest SW costuming groups.

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2. Disney – I am a lover of ALL THINGS Disney. I love going to the parks, movies, music, etc. I don’t know if it’s the nostalgia factor or what, but Disney just makes me happy. If I could move back to FL, I would definitely move closer to WDW and even work there.

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3. Batman – This totally stems from something me and my dad share a love for. Being an only child and a girl can be hard to find common ground with your dad, Batman was the connection. I had a Batman themed mustang and when I played soccer, the Bat-symbol adorned my jersey.

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4. Doctor Who – so I was super invested in the Doctor Who fandom, up until the 12th doctor. The eleventh doctor is by far my favorite incarnation. There was child-like whimsy yet a wise man who was tired in this version. It’s such a quirky show and I love it!

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5. Lord of the Rings – Tolkien was the first bit of high fantasy I was introduced to. What’s not to like about elves, dwarves, orcs, hobbits, wizards?!

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6. Sarah J. Maas – This woman…the Court series is what got me hooked (HELLO Rhysand!) and her Throne of Glass series is what fills my time until I get my next dose of her books. She is the queen of book boyfriends.

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7. Final Fantasy – I’ve really enjoyed the Final Fantasy series, favorites being VII, X/X-2, and XV. The animation and stories are amazing…plus who doesn’t love some eye candy? Vincent Valentine is bae. I have some shameful fanfiction in some notebooks that my husband just recently dug up and I pretty much cackled reading the stuff my friends and I wrote in HS.

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8. Kingdom Hearts – I guess this could fall under Disney, but it’s definitely more than that. This was the first game that my parents bought for me on a game console – I wasn’t allowed to have one because they were afraid I’d slack off in school (LOL). Obsessed doesn’t even begin to cover my feelings about this game franchise and I CANNOT wait for the remasters at the end of the month!

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9. Harry Potter – Who isn’t in this fandom?! HP is like an old friend, especially if you grew up reading the books at the age Harry starts his adventures at Hogwarts. I’ll always be a fan.

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10. Game of Thrones – this is more of a recent fandom. I’ll admit that I’ve primarily gained my love for it through the HBO series, but a goal of mine is to attempt to read the books. I did get through most of GoT, but I know I can fall in love with the books as well.

Honorable Mentions:

Sailor Moon Sailor Moon
PotC Pirates of the Caribbean

What are your fandoms? Do we have any of the same?

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Coming Soon: “All Closed Off” by Cora Carmack

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From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack, comes the highly anticipated fourth standalone title in her Rusk University Series, ALL CLOSED OFF! A passionate story and journey, get ready to be mesmerized with Stella’s story! ALL CLOSED OFF is coming your way May 1, 2017!

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Cover Design and Photography by Kelsey Kukal-Keeton at K. Keeton Designs

ABOUT ALL CLOSED OFF (Releasing May 1, 2017):

Stella Santos is fine.

Maybe something terrible happened to her that she can’t even remember. And maybe it drives her crazy when her friends treat her like she’s on the verge of breaking because of it. Maybe it feels even worse when they do what she asks and pretend that it never happened at all. And maybe she’s been getting harassing emails and messages for months from people who don’t even know her, but hate her all the same.

But none of that matters because she’s just fine.

For Ryan Blake, Stella was always that girl. Vibrant and hilarious and beautiful. He wanted her as his best friend. His more than friends. His everything and anything that she would give him. Which these days is a whole lot of nothing. She gets angry when he’s there. Angry when he’s not there. Angry when he tries to talk and when he doesn’t.

When Stella devises an unconventional art project for one of her classes all about exploring intimacy—between both friends and strangers—Ryan finds himself stepping in as guinea pig after one of her subjects bails. What was supposed to be an objective and artistic look at emotion and secrets and sex suddenly becomes much more personal. When he hits it off with another girl from the project, Stella will have to decide if she’s willing to do more than make art about intimacy. To keep him, she’ll have to open up and let herself be the one thing she swore she’d never be again.

Vulnerable.

 

 

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Cora Carmack is a twentysomething New York Times bestselling author who likes to write about twentysomething characters. Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various TV shows on Netflix. She lives by one rule: embrace whatever the world throws at you and run with it (just not with scissors).

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Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I’d Love to Meet

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Top 10 Tuesday – Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Writing prompts (posted in advance) for “10 Books That …” and other bookish prompts in a list.

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is about authors you’d like to meet or possibly get their autograph. I’ve got a little bit of a list of people that I think it’d be super neat to meet and will actually be meeting a couple of them in the near future! This list is in order of who I read the longest time ago and have kinda always wanted to meet and forward onto more recent authors I’ve found and would love to meet.

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J.K. Rowling – I cannot think of anyone I’d like to meet more than her. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to meet her since I read the Harry Potter series. She literally shaped my childhood.

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Stephanie Meyers – a lot of people gripe about the Twilight series and I’ve got my own thoughts on it as well, but this was the second series I picked up to take me out of my Harry Potter slump. I’ll always be #TeamJacob.

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Neil Gaiman – Talk about such detailed storytelling. Gaiman was introduced to me in High School by my friends.

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Orson Scott Card – Now this one I blame on my husband. He’s the BIGGEST OSC fanboy out there, which in turn got me to start reading his novels. I’m still working my way through the worlds of the Enders Saga, but I will say that his Pathfinder series is pretty neat.

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Ernest Cline – I’m HUGE on nostalgia and there’s something about the books that he has put out just keep me coming back and re-reading them, or well listening on repeat on audio book. I just want to geek out with him.

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Rainbow Rowell – I’ve read a few of her books and there’s something really authentic about all of them that I really would love to meet her in person to see where these stories come from. I may be seeing her at BookCon in NYC this summer.

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Jen Sincero – if you haven’t read You Are A Badass, get to your nearest bookstore and pick it up ASAP. Her humor and wit is awesome – plus the book really put things into perspective for me and I would love to thank her for that.

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Sarah J. Maas – I’ve had friends begging me to read the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series for FOREVER and I just recently was able to start digging in. This woman knows how to write up some book boyfriends and I just need to hug her for giving me all the feels. I will actually be meeting her this May while she is on the book tour for the third installment of the ACOTAR series.

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Cora Carmack – I’ve mainly had online interactions with Cora since I am a part of her Roar street team, but she is the NICEST person ever and I totally want to meet her in person to thank her for the opportunity. I’m totally stoked to start reading her other series (I think I’ll delve into the Rusk University series first) and I maaaayyyy be seeing her at BookCon in NYC this summer and again in 2018 when I hopefully go to Apollycon.

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Stephanie Garber – HAVE YOU READ CARAVAL?!?! I read her awesome authors note from my Owlcrate in February and we have a lot of things in common, so I’d love to meet her. I may see her at BookCon in NYC this summer.

I honestly have a TON of authors I’d love to meet and it seems that a lot of them are also on the lineup for BookCon this summer – that’s pretty exciting to me! Do we share any authors that you’d like to meet? Have you met any authors that were really cool?

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The Friday 56 [3]

 

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The Friday 56 (with Instagram 56) – Hosted by Freda’s Voice is an easy prompt where you grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% on your eReader. Find a sentence that grabs you and post it either on your blog or on Instagram tagged with #Friday56.

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“Libraries were full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

So I had seen this quote floating around the internet and I’m happy to see that it fell on one of my quote post days. It is true that books can help foster ideas which are powerful if you know how to use them. I will say that books have been a bit of my saving grace these past few months. I think my husband might have noticed a change too in how I’ve been acting. I received a diagnosis of depression back in middle school, along with ADD. Those paired along with the anxiety I have developed in college are a nasty combo. Books have been a great way for me to clear my head and to push the negative thoughts out the door. At least books are cheaper than therapy.

Do you relate to this passage in a way? Let me know in the comments!

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#WAYRW [4]

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What Are You Reading Wednesday – Hosted by It’s a Reading Thing

A weekly feature where you can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog via the link up.

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1. What’s the name of your current read?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.

“Above his unadorned white shirt was a fine cobalt-blue jerkin trimmed with gold. She would have snorted, but he did look rather good in his knee-high brown boots. And his leather belt did go nicely  – even though the hunting knife seemed a bit too bejeweled.”

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

I’m only a few pages in so far, so I’m not 100% sold on the world just yet. From what I have experienced so far, it seems that the ruling kingdom of the area Celaena is currently in uses their wealth too frivolously and is too hard on conquered people. So, with that being said, at this moment it’s a no.

I totally know that I’m WAY behind on reading this series (5 years too late), but I wanted to hear why others who enjoy SJM’s the A Court of Thorns and Roses series liked about the Throne of Glass series. Obviously, I’m a fan of the aforementioned series, but I need to keep reading ToG to see how I feel about it. It definitely starts off with a high-fantasy vibe which is WAY different than how ACOTAR started. I also have a crack-theory that the Fae that were driven out of the lands of Erilea are the same Fae that control the lands of Prythian.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books on my Spring TBR

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Writing prompts (posted in advance) for “10 Books That …” and other bookish prompts in a list.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas
I haven’t had to wait as long as others, but I am super stoked to get my hands on this and to check out the ACOWAR book tour when it hits CT in May to meet SJM.

Blackhearts & Blacksouls – Nicole Castroman
I have heard a lot of buzz around this series. I was able to get my hands on an eARC of Blacksouls, so I made sure I got my hands on Blackhearts to read as well.

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The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
I had read this a few years back for my Women’s Literature class in college and enjoyed it, but didn’t really have a lot sink in because who really retains books that are for work, rather than pleasure? I also want to re-read this before the TV show airs on Hulu. This was dystopian before dystopian was cool.

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The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
This is something that I want to read for a multitude of reasons, mainly because as a white woman I have a lot of privileges that I sometimes take for granted. With today’s political and cultural climate, I want to know more to be a better ally.

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The Wrath & The Dawn – Renee Ahdieh
So the cover was what drew me in to check this book out and the synopsis is what landed it on my TBR list. Plus, I want to read more diverse authors and situations than my normal fantasy go-tos.

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Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas
So is my current read, but one that I wanted to start to hold me over until I get my hands on SJM’s next release in the ACOTAR series. Hopefully this series lives up to the hype I see surrounding it.

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The Lunar Chronicles – Melissa Meyer
I had been eyeing these books since they first came out, but it wasn’t until recently that I was able to pick them up to read. I’m a big fairy tale lover, so I’m always interested in retellings in all forms. I still need to pick up Cress & Winter.

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Fangirl: A Novel – Rainbow Rowell
THIS HAS BEEN ON MY SHELF FOR AGES! I have no idea why I’ve let it sit so long, but I’m hoping to dig in soon.

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The Circle – Dave Eggers
This was totally purchased because I’m loving the premise of the movie – and what do I do if I know a movie/TV show was sourced from a book? Well, I have to read the book ahead of time.

I think that’s a pretty solid TBR list so far for this spring. I’ll probably end up adding more as new books come out or come across my radar. I could probably keep adding to this list with all the books I want to get my hands on.

Anything good that you’re looking forward to read this spring?

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