Recently I was introduced to Craftedleaf-Tea on IG. They sent me so many great samples and the packaging is wonderful. I have been searching for a good Puerh that doesn’t taste like dirt. The tea in our area is almost always in a bag looking like dust and tasting like dust.
Not this company! The type of tea is handwritten on each resealable pouch. The leaves are big and plentiful. My first try was the 2017 Ba Da Shan Wild Tree Raw Puerh. On the back is a label telling me this came from Yunnan. Picked in the Spring of 2017 at an altitude of 1800m. The bud to leaf ratio is 1 bud: 1/2 leaf. Caffeine is less than 20 percent of coffee.
There are directions for the Gong Fu Style and the Western Style. I followed the directions and let it steep 3 minutes. Took a sip and let it steep for another minute.
It was so mellow. The grassiness with the floral notes was perfect. It was the best I have ever tried. I was able to get 6 steepings out of it without any of the quality of flavor being lost. So yes, this is a winner!
And so is this book Ascenders by C.L.Gaber! A high school for the undead? Yep!
Have a great Thursday and try something new today!
A QUAKER MIDWIFE MYSTERY #5
Quaker midwife Rose Carroll must fight bias and blind assumptions to clear the name of a friend when a murderer strikes in nineteenth-century Massachusetts . . .
This is not the first Edith Maxwell book I have read, however, it is the first one in this series. I love a good historical fiction mystery and yet I wasn’t sure if the Quaker part would be a good fit for me. I should never have doubted Ms. Maxwell.
Rose Carroll is a Quaker midwife living in the small town of Amesbury. It may be small but prejudices and judgy attitudes are alive and well. Especially with Mayme Settle. She is not nice and disapproves of everyone. Including Rose’s friend Bertie and her partner.
When Mayme is found dead, a sketchy witness points the finger at Bertie. With her friend the main suspect in a murder, Rose gets down to business and opens a pandora’s box of long-held grudges, money troubles, and some hanky panky. For this one, Rose is going to have to pull out all the stops to get her friend out of trouble!
For me, one chapter into the book I felt such a calm. Rose’s character is just a calm, good person and I felt so much respect for her. I also learned a lot about the attitudes of men and some women towards the female gender. I am extremely glad I didn’t give birth back then!
Now I shall go read the other 4 books!
NetGalley/September 10th, 2019 by Beyond the Page
Harley is one of my favorite characters. In this prequel, Harleen is a teenager who is rebelling against everything. Angry at the world, she can choose to fight the change with Ivy or team up with The Joker.
This is the first title in DC’s line of original graphic novels for MidGrade and YA readers.
A good look at how the choices you make as a teenager can have long-reaching consequences.
She is still the character we know and love, but here she is a teen and much more relatable to younger readers.
I would recommend it if you are a DC lover too!
NetGalley/DC Ink September 3, 2019
A 4MK Thriller
In this last of the 4MK thriller trilogy, Barker ramps up the suspense and twists better than Houdini!
If you haven’t read the first two books, I would suggest you read them. Reading Barker is like trying to solve a Rubick’s Cube blindfolded.
Poor Sam is coming undone. He’s having lapses in his memory. He’s obsessed with the man who killed his wife. Only now Bishop is turning himself in and telling an elaborate tale putting the blame squarely on Sam. It looks convincing to everyone, including his bosses.
With a hospital full of people with a mystery illness that Bishop says is SARS, with Sam and Bishop, accounted for people are still dying. There is no way Bishop is running this alone.
As the FBI and local Metro team up, you really can’t believe a single person in this book. Everyone has dirty little secrets and someone is out to even the score for the awful things that happened in childhood.
This has been one of my favorite horror reads. Gory, full of morally bankrupt adults and torture, I did not do anything until I was finished. And that ending was perfect for the trilogy. I loved every twisty, gory moment!
Job well done! What’s Next???
NetGalley/August 27th, 2019 by Hampton Creek Press
A perfect family has shattered in RUN AWAY, the new thriller from the master of domestic suspense, Harlan Coben.
This was exactly the type of thriller we expect from Coben. Taut, intense, edge of your seat and twisty with an end you never see coming.
Simon and his wife Ingrid, are looking for their daughter. Simon is afraid she has fallen in with the wrong crowd and drugs are involved. When he spots her in the park panhandling, he tries to get her to return home with him, her boyfriend shows up on something and before Simon can do a thing, they disappear.
Then murders begin. Are they tied to Paige? Are Simon and Ingrid in danger? But still, they search. The find out some not so great things about their own daughter and put themselves in danger trying to find her. How far will a parent go for their child? A good question.
Coben is a master of story building. You pull a thread here and think you know but then another thread is pulled and you are doubting yourself. And you can’t stop. By the end of the first chapter, I knew I would be up very late!
Another great thriller from the master of suspense!
NetGalley/ Grand Central Publishing
Alex Witt has come to Stonebridge Academy to teach creative writing. And maybe fencing. Her fathers’ relationship to the Dean has secured her position and she isn’t exactly happy.
The daughter of a somewhat successful author and a Russian no-nonsense mother, Alex has perhaps inherited some qualities from both sides. Stubborn, single and not looking and very to the point!
Her first look at some of her students is a simple enough assignment.
What do you love? What do you hate? What do you want? Don’t sign your paper.
Some of the answers are easy to assign to the authors. Some look like a code of some type and Alex gets the impression not everything is kosher at this odd school.
Adults and children behaving very, very badly. Hundreds of students and only a few teachers? And there were maybe 2 redeeming characters and the rest were horrible.
It’s not an original tale. There have been cliques in schools for decades. Adam has taken it to a whole new level. Find the dirt on everyone and use it to leverage things in his favor. Apparently, this system and his band of merry men who love blow jobs have been around awhile. These guys have just elevated it. And they would still be getting away with treating girls as sexual objects, grading their partners without their knowledge until the saying changed and girls will be girls.
All it takes is one warrior. One person willing to stand up and say, “Enough!” And with the Blow Job Chart, it should be easy to decide. Genius! What happens is a full-on war between the sexes. These girls were scary good! In the end, all I could think was, “Girls will be Girls”. And laugh.
This isn’t my favorite book by Lutz. Some of the characters were a bit cliche’. All in all, I was cheering for Gemma!
NetGalley/ Ballentine August 13, 2019
The Book Charmer is a charming and magical story of a town in trouble, two very strong women determined to save it, and maybe a bit of magic thrown in to make the perfect tale.
Dove Pond is a small town on the verge of financial disaster. The Dove family has always been lucky. They all have their own talents and Sarah’s is books. What better job for her to have than a librarian?! Sarah’s gift is knowing which person needs which book. To be fair the books tell her who needs what and she doesn’t argue with them. Most of them anyway.
When Grace arrives to take over the town clerk’s job and settle Momma G and eight-year-old Daisy, in Momma G’s hometown, she immediately gets off on the wrong foot. Hurting from the loss of her job, her sister and now Momma G’s worsening dementia, Grace comes off as snooty and judgy. Both cover a lot of uncertainty and fear.
As Grace and the town get to know each other better she feels as if she may have found the family she never had. But is she still leaving when her year is up?
This was so beautifully written. The characters were quirky and very relatable. I hope we see more of them.
Very Well Done!
NetGalley/ July 30th, 2019 by Gallery Books