Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

811OaJy-Y3LTitle: Darkfever
Series: The Fever Series #1
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Romance & Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 347
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Sugar Cubes
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Summary: When MacKayla’s sister was murdered, she left a single clue to her death, a cryptic message on Mac’s cel phone. Journeying to Ireland in search of answers, Mac is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to master a power she had no idea she possessed – a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae. Continue reading

Thursday Tea Break: Issue 5

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Welcome to this week’s installment of Thursday Tea Break!

This is a fun, weekly series covering our get-togethers, what we are up to that week, and what books we are excited to get our hands on.

Tea of the Week:

Our tea this week is Octavia Tea’s Eight Immortals Dancong.

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This is a lovely, creamy Oolong tea that is harvest from wild tea bushes grown in China for over 100 years! We really loved how refreshing and clean this tea was and as an Oolong it had plenty of subtle flavor notes for us to pick out.

If you like a simple, straight tea this is an excellent choice for any time of year.

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DNF Review: The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce

The Weight of SoulsTitle: The Weight of Souls
Series: Standalone
Author: Bryony Pearce
Publisher: Strange Chemistry (now defunct)
Genre: YA Paranormal
Format: ARC
Pages: 318
Source: Publisher
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Rating: 0 Sugar Cubes (DNF)
Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Summary: 16 year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them – letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn’t make it in time? The Darkness will come for her… She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she’s bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real and that she’s not going crazy. Continue reading

Thursday Tea Break: Issue 4

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Welcome to this week’s installment of Thursday Tea Break!

This is a fun, weekly series covering our get-togethers, what we are up to that week, and what books we are excited to get our hands on.

Tea of the Week:

This week we tried Grapefruit Green tea from Octavia Teas!  We felt it was a perfect choice for a sunny and warm early spring day. We threw the windows open and brewed up this juicy treat.

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The tea was light and fresh with a hint of tart grapefruit, we would have preferred a stronger fruit flavor but it was deliciously refreshing nonetheless.

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Review: Ex-Heroes

ex-heroes_clinesTitle: Ex-Heroes
Series: Ex-Heroes, #1
Author: Peter Clines
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Genre: Sci-fi
Format: Paperback
Pages: 310
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Sugar Cubes
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Summary: Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes, using their superhuman abilities to make Los Angeles a better place.

Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Now, a year later, the heroes struggle to overcome their differences and recover from their own scars as they protect the thousands of survivors huddled in their film-studio-turned-fortress, the Mount.

But the hungry ex-humans are not the only threat the survivors face. Across the city, another group has grown and gained power. Continue reading