Review: I Found You

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Book Title: I Found You
Author: Lisa Jewell
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: None
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
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Date Read: 04/20/17
Pub Date (US): 04/25/17

4 STARS


In a windswept British seaside town, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside.

Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed.

Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. Their annual trip to the quaint seaside town is passing by uneventfully, until an enigmatic young…

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Subscription Box Review: PlumDeluxe Tea

PlumDeluxe is a tea company based out of Portland, OR (woop, woop!) which specializes in unique, tasty tea blends. They offer a wide variety of loose leaf tea by the ounce as well as a tea of the month club.  The tea subscription runs at an affordable $10/month and includes 1-2 ounces are artisinal tea, a “surpirse scoop” of one additional tea and occasional special gift inclusions. Also, subscription to the tea of the month club provides exclusive discounts and free shipping on additional items ordered plus it grants you access to their online community which includes a blog filled with positive affirmations and just general love. Below is a sample of the three teas I was offered to try. Their tea menu is expansive and they also offer floral/herb mix-ins, honey and tea sugar so please take some time to check it all out here. Enjoy!

Easy to Be: Find peace no matter the circumstance

Fully organic green tea blended with blueberries, raspberry leaves, rose hips, hibiscus, cranberries, blue cornflowers, and blueberry essence. This tea has a mild flavor and these added elements give it the perfect fruity hint. I imagine this would make a killer iced tea. I have to take a moment to brag that I was able utilize the tea cup my husband brought my from Japan, so I felt very authentic.

House Blend: A simple, comforting (yet bold + assertive) tea to celebrate all of life’s moments

Fully organic Assam and Ceylon black tea blended with safflower, blue malava flowers and vanilla essence. This tea has a timeless black tea flavor, but the addition of vanilla essence lends a unique nuance that helps round it out. For that reason this tea could be drunk black, however I always prefer my black tea with a little sugar and milk.

Reading Nook Blend: A blend of joy. Pairs well with creativity, reading & writing, conversation, relaxing. 

Black tea blended with rosebuds, lavender,  and chamomile. I was floored to see this tea on the list of offerings at PlumDeluxe so this was at the top of my list. As an avid reader and book blogger there could not be a more perfect tea for me. This tea really is the ideal blend to drink while reading- the added herbs and floral elements taste great and the lavender provides a calming aroma that lends itself well to any relaxing activity.

Sneak preview of my new reading nook. Full review of the creation of this space coming soon 😍😍

Take some time to check out PlumDeluxe and their extensive variety of tea! To subscribe to PlumDeluxe tea of the month club, click here or simply visit plumdeluxe.com/tea.
Read (and drink tea) voraciously.

I was provided these tea samples by PlumDeluxe at no charge for an honest review.

Twitter Interview with All Our Wrong Todays author Elan Mastai better known as That Time I Epic Failed Discussing Basic Time Travel Princples

Twitter can be awesome in its ability to connect readers, fans and bloggers alike with the authors of their current or favorite reads. I had the recent pleasure of reading All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai wherein I was transported to a reality in which all our sci-fi dreams came true and then immediately rebounded back into our current, less advanced reality. Cue epic whiplash and a major book hangover. Filled with quotable insight, this novel will do more than just challenge your beliefs on time and our location along its vast and possibly various continuum.  Here is a look behind the scenes at my impromptu Twitter interview with author Elan Mastai.

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Picturing my toddler with his head covered in black scaly avocado skin…

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Nodding vigorously. Yes, that is the most sensible way to handle such a plethora of advanced travel options.

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(Side note: Little did I know just how much I would need that fictional teleportor later in this interview.)

Swoon. There couldn’t have been a more perfect answer to this question. Let’s look at that again so you can fully absorb the truth of that to your core.

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I was very intrigued to see which way this answer would fall. Sehnsucht is essentially the opposite of nostalgia in the fact that it is a deep longing for some unknown, ideal experience while nostalgia is a deep longing for the past. Mastai’s novel explores those themes readily. 

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Face, scalding red with embarrassment, meet palm. Where is that teleporter now? Just scoop me up and whisk me away to anywhere (or anywhen) but here. Of course he’s not from the future you ding-dong. Did you not just spend the last few days reading about the intricacies of time-travel? Alternate reality is the key word here. Everybody now: “Alternate re-al-it-y”. Nervously laughing to myself, “what the hell do I say now?” Deep breath. Maybe I can make a joke, do a little jig, repeatedly tip my hat and jauntily side skip off-stage with my striped jacket and cane? 

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Hand-clapping emojis. Yep, that’s the best I could do. And deeply sincere gratitude to hopefully distract from my egregious error.

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Hm, maybe I didn’t royally offend him after all. Well, a little apology never hurt- just to clear up any misunderstanding and to quell my deep embarrassment.

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One thing is certain, tone is very hard to convey online, especially with a 140 character limit.

I hope you all enjoyed a look into my first Twitter interview. Despite embarrassing myself, I truly enjoyed this experience and the chance to interact with such a talented author. I plan to attempt more interviews in this style- so if you know any authors hoping to have the core premise of their novel mishandled and to be mildly offended send them my way.

Read voraciously.

Book Review: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

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—Please. We are in the midst of a pivotal moment in our history, one that could signal a new era of discovery, or put an end to us all.

Picking up from the massive cliff hanger in Book One of The Themis Files, Waking Gods soars to new heights in its exploration of human nature and the possibility of alien life. Piloting Themis becomes routine but his use is anything but. The scientists and the government regularly clash over the treatment of Themis and his pilots- the government unable to resist the powerful possibilities and the scientists unable to forget the overarching implications. When a second robot appears in London, bigger, more urgent questions arise.

We assume we were supposed to find Themis, but say it wasn’t the case. Say they came here to get it back, destroy it, whatever. More to the point, there’s nothing you can put in front of that robot that would pose any serious threat to it, except maybe us. Do we really want to make first contact with an alien species by sending the only thing we have— which isn’t even ours— that it could see as a menace?

When the first attack concludes it becomes clear those who left Themis want something more. As more robots like Themis appear all over the world and more attacks occur, a pattern begins to emerge.

I am, however, absolutely convinced that their survival was not coincidental. These people were chosen, somehow, whether they are aware of it or not.

Brandishing weapons and the use of brute force have come up short in the fight to survive. Threatened with extermination, Rose and her crew must come together to save the world- if it isn’t already too late.

—It is all about Rose, is it not?—Yes. That’s why I said it.—She fell on the hand when she was a child. She somehow ended up in charge of studying it. Now we are waiting for a war that we cannot win, and our best hope for survival lies with her.—Like you said, you’re really good at stating the obvious, but is there a point to all this?—Of course. Did you ever wonder why they chose to bring her back?

In the same style as Sleeping Giants, Neuvel exercises his impressive creative muscles to deliver a face-paced, enigmatic and intriguing adventure. Don’t expect all the answers just yet- Waking Gods sets itself up perfectly for book three and the ending will leave you hanging in mid-air.

—They believe there is a purpose to life, and that no one should interfere with that purpose— that things should be the way they should be.

Read voraciously.

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A review copy of this title was provided by Random House Publishing via Netgalley.