#BookReview: Cinder

"You have an unusual magnetic personality." Cinder 5 stars Pros: A new kind of fairy tale retelling Smart and spunky protagonist Introduction of new races and interweaving of other fairy tale characters Cons: Changes the fairy tale quite a bit, especially the ball It’s been a long time since I’ve invested in a series, but The Lunar Chronicles is an excellent group of books to read. I’ve seen Cinder around but didn’t get to it on my TBR list because of the time investment … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Peach Green Tea

Well, since I'm a frequent visitor to the hospital now, I've made a nesting spot in the local Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. My latest taste from their menu includes... Peach green tea: green tea with fruity sweetness Typically, I prefer my tea plain. However, Tea Leaf offers a number of combinations. I decided to try the peach flavor. I did like the look of the peach cubes in the tea bag (see above)! It was nice to have a change where there's a subtle sweetness and flavor of fruit to contrast … [Read more...]

#BookReview: Every Soul a Star

“You will live a long, prosperous life.” Every Soul a Star  5 stars Pros: Science made interesting Different perspectives True teen voices Cons: May be too sweet for some I really enjoyed Every Soul a Star. Since I recently saw the solar eclipse, I had to check out this read. I love how Mass incorporated scientific facts in this book. Every Soul is a slow, thoughtful read. Some people might find fault with that (see my con above), but I found it refreshing. The voices … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Iced Matcha

Iced matcha: Frosty green tea drink Time to refresh with an iced matcha! As you all know, I love green tea. Having a frosty cup of bitter matcha with the sweetness of milk is a great treat. What's your favorite drink? … [Read more...]

MIA

Sorry, I've been MIA for a while. I just wanted to let you readers know that I've been dealing with family health issues. Due to this, I'll be blogging less frequently. I'm still aiming to do a weekly post from here on out, but it may not be on a consistent day. Thanks for understanding! … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Hope

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#BookReview: Warcross

"Never do anything halfway." Warcross by Marie Lu  5 stars Pros: Fascinating technology Mysterious antagonist Smart and independent Asian main character Intriguing love interest Cons: Easily guessed the antagonist I absolutely loved Warcross. I’m a big fangirl of Marie Lu ever since she exploded on the scene with the Legend series. Yes, there are some single titles within her two series (Legend; Young Elites) that I don’t enjoy as much. Overall, though, I love her … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Cheese Katsu

Cheese katsu: panko-crusted meat with a cheesy inside I've had katsu before, those deep-fried pieces of meat. My personal preference is for chicken. However, I decided to try out this new dish, cheese katsu. Yes, it was pork, so the meat felt thicker and tougher. However, there's also a huge cheese factor dropped into the recipe. I actually liked the gooeyness of the cheese inside the meat. It was nice to have the conflicting softness of the cheese within a substantial meaty … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Longevity Peach Buns

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Foodie Friday: Golden Berries

Golden Berries: tart berries with golden skin I found a new fruit at the grocery store. Why not try it out, I thought. Golden berries sounded decadent. They're also known as cape gooseberries. Imagine my surprise when I realized these berries are renown for their tartness. They really pack a sour punch. It's not just the skin that exudes tartness, but the middle of the berry as well. They weren't to my liking, but I had family members who enjoyed the sour twist. (Of course, these are … [Read more...]