It’s a Spring Time Drink List!

Once upon a December I created a list of some tasty holiday drinks. Not only was it fun, but y’all had some great feedback and ideas, so why not do one for Spring?!

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PlumDeluxe Tea

I was contacted by PlumDeluxe, asking if I wanted to try a sample and who am I to resist a cup of tea? They sent me some of their Reading Nook Tea Blend (how fun is that name?!) and it was rather delightful. It’s a black tea with a hint of lavender. (With thanks to Andy for sending the sample!)

Easy Peach Lemonade

Frozen peaches and frozen lemonade…mmmmm!! The thing about Texas is it goes from winter to summer in about 87 seconds flat. Thus, I need to have plenty of refreshing and tasty drinks that can cool a person off.

Elderflower Champagne Cocktail

This one involves Champagne, so yes. You can add strawberries or even peaches. I think I’d try this one with peaches. If you haven’t noticed, I love peaches, so I have a feeling many drinks this season will involve peaches.

Sparkling Rosemary Limeade

I’m on the fence when it comes to lime flavored things. Some are a win, some fail, but I’m willing to give new ones a shot. This drink sounds rather refreshing and easy to put together.

Hibiscus Iced Tea Sparkler

The name of this drink simply sounds awesome. This weekend is going to be perfect in here in Texas (sunny and low 80s), so I might have to make some of this!

What are some of your favorite beverages to sip on in Spring weather?

Remnants: Season of Fire by Lisa T. Bergren | Book Review

Once again I’m drawn back to the YA genre with the second in Lisa T. Bergren’s Remnants series and once again I’m reminded how the only YA I ever seem to embrace are when it’s dystopian or fantasy (or if it’s written by Jody Hedlund ; ). But that’s okay, because when I do, I tend to love them and this one is no different! Bergren’s Season of Fire kicks off right where we left off in the first and is action packed with plenty of awesomeness in between.

After tackling her first mission and coming to terms with her power of empathy, Andriana discovers her first battles were only a taste of what is to come. She and her knight, Ronan, have admitted their feelings for each other, but their bonds are tested when Dri is captured by their mortal and spiritual enemy—Sethos—and his master, Keallach, emperor of Pacifica. Andriana is certain Keallach can be convinced to follow the Maker’s plan and join the other Remnants … but in time, she must decide whether she really can pull him back to the Way, or if Sethos’s web of darkness has slowly and thoroughly trapped them both … forever.

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I love coming across excellent YA fiction that I’d be happy to pass along to teenagers, but even more so when it can be enjoyed by adults as well. In Season of Fire, I get to see all of my favorite Remnants and Knights – I kinda missed them. Whether they’re fighting dark villains, meeting new allies, learning the pain of sacrifice for good or seeing the beauty that comes from the Maker, this book will keep you hooked. I really enjoyed the paths each take, each of their personalities, how they struggle, how they fight and ultimately how they are made stronger. Many of what our characters go through are what we deal with in real life. Granted our enemies look a bit different, but there’s still many things we can learn from Dri, Ronan and crew.

I also love how Bergren is able to bring discussions about our purpose and the choices we make in life. I won’t say much more, but with two specific characters, this is done so fabulously. Y’all just have to read it! There’s plenty of battles, twists and turns I didn’t see coming and oh the cliffhanger at the end! I can’t wait for the final release early next year!

Are you a big fan of series or more of a one and done reader? If so what’s a recent one you’ve read?

(Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

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An Uncertain Choice | #HedlundChallenge2015 March Discussion

(The 2015 Jody Hedlund Challenge is a monthly series featuring the novels of author Jody Hedlund, hosted by Cassie of Bookshelves and Windows and Jamie of Books and Beverages. We invite readers and bloggers to join us in reading and discussing these books together. Every month, we’ll announce the book about four weeks before the discussion post will go live (alternating between Cassie and Jamie’s blogs). The following month, after everyone has read the book, we will discuss and interact with each other about our thoughts on each book with special appearances throughout the year! If you’re on Facebook be sure to join our group!)

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Head over to Cassie’s Blog today as we discuss The Vow and An Uncertain Choice! Both were fabulous and an excellent addition to the YA market. So come on over!

—> Discussion post here <—

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RECAP: The Walking Dead Episode 515 or as I like to call it “I Don’t Even Know What to Say”

Welcome to another Walking Dead recap! As always, this post has spoilers from the episode, so if you haven’t seen it yet, feel free to read previous recaps first!

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So, Deanna and her family have finally experienced loss. I feel bad for them, but I think this will only make them believe in Father G. Great. Carol makes them a casserole with a sympathy note. Deanna leaves the food on the porch and burns the card. This isn’t going to end well. Sasha on the other hand is going sniper style and killing walkers from the lookout.

We catch a quick glimpse of the recruiters. Daryl and Aaron are night hunting and see a light in the distance. Of course we have no idea what it is, so that probably means good right?!

I cannot express my loathing of Nicholas’ character. I can’t even. We hear Glenn’s story as he tells Rick (aka the TRUTH) and Deanna is listening to loser. Please gain some sense Deanna. PLEASE. I don’t know why Glenn hasn’t given his side. Why let traitor win???

Glenn tells Rick they have to make this work (which kind of explains his reason for staying silent about what really happened). It’s a good conversation, but I don’t know how they can. Carol gets more insight from Sam. It’s clear Pete abuses Jessie. Rick wonders why she cares and she says its because she sees how Rick talks to her. That whole situation is going to blow up.

What is with the balloon in the middle of the pond?????? And why is Rick loading his gun???? I honestly thought Rick was going to shoot Pete when he walked up to him saying “hey.” I think my yelling at the TV “DON’T BE SHANE!!” was why he didn’t. Geez…this isn’t even the season finale folks!

We find out Tara is stable and hanging on. They also discover Sasha spent the night in the tower and she’s disappeared. Michonne and Rosita go out to find her and see someone sprint out in the woods, but nothing comes of it. They have a heart to heart about where they are at (like what it means that Michonne didn’t bring her sword outside). I think it’s the most we’ve heard from Rosita this half too. Michonne and Rosita find a trail of walkers and figure out that Sasha is out hunting the walkers.

Rick and Deanna meet at the cemetery. Rick brings to Deanna’s attention that Pete beats Jessie. She says she hoped it would get better. She says she hasn’t done anything else because he’s the surgeon and saving lives. They have differing opinions on how to handle the situation. Good times, once again.

Carl is out following the angsty teenager girl, Enid, in the forest. She says quit following her, but he says it’s dangerous. Then they go running through the forest. How precious. Y’all are going to get killed! She also thinks its fun to throw a timer at a walker and watch him check it out. Cool. She says it’s supposed to be like this, to be in the forest with them. Carl agrees. They bond over dreaming about the outside. She also doesn’t know why Carl scares her, but don’t worry, he’s scared of her too. Gotta love teenagers. They’re thinking about sharing a kiss when a herd of walkers passes through. Kids. We see the W again on a walker.

Glenn has a chat with Nicholas. Traitor has the nerve to question Glenn and what he does. Are you kidding me bro? Glenn is too good – even though he doesn’t deserve it, Glenn protects him. Then Nicholas is outside finding a buried gun. Punk.

Sasha is sick of playing defense, so she takes out all of them. Michonne flashes back to her days as a long ranger. The three of them turn all hardcore and take out a mini herd. I have a couple of question – how many bullets does Michonne have?!! What is up with Sasha though? They’re just helping. But Sasha doesn’t think anyone can help her. I think all the deaths are really hitting her. Don’t give up Sasha – your friends are there for you!

Daryl and Aaron are back on screen and what they discover is nasty, disgusting, eerie and DISTURBING. They find some limbs with part of a body missing and then a woman tied up to a tree and I’ll just say walkers got to her. She just turned into a walker, so we know all of this just happened.

Rick goes to see Jessie and straight up calls out Pete. She says it will get better and they’ve been through this before. Rick offers to help, but Jessie is resisting. Oh course she asks “why do you care?” He says he’s trying to help, but she makes it clear that she is married. Then he gets the garage door shut on him. Rick goes back to the house and makes sure she knows Sam asked for a gun to protect her. Rick is asking so much more than “protecting” her. She says yes and good ol Petey shows up. Commence SHOWDOWN.

Jessie tells Pete to leave. He isn’t in agreement. Then he attempts to punch Rick and they rumble. They soon fly out the front window. Oh man…I can’t handle the W carving creeps, the abusive husbands and the utter crazy happening right now.

Sasha is back on lookout duty and people see everyone running. Why is everyone just watching as these two beat each other to madness?? What the hey??? They each throw people they love off, they attempt choking each other… Deanna says stop and Rick goes all dictator. And then…Michonne knocks him out.

Y’all.

Discuss with me. I’ll say Michonne did that to save everyone though. Join in below or on Facebook!

(If interested in previous recaps and Walking Dead discussions, just go here!)

Fun Finds for the Booknerd #25

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Well. Today is just a day. Not only is it officially Spring (can I get a hallelujah?), but today is a Total Solar Eclipse (granted those of us in the US of A won’t catch a glimpse of it, but still cool) and it’s Books and Beverages 3rd Blogversary! As you can tell I’ve been on top on things and totally planned for it. Oops. Well, for laughs, please feel free to check out my first ever post here. It was super exciting. Or painful.

In the spirit of anniversaries, where gifts are often involved, how about some fun finds for Friday? In case, you know, you have a gift or two to buy or you need to drop some hints to someone!

1. Where the Halflings Are Awesomeness. I haven’t decided whether I want the tote bag or the laptop cover. All I know is, I’m so glad my friend Wesley sent this my way. I might have to go with an iPad case too. $24.18

2. Shakespeare Cups. Oh hey Will! Isn’t this collection of must-have cups simply fabulous? Tea, wine, coffee, water, fermented beverages…the options are endless! A bit pricey, but maybe one day… $132.00

3. The Narnia Cookbook. Obviously this is a must. I can host the most ridiculously awesome party ever with this fella. Even though I don’t think I’d like Turkish Delight, I’d love to attempt to make it. $7.59

4. Jane Austen Band Aids. Who says band aids can’t be fun as adults? Plus they come with a secret prize/”bonus trinket,” which I’m going to assume is Mr. Darcy, otherwise I’m going to need a full refund. $6.38

5. A Shirt I Need. I like this because a) it’s a V-Neck and b) it describes my dream job. What are the odds of me wearing this and immediately getting a job that pays me to read? I’m thinking I have a pretty good shot. $24.00

How are you guys ringing in Spring? Happy Friday!