Thursday, April 16, 2015

Patriots, Redcoats, & Spies: A Book Review

Hi guys! It's Thursday and I actually have a book post for you. So Book Thursdays are back! (Today at least.) I have another middle grade book review for you guys today! Whoot whoot. The book is Patriots, Redcoats, & Spies by Robert J Skead with Robert A Skead. (A father and son team.) I received this book free through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Back cover:

When Revolutionary War Patriot Lamberton Clark is shot by British soldiers while on a mission for the Continental Army, he has only two hopes of getting the secret message he’s carrying to General George Washington: his 14-year-old twin boys John and Ambrose. Upon discovering that their father is a spy in the Culper Spy Ring, the boys accept their mission without a clue about what they may be up against. They set off from Connecticut to New Jersey to find General Washington, but the road to the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army is full of obstacles; including the man who shot their father who is hot on their trail.

 My thoughts: Wow. This book had every good quality a middle grade book should have. It was fast paced, intriguing, heart pumping at times, and I enjoyed all the characters.

 I liked both of the twins. Quiet, responsible John, and unruly, playful Ambrose were both interesting to read about. I rooted for them both in a way and wanted them to bond as friends as well as brothers. The villains were well written and just slimy enough for a middle grade book. Actually, they were pretty downright creepy. There were several other great characters, and I loved the inclusion on important historical characters from the Revolutionary War like George Washington and some other fellows.

 The plot was quite good. I think I read this in about a day. It is middle grade so it's shorter (one of the reasons I enjoy middle grade when I haven't much time for younger books) but it was still an intriguing story that kept me turning the pages. There were many pitfalls and struggles to overcome. I really liked this book and all the history it incorporated. I hope I get to read the next books in the series as well.

 With it's fast paced, arresting plot, this book is great for boys to read, especially those a little curious about history. I think it's good for girls too, of course, but it might appeal especially to the younger guy crowd. Some older ones might find it interesting as well. Overall it is a solid middle grade addition and I'm sure many will enjoy it. You can buy it here.

~ a rambling author

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Matcha Tea: A Product Review

 Hi guys! Tonight I'm posting a little something different. I'm reviewing Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea made by Kiss Me Organics. I received this for free in exchange for my honest review.

 This green tea is a special ceremonial kind that they use in Japan. In fact, it is grown in Japan. I think that's pretty cool in and of itself. The tea is made by the third generation of a family that's been growing the tea for years, another thing I think is awesome.

I'm sure you've heard about all the benefits of green tea. I know some people who really love the stuff. While I've never really been a huge fan, I decided I'd like to try it. Well, did you know that matcha green tea is even better for you? It can have up to 137 times the antioxidants of brewed green tea.

 As for this specific tea... It is strong. It is 100% tea leaves. The first time my mom brewed herself a cup she put probably what the container said and it was way too much. It was strong and overpowering. The next time we had a cup (we shared) she put much less in and it tasted pretty good. The flavor isn't bitter or anything that would make it disgusting. It's rather pleasant. My mom especially likes it.

Matcha green tea increases your energy, helps your skin, and boosts your metabolism. So there really aren't any negatives. If you'd like to try it yourself, buy it here. It does seem a bit expensive, but
considering you only need the slightest amount, it isn't such a big problem.

Hope you enjoyed my different kind of review! :)

~ a rambling author