Tea: English Breakfast & Lavender from Bridestowe Gourmet
I didn’t expect to like this.  I love lavender scented things, but every time I’ve tried edible/drinkable lavender things before I’ve felt like I was eating concentrated perfume and it left such a harsh after taste.
I only ended up drinking it after I had served it to a curious friend whose face lit up with joy on her first taste.  I tried it, I really liked it. 
I bought this on a whim while visiting Bridestowe.  Go me and my whimsy for finally getting something right.
The side of the tin states:"Truly a tea for all occasions.  A blend of black tea and fine Bridestowe Estate lavender flowers."

Tea: English Breakfast & Lavender from Bridestowe Gourmet

I didn’t expect to like this.  I love lavender scented things, but every time I’ve tried edible/drinkable lavender things before I’ve felt like I was eating concentrated perfume and it left such a harsh after taste.

I only ended up drinking it after I had served it to a curious friend whose face lit up with joy on her first taste.  I tried it, I really liked it. 

I bought this on a whim while visiting Bridestowe.  Go me and my whimsy for finally getting something right.

The side of the tin states:
"Truly a tea for all occasions.  A blend of black tea and fine Bridestowe Estate lavender flowers."

Treasure Island by Robert Louis StevensonWooo!  high seas adventure of the old school kind. This was a very easy read, and much quicker to get through than Frankenstein was.  (oof, that was a slog.)
I was surprised at how much of the story was set pre-setting out.  I’d always somehow imagined that the majority of it all happened at sea, but that was possibly the smallest amount of it.  Most was setting up the characters to leave or time spent on the island.And all the way through I heard Long John Silver speaking in my head with the same voice as Captain Barbosa from Pirates of the Carribean.  Without looking into it, wouldn’t be surprised if he was used as a template for Barbosa’s character. 
Image in my head: Jim in the apple barrel.  (which oddly flickers out to Gonzo, even though I’ve never watched the muppets version.)

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wooo!  high seas adventure of the old school kind. This was a very easy read, and much quicker to get through than Frankenstein was.  (oof, that was a slog.)

I was surprised at how much of the story was set pre-setting out.  I’d always somehow imagined that the majority of it all happened at sea, but that was possibly the smallest amount of it.  Most was setting up the characters to leave or time spent on the island.

And all the way through I heard Long John Silver speaking in my head with the same voice as Captain Barbosa from Pirates of the Carribean.  Without looking into it, wouldn’t be surprised if he was used as a template for Barbosa’s character. 

Image in my head: Jim in the apple barrel.  (which oddly flickers out to Gonzo, even though I’ve never watched the muppets version.)

Young Avengers Presents by Marvel ComicsWoop!  Short stories featuring some insight into the people that make up the Young Avengers.Eli gets to have a heart to heart with Bucky about being Patriot.  Confused young hero and I love it.Teddy manages to gets to talk to his birth father thanks to some sort of time paradox?  Yeah, that sort of storyline is always going to get me right in the feels.Tommy and Billy search for the Scarlet Witch in an attempt to find out more about their ‘mother’.  Children’s Crusade shows they didn’t search very well here.Stature and Vision hash things out with a surprise teamup against baddies in the middle.  Didn’t really stick with me.And then a short showing Cassie’s homelife.  Oof.  No wonder she’s stressed out to shrinking stage.Lastly Hawkeye earns her bow back from Hawkeye through sheer badassery and a little bit of self questioning.I thought: this happened before Civil War, but apparently its after.  Huh.

Young Avengers Presents by Marvel Comics

Woop!  Short stories featuring some insight into the people that make up the Young Avengers.

Eli gets to have a heart to heart with Bucky about being Patriot.  Confused young hero and I love it.

Teddy manages to gets to talk to his birth father thanks to some sort of time paradox?  Yeah, that sort of storyline is always going to get me right in the feels.

Tommy and Billy search for the Scarlet Witch in an attempt to find out more about their ‘mother’.  Children’s Crusade shows they didn’t search very well here.

Stature and Vision hash things out with a surprise teamup against baddies in the middle.  Didn’t really stick with me.

And then a short showing Cassie’s homelife.  Oof.  No wonder she’s stressed out to shrinking stage.

Lastly Hawkeye earns her bow back from Hawkeye through sheer badassery and a little bit of self questioning.

I thought: this happened before Civil War, but apparently its after.  Huh.



Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways by Marvel ComicsI only have a small running knowledge of what this cross marvel comics event was about.  Something about superhero registration?  But there was a big fight before that?  Captain America and Ironman are on opposing sides of the registration debate? In any case, its as good an excuse as any to get the Young Avengers to meet up with the Runaways.  As usual, there’s a misunderstanding and a big old brawl between the two teams before they realise they’re (pretty much) on the same side.  And then Noh-varr turns up…But!  The meeting of Xavin and Teddy was great.  It’s terrible, but I love it when someone is suddenly revealed to someone else to be royalty and they’re all “OOOooooooooooooohMYGAWD!”  It makes me cackle and snort.  It’s real lady-like and a testimony to my inherent elegance.Favourite meetup between the teams: Tommy and Molly.  The skrull meeting was great but oh god, all the cute from Speed and Princess Powerful.  Those two are adorable bro’s together and I would read an ongoing series starring those two.
Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways by Marvel Comics

I only have a small running knowledge of what this cross marvel comics event was about.  Something about superhero registration?  But there was a big fight before that?  Captain America and Ironman are on opposing sides of the registration debate?

In any case, its as good an excuse as any to get the Young Avengers to meet up with the Runaways.  As usual, there’s a misunderstanding and a big old brawl between the two teams before they realise they’re (pretty much) on the same side.  And then Noh-varr turns up…

But!  The meeting of Xavin and Teddy was great.  It’s terrible, but I love it when someone is suddenly revealed to someone else to be royalty and they’re all “OOOooooooooooooohMYGAWD!”  It makes me cackle and snort.  It’s real lady-like and a testimony to my inherent elegance.

Favourite meetup between the teams: Tommy and Molly.  The skrull meeting was great but oh god, all the cute from Speed and Princess Powerful.  Those two are adorable bro’s together and I would read an ongoing series starring those two.
Over the Sea ~ CJ’s First Notebook by Sherwood SmithPurchase it at the Book View Cafe
It took me a long time to get the CJ books, reason being that they can only be purchased in ebook format.  I’m not a great fan of ebooks, there are some great positives to them (so many books that take up so little room? Woo!  So many books I can take travelling with me?  Woo!).  But I can’t deny that I like owning a physical copy and get frustrated when my ereader of choice runs out of power in the middle of a rollicking good chapter.  Mrrrr.The story revolves around a young girl who has always felt that she never fit in during the 1960’s (?) USA.  However through odd circumstances she is whisked off to another world entirely (modern era Sartorias-deles) and given new purpose as she becomes part of a resistance comprised of all young girls against encroaching villains.
To be honeset, I had trouble keeping all of the girls bar CJ and the Queen seperate.  there’s a large amount of them and I couldn’t name half of them even now after finishing the book.  I bounced for joy when an Australian girl was added (seriously, to make me very happy, just have an Australian character in your book) but I could not tell you what her name is.I enjoyed reading this, but I think my depth of enjoyment was added to by the fact that I know this world somewhat already from Inda,aStC and Court/Crown Duel.  CJ as a character is a bit of wish fulfillment for most young people who get lost in their books, (I know I often wished to find a doorway to a magical world when I was little) and could possibly be that-annoying-main-character if you twist this way instead of that.Laughed to myself about: CJ mentioning boring parts that she’s cut from her journals and wondering if it’s Sherwood herself having re-edited her younger self’s work and chuckled to herself about just how much she put in.

Over the Sea ~ CJ’s First Notebook by Sherwood Smith
Purchase it at the
Book View Cafe

It took me a long time to get the CJ books, reason being that they can only be purchased in ebook format.  I’m not a great fan of ebooks, there are some great positives to them (so many books that take up so little room? Woo!  So many books I can take travelling with me?  Woo!).  But I can’t deny that I like owning a physical copy and get frustrated when my ereader of choice runs out of power in the middle of a rollicking good chapter.  Mrrrr.

The story revolves around a young girl who has always felt that she never fit in during the 1960’s (?) USA.  However through odd circumstances she is whisked off to another world entirely (modern era Sartorias-deles) and given new purpose as she becomes part of a resistance comprised of all young girls against encroaching villains.

To be honeset, I had trouble keeping all of the girls bar CJ and the Queen seperate.  there’s a large amount of them and I couldn’t name half of them even now after finishing the book.  I bounced for joy when an Australian girl was added (seriously, to make me very happy, just have an Australian character in your book) but I could not tell you what her name is.

I enjoyed reading this, but I think my depth of enjoyment was added to by the fact that I know this world somewhat already from Inda,aStC and Court/Crown Duel.  CJ as a character is a bit of wish fulfillment for most young people who get lost in their books, (I know I often wished to find a doorway to a magical world when I was little) and could possibly be that-annoying-main-character if you twist this way instead of that.

Laughed to myself about: CJ mentioning boring parts that she’s cut from her journals and wondering if it’s Sherwood herself having re-edited her younger self’s work and chuckled to herself about just how much she put in.

Frankenstein by Mary ShelleyI was taken completely by surprise with how different the actual book is when compared to the pop-culture I had soaked up.  No Igor!  No “It’s alive, alive!”!  Frankenstein is quite young and has good intentions, but driven obsessively with his research for research alone’s sake.Where did he go wrong?  Obviously not putting too much thought into the outcome of his project was a hideous oversight, but was it truly the turning point where everything went to poo?  I like to think one of the moments where things could have been shifted from tragedy was upon the monsters first awakening.  Frankenstein’s sudden revulsion and abandonment of his creation, after hours of research and experimentation, left the monster alone and without any sort of moral/emotional guide.
I had some difficulty in really enjoying this book, not for its themes, but for its outdated writing style which made it hard for me to submerge myself in the text and instead feel rather like a stranger picking up a pile of dusty pieces of paper.  Yarg to early 1800’s published books.Surprise moment: When the monster holds his first conversation, explaining his thoughts and life so far to both Frankenstein and the reader… he’s really verbose.  One to two years of life and he’s theeing and thying all over the place.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I was taken completely by surprise with how different the actual book is when compared to the pop-culture I had soaked up.  No Igor!  No “It’s alive, alive!”!  Frankenstein is quite young and has good intentions, but driven obsessively with his research for research alone’s sake.

Where did he go wrong?  Obviously not putting too much thought into the outcome of his project was a hideous oversight, but was it truly the turning point where everything went to poo?  I like to think one of the moments where things could have been shifted from tragedy was upon the monsters first awakening.  Frankenstein’s sudden revulsion and abandonment of his creation, after hours of research and experimentation, left the monster alone and without any sort of moral/emotional guide.

I had some difficulty in really enjoying this book, not for its themes, but for its outdated writing style which made it hard for me to submerge myself in the text and instead feel rather like a stranger picking up a pile of dusty pieces of paper.  Yarg to early 1800’s published books.

Surprise moment: When the monster holds his first conversation, explaining his thoughts and life so far to both Frankenstein and the reader… he’s really verbose.  One to two years of life and he’s theeing and thying all over the place.

Young Avengers: Ultimate Collection by Marvel ComicsEeee!  I really liked this graphic novel with its collection of Young Avengers 1-12.  I’d read most of this at one stage or another, but was really happy to finally be able to get my hands on my own copy.
The storyline of a group of young avengers, or literally a teen supergroup of beings that seem to be tiny versions of other Avengers brought together to continue on the Avengers legacy, should for the most part be really on the nose.  Horribly cliche.  Terribly put together and penned as a quick money maker.  All that. 
But it wasn’t.  Great characters, interesting plot lines.  It was my second step back into superhero comics and it made me all happy inside.Favourite moment: Speed break.  (♥ω♥ ) ~♪


Young Avengers: Ultimate Collection by Marvel Comics

Eeee!  I really liked this graphic novel with its collection of Young Avengers 1-12.  I’d read most of this at one stage or another, but was really happy to finally be able to get my hands on my own copy.

The storyline of a group of young avengers, or literally a teen supergroup of beings that seem to be tiny versions of other Avengers brought together to continue on the Avengers legacy, should for the most part be really on the nose.  Horribly cliche.  Terribly put together and penned as a quick money maker.  All that. 

But it wasn’t.  Great characters, interesting plot lines.  It was my second step back into superhero comics and it made me all happy inside.

Favourite moment: Speed break.  (♥ω♥ ) ~♪

Before Green Gables by Budge WilsonI found this as I was stocking up on my other “Ann of” books, and thought I’d give it a shot.  Commissioned of a well known Canadian youth writer to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the original publication of the books, it tells the story of what Anne’s early life was like, beginning with Anne’s parents shortly before they pass on, the circumstances that had Anne pass on to the two families that kept her and then on to the orphanage, all before she came to the Cuthberts at Avonlea.One of the main things I noticed was a distinct jump in how children were viewed between the time periods of L M Montgomery and Budge.  With Montgomery it sort’ve came through as a fact of life that orphaned children were often abused as cheap labor and well off children were kept very naive.  Ho hum, that’s just the way of it.  Where as with Budge, people were often considering how poorly Anne was being treated and considering her feelings and emotions.  Now maybe both viewpoints are correct for the time period Anne’s saga is set in, I’m no historian, but it certainly is a difference in writing styles between older and modern.
Image in my head:  Anne walking through the snow to get eggs.

Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson

I found this as I was stocking up on my other “Ann of” books, and thought I’d give it a shot.  Commissioned of a well known Canadian youth writer to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the original publication of the books, it tells the story of what Anne’s early life was like, beginning with Anne’s parents shortly before they pass on, the circumstances that had Anne pass on to the two families that kept her and then on to the orphanage, all before she came to the Cuthberts at Avonlea.

One of the main things I noticed was a distinct jump in how children were viewed between the time periods of L M Montgomery and Budge.  With Montgomery it sort’ve came through as a fact of life that orphaned children were often abused as cheap labor and well off children were kept very naive.  Ho hum, that’s just the way of it.  Where as with Budge, people were often considering how poorly Anne was being treated and considering her feelings and emotions.  Now maybe both viewpoints are correct for the time period Anne’s saga is set in, I’m no historian, but it certainly is a difference in writing styles between older and modern.

Image in my head:  Anne walking through the snow to get eggs.

Bride of the Water God [volume 1 & 2] by Mi-Kyung YunThe story starts off with the sacrifice of a beautiful young woman, Soah, to the god of water, Habaek (who is rumoured to be a monster), in hopes that he will end the terrible drought that is plaguing the village.  Soah is thrown into a river in her wedding finery only to wake up on the shores of Suguk where she finds that she was accepted as a bride… but Habaek isn’t exactly a monster (His attitude is very cranky godlike though), he looks to be about 10 years old?  During the day anyway.  During the night he becomes an adult version of himself and for some reason (accident/not thinking/whatever) he keeps this a secret from Soah and calls himself Mui.The series has some of the most beautiful artwork but I feel that I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop in the romantic angst twist.  Soah was foretold as a child that she had two red strings connected to her, so she would have two loves throughout her life.  I’m just praying at the moment that this is only referring to the two different aspects of Habaek/Mui, rather then bringing in a third person and having a love triangle on top of the tragic past Mui already has and the apparent conniving of Mura.I have trouble with: Remembering everyone’s name at the moment.  I don’t read a lot of korean manhwa, or watch a lot of korean television, or even really listen to a lot of kpop, so I have not really picked up on pronounciation and a lot of times the letters of a persons name just jumble together before my eyes.  In just writing this up I spelt Habaek’s name three different ways and Soah’s complete back to front before I caught on.

Bride of the Water God [volume 1 & 2] by Mi-Kyung Yun

The story starts off with the sacrifice of a beautiful young woman, Soah, to the god of water, Habaek (who is rumoured to be a monster), in hopes that he will end the terrible drought that is plaguing the village.  Soah is thrown into a river in her wedding finery only to wake up on the shores of Suguk where she finds that she was accepted as a bride… but Habaek isn’t exactly a monster (His attitude is very cranky godlike though), he looks to be about 10 years old?  During the day anyway.  During the night he becomes an adult version of himself and for some reason (accident/not thinking/whatever) he keeps this a secret from Soah and calls himself Mui.

The series has some of the most beautiful artwork but I feel that I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop in the romantic angst twist.  Soah was foretold as a child that she had two red strings connected to her, so she would have two loves throughout her life.  I’m just praying at the moment that this is only referring to the two different aspects of Habaek/Mui, rather then bringing in a third person and having a love triangle on top of the tragic past Mui already has and the apparent conniving of Mura.

I have trouble with: Remembering everyone’s name at the moment.  I don’t read a lot of korean manhwa, or watch a lot of korean television, or even really listen to a lot of kpop, so I have not really picked up on pronounciation and a lot of times the letters of a persons name just jumble together before my eyes.  In just writing this up I spelt Habaek’s name three different ways and Soah’s complete back to front before I caught on.

Rilla of Ingleside by L M Montgomery
Book eight of the Anne saga, and pretty much the last one.  There are a few ‘chronicles of…’ and books of short stories that are available, but I’m not too fussed to go out and get them right at this moment.This book gives us the first world war and its impact upon the Inglesiders.  The prophecies placed in previous books come true and I had quite a few teary moments.The majority of the plot focuses on Rilla, the youngest of Anne’s children, who is now fifteen and is living rather happily aimless.  Her elder siblings have all gone through higher education and have futures planned, but she doesn’t want that for herself.  The war, and the added surprise of her fostering an orphaned child, makes her mature fast and I’m glad to see that her choice of not continuing her education is not derided, just as much as the others who chose to continue their education is lauded.  
Still get the silly giggles over: How Rilla expresses her dislike of the name ‘Marilla’ and mentions how she wishes people called her by her real first name, ‘Bertha’.  It’s a terrible stereotype, but I can not see Rilla as a Bertha at all.

Rilla of Ingleside by L M Montgomery

Book eight of the Anne saga, and pretty much the last one.  There are a few ‘chronicles of…’ and books of short stories that are available, but I’m not too fussed to go out and get them right at this moment.

This book gives us the first world war and its impact upon the Inglesiders.  The prophecies placed in previous books come true and I had quite a few teary moments.

The majority of the plot focuses on Rilla, the youngest of Anne’s children, who is now fifteen and is living rather happily aimless.  Her elder siblings have all gone through higher education and have futures planned, but she doesn’t want that for herself.  The war, and the added surprise of her fostering an orphaned child, makes her mature fast and I’m glad to see that her choice of not continuing her education is not derided, just as much as the others who chose to continue their education is lauded.  

Still get the silly giggles over: How Rilla expresses her dislike of the name ‘Marilla’ and mentions how she wishes people called her by her real first name, ‘Bertha’.  It’s a terrible stereotype, but I can not see Rilla as a Bertha at all.