Colossal (Issue #1)
Author: Lennox McCaskill
Publisher: self published, 2015
Genre: mystery, fantasy
Obtained: from author in exchange for an honest review
Summary: Detectives Wreings and Donnelly are assigned to investigate a fiery crime scene in which a body has been found. When they begin their examination, they make some very odd discoveries, eventually leading to the revelation that this was no ordinary crime.
Thoughts: There were so many things that I liked about this book. It started out as a police investigation mystery, but I soon found that this was not a typical mystery. As the story progressed, it almost had an X-Files feel to it. I found the story to be fresh, and new, and I liked how the author combined a mystery with the story of super humans. I also liked the author's writing style. It was organized, descriptive, and his characters were developed. The story was told at a good pace, and the writer held my attention throughout the book.
The only thing that may bother readers is that there were so many unanswered questions at the end of the book. This gave me an unsatisfied feeling, but did make me want to read the next book. It is the first book in the series and I'm sure at least some of the questions will be answered in the books that follow, but I know some readers do not like loose ends at the close of a book. So be aware- this is not a stand alone read. Although there is violence in this book (not more so than movies and video games), I would recommend it for young adults and up.
Tea: Organic Cold 911
Today I tried the Organic Cold 911 tea from Davids Tea. The ingredients of this caffeine free, herbal tea were peppermint, apple, juniper berries, and natural eucalyptus and orange flavouring. According to the Davids Tea website, this tea may help you feel better if you have a cold because it is "cooling and cleansing on the respiratory system". The leaves were a potpourri of tiny brown and green leaves, orange brown chunks, and dried berries. The leaves had a light mint and herbal scent. I put 1 1/2 teaspoons of tea into my tea ball and poured 8 ounces of water that had been boiled over the tea. I let this steep for 5 minutes. The yellow liquid had a peppermint / eucalyptus scent. The taste was of peppermint with a hint of fruit and eucalyptus. It had a slight sweetness to it. This was a soothing, comforting tea, not only to drink, but just to hold and take in the scent. I have a slight cold and this tea seemed to drain my sinuses and sooth my sore throat. I highly recommend this tea if you have a cold.