Can a tea enhance your reading experience? We like to think so. That’s why we’ve crafted this list of YA and tea combos.
About the tea: It is a fruity black tea with vanilla and caramel flavors, and a hint of lemony Bergamot.
About the book: A sizzling, paranormal romance set in the beautiful streets of Paris.
About the tea: “What gives our Sweet Tea that authentic home brewed taste? It’s no secret. We use real sugar, for a taste that’s the perfect complement to an afternoon barbecue.”
About the book: Ethan Wate is haunted by dreams of a girl he’s never met. When Lena Duchannes moves into his small southern town of Gatlin County, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her. And he is determined to uncover the strange connection between them, even if it means uncovering the one secret that could change everything.
3. Celestial Seasonings’ Wild Berry Zinger + Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Remember that scene when Perry teaches Aria how to tell if berries are poisonous? Yeah, well sip on this tea while you read that scene!
About the tea: A medley of berry flavors swirling inside a tart and tangy hibiscus tea.
About the book: In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable dystopian adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.
About the tea: Chinese mutan white tea buds, almond, coconut, vanilla, and a floral abundance of pink rosebuds and petals. A regal tea blend to celebrate that glorious occasion…
About the book: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
About the tea: A green tea blend, strongly reminiscent of red woodland berries and grand vanilla bouquet.
About the book: For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf–her wolf–is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be.
6. Yogi Tea’s Breath Deep + Breathe by Sarah Crossan
We were initially attracted to this tea because of the name but then we figured this is totally something Aline, Bea and Quinn would drink in world with limited oxygen.
About the tea: Traditionally used to support free breathing, we include Thyme and soothing, aromatic Eucalyptus. Warming spices Cinnamon, Cardamom and Ginger, combine with Licorice for a naturally spicy-sweet blend.
About the book: The world is dead. The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen–rich air.
About the tea: Three leaves are hand-rolled into pearls that slowly unfold the rich and smooth sweet floral flavor for an elegant delight.
About the book: As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
About the tea: A taste of Russia. Troika is a Russian word which describes a collection of three things. Here it is the subtle mixture of three fine citrus fruits: bergamot, orange, and mandarin.
About the book: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
9. Harney & Son’s Earl Grey + Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
There were a lot of books we could have chosen for an Earl Grey tea, but we ultimately went with this book because of the name, cover and well….this book deserves an Earl Grey tea.
About the tea: “This blend is perhaps the most famous tea in the world, it was inspired by the British Prime Minister, Earl Grey. There are as many different versions of this as there are tea companies. Our blend uses teas from India and China, blended with natural Oil of Bergamot.”
About the book: Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known.
About the tea: A tea blend which reflects the quality of tea that was served on the Titanic.
About the book: Claudia Gray delivers paranormal adventure, dark suspense, and alluring romance set against the opulent backdrop of the Titanic’s first—and last—voyage.
About the tea: Inspired by the sparkling city that never sleeps. A rich and malty blend of whole leaf black Assam and cocoa, it has a slightly sweet quality you’ll want to savor morning, noon, and—of course—all night.
About the book: Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”
About the tea: “Discover the rejuvenating benefits of our rare, premium cave-aged pu-erh. Our unrefined, medium-leafed, organic elixir yields a deep brown liquor with a light sherry bouquet and a smooth, earthy flavor that promises to soothe the soul.”
About the book: Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.
About the tea: Eros may be the Roman counterpart of Cupid, but we don’t think he’ll need to shoot any arrows to coax you into loving this terrific black tea scented with floral notes.
About the book: When Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear.
About the tea: This blooming tea is not only beautiful, it also brews the finest tea on the market today, dancing on the palate with floral notes and a light, sweet aftertaste.
About the book: They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.
15. Revolution Tea Foil Chest + Divergent by Veronica Roth
For this book, we decided a collection of assorted teas, one for each faction (including Factionless!), would be best. Plus, this tea brand is called Revolution so we knew it was a match made in YA heaven.
About the tea: Five servings each of English Breakfast, Tropical Green, Dragon Eye Oolong, Earl Grey Lavender, Honeybush Caramel and White Pear.
About the book: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
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