Friday, 17 April 2015

GIVEAWAY: The Love Shack by Jane Costello

As you may have seen from my previous posts I am a huge fan of Jane Costello's everything and as a result I thought I'd do a giveaway of her newest book, it releases on April 23rd and this is open until April 30th. 
Anyone is welcome to enter, but it'd be best if you're a  fan of chick-lit ;)
Shipping is international.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

About OTPs and BROtps

So common phrases seen when discussing books are OTP and BROtp; these stand for One True Pairing (this is often romantic) and Bro True Pairing (this is often used for friendships,but only the best ones!) and honestly the best relationships are both. In addition, you can "ship" to characters in a relationship without them being your OTP. A lot of people might use sismance for female friendships, but I just use BROtp for both genders.

I thought I'd share some of top favourites with my readers

For me, there is no prerequisite in a relationship for it be an OTP; if you've written your characters as meant to be and I agree that that is a logical conclusion and I love how their story was told: BOOM OTP!

If someone were to be mean and ask me my current top ten OTPs, they are (SPOILERS!) 

  1. Daisy Calloway and Ryke Meadows; Raisy (Hothouse Flower, Calloway Sisters#2 by Krista and Becca Ritchie)
  2. Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)
  3. Lily Calloway and Loren Hale; LiLo (Addicted Series, by Krista and Becca Ritchie)
  4. Rose Hathaway and Dimitri Belikov; Romitri (Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead)
  5. Anna Oliphant and Etienne St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins)
  6. James Adams and Kerry Chang (CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore)
  7. Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley; Romione (Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling)
  8. Remy and Dexter (This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen)
  9. Celaena Sardothien and Chaol Westfall (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas) 
  10. Rose Calloway and Connor Cobalt; Coballoway (Kiss the Sky, Calloway Sisters#1 by Krista and Becca Ritchie)

I actually slightly love BROtps more than my OTPs because they don't have to love each other but they've chosen to anyway and I absolutely love that, I'm a big fan of ride or die friendships.
Top ten BROtps

  1. Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir (Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  2. Loren Hale and Ryke Meadows (Addicted Series, Calloway Sisters by Krista and Becca Ritchie)
  3. Ryke Meadows and Lily Calloway (Addicted Series, Calloway Sisters by Krista and Becca Ritchie)
  4. Jase Garrett and Tim Mason (My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitpatrick)
  5. Rose Calloway, Lily Calloway and Daisy Calloway (Addicted Series, Calloway Sisters by Krista and Becca Ritchie)
  6. Celaena Sardothien and Rowan Whitethorn (Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas)
  7. The Golden Trio (Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling)
  8. Connor Cobalt and Loren Hale (Addicted Series, Calloway Sisters by Krista and Becca Ritchie)
  9. The Heroes of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan)
  10. The Mauraders *cries* -minus Peter- (Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling)
So those are my lists! Do we have any in common or are yours completely different? Let me know below.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Fuel The Fire Blog Tour - Calloway Sisters #3 + GIVEAWAY

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Protect your family. At all costs.
It’d take the impossible to hurt Connor Cobalt, even for a moment.
Protect your family. At all costs. 
At twenty-six, his narcissistic tendencies have made room for the people he loves.
Protect your family. At all costs.
And he loves Rose. But when his love is threatened, when his greatest dreams with her are compromised — what is the cost then? 
Protect your family. At all costs.
Love will guide his choices. 
For the first time in his life

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These are the songs that inspired us while writing Fuel the Fire. Some reminds us of the characters, but most we listened to as we were writing the books.


“Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” by Edith Piaf – Rose & Connor love French. They often talk to each other and have “secret” conversations in the language. Edith Piaf’s song captures the tone and feeling of Fuel the Fire. There’s this romantic whimsy to it. And the lyrics fit even better (translated into English): No, nothing of nothing / No, I regret nothing / Not the good things that have been done to me / Nor the bad things, it’s all the same to me.

“Fire Meets Gasoline” by Sia – It was really hard choosing a theme song for this book, so we ended up picking two. Rose Calloway always describes herself as a volcano. This song really captures Connor and Rose’s overall dynamic with each other.


“This Time I Won’t Forget” by Kongos – We wrote with this song for the second portion of the book. It has lots of Connor Cobalt feels in it :)

“When I Get My Hands on You” by The New Basement Tapes – this song has an old soul romance about it, and it reminds us of the connection between Connor & Rose. Though the song can be taken as a little “possessive”—there’s definitely equality in the Coballoway relationship.

“Don’t Shy from the Light” by Neulore –  this is a classic “my heart is breaking” song.

“Into Gold” by Matthew and the Atlas – “Into Gold” reminds us a little of Ryke Meadows (the singer’s vocals just as a Ryke vibe) but the mood fits Fuel the Fire in certain parts, especially Connor.

“Terrible Love” by The National  – there are a few lines in the book that fit the spirit of “Terrible Love” quite well and vice versa.

“Every Night” by Josef Salvat – This song is just sexy. And whenever we think of sexy Coballoway times, we think of “Every Night.”

“I’m Only Joking” by Kongos – When we wrote scenes where Connor was being a particular smartass, we’d switch on this Kongos song.

“Gold” by Chet Faker – A lot of the early scenes were written to this one. It reminds us of Connor Cobalt. Lyrics: You gotta know, I'm feeling love / Made of gold, I'll never love a / Another one, another you / It's gotta be love I said it

“Drown” by Marika Hackman – This is one of the songs that we wrote with Rose’s POV. We also love the tone and the lyrics. Lyrics: Oh I am bold / As brass posing as gold / You can shine me all you want / But I am hard as I am cold

“Common People” by Pulp – We switched “Common People” on when we needed to be in the head of a narcissist. Some of the end scenes of Fuel the Fire were written to this song.

“Runaway (U&I)” by Galantis – The party song of the book. Fun times. Check.

“Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” by AWOLNATION – Ryke Meadows, anyone? Yep. As soon as he showed up in a scene, we’d turn this up to full volume.

“Runaway”  by AURORA – This song has earthy and yet slightly sad undertones. Whenever Daisy entered the book, we’d put this song on. It reminds us of the youngest Calloway sister.

“Burn the Pages” by Sia – We listened to this one for some of the end scenes. The chorus is so Coballoway.

“Under Stars”  by AURORA – Perfect for any feisty Coballoway scene. It has a great beat to write to as well.

“Never Been in Love”  by Elliphant – Awesome beat and a perfect song for an uplifting/fun Fuel the Fire scene.

“Saturn” by Sleeping At Last – The lyrics don’t really fit with the book, so we only listened to the instrumental portion while writing.

**If you'd like to check out this playlist, it's here:

Thank you so much to Krista and Becca for including me in this tour! If I'm being honest Coballoway are my least favourite couple but it's a testament to Krista and Becca's writing that I'm super excited for it. I have to say, my favourite from this playlist is definitely Non, Je Ne Regrette Nien; both the song and the lyrics feel so Coballoway to me, from the French to the very message of not regretting anything: giving up Wharton? I hope you enjoy the rest of the tour you can see it here.

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Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love. 

They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Mind Games by Teri Terry OUT NOW

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Luna is a no-hoper with a secret: in a world of illusion, she can see what is real. But can she see the truth before it is too late? 

Luna has always been able to exist in virtual and real worlds at the same time, a secret she is warned to keep. She hides her ability by being a Refuser: excluded by choice from the virtual spheres others inhabit. But when she is singled out for testing, she can’t hide any longer. 
The safest thing to do would be to fail, to go back to a dead-end life, no future. But Luna is starting to hope for something better, and hope is a dangerous thing...
Review ahead!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead OUT TODAY!

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)        Amazon    Goodreads     Twitter 

The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here...

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

Review after the jump!

Saturday, 7 February 2015

All Fall Down by Ally Carter - NEW RELEASE FEB 5TH

All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)     Goodreads   Amazon    Twitter

This exciting new series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter focuses on Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she's come back to stay--in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)       Twitter   Goodreads  Facebook   Amazon

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and I've been given a mission:

The Tin Woodman's heart,

The Scarecrow's brain,

The Lion's courage,

And then—


Have you ever started a book that has the potential to be the best or the worst book ever so you just have to read it and see where it ends up?
This book was amazing, even when doing a partial retelling of a well known book, Danielle Paige is able to make the world distinctly hers. From goth munchkins to Perma-Smiles. Seriously, check this book out.

Dorothy has gone back to Oz and is no longer the sweet girl from the story. She's a dictator and quite possibly mad. It's actually so fun to read, she's obsessed with being in power and frankly terrifying. Whenever I think of Dorothy I have this small image of Judy Garland running around clueless, but this Dorothy is calculating and Amy has to outsmart her.

Amy is a great character to see this series from as it's all new to her but at the same time, like us, she has a vague-ish memory of how Oz should be according to the story Dorothy brought back. 

This book was so good that it took me a very long time to write a review as it's difficutlt to get the right level of explaining just how awesome it is, without giving away any plot points. So I'm just going to have to leave you with my opinion that it's definitely in the top 20 books I read in 2014.

Recommend to: everyone; it's a fun retelling of a well known story and can be read by all ages, I think it'd also be a really fun story to read with children

Rating: 4 Stars :D