Friday, 22 May 2015

My Top Ten Recommended Books

The following books may make you cry, you have been warned. All links are to goodreads.com and there are links to multiple websites to buy them from there.

In no particular order:

1) Junk (Smack in the U.S) by Melvin Burgess
I read this book for the first time when I was 14 and I still vividly remember the exact feelings I had over the course of the book. This book follows Gemma and Tar after they run away from home and after becoming a part of the homeless "scene" we see them spiral into a heroin addiction. I remember when reading the beginning being angry at one of the characters as they are irresponsible and drag themselves and another person down the rabbit hole and it was honestly just so sad to read. I would recommend this absolutely everyone but definitely with an age warning, parents know their kids best so it's up to you.



Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)2) The Addicted Series by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Now I've made no attempts to hide my love of this series but I will absolutely repeat what makes this series resonate so deeply in my heart. The first book focuses on a sex addict and an alcoholic (I promise there are books here not about addiction). This series highlights serious issues and makes it a lot easier to be sympathetic about them whereas with the previous book I expressed anger at the path the characters have gone down, in this series I am able to see the growth of well written characters. We are introduced to characters with the biggest hearts who just happen to have addiction issues. We are introduced to characters that are willing to sacrifice everything for family and to watch those relationships evolve and grow across the series honestly feels like a blessing. (P.S I've never gone through a book without crying and I don't cry)




And by the Way… (Butterfly, #1)

3) And By The Way by Denise Deegan (The Butterfly Novels)
I read this book during the first time I lived alone and it was honestly exactly what I needed a character that felt as lost as I did even though, thankfully for me, our reasons were different. Reading Alex open herself up again after heartache was a great experience and to be able to continue to follow her journey whilst getting a look at the people around her means this series has a special place in my heart.





Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)  4) Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This book isn't heart wrenching like the others, it's just fun. I think books that can make you feel genuine happiness are just as important as books with a message. This is one of my favourite contemporary novels and for that it deserves a space on this spot. Anna is a delight to share a head space with. This book has the unique selling point of being set in France so it's a different environment than your average YA book, another fun part of this story is the main character has a real passion for something and that's fun to read about.





The Recruit (Cherub, #1)5) The Recruit by Robert Muchamore (CHERUB Series)
Okay so, this is a series that I try and read again at least once a year purely because it's still that good every time. The Recruit introduces us to James Choke; he's a spoilt brat and slightly chubby. This book takes us through the journey of spoilt James Choke right through to the beginnings of successful CHERUB agent James Adams. Throughout the series you get to watch James grow up into a wonderfully mature man and it's honestly just such a beautiful transformation, for you as a reader to see a character's weak points and then to watch the character acknowledge them and adjust them in their path to be their best person. It definitely does not hurt that James is a diehard Arsenal fan ;)
  Other characters to look out for are Lauren Adams, Kerry Chang and Kyle Newman. I think this is a set of books that can genuinely be read by any age group, partly because James ages anyway, but also because at no point does it come across as written "for" children which can be a problem sometimes as the writer is liable to dumb down the book too much.



Pride and Prejudice (Paperback) 6) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This is one of the few books where I saw an adaptation before having read the book. My mum is a fan of the BBC P&P and so when it came on when I was 7, I watched it with her and accidentally fell in love. I didn't read the book until 7 years later and I didn't appreciate just how much of a dick Darcy was (in the beginning) until another two years. This book is one of my favourites simply because it has stood the test of time. It's most recent faithful adaptation to the screen was 2005, and one of the more recent adaptations is in the form of a YouTube series that finished two years ago, 200 years after the book was first released. It is honestly a book that I would recommend to any of my friends and the fact that it has managed to stand the test of time is so inspiring.





We Were Liars7) We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I've read a few books by E. Lockhart, Ruby Oliver honestly felt like my best friend when I was younger so I mean no disrespect when I say I don't know what I was expecting from this book, but it was not this. Never in my life would I have been able to guess the plot but for the plot to then also be that painful and authentic has forever cemented this book in my mind and heart. I was genuinely in a different head space for  a good 24 hours after I read this book. I'd be trying to go about my day and I'd end up thinking about what happened, how to process it and honestly, what it meant for YA from now on. I've never read a book like it and I don't think I will again.





59840908) Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
This is a really good book about racism to read. In this series the Crosses are in charge whilst the Noughts are inferior and do a lot of manual labour jobs and are hired as nannies. The thing that makes this series even better is that Crosses are actually black, so it's a different perspective on racism than we're used to but it's so easy to see the parallels even to today's society of how an established system can be detrimental to progress for a very very long time. Noughts and Crosses focuses on the story of Sephy, a Cross, and Calum a Nought. It is definitely a book you should read when you're twelve. It is definitely not a book you should read when you're twelve. I think the ending haunted me for longer than I would like to admit but I will always be glad that I have read this book.




2397959) The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Okay, so I lied earlier, I've also seen this film adaptation before reading the book but can I say the book was worth the wait? A film adaptation can do absolutely everything and still be a lesser adaptation of the book. The Godfather had two movies span the timeline of this book and somehow, even with acting greats like Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, for me the book is still better. The book makes things that hurt in the movies hurt in a different way in the book. Another reason that this book is important to me is that my brother, the very definition of a reluctant reader, has read it and loved it. This book not only served as a talking point but is proof that everyone is a reader once they find a topic they love and for that, this book showcases the best of what a book can be.




Bridesmaids

10) Bridesmaids by Jane Costello
This is the ultimate Chick Lit book. It's full of lovely girl-y moments, it's a quick read and most importantly, it doesn't feel like you're reading a book. For me, it was so easy to feel like I was actually a part of the group, especially as I laughed out loud too many times to count! My worst moment was reading this on the train and honestly nearly dying because I couldn't laugh out loud but it was just so funny, I'm sure that if the people around me weren't so certain I hadn't eaten anything they would have attempted the Heimlich. 

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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FUEL THE FIRE PLAYLIST

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.

THE THEME SONGS

“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.

THE FTF SOUNDTRACK

“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.
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Friday, 6 March 2015

Mind Games by Teri Terry OUT NOW

Mind Games  Goodreads      Amazon
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


REVIEW AFTER THE JUMP!