Friday, 10 November 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Some Kind of Perfect by Krista & Becca Ritchie!

Greetingsss!
Hello, hi, morning, afternoon, evening *tips beanie your way* 

I would ask you how you are, but I have much to much to get through in a very small amount of time. 
Firstly, I finished this novel, this haven, this saviour in the early hours of this morning. Secondly, it has taken me MONTHS to read this book. Thirdly, I’m all kinds of emotions.

Falling in love was just the beginning 

The conclusion to the epic ten-book series about the unbreakable strength of family, friendship, and love. 
Lily & Lo are back one final time. Childhood best friends and soul mates.
Ryke & Daisy are back one final time. Wild risk-takers and flirty adventurers.
Connor & Rose are back one final time. Genius rivals and intellectual teammates. 
Ten years of laughter. Of heartache. And love.

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I don’t know where to begin. I wash shaking. Something lifted away from me, leaving me alone when I turned the last page (and I was reading the ebook form of this novel). 

Urgh. 
I really don’t want to do this review. Why? Because that means it’s over! It’s all over *ugly crying*

So my background with this series is that I stumbled on the first novel by accident a couple of years ago. It seemed taboo- an alcoholic and a sex addict, Heaven forbid! All I’ll say is this; I kick my self more times than once in pushing novel number one down my list for about two years. I mean, I’d have prevented many downfalls and dark bouts of darkness if I read this series. If I met Ryke, Daisy, Rose Connor, Lily and Lo then. 

I’ve got three words to say about this book, this series: It Saved Me. 
That is all. 

I can’t- it’s unfathomable how much a dreary day suddenly turned bright because I read a chapter (or twelve, who are we kidding) and rendezvoused with my little friends. They taught me how to create this armour to life’s many consequences. 
I will forever be thankful to Ms Becca & Krista Ritchie. 
Now all of the above, I intended to write at the end. But it was the elephant in the room..which we will revisit further down the page (stay with me!)

This novel. *wimper* Okay, I’m good. I can do it. 

Okay, let’s go in for it. So this novel was VERY long- 1000+ pages (at least on ebook). It took place over a couple of years which *insert critical Nylah* was slightly hard to keep up with. I mean, it was clear. The chapters were named according (e.g. 2025) but it was just a large span. It could just be me! I can’t keep up with single books that go cover a couple of years. It’s way too much. But Ms Ritchies did it great.
One more tiny flaw I wanna point out is that there were quotes every dozen or so chapters in which were direct quotes from a character on the reality show. This reality show, We Are Calloway- it wasn’t really mentioned. I mean, they said stuff like not showing it to their children but being filmed and doing segments for their show wasn’t described. 
Bonus: I wanted more Samantha and Greg and Poppy and Sam! 

Anyways! Onto the many, many greatnesses. 

The spicy scenes were oohh so hot! 🌶 I enjoy reading them. I love that all our couples have their own sexual style. 
There were plenty of new additions to the ever-growing, ever-lasting Calloway family. 
I loved the banter and the pivotial moments. Plot-wise, it wasn’t that climactic. Everything that was remotely bad got solved a couple of chapters later. Hey! I'm not complaining

I made a little something something for the characters (playlist. It's a playlist. I made a playlist)
Feel free to add to it :P

It was no longer a Lily and Lo tale. It wasn’t just their take on life; it was split SIX ways! It wasn’t at all hard to keep up with but it was challenging and brave for the Ritchie’s to do. 

Aside from simply enjoying the company of the characters, I really was proud of the character development. 
Christ we were so goddamn fragile. Look how far we've come. Look at us now
Cases in point:

  • Connor emoting!
  • Lily still being awkward af but no longer being ashamed of her addiction
  • Lo being fabulous as ever
  • Rose being icy as ever BUT loving and having children! Just over half a dozen, to be exact
  • Daisy being her self, her ever-glowing, flower-crown wearing self
  • Ryke being great as ever.
What I loved was the downfalls of the characters. Because it only improved the devlopment and showed how far they have come over the course of this decate of books. 

My review is all things positive, even if I'm not describing very well. Basically, I'm still trembling over the ending and haven't blogged in about three months because hiberation of sorts, haha

Oooh! That reminds me. The goodbyes. At the end.
So we got a Farewell each from Rose and Connor, respectively
A So Long from Daisy and Connor, respectively
& lastly, a Goodbye from the OGs, Lily and Lo (respectively)

Here's where I turn horrible. I wanted a couple to amicably break up! I mean, I had no couple in mind, I love them all but- it seemed too good to be true. Some would argue this is only a word of fiction, so I'll shut my trap now and move on to my favourite quotes.

Now for every book, I always leave a disclaimer; I might copy out the entire book as my favourite quote. Don't sue me, haha
  • His cheekbones cut sharp. ''That asshat is road kill''. It sounds less like a threat and more like a character description.
  • ..his cheekbones- yes those cheekbones that I will mention from here until eternity. You would too if you saw them
  • ''I'm going to strangle him'', I sneer. ''Then remove his eyeballs, roast them over a fire and shove them back in his mouth''. Loren cringes. ''And I thought my mind was a hellhole''
  • It fucking kills every part of me.
  • ''You don't need Connor or me to tell you which direction to move, but I'll always help you stand''.
  • Fire never extinguishes from her gaze
  • I try to empathize, but I'm empty
  • I wish I would hear the chatter insider her head
  • His face falls like I killed something he loves. It's a fucking expression that nearly makes me respond with, I'll go out and get some for you right now
  • It's killing me. I can't keep it in any fucking longer
  • It might be the easier thin, but it's not goddamn better
  • I am a fortress. I am a shark. No one will fuck with me
  • And then they lock eyes, and I swear the world slows for a second or two
  • The malicious bone in my body that attacked him, that screamed at him, that bit him until he bled- it's gone
  • I've always waited for people to open up to me. I don't like poking, but this...I have to poke at this
  • I would've pinched her ass, but timing, place, people- all of that
  • My face twists, pained, as pained as my lungs that crush together
  • I see pure resilience flash in her green eyes, stemmed from fights fought long before today.
  • When I look at him, I might as well be flying
  • I'm entrapped. My mind never wanders. Never diverges. I'm fixated.
  • ''Your real goal is to freeze our balls off'', Lo rebuts, teeth chattering. ''Secondary goal, and only for you, Loren''. Lo glares at the sky. ''I'm officially in hell''.
  • I sprint down the hotel hall with three paper bags labelled Ryke, Connor and Loren. Running through empty carpeted hallways with less urgency and more fun
  • ''You hear that, bro?'' Lo says. ''The love of your life married Sasquatch''. Ryke props himself on his elbows. ''How's that fucking eye feel?'' ''How's that face feel? Gotta hurt being you''. ''We're fucking related'', Ryke snaps
  • It's easier being numb, to have zero regrets, but I wouldn't trade what I feel now for feeling nothing
  • Rose leans over to the photographer. ''Are there any photos where Loren doesn't look like he's going to butcher everyone's family?'' ''Just yours!'' Lo shouts. 
  • I fasten the best glare I have, and it must do the job because he cracks under the pressure of Lily Investigator Hale
  • I swing my head to Connor. ''They put an e instead instead of an o at the end of your name again? I'll fuck-em up''
  • This is temporary. This feeling will go away soon. Just wait. The walls will dissolve. Just wait. The sun will rise again. Just wait
  • ''Then I'll go where you go''
  • ''I have this theory'', I yawn again, ''that yawning is really your body's way of exercising your jaw. It's basically shouting exercise time..'' I yawn
  • The moonlight illuminates the nook, almost like it could exist outside under the stars
  • His laughter became hers. His smile became hers
  • ''I revoke your congratulations'' ''What congratulations?'' He lets out a short laugh, and I realize I never congratulated him aloud. ''Christ, Rose, you have to lay off the demon blood. Drinking that shit makes you weird''.
  • I hear a bang. ''Christ''.''What happened?'' ''This wall came out of nowhere''. He walked into a wall. I smile
  • Garrison isn't into ship names like us, but we look past his flaws
  • ''Why?'' Anger laces my voice. I point my black-matte nail at him. ''Aren't you the one who tells her to scream off rooftops? To voice her opinions until she's blue in the face?''
  • My own mind is trying to vaccum itself
  • Ryke turns to us, and I whistle suggestively at his six-foot-three build and dark, dangerous eyes that say, I fucking see and fucking hear you, Calloway
  • If you told me at twenty- ten goddamn years ago- that I'd be here, today, giving a speech to my six year old's kindergarten class, I would've laughed at you. Then I would've reminded you that I'd never have a child and subject them to a life of pain and misery. To a life with me
  • It's all circular. Addiction. Shame
  • I have fifteen arrows in my heart, and I have to keep shooting more right in
  • ''I'd fucking do it again. You okay?''
  • His words burrow much deeper than right here and right now
  • I had no good father figure, nothing to emulate, but I knew what I never wanted to fucking be
  • I'd dig for fucking happiness and hand it to Sulli
  • It's 5:00am- and we're all together again
  • Lo please find me. He always finds me
  • How could you not know?!'' Ryke yells, mostly out of panic. ''This is your third kid''
  • I retreated in my head. It's what I'm good at, unfortunately
  • ''Darling'', Connor begins. ''Don't darling me'', Rose snaps
  • She's resolute, firm and unbending
  • I interject to steer this sinking ship to land
  • ''My time is yours'', I tell him, no hesitation
  • Without heels, I feel naked. I clear a lump in my throat, today's stressful events catching up with me
  • ''What if'', he says like the phrase has stalked him in the past
  • I can only take so much pain
  • In layman's terms, which you clearly need, bottle your fucking concern
  • ''Justine'', Daisy says, beating everyone to speak. ''We're doing the cookies at my sister's house. And you can go to hell''.
  • ''Are they naming her Hermione? I might die''. ''Don't die, love''
  • Then we're two undeserving individuals because I sure as hell don't deserve you, Lily Hale
  • ..not even after labour. Rose is made of something stronger than the rest of us
  • Connor begins to smile, eyes dancing to each and every one of us
  • ''The bag can go to hell. I'll take what's in it'', I hold out my hand
  • If icy looks could kill, I'd be bured
  • Every moment is wild, even the quiet ones
  • Winona will fart on fucking cue if you ask
  • My eyes burn like I'm meeting the sun
  • God, we're all fucking alove
  • He's much more than an alcoholic beverage and he knows it
  • His genuine smile begins to swell my heart
  • I think we finally deserve this
  • move. run
  • I'm upright. I'm standing. I'm alive
  • ''I'm also an asshole'', I whisper back with a half smile
  • Our lights guided us ahead
  • ''Choke a little harder, maybe your missing soul will come out
  • There's nowhere I'd rather be
  • And then we end- we end where we stearted
I want to say this is it. This is the end. But, as I was reminded in the acknowledgements, it isn't.

''And just know that these books will never go away. There's over 1 million words of Lily, Loren, Connor, Rose, Ryke and Daisy. That's more than a lifetime

This series saved my life and as I mentioned above, I put off reading it for this moment, for this feeling.
★ ★ ★ ★  5 stars!!
I'm definitely addicted tothis series!!

Long story short...
Would I read it again?
As long as this earth will keep me
Would I recommend it?
Yes and no. Yes, because it might save people but no because it's all mine. This is my world, they are my friends
Would I be caught wandering (and being saved by the book guy) in this world in my dreams? 
Ashamedly, by all of them


QUESTIONS: Have you already read this? Comment below!
Who else wants to desperately join the Calloway world?
What was your fave part from this series?
How many times are you gonna re-read this series?
☻ What's your fave novel, and ship from this series?

With that, I'm gonna give myself a few days then revisit a novel from this series

THANK YOU KRISTA AND BECCA FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND FOR CREATING THIS WORLD THAT I SEEK SOLACE IN
This novel really was some kind of perfect

Here are my links : (if ya interested)
I'm even giving you my email address 

BYEEEEEEEEEEEE

Friday, 4 August 2017

TV SHOW REVIEW: True Blood

Greetings! Happy Friday, in fact. 

Today I'm going to discuss with you the main reason for my absence: my binge-watching obsession with True Blood.

Now a little birdie might've told you that I have a binge-watching obsession with True Blood, however I like to think of it as scientific research- I'm watching this for you! To review #denial 

I feel like I need to point out: the current status of the show is 'legacy', as in there are no new episodes (it finished about five years ago, boo) but lives on.

So I wanted to see what all the fuss was about once I turned 18 (May. Yes, it's taken me three months to be three-quarters of the way through). True Blood was always, as made out my every Earthling I knew, this erotic vampire show that was so vulgar you couldn't watch it until you were either sexually active or eighteen. 
Banzai.

I'd watched a movie called What Maisie Knew and was exposed to the excellence of Alexander Skarsgard. My friend mentioned that the guy he plays in True Blood was the 'immortal opposite' of Lincoln (his character in What Maisie Knew).

I started season one with an open mind. I mean, I was still cynical, awry and perhaps even dismissive of vampires because of, well, TVD and Twilight and a bunch of books I've read. 
My first impressions were 'holy wackadoodle, 60 mins?!'
It was full of stereotypes, case in point:

  • Orphaned girl living with her gram-mama
  • Thick Louisiana accents and cultural stereotypes
  • Orphaned girl is a waitress
  • Womanizing brother
  • etc, etc, etc
One thing that could've improved would be the shitty storylines -_- #Sooric #theshipnameforJesusandLafayette
I guess what drew me to the show was that vamps had been living out of the coffin prior to the show and that it had hella humour. 
It was more funny! So funny. Yes, graphically sexual (HBO has a rep) but what isn't nowadays.
Yes, Eric is my fave but there's more to it than that! I feel like I've been glamoured to what this darn show religiously. It certainly is a guilty pleasure. 

Long story short, I'm currently on Season Five and have no intention to stop any time soon.

Also, I'm considering reading the books. What think you?

Friday, 23 June 2017

Where Have I Been? Hint: Addiction, Deadlines & Commitments

Hey guys!

So this is a particularly difficult post but I feel like I had to make it to explain my absence. 
The purpose of this post is to just aim to make sense of it all. 
Whilst I'm not going to directly address what actually went on, I'm sure you'll understand. 

These three words have cut through me over the last couple of months:
a d d i c t i o n
d e a d l i n e s 
c o m m i t m e n t s

I tried to resist my weaknesses but have accepted that they are molded inside of me. And that's fine. I wasn't strong enough to go thirty days sober; but I made it to 19. And that's something I applaud myself for everyday. 

That's where I've been. Trying to rid myself of something that's made up in my blood. 

There's just some things that can let go of you. I'm coming to terms with that. 

Now that that's out of the way, let's get down to business...

I made the intention to make more posts, not just of books but of lifestyle and beauty elements, too. 

I'm still going through with that. 
I'm still here. 

In fact, I'm going to aim to do two different posts, weekly. The aim is to always do one book post followed by a switch up of say, a makeup product, clothing, healthy eating post. Ya feel?

*I'm currently reading Bliss by Shay Mitchell

To quote Fall Out Boy...'If I can live through this, I can do anything'.

I'll see you very, very soon :)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

MOVIE-BOOK REVIEW: Fallen

If there's one thing you must know about me, as a bookworm, is that I love my angels.
Novels about guys who end up being fallen angels? My kinda mind party

Pshhttttt, read this first to find out what the frick happened to release dates

I managed to watch the Fallen movie!! Literally it ended like two minutes ago. And boy, oh boy!

Okay so a quick background is that the book is based off of novel series by Lauren Kate. The series revolves around this girl named Luce and she is in love with a fallen angel (Daniel). Thing is, she doesn't know. 
There's more.
As a curse for Daniel not picking angels or demons, his love will die every lifetime once they find each other (technically, once their lips meet). Harsh, right?

It's a brilliant idea and the author plays out the idea really well. Check out my review of the book here

So the Fallen was hyped up on Twitter and Tumblr for a good year and a half. I followed all blogs and Twitter pages religiously, paying close attention to our cast:

  • Addilyn Timlin plays Lucinda. Her Twitter is a dry hoot and I followed her prolly a year ago and she's so sarcastic it's beautiful! Whilst I knew that side of her and hoped they'd incorporate that into Luce, she really acts as Lucinda very naturally. Her soft spoken voice definitely helps. And that pout..
  • Jeremy Irvine is Daniel and OHMG HE IS PERFECT FOR DANIEL! *clears throat, composes self* HeisareallytalentedactorwhoactedtremedouslyasDanielGrigoriandI'vebeeninlovewiththisonesinceWarHorse
  • Harrison Gilbertson was a great Cam. Not my ideal image, but great nevertheless. And in spite of me initially doubting him thanks to the badly photoshopped promo shoot, he delivered *and oozed* Cam's bad boy charm.
Overall, the movie was adorable but at the same time heartwrenching. But it fulfilled my book-movie needs so I'm good

What about you? Did YOU enjoy it?
Sound off below

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Beautiful Chaos by Robert M. Drake

Hello! 
I hope life is treating you well and if not, then you've come to the right place ;) *teethy grin*
That sounded quite cheesy -_-

But let me tell you what isn't cheesy- the fact that I've started obsessing over poetry! Yes me, an almost-19 year old, British, broken and bookish gal has started obsessing over poems =)

Here's my review of Beautiful Chaos by Robert M Drake..maybe you know him as 'rm drake' on Instagram

Goodreads blurb
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This book employs the comparative method to understand societal collapses to which environmental problems contribute to the common youth and society as a whole. We all are broken and broken is its own kind of beautiful.


GENRE: Romance, Poetry
AUTHOR: Robert M Drake
SOURCE: Bought, paperback
PAGE NUMBER: 215

RELEASE DATE: 2013*

First off, I love LOVE the last line of the blurb. 'We all are broken and broken is its own kind of beautiful'. That's probably what convinced me to just spontaneously buy it from Amazon.
Truth be told, the cover itself is compelling enough to 'judge' its greatness. Ooh! And let me tell you about the texture! It has that..nice feel. I can't actually explain it :/ but it's a good feel.

So this adorable yellow book is capable of many things. It made me feel not so alone. It also inspired me to do a little writing of my own. 

I read this in one sitting, prolly an hour. And I've re-read it about four times since then. 
Whilst initially wary of annotating and marking it with my swanky new Post-It Index stickies, I've done exactly that for the purpose of this review :)

All in all, nothing bad and critical can be said of poetry books. I mean, they're the authors'. There's no wrong or right...right?

That said, rm drake is a talented someone. The poems in here are something special. Cases in point:


  • So hear me,  soon enough we will meet again old friend. I will carry your soul in my heart. The same heart you helped me build



Wednesday, 12 April 2017

RELEASE DAY LAUNCH: Just One Spark by Jami Wagner + EXCERPT

Hey-ho!! I hope you're having a lovely Wednesday- I am, my Forever 21 order just arrived 😝
Today I'm going to be revealing the details, synopsis and an excerpt from Jami Wanger's new novel, Just One Spark. (I can't remember if I already released the excerpt last month, so I'm revealing it again for you XD)
Guess what? It's released today. 
And? Well that should be enough, but...there's a GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!! Whoopeeee. 

I'm honestly so, so excited for this one!

But first- a few things to consider:..
  • It is a New Adult novel (sowwy younger readers). 18 years and over please. 
  • It's a short, sweet read. On my Kindle it says under 200 pages
  • This is can be read as a standalone (I'm reading this one, then I'm gonna rewind from chronological order). The other novels in the Black Alcove series are:
Just One Kiss

Just One Night
Amazon |Barnes and Noble iBooks | Smashwords | Kobo |Createspace             
Just One Touch
Just One Moment


Just One Spark Synopsis:
34524564All Beth Moyer wanted was a one-night stand, an evening to relax and cut loose before she went to work at her new grown-up job. Instead, all she got was a few minutes that left her mortified and another reason why you can never trust a man.
Maverick Mitchell is ready to prove he’s learned from his mistakes and move forward. But before it’s time to buckle down, one last fling won’t hurt. Or so he thought. On the first day of his new start, the feisty redhead he met over the weekend is the first person he sees.
An office romance isn’t the smartest idea. Sneaking around is an even worse one, but neither can deny the fire that has sparked between them. Considering Beth and Maverick are competing for the same position and only one will be offered the job, they can only hope that every choice they’ve made doesn’t end up in flames.

HOW AMAZING DOES THIS SOUND??? Also, how hot are the cover stars???

Okay, here's the excerpt, in case you need further roping in 


Luke’s head tilts as he shrugs and then nods. “So, alone or doubles?” he asks me.  
“Beth.” She looks up at me. “Want to join me?” 
“No thanks,” she says simply. 
“Scared?” 
“No.” 
“Then what is it?” 
“I just don’t want to get in the water.” 
“I can bribe you.” I grin and wink at her. 
She copies my grin, crosses her legs, and leans back against the cushion of her seat. “You don’t know me well enough to know what I could want that badly.” 
“You can take the lead in the radio presentation,” I offer. I’m aware at this point that everyone is watching. After my last comment, even the boat slows to a stop. 
Beth just stares at me, her lips puckering and her eyes narrowing. I’m as shocked as she is that I said that. Taking the lead is a sign of where you stand against your peers, so letting her do that will give her the upper hand. I’m no idiot; I know she would be thrilled to have the spot. 
“I get the left side,” she says, standing. The girls do the same so I can lift the seat and hand out our life jackets. 
“I have to get a picture of this.” Sky digs around in her bag until she had her phone in her hand. Everyone is busting around now to get the tube ready and in the water as we strap on our jackets and decide who gets to hold the flag and who keeps an eye on the rope. “Beth, where’s your phone?” 
“I left it at the apartment,” she says. In the same way everyone went silent a minute ago, they do it again. 
I’m still looking at everyone, confused as shit to what’s going on, when the jet skis pull up.  
“What’s everyone—why do you all look like that? What happened?” Logan asks. 
“Beth didn’t bring her phone,” Sara says. 
Logan’s brow peaks and that’s when I finally ask, “Is that a bad thing?” 
“No, it’s just, I could show you pictures and pictures of group gatherings and every single one would show Beth on her phone. So, the fact she forgot it …” 
Now everyone is looking at me. I’m about to turn to Beth for clarification when her red hair flashes out of the corner of my eye and the next thing I know, she’s shoving me over the side of the boat.  
The water is chilly when it hits my body, and as I swim up to the surface to catch my breath, I hear the tail end of a very firm “got it” from Beth. Then she jumps in right next to me.  
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Jami Wagner Bio:
JAMI WAGNER was born in Wyoming. Still living in the Cowboy State, Jami and her husband are currently writing their own love story with their yellow Lab.
Jami enjoys writing New Adult and published her debut novella,Date in the Dark, in 2015. Her first full-length novel, Just One Kiss, was published in October 2015 and is the first book in her Black Alcove series. The next three in the series, Just One Night,Just One Touch, and Just One Moment are available now.
Visit and connect with Jami at www.jami-wagner.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorJamiWagner, on Twitter at @Jami_Wagner, or on Instagram at @JAMIWAGNER_.

Links:
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28849701-just-one-spark

This is all I've got for you today- byeee!! Love you lots and stay beautiful and bookish! Xoxo

Here are my links : (if ya interested)
I'm even giving you my email address (why not? #GoBigOrGoHome)

Comment below telling me which novel in this series is your fave aaandddd why :)
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Huuuuggggeeee thanks and cuddles to InkSlingerPR and Nazarea Andrews for 
providing me with the material needed, and the fantastical honour of being a part of
this release day launch. Huge lucks and congrats
to the author, Jami for this series as a whole- you
deserve it, girl. Hugs all around! 💜🍵
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