Saturday, July 02, 2016

BLOG TOUR: GUEST POST - THE WITCH'S KISS by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr

Hello Everyone Hope you are all having a great weekend. Today I'm very excited to be part of The Witch's Kiss blog tour hosted by HarperCollins. I am currently reading the book and absolutely loving it, what I love so far is that it's set in present day. Anyway's I'm digressing Katherine and Elizabeth are here with their top 5 witches it literature and if you don't know or haven't heard of this book here is a little more about the novel. 

The Witch's Kiss (The Witch's Kiss #1)
by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr
Release Date - June 30th 2016
Publisher - HarperCollins
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Sixteeen-year-old Meredith is fed-up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school – not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she’s stressed. Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries-old curse. Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love’s kiss save the day?
Our Top 5 Witches in Literature

Well, this is a difficult one. There are so many awesome witches (good and bad) in fiction to choose from. But we’ve had a go….

1. Granny Weatherwax from The Disc World Series, by Terry Pratchett

‘Her expression wasn’t perhaps as vicious as thumbscrews, but it did suggest thumbscrews were a real possibility.’
            It’s very hard not to love Granny Weatherwax. She’s undoubtedly powerful (she never loses a fight), but not in a flashy, Maleficent kind of way. Yes, she dresses in black (cos it’s respectable’) and will fly a broomstick if she absolutely has to, but she’s not really one for wands or cauldrons. Or even, for that matter, spells. Instead, Granny’s particular brand of magic very much comes from the heart and, more often than not, from the head. Frequently, it involves out-thinking or just plain out-manoeuvring her opponents by any means possible (bluffing, tricking and lots of insinuating that very bad things may be just about to happen). Although she’s a ‘good’ witch, with a strong sense of morality, a lot of her power over others stems from the mean-old-lady persona she cultivates. She has a withering stare that could melt the sun, and she’s not afraid to use it.

2. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, by J K Rowling.

“Are you sure that’s a real spell?” said the girl. “Well, it’s not very good, is it?’
            Hermione is a very modern, teenage witch, as well as something of a feminist icon. She’s confident, ambitious and unapologetically smart. Sure, she’s a know-it-all. But let’s face it, usually she does know it all (particularly in comparison with the oh-so-clueless Ron, and often even Harry). Hermione works hard to excel at witchcraft and excel she does. And she never dumbs herself down in order to fit in with anyone, or to appease the men (or boys) in her life. Harry’s the ‘chosen one’, who ultimately defeats Voldemort, but Hermione’s the one with all the sass. Without her, we very much doubt Harry would have made it out of his first year at Hogwarts in one piece. We’re absolutely sure Ron wouldn’t have.

3. Bellatrix Lestrange, also from Harry Potter

‘Neville Longbottom is it? How’s your mum and dad?’
            Like Lord Byron, Bellatrix is ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know.’ A pure-blood witch, former Death Eater and fanatical follower of Voldemort, she out-performs the Wicked Witch of the West on the wicked scale 10-1.  Vicious, sadistic and quite obviously unhinged, she merrily tortures and kills her way through the Harry Potter series. We have a couple of really nasty magical types in The Witch’s Kiss, and Bellatrix very much appeals to our darker side as writers. She literally puts the dark into ‘Dark Arts’.

4. Mildred Hubble from The Worst Witch, by Jill Murphy

The cat is supposed to be on the broomstick, Mildred,’ said Miss Hardbroom wearily.
            If we were to choose who to emulate, we’d like to be Hermione. We both suspect we’d be more like Mildred. But that’s okay. Mildred is not quite as proficient a witch as Hermione; she actually screws up a lot. But she’s young and vulnerable, and readers can identify with that. She also has an incredibly big heart, and, one way or another, she eventually manages to achieve her goal.

5. Meg from Meg and Mog, by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pieńkowski

‘She got out of bed to dress for the spell party.’
            When we were growing up we adored the Meg and Mog series. Meg is the archetypal witch. She’s got a black hat, black boots, black cat, broomstick and a cauldron. What’s not to love?

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a great weekend. Be sure to pick this book up on your travels to bookshops and/or libraries or I will put a spell on you!! Haha.

Happy Reading


Friday, June 24, 2016

An Update - What's been happening to me?!

Hello Everyone it's been a while or at least it feels like it to me. I mean my posts have been here there and everywhere, there's no consistency to my blogging life at the moment which sucks for me as I do enjoy it! Some days I can't be bothered to write and review and others I just want to write a short review as I really don't want to do such a long one. Then I question myself because I never get to say everything I want to in a short one. You can tell I'm babbling here, but you know what I mean right!?
I'm still reading, I'm a little slower than usual and I think I reading what I fancy at the mo too. A lot of my posts these day's on my blog is for blog tours, which although I love doing I find that is all I seem to be doing these day and I need to break that habit. I've just finished reading Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall which is about mental health, OCD and agoraphobia and I am absolutely loved it. Lately, the likes of Holly Bourne, Louise Gornall, Caitlin Moran they seem to be the books I'm enjoying at the mo a lot. I think for me it's interesting to see how a minds working and how they differ from every individual. 

When I haven't been reading I've been swamped with work which is getting even worse by the day these days and just taking all the enthusiasm I once had for the job. I'm also starting a new qualification soon which will take some of my time too. But aside from the boring work and study, I have been on holiday too for a whole week and it's been a long time coming for it. It's just a shame it's all over now. I had the best week in terms of weather and I did get burnt too. Uh oh. Plus I suffered from prickly heat which was horrible. No tan for me. Haha.

What I'm watching...

So I guess I've been binge watching a load of series I love! Especially some Big Bang Theory which I need to catch up on - I stopped at Season 6 can you believe that!!! And I sort of have Netflix now which also eats up my time too. Enjoying so witches as well, the classic ones which are the Charmed ones! And of course Game of Thrones and Penny Dreadful!

What I'll be reading next:

I recently just got Love Song from my work and this is the first by Sophia Bennett book that I've read so I'm hoping it's a goodin'. Plus you need a good summer read with the terrible England are having - I mean floods, we've just had the first day of summer - typical. Anyways, my next current read if What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick, I hoping this is going to be slightly better than the first book! *fingers-crossed* The Witch's Kiss is for a blog tour that I can't wait to read and finally book and the best book by all has to be Holly's latest book which I seriously can't wait for. Lottie has been such a character from the first two books and I can't wait to get to know her.  

I will be back next week with a review of Under the Rose-Tainted Skies. Until then have a great weekend and happy reading. 


Friday, June 17, 2016


Buffy: The High School Years - Geeks and Freaks
by Faith Erin Hicks, Yishan Li and Joss Whedon
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Release Date - Out now!
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Moving to a new school and making new friends will create enough anxiety for any teenage girl. But when you're Buffy Summers, a vampire slayer--the Chosen One (with all that entails)--building a new life can be overwhelming. A group of nerdy vampires, shunned by their cooler brethren, decide to climb the vampire social ladder by taking out the Slayer. They play on Buffy's insecurities, wearing her down until she is full-on distracted by the mental warfare. But in addition to her Watcher, Giles, this Slayer has a couple of new friends, Willow and Xander, to cheer her on . . . except, of course, when they're not getting along.

Award-winning author Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl) brings the angst, the action, and the cool to Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

 My Review

This is my first ever graphic novel review and I think it will be a rare occurrence too. I do actually read quite a few comics in between reading, it just gives me a different perspective to what I love I requested this on Edelweiss never thinking in a million years I would get approved and I did! For the best ever graphic novel too.  I mean Buffy that's pretty awesome and I was beyond excited. I am a HUGE Buffy Fan, I was a late bloomer to the show but it got me into vampires and dark romance before Twilight did. Team Angel all the way people!!! Anyways when I saw that they were doing a brand new graphic novel series of Buffy, I was ecstatic and couldn't wait to read it.

After the series ended it continued in graphic novels and I never really continued them because by the time I finished the series they were already at Season 9! So I was so pleased that they were starting from the beginning- but the highlight of her high school years. It's great to have the Sunnydale gang back together and even more so with young Willow, Xander and even evil Cordelia too. It wouldn't be the same without her.

Now to the technical parts of the review... I'm not really sure how to review a graphic novel so I will go with what matters.

Artistic elements - I have to say that I love how they still continue the legend that is Buffy in her shape and form. From what I've read of the other seasons they still continue to use the same style of graphics to really convey her bad-assness as well as really continuing the love for the hit TV series that still lives on in people like me and you. 

Storyline - What I loved about this graphic novel in particular it went back to the beginning but not the actually start of how she became the vampire slayer, more the early tales of her job. We still yet to meet Angel which for me will be highlight to relive the seasons that I absolutely adored. Seeing the days of Sunnydale alive again, it just reminded me of the best of my teen years when I first started watching it.

Characters - The last but no mean least the characters...Willow and Xander and even mean Cordelia. It was really great to see them in their glory. Though I have to say I think Willow has a little more style than her full out dorkiness that Cordelia used to always be mean about. Xander being the failing to be funny type but still making it you laugh in spite of it. Oh and the evil vampires trying to live and be the big badass was very funny too.

Overall I absolutely adored rekindling my love for the Buffyverse and all things vampires. It makes me want to get my box set out all over again. I look forward to the next in the series. 

Rating - 5
*These pages could be subject to change in the final copy.*
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