Monday, 4 May 2015

{Review} A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

22839894Posted by Donna
Release Date: May 7th, 2015
Finished Date: January 27th, 2015
Publishers: Bloomsbury Children's
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
The breathtaking start to a seductive high-fantasy from New York Times bestselling author of Throne of Glass series.

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

The Review: Sarah J. Maas can simply do no wrong when it comes to writing fantastic fantasy stories because A Court of Thorns and Roses is a magical and deadly start to a brilliantly crafted new series. 

Feyre's job has been to look after her family and when the winter months come, her skills are pushed to the limits because she needs to provide for her family otherwise, it means they starve. So when she sees a wolf in the forest going after a deer - a deer that she needs, it's there that she knows she needs to kill the distracted wolf, but doing so comes at a price. For killing the wolf she must forfeit her life and live in a magical kingdom with faeries - and her captor in particular is hiding more than he says. Feyre has a role to play, one where she must help break an ancient curse otherwise the faeries will lose everything they have. But can Feyre come to love the person who has taken her away from all she loves? 

As soon as I heard about A Court of Thorns and Roses I knew I wanted to read it. A retelling of my favourite Disney fairy tale but written by Sarah J. Maas? Who would want to miss out on this masterpiece? I just knew it would be amazing and of course, Sarah delivered in every way. Even with the slow start to the story, I just knew it would all be worth it in the end and it was. It really was. Because if you like a good retelling with strong minded role models, with an awesome plot and a touch of magic, then this is for you. 

Prythian is a scary place. If you're a human, you really don't want to be there. So I honestly felt for Feyre because how do you ever find peace when you always have to be on your guard? Prythian is full of nasty and scary creatures popping up whenever they like and it's truly dangerous. Not just for Feyre but for Tamlin and his workers to. Tamlin is always telling Feyre to not wonder. Stay indoors. But Feyre is curious and like I said before, very strong minded that her curiosity gets the best of her and it leads to some dangerous but exciting scenes which added the right mix to the story. I loved that Feyre wasn't a push over. She sticks up for herself. She hardly ever breaks down - even though I know I would have many of times. I admire her for this. She's not weak in any way form and once she starts to build that connection to Tamlin and Lucien, in my eyes, she only becomes stronger. 

Her connection to Tamlin is a slow one. It's one that comes with many frustrating times but added to the suspense to the story. There relationship grows and really blossoms and by the end, it's hard not to sigh when these two are together. You can see they still have a tough journey ahead of them but I'm looking forward to reading more. 

In all, A Court of Thorns and Roses is definitely a read you'll want to read this year because Sarah J. Maas will drag you in with her beautiful well written story and will capture your full attention leaving you wanting more.

Thank you to Bloomsbury for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Saturday, 2 May 2015

{Review} Surrendering (Regent Vampire Lords #1) by K.L. Kreig

24329784Posted by Melanie
Release Date: November 14th, 2014
Finished Date: April 27th, 2015
Publishers: Self Published
Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: eBook
Pages: 350
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US 

“It’s best if we just keep this casual, Dev.”

To feisty, relationship phobic Kate Martin’s utter surprise, she isn’t automatically dismissed as a crackpot when she finally plucks up courage to walk into a police station, revealing what she’s seen in her dreams. But instead of making a simple statement and returning to her nice, quiet life, she finds herself the center of attention from both a psychotic vampire and the ‘investigative specialist’ who would die in order to protect her.

“You’re anything but casual, Kate. I want you and I always get what I want.”

Young women are disappearing across the country and Devon, Regent Vampire Lord of the Midwest, knows his centuries old archenemy has finally resurfaced. A break in his fruitless search is provided by the discovery of a woman who can not only see the missing in her dreams, but who ends up being his Moira, his Destiny. And she couldn’t have stepped into his world at a more inopportune time, for she is now the prime target for his nemesis.

Protecting her heart would prove to be her biggest challenge.

Devon may be the sexiest, most sinfully erotic man she’s ever met, and he stirs passion in her like no one else before, but he’s an entanglement Kate does not want or need. While it becomes impossible to deny their mutual desire, once the case is solved and the missing women are found, Kate fully intends to return to her boring life, alone.

At least that’s what she thinks.

The Review: Surrendering is the first book in the ‘Regent Vampire Lords’ series and the type of book that I love – paranormal romance.
We meet Kate Martin, a sassy lady who in the beginning has been betrayed in the worst way and see that she is now the type of woman who has put relationships to one side to better herself. She is a psychology lecturer with dreams of taking her qualifications all of the way. What we quickly find out is that she has strange dreams, dreams of girls being held captive and tortured but also of one mysterious man who makes her desire him like no one else.
When she realises that the girls in her dreams are going missing, she feels it’s her duty to tell the police what she knows. Thinking they will assume she is crazy, you can imagine her surprise when not only is she believed but an investigation specialist is brought in to interview her further…… and he just so happens to be her dream man.
Kate is about to have her world turned upside down by Devon Fallinsworth, Regent Vampire Lord of the Midwest. He is centuries old, all alpha and he enjoys all aspects of life including women, sex & blood. In the vampire world he is a leader and used to commanding any situation and the people in it. When girls start to go missing in his area, he suspects his arch enemy is back and up to his old tricks and hopefully this time, they will catch him and end him. When they get a lead from a detective on the case he is ready to begin the hunt but what he isn’t ready for is finding Kate Martin, the woman made just for him, his Moira, his soul mate and after centuries – his chance at love & family.
Now because of Kate’s history, she’s really cautious about this man but Dev goes all alpha on her, demanding she have protection etc. and when it becomes obvious that she is in danger….. she decides to let him protect her, they have chemistry, they are drawn to each other and she’s decide to live a little and have some casual sex…..but will Dev settle for that? What will happen when they find the killer? Will she be able to go back to her life and forget all about him?

So, I loved this book! It was very reminiscent of early Black Dagger brotherhood books (you know, when they were good) and that is such a good thing in my eyes. Vampires are a well-loved genre by me and I have been looking for some good ones for a while so this one is very much welcome. The story is one we’ve all read before – Vampire meets his soul mate – but I never get tired of those, I love Vampires, love romance, love soul mates and I love a good story so it’s a win all around.
Kate is a great character, she’s just a nice person living her life and somebody that could be a friend to anyone. What makes her interesting is the dreams she has, dreams that have plagued her since childhood and what brings her to the attention of Devon. When they meet we get to see another side to her, the no nonsense, take no crap, stubborn woman who will not be told what to do and it made me like her even more. I liked that she blindsided Devon, he wasn’t prepared to meet his soul mate on that day and was really affected by it, I thought their first meeting was funny, his thoughts and reactions to her seemed believable (in that world) and I imagine anyone would behave like that because it was the equivalent of being hit by a truck full of love/lust and sprinkled with caveman….. and I do love me some caveman ;) I thought they both challenged each other; Kate tried to be realistic about the situation whereas Devon just wanted her. I was glad they didn’t just jump in the sack and call it love, Dev attempted to take his time and woo her; soft moments here, little kisses there that built and built in heat so that there was no doubt we were all ready for the sexy times. It wasn’t all one sided either because Kate was just as lustful but what developed was natural, loving and something you could become invested in.
The storyline was told from multiple povs so we are always aware of what is going on – even in the enemy camp – and I do appreciate a well rounded story. I liked the premise for this about the young women going missing, murders and how it tied in to Devon’s past and also Kate past and present. The enemy seems very sinister and twisted, someone that you can believe is capable of such brutality so you know without a doubt what would happen if he got his hands on Kate, especially with her being Dev’s Moira. The secondary characters are also important here and are involved a lot in the story which makes me feel like their stories will unfold also. It’s hard to review the storyline because it would spoil a lot of it and it’s part of the experience of the book so I’m just going to leave you with this… it’s a great book with great characters and awesome series potential. It is filled with danger, centuries old enemies with a grudge, a lot of secrets on both sides of the fence and a nice big dose of romance that brings out the caveman in our H, the sassiness in our h but also the love & sexy times…… I definitely recommend this for any paranormal romance & vampire lovers, I know I am one and I loved it! 

Thank you to K.L Kreig for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Friday, 1 May 2015

{Review} City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta

25016477Posted by Melanie
Release Date: May 7th, 2015
Finished Date: April 25th, 2015
Publishers: Bloomsbury Spark
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: eARC
Pages: 336
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US

From the moment Alina touches London's hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in. 

Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love. 

This New Adult urban fantasy is packed with action and suspense and will have you yearning for more forbidden fae romance.

The Review: City of Fae was a unique read to me, set in a different version of London that has been populated by Fae.
In this London, Fae have been revealed to the world and are treat like stars. One such Fae is Sovereign or Reign to his ‘friends’, he is the hottest rock star around and people flock to him so when Alina finds him slumped over on a train platform – her reporting persona sees a story and her way back into her job that she was recently fired from. There are laws to be followed when dealing with Fae - Look, but don't touch. Touch, but don't feel. Feel, but never ever love. – and humans are meant to stick to these or risk ending up like drug addicts to the fae.
Little does Alina know but she is about to break those rules, sending everything she thought she knew into disarray. She comes to find that there is an uprising about to happen, the Fae she had rescued is a wanted man, she becomes a wanted woman from both the human & Fae laws and that’s not to mention the hidden underground Fae, the murders of important Fae….and the spiders….never forget the spiders. When it all comes down to Sovereign & Alina against an insane High Queen….who will win?
I really enjoyed this book and found that it was unique and quite refreshing for a book about Fae. I liked the setting and especially liked the idea of hidden tunnels underneath London that inhabit fae. It’s unusual to read a book where the Fae aren’t the ones in power and for all they are revered here, they hold no power and live like homeless people. The only real threat to humans they possess is the ability to bespell them and use them to feed on, making them addicted to the fae that is using them. There is a story behind how the Fae find themselves in their predicament but that doesn’t come until later.
I really liked the characters of Alina & Sovereign, we don’t know much about Alina to start with but we know that she is attracted to Reign. We also don’t know much about Reign to start with and it takes a while for his story to be revealed, I don’t know that I found it easy to trust him, he always seemed so aloof where Alina seemed quite genuine. Their identities are a major plot piece which definitely brought on some ‘huh?’ moments. I did enjoy the relationship they carved out for themselves, there was something about how they were drawn to each other that keeps the reader enthralled, waiting for them to get close and have a moment. Those moments really get your heart racing too as Reign layers on the charm and Alina thinks she is bespelled, what they share is hot! And I could just imagine Reign seducing her.
The storyline was full of action as our two MCs are hunted down by various people. Alina saves Reign, Reign save Alina & so on. There are some fabulous fight scenes throughout bringing loads of action to the plot that has Alina & Reign on the run for most of the story. There are some huge secrets that have to be revealed and some change the way you view the story (in a good way) as all of the threads are intricately wound together so that it creates an all action finale. The world created by the author and its characters were great, the pacing was fast, loads of action, plenty of romance and a nice dash of forbidden love – what more could you want? 

Thank you to Bloomsbury Spark for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Thursday, 30 April 2015

{Review} Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger.

23361244 Posted by Donna
Release Date: April 28th, 2013
Finished Date: April , 2015
Publishers: Scholastic
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: eARC
Pages: 405
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo

Kody Keplinger returns to the world of The DUFF in this brand-new companion novel!

Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend's house every night because she has nowhere else to go.

Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with -- secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.

Ryder's the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can't stand -- a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.

But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there's one small catch: he thinks he's been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she's the girl he's really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?

The Review: I love Kody Keplinger's books. The DUFF of course being my favourite. So when I heard about her writing a companion novel for The DUFF I simply couldn't wait. 

Sonny Ardmore lies - all the time. She lies to everyone around her because it makes her feel better about her life. Even everyone at schools knows she lies so whenever Sonny has a real problem, it's hard for anyone to believe if she's telling the truth or just crying wolf again. But when Sonny starts connecting with the new guy - Ryder, it's here that she tells one of the biggest lies of all. Sonny is actually pretending to be her best friend Amy - the one Ryder really likes, but as Sonny talks more to Ryder, she realises she likes him. But how can she get out of the mess she's put herself in? It's time Sonny realises that telling lies will get her no-where in life. 

Heading into Lying Out Loud I was so excited. I was expecting the same sort of emotional bust that The DUFF provided and here lies my problem, I definitely went into this book with far to many expectations and unfortunately, Lying Out Loud just didn't have the same feel. Mainly that's because I found the characters from The DUFF much more relatable. I hate comparing the two books but it's impossible not to.

If I'm honest, I didn't really like Sonny as a character. I felt she never helps herself by telling the lies and that she just puts herself in harder situations. I just wanted her to tell the truth. I understand she's a teenager and sometimes they have trouble explaining how they really feel but Sonny's life wasn't pretty, you'd think she'd do anything for a little bit of help. I actually enjoyed Amy Rush - Sonny's best friend and yes, she's Wesley Rush's sister - more than Sonny. But Amy was only a secondary character. I possibly think I may have enjoyed this story more if it was Amy's story rather than Sonny's.

The plot of the story was fun though. The banter between Sonny and Ryder was quirky and enjoyable - definitely my favourite part of the story. And although the ending was predictable it was still lovely to see a good ending to the story. 

In all, I may have had some issues with Lying Out Loud but this will not stop me seeking out more books (when she writes them) by Kody Keplinger. 

Thank you to Scholastic for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

{Feature} Waiting on Wednesday (#110)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Donna's WoW
Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1)
by Abbi Glines 
Release Date: August 25th 2015

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

Donna's thoughts: YES! YES! YES! A YA contemp from Abbi Glines? YES PLEASE!
Melanie's WoW
by Temple West
Release Date: May 12th 2015

First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?

Melanie's thoughts: This sounds fab and it's ages since I've read a good vampire book!

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

{Review} Hush Hush #1 by Anneliese Vandell

24922672Posted by Melanie
Release Date: February 10th, 2015
Finished Date: April 21st, 2015
Publishers: Self Published
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: eBook
Pages: Unknown
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US

Fifty Shades of Grey meets Revenge in this tantalizing new series about a young woman who’s willing to do anything in the name of vengeance.

Something terrible happened to April Morrison when she was eleven years old. When she returns home to New Orleans fourteen years later as “Sophia,” she has only one word on her mind: revenge. She’s got her eye on Charles and Barbara Hawthorne, the crowning jewel of New Orleans’ elite and the ones responsible for turning her life upside down. 

Enter Liam Hawthorne, the couple’s successful, strikingly handsome, and irresistibly dominant thirty-two year old son. When Liam makes a provocative proposal, it occurs to April that he may be just the “in” she needs. But what she doesn’t bargain for is Liam’s insatiable—and thrilling—sexual appetite. And as Liam begins to test April’s limits, she realizes that appearances are not what they seem. 

This book is intended for mature audiences.

The Review: Hush Hush was an intriguing read in which we meet ‘Sophia’ the alter ego of April Morrison as she returns to New Orleans to seek revenge on those who ruined her life fourteen years previous. She has a mental list of all of those involved and along with her cousin, she has come up with a cunning plan to infiltrate New Orleans elite and show the world what liars they really are.
After striking up a conversation with a brooding, handsome man at a gala – he propositions her and she turns him down……until she realises that he is Liam Hawthorne, New Orleans most eligible bachelor and son of the Charles & Barbara – her intended targets. Seeing this opportunity as an ‘in’ to their lives she quickly changes her mind about his proposal thinking she can seduce him into anything…… little does she know that Liam is a sexual dominant and wants to push her boundaries in every way.
I enjoyed this book although it did feel more of an ‘episode’ in those serial novels and I really don’t like those.
I thought the premise was good and it had me interested straight away, I was curious to know all about Sophia/April’s background and what had happened to upset her childhood. I wholeheartedly believed that Charles and Barbara Hawthorne had done her an injustice and really wanted to see what she had planned for them. I wasn’t sure whether I believed that Sophia could exact revenge upon anyone because she seems way too innocent a person and it didn’t fit her personality much but, she was being guided by someone in the know so I was willing to go along with it. Liam entered the scene more or less straight away and there is an instant connection, did I feel it? Hmmm.. a bit, but that was their first meeting – plus I’m not overly keen on the ‘let’s just get out of here and go for it’ lines. Anyway, I was glad she turned him down at first; it showed some innocence to her and also showed that she wasn’t dumb although at times she was too easily influenced by others.
Now the big thing that interested me about this was the revenge plot, I was in it for the romance too but I like a good story and this had all of the elements that I would love. Unfortunately that took more of a minor role to the romance and relationship development, not that there was a great deal of depth to the relationship but it was enjoyable to some extent. What irked me was that it was like he was trying too hard to be Christian Grey and Sophia was meant to be all innocent but immediately let him touch her intimately in public on their first date – it just didn’t sit with my opinion of her character, I know she needed an ‘in’ for her plan but it seemed that she gave up her integrity straight away. I liked his dominance over her, I liked how he asserted himself too and I liked most of her responses because it did create some very heated moments that had you wishing they would get it on but also hoping they didn’t to draw out the tension. I’m willing to see where it will lead, it’s early days yet so they could grow on me even more.
What I did get of the story was interesting and I liked the setup, I’m intrigued about the circumstances and those involved and yes I really want the truth of what went down but I also felt that Sophia/April had blinkers on at times and what about if she was doing all of this for nothing? We do see her get a little taste of revenge on someone and it was satisfying but quite childish but again, she does seem quite na├»ve. I liked that someone is there for her (it’s hard to not give things away so I think this review will be quite vague) and I thought they had a very natural relationship and is someone I could imagine her being friends with and maybe more? To be honest, this instalment is just the tip of the iceberg – it whet my palette and left me wanting more where hopefully I will get some answers and warm to the lovers a bit more, it was good though and definitely worth a read. 

3.5 Flowers!

Thank you to Anneliese Vandell for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, 27 April 2015

{Blog Tour} Finding Paris by Joy Preble

22864861Finding Paris 
by Joy Preble 
Release Date: February 10th, 2015
Publishers: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance 
Pages: 272
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo

An evocative and compelling story of two sisters who would do anything for each other--perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and Speak. Joy Preble's stirring new novel explores the lengths to which sisters go to protect each other, and the winding road that brings two strangers into each other's lives.

Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can't trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who's moved them all to Las Vegas. It's just the two of them: Paris, who's always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mind--going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love. But Leo isn't going anywhere right now, except driving around Vegas all night with her sister.

Until Paris ditches Leo at the Heartbreak Hotel Diner, where moments before they had been talking with physics student Max Sullivan. Outside, Leo finds a cryptic note from Paris--a clue. Is it some kind of game? Where is Paris, and why has she disappeared? When Leo reluctantly accepts Max's offer of help, the two find themselves following a string of clues through Vegas and beyond. But the search for the truth is not a straight line. And neither is the path to secrets Leo and Max hold inside.

Joy Preble
Joy Preble is a Texas girl who was born and raised in Chicago and a former high school teacher who now writes full time, which means she gets paid for making up stuff. She earned an English degree from Northwestern University and speaks and teaches widely on writing and literacy at libraries and schools, as well as SCBWI, NCTE, AWP, and other conferences.

Joy is the author of THE SWEET DEAD LIFE and its sequel, THE A WORD (May 2014), both from Soho Press. Kirkus hailed THE SWEET DEAD LIFE with "Hallelujah! A paranormal tale of angels…that breaks the mold."

She is also the author of the DREAMING ANASTASIA series (Sourcebooks) that combines paranormal romance with Russian folklore. DREAMING ANASTASIA was nominated for a Cybil Award in the Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy Category in 2009. It was named an ABC Best Book for Children, Teen Category in 2009, and was featured in Justine Magazine.

Joy also has a contemporary mystery/romance on the way: FINDING PARIS will be out April 21, 2015 from Balzer and Bray/Harper Collins. Another paranormal mystery/romance, IT WASN'T ALWAYS LIKE THIS, pitched as Tuck Everlasting meets Veronica Mars, arrives from Soho Press in Spring 2016.

In no particular order, Joy loves guacamole, pizza, banana bread, red wine, books, boots of all shapes and sizes, TV, movies, and crazy road trips so she can see the world. She is also fond her family and her dog, in case you were wondering.

TWITTER: @joypreble