MEET CAROLYN – Owner, Editor-in-Chief, Reviewer
I created Book Chick City in 2009 because I wanted a place I could share my thoughts on the books I read. Since then BCC has grown significantly and I now have a team of six lovely reviewers. We review urban fantasy and romance (all sub-genres) and I take the upmost pride in maintaining the honesty and integrity of our reviews, which readers have come to expect.
As well as a love of reading, I’m also an animal lover, a Brit chick, and have a serious addiction to books, zombies, chocolate, shopping, and speciality teas (a recent development). I read quite a bit of zombie fiction (I love the petrifying flesh munchers), adore urban fantasy (but must contain a kick-arse heroine) and love snuggling down with a romance, whether it be paranormal, contemporary, erotic, m/m or historical (whatever the sub-genre, a sexy, swoon-worthy hero is mandatory).
Outside of books I love to hike in the mountains and walk long distances, especially in the beautiful Lake District and along the Cornish Coast, preferably with a hot pasty or ice-cream in hand (depends on weather as to which). I also enjoy cycling, my elliptical trainer and, masochistically, being worked out to an inch of my life by my personal trainer (it’s a love/hate relationship).
I live in my little corner of the world with my lovely hubby and our beautiful fluff ball, Bumble – who’s the apple of my eye and spoilt rotten. I love watching movies: rom-coms, horror and big blockbuster disaster flicks are my favourites. I’m also addiction to American TV shows such as The Walking Dead (obviously), The Following, Dexter and Grey’s Anatomy.
Favourite Authors: Stacia Kane, Nalini Singh, Patricia Briggs, Abigail Roux, Cecelia Ahern
Favourite Genres: Urban Fantasy, Zombie Lit, Paranormal, Contemporary and M/M Romance
Favourite Series: Downside Ghosts (Stacia Kane) Guild Hunter (Nalini Singh), Cut & Run (Abigail Roux), Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead)
Favourite Hero: Raphael (Guild Hunter), Ty (Cut & Run), Dmitri (Vampire Academy), Terrible (Downside Ghosts)
Favourite Heroine: Eleni (Guild Hunter), Sookie (Sookie Stackhouse), Chess (Downside Ghosts), Anita Blake (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)
Favourite Reading Snack: Fruit gums, chocolate, blueberries
MEET LAURA – Managing Editor, Reviewer
I joined Book Chick City in Spring 2010 and as you might expect, I LOVE books, and have done since I was a girl. If I had to choose between books, film and TV, books would win every time! I love to escape into new worlds. My book tastes vary, but I’m a huge supernatural, horror and urban fantasy fan and can’t resist a good love story. I love romances as long as they have a meaty storyline to go with them. Paranormal is my favourite, but I’m also a sucker for a time travel romance and a sexy cowboy or highlander.
I live in Berkshire in the UK, with my bike and barbecue obsessed husband, and in October 2011 I became a mummy. Outside of books, I’m a classically trained singer and work in fashion marketing. I also have a bit of a handbag addiction, I can’t help it, I need them, I really do
Favourite Authors: Karen M Moning, Catherine Anderson, Kelley Armstrong, Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs
Favourite Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary and Historical Romance
Favourite Series: Night Huntress (Jeaniene Frost), Mercy Thompson (Patricia Briggs), Kate Daniels (Ilona Andrews), Fever & Highlander (Karen M Moning), Black Dagger Brotherhood (J.R. Ward)
Favourite Hero: Barrons (Fever), Eric (Sookie Stackhouse), John Matthew (Black Dagger Brotherhood), Acheron (Dark-Hunter), Curran (Kate Daniels)
Favourite Heroine: Elena Michaels (Women of the Otherworld), Cat (Night Huntress), Anita Blake (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter), Mercy Thompson (Mercy Thompson)
Favourite Reading Snack: Hmmm chocolate, yes chocolate, and well, chocolate
MEET REBECCA – Copy Editor, Reviewer
What to say about myself… Well, I joined Book Chick City in March 2012 and I’m a university student, currently studying English at the University. My degree is full of Shakespeare and other classic writers, so it’s good to delve into fantasy in my free time!
When not at university my time is spent working at my local shop, but the majority of my time is taken up with reading. I also love shopping and watching new movies, I have a particular love for action and horror (particularly those based on comic books!) I love anything Japanese-inspired and have a large collection of manga (Japanese comics) that fill up a lot of bookshelf space! Somehow I also find time for video games. However, books take precedent over my possessions, and my shelves are overflowing with piles upon piles of books, and I hope to keep it that way for a long time to come!
Favourite Authors: J.K. Rowling, Anne Rice, Richelle Mead, Kendare Blake, Leigh Bardugo
Favourite Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Favourite Series: Parasol Protectorate (Gail Carriger)
Favourite Hero: Cas Lowood (Anna Dressed in Blood)
Favourite Heroine: Claire Danvers (Morganville Vampires)
Favourite Reading Snack: Cup of vanilla coffee and chocolate biscuits
MEET BOBBY – Features Editor, Reviewer
Hi, my name is Bobby, and I have a problem – I can’t stop buying books! I joined Book Chick City in January 2013 as Feature Editor. I will give pretty much anything a go reading wise – although I do have a fondness for paranormal and historical romance, urban fantasy and historical biographies. My music, film and T.V tastes are as diverse as my literary preferences – I love anything that lets me escape from real life into a different world for a couple of hours.
I recently graduated from University with a BA in English with the aim of a career in publishing. My fiancé is in the army which means he’s away a lot: on the plus side I have a lot of reading time. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends, visiting museums, walking and writing – I would include reading but with the amount of attention I focus on it, it could almost be a job (oh, if only!).
Favourite Authors: Kresley Cole, Stacia Kane, Sarah Maclean, Kelley Armstrong
Favourite Genres: Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, YA
Favourite Series: Immortals After Dark (Kresley Cole), Downside Ghosts (Stacia Kane), Night Huntress (Jeaniene Frost), Rule of Scoundrels (Sarah Maclean), Women of the Otherworld (Kelley Armstrong)
Favourite Heroe: Bones (Night Huntress) , Terrible (Downside Ghosts), Barrons (Fever), Zsadist (BDB)
Favourite Heroine: Mackayla Lane (Fever), Cat Crawfield (Night Huntress), Chess Putnam (Downside Ghosts), Kate Daniels
Favourite Reading Snack: Doritos, Fruit Pastilles, Grapes, Pepper slices, Cereal
MEET GEMMA – Interview Coordinator, Reviewer
What can I say about me? I joined Book Chick City in 2012 after being a long-time fan of the site. My earliest memory of books has to be the fairy stories my mum used to read to me. That was the beginning of my obsession for everything fantasy related, though now my tastes are a bit darker. Reading takes me away from the hum drum of my normal nine to five job and allows me to step into fantastical worlds. There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book. Think of me as a cross between Roald Dahls’ Matilida and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I also read comics, some of my current subscriptions are American Vampire, Catwoman, Batgirl, Batwoman and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Apart from reading I am a self confessed sci-fi/fantasy geek and love watching shows like The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, Grimm, True Blood and Game of Thrones. I’m also a bit of video game fan, and my current obsessions are Assassins Creed and Batman: Arkham City.
Favourite Authors: J. R. Ward, Kim Harrison, Eloisa James, Tiffany Reisz, Delilah S. Dawson, Karina Cooper
Favourite Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary and Erotic Romance
Favourite Series: The Original Sinners (Tiffany Reisz) Black Dagger Brotherhood (J. R. Ward), The Blud (Delilah S. Dawson), The Dresden Files (Jim Butcher), The Hollows (Kim Harrison)
Favourite Hero: Butch (Black Dagger Brotherhood), V (Black Dagger Brotherhood), Micajah Hawke (The St. Croix Chronicles), Criminey (The Blud), Atticus (The Iron Druid)
Favourite Heroine Rachel Morgan (The Hollows), Cherry St. Criox (The St Croix Chronicles), Xhex (Black Dagger Brotherhood)
Favourite Reading Snack: Malteasers, Galaxy Counters, Cadbury’s Giant Buttons
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