Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow…

Well hello there!

A New Year brings changes for us all. New challenges, sadly, include fond farewells. Please indulge us for a moment…

When the collective known as The FicSisters was formed, we were all fic-lovers and (mostly 😉 ) experienced reviewers. We decided to offer what we liked as readers, filling a gap, as we saw it then. Knowing the site wouldn’t run forever, but even so, we chose not to set a time limit. Oh, the planning! They were giddy days.

Some chose to be purely back-room Sisters, others cheerleaders providing invaluable moral support, and a few of us were reviewers; focussing on chatting to the wider fandom to welcome guests into our fic-home. (With a quick shout-out to Mr FS, who built, helped maintain and guide in all things technical and legal! Thank you.) It was all for one, and one for all! No matter our contribution, we all put our hearts and souls into it. Although spread across continents we were united by Twific – admittedly, mostly Edward! *winks* 

We wanted the stories, authors, betas, pre-readers, banner makers and fic-fans to be the stars of our site. We intended to be faceless and nameless, giving the glory to the talent in the fandom– an all inclusive fic-utopia, if you will, maybe we achieved that. 

Boy, were we blown away with the kindness shown to us, and the overwhelming support the site received. We all recall the panic and hysteria of the occasions the site crashed through the unexpectedly high number of visitors! Again, we doff our caps to Mr FS for the long-term solution.  Seriously, thank you all. We never expected the numbers to keep rising. 

In December 2014, the reviewers amongst our crew all agreed to One More Year… at which point we would not only close the door to The International House of FanFic, but lock it shut. That time has now come. 

Lives change, people move on, families grow…a couple of us will remain firmly in the fandom, some on the periphery, many of us will still read fic. But The FicSisters, i.e. the collective that started out, simply no longer exists…and therefore it’s appropriate for the site to stand as it is; belonging to the readers, authors et al. It was never supposed to be about us, after all. 

And so, with fond memories and many, many thanks for your support, we’re giving out FicSister hugs and kissing you all farewell… for one last time, enjoy!

Livie

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It’s poignant that we review Olivia Evans’ latest book Brooklyn & Beale on our last post. We adore Livie and everything she writes, but we have to admit, Brooklyn & Beale is pretty special.

It is a different experience, reading a story where you know the author – her passions, her personality…and both of these shine through in Livie’s latest work. There is a whole lotta soul in this book – put there by an amazing author (and a gorgeous person).

We fell in love almost immediately with our heroine, Chloe. She’s talented, driven, funny and caring. Breaking out of the mould that her mother was trying to craft for her is hard, but she is doing it – and when she gets a call from her friend at recording studio, she doesn’t realize at the time just how much her world is about to change…

Reid Ryder is a full on rock star, and like most rock stars, he has a story to tell that isn’t all sunshine and roses. He’s lost his ability to write songs and is about to launch on a year long World Tour without the support of his girlfriend, Jess, who has to stay behind.

After their initial awkward first meeting, Reid and Chloe strike up a friendship that over time grows and becomes something it shouldn’t really be for either of them. After all, Reid is in a committed relationship – but you know what they say, the heart wants what it wants… Chloe knows falling for Reid will only break her heart. What happens when two soulmates meet, but one soul is already promised to someone else??

There are many things that Livie excels at, but at the top of the list is breaking our hearts and we still love her – that’s how special she is *winks*

The time we spent reading Brooklyn & Beale over the Christmas/New Year break was divine, and we can’t recommend the story enough. Love. Laughter. Loss. Soul. Passion. Heartbreak. More Love. It’s all here…

We love you, Liv!!

The FicSisters

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We want to just take a moment to share with you all the stories that have changed our lives.  Some of the best things we have ever read have been our beloved FanFics and here is just a selection of the ones that have changed us forever and a quick reason why we loved them so… in no particular order…

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This is the story we wish we could go back and read all over again without knowing anything about it.  It’s sad, poignant and so, so clever.  This is what real love is – and it is beautiful.

Summary: Edward finds himself back in the little beach town of his childhood when he inherits the local bar from his uncle. The elusive, pretty girl next door has killer legs, a sketchbook and secrets that are slowly eating her alive. Rated M ~ Angst/Romance ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

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We just have to list EP.  Although it is now published as Sempre, this FanFic will always hold dear in our hearts – the original and best mafiaward.  Between us, we have read this story many. many times and you can bet we will read it again!  An epic tale of star-crossed lovers – fate always meant for these two to be together. Gives us goosebumps just thinking about it.

Summary:  The tale of a Principe Della Mafia and his Bella Ragazza, two souls connected in a world full of chaos. Quella destinata per te, nessuno la prenderà. True Love Waits. Sempre.

Now published as Sempre by JM Darhower.

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What started out for many of us as an addictive, sweet, funny and fabulous story blossomed into PUCKED (AKA The Misapprehension of Violet Hall Regarding the Inferior Intellect of Hockey Players)… for the wider world. It’s hard to read the title without grinning, because having re-read it a gazillion times we know what a treat it is. Helena Hunting-or HunterHunting as she was when we first fell in love with her and her writing-has a gift that has to be shared. We’ll treasure her words forever.

Summary: With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn’t interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. When Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match.

PUCKED is available for purchase via amazon.com

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While we could easily, and perhaps predictably, name Deviant as our fave planetblue fic, it would be overlooking the beautiful gem that is Barefoot in Texas. It’s the fic that led us firmly down the path of love for a truly lovely and talented author. So, yeah…Barefoot in Texas is more than just a great read.

Summary: I watch her jumping, prancing, her hands empty but taking pictures. Her feet bare on the hot Texas earth. Everything in my life that was planned to a T just whirled away in a ruffled skirt. Rated: M ~ Romance ~ Edward/Bella ~ Complete
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We can’t talk about life changing fics without including the truly beautiful Branching Inward. LifeInTheSnow painted such vivid imagery while weaving a magical story. It’s indelibly printed on my heart.

Summary: He’s a brilliant, sensual, tactile artist with a huge personality and love for life…at least, he used to be. She’s a shrewd historian, content to observe from a distance…until now. At Newcoven College in Clearwater, OH, no secret is safe. Rated: M ~ Romance & Drama ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete FanFicButtonPlain

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Honestly, it is like choosing between your children when you talk about picking a PattyRose favourite. The one thing we adore about Patty’s stories is that her characters share that connection that we FicSisters look for – you know – the “I’ll love you forever and forever” one. The one we are chose (after some argy-bargy) is The Cullen Legacy. We all LOVE it. We all were there from chapter one and we had many the conversation about each update as it arrived. However, you can’t go wrong with any PattyRose story. Our other personal favourites include, If We Ever Meet Again, Indecent Proposal, This is Who I Am, Spin and Sway…gosh, we love them all. And Patty herself. We *really* love her.

Summary: Legacy – A gift; sometimes unknowingly bestowed. Bella met Edward in a London pub, never imagining where each would be 7 years later: he a Congressman fueled by ever-growing political ambition, she the woman with an explosive secret that can end all his dreams. But Bella might soon find that revenge isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and that Edward may harbor his own dark secrets. Rated M ~ Romance/Hurt/Comfort ~Bella/Edward ~ CompleteFanFicButtonPlain

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Stolen Secrets and Shattered Dreams is one of those stories that you never want to end. With a completely unique plot line, but still utilizing elements of our beloved canon, FoxxyJ takes us on an emotional rollercoaster ride. It’s a masterpiece.

Summary: A NYC barman views his mind reading as an isolating cancer, until he meets a lonely 28yr old trying to escape her sad reality. His life is full of harsh lessons. Hers an uphill battle, so she never complains when a beautiful boy pushes her away time and time again. Rated M ~ Hurt/Comfort/Drama ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

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Let us know if you know who made this…

One FicSister who will remain nameless is embarrassed to admit how many times she has read First & Ten.  For her, it is her happy place. Wonderful writing, loveable characters (really loveable if you are taking about Quarterbackward *sigh*). Throw in the funniest Emmett ever, crazy parents and some great football, and you have a brilliant story – we bow down to the brilliant Nolebucgrl for creating it for us!

Summary: Bella Swan is an aspiring sports writer and her first big assignment is to interview the league’s biggest, not to mention hottest, quarterback. Will Edward Cullen school her in the rules of the game or will she teach him a thing or two? Rated M ~ Romance/Humor ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

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There is so much to love about BellaScotia‘s Secrets and Lies.  The title is only three words, but those three words tell you so much – both Bella and Edward have secrets and have told lies, but when Bella has to come back to her hometown for her father, their painful past is dredged back up.  The thing to love most about these characters is that, yes, they are flawed, but they own their flaws and both Bella and Edward know that they have a chance for redemption and happiness.  It is one of the most fulfilling stories we have read, and we can’t recommend it enough.

Summary: Bella once told a lie. A lie that cost her everything she ever wanted. 10 years later she returns to her hometown to an ailing father, an angry best friend, and the man from whom she has kept a secret that threatens to unravel her existence. Rated M ~ Hurt/Comfort/Romance ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

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We can’t have a list like this and not have an ItzMegan73 story.  All her stories are brilliant and it was damn near impossible to choose just one, but we have gone with The Cannabean Betrothal as in one of our earlier posts the wonderful AwesomeSauce76 aka Amanda Black reviewed this story for us and she says it perfectly…

Have I mentioned how much I love ItzMegan73? Well, I do. She is one of my all-time go to authors and choosing only one fic of hers to rec is like choosing which of my dogs I love the most. They all hold a special place in my heart for different reasons. Amazingly, her fics are still posted online and even more amazing is the fact that they are just as wonderful to read today as the first time I found them years ago. Each one is completely different from the other in subject and structure, yet they all just feel like ItzMegan73. That is what I crave from a really good author: the way they make you feel.

That is why I finally settled on The Cannabean Betrothal. It has always been the one that makes me feel the most. I gave the fic another quick reread since it had been a while and I was a little fuzzy on some of the finer details, and just like stepping into those perfectly broken-into shoes, it just fit. Immediately I was sucked back into this incredible world that she created from thin air. The first thing I noticed before I was halfway through chapter one was that it was still there: the feeling.”

You can read Amanda’s full review here.

Summary: Edward has immersed himself in the Cannabean way to ward off the hurt of a life-changing experience; but an unexpected betrothal teaches him how little he knows about life.  Rated: M ~ Drama/Romance ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

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Ruth Clampett is one of our favourite ladies here at The International House of FanFic.  She is sweet, funny and one hell of a writer.  When we heard that our beloved Animate Me was to be published, we were over the moon for her.  This story has a special place in all our hearts and minds. If you haven’t read this story *gasp* you need to go and fall in love with the story just like we did!

Animate Me is available for purchase at amazon.com

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There is a reason that The Blessing and the Curse is the most favourited story on fan fiction.net.  Once read, never forgotten. It is a tried and true “classic” and this Edward is one of the most mesmerising (and if we are honest, a little scary) in FanFic. Hm, time for a re-read *pulls on big girl pants*…

Summary: By pretending she is falling for Edward, Bella is fulfilling Esme’s dying wish. But sexy, possessive Edward can read her mind. Will she ever get into his? Can Bella forget the pain of her teenage years, and can she resist his relentless seduction? Rated M ~ Angst/Romance ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

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It’s easy to recall every detail of this poignant story, partly because A Compendium of Thoughts is real, but also because of the way it’s told; how it unfolds. ItIsRaining wrote with such hope and love it still warms the heart, years after it first posted. Anyone who has read it will tell you (this isn’t a spoiler!) the epilogue is both hugely moving and life affirming.

Summary: After Edward is struck with a serious illness, Bella offers to give him a ride to school every day. His musings on life are priceless and unique. Based in its entirety on a true story. Rated: M ~ Edward/Bella ~ Complete
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Alaska is a unique story that simply transports the reader. It’s impossible not to fall in love with the beautiful landscape and wildlife; the perfect setting for Anton M‘s adorable Edward and Bella. Alaska itself is a strong silent presence – much like Edward- yet full of personality. Anton M draws strong yet vulnerable characters that are real, interesting and irresistible, much like the backdrop for their story – majestic and yet in need of protection all at once.

Summary: For two years, Bella’s had a cotton candy romance going on with her taciturn best friend. In her head. So after catching bits and pieces of Edward’s unusual upbringing, Bella pays a visit to Alaska. Rated: M ~ Romance/Adventure ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete 

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Not only is Georgina Guthrie a pure delight, but she’s also super-talented. She gave us Sailor and Poppet, and their gorgeous romance. A twisting, turning and intriguing story that still pulls us back to read it all over again…

Summary: Aubrey Price is in the final months of her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Bright, witty, and fiercely independent, Aubrey works part-time for the college dean and has her sights set on graduating with distinction. When she meets Dean Grant’s son, Daniel, the TA in her senior Shakespearean studies course, a shared love of the Bard’s works and an instant mutual attraction draw Aubrey and Daniel together. Unfortunately, a strict anti-fraternizing policy–made more perilous by a black mark on Daniel’s record–keeps them apart. Against this academic backdrop, Aubrey and Daniel navigate their way through a steamy courtship, their forbidden romance aided, abetted, and sometimes thwarted by a colorful cast of friends, family, and classmates.

The Weight of Words is available for purchase at amazon.com

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Drotuno may think she wrote a fan fiction with the Gravity Series. She didn’t. She wrote a blockbuster-with heart. This is blood, guts, passion, love, loyalty and drama. It may be a rollercoaster of an adventure but it’s a deep and beautiful love story. We’d happily re-read any of drotuno’s stories, she never disappoints.

Summary: The definition of a mercenary is a soldier for hire. His crew are trained fighting machines. Hers are smart PIs. What happens when they need each other to survive? Canon couples. AH/AU. Rated M for lots of reasons, including violence and lemons. Rated: M ~ Hurt/Comfort/Romance ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete

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Made by CaraNo

Our list would be incomplete without the incomparable CaraNo. As we’re MafiaWard lovers, Grand is the choice of the day. But, as Cara writes every genre, there’s something for everyone, and every mood in her back catalogue. If you want drama, grit, an epic and realistic story, under-pinned (always) with great love, Grand is a must-read.

Summary: A mafia tale about love, loyalty, betrayal and family. Told in three parts: Grand Tale, Grand Vendetta, and Grand Finale. We’ll begin in 1975 and follow a family through the MGM Grand fire, the Dunes implosion, and the opening of the Mandalay Bay. Rated: M ~ Crime/Family ~ Complete

All of Cara’s completed fics are available as PDFs to download from her blog.authorbutton

We could go on and on and on, but we had to stop somewhere – but we encourage you to let us know what your “Ones that Changed Your Life” are.  Leave us a comment in the box below or send us a One Liner and we would be delighted to add your stories to our Library.  The only thing to keep in mind that the stories need to still be available either as published stories or on fan fiction.net, Twilighted, ADF or TWCS.

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Back in June 2015, we invited thimbles to join us to talk about her new fic, The Monster. We didn’t know then that it was set to become a new classic. It’s a must-read story.

Yes, it has heartbreaking moments, but it’s written with intelligence, and beautiful sensitivity. If you’ve met a teenager, been a teenager or are a teenager, read it. The insights are precious life lessons and worth every tear.

You should note, it’s also filled with humour, love and hope. Read what Shell told us about her inspiration…(here) then put it the top of your reading list. Immediately.

Summary: We are Generation Z. We are educated and engaged. We have the whole world at our fingertips. Our biggest killer? Ourselves. Rated: M ~ Angst/Romance ~ Bella/ Edward ~ Complete

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Only just completed…and what a beautiful gift it’s been. A Father’s Love was a joy to read. Find out the story behind the story from the lovely Capricorn75, aka VancouverCanuckGirl‘s beta (here)… and then fall in love.

Summary: A different kind of love story   Rated: M ~ Family ~ Complete FanFicButtonPlain

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Check out what the delightful April aka Content1 told us about the inspiration for Mother, Father in her Elevator Pitch back in July 2015… Enjoy!

Summary: Raised by adoring parents, Isabella Rossi discovers, after tragedy strikes, not all is as it seems. She must trust FBI agent, Edward Cullen, to keep her alive as she learns who Bella Swan is, to whom loyalty lies, and with whom she can trust her heart. Rated: M ~ Drama/Suspense ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete FanFicButtonPlain1

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Find out why we thought Star Crossed was out of this world *giggles… sorry* 😉 Seriously, it’s a fabulous fic from the talented Tufano79 – and so worth the read. Read our review from 2014 here.

Summary: She was the leader of her people. He was a gruff, by-the-book star ship captain. An interstellar war, negotiations for a peace treaty gone wrong and a taboo relationship between two species. Will they survive this threat or are the Star Crossed lovers doomed before they even have a chance? Rated: M ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete
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We fell in love with capricapra‘s The Fox as a contest entry and were thrilled when it was expanded. Read our original review here.

Summary: Taste of the Forbidden II Contest entry, now a multi-chapter fic. Student Bella is assigned to the supervision of the reclusive Professor Masen. Both are overwhelmed by their mutual attraction, despite it being against the rules. But can their relationship survive their age difference and a rogue academic hell-bent on destroying their happiness? Rated: M ~ Romance/Drama ~ Bella/Edward ~ Complete FanFicButtonPlain



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Before we sign off for good, there a few people we would like to thank. PlanetBlue for always being so much fun and allowing us have some fun with her Work-in-Progress stories, and not to mention for being our very first “One From the Elevator”.  We love you PB!  PattyRose for always being so gracious with her time and stories. EdwardsEternal for sharing her new stories with us and also for writing wonderful reviews! Thank you EE :) The beautiful Carrie Elks, who morphed from Chocoholic into our regular, and fabulous book reviewer!  GeekChic12 for being her amazing self – we will never forget your wonderful contributions (and especially those you did at last minute for us!).

To Songster51, BluEyedCherry, GothicTemptress, AuthorSelfInsert, FluffyLiz and all our wonderful One Fabulous Fan girls – thank you for being such great fun and being honorary FicSisters.

And last, but by no means least, to our beloved readers.  You have made everything worthwhile.  It has been a sheer joy sharing our passion with you all, and we hope in turn you have enjoyed the stories we have featured.  We have been humbled by your generosity and kindness.

If anyone would like to add a FanFic that has changed their lives, please leave a comment with the name and author and we would be delighted to add it to our Reading Library!

Be true, honest and loyal,

FicSisters xox

www.ficsisters.com will remain up.  We have no intention of deleting the site, or taking it down.  We hope you all keep using it as a reading reference!