Book Review; A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Posted on 28 January, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

A Darker ShadeAuthor: V. E. Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books
Published: 27th February 2015
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source:: Borrowed ARC
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.


When Trouble Strikes

I was dying to get my hands on a copy of this book as I loved V. E. Schwab’s previous adult fantasy novel; Vicious. I was certain that I would also love this book and thus I am glad to report that I devoured this book. It was a truly magnificent novel. It was a book that I loved so passionately, in fact, that I am worried this review will just be a word vomit of hyperbole’s. I will apologise if it is but just also know the reason is merely because I honestly loved this book so much that I can’t stop thinking about it.

Will You Find

If there is one thing that Victoria is good at, it is creating world’s that are easy to imagine and plots that are full, complex and highly dynamic. This is shown brilliantly through A Darker Shade of Magic. The plot kept me on my toes throughout and there are subtle hints to more complex things as well, which is so fascinating to me. At one point I exclaimed in revelation as I realised something incredibly clever about the story and the world. But the best thing is that despite how in-depth the world building ad plot are, none of the book is too complicated.

Yourself Fighting Alone

Victoria also seems to have an incredible talent for creating amazing, wonderful characters. My favourite in A Darker Shade of Magic is Lila. Lila is feisty. She is stubborn, clever, and loyal and I just couldn’t help but love everything about her. She is an incredibly strong character in many ways. And then there’s Kell, who is so different but who stole my heart just as easily. He is quieter but also loyal and very protective. He carry’s a burden on his shoulders and I just found him to be a fantastic addition to the story. Honestly, even all of the side characters are well thought out and have a depth to them all.

Or With Help?

A Darker Shade of Magic is a book that took my breath away. It had everything I love about reading within it and I found myself wishing it would never end. It is written extraordinarily well, is full of a truly breathtaking world, has a complex and intense plot, and is filled with the most marvelous characters. I struggled to find any flaws in this book aside from wishing the next book was already waiting for me. If you want a fantasy book that is insanely beautiful, you should not miss out on this book!

five stars

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Posted on 28 January, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Blog And Life Update

Posted on 26 January, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

Hi Guys!

Today I am here to tell you about a few updates happening both in my life and on the blog.

My Life

So, at the moment I am currently in the midst of working three different jobs. One is almost a full time job and is one that I am finding incredibly stressful at the moment. There are a lot of reasons for this but at the moment, I am finding it difficult to find any enjoyment out of the work. Then I have a part time job where I work between 7 and 10 hours a week. This is a busy role and is definitely better than my full time job. Then I also have my freelance work which I am doing online whenever I get the chance.

So with all of that, I’ve been feeling a little strung out. I’m still trying to see my friends and still fitting in blogging and reading around it all but if you’ve been wondering about my lack of videos lately or any of my odd tweets – this is the reason for it.

At the moment I am trying to look for different jobs because I want to feel a little bit less stressed as it is really starting to affect my emotional and physical state which is never good! I also want to be able to start writing again because at the moment, I haven’t been able to find the time or motivation to do so and it is really pressing down on me.


Blog Update

With the above information, you may think that I’d probably be blogging less but actually I am finding that blogging is something that is helping me get through it all. It can be stressful if I don’t find the time to do something but essentially, blogging is about organisation and being in control, two things that help to keep me sane and calm me down a little bit – so I’m not going anywhere!

What’s happened recently;
You probably haven’t noticed this but over the past few months I’ve been sorting some things on the blog. I have sorted through all of my posts and corrected the categories, sorted out the tags, updated my favicon, and just generally done a lot of background organisation to keep the blog looking neat and running smoothly – which has really helped. Kind of like, a tidy kitchen is a tidy mind!

I have also created a schedule for the entire of Feb and got some posts in the work for March and April too. And with these comes some new features that will be arriving/returning to the blog, these are as follows;

Blogger Spotlight; That’s right, I’m bringing it back! I’m already sorted until April and will be contacting bloggers shortly about May and June!

Adult Book Reviews; Wait… what? Yeap! I’m reading a lot more adult books lately and because of that I have decided that I’m going to take the plunge and review them on here. So expect some of these to come your way in the next few months.

Month-Long Events; I hope to plan some more month-long events this year. In the pipeline is Finish It Feb, Spring Clean Your Reader (April), Something for July, Netgalley November and Done in December. Hope you’ll like them!

Faye’s Thoughtful Friday; I’ve been doing this for a while now but this is just to let you know that I’ll be continuing it!

Now I don’t plan to post every day, but I do hope to post at least three times a week.

So that’s all my updates and things, so to finish up…

How are you all doing?

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Posted on 26 January, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Weekly Highlights; The UKYA Love Edition

Posted on 25 January, 2015 by Faye - 10 Comments

weekly highlights

Weekly Highlights is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts and will be a post highlighting things that happened on and off the blog. It is inspired by The Story Sirens In My Mailbox, Books, Biscuit and Tea’s Showcase Sunday, Kimba Caffeinated’s Sunday Post, and the British Letterbox Love.

In the feature I won’t mention everything I received, nor every post I wrote during the week but will simply feature a selection of things I wish to spotlight a second time around.


Post Highlights

This week I feel like I’m really getting back into my stride with blogging and am looking forward to keeping it that way!

I posted THREE mini-reviews this week;
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (FOUR HEARTS)
Five Children and It by E Nesbit (TWO HEARTS)
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (THREE HEARTS)

I also posted ten reasons you should read the Hobson & Choi series. Find that post here.

And lastly I announced Finish It Feb. To find out what it is and to get involved yourself, click here.


UKYA Book Blogger Awards

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Nominations will close at MIDNIGHT tonight.

So if you haven’t yet voted, make sure you do today! Don’t forget you can vote for three per category but you don’t have to vote for every category!

Shortlist voting will open on the 1st Feb!


Around the Blogosphere

With all the award announcements, Laura wrote a fab post called Love is All Around. Read it here.

Carly wrote a post about why she loves UKYA. Read her reasons here.

Kirsty posted a fab post about UKYA book blogger love. Read it by clicking here

Jo also joined in with this great post about why the UKYA book blogging community is so awesome. Read what she has to say in this post.

Michelle from Tales of Yesterday told everyone why she loves UKYA in this post.

And Michelle from Fluttering Butterflies told us all about her love of everyone! Find out what she says here.

Laura, on a completely different topic now, posted about how many books she can read at one time and asks for your opinions. Join in the discussion here.

In this post, a different Laura has mentioned 10 signs you might be a bookaholic.

Elena at Novel Sounds has created a fantastic post on 24 things they don’t tell you about book blogging. It is definitely worth a read. You can do so by clicking here.

Clare has posted a fab post about how she organises her blog. Find out how, maybe get some tips and share how you organise by visiting this post.

Charli has written a very personal post on Remembering why she blogs. I found it lovely and I hope that she realises that she’s a fab part of this community – and hopefully all the wonderful links above will help her with that. Read what she says and give her some support, here.

And lastly Celine has posted a very interesting discussion on reviews. Click here to see what she says and to add your opinion to the mix.


Letterbox Love

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As mentioned previously on the blog, I have stopped requesting books for review. Any review books received this week were before my ban, were from the two events I went to yesterday or were surprises!

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The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury; I have wanted to read this one ever since I heard about it MONTHS ago. I am so glad to finally have this one in my hands. I will definitely be starting it soon! Many thanks to Scholastic for this copy.

Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth; Was very excited about this one as well as it sounded very fascinating. I have read it and it was good. A review of it with more thoughts will be up soon. Thanks to Scholastic for this copy.

An Island of our Own by Sally Nichols; Many thanks to Scholastic for this review book. I haven’t read anything about Sally and I hadn’t heard about this book until the Scholastic Book Brunch but Iam now very intrigued about it.

Above by Isla Morley; This is a book that I requested on Book Bridgr – before my ban. It sounds creepy, looks amazing, and I cannot wait to see what I will find in this book.

The Year of Taking Chances The Boy With The Hidden Name Skullduggery Pleasant

Year of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond; This is a book that I have taken out of the library. I heard about it through Jess (Jess Hearts Books) and it sounded really good, thus when it came into the library, I couldn’t resist picking up a copy!

The Boy With the Hidden Name by Skylar Dorset; This is the second book in the series and while the third wasn’t a BRILLIANT book, it did make me want to read the next so I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next in this series. This was also taken out from the library.

Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy; Talk about a popular series I haven’t read! I’ve been meaning to get started on it for ages but never did. Then I saw it in the library and decided to finally take the plunge. Cannot wait to get started with this!

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The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig; I got a lovely hardback edition of this book at the HarperVoyager event yesterday. I was also lucky enough to get it signed as well. This one sounds really good and I can not wait to dive into it!

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie; Many thanks to HarperVoyager for this book. I’ve not read anything by Joe Abercrombie before but have heard a great many things so I’m really looking forward to getting around to reading this and seeing what it is all about.

Birdbox by Josh Malerman; This is another one from HarperVoyager and one that I think looks really interesting. I am definitely going to look forward to reading this one eventually.

The Bell Between Worlds by Ian Johnstone; This book was a lovely surprise from HarperCollins – thank you! – But having read the synopsis and seen the cover, I’m definitely intrigued. Not sure when I’ll get to it but I definitely want to give this book a go.


Currently Reading

I read a few books at a time so I have decided that I want to showcase them a little on the blog and so from now on I thought I would tell you all what I’m currently reading (on Saturday/Sunday!)

This week I am currently reading;

Mayhem Heir of Fire The Walled City 2


And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

What Did You Get This Week? What Cool Blog Posts Did You Stumble Upon? What Are You Reading This Week?

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Posted on 25 January, 2015 by Faye - 10 Comments


Finish It Feb Announcement

Posted on 24 January, 2015 by Faye - 2 Comments

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Last year, Caroline and I hosted a successful and fun month-long event called Finish it Feb and so this year we have decided that it shall return!

It will run throughout Feb and is a chance to finish those half-read books and part read series!

To sign up for this fun-filled event, all you need to do is add your link to the linky post below. If you wish to write a sign-up post, we would be incredibly grateful but it is not mandatory to join the event. You do not have to have a blog to participate, feel free to link to your twitter or facebook!

Throughout the event Caroline and I will be posting weekly updates to let you all know how we are doing with this challenge and add a linky to our posts so that you can all link to your own updates as well.

Lastly, if you need any help remembering what happened in the last few books in the series, we recommend you have a look at Recaptains, an incredible blog that sums up what happens in the previous books in a large proportion of series.

Aside from all of that, let’s have some fun!

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Posted on 24 January, 2015 by Faye - 2 Comments


Blog Tour; Hobson & Choi Series by Nick Bryan

Posted on 23 January, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!
Today I am the tour stop for the Hobson & Choi Series by Nick Bryan tour and I am here to give you ten reasons why you should read this series. Hope you enjoy!


wpid-wp-1417027201089.jpeg The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (Hobson & Choi #1)
“If we get 400 followers, John Hobson will solve that nasty wolf-murder case for free! Fight the thing himself if he has to! #HobsonVsWolf!”

Angelina Choi was only trying to drum up some Twitter followers and make a good impression on her first day interning at John Hobson’s one-man detective agency.

But the campaign went viral and now they have a murder to solve, no money coming in, and an unwilling Hobson faced with battling some enormous beast.

With both follower and body counts rising, can they crack the case without offending everyone or being eaten by a huge dog?

The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf is the first case starring Hobson & Choi, a bickering, mismatched detective duo for 21st century London. This book collects the debut storyline of the hit darkly comic crime web serial, extensively rewritten and improved for this definitive edition.

Goodreads. Amazon.


23568658 Rush Jobs (Hobson & Choi #2)

“Sometimes #crime feels like the Matrix. Or the #patriarchy or #porn. It’s everywhere, even in people you trusted, and there’s so MUCH of it.”

Angelina Choi returns for her second and final week of work experience at John Hobson’s detective agency, ready for anything after their first successful murder solve.

After all that online buzz, they’re in phenomenal demand. Can Hobson & Choi solve a kidnapping, play chicken with corporate crime, beat back gentrification, save a dog from drug dealers and head off violent backlash from their last case?

Or will grim revelations about Hobson’s past leave them floundering in the chaos?

Rush Jobs collects the second major storyline in the Hobson & Choi saga, #1 on Jukepop Serials and #2 in Dark Comedy on Amazon, adding brand new chapters and scenes to the case.

Goodreads. Amazon


Ten Reasons to read the Hobson & Choi Series by Nick Bryan

It’s addictive. Once you start, it’s hard to put the book down as you get completely sucked into the story.

The writing is unique but strong. It’s really interesting jumping from Hobson to Choi throughout the chapters.

Hobson & Choi are strong characters and very enjoyable to read about.

The first case in The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf is intense, fast-paced, and the mystery just keeps you in its grip.

The cases in Rush Jobs are interesting, different, and really show character development.

Both books are really entertaining reads that you really don’t want to miss out on.

If you like detective fiction, enjoy how the internet changes the world today, and want strong characters going on interesting journeys, then you should read these books.

Alongside the gritty side of these books, there is also a sprinkling of humour which really helps to keep the books entertaining.

The setting of London is really interesting and fascinating as you get a really great visual of the books.

Have I mentioned that Hobson & Choi are really great and fun characters? Hobson is someone that I really enjoy reading about and Choi is super fascinating too.


me-squaredNick Bryan is a London-based writer of genre fiction, usually with some blackly comic twist. As well as the detective saga Hobson & Choi, he is also working on a novel about the real implications of deals with the devil and has stories in several anthologies.

More details on his other work and news on future Hobson & Choi releases can be found on his blog at NickBryan.com or on Twitter as @NickMB. Both are updated with perfect and reasonable regularity.

Subscribe to his mailing list using the form in the sidebar of NickBryan.com to get news first and an all-new free Hobson & Choi short story immediately!

When not reading or writing books, Nick Bryan enjoys racquet sports, comics and a nice white beer.

Website. Twitter. Mailing List.


Have I Persuaded You Yet?

If not, you can follow the rest of the tour here!

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Posted on 23 January, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Mini Reviews; Aristotle and Dante, Five Children and It, and Girl Online

Posted on 21 January, 2015 by Faye - 5 Comments

Aristotle and Dante Discover SecretsAuthor: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: February 21st 2012
Pages: 359
Format: Paperback
Source:: Library Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.


I had high expectations when I started reading this book as I had heard so many good things about it. Fortunately I quickly discovered that it was as good as people had told me it would be. I very quickly fell in love with this story and all of the characters. I wanted to stay in their world, to discover more of their secret and to just witness thair lives. This book has a unique voice and a very fascinating and lovable main character. It holds a realistic romance and was just a book that I really enjoyed reading abd would definitely recommend to others.

Four Stars


Five Children and ItAuthor: E Nesbit
Publisher: Unknown
Published: 1902
Pages: 103
Format: Ebook
Source:: Free on Amazon
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
The five children find a cantankerous sand fairy or ‘psammead’ in a gravel pit. Every day ‘It’ will grant each of them a wish that lasts until sunset, often with disastrous consequences. Never out of print since 1902. The Introduction to this edition examines Nesbit’s life and her reading, showing the change in childrens’ literature from Victorian times.


I read this book as part of my book group (and was then too ill to go!) but I am fairly certain I would not have read this book otherwise. I am also certain that if I had started this outside my book group, I would not have finished it. To me, this book had many flaws but my biggest problem with it is that the writing style seemed condescending and patronising. I know I am no longer a child but I feel even as a child, I’d have grown irritated by this book. Add to that a very boring and repetitive story and you should see why I really didn’t get on with it.

Two Stars


Girl OnlineAuthor: Zoe Sugg
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Published: 25th November 2014
Pages: 352
Format: Hardback
Source:: Library Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has – I can’t believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! – and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes…

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.


I had trepidations when it came to this book. I had heard some mixed reviews about it and then there was all the drama surrounding it. However, I am really glad that I got around to reading this one anyway as I actually really enjoyed it. I loved the blog posts in this book, really enjoyed the plot and just found myself swept away by the story. There was insta-love in it that irked me slightly but essentially this was a cheesy, cute romance story that I couldn’t put down. It made me get emotionally invested and I went from cheesy smile to tears to smile again in a matter of moments. It may not win any awards but if you’re after a teen book that is cliched but still entertaining then you should definitely read Girl Online.

Three Stars

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Posted on 21 January, 2015 by Faye - 5 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The First of 2015

Posted on 18 January, 2015 by Faye - 8 Comments

weekly highlights

Weekly Highlights is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts and will be a post highlighting things that happened on and off the blog. It is inspired by The Story Sirens In My Mailbox, Books, Biscuit and Tea’s Showcase Sunday, Kimba Caffeinated’s Sunday Post, and the British Letterbox Love.

In the feature I won’t mention everything I received, nor every post I wrote during the week but will simply feature a selection of things I wish to spotlight a second time around.


Post Highlights

I sometimes feel like I should change the name of this and do a fortnightly highlights post instead as I always seem to skip a week somehow BUT I won’t. Hopefully I’ll just get better at doing Highlights this year…

Anyway…

Summing up the first two weeks of January;

I’ve posted TWO reviews;
Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer (FIVE HEARTS)
Big Hero 6 (2015) (FIVE HEARTS)

In the first week of January I participated in Bout of Books and hosted a mini-challenge. I really enjoyed the read-a-thon again. I participated in one twitter chat and finished two books which completed my goal and made a few new blogging friends which is awesome. I can’t wait to do it all again in May!

I posted Ten Reasons Why You Should Read The Jessica Cole Series, which can be found here.

I admitted that there were a lot of books that came out last year that I didn’t get around to reading that I’m very ashamed of. You can see what books I missed by clicking here.

And lastly, I announced that I will not be challenging myself this year. To find out what I mean by that, head over to this post.


UKYA Book Blogger Awards

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On January 4th I announced that I needed some help in hosting the UKYA Book Blogger Awards.

Then on January 12th the nominations for the award were OPENED. You can vote for your favourite UK bloggers here.

Voting closes on January 25th.


UKYA Blogger Awards

With great minds thinking alike, Andy Robb has also announced that he is organising the UKYA Blogger Awards. You can read his announcement post here.

Then on Friday 16th January, the Longlist for these awards were announced.

Find out who made the longlist by here.
I just want to take this moment to congratulate EVERYONE who was longlisted because everyone on the list is awesome and amazing. BUT I also want to congratulate EVERY SINGLE UKYA Blogger because, let’s face it, we’re all fantastic and brilliant!


Around the Blogosphere

This week Celine has written a very lovely post about keeping the community positive. I think I missed the drama that happened last week but I just love this post. Head over here to see why.

Along the same lines, Jamie posted on Tumblr this week some of her feelings on the community. It’s an incredibly thoughtful post and one that I found very enlightening. Read the post here.

In a nicer note, Jamie also posted about her book buying habits this week. I found it a very interesting post and have to admit I have very much started buying books this way! Find out what I’m talking about in this post. What are your habits like?

Jess also posted a similar post this week but she actually wrote a post about the types of book buyers you find in shops. I thought it was such and interesting and accurate post. I have to admit though, I’m sort of a mix of them all! Find out the types by clicking here.

Books are great. They’re wonderful and they help us escape. But what happens when we get into moods where we can’t read? This week Nicole talks about reading slumps. Find out what she has to say here.

Amanda has written a fab post this week about blogs evolving as time goes along. Read what her thoughts are on this opinion and join the discussion by clicking here.

Diversity in books is such a big issue at the moment and this week Rebecca has written a brilliant and thoughtful post abot the topic, here. I definitely think that this is one post that is worth a read and shouldn’t be missed!

Shayna this week has written a very intriguing post about how to be a happier blogger. While I think that everyone blogs in their own ways and will have to find their own curve to be happy, there are some very good and valid advice points in this post that I think you should check out.

Reading is a large part of my life. But I do know that it can be hard to find the time to read. This week Caroline has blogged about when she reads and asks you to share with her. You can do so by checking out this post.

2015 is a new year and with a new year comes the chance for a new start. And this week Sophie has written a post about her resolutions for the year that I thought was really great. Head on over here to see what I mean.


Letterbox Love

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So I’m currently writing this post from my parents’ house and don’t have access to my room and my pile of “recently acquired” books and so some books may get missed but I hope I at least show you the ones that I am super happy about and cannot wait to read. I have acquired a lot of books in the past few weeks so bear with me…

The Art of Being Normal Three Amazing Things About You Arsenic for tea

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson; I’ve heard SO MANY good things about this book that I finally decided that I wanted to give it a go. Thank you SO MUCH to DFB for sending me this review copy. Intrigued to see what I think of the book.

Three Amazing Things About You by Julie Mansell; This one really caught my eye and I’ve never read a Julie Mansell book but heard lots of good things. So I’m definitely looking forward to reading this. Many thanks to Headline for the review copy.

Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens; This is the second book in the Wells and Wong series and I’m really excited to dive into it! I loved the first book and I am just really excited to see what adventures this pair of girls gets up to next. Thanks to Penguin Random House for the review copy!

Looking For Alaska 10 Hate City of Halves

Looking for Alaska by John Green; This book was a complete surprise for me! It is the 10th Anniversary edition. It is hardback with black edged pages and it is completely and utterly beautiful. Thank you so very much to HarperCollins for sending it out. I loved this book and it is great to have it in my collection again.

Hate by Alan Gibbons; This is a book that I’ve wanted to read for ages. I’m so glad I finally have my own copy now and cannot wait to dive into it and see what it is all about. Many thanks to The Bookseller for this copy.

City of Halves by Lucy Inglis; I didn’t know anything about this book until it fell into my lap but I am very intrigued by it. Looking forward to seeing if it’s any good. Thank you again to The Bookseller for this book.

Ensnared Full Metal Alchemist

Ensnared by A. G Howard; AHHHHHH. It’s FINALLY OUT. I am SO EXCITED about this book. I am also SUPER ANXIOUS about this book because it is the last one in the series and I’m just not sure that I am ready to say goodbye yet. Nonetheless, it was purchased in hardback and I hope to get to it VERY soon.

Full Metal Alchemist (Vol 1-7) by Hiromu Arakawa; On a spur of the moment I decided to read some Manga this year and after asking for some recommendations, ended up buying Full Metal Alchemist Vol 4-7. Then my friend gave me Vols 1-3. I have read the first and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to carrying on the series.


Currently Reading

I read a few books at a time so I have decided that I want to showcase them a little on the blog and so from now on I thought I would tell you all what I’m currently reading (on Saturday/Sunday!)

This week I am currently reading;

A Darker Shade final for Irene Girl Online Heir of Fire


And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

What Did You Get This Week? What Cool Blog Posts Did You Stumble Upon? What Are You Reading This Week?

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Posted on 18 January, 2015 by Faye - 8 Comments


Why I’m Not Challenging Myself This Year

Posted on 17 January, 2015 by Faye - 8 Comments

Hey Guys

Today I just wanted to talk to you a little about a decision I made at the beginning of this year.

I have decided that I will not be challenging myself in any way this year.

This may seem like a strong statement but I think, for me, it’s the only way to try and find my love of reading again. Yes, you read that right. In the last few months of the year I struggled to find enjoyment out of reading and I think it’s because I put too much pressure to read books by a certain time.

So this year I will not;

- Be doing a Goodreads Challenge.; You may notice in my sidebar that my challenge is to read 1 book. That is simply so that I can keep track of my books read and that is all.

- Be participating in any blog run challenges.; I think these are great, I do, but personally I find it just makes reading feel like too much of a chore. Like I HAVE to read this book because it’s for x challenge.

- Stop requesting books for review.; As of January 17th 2015, I will no longer request any book for review. I just can’t deal with the stress of it any more. I want to read the books I own and/or buy without feeling guilty about it.

- I will only read book club books/buddy reads that I want to; This again may seem harsh and restrictive and stubborn but I have SO MANY books I want to read and I just want to stop reading (and feeling I have to finish) books that I am not enjoying.

So yeah… that’s going to happen.
Maybe I’ll change my mind in the middle of the year. But for now, I need to do this or one of my hobbies is going to make me go a little crazy.

What about you? Are you participating in any challenges this year?

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Posted on 17 January, 2015 by Faye - 8 Comments


Film Review; Big Hero 6 (2015)

Posted on 15 January, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

Director(s): Don Hall, Chris Williams
Writer(s): Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird
Main Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
Production Company: Walt Disney
Country:: US
Release Date: 30th January 2015 (UK)
Source: Cinema
More Info IMDB

Summary:
The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.


When The Going

Some of my favourite films to watch are animated ones. I love that these films often have something for both children and adults and thus, when I heard about Big Hero 6, I knew it was a film that I couldn’t wait to see. When the opportunity of an advance screening arose, I jumped at the chance. And I’m here to tell you all that I’m incredibly glad I did because this film was truly amazing.

Gets Rough

This film follows Hero as he learns that there is a lot more to life than bot-fighting. It takes you on a journey of love, friendship, strength, grief and acceptance. It holds so many amazing messages for both children and adults that I could probably love it for that alone. But it is also a story with heart that will make you laugh until there are tears and then make you cry for real. It is the kind of film that will have you leaving the cinema feeling good and knowing that you’ve seen a worthwhile film. The writers and animators made something special in Big Hero 6.

Do You Hide

As with most animated movies, the characters in this film are full of flare. I loved Hero’s attitude to life at the beginning and admired the journey he took as the story continued. I liked that his character celebrated being a nerd throughout the film too, because this should be celebrated. But it is Baymax’s character that really pulls the story along. He is truly loveable and sweet – not usual characteristics for a robot! What makes him work so well is that he has an innocent childishness to him and it is the child (Hero) who helps him “grow” into his character. A superb story line if you ask me!

Or Fight Back

Big Hero 6 was a fantastic film that I really cannot wait to rewatch. It is great for all the family and is just a film that is full of heart. It captured me in so many ways and I could not stop thinking about it after it was all over. With cute, loveable and strong characters, and an exhilarating and exciting plot, it is hard not to love this film in all its glory. Add in great messages about siblings, grief, friendship and intelligence, and you have a golden film that I’m certain will be loved by all.

five stars

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Posted on 15 January, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment


Top Ten Tuesday; Books I Wanted to Read in 2014 but Didn’t

Posted on 13 January, 2015 by Faye - 3 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Books I Wanted to Read in 2014 But Didn’t


There are so many books that come out and so many books already on my TBR that some books seem to slip through my fingers until I realise that the year has ended and I still haven’t read X, Y and Z! To narrow this list down slightly, these are all books I acquired last year but just didn’t manage to get to, despite how excited I was for them all.

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Talon by Julie Kagawa; I was SUPER excited for this book and somehow, despite acquiring the book in May, I still haven’t read it. Hope to read it soon.

Deliverence by C. J. Redwine; This is the final book in this trilogy. I loved the first two books fiercly but they were also highly emotional. Turns out I didn’t have the strength to read this book last year. Hopefully that’ll change this year.

Trouble by Non Pratt; I have wanted to read this book for SO LONG and I have NO IDEA why I haven’t yet. I’ve heard such fab things and it sounds like a total me book and yet…

Falling Into Place Anatomy of a misfit The cure for Dreaming The Rain

Falling into Place by Amy Zhang; I got this book at BEA and it was one I loved the sound of and couldn’t wait to read… but apparently I could! I really do hope to read this soon.

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Porter; This one sounds so good and I’ve heard good things about it and yet I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Sometimes I just wish their were more hours in the day to fit everything in!

The Cure For Dreaming by Cat Winters; There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe how excited I was for this book. I loved Cat’s first book SO MUCH. But then there were complications and so now the book is still just waiting to be read. Darnit!

The Rain by Virgina Bergin; I cannot believe I haven’t read this yet! I squealed when I got a copy, have met the author who is lovely, and think the story sounds amazing. But I still seem to keep missing this one.

Shadowplay

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley; I don’t like history books and yet this one really caught my eye and I thought it was one I would have to read STRAIGHT AWAY. But I didn’t. Even with all the raving reviews, this book is still sitting unloved on my shelf. I must rectify that as soon as I can!

Shadowplay by Laura Lam; I got this book at the beginning of this year after a long and agonising wait. I was certain I would dive straight into it and love it TO PIECES. But no. I didn’t read it and then there was that awful news… I will read it soon but I think I need to know that the third one is nearly here when I do!

The 100 Society by Carla Spradberry; As soon as I heard about this book, I needed it in my life. It sounded like the perfect book for me. But somehow I still haven’t cracked open the pages and dived into this book. I hope I do it soon as I really do want to and have heard great things!

So those are the top ten BUT there are many more books I hoped to read last year, including but not limited to;
Glimpse, Walled City, Leaving Time, Rooms, Open Road Summer, Afterworlds, Broken Monsters

But what about you?

Posted on 13 January, 2015 by Faye - 3 Comments