Book Review; Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

Posted on 15 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment

Whispering SkullAuthor: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Published: 25th September 2014
Pages: 485
Format: Hardback
Source:: Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn’t made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood’s investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well-until George’s curiosity attracts a horrible phantom.

Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood’s annoyance. Bickerstaff’s coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.


When Something

Ever since I finished The Screaming Staircase, the first Lockwood & Co book, I have been dying to get my hands on the sequel. Thus I was disappointed that I didn’t love this book more. While there were many things that I adored about this book, once I finished it I realised that I had not loved it as much as I’d hoped I would. I was expecting to be blown away once more but this just didn’t happen so even though this book was exciting and entertaining, it just didn’t reach my high expectations, unfortunately.

Important Is Missing

Before we get bogged down in the negatives and you start thinking that I truly hated this book, let’s look at the things I did like. The plot of this book was complex, full of action, and really made the book tense and exciting. Every time you were certain things were finally going right, something else would occur which definitely kept you on your toes! I was also continuously guessing as to what had happened until I was eventually proved right. It is a plot that will keep you alret and always wondering, which is never a bad thing.

You Will Have

In the first book of this series we’re introduced to a dynamic trio that really made the stroy more fun and exciting to read. Unfortunately I didn’t feel that this time around. The trio didn’t feel quite right to me and it made the book a little harder to read. There wasn’t as much humour as in the first book and while it’s all explained at the end, I just got a little put off that the main characters were in such a tiff with each other. I really just wanted them to be a strong unit but they weren’t. This, in turn, went through the rest of the book as well. There just wasn’t as much humour and excitement in this book as there was in the first. And I know I shouldn’t judge this book on the first but it’s difficult not to.

To Find It

I did enjoy this book. It was tense, mysterious and did get your heart rate moving rapidly but I also really missed the humour and fun that I had in the first book. While there were moments of it in the second, it just didn’t fall all the way through and that saddens me a little. I would still recommend this book and tell people that they should read both and I’m still very excited for the third book but I can only hope that there will be more fun in the next book again. I know that the topic of the book this time was more serious but it just didn’t sit right for me personally. I really wish I had enjoyed it more but in places, it felt like it dragged a little and yet I still found myself wanting something a little more from it. But really, I need to re-iterate that I did really like this book, I just didn’t love it but there is nothing wrong with that.

Three Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 15 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment


Must See Teen Movies

Posted on 14 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment

For my first foray back into movie posts on here, I thought I would list some teen movies that I personally think that you should watch, especially if you like teen books!

Some of these titles are classics and some are films that aren’t so well known (but in my opinion should be!). Some are incredibly cheesy, some are really fun. But they’re all great to watch. Hope you enjoy this list!

Pitch Perfect Mean Girls Easy A

Pitch Perfect (2012); This is a film that is funny, in places OTT, and will have you rooting for the main character and the main team throughout. A definite must-watch!

Mean Girls (2004); This was the film that made teen movies boom again. It is a classic movie that is funny, interesting and is easy to just re-watch again and again.

Easy A (2010); I truly love this film. I watched it because I think Emma Stone is amazing but this film was really funny, really cute and was just a great one!

The Breakfast Club Accepted 10 Things I Hate About You

The Breakfast Club (1985); Let’s face it, John Hughes was the master of teen movies in his day but this one is definitely one of my favourites of his. If you watch it and like it, I’d definitely recommend any and all of his others like Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink

Accepted (2006); This one was a random purchase for me but is a film that I have since re-watched many, many times. It’s about someone who doesn’t get into college and ends up, through many mistakes, creating his own college. It’s funny, fun, and shows that there are many sides to every story!

10 Things I Hate About You (1999); A shakespeare re-telling but done in a modern and incredibly entertaining way! I love this film so much and if you’re a sucker for romance, cheesy lyrics, and a heart-throb bad-guy, then you should watch this film!

Wild Child (2008); This film has a very classic storyline but I love it all the same! It shows that boarding schools aren’t that bad, friends are amazing, and sometimes boys do make the world better. It’s fun, cheesy, and you won’t be able to keep from loving it. And if you do, I’d also recommend St Trinians!

Raise Your Voice The Fault In Our Stars Covenant

Raise Your Voice (2004); Time to show my “inner-geek”. I was a huge Hilary Duff fan growing up and watched a lot of films with her in. This was one that really grabbed me. It’s an emotional, coming-of-age, friendship story that is great. Other great films with her in include, A Cinderella Story, The Perfect Match and The Lizzie McGuire Movie.

The Fault In Our Stars (2014); I couldn’t not put this in here, right? I saw it three times in the cinema and cannot wait for it to be released on DVD to watch it again! Other films like it that came out in the last few years include Now Is Good, Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Covenant (2006); This one’s a little different from the rest as it’s a supernatual teen movie. It’s really good though. Addictive, interesting, inticing. You know, all that good stuff. I would definitely recommend you watch it if you like witch-y books!

Not only do I feel that these are movies people should watch, they’re also films that I could easily watch over and over again. Of course, that probably says a lot about me but I don’t care. There’s a lot of negativity surrounding teen movies but I honestly don’t think there should be as a lot of these movies really do have a lot of potential.

But what about you? What teen movies do you like?

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Posted on 14 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment


Weekly Highlights; The #BBUKYAawards Edition

Posted on 12 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 4 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

A pretty steady week post-wise, if I do say so myself! I definitely think not posting every day has its perks!

I posted ONE review this week;
A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence (FOUR HEARTS)

I also did something a little differently this week and posted a list of books that all have a similar trend, can you work out what the trend is? Check it out here.


Book Blogger UKYA Awards

But the biggest post this week goes to the Book Blogger UKYA Award winners! I just want to say a massive thank you again to everyone who helped to make this a success and I really hope you like all your winners! Don’t forget to congratulate them all!
You can find the winners here.


Around the Blogosphere

This week Gaby and Lisa have officially started their co-blogging site! I’m super excited to keep up to date with them all. You can find Gaby’s leaving post, and links to the new site here.

Something I’ve been struggling with is keeping my life in healthy balance. This week Nicole has posted about how she balances things. Find out how she does it here, and of course, tell her how you balance life!

This week Jen talks about forbidden romances and when it goes too far – for her. Head over to this post to find out what she put and to add in your own two cents!

Andye has posted a very interesting discussion post this week about author responsibility. Have a look at what she says in this post.


Letterbox Love

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It’s been a pretty spectacular week, book wise! I’m SO EXCITED and so HAPPY about so many of the books I got!

Anatomy of a misfit Where Rainbows End The Husband's Secret

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes; I’ve had my eye on this since BEA and I’m glad to finally have a copy! Cannot wait to get to reading it. Thank you so much to Harper360 for this book.

Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern; I actually already owned this book but when I went to the premiere of the film, I completely forgot to take it with me! Thus I bought it again and got it signed by the author, director, and some of the actors and actresses! Needless to say, this is now a very special book!

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Morriarty; Ever since I finished Little Lies, I’ve been dying to read this book so when I saw it was on offer, how could I possibly resist? Really looking forward to reading this one, eventually.

Penelope Gone Girl 2 Opal Plumstead

Penelope by Rachel Harrington; I’ve been meaning to read this book for AGES. One of my aussie blogger friends told me it was amazing and I’ve since had it on my radar. Finally saw it in paperback and on offer so I HAD to buy it!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; I saw the film of this last week and I loved it! It was a little disturbing and quite entertaining all at the same time. Regardless, I cannot wait to read the book so I was very happy that my mum has lent me her copy!

Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson; I LOVE Jacqueline Wilson. I grew up reading her books and so when I heard about this one, I knew I wanted to read it. Add in a super interesting summary and I couldn’t wait. I’ll be reviewing this for Big Book Little Book. Many thanks to Penguin Random House for the copy!


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;

Us BetterThanPerfect Cover Opal Plumstead CLOVEN-web-medium


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 12 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 4 Comments


Book Review; A Crack In The Line by Michael Lawrence

Posted on 10 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment

A Crack in the LineAuthor: Michael Lawrence
Publisher: Orchard Books
Published: September 25th 2003
Pages: 279
Format: Paperback
Source:: Library Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
A Boy: Alaric’s life has unraveled in the two years since he lost his mother in a terrible train crash. He and his father are barely speaking, and their home, Withern Rise, is in shambles.

A Girl: Naia tries not to dwell on the accident that nearly killed her mother two years ago, now that life with her parents at Withern Rise has returned to normal.

One and the Same: Alaric and Naia do not know each other, or that they are living nearly identical lives. But when they meet, their resemblance to each other is unmistakable. As their lives entwine, they uncover a truth that has the power to rearrange, or even erase, their very existence.


What If

A Crack in the Line is a book that I read as a teenager and the story has stuck with me ever since. Thus I eventually decided to re-read it and am glad to report that I loved the book just as much the second time around. This book is a marvel in teen fiction as it poses some large and deep philosophical questions and that is one of the things I love most about it. This is a book that has the power to make you question everything. Needless to say I’m glad I re-read it and would highly recommend it to others.

You Discovered

This book is about parralel universes, and the consequences of decisions and small minute moments. It is deep, philosophical, entertaining, and emotional. The plot it really well thought-out. Where it could have become confusing, Michael has done a good job of essentially keeping it simple. The story keeps the concept from getting buried and makes it easy to follow. I really loved where this story takes you and how it eventually ends. It definitely made me want to read the next book straight away to find out what will happen now!

There Was More

One of the ways in which this story manages to be so readable and relatable is through two distinctly different, yet comparatively the same, characters. Naia and Alaric are the same person but as their lives are also different, they do have differences in their personalities. I really enjoyed the way the book jumps between the two and how eventually throughout the book they become more empathetic of each other, how much they connect with each other and where it all ultimately leads. I loved that Micheal didn’t just make this from the perspective of one but from them both. This made the style of the book incredibly easy to read and separate everything out in my head.

Than This Life

A Crack in the Line is a book that could very easily become confusing, especially when you imagine just how many parralel universes there could be for each and every different decision and statistic we go through in our lives. If only we got there a minute earlier, if only we had gone back to double check, etc. This book deals with the other side, the consequences our small actions can have on the larger things. It’s exciting, intriguing, and following the lives of two fascinating characters, truly moving as well. It keeps the reader hooked until the very end and then has them practically begging for more. It is definitely a book that I was happy to re-read, a trilogy I cannot wait to continue and one I would make sure you read.

Four Stars

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Posted on 10 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment


I’ve Noticed A New Trend…

Posted on 8 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 3 Comments

Hello All!
Today I’m here with what I hope is an exciting new type of post for you all!
Below I have listed ten books that have a similar trend running throughout them but I am not going to tell you what that trend is! It is your job to guess the trend in the comments, then next week I’ll reveal what the trend is.

There is no reward for working it out, but I’d love it if, instead of just writing out the answer in the comments if you could list OTHER books that follow the trend!

I just thought it would something fun to do.

Enjoy!

Catch A Falling Star by Kim Culbertson
I Predict A Riot by Catherine Bruton
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Say Her Name by James Dawson
Trouble by Non Pratt
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
Don’t You Forget About Me by Cecily von Ziegesar
Take Me On by Katie McGarry
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

So…

Can you see the trend? Can you name any other books with the trend?

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Posted on 8 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 3 Comments


Book Blogger UKYA Award Winners!!

Posted on 6 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 4 Comments

UKYA Award

Hello All!
Today I am here to announce the winners of the Book Blogger UKYA Awards!
Before I do so, however, I just want to send out a quick thank you to every single person who nominated and voted.
I also want to take another minute to thank all of the wonderful bloggers who helped out.
Jim @ Ya Yeah Yeah
Caroline @ Big Book Little Book
Daphne @ Winged Reviews
Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary
Debbie @ Snuggling on the Sofa
Luna @ Luna’s Little Library
Sarah @ Feeling Fictional
Cicely @ Cicely Loves Books
Charli @ To Another World
Fi @ Bookish Outsider
Raimy @ Readaraptor
Michelle @ Much Loved Books
Shaila @ Hush Hush Revealings
Andrew @ The Pewter Wolf
Sam @ The Little Munchkin Reader
Julianne @ This Fleeting Dream
Laura @ Bookish Treasures
Samina @ Escapism From Reality
Catriona @ Fabulous Book Fiend

But now onto what you’re all really here for…

The Winners!

Funniest Book3 Best First Sentence1
Best Ending1 Most Heart-Breaking3
best contemporary1 best historical1
Best Crime-Mystery1 Best LGBT1
Best Horror1 Best Paranormal1
Best Sci-Fi-Fantasy1 Best Adventure1
Best Protagonist1 Best Friendship1
Best Couple1 Best Villain1
Best Self Published3 Most Social Author Online3
Most Social Author Offine Author Whose Mind You Wish Was Yours2

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

Any author that would like to have their prize on their blog can comment below, tweet me or e-mail me and I’ll send you the graphic file, or you have my permission to take it from the URL on this blog!

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Posted on 6 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 4 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The “Cold” Edition

Posted on 5 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No 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 was supposed to have more posts than it did, including the reveal of the Book Blogger UKYA Award winners but unfortunately I caught a terrible cold and the one day I had to get things sorted was spent in bed feeling miserable and in pain! However, fortunately I am now much better and next week should be much better for posts.

This week I didn’t post ANY reviews.

I did wrap up September in this monthly wrap up post. Go to that post to find out which book was my favourite and what rating I gave every book I read last month!

And I also wrote a discussion post on how I love to watch movies, check out my favourite viewing experience here.

On my other blog, I released the gorgeous cover for Cloven by Georgeann Swiger too, which can be found by clicking here.


Around the Blogosphere

This week Lucy tells you why you should read The Maze Runner before the movie comes out. Find out why here.

Amber has hit the nail on the head in this post, where she talks all about doing what makes you happy. Really, I couldn’t agree more.

I love this post by Jamie this week! It’s all about life being too short to feel guilty about reading and I have a response post in my head which should come out next week!

Jess did the Taylor Swift Book Tag this week and I not only love all the questions, but I loved her answers too! Might sneakily be doing this myself too. Find the post here.

Reading this post was truly heart-breaking but something I, unfortunately, could relate to and I hope that Sarah manages to find her love once again.

This week Carly has talked about branding and books in this post and I really loved it! It’s very informative and I completely agree.


Letterbox Love

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I had a slow week with books this week, which is just as well as I really feel like I’m drowning under my TBR at the moment!

The Garden of Burning Sand The Perfectionists

Garden of Burning Sand by Corban Addison; Picked this one up from the library as it sounded really interesting. Looking forward to seeing if it’s as good as it sounds!

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard; I have not read Pretty Little Liars but I love the sound of it. I also love the idea of this book too and so I couldn’t wait to read it. Thank you so much to Hot Key Books for the review copy of this book!


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;

Us BetterThanPerfect Cover Small Eternities


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 5 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments


The Cinema Experience

Posted on 4 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment

Hey All!
Today I thought I would write a little discussion post about films and how I love to watch them! (I.e. Time to bring films back into the blog in more than just reviews!)


Going to the cinema used to be very popular. It used to be one of the only ways to see the new films coming out and it used to be an amazing, spectacular experience that people simply couldn’t get enough of. But, recently, cinema-going has dwindled. People are waiting for films to be released onto DVD or to become available to either download via iTunes or to be put up onto Netflix, Blinkbox or Lovefilm.

The main reason for this (I believe anyway, I have not done extensive research on it!) is how expensive it now is to see a film in the cinema. Nowadays tickets can cost up to £15 per person and up to £40 for an average family of four. But renting a DVD or even BUYING a DVD that you can watch over and over again can sometimes cost as little as £3. So why would you spend more than that in these economically hard times?

Personally, I would say because the cinema experience is STILL an experience. The screens are incredibly large, the sound crisp and loud, and the fun of sharing it not just with your friends but random strangers can sometimes enhance the film. (Ever find a film funnier because of other people laughing?) Plus, there’s no way to pause the film so the story is told in the continuous flowing motion it was meant to be told in.

But I also agree that while the experience is good, the expense can sometimes seem over-priced. Especially if you’re stuck with strangers who talk throughout it or you’re stuck with a moth in the screen above your very head. But I still think that going to the cinema once in a while is worthwhile.

Thus, I am very glad that I purchased a Cineworld Membership. I can now watch unlimited films for a small sum of money per month and even if I just watch two films a month, I get my money’s worth and I am so happy about it because I now go to the cinema once or twice a week and I have so missed the experience.

But this isn’t an advertising post so enough on that.

I do also enjoy watching films at home. I love being able to re-watch films at my leisure, to eat snacks, and go to the toilet if I’m desperate to do so. I like that when re-watching a film, I can do other things at the same time as well. And, I cannot tell you how much I enjoy using Netflix (though I do mostly watch TV Shows, there is usually a good film or two to watch as well!).

But essentially, for me, the cinema experience is always better. I just wish that it wasn’t quite so expensive so that more people felt that they can also go and enjoy the experience.

What about you? Do you prefer to watch a film in the comfort of your home or in the cinema surrounded by strangers?

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Posted on 4 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment


September Monthly Wrap Up

Posted on 3 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment

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So I ummed and ahhed about whether or not to start doing monthly wrap-ups on the blog but have eventually decided that in an effort to keep my blog more organised, to keep on top of challenges and to do a nice re-cap of the month for you all, that I would do them :-). Therefore, this post will be set out like my weekly highlights post, split into headings in an attempt to keep everything organised easily :D


Monthly Highlights

Life Wise;
September has been a crazy month. There is really no better way to describe it. I feel like I’ve been out almost every single day and have just been on the go for the whole of it. That has made it very stressful BUT I also had a lot of great things happen, so all in all, it’s been a good month!

The biggest news for me was the launch of my new website; www.fayerogers.co.uk. This is the platform I will now be using for my online freelance PR work. This had a lot of background work to it – like accounting?!?! – and sorting out all sorts of things, so has taken a lot of my time but I’m really pleased with the result and looking forward to seeing where it all goes.

Book event wise there was the chance to meet Leigh Bardugo which was AMAZING and then the chance to meet Maureen Johnson (again) and Sarah Rees Brennan (first time) at a event in Waterstones that was so much fun and I was very glad I went! (even when I ended up feeling ill on the way home!)

Aside from that, it’s just been a case of juggling all my work, blogging, vlogging and socialising which has been insane but I have feeling it will be the way my life will be from now on and I’m pretty much okay with that!

Blog wise;
I celebrated three years blogging this month, which still feels exceptional and overwhelming to me!

I seem to finally be posting more this month which is really fun. I still have so many ideas for posts that I really need to implement at some point – you know, when I find the time!

My top three posts this month were;
Book Review: Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
Top Ten Authors I Should Read More Of
Film Review: Pride (2014)

I, somehow, managed to read nine and a half books this month and I’m still not one hundred percent sure how that could be! But I’m proud that I managed that and glad that the majority of them were ones that I REALLY enjoyed!


Favourite Book

You Don't Know Me
This was a really hard choice this month. I loved You Don’t Know Me so much but I also loved Amy and Matthew by Cammie McGovern a hell of a lot as well. However, I think I had a few more problems with Amy and Matthew then I did have with You Don’t Know Me so it eventually one. You Don’t Know Me is a book that made me FEEL so many emotions and it really makes you go on a rollarcoaster as you go through the book. There are times when the main character is a bit naive and I wanted to yell at her but I actually think this made the book more interesting and fun to read because it felt more realistic. I got really sucked in by this story.


Books Read

Two Stars
License to Spill

Three Stars
The 13th Fairy If I stay A Long Way Down2

Four Stars
the maze runner Shiver Adorned

Five Stars
You Don't Know Me Amy and Matthew


October TBR

These are five books that I REALLY want to read this month! They’re the ones that are VERY high on my TBR!

Us The Children Act The Girl Who Never Was The Iron Trial CLOVEN-web-medium


How was your September? Did you read anything amazing? Have you got any great books you want to read in October?

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Posted on 3 October, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment


Weekly Highlights; The Big Announcement Edition

Posted on 28 September, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 2 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

Got a fair few posts up this week, which I’m happy about and I announced some big news! All very exciting stuff.

I posted ONE review this week;
Pride (2014) (FIVE HEARTS)

I also had a review go live at Big Book Little Book. Find out what I thought of Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen, here.

On Tuesday I participated in Top Ten Tuesday and listed the top books on my Fall TBR.

And on Thursday I was given the chance to reveal the gorgeous new cover from Cora Carmack‘s exciting new Paranormal NA. You can seee the cover here.

And finally, the big news! You can read all about it in this post, but basically, I’m starting a new adventure!


Giveaway!

Last week I posted a giveaway! You can win a signed copy of both Easy and Breakable by Tammara Webber!
The giveaway is open to UK, AUZ & NZ ONLY. It ends on the 3rd Oct!

To enter, simply follow this link and fill in the rafflecopter at the bottom of the post!

Good Luck!


Letterbox Love

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It has been a fairly busy and exciting week of books for me! I am super excited about many of these titles!

Us Red Queen The Children Act

Us by David Nichols; There are not enough words to describe HOW EXCITED I am for this book! I was one of twelve lucky people to get the book a week before release (and it’s signed!) and I know that I will be diving into this as my next read. I have been waiting SO LONG.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard; I found out about this book this week and requested it straight away because it sounds AMAZING. I am very much looking forward to reading this one!

Children Act by Ian McEwan; Ian writes the most beautiful prose and so I’m really looking forward to reading this new one of his and just falling in love with his writing again. Already heard that it is a good one!

Unspoken These Days Are Ours Code Red Lipstick

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan; After seeing Sarah at an author event and seeing how EXCITED my friends were about the final book, I was excited when this book came into the library and knew I had to take it out straight away. Really looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about!

These Days Are Ours by Michelle Haimoff; Admittedly I know nothing about this book but I LOVED the cover with the instagram style photos and the summary sounded intriguing so I thought I’d see what it’s like. Have you read it?

Code Red Lipstick by Sarah Sky; Heard a lot of good things about this one and so am looking forward to diving into it and seeing what it is all about.

Girl With A White Dog Adorned This Is Your Afterlife

Girl with a White Dog by Anne Booth; Another book that I have heard amazing things about from multiple sources so I finally decided to check it out myself and see what all the fuss is about!

Cloven by Georgeann Swiger; Obviously not the cover above (that’s the first book in the series!) I’m super looking forward to reading this one as I really liked the first book in the series. This is also the book of my first true client which is super exciting!

This is Your Afterlife by Vanessa Barneveld; Saw this on Netgalley and couldn’t resist requesting it. I mean… ghosts… is like… my codeword. Really intrigued about this one and cannot wait to see if I like it!


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;

Whispering Skull Small Eternities BetterThanPerfect Cover You Don't Know Me


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 28 September, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 2 Comments