LGBT Book Review; Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Posted on 16 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments

Love Letters to the DeadAuthor: Ava Dellaira
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published: May 1st
Pages: 327
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
It begins as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person – any dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain – he died young, and so did Laurel’s sister May – so maybe he’ll understand a bit of what Laurel is going through. Soon Laurel is writing letters to lots of dead people – Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, Amelia Earhart… it’s like she can’t stop. And she’d certainly never dream of handing them in to her teacher. She writes about what it’s like going to a new high school, meeting new friends, falling in love for the first time – and how her family has shattered since May died.

But much as Laurel might find writing the letters cathartic, she can’t keep real life out forever. The ghosts of her past won’t be contained between the lines of a page, and she will have to come to terms with growing up, the agony of losing a beloved sister, and the realisation that only you can shape your destiny. A lyrical, haunting and stunning debut from the protégé of Stephen Chbosky (THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER).


Life Is

As soon as I heard about Love Letters to the Dead, I knew that it was a book that I really wanted to read. I was certain that I was going to love it. Fortunately I am here to tell you that I did! This book took a strong hold of me and simply refused to leave me alone. But I am grateful for that as this was a powerful story that I just truly loved and adored and would happily read again and again! All I can hope now is that this review will do this magnificent book justice!

All About

Grief is hard. It is something that comes in many forms and everyone deals with it in their own way. When Laurel’s sister dies, she struggles to talk about what happened. No longer able to face her old friends, or anyone that knew May, she decides to go to a different high school from them all. As she starts to make new friends and adventures, she also starts to grow as a person, learning how best to deal with the grief that still plagues her. The plotline to this story was amazing. Every detail was thought out, all emotions felt real, and all characters had their own individual journeys. It was compelling, intense and highly emotional. It was hard not to just love where this book took you.

Learning How

Laurel is a truly complex character with a lot of things bumbling about in her head. She is also relatable which made this story so much more enjoyable for me. This book has been mentioned as being similar to The Perks of Being a Wallflower but what makes this book better is Laurel. She is a wonderful character that I understood and whose thoughts really explained everything perfectly. Hannah and Natalie are both fantastic characters as well who feel so realistic and amazing. I loved both of them equally for different reasons – I just want to be their friends! Skye is also worth mentioning. I think he has a really interesting part in the story but he’s also really kind, sweet, and just protective. Not to mention he also has issues but they just make him seem more human in the long run!

To Continue

The writing style of this book was brilliant! The story, as hinted in the title, was set up between letters to different dead people and it just really worked. All that happened was connected in different ways to the person she wrote to and it just made that story really powerful and easy to read. This style also made it more emotional and sensational as you were really getting all of her thoughts and feelings, she wasn’t just telling anybody. I definitely really liked that about this story but I also believe a lot of what I liked about it came from the author’s voice as well and so I know that I will be keeping an eye out for more from her. I’ll especially be looking to see if they blow me away like this one did!

Staying Strong

All in all, this was a book that I simply fell in love with. It was compelling and magical, dark and deep, exploring so many issues in sensitive ways. I adored the writing style, fell for all the characters, and simply did not want the book to end! It was a marvellous book that I will be really recommending from now on as it just had a brilliant impact on me. The whole book made me feel a whole pile of emotions and it has just really touched me. If you’re looking for a book that will keep you entertained and take you on a true journey, then you need to make sure that you have this book in your life. Utterly amazing!

five 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. **

Fighting Dreamer

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Posted on 16 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments


Release Day Blitz; Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted on 15 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments

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We are extremely excited that Jennifer L. Armentrout’s DON’T LOOK BACK releases today!! DON’T LOOK BACK is a young adult suspense being published by Disney Hyperion!

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BUY LINKS:

Amazon. Barnes and Noble. iTunes.

EXCERPT:

I didn’t recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home. Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered, wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was.

Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as sharp gravel dug into my feet.

My bare feet?

I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood. Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t wearing any shoes, but the blood…I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of my jeans.

My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones. Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks.

Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone.

Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed.

A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT.

Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went.

The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on his shoulder before he looked at me.

“Miss?” He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high school? I didn’t know. “We’ve received some calls into dispatch concerning you,” he said gently. “Are you okay?”

I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the motion scratched and pulled. “I…I don’t know.”

“Okay.” The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer about to bolt. “My name is Deputy Rhode. I’m here to help you. Do you know what you’re doing out here?”

“No.” Knots formed in my belly. I didn’t even know where here was.

His smile strained. “What’s your name?”

My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn’t answer his question. The knots started twisting more. “I don’t…I don’t know what my name is.”

He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. “You don’t remember anything?”

I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt. And I knew that wasn’t good. My eyes started to tear up.

“Miss, it’s okay. We’ll get you taken care of.” He reached out, lightly taking hold of my arm. “We’ll get this sorted.”

Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn’t want to sit behind the Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn’t good. Only bad people sat behind the glass in police cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders.

Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly. “Everything’s going to be okay.”

But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn’t work. How could everything be okay when I didn’t know my own name?


ABOUT DON’T LOOK BACK:

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her—even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory—someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

“This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares,” Kirkus Reviews

“Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.” RT BOOK REVIEWS 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK

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Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Website. Twitter. Facebook.
Jennifer L. Armentrout Goodreads. DON’T LOOK BACK Goodreads.

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Posted on 15 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments


Blog Tour Sign Up; Glaze by Kim Curran

Posted on 14 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments

Hello Everyone!
Today I’m here to announce something really exciting! I’m organising a blog tour for Glaze by Kim Curran.
To find out more information about the book, it’s all below! To sign up for the tour, fill in the form at the bottom of the post. Everyone who signs up will be e-mailed so keep an eye out for an e-mail from me if you do sign up. If you don’t get a response e-mail, let me know as your sign up may have gotten lost.
Without further ado, Glaze!

Glaze

Petri Quinn is counting down the days till she turns 16 and can get on GLAZE – the ultimate social network that is bringing the whole world together into one global family. But when a peaceful government protest turns into a full-blown riot with Petri shouldering the blame, she’s handed a ban. Her life is over before it’s even started.

Desperate to be a part of the hooked-up society, Petri finds an underground hacker group and gets a black market chip fitted. But this chip has a problem: it has no filter and no off switch. Petri can see everything happening on GLAZE, all the time. Including things she was never meant to see.

As her life is plunged into danger, Petri is faced with a choice. Join GLAZE… or destroy it.


Tour Info

The tour will run from 8th May to 22nd May.
It will consist of reviews, interviews, guest posts, and other inspired posts, a long with a tour wide giveaway.
The book will be released on 15th May.
All relevant post information will be sent to the bloggers at least three days before the tour.
If you’d like to sign up without the tour form, please e-mail me using the little e-mail button on my sidebar or via my contact page.

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Posted on 14 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments


Cover Reveal; The Tethering by Megan O’Russell

Posted on 10 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments

Hey Guys!
Today is the cover reveal for The Tethering by Megan O’Russell!
Hope you like the cover!


The Tethering
Megan O’Russell
Coming Late Summer

The Tethering

All sixteen-year-old Jacob Evans wants is to win the heart of Emilia Gray, but with order in the magical world crumbling, war threatening, and Emilia’s boyfriend living across the hall, he may never have the chance.

Jacob Evans loses everything he has ever known and is tossed into a world of magic. The Dragons, a group of rebel wizards, are threatening to expose the existence of magic to humans. Jacob is determined to find a way to fit into Emilia’s family, but as his powers grow, so does the danger. With the death toll mounting, Jacob is accused of acts of rebel terrorism and must fight to stay in a world he’s only just beginning to discover.

When Emilia’s life is threatened, Jacob must risk everything to save her. Does he have the power to rescue her in time? And what could their survival cost?

Goodreads.


Twitter. Facebook. Website.

Published by Silence in the Library


And there you have it!
What do you think? Are you excited?

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Posted on 10 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments


Blog Tour Promo; Unveiling You by Samantha Grey

Posted on 8 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments

Hey Guys!
I’m here today with an excerpt of Unveiling You by Samantha Grey! Soon to be released into the wild!
Hope you enjoy.

Unveiling You The price of secrets can be too high…

Amy is starting the internship of her life for a prestigious antiques dealer. She knew it would look good on a resume, but a surprise trip to Paris and an assistant who is determined to keep her around make her want more. She could make this into a permanent job.

If it weren’t for Caleb. He’s returned to his grandfather’s for a new job, even though he doesn’t need the money after selling his company. She’s up to the competition to prove herself, but soon it’s hard to ignore the sizzling tension between them. Neither are willing to give in if it means losing the chance at the job, but their attraction may be too strong. They risk everything if they’re found out — and Amy has been keeping secrets since she arrived, ones that could separate them forever.


Read on for an excerpt from Caleb’s point of view:

Amy’s eyes widened as she looked up at me. “What are you doing?”

“We’ve got an hour and a half before we have to go back to work.” I dropped my button-down on the dock, then stripped off my undershirt. Amy looked away, shaking her head. Even from up here, I could see how pink her face was. Her blushes were hilarious. Adorable. I dropped my pants next, my boxer briefs only a foot or two away from her face.

“Oh, my god,” Amy muttered.

“Come on. I dare you.”

“You dare me?” She looked at me and glanced away quickly, like she’d forgotten I was barely clothed. “What is this, fifth grade?”

I laughed, then jumped in. I plunged into the cool water. So many memories in this lake. Birthday parties, lazy days, with my parents and my friends. I came up, hooting, and when I turned to look at Amy, she was fighting back a smile. Her shirt had wet spots from when I jumped in, and I grinned.

“You’re such a wuss,” I said. “Live a little. You’re not going to let me show you up, are you? Miss I-have-a-degree-and-I’m-not-even-twenty-one?”

“Do you have to make everything a competition?” she asked.

“Yes.”

She stared at me for a moment while I treaded water. “How deep is it?”

“I can’t touch.” I motioned to another area of the lake, where the rocks led into the water. “It’s more shallow over there, if you want to ease into it.” My voice was heavy with condescension. She stood up, and I raised my eyebrows.

“No way,” I said.

She shrugged and turned her back to me.

“Oh, come on, I didn’t turn around!” Could I be any more of a douchebag?

She said nothing as she took off her shirt. Oh, shit. She wore a pink bra, and the backs of her shoulders were freckled. Her narrow waist dipped in, and she stepped out of her shorts. Matching underwear, bikini cut. She had fuller hips and thighs than I had realized; they’d been hiding underneath her skirts and pinstripe pants.

What happened to not checking her out?

She turned around, and I only got a glimpse of her front before she jumped in. Her bra made her boobs look bigger than they probably were, framing her cleavage, and something dark was on her hip, right on her hip, above the edge of her underwear.

She came to the surface, taking in a deep breath. She rubbed her eyes and brushed her hair back, but it was still messy on the left side of her face.

“Do you have a tattoo?” I asked, grinning.

She was at least five feet from me, treading water, only her neck and face out of the water. I could see part of her chest under the water, but past that, it was cloudy, obscured so I couldn’t see that waist or full hips or slim legs.

“Do you?” she countered.

I turned my back to her. I wasn’t sure if she could see it, so I swam to the dock and leaned on it, bringing my back partially out of the water. It was a poem written by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated from the original German.

Before us great Death stands
Our fate held close within his quiet hands.
When with proud joy we lift Life’s red wine
To drink deep of the mystic shining cup
And ecstasy through all our being leaps—
Death bows his head and weeps.


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Posted on 8 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Moving Home Edition!

Posted on 6 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 7 Comments

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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

So I’ve mentioned this previously but you may not have picked up on it. I finally found a flat to move to and get out of my parents’ house. Well, this week has consisted of MOVING ALL THE THINGS into said flat and today while you read this, I should be MOVING MYSELF in. AHHH! So yes… it’s been a big week!

It also means I haven’t done much blog TLC! *insert sadface* But hope to get some done soon, otherwise I may have to extend the laid-back approach for a longer time period.

Anyway, moving on…

I posted ONE review this week;
A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson (THREE HEARTS)

I also posted an exclusive excerpt of All Lined Up by Cora Carmack! Check that out here.

And as it was the end of the month, I wrapped up March in this lovely post.

Lastly, I posted the FINAL discussion post for Double Cross by Malorie Blackman. Head over here to check that out!


London Book Fair!

So this is mostly just a heads up for those of you on Twitter, I’m going to LBF next week! (Tues, Weds and Thurs) It means I may not post much as time is limited but I might have some spare time to get some posts written in long-hand at least!

I went to this last year and absolutely loved the experience and cannot wait to go again. I already have SO MANY seminars I want to go to, and I’m also going to be doing something SUPER EXCITING but I’ll explain what it is later!

Are you going to be there? Let me know below or on twitter, I’d love to meet you!


Around The Blogosphere

Have you seen the new Project that Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf is hosting called The Blog Notes Project? I think this is such a wonderful idea and I really hope it works out perfectly. Seems like a great way to get the right boost. Find out more and sign up, here.

Have you ever wondered, what makes a book blogger?

I’m really starting to enjoy reading middle grade fiction, and I’m hoping to read lots more of it this year. This week Stacey at Pretty Books listed her top ten middle grade books that got her into want to read more middle grade books. She’s mentioned so many great books and I definitely think you should go check out this post.

Are you someone that enjoys YA horror books? This week Georgia from stopped by Project UKYA to do a guest post on her favourite UKYA horror books. Find out which ones she chose and why in this post.

I love the way that books can inspire us to reflect upon our own lives, and in this wonderful post by Jamie at The Perpetual Pageturner, that is exactly what she does. She talks about her friendships and her identity and I think it is just a great post that you should check out!

I think this is just such a lovely post and one that I truly agree with. There are times when I am feeling awful and I’ll suddenly get a comment or see a tweet, and everything will change. We love you Asti!


Letterbox Love

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The Black North by Nigel McDowell; Ever since I heard about this one at the Hot Key brunch, I was dying to read it! Thank you so much to Hot Key for sending me this one for review!

The Temptation of Lila and Ethan by Jessica Sorensen; This one was a surprise package but one that I’m happy about nonetheless! I still need to read The Forever of Ella and Micha but I’m super excited for this one as I loved the first book in this series! Thank you to Sphere for this one.

Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison; I have been DYING to read this one ever since I heard about it so Debbie kindly leant me the copy that she borrowed from Jim. I cannot wait to dive into this one. It’s definitely going to be one of my next reads!


And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

I hope to visit all posts of this manner, so feel free to link to your own IMMs, Sunday Showcase, Sunday Posts, Letterbox Loves or whatever it is you do below!

what did you get this week? what cool blog posts did you stumble upon? what are you waiting to happen this week?

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Posted on 6 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 7 Comments


Book Review; A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson

Posted on 5 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments

Author: Jane Elson
Publisher: Hodder Children’s
Published: 6th February 2014
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source:: Borrowed Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
A Goodnight Mister Tom for today – this is the book that will make you laugh and cry …

Grace’s fun loving Mum has found a lump. Her north London world of sleepovers, tap dancing and playing the clarinet fall apart when she is sent to live with her grumpy old granddad on his farm in Yorkshire while her mother goes into hospital to get better.

Grace misses her mother so much it hurts, and doesn’t quite understand what is happening to her. And things go from bad to worse when she starts school and becomes the bullies newest target.

But Grace is no longer alone when she meets the wild Megan and her pig, Claude – when she’s with them she feels as if she can confront anything. At Easter time when Grace misses her mum the most, she knows she must find a way to get to London. With Megan’s help, she hatches a plan to run away that involves Claude, chocolate Easter eggs and a risky ID swap. But it’s all worth it if it means that she finally gets to see her mum …

A gorgeous story of courage and friendship that will tug at your heart strings.


When All

As soon as I was told about A Room Full of Chocolate, I knew it was a book that I really wanted to get my hands on. It sounded like a really intriguing story that I would love to read. Then, upon hearing so many others raving about this book, I got even more excited to read it until eventually I opened the book. Unfortunately, however, this book did not live up to the expectations that I had given it. Essentially I had expected to be blown away by this book but this simply was not the case. While I did enjoy this book and liked reading it, I was wholly disheartened by a lot of it and was constantly pulled out of the story due to the issues I had with it. I would still recommend it, but I certainly would warn that it’s not a brilliant book.

Is Lost

One of the things I was most drawn to about this book was that it sounded like a cute story of friendship and dealing with big scary illnesses in a really lovely way. While this book does deal with friendship, and dealing with big scary illnesses, and has its cute moments, it just didn’t deliver as I hoped it would. The biggest problem I had with the book was that there were never any repercussions for the actions of the children in the book, the pig was used as a scapegoat one too many times, and the representation of the bullying just didn’t feel right. I feel that if the characters were older then the bullying would have felt more realistic, but it was too grown up and got violent far too quickly and again, there weren’t enough consequences for these actions in the end of it. But, when you look past these things, the story is emotional, and cute, and does have a happy ending and I can see why people love it but I just couldn’t see past these issues to truly enjoy my time reading it.

We Must

I loved Grace. I thought she was the most realistic character in the book. She was rash in her decisions, kept all of her emotions at bay, and had a little bit of a temper. But she was also friendly, protective, caring, worried, and just a ten-year-old girl struggling to deal with the big real world things facing her. I also liked Megan and her free personality. She was sure of herself, strong, and protective as well. She was a great friend for Grace and I enjoyed reading about her. In all honesty, it was due to these two characters that I continued reading this book. I wanted to see where their friendship was going to take them. While some of the other characters and their actions didn’t feel quite right – such as the bullying mentioned above – I felt that these two were strong and well-written, which made it an easier book to like!

Fight To

One of the best things about this book was the voice of the main character. It had a light tone that was easy to be pulled into and I found myself really wanting to read more of it. I feel that Jane has really managed to create a wonderful voice for herself and her protagonist that helps to make it an enjoyable read. While the other issues did make it hard for me to absolutely love this book, I know that I will still be keeping an eye on Jane to read whatever she publishes next as I feel that she has a lot of talent and I cannot wait to see what she will do with it. For the writing alone, I would definitely recommend this book just reminding people to take the story with a grain of salt.

Stay Alive

Essentially this was a good story and I can see why people loved it but as it wasn’t what I was expecting and didn’t do what I was hoping it would, I struggled to love it. I did, however, still like and enjoy it and definitely want to see what Jane will be writing next. Caroline at Big Book Little Book spoke with me about this and we both decided that it is better suited for those in the higher range of middle grade fiction who can understand that what Grace and Megan did should have had heavier punishments, or to read it with younger children to be there to discuss what they think or feel about what happened. I would also add that it would be the perfect opportunity to discuss bullying with the child and what they should do if they are getting or get bullied. So it does have potential, but for me there were just a few too many things that didn’t sit right with me that pulled me away from enjoying it too much. But I’d definitely be interested to know what you think if you ever read it – or have already!

Three Stars

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Posted on 5 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments


Excerpt Blast; All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Posted on 2 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments

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Hi All!
Today I have something very exciting to share with you all!
An excerpt from Cora Carmack‘s new and upcoming novel, All Lined Up.


cora-carmacks-all-lined-up New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

Pre-Order Links; Amazon US. Amazon UK. Barnes and Noble.


Excerpt Reveal: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack by WilliamMorrowBooks


Cora Carmack bio pic Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Website. Twitter. Facebook. Goodreads. All Lined Up Goodreads.


What do you think? Are you as excited for All Lined Up as I am now?

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Posted on 2 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments


March Monthly Wrap Up

Posted on 1 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 4 Comments

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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

Another month has come to an end! And what a month it was! I have been super busy this month – aren’t I always? – sorting out moving house and work stuff! There was my charity run and the fact I hurt my ankle…
Anyway… posting wise…
I think it was a fairly good month for the blog – and it was definitely a good month reading wise! Next month I’ll be slowing both my reading and my blogging so that I can a) give my blog some tlc and b) move into my flat and get that all sorted! and c) london book fair! But shall we finish up what happened in March?

My top three posts this month were;
Drummer Girl by Bridget Tyler
Top Ten Contemporary Reads
Book-to-Movie Adaptations; Read Before or After

I’ve gotten behind on both my vlog channels and my tumblr this month. I was posting sporadically but not really to a schedule. But I think that’s still okay! I’ve had a lot on my mind though so those things were sort of pushed to the back of my mind for a while!

This month I went to the Hot Key Books, Templar, and Piccadilly books event which was really great! I had such a great time! I also went to the Watermarks Books 2 year birthday party thing and that was fun too! It’s always really great to be given a chance to meet up with my fellow bloggers. And I also went to the first meeting for a new book club! I’m super excited for this as it’s lots of us london based bloggers! Aside from that, I’m not sure I’ve done much other bookish things – mostly because I was housebound for a little while and then didn’t want to trek to london in case my ankle wasn’t ready for it! But that’s okay, got more things planned for April!

I read ten and a half books again this month! Which is crazy considering how busy I feel I’ve been! But I did have a bit more time of work than I’ll be getting next month! Mostly I’m super happy because I re-read the entire Noughts and Crosses series! There were times when I just wasn’t sure I’d be able to do it but I did and that makes me super happy!


Favourite Book

Love Letters to the Dead I enjoyed this book from the moment that I started reading it. I was instantly transported into the world and just found myself thinking about the book even when I wasn’t reading it. I became completely invested in this story and the characters and felt all the emotions under the sun as I read it. On too many occasions I wanted to reach through the pages and cuddle everyone until they just felt better. I loved the style of this book and just found it to be so easy to read and relate to and understand. It was everything I had hoped to feel about Perks that I just didn’t. A more precise review of this book will appear on the blog at some point this month, but for now know that it is a fantastic book you should keep an eye on!


Read in March

Coming Soon…


April TBR

Essentially I change what I’m going to read ALL the time but these books are the ones I will DEFINITELY be reading this month, no matter what! If there’s one you think I should read STRAIGHT AWAY, let me know!

Glaze Vicious The History Keepers 3 Dead Man's Cove

I’ll also be reading at least ONE LGBT book and I want to read another adult book as well!


And that concludes my month!

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Posted on 1 April, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 4 Comments


Noughts & Crosses Read-a-Long Discussion; Double Cross!

Posted on 31 March, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments

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Noughts And Crosses Read-a-long

This month, as you may know, I have been hosting a Noughts and Crosses read-a-long with the aim of reading the whole series in a month! However, I’ve also said it’s okay just to read one book (or even just two or three!).

Timeframe
March 1st – 7th; Read Noughts and Crosses
March 8th – 14th; Read Knife Edge
March 15th – 22nd; Read Checkmate
March 23rd – 31st; Read Double Cross

Discussions
On the last day of the books being read (7th, 14th, 22nd, 31st), I’ll be posting discussion questions (and answers) for all the participants to talk about the books – if they wish! It is not a mandatory aspect of joining the read-a-long.

Twitter
Throughout the month, we can all communicate with each other via the hashtag; #readosandxs


Discussion

Now, as it is the last fay of March, it is time to discuss the fourth and final book in the Noughts and Crosses series!

You can find the discussion questions for the first book here.
You can find the discussion questions for the second book here.
You can find the discussion questions for the third book here.

Below I have posted some questions that you can all answer in the comments below! Also, feel free to respond to other people’s comments as well. Let’s make this into a proper discussion!

*NOTE*
Any and all deflamatory, derogatory, or just plain insulting comments will be removed from this blog.
I know discussions can get heated, but I will not tolerate abuse at me or at other people.

Questions

  1. What are your initial thoughts on the book? If it’s your first time reading it, did you enjoy it? If you’ve read it before, was the experience and emotions you felt different this time?
  2. In this book you get a chance to see more of Tobey, what are your thoughts on him as a character? Did you like him? Dislike him?
  3. The plot of this one moves away from the dystopian feel of the first three books and more into a gangster crime novel, how did you feel about that?
  4. There was a lot of issues surrounding drugs in this book, do you feel this topic was approached well?
  5. If this is your first time reading the book, how did you feel about the ending? If this is a re-read, did the ending feel as powerful as before?
  6. How did you feel about the series as a whole?
  7. Anything else you’d like to add?

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Posted on 31 March, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments