Blogspiration #15 – Harry Potter Style

Posted on 30 June, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

Blogspiration is a weekly meme hosted by GrowingUp YA & Saz101. This meme was created to help spark inspiration among bloggers, readers and writers alike. An inspirational quote/picture/video is posted weekly, on the day of the authors choosing, so that it may inspire creativity, conversation & just a little SOMETHING.

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these on a Sunday, (I know, it is terrible!) But I am jumping back on the bandwagon this week! In relation to the 15th Anniversary this week, my blogspiration is going to be all Harry Potter related. (Are you as excited as I am?)

First up, I trawled through the internet and found some great graphics to feature, and then there’s a little ‘inspiration’ paragraph at the bottom.
ENJOY!

The Harry Potter Series has become such a huge phenomenon with such a large fanbase that it is impossible not to be inspired by it. When I was just ten years old, I begged my mum to buy me the first three books when I read about them and ever since I read the first book, I was absolutely hooked. They have been with me every step I took in my life and I always loved waiting for the next book to arrive, or the next film. They were amazing stories that I never wanted to end. (*big tear*)

J.K. Rowling herself has been a major inspiration to me. She is one of the main reasons that I wanted to start writing myself, she helped me want to read even more and as I grew up RP writing to HP was just what I did. She will always be one of my idols and she will always be an inspiration to me. So it was about time that she became apart of my blogspiration posts!

The best thing about Harry Potter though is the fandom. J. K. has managed to inspire so many people but, as you can see from the graphics above, the fans themselves are just as inspiring. I can only imagine how overwhelmed she must be by all of the creativity and inspiration that fans have fuelled into her original stories. It must feel absolutely amazing.

So with all that said, I just want to say one final thing. Some people may not like, some people may not have read them but no one will ever be able to argue that the Harry Potter series is truly inspiring.

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Letterbox Love #9

Posted on 30 June, 2012 by Faye - 6 Comments

Letterbox Love is a new meme that was created by Kristy, Laura, Carly, Lynsey, Emma and Leanne and is being hosted on Lynsey’s blog, here.
The logo on mine is not the actual one. I made this myself before I realised a graphic had been made already but I love mine so I’m keeping it.

This week was supposed to be a slow week, but it ended up not being that way at all. I hope that it slows down next week as I’m really starting to fall behind on my reading! But I really don’t have that much of a problem with it, haha. The one thing I can say is that I did not buy any new books this week! Yay!

for loan

Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie; I heard about this book from the RHCP Blogger Brunch and I got really intrigued about it so I instantly requested it from the library. This week I got told it was ready to collect so I went and grabbed it. It looks so pretty and the story sounds amazing. I can’t wait to read it and with the second book soon to be released, I hope I love it!

This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel; I also heard about this book at the RHCP Blogger Brunch and I am so glad I did as it sounds amazing! I honestly can’t believe it wasn’t known to me before and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into this one! Hopefully it’ll be worth the wait! This one also has a sequel to be released soon so all the more to read!

Like Crazy (2012); Ever since I saw the trailer for this one I really wanted to watch it but missed it when it was in the cinema so when I saw it on LoveFilm, I instantly added it to my rental list and was so happy when it finally got sent my way. I have now watched this and was actually a little disappointed with it, which is upsetting but just one of those things unfortunately.

won
 

Shift by M. R. Merrick; Oh, I have seen this one around for ages and kept meaning to buy it but never got around to it so I was so happy when I won it this week! Thank you so much to M. R. Merrick and Valerie from StuckInBooks! I am so looking forward to reading this one!

for review

The Yard by Alex Grecian; I am so intrigued by this one! It looks so mysterious and interesting and I love things that are related to Jack the Ripper! It was a bit longer than I was expecting but I will not let that put me off! Besides, look at the gorgeous vintage cover! (it feels amazing, just fyi). Thank you to Penguin for this copy!

The Taker and The Reckoning by Alma Katsu; This is a new series for me and I just loved the sound of it and really wanted to give it a go! I am really looking forward to jumping into this one! Thank you so much to Random House for these two!

Rapture by Lauren Kate; Last week the first three books in this series were sent to me and this week Rapture arrived! I’m still really looking forward to this series and am looking forward to reading them one after the other now! I think it may be a July task for me. Can I read them all in a week? Thank you to Random House for this read!

Afterlife by Eric Edstrom; I cannot wait to read this one! I loved Undermountain (review) and have been eagerly awaiting to read the sequel and so when Eric e-mailed me asking if I wanted to read it, how could I deny him? I am so looking forward to this, I just can’t wait to dive back into that world and Eric’s writing style! Thank you so much for the copy Eric!

 

that’s all I got this week,
what did you get? :)

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Posted on 30 June, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: August 2nd 2012
Pages: 404
Format: ARC Paperback Copy
Source: Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon, The Book Depository

Summary: (From Goodreads)

Celaena Sardothien is a daredevil assassin with unrivalled fighting skills. After a year’s hard labour in the salt mines of the kingdom of Adarlan, Celaena is offered her freedom on one condition—she must fight as handsome Prince Dorian’s champion in a contest sponsored by the king, facing the deadliest thieves and assassins in the land in a series of set-piece battles in the country’s stunning glass palace. But there is more at stake than even her life—for Celaena is destined for a remarkable future…

five out of five hearts

the game begins
I started reading Throne of Glass after reading the first three novella’s so I already had a fairly good idea on Celaena’s personality and where she was before the novel started. I also knew that I adored the way that Sarah J. Maas wrote and found it easy and simple yet kept me entertained and interested. So by the time I had finished reading this book, I knew there was no hope for me. This book is simply brilliant. It really captured my attention and had me wanting to read more all the time. When I wasn’t reading I was thinking about it, when I was reading, I was thinking about where it could go, what could happen. I was truly enthralled by this book and I am just so glad that I had the chance to read it.

let the players line up
One of the most important elements of this book, one of the things that really kept my attention and love of this book was the characters. I already adored Celaena but this novel just made me love her even more. She really came out of her shell and proved what she could be but she wasn’t my favourite character. Not by a long shot. I enjoyed reading her story and I loved her journey and I was rooting for her the entire way and well, you know, I wanted to be her but she just didn’t have my full heart because my heart truly belonged to Captain Westfall.

I adored how strong he was, how he did his best to keep his distance from Celaena and how you could just feel the effect that she had on him. I loved how loyal he was to his job and to his best friend and just how well he carried himself. I admired everything about him and I could not help but root for him throughout the entire story. I couldn’t wait to see more of him, and I especially loved it when the story was told from his perspective. It was a nice change. It isn’t often that I like the third in a trio, but he definitely caught my attention.

Of course, it would be impossible not to mention the prince. He was so loveable and charming and I did enjoy him but he just wasn’t as lovely as the Captain. But I did enjoy the journey he went on and I could understand the pressures he had coming on both sides but that he just wanted to live his life as he could. I found that the way Celaena affected him was also so admirable and amazing. So while I did feel that he was perfect for her in ways, I just felt that her affect on him wasn’t nearly as admiring as her affect on the Captain.

There were so many other charming characters in this novel too but if I was to sit here and talk about them all, this review would just be too long but I loved so many of them and felt that they all just helped to bring the entire story alive. I wanted to be around all of the amazing and exotic characters so much.

the battle commences
The storyline was so amazing! I haven’t read the Game of Thrones (or watched the show) but I’ve heard a lot about it but I can’t say that it is exactly the same but I can say that I loved it. I really enjoyed the competition and the training and how each competitor was eliminated. I loved the sub-plots that ran alongside the competition and it really helped to keep the reader interested because there was always so much going on. I just really enjoyed all of it so much. I could also see how the Cinderella storyline was adapted and just transformed into something else entirely. I enjoyed it so much!

I loved the world it was set in. I loved the way everything was described and how things were going down-hill. I really just wanted to know where Sarah came up with such exotic sounding places and all the things that go on within the different places. It was just perfect and well-thought out and I just really liked it. I loved as well, how the story starts and why and just found it to be so fascinating. There wasn’t a moment during my reading that I wanted to put the book down. It wasn’t confusing, it was easy and simple and inspiring and amazing. I wanted to be there, I wanted to enjoy everything that was happening. I especially liked the idea of the fantasy elements that were used within it and I really hope to see more of that appearing in the next book.

a clear winner
This book is one that I would quite easily read again and again and one that I will be purchasing a non-ARC copy as soon as I can. I found it to be a truly fascinating and captivating read. I loved the characters and the way that they just really brought the story to life. It was this story that really I admired so much. While there were a few small things that irritated me, they were so insignificant that I almost always forgot them straight away, they did not deter from the amazing-ness of this book. I really loved the ending of the book too and I cannot wait for the next book to hit the shelves so that I can devour it just as quickly as this one.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review *

Have you seen my review of the Throne of Glass Novellas yet?

Faye

Posted on 30 June, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments


Throne of Glass Novellas by Sarah J. Maas

Posted on 29 June, 2012 by Faye - 7 Comments

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: January 13th 2012
Pages: 63
Format: Kindle
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com

Summary: (From Goodreads)

On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.


five out of five hearts

This was a great short read that really showed who Celaena is and what she does. It is interesting and compelling and I really enjoyed the mission that she was sent on and the way that she reacted throughout the novella. I really believe that this novella showed a charming side of her and how she is stubborn and will do everything she can to get what she wants, no matter the consequences. I admired that about her. I also loved the depiction of her and Sam, and how this mission made them closer. It was so great to read and really had me rooting for the pair by the end. This little novella is one that I really do recommend you read as it has everything that you could want, action, a mission, tension and romance. All bundled into a short 63 pages! It doesn’t get much better than that.


Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: March 30th 2012
Pages: 86
Format: Kindle
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com 

Summary: (from Goodreads)

The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive.


five out of five hearts

Oh, I loved this one! I think that this one was actually probably my favourite of the three. Celaena is being punished for her actions in the first novella and is sent off into the desert alone to train with the silent assassins to become a better assassin herself. I really enjoyed her training, I enjoyed everything that happened to her while she was there and really felt myself growing attached to her as a character. She showed her vain side a lot in this one but she also showed her heart and protective nature and it just was so great. She should that she was loyal and great and that, above all else, she’s human. It was a brilliant read that I did really enjoy and felt it had so much going on within it, despite it only being a short and quick read. It is definitely worth the time though!


Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: May 1st 2012
Pages: 92
Format: Kindle
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com 

Summary: (From Goodreads)

When the King of the Assassins gives Celaena Sardothien a special assignment that will help fight slavery in the kingdom, she jumps at the chance to strike a blow against an evil practice. The misson is a dark and deadly affair which takes Celaena from the rooftops of the city to the bottom of the sewer—and she doesn’t like what she finds there.


five out of five hearts
 
I really loved this one. It wasn’t nearly as intriguing as the first one, nor as exciting as the second but it was completely intense and interesting and really kept me turning the page. I could tell that certain things were going to happen which was a little annoying but it also just helped to show, once again, that Celaena is still only human. It was a great little novel and I absolutely adored the relationship between her and Sam in this one. It was so brilliant and heart-warming and really got me curious about it all. I loved how she acted around Arobynn and how it all ended in the end. Once again, for such a short novella, it really captured my interest and made me want to read more about these brilliant and inspiring characters. I loved getting to know more about Caelena and the reasons she is the way she is. A read I would recommend to just about anyone.
 

 
The Assassin and the Empire
This fourth novella I have yet to read for it is yet to be released – it is expected in July 2012 so not long to wait now! However I felt it was important to add something in about this one. I cannot wait to read it. I am honestly counting down the days until I can go ahead and purchase it. From going ahead and reading Throne of Glass, I know that I really need to know how it goes from Underworld to the situation in the novel. I need the blanks filled in! It is therefore with encouragement that I urge you to either read ALL four novellas before starting Throne of Glass or wait until after the novel to read them all.
 

Check back tomorrow for my review of Throne of Glass!
 
Faye
 

Posted on 29 June, 2012 by Faye - 7 Comments


Behind The Blog – Animal Party

Posted on 28 June, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments

Behind the Blog is a meme to help bloggers connect their life and interests to the content showcased on their blog. The co-hosts, Faye, Kathe, and Melissa will provide a different topic, idea, or question every week that bloggers can relate to themselves and the books, films, or other media they find interesting!

Animals are everywhere and can make a large impact in people’s lives, so this week we’re asking how you feel about animals. Are you an animal lover? Do you get on with animals but don’t go out of your way to spend time with them? Do you dislike them? What is your favourite animal? Do you own any pets?
In relation to books and films, what animals have you loved reading or watching? This can include animals like werewolves, if you so wish!


If there is one thing to know about me, it is that I am an absolute animal lover. I adore almost every single animal there is out there and find them all incredibly fascinating. Some I admire because they are cute and cuddly and just make feel all warm and lovable inside. Some I love because they are strong and beautiful and powerful. While others I find interesting because they act in a certain way or look a certain way. But I really do like almost every single animal. I’m sure someone will mention one animal now and I’ll be all, “oh no, they’re horrible!” just to prove me wrong but there we go!

When I was growing up (and kind of still today), my favourite animals were horses. I found them so powerful, strong and beautiful and I just loved them. I loved their different colours and personalities and just how amazing they were. I still, to this day, find it difficult to watch films that have horse cruelty in them but I love when they show how intelligent they can be and helpful and just how much they love humans. I think I will always have a soft spot for this amazing animal.

Now though, I think my favourite animals are probably cats. I’ve grown up around them and so I know how cute they can be, how silly, clumsy, cuddly, vicious, temperamental, stubborn, and friendly they can be. I know that every different cat has a unique personality but I also know that they are generally fiercely loyal. Of course, they probably wouldn’t be if we stopped feeding them but they know which home is theirs, they know who to cuddle up with, where to go for strokes and attention and are just extremely loveable and intelligent. They are also wholly able to live without humans, they are naturally born to be hunters so they are genetically engineered to get the food that they require. But really, I love cats because they make great pets.

I have mentioned that I have grown up with cats, and today I live with three of the furry messballs, Barney, Holly and Max. They each have their own individual personalities and I love them all so much. Barney is the friendliest. He doesn’t care who you are, if you give him a big belly rub he’ll be your friend. But he’s also the biggest, the youngest but he eats gallons and then never does enough exercise so you get obese looking Barney. Then you have his twin sister Holly who is, ironically, the complete opposite. Small in physique she is agile, fast and shy around people. Of course, once she warms up to you, she’ll always want attention from you. In fact, she has a habit of tapping you on the arm if she wants you which I find extremely cute. Then we have Max who is the oldest and unfortunately the stress-iest. He’s had to deal with a lot in his life, he’s lost three friends, had to deal with lots of crying and annoying kittens and now has two smaller cats competing for attention. But he’s still lovable, will meow for attention and will meet you in the driveway when you come home. He’s only stressy when you touch him in ways he’s not happy with so we know to just not touch there!

I also have three cats who reside at my dads. Toffee, T.C, and Little One. Toffee is the oldest and possibly the most adorable. He craves attention from humans twenty-four seven. He struggles to sit still and he just continuously wants to be stroked. He is super friendly to everyone who comes in the door and will struggle to take no as an answer. T.C. is supposedly friendly and warm and lovable but since he bit me I struggle with him. I have seen how he relaxes and enjoys humans company but I just can’t get passed my fear of him, unfortunately. Then there’s Little One who unfortunately didn’t get a name in time and now only answers to this. He’s not little anymore, but he is in comparison to T.C. Little One is really cute but he is also afraid of T.C and is therefore often cooped up in a room away from him so I don’t get to see him often. But he is also friendly and playful and enjoys company when he can get it.

So yes, I love cats and horses!
I also have a soft spot for dogs, rabbits, tigers, lions, panda bears, polar bears and dolphins.


In relation to books, I’ve struggled to think of many examples as my brain is really not working in this regard. A few that I feel need to be noted are;
  • Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland
  • Pantelamon; His Dark Materials (if a daemon can be included)
  • Lupin; Harry Potter
  • Grimalkin; The Iron Fey

I will try and think of more!


In relation to films, some of my favourite films about animals include;

  • Marley and Me; talk about grabbing the tissue box!
  • Home and Away; they make it!
  • The Aristocats; need I say more?
  • Across the Hedge; hammy is so cute!
  • Finding Nemo; was my favourite film for a long time!
  • The Lion King; classic amazing film.
  • Hotel for Dogs; call me lame but all the dogs were cute!
  • All Dogs go to Heaven; classic love.

I’m sure there are many, many more but I will be listing for hours if I try to list them all! So here are just a few! I think it was easier to think of films because generally animals are more depicted in films!


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Posted on 28 June, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments


Propheticus by Emma Daley

Posted on 28 June, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hey Guys!Today is my stop on the YANR Book tour for Propheticus by Emma Daley and you are here to read my review! Hope that you like it. To visit the other stops on the tour, I have included a list of the other blogs and dates at the bottom of this post.

Enjoy! 

Author: Emma Daley
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: 20th November 2010
Pages: 282 Pages
Format: Ebook
Source: Received from Author
Add it: Goodreads, The Book Depository, Amazon

Summary: (from Goodreads)
There is something frightening about the way a hateful, unknown creature looks back at you. The way its beady red eyes snarl at you, and it’s cheek curls with a hiss to reveal the greedy canines beneath. It is one thing to dream of this beastly creature, and it is another to have it inches from your face, its warm ungodly breath on your cheek, and its pallid gray bones reaching to devour you. My name is Aniah, and once my world was safe. But like many others throughout the universe-and here on the planet Delucia-fate would have me meet with the Mangitori de Sangue; an ancient army of blood-lusting creatures who have been frightening and devouring the inhabitants of the universe for decades. My fate brings me deep into their world. In fact, it is written somewhere-and the stories have been told long before I was ever born-of a prophecy wherein a young woman with the heart and soul of an angel will lead the universe in a victory against the Mangitori de Sangue. I am that woman. I just have to stay alive long enough to figure out how.

four out of five stars

in the beginning
I haven’t read that many sci-fi novels in my time, it is one genre that I am still new to but I haven’t yet read a sci-fi story that I haven’t ended up really enjoying. Propheticus was a creative, moving and intriguing novel that really grabbed my attention. I loved the story and I was so focussed by the end of the book that I was left in a daze at the end wishing that I could continue reading. I need to know what happens next, I want to know more and spend more time with the characters and the planet. It was an inspiring read that lifted my heart and kept me interested throughout the book. It is one that I would easily re-read again and one that truly sets up the scene of what looks to be an intriguing series.

the structure holds
Aniah is such a strong, stubborn and amazing character. I loved how protective she was of her ma, and the way that she carried herself despite her loss and grief. I found her to be fascinating and I really just loved the way she acted around Novell. I felt attached to her and I found myself heart-broken during certain parts as I felt the way she did. She put so much of herself into things that when they went wrong it was hard not to feel hr pain. She was a great protagonist and one character that I am really looking forward to reading more about.

I adored Novell though. I think he really made the story for me. He was compassionate and caring, adventurous and on a mission to search for his family and I just found him absolutely thrilling. I loved seeing his perspective of things, especially how he felt about Aniah and just loved being able to see the two characters from different perspectives. I admired how he wanted to thank Aninah and her ma for their hospitality and I enjoyed his tales of his adventures. He was a really well-rounded character that I enjoyed reading about so much.

building it up
The relationship in this book was so adorable. I loved how it all came together and while I’m not a fan of insta-love, the way this relationship plays out and how they are with each other, I just found it so sweet. It was romantic and kind and you just couldn’t help but feel your heart pumping a little faster. It was a great sub-plot to what else was going on within the book and while at times I started to feel that the book was more romance than anything else, I certainly didn’t mind it! 

I would say that the action doesn’t really start to get going until near the end. There are hints throughout the narrative that make you curious that you put in a memory bank to call on later but with the focus being mostly on the characters and their history and relationship, it is fair to say that it really isn’t that important to begin with. However, once that action is put to the forefront, it is such a riveting read. So much so that I was literally sitting foreword on the seat holding my Kindle closer to me trying to get closer to it all. The tension building was brilliant and so sudden and just really managed to take my breath away.

This brings me to the ending which totally left me wanting more, straight away. It wasn’t an ending that left you with just enough and the hint of something on the horizon, it literally left many questions unanswered and really manages to keep the reader entertained. I am certainly looking forward to finding out what is going to happen next! I sometimes find it irritating when books end like this but I think it actually works well in this book and I just hope that I get my hands on the second book soon so as to continue on this wonderful story.

and knocking it down
Unfortunately, while I loved the plot, the characters and the romance in this novel, I sometimes found the writing style to be a little annoying. At times things are repeated and it feels like the author believes the reader would have forgotten something that had been written in the previous paragraph and it irritated me slightly. Fortunately this doesn’t happen throughout the book and was something that I was able to look passed but it really put off a few times to the point that I would skim the next paragraph as it felt that it literally repeated itself just in a different way. Of course, this may be interesting for some readers but it did not bode well with me.

so it is said
All in all this was a fascinating read that I really enjoyed and was glad that I got the chance to read. The characters were enticing, the romantic subplot was heart-warming, the sci-fi worlds were thrilling and creative and interesting to read about and the plot was really intriguing and full of tension and curiosity, especially at the end. This book will leave you wanting more but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves sci-fi novels with romance and with an action sequence full of tension and mystery at the end. A brilliant read.

Faye

Posted on 28 June, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments


Waiting on Wednesday #14

Posted on 27 June, 2012 by Faye - 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight a book that you’re giddy with excitement to read so that other people can be giddy with excitement too :)
As I run a book and film blog, I do this meme including books and films that I am waiting on. This week I have one book for your viewing pleasure and one film. Hope that you like them too! :D

Author: Erin Bowman
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 16th 2013
Add It: Goodreads

Summary: (From Goodreads)
There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?



Why?: Ummm… HELLO. First off – that cover is A-MAZING. Like, holy crap it is simply stunning and I am only praying that the real thing is just as pretty! Then… then we read the synopsis and my head is pounding with questions and curiousness and I just need this book in my life. Why, oh why, is it not released until 2013? And with it being HarperTeen there’s a chance it may not make it across the pond to me. Eeek. This is just too sad!!

———-

Title: Now is Good
Release Date: 21st September 2012 (UK)
Directed by: Ol Parker

Why?: Yeah… this just looks… so emotional and crippling and just brilliant. I haven’t read the book but I own it now so I will be reading it before the film for definite! I am so looking forward to this. I just can feel myself being an emotional wreck, can’t you?

what are you waiting on?

Posted on 27 June, 2012 by Faye - 6 Comments


Getting to Know Alicia Brewster and Don’t Call Me Angel

Posted on 26 June, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments

Hi Guys! So today I’m hosting the wonderful Alicia Brewster as part of her blog tour for her book Don’t Call Me Angel. Just for you lot I have interviewed her to help you get to know her and her book a little better. Hope you enjoy it! 

Hello Alicia, and welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! Starting out with the basics, tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you would like your readers to know.
I like reading, writing, long walks on the beach, rainy days, sunny days, and weekends. I’m a big fan of weekends.

Weekends are great! So, how long have you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve known I wanted to be a writer for about six years, but it took me several years to get up the motivation to actively pursue it.

And I bet you’re glad you finally did! Now you’ve pursued it though, I’m curious, when you’re not typing away at the keyboard coming up with new ideas, what do you do?
Besides my day job, of course, I read a lot. I often pick up hobbies for several months at a time–Tae Kwon Do, jewelry making, spinning. I like to keep my mind and body occupied.

So now we know more about you, what about your novel? What is it all about?
Don’t Call Me Angel is an urban fantasy novella about a fallen angel, named Six, who just escaped from Hell. At 120 pages, this first book is not a full-length novel, but the others in the series likely will be. Six sees things differently than most people, partly because she’s bitter about having been forced into Hell, and partly because she’s new to Earth and discovering it for the first time. Throughout the series, we’ll see her make a lot of mistakes while finding her way.

It definitely sounds interesting. What inspired you to write a novel about angels and demons?
We see a lot of books in urban fantasy about angels, but they seem to focus on a point-of-view character other than the actual angels. I wanted to delve into what it means to be a fallen angel; I’d think the experience of being cast out of heaven would be pretty traumatic, and that’s what you see in this novella.

I like the idea behind this! I have to ask, as this is your debut novel, how have you felt the journey has gone since the release?
It’s been wild! I’m currently working on a few other writing projects, but I’ve had little time for them in the past month with all the promotions for this book. I finally received a finished copy of my book in the mail yesterday. I just kept staring at it!

In your opinion, what is the most rewarding thing to happen to you as an author?
I had a book published. :)

That’s so amazing! So, diving deeper now then, who is your favourite character in your novel?
Other than the two main characters, that would probably be a minor character who appears only twice in the book. He’s an unnamed monster who Six refers to in her head as Red Eyes. Red Eyes has sharp teeth and liquid red eyes, with no pupils or whites. He hits on Six in a bar, and for some odd reason, she finds him creepy!

Antagonists can often be hard to get right, can you tell us a little bit about your antagonist – without giving too much away, of course!
Hmm, there’s not much I can tell you without spoilers, except what’s already in the book blurb. Sorry!

No worries, we understand! I am wondering though, when you were writing this novel, was there a specific place that helped give you inspiration? (a coffee shop perhaps)
Not for me. I wrote whenever and wherever I had the opportunity. Mostly, that was at home in front of my television, with the volume turned super low. But I can work anywhere. Bits and pieces of my manuscript were stored remotely on Google documents, so that I could add to it from my mobile phone when I was out and about.

I can sometimes yell at people when I’m in the middle of writing and they distract me, do you have any bad habits when you’re writing?
Sometimes I forget that I need time to relax and unwind, which can be bad for my stress level. I go to work and type all day for work stuff. Then I come home and type stuff for my current manuscript. I occasionally experience days of burnout where I just can’t get anything done.

And finally, do you have any advice for any aspiring writers out there?
You can do it. Just do it. (And then have it thoroughly edited.)

and a quick fire round;

ebooks or hard copies?
ebooks
day or night?
day
reading or writing?
writing
paper or computer?
computer
tea or coffee?
tea
favourite book of the moment?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
most memorable book?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Thank you Alicia for talking with me today! It’s been great to get to know more about you and your novel!
If you would like to know more about Alicia and her novel, you can find her on her website, here, on twitter, here, and on goodreads, here.


Faye

Posted on 26 June, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments


Tricia Stewart Shiu; The Story Behind Moa.

Posted on 25 June, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

Please enjoy this guest post by Tricia Stewart Shiu, author of the paranormal YA novel with a literary bent Moa. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including $6000 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, 5 autographed copies of Moa, and 5 autographed copies of its sequel, Statue of Ku.

 

The Story Behind Moa by Tricia Stewart Shiu

I’ve always loved Hawaii and was thrilled when my husband booked a visit for us to see his relatives in Honolulu, Hawaii in October of 2006. We packed light and brought our daughter, who was three-years-old at the time.

Our condo was close to parks and monuments that oozed history. We enjoyed wandering around and indulging in the local cuisine. I even tried poi and liked it!

The morning after we arrived, I rose early to push my daughter’s stroller through the quiet, cool morning air. It felt like such a gift to experience Honolulu before the rest of the island was up.

After a hearty island breakfast, we headed out for a morning at our favorite sandy reprieve, Kuhio Beach. The water was calm and protected by a breakwater. Our daughter enjoyed digging and splashing and my husband and I sat sit nearby without worrying about the strong current.

Afterward, we headed back to our condominium, ate a light lunch, and took a luxurious siesta. Although I’m not usually a mid-day napper, the fresh sea air and sun lulled me into a light sleep—the kind where I felt like I was awake, but I was actually deeply asleep.

I heard a voice say my name and a part of me awoke. I use the word “part” because I could definitely feel my body touching the soft material on the couch. And yet, another part was keenly aware of a young woman with dark hair standing over me. It felt real, but dream-like, so I decided to go with it and ask her her name.

She pronounced a long Hawaiian string of letters, which seemed to go on for minutes. After repeating the name three or four times, she told me to call her “Moa.” Through my exhausted, sleepy haze, I remember being skeptical. If this was, indeed, a dream, I would ask as many questions as possible. So I did.

Why was she here? Where did she come from? How could I be sure she was who she claimed to be?

Instead of any answers, she flashed a mental picture of a woman and said that she was a long lost friend of my husband’s. She told me her name and explained that my husband’s family and she had lost touch 15 years before and had been orbiting around one another trying to reconnect.

I awoke from that nap, slightly groggy. That was an indication that I was definitely asleep. Perhaps it was just my creativity kicking into overdrive, I reasoned, and decided to go on with my day. We walked to a park with my daughter and began playing. Suddenly, there was a squeal and my husband and I turned to see the woman from my dream charging toward us with her arms stretched out wide. As she spoke, I tried to gather my wits. Here was the same woman from my dream, someone I’d only seen a mental picture of, and she was standing on the grass right in front of me.

She and my husband exchanged numbers and promised to keep in touch. For the next few hours, I tried to make sense of what happened. I had never had an experience like this before, but there was no denying that I saw a picture in a dream before I met someone and then they showed up in real life.

When I went to sleep that evening, Moa visited again. She answered the other questions I’d asked earlier that afternoon and wanted me to know that I was protected and should share my experience with the world. Since this was definitely my first metaphysical encounter, I had no idea how to form the correct words to share what had happened. How on earth, I asked Moa, am I supposed to convey such undocumented, unsubstantiated, unusual information?

She said that our world exists on many levels which all play simultaneously. Her analogy was of a DVR. Several shows can be playing at the same time but are on different tuners. That, she said, is where she existed.

When I awoke, I began writing and continued to do so. The story evolved into “Moa,” then the sequel, “Statue of Ku.” My daughter, now seven, took the cover photo and illustrated, as well. The photo was taken a few years ago on the North Shore as we played on the beach. The artwork has been compiled over the last two years.

Since my visit with Moa, I began an extensive and sometimes circuitous search to explain my metaphysical experience. I took classes on mediumship, Huna, energy work and through my education, I learned to create healing essential oils and elixir sprays and incorporated that information in the book. Not only did my experience with Moa inspire me and guide me through four-and-a-half of the most challenging years of my life, I also believe that writing about those events and including information I received about that inspiration and guidance, brought my own deep physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation and healing. Writing, editing and publishing Moa has opened doors to a new way of understanding myself, those around me and the energy we share.

Whatever your belief or understanding of the metaphysical world, I believe that if one person is transformed through learning, then we are all transformed. I truly believe the Moa I met came through in this work and, just as I connected with her as I wrote, those who read the book will experience her as well.

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As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the Moa and Statue of Ku eBook editions have both been dropped to just 99 cents this week. What’s more, by purchasing either of these fantastic books at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes. The prizes include $600 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of each book. All the info you need to win one of these amazing prizes is RIGHT HERE. Remember, winning is as easy as clicking a button or leaving a blog comment–easy to enter; easy to win! To win the prizes:

        1. Purchase your copies of Moa and Statue of Ku for just 99 cents
        2. Enter the Rafflecopter contest on Novel Publicity
        3. Visit today’s featured social media event

          About Moa: Eighteen-year-old, Hillary, anticipates adventure as she embarks for trip to Honolulu, but gets more than she bargained for when Moa, an ancient Hawaiian spirit, pays her an unexpected visit. Get it on Amazon.
          About Statue of Ku:  The second book in the Moa Book Series, “The Statue of Ku” follows Hillary and Moa as they jet to Egypt on the Prince’s private plane to reclaim Moa’s family heirloom, the inimitable statue of Ku. Get it on Amazon.
          About the author: Tricia Stewart Shiu combines her addiction to the written word with her avid interest in the healing arts and all things metaphysical in her novels Moa and Statue of Ku and looks forward to finding new ways to unite her two loves. Visit Tricia on her websiteTwitterFacebook, or GoodReads.

        Posted on 25 June, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


        Moa by Tricia Stewart Shiu

        Posted on 25 June, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments


        Hey Guys!So today I am participating in Novel Publicity’s whirlwind tour for Moa by Tricia Stewart Shiu. This post is a review of the book and later on this afternoon will be a guest post from Tricia Stewart Shiu so keep your eyes peeled for it. As always this will be advertised on Twitter and Facebook once it is up!

        Also, there is a chance to win some prizes at the end of this post and all details of that will come after the review.

        So, instead of holding you up any longer, let’s get on with the review shall we?

        Author: Tricia Stewart Shiu
        Publisher: Human Being Publishing
        Published: February 1st 2012
        Pages: 146
        Format: Paperback
        Source: Gifted from Author
        Add it: Goodreads, Amazon, The Book Depository


        Summary: 

        Hillary Hause is not a witch. But, everyone in her conservative small town thinks so. When she is given a trip to Hawaii for graduation, this energetic eighteen-year-old anticipates adventure but gets more than she bargained for when Moa, an ancient Hawaiian spirit, pays her an unexpected visit.


        With the help of her older sister, Molly and her seven-year-old niece, Heidi, Hillary embarks on a journey in which she not only saves herself, her family and Moa, but also the Hawaiian Islands. In the end, she learns to accept herself and her spiritual gifts warts and all.


        three out of five hearts
        The First Word.*
        In an attempt for full disclosure, and because all of my reviews are honest, I have to start this review by saying that while I was reading this I honestly struggled. I simply could not get my head around the concept of the book and just after the halfway point I had to stop reading and take a step back from it. In doing that I turned to the front of the book and read the words that the author had signed within my book, “if you see it, it is so… if you believe it, it is so…”, and I instantly realised that I was reading the book wrong. I was looking at it too literally, expecting it all to make sense in my world when actually it is a spiritual book. It is a book that carries with it a strong message written between the lines and the story itself is just an interesting tale to help carry that message. As soon as I took a step back from it all, I found myself enjoying the book a lot more. I could finally appreciate it for what it actually was; a beautiful and touching read.

        Humanity.*
        The characters in this story are all so lovely and I loved to read them. I found that Hillary was a really interesting character who had a long journey to go through. It was great to see how history had made her become the person she was and how the present was shaping her to be a new person in the future. She may not have been the perfect person, but she was willing to change for the better and that was such an admiring thing to read. She wasn’t totally accepting of it all at first and I felt that this really helped to make her character feel more rounded as it was how one would expect someone to react in that situation. I am definitely looking forward to reading more about her and seeing where else she will take us.

        I adored Heidi. She was so smart and curious and charming and she just made me smile when I saw her. She was brave and was more accepting of everything because she was younger. I loved that about her but I also loved that she helped to coax her mother along but knew when to take a stand. I found her to be an admirable character. I also really liked Moa. She had the body of a seven-year-old but it was clear that she had a lot more wisdom than that. She was helpful and protective and just a really great character to read. She just really made the book that much more enjoyable to read and I adored the journey she went on throughout the book and am honestly looking forward to seeing a lot more from her.

        The only character that I struggled with was Molly. I’m not exactly sure what it was about her but I just couldn’t get myself to like her. She also went on quite a journey and it was interesting to get to know more about her but I don’t think we saw enough of her past to understand where she was in the present. I think it would have been nice to have seen some of her relationship with her sister or her daughter a bit more to understand why they were the way they were in the book. There was just something about her that irked me the wrong way, unfortunately.

        The Other Side.*
        While it took me a while to come around to it, to fully get my head around it all, I really liked the concept of the spirits in this book. I liked how it outlined everything out and how different things came into play at different times. I found it all to be really intriguing and different. Even when I was confused and found it difficult to read, I still couldn’t put the book down because I was just too curious about it all. I wanted to know more, I wanted it all to be fully explained to me. It was a great technique to get the readers’ attention and it helped to make the book more enjoyable throughout. If I was a believer, it would be nice to believe that there were spirits as nice as Moa out there.

        I really liked the way that each chapter began, I found it really interesting and I liked how it gave you a slight insight into what the chapter will bring without giving too much away. I also liked the journey that the entire book took you on. It was a unique storyline that really caught my attention and I know that reading the next book in this series is something that I am looking forward to doing.

        The Power of Air.*
        While it did take me a while to understand what the book was trying to say, I have to admit that I immensely enjoyed what this novel was trying to say. I love the idea that we are in control of our own lives and the things we see. It isn’t what we see but how we look at what we see that makes all the difference. Some people will look at the ocean and just see water while some people can look at the ocean and see all of their hopes and dreams, they can see a journey or an adventure but it is all in their perception. How we perceive the world is the only thing that keeps us original and unique. I also like that this story had a lot about inner peace, of letting go of the regrets from the past because it has come and gone and as much as we may hate it, it has shaped us into the people we are today. 

        Caution.*
        Before I finish up this review, there is one thing that I must tell you all. This is a novel that changes between third person and first person. It was due to this changing of tenses that I was confused for a while at the beginning but I found that once I got it in my head as to what was happening, it was easier to understand. If you find it difficult to read books that continuously changes between “I” and “She” (for different characters), then this probably won’t be the right book for you. However, if you’re looking for something original and unique and are up to the challenge that this book could present then this book is definitely one that you should pick up and try.

        Rainbows End.*
        All in all this was a lovely short novel that I did enjoy. It took a while to get into but once I was there, I truly enjoyed this novel and would easily recommend it to others. I loved the messages in the text, I loved the spirituality of it all and I am most certainly eager to read the next book in the series to see where it will all end up. This is a tale that will capture your heart and make you rethink things around you and it may, if you’re lucky, even make you feel happier about yourself and bring forth an inner peace that you may have forgotten about. It is definitely one that I would suggest you read, especially if spiritualistic books are your type of thing or if you’re just looking for something that is a little bit different. In those instances, Moa is definitely the book for you!

        * all sub-titles are chapter titles in Moa and therefore credit for them goes to Tricia. *

        Faye


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        As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the Moa and Statue of Ku eBook editions have both been dropped to just 99 cents this week. What’s more, by purchasing either of these fantastic books at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes. The prizes include $600 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of each book. All the info you need to win one of these amazing prizes is RIGHT HERE. Remember, winning is as easy as clicking a button or leaving a blog comment–easy to enter; easy to win! To win the prizes:

        1. Purchase your copies of Moa and Statue of Ku for just 99 cents
        2. Enter the Rafflecopter contest on Novel Publicity
        3. Visit today’s featured social media event

        About Moa: Eighteen-year-old, Hillary, anticipates adventure as she embarks for trip to Honolulu, but gets more than she bargained for when Moa, an ancient Hawaiian spirit, pays her an unexpected visit. Get it on Amazon
        About Statue of Ku:  The second book in the Moa Book Series, “The Statue of Ku” follows Hillary and Moa as they jet to Egypt on the Prince’s private plane to reclaim Moa’s family heirloom, the inimitable statue of Ku. Get it on Amazon
        About the author: Tricia Stewart Shiu combines her addiction to the written word with her avid interest in the healing arts and all things metaphysical in her novels Moa and Statue of Ku and looks forward to finding new ways to unite her two loves. Visit Tricia on her websiteTwitterFacebook, or GoodReads. a Rafflecopter giveaway

        Posted on 25 June, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments