March Monthly Wrap-Up

Posted on 31 March, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment

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


Monthly Highlights

This month has been incredibly busy for me offline and I’m starting to get the impression that it’s going to stay that way for a while because I need money and I like being social (who knew?) so I’m hoping to be able to get used to this busy schedule soon as I miss blogging all the time and having the time to read without feeling pressured to do so! I also need to learn how to say no, I think. But, that’s what April is for, right? Anyway… onto bloggish things!

I got to go to Harry Potter Studio this month and two blogger brunches which made the month slightly better!

Bloggiesta was held this month and I got a LOT of background work on the blog sorted. By now all the little bugs and issues around the site should be fixed and I have some new pages and graphics! I now just have to sort out my categories and I’ll be a very happy blogger! :D

March was my third month of hosting the 2013 Genre Variety Challenge and this month you guys read and reviewed (and linked) a total of 35 books! I have to say, I’m pretty impressed! Hope you’re all enjoying it! The new linky will be up on the blog tomorrow! And if you have any feedback, there will also be a feedback form for you to fill out! If you do, you may win a prize! (TBC)

My top three favourite posts I wrote this month were;
Faye’s Thoughtful Friday; Middle Grade Fiction
World Book Day Interview; Sarah J. Maas
Mondays Movie Musings; Safe Haven

This month I read 10 books which means I’m still behind target but I have a week off coming up so hopefull I can catch up!


Favourite Book

The Eternity CureI struggled to choose this month having read so many great ones but I think I’m going to have to choose The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa. I was in pieces by the end of this book. Julie continues to wow me with her immaculate writing skills and I am now sitting on tender hooks for the next book, and only incredibly pleased that The Iron Traitor is coming in the fall as something to look forward to!
The Eternity Cure was addicting, full of surprises, and was ten times better than The Immortal Rules, and I urge everyone to start reading this series if they haven’t already! My full review of this book will arrive closer to the books release date.


Blogger Spotlight

This months blogger spotlight was Sophie! It was great being able to have her on the blog this month and I hope you all got to see how lovely and great she is.

Announcement
Interview
Guest Post

My new blogger spotlight will be announced tomorrow


2013 Reading Challenges

A-Z Book Challenge; I read the letters, A, I, and E.
British Books Challenge; I read one book; Ferryman by Claire McFall
Mystery/Crime Challenge; I read no books towards this challenge.
TBR Pile Challenge; I read one book; Boy meets Boy
Witches/Witchcraft Challenge; I read two books; Cauldron Spell by C. J. Busby and Icespell by C. J. Busby
Genre Variety Challenge; I read Paranormal, and Autobiography.


That concludes my month! Here’s hoping next month runs a little smoother, eh?

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Posted on 31 March, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment


Weekly Highlights; Slow Week Edition

Posted on 31 March, 2013 by Faye - 4 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, this week has been a very slow week for me. I have been incredibly busy the last few weeks and it meant that I barely had time to post which has, effectively, caused me to burn out. Thus, on monday I posted a semi-hiatus. The post can be found in full here. But it means that for the next few weeks my posting will be sporadic and slow but I’m still around!


Blogger Spotlight

Sophie wrote a great guest post for me about the top YA contemporary books she’s looking forward to this year. You can read all of her choices, as well as some great ones she’s already this year by clicking here


Giveaways

My Ferryman giveaway ended yesterday. Thank you to all who entered! The winner was;

Alexa Y

An e-mail has been sent and another winner will be picked if they don’t respond in 72 hours


Around the Blogosphere

Andye from Reading Teen has become hooked on reading ebooks when she never thought she would. Find out why and add your own thoughts on ebooks by clicking here

Everyone blogs differently, but how do you control blog integrity? Allison from the Cheap Reader discussed this here. Go and have your say!

After recieving a negative, and quite frankly hurtful, comment, Laura from Bookish Treasures has written a post about whether anyone can write reviews. To find out more on what she means and to have your say, click here

As readers we all buy books, it would be hard to read if we didn’t! But what makes you buy the particular books? Gaby from Queen Ella Bee Reads has told us all why here, so why not see if her reasons coincide with yours!


Letterbox Love

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This has been a fairly slow week for me on all parts but it’s probably about time that I slowed down anyway! I got just two new books this week.

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Noble Conflict; Oh my am I excited to read this one! It has been all hush hush for ages but having found out about due to the proof, I am sooo excited for it! Thank you so much to Random House for this proof copy.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor; I have been itching to get my hands on this sequel and my request for it at the library finally arrived! I was very happy and I cannot wait to dig into it!


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 31 March, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments


Blogger Spotlight; Most Anticipated YA Contemps!

Posted on 29 March, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments

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Hi Guys!
So today I have the wonderful Sophie on the blog for you all talking all about the contemporary YA books that she is most looking forward to this year! I hope that it gives you a good insight into Sophie and her blog!
Enjoy.


As some of you may already know, I’m a massive fan of contemporary YA. It’s by far my favourite genre so here are the contemps that I’m most looking forward to reading this year!

the moon and more

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Oh, Sarah Dessen, how I worship you. With only one novel being released every two years, the countdown for Sarah Dessen’s new novel is always fraught with excitement and anticipation. Luckily, come June 4th I’ll have The Moon and More to devour.

There’s something about the gorgeous beach-side setting of Colby that captures my heart and I can’t wait to be back there and get to know it through the eyes of Emmeline. Sarah has hinted that The Moon and More may be a little different to her previous novels so I’m dying to see what she means.

Follow Me Down

Follow Me Down by Tanya Byrne
Tanya’s first novel, Heart-Shaped Bruise, blew me away when I read it last summer. It was dark, twisted and really pulled on my heart strings. I’m curious to see if Tanya once again makes me able to empathise and love a difficult heroine.

I really think Tanya is one of the biggest talents on the UKYA scene.

Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols
I thoroughly enjoy Jennifer Echols’ romantic dramas and I love having a new one on its way. My favourites of hers are definitely Going Too Far and Such a Rush as they had elements I hadn’t really encountered before, but Dirty Little Secret is going to take something done time and time before and hopefully give it a new burst of life: the music scene.

Echols’s novels are also sultry and romantic which never goes amiss!

Isla and the happily ever after

Isla and the Happily Ever by Stephanie Perkins
I completely adore this series and though I’ll be sad to see these characters go, I can’t wait to see how all of their stories are all wrapped-up. The first two books left me with a dreamy smile and a severe case of the warm fuzzies so I’m expecting no less from Isla. Perkins is the type of author to make you want to be her heroine’s best friend and completely fall in love with the guy and I’m very much looking forward to experiencing that again.

Dare you to

Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Katie’s debut¸ Pushing the Limits was one of my favourite books last year: fast-paced, addictive and gorgeous romance. I also love it when series move on to different characters in the same world, much like Stephanie Perkins’ series, and though I don’t really remember Beth and Ryan, I’m excited!

These five books are only just scratching the surface of great contemporary YA releases this year; I mean we’ve already have some brilliant releases:

Diary of a Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja
Drowning Instinct by Isla J Bick
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Dead Romantic by CJ Skuse
Undone by Cat Clarke
Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I hope you’ve found some contemp to take your fancy! And thanks for having me Faye!


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Posted on 29 March, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments


A Semi-Hiatus

Posted on 25 March, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments

Hey Guys! *waves*

So, as you may, or may not have, noticed, I haven’t been blogging every day for a few weeks now. I just have no motivation to post. I get all these amazing ideas (seriously, my notebook is FULL of them) but when I try to sit down and flesh them out I just… lose it and can’t seem to get the words together on the page. No reviews, no articles, no top tens… it’s just not coming to me anymore and it’s been stressing me out for a while because I’m already behind on my reviews but I swore to myself at the beginning of this year that I wouldn’t let blogging stress me out. Thus, I have decided to take a semi-hiatus.

I’m sure if you’re a non-blogger you may be wondering why I’m taking a semi-hiatus and not just a full one, but I’m also certain that if you’re a blogger you probably understand my semi-hiatus. Despite not having the motivation for blogging at the moment, blogging to me is like breathing, without it I feel a little run down, nauseas and dizzy, so I couldn’t just give up cold turkey. So, over the next week or so (I’m hoping no more than two weeks but who knows what will happen!), my daily posting is just not going to be happening. Instead I may post once or twice a week.

Hopefully you lovely followers will stick with me through this blogging slump of mine and hopefully the little break will give me time to recooperate fully so that I can come back FULL FORCE in a few weeks time! Until then, I’ll be around on Facebook and on Twitter – you can’t get rid of me that easily! – so feel free to say hi and talk to me about books and bookish things. I promise I don’t bite.

Also, as these things go, don’t be surprised if I for some reason post something EVERY day this week anyway. But I am trying to not so I don’t burn out fully in a few weeks time.

Thank you for following this blog <3

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Posted on 25 March, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The MiraINK Party Edition

Posted on 24 March, 2013 by Faye - 6 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.


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Posted on 24 March, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments


Bloggiesta To-Do List!

Posted on 22 March, 2013 by Faye - 22 Comments

Woooo! Bloggiesta!

*waves mini flag*

Yes, that’s right guys, it is time again for Bloggiesta! and I am really excited about it! Not heard of Bloggiesta before? Quickly run over to this blog to find out all about it!

So, for this Bloggiesta I have a rather large chunk of goals to get through and I don’t really expect to get through them all but hopefully I will! I have work tomorrow (booo!) but as soon as I come home I’ll be working on the blog, I will make sure I do. As I finish each task, I will strike through it.

The Goals

  • Write at least five reviews
  • Schedule at least one week ahead
  • Sort out the graphics for my blog
  • Sort out my categories!
  • Make/Finish Graphics for Graphics Shop.
  • Find at least five new blogs
  • Cross-post all reviews to Goodreads & Amazon
  • Update sidebars
  • Update Review Archive
  • Update Book Challenges
  • Update Behind The Blog/Features Page!
  • Update Review Policy Page!

So, as you can see, that’s A LOT of things I have to do. But I have THREE days to do it in so hopefully I can manage it. What do you reckon? :D
If you’re doing the Bloggiesta too, feel free to link to your goals!

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Posted on 22 March, 2013 by Faye - 22 Comments


Faye’s Thoughtful Friday; The Next BIG Thing

Posted on 22 March, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments

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Hey All!
Faye’s Thoughtful Friday is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! At the moment this may not happen every friday, but they will always appear on Fridays. These posts will be all about my thoughts and opinions on bookish things and movie things. This week I am going to talk to you all about The Next Big Thing


There are hundrends upon hundreds upon thousands of books published to date. So how is it truly possible to decide what we’re going to read next? How do we just know which books to buy and which ones to by pass? Before I started blogging, I bought books based on intuition. Did I like the cover? How was the synopsis? I never read reviews, I never got recommendations from friends, I just went out there, picked a book of the shelf and tried to decide if this book was for me. Sometimes I manage to find some ultimate gems that I have treasured for many years, and then other times I would have picked up a book that was not the book that was right for me but throughout it all, I never regretted my decision to choose a particular book because I had chosen it based solely on the basic marketing tools, a cover and a synopsis.

Now, however, I actually choose what I read in a very different way. Nowadays, I recieve an e-mail from a publisher or an author with a book pitch, or a press release, or a synopsis and I’ll look it over and if I like the sound of it, I’ll request it. This process is still very similar but just leads to me having books before they’re even in full print yet. Then there are the books that fellow bloggers have read and loved and strongly advise that I read as well. (Although, a fair few of those are still on my shelves!) These are books that I buy sometimes without even reading the synopsis. If someone I know personally has spoken passionately about the book, I just go in, pick it up and buy it and just let the story take me without knowing what type of book I may actually be reading. In a way I like this type of reading because it gives the journey a little bit of an adventure. You just have no idea what will happen along the way.

And then you have the books that have been hyped around the blogosphere. Here I’m thinking about books like Divergent, Cinder, Clockwork Princess, Fallen, etc. They haven’t just been loved by one person but by many and the large porportion of people talking about them are really urging you to go ahead and read it for yourself as well. These types of books I want to say that I also head down to the store and buy STRAIGHT AWAY, but this just isn’t the case. I actually fear these books more than the others because what if I dislike it? What if I’m the one blogger who just doesn’t see why the hype is even there in the first place? Plus, I have tended to notice that I prefer to read the books that no one has read because they’re the real gems of this world. However, this hype is an invaluable marketing tool for publishers and one that, ultimately, they jump on to use.

The Next Big Thing is an undeniable marketing tool for publishers, they can suddenly see what people want in their books and can market new books for lovers of those books. This happened a lot when the Twilight books and films took off like a plane leaving the runway. Not only were more books being bought then ever before, but suddenly a large proportion of YA titles were being published with the tagline; “Twilight Fans Will Love It”. Then, when The Hunger Games film was released and the books once again were bought left, right, and center, books were compared to this book with taglines such as, “if you loved The Hunger Games, you’ll love this!”. These types of marketing have been there for many years and I can see why they do it, I can see what they’re trying to do but I’m not so sure that it’s essentially effective. Which is what I would like us to discuss today.

Personally, when I see taglines like this on a book, I tend to shy away from picking that book up to read it. It may stem from simply not liking to be told what to do, it may stem from my hatred of the Twilight books or my ultimate love of The Hunger Games, but I just usually get put off by tag lines like these. When it’s compared to Twilight, I know that it was a series that I didn’t like and therefore, why would I like these books that are similar to it? But then, I decided that because I had a personal recommendation to read a book that had this tagline, I would read it. Turns out, the book was nothing like Twilight and that irritated me. I would have walked away from a book simply because it was being marketed as similar to a book that I simply couldn’t stand and I would have been turning my back on an ultimate gem. Thus I feel that these taglines are actually a very dangerous marketing tool.

But the real reason that I dislike these taglines is that I feel that new books should always be marketed on their own merit. They shouldn’t be compared to other books on the market because it is not fair to them. What if they don’t like up to the then preconcepted expectation of the reader? A good book may be seen as terrible simply because it wasn’t up to the standard they expected. Yet, in it’s own right it may be an absolutely amazing book that is never just given the chance to shine like it should. This really cuts me apart because I know that there are some absolute treasures sitting on the shelves on bookshops just waiting for someone to pick them up and read them and allow their words to take them to an entirely new place. If we market books based on others like it, it’s almost like saying that this newcomer can “jump like Radcliffe can run”. It may well be true that they can, in fact, they may be better than Radcliffe but suddenly you’ve brought a comparison to life to two different things that can never be taken away and will forever leave an expectation in someone’s mind with the chance to ruin it.

And I just can’t see how that can have a good impact on the book.

How do you feel about these marketing taglines? Do you read books based on the recommendation that they’re the next big thing? Do you shy away from books that are “like such and such”? Have you read any books that you were uncertain of but then ended up loving? Tell me all! Let’s discuss!

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Discalimer: I admire everything that publishers do and understand the pressures that they’re under to keep their businesses running. This is in no way a dig at their work, but merely an opinion on this. I wish no harm to any marketing teams, and am certain that many people do read books based solely on these taglines.

Posted on 22 March, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Book Review; Walk Away With Me by Darby Davenport

Posted on 19 March, 2013 by Faye - 8 Comments

Walk Away With Me

Author: Darby Davenport
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Published: 19th March 2013 (TODAY)
Pages: 104
Format: Ebook
Source:: ARC from Author
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
What is Charlie Rockwell supposed to do when the sad Rottweiler’s eyes connect with hers through the TV screen and work their way straight into her heart? She adopts him without a second thought or the slightest knowledge how to take care of the large, needy dog with the traumatic past.

Ethan Porter is not happy when a savage Rottweiler picks a fight with his mild-mannered Golden Retriever at the dog park. But his anger quickly dissipates when tears begin to form behind the eyes of the dog’s beautiful owner—eyes that are far too familiar for his liking. Disregarding his instincts, Ethan can’t deny her plea when she asks him to teach her the basics of dog ownership.

Can he ignore the fact that she bears a strong resemblance to his ex and finally learn to trust again? Will she find committing to both man and dog more exciting than the freedom of a single, unrestrained life?

A man with a painful past, a woman who fears commitment, and a dog with only one more chance at life—together, can they find love?


please note; walk away with me is an adult romance novel, not a YA romance novel.

it all begins

If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you’ll know that I only recently started reading romance novels. It was never something I was really interested in but then I decided to give it a go and found myself to really enjoy the genre. It is easy to read, nice and light, and is something that is nice to read when you want a break from the hard-hitting dystopians and epic fantasy books. Thus, when I was offered the chance to read this book, I decided that I would take the chance on it. It is here I feel I should also mention my attitude towards dogs. When I was very young, I was petrified of dogs, I never wanted to be near them and would simply cower around them. Then I met my best friend who had a dog and I would be at her house ALL the time, thus allowing me to see that dogs are actually really cute and totally super friendly. So now I really love dogs and would love to get one for myself – my mum despises them – thus I was also very intrigued by how dogs played a part in this little novella.

with a chance

One of the most important things to a romance novel is the plot. Readers know, essentially, what is going to happen by the end of the book so it’s nice to have little surprises along the way and the plot of this novella definitely manages to shock the reader and keep them guessing. It was compelling and hard to put the book down as I read through it and my heart was pumping for a lot of it. What makes this book even more enjoyable is the fact that you’re not just seeing the relationship between the male and the female, but you’re also getting relationships between owner and dog, lover and dog, and dog and dog. It was the perfect combination of relationships that really pulled me into this story and made my heart pump in completely sporadic ways. This book keeps the heat up with the perfect combination of action, sexy scenes, emotional moments, and individual space. It just worked really well together.

between two people

It is easy to state here that the characters of this book were really well-developed and you were able to see not just the people they were but the reason they were the way they were which is incredibly difficult to do in a small novella! At first I didn’t like Charlie, I found her to be a bit irritating but I couldn’t put my finger on why. But then I got to know her a bit more, saw more of who she was and suddenly found myself liking her and her journey. I wanted things to be okay for her and Rugby. Then there was Ethan, then one who you were supposed not to like to start with but who I enjoyed from the start. You were able to see so much of Ethan straight away and I liked that. It was nice to see more of him as the book continued and I really liked the journey he took. But really, for me, it was Tuck that stole my heart away in this story. From the first moment we meet this adorable Golden Retriever, I was smitten with him. I wanted him to be my dog because he was just so friendly, lovely, and seemed to just have this heart of gold. Of course, Rugby was just as adorable as well, but Tuck just won me over.

that could change

While, essentially, this is Darby Davenport’s first attempt at romantic novel writing, it is not her first book and this is very noticeable through the writing style which is crafted well and was truly compelling. I enjoyed the style of the writing and found it to be used in an easy pace and made it easy to read without wanting to throw the book down. It is clear that Darby knows what she is doing and if this is just her first foray into romance writing then I look forward to seeing what else she has on the way. I really liked the way the chapters were broken up between the two different perspectives and how each character had a clear and distinctive voice. It made the book more enjoyable and entertaining and that is always what you wish for in a novel.

absolutely everything

All in all, Walk Away With Me was a novella that is easy to read quickly, is compelling and really gets your heart thumping – for more than just the heated scenes! It is the perfect mix of action, sexy scenes, fun, emotional scenes, and animal love. For me, it was the perfect book to lighten my mood after reading some darker stories, although I did find myself tearing up towards the end until I could finally breathe again. In this short novella I truly went through so many emotions and I find that to be such a wonderful and amazing thing. I would recommened this novella to anyone who likes romantic fiction, or to anyone who loves animals and would like to witness a lovely and sweet story surrounding them. It is the animals that bring these two characters together but they also play a large role in the characters’ lives throughout the novella which is nice to see. They weren’t just there to be plot points. Thus, if you want to read a good, but unfortunately short, book, then you should pick up Walk Away With Me.

Four Stars

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

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Posted on 19 March, 2013 by Faye - 8 Comments


Monday’s Movie Musings; Safe Haven (2013)

Posted on 18 March, 2013 by Faye - 7 Comments

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Monday’s Movie Musings is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts. The idea of this feature is to have all of my movie things occuring in one place. Whether it is a review, article, or something else, this feature will just be all about movies.

This week I have for you all a review of Safe Haven


Safe HavenDirected By: Lasse Hallstrom
Adapted By: Leslie Bohem and Dana Stevens
Written By: Nicholas Sparks
Production Company: Nicholas Sparks Productions
Main Cast: Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, Cobie Smulders, and David Lyons
Format: Cinema (OUT NOW)
Add It: IMDB

Summary:
(From IMDB) A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.


Running Away

I have always loved Nicholas Sparks. Yet, despite that, I’ve actually only read two of his books. I found him to be incredibly talented and sped through both of those books before clutching my chest and crying when they finally ended. Sparks has a way to bring his stories to life with hard-hitting emotions and truly strong characters that manage to get under your skin. So when I head about Safe Haven hitting the cinemas, I knew that it would be a film I wanted to see. Ultimately I would have loved to have read the book first, but it was nice to be able to watch the film and see it as its own entity. I do believe at some point I will read the book, but I will be leaving it for just a little while so that I don’t let the film ruin the book at all. Needless to say, then, that this film was one that I truly enjoyed and am very glad I went to go and see.

Is Never Easy

This part of the review is actually really difficult for me to write because I have such conflicting thoughts on the plot. On the one hand, I absolutely loved the film and the way it all came together and everything that happened throughout the film but then, on the other, there was a twist that occured right at the end of the film that changed my thoughts on the film completely. It was so irritating, in fact, that it made me knock a star from the rating which I rarely do, and ultimately had the chance to change my opinion of the entire film irrevisibly. It was a twist that was unnecessary and unneeded and just, yeah, ruined a large part of the film for me. Aside from that, however, everything else about the plot I absolutely adored. I was enamoured with the way it all played out and how it all came together and am certain that once again, Sparks will manage to blow me away with his writing.

But Sometimes

A large reason why I liked this film so much was how brilliant the cast was. I really felt that this film was cast incredibly well as all of the actors and actresses just played their parts brilliantly. You could really see the emotions on their faces, could understand all of the little quirks they had and you could just imagine these characters to be real people, which is always great from a film. For me, though, the star of this film was none other than Mimi Kirkland who played Lexie. She was an absolutely adorable young girl who showed her talents as an actress and really had me “awwwhing” throughout the entirety of the film. If I have a girl, I want her to be like Lexie. Then, of course, there was Josh Duhamel who is always lovely to see on screen and played the role of the bumbling, yet strong and protective, male extremely well. Julianne played her role with ease as well, allowing the audience to really feel her happiness and her fear, her sadness and her anger and really allowed them to get to know her and to feel her sorrow. Finally, it would be impossible to complete this review without mentioning David Lyons who was incredible in this film. I was in awe by his acting and really felt tense around him, and afraid of his character. I was just blown away by him completely and utterly.

Things Just Fall

There is really only praise to be given to the cinematography and editing of this film. It was so well formed that it truly made the tension occur. It caused you to be on the edge of your seats one minute and then relaxing again the next only to throw you through a loop again the next. It was cunning and perfect, and just really suited the storyline completely. There were moments when the camera would show something and it would be so perfectly placed and edited in that it left the audience guessing and it just made the film so much more. There were many different tricks, twists, and tidbits in this film that just truly made it so much more than it should have been. It is clear that the director not only knew how to direct, but also knew which people to trust in to create this film to be everything it could have been.

In To Place

If you haven’t worked it out by now, I really, really, enjoyed this film. It is one that I would easily watch again and again without fail. There were many moments in this film that had me laughing, a fair few that filled me with warmth, and others that made me feel cold with dread and clenching from the rising tension. It was a film with the perfect mix of emotions so that when it’s finally over you’re left feeling a little exhausted as you realise you’ve been through so many different thoughts and feelings and wonder how you’re even able to continue on afterwards. This is a film that is powerful, entertaining, tense, and action-packed. Yet, it is also a film that is warm, full of love, and one that makes you feel all the good emotions in the world. For me, that is the perfect balance in the film. As mentioned above, if it had been a film that didn’t have the final plot twist, it would have been a perfect film but alas, that final moment really did ruin it a little for me. But, at the same time, I’m curious to read the book and see if it occurs in there…

Four Stars

Have you watched or read Safe Haven? What are your thoughts on the book or the film? I’d love to hear!

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Posted on 18 March, 2013 by Faye - 7 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The HP Studio Tour Edition

Posted on 17 March, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments

weekly highlights

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

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

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Posted on 17 March, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments