Blogger Spotlight; Laura’s Favourite NA Reads!

Posted on 30 April, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments

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Hey Guys!
Today I have a lovely guest post for you from the lovely Laura. She has outlined her favourite NA with enough description for you to see which ones you may want to read!
Hope you enjoy it.


There is a common misconception that all New Adult books are contemporary romances set in college with lots of steamy sex scenes between the main characters. Whilst the majority of book are contemporary romances (with varying levels of sexual content) there are lots of others of almost any genre you could possibly wish for.

This variation means that most people could find an NA novel that they would love, even if they aren’t a fan of the typical romances that currently dominate the category. I personally am a huge fan of paranormal novels and it is only due to NA books that I am currently reading lots of contemporary. Here are my 10 personal favourite New Adult books in random order. There is a mix of different genres so hopefully there will be something that interests you.

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Stitch by Samantha Durante (paranormal/dystopian) – This book still amazes me. It is a bit of a mix of genres with one of the most unexpected twists I have ever experienced. Stitch is hugely different to how New Adult books are portrayed in the fact there is no sex. None. At all. It is less sexual than your average YA and is perfect for someone who wants to try NA but doesn’t want any sexual content.

Taking Chances by Molly McAdams (contemporary romance) – Gripping, heart-breaking and one of the single most emotional books I have ever read. A more typical NA novel – contemporary romance set at college – but with an emotional intensity that few have. This is a love or hate kind of book; It is one of my all-time favourites out of all books but I also know people (whose opinions I greatly respect) who hated it. If you do read it then prepare to have your heart ripped into microscopic pieces. I would recommend reading it with a box of tissues, lots of chocolates, a teddy bear and a punching bag all handy.

The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski (contemporary) – Possibly more than any other book this shows what truly makes a book NA. It’s a story of a girl on a road trip to nowhere discovering who she is and maturing into a grown up. It mixes laugh out loud moments, emotion and some sweet romance. A sequel was recently announced that made a lot of readers – including me – very happy.

Slumber by Samantha Young (fantasy) – Most people know Samantha Young for her NA contemporary novel On Dublin Street or for her YA books. However my favourite book of hers is the NA fantasy novel Slumber which is very loosely based on the tale of Sleeping Beauty. In this twist on the well-known tale, the main character is “Sleeping Beauty’s” best friend and she must go on a perilous journey to find a magical plant with the power to awaken her. There is supposed to be a second novel coming at some point in the future but I have no idea when.

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire (contemporary romance) – Another book that people seem to either love or hate. For me, I love the fucked-up dysfunctional romance between the characters. They are both a little possessive and make stupid decisions but the love underlying that is so strong. It has a relationship where they get into arguments and fall out but for some people that is reality. Not everyone gets a fairy-tale.

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Poison Study by Maria V Snyder (fantasy) – Whilst not marketed as NA I think this story fits perfectly into the category. The main character is about 19/20 and the content of the story is just a little too dark for readers in the lower end of the YA age range. It is definitely a 16+ type book – the main character was supposed to be executed for murder at the start of the book but is made the king’s poison taster instead. I always see this book in the adult section of shops but it is definitely best suited for 18 – 25 year olds (the New Adult target age).

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines (contemporary romance) – This has one of the most swoon worthy male characters to ever grace the pages of a novel. I dare you to try and read this without falling in love with Beau. The characters in this book do lots of growing up and breaking away from the children they were. I have a bit of a pet-peeve that usually makes me hate a book if its included but The Vincent Brothers successfully pulled off including it.

Because of Low by Abbi Glines (contemporary romance) – Another Abbi Glines book! She is probably my favourite New Adult author as she has about 10 books that are all amazing (and I quite want to have them all on this list). Words can’t really describe why I love this book so much. It is just simply amazing.

Strength by Carrie Butler (paranormal romance) – The paranormal romance genre is rapidly growing in NA with several books being released each week. Strength is probably my favourite so far. It breaks away from the common tropes in a college set romance and has an amazingly thought out storyline. It’s another example of a NA book without any sex though this one still gets pretty steamy *fans self*.

Captured by Erica Stevens (paranormal dystopia) – For anyone who never again wants to read a vampire book this may change your mind. It’s dark, tense and full of intrigue. After I read this I had to instantly buy the second and there is a recently released third that I plan to read asap. This and several of the authors other books are currently free on amazon so you should go and download them now. You won’t regret it.

So there are some of my favourite New Adult books though there are many other amazing ones I haven’t mentioned. I hope that a book or two caught your eye and has encouraged you to try New Adult. There is a vast array of NA novels to suit all tastes so everyone will be able to find something they enjoy. Thank you to Faye for being lovely and allowing me to hijack her blog post. I hope you all liked what I had to say and if you want to discover more NA reads my blog is about half YA and half NA and the New Adult book club always loves to say hello to new members.


I don’t know about you but I just got a whole pile of new books to add to my overflowing TBR pile! Thanks for writing that post for us Laura. It’s been great to be able to host you today.

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Posted on 30 April, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments


Book Review; The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Posted on 29 April, 2013 by Faye - 8 Comments

the eternity cure 2Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: MiraINK
Published: 3rd May 2013
Pages: 400
Format: paperback
Source:: ARC from publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood

She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever-and possibly end human and vampire existence.

There’s a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago-and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make


When Everything

Sometimes, when you finish a book, it can feel as though you have lost a friend. That is definitely how I felt when I finished The Eternity Cure. This was a book that I had been looking forward to from the very moment that I finished The Immortal Rules, and I am pleased to report that it did not disappoint. Once more Julie Kagawa has written a book that grabs hold of you and refuses to let go. It is powerful, intense, and full of so much emotion that you won’t know what to do with yourself. The only issue I had with this book was that it ended in such a way that has me itching to get my hands on the next one.

Is Crumbling

We start this book just after the first one ended, with Allie on the search for Kanin. Just as expected, I was instantly hooked on this book from the very beginning. Once I got back inside Allie’s head, once I had rediscovered my love for Julie’s writing, I found it incredibly difficult to put this book down. Just as it always is, Julie has a way of writing that where it should be slow, she still manages to pick up the pace with new dangers and twist arriving at every different corner. However, I did feel at the end of the book that the beginning was a lot slower and I can see it being difficult for some people to get back into the series, but I had no issues at all. I enjoyed following Allie’s journey in this book, and all of the different emotional moments that she had to go through as the book continued. By the time I got to the last few pages, I really did not want this book to end. I wanted to continue reading about Allie’s life and everything facing her. While the actual ending was a shock, it also wasn’t. But it was definitely a cliff-hanger that is going to make the wait for the next book hard – but it was ultimately worth it.

Around You

Once again, Julie has shown that while she excels at description, she also has a knack for powerful characters that can knock you sideways. Allison was a brilliant heroine who was strong, stubborn, and tough, but she was also compassionate, caring and loving, even if she tried incredibly hard not to be. These parts of her personality keep her rooted in her humanity and you can really see her battling with how to just be the vampire she was bitten to become. I found her strength admirable, and she really carried the story through. This is one heroine who is not worried about breaking her nails or getting her hair dirty and I really loved that about her. She’s a truly complex character who has some sticky situations and complications to get herself through but she always manages to deal with what is thrown at her. I also adored Kanin. I love how you can almost see the gears shifting in his brain as he thinks about things, you can tell that he is old but still in his prime and is incredibly smart and powerful. I really don’t know what it is about him that I like so much but just know that he is an amazing character that will help bring a smile to your face as you read this.

You Have To

Jackall is a character I’m still not sure about. I found him irritating at the beginning, just as Allison did, but then I saw behind his facade and realised that there was more to him then met the eye. But it’s still hard to really see, so I’m unsure if he’s a character I really enjoy being around, but can understand the difficult situation Allison is in regarding him. On the other hand, once more Zeke managed to sweep me off my feet. He was an adorable character that I truly enjoyed reading and just wished I could have seen more of. He is strong, protective, vulnerable and just incredibly lovable. He knows that he has had some tricky situations and decisions to go through but he continues to be himself as he makes them and I just really admire that. I think he is just an incredible character and the perfect person to have in this series.

Stand Up

With every book that she writes, I find myself falling more and more in love with Julie Kagawa and her amazing, inspiring, and incredible talent. She has a way of really pulling the reader into the story and keeping them there until the very end. With unforseen twists and turns, writing that gets to the depth of things, and some truly unique character voices, it is difficult not to admire every word on the page. Julie has a way of invoking so many emotions in the reader throughout the journey of the book as well, one moment you’ll be feeling hope, before feeling sad and irritated to then feeling joyful and hopeful once more. She manages to make you feel so much for the characters that it would be impossible not to love her writing style. Once more, I am sitting on tender hooks as I await another book from Julie.

And Fight

All in all, this is a story that draws you in and forces you to continue reading while you leave your real life behind. It is intense, powerful, and a book that reminds you of why you continue to read in the first place. It is hard not to gush a lot when it comes to this book, but I truly think that it deserves every little bit of gushing as it is an incredible read that will stick with you for a while afterwards. It is emotional and has an ending that will have you rocking on your bed as you mutter the words “more” under your breath. When all is said and done, I could not recommend this book any higher but I definitely think that it is important to read The Immortal Rules first as it helps to set this book up. So, if you haven’t yet started this series, I really think you should be rectifying that! This book is an utterly compelling and captivating second book in the series and I am incredibly glad that I took the time to read it and hope you will to.

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

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Posted on 29 April, 2013 by Faye - 8 Comments


Weekly Highlights; New Adult Edition

Posted on 28 April, 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.


Post Highlights

Another busy week for me guys! I got some news last week and had to rejuggle my priorities and then work got really busy as well so I just didn’t have time to settle down and write any posts. I also have a full week of work next week as well so it may be quiet next week too but I do have a few things planned to go up. :-)

I wrote TWO reviews this week;
The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2013) – THREE HEARTS
Silver Mood: The Complete Saga by Rebecca A. Rogers – THREE HEARTS

I have recently taken over running the Book Blogger Penpals site. If you’re interested, have a look at my post here


Vlog!

This week on the vlog I have spoken all about New Adult! Hear my thoughts on the category now!


The LGBT Readathon

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Next weekend I’m hosting The LGBT Read-A-Thon! Have you signed up yet? Find out all the information you need right here


Around the Blogosphere

Forgiveness is something that pops up in everyone’s life but have you really thought about? This week Alexandra has looked at it and has discussed her thoughts on it. To see what she has to say, head over here

Do you have any role models? This week Rachelia has spoken up about how she started blogging and how role models within the community have affected her and her blogging. Hop over here to see her thoughts and to add your own!

Sometimes we read an author who is so spectacular that we need to read more of their work. This week Hollie has written a post on the authors she read in 2012 that she wants to read more from. Check out who she picked here and tell her who you’d pick!

This week Lucy did a trial run of Embrace my Inner Geek. Not sure what it is? click here to see all the people who joined in and what they posted about!


Letterbox Love

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Another quiet week this week, but I still got some gems!

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Copper Girl by Jennifer Allis Provost; I got this as part of an ARC share group and I am super excited for it! I’ve started reading it and it’s actually proving to be a very interesting read!

My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent; With the last book in the series coming out soon, I thought it was high time I tried to finish this series! I have yet to be disappointed in any of these books! This was taken out of my library.

Absent by Katie Williams; This is a book I won from Abrhams and Chronicle – THANK YOU! – and it sounds so amazing and brilliant and I cannot wait to read it! It’s quite a short one so I’ll probably read it soon as well.


Question!

Would you like to use this feature as a meme? With a linky for your posts on your blog?


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 28 April, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments


Book Blogger Penpals!

Posted on 26 April, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments

Hey Guys!
So… have you heard about Book Blogger Penpals yet?

Inspired by a penpal site set up for Beauty Bloggers, Jo @ Once Upon a Bookcase decided that it would be really great for Book Bloggers to have a penpal site as well. She, unfortunately, had to step down from running the site as she was too busy and that is where I step in. I am now running the Book Blogger Penpals scheme and am thus using my blog for a little bit of shameless plugging!

Are you a book blogger who would love a new pen pal? Someone in the community that you can get to know away from the computer? Maybe someone you can gush to about books you’ve read?
Then you should definitely sign up to be on the penpal site!

Some things to note
- The only person to hand out your mailing address is YOU.
- You are able to accept and decline any and all requests that come your way.
- You can remove your profile from the website at ANY time.
- Writing handwritten letters is actually more fun that you may think!

If you want to know more about how Book Blogger Penpals is run and to find out how you can sign up, head over to the website here; Book Blogger Penpals
If you have any questions or comments, you can also find me on twitter here; @book_penpals

*please note graphics are in the process of being made*

What are you waiting for? Get on over there!

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Posted on 26 April, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments


Book Tour Review; Silver Moon; The Complete Saga by Rebecca A. Rogers

Posted on 24 April, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

Silver MoonAuthor: Rebecca A. Rogers
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: 1st Mach 2013
Pages: 760
Format: ebook
Source:: Complimentary Copy from Author
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
Join Alaric, Ulric, and Daciana in ALPHA MOON as they discover there’s more to life in the 1500s than plowing fields and attending balls. A powerful witch, who practices black magic, won’t hesitate to place a curse upon them—one that will have them howling at the silvery moon.

In SILVER MOON, Candra Lowell is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in present-day Connecticut. She thinks it’s because she’s a troublemaker, but Candra’s parents only shipped her off for one reason: to learn how to become a werewolf. She’ll learn there’s more to the story, though, when a rival pack has their hearts set on making her visit a living hell.

The past and the present merge into one in BLACK MOON as Candra falls even harder for her star-crossed lover, Benjamin Conway, who also happens to be her enemy, and wrestles with the fact that she has awakened an ancient soul inside her body. Can she stretch her newfound claws in peace, or will she wish she had never become a werewolf?

In the final installment of the saga, BLOOD MOON, Candra and Ben travel back to the sixteenth century, where they’ll embark on their toughest journey yet—stopping Alaric and breaking the curse which started it all. But if ending the werewolf curse, and the powers that come with it, means Candra and Ben will be stuck in the sixteenth century, can they live with the fact that they’ll never return home and see their families again?


When You Only

This is one of those books that is incredibly hard to review as I have such mixed thoughts on it. On the one hand it was entertaining enough to let me finish it, but on the other there were quite a few moments throughout that I just couldn’t stand. It is books like this that make me wish to scrap my “no half star” policy on the blog. It is completely and utterly in the middle of three and four stars for me. A good book that I liked but that just had a few instances that I couldn’t sit behind. I am certain that it is a book that others would like as there were things that kept me compelled throughout and I have just become a very picky reader, unfortunately.

Have One Choice

If you’re the kind of reader that loves a star-crossed, romeo-and-juliet, insta-love story, then you will more than likely enjoy this series. It is the story of two families in war, and two of the teenagers trying to think of ways in which to stop the war and start living in peace. Add in the fact that they’re werewolves and dark witches, and you have a hard task of stopping the power-hungry family from stopping anything. I found the plot to be easy to read and compelling enough to make me want to finish the series. There were, however a few things that irritated me, especially when it came to the werewolves. I struggled with this concept of the creature as I prefer werewolves to stick closer to the myth, if you can transform outside of the moon cycle, you’re not a werewolf. If you can look past this, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy the plot a lot more than I did.

Can You Keep

It took me a long time to like the main protagonist, Candra, and if I’m being wholly honest, I’m not sure I even really liked her fully by the time the book ended. I’m not fully certain either what it was about her that irritated me but I think I just wanted to hear the story from more than just her perspective. Candra is a fiesty character who is stubborn and just wants everyone to get along so that she’s not pulled into a battle that she really knows nothing about. She is strong emotionally and physically but she still gets injured and shows that she’s still a human underneath it all. She’s a well written character who was intetesting to read, I just personally found I couldn’t connect with her.

On the other hand there’s Ben whom I just adored. He had this deeper personality to him that just came across in the way he acted around everyone. I found myself wanting to know what he was thinking and why he was doing the things he did. I wanted to know so much more about him. Despite that, he was also an easy character to get along with, liked his jokes and also liked to have the upper hand. But he was protective, conflicted, loyal and in love and it was a sight to see. It was probably one the main reasons why I kept reading as I just wanted to see more. The bonus material at the end of this book from his perspective was absolutely perfect in my opinion!

Yourself Alive To

From the very start of this novel, I became enamoured with Rebecca’s writing style. She has a way of really pulling you into the story and makes the character feel really beliveable. There were a few moments, however, where the pace went much to fast and I found myself struggling to keep up. We would be in the middle of a battle but I didn’t have a single clue what was happening at all which made it quite confusing. At other moments something was mentioned and then never returned to leaving the reader feeling a bit concerned as to why it was there in the first place. Fortunately though, these things don’t happen often and it is easy to simply push the thought from your mind conpletely as you continue to get drawn into the story once more.

Survive Through It

Overall, this is a series that I am glad I read as it was an enjoyable and fairly easy read. It was perfect as a book to just read when you don’t want anything too heavy. It is full of action, humour, cute moments, and a bit of depth as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes werewolf books that have twists and anyone who is a lover of all things Twilight. I found this book to be a good read but I’m unsure if it is one I would read again. It had some great moments, lovely writing, and a compelling storyline but it just didn’t make it all the way to the top due to the small issues I found myself having with it. But I still think it is a book worth reading, so why not give it a try?

** 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. **

Three Stars

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Posted on 24 April, 2013 by Faye - No Comments


Monday’s Movie Musings; The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2013)

Posted on 22 April, 2013 by Faye - 3 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 mini-review of The Odd Life of Timothy Green


The Odd Life of Timothy GreenDirected By: Peter Hedges
Adapted By: Peter Hedges
Book Written By: Ahmet Zappa
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
Main Cast: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, and CJ Adams
Format: Cinema {OUT NOW}
Add It: IMDB

Summary:
(From IMDB) A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.


Sometimes When We

When I first saw the trailer for this film, I was instantly intrigued. I thought it sounded like an interesting concept, a magical tale with a lovely heart-warming disney feel to the overall film. In some ways I wasn’t disappointed but I still felt that the film failed to live up to the high expectations that I put on it. However, it was a nice, lovely film that I would be able to watch again and one that makes you feel just a little bit warmer on the inside. I would recommend it to others but I do know that this film isn’t for everyone and you really have to be in the mood to enjoy an easy family film.

Close Our Eyes

The concept of Timothy Green was really quite magical and actually something I’d expect to find hidden in one of Celia Ahern’s books. Cindy and Jim are desperate for a child so when they’re told that it is physically impossible to have one of their own, they try to imagine what their child would be like if they could have one. They put all of their wishes and hopes in a box and then they bury it in the guarden. They’re ready to move on with their life and take the next step but then, a magical storm occurs on their house and Timothy Green is born – from their box of wishes. The film then follows his journey in Cindy and Jim’s lives in a touching way that really makes you feel warmth inside. All of the characters were played really well, their acting managing to cause emotion to rise up within the audiences.

And Make A Wish

While this film is unlikely to win any awards, it is one that is edited well with an inspiring soundtrack and some really beautiful shots – such as an amazing scene in the woods made with autumn leaves. But there is also nothing spectacular or special about the editing – not that there needs to be – it is just simple editing that works well to bring the rawness of the magic to life. The script worked well for the screen, although there were a few odd moments that I was unsure about, but, overall, it worked well for the film. It brought this story to life in a way that really showed how unique this film really is.

It Comes True

This film is one that is incredibly touching and really gets you thinking. It shows you to never be afraid and to always be open to love. It gives this couple a chance and shows them to never give up on your dreams, no matter what life throws at you. It is a lovely film that I look forward to watching again and would recommend to others. It may not be as powerful as other Disney films, nor as heart-warming as other films within the genre, but it is a good film with a small sprinkle of magic. All the film is asking for is for you to simply believe.

Three Stars

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Posted on 22 April, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The London Book Fair Edition!

Posted on 21 April, 2013 by Faye - 12 Comments

weekly highlights

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

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


Post Highlights

So I had lots of posts planned for this week but then I didn’t really pencil in the fact that I was going to be incredibly busy throughout the week. One post I wrote in the middle of the fair on my phone and the second had been scheduled two weeks ago. But, no worries, I’m sure next week will go down better!

On Tuesday I wrote a list of the top ten books on my Spring TBR pile! Have a look at what I hope to read by clicking here.

If you haven’t heard I’ve been GUSHING about the AMAZING Brigid Kemmerer recently as she is an incredible author who makes me feel very inadequate because she makes me fall in love with EVERY single character in her series. Anyway. Go here to read my latest review of her newest novella, Breathless which is being released at the end of the month!


I Started a Vlog!

What? What was that?
Yes. You heard me correctly. I decided to branch out from the blog and start my own vlogging channel!
Don’t worry, I’m not going to stop blogging, nor will I blog any less – I hope – but I just wanted to try something new and thought this was a great way to do it!
So… why not check out my very first video for A Daydreamer’s Ramblings!


London Book Festival!

So as mentioned before, I went to the London Book Fair this week! It started on the monday and went on until the end of Wednesday and in all honesty I had NO IDEA what to expect but I am really, REALLY, glad that I went, even if there wasn’t really THAT much to do as a blogger.

The first thing to note is that LBF is NOT like BEA. I have not been to BEA but from what I’ve heard and seen about it, it is completely different. The London Book Festival is for businesses and for trades people and is a lot more about the inside of the industry than the part of the industry that we bloggers deal with. So going up and talking to the publishers was pretty much a big no-no unless you had already met or spoken to the publicists and publishing houses beforehand.

But, what LBF was good for were really interesting seminars. I have a lot of material for interesting topics for the blog in the next few weeks that I’m really looking forward to sharing with all of you. So if you’re thinking about going to LBF next year, I would advice looking into the seminars beforehand before you pay so you know that you will have something to do and experience.

What did I get out of the fair?

First up I met some really great bloggers for the first time. Such as Vicky, Celine, Ellie, Katie, Sanne and Leena.
Secondly, seeing bloggers I haven’t seen for a while. Such as Stacey, and Jo.
Thirdly, having a good chat with some publicists such as Hannah Love from Walker Books and Lauren Bennett from Random House Childrens.

Fourthly, I got to go to some really interesting seminars where I learnt some of the best ways to get into the publishing industry, some interesting theories about genre fiction within children and young adult fiction, an interesting look at new adult novels, an idea behind giving young adult fiction ratings, a look at the blogging community, and how to get an agent.

For me, personally, it was worth every single penny that I spent and if the talks are as interesting and informative as they were this year next year, then I’ll definitely be heading back again. But, it definitely isn’t for everyone. If you don’t have something to do with the industry or a personal interest in the industry then you may not wish to go. It’s definitely not aimed at bloggers specifically.


Around the Blogosphere

Just like last week, I haven’t had much chance to see many posts that have been posted this week, but here’s just a few that I did read and really enjoy.

Celine, Ellie, and Vicky all did write-ups of the London Book Fair as well! You can find these here, here, and here. They’re write-ups are better than mine!

Also I really liked Michelle’s post on book adaptations this week. She has listed all the books that she wishes would be adapted in to films! To check out her list and to add your own input, head over here.

Gaby gets personal this week and shares her worst memory involving books. I think that high school can be tough enough as it is without horrible people making days worse but sometimes even the worst things have a positive outcome. Check out the lesson Gaby learned from her experience by here

Chrissi this week has spoken about novellas between series. Are they good or bad? Check out what she has to say and have your say by going here!


Letterbox Love

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So this week I only got a few books – and I got rid of a few too – which is good as I’m trying to decrease my TBR pile to make it more manageable!

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Eve by Anna Carey; This was a book swap with Celine. I’ve been looking forward to reading this one for a long time so I can’t wait to final dive into it!
Call Down Thunder by Daniel Finn; This was a book swap with Vicky. I hadn’t heard of it until I saw it in her pile but I thought it sounded really interesting and now cannot wait to read it either.
The Shadow Lantern by Teresa Flavin; This was a review copy sent from Templar Publishing so a thank you goes out to them. I now have the full trilogy and can’t wait to read them all back to back.


Edit!

This week Anya has borrowed my feature! Check out her Weekly Highlights by here. And Jo has also done something similar here.
If you wish to borrow the feature, please feel free to but please also credit! If you let me know about it, I’ll even add your link in the post each week.


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 21 April, 2013 by Faye - 12 Comments


Novella Review; Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 20 April, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments

BreathlessAuthor: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Books
Published: 30th April 2013
Pages: unknown
Format: ebook
Source:: Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
Too many secrets. Not enough time.

Nick Merrick is supposed to be the level-headed one. The peacemaker. Since it’s just him and his three hotheaded brothers against the world, that’s a survival tactic.

But now he’s got problems even his brothers can’t help him survive.

His so-called girlfriend, Quinn, is going quick as mercury from daring to crazy. Meanwhile, Quinn’s dancer friend Adam is throwing Nick off balance, forcing him to recognize a truth he’d rather shove back into the dark.

He can feel it–the atmosphere is sizzling. Danger is on the way. But whatever happens next, Nick is starting to find out–sometimes nothing you do can keep the peace.


Some Moments

As soon as I was introduced to the Elemental series, I became addicted. Brigid Kemmerer is an amazingly talented author who has created truly spectacular characters with depth and clarity that makes them all feel incredibly realistic – and let’s face it, I often wish they were, simply because I want to meet them! It is due to this very biased opinion that I picked up Breathless, the third novella in the series, and I am glad to admit that as cheesy as it sounds the novella blew me away. It is by far the best book in the series and I cannot wait for Siege.

Exist To Take

This novella was the story of Nick Merrick and, as my favourite twin already – though Gabriel did win me over in Spark, until I read this – I adored his story. It has often been noted that novellas aren’t long enough to get a good idea of character but I beg to disagree, especially concerning this one! Nick’s character comes out in full bloom and it has only made me love him more. He is truly sweet, a full family boy, protective, and kind, but he is also battling himself and has a secret he has long kept hidden. I wanted so badly to makes things okay for him, or just to hold him and tell him that everything will be okay eventually!

Our Breath Away

I’ve never put spoilers in my reviews because I personally hate them and thus I am going to end this review now so as to make sure that I don’t spill my guts. I will end to say that the writing style of Brigid Kemmerer is magnificent and she is an author who has quickly become a favourite of mine. All of her books are incredible and I would totally advise you to read the series if you haven’t yet! Breathless is an intense novella that will have you dying for more and waiting on the edge of hooks for the next part of Nick’s story – and crying in pain when you realise how far away that is. All I can really say is; Don’t Miss This.

five 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. **

Series Reviews
Elemental (0.5)
Storm (1)
Fearless (1.5)
Spark (2)

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Posted on 20 April, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; Spring TBR list

Posted on 16 April, 2013 by Faye - 10 Comments

Hey Guys!
So I am currently sitting in a deserted corridor in the middle of the London Book Fair! I had planned a pretty top ten for you all today but instead I ran out of time so this is going to be very basic. I apologise immensely as I can’t even link to the books at the moment from my phone but I will edit this as soon as I am able.

In the meantime, my list will be my spring TBR list as I missed it last week and this week is topic rewind :)

1. Silver Moon by Rebecca Rogers
2. House of Secrets by Chris Columbus
3. Acid by Emma Pass
4. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audry Neffenger
5. Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman
6. Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel
7. Huntress by Malinda Lo
8. One Seriously Messed-Up Week in the Otherwise Mundane Life of Jack Samsonite by Tom Clempson
9. Vain by Fisher Amelie
10. Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

Most likely a few of these I will forget about but I hope to read all of these this spring! What about you?

On a side note, LBF has been great! Will have a wrap-up for you when it’s all over :)

Posted on 16 April, 2013 by Faye - 10 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The “I’m Back!” Edition

Posted on 14 April, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments

weekly highlights

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

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


Post Highlights

Ok, so I never really went anywhere and I still had posts going up sporadically but this week I finally posted everyday again! I have plans to do the same again next week BUT I have nothing yet scheduled and it’s the London Book Fair which means I’m going to be fairly busy/exhausted so I may fail to follow through with the plan but, if I don’t, look out for another full week of posts! Anywho…

This week I posted THREE reviews;
In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (FIVE HEARTS)
Persnickety Princess by Falcon Storm (FOUR HEARTS)
Fearless by Brigid Kemmerer (FOUR HEARTS)

Do you like comic book movies? I certainly do! This week I posted my top ten. Why not see what I chose and tell me your own favourites by clicking here


ANNOUNCEMENT

As promised I made an announcement on the blog this week! Wahooo! :D
I am hosting a read-a-thon!
This is to help raise awareness of LGBT fiction and because I really want to read some of mine. Books with LGBT themes in the book also count.
To find out more and to sign up, go here


Blogger Spotlight

This week I had the lovely Laura on the blog for an interview! It was great to get to know her a little better and I hope that you feel the same way! Check out this thread to read it.


Around The Blogosphere

I have been really busy this week despite posting daily. I had work and then on my days off I actually did things around the house that really needed to be sorted. But here are a few posts that did catch my eye.

Marketing your blog can sometimes seem like a bore and something that just isn’t important. This week Amanda spoke about why marketing is important and some of the ways you can go about it. Check it all out here

Blogging can sometimes feel as though it is ALL about ARCs. But why are they so important? Why do we love them so much? Or hate them, as the case may be? This week Danny discussed ARCs and why we seek them out. Go here to see what she has to say and add your own comments!

One thing that I REALLY struggle with is commenting on other people’s blogs. Sometimes I barely have time to read posts, let alone comment on them. It seems I am not alone in this as this week Gaby has written a post on how best to try and comment on blogs more often. Check out her thoughts here


Currently Reading…

As I didn’t recieve any books this week – which I’m quite thankful for as I have SO MANY to read already – I decided that the last bit of this post will be used to discuss the few books I’m reading at the moment. That way if you’ve read it already, we can chat about it!

Dancing to the Flute I’ve been reading this one for a while and it is a really interesting read. It’s a little different from the stuff I’ve been reading recently but I am enjoying it. It’s just a bit of an odd transition. Have you read this one?

House of Secrets2 I’ve just started this one and have been really enjoying it! And by, just started, I mean I’ve read a chapter of it but thus far I have had a silly grin on my face for the whole thing. I’m looking forward to seeing what else this one has to bring. Have you read this one or do you want to read it at some point?

Fallen too far I’m about 40% of the way into this one – or probably further by the time you’re reading this – but I’m still not sure what I feel about it. I know so many people LOVE it and it was recommended to me but I’m just having issues with the main character. I want to like her but… just not yet. I am curious to see where it goes though. Have you read this one? What are your thoughts on 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?

faye1

Posted on 14 April, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments