Novella Review; Fearless by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 13 April, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment

fearlessAuthor: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kennsington
Published: July 31st 2012
Pages: 59
Format: ebook
Source:: Bought from Amazon
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
Being a force of nature doesn’t keep you safe. Hunter Garrity is used to watching his back. The kids at school sense something different about him. And they’re right.

Hunter has powers that have nothing to do with how hard he can throw a punch.

Maybe that’s what Clare Kasten is picking up. She’s shy, quiet, and intense, but she’s sought him out. There’s no telling what she wants from him.

But Hunter knows enough to sense a secret when it’s close. And getting close to Clare is a danger he’s ready to face


If Someone Doesn’t

If there is one series that I have been reading and loving continuously, it has been the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer. So, when I found out that she had released a novella between book one and two, I knew that I simply had to read it. Once more, I was swayed by Brigid’s powerful words which drew me into the story and kept me there. This was just a short snippet of what is to come but it was written incredibly well and really got me excited for Spirit.

Believe In You

This novella is from the perspective of Hunter. It is before he met the Merrick brothers and is just a little background into what his life was like before. It was a story of the perfect length as it gave you an idea of who Hunter was and how he became the way he was later on. It was interesting to read, enjoyable, and the perfect little novella to keep you going while you wait, in agony for the next book to finally reach your hands. It is the perfect teaser for what is on the horizon in the third book, Spirit.

Do You Give Up?

Personally, I never really liked Hunter from the first two books. (Yes, I read the series out of order but it is possible to do that so it’s okay!) Really it was only because I didn’t really know him. You never see a lot of him in the books to really bond with him. You do get to see a bit more of him in the second book and I can see how I might grow to like him a bit more but I just never really thought of him. After reading Fearless, however, I’m really quite intrigued by him and cannot wait to read an entire book from his perspective. He’s a guy who has had a lot to deal with in his life and just wants to be seen and to make his father proud.

Or Continue Fighting?

I could write another gushing paragraph about the amazing and talented Brigid Kemmerer but I really don’t want all of my reviews to sound exactly the same, but I will just repeat that she is incredible and I am in awe of her writing skills. She always manages to bring her characters to life and make their problems, fears, and worries to the surface, practically forcing you to fall in love with them. This is definitely what happened to me with this novel and is one of the many reasons why I liked it so much. I have finally seen a side of Hunter that I really like and cannot wait to see where else he may lead me. If you’re a fan of the series, I would definitely recommend this novella to keep you sated until Spirit is finally released. If you’re not a fan, then you should definitely start reading! You can see the links to all the reviews of the books from this series below!

Four Stars

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

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Posted on 13 April, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment


The LGBT Read-A-Thon! (May 3rd-6th 2013)

Posted on 12 April, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments

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Hey Guys!

So my announcement today is that I’m going to be hosting The LGBT Read-A-Thon! I’m not sure if there has been or will be another LGBT read-a-thon hosted by someone else – I apologise if there is! – but this one will be hosted on May 3rd-May 6th!.

But what is the LGBT Read-A-Thon?
This read-a-thon lasts from Friday to Monday and is four days where participants will aim to read as many LGBT fiction (or non-fiction) books as they so choose! It’s as simple as that.

Why LGBT Fiction?
In hosting this read-a-thon I hope to help raise awareness for LGBT fiction as there is so much out there and it is time that people started tapping into the potential that it holds.

How do I sign up?
Signing up is easy! You don’t even need to have a blog! Simply add your blog, goodreads profile, or twitter username to the linky list below and you’re all set! I have asked for your e-mail address just so I can send you a reminder e-mail closer to the date, it will NOT be used for any other reason.
If you have a blog, and wish to, please post a sign up post so as to attract others.

Will there be anything else going on?
Yes! There will be a few LGBT reviews going up on my blog during the event, a guest post or two, and a mini-challenge which will continue throughout the read-a-thon as well. (There will also be a giveaway or two!)
Plus, there will also be a Twitter Chat. Details of all of these will be discussed closer to the event.

Is there a hashtag to use?
Yeap! If you’re doing any tweeting about the event, you can use the hashtag; #LGBTR-A-T

That’s everything! If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below or contact me.

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Posted on 12 April, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments


Blogger Spotlight – INTERVIEW!

Posted on 11 April, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments

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Hey Guys!
So today I have a wonderful interview for you all with the lovely Laura from Bookish Treasures. I hope it lets you get to know her better so that you may decide to go and check out her blog!
Hope you enjoy.


Tell us a little something about yourself!
Hi :) My name is Laura and i am a chemistry student who lives in the UK though i really want to go into a career in publishing. I love books (kind of goes without saying) and when i am not in lectures i am usually reading.

How long have you had your blog?
I started my blog in January of this year so i am still a blogging newbie.

Do you enjoy running your blog?
Most certainly. If i didn’t love it so much there would be no way i could do it. I takes time and effort and with all my University work i am often rushed for time.

When you started, did you ever think that it would end up the way it has?
Well i’m still relatively new but my blog does seem to have grown quite fast. From my first day of blogging i have had people reading and commenting on my posts. Part of me was excpecting to just be posting things that no one was reading for at least a few months. I was also really suprised at how quickly i started recieving review requests; i think it was the day after my first post. Every day i am thankful about how quickly the book blogging community accepted me.

Is there an interesting background story to the name of your blog, if there is, tell us!
There actually is. I knew that i was going to start a blog about 8 months before i actually started blogging and the majority of that time time was spent trying to think of the perfect name. I wanted something unique, that made it obvious it was a blog about books and was just a good memorable name. For a very long time it was going to be called “Loopy About Books” simply because it fit quite well with my twitter name and there also wasn’t any blogs with similar names that already existed. I later decided that i just really hated that name so i needed to come up with something else. That is when i discovered just how many names are already taken. Most aren’t even active blogs and just had 1 post several years ago but the name still isn’t available to use. I finally settled on a name and blogger url i liked and i had checked on google to see if there was already a blog with a similar name but i couldn’t find anything. My blog was very nearly called “Books To Fall In Love With”. In December i went to create my blog and decided to do one last google search. To my horror a blog with a similar name came up. I really didn’t wan’t to have a name that was close to what someone already had as i had seen how sad some bloggers got when a new blog started with a similar name to theirs.

At this point i decided that i needed a little help as i had exausted all of my name ideas. That is when i decided to ask an amazing blogger friend Faye :P If i recall correctly the conversation went something like this “I can’t think of a blog name, help.” “What sort of name do you want?” “Something that makes it obvious it is a book blog.” “What about Bookish Treasures?” I instantly loved the name and after lots of searching i couldn’t find any other blog names that were similar so Bookish Treasures is what my blog became :)

As we’ve got this far without mentioning it, why not tell us a little something about your blog, what you post, how it runs, who you cater to, etc.
My blog primarily focuses on YA and NA books though there will be the occasional Adult romance or fantasy novel. I try to have lots of author interviews and guest posts on my blog as well as just reviews.

Do you participate or host and blog memes? If you do, which is your favourite?
I participate in two memes, Showcase Sunday and Waiting on Wednesday. Its hard to pick a favourite. I love Showcase Sunday as i like sharing the books i have recieved and it is also a great way to bring attention to books i have recieved to review but may not be able to read for a while. Waiting on Wednesday is a great way to share my excitement for an upcoming release and i always love discovering new books on other peoples blogs because of this meme.

What about blog tours and blog hops? Have you ever or do you ever want to participate in them?
I participate in blog tours and i love doing so. They are a good way to review great books and have guest posts from brilliant authors.

What is the best book you read in 2012?
There are two – Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and Taking Chances by Molly McAdams (i know some people hated this book but i truly loved it).

What about so far in 2013?
Either Fast-Tracked bt Tracy Rozzlynn or Stitch by Samantha Durante. Both are amazing dystopian novels.

Has there ever been a book that you haven’t been able to finish? If so, what was it? And why couldn’t you finish?
There have been a couple of books i have been unable to finish the most recent being Deadly Kisses by Kerri Cuevas. There wasn’t really anything wrong with the book i just couldn’t connect with it. I found that i was having to force myself to read it and i didn’t really care what happened next so i just gave up reading it. One book that i never finished but will one day is Brave New World. It’s great but i was very young when i first tried to read it and it started to really creep me out. Now that i am older i will definately have to read the entire book.

What is your favourite book genre?
Anything that is NA. Mainly contemporary NA and paranormal NA as they are the two most common genres. I am also a huge fan of YA dystopian novels. Although stangely my top 10 favourite books are all fantasy novels. I think a fantasy when written amazingly is unbeatable.

Quick Fire Round

ebook or hardcopy?
Hard copy. I love my kindle but nothing beats holding a real book and seeing it on my bookshelves.

ya or adult?
New Adult :P

vampires or werewolves?
Werewolves. I just love any type of shifter.

chocolate or vanilla?
Chocolate.

harry potter or twilight?
Harry Potter.

four or peeta?
Four.

series or single?
Series. As long as it isn’t too long, i’d rather not read a 20 book series.

blogger or wordpress?
Blogger.

And finally, Is there anything else you would like to say about you or your blog?
If you like the sound of my blog please pop over and say hello. I am very friendly :)

Thank you for all of your lovely answers Laura! It’s been great getting to know you better. If you’d like to see more of Laura, why not head over to her blog and consider following her?

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Posted on 11 April, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments


Book Tour Review; Persnickety Princess by Falcon Storm

Posted on 10 April, 2013 by Faye - 8 Comments

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Howdy All!
I am here today for the blog tour of Persnickety Princess by Falcon Storm! I have for you all a review of this fun book and a chance to win some exciting prizes as well!
Hope you enjoy!


Persnickety Princess coverAuthor: Falcon Storm
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Published: 7th March 2013
Pages: unknown
Format: ebook
Source:: Complimentary Copy from Author
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
High up in the tallest tower of the purplest castle in the Kingdom by the Sea, Princess Lavender awaits rescue. Desperate as she may be, only the most dashing, well-dressed, properly mannered prince will do. Oh, and he must stand exactly four and three-quarters inches taller than her. A princess has got to have standards, after all.

When, finally, one such prince comes to her castle–not to rescue her, but her younger sister–Lavender refuses to be ignored. Instead of waiting for the next suitor to come along, she devises a plan to put herself in danger, thus forcing the upstart prince to forget her sister and rescue her instead.

Well accustomed to getting her way, there is only one thing, unfortunately, that this princess can’t control–her luck. When her plans go awry, putting her in very real danger, will she allow the prince to rescue her as he sees fit? Will he even want to try?

And will anyone be able to find a way to rescue Lavender from her persnickety ways once and for all? Find out in this comedic tale of princes, dragons, and dreams that just may come true.


Once Upon A Time

When it comes to fairytales, I am a sucker for them. Even though they’re usually full of corny plot-lines and over-done scenes, I just really love reading – and watching them. I like seeing the originality in some of them and the way authors – and scriptwriters – manage to make something so simply so very entertaining. Therefore it was no surprise that when Persnickety Princess arrived in my inbox, I was instantly excited. I couldn’t wait to see if this would be a story that I would enjoy. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here though, I don’t believe in finding my “prince” one day, never have to be fair, but I just find the stories to be really easy to read and always have a bit of fun attached to them. So, I am pleased to report that Persnickety Princess didn’t disappoint me!

In A Far-Away World

This short novella story is one that will have you giggling one minute, rolling your eyes the next, and then grinning like a silly person by the end. It is a light-hearted story that has quite a fun plot. Princess Lavender is a princess who has read one too many traditional fairytales and believes wholeheartedly that she has to be rescued by the bravest Prince in all the land. Thus she has set up many trials for her prince to overcome before he is worthy of her loving hand. When such a prince finally stumbles into her world, it should have been a happily ever after, except it’s not. Without saying too much and spoiling it for all of you, I will say that I enjoyed this story quite a lot. It was entertaining, enjoyable, and had a very non-serious tone to it as the narrator just wants to have as much fun as the reader.

There Was a Princess

Princess Lavender is a character that could easily have been grating and irritating but instead she simply made me roll my eyes and giggle to myself. She was picky, persnickety, but she was also incredibly bored. Add that all in together and you have a character who will easily make you laugh at her silly antics. Prince Hugo was an interesting character, he got irritated by Lavender’s antics yet he simply let her get on with it while continuing on with his journey. It might have been nice to see a bit more of his story but that’s a small nitpick on my part! Dave, on the other hand, was a character that I quite liked. Silently there and always happy to do what he needed, he was charming and sweet. He definitely made the story more fun! Princess Petunia was also a fun character – although you don’t see a lot of her in this one – she’s full of life, takes control of things, and is definitely the princess I want to see more of!

Who Was Always Waiting

I adored the way that this novella was set out. I loved the way that I could see it in animated form really easily and that you could really heard the narrator’s voice throughout the book. It really brings the book alive and makes it seem more interesting and fun. I enjoyed the prologue and the epilogue quite a lot and really look forward to reading more work from Falcon Storm and finding out more about what happens to this fun and interesting characters. It is difficult to write fairytales in a unique way in this day but I really found this story to be well written and really entertaining.

For Her Perfect Prince

Persnickety Princess is a fun story that really suits its target audience of young children but I can see those of the older generation really enjoying it as well. I did and I’m not a child anymore! Some moments are predictable as I was looking at it from an older perspective but it still kept it fun as you couldn’t wait for the characters to find bits of the information out for themselves. So, if you’re looking for a fairy tale that is fun, light-hearted, entertaining, and really enjoyable then I really think you should pick this one up as it is well worth the read! As a final note, I will say that I really adored the messages hidden in this book, and all it has to teach the children that will eventually pick it up. It’s great that fiction still has the ability to teach us things. This book will touch your heart without you even realising it.

FOUR HEARTS

** 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. **


About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!

About the book: High up in the tallest tower of the purplest castle in the Kingdom by the Sea, Princess Lavender awaits rescue. Desperate as she may be, only the most dashing, well dressed, properly mannered prince will do. Oh, and he must stand exactly four and three-quarters inches taller than her. A princess has got to have standards, after all.

When, finally, one such prince comes to her castle—not to rescue her, but her younger sister—Lavender refuses to be ignored. Instead of waiting for the next suitor to come along, she devises a plan to put herself in danger, thus forcing the upstart prince to forget her sister and rescue her instead.

Well accustomed to getting her way, there is only one thing, unfortunately, that this princess can’t control—her luck. When her plans go awry, putting her in very real danger, will she allow the prince to rescue her as he sees fit? Will he even want to try?

And will anyone be able to find a way to rescue Lavender from her persnickety ways once and for all? Find out in this comedic tale of princes, dragons, and dreams that just may come true.

The Persnickety Princess is a lower grade chapter book intended for kids 6 to 9 years old (although kids of all ages are sure to enjoy it! Pick up your copy through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or Kobo Books.

Falcon StormAbout the author: I was born in the frozen wasteland of Alaska with the unfortunate stigma of being both a daydreamer and left-handed. Starting from an early age, I’ve filled my life with stories of every sort from my father’s hunting trips to the Holy Trilogy (read: Star Wars). In the fourth grade, I became more interested in telling stories of my own than listening to those of others. Doctors—being doctors—attempted to medicate them out of me, but the best cure has always been a pen, a notebook, and my crazy, unrestrained imagination. I continue to whittle away at these stories in my endless search for the one that will finally bring me back to reality. All the while, I secretly hope such a story will never come along. I hear “reality” is far too boring. Connect with Falcon on his website, Facebook, GoodReads, or Twitter.

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win (1) a $25 Amazon gift card, (2) a $50 Amazon gift card, or (3) a Princess Prize Pack, which includes a plush purple dragon, necklace with lavender pendant, The Fairy Godmother’s Guide to Being a Princess, tiara and wand party set, and a DVD of The Princess Bride.

Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog.

That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win the $50 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other two prizes (including the awesome Princess Prize Pack) will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Persnickety Princess tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

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Posted on 10 April, 2013 by Faye - 8 Comments


Book Review; In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Posted on 9 April, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments

in the shadowsAuthor: Cat Winters
Publisher: Amulet
Published: 2nd April 2013
Pages: 400
Format: Hardback
Source:: ARC from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time


In A Flutter

I’m not entirely sure what first drew me into this book, a small part of me wants to say it was wholly the ghost theme but I have a feeling it was the historical side of things as well. Generally I don’t usually go out of my way to read historical fiction but this novel just sounded so interesting that I thought I should just give it a go. Needless to say, I am incredibly glad that I gave this book a try as it was a spectacular read that I couldn’t get enough of. This was a novel that grabbed me completely and refused to let me read anything else until it was completed. It is a novel that I would highly recommend and one that I really wish to do justice in a review.

Of Wings

Mary Shelley Black is a sixteen year old girl growing up during World War One. As if that doesn’t make life hard enough, she also has the added stress of the Spanish Influenza virus lurking around. Then, just as though the world is seeing how much she can handle, her first love appears to her as a spirit and her whole life turns upside down. There is so much going on in this novel that is dealt with so brilliantly. It is full of tension to keep you turning the page, and a plot that never gets too confusing but makes everything feel so realistic. Cat Winters certainly doesn’t shy away from the emotional moments in this novel and her portrayal of World War One feels incredibly realistic. It seemed so odd, at times, that these words were only works of fiction.

Their Lives

If ever there was a character to grab your heart and steal it away, Mary Shelley Black is the one to do it. She is an incredibly strong character, stubborn to her roots, and full of her own thoughts and ideas that she is willing to implement. Placing her in 1918, she is a remarkable character who you could see going off to change history. Powerful, determined and intelligent, Mary Shelley will always do everything in her power to make it all okay. I really loved how true of a character she felt, she really helped you to connect to everything going on as you could really just imagine everything so vividly. I could only ever hope and pray that there were more women like her in real life.

On the other hand, it is worth noting all of the side characters in this novel that really helped to make it just as brilliant. Julius Embers was portrayed really well. He’s obsessive, abusive, but he also has a heart buried underneath it all and is just worried about it all. It’s clear that Cat Winters spent a lot of time on her characterizations of all her characters. Aunt Eva was brilliant throughout, a young woman who was put through so much so young that she was forced to become responsible. She worried about those she cared about, had crushes that she tried to hide, and just wanted to find something true to believe in. It’s hard not to love her.

Are Changing

If there is one thing that kept me reading until the very end – beside from the magnificent plot and excellent characters, of course – it was the remarkable writing style. Cat Winters manages to draw you into her novel with ease. Her writing is deep yet easy to take in and she has really managed to capture the essence of the time. Through Mary Shelley Black you see the world around you as bleak and bland as she felt it was and it’s hard to picture it as anything but the world it was back then. This is a notable talent that I really hope doesn’t go unnoticed in the world because she deserves people to realise how amazing she really is. Cat Winters is an author that I will definitely be keeping an eye on from now on because I am, quite simply, in awe.

For Good

As mentioned above, I don’t often read historical fiction novels and so I feel I can’t really judge this book based on its genre alone, but I do know that it was a truly outstanding novel that I thoroughly enjoyed and had to read from start to finish incredibly quickly. It was a novel that pulled me in, shocked me emotionally, and made my heart beat a little faster. I truly connected with all of the characters – even those we see for only a page or two – and I find that to be something of beauty. This novel is one that will stay with you for days and one that I can imagine myself re-reading again at a later date. It is a novel with a strong heroine that many feminists would be proud to read about. But truly it is simply Cat Winters and her amazing talent that should draw people to this book. I just really don’t think you should be missing out on this hauntingly brilliant book.

five stars

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

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Posted on 9 April, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments


Monday’s Movie Musings; Top Ten Superhero Movies

Posted on 8 April, 2013 by Faye - 6 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 am telling you all about my top ten superhero movies


So I don’t read comic books or graphic novels – I’ve read one recently but that doesn’t really mean I read them! – but I do love the movie adaptations. I haven’t watched a LOT of them and really I haven’t read much more than ten so these may not be the BEST out there, they’re just the BEST that I’ve seen!

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Avengers Assemble; Oh, I LOVED this movie when I saw it. Like, I wanted to watch it again as SOON as it was over. It was epic in many proportions and if you haven’t seen it, I think you should recitify that straight away.

Iron Man; This film made me a HUGE Robert Downey Jr fan but really it was just Tony Stark that I enjoyed watching. The film is quite simple plot wise and is a lot of special effects but if you like a guy who is cocky but protective, you are sure to like this one!

Batman: The Dark Knight; I actually watched this as my very FIRST Batman movie – I know, terrible, right? – I have now watched Tim Burton’s adaptations and all of Christopher Nolan’s as well but this one is still my favourite. Probably because I ADORE Heath Ledger but also because it just had a dark yet light feel running through it that I just loved!

Thor; I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw this film but I really liked what I did see! I know some people had issues with the CGI but I just liked the story and got really into the film and that makes it great for me!

The Incredible Hulk; Oh, don’t give me that look! I haven’t seen the original one so I have nothing to compare it to but I did like this film! But, I did prefer Mark Ruffalo playing Hulk in Avengers Assemble, but this film was still great with some epic special effects.

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Kick-Ass; I really enjoyed this one. It’s not your typical super-hero film really and yet it really is and I kind of loved it for that. I can’t really say what I liked so much about the film but I do know that I just really loved it.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World; Definitely not your average super-hero movie and I wasn’t sure whether to include it but in his own way, Scott is definitely a super-hero and this film is truly epic and fun and I really enjoyed it!

The Amazing Spider-Man; Yes, the newest adaptation. I have watched the earlier version of this but I don’t know why, I just preferred the new one for some reason. Possibly because it’s fresh in my mind but also because I just thought Andrew Garfield did a brilliant job.

The Losers; One of my absolute favourite films ever. This film is hilarious but full of over-the-top action, epic special effects and cockiness just for the sake of it. It’s a great, fun film that doesn’t even want to take itself seriously and I loved that about it.

Hancock; I think this movie is absolutely hilarious. I love Will Smith and just found myself giggling through a lot of this film. It’s a different way to look at super-hero films and I really like that about it. If you haven’t seen it, you really should!


So there you have it! A list of some great superhero films that I loved! Have you seen any of them? What do you think of my choices? What are some of your favourites?

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Posted on 8 April, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Easter Edition

Posted on 7 April, 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.

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Posted on 7 April, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments


One Book, Two Books, Three Books, Four!

Posted on 5 April, 2013 by Faye - 27 Comments

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Hey All!
So today I am starting 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 reading multiple books at once


Whenever I mention that I have more than one book on the go at one time, I usually get the same response; HOW? This question always baffled me because well, I don’t know how, I just simply do it. So, being that I’m now a blogger and everything comes back to my blog, I decided that I needed to look a little further at this issue and really analyse why I was able to read more than one book at a time. Is it because I just have a great memory? Or is my memory lacking simply because I have so many books on the go at the same time? (Well, not literally at the same time because then I might be going a little cross-eyed!) Thus, eventually, I worked it all out and have a small list of HOW I manage to read more than one book at a time.

  • I try to read lots of different genres. It’s hard to get confused when in one book they’re in Hogwarts and in the other there are vampires crawling around.
  • I read in different ways. I may have one paperback on the go, one e-book on the go, and maybe even an audiobook as well.
  • I view books the same way as television programmes. I can be in the middle of twenty tv shows at the same time, just as I can be with books.
  • I get bored very easily. Even if the book is the MOST AMAZING book in the world, if I read the same thing for too long, I usually just end up switching off, putting the book down and forgetting to return to it. By reading multiple books, I can pick and change between them, thus avoiding ultimate boredom.
  • As a blogger I sometimes forget about release dates/blog tour dates – despite them being written in my diary with reminders coming from all directions – and thus I usually have to stop reading a book to be able to finish a more important one in time!
  • It is more challenging – and more entertaining – to read more than one book at a time and thus makes the experience more interesting and exciting!
  • If I forget a book, I’m not going to NOT read, thus, I will just start another and get back to the last as and when I can.
  • I just CAN ;)
So really, there are a lot of reasons why I end up reading lots of books at once. But what I also manage to do is get about halfway through a book, get ENTICED by another MORE EXCITING and AMAZING book and simply HAVE TO READ that one and FINISH it ASAP, thus stopping the one I was currently reading. And then another appears and suddenly, five books later, I realise I’m still in the middle of that OTHER book I neglected. But, despite all of the many books I am in the middle of – this is where multiple bookmarks comes in handy! – I ALWAYS plan to go back to the book and finish it eventually!

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And just to give you a small idea, these are all the books that I am currently reading and the ones I am halfway through but aim to return to;

  1. Dancing to the Flute by Manisha Jolie Amin
  2. Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel
  3. Persnickity Princess by Falcon Storm
  4. From New York to Love… Actually by Ali McNamara
  5. Pantomime by Laura Lam
  6. Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill
  7. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
  8. Survival by A. M. Hargrove
  9. Splintered by A. G. Howard
  10. The Dead Girl’s Dance by Rachel Caine
  11. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
  12. Knife by R. J. Anderson
  13. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  14. Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (reread)
So… as you can see… there’s a LOT of books I’m in the middle of – and plan to return to at some point! It’s actually more than I thought it was – ooops! But there we go. I know that one day all of these books will be fully read, and rated with the possibility of a review as well. But for now they’re just sitting on my shelves looking sorry for themselves! What I have concluded by the end of this post is the fact that I know WHY I read lots of books at one time, but I still have no clue as to HOW I do. I probably just have a good memory, eh?

What about you though? Do you read more than one book at a time? Do you ever leave a book to start another? Or is this weird reading habit of mine something only I do?

Let’s Discuss!

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Posted on 5 April, 2013 by Faye - 27 Comments


Book Review; The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorenson

Posted on 4 April, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments

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Author: Jessica Sorenson
Publisher: Sphere
Published: 11th April 2013
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD
Summary:

The girl he thinks he loves needs to disappear. I don’t want tonight to be irreversible, so I pull away, breathing him in one last time.

Ella and Micha have been best friends since childhood, until one tragic night shatters their relationship and Ella decides to leave everything behind to start a new life at college, including Micha.

But now it’s summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to win back the girl he lost, no matter what it takes.


It Starts

There are books I struggle to read quickly, simply because I am a slow reader, and then there are the books that, despite all logic, I devour in short spaces of time, – although needless to say it is still not as quickly as some! – so it is with pride that I admit that The Secret of Ella and Micha was one book that I sped through surprisingly quickly. When I first heard about the book, I was curious about it, especially as New Adult books are generating a lot of buzz lately, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself truly enjoying this book. It was the perfect book for me to read at the time as I was struggling with a blogging slump and it was easy to read, kept me turning the page quickly and simply got me interested in reading again. It was a book that has won me over and I’m proud to have sitting on my bookshelf.

With A Moment

In the short of it, this book is merely a contemporary romance for mature readers, for those that want something just a little bit more than just YA romance. But, the long of it tells another story altogether. This book looks at loss, friendship, first loves, alcohol, growing up, but most importantly, it looks at what being true to yourself truly means. It shows how to support ourselves to be ourselves without the dependence on others while also allowing others in. It’s a truly spectacular story that will really grip you and make you want to know so much more about it. There’s a sense of knowing where the story is headed but there are also many twists and turns thrown in that you’re left wondering if it will really end as you think, which definitely makes it an interesting read.

Between Different People

One of the reasons this book is so captivating is simply because of the well-written characters. Jessica doesn’t shy away from the dark sides of her characters, and the things they keep hidden not just from each other but from themselves really makes them feel like solid believable characters. Everyone in the book is going through some sort of journey and they are all doing so in such a realistic way that it seems impossible that this is merely a work of fiction. Ella is our main protagonist in the story and she is a truly incredible character. With so much on her shoulders, she shut herself away and tried to just move on with a new life but it’s never easy to run from your past. She’s such a strong character, and clearly just wants to have some fun but isn’t sure how. I was so happy for her by the end of the story.

Micha, on the other hand, is our second protagonist and I really truly found him to be a great character. He was caring and protective, but he also had a temper and a dark past and trust issues within himself as well. I loved his character because he was just so lovely and open and just wasn’t going to give up without a fight and it really showed how real he was. This pair is a large reason why I really loved this book but I also really enjoyed the secondary characters and the stories that they bring to the table. Lila is a really complex character that you only get to see through the eyes of others but you can still get such a good idea of her character, including the things she doesn’t tell the others and I found that to be really intriguing. Ethan is the one character that I wish we saw a bit more of. There were snippets of who he is that shine through and you can see he is a good guy but I just wanted to see more of him. I’m hoping to see more of him in the next book!

With A Force

Like many books on the market at the moment, The Secret of Ella and Micha has a dual narrative. It would switch between Ella and Micha’s POV throughout the book and I really enjoyed that about this book. Sometimes dual narratives can feel like a cop out but that is certainly not the case here. Jessica gives us a full view of both these characters by giving us just enough of each to fully appreciate their place in the story. I really loved getting the opinions of both characters and how much they varied. It was also good that you could really hear the different voices which is one of the hardest things to do with a dual narrative. It is clear that Jessica is very talented and I look forward to reading more from her.

That Changes Everything

Overall, The Secret of Ella and Micha is a really complex, enjoyable, and compelling read. With in-depth characters that you quickly become emotionally invested in, this is a story that strikes the heart, allowing you to fall in love with the story as a whole. It is a novel that will take you on an incredible journey and one to read if you’re like me and like character-driven narratives. If you liked Easy by Tammara Webber, then I am certain that you will also like this. It is books like these that make the New Adult category so very powerful, popular, and interesting. I would easily recommend this to others so if you want to read a good New Adult book with deep, mature, and strong themes, then you should definitely pick this one up!

Four Stars

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

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Posted on 4 April, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Random House Blogger Brunch

Posted on 3 April, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments

A few weeks back, I went to the wonderful offices of Random House (not the children’s offices though!) for a really great and informative Bloggers Brunch! This was the second Random House event I had been to and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time – but I forgot my pen so I have very little notes on all the fun new books.

The first part of the event consisted of the publicists and editors telling us all about their upcoming titles which was a little condensed as the meeting had, had to be moved due to weather BUT it was good nonetheless and I am itching to get my hands on many of the books coming from this publisher. (listed below)

Halfway through this presentation they showed us this picture;

They didn’t tell us anything about it, other than it was about something exciting and to keep our eyes peeled. This proof arrived the other day and I had a little scream! I am SO EXCITED to read this book. And you should be TOO!

With all the titles explained to us, it was then time to move onto the authors and the first up was the wonderfully talented Jonathan Stroud telling us all about his new upcoming series. The first book in the Lockwood & Co series is to be released in August but it sounds amazing and I cannot wait!

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Jonathan started out by telling us about the idea behind his series. These books revolve around teenagers who can see ghosts. In his world, adults lose the ability to see ghosts as they grow older and so it is down to the teenagers to take care of them. Thus in steps Lockwood & Co, a teenage ghost hunting agency. Yes, you read that right. The agency then step in to deal with all of the ghosts and banish them back to well… wherever ghosts are supposed to be!

If you didn’t know by now, I love anything to do with ghosts and this sounds like an absolutely fabulous series that I am just certain I am going to EAT up. It reminds me of Anna Dressed In Blood but just with a more comedic and British tone to it, and honestly, what’s not to love? Anyway. After explaining about the concept of the books, Jonathan then showed us what you would expect to find in the pack of a teenage ghost hunter.

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Backpack; A sturdy backpack in which to carry all of the essentials. It must be dual shouldered simply so not to ruin the balance of the ghost hunter.
Belt; This is for all the little things that don’t fit in a backpack. The essentials that are listed below are likely to be found in the belt.
Flashlight; A necessary item for all ghost hunters. It could be the end of you if you don’t have one!

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Sword; One must ALWAYS carry a sword around to protect themselves. As demonstrated by Jonathan above.

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Iron Chain; One must also ALWAYS carry an iron chain around. This can be used to protect yourself from particularly nasty spirits. By placing the iron chain in a circle on the floor and stepping within it, a ghost can not cross the barrier.

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Holy Water; an essential item for the belt. This repels ghosts and is particularly handy when your sword is just out of reach.
Salt; same function as holy water and iron, it is an irritant to ghosts and will give you just that last bit of time to save yourself.
Ghost Vaccum; Once the ghost is safely sorted it gets transported into this handy device until it can be properly disposed of!
Teapot; Because EVERY teenage ghost hunter will need tea on the job, let’s face it.

*DISCLAIMER* – I am remembering these things MERELY from the photos, these facts may not be 100% accurate, please do not take my word for it.

Once Jonathan had told us all of this, and my excitment had increased tenfold, Amy McCulloch was then brought in to talk to us all about her debut novel The Oathbreaker’s Shadow

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Amy told us all about her book and the inspiration she had for her story which was really fascinating. She did a lot of research in Mongolia among other places and the entire story sounded very interesting. It’s a fantasy duology where if you make a promise, a knot is formed on your wrist for eternity and if you break your promise, you are cast out and marked as an Oathbreaker. This happens to Raim and it is his tale for the book – and it sounds utterly stunning!

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After explaining about the book, Amy read us a small passage from the book and it really intrigued me and I cannot wait to read this book and see where else Amy will take me!


Upcoming Random House Books

Silent Saturday by Helen Grant (4th April 2013)
The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles (paperback, 2nd May 2013)
Acid by Emma Pass (25th April 2013)
Blood Family by Anne Fine (4th July 2013)
The Child’s Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnson (2nd May 2013)
Doll Bones by Holly Black (9th May 2013)
Witchfall by Victoria Lamb (4th July 2013)
Incinerator by Niall Leonard (5th September 2013)
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper (1st August 2013)

To find out more about these titles and all the other titles by Random House Children’s Publisher, head over to the NOW LIVE website; http://www.totallyrandombooks.co.uk.

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Posted on 3 April, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments