May Monthly Wrap Up

Posted on 31 May, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments

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


Monthly Highlights

So really I think I should just be getting used to living a busy lifestyle as there is still no signs of things letting up with the next few weeks booked with work and social engagements. This month has been another rocky one for me but I really am hoping that soon I will get a better grasp of being organised while I’m busy. For this I’m hoping to start scheduling the book WAY in advance but we’ll see how well that goes!

My top three favourite posts I wrote this month are;
Top Ten Tuesday; Books That Deal with Tough Subjects
Monday’s Movie Musings; Iron Man 3
Book Tour Review; Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

This month I also hosted the LGBT Readathon which went really well and I really enjoyed it! After some great feedback, you can be happy to know that I’ll be planning to re-host the read-a-thon so keep your eyes peeled!

I read nine books this month which means I am now four books behind on my Goodreads Challenge.


Favourite Book

I read some really great books this month and choosing just one is an incredibly difficult task but I think I’m going to have to go with The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud as it was just an amazing book. It pulls you in from the start and really keeps you reading. The writing is absolutely fantastic, the story was thrilling and the whole trio set up just reminded me of Harry Potter and I really feel like this is a book that thousands of teenagers are going to love. Plus, I adored the idea of the ghosts and the agency and it was just brilliant. (And it inspired me to write a short-story which means it must be great, right?). Expect a longer review of this fabulous book further on in the year.


Blogger Spotlight

This months blogger spotlight was Raimy from Readaraptor! It was lovely to host her on the blog and I hope that you found someone new to follow as she has an absolutely wonderful blog that deserves plenty of followers!

Announcement
Interview

This months blogger spotlight will be announced tomorrow.


Reading Challenges

A-Z Book Challenge; I read the letter E.
British Books Challenge; I read four books; Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore, One Seriously Messed Up Week in the Otherwise Mundane and Uneventful Life of Jack Samsonite by Tom Clempson, Pantomime by Laura Lam, and The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. (Which means I’ve officially finished this challenge! Wooo)
Mystery/Crime Challenge; I read two books; Whisper by Michael Bray and The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud.
TBR Pile Challenge; I read one book; Pantomime by Laura Lam
Witches/Witchcraft Challenge; I read no books towards this challenge
Genre Variety Challenge; I read Comedy, Horror and Urban Fantasy.


That concludes my month! How did your month go?

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Posted on 31 May, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments


Book Tour Review; Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 30 May, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments

Howdy All!
Today I am here participating in the blog tour for Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer! I have for you all my review as well as a chance to read the FIRST CHAPTER of Spirit, a FREE download of Elemental and a chance to vote for the main protagonist of a short story! Hope you enjoy.


SpiritAuthor: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kennsington
Published: 28th May 2013
Pages: 301
Format: E-book
Source:: Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.

He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…


When There

When I first started Spirit, I already knew that I loved Brigid Kemmerer’s style of writing. I was already hooked on the series and I was already in love with the characters. What I didn’t know was that I would fall even further in love with it all. It’s incredibly hard to explain but Brigid has a way of not just pulling you into each and every story in different ways, but she also makes you fall in love with every single character she writes about. In the books previous to this one, I never gave Hunter much thought. He was just a side character, not someone I really thought about or particularly liked all that much. Having now read Spirit, I can say with absolute certainty that I think he is an incredibly strong and powerful character that I loved reading about. That is what Brigid does best, lets you see the sides of a person that make you instantly love them.

Are Things

The one thing that has always captivated me about Brigid Kemmerer’s writing, aside from her talent for writing characters, has been her ability to create plots that are unique, believable, and full of twists and turns. What could have been a confusing read simply isn’t because of the way that Brigid has managed to write it. I found the plot of Spirit to be really interesting and captivating. I was hooked to the edge of my seat as I read it, and found myself totally engrossed in the story. Whereas the earlier books in this series have a lot of light humour within them that make them seem lighter, this book is a lot deeper and darker but I honestly think it works. There is still humour in places that help to bring it up again, but this is a book that dives into the emotional side of Hunter, detailing why he is the way he is as well as why he acts the way he does. Hunter learns so much about himself and those around him that it really makes you feel for him. I truly found this book to be one that was entertaining, thrilling and kept me coming back for more.

Happening Beyond

While Hunter had a main focus in this story, it is so clear that Brigid Kemmerer knows how to bring the personalities of each and every one of her characters to life in every book. I enjoyed reading about all of the Merrick brothers – and especially loved being able to see more of Michael in this book – but I also really liked reading about Kate. Kate was a character that I struggled to like at first. There was something about her that I couldn’t quite like but as the story went on, I soon found myself hoping things would work out. She had a shaded past but she was strong, humane, and just wanted to live life without all the pressure and drama. She took my heart away and she was also the perfect balance for Hunter. She opened him up and showed him how life could be if he learnt to just trust a little bit. I think she was an exceptional character in the story and I’m so glad that Brigid added her into the series.

Your Control

I’ve spoken quite a bit about Hunter above, but I just want to add in a few more words about him here. As I mentioned previously, I didn’t really think much about Hunter before this book. Even after reading Fearless, I didn’t feel much of anything for him but then I read this book. Hearing things from his perspective, seeing the pressures that he was dealing with and the thoughts that were continuing to go through him simply broke my heart. Within the first few chapters I was already feeling so sorry for him and wishing that I could just give him a hug and make things better. But he never let anything really get in his way. He was a strong character who had a lot of things to work through and found himself getting stronger as the book continued. He was stuck in the middle and had no idea which way to go and I just found him to be a captivating character and an absolutely fantastic protagonist.

You Must Learn

It is without a doubt that Brigid Kemmerer is an incredibly talented writer. She makes me want to give up writing because there is no way I could ever write characters as beautifully as she does. What amazes me the most isn’t just that she has characters down to a tee, it is that she writes men so powerfully. She doesn’t write stereotypical guys, these are boys who have character, they have their strengths but they also have their weaknesses and their flaws. They’re just a bunch of kids (sorry) who are struggling to learn who they are and who they’re meant to be and that is what makes this series so compelling. It is these strong characters that keep me coming back for more. Brigid Kemmerer keeps you entertained with a multi-level plot, incredibly strong characters, and a pile of relationship dynamics that have you begging for more. If ever there was a series that could entertain many people, The Elemental Series is definitely it.

Who To Trust

Just in case it is unclear right now, I absolutely loved Spirit. This is a story that grabs you by the shoulders and keeps you entertained right until the very end. While some fans may struggle with the change in tone in this book compared to the previous two, I found it to be absolutely perfect and necessary. Hunter’s story is one that should have been told as it gave the reader a clearer look at who he is and why he belongs where he is. If this story held the same light tone as the previous books then it wouldn’t have had the same impact on the readers. This is a powerful story that brings to light many different things but also pulls the overall plot of the series forward. From the end of this book, it is clear to see that the troubles the Merrick boys and Hunter Garrity face aren’t over but are really just beginning. It is because of this that I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. Honestly, this is a powerful book that you should definitely give a try – especially if you’re already reading the series. If you’re not, it is possible to dive straight in with this book but I would definitely recommend reading the other books first just for some background knowledge. Spirit is a book that will fill your heart in ways you never expected.

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. **


BrigidBrigid Kemmerer started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years!

Spirit, the latest book in the series, will be released in stores and online on May 28, 2013. Connect with Brigid on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and GoodReads.


Would you like to choose who you read a short story about? Now’s your chance! Cast your vote below and Brigid will write a short story from the view of the winner!


Would you like to read the FIRST novella of this AMAZING series? Then all you need to do is head over to the Kennsington website here, and use the promo code; VCARD
Offer Expires on 31st May so hurry!

Last but not least! If you want to read the first chapter of Spirit, all you need to do is CLICK HERE. Hope you enjoy it!

Series Reviews
Elemental (0.5)
Storm (1)
Fearless (1.5)
Spark (2)
Breathless (2.5)

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Posted on 30 May, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments


Frankie from Headline Tells All!

Posted on 29 May, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments

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Hey All!
So today I have for you all a lovely guest post by Frankie, Headline’s YA editor! Hope you enjoy reading it!


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Who am I, and what do I do?
I’m Frankie and I’m Headline’s YA editor. It’s a wonderfully varied and rewarding job and, in a nutshell, it’s about finding the best YA books, and bringing them to readers.

An average day
Every day is different! I like to get in nice and early and the first thing I do, of course, is make a cup of tea. Once I’ve checked the emails that have come in overnight – we talk a lot to the US, whether it’s authors, agents or other editors so there can often be quite a lot – I like to do something creative so I might start off by drafting some cover copy. Writing blurbs is one of my favourite jobs but also one of the hardest. It gives me the opportunity to think about what it is that I love most about the book and try to write a synopsis that does it justice – which is exactly why it’s so hard!

Next, my day might involve a meeting with the rest of Headline’s wonderful Team YA: Sam and Vero in Publicity, Lynsey in Marketing and Katie in Sales. We meet as often as we can to discuss everything that we’re all doing to spread the word about our wonderful list of books and brainstorm exciting things that we can do in the future – in fact, #WeLoveYA May came out of one such brainstorm.

If I’m lucky, I might have an edit to do next. I love reading an author’s newly delivered manuscript: getting to know the characters, immersing myself in the story and also looking at things that could be tweaked to make it even better than it already is. Ideally I like to read the manuscript and work on my edit all in one go but for the purposes of this imaginary day, I’ll move on to something else…

In the afternoon, it’s on to our company Covers meeting, when all the departments come together to discuss covers that our Creative department have already worked on, or to talk about the direction they should take when starting work on a new cover. This is where I, as editor, come in. The editor – having liaised with Sales, Marketing and Publicity – writes the cover brief, which summarises the focus we think the cover should have. I like to be as open as I can with the brief, to allow the designer to read the book for themselves and let their own interpretation come in to play when working on the cover. Most recently, I briefed the cover for Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by the incredible Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook. Whilst laying out my own thinking for the cover, I also tried to leave it as much to Patrick, our marvellous Creative Director, as possible. And the result was better than I ever could have hoped!

I get a lot of submissions from agents and so I might spend the last part of my day reading one of these. It never ceases to amaze me how many people are writing brilliant books at any given moment, and as an editor there’s nothing better than reading something that blows you away; that makes you sit up and take notice; that makes you cancel your plans for the evening just so you can read on…

My favourite YA novel
There are too many to choose from! One of my all-time favourites is I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith – although there wouldn’t have been a YA classification back in 1949 when it was published! Cassandra Mortmain is one of the most endearing, believable and compelling characters I’ve ever read and I love the way she looks at the world around her, and how we as the reader become utterly immersed in her world.

Of the recent books I’ve read, Code Name Verity really stood out for me. I’m fascinated by WWII and I love stories depicting it (we’ll publish the marvellous Prisoner of Night and Fog next year, set in Munich in the 1930s) and loved this tale of two best friends: one a fighter pilot and the other a spy. Their bravery is astonishing and the strength of their friendship uplifting and life-affirming. I’ll warn you though, have tissues on hand!


Thanks for writing such a lovely guest post for us Frankie! It’s always interesting to see how work in the publishing world works. I haven’t read either of your favourite YAs but I’m definitely going to be checking them out as they sound fantastic!

The #weloveYA campaign is a chance for readers to find some new and exciting YA reads to try out. You can find more information on it at the Facebook page here or on the Pinterest page here.

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Posted on 29 May, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


I Need YOU!

Posted on 25 May, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments

Hey Guys!

Sorry about the very … uh… pushy title, but I just kind of wanted to capture your attention! I’ve been thinking about this blog… a LOT, and I have a lot of ideas for it but I need some help from you to help me get these ideas up and running. Don’t worry, it’s nothing stressing or major but hopefully you’ll be kind enough to help me out! :D

So I’m basically just going to have this post as a list of all the things that you could do to help me out in this instance. You can do any of them, or none of them. But I would appreciate all of your help SO MUCH. But I do understand if I’m asking too much.

  1. Guest Reviews; So I’m looking for a handful of lovely people to help me out by writing me some guest reviews, they could be on ANY book, they don’t even have to be long. AND you have until JULY to get them written. If this is something you’re interested in, please e-mail me!.
  2. UK Debut Authors; Are you or do you know any UK Debut Authors? I’m compiling a list of people to e-mail but I don’t know EVERYONE, if you have any ideas or an author you’d like to see highlighted, please let me know either on twitter or by e-mailing me!
  3. Interviews; Are you a blogger? Would you like to be interviewed by me? I’m looking for a few willing bloggers for some interviews, can you help me out? e-mail me!
  4. Guest Posts; Possibly in the wrong place, but do YOU have something to say about UK Debut Authors? Would you like to write a guest post – or even just a PARAGRAPH about it? Please e-mail me!
As far as I can think, this is ALL I need at the moment, but if I need anything else I’ll update this or tweet around. But, if you COULD help me out with ANY of the above, I would really, really appreciate it!

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Posted on 25 May, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Book Tour Promo; Marlene Mitchell & Gary Yeagle

Posted on 22 May, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

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Hi There!
So today I have for you all some promo material of Marlene Mitchell and Gary Yeagle’s two mystery books! Don’t forget to follow the rest of the tour for more info on the books!
Hope you enjoy.


SeasonsofDeathCover In the fall of 1969 in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, a poor backwoods farmer and his wife were brutally shot and killed by four drunken hunters, along with their three dogs, horse and two fawns. The farmer’s two young sons managed to escape but were unable to identify the killers. Now decades later, the murders of the Pender family remain unsolved. In Townsend, Tennessee, in Blount County, someone has decided to take revenge.

Buy It

EchoesofDeathCover It’s springtime in the Smokies and despite the four murders of the previous year, tourists from every corner of the country have made the journey to Townsend, Tennessee. The hiking trails are packed, the restaurants are jammed, and the campsites are full. Vacation season is in full swing in the peaceful side of the Smokies.
But then… there is another murder.

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MarleneMitchell Originally from St. Louis, Marlene makes her home in Kentucky now. A mother and grandmother, Marlene has a wide range of interests including watercolor and oil painting, yet writing has always been her passion. That comes through loud and clear in her wonderful novels!

These novels reflect a genuine sincerity with very strong characters to which her readers can relate. To quote Marlene: “It took me a long time to start writing, but now I can’t stop. The stories just keep on coming.”

GaryYeagle Gary Yeagle was born and raised in Williamsport, Pa., the birthplace of Little League Baseball. He grew up living just down the street from the site of the very first Little League game, played in 1939.

He currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife and four cats. He is the proud grandparent of three and is an active member of the Jeffersontown United Methodist Church. Gary is a Civil War buff, and enjoys swimming, spending time at the beach, model railroading, reading, and writing.


Tour Schedule & Activities

Tour Page

May 15 – Bookishly Me – Promo/Spotlight
May 16 – Full Moon Bites – Interview
May 17 – Read 2 Review – Excerpt
May 18 – Pick of the Literate – Review
May 19 – Beagle Book Space – Promo/Spotlight
May 20 – Sheila Deeth – Guest Post
May 22 – A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Interview
May 25 – The FlipSide of Julianne – Excerpt
May 26 – CelticLady’s Review – Promo/Spotlight/Excerpt
June 1 – Mochas, Mysteries, and More – Guest Post
June 3 – Crossroads Reviews – Review
June 4 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
June 5 – Darlene’s Book Nook – Character Interview
June 6 – Breath of Life – Review
June 6 – Babs Book Bistro – Promo/Spotlight/Excerpt
June 8 – JeanzBookReadNReview – Interview
June 10 – Bee’s Knees Reviews – Review
June 11 – Mary’s Cup of Tea – Review
June 12 – The Dan O’Brien Project – Excerpt-Promo
June 13 – Mom Cat’s Book Blog – Character Post
June 14 – Fictional Candy – Review


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Posted on 22 May, 2013 by Faye - No Comments


Monday’s Movie Musings; Iron Man 3 (2013)

Posted on 20 May, 2013 by Faye - 11 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.

Today I have for you all a review of Iron Man 3


Iron Man 3Directed By: Shane Black
Adapted By: Drew Pierce & Shane Black
Comic Written By: Stan Lee, Don Beck, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby
Production Company: Marvel Studios
Main Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce
Format: Cinema {OUT NOW}
Add It: IMDB

Summary:
(From IMDB) When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.


When You’re

So the very first thing that I must make very clear in this review is that I love the new Avengers collection. I have not read any of the comic books (graphic novels) myself, but I have quite quickly found myself enamoured with all of the Avengers films ever since I watched The Incredible Hulk (2008). But, of all the Avengers films, it has always been Iron Man that has been my ultimate favourite. The entire personality of the character is something that I really enjoy and I actually think that the personal development of characters is much richer in the Iron Man films than in any of the others. Thus, as you can probably tell, I was incredibly excited for Iron Man 3.

Under Attack

While I loved the overall feel of this film, I did have a major problem with the plot. At first I was incredibly confused because I was expecting the film to start at the end of Iron Man 2 and not Avengers Assemble so it took me a while to get my head around why certain things were happening – and of course after I realised what was going on I felt like an idiot! – and so it took me a small while to really get into the story. Secondly, I got quite confused by the convaluted plot at times. I couldn’t understand how things worked, or why they were going a certain way and it took me a while to sort of catch-up. Though, I still don’t understand how the bad guy died. (Is that just me?) Due to this, it made me enjoy this film less than I had hoped BUT there were also so many amazing scenes and moments throughout the film that I could look passed the plot to just enjoy the film. But really, I think I probably just need to go watch it again – which is hardly a bad thing!

You Have To

Once more, Iron Man 3 has shown just how much personal character development it can shove into a single two hour film. We start off with Tony Stark struggling to assimilate into a normal (well, normal for him) routine of life because of his recent experiences in Avengers Assemble (not saying what to avoid spoilers of those who haven’t seen that film yet!). He’s emotionally weakened at the start because of it, even if his suits are now more physically powerful. As the film progresses, Tony manages to find himself, stepping passed his weakness and gradually regaining strength and while he still doesn’t become the most powerful man around, it just shows how realistic his character feels and gives you just a little hope for him.

Find Your

Another character who had a transition during the film was Pepper. As a side character you don’t see much of her but at the beginning of the film you can see that she’s weak and struggling with Tony. She wants to help him but isn’t sure how but all I can remember thinking is that she doesn’t have a lot of backbone. It seemed she was just letting things happen. By the end of the film, this is certainly not the case. While there wasn’t as much development of her character as there was of Tony’s, it was still nice to see that she did progress as the film went on as well.

Inner Strength

One of the things that makes me enjoy the Avengers’ movies so much is the mix between seriousness and cheesiness. It seems the directors and writers understand that while the plot can get deep, it’s still important to bring with it some humour and Iron Man 3 is no different. There were moments that I found myself giggling away and moments when I was on the edge of my seat feeling tense and anxious, which made the overall experience much more enjoyable overall. The CGI and over-the-top technology and moments with the film were all exactly what you’d expect in an Iron Man movie and were therefore instantly appreciated. It would be odd to watch an Iron Man film without that many explosions! The cast were, once again, really well acted and kept me interested and rooting for all the different characters but the one that outshone all the rest in my mind was Ty Simpkins. He was a brilliant addition to the cast and I’m really hoping that they bring him back for more!

To Win

As I expected, Iron Man 3 was a highly entertaining and enjoyable film that I’m glad I went to go and see. As usual I did not think that the 3D was necessary but it was something that I’m just going to have to get used to. It did make me a little confused and the plot just seemed to strain in some places but this didn’t make me hate the film, which is always good. I appreciated the film for what it was and would definitely make sure to get it on DVD when it comes out so that I can watch it again and again. If you like the Iron Man movies then I’m sure that you’ll also enjoy this one. But I do advice you to make sure you’ve seen Avengers Assemble before, or at least are aware of what happens or you may just end up as confused as I was! If you haven’t watched any of these films, what are you waiting for? Go watch them, they’re all brilliant!

Four Stars

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Posted on 20 May, 2013 by Faye - 11 Comments


Bout of Books 7.0 Wrap-Up!

Posted on 20 May, 2013 by Faye - 7 Comments

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.


Hey Guys!
So I was going to do all of my wrap-ups in a video but after filming it yesterday something went wrong with my camera and it was all out of sync and didn’t flow properly and it was really late and I wasn’t in the mood to re-film it again so instead you, unfortunately, just get a post wrap-up instead. (But I will have some new vlogs coming soon!).
I’ll start by reminding you all of the goals I posted.

Goals

  • Read at least four books; I think this may not be possible but I hope I can do it nonetheless!
  • Participate in at least two challenges; I have always loved the challenges for this.
  • Participate in at least one twitter chat; Definitely one of my favourite things about read-a-thons so looking forward to this.
  • Comment on blogs & make new blogger friends; Who doesn’t like doing this?

Do you see how they’re all crossed out? That means that I completed them all! *wooo*
Now for a little information on each goal.


Comment on blogs & Make New Friends

Okay so after the twitter chat I found a few new blogs and vloggers and instantly went to their pages and vlogs and did some watching and reading and then did some commenting! Wooo! I met a few new people in the chat as well and so I think I can successfully say that I completed this task! It may not have been as many blogs/vlogs/friends that I wanted BUT it happened and therefore it counts.


Participate in TWO mini-challenges

I participated in the Acrostic Poem hosted by Harley Bear Book Blog and I participated in Book Spine Poetry hosted by Smash Attack Reads! I enjoyed both of the challenges a lot and am really glad that I joined in. There were a few other challenges I would have liked to join in on like the one hosted by Queen Ella Bee Reads, and the make your own cover one looked good as well but they occured on days I had work and when I came home I just wanted to read and tune the world out instead of blogging. But maybe I’ll challenge myself to participate in more challenges next time!

You can find my challenge entries here


Participate in ONE twitter chat

I did this on the Monday! I tried to also make it to the one on Wednesday but as it was at 2am local time and I had been at work that day, I ended up falling asleep instead which was a bit of a shame as I hear it was absolutely mental BUT I’m glad I managed to make it to the one on Monday at least. It was great fun, went WAY too fast for my eyes to really adjust but I met some new bloggers and vloggers and made some new friends and got some great book recommendations. So wooo!


Read at least FOUR books

Not only did I reach this goal, but I also SURPASSED it and actually read a total of FIVE books. This makes me incredibly happy! I ended up reading half of Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel, and half of Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud which totals one book, and then I read four whole books as well. This really made my week because I have NEVER read five books in a week before and also before the read-a-thon started I was in a bit of a reading slump and hadn’t finished a book in a while so yes, really happy and proud of myself!

The books I read were;


And there you have my Wrap-Up! The next Bout of Books is from August 19th – 25th and I cannot wait! Here’s hoping it’s even BIGGER and BETTER than before :D

To read my updates throughout the week, jump over to this post!

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Posted on 20 May, 2013 by Faye - 7 Comments


Weekly Highlights; Bout of Books Edition

Posted on 18 May, 2013 by Faye - 7 Comments

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

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


Post Highlights

This week I have been participating in the bout of books read-a-thon which ends today! So far I have been doing fairly well on my goals and this makes me really happy! I didn’t get to post every day but I did get a fair few posts in which makes me happy! I have a fair few posts planned for next week too, just hope I can find the motivation/time to write them up! *fingers crossed*

If you want to check out my progress for the Bout of Books readathon, click here.

On Monday I hosted a cover reveal of Eversea by Natasha Boyd. Go check out the stunning cover and read an extract of the book here! (Don’t miss this!)

After a few weeks of not participating, I did another Top Ten Tuesday! but it was a bit different this week as I actually did a video entry for it! Feel free to have a look at it here!

I also did a Thursday’s Special Spotlight this week after a long while of not! Check out which book I choose here!


Blogger Spotlight

This week I also had my lovely blogger spotlight-er Raimy on the blog for her interview! To get to know more about her, just hop on over to this post!


Giveaways

Don’t miss out on my LGBT Giveaway! It ends tomorrow!


Around the Blogosphere

I haven’t had much time to read other peoples blogs this week as I’ve been too busy reading BUT I did get to watching some good booktubers videos this week and have highlighted a few below!

Watch This video to see Tom’s first video as a booktuber!
Everyone who loves Iron Man should watch this video! It is Heather’s review of Iron Man 3
How do you feel about Illustrations in books? This week Katie discussed them in this video.
And finally, I stumbled upon this AMAZING video this week and will be making a video response soon! I think it’s just a brilliant idea!

Also, there’s plenty of Bout-of-Books updates videos that have been going on, all of which have been great to watch! And there’s also plenty of update posts going on as well. Just have a look at all the linkys on this blog; here.


Letterbox Love

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I went into The Works this week! If you do not know what this shop is, then I urge you to NEVER find out because it is DANGEROUS. With ludicrous 2 books for £3, it is very difficult to leave the store without ALL the books in your arms. And I even saw the entire (maybe not the last one) Soul Screamers series on offer and was SO tempted to just BUY THEM ALL right there. But I SOMEHOW restrained myself. I know, right? Anyway… I did not leave the store empty handed, I ended up buying four books, which I’m now going to show you!

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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi; I already own this on my kindle but I LOVE this cover and didn’t want to buy the second one to just sit on the shelf alone so, as it was in a deal, I bought this one too! Now I just need to read it…
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi; As I haven’t yet read the first in this series, I may not want to read this book but I may also love the first book so I took my chances and grabbed the second one while I could!
Don’t Look Back by S. B. Hayes; I have never read any books by S. B. Hayes but this one seemed really spooky and interesting so thought I would give it a try!
Dead Cold by Louise Penny; This was one I bought without hearing anything about it which I have now discovered may not have been wise as it is the second in a series! Looks like I’ll be going off to find that first book now! haha.
Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore: This book was sent to me by the lovely author in return for a review. I have now finished this book and it is really good! Expect a review of it soon, but yes, this was a really great read and am so happy Gabriella was kind enough to send it my way!

I also completed my Avengers collection! (The new ones anyway). So this week I recieved; Thor, Captain America, and Avengers Assemble! This made my week! I am looking forward to watching them all through and yesterday I heard news of a Thor 2 and a television show called S.H.I.E.L.D.. They know how to keep us fans happy, eh? :D


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 18 May, 2013 by Faye - 7 Comments


Blogger Spotlight; Interview!

Posted on 18 May, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

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Hey Guys!
So today I have the wonderful Raimy from Readaraptor here for an interview!
Hopefully this lets you see how lovely and amazing she is and makes you go check out her brilliant blog!
Enjoy


Tell us a little something about yourself!
Hi, I’m Raimy. I am a journalist, working for a construction magazine based in North West England. When I’m not working I am either reading or watching tv/playing computer games with my boyfriend or seeing friends.

How long have you had your blog?
I have had my blog for over two years now, time flies when you’re having fun eh?! I started blogging in September of 2010 and didn’t like the platform I was using so I started Readaraptor in January 2011.

Do you enjoy running your blog?
I love it! I enjoy getting my thoughts and feelings about books out there and sharif exciting news with my followers.

When you started, did you ever think that it would end up the way it has?
I honestly didn’t I expected to get no followers and for no one to like my blog. I expected people to ignore me on twitter and thought, if I’m honest, that I would give up within six months of starting it. I didn’t have a lot of confidence but blogging has helped with that a lot and now I am happy!

Is there an interesting background story to the name of your blog, if there is, tell us!
I am obsessed with dinosaurs and the fun things you can do with words to make them into dinosaurs. I experimented a lot with different dinosaurs trying to make them bookish and I liked Readaraptor the best.

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.
I cater to anyone and everyone. Honestly I just love talking about the books I read and trying to spread the word about how I feel. I wish I did more discussion posts to be honest but at the minute I am a little short on time so its just reviews and a few memes.

Do you participate or host and blog memes? If you do, which is your favourite?
I do! I have my own kinda news post which I try to do every week on a Saturday. I also take part in Letterbox Love on a sunday to give a shout out to the books I have received that week and help spread the word for the publishers and most Thursdays I try to take part in From the Review Pile, hosted by Stepping out of the Page.
I host a monthly meme called No Books Allowed which runs on the last Thursday of the month and allows book bloggers to talk about the non-bookish things that are going on in their world that month. There’s only me and a couple of other people doing it at the minute but I love reading their posts and I would love to see more people participating!

What about blog tours and blog hops? Have you ever or do you ever want to participate in them?
I do, I like giving authors the change to discuss the inner workings of their mind or tell us more about their books. I try to participate in them as much as possible because its a good to have a bit of background into the books that feature on the blog.

What is the best book you read in 2012?
oooo that’s hard… I honestly don’t know. The Diviners by Libba Bray was incredible, as was Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne and The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brockett by John Boyne. Not to mention Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson and Emma Hearts LA by Keris Stainton… The list is endless really I think I might be able to list my top twenty if you want that? haha

What about so far in 2013?
Another hard one, why are you doing this to me! haha This year so far it has to be either If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer or Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones. They were all incredible for their own reasons and are all different genres so please don’t make me choose one!

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?
Unfortunately there’s been a few… I couldn’t get into Seraphina by Rachel Hartman and gave up after 100 pages, it just wasn’t for me and I think it was to do with the language. I also gave up on Shadows by Paula Weston, but I have a problem with Angels to be honesty and gave it a good go, I was 250 pages into that when I realised I was really not enjoying it. Unfortunately there’s a second in a series which I was really looking forward to recently which I started and couldn’t get into as well but I’m hoping that was because of my mood at the time and I’ll be able to get back into it as I loved the first!

What is your favourite book genre?
It was dystopian… then dystopian blew up and everyone was writing it. I think my love for the genre will come back eventually though. At the minute I am having a love affairs with 9-12 fantasy and I will always have a specially space in my heart for YA contemporary

Quick Fire Round

ebook or hardcopy?
Hardcopy
ya or adult?
YA
vampires or werewolves?
Werewolves
chocolate or vanilla?
Chocolate
harry potter or twilight?
Harry Potter all the way!
four or peeta?
Four
series or single?
single
blogger or wordpress?
Blogger

And finally, Is there anything else you would like to say about you or your blog?
Just that I would love it if people waned to pop over and say hi, maybe participate in the No Books Allowed meme if its something you think could be quite fun, or follow me on twitter, I love talking to new people so don’t be shy! Also I would like to say thanks to you Faye for having me as your blogger spotlight today!

Thank you for all your lovely answers Raimy! It’s been a pleasure getting to know you a little better! If you’d like to know more about Raimy, why not hop over to her blog here and have a look around!

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Posted on 18 May, 2013 by Faye - No Comments


Thursday’s Special Spotlight; Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Posted on 16 May, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments

I want to start this post with an apology. I have been trying to write a proper review for the blog but recently all of my creative juices have left me and I can’t seem to find the motivation to write a review. This has been stressing me out and is basically just added stress that I don’t need right now. Because of that, I just want to say that I may not be posting a proper review for a little while, just until I get my head sorted out. But I do still hope to be posting a fair bit as well, so just bear with me a little bit, please.

Special Spotlight

Thursday’s Special Spotlight is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts. It is inspired by her library’s “Book of the Week” and Stepping out of the Page’s From the Review Pile. It also stems from how far behind I am on writing reviews and how guilty I often feel about it!

The idea of this feature is to spotlight books that I read e-ons ago that I absolutely loved and I feel deserve the spotlight on this blog! They will be accompanied with reasons as to why I loved them and why I think you should read them.


This weeks pick is Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

So it’s been a really long time since I read this book so this is going to be a really small paragraph about it because I don’t want to get any of the details about it wrong but basically this is such an immensely incredible read. I loved the plotline of it and how it all came together, I was hooked by the writing style that was stunning and amazing. It was a book that is powerful and intriguing and really entertaining. One that you could only ever be glad that you read because it is so brilliant. This book is intense, full of twists and turns and you can just see the imagination rolling off the page as you read about all of the different characters and creatures. It may have been a while since I read it but I know that it was one that I truly enjoyed and made me incredibly excited for the second book in the series.

Why do I think YOU should Daughter of Smoke and Bone
If you like fantasy, then I can almost guarentee that you’ll like this book. It is really creative and interesting and has such an interesting plot that it’s hard not to love this book just for that reason alone. The characters in the story are really compelling and I really liked following Karou on her journey through the book. I was rooting for her and wanting her to be okay and I really find that, that is a great thing. If you don’t like fantasy, I still feel that this book is likely to have something for you. The writing style is fantastic and it’s the perfect step into something that feels real but isn’t quite there yet. It is just a magnificent read that really I think everyone should be reading.

Have you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone? Do you agree or disagree with what I’ve said? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Posted on 16 May, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments