Some Changes. Some Updates. Some News.

Posted on 25 June, 2013 by Faye - 17 Comments

Hey Guys!

So this is one of those posts that I hate writing and one that I’ve been putting off and off but it’s time I finally posted it or I’m going to just stress myself out to much and that is kind of the opposite of what I want.

The truth of the matter is…

blogging is no longer fun

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Ahhh. there. I said it. And it actually hurts to admit it. I love blogging and I have really enjoyed it but the last few months have just been TOO MUCH for me. I’ve had a lot of stuff going on in my life, been working more hours than I expected (which is a good thing) but all in all it left me in a blogging slump and a reading slump. I’ve finally pulled myself out of the reading slump (just), but I’m still struggling with my blog. My problem is that I’m only writing posts because I feel I have to, and not because I want to and that is not how I ever wanted my blogging to be. I feel pressurised to write reviews of books, the make sure that there are posts of some kind on my blog at least twice a week and it has just been dragging me down and giving me unneeded stress.

Here are some of the things that I want to change;

  • I want to be able to read a book and not feel guilty that I don’t review it STRAIGHT AWAY
  • I want to be able to NOT read for a day and not feel guilty because I’m already so behind on review books.
  • I want to be able to NOT post for a few weeks and not feel horrible that I’m neglecting my blog.
  • I want to WANT to post on my blog.
  • I want to ENJOY blogging again.
  • I want to ENJOY reading again.

Because of these things, I am going to be changing things around here.

  • I am only going to post when I feel like posting. If that means I don’t post anything for a month, then so be it.
  • I am only going to write reviews of review books – but I am not going to force myself to read review books.
  • I am going to learn to enjoy my life, so in turn I can enjoy both reading and blogging, without feeling unknown pressure about both activities.

What this essentially means is that I may be going on a small hiatus. But then, I also may be back tomorrow with a post if I just get inspired enough to write a post. It means that I’m taking away the pressure of this blogging lark and hoping that will help me to come back into things. It also means I will have time to visit other blogs and do lots of commenting and just get back into the community of things.

But that’s not all.

This is a problem I have noticed happening for a while now and I actually told myself to give myself a month off. Thus behind the scenes I have been working with some bloggers and authors to bring you a bunch of interviews and guest reviews. These will all be posted in July which means that you actually won’t be viewing a post-less blog, there will just be a lot less ME on the blog for a month.

There’s more.

I will still be co-hosting the New Adult Readathon, and I will be fully commited to the read-a-thon as well. So please don’t worry about that at all!

I’ll also still be on twitter so if you want to just chat with me, please do!

In all honesty I’m really hoping that this will only last a month, and that having the time off will remind me of how much I used to love blogging and I’ll be back in full force in August, but I just wanted to post this in case that doesn’t happen. In my time away from blogging, I’m also going to be re-thinking the features I host here, having a look at my blogging schedule and just seeing if changing things up will help with anything. If there are any features you want me to keep, or would rather I never do again, please let me know! Your feedback on how I run the blog is always appreciated.

In a while!
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Posted on 25 June, 2013 by Faye - 17 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Catch-Up Edition

Posted on 23 June, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments

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

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


Post Highlights

So I’ve been a bit of a bad blogger lately and all my posting has been totally sporadic and it has been BAD and I really do apologise. I think, in a nutshell, it’s probably going to stay this way for a little while longer BUT I have things scheduled for the month of July and that should help to make things move properly again… hopefully… we’ll see! Anyway, moving on… here’s what you may have missed lately.

I have posted TWO reviews;
Absent by Kate Williams (FOUR HEARTS)
Pantomime by Laura Lam (FOUR HEARTS)

Just as I have been struggling to blog lately, I also started struggling to read and so I decided to combine the two and wrote a post on reading slumps. Check it out here

I have been to a few author events lately. One that was so fantastic I very nearly cried. To read more about them, click here.

One of the things I went to a panel about at the London Book Fair was about teen fiction needing a rating. I finally wrote a post about it here. You should definitely come by and give your opinions of the topic!


New Adult Readathon

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Have you heard about the New Adult Readathon that I’m co-hosting with Laura yet? If not, you can find out all of the information on this event by just clicking here! The more the merrier! (And don’t forget to spread the word yourselves!)


Blogger Spotlight

Gaby is my blogger spotlight this month! You can read my interview with her here. I really hope it helps to show you how wonderful and brilliant she is. Thus, it’ll make you want to follow her blog so that you get to continue to witness her brilliance from now on!


Around the Blogosphere

Sarah wrote an interesting discussion on re-reads. You should join in the conversation here.

Carrying on a series can sometimes feel a little scary. Are you a reader who takes caution when opening the second book in a series or trilogy? Find out what Liza has to say about it all here, and add your own opinions!

Most books are always set somewhere. This week Alexa, as part of the Sizzle & Swoon feature she’s co-hosting has spoken about her favourite settings – as well as all the other co-hosts. Why not see what they are by clicking here and adding your own.

One of those things that you have to decide upon early on in your blogging career is whether or not you’ll use a rating system. Gaby has put her thoughts about this down in a post. Click here to see how she feels and let her knkow your thoughts on the subject as well.

Have you ever wondered how those gorgeous books on your shelves got their covers? If you head over to Nina’s blog, she’s hosted a lovely guest post by Levi Stack here, detailing how it happened for his book.

While she hasn’t posted in a while, it is always sad to see a blogger saying goodbye. Especially one as amazingly talented as Lisa. Head over here to read her goodbye and to say your own goodbyes to such a lovely blogger.


Letterbox Love

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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 23 June, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Faye’s Thoughtful Friday; Teen Fiction Ratings

Posted on 21 June, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments

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


So when I went to the London Book Fair, one of the panels that I went to was called Does Teen Fiction Need a Rating? It was headed by C. J. Daugherty and was one of the most interesting panels that I went to during my time at the fair. This is a question which I am certain many people have asked over the years, but nothing has really ever happened about it. So I am here today to discuss the pros and cons of the rating system from the notes I took before opening the floor up to you and asking you what you think about teen fiction having a rating.

Pros
  1. With a violence rating, people can be aware of what books they’re picking up.
  2. A good sign for parents to know the book is suitable for their child without reading it.
  3. Able to warn readers and buyers of potential unsuitable content, such as violence, swearing, sex, etc.
  4. Allows parents to be more aware of what they’re children are reading.
  5. Allows readers to know what to expect in certain books, allowing them to choose which books they wish to avoid.
  6. With ratings you can avoid issues.
  7. Allows writers to write more realistic scenes.
Cons
  1. Even with an age rating, kids will still read it.
  2. Run the risk of desensitising people from violence.
  3. It may cause children to desire to read books with a higher rating, as their curiostiy is high.
  4. WIth ratings, more can be added to books but this may lead to younger children reading too much.
  5. It would only be a guidance for parents and carers, children are likely to never even notice the rating.
  6. It could be construed as being similar to censorship.
  7. Would it even work?

In my personal opinion, I am not sure that rating books would be a very good idea. If a book was rated, say, 11+, it is likely that parents may even feel that their eleven year old is too young and may buy them something different. But when I was younger, teen fiction had only just arrived and I was already reading adult books with a lot worse content. Why do we feel the need to now coddle our children as though they cannot deal with the things they read in the books? A lot of children may not understand fully what they’re reading anyway but may still enjoy the majority of what happens, and these books can also teach them about growing up in interesting and informative ways.

I also feel that it would take away the discovery of finding a book that is exciting and interesting. Children will always want to read above their “age” anyway, but they already have books written exclusively for them, how would adding a rating to those books help in the long run? I also believe that it would be difficult to add ratings to books anyway because who would ultimately have the final say? Publishers? Bookshops? Libraries? Why is it okay for an adult to say that only children above a certain age are able to read a particular book? Every child grows at a different rate and goes through different things, why should we stop them from being able to read about things they may already face or have to face later on in their lives?

So, in a nutshell, I just think that adding a rating to books would ruin the teen fiction reading experience. I can understand that from a parents’ point of view it would be incredibly helpful, but it may make reading less fun from a child or teenagers point of view, and as their the target audience, surely that matters more than anything else?

But what about you? What do you think about teen fiction having a rating?

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Posted on 21 June, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments


Blogger Spotlight; INTERVIEW!

Posted on 20 June, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

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Hey Guys!
So today I have an interview with the amazing Gaby from Queen Ella Bee Reads.
Hopefully this will give you a good idea as to how awesome she is.
Hope you enjoy!


Tell us a little something about yourself!
Oh dear, these are hard for me because I’m a rambler and talk a lot – not a little. But I’ll give it a go. My name is Gaby (not Ella Bee – although I think I’d respond to it by this point). I’m a 23 year old girl from New York City who loves books, baking, napping, diners and getting excited over just about everything.

How long have you had your blog?
I created my blog on November 29th, 2012, but the first post didn’t go up until November 30th, 2012. So my baby’s about 7 months old now? *pets my baby blog*

Do you enjoy running your blog?
I think there are times when I want to punch blogger in the proverbial face, but mostly YESYESYES A MILLION TIMES YES.

When you started, did you ever think that it would end up the way it has?
NOPE. When I kicked off I was so self-conscious about everything from my blog name to my design to my review style to just about everything else (I still am, but the panic attacks are less frequent now). I didn’t think ANYONE would like/notice me because there are a million book bloggers out there and WHO CARES about another one with a super non-sensical blog name. But, like, I have Twitter followers and blog followers and blogging friends and support from my IRL friends who SURPRISE secretly loved YA all this time and we just never knew we had that in common. And I post A LOT. So who knew I could be so incredibly dedicated to something for so long like this?

So yeah, definitely a big fat NOPE.

Is there an interesting background story to the name of your blog, if there is, tell us!
WHY YES. THERE IS. So when I started my blog I was like: HOW CAN I MAKE MYSELF STAND OUT? This is when I decided to get as silly as possible. This made me think of a friend of mine who’s SUPER silly and rearranged all of the letters in my name once and came up with Ella Bee (she clearly got lazy and didn’t use ALL of the letters in my full name, but whatever). So I stuck a Queen at the front (because I can’t help myself) and added a Reads at the end and here I am!

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.
Oh jeeze. What do I post? Well, I do a couple of memes – Top Ten Tuesday weekly, Waiting on Wednesday every other week and Stacking the Shelves whenever I feel like I have books to show off. Then on the Wednesdays I’m not going Waiting on Wednesday, I run my original feature, WORLD OF BOOKS (http://ellabeereads.blogspot.com/p/world-of-books.html). On Fridays I do my discussion post and Monday and Thursdays are for reviewing. For now, Sundays are for my Veronica Mars Watch-Along, but that’ll end soon, so we’ll see what happens to it. I think most importantly, if I don’t have anything worth saying for a Stacking the Shelves, I’ll skip Saturday all together and take the day off (and back to the Watch-Along thing, I might make it a WEEKEND off instead of just Saturday once it’s over). Yeah. So that’s my very detailed schedule, in case you couldn’t pick up on the pattern (which is okay because, like, having a schedule doesn’t always mean sticking to it?).

Um. I think that whole paragraph answered more than I thought it was going to. But, ultimately, I guess I cater to people who like YA, lists, discussions about everything and Veronica Mars. Which, when I put it out like that, describes ME pretty well.

Do you participate or host and blog memes? If you do, which is your favourite?
Yeah. I just went through all of this. But SIGN UP FOR WORLD OF BOOKS. I WANT YOU ON MY BLOG. I DO. And my discussions are my favesies, so make sure to check those out!

What about blog tours and blog hops? Have you ever or do you ever want to participate in them?
I have never done a tour, hop, blitz… none of it. I don’t know if I’ll ever start participating in them. I feel like I have a lot going on as it is and I don’t totally get the whole tour/hop system so I think I’m going to wait until I have more time to work out all that stuff before I have a definitive answer.

What is the best book you read in 2012?
The If I Stay/Where She Went Gayle Forman duo of awesome. Or Seraphina. AND The Fault in Our Stars.

What about so far in 2013?
For Darkness Shows the Stars. No. Scarlet. No. OH. GRACELING. But then also Ferryman and Through the Ever Night. Yeah. I have lots of favorite things.

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?
I actually have a really hard time DNFing (I’m actually posting a disc post on this on Friday so feel free to link it ^_^). I know some people will stop after 80 pages or whatever if they’re not already into it, but I personally don’t feel like that’s enough because a lot of books start slow (and I happen to like A LOT of books that start slow). So I’ll keep going until page 150-200, still be unhappy, but finish it anyway because it’s only another 150-200 pages. Which I know sounds like a lot, but if I’m already half done I might as well know how the ending goes?

Basically I’m a neurotic control freak. Better you know that about me now.

What is your favourite book genre?
Either contemporary or fantasy. I also really like sci-fi and steampunk. And I REALLY like crossovers. A lot. But it’s not always done right so it’s kind of iffy for me. OH! And I love retellings (fairytale, mythology…)

So that’s not one genre, but, well, whatever. I’m always hard pressed to come up with a favorite ANYTHING.

Quick Fire Round

ebook or hardcopy?
HARDCOPY
ya or adult?
YA
vampires or werewolves?
REMUS LUPIN – *cough* er… WEREWOLVES
chocolate or vanilla?
VANILLA
harry potter or twilight?
HARRY POTTER
four or peeta?
PEEEEEETA <3
series or single?
SINGLE
blogger or wordpress?
errr… ummm… *looks around to see if Blogger’s watching me* *sees it out of the corner of my eye* BLOGGER (for now)

And finally, Is there anything else you would like to say about you or your blog?
COME VISIT ME. ALL THE TIME. AND BE SURE TO SAY HI. I LIKE NEW FRIENDS.


Thanks for all the brilliant answers Gaby! It’s been great hosting you. If you’d like to know more about Gaby, you can follow her blog here

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Posted on 20 June, 2013 by Faye - No Comments


Authors; Here, There, and Everywhere.

Posted on 19 June, 2013 by Faye - 10 Comments

Hey Guys!
So today I have a blog post for you all about the author events that I have been to in the last few weeks! I still feel a little mind-boggled when I realise how many author events there actually are. I never went to any author events before blogging and now it seems like I go to them left, right, and centre, and yet I STILL get nervous about it all. But I never take these events for granted, and doing these write-ups is just my way of thanking all of the publicists and authors for all their hard-work in making these events happen.
Here’s hoping that you all enjoy the posts as well.


The Oathbreaker’s Shadow Launch

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The first event I am here to tell you all about is The Oathbreaker’s Shadow launch with Amy McCulloch. This was such a great event that I really enjoyed, and probably the biggest debut launch that I have ever been too. Amy was incredibly happy about it all and just seemed to be so thankful to everyone that came along and I just found that to be so lovely. You can read her post about the event here.

Oathbreakers Stand Oathbreakers Cupcakes

One of my favourite things about this event was the fact that Amy had bought one of her own books and had it set up on her table for everyone to sign for HER. She, of course, was also signing copies of her book but she also just wanted something to help commemorate the day even more and I just found that to be such a lovely and creative idea. I think it was also really successful which is great! It was really lovely to see Amy again at this event, but I also got to meet a few other authors including Kim Curran, James Dawson, Laura Eve, Liz de Jager, Tanya Byrne and Will Hill. I also met some lovely people who worked in publishing, an awe-inspiring agent, and fellow bloggers! It was just such a fantastic night and I just really hope that Amy had an amazing time and really enjoyed it.

(And the cakes were decorated by Amy herself, aren’t they amazing?)


Making It, Losing It, Faking It Party

The second event to tell you all about is the Making It, Losing It, Faking It party! This was a really wonderful event that started with a talk from the wonderful Cora Cormack. She told us all about her journey as an author and how she got to where she is now and why. It was really interesting to hear her story, and to compare it to the different stories from so many other authors! It is true that every published author got there in a very unique and interesting way. Then Cora read an extract from Losing It and then one from Faking It. Both extracts had me giggling in my seat and I cannot wait to read the books completely! Finally there was a q&a which was really great.

Cora Cormack

But the party did not stop there! After all of this we were taken into a different room where there were drinks, food, goody bags and different activities as well! There was a Faking It booth where you played a game similar to Never Have I Ever, only it was Never Have I Faked. Some of the answers were really funny and it was really great to see so many people getting involved in it all! And there was also a re-design the Faking It cover activity! Caroline from Big Book Little Book and I both got creative for this and made our own covers, what do you think?

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Finally, we were able to get our books signed and during this we managed to have a really nice chat with Cora and it was absolutely amazing to get to know her better. She is such a lovely person and someone that I am so glad that I got a chance to meet. I always love knowing that authors are so nice as it makes me feel more compelled to read their books! I even got to talk to her about my own writing which is always really nice to do with already published authors!


Malorie Blackman & Melvin Burgess Signing

The final event that I went to recently and have to tell you all about is the Malorie Blackman and Melvin Burgess Signing. There are actually no words to describe how amazing this evening was. It will most likely go down as being one of the best moments of my entire life. Malorie Blackman has been an author that I have idolised for a large proportion of my life. I read her Noughts & Crosses series when I was about twelve years old and have been hooked on her writing ever since. Every single book she writes is absolutely fantastic but it is her ability to really write stunning characters that has me bowing down to her so often. She is just an incredible writer who has inspired me to pick up the pen myself and for that reason, I am so happy and glad I finally got to meet her, but also incredibly proud and pleased that she is the Children Laureate for the next two years.

Malorie Blackman

The event started with a panel for the two authors and they went through a vast majority of topics and it was really great to be able to listen to both authors talking about their books and books for teens in general. It was such a good event that I just really enjoyed. Melvin is such a wonderful character and he makes his books seem really interesting – but I unfortunately haven’t read any of his! – and Malorie is such a lovely person as well. She seems really funny but also really kind and came up with some really interesting points during the discussion that I really just agreed with completely. At the end of the panel there was also a Q&A with the audience which was lovely to be a part of as well.

Finally, it was time to get my books signed and I have never ever fangirled as much as I did for this. I was absolutely fine at the back of the queue, but then I got a book signed by Melvin and Malorie was sitting RIGHT THERE, she was RIGHT NEXT TO ME, and I got a little shaky and it got a little hard to breathe. And then it was my turn to get my books signed. And a part of me wanted to just get all the books signed, saying nothing to her at all and then just WALK AWAY but then another part of me realised this may be my ONE CHANCE to talk to her, and I didn’t want to blow it. So instead I told her how amazing she was and how she had inspired me to write myself. Which lead to me telling her I’m in the process of approaching agents and she wished me LUCK and told me not to GIVE UP. And then I told her how I liked to dabble with genres and how nice it is that she does the same thing and she seemed really pleased with that and we spoke about readers for a bit and it was just amazing. And then it was over and I was REALLY SHAKING again. Caroline asked if I was okay and I nearly CRIED right there because MALORIE BLACKMAN had spoken to me.

It was an AMAZING experience. Honest. Can you tell?


So those are all the events I have been too lately! Have you been to any events recently? Or do you have any really good tales of author meets?

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Posted on 19 June, 2013 by Faye - 10 Comments


Book Review; Pantomime by Laura Lam

Posted on 17 June, 2013 by Faye - 11 Comments

Author: Laura Lam
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Published: February 7th 2013
Pages: 416
Format: paperback
Source:: Complimentary Copy from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada


Sometimes You

I started reading Pantomime because it came highly recommend via a fellow blogger. Usually I agree with the books they like and so I knew that I had to pick this book up to read. Fortunately, once again, she had hit the nail on the head. This book was one that I thoroughly enjoyed and am incredibly glad that I decided to pick it up and read it. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I started reading, except knowing that it was set in a circus, and I was instantly blown away by the words on the page. After just finishing Night Circus which I wasn’t too enthralled with, I wasn’t sure if this would be a book I liked but I was proven drastically wrong. This book is completely unique and is just an incredible read.

Are Faced

The hardest part about reviewing books is talking about them without spoiling them for other readers and Pantomime is a book that is incredibly hard to review due to a rather large twist in the book. I will not be mentioning what it is, but just know that it made the book ten times better for me and I found myself truly enjoying the read. In all honesty, there should be more books like this one on the market! The plot of this book was compelling and entertaining and is also shrouded in mystery which helps to keep the reader entertained. I enjoyed the descriptions of Ellada and the circus, and found myself sucked into this world, fully engaging with the characters and hoping that everything would be alright for them.

With A Choice

There were a lot of characters mentioned in this book but none of them felt unrealistic in any way. They seemed to all be well-written and 3D which is always a lovely thing to get with books. My favourite character was Micah. I found him to be an incredibly interesting character. He had a lot of things to work through, a lot of secrets pulling him down and just seemed to be a genuine character who was afraid of just being himself in front of people. He was a character who was strong and often unsure of himself but always willing to just put himself out there; a brave individual who just wanted to be accpeted and understood. I also liked Gene as well. She was a character who was stuck with a secret and just wanted to feel free and happy. She was loyal to her brother, loved her friends but felt like a burden to her parents and didn’t feel natural in her own skin. I found her to be a compelling character that I quickly felt emotional over.

That Could Change

It would be unworthy to finish this book without mentioning Aenea and Drystan. I really loved Aenea, she was a vibrant character who I just instantly liked. There was such a likability to her, especially with how accepting she was of Micah to the circus. It is clear that she is a very spirited individual. Drystan was also a character I liked quite early on. He was a bit more reserved, and you could tell he kept a lot of things to himself but I quite liked the mystery surrounding him. He was also friendly to Micah and I just really liked the connection that the two characters had. Definitely keep an eye on these two when you read the book.

Everything You Have

One of the things that really pulled me into this story was the way that it was written with the chapters alternating between Micah and Gene. It was really nice to get the story in this way, allowing you to quickly see the full picture by the end of it all and feeling as though you know so much about the characters completely. I really feel that Laura Lam is an incredibly talented writer and one that I am definitely going to be keeping an eye on from now on. Her writing style is simply easy to read but full of description, which allowed her to write a magnificent fantasy book with a lot of entertaining world building.

Ever Known

Overall, Pantomime was a book that I am really glad that I read and one that I truly enjoyed. It was a different book to those I have read recently and I really liked how fresh of a read it was. A genuinely pleasant book that I was happy to have read and have to thank Daphne for the recommendations. This is a book that will surprise you, make you smile, and ultimately make you fall in love with Ellada and all the characters living within the world. It is a wonderful book that allows you to escape this world for a little while as you escape into a magical world. If you like YA fantasy reads and want something that is unique and intriguing, then you should definitely get your hands on Pantomime.

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 17 June, 2013 by Faye - 11 Comments


Reading Slump.

Posted on 11 June, 2013 by Faye - 14 Comments

Hey Guys!

So I have a short discussion post for you today! And by short, I really do mean short – for which I really do apologise for but my motivation has just been shot in half lately, but that’s a post for a different day! Today I want to talk about reading slumps.

Supposedly everyone has a period of time where they just don’t feel like reading. Maybe they just want to do something else instead. But what happens when a long period of time passes and you realise you haven’t really been reading for a few weeks now? How do you finally get yourself out of that slump?

I am asking this to all of you because I have found myself currently in a reading slump.

The problem I am having is that I’m struggling to finish books. I keep picking a book up, reading to about 10% and then finding myself bored of reading and putting the book down. Then, the thought of reading that same book just makes me not want to read at all, but then I get behind or get entised by something else so start reading that instead and then.. yeah… a loop ensues. So I want to know if YOU have some tried and tested theories to help get out of these horrible reading slumps.

I want to read, I just don’t feel like reading. So tell me, how would you/do you solve this?

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Posted on 11 June, 2013 by Faye - 14 Comments


Book Review; Absent by Kate Williams

Posted on 5 June, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hey Guys!
So for this review, I have for you all a video! Hope you enjoy!
*Click to go to YouTube for all the links*

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Posted on 5 June, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments


New Adult Read-a-Thon Announcement!

Posted on 4 June, 2013 by Faye - 10 Comments

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How­dy All!

I’m here today to tell you all about a new read-a-thon that I am co-hosting! And, if you haven’t guessed already from that button above, it’s the New Adult Read-a-Thon! I’ll be hosting this read-a-thon with the lovely and amazing Laura from Bookish Treasures!

So here’s some things that you need to know about it!

First
It’s a WEEK-LONG read-a-thon! (Yay!) That means you all get to read New Adult titles for an entire week – how cool is that?

Second
It runs from 22nd July – 28th July! (So go pencil it in your diaries right now!)

Third
There will be lots of activities going on throughout the week including mini-challenges, twitter chats, and giveaways! (awoohoo!)

Fourth
You can sign up TODAY – and when you give us your e-mail address we’ll send you a lovely reminder e-mail closer to the date as well, and you can remove your sign up at ANY time.
TO SIGN UP; Simply link to your SIGN UP POST on the linky below. If you don’t have a blog and are joining us, just link to your tweet or status (Goodreads or FB) saying that you’re joining us!

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We’re looking to YOU to help US! That’s right – we need some of you lovely bloggers to help us host some mini-challenges and giveaways! If you’re up for doing this, please fill out the form attached below!

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Are YOU an author? Would you be happy to help us out with the giveaways? Then please do get in touch by either e-mailing me (here) or by e-mailing Laura (here).

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Spread the word! We want as many people joining in the fun as possible so the further you help us spread the word, the more fun it’ll be overall. So let’s do this!



Posted on 4 June, 2013 by Faye - 10 Comments


Cover Reveal; Dead Run by Vanessa Brooke

Posted on 3 June, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!
So today I am here to reveal to you on the stunning cover of Vanessa Brooke‘s Dead Run. I also have the synopsis and the first chapter for you as well! Hope that you enjoy and look forward to reading this as much as I do.

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(I’m intrigued, aren’t you?)

Blurb:

Carly
Carly Rios was supposed to go to college, forget about her first love, and live a normal life. That was the plan until the whole world went to hell and the dead started becoming…not so dead.

Forced to live in the same quarantine as her abusive stepfather, Carly is hanging on to life by a thread, as she dreams of a normal world outside of the community. But when tragedy strikes home, Carly has no choice but to try and escape with her brother Michael. On the night that Carly plans to leave the community, chaos erupts, causing her plans to backfire, unleashing the undead inside.

Now, Carly must reach out to Joshua Tremell, a man from her past, and the one who left her heart in pieces. Trusting Joshua is one of the hardest things she’ll ever have to do, but without his help it’s only a matter of time until Carly loses her brother Michael to the undead.

Joshua
Two months after returning from fighting over seas and coming home to face a world overtaken by the undead, Joshua Tremell is accustomed to death and losing the ones he loves. But when fate brings him back to his childhood sweetheart Carly Rios, Joshua realizes there are some things still worth fighting for.

Carly is the last person Joshua thought he’d ever see again, let alone in the same quarantine. Facing off shufflers isn’t easy, but the thought of losing the only girl he’s ever loved again, is even worse.

With a second chance at redemption, Joshua would give anything to save Carly and help her get her little brother back, but Joshua has more secrets than he can tell, and his past mistakes are bound to collide with the future he’s dying to earn.

For Carly and Joshua, crossing the wasteland is just the beginning…
*Mature Content Warning: 17+ for language, intense violence against the undead and adult situations.

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If you want to read the first chapter of this inticing story! All you have to do is CLICK HERE


I don’t know about you but I am definitely intrigued by this New Adult novel! What are your thoughts on the cover/blurb/teaser?

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Posted on 3 June, 2013 by Faye - No Comments