Book Review; Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

Posted on 31 August, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

earthbound PBB_purple.inddAuthor: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: July 30th 2013
Pages: 338
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
If love can survive death, are soul-mates eternal?

Eighteen-year-old Tavia is the only survivor of a plane crash that killed her parents. Grieving and lonely, she starts having strange visions; of a boy she’s never met but feels compulsively drawn to. A boy who tells her to do things she never dreamed of.

Tavia begins to suspect that secrets are being kept from her, and that her kindly aunt and uncle know more than they are letting on. Was the plane crash really an accident? Or is Tavia part of something bigger than she ever imagined?

With only her instincts and long-time crush, Benson, to rely on, Tavia must decide where her destiny lies, and who with.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike has created a heart-stopping romance built on a love triangle like you’ve never seen before and filled with epic stakes and a centuries-long conspiracy. Give it to fans of Nightshade and Fallen.


When Things

When I first heard about Earthbound, I was immediately drawn to the cover. I don’t know what it is about it but I was instantly intrigued, and while one mustn’t judge a book by its cover, I couldn’t help but want to know more about the book based on its design. Upon reading the summary I was even more intrigued by the story and decided that I really had to read the book. The only thing that made me slightly wary was the fact that there would be a love triangle but fortunately this was the kind of triangle that I love, the one with a complete reason behind it. It was a romantic love triangle that well and truly worked, and you’ll understand why if you continue reading my review.

Start Changing

There is so much mystery in this story that it is very important that it had a great plot. There needed to be a reward for the amount of confusion that the reader was ultimately put through and I feel that Aprilynne Pike has done an absolutely brilliant job at this. The plot was well-thought out, had twists that I wouldn’t have expected – and a few that I did – and just showed that she really knows how to write a well-thought out novel. I was incredibly impressed with the story and found it really difficult to put the book down. Just when you thought that things would be slowing down, something else would happen and you’d be pulled straight back into the throng of it all again and I absolutely adored that about this book. It was a plot that kept you on the edge of your seat.

Who Do

It isn’t often that I loved the main protagonist from the very first moment but this is what happened in Earthbound. Tavia is a character who has been dealt with the biggest blow anyone can go through. Losing her parents in a plane crash and being uprooted to live with her aunt and uncle. She was injured herself as well, and all of these things have helped to shape who she is. Tavia is a strong character, willing to continue moving with her life. She is protective and loyal, loving and caring but also suspicious – as one would be in her situation. I found her to be a great character that I could easily like. She has so much happen to her throughout the novel and I just found all of her reactions to be believable in the circumstances. It shows that Aprilynne is good at writing realistic characters.

You Go To

And on the sidelines we have the wonderful character of Benson who is loyal and protective. He’s kind and generous and you can really see what Tavia sees him in. He’s a strong character that I found myself liking. I did feel like there was something a bit off and untrusting about his character but overall I did like him and found him to be a great guy for Tavia. Then there is Quinn who is incredibly mysterious. In all honesty, I never would have understood Tavia’s thoughts and feelings about him if it wasn’t for the amazing narration. I love the way that Aprilynne has really managed to create a realistic triangle. Quinn is sensitive, caring, but just doesn’t seem to listen.

To Get

It is clear that Aprilynne is a talented writer. This is a book that is full of imagination and has a POV narrative that really lets you see the main character and experience things as though you were really there. It was a really great style of writing that I just fell into. The world-building in this book is also really well done. It’s not all thrown at you at once but given to you in little snippets of information to make it easier to digest. I found myself really loving the world that Aprilynne has created and am definitely intrigued enough to want to continue on the series.

The Answers

After reading a lot of mediocre books, Earthbound was a book that I was immediately drawn to from the very first page. It was mysterious, intriguing, entertaining, and full of action and suspense and I absolutely loved that about it. It gave you time to get to know the characters, understand the world, and pulled your heart and mind in different places at once. I felt so many things when reading this book and I just truly fell in love with it. It was a stunning book that I would highly recommend, especially if you like mystical mysterious books that give you information in little stages and just continue to keep turning the page. I will definitely be picking up the second book once it becomes available.

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 31 August, 2013 by Faye - No Comments


Book Review: Lockwood & Co; Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Posted on 29 August, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments

lockwoodAuthor: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Published: 29th August 2013
Pages: 440
Format: Hardback
Source:: ARC from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
Hauntings are our business . . .

Ghosts crowd the streets and houses of London. Anthony Lockwood, with his slightly grumpy deputy George, and his junior field operative Lucy, make up LOCKWOOD & CO, the small, shabby yet talented ghost-hunting agency.

After a series of calamitous investigations into the supernatural go awry, the team are desperate to prove themselves. Their opportunity comes in the form of a terrifying ghost, the Red Duke. But little do they know what perils lie in store for them at the haunted Bliss Hall . . .


When The

Before I started Lockwood & Co: Screaming Staircase, I had been really excited to read it because I had been given the chance to meet Jonathan Stoud and hear him talk about his book. Through his personality, it was easy to see that he had a good sense of humour and that his newest book was most likely going to be one that I’d enjoy. I was instantly intrigued due to the storyline as I enjoy stories that centre around ghosts and so I knew that I would have to read this book as soon as I got my hands on it. And boy was I glad that I did. This book was one that was so incredible that I struggled to put it down, and ended up lending it to a friend because they simply had to read it.

Night Arrives

In this book, Lockwood and George are on the lookout for someone to help them out with their ghost agency, and Lucy is looking for work in London. When they finally come together, it is clear that they are a trio that is meant to work together. Their job is to fight ghosts that have been sighted in homes because in this world, ghosts are incredibly dangerous and can kill you if they touch you. The plot of this book was riveting, funny, and full of tension and horrifying scenes. Jonathan Stroud has done an excellent job of writing a book that has you clinging to the pages in fright one minute to giggling softly to yourself the next. He has written a book with the perfect mix of emotions that has you quickly turning the page and refusing to put the book down.

Who Will

It would be impossible to finish this review without mentioning the three main characters in this book. From the first moment I saw them all, I fell in love with them for lots of different reasons. Lockwood is a guy who doesn’t always think things through, he acts rashly, but always does so with the best intentions. He is always coming up with grand schemes to save things but doesn’t think them through or talk about them, always just expecting them to work in the best possible way. I loved that about his character as you could really imagine meeting someone like him. George on the other hand was someone who never stopped thinking. He did a lot of research, he was stubborn and always tries to put Lockwood in his place but essentially he’s also still just a curious kid who worries about his best friend. He was such a loveable character.

Be There

And then there is Lucy. A new character to the trio but nonetheless a great one. She was fierce, strong, and also had a shaded past that caused her to act in certain ways. She was protective, but also freaked out a little bit. She was intuitive, secretive, and had an amazing gut instinct. A truly amazing character that you can’t help but want to read more about. As a trio, they all just work so well together and I loved the dynamics of the relationship. It was these characters that really made this book ten times better for me. They were characters to root for, and ones that you just didn’t want to stop reading about.

To Protect

Aside from the characters, the other reason that I kept turning the pages and reading was because of the writing style. Jonathan Stroud simply has a way with words that keeps you entertained. When it was needed, he was able to bring tension and horror to the pages, before adding in a touch of humour that had you giggling. It was informative writing with the perfect amount of description and it shows that Jonathan is just an incredibly talented writer. It is a truth that I will now be reading the rest of Jonathan’s work because I am truly enamoured with his writing style. I also cannot wait for the next book in the Lockwood & Co series as I just truly loved this book.

Us All

When I finished this book, I put it down on the side of the bed and literally sat for about an hour just thinking about the amazing story I had just read. It didn’t leave my mind for days after finishing it and I soon found myself inspired by the story, writing a piece of original fiction (short story) that was wholly inspired by the book. Then, a month or so after that, I came up with another idea and am now currently in the middle of filming something inspired by this book. I am telling you this to show you how much I absolutely adored Lockwood & Co: Screaming Staircase. This was a book that blew me away in a way that I haven’t felt in an incredibly long time. It is captivating, interesting, and just a powerful story that I guarantee you will love. So if you’re looking for a book to read that is scary, funny, and full of heart, with amazing characters and a grand storyline, then you should definitely start reading Lockwood & Co: Screaming Staircase.

five stars

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

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Posted on 29 August, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Guest Post; How I Became A Writer by Jonathan Stroud

Posted on 28 August, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!
So today I have for you all a guest post from the amazingly talented Jonathan Stroud.
Enjoy!


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The short answer to this is that I was always one. At least it seems that way when I look back at the boxes of early stories I did when I was very young. My parents never threw anything away, so there are examples of fine creations such as ‘The Story of Robin Hood’ and ‘A Book of Dinosaurs’ from when I was four or five. ‘The Three Wishes’, a stirring tale about a genie from when I was eight or so, proves not only that I was quickly becoming more ambitious and sophisticated (it’s a time-travelling epic of several coherent chapters), but also, unnervingly, that my tastes and sensibilities haven’t altered much since then.

All my earliest creations were written as a direct response to things that I’d enjoyed. Clearly, if something had an impact on me, I wanted to deepen the experience by recreating it myself. With luck, too, perhaps I’d be able to stimulate the same excitement and pleasure in others. I think most writers have this same double impulse at work: you’re writing for yourself and you’re writing for other people. A third impulse is perhaps that it’s only during the act of creation that you feel true freedom (as per William Blake’s dictum – ‘I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man’s’).

This inner itch to write (and draw – a lot of my early stuff was illustrated as much as written; I did comics, and boardgames and many, many pictures and cartoons) never left me, even as the pressures of schoolwork intensified. I’m always agog at the young writers I meet today who are in the middle of proper novels: all my stuff was short, fragmentary and usually unfinished. I liked experimenting with structure – I invented different types of games, and wrote a lot of choose-your-own-adventure books, whose multiple-choice pathways prefigure (in a way) the optional footnotes of my Bartimaeus books.

At university I experimented with writing plays and also did some god-awful poems, over which I hope time and indifference have drawn a permanent veil. My studies of English Literature had taught me a lot about the possibilities of fiction, but I veered away from academia, without knowing quite which direction I wanted to go.

By chance, however, I got a temporary job at the children’s publisher Walker Books in London, and this became my breakthrough. Walker was riding high with the success of Where’s Wally? at the time, and they were keen to devise new ‘gamebooks’ that might also do well. Suddenly, all my misbegotten years devising games and comics and choose-your-own adventure tales came in seriously useful. I was given a permanent job as an editorial assistant, helping existing projects, and also given the chance to write books of my own. My first book (catchily titled Justin Credible’s Wordplay World – it was a book of world puzzles) came out in 1994, and from then on I maintained a dual existence as editor and, in my spare time, writer too. The editorial career lasted until 2001, and gave me invaluable experience working on the other side of the publishing fence. It was only much later, with a few chapters of a new book about a sarcastic djinni under my belt, that I gave in to my inner impulse and gave up the day job. I’ve been a writer ever since. Although, as I said at the beginning, the truth is – I’ve always been one.


lockwood Hauntings are our business . . .

Ghosts crowd the streets and houses of London. Anthony Lockwood, with his slightly grumpy deputy George, and his junior field operative Lucy, make up LOCKWOOD & CO, the small, shabby yet talented ghost-hunting agency.

After a series of calamitous investigations into the supernatural go awry, the team are desperate to prove themselves. Their opportunity comes in the form of a terrifying ghost, the Red Duke. But little do they know what perils lie in store for them at the haunted Bliss Hall . . .


Jonathan Stroud093Jonathan Stroud was born in Bedford in 1970. After studying English Literature at York University, he moved to London, where he worked as an editor in a publishing firm. He is the author of the best-selling BARTIMAEUS sequence, which is published in 35 languages and has sold 6 million copies worldwide, and also of four other novels: HEROES OF THE VALLEY, THE LAST SIEGE, THE LEAP and BURIED FIRE. Jonathan lives in Hertfordshire with his family. He has yet to see a ghost, but is keeping his eyes open.

Find out more about Jonathan on his Official Website, and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.


Lockwood & Co; Screaming Staircase is OUT TOMORROW.
Pop back tomorrow for my raving review of this wonderful book!

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Posted on 28 August, 2013 by Faye - No Comments


Monday’s Movie Musings; The Mortal Instruments; City of Bones (2013)

Posted on 26 August, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments

moviemusings

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 a review of City of Bones for you all.


city of bonesDirected By: Harald Zwart
Adapted By: Jessica Postigo
Novel Written By: Cassandra Clare
Production Company: Constantin Film Produktion
Main Cast: Jamie Campbell Bower, Lily Collins, and Robert Sheehan
Format: Cinema {OUT NOW}
Add It: IMDB

Summary:
(From IMDB) When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld.


There Are

Before the release of this film, a lot of my blogging friends were really excited for the movie because they were already huge fans of the series but before the movie news, I hadn’t even heard about the books. So, after being persuaded, I decided to read City of Bones before the movie, which I did a couple of months ago. However, while I liked the book, I hadn’t loved it – and had struggled to see while everyone was such huge fans of the series – and so, because of that, I went into the cinema not expecting it to be the best movie of the year. So when the movie ended, I was glad because I found I wasn’t disappointed with the mediocre film. I hadn’t expected it to be amazing, and I didn’t find it to be amazing. I still liked this film, enjoyed it, and would happily see it again, but it just wasn’t the best film I’ve seen this year. But I never expected it to be.

Things Lurking

The first thing that really needs to be remembered is that the book and the film are two different mediums and will each play different roles in the storytelling process. For me, I found the plot of the film to be really well done. By excluding the mention of the Shadowhunters’ hometown, it made the film easier to navigate and understand without overloading the audience with too much. The story flowed well on the screen, and it was easy to get the story from it. It was full of action, it was fast-paced, and it still held with it an aura of mystery. There was just enough plot to keep the audience wanting more, without leaving them completely confused and in the dark. I feel that if you hadn’t read the books, the way this plot played out would have made the film enjoyable, and the ending would have shown that it could work as a single film but there is more things to come if another film is released. Something that isn’t always easy when you’re doing an adaptation of a series.

In Front

The main problem that I really found with the film was the representation of the characters. While I found that every actor and actress did a good job with their characters, I found it difficult to really feel for the characters on the screen. This is because the directors were making an action movie – and generally that already pushes away character plot – and so it felt like getting the audience to connect with characters was a secondary thought. I didn’t feel anything for the characters. If one of them got hurt, or had died, I wouldn’t have felt anything for them because I wasn’t allowed the chance to really get to know them. There weren’t enough scenes where you were given the chance to just see the characters as they were. This is also true of the relationships. Even the main relationship between Clary and Jace left me feeling numb. I couldn’t see their attraction. It was like one minute they were strangers, and the next they were kissing but I didn’t feel the transition and I just found it hard to actually believe in. This was the same for every on-screen relationship except for between Simon and Clary, and I feel this was more to do with acting than script.

Of You

The cast were good. Again, there were a few irritations I had with the acting, but I feel like the actors and actresses just weren’t given enough time on the screen so it was just hard for them to get into their character enough for us to truly see them. Lily Collins, however, is definitely one exception of this. I found her to be a really great Clary, when she broke down, when she was happy, when it was all too confusing, I could see it in her, could actually feel myself empathising with her plight. Jamie Cambell Bower was a good choice for the role of Jace as well but I felt that there was too much sly editing for his role. Like they were just showing how attractive he was, rather than focusing on his character and that made it difficult to really feel any emotional connection to his character. Lastly, Robert Sheenan is an actor that I have loved ever since I saw him in Misfits and when I saw him in this, I could just see how he was a perfect fit for Simon. Robert brought humour to the film, and he gave me a character to emotionally connect with. He had personality and he had flair and it was just easy to see him in his entirety.

That Will

As is natural to happen due to the different ways of telling the story, there were things that the film didn’t portray from the books, things that were changed, and things that were added in. Normally this would be something that I could just accept but with this film there was one change that really grated on my nerves, and that was a line towards the end of the book that has now ruined the second (and possibly third) book for me. As someone who has read the entire series, it wouldn’t matter. For people who haven’t read any of the books, it wouldn’t matter. But as someone who only read the first book but planned to read on, it does matter. And it irritated me that they added this into the film. I can understand why they did it, can see how important it was and see how it made the film work, but at the same time, it has saddened me greatly. But aside from this one major change, everything else that they removed and changed worked well for the film and I would say that this was an excellent adaptation that I know a lot of people will really enjoy.

Change Everything

Overall this was a film that I enjoyed. It was one that had me intense, full of tension and kept me captivated. It is a film that many people will enjoy, as long as they’re not looking for an oscar-worthy performance – and sometimes we all need films to just be entertaining. I can see why they have made it the way they did and can appreciate what they have done, but I just didn’t find it to be the most amazing film out there and that’s okay but I still enjoyed it and I would still watch it again. I can see how fans of the series would really enjoy this film and while they may have a few issues with it – it would be incredibly difficult to please every single fan – it would be an overall great experience as it really did capture the essence of the book as every movie adaptation tries to do. If you haven’t read the books, and like films that are fast-paced and full of action, as well as mystery and intrigue, then I would recommend you head to the cinema soon as this is a truly good film. I may not have found it to be utterly fantastic, but I still liked it, and sometimes that is enough.

Three Stars

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Posted on 26 August, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments


Weekly Highlights; Bout of Books 8.0 Edition

Posted on 25 August, 2013 by Faye - 16 Comments

weekly highlights

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

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


Post Highlights

This week has been a Bout of Books read-a-thon week and so behind the scenes I have been doing a lot of reading – and preparing some (hopefully) great reviews for you all! – and I finally feel like I’m starting to get the hang of blogging again but I just want to ask that you bear with me a little while longer. I’m sure it’ll all be worth it when I finally return completely!

I posted TWO reviews this week;
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (FOUR HEARTS)
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (FOUR HEARTS)

For Monday’s Movie Musings this week I wrote a post with my top five book-adaptations (so far). Check out what books I chose here

Finally I posted a very personal post about the problems I’ve been having with motivation. Check that post by clicking here, and if you have any advice for me I’d really appreciate it!

And because I didn’t manage to do a Weekly Highlights post last week, I just want to tell you all about a post I wrote last week. Some of you may have seen me talking about a TBR Jar and last week I wrote a post about where I heard abut the idea and wrote out how you can make your own! Check it out here!


Bout of Books

Bout of Books

As mentioned above, this week I have been participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon. I may not have hit all of my goals but I still really enjoyed it – and still have today to try and get on top of my goals – and that is really what it is all about.

If you want to see what I’ve been reading and check out all of my updates, then go here


Around the Blogosphere

This week there was a really interesting Top Ten Tuesday topic. Top Ten Things that make our life as bloggers easier/better. From this topic I read a lot of great posts and just wanted to highlight some of them here.
Bookish Comforts
Winged Reviews
Gone With The Words
A Librarian’s Library
Luna’s Little Library
Queen Ella Bee Reads

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that City of Bones was released in cinemas (theatres) this week. Because of this there have been a few City of Bones related posts and here’s a few I just wanted to share with you;
Caroline at Big Book Little Book made her very first vlog (which I helped edit) for her review of the film. Check out what she had to say here.
Critics can be irritating, but as book reviewers, we are also critics and everyone is entitled to our opinion. Even so, I found this post to be quite interesting. Click here to see A Message to the Critics and the Haters.

This week Laura from Bookish Treasures wrote a very interesting post about review requests. Go here to see what she says about it all!

There are a lot of different bookish events that people can go to and this week Debbie has spoken about how she feels about each type. Check out her interesting post here.

And finally, Amanda made a really interesting discussion post this week about reviews. Have you ever wondered who uses the reviews you write? Check out this fab post here.


Letterbox Love

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This week I only got three books – about time! – but I’m super excited about them all!

invisibility Katya's World Poltergeeks

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan; Borrowed from the library. I’m really looking forward to reading this one! Have you noticed how many David Levithan books I’m reading? ;)

Katya’s World by Jonathon L Howard; Bought from Amazon. Heard some great things about this one and can’t wait to see if they’re true or not!

Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings; Bought from Amazon. Another book that I’ve heard great things about and cannot wait to see what I think about it as well!


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 25 August, 2013 by Faye - 16 Comments


Book Review; Crown of Midnight by S. J. Maas

Posted on 24 August, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments

crown of midnightAuthor: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: 15th August 2013
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Source:: ARC from Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?


When It

This is one of those reviews that is incredibly difficult for me to write. Why? Because I so badly wanted to love Crown of Midnight. I wanted it to be one of my top ten books of 2013, just as Throne of Glass was one of my top ten of 2012, but it just didn’t happen that way for me. And, more than anything, my disappointment in my own expectations has made it really hard to see the true merits of the story. Now, thinking back on the story, I can certainly see how much I did actually enjoy it and while I didn’t fall in love with it like I had hoped, I still really liked it and I know that, that feeling is one that will never go away. Thus, it is now that I can say with some certainty that Crown of Midnight is a great read and one that is worth the read.

All Falls Apart

The problem I had with this book that stopped me from truly enjoying it was the slow beginning. For me, the first part of the story just seemed to drag on without much of anything actually happening. I could see afterwards in the second part why it was necessary, but it just took too long for me to really get into the story. I kept putting the book down and was able to walk away from it for long periods of time without thinking about it again which is never a good sign. But, despite that, the writing style was amazing and I know that others have loved the first part as much as the second part so I’m aware it could just have been me or the mood that I was in. The second part, on the other hand, was exactly what I had been hoping for when I started reading Crown of Midnight. It was fast-paced, full of action, mystery, and complicated, twisting plots that just had me turning the page again and again. This part of the book pulled the story together for me and made me fall in love with it all over again.

Do You

In the first book, Celaena is shown as a well rounded character who is fierce and powerful and this is only shown further in this book. It shows, also, how human she is and how flawed she is from all that has happened to her in her life. Celaena is a character who has a soul, who doesn’t just take everything in her stride that is thrust her way but gets hurt and damaged and struggles to deal with her emotions, but that when time needs, she is strong and capable, powerful and intensely fierce. A warrier when she needs to be, a human being when she doesn’t, and I absolutely adore that about her character and I love that Sarah J. Maas doesn’t just push away her emotions.

Show Your

In this book you see a lot more to Chaol and Damian as well and I really enjoyed that about it. Just like Celaena, both of these characters are shown as having flaws and weaknesses while also being strong and powerful. Chaol will do everything he can to protect Celaena but he also has a job to do, he’s caring and a true gentlemen when he wants to be but also a fierce protector when he needs to be and I think that makes his character so brilliant. Dorian on the otherhand is such a sweethart. He has a lot on his shoulders, a lot going through his mind and he struggles to deal with some of it but he always takes it in his stride, never allowing his emotions to ruin his decisions. He is strong in a different way to Celaena and Chaol and I just absolutely adore that about him. Dorian, is by far, my favourite character in the book and I really look forward to seeing more of him in the next book.

Inner Strength

There is no denying that Sarah J. Maas is an incredibly talented writer. Her prose is so well-written that you can just imagine it happening in front of you. Her descriptions are perfect and she just manages to get characters and dialogue so amazing. It is hard not to feel like she is a truly great writer and knows how to put words onto a page that make you keep wanting to read on. While I may have struggled with the first part of this book, it was the way it was written and the amazing characters hidden within that kept me going. If it had been any other writer, there is a high chance that I would have put the book down and completely walked away from it, but because Sarah J. Maas still managed to keep me turning the pages when not much was really going on, it shows how brilliant the writing style was. It is because of this that I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series, and while I wish there will be more action and fast-paced scenes, I know that even if there are slow moments again, I won’t give up on reading the words written.

Or Run Away

So, all in all, this book was one that I did really enjoy. It may have been a slow start but eventually it picked up and kept me turning the page quickly. It held a captivating story within it and really forced me to keep reading until I got to the very last word on the page. While it didn’t live up to my complete expectations, it was still a book that I enjoyed reading, one that I would happily re-read and one that got me completely and totally excited for the next book in the series. The thing to remember, the thing that I need to keep reminding myself, is that our own expectations and the opinions of others, should never shape our own thoughts and feelings about the books we read. It should always just be about the experience of reading and I know for a fact that I was incredibly glad that I picked up this book as it led to me experience a whole bout of emotions, and essentially, took me to an entirely new and magnificent world. If you’ve read Throne of Glass, then you should definitely give this book a read. And if you haven’t, I can only recommend that you definitely read Throne of Glass straight away!

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. **

Read my review of Throne of Glass here
Read my review of the Throne of Glass Novellas here

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Posted on 24 August, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Book Review; Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Posted on 22 August, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments

pushing the limits2Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: MiraINK
Published: August 3rd 2012
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgally ARC
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other…and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again


Sometimes It

This is a book that has a lot of hype surrounding it, and due to that it took me a long time to actually pick the book up to read it. In many ways hype is brilliant as it shows that so many people love a book, but it can also make me wary as I would rather not be that one person that doesn’t like the book. So, fortunately, in this case, I was pleased to find that I really liked this book. I wasn’t completely blown away by it but it kept me entertained, I loved the writing, and the story was really compelling – and I’m definitely intrigued enough to pick up the second book!

Takes Just

When I first heard about Pushing the Limits, I was fairly certain that I wasn’t going to particularly enjoy it due to the plot. There’s a good girl who falls in love with a bad boy, a plotline that has been done over and over again, but somehow it just really works in this book because Echo isn’t your ordinary good girl and Noah isn’t exactly your ordinary bad boy either. So, I just felt that the plot really worked. There was a lot of depth to the characters and a lot of chemistry and it was easy to see how it all went as it did. I was completely hooked on finding out about Echo’s history and my heart was hammering for Noah to get everything he wanted. It was really well plotted, and that helped to make it more entertaining.

One Person

One of the best things about this book was how important the characters were to the plot and how in-depth they all were. What is on the surface of all the characters isn’t who they are on the inside. I found Echo to be a really interesting character who was fully dimensional. So much had happened to her but she had no idea what that was and her journey to understanding it, and finding it out was really intriguing and kept me turning the page. I wanted to know as much as she did. She was a strong character, stubborn, and full of heart and I just really loved that about her. Noah, on the other hand, put out a hard bad-boy appearance because that is how every adult sees him so he simply lives up to their expectations. When his actions could be causing him a nuiscance, he does everything he can to stay on the good side of adults, and it was really cute to see. He was truly protective, loyal, and just had so much in his head that he needed to share with someone else. A truly great set of characters to read about.

To Change

What made this book interesting to read was the duo POV running throughout the book. You got both Echo’s thoughts and Noah’s thoughts and I really liked that. It showed how different perspectives can be and really helped to bring the whole story to life. I have found that duo POVs are often tricky as you don’t want the characters to sound too similiar to each other but Echo and Noah both had their own voices and that was really great to see. It just made the book so much more entertaining that you got to read the thoughts of both of them, especially as they were both making their own journeys throughout the book. Katie McGarry had a really nice writing style as well that kept me glued to the page, turning them over and over again and I’m definitely interested enough to continue reading what she writes.

Your Life

Overall this was a book that had a lot of heart and depth, it explored so many different issues in such a sensative way and I just really enjoyed it. It may have had a generic looking plot but it managed to make it unique and original and I really liked that about it. It was just a great book and I can understand where the hype for it came from. While I didn’t instantaneously fall in love with it and it didn’t become my absolute favourite read, it was one that truly entertained me and one that I am incredibly glad that I read. Pushing the Limits is a heart-warming story that doesn’t slide over issues but really gets into the heart of problems and shows the reader what it is really like. If that sounds like the kind of book that you’d enjoy, then I would highly recommend this book to you!

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 22 August, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments


Writing Update!

Posted on 20 August, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments

Hey Guys!
So you may, or may not, know but in the last few months I have been working on three different projects – I know, I’m a lunatic woman! – and this month I am trying to write 30,000 words on one of those projects. I task that I am heading for with a bunch of others, a challenge that was set up by Karen Mahoney – and is officially called KazNo2013.

But, unfortunately, the last month or so, I’ve also had a bit of a writers block. It’s not so much as the ideas are not coming to me because they are, it is more that the words just aren’t coming to me – or at the very least, the motivation to write those words down. I would finish work and the idea of jumping straight back onto a computer just sort of crumples me and so instead I pick up a book or turn on the television and then I’m done for the night and hence I do not get any words written.

Thus, I thought that this challenge would be the perfect opportunity for me. I would be somehow motivated to write 30,000 words in a month. I would just sit in front of the laptop and the words would flow out of me and naturally appear on that document and I would be filled with an overwhelming sence of joy.

But it hasn’t happened… yet.

The problem? I don’t want to blame it on this entirely, but I got a full time working position. Not something I knew about before August and so now I have even less time and even less motivation to actually write. Add in the fact that I’ve had a cold which is also draining my energy every day and you’ll easily see why I just can’t find it in me to type a single word.

But really, I know this is all just an excuse. As a writer, I should be writing every day, regardless. And it kills me that I’m not because I used to. I used to write every day without fail because if I didn’t then it would feel like a part of me was missing – a bit like it does at the moment. And yet, I still can’t seem to find these words that I need to put them on the paper.

So I am writing this post today to ask for YOUR help.

When you feel like you really don’t have it in you to write, or even something else you love, how do you help to motivate yourself back into it? Is it something I should just leave and let naturally return, or should I be forcing myself to write, even if it’s just a sentence a day?

What do you think?

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Posted on 20 August, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Monday’s Movie Musings

Posted on 19 August, 2013 by Faye - 8 Comments

moviemusings

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 discussin my top five book to movie adaptations.

So the last Monday Movie post I wrote was about book-to-movie adaptations and so today I thought I would tell you all about my top five movie adaptations. These are films that I thoroughly enjoyed in spite of, or because of, the book.

Harry Potter 1 Film The Hunger Games Film Sherlock Holmes Film
the kite runner film the perks of being a wallflower film

  1. Harry Potter; All of the movie adaptations. I really just think that the movies brought the books to life in such a magical way. Sure, they’re not the best films in the world – especially the first few – but they were magic in their own ways.
  2. The Hunger Games; I found this to be an absolutely stunning adaptation. It showed you more of the world than the books could while also staying fairly true to the books. It was intense and exciting, everything it should have been.
  3. Sherlock Holmes; There are so many different adaptations of Sherlock but I absolutely love this one. It is funny, intriguing and full of mystery. Besides, RDJ is just… yum!
  4. The Kite Runner; I actually watched the film first and then read the book but I was blown away by the film and when I read the book, I couldn’t help but love it as well. It really showed that the film had managed to capture everything so well.
  5. Perks of Being a Wallflower; I actually really didn’t enjoy the book for this one but the film was really fun and enjoyable and I really liked it. This is the perfect example of a film that can make a book seem so much better.

so there you have it! My top five adaptations!
What are your favourite adaptations? Do you agree with any of my choices?

*sidenote*; I have probably forgotten some amazing films, such as all the fairytale adaptations but it’s 6.30am soo…

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Posted on 19 August, 2013 by Faye - 8 Comments


Bout of Books 8.0; Goal Post

Posted on 15 August, 2013 by Faye - 14 Comments

Bout of Books

Hey Guys!
So I’m really looking forward to Bout of Books starting next week! I’ve got a fairly busy week work wise in the week next week but have the whole weekend off so really looking forward to reading lots over that time!

Goals

- I plan to read three books
- I plan to participate in at least one twitter chat
- As an expert I hope to comment on ten blogs a day
- I plan to participate in at least two challenges

Books to Choose From

every day2 The Iron Traitor
The Killing Woods the knife of never letting go

Every Day by David Levithan; Really looking forward to this one!

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa; So super excited for this one, I have yet to be disappointed by Julie Kagawa!

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher; I have heard so many good things about this one, I hope to find out that they’re all true.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness; A lot of my blogger friends are begging me to read this one. I don’t plan on finishing it during the read-a-thon but I definitely plan to start it!

Updates

Monday
Books Read: 1/4
Pages Read: 61/320
Books: The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
Challenge Entered: None
Posts commented on: Ten
Comments: I’m really enjoying The Killing Woods but I was fairly busy yesterday so I didn’t get a chance to read that much of the book so I’m hoping to change that today! I feel like so far I’m doing quite well on my goals and hope that it stays that way!

Tuesday
Books Read: 1/3
Pages Read: 100/320
Books: The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
Challenge Entered: None
Posts Commented On: none
Comments: Wow, today was a lot busier than I thought it was going to be! And then I started feeling a bit sick so I didn’t get many goals done today unfortunately!

Wednesday
Books Read: 1/2
Pages Read: 160/320
Books: The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
Challenge Entered: None
Posts commented on: five
Comments: Had work all day and then straight from work I met up with some friends, had dinner and then went to see City of Bones so I didn’t have any time to do anything! I managed to get some blog comments in and got some reading done at work but that was it unfortunately!

Thursday
Books Read: 3/4
Pages Read: 240/320
Books: The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
Challenge Entered: None
Posts commented on: None
Comments: I had an exceptionally long day at work today (9-7) and so I got some reading done at work but as soon as I got home, I had dinner and then tried to read some more but ended up falling asleep. Woke up at midnight with the book on my face and the light still on. Hopefully tomorrow will be better!

Friday
Books Read: 1/2
Pages Read: 320/320 – 85/342
Books: The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher and The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
Challenge Entered: None
Posts commented on: Ten
Comments: Finally had a day off! Spent the day doing a few chores and getting a few blogging things done, and then I got some reading down. Killing Woods was an incredible book and Iron Traitor is already really interesting!

Saturday
Books Read: 1/2
Pages Read – 255/342
Books: The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher and The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
Challenge Entered: None
Posts commented on: none
Comments: Ended up watching a lot of tv today instead of reading, done some blogging things and helped around the house but didn’t really get enough done. Still really enjoying The Iron Traitor though!

Sunday
Books Read: 2/3
Pages Read – 342/342 – 128/372
Books: The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher and The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa and Every Day by David Levithan
Challenge Entered: None
Posts commented on: none
Comments: Wow. Iron Traitor was amazing! Such a fantastic book! And already loving Every Day even though it has only just started. Spent a lot of the day reading – I read slow! – and then did a bit of blogging things before we had a family movie night.

Wrap-Up

I did not complete ANY of my goals. I almost read three books but didn’t quite make it. I tried to join in the last twitter chat but I was late, it was moving too fast and I just found it too hard to actually join in. I found I was too busy to comment on ten blogs a day and feel like I failed as an expert – I probably won’t apply for this role again! And I was always too busy to do any of the challenges / I completely forgot. So yeah… it wasn’t a very successful Bout of Books but I still had fun and enjoyed the books I read so there’s that! Maybe I’ll do better next time?

How did you do?

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Posted on 15 August, 2013 by Faye - 14 Comments