November Monthly Wrap Up

Posted on 30 November, 2013 by Faye - 4 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

I am amazed that it is already the end of November. Time is, as it usually does, flying by and I’m struggling to believe that Christmas and New Year is just around the corner. Anyhow, this month on the blog has been a lot better. I managed to get a lot of reviews out and other posts and have just been finding my motivation again which is really great. Hoping to keep it up in the next coming months as well. Wish me luck!

My top three posts this month are;
Deception by C. J. Redwine (FIVE HEARTS)
Geek Girl; Model Misfit by Holly Smale (FIVE HEARTS)
Top Ten Things to Be Thankful For

This month has been really good for Bookish Brits as well, and I’m really enjoying doing everything for that.

I’ve been to a few Bookish Events this month including the #WalkerBloggerNight which was great to go to as I met some great authors and had a chance to see all my blogger friends as well. I also enjoyed meeting Veronica Roth when she came to London!

I read ten books this month which is the most I’ve read in ages so I’m very proud of myself. I’m still certain I won’t get to 120 books but I’m hoping to read 100 instead and I’m very close!


Favourite Book

faking it I really loved reading Losing It by Cora Carmack and I was really looking forward to reading this next book in the series and I was glad I did because it was awesome. I got sucked into this story from the first page and found myself truly rooting for the characters. I adored them both seperately and together and just found this book to be completely compelling. I love Cora’s style of writing and the way she just makes you feel for the characters and their situations. She writes comic stories full of heart that fill you with warmth and happiness. If you haven’t read her books yet, you need to get on it.


Reading Challenges

A-Z Book Challenge; I read G and M.
British Books Challenge; I read three books; Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling, Control by Kim Curran, and Matilda by Roald Dahl
Mystery/Crime Challenge; I read two books; Control by Kim Curran and Gripped by Jason Donnelly
TBR Pile Challenge; I read two books; Control by Kim Curran, and Faking It by Cora Carmack
Witches/Witchcraft Challenge; I read two books; Matilda by Roald Dahl and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Genre Variety Challenge; I read Suspense.


And that concludes my month!

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Posted on 30 November, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments


Netgalley November Update #4

Posted on 29 November, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments

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Updates

Hey Guys!
Can you believe that the final week of November is already over? Seriously… when did that happen?

Anyway…

As it is now the fifth friday of the month I am sharing with you all how my goals for this event have been.

Goals

So, I set out to read 4-6 books for this challenge, and I also want to try to get my statistics up to at least 45%. It’s nowhere near what it needs to be but it should be a start.

Progress

In this fifth week I have now read TWO books. I am still 50% done with reading;

Finding It

I was planning to finish this book by the end of this week and starting a final book to meet my target but unfortunately I ended up getting ill and reading was the last thing on my mind.

I have also finished four non-netgalley books and I’m currently in the middle of one more!

My stats are at 39.5% so I still have a little way to go before I reach 45%.

I am hoping that between now and tomorrow I will at least finish Finding It. Fingers crossed!


Don’t Forget!
Today at 8pm GMT until 10pm GMT there is a twitter chat using the hashtag #netgalleynov! Hope to see you all there.


And that’s all of my progress report complete! How are you doing with your goals?
Feel free to simply comment below or add your post link to the linky!
I will do my best to visit and comment on everyone’s updates!

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Posted on 29 November, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments


Waiting on Wednesday; Boys Don’t Knit and Little Celeste

Posted on 27 November, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week bloggers highlight the books that they are highly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on Boys Don’t Knit and Little Celeste!


Ben Fletcher must get to grips with his more ‘feminine’ side following an unfortunate incident with a lollipop lady and a stolen bottle of Martini Rosso from Waitrose. All a big misunderstanding of course. To avoid the Young Offenders unit, Ben is ordered to give something back to the community and develop his sense of social alignment. Take up a hobby and keep on the straight and narrow. The hot teacher he likes runs a knitting group so Ben, reluctantly at first, gets ‘stuck in’. Not easy when your dad is a sports fan and thinks Jeremy Clarkson is God. To his surprise, Ben finds that he likes knitting and that he has a mean competitive streak. If he can just keep it all a secret from his mates…and notice that the girl of his dreams, girl-next-door Megan Hooper has a bit of a thing for him…Laugh-out-loud, often ridiculous, sometimes quite touching, and revelatory about the knitting world, Boys Don’t Knit is a must for boys and girls…


Goodreads. The Book Depository. Amazon UK.

January 2014


I am so super excited for this one! It sounds really funny, seems like it has a lovely and warm story in the middle and is all about being exactly who you are and not being afraid of admitting it. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!


Eleven-year-old Shelley only leaves her bedroom for two minutes, but when she gets back, there’s a real, true-life, lavender-eyed baby on her bed. It’s far too noisy, smelly and heavy to be a ghost baby – so whose is it? It can’t be her mum’s – Shelley would have noticed – but it’s not like she’s around for Shelley to ask, anyway. She’s too busy trying to get her horrible ex-boyfriend Scott (‘the Toadstool’) back, who Shelley definitely does NOT like as much as her mum does.

But someone’s got to look after the baby, and give her a name. ‘Celeste’ sounds good (in fact, it sounds kind of magical) and so Shelley and little Celeste embark on some rather messy adventures, gain some new friends and realise that maybe some wishes can come true after all…


Goodreads. Amazon UK.

April 2014


I think this sounds like such a unique and incredibly lovely story and I just cannot wait to start reading it. I’m hoping that it will just be a really inspiring and lovely tale that many people will love!


What are you waiting on?

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Posted on 27 November, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; Ten Things to Be Thankful For

Posted on 26 November, 2013 by Faye - 9 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Ten Things to be Thankful For.


Family

Even though they sometimes do get very much on my nerves, there is no doubt in my mind that I would struggle to live without them, therefore I am very thankful for my family and all the love they give.

Friends

While at times it has felt that I have been alone, I know that there has always been someone there to help put a smile on my face. I am thankful for every friend I have ever had, but especially thankful for the wonderful friends I have today.

Books

Every time I feel down, stressed, or just need an escape of some kind, I know I will have a book to turn to. I am thankful to them for that. I am also thankful that they have, and will always continue to teach me things and that in their own unique way they make the world just a little bit better.

Movies

In the same vein as above, I am thankful for movies and the hours of entertainment and escape that they provide, not just for me but for thousands of people.

Authors

Without authors, we would not have books and thus I am very thankful that there are people out there who spend their lives writing and publishing stories. Every author is amazing and they all get my thanks.

Writing/My Creativity

When books and movies do not seem to work in helping me through, I find myself thankful that my own creativity can help me feel better. Writing connects me to myself and without it I know I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I’m thankful for the help writing has given me over the years.

Blogging

It is no secret that I have had my ups and downs with blogging this year but when it comes down to it, being a blogger has changed my life in the best possible ways and I am thankful that I not only started blogging but that I have stuck with it through thick and thin.

Music

If I am feeling sad, I know that somewhere is a song to make me happy, or to make me feel less alone. The same goes for every single emotion. Music can change my mood instantly and for that I am thankful that it exists and that it has the power to help so many people who need it.

Human Kindness

There are an unfortunate number of horrible people, natural disasters, and sadness in this world, so I am thankful that despite all of this, there are people who go above and beyond. There are those who raise for charity, who feed the homeless, who smile at strangers and are just always there to lend a hand. I am thankful that so many humans are kind even when they don’t have to be.

Harry Potter

Or well, really I’m thankful to J. K. Rowling. This series opened a world of magic simply because it showed how adults and children can enjoy the same stories. It inspired millions of people to do different things and be different people. But mostly I’m thankful because J. K. showed me what reading, writing, and fandom can all lead to. It showed me how magical life can be.


And there you have it! Ten things that I’m thankful for!
What are you thankful for?

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Posted on 26 November, 2013 by Faye - 9 Comments


Cover Reveal & Giveaway; The Other Me by Suzanne van Rooyen

Posted on 25 November, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hey Guys!
So today I am here with a cover reveal of The Other Me by Suzanne van Rooyen. This sounds like a fantastic book and it is a lovely cover too, hopefully you’re as excited as I am for this one! Scroll to the bottom of this post for some excerpt images and a giveaway! Without further ado, here’s the cover!

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Fifteen-year-old Treasa Prescott thinks she’s an alien. She doesn’t fit in with the preppy South African private school crowd and feels claustrophobic in her own skin. Treasa is worried she might spend life as a social pariah when she meets Gabriel du Preez. Gabriel plays the piano better than Beethoven, has a black belt in karate, and would look good wearing a garbage bag. Treasa thinks he’s perfect. It might even be love, as long as Gabriel doesn’t find out she’s a freak.

As Treasa spends time with Gabriel, she realizes she might not love him as much as she wants to be him, and that the reason she feels uncomfortable in her skin might have less to do with extra-terrestrial origins and more to do with being born in the wrong body.

But Gabriel is not the perfect boy Treasa imagines. He harbors dark secrets and self-destructive tendencies. Still, Treasa might be able to accept Gabriel’s baggage if he can accept who she longs to be.


You can add The Other Me to your to-read list on Goodreads by clicking here.


Suzanne van Rooyen

Author Bio

Suzanne is an author and peanut-butter addict from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland and finds the cold, dark forests nothing if not inspiring. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When not writing you can find her teaching dance and music to middle-schoolers or playing in the snow with her shiba inu. She is rep’d by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency.

Website. Twitter. Facebook. Pinterest.


Excerpts

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Giveaway

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Posted on 25 November, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments


Weekly Highlights; Anti-Bullying Week Edition

Posted on 24 November, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment

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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 feel like I’m finally getting on track again with this blog! It may still take a little while before it all feels good again but I seem to have found at least a little motivation again, so yay! That being said, this is what happened on the blog this week.

I posted TWO reviews;
Control by Kim Curran (FOUR HEARTS)
The Savages by Matt Whyman (FOUR HEARTS)

I also posted an advert for a new member of Bookish Brits. To add your name to the pile, go here

And finally, I also let you know about two books that I’m really looking forward to here.


Netgalley November

We’re now in the final week of November! Therefore I have no posted three updates, check them out here and add your own!

Update #1
Update #2
Update #3


Anti-Bullying Week

So you may or may not know but this week was Anti-Bullying Week and while I didn’t post anything on my blog for it, the Bookish Brits team have all been creating videos throughout the week (and continuing on next week) about bullying. You can see them all here.

And if you just want to see mine. I spoke about the themes of bullying in Speechless by Hannah Harrington and you can watch it below.


Around the Blogopshere

This week Sophie has been posting an anti-bullying post every day and I think it’s definitely something that you should check out. You can find the first post here.

Ever wondered what a child thinks about the cover of the book you’re reading? This week Jasprit has a post of the interpretation that her little sister made of the book she’s reading. Find out what she thought by clicking here.

As bloggers we review quite a lot but have you ever wondered if your reviews have become better over time? This week Elizabeth discusses this. To add your thoughts, go here.

The Bath Kids Literary Festival was so much fun! This week Lucy has posted her write-up of the event. Find out all that happened and how the event went for her, here.

Are you a reviewer of YA but older than the “target” audience? Do you sometimes feel unfair when you write reviews? This week Nicole is questioning this. Find out what she says and add your own thoughts by clicking here.

And finally, this week Andrea has invited us to coffee to get to know her a little better. I love the idea of this post. Go here to learn more about Andrea!


Letterbox Love

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I was good this week as I didn’t get ANY new books!


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 24 November, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment


Netgalley November Update #3

Posted on 22 November, 2013 by Faye - 9 Comments

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Updates

Hey Guys!
Can you believe that the third week of November is already over? Seriously… when did that happen?

Anyway…

As it is now the fourth friday of the month I am sharing with you all how my goals for this event are going.

Goals

So, I set out to read 4-6 books for this challenge, and I also want to try to get my statistics up to at least 45%. It’s nowhere near what it needs to be but it should be a start.

Progress

In this third week I have now read TWO books. I am also now 50% done with reading;

Finding It

I was planning to finish this book by the end of this week but life ended up getting in the way instead!

I have also finished four non-netgalley books and I’m currently in the middle of one more!

My stats are at 39.5% so I still have a little way to go before I reach 45%.


And that’s all of my progress report complete! How are you doing with your goals?
Feel free to simply comment below or add your post link to the linky!
I will do my best to visit and comment on everyone’s updates!

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Posted on 22 November, 2013 by Faye - 9 Comments


Book Review; The Savages by Matt Whyman

Posted on 21 November, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments

Author: Matt Whyman
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published: 6th June 2013
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source:: Proof Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
They’d love to have you for dinner . . .

Sasha Savage is in love with Jack – a handsome, charming … vegetarian. Which wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that Sasha’s family are very much ‘carnivorous’. Behind the family facade all is not as it seems. Sasha’s father rules his clan with an iron fist and her mother’s culinary skills are getting more adventurous by the day. When a too-curious private detective starts to dig for truths, the tight-knit family starts to unravel – as does their sinister taste in human beings . .


Sometimes Your

In a bid to keep this review honest, The Savages was a book that I started reading and then when I was about half-way through the book, put it down and didn’t pick it up again for a few months. Now I know that this is normally a sign of an uninteresting book but that actually isn’t the case with this book. The problem I had with this book is that it was all about food and at the time of reading I was struggling with a fear of gluten intolerance and thus having to read about how wonderful food can be when I was in the midst of losing my love of food was too hard. However, as soon as I felt comfortable about food once more, I picked the book back up and was incredibly glad that I did as I found it to be a book that was funny, interesting and enjoyable.

Tastebuds Just

For all intents and purposes, The Savages are your average family and they lead a perfectly normal life, except that they come together every few weeks to enjoy the taste of another human. I fell in love with the concept of this book. I thought it sounded so unique and interesting and I was so curious about where the story would go. While this book does deal with cannibalism, it isn’t the main aspect of this story. It is about a girl who is getting closer to being an adult and is trying to find out what kind of person she wants to be. This does mean that her food choices are important but that is simply a metaphor for all the things we face when we’re teenagers and deciding our paths for the first time instead of just following our parents. I thought that this was a wonderful way to represent that and feel that Matt Whyman did a brilliant job with it by creating an enjoyable and fun story that all readers can appreciate and find entertaining.

Cannot Help

There is an array of characters in this novel and fortunately, Matt Whyman managed to make them all feel real and not forced. There were a few stereotypical characters but these were minor side characters who didn’t fully flesh out the plot and were therefore easier to deal with and just accept. My favourite character in this book was definitely Sasha. I loved all of the decisions that she had to make and how she made them all. I loved how much she grew throughout the book as well and I would love to see more of her. I also really liked the grandpa in this book as well. I can’t exactly pinpoint why but I just found him to be a really interesting character to read about. Jack, on the other hand, was a character that I disliked from the moment that we first meet him. But only in a pure character driven away, I think he was perfect for the book in that respect.

Carving Something

One of the reasons that I found myself invested in this story was due to the writing style. Matt Whyman has a way of luring in the reader subtly with a style that is easy to read. It is the kind of writing style that allows you to easily picture what is happening in the story as it has just the right amount of detail. On top of this, Matt also manages to add the right amount of humour so as to keep the reader entertained and interested in the story that they’re reading. I always find that writing humour can always be a little hit and miss as everyone’s humour is different but if you like books that have a dollop of black humour, then you’re likely to find this book to be a fun read for you.

Extremely Different

All in all this was a book that I did enjoy. While I had to take some time due to its large interest in food content, by the time I finished it, I was just incredibly happy that I went back and gave this book a chance and didn’t just give up on it. I found this book to be full of interesting messages and I really liked how close the family was in this book and how it just really brought out some interesting messages and themes. I would also mention that this is the kind of book that I think would make a really interesting and funny family comedy film and could see so many people just really enjoying it. While this is a Young Adult title, I can definitely see many adults finding themselves fully invested in this book, unable to put it down. Thus, I finish this review by saying that you should stop reading this now and go and give The Savages a read!

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 21 November, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments


Waiting on Wednesday; Dream on Amber and Lobsters

Posted on 20 November, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week bloggers highlight the books that they are highly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on Dream on Amber and Lobsters!


She’s Amber Alessandra Leola Kimiko Miyamoto (as if the name makes up for her being tiny!)

Amber is half Japanese and half Italian, and is starting a new school with a caveman phone. But the hardest thing about being Amber is that a big part of her is missing.

Her dad.

He left when she was little and if he isn’t coming back, she’ll have to find a way to make it up to her little sister.

And Amber has a BIG imagination …

Release Date; March 2014
Goodreads. Amazon UK


I was drawn to this book immediately. It sounds like a really interesting emotional read and I think it could be really enjoyable. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what it’s all about!


Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find The One. Their ‘lobster’.

But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.

Release Date; June 2014
Goodreads. Amazon.


I absolutely love the sound of this one! It has made me very excited for June as I really just want to know what this is all about! I think it sounds like a brilliant little story about friends and relationships. Can’t wait for it!


What are you waiting on?

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Posted on 20 November, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments


Book Review; Control by Kim Curran (Shift #2)

Posted on 19 November, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment

ControlAuthor: Kim Curran
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Published: 1st August 2013
Pages: 350
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Scott Tyler is not like other teenagers. With a single thought he can alter reality around him. And he can stop anyone else from doing the same.

That’s why he’s so important to ARES, the secret government agency that regulates other kids like him: Shifters.

They’ve sent him on a mission. To track down the enigmatic Frank Anderson. An ex-Shifter who runs a project for unusual kids – as if the ability to change your every decision wasn’t unusual enough. But Anderson and the kids have a dark secret. One that Scott is determined to discover.

As his obsession with discovering the truth takes him further away from anyone he cares about, his grip on reality starts to weaken. Scott realises if he can’t control his choices, they’ll control him.


In Just

I have been wanting to read this book ever since I finished reading Shift. As I mentioned in my review of that book, I couldn’t wait to see what else Kim wrote and thus I was incredibly glad when this book was just as great as her first book. As soon as I finished reading this book, I felt like I had just been blown away. It had an amazing cliff-hanger-like ending that just really showed how brilliant and detailed the entire series is.

One Blink

In this second book of the series, the plot was one that had you on the edge of the seat. You were continuously wondering what was going to happen next and how could things ever be repaired? I loved how detailed everything was and how it really showed how much of an impact one decision can make. It was the perfect example of how all of our actions have consequences, some bigger than our wildest imagining. This plot continued to have twists and turns, it was once again full of action, and it also kept up with the mystery that was found in the first book.

It Is

Once again, Kim has really nailed her characters on the head. Even her villain had an interesting backstory and wasn’t just there to be someone for the other characters to despise. As in the first book, Scott was a character that I truly enjoyed reading about. In this book he became stronger, took careful decisions, and had a lot to bear on his shoulders. I simply cannot wait to see what will happen to him and how he will continue to grow in the next book. Unfortunately, however, Aubrey still didn’t make an impact on me in this book. I loved her and Scott together, but her as a person I just couldn’t get my head behind, but she was still well-rounded but just not someone I could like.

Possible To

As mentioned previously, the one thing that really wow-ed me about this book was the ending. There were a few times while reading where I felt it was going a little slow, or rather, slower than normal but all of these moments were made up for when I got to the end of the book. Kim Curran really ended this book in an extraordinary way that has led me begging for more, while also knowing so much more about certain characters and just how important all of our decisions are. It was such a whirlwind of an ending and I just absolutely loved it. My heart is still hammering in my chest as I think about it. I truly cannot wait for the next installment in this series. I have to know what is going to happen next! Even so, I am still so glad I read this book and didn’t wait any longer.

Change Everything

In case you’re not fully convinced yet, I was blown away by this book and thought that it was a well-written, whirlwind of a book. It was a book that had action at every corner, it had you guessing, it had you thinking, it had you contemplating, and it had you going through every emotion in a small space of time. I loved how it affected me in so many ways and how I just cannot seem to get enough of Scott and the world that he lives in. I may not want this ability to ever exist, but it is certainly entertaining to read about. So, if you’re in the mood for a series that is explosive, exciting, and simply leaves you wanting more, then you should go and read Shift. And if you have read Shift, you should not wait before reading this one because it is absolutely amazing.

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 19 November, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment