Book Tour Review; I Found You By Jane Lark

Posted on 16 January, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments

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Hey Guys!
I’m here today with a review of I Found You by Jane Lark and there’s also a giveaway at the end of it too!


I Found YouAuthor: Jane Lark
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Published: 5th December 2013
Pages: 360
Format: Ebook
Source:: Complimentary Copy from Tour Company
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
Tomorrow is for regrets. Tonight is for being together.

On a cold winter night, Rachel and Jason’s lives collide on Manhattan Bridge. She’s running from life, he’s running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her.

His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There’s his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the wrong side of the tracks.

But when the connection between them is so electric, so right… everyone else must be wrong. And as the snow begins to settle on the Hudson, there’s nothing but the possibility of what could be – of this, right here, right now. Them.


When Two

When I first heard about this book, I was instantly intrigued. The synopsis sounds so interesting. Then I read the excerpt and I was even more curious about the book. I was certain that it would be one that I would really enjoy and could happily add to my favourites shelf. Unfortunately, this is not what happened. While I still enjoyed this book, it wasn’t exactly the book I was hoping it to be and couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with it. However, I’m still glad I read the book and would still recommend it to others. I definitely think that anyone that likes books with a strong, kind, male lead will love this books. It just didn’t give me the spark that I’d wanted when reading it. But, fortunately, it was still good enough for me to get to the end of the book.

Lives Collide

Being a romance book, there was a faily generic plot to this book where two characters who shouldn’t have worked together, really fitted together well. I did like that part of this book and I loved seeing the way that Jason looked at and felt about Rachel. I enjoyed the journey that the two of them took together, and I certainly felt many emotions pouring out of me as I read. (I really wanted to punch a few other characters!). There were, however, a few unrealistic moments in the book that really ground my teeth and just moments that I really struggled to read and enjoy. At times it felt like some of the dialogue was a little forced and it really ruined some of the enjoyment of this book for me.

There Are

I think the main protagonists in this book were really well written and had a lot of depth and personality. I only wish that, that same depth could have shone through the secondary characters as well but I often found that where other characters’ came in, it just fell flat. Everything felt forced and unnatural, as though they were merely there as plot points and that ruined some of the enjoyment for me. Fortunately, there was enough flare and personality in both Jason and Rachel to counter-act this and not ruin the book completely. Jason is such a kind, protective, caring gentlemen and I love him from the first moment we meet him. He’s the kind of guy to stop everything he’s doing to help someone he doesn’t know and I think it was so great. I hated that other people couldn’t see his greatness. I also think Rachel was a really great character. She had a stunning personality and a lot of depth and I love what the author has done with this character. I think she is portrayed really well, and knew exactly what was “up” with her from the second day we see her. I admire the author for adding this to the book.

Bound To

I think my biggest problem with this book is the style that it is written in. Normallly I adore dual POV narratives but I don’t think it really worked with this book, or ir just wasn’t used in the best way in this book. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason over when we heard from Jason and then heard from Rachel and there were a few times when I really would have liked to have jumped to the other person and their thoughts but never got that which made me feel a little irritated by it. The other problem I found was that a few parts of the story were more “tell don’t show” and so I didn’t get to feel the same connection to the characters. Lastly, I found a lot of the inner dialogues to be incredibly repetitive. I can see how realistic this is, naturally but for me it meant that I started losing interest in the narrative fairly quickly if I was being told something for the third or fourth time in the space of ten pages. Fortunately, the narrative was also addictive and kept me wanting to turn the page and find out what else would happen to our main protagonists meaning that essentially, I was able to look past these few issues to look at the book as a whole. I feel these are more personal issues as well, and can see how others would likely really enjoy this book.

Be Consequences

While this book didn’t turn out to be the book I had hoped it to be, it was still one that I enjoyed reading and one that I can see many people reading to escape the glum of their lives, which is always what we want from books anyway. I loved Rachel and how her character and her character flaws were treated in this book and would recommend the book on this alone as it is a very sensitive subject and I feel like the author has done a great job of portraying this. I also think Jason was a strong enough character to really bring the book alive. So, if you’re looking for a good book that will take you away from your life for a little bit, a romance with a scattering of action and a whole pile of depth, then I would definitely recommend this book. I know it may not turn out to be your favourite book, but I think you may just enjoy the journey it takes you on anyway. I certainly did.

Three Stars

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


Jane Lark Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult Romances.

She began her first novel at sixteen, but a life full of difficulty derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined to be able to say I’m a writer.

Now Jane is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations at last.

Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development, and uses her knowledge of psychology to bring her characters to life.

‘Basically I’m a sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love and it’s wonderful to be able to do it time and time again in fiction, plus my understanding of people helps me write the really intense relationships I enjoy creating.’

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Posted on 16 January, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments


New Year, New Adult Tour; Interview with Kimberly Lauren

Posted on 15 January, 2014 by Faye - 5 Comments

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Hey Guys!
I’m here today with an interview with Kimberly Lauren, author of Broken series!
At the end of this post is your scavenger hunt clue (find out more here), and rafflecopter for the giveaway!


Tell us all a little about your New Adult series, Broken, what are the two novels about?
To sum it all up with a pretty bow, I think they are about looking at the other side of the picture. Beautiful Broken Rules is about the girl being the promiscuous one and creating all of these rules to keep others out. Beautiful Broken Mess is about a girl that we all assumed we knew in the first book but it turns out we didn’t know her at all.

Was there any specific inspiration for these series?
No, not really. I was just curious how a story could work if the girl were the player instead of it typically being the guy. I really enjoyed the person Emerson came to be in Beautiful Broken Rules.

How would you describe your protagonists in this series to make us care for them?
Emerson is hard at first. You don’t want to like her because she sleeps around and she doesn’t apologize for it. But slowly she sneaks in a shows you sides of herself that you begin to love. She truly cares for her friends. She thinks she’s alone in this world without her parents but she learns that friends are the family you create. Jaxon is the male lead and he’s down right gorgeous. He breaks into Emerson’s life and forces her to ditch the rules.

What has been your favourite scene/moment to write in this series?
The first scene I ever had in my head was the beginning scene of Beautiful Broken Rules. Emerson wakes up in a frat house without her clothes and must sneak out the next morning.

When you were writing the novels, did you have any bad habits? (i.e. not eating dinner, or sleeping)
Of course. A huge habit would be totally forgetting to eat period. Then it’s 3 AM and I’m starving! Or not staying connected with friends enough because I’m so engrossed in this world, I just want to WRITE all the time.

What are your thoughts on the New Adult category?
I love it! Thank God for it! It’s exactly what I love to read. It’s such a great in-between that was definitely needed in the literary world.

After finishing the Broken series, do you think you’ll start a new series?
I’m working on the third in the series all though it can totally be read as a stand-alone. For now I don’t know if I will start a new series. But I do have another stand-alone I’m writing at the same time.

What is your favourite thing about writing?
The escapism and the creativity. Not many careers allow you the freedom that writing does. I can do it anywhere. I could be in my office at home or in a rented apartment in Rome on a family vacation and still be able to write.


Kimberly Pic I’m a wanderer, an adventurer, a traveler.

I want to see it all. I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.

“She travels the world & home is always in her heart.”

Lately if I’m not traveling or chasing a toddler, I’m writing. Which is weird because I hated writing in college. Oh wait, that’s because that was boring. Who really wants to sit there and cite all your sources into APA format? Not this girl. Writing for yourself is enjoyable and cathartic. Please try it. Then tell me about because I love indie authors.

I’m a Texas girl, who misses living in Europe!

Hope you enjoy my books! xoxo Kimberly

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Posted on 15 January, 2014 by Faye - 5 Comments


Book Review; Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 15 January, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

secret (1)Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Published: 28th January 2014
Pages: 352
Format: Ebook
Source:: Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
Nowhere is safe. Not even home…

Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.

Keep his grades sky-high or he’ll never escape his hometown.
Keep his brother’s business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.
Keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his own twin—-or he’ll lose his family.

Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who’s supposed to be his “girlfriend’s” partner.

Of course there’s also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.

There’s a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.

Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?


When You’re

This is likely to be one of the hardest reviews that I have ever written. Not because I disliked the book or even that I’m worried I won’t do the book justice. It will be hard because my thoughts on this book are just along the lines of “AHHHHHHHHHHH! AMAZING!”, which, while great, aren’t exactly going to help me write a formulated review. But I’m certainly going to try and hopefully make you see why I loved this book so much and why I believe that you are truly missing out if you do not read this series or this book. The very first thing you should know is that this book makes you feel all the emotions under the sun in the best way.

Keeping Everything

Nick has been keeping a secret from himself and his brothers his whole life. He was ready to keep that secret hidden for as long as he could but then he meets someone and suddenly he just knows it all has to come out into the open. As they start to get closer, Nick knows it is only a matter of time before he has to tell his brothers. Alongside this is the knowledge the guides are still after them, and that the family is running low on resources, and somehow he has to keep up the facade that he is capable of dealing with it all. There were so many things going on in this book and that is one of the main reasons that I loved it so much. Like the previous novels in this series, Brigid has placed a romantic subplot around a much larger action-filled plot that has you gasping for more. In this book, everything becomes overlapped in such a complex and fulfilling way. It is easy to see that Brigid is an extremely talented writer.

Bottled Inside

Once more, Brigid has shown her hand and made you fall for the main protagonist all over again. While Nick was always one of my favourite characters, this story just made me fall even deeper for him. He is a character who struggles to think fo himself above others and often keeps his emotions bottled up inside of him. Seeing him come out of his shell in this book warmed my heart so much and I just wanted to keep reading more of his story. I felt so proud of him and it became clear to me that I have started to see these characters like friends. Then there is Adam. After meeting him in Breathless, I was sure I could like him and this book certainly confirmed that. While he does have his flaws, Adam is caring and protective, sensitive and sweet, and I absolutely adored him. Furthermore, Brigid made me rekindle my love of Hunter, Chris, and Michael. I was a bit touch and go with Gabriel but I think, essentially, I still feel so many emotions for him. Brigid simply has a unique style that allows her characters to just walk off the page in an incredibly way.

An Explosion

If there is one thing that this book does, it is toying with your emotions. One minute I was grinning, then crying, then laughing, then clutching the book tensely. It was a book that took you on a rollarcoaster of emotions and made the book so utterly fantastic. There was one point that made me put the book down because I was too scared about what would happen next, too worried that my emotions were going to be pulled thin. It was the most amazing reaction to the book because it showed me how invested I actually was in the story which is always something I strive for when I read. By the time I got to the ending of this book, I thought I had gone through all the emotions possible but then in the last paragraph I was filled with shock, surprise and suspense. Brigid has left this book on the biggest cliffhanger and I really cannot wait to start the final book in this series!

Is Inevitable

A very important part about writing a series is making sure that each book is as compelling and stunning as the last and Brigid Kemmerer has certainly managed that with her series and Secret is no exception. It can also lead to books declining in enjoyment and writing style but fortunately this is not the case with Secret. In fact, it feels more like the books simply get better as they continue on. Naturally then, I can say that from the bottom of my heart, Secret is an amazing book full of brilliant scenes, heart-stopping moments, and will essentially force you to become attached to these characters as though they are your lifeline. Of course, I’m sure these books may not be for everyone but I can say whole-heartedly that they are the perfect books for more and that as of now, Secret is my favourite. I am incredibly anxious about the final book in this series but I have a feeling Brigid will pull it off with ease.

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 15 January, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Excerpt Blast; Seeking Her by Cora Carmack

Posted on 14 January, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!
I’m here today with an Except Blast for Seeking Her! Below you will find all the information on this novella, the excerpt and info on the author.
Also, if you pre-order this novella now, it is only $0.99!


Seeking Her Jackson Hunt gets his turn in this Finding It prequel novella …

Jackson Hunt hasn’t been out of the military for long, but he needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he is going to keep his demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal.

Becoming bodyguard (and babysitter) to spoiled rich girl Kelsey Summers isn’t exactly what he had in mind, but it’s a chance to travel, to get away. The catch: Kelsey’s father doesn’t want her to know she’s being followed.

She’s vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When Jackson sees her falling into the same patterns he suffered years ago, he decides it’s time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know Kelsey is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her, the more he wants her.

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Cora Carmack bio pic Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Website. Twitter. Facebook. Goodreads.


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Top Ten Tuesday; 2014 Debuts!

Posted on 14 January, 2014 by Faye - 7 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 2014 debuts I’m excited for!

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  1. Boy’s Don’t Knit by Tom Easton; I’ve been excited about this one for a few months now and really can’t wait to give it a go!
  2. Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane; This just seems so exciting, doesn’t it? Kind of sci-fi like and full of improbabilites!
  3. Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison; Ahhh! SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE. Like, really excited. It sounds so fun and unique and just right up my street!
  4. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira; This one sounds so intriguing. It’s the kind of book I’ve been in the mood for lately so I’m very excited to start it.
  5. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord; This one sounds really cute. And I love a good road trip book which I think this book is. But yes, sounds really cute.
  6. Banished The Chance you Won't Return the murder complex trouble

  7. Banished by Liz de Jager; Really looking forward to this one! It sounds fantastic and Liz is such a great person!
  8. The Chance you Won’t Return by Annie Cardi; Ahh, this looks sooo goood. And totally the right book for me. I’m so intrigued about this one!
  9. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings; I’ve been waiting on this book since Lindsay announced her book deal. Can’t wait to finally get a chance to read this!
  10. Trouble by Non Pratt; There are no words to really describe how excited I am for this one. There’s so much hype surrounding it but I’ve also met Non a fair few times and she’s so lovely and funny and I just imagine her book will be just as good!
  11. The Year of the Rat by Claire Furniss; Super excited about this one. Heard an excerpt of it and it was sooo good, I can only imagine how fantastic the rest of the book was!

And that’s all the books I’m excited for, at the moment!
What Debuts are you excited for?

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Bout of Books 9.0 Wrap Up.

Posted on 13 January, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

Bout of Books

And now Bout of Books is OVER and I’m sitting here wondering where the week went and what I actually did with my time because I only reached one of my goals… ONE. But it was still a good week so I guess that’s okay!

Goals I Set Mysefl

I plan to read at least two books but I’m hoping to read three.
I want to comment on other posts every day.
I want to participate in at least two challenges.
I want to participate in at least one twitter chat.

Goals I Achieved

Of those, I managed the top one. I read two and a half books. So I even went over and above my target.
BUT.
I didn’t comment on any blogs (Noooo!)
I didn’t participate in ANY challenges (Whaaat?)
I didn’t make it to any of the twitter chats (Darnit!)

Why I Failed

I feel it is important to look at this so maybe I can do better next time. Maybe.

I didn’t comment on any blogs because I was too busy working two jobs, going to the gym, seeing friends, and commenting on normal posts. So next time I need to just carve out twenty minutes to spend commenting. It shouldn’t be too hard, right?

I didn’t participate in ANY challenges. Again I was at work and for some reason it was there that I looked at what the challenges were. Then, by the time I got home, I had forgotten about it and then before I knew it, it was the next day. So next time I need to remember to look at the Bout of Books page AFTER work, not during.

I didn’t make it to any twitter chats. On the monday I was celebrating a friends birthday, Wednesday was at 2am my time and I had work the next day and on Saturday I was doing chores (doing the weekly food shop with my mum). So next time I just need to add reminders to my phone for the chats and make sure I’m not getting busy during that time!

Books I Read

Skin Deep true Bombmaker

I finished all of these books, but Skin Deep was already half read when Bout of Books started. I enjoyed all three of these books but they got better as the week went on. Literally (three stars, four stars, five stars), so that was pretty awesome!

Wrap-Up

While I didn’t reach all of my goals, I still enjoyed myself and am glad I managed to reach my reading goal! I think because I didn’t comment throughout the read-a-thon, I’m going to try and comment on some of the wrap-up posts, so do link up to yours down below so I can go and have a look!

Hope your bout of books went good for you!

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Posted on 13 January, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The First of 2014 Edition

Posted on 12 January, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments

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Weekly Highlights is a 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

I have to say that the New Year seems to have given me a boost of motivation or something. I’ve been writing reviews left right and centre and just feel a little rejuvinated about the whole blog. While I was still posting without really scheduling things, I have this next week off and plan to schedule a fair few blog posts in advance to help me keep on top of it all. Let’s hope it goes okay!

This week I posted THREE reviews;
Faking It by Cora Carmack (FOUR HEARTS)
Finding It by Cora Carmack (THREE STARS)
True by Erin McCarthy (THREE HEARTS)

I also participated in the first top ten of the year! It was our Bookish Resolutions. To find out what I hope to achieve this year, visit the post here.

I have also been participating in Bout of Books this week and to have a look at how my updates have been going, you can look at this post. There will also be a wrap-up of this later on this evening. I’m not doing as well as I had hoped to be doing but nevermind! I’m still enjoying it!


New Year, New Adult Tour

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This week kicked off the New Year, New Adult tour and instead of you running around trying to find everything that’s happened so far, here’s a list of everything for you!

31st DecA Daydreamer’s ThoughtsTour Schedule and Start.
1stBookish TreasuresSheena Binkley Interview
2ndGood Books and Good CoffeeB. A. Wolfe Interview
3rdLola ReviewsCaroline Guest Post
4thBig Book Little BookNatasha Boyd Interview and Review
5thMusic, Books and TeaNevaeh and Michelle Guest Post
6thT’s Bookish MomentsFaye Guest Post
7thSarah Makela, NA AuthorLiz Crowe Guest Post
8thLola ReviewsCatriona Guest Post
9thA Daydreamer’s ThoughtsTrue by Erin McCarthy Review
10thNevaeh’s Book BlogEleanor Green Interview
11thBook Angel BooktopiaDenise Grover-Swank Spotlight


Around the Blogosphere

Just a few posts I’ve seen around and really enjoyed.

Debbie listed all the films she’s looking forward to seeing this year. This post made me chuckle and made me aware of films I didn’t know were coming out. See all those films here.

Stacey wrote a wonderful post on John Green and how he made his way into her life, including some wonderful pictures as her blogs always are full of. If you’re a John Green fan, or even if you’re not, I would definitely suggest checking this post out.

This week Rachelia and Kaitlyn are celebrating their two-year blogoversary! They’ve got a great giveaway for it but also a lovely post detailing their journey so far. Check it all out here.

Are you thinking of booktubing? This week Amber wrote a post about how she really feels about booktubing and how it was like to start and I have to say I agree with a lot that she said. If you want to see why she loves and hates booktubing, click here.

Do you like music as well as books? This feature on Hollie’s blog highlights her favourite music at the moment and is the perfect way to find new things to listen to! Check it out here.

Lastly, Rebecca this year has written a post about non-bloggers and what they want to read about on the blog. She’s linked to two other inspiring posts as well so I think you should definitely check this out; here.


Letterbox Love

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I haven’t done one of these in a while, not even on the vlog so in truth I can’t quite remember all the books I’ve recieved/bought/borrowed, so I’m just going to show you the ones that I do remember and can’t wait to read!

Secret Santa

This year, like last year, I participated in the UKYA Blogger Secret Santa! I waited until Christmas Day to open my presents as I find it a little bit more special that way. And this year, my Secret Santa (who did not reveal themselves so if it was you, THANK YOU SO MUCH!) bought me three books I have been DYING to read!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell; I have been wanting to read this one for AGES and I did so, promptly after Christmas. I devoured it quickly and enjoyed it immensely!

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson; This has been on my wishlist since I first heard about it a year or two years ago but never got around to purchasing it myself. I’m super excited to start this one!!

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout; This is another one that has been on my wishlist for a LONG time and I am super excited to be able to start it!

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The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker; This was bought for me by Debbie and has also been on my wishlist for a long time. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you Debbie!!

The Moth in the Mirror by A. G. Howard; I LOVED Splintered. Like… it was amazing. Thus, when I found out that there was a little novella, I HAD to buy it. I can’t wait to read this and once I have, Unhinged will be read!

Sweet by Erin McCarthy; After finishing True, I found out that it was a series and that Sweet was already out. It was fairly cheep and I was kind of addicted so I scooped it up and can’t wait to start it!

I know I’ve gotten more books than this since my last Book Haul but I can’t quite think what they are! I will probably be doing fortnightly book hauls now as I’m trying to cut back on how many books I actually bring into the house!


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 12 January, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments


Blog Tour; Vision of Shadows by Vincent Morrone

Posted on 11 January, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

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Hey Guys!
Today I am here to introduce you all to Vincent Morrone who is stopping by for his blog tour!
He has written you all a guest post on ten of his writing habits. Hope you enjoy and get to know him a little bit better!


I was asked to talk about my writing habits. Do I really have any habits that are even noteworthy? Not sure. You be the judge.

1) I prefer to write with my feet up. I’ve got my laptop on a small table right beside my recliner in the great room. Used to be a on a small table by the couch. While sometimes I’ll go sit at a table or a desk, I prefer to work with my feet up.

2) Water. When I know I’m going to sit down for a few hours of writing, I’ll usually got to the fridge where I’ll fill up a red solo cup with ice and water. Writing can be thirsty work after all. Here’s the thing. When I get into the zone, I can write for hours straight and never take a sip. By the time I remember I even have water, the ice is melted and the water is room temperature. That’s how I know I’ve got a lot done that day.

3) Outlining, then re-outlining. Before I write, I construct an outline. I’ll read it through and then re-do it, refining it as I go until I’m ready to start. Many times, as I get closer to the end, I’ll do it again. I’m not changing the plan, but rather making it more elaborate. Details that didn’t occur to me before I start to write may be so clear now. Character traits that developed as I continued to build the WIP would become important.

4) Music. I don’t always get to listen to music, but if I’ve got the house to myself or if my headphones are available, and I know what I’m writing, I’ll often play music. My favorite band since I was 7 is KISS, so that’s what’s on the most. Sometimes, I go for Barry Manilow or even Beethoven. I prefer to listen to stuff that’s very familiar so I’m not distracted.

5) Google Images. Sometimes, if I’m writing a description, I’ll use google images to search for a person, place, or thing that fits what I’m talking about. In Vision of Shadows, I often brought up the kind of car a particular character drives. An Audi Rs8. I had researched expensive cars and this one fit the bill, but I needed to know what it looked like.

6) Google a saying. You ever have a moment when you think of a well-known idiom or a phrase that would fit perfectly, but it’s not one that you would use? If you have the google auto complete feature, you can google it. Get half of it in and the rest is usually spelled out for you. It also works for spelling. I can’t spell to save my life. And Word can only do so much. Sometimes, I’m so far off that it can figure out what the word is supposed to be. What do I do? Google.

7) Distraction. The downside to having internet access is that I can often go on to google something book related and instead find myself reading the latest spoilers on The Walking Dead.

8) Tease my # 1 fans. Namely my daughters. If it’s something they’re familiar with, I’ll often tell them little details to see their reaction.

9) Sleep on it. If I’ve got a big scene coming up, I’ll often put it off until the next day. Then that night when I’m going to sleep, I’ll see it playing out in my head like a movie. Hear the dialogue and often even hearing the descriptions.

10) Read it on my own Kindle. When it’s done, I never start edits until I’ve had the chance to read it from start to finish on my kindle. I want to experience it as closely to what a reader would. Are there parts that are repetitive? Sometimes, you added a thought in a scene and you find you repeated it later on. Are there parts that I’m tempted to skim? That’s something that I need to work on. It’s also part ritual. “Hey, I actually finished it! Yay me!!”


VisionOfShadowsVision of Shadows (Vision #1)
by Vincent Morrone

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 30, 2013

Blurb:
Is Bristol Blackburn about to meet the love of her life…or her killer?
After the death of her parents, Bristol Blackburn’s life is thrown into chaos and she’s forced to move to Spirit, a small town where shadows are stirring. As she learns to navigate her new school and figures out how to keep her psychic abilities secret from her family, Bristol comes face to face with the boy who makes a regular appearance in her dreams: the gorgeous, possibly deadly, Payne McKnight. Soon she’ll find out if Payne will be the love of her life, or the end of it — and she has no idea which possibility scares her more.
And that’s not even the worst of it. Strange shadows are haunting her dreams, and they’re up to something that could put Bristol and the lives of everyone she loves in jeopardy.

You can add Vision of Shadows to your to-read list on Goodreads

You can find more about Vision of Shadows on the Entranced Publishing website.

Want to chat with Bristol, the main character of this series? Well she has her own twitter account.


VisionOfSecretsVision of Secrets (Vision #0.5)
by Vincent Morrone

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 2, 2013

Blurb:
Bristol understands secrets. She’s got plenty of her own, ranging from the annoying ghost that keeps showing up and attempting to sing Copacabana, (badly) to the visions of a terrifying future that is getting closer each day.
Bristol knows secrets can kill. She’s getting flashes of a boy racked with guilt over his secret. And a girl who’s prank might lead to someone’s death.
Vision of Secrets is a free prequel introduces you to Bristol Blackburn before the explosive events in Vision of Shadows and let’s you see how a young girl deals with her Visions of Secrets!

You can add Vision of Shadows to your to-read list on Goodreads

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Vincent MorroneAbout the Author:
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Vincent Morrone now resides in Upstate NY with his wife. (Although he can still speak fluent Brooklynese.) His twin daughters remain not only his biggest fans, but usually are the first to read all of his work. Their home is run and operated for the comfort and convenience of their dogs.

Vincent has been writing fiction, poetry and song lyrics for as long as he can remember, most of which involve magical misfits, paranormal prodigies and even on occasion superheroes and their sidekicks.

As they say in Brooklyn: Yo, you got something to say to Vincent?
Check out http://vincentmorrone.com/ where you can learn about Vincent and leave him a comment. You can also connect with Vincent on Twitter https://twitter.com/Vince524 and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Morrrone.

You can find and contact Vincent Morrone here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads

Vincent also participates in a group blog called YA Rush which consist of YA and NA Entranced authors. You can find YA Rush here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Pinterest

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Here is what you can win:
- 1 Vision of Shadows Pen
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Posted on 11 January, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


New Year, New Adult Tour; Book Review!

Posted on 9 January, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments

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Hey Guys!
Welcome to my first stop on the New Year, New Adult tour! Today I have for you all a review of True by Erin McCarthy. And at the bottom of it all is your scavenger hunt clue and the rafflecopter for the big tour giveaway!
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trueAuthor: Erin McCarthy
Publisher: Penguin
Published: May 7th 2013
Pages: 235
Format: Ebook
Source:: Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…


Sometimes The

When I first saw this book, I was instantly intrigued. It seemed like a book that was full of mystery and had the potential to hold a lot of romance. Fortunately, I wasn’t mislead. This book was an addictive read that had a lot of romance and intrigue and really pulled at my emotions throughout it. While it may not be my favourite book of the year, it was one that I really enjoyed and could definitely see myself re-reading at some point in the future. It was a quick read that I struggled to put down. While there were a few issues I had with the book, as a whole it was one that kept my interest and caught me off guard every now and again. Something that I always like to find in books every now and again.

Best Things

Rory has never exactly been a social butterfly. Due to her upbringing, she found her life easier when her head was stuck inside of a book. She sees the world in a logical way, finding it difficult to understand the way people around her work. Then she goes to college and becomes best friends with her roomates, two girls who are the complete opposite of her. Two years into their college experience, she lets it slip that she’s never been with a guy. So, her roomates decide to help her come out of her shell and use a guy they think is perfect for the job, Tyler. Neither of them could have predicted what would actually happen between Tyler and Rory by the end of it all. The plot of this story is actually one that I have a love-hate relationship. There are so many amazing things about this plot and it really carried the book forward and made it so interesting to read but I also didn’t like what her roomates did, nor how Rory found out, nor what she did about it afterwards. Aside from that, everything else in this plot was really great. Fortunately, the issues I had with the plot happen early on in the story and by the time I reached the end, I had already forgotten them.

Happen When

Oh. There are so many wonderful and amazing characters in this book. I wanted to just be friends with them all and hug them all anytime I wanted. I adored Jayden and I wanted to get inside the brain of little Easton. These two were amazing side-characters and I loved how much personality they ended up bringing to the book. I also found it so easy to enjoy reading this story because Rory was a character I could relate to. Not in all the ways, but in the social outcast, testing boundaries way. She was logical, but she was flawed. I loved seeing her thoughts spread out on the page and knowing that at some point in my life, I have felt that way completely. I loved how she worked things through and just dealt with situations and I really would love to read more stories with her as the main protagonist. Tyler was also a character I enjoyed reading. In some ways his persona didn’t quite fit his image but then he would act a certain way and it would all just click into his place but I loved how he was one person around Rory and his family and someone else around the people who didn’t matter so much but that through it all he knew exactly who he was. When things started sliding, I so badly wanted to be there for them all, which was something that I loved feeling.

You’re Not

The very best thing about this book was how addictive it was. Erin McCarthy’s writing style is one that you can just read easily and find yourself absorbed in the story. I found time slipped by quickly as I read and I often forgot that I needed to be somewhere else. (I almost missed my bus stop at one point!). Erin has a way of making the characters truly come alive on the page. I could imagine the moments so clearly, felt that the dialogue was so real and she has just managed to write a book that is a truly enjoyable read. It is mostly due to this writing style that I was able to look past the few issues I had with the book. However, the one scene that I really struggled to read in this book was the very first conversation that Rory has with her dad. By the end of the conversation I just felt a little off. The conversation and Rory’s inner dialogue had seemed so out of place and unnatural compared to the rest of the book. I still feel that this scene should have been changed, in my opinion. I just don’t feel that anyone would think about their dad in the way Rory did. But, fortunately, even this scene didn’t dissipate my feelings on the book as a whole.

Even Looking

Overall this was a novel that I found myself really enjoying. I read it quicker than I thought I would and really struggled to put it down. It was fun in places and full of emotions in others and really just pulled on your heartstrings. The plot was well-thought out and really made the story that much better. But, in my opinion, it was the fabulous characters in this book that really made this book so good. Erin made you care about these characters and everything that happened to them and this is something that I always love when I read books. It is their story and the things that happen to them is what drives the story forward and I adore stories like that. So, if you’re in the mood for a quick, addictive, heart-racing, tense, emotional read then you should definitely pick this book up as you’re likely to enjoy it. If romance and deep social themes aren’t something you wish to read about, then you probably won’t like it but if that sounds like something you’d enjoy then I can really only recommend that you definitely check this book out.

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 9 January, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments


Book Review; Finding It by Cora Carmack

Posted on 8 January, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

Finding ItAuthor: Cora Carmack
Publisher: Ebury Press
Published: October 10th 2013
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Kelsey Summers is looking for love in all the wrong places.

Spending a few months travelling around Europe – with no parents, no responsibilities and a no limit credit card – Kelsey’s having the time of her life.

But when she completely embarrasses herself in front of the hottest guy she’s ever seen, she soon realises there’s more to life than the next party.

What she doesn’t realise is that although she’s on a journey to find herself, she will end up finding The One…


When We’re

After reading Losing It and Faking It, I had high hopes for Finding It and so I was hugely disappointed when I felt so disconnected from this book. It had so many elements that should have made a fantastic read but instead I truly struggled to find that spark with this book. Don’t get me wrong, I did like reading it and I am glad I did, but it simply wasn’t as amazing as I thought it was going to be due to my prior love of Cora’s first two books in this series. However, I also feel me lack of love for this book stems from the fact that I am not overly fond of Europe travelling books. Having only read a few, I still haven’t ruled them out completely but I often don’t enjoy them as much as other contemporary books.

Struggling Within

Kelsey feels lost and is willing to do anything to find herself and so after graduating, she leaves America and starts to travel around Europe. In every new town, she meets new people and tries to have a good time until she meets Hunt and realises that she is still just as sad and lost as she was in America. Only when she learns to face her past, can she truly be free enough to move on. I loved the concept of this plot. It sounds like it has everything I would love and yet, for me, it just fell flat. While there were twists and turns, it felt too generic and “samey” for me to truly appreciate it. I feel my disappointment in this lacking plot made it that much harder to enjoy the book.

Ourselves We

Possibly the biggest problem I found with this book was how little I cared about the characters. Personally, I found Kelsey to be a very irritating character and so even when she changed, I still didn’t particularly like her. I felt no pull of emotions for her, and as she was the protagonist, it definitely made this book one that was hard to enjoy fully. I understood why she was the way she was but I just simply struggled to sympathise with her. Hunt was also not a character I instantly connected with, which is odd because he was dark and mysterious and the kind of guy I love reading about but I just found myself not caring about him all that much. Together, however, I felt they worked ell and definitely made the story worth reading.

Must Learn

As mentioned earlier, I am starting to come to the conclusion that travelling books – or at least those set in Europe – just aren’t for me. This book was set across Europe where the main protagonist was seeing a lot of the tourist and local sights. I can see how this is likely to be an appeal but can’t actually see it that way myself. I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed this story more if it wasn’t set around Europe but just in one city or state but I do know that I just really struggled with the setting of this book. But if you enjoy books like this, I am sure you would also enjoy this book more than I did.

How To Live

Overall, Finding It does have a good storyline to it and I can see how other people could enjoy it immensely but unfortunately, it just wasn’t the right book for me. However, while this review feels mostly negative, I did still like the book and would recommend it to others. It still has Cora Carmack’s style and humour, and the characters are well-developed but it just did not give me the same enjoyment and happiness that Losing It and Faking It did. But I am certain that this is largely based on personal preference and nothing more. So if you haven’t yet read this book but enjoy a good romance and backpacking book then you should really pick this book up and give it a try.

Three 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 8 January, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment