Noughts & Crosses Read-a-Long Discussion; Double Cross!

Posted on 31 March, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

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Noughts And Crosses Read-a-long

This month, as you may know, I have been hosting a Noughts and Crosses read-a-long with the aim of reading the whole series in a month! However, I’ve also said it’s okay just to read one book (or even just two or three!).

Timeframe
March 1st – 7th; Read Noughts and Crosses
March 8th – 14th; Read Knife Edge
March 15th – 22nd; Read Checkmate
March 23rd – 31st; Read Double Cross

Discussions
On the last day of the books being read (7th, 14th, 22nd, 31st), I’ll be posting discussion questions (and answers) for all the participants to talk about the books – if they wish! It is not a mandatory aspect of joining the read-a-long.

Twitter
Throughout the month, we can all communicate with each other via the hashtag; #readosandxs


Discussion

Now, as it is the last fay of March, it is time to discuss the fourth and final book in the Noughts and Crosses series!

You can find the discussion questions for the first book here.
You can find the discussion questions for the second book here.
You can find the discussion questions for the third book here.

Below I have posted some questions that you can all answer in the comments below! Also, feel free to respond to other people’s comments as well. Let’s make this into a proper discussion!

*NOTE*
Any and all deflamatory, derogatory, or just plain insulting comments will be removed from this blog.
I know discussions can get heated, but I will not tolerate abuse at me or at other people.

Questions

  1. What are your initial thoughts on the book? If it’s your first time reading it, did you enjoy it? If you’ve read it before, was the experience and emotions you felt different this time?
  2. In this book you get a chance to see more of Tobey, what are your thoughts on him as a character? Did you like him? Dislike him?
  3. The plot of this one moves away from the dystopian feel of the first three books and more into a gangster crime novel, how did you feel about that?
  4. There was a lot of issues surrounding drugs in this book, do you feel this topic was approached well?
  5. If this is your first time reading the book, how did you feel about the ending? If this is a re-read, did the ending feel as powerful as before?
  6. How did you feel about the series as a whole?
  7. Anything else you’d like to add?

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Posted on 31 March, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Crazy Week Edition

Posted on 30 March, 2014 by Faye - 4 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

So this week was a little mental! I started back doing full time work at the library and I’m not so sure I was completely ready for it! Add in an emergency vet visit, moving furniture into my new home (EEEK!) and trying to get all of my room packed up to move, and you have me in a very crazy week! That’s not to mention social things going on as well, so needless to say today I am shattered and while I hope to be spending it in bed resting, instead I still have more room to clear out – how did I aquire so much stuff?!?
That also meant by blogging schedule kind of went out of the window this week – sorry! Just a little teaser of what April will be like, eh? Here’s what did happen;

I posted ONE review this week;
Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve (THREE HEARTS)

I signed up for LGBT Month, which runs throughout April!

With the uprise of YA movie adaptations, I wrote the pros and cons to reading the book before or after the movie. Click here to see what I thought and add your own thoughts!


Blog TLC

This week I also announced that throughout the month of April I plan to give my blog some well-deserved tender loving care.

To find out what that means, read this post.


Around the Blogosphere

This week Laura at Bookish Treasures wrote a post about being disheartened by NA and I hate to agree with her. I was expecting so much more from NA, and I just hope that it comes soon.

Are you a book slang newbie? Do you get completely confused? Why not check out this post by Charli, who explains it all. (If only her name was Clarissa!)

As part of the LGBT Reading Challenge, Jo has spoken about her favourite LGBT book covers. Find out what she choose here, and tell her your favourite covers!

This week Jim tells you all the ten reasons you should read Far From You. Admittedly I haven’t read it, but I do want to now. Find out what the reasons are here.

Have you heard about Britain’s Next Bestseller? If not, Catriona has written a post about it’s launch! You can read all about it here.

Want to know what it’s like when you do a publishing internship? This week Asti tells all about her three Marketing internships. Read about her experiences in this post.

Looking for books with strong female friendships – I know I always do! – check out these books that Oh My Books! picked out as recommendations!


Letterbox Love

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I’ve had a fairly quiet week this week, just two review books and two library books – and no books bought!

The History Keepers 3 The Fearless

The History Keepers; Night Ship to China by Damian Dibben; Ahhhh! Been waiting on this one for SO LONG. Cannot wait to see what new adventure Jake will get into this time! Thank you to Random House Children’s for this copy!

The Fearless by Emma Pass; This one sounds sooo interesting. Looking forward to sinking into this one. Thank you again Random House!

A Crack in the Line The Redepmtion of Callie and Kayden

A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence; I read this when I was a teenager – before book three was released – and loved it SO MUCH. But I never finished the trilogy, so I have now taken it out of the library to do just that!

The Redemption of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson; I loved the first book of this in the series, so I’m looking forward to continuing it! Saw this in the library and just had to have it.


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 30 March, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments


Book Review; Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve

Posted on 29 March, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

fearsome dreamerAuthor: Laure Eve
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published: October 3rd 2013
Pages: 384
Format: Hardback
Source:: Bought
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
There is a world where gods you’ve never heard of have wound themselves into hearts, and choice has led its history down a different path.

This is a world where France made a small, downtrodden island called England part of its vast and bloated empire.

There are people here who can cross a thousand miles with their minds. There are rarer people still who can move between continents in the blink of an eye.

These people are dangerous.

And wanted. Desperately wanted.

Apprentice hedgewitch Vela Rue knows that she is destined for more. She knows being whisked off from a dull country life to a city full of mystery and intrigue is meant to be. She knows she has something her government wants, a talent so rare and precious and new that they will do anything to train her in it.

But she doesn’t know that she is being lied to. She doesn’t know that the man teaching her about her talent is becoming obsessed by her, and considered by some to be the most dangerous man alive …


Three Stars

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Posted on 29 March, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Blog TLC! (AKA; April Spring Clean)

Posted on 26 March, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments

Hey Guys!

So, while you may not have noticed, this blog has been gathering a little bit of dust in a few places and it’s really starting to irritate me but I am also finding that I don’t have the time to pull out the duster while I am working full time and still blogging every day and vlogging on the side as well.

Thus I have decided that in April I am going to dedicate a LOT of my time to clearing out all of the dust bunnies in this place to make it shiny and pretty for all of you!

What does this mean in the long run?
As I mentioned above, I haven’t had the time to clean this place while I’ve been so busy and so to give this blog the tender loving care that it deserves, I have decided that in April I am going to be taking a step back. I will still be blogging, but it may only be one or twice a week at most.

What do I plan to do?

  • Clear out my categories!; When I moved over from blogger (over a year ago!), it made all of my “tags” become categories and I still haven’t sorted them out. In April I plan to do exactly that.
  • Re-organise and freshen up my pages!; I haven’t looked at them in a while, they need updating and changing!
  • Have a good look at my sidebar; I might change things up, move things around, add things in… we’ll see! I just think it needs something.
  • Cross-post EVERY review; I do this every few months anyway but I haven’t done it for a while so I have decided to go through and make sure that every review on this blog is also on Amazon and Goodreads.
  • Re-code my early posts; Again, when I moved from blogger, a lot of my coding went a little crazy. I want to try and sort some of these codes out – especially on my reviews!

And because I should hopefully have a little bit of extra time, I also want to sort out my Goodreads shelves. They’ve been a crazy mess for a while and I want to CHANGE it.

Questions for you!
So as I like to keep this place user friendly and as I do all of this for you guys, I’d love to know what you think works or doesn’t work so I just have a few questions for you. No obligation to answer, but wouldn’t it be great if you saw your answer come true?

  • What do you think works well on this blog?
  • What do you think doesn’t work?
  • What would you love to see on my blog? Page-wise or side-bar wise?
  • Would you like to be updated on how the spring clean is going?
  • Do you have any great suggestions for Goodreads organisation?

And that’s it!

I’ll be around on twitter, and as mentioned above, I’ll still be posting a few times – and I’ll definitely still be reading!

But I just thought I’d warn you that I won’t be as active as I once was!

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Posted on 26 March, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments


Book-to-Movie Adaptations; Read Before or After?

Posted on 25 March, 2014 by Faye - 8 Comments

Hey Guys!
Today I am here to bring you a discussion on book-to-movie adaptations that I’d love to hear your thoughts on!
As there are so many YA film adaptations coming out lately, I thought it was high time that I did a post about this but it took me a while to work out what I wanted to say. Then, upon having a discussion with fellow book bloggers – and book lovers! – I decided that it was time to deal with that age old question; Do you read books before or after you see the movie?

For this post, I’m writing all the pros and cons to each and then I’ll tell you what I do and why, and then I’d love to hear all of your thoughts on the matter as well!

Read Before The Movie

Pros
  • You have background knowledge to the story.
  • You already know which characters you love.
  • You know you love the story and cannot wait to see what it looks like on screen.
  • You feel ALL the feels more strongly because YOU KNOW.
  • It’s so lovely to just see all your imaginings come true.
  • You get to see the book with your own imagination first!
Cons
  • You’re easily disappointed by the film.
  • You see the changes vibrantly and it can instantly ruin your enjoyment.
  • It’s not how you pictured it.
  • They cut your favourite characters and scenes.
  • You’re so lost in what they haven’t included, you miss the brilliance of the adaptation.
  • You may just lose faith in the entire story – was it really THAT bad?

Read After the Movie

Pros
  • You get the treat of additional information after the film.
  • You can see the film clearly in your mind when you read.
  • You get to enjoy the movie without questioning ulterior motives.
  • All the things that are changed or missed become exciting in the book.
  • You are introduced to the story in a condensed format before being given more information to gobble up.
  • You get all excited reading the back-story’s of your favourite characters.
Cons
  • The film is never as exciting as it could be.
  • The book may be so different from the film, that it isn’t what you hoped it’d be.
  • You already know the story so it’s hard to slug through the words.
  • You don’t always get all the FEELS.
  • You miss all the “oooh” secretive moments when watching the film.
I’m sure there are more pros and cons to be said for both, but these are just the ones that I came up with. And now I am to tell you my verdict on this question;

If I find out a film adaptation is coming out of a book I haven’t read, I will not read that book before the film. On too many occasions I’ve read a book close to the film release, then seen the film and been wholly disappointed in the film. But then, if I read the book a while ago and then see the film, I often find myself enjoying it as I try to remember the best parts of the book to see if they occur!

If I then like the film, I am more likely to read the book. Thus furthering the story and making me fall in love with it more. (see The Kite Runner!).

On the other hand, when I’ve read a book and then it’s made into a film, I find myself very wary and unsure if I even want to see the film. What if it doesn’t live up to the book’s expectations? I wouldn’t want the film to ruin the book (see Twilight) and make me realise that the book isn’t even that good to begin with!

But then, you have the Harry Potter films and The Hunger Games and how they truly brought those books to life.

In summary?
I try not to read the books close to release. And that’s about the tall of it.
Because at the end of the day, it is only by believing that books and films are the same that disappointments occur. And when those books are fresh in your minds when watching the films, it’s hard to remember that.

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Posted on 25 March, 2014 by Faye - 8 Comments


LGBT Month!

Posted on 24 March, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments

Laura Plus Books

LGBT Month is hosted by Cayce at Fighting Dreamer and Laura at Laura Plus Books. It runs throughout April and it’s here to celebrate LGBT readers, LGBT authors and of course LGBT books!

Woooo! LGBT Month sounds awesome and I am here to tell you that I will be joining in with all the festivities! I’m not sure how much time I can commit, it may be that I only read one book and post one review or discussion throughout the month, but I’m still looking forward to reading discussions and reviews and commenting – and just finding out about new books as well!

The books I own that I have to choose from this month are;

will grayson will grayson Shadowplay Cruel Summer City of Ashes Don't Let Me Go Where you are

Do you have any suggestions on which ones I DEFINITELY need to read?

Will you be joining in on this fun month?

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Posted on 24 March, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Sport Relief Edition

Posted on 23 March, 2014 by Faye - 5 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

So this week didn’t quite go according to plan blogging wise, I had a few more interesting posts planned for you but I just found myself far too tired to actually get them sorted – sorry! – but I think it was still a good week for the blog! I have another week of good things planned for next week and I hope to get them sorted in advance so they actually happen, fingers crossed and all that, eh?

This week I posted ONE review;
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (FOUR HEARTS)

I also did a wrap up of the blogger brunch I went to a few Saturday’s ago! To find out what happened and to see what books I am most looking forward to, click here.

There always amazing books out there just waiting to be read! This week I listed the top ten books on my Spring TBR pile! Find out what I should be reading soon, here.

On Youtube I started a tag! Since it’s been going so well, I’ve decided to bring it to blogs! To check it out and even join in on the fun, check this post out!


Noughts and Crosses Read-a-Long

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This week was the third week of the Noughts and Crosses Read-a-long! Which means that I have now finally re-read the first, second and third book in this series for the first time in years! (And it was awesome you guys, awesome.)

It also means that I’ve posted the first, second and third set of discussion questions.
You can find the first here.
The second ones here.
And the third ones here.

Don’t worry if you haven’t read the books yet, the questions can be answered at any time in the month!

Next week I’ll be reading;
Double Cross!

And don’t forget to tweet about your progress! (#readosandxs)


Sports Relief

Slightly off topic but today is the day I have been trying to train for, for the last few months! It is the day of the Sports Relief Mile – which in my case, is SIX miles.

It is very likely (if you’re reading this between 11 and 1) that while you read this, I am currently running/walking for six miles in aid of charity!

I don’t want anything from you, just wanted to share this with you because despite my weak ankle, I’m excited and just really looking forward to it!

However, if you would like to sponsor me, let me know in the comments or on twitter and I’ll send you my giving page!
But even if you just want to wish me luck, I’d really appreciate it! I’ve never run so far before!


Around The Blogosphere

The Shortlist for the Carneige Award was announced! Check out what M at We Sat Down has to say on the books who made it through, here.

Essentially social media is a great tool to help market blogs, but which ones are best and how do we use them to gain interaction? This is what Sarah is asking this week, head over to this post to have your say!

We all love books, (Or I presume you do if you read this blog!) but have you thought about having a bookish job? This week Sophie talks about the jobs there are, and I think you should definitely check out this post as it’s just really fun and cute!

Series. Series. Series. There are so many. They all do different things. They’re good. They’re bad. They just are. And this week Andye discusses why she never seems able to finish a series. It is definitely a post to read, check it out!

When to post reviews can be important. It can also feel disheartening if you feel like your review is just another on the pile. This week Andrea at Bookish discusses her thoughts on this and wants to hear from YOU. Read more about her thoughts here.

As readers, we’re all likely to have bad bookish habits. This week Jen has admitted to five of her habits. Find out what they are in this post!


Letterbox Love

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This week I only bought one book! I feel very proud of this! I did, however, get a few books as gifts and borrowed a few too. But that’s okay!

Trouble by Non Pratt

Paradise by Joanna Nadin

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgewick

A Kiss in the Dark by Cat Clarke

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

Killing God by Kevin Brooks


And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

I hope to visit all posts of this manner, so feel free to link to your own IMMs, Sunday Showcase, Sunday Posts, Letterbox Loves or whatever it is you do below!

what did you get this week? what cool blog posts did you stumble upon? what are you waiting to happen this week?

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Posted on 23 March, 2014 by Faye - 5 Comments


Noughts & Crosses Read-a-Long Discussion; Checkmate!

Posted on 22 March, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

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Noughts And Crosses Read-a-long

This month, as you may know, I have been hosting a Noughts and Crosses read-a-long with the aim of reading the whole series in a month! However, I’ve also said it’s okay just to read one book (or even just two or three!).

Timeframe
March 1st – 7th; Read Noughts and Crosses
March 8th – 14th; Read Knife Edge
March 15th – 22nd; Read Checkmate
March 23rd – 31st; Read Double Cross

Discussions
On the last day of the books being read (7th, 14th, 22nd, 31st), I’ll be posting discussion questions (and answers) for all the participants to talk about the books – if they wish! It is not a mandatory aspect of joining the read-a-long.

Twitter
Throughout the month, we can all communicate with each other via the hashtag; #readosandxs


Discussion

Now, as the second week of March is over and it is the 15th, it is time to discuss the second book in the Noughts and Crosses series!

You can find the discussion questions for the first book here.
You can find the discussion questions for the second book here.

Below I have posted some questions that you can all answer in the comments below! Also, feel free to respond to other people’s comments as well. Let’s make this into a proper discussion!

*NOTE*
Any and all deflamatory, derogatory, or just plain insulting comments will be removed from this blog.
I know discussions can get heated, but I will not tolerate abuse at me or at other people.

Questions

  1. What are your initial thoughts on the book? If it’s your first time reading it, did you enjoy it? If you’ve read it before, was the experience and emotions you felt different this time?
  2. There are more characters in this one than in previous books, how did that affect your reading of the book? Was it a good change or a bad one?
  3. The time frame of this one jumps from the present to the past continuously throughout the book, what did you think about this style?
  4. How do you feel about Callie-Rose’s progression in this book?
  5. If this is your first time reading the book, how did you feel about the ending? If this is a re-read, did the ending feel as powerful as before?
  6. If you haven’t yet read it, what are your predications of what will happen in Double Cross?
  7. Anything else you’d like to add?

(more…)

Posted on 22 March, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


Chocolate Book Tag!

Posted on 21 March, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hey Guys!

Today I’m here to do something a little bit different. (Ooooh.)
A while back I posted my very first original book tag on youtube. For those of you who don’t know, tags in the booktube community come in all shapes and sizes, are great fun to do and a great way to communicate with fellow tubers! So, having come up with this idea, I thought up some questions and just went with it.
I have been amazed by how many people have now done this tag – including foreign people! – and I thought that it would be really great to bring the tag to blogs too!

The Original Tag

The Questions

Dark Chocolate — A book that covers a dark topic (abuse, domestic violence, rape, lonlieness, bullying, death, etc)

White Chocolate — Your favourite light-hearted/humourous read

Milk Chocolate — A book that has a lot of hype that you’re dying to read.

Chocolate with a caramel center — Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it

Wafer-free Kit-Kat — Name a book that surprised you lately.

Snickers — A book that you are going nuts about

Hot Chocolate with cream and marshmallows — What book would you turn to for a comfort read?

Box of chocolates — What series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone

The Tags

I Tag YOU!

If you’re a blogger and you’re reading this, it’d be great if you’d do this tag on your blog! You can just write out the answers, no filming required!
Once you’ve answered the questions, tag other bloggers and vloggers to join in!

It’d be great to see people doing this because I just love hearing all of the different answers.
If you do it, link to your post in the comments and I will definitely come and check it out!

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Posted on 21 March, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Book Review; The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Posted on 20 March, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

The TestingAuthor: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: Templar
Published: August 1st 2013
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
DO YOU POSSESS A WINNING COMBINATION OF THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE, PRACTICAL SKLLS AND RAW INTELLIGENCE? DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO LEAD OTHERS? ARE YOU WILLING TO CRUSH THOSE WHO STAND IN YOUR WAY?

Every year, the United Commonwealth invites top graduates from each colony to participate in The Testing. Successful candidates will go on to the University and help the government work to rebuild our war-stricken world. This process is not optional.
Disclaimer: The United Commonwealth is not responsible for candidates’ psychological or physical heath during The Testing.


To Be A

Having heard that this book was a lot like Hunger Games put me off reading it. I love the Hunger Games and I’m not really in the mood to read a replica. However, fortunately, when I finally got around to reading The Testing, I was pleasantly surprised. This book truly gripped me and I found it so difficult to actually stop reading and resume to normal life. While I agree that this book has elements that are vaguely similar to both Hunger Games and Divergent, it is also unique in its own right and well worth the read. Of course, if you Hunger Games and/or Divergent, you are more likely to like this book, if only because it is a dystopian with a similar style.

Great Leader

As mentioned above, the plot of this book truly gripped me. It was intense, full of mystery and intrigue andd was hard to find fault with. Joelle has created an interesting world that I found fascinating to learn about through this plot. It is a world with a newfound government that is all for making the world a place of peace with brilliant leaders. These leaders become leaders after they have first been tested It is of the highest priveledge to be tested, or that is what everyone is led to believe anyway. All of the tests in The Testing were brilliant and I loved reading about them. I was continuously on edge and curious about what would happen next, something that occured because of this marvellous plot. I fif have a few issues further into the book that irked me somewhat – but can’t mention without spoilers – but fortunately they didn’t ruin my overal enjoyment of the book.

You Must

Cia was my favourite character in this book by far. She was strong, smart and resilient. But, she also had her flaws and was just a truly human and realistic character that I couldn’t help but love. She was everything I love to see in female dystopia characters – completely kickass but with a true conscience. She definitely made this book a lot more enjoyable for me. If she had acted differently I think I would have given up on the story a while back. Tomas, in comparison, was irritating. I didn’t trust him and as much as I could see why Cia liked him, I just couldn’t do it myself. But, that’s not to say he wasn’t a good character. He was kind, supportive, and friendly and I can understand why others would like him. Other supporting characters were well-written and fleshed out and there were many I found myself connecting with!

First Pass

Truth be told, I have read a Joelle Charbonneau novel before and I really enjoyed it. However, that was a cozy mystery novel for adults; very different from this, thus I wasn’t sure if I would still enjoy her writing style for a more serious type of book. So I was glad to find myself pleasantly surprised by her writing in this book. She has really managed to make her writing intense and gripping one minute, and then full of pause and emotion the next. She’s really found the perfect combination for a dystopian, which made the book that much more enjoyable to read. It just made it clear how talented Joelle is and I am looking forward to reading more books by her – in any genre!

The Testing

In a few words to summarize everything, I loved this book! It was a great read that was full of suspense, mystery and action. It had amazing and powerful characters you can’t help b love, and a truly electric and unique plot that had you on edge throughout the book. It truly is an amazing book that I think so many more people should be reading! So if you like dystopians that are similar in style to Hunger Games and Divergent, but also manage to hold their own, then please do pick up this book, I am sure it will be worth it! And do not worry if you are a Hunger Games lover and don’t want a story that is practically the same because you won’t find that with The Testing, I promise. So, what are you waiting for? Go read it!

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 20 March, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments