Top Ten Tuesday; Books on my Spring TBR Pile

Posted on 18 March, 2014 by Faye - 10 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 Books on the Spring TBR


So I have SO many books that I need and want to read this Spring but these are the ones that are currently on the top of my TBR pile, though that may change if something else jumps out at me!

The Forever Song trouble Ishmael and the return of the dugongs

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa; I am very excited about this book! I’ll be reading it VERY soon and I cannot WAIT.

Trouble by Non Pratt; How have I still not read this book? Been dying to read it for SO LONG. Will be getting to this really soon!

Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs by Michael Gerard Bauer; I read the first book in this series ages ago and I have decided that it is about time I read the second one!

Vicious Something Strange and Deadly A Room Full of Chocolate Hi So Much

Vicious by V. E. Scwab; I have borrowed this from Daphne at Winged Reviews and I am dying to get my grubby (metaphorical!) fingers all over it because it sounds amazing – and I loved the short story that goes with it!

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard; Whaaaaat? I still haven’t read it yet? I KNOW! What is wrong with me? But look, it’s right near the top of my TBR… kinda…

A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson; Heard some good things about this one and it sounds like an interesting book so I’m super excited for it.

Hi So Much by Laura Dockrill; Eeeee! Loved the first Darcy Burdock book and really excited to start this second one!

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Say Her Name by James Dawson; This one already had lots of people raving about it and it is everything I love in a horror book so I cannot wait to get my eyes over its words!

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski; This one sounds soo good and Caitlin loves it so I’m really looking forward to seeing if I like it as well.

The Rain by Virginia Bergin; Oooh. This sounds so intriguing and thrilling and I cannot wait to read it!

That’s everything!
What’s on your spring TBR?
What would you recommend I read first?

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Posted on 18 March, 2014 by Faye - 10 Comments


Hot Key Books, Templar, and Piccadilly Press Blogger Brunch

Posted on 17 March, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments

Hey Guys!

Today I’m here to do an event wrap-up! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these so I hope it’s not completely boring for you.

The day started with a few of us bloggers meeting in Costa to have a pre-event tea and catch up, and it was really nice to get a chance to talk to people. From there we moved on to the Hot Key Offices where the event began. We were all offered drinks and then moved into the boardroom where lovely plates of food platters were laid out for us as well as presentation booklets.

With everyone settled, the presentations began. It started with Piccadilly, then Hot Key and finally Templar. It was really great getting to know which books are coming out soon and working out which ones I’m really excited to read.

After the presentation was over we were treated to pizza and were given a chance to talk to the authors who came, the publicists and the editors as well. Not to mention our fellow bloggers. Then, once all of the pizza was taken away, we were all given a goodie bag with four books in it and then the chance to take some more from the copies laid out for us.

Then sadly it was time for us all to leave, but it was a great event and a few of us went for food and book shopping after which was brilliant!

And here is a video of all the books I am most excited for!

What books are you excited about?

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Posted on 17 March, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Almost Sprained Ankle Edition

Posted on 16 March, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments

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

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


Post Highlights

So this has been an interesting week for me, namely because I was out on a run on tuesday and ended up landing awkwardly on my ankle and twisting it. It hurt, a lot, and I ended up with a swollen ankle and being stuck with it raised for three days. It’s all paid off as I can now – just about – walk on it again but it’s still weak. Unfortunately while being at home all day should have meant I got all on top of myself with blogging and reading, instead I got lethargic and couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than ten minutes. But, I still got enough done, I hope!

I posted two reviews this week;
Deep Amber by C. J. Busby (FOUR HEARTS)
Deeper by Robin York (FIVE HEARTS)

And the only other post I got up was my top ten contemporary reads. If you like contemp books, you should check these out!


Noughts and Crosses Read-a-Long

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

It also means that I’ve posted the first and second set of discussion questions.
You can find the first here.
And the second 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;
Checkmate!

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


Around The Blogosphere

My favourite post this week was by the glorious Gabby who has made an infographic for Sarah Dessen novels. As a fellow fan of the novels, I found it to be amazing. You can check it out, and the post, here. Don’t forget to thank Gabby for putting her time and effort into it!

Blogging and reading can be difficult at times, especially knowing when to stop reading a book. This week Sophie admitted to DNFing books more regularly now. You can read why here. All I have to say is that I think this is such a good idea! Time is too short to read things we’re not enjoying.

Anna is moving into her first house! And she has a library room to sort out! In her post this week she is asking YOU for help decorating!

Have you heard the AMAZING news about Susan Dennard? If not, run here and read all about it!

What are you thoughts on DNF reviews? Do you write them? Blog about them? Read them? Melissa wants to know your thoughts. Tell her what you think here.


Letterbox Love

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Johnny be Good by Paige Toon
Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson by Paige Toon
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Follow me Down by Tanya Byrne
The Rain by Virginia Bergin
Hi So Much by Laura Dockrill
The Color of Angels’ Souls by Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian
A Heart Bent Out of Shape by Emylia Hall
Glaze by Kim Curran


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 16 March, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments


Noughts & Crosses Read-a-Long Discussion; Knife Edge!

Posted on 15 March, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

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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.

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 a lot of things that Sephy has to deal with in this book, what do you think of her character development in this book?
  3. What are your opinions about Jude in this book? Have they changed from the first book?
  4. What are your thoughts on the symbolism of the colours in this book?
  5. If this was your first read, did the ending shock you? If it was a re-read, did the ending have the same impact?
  6. If you haven’t yet read it, what are your predications of what will happen in Checkmate?
  7. Anything else you’d like to add?

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Posted on 15 March, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Tour Review; Deeper by Robin York

Posted on 13 March, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

DeeperAuthor: Robin York
Publisher: Little Brown
Published: 6th March 2014
Pages: 391
Format: paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear; hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defence and punches her ex to the ground.

West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger – even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.

They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re ‘just friends,’ their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself – and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.

When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.


When You

When I first heard about Deeper, I was intrigued but also a little worried. With a central topic that is incredibly sensitive, it can be difficult to make sure that it stays sensitive. Fortunately this book really managed that, it also found a way not to make it at the forefront of everyone’s minds as they read which is, essentially, what you would hope would happen if this ever happened to you. That somehow you’d be able to do something but also that you wouldn’t let it ruin your life. By the time I finished reading this book, I knew that I was well and truly hooked. For me, this book is exactly what I love about New Adult. It is a book with a strong issue, bold characters, and doesn’t include sex simply because it can. It is a book with a strong storyline and I truly loved it.

Become A Victim

Getting into relationships and trusting people should be easy. We should be able to feel like we trust those we love, even after we’re no longer together. What happens to Caroline is an act of betrayal and something that can haunt a person for the rest of their lives. But Caroline is a character who isn’t willing to just roll over and let it destroy her. She begins steps to stop that from happening. But in doing so, she also has anxities that stop her from living the life she once did and while it seems that she’s in control, it is clear that under the surface, she’s drowning. This story is about her fighting against that current, of finding a way to become herself again, even a better version of herself than she ever was and I loved it. I loved how character central this plot was and how while it was about Caroline, that West also had his own back story and had to grow as a person himself. Together they help each other and I just found that to be the ultimate lifting quality of this story. It isn’t a give and take relationship, but a truly equal one.

You Can Either

I adored Caroline in this story. In a way, she reminded me a lot of me – in parts at least. She was someone who liked to be in control of things, even when things were spiralling away from her. She took steps to try and stay in charge of her life, without letting the world knock her down. But it was who she was at the end of this novel that made me truly love her. Caroline is a fierce protagonist and a strong character. She is the kind of character that I love reading about because she takes control of her fate and doesn’t let anyone interfere with that. She knows that she has flaws and that she is human, but she’ll be damned if she’s going to let those flaws ruin her life completely. And then we have West. He is the ultimate bad boy. He fights for Caroline’s honour, he sells weed, he has more jobs than he should be able to handle with college as well, and he causes instant reactions in Caroline. But that is just the surface of who he is. Underneath all of that he is caring, protective, worried, likes to fix things, and would throw his entire life away to keep safe those that he loves. The perfect kind of guy.

Give Up Or

While reading this book, I couldn’t help but compare it to other New Adult books that I have read, such as Easy. While some people may feel that this book is just like all the other NA books out there, I beg to disagree, because while it does have some similarities to other NA books – hey it’s a romance, of course it’s going to be similar! – it is also unique and in my opinion, really manages to stand out from the crowd. In this book you have characters willing to step up and fight, you have a strong female not willing to let males rule her life and you have a romance that is just so completely full of chemistry. But, essentially, it is the writing style of this book that kept me hooked. Robin York has a brilliant way of writing that really pulled me in. I loved how intense the writing was and how you really got to see what her characters were thinking and feeling. In so many places I felt so completely wrapped up in the characters that I felt exactly as they felt. The only fault I have with the style are the small chapter diary-like snippets at the beginning of each chapter. For West they really worked, but with Caroline she often spoke about things too far in the future and left me a little confused or as though I’d just read a spoiler. But aside from that, the writing style was incredible.

Simply Carry On

All in all this was a book that I quite simply devoured. I started reading this book and then found it very difficult to put it back down again and before I knew it, the story was over and I was begging for more. The ending of this book was so refreshing. I loved how it ended and it has certainly left me very intrigued for the next book. This book is full of strong, well written, truly amazing characters that you can’t help but fall in love with, and it is a book that follows all of the characters on their own individual journey’s, which is something that I have always loved. This story is intense, powerful and really shows that when faced with horrible and terrifying things, we can rise up and keep going. It deals with a very sensitive topic and, in my opinion, deals with it perfectly. How it came about, how it affected the main protragonist and everything else that happened was just extremely well done and I give my props to the author for that as it could have been a complete disaster. If you like New Adult books that are deep, intense, powerful, nitty and gritty, and aren’t just full of fluffy romances and pointless sex, then you should definitely give this book a try, I can almost guarantee that you will absolutely adore it.

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. **


Robin York Robin York grew up at a college, went to college, signed on for some more college, and then married a university professor. She still isn’t sure why it didn’t occur to her to write New Adult sooner. Writing as Ruthie Knox, she is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance, including RITA-nominated About Last Night and Room at the Inn. She moonlights as a mother, makes killer salted caramels, and sorts out thorny plot problems while running, hiking, or riding her bike.


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Posted on 13 March, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Book Review; Deep Amber by C. J. Busby

Posted on 12 March, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

Deep Amber Author: C. J. Busby
Publisher: Templar
Published: 1st March 2014
Pages: Unknown
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Two worlds collide when strange objects are discovered in medieval Roland Castle and in the modern day home of siblings Catrin and Simon. Could mysterious substance deep amber be at the centre of this rift between worlds? Catrin and Simon must mend the rift and prevent the deep amber from falling into the wrong hands.


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Having truly enjoyed C. J. Busby’s Frogspell series, I was incredibly excited to hear about her new series. This series is aimed at children just a little older and is intended for those who really enjoyed Frogspell. Thus, I am pleased to report that Deep Amber is yet another fun, adventurous and magical book that I am certain many children will find entertaining and worth reading. Upon finishing this book, I found I was excited to realise that there would be more books to come.

Adventure Arises

Once more, C. J has set this book in a magical world full of fun and mysterious things. So when odd items start appearing that these people have never seen before, questions are instantly asked. The items in questions have come from the modern non-magical world; ours! Further to this, a few magical items have also ended up on Earth. The adventure that ensues from this dilemma is full of humour and suspense and just really makes this book entertaining. The plot is well-thought out and full of little twists and turns everywhere that keep the reader turning the page. I found it difficult to put this down when my curiosity of what was going to happen next was so high.

So Does

Just like in her last series, the characters in this book are really great and really realistic. They’re all fun to read about and they’re easy to get attached to! I found myself trying to read slower so that I could keep them alive just a little bit longer. Dora was an apprentice witch who was constantly making small mistakes that she struggled to get herself out of and really helped to bring a level of fun to the book. She was also full of heart and one to really look out for! Jem was a mischevious boy who was ready for some adventure and ready to barge in without thinking things through. He turned out to be really helpful and great to see in the story. Simon was also adventurous and liked to let his curiosity get the better of him. He was a character that I loved reading. Catrin, being the oldest had a bit of a wiser tone to her character but she was also full of flair and liked to be apart of the adventure as much as the next person! I found her to be a truly inspirational character in the story!

A Handful

One of the best things about Frogspell was C. J’s writing style and the way that she managed to create the essence of a child within her book. With all the fun, action, adventure, danger, bravery and curiosity in the book, it almost feels like a child itself. Fortunately, this is something that she has managed to continue doing in Deep Amber. This book seemed to really have it all and with all the right emotions, it would be difficult for children to dislike this story. I completely admire C. J. for her writing talent and can only hope she will continue to write wonderful and fun stories for children.

Of Fun

This book was great! It had a little of everything and I still get small snippets of the things that happened and can’t help but smile. It is the perfect adventure book and one that I could imagine being made into a children’s animation film one day. All the characters were loveable and fun to read about and you simply finish reading this book feeling like you’ve found something good. Really enjoyed this book and would be quick to recommend it, especially to younger children who like books with quests and magic! But I also believe teens and adults will find the fun in this book as well.

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 12 March, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Top Ten Tuesday; Contemporary Reads

Posted on 11 March, 2014 by Faye - 6 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 Contemporary Reads.


So this weeks topic is actually top ten books from x genre. I have chosen contemporary and only when I was writing the list did I realise how hard this was going to be! There are so many GREAT contemporary books out there and I had to keep changing books to add the ones I really wanted to include. This list is a mix of MG, YA, NA and Adult books and is really just the tip of the iceberg on the amount of amazing contemp out there that I love and adore!

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Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid; This is one of those books that I read incredibly quickly and was so heart-wrenching and moving that it’s hard not to love. It is a powerful read that will pull on your heart and just make you fall in love with it. I promise.

Speechless by Hannah Harrington; and in turn Saving June as well. Hannah has a brilliant way of writing. She talks about sensitive subjects in a sensitive way and just manages to create characters that you would die for with plots that are full of heart and power.

Easy by Tammara Webber; I have so much love for this book. It was the first NA I read and made me truly believe that NA could be an amazing category. This book is deep, it is full of issues and it deals with them all sensitively. It is a truly inspiring read that you need to read if you haven’t yet had a chance!

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Bird by Crystal Chan; There are not enough words in the english dictionary for how much I loved this book. It is incredibly powerful, heart-wrenching, moving, sensational… I could just go on and on. But really, all I need to say is that you need to read it. It will be worth it, I promise.

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult; All of Jodi’s books are pretty spectacular but this one blew me away completely. I was hooked on this story from the first page until the very last one. The story is sensational and emotional and will just attack all of your senses in the best way (and I advise not reading the ending on a train!). It is also so much more than the film paints it as!

P. S. I Love You by Celia Ahern; Again, all of Celia’s books are just as good as the next but this is the first one of hers that I read so it holds a special place in my heart. This book made me laugh, then had me crying, then laughing, and later I was doing both at the same time. It is a powerful, emotional book and ten times better than the americanised version of the film!

Drummer Girl by Bridget Tyler; This is one of those books that you start thinking that you’re reading one thing only to realise you’re actually reading something else entirely. This is an incredible book that deserves so much love. It is full of deep issues, amazing characters, and makes you just feel all of the emotions under the sun. It is one that I will be re-reading in the future just to re-capture its essence.

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Geek Girl; Model Misfit by Holly Smale; And the first one! This series is incredible. Holly has managed to create a character who is completely loveable and in turn someone that you love reading about and just want all the happiness for. She manages to make you feel so many things while you’re reading and has books that are just full of amazing plots. I cannot wait for the next book in this series.

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen; Once more, every Sarah Dessen book is unique and amazing in its own way and I have many more to read but this is one that always sticks out for me. I loved the story in this one, I loved the emotions the protagonist went through and my heart just felt gutted out for her so much. I feel this about all of Sarah’s books, I do. She has a fantastic way of writing but I just love this one so much.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell; I was never going to be able to write this list without adding this one in, was I? This is an incredible story that just pulled at my heartstrings. It felt a little like I was reading about my life and that was odd but also amazing. I loved the romance plot in this book and Cathy’s personal journey as well. I just love pretty much everything about this book and cannot wait to re-read it over and over again!

And honourable mentions go to;
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Faking It by Cora Carmack
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Burne
Kissing the Rain by Kevin Brooks
Boy meets Boy by David Levithan

Like I said, it was hard!

What contemporary books do you love? Or what ones would you recommend?
Also, what genre did you choose for this week?

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Posted on 11 March, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Bonnier Books Event Edition

Posted on 10 March, 2014 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

What a week! It has been scarily busy for me this week and I’m still not sure I’ve even really done anything! I’m currently in the process of moving my hours to full-time so I’m trying to spend the spare time I do have doing all sorts of chores that need doing while I have the time so it means I still haven’t been reading as much as I should be, nor feeling like I’ve really done much of anything. But there we go! I did, however, go to the Hot Key Books, Templar and Piccadilly blogger brunch yesterday and had such a great time, so there has been upsides to the week.
But moving on…

I posted TWO reviews this week;
Drummer Girl by Bridget Tyler (FOUR HEARTS)
Falling Fast by Sophie McKenzie (THREE HEARTS)

I showed you all the gorgeous cover for Harvester by Rachel Russell. See it here! I’m also helping with the blog tour of this one so if you’re interested, comment, e-mail or tweet at me!

And I told you all that I am dying to get my hands on The 100 Society by Carla Bradbury. Check out why here.


Noughts and Crosses Read-a-Long

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

It also means that I’ve posted the first set of discussion questions. You can find them here.

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

Next week I’ll be reading;
Knife Edge!

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


Upcoming

Next week on the blog I will be participating in the blog tour for Deeper by Robin York! My post is scheduled for Thursday! But you can find all the rest of the tour stops in the pdf below!

DEEPER TOUR SCHEDULE


Letterbox Love

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And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

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

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

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Posted on 10 March, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; Falling Fast by Sophie McKenzie

Posted on 8 March, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

Falling FastAuthor: Sophie McKenzie
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: March 1st 2012
Pages: 247
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
When River auditions for a part in an interschool performance of Romeo and Juliet, she finds herself smitten by Flynn, the boy playing Romeo. But Flynn comes from a damaged family—is he even capable of giving River what she wants? The path of true love never did run smooth . . .

This is real life, not a rehearsal…


When You’re

I really had no idea what to expect when I went into this book. I had heard that some people liked it but aside from that, I had no expectations. I did, however, know that many really love the author, so I was a little disappointed in this book and how little I ended up enjoying it. While I only had few expectations, I did hope to enjoy it more than I did but instead found it to be a fairly irritating read containing characters I really struggled to sympathise with. While I liked the book enough to finish it and be fairly intrigued about the next book in the series, it isn’t one I’d be quick to recommend.

Searching For

Probably the largest problem I had with this book was how naive it really was. I worry that as an older reader that I may be putting too high a standard on this book but I personally do not feel that this book is good for teenagers. It sends off some bad messages about life, friendships and love – or it did in my opinion anyway! For me, it had a very twilight-esque feel to the book in that it gives out bad reading vibes through really annoying characters. While there was a little clarification at the end, I just don’t feel like it was enough. I can see how these kinds of books should be good, but this one just didn’t really work in the way I would have liked it to. However, how it ends has definitely left me curious enough to want to continue and see where the story will go from here.

True Love

River was a character I both liked and disliked. There were times when I could understand where she was coming from, and then there were times when I really just couldn’t stand her or the actions she was taking. This is mostly down to the naievity of her personality. She wanted a Romeo and Juliet kind of love and that infuriated me because just… why? Romeo and Juliet died because they were both naive and acted on stupid impulses. Then she was quick to fall in love and she just struggled to show me that she had any redeeming qualities at all. Then you have Flynn who was someone I really disliked. Not once did I stop and change my mind about him. I can understand why he is the way he is but he also doesn’t ever try and change and I really needed him to. I don’t think these two characters really fit together well and I just wish their relationship was explored more. In want of seeing this happen is the only reason I am wanting to read the next book in the series.

Be Careful With

There was something addictive about this book. Despite all of the previous problems with it that I’ve mentioned, I still couldn’t put the book down. It was intense, intriguing and I did really want to know how it was going to end. It is because of this that I have decided to give this book three stars instead of two, as, although I had issues I did still find this book interesting. It is easy to see why Sophie is a well-loved author and I am definitely going to read more of her work in the future. I just hope she manages to use this talent of hers to create books with compelling plots and characters as well as words. I also feel my judgement of this book stems from personal issues and feel that I would have thoroughly enjoyed this book if I had been able to put these aside, simply because the style was really easy to get used to and has a way of really drawing the reader in.

What You Find

This book was not the right book for me. I found it lacking in many places and I just failed at truly enjoying it. However, it did have a lot of potential and I can see that it may be really liked by other people. The main characters were hard to appreciate and the plot felt a little simple but because the style is so addictive, it is possible to look past these things. If you’re looking for an easy read that won’t take you long but will keep you entertained for a short while then you should consider trying this book. It may not have been perfect for me but that doesn’t mean it’s not the right book for you. And who knows, maybe you’ll end up completely loving everything I disliked about it. But you’ll only discover that if you read it yourself!

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 March, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Noughts & Crosses Read-A-Long Discussion!

Posted on 7 March, 2014 by Faye - 3 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 first week of March is over and it is the 7th, it is time to discuss the first book in the Noughts and Crosses series!

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. Sephy makes a lot of decisions she regrets throughout the book, what did you think about her actions as she did them? What do you think they say about her?
  3. Callum changes throughout the story, how did you find his character development?
  4. Noughts and Crosses is about a world without equality. Looking at the world today, can you see any similarities or differences?
  5. Do you think this book teaches the reader anything?
  6. If you haven’t yet read it, what are your predications of what will happen in Knife Edge?
  7. Anything else you’d like to add?

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Posted on 7 March, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments