LGBT April Wrap-Up

Posted on 30 April, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

This month I was participating in LGBT April and I had a really fun time doing this! While I didn’t quite get to as many LGBT books, reviews or posts as I wanted but I still got to a book I would have left sitting on my shelf for ages otherwise!

I read;
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

I really liked this book. The characters were lovable and easy to connect to and it made me feel very emotional. This story doesn’t make being gay the subject, but being human and I loved that about it. It deals with depression, bullying, seeing others differently and just opening up. There were a few issues I had with the book but essentially it was a lovely read that I would recommend!

I reviewed;
Love Letters to the Dead
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

This is a book I loved! For many different reasons but I just found myself really connecting with the main characters in this book. Such a lovely story. Read the review for more reasons why you should read it!

I wrote this article;
Top Five Read & Top Five To-Read

Have you read any of the books I’ve read or ones I really want to read? What do you recommend I get to reading first?


All in all, I still say it was a successful month and I look forward to participating in more things like this in the future!

Did you participate in the month? How did it all go for you?

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Posted on 30 April, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Buddy Review; Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Posted on 28 April, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

Vicious2Author: V. E. Schwab
Publisher: Titan
Published: 10th January 2014
Pages: 340
Format: Paperback
Source:: Bought
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

five stars

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Posted on 28 April, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


LGBT April; Top Five Read, Top Five To-Read!

Posted on 26 April, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hey all!
So today as part of LGBT April I have decided to tell you all about my top five LGBT reads (Though I’m sure I’ve forgotten a whole PILE of brilliant books) and the top five LGBT books on my TBR pile!

Top Five Read

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Secret by Brigid Kemmerer; There are not enough words in the dictionary for the amount of love I have for this book. One of the best things that Bridget can do is make you feel for every single character she writes about and it truly had an impact in this book. My heart wept for Nick and I just admired his story so much! I think it is just a stunning story and you really need to read it if you want a truly inspiring coming-of-age story with a paranormal backdrop!

Boy’s Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman; If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time then you’ll know how much I love Malorie Blackman and this book is one of the reasons why. While the LGBT themes in this book aren’t right at the forefront, they are amazing and brilliant and just so well-done. I was enraptured by this story and truly found the LGBT so powerful. It just gives this book that something extra and makes it truly stand out from the crowd.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan; The first Levithan book that I ever read and the reason that I’ve been seeking out every other book written by him. A wonderful book that I really enjoyed. It does have a stereotypical feel but in the best possible way. I’d loved the world this book was set in and just truly admired all of the characters. A wonderful story that you should definitely read if you like LGBT stories!

Pantomime Love Letters to the Dead

Pantomime by Laura Lam; This is one book that I read that completely blew me away from the first page. I hadn’t expected the story to turn that way but when it did, I absolutely loved it. This story is truly unique, fully compelling and one that I would just highly recommend. I am definitely on the lookout for more books that are like this one!

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira; Having only just read this a month ago, it is one that is still quite high in my love list! I really connected with the characters in this story, thought the writing was really compelling and just really loved everything about this book. It is a powerful coming-of-age story for all of the characters involved and just has a very real and raw feel to the book. If that sounds like something you like, then you really should get your hands on this book!

Top Five To-Read

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green; I’ve heard so many great things about this one and since I love both John Green and David Levithan it seems like a no-brainer to me!

Cruel Summer by James Dawson; I have been wanting to read this one since it came out last year! I really enjoyed James’ first novel and have heard that this one is EVEN BETTER. So really I need to just get on with it, right?

Where you are and Don’t Let Me Go by J. H. Trumble; Cheating slightly here because I want to read both of these books but they’re by the same author so it counts, right? Anyway, I have heard such amazing things about these books from bloggers and from authors and so I really just need to read them, more than anything else!

Far From You Gone Gone Gone

Far From You by Tess Sharpe; I have heard a thousand AMAZING things about this book and very few bad things – which should essentially give me alarm bells because… HYPE… but instead it has just made me super excited to read this book and I really cannot wait to get my hands on this book!

Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz; This is one that I’ve had on my wishlist for a LONG time (I swear it’s been years!) and I still REALLY want to read it. It sounds fabulous and one of my fellow bloggers has recently been recc’ing it all over the place so I’m really looking forward to finally getting around to reading this amazing book!

And that’s everything!
Or at least… all the tops…
meaning, the one’s I thought of first…

There are still LOADS of books that I NEED to read and WANT to read, and so many more that I’ve READ and LOVED. But here’s just ten for you!

What do you think of the ones I’ve read?
Which ones that I need to read would you recommend?
What other LGBT books have you read and would recommend I read?
What LGBT books are you DYING to read?

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Posted on 26 April, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Book Review; The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Posted on 24 April, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments

The Forever SongAuthor: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: MiraINK
Published: April 15th (ebook), May 2nd (paperback)
Pages: 384
Format: ebook
Source:: Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

MONSTER

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.


When The

It’s always incredibly difficult to say goodbye to a series, and I knew that saying goodbye to the Dawn of Eden series was going to be even harder as it was a series I truly loved. Thus, when I finally got my hands on a copy of The Forever Song, it took me a while before I finally opened the book to read it. On the one hand I was desperate for the story to continue, to know what would happen, but on the other, I knew that I also didn’t want the story to end. I knew I would still want there to be more because I had grown to love all of the characters and the world they lived in. Thus, I am so glad that the ending of this series was done well. It would have been even harder to deal with if it had ended badly but Julie Kagawa has really managed to finish the trilogy in a perfect way so that, essentially, I am completely satisfied with the story.

World Is Dark

The beginning of this book should have been slow as Allison, Kanin and Jackal make their journey across country. But due to the way the second book ended and the anticipation it created, the beginning is simply full of trepidation instead. This creation of emotions while reading is part of the reason this whole series was so intense and utterly brilliant. From this point onwards, the plot of this book was completely compelling. It was full of action, twists, gut-wrenching moments, and scenes which cause an outpouring of tears. Julie Kagawa has written a book that completely takes you on a journey. It sucks you in and doesn’t let you go until you reach the last page. Everything was tied together, everything had a place, and she really managed to just make this story amazing.

We Must

It would be hard to talk about the characters again without repeating myself from previous reviews, but I will say that Allison was still kick-ass but she also grew a lot in this book and I loved how human this made her feel. Kanin was just as interesting as always but it was Jackal that I really enjoyed reading about because he truly showed his human side as well. And that is something that Jackal would never have let anyone see before. I loved his mask for it all and just feel that he was such a well-thought out character. Zeke is the character that goes on the biggest journey in this book and I found it completely fascinating. I yearned for him in many places, wanted to pull him together in others, and just continued to love him throughout it all. It is clear, yet again, that Julie knows how to write characters exceptionally well.

Find The

The ending of this book really worked for me. I felt all the emotions pour out of me, I felt like my heart had been ripped away, but I also felt hope and happiness. I loved that she didn’t kill of characters for the sake of it, I loved that it hasn’t ended with the world completely peaceful, but it ended in a way where you can imagine what will happen next. There is an ambiguity to it but also a sense of realness. Life never ends just because someone dies, and this story doesn’t end simply because the words stopped. It is one that has the chance to live on and I just love that Julie Kagawa has managed that. Yes, I am saddened that this series is over, but I stand by the fact that this was the perfect way to finish it.

Eternal Light

There is so much I could say about this book, and about this series as a whole but then this review would just be never-ending. What I will say is that this series is one that if you haven’t read, you really should because it is written incredibly well, is full of amazing characters, and includes a story that will twist and turn, pull at your insides, and literally pull you somewhere else for a little while. It is a series that hits all of the right spots. If you’ve read the first two books in this series, then you have to read this book and finish the series because it is just so good. It will make you feel things just as the first two books did but it’s so worth it. At the end of the day, I feel at peace with this series because everything was just written so well. So, all I’m saying is that this series is fantastic and you need to go and get to reading it like RIGHT now. Yes?

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 24 April, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments


Bout of Books 10 Sign Up! (With a twist!)

Posted on 23 April, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments

Bout of Books

Hey Guys!
It’s that time again! Bout of Books time! This time it is being held from May 12th to May 18th.

If you don’t know what Bout of Books is, check out the blurb here;

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.

Now I’m sure you’ve gotten to here and you’re still wondering what the “twist” is, right? While the officialy Bout of Books doesn’t have a twist, I have decided to add one myself!

And by that I mean that I am restricting my reading for that week.
By THAT I mean…

I am only allowed to read LIBRARY books during Bout of Books.
Yeap.

I was going to try and get through my pile of library books in May anyway so I figured that this read-a-thon is the perfect opportunity to do that! So yay!

Now…

Will you be joining me with Bout of Books?

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Posted on 23 April, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Getting Settled Edition

Posted on 20 April, 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 the last two weeks have been incredibly busy and I honestly feel like I haven’t stopped! As mentioned in my last weekly highlights, I am in the middle of a house move and while I knew it wasn’t exactly going to be an easy transition, I also hadn’t expected it to be quite so hard. There have just been a few bumps along the rode BUT I am finally feeling a lot more settled and just need to continue unpacking. However, I also have no internet access at home and so have been spending a bit of time in Starbucks to get these posts out for you! Hopefully this will be resolved in due time.

Aside from all of that, I also attended the London Book Fair last week and that was incredible. I had another fabulous time at the event and while last year seemed to be full of better seminars, there were still a fair few gems at this one and it gave me a chance to give away some of my new shiny business cards! Now, last thing before I move onto posts… HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

I posted TWO reviews this week;
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (FIVE HEARTS)
Sleuth on Skates by Clementine Beauvais (FOUR HEARTS)

I also announced that I am organising the blog tour for Glaze by Kim Curran. To find out more and to sign up, click here.

I revealed the cover of the very interesting sounding, The Tethering by Megan O’Russell, due to come out in August. Run over here to see it in all its glory!

Lastly, I posted promo posts for Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout (here) and for Unveiling You by Samantha Grey (here).


Upcoming

For Bookish Brits this week, Caroline and I will be buddy reviewing Vicious by V. E. Schwab, so keep an eye out for that on Friday!

At some point this week – hoping Tuesday – I will also be filming and uploading my March reading wrap-up video, which I’ll be posting onto the blog as well so keep your eyes peeled!

Finally, I have a review of The Forever Song scheduled to go live on the blog on Thursday so feel free to pop by then to check out why I loved that book SO much!


Blog TLC

Previously mentioned on this blog, I announced that I’ll be doing some blog TLC during the month of April but as it has been so busy and it’s been a struggle to get time on the internet, I have decided to postpone doing this until either May or June. I will keep you informed as to when I get around to doing it as it will, essentially affect my posting. If you’d like to be updated on what I’ve done and how I’m doing with it, let me know in the comments as I’m contemplating update posts!


Around the Blogosphere

I’m pressed for time this week so instead of my usual sentence or two about each link, here’s a list of all the posts I enjoyed reading this week, and where I found them!

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Long Term Project (Lucy @ Project UKYA)
UKYA Day: Joint interview on Hybrid Publishing (Jim @ Ya Yeah Yeah)
Bookish Thoughts: My Experience with LGBT YA (Asti @ Oh the Books)
Building Up… (Jim @ Countdown to YA)
LGBT Discussion: Where are all the asexual characters? (Jo @ Once Upon a Bookcase)
LGBT Discussion: Novels with Intersex Characters (Jo @ Once Upon a Bookcase)
2013 YA Romance Highlights (Adele @ Persnickety Snark)
Laura Lam: The Somewhat Hidden Rainbow in Fantasy (Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts)
Harry Potter Moment of the Week (Ula @ Blog of Erised)
Pick of the Week; The One Where I Want to Write Someone A Letter (Gaby @ Queen Ella Bee Reads)
The Queen Bee’s Knees: April (Gaby @ Queen Ella Bee Reads)
How I Blog (Ruby @ Feed Me Books Now)
Hidden Gems: Cat Hellison on Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always by Elissa Janine Hoole (Jim @ YA Contemporary)
Why I Write Gay Fiction by J. H. Trumble (Cayce @ Fighting Dreamer)


Letterbox Love

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Well, it’s actually been a little crazy on the book front the last two weeks! After receiving no book post for a month, I finally move out and every time I return home, find I have a stack of parcels waiting for me! Add on to books I’m currently borrowing and the ones I bought, and it just seems endless! (*note* not all books I received this week are in this post, just the ones I can remember from the top of my head as they’re not with me!)

Tall Tales from Pitch End by Nigel McDowell; Got this from the library as, after hearing about his newest book, I was instantly intrigued about Nigel’s first novel. Looking forward to reading this one!

Wheat-free Cook Book: Gluten Free Recipes for Everyone by Jacqueline Mallorca; This is one that I’m borrowing from the library. I’m trying to be really good about Gluten Free at the moment but I’ve been running out of ideas. Hoping this will help!

The Hit by Melvin Burgess; Heard a lot of things about this one and as it was only £1, I had to buy it and see if it’s as good as people say it is.

Stitch Up by Sophie Hamilton; I have been dying to read this one so when this turned up on my doorstep, I pretty much squealed. Thank you so much to Hot Key Books for this copy.

Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem by Lauren Oliver; Technically I already have a copy of Delirium, and it is signed. But it’s not the same cover as the other two books in the series and as they were all £1 each, I just bought it again! Looking forward to finally finishing this series.

The Temptation of Lila and Ethan by Jessica Sorensen; I still need to read the second book in this series but I’m super excited to read this one! I know it doesn’t have to be read in order but I’m going to do it that way anyway! Thank you to Little Brown for this title.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab; So… halfway through reading a borrowed copy of this book, I realised that I was completely hooked and thus after walking into Waterstones and seeing it on the shelf, I knew I had to buy it. And now I’m finished, I’m so glad I did as I know this is one I will re-read time and time again!

The Stuff of Nightmares by Malorie Blackman; I have read a lot of Malorie Blackman books but this isn’t one of them so when I saw it, I simply had to have it. Really intrigued to know if it’s any good!

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando; I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book ever since I heard about it! So when Debbie finished reading Jim’s copy, Jim was kind enough to let me borrow it after her. Can’t wait to read 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 20 April, 2014 by Faye - 5 Comments


Book Review; Sleuth on Skates by Clementine Beauvais

Posted on 18 April, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

Author: Clementine Beauvais
Publisher: Hodder Children’s
Published: May 2nd 2013
Pages: 218
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
A brand new contemporary mystery series for 9-11 year olds sees the launch of a laugh-out-loud new voice in children’s fiction.

Armed with a pair of purple rollerskates and a brain with as many connections as there are stars in the universe, eleven-year-old Sesame Seade is more than qualified to be Cambridge’s number one self-made supersleuth. All she needs now is a mission. So when a student ballerina and aspiring journalist vanishes into thin air, some serious sleuthing begins. Very much against her parents’ wishes, but with help from her friends Toby and Gemma and a conspiratorial duck, Sesame slips into the wings and solves the mystery of the missing dancer.

Illustrated throughout with hilarious artwork by Sarah Horne, this series features a smart and sassy heroine with a unique take on life. Also in the series: GARGOYLES GONE AWOL and SCAM ON THE CAM.


When A

One of the things I have always found myself enjoying is detective fiction. Whether that be in book format, in films or in television shows. So as soon as I heard about Sleuth on Skates, I knew that it was a book I was certain I’d enjoy and couldn’t wait to get my hands on. I was, albeit, a little nervous as I opened this book as a lot of bloggers I know had really enjoyed it and recently all the books I’ve struggled with, they loved. Fortunately, however, I am glad to report that this book was an exception to that rule as I found it to be a truly wonderful book that was a lot of fun. I liked it so much that I immediately made out to get the next two in the series because I need more!

Mystery Occurs

Imagine you’re eleven years old, live at Cambridge University, and have an over-active imagination. Add in a missing person, some mysterious clues, and two curious friends, and you have the set-up to Sleuth on Skates. Already the plot of this book was intriguing and interesting, and as the story carried on, it only got more entertaining and enjoyable. I can really see children trying to solve the mystery themselves as they read on and feel that it was just a really well-thought out plot with lots of fun going on. While some parts of this book were unbelievable, I feel that this is actually what gave this book that little bit of extra-charm. It made the adventure feel epic, the journey exciting, and the story itself completely loveable.

Sesame Seade

But of course, this epic adventure would not have been anywhere near as fun without the fabulous Sophie (*cough* Sesame Seade *cough*) leading the way. Sesame was a wonderful character that it is hard not to fall in love with. She is almost always over-the-top, thinks herself better than everyone, and is certain that she’ll save the day. She’s curious, excitable, and just really enjoyable to read about. She is the kind of character that you love watching in films and works so well because so many children act in similar ways. Their world, after all, is much more important than the world their parents live in! I would definitely read the rest of the series just to read more stories about Sesame.

Is Ready

What truly makes this book such a fun and entertaining read is how, essentially, unbelievable the entire book is. By that I mean that it is truly exaggerated and so over-the-top that it is clearly an escapist story. While reading it, it is easy to remove yourself from the things that occur that wouldn’t normally happen as they’re written in a way that makes you simply accept them. It is written in a real world with very familiar backgrounds and characters that are just everyday people but at the same time, it’s also just that little bit more. I really liked that about this story and, for me anyway, it definitely made the book more enjoyable and, ironically, believable – as a story anyway! I adored the writing style of this book and cannot wait to read more by Clementine Beauvais!

To Solve It

All in all, I really, really enjoyed this book. It was a wonderful children’s story that made me smile and laugh. It kept me curious and I really wanted to know what had happened and how Sesame Seade would use her amazing sleuthing skills to solve the crime and bring the bad guys to justice! It is also a very modern book, looking at some of the issues surrounding computers and technology and I think this just made it even more interesting to me! Sesame is a loveable, eccentric character who I cannot wait to read more of. If you’re someone who likes children’s books, enjoys the good crime book, and just needs a bit of fun for a few hours, I would highly recommend giving this book a go! I think children from seven and up would really appreciate this book, but I also believe that adults would also really like 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 18 April, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


LGBT Book Review; Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Posted on 16 April, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments

Love Letters to the DeadAuthor: Ava Dellaira
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published: May 1st
Pages: 327
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
It begins as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person – any dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain – he died young, and so did Laurel’s sister May – so maybe he’ll understand a bit of what Laurel is going through. Soon Laurel is writing letters to lots of dead people – Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, Amelia Earhart… it’s like she can’t stop. And she’d certainly never dream of handing them in to her teacher. She writes about what it’s like going to a new high school, meeting new friends, falling in love for the first time – and how her family has shattered since May died.

But much as Laurel might find writing the letters cathartic, she can’t keep real life out forever. The ghosts of her past won’t be contained between the lines of a page, and she will have to come to terms with growing up, the agony of losing a beloved sister, and the realisation that only you can shape your destiny. A lyrical, haunting and stunning debut from the protégé of Stephen Chbosky (THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER).


Life Is

As soon as I heard about Love Letters to the Dead, I knew that it was a book that I really wanted to read. I was certain that I was going to love it. Fortunately I am here to tell you that I did! This book took a strong hold of me and simply refused to leave me alone. But I am grateful for that as this was a powerful story that I just truly loved and adored and would happily read again and again! All I can hope now is that this review will do this magnificent book justice!

All About

Grief is hard. It is something that comes in many forms and everyone deals with it in their own way. When Laurel’s sister dies, she struggles to talk about what happened. No longer able to face her old friends, or anyone that knew May, she decides to go to a different high school from them all. As she starts to make new friends and adventures, she also starts to grow as a person, learning how best to deal with the grief that still plagues her. The plotline to this story was amazing. Every detail was thought out, all emotions felt real, and all characters had their own individual journeys. It was compelling, intense and highly emotional. It was hard not to just love where this book took you.

Learning How

Laurel is a truly complex character with a lot of things bumbling about in her head. She is also relatable which made this story so much more enjoyable for me. This book has been mentioned as being similar to The Perks of Being a Wallflower but what makes this book better is Laurel. She is a wonderful character that I understood and whose thoughts really explained everything perfectly. Hannah and Natalie are both fantastic characters as well who feel so realistic and amazing. I loved both of them equally for different reasons – I just want to be their friends! Skye is also worth mentioning. I think he has a really interesting part in the story but he’s also really kind, sweet, and just protective. Not to mention he also has issues but they just make him seem more human in the long run!

To Continue

The writing style of this book was brilliant! The story, as hinted in the title, was set up between letters to different dead people and it just really worked. All that happened was connected in different ways to the person she wrote to and it just made that story really powerful and easy to read. This style also made it more emotional and sensational as you were really getting all of her thoughts and feelings, she wasn’t just telling anybody. I definitely really liked that about this story but I also believe a lot of what I liked about it came from the author’s voice as well and so I know that I will be keeping an eye out for more from her. I’ll especially be looking to see if they blow me away like this one did!

Staying Strong

All in all, this was a book that I simply fell in love with. It was compelling and magical, dark and deep, exploring so many issues in sensitive ways. I adored the writing style, fell for all the characters, and simply did not want the book to end! It was a marvellous book that I will be really recommending from now on as it just had a brilliant impact on me. The whole book made me feel a whole pile of emotions and it has just really touched me. If you’re looking for a book that will keep you entertained and take you on a true journey, then you need to make sure that you have this book in your life. Utterly amazing!

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. **

Fighting Dreamer

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Posted on 16 April, 2014 by Faye - 6 Comments


Release Day Blitz; Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted on 15 April, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

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We are extremely excited that Jennifer L. Armentrout’s DON’T LOOK BACK releases today!! DON’T LOOK BACK is a young adult suspense being published by Disney Hyperion!

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BUY LINKS:

Amazon. Barnes and Noble. iTunes.

EXCERPT:

I didn’t recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home. Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered, wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was.

Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as sharp gravel dug into my feet.

My bare feet?

I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood. Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t wearing any shoes, but the blood…I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of my jeans.

My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones. Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks.

Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone.

Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed.

A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT.

Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went.

The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on his shoulder before he looked at me.

“Miss?” He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high school? I didn’t know. “We’ve received some calls into dispatch concerning you,” he said gently. “Are you okay?”

I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the motion scratched and pulled. “I…I don’t know.”

“Okay.” The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer about to bolt. “My name is Deputy Rhode. I’m here to help you. Do you know what you’re doing out here?”

“No.” Knots formed in my belly. I didn’t even know where here was.

His smile strained. “What’s your name?”

My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn’t answer his question. The knots started twisting more. “I don’t…I don’t know what my name is.”

He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. “You don’t remember anything?”

I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt. And I knew that wasn’t good. My eyes started to tear up.

“Miss, it’s okay. We’ll get you taken care of.” He reached out, lightly taking hold of my arm. “We’ll get this sorted.”

Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn’t want to sit behind the Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn’t good. Only bad people sat behind the glass in police cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders.

Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly. “Everything’s going to be okay.”

But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn’t work. How could everything be okay when I didn’t know my own name?


ABOUT DON’T LOOK BACK:

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her—even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory—someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

“This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares,” Kirkus Reviews

“Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.” RT BOOK REVIEWS 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK

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Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Blog Tour Sign Up; Glaze by Kim Curran

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Hello Everyone!
Today I’m here to announce something really exciting! I’m organising a blog tour for Glaze by Kim Curran.
To find out more information about the book, it’s all below! To sign up for the tour, fill in the form at the bottom of the post. Everyone who signs up will be e-mailed so keep an eye out for an e-mail from me if you do sign up. If you don’t get a response e-mail, let me know as your sign up may have gotten lost.
Without further ado, Glaze!

Glaze

Petri Quinn is counting down the days till she turns 16 and can get on GLAZE – the ultimate social network that is bringing the whole world together into one global family. But when a peaceful government protest turns into a full-blown riot with Petri shouldering the blame, she’s handed a ban. Her life is over before it’s even started.

Desperate to be a part of the hooked-up society, Petri finds an underground hacker group and gets a black market chip fitted. But this chip has a problem: it has no filter and no off switch. Petri can see everything happening on GLAZE, all the time. Including things she was never meant to see.

As her life is plunged into danger, Petri is faced with a choice. Join GLAZE… or destroy it.


Tour Info

The tour will run from 8th May to 22nd May.
It will consist of reviews, interviews, guest posts, and other inspired posts, a long with a tour wide giveaway.
The book will be released on 15th May.
All relevant post information will be sent to the bloggers at least three days before the tour.
If you’d like to sign up without the tour form, please e-mail me using the little e-mail button on my sidebar or via my contact page.

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