Cover Reveal; The Tethering by Megan O’Russell

Posted on 10 April, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!
Today is the cover reveal for The Tethering by Megan O’Russell!
Hope you like the cover!


The Tethering
Megan O’Russell
Coming Late Summer

The Tethering

All sixteen-year-old Jacob Evans wants is to win the heart of Emilia Gray, but with order in the magical world crumbling, war threatening, and Emilia’s boyfriend living across the hall, he may never have the chance.

Jacob Evans loses everything he has ever known and is tossed into a world of magic. The Dragons, a group of rebel wizards, are threatening to expose the existence of magic to humans. Jacob is determined to find a way to fit into Emilia’s family, but as his powers grow, so does the danger. With the death toll mounting, Jacob is accused of acts of rebel terrorism and must fight to stay in a world he’s only just beginning to discover.

When Emilia’s life is threatened, Jacob must risk everything to save her. Does he have the power to rescue her in time? And what could their survival cost?

Goodreads.


Twitter. Facebook. Website.

Published by Silence in the Library


And there you have it!
What do you think? Are you excited?

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Posted on 10 April, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


Blog Tour Promo; Unveiling You by Samantha Grey

Posted on 8 April, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!
I’m here today with an excerpt of Unveiling You by Samantha Grey! Soon to be released into the wild!
Hope you enjoy.

Unveiling You The price of secrets can be too high…

Amy is starting the internship of her life for a prestigious antiques dealer. She knew it would look good on a resume, but a surprise trip to Paris and an assistant who is determined to keep her around make her want more. She could make this into a permanent job.

If it weren’t for Caleb. He’s returned to his grandfather’s for a new job, even though he doesn’t need the money after selling his company. She’s up to the competition to prove herself, but soon it’s hard to ignore the sizzling tension between them. Neither are willing to give in if it means losing the chance at the job, but their attraction may be too strong. They risk everything if they’re found out — and Amy has been keeping secrets since she arrived, ones that could separate them forever.


Read on for an excerpt from Caleb’s point of view:

Amy’s eyes widened as she looked up at me. “What are you doing?”

“We’ve got an hour and a half before we have to go back to work.” I dropped my button-down on the dock, then stripped off my undershirt. Amy looked away, shaking her head. Even from up here, I could see how pink her face was. Her blushes were hilarious. Adorable. I dropped my pants next, my boxer briefs only a foot or two away from her face.

“Oh, my god,” Amy muttered.

“Come on. I dare you.”

“You dare me?” She looked at me and glanced away quickly, like she’d forgotten I was barely clothed. “What is this, fifth grade?”

I laughed, then jumped in. I plunged into the cool water. So many memories in this lake. Birthday parties, lazy days, with my parents and my friends. I came up, hooting, and when I turned to look at Amy, she was fighting back a smile. Her shirt had wet spots from when I jumped in, and I grinned.

“You’re such a wuss,” I said. “Live a little. You’re not going to let me show you up, are you? Miss I-have-a-degree-and-I’m-not-even-twenty-one?”

“Do you have to make everything a competition?” she asked.

“Yes.”

She stared at me for a moment while I treaded water. “How deep is it?”

“I can’t touch.” I motioned to another area of the lake, where the rocks led into the water. “It’s more shallow over there, if you want to ease into it.” My voice was heavy with condescension. She stood up, and I raised my eyebrows.

“No way,” I said.

She shrugged and turned her back to me.

“Oh, come on, I didn’t turn around!” Could I be any more of a douchebag?

She said nothing as she took off her shirt. Oh, shit. She wore a pink bra, and the backs of her shoulders were freckled. Her narrow waist dipped in, and she stepped out of her shorts. Matching underwear, bikini cut. She had fuller hips and thighs than I had realized; they’d been hiding underneath her skirts and pinstripe pants.

What happened to not checking her out?

She turned around, and I only got a glimpse of her front before she jumped in. Her bra made her boobs look bigger than they probably were, framing her cleavage, and something dark was on her hip, right on her hip, above the edge of her underwear.

She came to the surface, taking in a deep breath. She rubbed her eyes and brushed her hair back, but it was still messy on the left side of her face.

“Do you have a tattoo?” I asked, grinning.

She was at least five feet from me, treading water, only her neck and face out of the water. I could see part of her chest under the water, but past that, it was cloudy, obscured so I couldn’t see that waist or full hips or slim legs.

“Do you?” she countered.

I turned my back to her. I wasn’t sure if she could see it, so I swam to the dock and leaned on it, bringing my back partially out of the water. It was a poem written by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated from the original German.

Before us great Death stands
Our fate held close within his quiet hands.
When with proud joy we lift Life’s red wine
To drink deep of the mystic shining cup
And ecstasy through all our being leaps—
Death bows his head and weeps.


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Posted on 8 April, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Moving Home Edition!

Posted on 6 April, 2014 by Faye - 7 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 I’ve mentioned this previously but you may not have picked up on it. I finally found a flat to move to and get out of my parents’ house. Well, this week has consisted of MOVING ALL THE THINGS into said flat and today while you read this, I should be MOVING MYSELF in. AHHH! So yes… it’s been a big week!

It also means I haven’t done much blog TLC! *insert sadface* But hope to get some done soon, otherwise I may have to extend the laid-back approach for a longer time period.

Anyway, moving on…

I posted ONE review this week;
A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson (THREE HEARTS)

I also posted an exclusive excerpt of All Lined Up by Cora Carmack! Check that out here.

And as it was the end of the month, I wrapped up March in this lovely post.

Lastly, I posted the FINAL discussion post for Double Cross by Malorie Blackman. Head over here to check that out!


London Book Fair!

So this is mostly just a heads up for those of you on Twitter, I’m going to LBF next week! (Tues, Weds and Thurs) It means I may not post much as time is limited but I might have some spare time to get some posts written in long-hand at least!

I went to this last year and absolutely loved the experience and cannot wait to go again. I already have SO MANY seminars I want to go to, and I’m also going to be doing something SUPER EXCITING but I’ll explain what it is later!

Are you going to be there? Let me know below or on twitter, I’d love to meet you!


Around The Blogosphere

Have you seen the new Project that Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf is hosting called The Blog Notes Project? I think this is such a wonderful idea and I really hope it works out perfectly. Seems like a great way to get the right boost. Find out more and sign up, here.

Have you ever wondered, what makes a book blogger?

I’m really starting to enjoy reading middle grade fiction, and I’m hoping to read lots more of it this year. This week Stacey at Pretty Books listed her top ten middle grade books that got her into want to read more middle grade books. She’s mentioned so many great books and I definitely think you should go check out this post.

Are you someone that enjoys YA horror books? This week Georgia from stopped by Project UKYA to do a guest post on her favourite UKYA horror books. Find out which ones she chose and why in this post.

I love the way that books can inspire us to reflect upon our own lives, and in this wonderful post by Jamie at The Perpetual Pageturner, that is exactly what she does. She talks about her friendships and her identity and I think it is just a great post that you should check out!

I think this is just such a lovely post and one that I truly agree with. There are times when I am feeling awful and I’ll suddenly get a comment or see a tweet, and everything will change. We love you Asti!


Letterbox Love

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The Black North by Nigel McDowell; Ever since I heard about this one at the Hot Key brunch, I was dying to read it! Thank you so much to Hot Key for sending me this one for review!

The Temptation of Lila and Ethan by Jessica Sorensen; This one was a surprise package but one that I’m happy about nonetheless! I still need to read The Forever of Ella and Micha but I’m super excited for this one as I loved the first book in this series! Thank you to Sphere for this one.

Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison; I have been DYING to read this one ever since I heard about it so Debbie kindly leant me the copy that she borrowed from Jim. I cannot wait to dive into this one. It’s definitely going to be one of my next reads!


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 6 April, 2014 by Faye - 7 Comments


Book Review; A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson

Posted on 5 April, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

Author: Jane Elson
Publisher: Hodder Children’s
Published: 6th February 2014
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source:: Borrowed Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
A Goodnight Mister Tom for today – this is the book that will make you laugh and cry …

Grace’s fun loving Mum has found a lump. Her north London world of sleepovers, tap dancing and playing the clarinet fall apart when she is sent to live with her grumpy old granddad on his farm in Yorkshire while her mother goes into hospital to get better.

Grace misses her mother so much it hurts, and doesn’t quite understand what is happening to her. And things go from bad to worse when she starts school and becomes the bullies newest target.

But Grace is no longer alone when she meets the wild Megan and her pig, Claude – when she’s with them she feels as if she can confront anything. At Easter time when Grace misses her mum the most, she knows she must find a way to get to London. With Megan’s help, she hatches a plan to run away that involves Claude, chocolate Easter eggs and a risky ID swap. But it’s all worth it if it means that she finally gets to see her mum …

A gorgeous story of courage and friendship that will tug at your heart strings.


When All

As soon as I was told about A Room Full of Chocolate, I knew it was a book that I really wanted to get my hands on. It sounded like a really intriguing story that I would love to read. Then, upon hearing so many others raving about this book, I got even more excited to read it until eventually I opened the book. Unfortunately, however, this book did not live up to the expectations that I had given it. Essentially I had expected to be blown away by this book but this simply was not the case. While I did enjoy this book and liked reading it, I was wholly disheartened by a lot of it and was constantly pulled out of the story due to the issues I had with it. I would still recommend it, but I certainly would warn that it’s not a brilliant book.

Is Lost

One of the things I was most drawn to about this book was that it sounded like a cute story of friendship and dealing with big scary illnesses in a really lovely way. While this book does deal with friendship, and dealing with big scary illnesses, and has its cute moments, it just didn’t deliver as I hoped it would. The biggest problem I had with the book was that there were never any repercussions for the actions of the children in the book, the pig was used as a scapegoat one too many times, and the representation of the bullying just didn’t feel right. I feel that if the characters were older then the bullying would have felt more realistic, but it was too grown up and got violent far too quickly and again, there weren’t enough consequences for these actions in the end of it. But, when you look past these things, the story is emotional, and cute, and does have a happy ending and I can see why people love it but I just couldn’t see past these issues to truly enjoy my time reading it.

We Must

I loved Grace. I thought she was the most realistic character in the book. She was rash in her decisions, kept all of her emotions at bay, and had a little bit of a temper. But she was also friendly, protective, caring, worried, and just a ten-year-old girl struggling to deal with the big real world things facing her. I also liked Megan and her free personality. She was sure of herself, strong, and protective as well. She was a great friend for Grace and I enjoyed reading about her. In all honesty, it was due to these two characters that I continued reading this book. I wanted to see where their friendship was going to take them. While some of the other characters and their actions didn’t feel quite right – such as the bullying mentioned above – I felt that these two were strong and well-written, which made it an easier book to like!

Fight To

One of the best things about this book was the voice of the main character. It had a light tone that was easy to be pulled into and I found myself really wanting to read more of it. I feel that Jane has really managed to create a wonderful voice for herself and her protagonist that helps to make it an enjoyable read. While the other issues did make it hard for me to absolutely love this book, I know that I will still be keeping an eye on Jane to read whatever she publishes next as I feel that she has a lot of talent and I cannot wait to see what she will do with it. For the writing alone, I would definitely recommend this book just reminding people to take the story with a grain of salt.

Stay Alive

Essentially this was a good story and I can see why people loved it but as it wasn’t what I was expecting and didn’t do what I was hoping it would, I struggled to love it. I did, however, still like and enjoy it and definitely want to see what Jane will be writing next. Caroline at Big Book Little Book spoke with me about this and we both decided that it is better suited for those in the higher range of middle grade fiction who can understand that what Grace and Megan did should have had heavier punishments, or to read it with younger children to be there to discuss what they think or feel about what happened. I would also add that it would be the perfect opportunity to discuss bullying with the child and what they should do if they are getting or get bullied. So it does have potential, but for me there were just a few too many things that didn’t sit right with me that pulled me away from enjoying it too much. But I’d definitely be interested to know what you think if you ever read it – or have already!

Three Stars

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Posted on 5 April, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


Excerpt Blast; All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Posted on 2 April, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

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Hi All!
Today I have something very exciting to share with you all!
An excerpt from Cora Carmack‘s new and upcoming novel, All Lined Up.


cora-carmacks-all-lined-up New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

Pre-Order Links; Amazon US. Amazon UK. Barnes and Noble.


Excerpt Reveal: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack by WilliamMorrowBooks


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

Website. Twitter. Facebook. Goodreads. All Lined Up Goodreads.


What do you think? Are you as excited for All Lined Up as I am now?

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Posted on 2 April, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


March Monthly Wrap Up

Posted on 1 April, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments

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So I ummed and ahhed about whether or not to start doing monthly wrap-ups on the blog but have eventually decided that in an effort to keep my blog more organised, to keep on top of challenges and to do a nice re-cap of the month for you all, that I would do them :-). Therefore, this post will be set out like my weekly highlights post, split into headings in an attempt to keep everything organised easily :D


Monthly Highlights

Another month has come to an end! And what a month it was! I have been super busy this month – aren’t I always? – sorting out moving house and work stuff! There was my charity run and the fact I hurt my ankle…
Anyway… posting wise…
I think it was a fairly good month for the blog – and it was definitely a good month reading wise! Next month I’ll be slowing both my reading and my blogging so that I can a) give my blog some tlc and b) move into my flat and get that all sorted! and c) london book fair! But shall we finish up what happened in March?

My top three posts this month were;
Drummer Girl by Bridget Tyler
Top Ten Contemporary Reads
Book-to-Movie Adaptations; Read Before or After

I’ve gotten behind on both my vlog channels and my tumblr this month. I was posting sporadically but not really to a schedule. But I think that’s still okay! I’ve had a lot on my mind though so those things were sort of pushed to the back of my mind for a while!

This month I went to the Hot Key Books, Templar, and Piccadilly books event which was really great! I had such a great time! I also went to the Watermarks Books 2 year birthday party thing and that was fun too! It’s always really great to be given a chance to meet up with my fellow bloggers. And I also went to the first meeting for a new book club! I’m super excited for this as it’s lots of us london based bloggers! Aside from that, I’m not sure I’ve done much other bookish things – mostly because I was housebound for a little while and then didn’t want to trek to london in case my ankle wasn’t ready for it! But that’s okay, got more things planned for April!

I read ten and a half books again this month! Which is crazy considering how busy I feel I’ve been! But I did have a bit more time of work than I’ll be getting next month! Mostly I’m super happy because I re-read the entire Noughts and Crosses series! There were times when I just wasn’t sure I’d be able to do it but I did and that makes me super happy!


Favourite Book

Love Letters to the Dead I enjoyed this book from the moment that I started reading it. I was instantly transported into the world and just found myself thinking about the book even when I wasn’t reading it. I became completely invested in this story and the characters and felt all the emotions under the sun as I read it. On too many occasions I wanted to reach through the pages and cuddle everyone until they just felt better. I loved the style of this book and just found it to be so easy to read and relate to and understand. It was everything I had hoped to feel about Perks that I just didn’t. A more precise review of this book will appear on the blog at some point this month, but for now know that it is a fantastic book you should keep an eye on!


Read in March

Coming Soon…


April TBR

Essentially I change what I’m going to read ALL the time but these books are the ones I will DEFINITELY be reading this month, no matter what! If there’s one you think I should read STRAIGHT AWAY, let me know!

Glaze Vicious The History Keepers 3 Dead Man's Cove

I’ll also be reading at least ONE LGBT book and I want to read another adult book as well!


And that concludes my month!

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Posted on 1 April, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments