Weekly Highlights; The “one post” week!

Posted on 14 September, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments

weekly highlights

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

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


Post Highlights

As the title suggests, this week I only posted once! I have quite a few drafts almost ready to go as well but life just got on top of me this week! Anywho… without further ado…

I posted ONE review this week;
The Opposite of Love by Sarah Lynn Scheerger (TWO HEARTS)

Annnd… that was it.


Book Blogger UKYA Awards

UKYA Award

Have you heard yet? The Book Blogger UKYA Awards shortlist has been released into the world and it is YOUR CHANCE to vote for your favourite UKYA books!

There are 20 different awards that need winners and a lot of bloggers helping out! The awards are grouped into five – so make sure to vote for them all!

Find out more about it all and get all the links in this post.


Around the Blogosphere

This week Amber has posted a list of four ways to avoid stress when blogging. Want to find out what she suggests? Head on over here.

This week Jesse was visited by the lovely Gill McLay on his blog. She tells all about the “day in the life of a literary agent.” Find out more by clicking here.

Do you hold giveaways on your blog? Would you like to? If yes, this post is one that you must read! It is incredibly helpful and very informative.

Are you a bookworm? Check out these awesome pyjamas!

Are you thinking about publishing your book? In this post there is some great advice on the best way to go. I would definitely check it out!

This week Nicole has written a very interesting post on Novella’s. Click here to find out her thoughts on them and to add your own!

And finally, the amazing Vicky has spent many days working on this fabulous post which details 100 helpful resources for bloggers. Seriously, go and look at it RIGHT NOW.


Letterbox Love

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It was even a slow week for my “letterbox” too! I only got two books this week!

Small Eternities Seeing Other People

Small Eternities by Michael Lawrence; The second book in the Aldous Lexicon series! I re-finished the first book last week so I simply had to order the second one straight away! When it arrived in the library, I took it out without thought!

Seeing Other People by Mike Gayle; Not heard anything about this one but when it came into the library, it looked and sounded really interesting so I couldn’t help but take it away with me!


Currently Reading

I read a few books at a time so I have decided that I want to showcase them a little on the blog and so from now on I thought I would tell you all what I’m currently reading (on Saturday/Sunday!)

This week I am currently reading;

Adorned Small Eternities BetterThanPerfect Cover


And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

what did you get this week? what cool blog posts did you stumble upon? what are you reading this week

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Posted on 14 September, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments


Book Review: The Opposite of Love by Sarah Lynn Scheerger

Posted on 12 September, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

Author: Sarah Lynn Scheerger
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Published: September 1st 2014
Pages: 272
Format: Hardback
Source:: ARC
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Rose is the wild girl nobody really knows. Chase is haunted by his past. Both are self-proclaimed “disappointments,” attracted to each other enough to let down their defenses. When Rose’s strict, adoptive parents forbid the relationship it only makes things more intense. But Chase can’t hide from his own personal demons, and Rose has secrets of her own. After they’re wrenched apart, a cryptic email arrives in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve, beginning a desperate pursuit and a look back over their tumultuous romance. Will they find each other before the night is over, or will they be torn apart forever?


What Happens

I saw this book at BEA and picked it up because it looked interesting but I had no actual expectations of the book. Unfortunately this book was not a very good book. I very nearly DNF’d (Did not Finish) this book but essentially decided to continue so that I could have my questions answered. However, irritatingly, the ending was just as disappointing and horrific as the rest of the book had been and my questions were not answered. Needless to say, I really struggled to read this book and would struggle to recommend it.

When Life

The biggest problem I had with this book was how unrealistic it was. There were certain things that felt just right and so many other things that were so incredibly wrong. One of the biggest issues for me though was the use of a cat. One of the characters finds a stray and carries it home… under her top. She then keeps the cat in her room… without her parents realising because cats are easy, dumb, and quiet… aha… yeah… or not! As a cat owner and lover this really pulled me out of the story and I found it too difficult not to notice all of the other flaws layering this book. I feel a little more research could really have benefited this book.

Is Far

Possibly the only redeeming feature of this book were the characters. They were all in-depth and well thought-out. This is due to the author’s background as a pschyologist. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters properly but I did like Daniel. He had a lot of pressures going on at home and I liked how protective he was of his sister. I also liked how he eventually was around his dad. All the characters were very different and I think they worked well together.

Too Hard

This book was not an enjoyable book for me. While there was an addictive and curious feel to the book, it simply wasn’t good enough to make this book good. It was a book that did have potential but it simply flopped, in my opinion. The only interesting part of this story was the characters but they didn’t make up for the terrible plot and unrealistic situations, unfortunately. I really wouldn’t be able to recommend this book but I would be curious to hear from anyone else who has read it?

Two 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 September, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Weekly Highlights: The “I’m Back” Edition

Posted on 7 September, 2014 by Faye - 2 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.


Weekly Highlights

This week I wrote TWO reviews:
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens (FOUR HEARTS)
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith (THREE HEARTS)

I also admitted some Bookish Truths and Confessions. Read about them all here.

Finally I did a wrap up of my reading in August! Find out what books I read and what I thought about them all by clicking here.


Book Blogger UKYA Awards

Have you heard yet? The Book Blogger UKYA Awards shortlist has been released into the world and it is YOUR CHANCE to vote for your favourite UKYA books!

There are 20 different awards that need winners and a lot of bloggers helping out! The awards are grouped into five – so make sure to vote for them all!

Find out more about it all and get all the links in this post


Letterbox Love

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Some of these books are from a few weeks ago but I wanted to showcase them all the same!

Lies Like Love Dear Daughter Aristotle and Dante Discover Secrets

Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid; I have already read and LOVED this book but this week the AMAZING Louisa Reid sent me a signed copy of the book. I am TREASURING it now. It is super sweet!

Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little; I saw this one arrive in the library and despite knowing nothing about it, I took it out because it sounded so interesting!

Aristotle and Dante Discocver the Secrets of the World by Benjamin Alire Saenz; This is a book I’ve had my eye on for a while so when it fell into my hands at work, I couldn’t stop myself from taking it out!

unspeakable Adorned Siege and Storm Ruin and Rising

Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton; I’ve had this book on my radar for AGES so to finally find it on Netgalley is amazing! Cannot wait to see what this book is all about!

Adorned by Georgeann Swiger; This one sounds really interesting so I’m very much looking forward to seeing where it takes me! Got this copy from the author – thanks Georgeann!

Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo; I finally got around to reading Shadow and Bone and I loved it! Then I met Leigh Bardugo so I couldn’t not buy the next two in the trilogy, could I? And they’re signed! Yay!


Currently Reading

I read a few books at a time so I have decided that I want to showcase them a little on the blog and so from now on I thought I would tell you all what I’m currently reading (on Saturday/Sunday!)

This week I am currently reading;

A Long Way Down2 Shiver Adorned


And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

what did you get this week? what cool blog posts did you stumble upon? what are you reading this week?

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Posted on 7 September, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Book Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Posted on 5 September, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

The Geography of You and MeAuthor: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Headline
Published: April 10th 2014
Pages: 337
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
For fans of John Green, Stephanie Perkins and Sarah Ockler, THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME is a story for anyone who’s ever longed to meet someone special, for anyone who’s searched for home and found it where they least expected it.

Owen lives in the basement. Lucy lives on the 24th floor. But when the power goes out in the midst of a New York heatwave, they find themselves together for the first time: stuck in a lift between the 10th and 11th floors. As they await help, they start talking…

The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland they can’t shake the memory of the time they shared. Postcards cross the globe when they themselves can’t, as Owen and Lucy experience the joy – and pain – of first love.

And as they make their separate journeys in search of home, they discover that sometimes it is a person rather than a place that anchors you most in the world.


Love Finds

Before I started The Geography of You and Me, a lot of people told me that I simply had to read books by Jennifer E. Smith. With that in mind I bought Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and borrowed This is What Happy Looked Like but I still haven’t read either of them. So when The Geography of You and Me came out, I knew I should try it. Feedback came in saying it was really great so I finally read it. Unfortunately I was slightly disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book but for me it wasn’t a masterpiece. It was a quick, simple, plain love story that was okay but nothing spectacular.

You When

Possibly what made this book feel mediocre to me were the characters. In my opinion they felt a little flat. I didn’t connect with either of the two main characters and thus I wasn’t overly invested in their grand love story. It was entertaining to read about them but nothing about either character has really stayed with me. I didn’t fall in love with the characters which made it difficult to fall in love with the story. I’m not sure if they needed more characterisation or if they just didn’t work for me personally.

You Least

Another issue I had with the book was that it had a fairly predictable plot. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem as the characters or writing style make it easy to look past but that is, unfortunately, not the case with this story. Or, it wasn’t for me. While the writing style was easy to read and fall into, it wasn’t anything exceptional which it needed to be to counter everything else. However, before I sound too negative, this story is a little bit like your average teen rom-com. Light, easy to watch, and a nice way to feel good for a while.

Expect It

Essentially I think my expectation of this book ruined it a little for me. I was expecting something that would grip me, make my heart sing and make me yearn for a love as beautiful as the one on the page but instead I got a simple, light-hearted romance book that is nothing to sing about. I enjoyed this book on the lowest level; it allowed me to escape for a little while which was nice and I felt a little lifted afterwards. I would recommend this book if you want a quick book that will make you smile for a while.

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 5 September, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review: Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Posted on 3 September, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments

murder most unladylikeAuthor: Robin Stevens
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Published: June 5th 2014
Pages: 324
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia’s missing tie. Which they don’t, really.)

But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident – but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place . . . and there’s more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.

Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?


What Do

Sherlock Holmes is a detective that I have always enjoyed and crime investigation novels have always intrigued me so when I heard about Murder Most Unladylike, I knew that I wanted to read it. After hearing fab things about it, I finally set around to reading it and am glad to say that I really enjoyed it. Murder Most Unladylike is a fun little middle grade book that I think many children and adults would really like. I’m definitely intrigued to see what happens in the next installment!

You Do

There were a lot of characters in this book but only two worth mentioning; Wells and Wong. I adored this duo throughout the book, however Hazel (Wong) was by far my favourite of the two. Hazel was such an interesting character with a lot of depth. I did also like Daisy but as she was more outspoken and confident, I just found myself enjoying reading about Hazel more. The pair rerally work well together as a team – eventually! – and I cannot wait to see what they get up to next.

When No One

Murder Most Unladylike was, simply put, an easy book to read. It wasn’t simple, but it wasn’t overly complicated either and I really liked that about it. It makes it a great read for children and a brilliant escape for adults. The book deals with dark topics (murder) and themes and while it does generally do this in a good way, there were moments when I felt a little concerned about some of the reactions of the children which put me off the book a little. Fortunately though, these moments were few and far between and everntually disappeared completely. There is also a hint of humour in the style that I really enjoyed. It made this crime book more exciting and fresh. I loved that Daisy and Hazel set about solving the murder without the help of adults. It really helped to make this into a fun refreshing children’s book.

Believes You

Murder Most Unladylike is a fun, enjoyable read that is full of mystery and drama. I found it to be a really entertaining book and perfect when you just want a book to easily escape into. It is also a book that is fun to try and figure out alongside Hazel and Daisy, bringing with it a sense of intrigue. I would recommend this book to children 9+ and to any adult that wants a bit of fun and wants to relive their childhood a little bit. A really interesting book that I found very enjoyable.

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 3 September, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments


August Monthly Wrap Up

Posted on 2 September, 2014 by Faye - 2 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

Well, I haven’t really been around much this month so I don’t have many highlights to share with you all but also I wanted to do something a little differently this month and see if it works. Normally I would also create a video at the end of the month telling you about the books I read and a small bit about how I felt about each one. Well, this month I thought I would do that on here instead. Just to see whether or not it works!

The only post I want to highlight this month is the Book Blogger UKYA Awards Shortlist Voting!
It is YOUR chance to vote for your favourites! You can do so here.


Books Read

This month I read nine books which I’m actually really pleased about as I was still really busy so go me! *waves mini flag*

Where Love Lies Where Love Lies is an adult book and it was really refreshing to move away from YA for a little while. I really loved this story, it was so different and unique. It was gripping and heart-breaking, and there was this pull of curiosity running the whole way through the book as well. The ending was incredibly sweet and lovely and I just adored reading this book!

Two Boys Kissing Toy Boys Kissing was very different to what I thought it was going to be. I was worried it wasn’t going to be as good as people said it was and it was going to be more political and more about the history of things but actually, this was a lovely modern story laced with history. It was unique in its style and really gripped me. I loved the style of the book with the story focussing on lots of little mini-stories surrounding one big one. It was just such a brilliant story that everyone should read.

Shadow and Bone This was one that I was scared to start because so many people LOVED it and told me that I HAD to read it and nothing scares me more than unanimous recommendations! Fortunately though, I did really enjoy this book. I loved the writing style, I loved the story, and I adored the characters a lot. It was gripping, intense, and held such an interesting plot! To read my full review of this book, click here.

Pretenders This book annoyed me SO MUCH. It was hard to get into because there were five characters and some were quite similar. Then, I finally got the hang of the style and who the different characters were and the story was getting for intense and interesting and then it just ENDED. Right in the middle of all that tension with NO RESOLUTION. It frustrated me to no end. I HATE when books do this. Why should I put in all that investment to not getting anything from it? Yeah, it was not a good way to end a story.

Four Four was a really nice book to read. It was really great to dive back into the world of Divergent and have a chance to devour Veronica Roth’s writing style again. On top of all of that, I absolutely loved learning more about Four and his past and how he came to be who he is in the series. It was just a really lovely, light read that I would recommend if you love Four! I have written a full review of this which can be found here.

murder most unladylike If you’re looking for a fun, easy read then I would definitely recommend Murder Most Unladylike! This book was a middle-grade book that pulled me in quickly. I loved the dynamics of the main two protagonists and how differently they view the world and the investigation. I enjoyed the boarding school setting and all the suspicions and mystery surrounding the whole book. It was a lovely book and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series! A review of this will be going up on the blog soon!

Hi So Much Hi So Much is another fun, light-hearted read that I really enjoyed. This is the second book in the Darcy Burdock series and it’s just as good as the first! In this one Darcy is about to start her first day at big school and everything is changing. I really enjoyed the humour in this one and loved the little stories scattered throughout. She has a little bit more of a grown-up tone in this book but she’s still little old Darcy! I think this book had a little more depth too but know that kids would still really enjoy it.

A Crack in the Line This book was actually a re-read for me. I read this book when I was a teenager but only ever read the first and second book in the trilogy – as the third hadn’t even been released yet! – but as I STILL remembered what happens, I decided I wanted to re-read them so that I can finally finish the series and know how it all ends. Regardless, this book was just as good as I remember it. Truly unique, quick to read, intense, and full of emotions. It raises some very interesting questions and I would highly recommend it!

little lies Now this was an intense read! Very suspenceful, very emotional, a book that will definitely pull on your heart-strings! I loved it, incase you missed that! It really pulled me into the story and kept me there. The style was truly engaging and entertaining and it was a struggle to put the book down and carry on with normal life because I NEEDED to know what had happened, what was going to happen and where it would all lead. It was a marvellous read and I know I’ll be reading The Husband’s Secret soon!


So those were all the books I got around to reading this month! Have you read any of them? Do you think you will? And what do you think about my new monthly wrap-up? Let me know ALL in the comments below!
Look forward to chatting with you!

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Posted on 2 September, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Book Blogger UKYA Awards Shortlist Voting! [CLOSED]

Posted on 1 September, 2014 by Faye - 5 Comments

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Hey Guys!
Today I am here with VERY exciting news! It is the shortlist of the Book Blogger UKYA Awards! This is the time for YOU to vote for your favourite from the list!

Voting is open until 21st September. Make sure you don’t miss out!

Voting will also be happening a little differently than the nominations. On this blog you will be voting for: Best Self-Published, Most Social Author (Online), Most Social Author (Offline), Author Whose Mind You Wish Was Yours

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Posted on 1 September, 2014 by Faye - 5 Comments