Monday’s Movie Musings; Warm Bodies (2013)

Posted on 12 February, 2013 by Faye - 9 Comments

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Monday’s Movie Musings is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts. The idea of this feature is to have all of my movie things occuring in one place. Whether it is a review, article, or something else, this feature will just be all about movies.

This week I have for you a review of Warm Bodies


Don’t worry, I know it’s not Monday anymore, I haven’t become dellusional (yet) but I was so busy with work + a family birthday + a vet trip that I just didn’t find the time (or energy) to sit down and write this out so I am posting it today instead!

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Directed By: Jonathon Levine
Adapted By: Jonathon Levine
Book Written By: Isaac Marion
Production Company: Summit Entertainment
Main Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry
Format: Cinema {OUT NOW}
Add It: IMDB

Summary:
(From IMDB) After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.


What Happens

Something I feel is necessary to add to this review is that before I went to this movie I met up with Gaby from Queen Ella Bee Reads who told me adamantly that they are NOT zombies. I feel it’s important to mention this as it may have changed my perspective of the movie entirely, especially after the chat I had with my friend when the film was finished who hadn’t been there with Gaby. For me, this made the film more enjoyable to me, I could understand what was happening and why it was happening and I really liked the film because of it. My friend, on the other hand, found it difficult to wrap her head around it and so she had a few nitpicky things that she didn’t like about the film. Therefore, I can only urge you to watch it with the knowledge that they’re really not Zombies at all, but something else entirely – I’m calling them Warm Bodies for lack of a better name!

To You

Before going in to see this film, I had not read the book so aside from that conversation with Gaby and having seen the trailer, I had no preconceptions of this film. I didn’t know how it would turn out, I didn’t know what would happen and there were small gems within the story that I never would have expected and for me, that made this film incredibly entertaining. As a whole this film did not disappoint. It was humorous, fun, sensitive, and even had some action in it as well. The story was easy to follow – though it did move a little fast but most adaptations do – and you didn’t need the background information of the novel to understand what was going on, it was all explained within the set up. There were so many moments in this film where I was laughing, a few moments where I was just in awe at the pure brilliance of it, and another few moments where my heart felt all warm and gushy. It really was a film that had everything I could ask for.

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When Everyone

One of the reasons this film was so easily watchable was because of Nicholas Hoult whom acted incredibly well. Which, considering he had very few facial expressions throughout the entire film, is quite impressive, in my opinion. It wasn’t just his acting that really made this film enjoyable, however, but also his voice-over narrative. Granted that a lot of that was from the brilliant script, but it was also carried a lot by Nicholas who really managed to use his tone of voice to cause the audience to laugh. It may not have been an Oscar-worthy performance (but let’s face it, very few comedy films ever make it to the top), but it was perfect for this film. Teresa Palmer was another reason this film worked. She fit the role well and acted well enough. There were a few moments where she grated on me but then Nicholas would step in and remind me that none of that mattered, she didn’t ruin the film completely. But this was also more of the character she was playing, as opposed to her talent as an actress. One last highlight was Bob Corrdry who I have enjoyed watching in Cougar Town, who brought another side of comedy to this film. Just by grunting, I was grinning like a silly person.

Believes You’re

The problem about films is that giving credit where credit is due is incredibly difficult because fimmaking as a whole is a collaborative effort. It is only when the script writer, director, cinematographer, editor, actors, and every other pair of hands comes together that a film can truly be made and so it would be unfair to finish this post without mentioning how well everything worked in this film. The cinematography was perfect, the editing brilliant, and the script (and novel, most likely) really brought the entire film alive. In my opinion, this film just simply worked in all the right ways. It had a job to do and it succeeded in doing it and that is all we can ever really ask for in a film.

A Deadly Zombie

All in all this was a film that was highly enjoyable, that had me laughing continuously, and was just simply a great film. With an amazing cast – for the most part, an innovative and unique storyline, and a brilliant collaborative effort, this film is definitely one that I would easily recommend. It may not ever win any awards at any of the ceremonies, but it is one that you would regret to miss, but I do also have a feeling that this one may not be liked by everyone. Perhaps this film does only cater to a niche market of people who enjoy comedic zombie movies, but either way, I truly enjoyed every minute that was spent watching it and would very easily, and happily, watch it time and time again.

Four Stars

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Posted on 12 February, 2013 by Faye - 9 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Pantomime Launch Edition

Posted on 10 February, 2013 by Faye - 11 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

I posted four reviews this week;
Mini Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa (FOUR HEARTS)
Mini Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa (FOUR HEARTS)
Mini Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa (FIVE HEARTS)
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa (FOUR HEARTS)

On Monday this week I listed the films that I’m currently waiting to see in the cinema. You can see my choices here, and I’d love to hear yours!

My Special Spotlight this week was Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Go check out why I think you should read it by simply clicking here

I took a giant leap this week and wrote about my experiences of love for Behind the Blog. Give that post some love for me by clicking here. I’d be very grateful!

Yesterday was National Libraries Day, check out this post to find out why you should love YOUR library, and why I love mine!

Lastly, my blogger spotlight, Michelle, was on the blog for her interview, check out her awesome answers here


Around the Blogosphere

The lovely Gaby from EllaBee Reads wrote a discussion post on the awkwardness of meeting authors we love, it’s definitely worth a read. Check it out here

Something that we bloggers face a lot is rejections from publishers, Chey has written an interesting post on the topic here, why not stop by and add your two cents!

Jen has written a lovely post on her perfect day list, it’s really worth having a look at here.

Participating in memes is a very personal decision. So I found this post by Kailia about why she is no longer participating very intriguing. Check it out and tell her your thoughts here

As if I didn’t already adore Veronica Roth enough, this post just made me like her even more. I’d definitely give it a look over!

And, for something fun and interesting, here‘s a post of some brilliant bookish somecards.


Review Copy Cleanup

I have, unfortunately, had a bad start to the Review Copy Cleanup! I have read ONE book, and only half of another. I will need to read a lot more this week to stay on target I think! Keep your fingers crossed for me!


Bookish Events

Last week I was lucky enough to go the Hot Key Books and Templar Publishing Blogger Brunch which I semi-highlighted last week. I had an amazing day and met some amazing bloggers, authors and publicists. (And I got some books for some giveaways so keep your eyes peeled!)

2013-02-07 18.20.26This week I went to another bookish event, and that was the Launch of Pantomime by Laura Lam. I first met Gaby from EllaBee Reads for the first time ever (which resulted in me asking a few strangers, “are you Gaby?”) and then Daphne from Winged Reviews met us both and we headed downstairs where Laura was in the middle of an extract reading.

2013-02-07 17.43.28When that was over, the three of us stood in line to get our books signed, and when it came to meeting Laura we all stood and chatted to her for a short moment and it was really great fun and nice to get to know Laura. It was her first signing for her debut novel and she seemed really nice and lovely, and she is incredibly talented so it was nice to see!

With our new books signed, we hung around for a little while until my friend from uni arrived and then we headed off to a little diner across the road for dinner. It was great spending some time with bloggers, as it always is, as we got to be all excitable about books! It was definitely one of the highlights to my week.

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Upcoming on the Blog

On Valentine’s day I have the lovely Yelena Black on the blog as part of her blog tour for Dance of Shadows.

I should also have a review of Dance of Shadows as well (but depends on how well my reading week goes!)


Letterbox Love

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With my amazon gift card that I won last month, I finally found some books that I really wanted in Amazon (that weren’t ebooks!) and thus I couldn’t resist adding them to my basket! I got Scorch by Gina Damico, From What I Remember by Stacey Kramer and Valerie Thomas and Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. I’m really excited to read all of these!

Breathe Postcards

This week I was also kindly gifted three signed Breathe by Sarah Crossan Postcards! Looking forward to having this up on the wall in all their glory :D

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Posted on 10 February, 2013 by Faye - 11 Comments


Blogger Spotlight; Interview!

Posted on 9 February, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments

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Hey Guys!
So today I am officially introducing you to the lovely Michelle (Clover) from Fluttering Butterflies.
I hope that it lets you get to know her a bit better and you can see why she is such a lovely person who deserves to be followed by you. :-)


Tell us a little something about yourself!
Hello! Thank you so much for having me today :) My name is Michelle, and I’m the blogger behind Fluttering Butterflies. Besides running my book blog, I’m also a mother of two boys and I’m studying for a degree in Psychology (just this year and one more to go, hurrah!). I’m an American who has lived in the UK for the past 12 years and hopefully by the time this interview is up, I will be a British citizen! *fingers crossed*

I really love jelly beans and Scrabble. I collect Eeyores and I am always losing my bookmarks when I read.

How long have you had your blog?
Can you believe I have just celebrated my *7* year blog anniversary?! I’m shocked and delighted that I’ve stuck with the blog for so long. I’m amazed every single day that there are people out there who visit and actually read the words that I write for it!

Do you enjoy running your blog?
…for the most part, yes! Very much. I love the community that comes with blogging very much. I enjoy talking about books with other passionate and friendly people and I certainly would never have lasted as long as I have without the great people that I’ve met through blogging, including my readers, other bloggers, authors and publicists. You are all incredible!

But I would definitely say that I also don’t enjoy blogging a lot of the time as well. Mostly because I seem to struggle with finding the right balance for my personal life and blogging. I find I put a lot of pressure on myself that is very unnecessary and I need to constantly remind myself that blogging is meant to be a fun hobby, something that I’m meant to enjoy. I need to let a lot of the guilt and pressure go, and I’m slowly trying to do so. Baby steps.

When you started, did you ever think that it would end up the way it has?
Oh, absolutely not! I started Fluttering Butterflies a few short months after my eldest son was born as a way of occupying myself during those newborn days when he slept 3/4 of the day. I had just given up my bookseller job and wanted to find a satisfying creative outlet. My blog when I first started is massively different than it is now, but hopefully that change has been for the better! I honestly thought that I’d give up on the blog fairly quickly and here I am 7 years later…

Is there an interesting background story to the name of your blog, if there is, tell us!
There’s definitely no interesting story, I’m afraid. My blog was originally called ‘Random Bits and Pieces’ or something equally lame. It was never intended to be a book blog, as 7 years ago, I hadn’t heard of book blogs! When I decided it was time for a more interesting blog name, I was stumped. I had zero inspiration. It was while blog-hopping that I stumbled across a blog post about gardening. The blogger had written that she had been watching butterflies fluttering around some flowers one day and that pretty image stuck with me.

As we’ve got this far without mentioning it, why not tell us a little something about your blog, what you post, how it runs, who you cater to, etc.
I read mostly young adult fiction, so my blog is definitely geared towards other YA readers. I try very hard to make my blog varied in the blog posts that I write. Because it was a personal blog before it became a book blog, I make every attempt at writing personal posts as often as I can. This often includes my childhood memories in the US, my two beautiful boys, sometimes about movies and television. These posts usually concern things that I can’t get out of my head and that I need to work through. Lately, this seems to revolve around fears.

As I go through review-writing slumps quite often, I do also try to write non-review posts about books. These can be really fun and are actually my favourite type of posts to write. I also do my best to read and promote British authors of YA, which you will notice has been made a priority this year on my blog! I’m also keen on writing about mental health issues, awesome women, and I really love to do themed months/weeks.

Do you participate or host and blog memes? If you do, which is your favourite?
I do participate in one blog meme – Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I quite like the topics that they pick every week as well as knowing at least one post during the week is taken care of. It can be a bit exhausting thinking of different things to write about every week on my own!

I also run interviews every Saturday – this feature is called ‘Celebrating British Bloggers’ and has been a fun way to meet other British bloggers, some of whom have just started or are actual teenagers. I really love the bloggers that I have met face-to-face, but it’s also awesome getting to know those bloggers who aren’t as well known.

What about blog tours and blog hops? Have you ever or do you ever want to participate in them?
I definitely do participate in blog tours, I think they can be quite fun. One of the major perks about book blogging is the interaction that I am able to have with some of my favourite authors. I love how it is so much easier to contact authors of the books you love through email, twitter or facebook. I love being able to tell an author how much their book meant to me or how much it impacted me emotionally. And with blog tours, it can be quite interesting to read more about a character or the inspiration behind the stories or whatever. I’m a very nosy person in general, so I like reading things like this.

What is the best book you read in 2012?
My favourite book of 2012 was Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne. I thought it was incredibly done. I really felt for Emily despite the bad decisions she made and the terrible things she had done. She’s a very broken and yet still sympathetic character and I was gripped by her story from the very first page.

What about so far in 2013?
Ooh, tough one! There are some excellent sounding books that I’m eagerly awaiting this year. But of the books that I’ve read so far this year, I’ve loved three more than most: Hysteria by Megan Miranda, Pantomime by Laura Lam and Infinite Sky by CJ Flood.

Has there ever been a book that you haven’t been able to finish? If so, what was it? And why couldn’t you finish?
Absolutely loads. I’m not the sort of person who will struggle on with a book just for the sake of finishing a book. I figure life is too short to spend on a book that I’m not enjoying. Especially when I have hundreds of unread books, and I’m bound to really love many of those. So I’ll give a book its fair shot, but if there is something about the book – the characters are uninteresting or the story bores me, I’ll just stop. The last book that I gave up on? The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. I really enjoyed The Maze Runner, but I didn’t find that The Scorch Trials held my interest at all. I loved the mystery and the build-up of the first book, but it didn’t translate as well in the sequel.

What is your favourite book genre?
I really like them all! I used to say that I didn’t enjoy historical fiction as much, but then I’ve read some brilliant historical YA lately, so those books have completely changed my mind about the genre. I love fantasy and science fiction, I love paranormals every now and again and I can definitely fall easily into some good dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories. But my favourite ever? Has to be contemporary. It’s the relatability of realistic fiction that I love the most.

Quick Fire Round

ebook or hardcopy?
Has to be hardcopy! I have dozens of unread ebooks on my Kindle and I’m assuming that they’ll stay unread for quite some time as there just isn’t any sort of urgency to read ebooks for me!

ya or adult?
YA. I do read adult fiction now and again, but YA has my heart.

vampires or werewolves?
Werewolves. I love reading about the bond and loyalty amongst werewolves packs as it speaks to something inside me which I crave: belonging.

chocolate or vanilla?
Chocolate. I find vanilla to be utterly boring.

harry potter or twilight?
Harry Potter! I love Twilight as well, but it doesn’t have the same timeless magic that the Harry Potter series has. My 7 year old son is reading the third book in the HP series and watching him get excited over this story and these characters is brilliant.

four or peeta?
Four! Peeta is great, don’t get me wrong, but there’s just something about Four that attracts me more.

series or single?
Ugh, standalones, please! I’m getting old and my memory and concentration levels are not what they used to be. I don’t want every book I read to be in a series, it drives me crazy.

blogger or wordpress?
I use blogger, so I’ll go with that! I have no experience of WordPress though, so *shrugs*

And finally, Is there anything else you would like to say about you or your blog?
Only thank you so much, Faye, for this! I had fun answering these questions and I really appreciate being your Blogger spotlight!


Thank you so much for answering the questions Michelle! It’s been a pleasure having you on the blog today. Did you like getting to know a little bit more about Michelle? Why not find out even MORE about her by going and checking out her glorious blog here

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Posted on 9 February, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments


National Libraries Day 2013!

Posted on 9 February, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


February 9th 2013 is National Library Day here in the UK and so I felt it was only right that I did a post for you all today on libraries and how much I really think that they are absolutely brilliant. Libraries are a place for people to go where they can be subjected to a vast majority of titles which they can borrow for free, they can borrow audio-books and DVDs, they can use the computers and internet for free (including WiFi), and there is always a strong focus on getting children more involved with reading and coming into the library.

And, if all of that wasn’t enough, there are also, in this new digital age, e-books and e-audiobooks that library members can borrow as well.

But enough about all of the borrowing side of libraries. That is mostly common knowledge, it is after all, the definition of libraries to LEND items to library members. But what few people may realise is everything else that the library and library staff offer to its members. For example, did you know that you may be able to book rooms in your library where you can hold meetings, or book clubs, or courses, or even classes? Or did you know that if you were looking for information on well, anything you could step into your local library and simply ask for help? It is possible you did know all of this and that this post is not a very informative post for you at all, but I have a feeling that some of these services were new to a few of you.

On top of all of that, as though that wasn’t enough, UK libraries also usually have children events throughout the week such as Storytime and Rhymetime to help the little ones interested in reading. There is also a Homework help area, other events held throughout the year, the Summer Reading Challenge, fun arts and craft events, and a lot of the time there will also be activity sheets for the children when they come into the library as well.

With all of these great services, how is it possible to not step into your local library and see what they can do for YOU? While not all libraries will have every service on offer, it is very likely that they will have more on offer than you first thought and would be willing to point you in the direction of larger libraries with more services as well. So why not head to YOUR local library today and find out more!

Besides, librarians are usually pretty friendly. :D


Some quotes from famous people and authors that I like about libraries;

“To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
“When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.” – Rita Mae Brown
“Libraries are our friends.” – Neil Gaimon
“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” – Ray Bradbury
“What in the world would we do without our libraries?” – Katherine Hepburn
“In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.” – Linton Weeks
“Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark…. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed.” – Germaine Greer
“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.” – Sidney Sheldon
“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” – Andrew Carniege

All these quotes (and MANY more) can be found here


Really, with all the government cuts to funding, with all the worry of schools without libraries, I worried about the future of libraries but these days, I’m not so panicked about it because even with this new age of technology, I am certain that libraries will still be needed. We may not always be there stocked with paper books, DVD hardcopies or CD audiobooks, but when all of these things disappear, we’ll still provide digital copies. Plus, we will be a place that will have e-readers to use in store, computers and laptops to search, and we’ll always have the information service with trained staff able to search the mass internet effectively.

There is a reason why there are still libraries mentioned in sci-fi movies, and that is because libraries are stronger than many think and I am certain that they will be here for many, many, more years to come.

What are your thoughts on libraries?

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Posted on 9 February, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Behind The Blog #39; Love is in the Air

Posted on 8 February, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments

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Behind the Blog is a meme to help bloggers connect their life and interests to the content showcased on their blog. The co-hosts, Faye, Kathe, and Melissa will provide a different topic, idea, or question every week that bloggers can relate to themselves and the books, films, or other media they find interesting!

So Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and so this week we would like to discuss Love. This is quite a big thing and it could be tackled from all sorts of standpoints. For this week, however, we would like to look at how falling in love has changed you or your life – or NOT falling in love, as the case may be! Are there any experiences that you’d be willing to share with us?

In relation to media, are they any books or films that you feel portray the way love can change a person specifically well? Or, what are you favourite valentine-y films?


I want to start this post by apologising for its lateness, real life just took control, unfortunately! But here it is!

This topic is actually one that’s quite hard for me to write about (and I chose it!), mostly because I’m not a very open person but also because I know that there are people I know who may stumble across this blog and read it. But, I’m going to try my best and see what I can do to write this post without mentioning names or coming out of my comfort zone with it. I apologise if it’s not as open as other posts for BTB have been.

Love, for me, is an abstract concept, one that I have never truly been able to grasp. I want to believe that I have fallen in love before, but when I think back over things now, I struggle to see that it ever happened to me, or if it did, it was never the kind of love you read or watch. I’ve never been so smitten with someone that I simply HAD to see them every day and every moment of every day or I would simply not be able to continue on with my life, I’ve had moments where I have truly enjoyed the company of another person and definitely prefer to be by their side and in their prescence than to be alone but not to the point where I would die without them by my side. That type of love, that strong desire and need is actually something that petrifies me.

I am a very independent person. It is the one characteristic that I have always loved, I don’t need anyone to do things for me, I don’t need them to be there or to help me ALL the time, and a lot of the time I would rather be on my own than with other people anyway. It sometimes gets to the point where I’m alone and want to be with people but then as soon as I am with people, I crave my own company again. So the simple idea of falling in love with someone and needing them ALL the time just… terrifies me. I cannot imagine that I could ever need someone that way, I’m not sure I could ever let myself get to that point because what happens when they walk away? Or worse yet, die? I don’t want to become dependent only to crumble at the thought of being independent again. But I also just don’t know how to be dependent, I really, really, don’t.

That is why it never would have worked between me and my ex, because he was a very dependent person, and he dependended on me to be there for him, to talk to him, to comfort him, to love him, and I tried, I really did, but in the end, it was too much for me. When you put an extremely dependent person and an extremely independent person in a relationship, you just have to understand that it will never work out the way that you wish it too. I think to a point, that I did love him, but I just never loved him as much as he loved me and that put a rather large strain on the relationship to the point that I felt suffocated and simply couldn’t deal with that overpowering feeling anymore. It was too much for me and it probably always will be.

How has this affected my life?

I am not that person who goes looking for love. I don’t go out there wanting to find someone to share my life with, but it also means that when I do have feelings for someone I rarely act on them because I fear that it will all go wrong and I’ll lose the person as a friend anyway. I’m certain that at one point in time I may find someone who, perhaps, is just as independent as me and we’ll fall in mutual like with each other and be able to spend time together simply because we’re comfortable doing so, but I hold no preconceptions on true love, my mind simply struggles to comprehend the symbolism of it all. Maybe someone will come along and change everything for me, but for now, I will continue to be my independent self, floating through life as I like without having to worry about how my actions will affect the other half in my life.

And now we all understand why I’m particular about the romance books I read, aren’t we? ;)

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In relation to books, there are so many out there that have amazing romantic moments, ones that show the real way relationships work and affect their lives but here are just a few examples of recent books I have read.

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Seraphina by Rachel Hartman; There is a really interesting relationship between Seraphina and Prince Lucien in this book.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas; Before the start of this book, in the novellas, Caelena falls in love and the loss of that love destroys her, so what happens when she starts to fall once more?
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa; He is the ice Prince, destined to have a cold heart and to never truly love. But then he meets Meghan.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth; Their relationship in this book goes through some trials and tribulations and shows just how complicated relationships can be.
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen; This book shows how being with the wrong person can have such a negative effect on your life.


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Posted on 8 February, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments


Thursday’s Special Spotlight; Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Posted on 7 February, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments

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Thursday’s Special Spotlight is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts. It is inspired by her library’s “Book of the Week” and Stepping out of the Page’s From the Review Pile. It also stems from how far behind I am on writing reviews and how guilty I often feel about it!

The idea of this feature is to spotlight books that I read e-ons ago that I absolutely loved and I feel deserve the spotlight on this blog! They will be accompanied with reasons as to why I loved them and why I think you should read them.


This weeks pick is Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Bearing in mind I read this book when it was released in May last year, my memory of the book is a little hazy so I apologise if some of the things I mention are not fully accurate. This was a book, that as soon as it was in my hands I simply HAD to read it. I had high expectations from Divergent and I was certain that this book would reach, if not exceed the standard of writing that had been set. Fortunately, I was proven right as once again I read this long book in only two days. I am a slow reader so being able to finish a near 600 page book in two days is a fairly great accomplishment! It was only a possibility simply because this book was so compelling, brilliant, and interesting to read and I simply found it incredibly difficult to put down.

Insurgent, for me, was actually not as good as Divergent. I cannot pinpoint exactly what it was about this book that didn’t reach the right standard for me but I have a feeling it was because it wasn’t quite as fresh as it had been before. But don’t get this all wrong because I LOVED Insurgent, more than loved really, and it has even made its way into being one of my favourite trilogies of all time, but for now, the first book was just that little bit better. Insurgent had a very interesting story, where Tris shows some of the flaws to her character, Four struggles to deal with things, and everything else just gets incredibly real and serious, and it all flowed really well. It was full of tension, full of action, and had you literally gripping the corners of the book as you read trying to cram all that information into your brain as fast as possible. Due to all of that, it is impossible not to enjoy this excellent addition to the trilogy. When it all ended, I literally screamed in frustration as I wanted MORE and knew I had to wait over a year for the final conclusion.

Why do I think you should read Insurgent?
If you have read and liked Divergent, I can only recommend that you carry on the trilogy! I know that some people have prefered Insurgent and it is likely that you may as well, but it is definitely worth reading. It is full of action, heavy emotions, frightful circumstances, and an overwhelming source of evil, plus there’s lots of mystery and suspence added in there as well. With all of that, how could you possibly say no to this amazing, entertaining, captivating read? If, on the other hand, you haven’t yet read Divergent, don’t start the trilogy with Insurgent! You will be completely lost and confused, but I would HIGHLY recommend you read Divergent anyway, so go off and do that and then read Insurgent afterwards because I guarentee you’ll want to know what else is in store for your favourite chatacters!

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Posted on 7 February, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments


Book Review; The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Posted on 6 February, 2013 by Faye - 10 Comments

The Lost Prince

Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: MiraINK
Published: 6th January 2013
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source:: ARC from NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten


Out of the Darkness

As soon as I heard about The Lost Prince, I was instantly intrigued. I had really enjoyed the Iron Fey series (check out my reviews here and here) and I had also fallen in love with Julie Kagawa’s The Immortal Rules (review here), so I was sure that this new novel was probably going to be just as exciting and interesting as the others and I am happy to report that I was right. While The Lost Prince is different to the other Iron Fey books, it still had the same beautiful descriptions, a gripping and fast-paced plot, and some well-thought out characters, which made it impossible to dislike.

Arises a New Evil

Ethan has been subjected to the fey ever since his older half-fey sister Meghan had to save him from capture within the fey world. Now that he’s older, he tries hard to ignore the fey who try to irritate him and get him into trouble but when his new half-phouka friend Todd disappears, he realises that he can’t just sit back anymore. The plot of this novel was captivating, to say the least, as there was always something going on. This is something that I have come to expect from Julie Kagawa but even I couldn’t guess what horrors would be around the next corner. This novel is covered in mystery, and it is up to Ethan to not only discover the truth but to fight whatever it is, but Ethan is merely a human, out of his element in the midst of a fey war. It is hard not to find this plot utterly enjoyable.

With Wicked Plans

As per usual, it is clear to see that Julie Kagawa has put a lot of time on making her characters realistic and likable. I instantly connected with Ethan, I wanted to do what I could to make it better. He may have seemed cold and distant but sometimes we just reach our limit and feel like we can’t do any more or deal with any more. But then, when things start to get real, Ethan knows that he cannot just sit back and I liked that about him. Despite everything, you could tell that deep down he did care because he was protective by nature. He was stubborn, and strong, but he also had very good reason to be. I’m not sure what it was but I just couldn’t help but enjoy his character. There were moments when his words and actions irritated me, but overall he was a good protagonist and one I was happy to see within this fey-world.

Kenzie was another character that I liked reading. She was strong, confident, stubborn and wouldn’t listen to Ethan because she was going to do her thing with or without his consent. She was caring and friendly, and it was clear that despite trying hard not to, Ethan was drawn to her. The romance between them was slow, it wasn’t something that was supposed to happen but something that they just couldn’t stop and I really liked that about them. It wasn’t a blinding, irritating love and that made it perfect for me. There was a third character I will mention – but not by name for spoilers – that I really enjoyed reading about. Unfortunately I knew who he was as soon as he made an appearance but even that made a massive grin appear on my face. He was mischievous, fun, and protective, and I really hope we get to see more of him soon! Bumping into the characters from the Iron Fey series was also great.

That Will Destroy

Once again, Julie Kagawa has proven that she is a talented and wonderful author who can write from many different perspectives and can keep the world she created alive and beautiful on the page. I have to admit that I am rather addicted to her writing style but I can understand that it may not be to everyone’s tastes. But if you’d like a story that is action-packed and fast-paced then you really should be reading her novels. When it comes to the inter-linking with the Iron Fey series, The Lost Prince can be read as a stand-alone, separate from the series, but I personally felt I got a lot more from this story because I had the background knowledge of the other characters. But then, that’s really probably only because I got to grin like a silly person when my favourite characters appeared on the page!

Until It Wins

This is a novel that is well-written, well-described, and highly entertaining. It holds a unique and interesting plot that really grabs the reader, making them not only want to know what’s happening but need to know. It was fun in some places, causing me to laugh aloud, and then there were moments of worry, anger, and sadness but it all just made the experience of the novel truly captivating. I would easily recommend this book to other readers, especially to those who like reading books with beautiful descriptions or those who just love fey stories, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has read and loved The Iron Fey series. This is a book that I am certain I would be able to re-read again and again!

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 6 February, 2013 by Faye - 10 Comments


Book Reviews; The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, The Iron Knight

Posted on 5 February, 2013 by Faye - 10 Comments

In lieu of the fact that I will be releasing my The Lost Prince tomorrow, I decided it would probably be a good idea to review The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, and The Iron Knight first. I have decided that I would be writing three mini-reviews for them. Before reading these, feel free to head over and read my review of The Iron King.


The Iron Daughter

The Iron Daughter

Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: MiraINK
Published: 15th April 2011
Pages: 406
Format: Paperback
Source:: Library Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.


As mentioned in my review of The Iron King, I adore Julie Kagawa’s writing. There is something so unique about the way she writes and it is no different in The Iron Daughter. Meghan is now the prisoner of the Winter Court due to her binding promise with Ash, but when a war breaks out between Summer and Winter, she knows that she has to get out and it is Ash who helps her along the way. I really enjoyed this book in the series. It was full of action, adventure, fun moments and sad moments as well. While Meghan did start to be less of a heroine in my eyes – I cannot pinpoint what it is about her that started to slip for me but I just didn’t feel so much love for her – Ash, Puck and Ironhorse took my breath away and made me want to continue to read more about them.

Overall, this second book in the series was captivating, interesting, and held a brilliant plot that just kept coming at you. It kept you needing to turn the page and continue reading even when you had other things to do. There were parts that made me cry, but there were also parts that had me laughing out loud. It was the perfect combination. Fortunately, the ending led to an exciting build-up for the next novel. It wasn’t a cliffhanger but it kept your curiosity peeked enough to know that you want to continue the series.

Four Stars


The Iron Queen

The Iron Queen

Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: MiraINK
Published: 21st October 2011
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source:: Library Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who’s sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.


The war between Summer and Winter is over but now there is a war against the Iron Fey that threaten to ruin the entire fey world, and all the traditional fey in it. It is up to Meghan as a half-fey to do what she can to save her beloved fey-world once and for all. This third book in the series was really interesting to read and I truly enjoyed reading it. Just like the previous two books in the series, it had enough action within it to really capture the readers’ attention and just when you’re certain things will calm for a moment, something else will happen causing you to be caught unawares. In this story, there is some heart-breaking scenes, some heart-warming scenes, and some scenes that even in the middle of the war, will have you laughing out loud. It just goes to show that Julie Kagawa is simply brilliant at bringing these stories to life.

In summary, this was a book that took a step further for Meghan and Ash. A book that was compelling, action-packed, and full of every emotion under the sun. It was beautifully written making it truly easy to see the world that it was set within. I also really liked getting to see more of the Iron Fey in this story and all of the things that they represented. It was good to see that there was more to them that met the eye, it made them feel more realistic. This book had a heart-breaking ending which made me incredibly happy to realise that there was one last book in which my heart may have a chance to repair itself.

Four Stars


The Iron Knight

The Iron Knight

Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: MiraINK
Published: 6th January 2012
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source:: Library Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
“My name–my True Name–is Ashallayn’ darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…”To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase–a half human, half fey slip of a girl–smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the unwelcome company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end–a quest to find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron Realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. And along the way Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.


The Iron Knight is, without a doubt, my favourite book in the entire Iron Fey series – yes I am counting The Lost Prince in this. I loved reading from Ash’s perspective but really it was also the plot of this book that truly blew me away. Not happy with spending an eternity without Meghan by his side, he takes a vow to do everything in his power to change his destiny. With the help of Puck and Grim, he travels to the end of the Fey world to do this. I was enthralled with all the different challenges that arose throughout this journey, I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between all of the characters – but I especially enjoyed the friendship between Ash and Puck and all of the complications that arose from it. My favourite part of the book, however, was right at the very end of the book when they finally reach their destination – but don’t worry, that’s all I’ll say so as not to ruin it.

This book was, in my opinion, the perfect ending to this series. It was a great, fun, emotional, powerful story that literally took you on a journey and showed you the many strengths of the secondary characters in this series. It was interesting, unique, and really enchanting. I was overjoyed while reading this book and I just really loved the ending of it to pieces. I truly enjoyed Ash as a narrator and simply could not recommend reading this series just to read this book more. The series as a whole was really enjoyable, but it was this book that really tipped the scale for me. So, what are you still reading this for? Go and get started on the Iron Fey series NOW.

five stars

Faye

Posted on 5 February, 2013 by Faye - 10 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; Ten Best Bookish Memories

Posted on 5 February, 2013 by Faye - 8 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 ten best bookish memories

While this won’t be in any specific order, the top one is my ULTIMATE favourite, and it will probably be there for a long while. Everything else is just organised as I thought of them!

  1. Author Day with Damian Dibben; Seriously. This day was one of my highlights of last year. I spent the day alongside Damian Dibben as he first spoke to an assembly of school children and then answered questions and then took part in a book club discussion of the book. I was totally overwhelmed but it was a brilliant day!
  2. Random House Blogger Brunch; This was my first blogger brunch and the first time I met some really great bloggers and publicists! I will probably always cherish this memory as well.
  3. Halloween at Foyles!; Six authors, meeting up with two bloggers, and hearing about all the different perceptions of horror stories was just really fun and interesting and something I’ll always remember I enjoyed!
  4. Meeting Rachelia @ Bookish Comforts; Meeting a Canadian blogger in England? Definite awesome. Plus, we clicked like we’d always been friends, had a great tourist day in London and then giggled till we cried while eating Burritos with Lucy from ChooseYA!
  5. Buddy reading Divergent; I have buddy read a fair few books now but this was the first one I ever did and it connected me to Sarah @ Saz101 and that was one the best things to ever happen to me!
  6. Volunteering For the Summer Reading Challenge; In the summer I helped to encourage young children to read by volunteering for the SRC where they told me about the books they’ve read and then they recieved some stickers and other goodie prizes. It felt so great to hear their enthusiasm for reading!
  7. Getting My Job; Getting that phone call to say I’ve gotten the library job of my dream? Yeah, that was a pretty epic bookish memory if I do say so myself!
  8. Blogging; It seemed silly to miss this one out because, I was really thinking about it, all of those memories up there have only happened because of this blog. I am certain I never would have had any of these experiences without it.
  9. NaNoWriMo Word Battles!; Okay, so this is more to do with writing books but I truly enjoyed participating in the NaNoWriMo Word Battles that S. J. Maas and Susan Dennard hosted! (they’re still doing them today as well :D)
  10. HKB & Templar Books Brunch; It may have only just happened but I really had a great time at the HKB and Templar brunch, it was such an experience to be able to talk to so many different an amazing authors and publicity staff!

And that is my list! What about your favourite bookish memories? Do you have any you’d be willing to share with us all?

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Posted on 5 February, 2013 by Faye - 8 Comments


Monday’s Movie Musings; Upcoming Movies

Posted on 4 February, 2013 by Faye - 16 Comments

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Monday’s Movie Musings is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts. The idea of this feature is to have all of my movie things occuring in one place. Whether it is a review, article, or something else, this feature will just be all about movies.

This week I’ll be discussing the movies out, or soon to be coming out, that I really want to see.


Unfortunately I haven’t been to the cinema in a while but I have had a chance to keep an eye on the movies currently out or soon to be arriving in the cinema.
  • Django Unchained; I have always loved Tarantino’s films and so I’m excited to watch his newest film!
  • Les Miserables; I haven’t seen the theatre production but everyone is raving about this film so I’d love the chance to see it and see what it is all about!
  • Lincoln; This is another big film that’s been nominated for the Oscars that I’m curious about!
  • The Impossible; My friend saw this and said he really enjoyed it and I have to admit that I’m intrigued to see it for myself!
  • Zero Dark Thirty; Another recommendation for this one. It does look quite good and I just hope that it meets expectations!
  • Hitchcock; I’ve only seen a few of his films but I studied Hitchcock at university and this film surrounding his life looks intriguing and I’m curious if it’d be good or not.
  • This is 40; I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while now, it looks great fun and I really enjoyed Knocked Up
What movies are you looking forward to watching?

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Posted on 4 February, 2013 by Faye - 16 Comments