Saturday, February 18, 2017

2017 Love-a-Thon: Sweethearts Candy Messages

The Love-a-Thon is hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick, and Mel of The Daily Prophecy). Follow along on social media using the hashtag #LoveaThon

My Love-a-Thon posts so far:
Mad Libs: Fairytale Edition
Mix and Match Challenge
Book Spine Poetry

Other places to find me this weekend:

♥  ♥  

You’ve received a box of Sweethearts candy, and you’re asked to share the candy with a person or couple – fictional or real. Tell us who you’d give these messages to:

* LOVE WINS: A couple I didn’t think would get together, but against all odds, they did is Simon and Blue from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

* I DO: A character I’d marry is Jamie Fraser from Outlander *swoon*

* DREAM BIG: A character whose dreams I want to come true is Tim from The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

* CRAZY 4 U: A character I’m crazy about is Etienne St Claire from Anna and the French Kiss

* TRUE LOVE: My ultimate OTP is Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables

* TE AMO: A language I’d want to be wooed in is Italian, and I’d like Luca from A Place in the Sun by RS Grey to do the wooing

* BFF: I’d want Alex from London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton as my best friend. She’s a total nerd like me, she loves London, plus she has anxiety so she’d undertand what it’s like for me

* WINK WINK: A character I’d want to wink at me is Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

* SWEET TALK: A character who knows how to sweet talk/flirt is Easy from the Wild Aces trilogy by Chanel Cleeton

* BEST DAY: A moment from a book I wish happened to me...well, this is spoilery so all I’ll say is the Point Zero moment in Isla and the Happily Ever by Stephanie Perkins
* OOH LA LA: A character I’d want to slow dance with is Ed Sheeran. Oh wait, he’s a real person. I’ve been watching the video for Thinking Out Loud too much! ;-) Ok, I’ll go with another adorable ginger: Ron Weasley

* LOVE YOU: The character that gets my undying love is Gilbert Blythe

2017 Love-a-Thon: Book Spine Poetry

The Love-a-Thon is hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick, and Mel of The Daily Prophecy). Follow along on social media using the hashtag #LoveaThon

My Love-a-Thon posts so far:
Mad Libs: Fairytale Edition
Mix and Match Challenge

Other places to find me this weekend:

♥  ♥  

Since you've been gone,
Every move,
Every breath,
Every word,
What I thought was true.
The year we fell apart,
Forever, interrupted

So, while I kinda love this one, it's also sort of depressing (haha), so I did another quick one with one of my great loves: London 

There you'll find me.
This I know:
London belongs to me.

I can't wait to see everyone else's attempts at book spine poetry!

2017 Love-a-Thon: Mix & Match Challenge

The Love-a-Thon is hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick, and Mel of The Daily Prophecy. Follow along on social media using the hashtag #LoveaThon

My Love-a-Thon posts so far:
Mad Libs: Fairytale Edition

Other places to find me this weekend:

♥  ♥  
We all love books, but what else are you passionate about? What do you obsess over? How do you pass your time when you're not reading? I often joke that my whole life is books: writing them, reading them, blogging about them, and taking pictures of them, but I do love a a few other things, too...

Things I love besides reading:

Writing (I'm a self-published author)

TV!! Doctor Who, Sherlock, Gilmore Girls, and Supernatural, just to name a few

Also, in case you can't tell from the above photos, plus my blog header, I'm obsessed with Funko Pops and Disney!

This pretty much sums me up: super nerdy, awkward in front of a camera, and completely in love with London. 
PS: If you want to see more about my fandom adventures in London, visit this post.

2017 Love-a-Thon ~ Mad Libs: Fairytale Edition

The Love-a-Thon is hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick, and Mel of The Daily Prophecy). Follow along on social media using the hashtag #LoveaThon

Hi fellow love-a-thon participants (and everyone else)! If this is your first time visiting, feel free to read my introduction. Besides here on the blog, you can also find me on Bookstagram and Twitter.

This Mad Libs was so amusing to do. Here's how my story turned out:

Once upon a time, in a far away London, there lived a smart villain. He lived alone in a bookstore, where he had grown up with the deceased owner. He had beautiful arms, and he was known for his shiny red necklace, the only thing he had left of his parents.

Alas, the duchess of the country became jealous and wanted to own this necklace. So, he became a wanted person and had to flee into the forest to find a place to hide. After skipping around for hours, hungry and tired, he stumbled upon a cabin. An old lady appeared, offering him shelter from the bitter cold. She looked at him with excitement and said: "I will protect you, but I need your help first. Years ago I lost something precious and I want it back. You need to climb into the sky and get my flute back. Here is a magical pizza, throw it into the earth, sprinkle with water and it will sprout a beanstalk. You have 13 days to return before the stalk withers."

He followed the instructions given to him, and lo and behold, a beanstalk grew and grew and grew all the way up to the clouds. After an exhausting climb, he saw a huge apartment. He walked to the door and knocked. A rough voice said: 'Fee-fi-fo-fum, who dares to come and enter my house?" He was not afraid and said: "My name is Jamie and I've come to collect an item."

The door made a piercing sound when it opened and revealed a large pantry filled with golden boxes. He stepped inside and walked towards the spiraling staircase, where a figure moved, cloaked in darkness.

"Who are you? Step into the light, so I can see your face." The beast growled angrily. "Why did you come here? I just want to be left alone." Still, he moved and stood in front of it. There were three horns on his head, and hair all over his face and his mouth was filled with large teeth. He wore overalls.

"What happened to you?" He reached out to touch one of the horns, but the beast flinched.

"Many years ago I was cursed by a witch. I have one year left to laugh so I can break the spell, but I'm not brave enough."

"If you give me the flute, I will help you."

In keeping its promise, the beast and he worked for a few hours and that afternoon, the beast transformed into an ordinary older guy. "I can't wait to return to my job as a mechanic in the normal world. Can I come with you?" Together they climbed down the beanstalk, carrying the instrument for the old lady. The moment she saw the guy and her beloved instrument, she started to weep.

"My husband, you have returned!" They hugged and looked at him.

"We have to tell you something," the old lady said. "You are our child. We were separated after the curse, but now we are reunited!" From that day, the three of them lived together in the forest, happily ever after.

Friday, February 17, 2017

2017 Love-a-Thon: Introduction

The Love-a-Thon is hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick, and Mel of The Daily Prophecy). Follow along on social media using the hashtag #LoveaThon

Hi everyone! *waves* Welcome to Ramblings of a Daydreamer. I'm Marie and I'm blogging from Ontario, Canada. I'm really looking forward to making some new bookish friends this weekend! 

Here are my answers to the questionnaire sent out by the lovely Love-a-Thon hosts:

Tell us your history with reading. Were you always a reader? Were you a reluctant reader? Was there a book that convinced you to become a reader? 

  • I’ve always been a reader. My parents and grandparents read to me from the time I was little, and I was extremely fortunate to have parents who bought me a lot of books and fostered my love of reading.

How did you get involved in the online book community?

  • I started Ramblings of a Daydreamer in 2010 as an ‘everything’ blog. I planned to talk about my life, my family, etc. As I was visiting blogs, I kept discovering all these blogs dedicated to books, and I thought ‘Wow, a lot of people love to read as much as I do’. I’ve never had many friends who like to read, so it was a whole new experience for me. I tentatively wrote a few reviews, discovered I enjoyed doing it, and the blog slowly morphed into a book blog. From there I joined Twitter and was an active part of the book community there for a long time. I’ve gotten away from it in the last couple years for personal reasons, but I do still tweet here and there, and I love chatting about books. My real passion right now is Bookstagram. It started out similar to the blog - I posted pics of my family, what I was doing, travel shots, etc., and it slowly turned into a purely bookish space. (Side note: I missed posting real life stuff, so I created a personal account, too.) That’s where I feel most comfortable these days, although so far this year I’ve put more effort into the blog than I did last year. I’m starting to recapture the love I once had for blogging that I thought I’d lost.

What’s your favorite thing about the online book community?

  • People’s passion for stories. I love that all these people from around the world, who may have absolutely nothing in common except their love for books, all do the same thing: talk about books, promote books, LOVE books. We don’t get paid, most of us don’t set out to get famous, we just want to share our love of books, squee over authors, and discover new stories. I’m always amazed when I see hardworking, dedicated, passionate people doing what they love, whether it’s blogging, Bookstagram, BookTube, or whatever.

What sort of posts can readers expect from you?

  • Right now I have a mixture of reviews, bookish discussions, and a few memes (I’ve started doing It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? recently, and I do the occasional Top Ten Tuesday). Last year I started doing a Bookstagram Weekly Digest feature, but it was so time-consuming and I didn’t get much feedback. I decided to start posting some of my favourite bookstagram pics in my monthly recaps instead. I also just started a feature called Bookish Merch Spotlight - my first spotlight was on NerdyGrlDesigns, who makes gorgeous bookmarks and stickers!

What book genres do you talk about most?

  • I’m a contemporary romance junkie (YA, NA, and adult), but I have eclectic tastes, so I talk about a variety of books from contemporary to historical fiction to science fiction to fantasy to mystery. Honestly though, in the last year or so, it’s mostly been contemporary.


  • Favorite food? I love pizza and pasta. Visiting Italy year before last was like visiting food heaven for me!
  • Favorite color? Blue - any shade
  • Favorite things to do apart from reading? I love taking pictures - mostly of books these days, but basically anything else, too. I’m also a TV junkie, and I love to travel.
  • Favorite tv shows? Friends, Gilmore Girls, Supernatural, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey...I could go and on.
  • Favorite movies? Bridget Jones’ Diary (1 and 3 are my favourites), Runaway Bride, Notting Hill, The Holiday. Romcoms are totally my jam. Oh, and I’m obsessed with Harry Potter, so I have to include those, too. And Disney! Especially Beauty and the Beast and Robin Hood.
  • Favorite musical artists? U2, The Killers, Robbie Williams, Adele, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Abba, Taylor Swift

~Book Talk~

  • Favorite childhood books? I was obsessed with the Berenstain Bears when I was little. From there, it was Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High
  • Favorite books read in the last five years? Last year’s favourite was A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. The year before that my favourites were the Every trilogy by Ellie Marney (Every Breath, Every Word, Every Move). Other faves that I recommend endlessly: Anna and the French Kiss, the Scarlet trilogy by AC Gaughen (Scarlet, Lady Thief, Lion Heart), Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, and anything by Lia Riley, AJ Pine, Chanel Cleeton, or Taylor Jenkins Reid.
  • Underrated book, series or author you love? Definitely the Every series by Ellie Marney. It’s such a shame books written by Australian authors and released first in Australia often get a lot less attention in North America. I only know of a few blogger friends who have read this series and all of them love it as much as I do. If you’re a fellow Sherlockian, please please please considering picking up Every Breath and giving the series a shot. The basic premise is ‘What if Sherlock was the boy next door’ and my answer to that is: friendship, adventure, danger, and waaay more sexiness than I expected!
  • Book boyfriend/girlfriend? Book BFF? Book family? Book Boyfriend: My two longest-running book boyfriends are Etienne St Claire from Anna and the French Kiss, and Roar from the Under the Never Sky trilogy. Book BFF: Alex from London Belongs to MeBook Family: The Weasleys. I just love them and would love to be part of their big, chaotic family, living at the Burrow.
  • Books you want to read in 2017? There are so many fantastic-sounding books coming out this year, and as much as I want to read a ton of them, I also want to focus on backlist books, especially ones that have been sitting on my shelves for ages. At the top of my list: Outlander.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy Release Day to Abducted Life by Patricia Josephine!

My friend Patricia Josephine (aka Patricia Lynne) has a new book out! I had the pleasure of beta reading Abducted Life, and I loved how original it was - just like all of Patricia's other books. Plus, would you look at that cover? So beautiful. Read on to find out more about Patricia's newest release, read a teaser, and find out where you can buy the ebook. 

Savannah Janowitz’s perfect life was destroyed the night she and her boyfriend vanished without a trace. When she reappears a year later––alone––she’s a shell of her former self. Robbed of her popularity and her boyfriend, she has no memory of what happened to her. Savannah struggles to move forward as strange, new abilities manifest.

Evan Sullivan never gave extra-terrestrials much thought until the night he and Savannah were abducted. While Savannah’s memory was wiped clean, he remembers every horrific detail. Constantly reminded of the experiments that made him less than human, Evan hides in the shadows and watches Savannah rebuild her life without him. But neither can let the other go.

When their paths cross, Savannah and Evan finally see a glimmer of their old lives return. As they face what happened to them, they soon discover they aren’t safe. There’s more to fear than what’s hiding in the stars.

Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.

You can find her lurking on Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Wattpad. Find the latest news at her website or sign up for her newsletter. A link to all her books can be found here.

Want a little teaser from Abducted Life? Read on!

White-hot light stung his eyes. The roar of an engine shook his eardrums, threatening to burst them. His arms and legs were pinned to the cold ground. Above, a massive craft hovered. It was black and sleek, like a giant Porsche with wings instead of wheels. Turbines beat out a frantic rhythm, and yellow lights flashed along its belly. With a low warble, the craft lifted up, vanishing among the stars in a matter of seconds. 
Silence settled over the field. He rose to his feet. His only thought was to reach the girl lying motionless nearby. He stumbled across the flattened grass to Savannah. Her skin was washed white in the moonlight, and her strawberry blond curls were in tangles. She didn’t respond to his touch, but her breathing and pulse were steady. He gathered her into his arms. 
In the distance, sirens wailed. Headlights raced down the road toward them. Panic lodged in his throat, and he bolted up. If they saw him… 
The unconscious girl sprawled at his feet made him pause. He reached for her, but the dark green stripes coloring his arm made him recoil. He couldn’t allow her to see him either. She wouldn’t remember and would be repulsed with what they had done to him. He curled his fingers into a fist and ran to the edge of the field where the trees promised safety. 
Hidden, he watched the police cars turn onto the field, kicking up dust in their wake. They skidded to a stop. Their headlights illuminated Savannah. Officers hurried to her with their hands on their guns. One knelt next to Savannah and placed two fingers on her neck.
“Call an ambulance,” he said. “She’s alive.” 
“Is it her, Jimmy? The Janowitz girl?” 
“I hope so.” 
“But where did she disappear to? It’s been a year since she and Evan Sullivan went missing in this field.” 
The officer beside Savannah shook his head. He stared at the starry sky. 
An ambulance’s red and white lights flashed in the darkness. Its call was mournful. The paramedics tended to Savannah. She woke as they worked. Tears blurred his vision when she whispered his name. 
I’m here, Savvy. 
But he wasn’t. He sank into the shadows of the forest and vanished.

Buy Abducted Life now for just 99 cents!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

Fateful by Claudia Gray
Series: Standalone
Published: August 29th, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
325 pages (hardcover)
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction/Paranormal Romance
Acquired this book: Bought
Warning: May contain spoilers
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Eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, troubled family she serves. It's 1912, and Tess has been trapped in the employ of the Lisles for years, amid painful memories and twisted secrets. But now the Lisle family is headed to America, with Tess in tow. Once the ship they're sailing on—the RMS Titanic—reaches its destination, Tess plans to strike out and create a new life for herself.

Her single-minded focus shatters when she meets Alec, a handsome first-class passenger who captivates her instantly. But Alec has secrets of his own. He's in a hurry to leave Europe, and whispers aboard the ship say it's because of the tragic end of his last affair with the French actress who died so gruesomely and so mysteriously. . . .

Soon Tess will learn just how dark Alec's past truly is. The danger they face is no ordinary enemy: werewolves exist and are stalking him—and now her, too. Her growing love for Alec will put Tess in mortal peril, and fate will do the same before their journey on the Titanic is over.

In Fateful, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray delivers paranormal adventure, dark suspense, and alluring romance set against the opulent backdrop of the Titanic's first—and last—voyage.

I have four words for you: Werewolves on the Titanic. Intrigued? I sure was when I first heard of Fateful. Having been obsessed with the Titanic since the movie came out (20 years ago - ugh I feel so old!), I’ve always been curious about this book, but never picked it up until recently. I want to read more paranormal books this year as well as more backlist books, so I thought I’d start with Fateful. I’m glad I did.

Tess is eager to escape to America when the family she works for boards the Titanic. She plans to leave their service as soon as they arrive in New York and strike out on her own with the money she’s been squirreling away. One of the things I love most about books like this (as well as TV shows and movies) is seeing how differently people lived - in general, as well as between classes. The family Tess works for stays in first class, with all its luxury and opulence, while Tess is relegated to third class. It was interesting to get a glimpse of what things were like between the classes, as well as see the Titanic through Tess’s eyes. Most people know at least a bit about the Titanic tragedy, so throw in the concept of being trapped on this massive ship with deadly werewolves, and it makes for a fun story with great underlying tension and an added sense of danger. You know things aren’t going to end well, but how will the characters fare? It was tense and exciting, and the added element of romance made it that much better.

If this book had a different setting, I might have found the romance between Tess and Alec less believable. Between their proximity and being forced together for various reasons, it made it easier to accept the instalove, and even root for it as things developed. I loved how down-to-earth and humble Alec was despite being the heir to a great fortune. He’d been through a lot and was haunted by personal demons, but he opened himself up to Tess. The other characters in this book were great too. I love stories with meaningful side characters, and I think Gray did a fantastic job of making me care about the side characters as much as the main ones, especially Myriam and Irene. 

If you’re looking for a paranormal romance with a setting that’s as unique as the story itself, Fateful is a must read.

Have you read Fateful? What did you think? If you haven't read it, do you plan to? Have you ever read a book about a well-known event with a unique spin? Do you have any recommendations for books set on the Titanic?
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