Dec 15
Island of Exiles and Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron: Review & Giveaway

Island of Exiles and Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron: Review & Giveaway

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Today I’m featuring the first two books in Erica Cameron’s Ryogan Chronicles, a fantasy adventure series that pushes the envelope in many ways. This first book in the series throws us into a strange and deadly desert world where every day is a fight for survival.  What Fed My Addiction: Utterly unique. I’ve never read anything like this series, and the world that Cameron has created is beyond anything I could possibly imagine. Like, seriously, how does she come up with all of it? It’s unmistakably brilliant. Diversity. Traditional gender roles are simply not a thing in this book. In fact, the society in the fantasy world features three completely accepted genders. In addition to that, sexuality and romantic relationships seem to be relatively fluid for the people in this society as well (and some people are asexual). This is all accepted without comment, which I loved. Family bonds. The society… Read more »


Dec 14
Why Can’t I Seem to Read Lately? Let’s Discuss.

Why Can’t I Seem to Read Lately? Let’s Discuss.

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Something strange has been happening to me lately, and I can’t quite figure out why. I’m just not as motivated to read as I used to be. This is a real issue, people, and I need some serious help! Once upon a time, I had no problem at all reaching 200 books in a year. But suddenly, now, I find that when I have no definitive deadline, I put off reading. I actually NEED that deadline to motivate me to pick up a book. Without it, I choose to stare at the internet or waste time in a million other ways. What sort of strange madness has come over me? I guess this is just a reading slump, right? I mean, I’ve heard tell of this sort of mythical creature that could ruin your reading motivation, but I’ve never truly experienced one—at least not for long. I think I’ve figured out a… Read more »


Dec 13
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow: Review and Giveaway

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow: Review and Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 3 ★★★★

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow is a fantastic blend of intelligent and unique sci fi that doesn’t get so technical that you get lost in the details. This is my favorite type of sci-fi: there are enough technical details to make it all feel real, but not so many that I feel like my brain is overflowing with it. For me, that makes for an altogether enjoyable sci-fi read! What Fed My Addiction: All the mysteries. This book is filled with mysteries that get unpacked as the book progresses. Who are the Delonese and what do they want with humans? Who took Shilo and what are they doing to him (and why)? Who set off the bomb that almost killed Sofi? What happened between Sofi and Miguel in the past? Who is blackmailing Miguel and what exactly do they have on him? All of these questions kept me turning the pages and made… Read more »


Dec 11
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

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(No actual dueling—or even arm-twisting—was involved. Don’t worry, this is a dual review, not a duel review. Sorry if you’re disappointed.) Today I have another dual review of a book from my Make Me Read It Giveaway (as part of the Wrap-Up Round-Up). Danielle Hammelef, a faithful FYFA reader, was the latest winner, and she chose to make me read The Sky Is Everywhere. Once I read the book, I sent italong to her. Once again, Danielle took me up on the option of doing a dual review, which I was really excited about since it’s such a fun way to review! Read on to see what we thought of the book… NICOLE SAYS: I have to confess that, overall, this book just wasn’t for me. I LOVED Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun, so I had high expectations, but this book just sort of frustrated me. And the more I thought… Read more »


Dec 10
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/10/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/10/17

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): This week I’ve gotten back to a normal posting schedule. I got my list of 2018 challenges up (which takes me a long time to get together), and I’m trying to make sure I’m getting around the blogosphere and keeping up on my editing. Busy, busy! If you were watching my blog like a hawk (or just happened upon it at the right time), you may have noticed my “Working List of 2018 Challenges” accidentally go up yesterday for a couple of hours—it even got tweeted. Oops! That was just supposed to be my list of the challenges I was still… Read more »


Dec 09
November Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (With a “Make Me Read It” Twist)

November Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (With a “Make Me Read It” Twist)

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I created this giveaway to encourage people to visit people’s wrap-ups. There are entries for commenting on the wrap-up posts in the link-up. Last month’s winner was Samantha D. She chose for us to read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (which I’ve been meaning to read for a very long time! I’m reading it right now so I can get it sent out to her! Watch for our dual review, which will be coming soon. The Link-Up Check out the November wrap-up posts in the linky below. These are the posts that can be used for the giveaway. Didn’t have a chance to link up your November wrap-up post? That’s okay—you can still link up until the giveaway is over! An InLinkz Link-up The giveaway is open to everyone! You don’t have to link up to the wrap-up round-up to be eligible. The Make Me Read It Giveaway This giveaway has… Read more »


Dec 07
Bite-Sized Reviews of Rosemarked, Turtles All the Way Down, My Name Is Jason. Mine Too, and When in Rome

Bite-Sized Reviews of Rosemarked, Turtles All the Way Down, My Name Is Jason. Mine Too, and When in Rome

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I’ve got four bite-sized reviews today. It’s a bit of a mixed-bag—a YA contemp, a YA fantasy, a book of art and poetry, and an NA contemp. I used to try to combine things more logically, but then I had some reviews that I waited forever to write, which didn’t work out so well. Anyway. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! First off, I want to point out that while this book is set in a fantasy world, there’s no actual magic involved. When the book starts, we learn that Zivah is testing to become a healer, and at first it seems like the potions might have magical properties—but really, they’re basically just medicines. The rose plague is just a plague—though a very interesting one since some people remain carriers even after they’ve seemingly beat the disease (and they eventually die from it… Read more »


Dec 06
Looking for a List of 2018 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further!

Looking for a List of 2018 Reading/Book Blogging Challenges? Look No Further!

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For the last few years I’ve posted a comprehensive list of all the book blogging and reading challenges I’ve found. It seems like it’s been a useful resource, so I figured I’d do it again this year! This is a list of everything I’ve found so far, but I’ll be adding to it—feel free to let me know in the comments if you know of another challenge and I’ll add it to the list. If you’re looking for some advice on how to wisely choose the challenges you want to participate in (and how to get yourself organized), check out my post: How to Keep Yourself Motivated and Organized for Reading Challenges. And Julie over at Chapter Break wrote this great post on How to Embed a Goodreads Shelf into a Blog Post! And if you’re considering hosting a challenge yourself, you might want to check out my guest post over at… Read more »


Dec 05
2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up

2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up

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Welcome to the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! We came up with this challenge because we wanted to encourage our fellow book bloggers to not only read more (since there are already lots of challenges for that), but talk more too! Well, it’s been SO successful these last three years that we decided to bring it back! So often, we book bloggers mean to post more discussions on our blogs, but we just don’t quite get around to it. Well, we wanted to give everyone a little motivation to keep the discussions going, plus give us a place to link up our discussions so that more people will see our precious words of wisdom (or … you know … our GIF-filled rants). I hope you’ll join us for this challenge and pledge yourself to posting… Read more »


Dec 03
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/3/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/3/17

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): I won NaNoWriMo! Got my 50,000 words, but I still need to finish the book. BUT I’m putting it on hold just for a bit so I can finish my edits to my MG book. I have the opportunity to send it out to a few people because of the conference I went to, so I want to get the book in shape so I can take advantage of that! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week: Still a light week here, since I only posted three times and two of those posts were… Read more »