Sep 23
Sunday Post: Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 9/23/18

Sunday Post: Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 9/23/18

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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): We’ve spent this weekend doing a little demolition. We’re taking out the pool that’s been in our backyard since we moved in 13 years ago and most of the deck (except for a bit of the framing) along with it. As of me writing this, we now step out our back door to a half-torn out deck that leads to a giant hole in the ground (and a whole lot of debris). Sounds fun, right? Actually, the process hasn’t been all that bad. And I trust my husband to make us a spiffy new deck.  🙂  (We’re hiring landscapers… Read more »


Sep 21
The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes: Hispanic and Disability Rep + Mythology Not Many of Us Know About

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes: Hispanic and Disability Rep + Mythology Not Many of Us Know About

Middle Grade, Reviews 12 ★★★★

There’s a whole lot to love about this little gem of a book. It’s an action-packed introduction to a little-known mythological system that features a hispanic, disabled MC. This sounds like a lot of rep and you might be wondering if the inclusion of the disability might seem like too much, but it’s all woven together seamlessly and given its due weight. What Fed My Addiction: Maya mythology. I knew absolutely nothing about Maya mythology going into this, and the book made me want to delve into it and learn more. I hope it encourages many kids to do the same! Of course, we only get a taste of the mythology in this book, but we’re introduced to some of the major gods and we learn about several of the myths associated with them. And, of course, it’s all done in a really fun and engaging way as we’re led on Zane’s… Read more »


Sep 18
Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

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It’s been a while since I’ve participated in TTT, so I thought I’d jump in this week. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR For this, I’m using books that are releasing this fall, even though I’ll probably be reading some backlist books as well. (I’m listing this in order of release date.) 1. Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes This one releases today! I loved the first book from this imprint, so I’m ready to jump into this one!!! 2. Wildcard by Marie Lu I finally read (technically, listened to) a Marie Lu book!! And I really liked it! So, since I recently read Warcross, it makes sense that I should jump into Wildcard very soon. (This one came out today, too.) 3. Dry by Neal Shusterman Do you see Neal Shusterman’s name on the book? That is all the explanation you need. 4. Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd I’ll confess that the fact that… Read more »


Sep 16
Sunday Post: Pre-order Deals & Giveaways Galore – 9/16/18

Sunday Post: Pre-order Deals & Giveaways Galore – 9/16/18

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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 was busy because my husband was in Ireland for work, and I had kid appointments on Thursday and Friday. But I still feel like I got a lot done Monday through Wednesday. Now I just need to keep up that momentum. Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post: A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Two Dark Reigns Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu: A Classroom Reading Review Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries: Here are the birthdays and blogoversaries for this week! I hope you’ll go wish these bloggers well on their special days! Make sure you check… Read more »


Sep 14
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu: A Classroom Reading Review

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu: A Classroom Reading Review

Reviews 10 ★★★★½

I read this book with my homeschool language arts class (last spring—for some reason it’s taken me this long to post this—I have no idea why), and the class really enjoyed it! We started out by reading “The Snow Queen,” which the book is based on. It was fun to see the parallels between the two stories and to see where Ursu strayed from the original. The book is split into two parts—the first part takes place almost entirely in the real world (with a few small fantastical elements thrown in), and the second part takes place in a fantasy world as Hazel goes off to try and rescue Jack from the white witch. The two parts of the book are completely different, and I was slightly surprised how long it took to get to the fantasy portion of the book. The book focuses on Hazel’s sense of not belonging, both because… Read more »


Sep 11
A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Two Dark Reigns

A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Two Dark Reigns

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NOTE: In case you missed the title of this post, BE WARNED NOW THAT IT WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS! If you want my non-spoilery thoughts on this book, check out my review instead. (There’s also a giveaway!) Or, if you haven’t read this one yet, then feel free to check out my Spoiler-Filled Discussions of Three Dark Crowns, of One Dark Throne and of “The Young Queens” and “The Oracle Queen.” I just finished book three of this series, and there were some big surprises! Of course, we still haven’t gotten all of our questions answered (there’s one more book to go!), but we did learn a lot in this installment. So, let’s dive right in… Daphne/Illiana These characters weren’t really part of the story before, but they drive the main plotline of this book, so I’m starting with them. My theories: Right at the beginning, when we see the birth of the Blue… Read more »


Sep 09
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/9/18

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/9/18

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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): Yesterday I went to a presentation by Allie Pleiter at my local library. Allie has written over 40 books and she has come up with her own writing time management method called The Chunky Method. I’m actually really excited about it because it seems to me like it might help me with solid daily goals (like I have during NaNo) that are tailored to my own writing process. I don’t do well without solid goals, so I’m going to give this method a try and see if it helps me as much as I think it will. Also yesterday, my… Read more »


Sep 07
Book Box Subscriptions. Yay or Nay? Let’s Discuss.

Book Box Subscriptions. Yay or Nay? Let’s Discuss.

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I’ve only tried a few book box subscriptions, but determined that they’re not for me. There are a few reasons for this: I’m disappointed when I get books I already have. The first book box that I ever got was a Page Habit box, and I LOVE the idea behind this box! It includes an annotated book. What could be better right. When I got my first box, I was so excited. I opened the box … and it was a book I’d already read. Not even just a book I’d already read, but one I was only meh about (it wasn’t bad, but not fantastic either, and not a book I was interested in reading again.). My excitement deflated. I’m not all that excited about swag. I know this might make me like a bookish heretic, but I’m generally not crazy about swag. I do love pins and buttons, and I don’t mind bookmarks,… Read more »


Sep 04
Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake: Release Day Review & Giveaway!

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake: Release Day Review & Giveaway!

Current Giveaways, Reviews 31 ★★★★½

I have not been this obsessed with a series ever. I’ve certainly never prepared to read a new book in a series so thoroughly: I first reread “The Young Queens” And then read “The Oracle Queen” (I posted a Spoiler-Filled Discussion of both novellas just yesterday.) Then I read recaps of both Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne (Click the link if you need a reminder and want to read the recaps on Recaptains) And then reread my Spoiler-Filled Discussions of TDC and ODT as well. For me, that’s a lot of prep work! But it’s all worth it because the mysteries in this series keep getting twistier and twistier, and I love every minute of the sleuthing!! You can watch for a Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Two Dark Reigns to come next week (to give more people a chance to read it first), but for now, check out my completely… Read more »


Sep 03
A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of The Young Queens and The Oracle Queen (AKA Queens of Fennbirn)

A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of The Young Queens and The Oracle Queen (AKA Queens of Fennbirn)

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NOTE: In case you missed the title of this post, BE WARNED NOW THAT IT WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS! If you want my non-spoilery thoughts on the books in this series, check out my reviews instead! Or, if you’ve only read the first two books, then feel free to check out my Spoiler-Filled Discussions of Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne! (And then immediately read the novellas and come back here!) So, my review of Two Dark Reigns is coming TOMORROW (I’m excited, okay?), and I thought I should do a little talking about the two novellas in Queens of Fennbirn before I jump into book three. I’ll talk about what we learned in “The Young Queens” and “The Oracle Queen” and my predictions about what these revelations might mean for the overarching story of the series. In this novella, we get to see details of the queens’ (and Jules’s) lives when they… Read more »