Jul 24
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 7/24/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 7/24/16

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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. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): We had another fun week with Carmen, the Spanish exchange student who’s staying with us. It feels like we’ve been having a staycation, since we’re doing so many fun activities with her. So far, we’ve gone to the Bristol Renaissance Faire, a fun spy restaurant in Milwaukee (the entrance is hidden in a back alley and you have to either know the password or act goofy on camera to get in – and then the restaurant is filled with spy activities!), a nearby lake where we rented peddle boats, ice skating, to a painting place, mini golfing, hiking at Starved… Read more »


Jul 21
Reliquary by Sarah Fine – Review

Reliquary by Sarah Fine – Review

Reviews 6 ★★★½

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Sarah Fine’s adult fare, but I loved The Impostor Queen, so I decided to give it a try. This was different but really enjoyable – I’m glad I made the jump! The synopsis describes the book well, so I’m just going to skip straight to my review. What Fed My Addiction: A gritty magical underworld. When Mattie discovers the world of magic, she first thinks she’s stumbled upon some sort of drug den – and with good reason. The magical underworld is more than a little bit seedy. It’s run by something along the lines of the mob with bosses of different areas competing for relics and power. High stakes. Once Mattie discovers the existence of magic – and her ability to hold it – things get dangerous pretty quickly. She has no idea what she’s getting herself into when she agrees to work… Read more »


Jul 19
Top Ten Books that Took Me Abroad

Top Ten Books that Took Me Abroad

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books with Settings Outside the U.S. This is such a great topic! I’m always hunting for books that expand my horizons! I decided to stick with books I’ve read in 2016 to simplify things a little (mostly for myself). (Links go to my review, unless I haven’t written one yet – in that case, links are to Goodreads) 1. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh This historical fantasy series takes place in Arabia (somewhere – not sure of the exact location) and the lush setting plays a major role in the story! 2. Wanderlost by Jen Malone This book follows Aubree, who is forced into leading a tour across Europe (even though she knows nothing about it). She is enchanted by all of the places she travels, and you will be too! 3. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye This book is a amazing fantasy set in old-world Russia, and Skye makes Russian culture… Read more »


Jul 17
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 7/17/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 7/17/16

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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. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): This summer has been crazy busy for me! Between having Carmen here from Spain, driving the kids to their various appointments and activities and schoolwork that we’re still taking care of (including my youngest’s special reading program, which takes an hour and a half a day), I feel like I’m running myself ragged. This week, I only managed to get two posts up (and, as you can see, my Sunday Post is going up much later than usual). I was thinking of working on another one, but decided to instead spend the extra time I had visiting other blogs and… Read more »


Jul 16
Bite-Sized Reviews – Truly Madly Guilty, Rebel of the Sands, Thieving Weasels

Bite-Sized Reviews – Truly Madly Guilty, Rebel of the Sands, Thieving Weasels

Reviews 14 ★★★★

A few quick reviews of some of the books I’ve read this summer. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty Published by Flatiron Books in 6/26/16 Genres: Adult, Contemporary Pages: 432 Source: BEA My content rating: Talk of sex, but nothing more My rating: Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong? Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other. Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany… Read more »


Jul 12
Audiobook Acceleration – Let’s Discuss! (And a Poll!)

Audiobook Acceleration – Let’s Discuss! (And a Poll!)

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I’ve been listening to audiobooks a lot lately. They’re great for long drives (or even short ones – I listen even if I’m only in the car for five minutes!) and doing random chores around the house. (Who knew folding laundry could be so exciting?) Between SYNC‘s free summer audiobook program, the library, and Audiobook Boom (a reviewing site for audiobooks), I’ve been listening more than ever before! Of course, listening to an audiobook isn’t nearly as quick as just reading a book, but since I’m listening during times that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to read, I don’t mind that at all. But I’ve noticed that audiobook narrators read REALLY slowly. Like, ridiculously slowly. If I listened to most audiobooks at “normal” speed, it would be nearly painful – or I’d manage to fall asleep (hopefully not at the wheel!). I often wonder if the audiobook narrators have a… Read more »


Jul 10
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 7/10/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 7/10/16

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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. Last week on FYFA (and in my life):   This week we had an exchange student named Carmen come to stay with us! She’ll be here for three weeks, and it’s been really fun getting to know her so far! On the blogging front, I had the chance to see Victoria Schwab on her tour for This Savage Song, and I found her completely fascinating. Watch the blog next week for a recap! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog: June Recap & Best of the Bunch I Dream in YA – Let’s Discuss! Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally – Review & Giveaway – Still time to enter… Read more »


Jul 09
June Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway

June Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway

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I created this giveaway as a scavenger hunt to encourage people to visit the wrap-ups. There are entries for commenting on wrap-up posts and then there are additional entries for visiting specific posts and answering a question about them. The Link-Up Check out the June wrap-up posts in the linky below. These are the posts that can be used for the giveaway (Random.org chose ten of them to for the scavenger hunt portion of the giveaway). Didn’t have a chance to link up your June wrap-up post? That’s okay – you can still link up until the giveaway is over! An InLinkz Link-up My giveaway/trade list has gotten longer lately with the inclusion of some of the BEA books I’ve read, so I thought I’d offer books off that list! But I don’t want to leave my INT readers out, so if you’re an international reader and you win the giveaway, you can choose a book… Read more »


Jul 08
Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff – Review & Giveaway

Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 10 ★★★★

Sunborn Rising is a fantasy of truly epic proportions – it may feature characters in roughly the middle grade/young adult age range, but it will appeal to fantasy lovers of all ages! The story follows Barra and her two best friends, Plicks and Tory. They find out about a threat to their world via Barra’s father’s journals and decide to try to gather evidence on their own (when some of the adults in their community don’t seem to want to admit that something might be wrong). But the three bups (basically a word for young ones) end up in deeper danger than they ever imagined when their explorations lead to their downfall – literally. Below their world, they find a vast, strange land filled with both peril and unimaginable beauty – but they have to get home if they ever hope to share it. What Fed My Addiction: A lush fantasy… Read more »


Jul 07
The Siege by Mark Alpert – Review & Giveaway

The Siege by Mark Alpert – Review & Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 5 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in a series, but doesn’t really contain spoilers for the first book The Six. Click on the link to see my review of that book.*** If you’re looking for true YA sci-fi (not sci-fi light), then this series is for you! What Fed My Addiction: The sci fi. Fans of technology and sci-fi will love the different robots and gadgets in this series. I loved all of the descriptions of the different robots and how each person chose their “main” robot body and face. The physical manifestations of each of the characters were not only entertaining, they gave us insight into the characters’ personalities. It was obvious that Alpert put a lot of thought into what each character’s robot should look like and how it would represent them. All of the outrageous machines and technologies seemed a little crazy, but just like in the last… Read more »