May 25
Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee: Review, Giveaway & Dee’s Top Ten Addictions

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee: Review, Giveaway & Dee’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Current Giveaways, Reviews 0 ★★★★

This book is incredibly adorable and a perfect way to introduce MG readers to the concept of LGBT relationships. Since Mattie herself is unsure of how she feels, it gives the reader permission to be unsure with her, and it eases the MG reader into the idea that Mattie might be having romantic feelings for another girl. Because of that, a relatively simple book becomes powerful. What Fed My Addiction: Slow realization. At the start of this book it’s never even occurred to Mattie that she could be attracted to a girl—after all, she’s just getting over a crush that she had on a boy, and it’s not like she’s been questioning her sexuality her whole life. Because of that, we get to see the whole story from a realistically naive point of view. Mattie is confused at first about what she feels for Gemma. She certainly has no idea how Gemma feels about her…. Read more »


May 24
Why Rating Middle Grade (and Sometimes YA) Is So Darn Hard for Me! Let’s Discuss.

Why Rating Middle Grade (and Sometimes YA) Is So Darn Hard for Me! Let’s Discuss.

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I have a MG review that’s scheduled to go up tomorrow (for Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee) and I really loved the book. Not only is it adorable and well-written, it highlights a middle grade girl who discovers that she has a crush on another girl (after having a crush on a boy), which is a topic that middle graders need to see. And let me tell you, this book was so hard for me to rate! Here’s the issue that plagues me: I am (obviously) not a middle grader. So sometimes I’ll find “issues” with a book that probably wouldn’t be issues at all if I were an actual middle grade reader. For instance, in this particular book, there was a focus on the romance in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. There was discussion about whether or not Romeo was actually in love with Juliet, and the main character defended the instalove in… Read more »


May 22
A Start of Two Series: Bite-Sized Reviews of (the Start of) The Ruined Series and The Gold Seer Trilogy

A Start of Two Series: Bite-Sized Reviews of (the Start of) The Ruined Series and The Gold Seer Trilogy

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Today I’ve got bite-sized reviews of two awesome fantasy series that I’ve started (they’re not done yet, so it’s actually not my fault this time that I haven’t finished them!). Hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! On the surface, this book seems like it might be sort of derivative. It’s not. Well, okay, it sort of is. I mean, just based on the basic description, I feel like I’ve read this book before: Em’s parents were murdered because a power-hungry king is afraid of her people’s abilities, and she wants revenge. She decides to pass herself off as the prince’s bride-to-be (possible since they’ve never actually met), but she falls in love with the prince and starts to doubt her plan to betray him. It sounds vaguely familiar, right. But Tintera makes this series stand out because she doesn’t sugarcoat anything. Em’s no wronged angel, she’s a… Read more »


May 21
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 5/21/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 5/21/17

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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. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): This week started out great, but then got strange fast. I’ll start with the good. I’m writing this post from a swim meet again (on Saturday). We love swimming, but there’s lots of downtime. But that’s okay because that means I have plenty of time to write my Sunday Post today. Last weekend, my daughter had a piano/voice recital and she also had a little ceremony because she was one of the winners of our library’s literary magazine contest. She wrote a really adorable short story for my homeschool writing class and entered it in the contest. I’m super proud and impressed… Read more »


May 20
What You Need to Know Before You Open a NetGalley Account

What You Need to Know Before You Open a NetGalley Account

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NetGalley is an incredible way to start receiving review copies of books. In general, getting approved for a book via NetGalley is much more likely than getting a physical ARC of that same book. Which makes sense—publishers can afford to give out digital ARCs a lot more freely than physical ARCs. Sometimes bloggers are scared to jump into NetGalley, but if you follow a few simple guidelines, you’ll see that there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. Opening a NetGalley account is incredibly easy, but I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times I’ve seen bloggers who talk about all the mistakes they made when they first joined (including me!). Most of us joined without really knowing what to expect and without understanding the “rules” (both written and unwritten) that apply to NetGalley. I haven’t written a post like this before because most of my readers aren’t just… Read more »


May 19
The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo: Review & Giveaway

The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo: Review & Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 14 ★★★★

Once again, Cozzo gives us a realistically romantic story of fairy tale proportions. A little note about the genre: The book is officially billed as YA, but the characters are all in college, so I think of it more as NA. I think it’s YA because there are no actual sex scenes (a few implied fade to black scenes) and it’s overall a sweet romance, appropriate for high schoolers, even younger ones (there is a bit of drinking with a fake ID, but nothing else that would be seen as particularly questionable). New Adult readers who want books that cover the college-aged experience and don’t focus on sex would find this to be a perfect match! What Fed My Addiction: Fairy tale setting. The book takes place at a Disneyesque theme park and it was really fun to read about the job and how the people who work there as characters feel about it… Read more »


May 18
The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari: Review, Giveaway & Cestari’s Top Ten Addictions

The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari: Review, Giveaway & Cestari’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Current Giveaways, Reviews 28 ★★★★½

I needed this book in my life right now. I was sort of feeling like I was in a reading slump, partially because I’ve just been busy and tired, and I really needed the sort of book that hooked me in and didn’t let go. This book kept me guessing about where exactly it was going and how things were going to work out, and that was perfect. I was wrapped up in Amber’s life and I loved every minute of it! What Fed My Addiction: Expectations. Amber feels like a disappointment to her mom and the rest of the magical community because she’s just a matchmaker—she feels like she constantly has to compensate for her lack of “real” magic and she struggles to prove herself to the magical community. Her mom holds coven meetings at their family magic shop, and while everyone is welcoming to her, she’s not allowed in on any… Read more »


May 15
Giveaway of the Gorgeous Juniper Books Edition of The Hunger Games Trilogy

Giveaway of the Gorgeous Juniper Books Edition of The Hunger Games Trilogy

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Today, I’ve teamed up with Lauren over at Shooting Stars Mag, Shannon at It Starts at Midnight and Elle at Words On Simmer to offer a special giveaway of the Juniper Books Edition of The Hunger Games Trilogy. (The whole thing is Lauren’s brainchild, so you really have her to thank, but we’re all sponsoring it). If you haven’t heard of Juniper Books, you should definitely check them out. They’ve created stunning custom covers for many books and series; The Hunger Games is just one example. JUNIPER BOOKS’ THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY I’m including a couple of pictures of the trilogy here, but if you want to see even more photos as well as more details on the books, you can check them out on Juniper Books. One winner will get this gorgeous Hunger Games Trilogy. The set includes all three of the books but with these artistically designed, cohesive covers that together form a… Read more »


May 14
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/14/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/14/17

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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. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): First of all,  happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! I hope you get pampered today. Today is my daughter’s 13th birthday, so I’ve got another teenager in the house. Yikes! If I disappear, you can just assume I didn’t survive it. I finished the first edit of the book I was working on and got it back to the author, so I’ll be back around the blogosphere a bit more this week! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: April Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway – Visit people’s wrap-up posts and enter to win the giveaway! (No… Read more »


May 13
It Started With Goodbye by Christina June: Review, Giveaway, and June’s Top Ten Addictions

It Started With Goodbye by Christina June: Review, Giveaway, and June’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Current Giveaways, Reviews 8 ★★★★

This book was exactly what I was hoping for—a fun contemporary twist on Cinderella that reminds us that sometimes family is complicated. And that’s okay. What Fed My Addiction: Focus on family. Sure this book has a cute romance element, but the story focuses a whole lot more on family issues than it does on the “prince.” (Actually, now that I think about it, I guess the original Cinderella kind of did too.) Tatum learns that sometimes we don’t really know even the people who are closest to us. Tatum has spent most of her life feeling like she can’t live up to her stepmother’s expectations and she’s never been close to her all-too-perfect stepsister. So when her summer goes very awry and she’s basically put on house arrest except for mandatory community service (and her best friend won’t speak to her), Tatum can’t imagine how her life could get any… Read more »