Month: August 2013

Aug 30
Review – The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle (Check it Out Before Book #2 Comes Out!)

Review – The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle (Check it Out Before Book #2 Comes Out!)

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Title: The Hallowed Ones Series: The Hallowed Ones #1 Author: Laura Bickle Release Date: Sept, 2012 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pages: 311, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.03 stars My Rating: 4.5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16? (Some pretty grisly violence, sexual situations, but not much is really shown)   Summary from Goodreads: Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.   The Hallowed… Read more »


Aug 30
Feature & Follow Friday – Only One Book

Feature & Follow Friday – Only One Book

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Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! This is a blog hop that allows bloggers to gain new followers and find some awesome new blogs to follow themselves! The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host has a blog that they feature each week! So, if you’re a blogger, come join in on the fun! Here’s today’s question – Q: If you could only have ONE – one book – for the rest of your life. Don’t cheat…what would it be? Okay, this is a REALLY hard question.  There’s the obvious answer (at least for me) – The Bible. (I don’t know what these circumstances are that I can only have one book, but they can’t be good – I think I’d be needing my Bible!)But besides that, I think I would possibly choose Les… Read more »


Aug 29
Review – The Returned by Jason Mott

Review – The Returned by Jason Mott

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Title: The Returned Author: Jason Mott Release Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 352, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 3.77 stars My Rating: 3.5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG (Some violence, no sex)   Summary from Goodreads: Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That’s what all the Returned were. Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time … Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it’s… Read more »


Aug 26
Review & Giveaway – The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Review & Giveaway – The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★

Title: The Forgotten Ones Series: The Danaan Trilogy (Book #1) Author: Laura Howard Release Date: April 28, 2013 Pages: 197, eBook Goodreads Rating: 3.79 stars My Rating: 3/5 stars My Content Rating: 16+ (One scene of a sexual nature)   Summary from Goodreads: Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember. What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison… Read more »


Aug 26
Sunday Post 8/25/13

Sunday Post 8/25/13

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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: Top Ten Tuesday – Top ten blogging tools The Witches of Dark Root by April Aasheim (review/guest post & giveaway) – still time to enter!  Blog Tour Sign-up! – Sign up to host Scars of the Bifrost by A.J.M. Mousseau! Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream (review & giveaway) – giveaway ends tomorrow! Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder (Random Reads review) Coming this week on FYFA: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard (review & giveaway) Aberrant by Ruth Silver (book blitz & giveaway)


Aug 23
Review – Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Review – Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Random Reads, Reviews 0 ★★★★

Title: Inside Out Series: Insiders (Book #1) Author: Maria V. Snyder Release Date: 2010 Pages: 320, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 3.86 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-13? (Some kissing and some violence) Summary from Goodreads: Keep Your Head Down. Don’t Get Noticed. Or Else. I’m Trella. I’m a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I’ve got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution. This book was my August Random Read and, while I didn’t remember adding it to my TBR list, I was excited about reading it once I read the blurb.  It seemed like it would be right up my alley and… well, it… Read more »


Aug 22
Review & Giveaway: Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream

Review & Giveaway: Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 2 ★★★★½

  Before Midnight was such an incredibly fun read!  I absolutely loved this paranormal retelling of the classic Cinderella story.  So much more fun than the original!  (Oh, and steamier too – this book definitely leans toward erotic, but I didn’t feel like the sex overshadowed the story.)   The negatives: The length.  The book felt a little short, which made for a nice quick read, but it meant that there wasn’t a lot of time for development of the secondary characters.  I didn’t feel like we really got to know Loupe’s stepmother or (especially) her stepsisters, so this lessened their impact in the book, in my opinion.  Still, the book read a lot like the original fairy tale in this regard, so I guess that’s okay. What I loved: The twists on the classic.  I really thought that Blackstream did a great job of taking elements of the original… Read more »


Aug 21
Blog Tour Sign-Up: Scars of the Bifrost by A.J.M. Mousseau

Blog Tour Sign-Up: Scars of the Bifrost by A.J.M. Mousseau

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Sign Up for the Scars of the Bifrost Blog Tour! I am so excited to have completed my first fiction editing job (I used to write and edit technical documentation, but it’s not nearly as exciting!). I had such an awesome experience working with author A.J.M. Mousseau, and I wanted to help her get the word out about her book.  So, I’m putting together a blog tour for her! The tour will run from September 23rd-October 4th and there will be options for review stops, guest posts, interviews and/or spotlight stops. I will provide html for the tour that you can modify as desired. This tour will include a giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card as well as copies of the book (and its sequel, which will be released soon!).  If you host, there will be an option on the Rafflecopter form for people to follow your blog.   Scars of… Read more »


Aug 20
Review, Guest Post & Giveaway: The Witches of Dark Root by April Aasheim

Review, Guest Post & Giveaway: The Witches of Dark Root by April Aasheim

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 1 ★★★★

I am thrilled to be hosting The Witches of Dark Root tour today. Make sure you read the fun guest post by the author (I had to go back and re-read all of the chapter names after seeing this post) and check out the giveaway! Title: The Witches of Dark Root Author: April Aasheim Series: Daughters of the Dark Root #1 Release Date: June 4, 2013 Pages: 354, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.04 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16+? (Sexual situations, but no actual sex is shown)   Summary from Goodreads: Deep in the forests of Central Oregon is a town called Dark Root, a place shrouded in secrets, mystery, and witchcraft. But for Maggie Maddock, Dark Root is also a prison, a place where she is forced to spend her days working in her mother’s Magick shop, forfeiting any dreams of her own. So when a mysterious stranger suddenly appears and offers to take her away… Read more »


Aug 20
Top Ten Blogging Tools

Top Ten Blogging Tools

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: *Top Ten Tuesday* Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Book Blogger Easier Goodreads – Before I started blogging, I was writing reviews on Goodreads and it naturally led to blogging!  I LOVE Goodreads and always check out prospective reads there before I go anywhere else.  I especially love Goodreads Shelves – they make life so much easier! NetGalley – When I first started blogging, I assumed that I would need a huge following before I’d have access to any ARC’s or free books for review.  Then, I found out about NetGalley and thought, “What the heck, I might as well try it!”  I was shocked to be accepted for almost every book I requested.  Now that I have a bigger following, my only problem is not requesting too many books – I need to get to them all! Blog Tours – I really love participating in… Read more »