Month: September 2013

Sep 30
Best of the Bunch – September 2013

Best of the Bunch – September 2013

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Best of the Bunch is a book blog hop hosted over at Always Lost in Stories on the last day of each month, where we can look back over the books we have read over this past month and give a Best of the Bunch award to our favorite book of that month. September 2013This month I reviewed the following books: You Are Mine by Janeal Falor | Review | Rating: 5/5 Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule | Review | Rating 3/5 Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover | Review | Rating 4/5 Runes by Ednah Walters | Review | Rating 4/5     Immortals by Ednah Walters | Review | Rating 4.5/5 Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins | Review | Rating 2.5/5 Loving Your Lies by Piper Shelly | Review | Rating 4/5 Towering by Alex Flinn | Review | Rating 2.5/5 Identity X by Michelle Muckley | Review | Rating 4/5 Escape From Eden by Elisa Nader | Review | Rating 4.5/5 Allison Hewitt is Trapped by Madeleine Roux | Review | Rating: 5/5 The Elite by Keira Cass | Review | Rating 3/5 And my September 2013 Best of the Bunch winner is . . . You Are… Read more »


Sep 30
Review – The Elite (The Selection #2) by Keira Cass

Review – The Elite (The Selection #2) by Keira Cass

Reviews 0 ★★★

Title: The Elite Series: The Selection #2 Author: Keira Cass Release Date: April 23, 2013 Pages: 323, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 3.94 stars My Rating: 3/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-13 (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads: The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection. Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea. America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to… Read more »


Sep 29
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/29/13

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/29/13

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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: Embrace and Hold Tight by Cherie Colyer (excerpt & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a $20 Gift Card! Kinetic by S.K. Anthony (excerpt & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a copy of the book and a $25 Gift Card! Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader (review & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win an awesome prize pack! Spam-a-lot (Let’s Discuss) – A fun discussion about spam comments! Mine to Tarnish by Janeal Falor (cover reveal & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a copy of the book! Allison Hewitt is Trapped by Madeleine Roux (review) To Know Me by Marcy Blesy (excerpt & giveaway) – Still time… Read more »


Sep 27
Review – Allison Hewitt is Trapped by Madeleine Roux

Review – Allison Hewitt is Trapped by Madeleine Roux

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I really loved the concept of this book – I mean, a woman blogging during a zombie apocalypse?  What could be cooler than that? Even better – the book totally lived up to its cool concept!  I actually originally saw this book reviewed on another blog and had to pick it up because Allison and I share a last name – obviously it was meant to be!  Thank you, blogger who introduced me to this book (wish I could remember who it was).  I did not want to put this book down (even when I had lots of other things I should have been doing) – I needed to know what was going to happen to Allison and company! The negatives: Didn’t always sound like a blog.  Okay, so the only issue that I had with this book was the fact that the blog didn’t always read like a blog… Read more »


Sep 26
Spam-a-lot – Who comes up with this stuff?

Spam-a-lot – Who comes up with this stuff?

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Do you ever read through the spam comments that you get on your blog? They can be pretty frustrating, but they can also be a source of great entertainment! I mean, really, who do they think they’re fooling? Since those poor spammers never get a single reply, I thought I’d take a sampling of my spam and respond to their comments here. It’s only fair, right? INSULTING  First, we have the insulting spam. Is this supposed to get my attention? I guess it worked. PRAISING The least you can do if you’re going to spam me is praise my wonderful work!   CONFUSING And then there are those spam comments that are just downright weird and confusing!   Ah, the joys of spam. Since I’ve moved to CommentLuv, I don’t get much of it anymore, but the ones that slip through (on old posts) are so much fun! Who needs… Read more »


Sep 25
Review & Giveaway – Escape From Eden by Elisa Nader

Review & Giveaway – Escape From Eden by Elisa Nader

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 1 ★★★★½

  Tour Schedule Title: Escape From Eden Author: Elisa Nader Release Date: August 18, 2013 Pages: 271, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.14 stars My Rating: 4.5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16+? (Some sex and sexual situations – some serious issues addressed, and some relatively strong violence) Summary from Goodreads: Since the age of ten, Mia has lived under the iron fist of the fundamentalist preacher who lured her mother away to join his fanatical family of followers. In Edenton, a supposed “Garden of Eden” deep in the South American jungle, everyone follows the Reverend’s strict but arbitrary rules—even the mandate of whom they can marry. Now sixteen, Mia dreams of slipping away from the armed guards who keep the faithful in, and the curious out. When the rebellious and sexy Gabriel, a new boy, arrives with his family, Mia sees a chance to escape.  But the scandalous secrets the two discover beyond the compound’s façade are more shocking than… Read more »


Sep 23
Sunday Post 9/22/13

Sunday Post 9/22/13

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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: Blood & Bone by Candace Osmond (excerpt) Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten books on my Fall 2013 TBR list Feature & Follow Friday – Favorite picture books Loving Your Lies by Piper Shelly (review & giveaway) – On more day to enter!! Towering by Alex Flinn (review) Scars of the Bifrost by A.J.M. Mousseau (excerpt & giveaway) – Still time to win a $25 gift card and a copy of the book! Identity X by Michelle Muckley (review) Coming this week on FYFA: Embrace & Hold Tight by Cherie Colyer (excerpt & giveaway) Kinetic by S.K. Anthony (excerpt & giveaway) Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader (review & giveaway) Mine to Tarnish by Janeal Falor (cover reveal) To Know… Read more »


Sep 23
ARC Review & Giveaway – Identity X by Michelle Muckley

ARC Review & Giveaway – Identity X by Michelle Muckley

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★

Title: Identity X Author: Michelle Muckley Release Date: September 24, 2013 Pages: 298, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.55 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: Adult (No sex, but lots of violence) Summary from Goodreads: Ben Stone has one aim; discover the cure for genetic disease. He watched his father die and promised himself that it would never happen again, especially to his own son. After his appointment as lead researcher in Bionics Laboratories he begins his desperate research. It takes four years, but he succeeds. He discovers NEMREC, a serum able to reconstruct DNA and cure the diseases that have driven him. It should be the beginning of a new future, but by changing the face of the world, he has unwittingly destroyed his own. After arriving at his laboratory to find that it has disappeared, he is sucked into a world of conspiracy and betrayal. The Agency wants NEMREC and will do anything to get it, believing… Read more »


Sep 22
Blog Tour Kickoff & $25 Gift Card Giveaway!! – Scars of the Bifrost A.J.M. Mousseau

Blog Tour Kickoff & $25 Gift Card Giveaway!! – Scars of the Bifrost A.J.M. Mousseau

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Scars of the Bifrost by A.J.M. Mousseau Genre: YA paranormal/sci-fi romanceI’m very excited to kick off the Scars of the Bifrost blog tour!!  Check it out and be sure to read the excerpt and enter the giveaway!Tour Schedule Synopsis:Freya Catten has lived on the fringes of society her entire life, growing up in hiding with her mother in the deepest, wildest places left in North America—the national parks and forests. Freya’s mother taught her how to live off the land, away from civilization—mysteriously warning her of the dangers of getting involved with society and leaving traces of her DNA behind. But five years ago Freya’s mother abandoned her, leaving Freya to survive on her own. Freya knows how to stay alive, whether she’s hiding in the forest or running on the city streets. She changes her appearance often and owns nothing but her backpack filled with survival gear and a necklace… Read more »


Sep 21
Review – Towering by Alex Flinn

Review – Towering by Alex Flinn

Reviews 8 ★★½

Title: Towering Author: Alex Flinn Release Date: May 14, 2013 Pages: 293, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 3.34 stars My Rating: 2.5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-13 (Kissing, mentions drug use) Summary from Goodreads: At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on. Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying. Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her.  Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened… Read more »