Month: October 2013

Oct 31
Best of the Bunch – October 2013

Best of the Bunch – October 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. October 2013 Wow!!  I read A LOT of books that I really enjoyed this month!!  Picking a Best of the Bunch is going to be even tougher than usual! This month I reviewed the following books: Cold Steel by Kate Elliott | Review | Rating: 4/5 Relativity by Cristin Bishara | Review | Rating 4/5 Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorenson | Review | Rating 5/5 Sleepless by Tracey Ward | Review | Rating 4.5/5 Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead | Review | Rating 3.5/5 More by T.M. Franklin | Review | Rating 4/5 The Curse Giver by Dora Machado | Review | Rating 4/5 The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau | Review | Rating 4/5 The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa | Review | Rating 4/5 The Long Game by J.L. Fynn  | Review | Rating 4.5/5 Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot | Review |… Read more »


Oct 30
Review & $25 Giveaway – Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen

Review & $25 Giveaway – Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Tour Schedule Title: Just Ella Author: Annette K. Larsen Release Date: August 14, 2013 Pages: 300, ebook Goodreads Rating: 4.42 stars My Rating: 4.5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-13 (No more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads: A Proper Romance    Ariella was only looking for a distraction, something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than she’d imagined.    “I watched in helpless horror as two guards hauled Gavin to his feet and dragged him from the room. My voice was frozen, unable to protest as another guard took hold of my arm, leading me upstairs. From the confines of my room, I… Read more »


Oct 28
Review – Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Review – Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Reviews 4 ★★★★½

Title: Allegiant Series: Divergent #3 Author: Veronica Roth Release Date: October 22, 2013 Pages: 526, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.07 stars My Rating: 4.5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16 (Sex is not directly described, but some intense violence) Summary from Goodreads: One choice will define you. What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change… Read more »


Oct 28
Cover Characteristics – Hats

Cover Characteristics – Hats

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This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit! Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite cover’s with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants! Today’s cover characteristic: Hats I actually had a really hard time finding books on my Read list that… Read more »


Oct 27
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 10/27/13

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 10/27/13

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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: Cover Characteristics – Blondes From Gods by Mary Ting (excerpt & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a $50 gift card! Top Ten Tuesday – Crazy Character Names Divergent by Veronica Roth (review) Insurgent by Veronica Roth (review) Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt (review, interview & giveaway) – Still time to win The Battle for Arcanon Major by Alexandra May (excerpt & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a $50 gift card! Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma (review) Coming this week on FYFA: Allegiant by Veronica Roth (review) Tethered by Brandi Leigh Hall (excerpt & giveaway) Just Ella by Annette K Larsen (review & giveaway) Waking Up Dead by Margo Bond Collins (review) Replica by Jenna Black (review) Other Current Giveaways on FYFA: (Besides… Read more »


Oct 26
Review – Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Review – Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Forbidden is just what its name implies.  The synopsis describes it well.  It’s a story of a brother and a sister who have lived through so much together that they feel that they only have each other to turn to – and much to their own horror, they start to turn to each other in a romantic way. You will be shocked and horrified at times throughout this book.  You will be torn apart by Lochan and Maya’s guilt, pain and suffering. If you don’t mind being ripped to shreds by a book, just hoping to come out whole when you get to the last page, then you will LOVE this book.  I certainly did! The negatives: The subject matter (mature YA or adults ONLY).  I’ve seen this book referred to as YA (I’m not sure if that’s an official genre, or just what people call it because the main… Read more »


Oct 24
Review, Interview & Giveaway – Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt

Review, Interview & Giveaway – Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★

  Title: Starstruck Author: Brenda Hiatt Release Date: August, 2013 Pages: 328, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 3.7 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-13 (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads: Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly—literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly humdrum life forever . . . and expose her to perils she never… Read more »


Oct 23
Review – Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Review – Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Title: Insurgent Series: Divergent #2 Author: Veronica Roth Release Date: May, 2012 Pages: 525, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.3 stars My Rating: 4.5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16 (No more than kissing, but some intense violence) Summary from Goodreads: One choice can transform you, or destroy you. Every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves, and herself, while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.   *This review contains spoilers for Divergent (book #1 in this series).* Insurgent is just as exhilarating as Divergent, full of twists and turns that will make your head spin! The book starts up exactly where Divergent left off, with Tris, Tobias and company on a train, headed toward Amity, looking to regroup after the horror of the attack on Abnegation.  But, they aren’t able to stay there long – they must figure… Read more »


Oct 22
Review – Divergent by Veronica Roth

Review – Divergent by Veronica Roth

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 3 ★★★★★

I finally caught up with the rest of the world and read Divergent!!  And I have to say that I completely see what all the hype was about.  This book had me hooked from the very beginning and I did not want to put it down!  (Luckily, I had book #2 in hand, which I am now reading, so I really didn’t have to).  I loved, loved, LOVED this book and can’t wait to read books #2 & 3 (and to see the movie – this definitely seems like the kind of book that will translate really well onto the big screen!). Since I’m pretty much the last person in the world to read this book and the synopsis explains it pretty well, I won’t bother summarizing the book.  Here are my thoughts: The negatives: Could have been more worldbuilding.  As you can tell by my 5 star rating, this was… Read more »


Oct 22
Top Ten Tuesday – Crazy Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday – Crazy Character Names

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Unusual Character Names From my Read list.  Here they are, in no particular order: Katniss Everdeen – This name will probably be on everyone’s list, but it’s pretty unusual, so I had to use it anyway.  Do I even need to say what book this is from?  (Okay, it’s The Hunger Games). Cricket Bell – I didn’t love Lola and the Boy Next Door nearly as much as I loved Anna and the French Kiss, but I was a big fan of the boy next door.  But, what a name!  Cricket… really? Trella – I don’t remember Trella’s last name (she really didn’t have one for most of the book), but her first name is really unique!  Trella is the main character from Inside Out. Sia Holloway – I’ve never heard of the name Sia before (from the book by the same name), but I think it’s pretty.  She also… Read more »