I wanted to sign up for some challenges for 2014. I didn’t have great luck with challenges last year. Since I just started blogging last February, I didn’t really know much about them and I only signed up for one (The Debut Authors Challenge). But, pretty early on I won one of the giveaways and never did receive my prize and I signed up for two debut ARC tours through the challenge site and never got those books either – so I kind of lost my enthusiasm for the challenge at that point and gave up. But tomorrow starts another year and I’m looking at it as a clean slate! Hopefully I’ll have more luck with my challenges this year! In fact, I’m entering a bunch of them because, well, why not? So here’s the ones I’ve signed up for so far: Hosted by: The Mad Reviewer Goal: Mad Reviewer… Read more »
Month: December 2013
Title: All Our Yesterdays Series: All Our Yesterdays #1 Author: Cristin Terrill Release Date: September 3, 2013 Pages: 368, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.09 stars My Rating: 5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-13 (Sex is vaguely implied, but not shown, Some violence) Summary from Goodreads: “You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside. Marina has loved her best friend James since the day… Read more »
The Prophecy is an exciting new YA fantasy novel. It’s a fantastic hidden gem that I’m hoping lots of people will find – because it definitely deserves an audience! Layla has lived her life hiding her eyes – purple eyes that mean she could be The Fulfillment, the girl who is prophesied to bring peace to the warring Ethereals and Vanguards. Between the Vanguards’ incredible strength and the Ethereals’ uncanny ability to control minds, trust has never been possible between the two races and peace seems unattainable. But the prophecy says that The Fulfillment will marry the Ethereal Prince and bring peace. When a religious leader declares that Layla is The Fulfillment, she has no choice but to go to the Ethereal palace and play along – whether she believes in the prophecy or not. But she finds herself conflicted between the man she is supposed to marry and the… Read more »
Title: Not a Drop to Drink Author: Mindy McGinnis Release Date: September 24, 2013 Pages: 320, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 3.89 Stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16 (Nothing more than kissing, though sexual assault is referred to, Violence) Summary from Goodreads: Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand. But wisps of smoke on the horizon… Read more »
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:I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas (or holiday, if you don’t celebrate Christmas). I had some nice time with my family and took a couple days off of blogging. Here’s what I did post: #Reading Cram Read-a-thon Wrap-Up The Children Who Time Lost by Marvin Amazon (review) The Double Life of Incorporate Things by Leanna Renee Hieber (excerpt & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a $50 gift card! Insanity by Cameron Jace (excerpt & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win an ebook copy of the book! Bloodmark by Aurora Whitett (review) Coming this week on FYFA: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis (review) The Prophecy by Erin… Read more »
Bloodmark was a little difficult for me to rate because I thought it started out really promising, then it lost me for a bit in the middle, and then picked up again at the end. The story centers around Ashling, a werewolf princess who is struggling to escape the suffocating traditions of her immortal (and therefore, very old-fashioned) father. Still, even a life with a man she doesn’t love might be preferable to being hunted by the pack’s oldest enemy – suddenly, Ashling finds herself swept away from everything she’s ever known in order to escape a certain death at the hands of this enemy. She is hidden away in a little town in Maine where she finds the love of her life – the only problem is, he’s a human and his family has its own secrets – secrets even he may not know. What Fed My Addiction: Family… Read more »
I’m taking a couple of days off for the holiday. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!!
Well, the Read-a-thon has come to an end! Thanks to Jenny from Juliababyjen’s Reading Room and Dana from Dana Square for hosting it! FINAL WRAP-UP The last few days of the read-a-thon were a bit slower for me because I had Christmas things going on, but I’m still really happy with my results. Challenges Completed: TeaserTop Ten of 2013Spine PoetryFavorite Movie AdaptationSeasonal ReadsDream CastBook Title PoetrySpell it OutAnticipated 2014 Reads Total books read during the Read-a-thon: Nine books, one novella completed.One more book started (The Familiars). (Click on the cover to see my review if I have one completed). Total Pages Read during the Read-a-thon: 3259 (+40 minutes of an audiobook) Like I said, I’m happy with my results and I had fun with this read-a-thon. Hope you all had fun too!
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: Twisted by Holly Hook (excerpt) Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer (review) Secret by Brigid Kemmerer (review) The Tearings by V.C. Repetto (book blast) Game by Anders de la Motte (review) Imperfection by Phaedra Seabolt (review & giveaway) – last day to enter to win! Feature & Follow Friday – Book Recommendation Athena’s Daughter by Juli Page Morgan (Random Reads review) Rose of Thorne by Mia Michelle (review) #ReadingCram Read-a-thon Updates & Challenges – Day 7 Progress, Dream Cast, Book Title Poetry, Spell it Out, 2014 Reads Coming this week on FYFA: Insanity by Cameron Jace (blitz & giveaway) The Double Life of Incorporate Things by Leanna Renee Hieber (blitz & giveaway) Atlas by Becca C. Smith (blitz & giveaway) The Prophecy by Erin Albert (review) Here’s what I… Read more »
Jenny from Juliababyjen’s Reading Room and Dana from Dana Square are hosting a Read-a-thon from December 9th – 22nd called End of the Year 2013 #ReadingCram. My daughter really wanted me to read a book that she just finished, so I’m going off my original TBR list with The Familiars. Her happiness is more important than my to-do list! 🙂Day 12 Progress:Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet–Finished 87 pagesThe Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson–119 pagesTotal books read so far: 9 (and one novella)Total pages read so far: 3132 (+40 minutes of an audiobook) Challenge #12 Most Anticipated 2014 Releases I actually posted this list for a Top Ten Tuesday a couple of weeks back, so I’m cheating and using the same list (with a couple of additions). 🙂(Click on the cover pic to see the book on Goodreads!) And two more that don’t have covers yet: The Forever Song by Julie KagawaSacrifice by Brigid… Read more »