Month: January 2014

Jan 29
Review – Insanity by Cameron Jace

Review – Insanity by Cameron Jace

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Title: Insanity Author: Cameron Jace Release Date: December 20, 2013 Pages: 256 Goodreads Rating: 4.13 Stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-13? (Violence and some mature subject matters) Summary from Goodreads: After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamonds, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science. Insanity is a quirky, somewhat bizarre modern take on Alice… Read more »


Jan 28
Review – You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

Review – You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Title: You Look Different in Real Life Author: Jennifer Castle Release Date: June 4, 2013 Pages: 355 Goodreads Rating: 3.63 Stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-13 (Somewhat mature situations) Summary from Goodreads: For the rest of the world, the movies are entertainment. For Justine, they’re real life. The premise was simple: five kids, just living their lives. There’d be a new movie about them every five years, starting in kindergarten. But no one could have predicted what the cameras would capture. And no one could have predicted that Justine would be the star. Now sixteen, Justine doesn’t feel like a star anymore. In fact, when she hears the crew has gotten the green light to film Five at Sixteen, all she feels is dread. The kids who shared the same table in kindergarten have become teenagers who hardly know one another. And Justine, who was so funny and edgy in the first two movies,… Read more »


Jan 26
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/26/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/26/14

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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. MY BLOGOVERSARY GIVEAWAY IS COMING NEXT WEEK!!! THERE WILL BE TONS OF PRIZES – I CAN’T WAIT! Last week on FYFA:I had an absolutely crazy week this week and my blog suffered for it.  🙁  Hopefully things will be getting back to normal soon, though!  Here’s what you might have missed this past week: Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Things I Want to Read About Colors Like Memories by Meradeth Houston (Random Reads review)  Hidden Magic by Melanie Crouse (excerpt) UnSouled by Neal Shusterman (review)  Coming this week on FYFA: You Look Different In Real Life by Jennifer Castle (review) Echoes by Therin Knite (review & giveaway) The Page Turners by Kevin T. Johns (review) Never Let… Read more »


Jan 25
Review – UnSouled by Neal Shusterman

Review – UnSouled by Neal Shusterman

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 0 ★★★★

 ***This review may contain spoilers for the first two books in the series.  You can find my review of Unwind HERE and my review of UnWholly HERE.*** This is one of my absolute favorite series!!  If you haven’t read Unwind and UnWholly, you should.  It is one of the most unique, thought-provoking dystopians out there. UnSouled picks up where UnWholly left off – Lev has just rescued Connor from the Graveyard and Risa has just escaped from Proactive Citizenry (after appearing on national TV and declaring that she is against unwinding and rewinding).  Cam is desperate to find Risa and to somehow win her love – he figures that bringing Proactive Citizenry is the best way to do that. The negatives: A bit of middle book syndrome.  While I loved this book, it did seem a bit like it was mainly just setting us up for book #4. Somehow Shusterman… Read more »


Jan 22
Random Reads Review – Colors Like Memories by Meradeth Houston

Random Reads Review – Colors Like Memories by Meradeth Houston

Random Reads, Reviews 1 ★★★★

Title: Colors Like Memories Author: Meradeth Houston Release Date: May, 2012 Pages: 192 Goodreads Rating: 4.41 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads: Julia has a secret: she killed the guy she loved. It was an accident—sort of. Julia is a Sary, the soul of a child who died before taking her first breath. Without this ‘breath of life’ she and others like her must help those on the verge of suicide. It’s a job Julia used to enjoy, until the accident that claimed her boyfriend’s life—an accident she knows was her fault. If living with the guilt weren’t enough, she’s now assigned to help a girl dealing with the loss of her mother, something Julia’s not exactly the best role model for. If she can’t figure out a way to help her, Julia’s going to lose her position in the Sary, something she swore to her boyfriend would never happen…. Read more »


Jan 21
Top Ten Things I Want to Read About

Top Ten Things I Want to Read About

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist  (If you could make authors write about these things you would. Could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.) This is a hard topic because I really do think that if you look hard enough, you could find a book about just about everything.  So this is just a list of things I love to see in my books or would like to find more of! Witty banter – Give me a book with witty characters and you’ve got me hooked.  I love to chuckle, snort and laugh out loud when I read my books! Good family dynamics – I’d love to read more YA books with families that actually love and support each other.  Really, there are families like that out there! Cute kids – I’m a sucker for a cute kid in… Read more »


Jan 20
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/19/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/19/14

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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. IT’S GETTING CLOSER TO THE END OF JANUARY, WHEN I’LL BE POSTING HUGE BLOGOVERSARY GIVEAWAY!!! THERE WILL BE TONS OF PRIZES!! Last week on FYFA:It’s been a busy week for me!  I’ve started on another editing project and have been coordinating food donations for my daughter’s gymnastics meet – lots of craziness around here!  Here’s what you might have missed this past week: Savor by Kate Evangelista (review & giveaway) – Still time to enter! The Stereotypical Freaks by Howard Shapiro (review)  The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan (5 star review!) PODs by Michelle Pickett (excerpt & giveaway) – One more day to win! Feature & Follow Friday – Blogging BFFs Coming this week on FYFA: Colors… Read more »


Jan 17
Feature & Follow Friday – Blogging BFF’s

Feature & Follow Friday – Blogging BFF’s

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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 – Who is your blogger BFF? Tell us a little bit about him or her. If you don’t have one, tell us why you need or don’t need a blogger BFF. I don’t really have a true blogger BFF, but there are several bloggers who I interact with a lot via comments (and sometimes Goodreads).  I’m really hoping to make it to BEA this year if I can figure out the details (anyone… Read more »


Jan 15
5 Star Review – The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan

5 Star Review – The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 5 ★★★★★

There was something completely wonderful and irresistible about The Boys of Summer.  It was the type of book that made me remember young love – sometimes fondly and sometimes with a slight cringe.  🙂 The synopsis explains to book pretty well, so I’ll get right to my review. The negatives: Lack of communication.  If you read my reviews often, you know that one of my pet peeves is when a couple has problems based solely on their failure to communicate and actually talk about what’s going on between them.  This does happen a bit in this book, but I found it much more forgivable than usual because I felt like the lack of communication was a bit more warranted here than in some other books – after all, Tess feels very young and a bit out of her league when it comes to The Onslow Boys.  I’ll talk a bit… Read more »


Jan 12
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 1/12/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 1/12/14

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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. BE WATCHING AT THE END OF JANUARY FOR A HUGE BLOGOVERSARY GIVEAWAY!!! I AM SO EXCITED TO BE GIVING AWAY TONS OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS!! Last week on FYFA:Happy New Year, everybody!  Hope you’re all having a wonderful start to 2014!  I read THREE 5 star books this week – kind of crazy! In case you missed anything, here’s what I posted last week (click on the link to be brought to that post): Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams (excerpt & giveaway)  Buzz by Anders de la Motte (review!)  Anomaly & Luminary by Krista McGee (review) Feature & Follow Friday – My blogger resolutions Damselfly by Jennie Bates Bozic (review & giveaway) Orenda by Ruth Silver (cover reveal)… Read more »