Month: February 2014

Feb 25
5 Star Review – American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin

5 Star Review – American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin

Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Title: American Girl on Saturn Series: Saturn #1 Author: Nikki Godwin Release Date: August 29, 2013 Pages: 341 Goodreads Rating: 4.25 stars My Rating: 5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads: The summer after graduation is supposed to be that first real taste of freedom – but not for eighteen-year-old Chloe Branson. Just as that breeze of freedom is making its way into her galaxy, her secret-service-agent dad drops a meteor-sized bomb of bad news on her and her sisters. An attempt has been made on the lives of Canadian boyband, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, and the guys have to go into hiding ASAP. The only problem? In the midst of the crisis and media frenzy, their dad volunteered to hide the guys…in their house. Six-year-old Emery is as ecstatic as any self-proclaimed Saturnite would be, but Chloe and her seventeen-year-old sister Aralie watch their summer plans crash and burn like… Read more »


Feb 24
5 Star Review & Giveaway – That One Summer by C.J. Duggan

5 Star Review & Giveaway – That One Summer by C.J. Duggan

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 3 ★★★★★

Tour Schedule   Title: That One Summer Series: Summer #3 Author: C.J. Duggan Release Date: December 17, 2013 Pages: 349 Goodreads Rating: 4.29 Stars My Rating: 5/5 Stars My Content Rating: Mature YA/NA (Sex – not super explicit, but described) Summary from Goodreads: Loving Chris Henderson would be wrong. Diabolically disastrous. I mean, what is there about him to love? He’s moody, bossy, brooding, a control freak, and that’s on a good day … but there was one achingly obvious fact that haunted my every thought, every minute of every day … He sure could kiss. As the countdown to the new millennium begins, there is one thing everyone agrees on: no one wants to be in Onslow for New Year’s Eve. So that can only mean one thing: road trip! No longer the mousey, invisible, shy girl from years ago, Tammy Maskala is finally making up for all those lost summers. A new year with new friends,… Read more »


Feb 23
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/23/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/23/14

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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.  Last week on FYFA:Been a great week here at FYFA!  Check out what you might have missed! Five–Out of the Dark by Holli Anderson (review & giveaway) – Still time to win one of two giveaways! Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Things that Draw Me to a Book (yeah, I changed the topic for this one). Masked by Janelle Stalder (review & giveaway) – Last day to enter!  Feature & Follow Friday – Last Book that Made Me Cry Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (review)  Coming this week on FYFA: That One Summer by C.J. Duggan (review & giveaway) American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin (review) Defining Destiny by Deanna Chase (review & giveaway) Blackness… Read more »


Feb 21
5 Star Review – Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

5 Star Review – Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Reviews 20 ★★★★★

Title: Finnikin of the Rock Series: Lumatere Chronicles #1 Author: Melina Marchetta Release Date: 2008 Pages: 416 Goodreads Rating: 4.08 stars My Rating: 5/5 stars My Content Rating: Very mature YA or Adult (Contains sexual situations, including abuse and prostitution; violence) Summary from Goodreads: Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive. Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed… Read more »


Feb 21
Feature & Follow Friday – Last Book that Made Me Cry

Feature & Follow Friday – Last Book that Made Me Cry

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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 – What was the last book that made you cry? This question should really be, “What was the last book that didn’t make you cry?”  Because really, I’m a cry-baby.  I at least tear-up at 99% of the books I read. I mean, if it’s remotely sad, I cry.  Right now I’m reading That One Summer by C.J. Duggan – I’m about a third of the way through and I’ve already teared-up –… Read more »


Feb 18
Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Things that Draw Me to a Book

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Things that Draw Me to a Book

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Okay, so today’s Top Ten Tuesday was the top ten things you love about blogging, but I feel like I’ve written similar lists a lot recently, so I decided to come up with my own list.  Hope you like it! Top Ten Things that Draw Me to a Book These are the things that get me interested enough to pick up a book – or at least take a closer look! The cover – Okay, I know they say not to judge a book by its cover, but I totally do.  Probably the biggest thing that initially draws me to a book is its cover.  I love pretty or striking covers – lots of color also draws me in.   The blurb – Well, this seems obvious, but I do have to come up with ten of these. Not only does the book have to sound like something I’d like, but a well-written blurb… Read more »


Feb 16
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/15/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/15/14

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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.  Last week on FYFA:So, I turned 40 this week!  Don’t worry, even though I’m officially old, I think I can still manage to write.  And I’m not even giving up YA books, even though I’m just a little past the YA stage.  Call it denial – oh well!  🙂 City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (review) My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling (review)  Tethered by Brandi Leigh Hall (review)  My Date From Hell by Tellulah Darling (review & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win all of the books in the series (so far) Feature & Follow Friday – New to Me Blogger Undying by Valerie Grosjean (review & giveaway) – Still time to… Read more »


Feb 14
Feature & Follow Friday – New To Me Blogger

Feature & Follow Friday – New To Me Blogger

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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 – Find a “new to you blogger” and feature their button on your post this week (or just a link if they have no button). Tell us why this blogger stands out to you. I feel like I’m constantly finding new blogs out there!  One of the newest blogs that I’ve been visiting a lot is called Reading Is Fun Again.  She has a great weekly post that she puts up called Thoughtful… Read more »


Feb 13
5 Star Review & Giveaway – My Date From Hell by Tellulah Darling

5 Star Review & Giveaway – My Date From Hell by Tellulah Darling

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 1 ★★★★½

***This review may contain spoilers for the first book in the series.  To read my review of My Ex From Hell click HERE.*** I LOVED My Date From Hell!!  This book included everything I loved about the first book, but it was even better because I was totally on board with Kai and Sophie this time! The negatives: Annoying deities.  This is nitpicking, but Aphrodite was really annoying to me.  I hated her New York accent (which often made me picture her as a dumb hick instead of a vapid Jersey Shore girl) and she just bugged me.  Luckily, she wasn’t a huge character in the book, so it wasn’t such a big deal that she annoyed me. What I loved: Kai and Sophie.  If you read my review for book #1 in this series, you know that I wasn’t 100% on board with Kai in the first book. He came off as… Read more »


Feb 11
Review – My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling

Review – My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling

Reviews 6 ★★★★

My Ex From Hell is a fun romp through Greek mythology.  First and foremost, his book will make you laugh.  The synopsis explains the plot pretty well, so I’ll just jump right into my review. The negatives: I wasn’t totally on board with Kai and Sophie.  I really wanted to love Kai (and to want Sophie to love Kai), but I just wasn’t totally there. He was a typical bad boy – the guy who sleeps around and acts all cool and mysterious – but I just didn’t get much more from him. I like my bad boys with a side of “heart of gold” and I didn’t get that from Kai. I’m still hopeful that we’ll get to know him more in the next book, though, so I can get a proper swoon on. What I loved: Snarky humor.  Sophie is one of the snarkiest characters I’ve read in… Read more »