Month: March 2014

Mar 31
Best of the Bunch & Challenge Updates – March 2014

Best of the Bunch & Challenge Updates – March 2014

Best of the Bunch, Monthly Recap 7

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. March 2014I read so many amazing books this month!  I can’t believe how many 4.5 and 5 star reviews I posted! This month I reviewed the following: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales | Review | Rating: 4.5/5 The Star Thief by Jamie Grey | Review | Rating 4.5/5 Saving Quinton by Jessica Sorenson | Review | Rating 5/5 The Violet Hour by Whitney A Miller | Review | Rating 4/5 Almost by Anne Eliot | Review | Rating 4.5/5 Hopeless by Colleen Hoover | Review | Rating 5/5 All of You by Christina Lee | Review | Rating 3.5/5 Golden Stair by Jennifer Blackstream | Review | Rating 5/5 Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski | Review | Rating 3.5/5 True North: Finding Home by Allie Juliette Mousseau | Review 5/5 Angelfall by… Read more »


Mar 31
Review – Alive by Megan D. Martin

Review – Alive by Megan D. Martin

Reviews 1 ★★½

Title: Alive Author: Megan D. Martin Release Date: November 14, 2013 Pages: 244 Goodreads Rating: 4.00 Stars My Rating: 2.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: 18+ (Explicit sex, sexual abuse, language, violence) Summary from Goodreads: Flesh-eating zombies, dirty sex, and a shattered past… What’s more dangerous—the man who broke her heart or those trying to eat it? Fighting to survive, Eve finds herself alone in the world after the Crave—the only parallel of her former life. On the hunt for her sister, she runs into Gage—the first and only boy to have her heart and break it. It’s been four years and he isn’t a boy anymore, nor is he the same person he used to be. Against her better judgment, Eve agrees to stay with him when he divulges information on a safe haven near the small town they grew up in—but that doesn’t mean she has to like it… Returning home elicits a myriad of… Read more »


Mar 30
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/30/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/30/14

Sunday Post 6

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:Wow!  I have been a busy little bee lately.  I’ve been reading A LOT and I’m not completely keeping up with reviewing even though I’ve been posting every day (you’ll notice my Reviews Coming Soon list in the left sidebar keeps getting longer!).  I promise you’ll see reviews for all of these books coming soon.  Maybe I’d better take a day to just write reviews and not allow myself to read!!Here’s what you may have missed this past week on my blog: Before You Break by Christina Lee (review) Twelve Steps by Veronica Bartles (excerpt & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win! Ellie Stanton by Aurora Zahni (excerpt & giveaway)… Read more »


Mar 30
Middle Grade Spotlight – Grimmtastic Girls by  Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Middle Grade Spotlight – Grimmtastic Girls by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Giveaways (Ended), Middle Grade 1

I thought I’d highlight another middle grade series that I reviewed over on my MG blog – Best Kids’ Reads.  This series features super cute retellings of some of our favorite fairy tales, It includes lots of fun nods to the original stories, but gives them all a definite twist. And it’s perfect for middle grade girls! You can read my review of the first two books in this series (including some of my daughter’s impressions) HERE!  (Plus, there’s a $50 giveaway running right now as well!)


Mar 29
Need BEA Advice!!  Pretty please!

Need BEA Advice!! Pretty please!

Let's Discuss 5

I’m hoping to be able to go to BEA this year, but I haven’t set anything up yet because I’m nervous about the details.   So, is anyone else going this year?  Have you gone in past years?  (Know someone else who has?  Send them over here, please!) How easy is it to get around?   What hotel should I get a room at?  (Is there anything that won’t cost me an arm and a leg?  Anyone looking for a roommate?) Are there specific events that I should definitely get to?  Anything I should skip? Any other advice you can give me?  I know there’s other stuff I should be asking, but I don’t know where to start! I appreciate any advice anyone can give me – I need that kick in the pants so that I’ll make that final leap and just go!  I really, really want to!!  (But… Read more »


Mar 29
Review – Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review – Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Reviews 8 ★★★★½

Title: Obsession Series: NA spin-off of the Lux series Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout Release Date: May, 2013 Pages: 275 Goodreads Rating: 4.16 Stars My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: 18+ (Explicit sex) Summary from Goodreads: This is a stand alone novel that is an adult spin-off of the Lux Series. You do not need to read a Lux book to read Obsession and vice versa. He’s arrogant, domineering, and… To. Die. For. Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy. Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something… unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s… Read more »


Mar 28
Review – The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Review – The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 9 ★★★★★

Title: The Sea of Tranquility Author: Katja Millay Release Date: 2012 Pages: 448 Goodreads Rating: 4.48 Stars My Rating: 5/5 Stars My Content Rating: Mature YA (Sex shown, but not explicit; Violence described, but again, not explicitly) Summary from Goodreads: I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk. Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay. Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life… Read more »


Mar 27
ARC Review & Giveaway – The Romeo Club by Rebekah L. Purdy

ARC Review & Giveaway – The Romeo Club by Rebekah L. Purdy

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 8 ★★★

Tour Schedule   Title: The Romeo Club Author: Rebekah L. Purdy Release Date: April 8th, 2014 Pages: 181 Goodreads Rating: 4.3 Stars My Rating: 3/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing shown, but there are references to sex) Summary from Goodreads: What happens when you agree to help your brother “de-nerdify” so he can catch the attention of the popular Chloe Anders, and to everyone’s surprise, he actually lands her? And what if his equally geeky friends come running with girl wish lists of their own, offering money for your services? Well, if you’re sixteen-year-old, Delyla Denson, then you start The Romeo Club. A secret club where she’ll teach these guys how talk, act, and be cool around girls. It’s a win-win situation. She’ll get enough money for the awesome prom dress she’s had her eye on, and the guys, well, they’ll get dates and maybe learn how to do something other than beat the… Read more »


Mar 24
Review – Before You Break by Christina Lee

Review – Before You Break by Christina Lee

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Title: Before You Break Series: Between Breaths #2 Author: Christina Lee Release Date: February 18, 2014 Pages: 226 Goodreads Rating: 4.12 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: 18+ (Explicit sex) Summary from Goodreads: A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control… The star catcher of the college baseball team isn’t supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them—something that makes him want to open up. Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working the suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside… Read more »


Mar 23
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/23/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/23/14

Sunday Post 0

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:Here’s what you may have missed last week: Alive by Megan D. Martin (spotlight & giveaway) – Still time to enter! Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski (review)  True North: Finding Home by Allie Juliette Mousseau (review & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a $25 gift card or LOTS of other prizes!  Angelfall by Susan Ee (Random Reads review) Severed Colours by Dawna Raver (Random Reads review) Feature & Follow Friday – Changing Reading Habits My Life From Hell by Tellulah Darling (except & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win signed copies of all of the books in the series! The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna (review) Coming this week on FYFA: Before You Break by Christina… Read more »