Month: April 2014

Apr 28
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/27/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/27/14

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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:Had a crazily busy week!  I’m working on a new editing project (Book #2 in the True North series by Allie Juliette Mousseau) and I got to attend the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon (which I will be posting about sometime this week!).  I’ve also been trying to keep up with posting on my blog. Here’s what you may have missed this past week: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (review) Tested by Janeal Stalder (cover reveal) Ex Factor by Elisa Dane (excerpt & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win! Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Characters I Love to Hate Dark Light of Day and Fiery Edge of Steel by Jill Archer (review & giveaway)… Read more »


Apr 24
BEA, here I come!!  Need tips?  Check here!!

BEA, here I come!! Need tips? Check here!!

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It’s official!  My flight is booked, my tickets are purchased – I’m heading to BEA this year!  (Including the BEA Bloggers Conference!).   So, are you going too?  Let me know because I REALLY want to meet all of you! I cannot wait!! Being a newbie BEA attender, I’ve been desperate to find all the advice I can get.  So, for my own knowledge, I decided to put together a list of links to people’s advice posts.  That way I can read and re-read and read again.  Since I was going to the trouble to make this list for myself, I thought I’d share it with all of you as well.  You can find the list on my  BEA 2014 Tips Page! I’m updating this list regularly as I find more and more people who are posting their awesome advice.  Trust me, there’s lots of info here, and I’ve learned… Read more »


Apr 23
Top Ten Characters I Love to Hate

Top Ten Characters I Love to Hate

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Characters I Love to Hate Gotta give some respect to those villains, right?  Our books just wouldn’t be the same without them! Here are the ones that came to mind: From The Lunar Chronicles Wiki Queen Levana from Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I recently finally read Cinder, so this villain came immediately to mind.  Levana is amazingly beautiful on the outside (due to a glamour, of course), but completely evil on the inside. Her gift to Kai just after his father’s death pretty much seals her status as a perfect villain.  FreeDigitalPhotos.net Daedalus from The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Okay, this isn’t really a specific character, but a whole government agency. Of course, there are some nasty Arum in this series too, but I think it’s clear that Daedalus is home to the true bad guys! FreeDigitalPhotos.net The Doctor from All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill – The doctor is… Read more »


Apr 21
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/20/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/20/14

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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:Hope everyone had an amazing Easter!!  We finally had a beautiful day (almost reached 80 degrees!) and got to enjoy the day outside.  So we were very thankful, especially after our ridiculously cold and snowy winter!Here’s what you may have missed this past week on my blog: Mine to Tarnish by Janeal Falor (review) The Mind’s Eye by K.C. Finn (review & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a Clean Teen book and a $15 gift card! Shadow Fire by Kimber Leigh Wheaton (excerpt & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a $50 gift card! Mystery Falls by Marilyn Phillips (Random Reads review) Prisoner of Night and Fog by Ann Blankman (review & giveaway)… Read more »


Apr 18
5 Star Review & Giveaway – Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

5 Star Review & Giveaway – Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★½

“Debut novelist Blankman’s account of life in Munich prior to Hitler’s 1933 elevation to the chancellorship is completely engrossing….Blankman creates riveting tension for her heroine and pulls readers through with an irresistible subplot featuring forbidden love.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) “I’m in awed envy of the daring with which Anne Blankman plunges into her difficult and sensitive subject matter. To read Prisoner of Night and Fog is to be immersed in a breathtaking evocation of Munich in the 1930s, where life is ordinary and skin-crawling by turns, and in the painful, hopeful story of one young girl’s awakening conscience. It’s terrifying and incredible to think how much of this story is true.” — Elizabeth Wein, award-winning author of Code Name Verity “Prisoner of Night and Fog seamlessly blends the fascinating, terrifying facts of Hitler’s rise to power with a gripping murder mystery. Gretchen is a brave and believable protagonist,… Read more »


Apr 15
5 Star Review & Giveaway – The Mind’s Eye by K.C. Finn

5 Star Review & Giveaway – The Mind’s Eye by K.C. Finn

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 1 ★★★★★

  There are so many reasons that I loved this book! While historical fiction isn’t always my thing, I’ve always been interested in World War II – not necessarily the battles, but the human stories that played out in that time (in fact, I’m reviewing another WWII book on Friday – I think that these are the only two WWII books I’ve read since Anne Frank when I was in middle school and I’ve managed to read them one right after the other).  Well, anyway, this book mixed some paranormal in with the historical fiction aspect, which made it perfect! The negatives: A few small moments.  I honestly had a hard time coming up with negatives for this book.  But there were a few small moments when I found myself wondering why Kit didn’t just use her powers in a certain way to help someone who needed her.  At one particular… Read more »


Apr 14
Review – Mine to Tarnish by Janeal Falor

Review – Mine to Tarnish by Janeal Falor

Reviews 1 ★★★★

Title: Mine to Tarnish Series: Mine #0.5 Author: Janeal Falor Release Date: December 2, 2013 Pages: 128 Goodreads Rating: 3.9/5 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: 13+ (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads:  Katherine’s place is the same as any woman’s—on the shelf next to the dresses and bolts of cloth. When she’s sold to a warlock, life grows even bleaker. Her new owner is as old and rancid as he is cruel, driving her to do the unthinkable: run. Nothing prepared her for being on her own. And she’s definitely unprepared for the warlocks hunting her down. But she must stay one step ahead because if caught, the best she can hope for is death.   Mine to Tarnish is a prequel to Falor’s You Are Mine, which was one of my very favorite reads of 2013!  I would highly recommend reading You Are Mine first because it gives you a lot more worldbuilding… Read more »


Apr 13
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/13/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/13/14

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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:This has been a crazy busy week for me.  My kids are in a homeschool co-op where I teach a kids’ choir/musical theatre class and an Acting class and we had our final performances this week.  The kids did an awesome job and we had lots of fun, but it’s nice to have the craziness of this week behind us now!I was still pretty active on the blog this week, though.  Here’s what you may have missed: The Only Boy by Jordan Locke (review & giveaway) – Last chance to win a $50 gift card! Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (review) Top Ten Tuesday – Unique Reads The Here and… Read more »


Apr 11
Review – Chasing Forever Down by Nikki Godwin

Review – Chasing Forever Down by Nikki Godwin

Reviews 2 ★★★★

Title: Chasing Forever Down Author: Nikki Godwin Release Date: March, 2013 Pages: 273 Goodreads Rating: 4.31 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing; Some language) Summary from Goodreads:  After seventeen-year-old Haley Sullivan meets a mysterious stranger who plays by his own rules, she’s more than determined to learn every trick of the trade from the master himself. But her dream-chasing mentor disappears after that night, and according to the local newspapers, he’s been dead for years. Knowing he’s very much alive, Haley enlists best friend Linzi to join her on a scavenger-hunt-style road trip that ultimately lands them in the surf town of Crescent Cove, California. Mystery guy is no mystery here, though – he’s Colby Taylor, the west coast’s biggest professional surfer.  If Haley wants to talk to the wave rider again, she’ll have to get past his four intimidating bodyguards who are highly skilled in the business of sending starstruck… Read more »


Apr 11
Feature & Follow Friday – Don’t Read It!

Feature & Follow Friday – Don’t Read It!

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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 – Question of the Week: Tell us about a book that you didn’t like and why we shouldn’t read it…nicely. Hmmm … I’ve definitely read some books I wasn’t crazy about, but there’s usually other people who really enjoyed those same books, so it’s hard to say that people shouldn’t read it.  In fact, the book that came to mind was an NA book that I really did not like at all, and yet,… Read more »