Month: May 2014

May 30
BEA Recap Day 2

BEA Recap Day 2

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I’m too tired to do a long post about today, but I thought I’d come do a little update.  Today the mad rush truly began.  But, surprisingly, it wasn’t as crazy as I thought it would be.  Maybe it’s because I went in with a pretty low-key attitude, but I didn’t feel terribly overwhelmed.  I think it helped a lot that I met up with some really awesome bloggers who made the day incredibly fun.  Sure, I sat in a line for an hour and a half – but I was just sitting there chatting about books and blogging. Nothing bad about that! I am loving making new blogger friends! Best author moment of the day for me was definitely meeting Julie Kagawa.  She was out taking pictures and video of the insanely long line that stretched around the convention center for the Teen Harlequin signing and she was nice… Read more »


May 29
BEA Recap Day 1

BEA Recap Day 1

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Travel Woes So, I made it through Day #1 of my very first BEA!!!  It was looking a little touch and go there for a while, since my flight was delayed by about 2 hours (and some flights from Chicago to NYC were cancelled).  I was just praying that I would make it here at all!  My poor roommate (Jennifer from Live to Read, Read to Live) flew all the way in from Ireland and got here at 2:00 PM, but couldn’t check in because she didn’t have a credit card.  So I spent the day yesterday scrambling around, calling places, trying to get someone to help me figure out a way to get the poor girl checked in!  Luckily she had a book and didn’t mind reading in the lobby while we got it all sorted out.  (Which we did finally.)  I didn’t get in until after midnight and… Read more »


May 28
ARC Review & Giveaway – My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

ARC Review & Giveaway – My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★

  Title: My Last Kiss Author: Bethany Neal Release Date: June 10, 2014 Pages: 368 Goodreads Rating: 3.87/5 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Some violence) Genre: YA Paranormal Summary from Goodreads:  What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?  Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss–the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died–is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn’t a suicide as everyone assumes. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she’s worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend.  If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that… Read more »


May 27
Review – Starcursed by Nandini Bajpai

Review – Starcursed by Nandini Bajpai

Reviews 1 ★★★★★

  Title: Starcursed Author: Nandini Bajpai Release Date: November 3, 2013 Pages: 284 Goodreads Rating: 4.08/5 Stars My Rating: 5/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads:  In the ancient city of Ujjayani, the planets align to decide the fate of two starcursed lovers. Born under the curse of Mars, brilliant and beautiful Leelavati, daughter of the famed astronomer Bhaskarya Acharya of Ujjayani, knows she can never wed. But when her childhood playmate, the handsome and rich Rahul Nagarseth, returns from sea, their attraction is rekindled under stormy monsoon skies. As Leela, forced by fate to relinquish Rahul, tries to find solace in teaching at her fathers observatory, a fleeting alignment of the stars is discovered that can help overcome her curse. But Rahul is called away on a war to defend his kingdom. Can he return in time or will she lose him forever to the will of the planets?  Set in turbulent… Read more »


May 26
Review – These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Review – These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 0 ★★★★★

  I won this book back in December and have been dying to read it ever since. Don’t know why it took me so long!  This book was awesome! These Broken Stars is an amazing YA sci-fi/fantasy romance.  The story follows Lilac and Tarver as they struggle to survive after their spacecraft crashes.  They are left to make their way across a hostile planet, completely alone, searching for rescue. But the planet seems to be home to something strange, and Lilac and Tarver start to think that they might be in more danger than they ever realized. The negatives: Characters didn’t feel their ages.  I kept having to remind myself that these characters are supposed to be teenagers.  Neither of them felt or sounded like teenagers to me – which was nice in a lot of ways (I may have preferred it).  But I was surprised every time it was… Read more »


May 25
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/25/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/25/14

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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:It’s been so nice to finally see the sunshine here in Chicagoland!  I’ve been working hard to get ready for BEA and I CAN’T WAIT!  Here’s what you may have missed this past week on FYFA: Falling from the Sky by Nikki Godwin (review) The Only Boy by Jordan Locke (review & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a $50 gift card! Missing Lily by Annette K. Larsen (review & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a $25 gift card! Taking Angels by C.S. Yelle (review & giveaway) Feature & Follow Friday – Books I’ve convinced someone to read Coming this week on FYFA: Since I’m heading out to BEA… Read more »


May 23
Feature & Follow Friday – Convince Your Friends!

Feature & Follow Friday – Convince Your Friends!

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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: Have you ever convinced someone to read a book, a series, or a whole genre? What book(s) and who was it? Did they like it? My husband doesn’t read books. At all. But I have convinced him to listen to some audiobooks. The first one I ever got him to listen to was The Hunger Games.  He listened to all three books and really loved them! He also really… Read more »


May 22
Review & $25 Giveaway – Taking Angels by C.S. Yelle

Review & $25 Giveaway – Taking Angels by C.S. Yelle

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★½

Blog Tour Schedule Title: Taking Angels Series: The Angels Crusades, #1 Author: C.S. Yelle Release Date: March, 2013 Pages: 380 Goodreads Rating: 4.46/5 Stars My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing) Genre: YA Paranormal Summary from Goodreads:  Britt Anderson went along with everything the doctors said for nearly four years, but she was still dying at eighteen. The cancer had won leaving her without a future, without any options, and without control. No control, except for how she would leave this world. As Britt tries to end her life by going into the frigid waters she realizes her mistake. She struggles to get back to shore, to cry out for help, but her atrophied muscles are useless and the frigid water steals the breath from her chemo-scarred lungs. Despite her father’s attempts to reach her, she flies over the waterfall. When Allister Parks finds Britt’s fragile body on the riverbank something calls out to… Read more »


May 21
Review & $25 Giveaway – Missing Lily by Annette K. Larsen

Review & $25 Giveaway – Missing Lily by Annette K. Larsen

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★

Tour Schedule Title: Missing Lily Author: Annette K. Larsen Release Date: May 15th, 2014 Pages: 259 Goodreads Rating: 4.32/5 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: PG (Nothing more than kissing; Some mild violence) Summary from Goodreads: “You don’t know who I am,” I whispered. He didn’t move—either away from me, or closer—and after an interminable moment, I stepped back and hurried out of the house. He didn’t follow me as I fled into the night. Lylin is not used to being alone—much less alone, hurt, and lost. So when she is separated from her guard and forced to abandon her horse, she counts herself lucky to stumble upon a manor house. Still frightened by those who chased her into the night, she keeps her identity a secret, calling herself Lily as she accepts the help of kind servants and the compassion of Lord Fallon. When they fall into an easy friendship, she wonders if her secrecy was… Read more »


May 20
Review & $50 Gift Card Giveaway – The Only Boy by Jordan Locke

Review & $50 Gift Card Giveaway – The Only Boy by Jordan Locke

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★

Title: The Only Boy Author: Jordan Locke Release Date: December 17th, 2013 Pages: 268 Goodreads Rating: 3.86/5 Stars My Rating: 3/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing; Some implied references to sex) Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult   Summary from Goodreads: Mary is stuck in Section One, living with three hundred women in a crumbling hospital. She wonders what life was like two centuries ago, before the Cleansing wiped out all the men. But the rules—the Matriarch’s senseless rules—prevent her from exploring the vacant city to find out. Taylor’s got a dangerous secret: he’s a boy. His compound’s been destroyed, and he’s been relocated to Section One. Living under the Matriarch means giving up possessions, eating canned food and avoiding all physical contact. Baggy clothes hide his flat chest and skinny legs, but if anyone discovers what lies beneath, he’ll be exiled. Maybe even executed. Mary’s never seen a boy—the Matriarch cut the pictures of men from the… Read more »