Month: June 2014

Jun 18
Let’s Discuss – All the Feels

Let’s Discuss – All the Feels

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I just finished reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell today (review will be coming soon), and it got me thinking about just how much an amazing author can make me FEEL!  Landline had me running the whole gamut of emotions and it got me thinking about them.  I honestly think that I often feel more from reading than I do from watching TV – heck, sometimes more than I do in real life (at least I feel more emotions packed into a short amount of time than I do on a typical day).  So. Many. Feels.(The pictures are my kiddos.)Laughter – I love a book that can make me laugh out loud.  With Landline, I laughed often at the witty dialogue (and at the main character’s inner thoughts, which were often just incredibly funny).  Another recent read that had me laughing and smiling throughout was Maybe Someday By Colleen Hoover.  Now,… Read more »


Jun 15
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/15/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/15/14

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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:I think I’ve done most of my updates on BEA now (though I might have one more post about what I learned and what I hope the BEA organizers learned).  Things should be getting back to normal around here!  Here’s what you may have last this week: Time Return and Time Lock by Micah Caida (reviews & giveaway) – Still time to get the first book for free and to enter to win lots of awesome prizes! Why I Love/Hate Robert Jordan (review) – A slightly different review of The Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan. Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year – Take a look at everything… Read more »


Jun 14
Middle Grade Spotlight – Unicorns of the Mist Series by R.R. Russell

Middle Grade Spotlight – Unicorns of the Mist Series by R.R. Russell

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I thought I’d highlight another middle grade series that I reviewed over on my MG blog – Best Kids’ Reads.  This series features unicorns and are full of adventure!  My daughter and I have really been enjoying these fun books! You can read my review of the first book in this series (including my daughter’s views) HERE!  And my review of The Unicorn Thief HERE.You can also enter to win a hardcover copy of The Unicorn Thief, so don’t miss out! US/Canada Only a Rafflecopter giveaway


Jun 13
Feature & Follow Friday – Book Location I’d Like to Visit

Feature & Follow Friday – Book Location I’d Like to Visit

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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: Armchair Travel! Tell us about your favorite book in a setting you’d like to visit. This one’s hard for me because most of the books I can think of are either set in a relatively nondescript US location or in a fantasy world.  But I recently re-read Heidi with my daughter.  It’s set in the Swiss Alps, and while I’ve been to the Alps once before (in Austria), I… Read more »


Jun 10
Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year (Of course, not all of these were actually released this year.) In the order I read them (click on the link to be brought to my review): The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan – (Along with the rest of the books in the series, but especially this first one). This book just really struck me for some reason and brought me back to my own teenage years. One of the best contemporary romances I’ve read – I loved it!! Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta – This book reminded me of why I love epic fantasy.  I’ve heard that the next book is even better and plan to read that one very soon. American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin – Her other books were fantastic too, but somehow American Girl just holds a special place in my heart.  It’s a sweet… Read more »


Jun 10
Why I Love/Hate Robert Jordan (an Audiobook Review of Knife of Dreams)

Why I Love/Hate Robert Jordan (an Audiobook Review of Knife of Dreams)

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Instead of doing a normal review for Knife of Dreams, I’m going to talk about the series as a whole (with just a few comments about this particular book thrown in).  Please allow me to explain my love/hate relationship with Robert Jordan. Title: Knife of Dreams Series: Wheel of Time #11 Author: Robert Jordan Published: January, 2013 Pages: 860 (32 hours, 24 minutes audio) Goodreads Rating: 4.06 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: Mature YA or Adult (Some sex, though not described; Fantasy violence) Summary from Goodreads: The Wheel of Time turns, and Robert Jordan gives us the eleventh volume of his extraordinary masterwork of fantasy.    The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai’don, the Last Battle, when Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity’s only hope. But Rand dares not fight… Read more »


Jun 09
Review & Giveaway – Time Return and Time Lock by Micah Caida

Review & Giveaway – Time Return and Time Lock by Micah Caida

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Title: Time Return Series: Red Moon Trilogy #2 Author: Micah Caida Release Date: February 11, 2014 Pages: 312 Goodreads Rating: 4.67/5 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing) Genre: YA Sci/Fi Fantasy Summary from Goodreads:  In this coming of age debut trilogy, USA Today Micah Caida turns dystopian young adult fiction on its ear with a breathtakingly fresh science fiction, fantasy story that is as much a thriller as it is a romantic tale.    Time Trap, book 2 in the Red Moon trilogy  Her Time. His Time. No Time.  Rayen promised to return, Gabby must return, and Tony can’t return. Three teenage friends are connected by a shared secret that forces a decision with consequences no one expects. When Rayen arrives on the Red Moon sphere again, she finds shocking changes. Her arrival causes more upheaval and danger for the MystiK children, creating a heart wrenching challenge for Callan who must choose between duty… Read more »


Jun 08
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/8/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/8/14

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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:I think I’ve done most of my updates on BEA now (though I might have one more post about what I learned and what I hope the BEA organizers learned).  Things should be getting back to normal around here!  Here’s what you may have last this week: Best of the Bunch – Take a look at everything I reviewed in May and find out which was my favorite read! Essence by Lisa Ann O’Keefe (spotlight & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win! BEA Book Haul & Days 3 & 4 Recap – Find out what happened during the last two days of BEA, including what books I got… Read more »


Jun 07
Review – I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff

Review – I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff

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Title: I Am the Weapon (Previous Title: Boy Nobody) Series: The Unknown Assassin #1 Author: Allen Zadoff Release Date: May 13, 2014 Pages: 368 Goodreads Rating: 3.93/0.5 Stars My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: Mature YA (Characters have sex, but it’s not described; Violence) Summary from Goodreads:  They needed the perfect assassin. Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend’s family to die-of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.  But when he’s assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter is unlike anyone he has encountered before; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program… Read more »


Jun 06
June Random Reads – Talented by Sophie Davis and After the Parch by Sheldon Greene

June Random Reads – Talented by Sophie Davis and After the Parch by Sheldon Greene

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It’s time for my June Random Reads (a fun meme hosted by I’m Loving Books). The idea is to pick one random book from your Goodreads To-Read list (using Random.org) to read within the month.  As I mention every month, I am in love with this meme!  This is such a great way to make sure that I actually read some of those books that have been in my TBR list for eons.This month I decided to once again choose two Random Reads.  For the first, I limited my Random Read choices to books that I actually own since I have so many of them that I’ve been wanting to read.  (I did this by just creating a Random Reads shelf on Goodreads).  For the second choice, I used the books I got from BEA!Because of BEA, I’m running a bit behind this month.  Even though I managed to read both of my May… Read more »