Month: July 2014

Jul 31
Best of the Bunch – July 2014

Best of the Bunch – July 2014

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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. July 2014I thought I didn’t read quite as much this month because it was kind of a crazy month for me, but when I looked at the number of books I reviewed, it ended up being more than last month! This month I reviewed the following: Destiny by Cindy Ray Hale | Review | Rating: 4/5 Landline by Rainbow Rowell | Review | Rating 4/5 Seeker by Jerome Gilden | Review | Rating 3/5 Tempted by Brandi Leigh Hall | Review | Rating 4/5 I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff | Review | Rating 4/5 Sunshine by Nikki Rae | Review | Rating 5/5 Sun Poisoned by Nikki Rae | Review | Rating 5/5 Sun Damage by Nikki Rae | Review | Rating 4/5 Carrier by Anne Tibbets | Review | Rating 5/5 How… Read more »


Jul 31
Random Reads Review – 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper

Random Reads Review – 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper

Random Reads, Reviews 1 ★★★★

Title:  15 Minutes Series: Rewind Series #1 Author: Jill Cooper Release Date: June 2013 Pages: 234 Goodreads Rating: 4.08/5 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads: I have 15 minutes to save my mother’s life…. 15 minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives you in the past, but for Lara Crane it’s enough time to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over ten years ago. But that’s not how it happened. The story she’s been told all her life is a lie and when Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever. The love of her life acts like a stranger. Her simple life is replaced with a giant house, glamorous clothes and a new boyfriend.  Except someone knows her secret. And he will try to stop her at every turn as she races against… Read more »


Jul 30
Review & $50 Gift Card Giveaway – Stim & Kaleidoscope by Kevin Berry

Review & $50 Gift Card Giveaway – Stim & Kaleidoscope by Kevin Berry

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★

Title:  Kaleidoscope Series: Stim #2 Author: Kevin Berry Release Date: January 3, 2014 Pages: 173 Goodreads Rating: 4.55/5 Stars My Rating: 3/5 Stars Genre: Contemporary New Adult  My Content Rating: NA (Some sex; Language) Summary from Goodreads: The sequel to STIM…an Aspie new adult contemporary novel set in an earthquake zone. Chloe is different. She has Asperger’s Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder and probably a few other inconvenient conditions as well. She’s a quirky, resourceful and clever psychology student, but her world is literally about to be shaken apart. A devastating earthquake sparks a chain of events that spiral her life out of control. She’s off her meds. Her oddly-named cat is missing. She doesn’t know what she wants out of life any more. Misfortune and uncertainty don’t mix well with bundles of energy and Chloe’s tendency to ignore consequences. It’s as if mayhem and trouble are her constant companions. Will Chloe be able to cope with the earth-shaking… Read more »


Jul 29
Review – Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Review – Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Reviews 2 ★★★★

Title:  Catching Jordan Series: Hundred Oaks #1 Author: Miranda Kenneally Release Date: 2011 Pages: 283 Goodreads Rating: 3.88/5 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: Mature YA (Sex is discussed – a lot, but not directly shown; Some language) Summary from Goodreads: ONE OF THE BOYS What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line? I recently… Read more »


Jul 28
Review – Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Review – Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Reviews 3 ★★★★½

Title:  Pushing the Limits Series: Pushing the Limits #1 Author: Katie McGarry Release Date: 2012 Pages: 392 Goodreads Rating: 4.12/5 Stars My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: Mature YA (Sex is discussed, but not shown; Some language) Summary from Goodreads: So wrong for each other …and yet so right. No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.  But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.  Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go… Read more »


Jul 27
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 7/27/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 7/27/14

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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:Little slower this week, but that’s okay. Some fun stuff, though.  Here’s what you may have missed: Time of Ruin by Shauna Granger(excerpt & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a $20 gift card! Top Ten Characters I’d Want with Me on a Deserted Island Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale (review) Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid (review, guest post & giveaway) – Still time to enter to a signed hardcover and lots of other goodies! The Rose Master by Valentina Cano (review) Coming this week on FYFA: Stim & Kaleidoscope by Kevin Berry (review & giveaway) 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper (Random Reads review) Best of the Bunch – Find… Read more »


Jul 26
Review – The Rose Master by Valentina Cano

Review – The Rose Master by Valentina Cano

Reviews 0 ★★★★

  Title:  The Rose Master Author: Valentina Cano Release Date: June, 2014 Pages: 217 Goodreads Rating: 4.56/5 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Some horror elements) Summary from Goodreads: The day Anne Tinning turns seventeen, birds fall from the sky. But that’s hardly the most upsetting news. She’s being dismissed from the home she’s served at since she was a child, and shipped off to become the newly hired parlor maid for a place she’s never heard of. And when she sees the run-down, isolated house, she instantly knows why: There’s something wrong with Rosewood Manor. Staffed with only three other servants, all gripped by icy silence and inexplicable bruises, and inhabited by a young master who is as cold as the place itself, the house is shrouded in neglect and thick with fear. Her questions are met with hushed whispers, and she soon finds herself alone in the empty halls, left… Read more »


Jul 25
ARC Review, Guest Post & Giveaway – Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

ARC Review, Guest Post & Giveaway – Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 1 ★★★★

Title:  Let’s Get Lost Author: Adi Alsaid Release Date: July 29, 2014 Pages: 352 Goodreads Rating: 4.00/5 Stars My Rating: 4/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing; Some language and illegal behavior) Summary from Goodreads: Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.  Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.  There’s HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.  Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But… Read more »


Jul 24
Review – Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale

Review – Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale

Reviews 0 ★★★½

Title:  Synchrony Series: Destiny #2 Author: Cindy Ray Hale Release Date: April 6, 2014 Pages: 384 Goodreads Rating: 4.4/5 Stars My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads:  When her parents discover she’s been sneaking out with Isaac Robinson, the forbidden Baptist boy, Mormon girl Destiny Clark decides it’s time to keep their relationship quiet. As their relationship moves to shakier ground, Destiny discovers that Isaac has a terrible secret, and she is left completely shattered. The moment Destiny feels all hope is lost, Preston Nelson, her longtime church friend and Isaac’s bitter rival, arrives like a beacon of light. It isn’t long before two separate disasters strike for Preston and Destiny’s best friend, Hannah. As Destiny helps them through their issues, she discovers that sometimes the best way to forget about your own problems is to help a friend in need. Just as her heart begins to mend and her friendship with… Read more »


Jul 22
Top Ten Characters I’d Want with Me on a Deserted Island

Top Ten Characters I’d Want with Me on a Deserted Island

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Characters I’d Want With Me On A Deserted Island Image courtesy of lkunl / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games Trilogy – Let’s face it, if I was stranded on a deserted island, I’d last about an hour on my own. Maybe. But Katniss could manage to keep us both alive. She’d hunt us some food with her trusty bow. And then skin it. And cook it. I’d watch. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series – If I didn’t have a companion with awesome survival skills, someone with magic would work just as well. Hermione is easily the smartest, most resourceful witch I know. She’d be able to conjure up some food and shelter I’m sure! Tarver from These Broken Stars –  Tarver was the perfect companion for Lilac when she was stranded on a deserted planet that was haunted by strange beings. So, a deserted island… Read more »