Month: September 2014

Sep 28
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/28/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/28/14

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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: My Sunday Post is going up late today because I spent the day at the YA Fandom Frenzy, which was run by Anderson’s Bookstore in Naperville. The event was a little hectic, but TONS of fun – I plan to write a post about it later this week. So make sure you check that one out if you want to read some fun facts about the 40 YA authors who were there and see pics! Last week was really busy for me because I got a new editing client and jumped straight into editing her first book. Plus, we spent yesterday celebrating my youngest’s… Read more »


Sep 26
YA Stereotypes: Love From Afar. Does this Happen in Real Life?

YA Stereotypes: Love From Afar. Does this Happen in Real Life?

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So, lately I’ve been thinking about something that happens A LOT in YA books. Love from afar. Let me give you an example: the sweet, quiet, somewhat socially awkward girl is in love with the star quarterback – who she’s never actually had a conversation with. She spends her school days staring at him from across the classroom (or the lunchroom or the football field) and watches him with awe – and quite a lot of drooling. Of course, there are many variations of this. Sometimes it’s the guy who’s in love with the unattainable girl. Or even a girl with confidence and all sorts of friends who suddenly finds herself tongue-tied when the object of her affection is near, so she’s never actually spoken to him (this was the case in the book I reviewed yesterday). But the common thread is that the girl (or guy) is hung up… Read more »


Sep 25
5 Star Review – Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

5 Star Review – Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Reviews 13 ★★★★★

This book was a total and utter surprise for me. When I picked it up at BEA, I kind of thought, “Well, this one looks a little strange, but it might be fun.” I mean that evil librarian on the cover looked a bit goofy, and I just didn’t have the highest expectations. Well, it turns out I was right –  kind of. The book was a little strange, but it was TONS of fun! I can’t remember the last time I got such pure enjoyment out of a book. It’s like Knudsen wrote this just for me. I LOVED it!! The synopsis pretty much describes the book. The new high school librarian is a demon, and only Cyn and her longtime crush seem to notice that he’s sucking the souls out of the student body. So, that means they’re the only ones trying to stop him! What I LOVED: Wry… Read more »


Sep 24
Review – Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Review – Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Reviews 10 ★★★★

***NOTE: This is a review of book #3 in a series. This book is pretty much a standalone, but my review contains slight spoilers for the first two books. You can read my review of book #1 HERE and book #2 HERE.*** I didn’t love Crash Into You quite as much as the first two books in this series, but it was still a great read! This story centers around Isaiah, who is feeling alone after losing Beth. When finances threaten to take Noah away from him too, he decides to make money the one way he can – by racing. Things get complicated, though, when the race gets busted by the cops and he flees with Rachel, a good little rich girl who showed up at the race for thrills. The police are the least of their problems, though. The slimy thug who runs the races thinks that Rachel helped… Read more »


Sep 21
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/21/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/21/14

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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 was saving up all my 5 star reviews for this week apparently (I didn’t mean to – it just happened that way!). There were three of them! It’s kind of fun to look at the books I’ve rated really highly because these three books are all completely different – different genres, different styles, different feels – and I loved them all in completely different ways (yes, I just used the word “different” a lot – call me lazy). One is a YA contemporary that made me cry. Another is an adult contemporary with characters that made me absolutely insane, but I loved them… Read more »


Sep 20
Let’s Discuss – Authors that Complain

Let’s Discuss – Authors that Complain

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Okay, so there’s this author that I follow who complains on her blog (and probably elsewhere). A. Lot. She’s a self-published author whose books I’ve really enjoyed, but I have to say that her attitude is starting to sour me on the idea of reading her books. I’m not going to name names because my purpose here is not to call out a specific author, but to discuss an issue that’s frustrated me. But here’s the gist of what’s happening … This author has one book that was a decent success for the self-publishing world. I absolutely LOVED the book, and it inspired me to buy and read ALL of this author’s other books as she’s been releasing them. I think she’s talented and I want to support her. I’m not sure that I ever loved any of the other books quite as much as the first, but I’ve really… Read more »


Sep 16
Top Ten Authors I Need to Read More

Top Ten Authors I Need to Read More

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book from, but NEED to Read More!   Lois Lowry – Just finally read The Giver (and saw the movie too!). Now I need to read the rest of Lowry’s books! Jane Austen – Again, I just finally got around to reading Pride and Prejudice last week, and now I want to read her other books too.  Don’t ask how I went so long without reading these! Juli Page Morgan – This is an Indie (or self-published?) author that probably a lot of you haven’t even heard of. I read one of her books – Athena’s Daughter and really loved it, so I bought two of her other books. But I haven’t read them yet! Why? Anne Pfeffer – Another self-published author. Girls Love Travis Walker is one of my favorite NA books ever, so why haven’t I read her other books… Read more »


Sep 15
Review – Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Review – Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Reviews 14 ★★★★★

***NOTE: Even though this is a review of book #2 in a series, this book is pretty much a standalone and my review doesn’t contain spoilers for book #1. You can read my review of book #1 HERE.*** This was my favorite book in the Pushing the Limits series (out of the three I’ve read so far). I found myself really wrapped up in Beth’s story. At first, I thought I was going to be disappointed because I really liked Isaiah and Beth together, and I hated the idea of a book where they get split up. But I ended up really loving it! The synopsis does a good job describing the book, so I’ll jump straight to my review. What I LOVED: Beth’s family ties. The romance wasn’t the most compelling aspect of this book (though I did love it). I was even more intrigued by Beth’s messed up family… Read more »


Sep 14
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/14/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/14/14

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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: Okay, I really have to get more organized. Last week in my Sunday Post, I said I was going to post two reviews that I didn’t – I honestly just forgot which ones I said I was going to post and then just reviewed the ones that struck my fancy. Sorry! I’m very good about posting specifically scheduled things (like tours), but horrible about planning everything else out. I promise to pay more attention from now on. Those two reviews ARE going up next week! Things have been a bit busy around here now that school has started again, but we’ve been having fun… Read more »


Sep 12
Let’s Discuss – Why I Wish I Could Blog in Bed

Let’s Discuss – Why I Wish I Could Blog in Bed

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Okay, if I’m being honest I CAN blog in bed (and I’m pretty sure I even have). I mean, right now I’m sitting on the couch with my laptop on my lap – sitting on the bed isn’t much different. But that’s actually not what I meant when I came up with the idea (and title) for this post. What I mean is that I wish I could transfer all of those thoughts that go through my head at bedtime onto the page. Let me explain. I’m often quite the insomniac. I almost never fall asleep in less than a half hour, and I often lay there for an hour or more. And it seems that it’s during this time that I come up with some of my best ideas. I’m laying there, trying to fall asleep, trying to clear my mind so that I can fall asleep, but I… Read more »