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 27
Review – I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

Review – I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

Reviews 11 ★★★★

I really loved I Want it That Way. This book just made me happy. I have to confess that I was playing a little bit of the comparison game when I read this one. I know it’s not good to compare books, but I read this shortly after I read Ugly Love (with just one day and one boon in between) and the themes are so similar – a couple that decides to have a no strings attached physical relationship because the guy isn’t able to commit. The thing was, I was SO disappointed with Ugly Love (I really wanted to love it!) that this book really felt AMAZING in comparison. I kept thinking, “Yes! This is how this type of book should be done!” I actually had to wait a little while before I wrote this review so that I could look at it a little more objectively. I’m… 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 19
Review & Giveaway – Divine Scales by Jennifer Blackstream

Review & Giveaway – Divine Scales by Jennifer Blackstream

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 13 ★★★★★

This series is just way too much fun! I adore the way that Blackstream takes fairy tales that we all know and love and turns them into something fun and different! Divine Scales is the story of The Little Mermaid – with a twist, of course – and I think it’s my favorite in the series so far (or maybe tied with the first book – I loved that one too – oh, never mind, I’ve loved them all!). What I LOVED: Patricio. Patricio was a complicated character. He actually isn’t terribly likable at first. He’s haughty and self-righteous and he’s got a serious chip on his shoulder. When Marcela falls under the curse (which was put on him!) he really looks down on her at first and can’t be bothered with her. Is he sympathetic to her plight? Not really. He also doesn’t take any responsibility for the curse… Read more »


Sep 18
Review & $10 Giveaway – Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition by Erin Butler

Review & $10 Giveaway – Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition by Erin Butler

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 14 ★★★

Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition was a cute book that might be a good bridge to Jane Austen for highschoolers. I enjoyed it, but it read a little bit young and immature to me – I think this is one of those books that I just might be too old for, but that younger YA readers might appreciate more. The synopsis does a good job describing the book, so I’ll jump straight to my review. What I enjoyed: Jane Austen. Well, of course this book was full of Austen references! Liza loved Austen because it was a connection she had with her mother who had died several years back. Her mother had been a huge Austen fan (she’d even named her daughter after Elizabeth Bennett), and Liza loved to read and re-read her mother’s copy of the Austen’s complete works – she even got to see notes and things that… Read more »


Sep 17
5 Star Review – Rock Angel by Jeanne Bogino

5 Star Review – Rock Angel by Jeanne Bogino

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 5 ★★★★★

This review isn’t going to be structured like my typical reviews. I just can’t do it. I can’t break the book down into my usual list of positives and negatives because my feelings about it are so wound up and twisted that I couldn’t possibly disentangle them enough to put them down into neat little bullet points.  Can’t do it. I loved this book and I hated it. But I loved hating it, I think (or maybe I hated loving it – it just depends on what point during my reading you’d asked me). These characters – they killed me. I honestly don’t know the last time I had such a visceral reaction to a book. I swear, there were times when I was practically sick to my stomach and shaking because I hated what these characters were doing to each other. What they were doing to themselves. But, that… Read more »