Month: September 2014

Sep 11
Review – Sway by Kat Spears

Review – Sway by Kat Spears

Reviews 7 ★★★★

Sway wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be based on the synopsis. It’s not a sweet, light romance – instead the story is much more about how an unsavory main character grows into a different type of person – the type of person who cares. This book definitely won’t be for everyone (Jesse says and does things that would offend just about anyone), but if you stick around to see the person that Jesse turns into, I think you’ll find it worth the ride. What I LOVED: Jesse’s character development. Honestly, it is a mystery to me how Spears managed to make me like Jesse. He is not the best person – he deals drugs, sells people homework, gets people arrested for things they didn’t do, and generally messes with people’s lives. I should have hated him. But Spears made him so darn likable while he did all… Read more »


Sep 10
Review – Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Review – Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Reviews 4 ★★★★½

I know I’m reviewing these books out of order. I actually did read them in order, but I wanted to get my review of Breathe, Annie, Breathe out closer to the release date, so I held onto a couple of the reviews for this series for a while.  But, of course, I don’t want to deprive you, my wonderful readers – so the review for this book and Racing Savannah are just coming a little later.  Anyway, on to the review … Things I Can’t Forget is kind of a controversial book. It focuses heavily on religion, but strongly religious readers may not like the sexual content and some of the ideas presented – and readers who are just plain turned off by religious themes may not like it either. But, personally, I loved the themes that this book explored and it all rang very true to me, even if I didn’t always agree… Read more »


Sep 08
5 Star Review – Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

5 Star Review – Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Reviews 24 ★★★★★

I was so excited to read Trial by Fire that I somehow managed to snag a copy from both BEA and NetGalley. Um, oops. I guess you can tell that I really wanted to read it. And, let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Honestly, I think this is the best book I’ve read in a long while – I finished it and almost wanted to pick it right back up again and start over! The book follows Lily, who is allergic to just about everything and suffers from debilitating allergic reactions. After a horrifically embarrassing night involving her best friend (and crush), Lily wants nothing more than to escape – but when escape is offered to her, she finds herself in a strange alternate universe where magic reigns and she (or an alternate version of her) is a witch and the ultimate villain. Lily wants nothing more than to get back… Read more »


Sep 07
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/7/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/7/14

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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: Well, I think I’ve mostly gotten used to WordPress now, though I’m definitely still discovering new things. I’m really happy with the switch overall. We’re in full swing with homeschooling now, so I have a little less time to hang out online, but I’m still trying to make my rounds around the blogosphere. Here’s what you may have missed last week: August Wrap-Up (Best of the Bunch) – Find out what my favorite August read was! Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner (review) Let’s Discuss – I Don’t Read the Way I Used To – How have your reading habits changed since you’ve started blogging? The… Read more »


Sep 06
September Random Read – Black Amaranth by Sasha Hibbs

September Random Read – Black Amaranth by Sasha Hibbs

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It’s time for my September Random Reads selection (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 continue with just choosing one Random Read. 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). I really enjoyed last month’s Random Read – Scorched by Mari Mancusi. I was so glad that the book lived up to its pretty cover!  🙂  You can read my… Read more »


Sep 05
Feature & Follow Friday – So, You Wanna be a Writer?

Feature & Follow Friday – So, You Wanna be a Writer?

Reviews 17

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: Are you also a writer and what genre or did you ever consider writing? I’ve always wanted to write a book, but so far, I haven’t gotten very far toward that goal. When I was in college, I took a short story writing class and after college I even took a novel writing course, but I never got more than a couple of chapters in. I’ve always… Read more »


Sep 03
Let’s Discuss – I Don’t Read the Way I Used To!

Let’s Discuss – I Don’t Read the Way I Used To!

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In my recent move to WordPress, I had to do a little bit of work to get my reviews to show up in my archives (using the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin, which makes it totally easy to do!). While I was doing this, I found myself examining my reading over the past year and a half – since I’ve been blogging – and I’ve realized that I don’t read the way I used to.  Blogging has definitely changed my reading habits.  In some good and some not so good ways. So, how has my reading changed?  Take a look: [icon name=”fa-heart”] I read A LOT more! This is, for the most part, I very positive change (except for those days that I’m too busy reading to do stuff like feed my kids – yeah, not so good).  I read TONS more than I did before I started blogging. Maybe because I… Read more »


Sep 01
August Wrap-Up – Best of the Bunch

August Wrap-Up – Best of the Bunch

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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. I didn’t post quite as many reviews as usual this month, but it’s not bad considering that I was on vacation for 10 days, did an editing job, and moved my blog to WordPress. A busy month!! August 2014 Reviews: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally | Review | Rating: 4/5 The Legacy by Melissa Delport | Review | Rating: 4/5 The Artful by Wilbert Stanton | Review | Rating: 4/5 Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally | Review | Rating: 4.5/5 Storm Siren by Mart Weber | Review | Rating: 5/5 Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb | Review | Rating: 4/5 Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson… Read more »