Month: September 2014

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 »


Sep 11
Review – Sway by Kat Spears

Review – Sway by Kat Spears

Reviews 5 ★★★★

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
Blitz & Giveaway – True North 3: Finding Now by Allie Juliette Mousseau

Blitz & Giveaway – True North 3: Finding Now by Allie Juliette Mousseau

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Buy the book for just $0.99 for a limited time! Allie Juliette Mousseau has just released the third book in her True North series!!  I’m not posting a review of this one because I’m the editor and it feels like a conflict of interest (though I couldn’t help myself for the first book – check out my thoughts on book #1 HERE). But I WILL say that this book is very steamy and very emotional, and I think that Sam and Kate are my favorite couple from this series yet!  Check out the reviews on Goodreads, and make sure you scroll down to win a copy of your very own! About the Author: Allie Juliette Mousseau writes sexy, emotionally charged New Adult Romance in a variety of genres and temperatures. She writes from passionate and angsty; fun and light to intense and epic. She incorporates a lot of romance, tension, and spice. Always… 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?

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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: 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 »