Month: November 2014

Nov 30
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/30/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/30/14

Sunday Post 11

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 (and in my life): I hope all of you in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the time with my family (we played lots of board games during this extended weekend). As promised, I was a little scarce on the blog this week. Why, you ask? Because I had to catch up catch up on NaNoWriMo!! Today is the very last day and I’m fairly certain I’m going to make it! (As of writing this post, I have about 3000 words to go, but I plan to hop over to Starbucks and finish those up!) I’ll let you know how it goes!… Read more »


Nov 26
Let’s Discuss Update – Yep, I Gave Up on the Complaining Author

Let’s Discuss Update – Yep, I Gave Up on the Complaining Author

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So, a lot of you read my post awhile back about Authors that Complain. There was one particular indie author whose books I loved, but she drove me crazy with her negativity on her blog (she basically said she hated her book and only wrote it to please fans and then a week or so later proceeded to complain about the fact that said fans hadn’t bought the book – well, if you tell me you hate it, it dampens my enthusiasm just a little bit!). But, I am an optimistic person at heart – I like to think the best about people, and I don’t give up on them easily once I’ve formed an attachment. I had enjoyed this author’s books and had really wanted to support her (I’d bought every book she’d released). I wanted to just let her negativity go. I still bought her latest book (the… Read more »


Nov 25
Review & Giveaway – The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre

Review & Giveaway – The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 10 ★★★

The Shape of My Heart was a nice wrap-up to the 2B trilogy, but it didn’t capture my heart quite as much as the first two books. Still, I loved that Max got his happy ending! What I loved: Max. I really loved learning Max’s background story. I don’t want to give away too much about it and spoil things, but let’s just say that there are things in Max’s past that are messy, and he has a lot of pain surrounding his family relationships. Because of this, he went through many years of doubting himself and his own self-worth. But he did finally pull himself together and became the type of person he could be proud of. Like I said, I don’t want to give much away, but if you’re a fan of Max, I think you’ll be very satisfied with his story. Self-image. One thing that I did really appreciate about Courtney’s… Read more »


Nov 24
Review – As Long as You Love Me by Ann Aguirre

Review – As Long as You Love Me by Ann Aguirre

Reviews 6 ★★★★

As Long as You Love Me is definitely my favorite book in this trilogy. I was hoping that the second book would help us understand Lauren and give us some insight into Rob, and that’s exactly what was delivered! What I LOVED: Lauren’s issues. In the first book, I was a little confused about Lauren. I didn’t understand why she wanted to go back to Sharon so much and what it was about school that was so difficult for her. So, I was really happy to read this book and finally understand what was going on in Lauren’s head. Turns out, Lauren is painfully shy (suffering from severe anxiety) and doesn’t do well with new situations, so college was WAY out of her comfort zone. I felt like Aguirre really captured Lauren’s emotions and the pain that she suffered in these types of situations. She had some real issues that she… Read more »


Nov 23
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 11/23/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 11/23/14

Sunday Post 5

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 (and in my life): This week has been incredibly hectic, and I have to say that my blog has lost a little steam because of it. I just feel like I can’t keep up with everything right now. I have fallen behind of NaNoWriMo, and I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to catch up in time, which is stressing me out. I know the 50k word count is kind of arbitrary, and my book wouldn’t be finished at that point, but I was still hoping to reach that goal and keep myself motivated to keep going on it. But lots of… Read more »


Nov 22
Review – Promise Me This by Christina Lee

Review – Promise Me This by Christina Lee

Reviews 1 ★★★½

Promise Me This was another strong book in the Between Breaths series. This book focuses on Jessie and Nate (who were featured briefly in the last book). The synopsis summarizes the book relatively well, so I’ll skip straight to my review. What I enjoyed: Nate’s story. Nate has abuse in his background, and he doesn’t trust himself to get close to anyone , so he’s avoided relationships. But he can’t fight his attraction to Jessie. At the same time, he fears the fact that he has urges toward dominance in the bedroom – in his mind, this might lead him to end up just like his abusive father. I could definitely understand where Nate was coming from with his fears. After all, a cycle of abuse is common, so it would be natural for anyone who’s suffered such abuse to be afraid of perpetuating that cycle. This is something that would often… Read more »


Nov 19
Review – The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

Review – The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

Reviews 13 ★★★

This book was interesting. There were parts of it that I really enjoyed and parts I wasn’t so crazy about. The book started out a tad bit shaky, got better, then lost some steam in the middle and ended … interestingly. I guess it was a cliff-hanger, but it was a weird one. What I LOVED: The reality TV setting. I enjoyed the reality show setting – it added a unique element to the show, especially since it was an art school. I could just imagine all of the student contestants trying to show off their artistic skills. Then, of course, they’d also have to try to amp up the personal drama to catch people’s interest. This added another interesting element – Rosie has to play the game, just like everyone else. But things get a little muddled and certain people start to doubt her real intentions, not to mention the… Read more »


Nov 18
Review & Giveaway – Paranormal Keepers by Jen Naumann

Review & Giveaway – Paranormal Keepers by Jen Naumann

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 10 ★★★

Paranormal Keepers was a fun and interesting YA paranormal romance. The book follows Harper, who is convinced that there are paranormal creatures in the world and that one killed her boyfriend. When she’s proven right, she is whisked away to a school for Keepers – people who keep supernatural beings at bay. Once she gets there, though, she finds out that she just might be destined for more than she ever imagined. What I enjoyed: The slow-building romance. Since Harper was still getting over her dead ex-boyfriend, the romance in this book developed relatively slowly, which I appreciated. Dexter and Harper started the book out as friends – they actually had developed a friendship over the internet for a full year before they even met, so they did have some mutual feelings for each other the first time they met, but neither of them jumped into anything. By the time they… Read more »


Nov 16
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 11/16/14

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 11/16/14

Sunday Post 14

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 (and in my life): This past week. I continued to work on my NaNoWriMo book. There have been some great moments, and some moments where I feel majorly stuck. I have so much respect for authors – writing a book is hard! Right now, I’m at just over 25,500 words and I’m still plugging away! The past couple of weeks have been frustrating technologically because I’ve had some problems with my blog – issue with my hosting company’s servers caused the blog to be down some and I kept getting 404 errors for some reason. I think I have all of these issues ironed out, but it’s made… Read more »


Nov 15
Review – The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Review – The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Reviews 10 ★★★★½

I have to say that I really sort of fell in love with this book. I went into it thinking that it was going to be a dystopian, and it really sort of is, except at the end, if you read the author’s notes, you’ll find that the book is based on a real life place – a place that actually existed. Make sure that you head over to this site to see pictures of Kowloon Walled City, and to find out more about it. There were once 33,000 people living within a one block radius – you honestly have to see the pictures to believe it. At any rate, back to my review. I was actually forced to put this book down a few times because I had scheduled review books that I needed to read. Usually when that happens, I find myself having a difficult time getting sucked into… Read more »