Month: January 2015

Jan 29
Let’s Discuss – I Wasn’t Stressed About Blogging Until I Found Out I Was Doing it Wrong

Let’s Discuss – I Wasn’t Stressed About Blogging Until I Found Out I Was Doing it Wrong

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Okay, I have to start off by saying that I don’t really think I’m blogging wrong (but that got your attention, right?).  But I was inspired to write this post because I do sometimes feel under pressure to blog a certain way (or to avoid blogging a certain way) and I start to stress out when I feel like I’m not making everyone happy. And here’s the thing – THAT’S ALL ON ME. Because the reality is, you can’t please everyone. And, honestly, you shouldn’t even want to. What kind of person would that make me if my main focus was on making everyone else happy? Lately, I’ve seen a lot of talk about the problems with the book blogging community. Now, I have to confess that I’m a somewhat insecure person sometimes, so when I read posts or messages from other bloggers that I admire and trust about things that are going “wrong” I tend to internalize that. I… Read more »


Jan 27
Release Day Review & Giveaway – In His Keeping by Maya Banks

Release Day Review & Giveaway – In His Keeping by Maya Banks

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 22 ★★★★

In His Keeping is the second book in the Slow Burn series, which features romantic suspense with a paranormal twist! Thought the book is part of a series, I think it could pretty easily be read as a standalone. At the beginning of the book, we see that Arial was left on her parents’ doorstep under some intriguing circumstances. They vow to love and protect her as they would their own daughter and take her in. Several months later, they discover why she needed protecting in the first place – Ari has telekinesis. She spends her life hiding her gift until she’s attacked one day and uses her ability to protect herself. Her whole life is turned upside down once her ability is out in the open – and she finds that someone is after her, and willing to hurt the people she loves to get to her. Desperate, she… Read more »


Jan 26
Review – We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

Review – We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

Reviews 15 ★★★½

This book is an interesting introspective study on relationships – both family relationships and romantic relationships. I thought that the story was going to be about Layla’s relationship with her teacher and the aftermath, but it really wasn’t. It was much more about Nell learning to separate herself from her sister and about how she relates to other people. What I enjoyed: The style. This book was written in first person from Nell’s POV, but it was written as if it were a letter to her sister Layla. Nell is, in essence, trying to explain her actions at the end of the book to her sister by relaying her thoughts and feelings during all of the events that led up to that end. The style was definitely a different sort of narrative than what we’re typically used to in fiction, but I really enjoyed it. Something about the fact that Nell… Read more »


Jan 25
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/25/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/25/15

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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 (and in my life): This week has been exhausting, mostly because I have a million things all going on at once. Trying to finish up a first edit, getting scripts and class descriptions going for my homeschool co-op musical theater and acting classes, and coordinating food for over 100 gymnastics judges, coaches and volunteers for my daughter’s upcoming home meet – I’ve been VERY busy! Here’s what you may have missed this past week: Split Second by Kasie West (review) Dare by Allie Juliette Mousseau (giveaway & author top ten list) – Giveaway has ended, but pop over to read about Allie’s top ten… Read more »


Jan 24
Let’s Discuss – Why Authors Write Insta-Love (No, Really – I Think I Know)

Let’s Discuss – Why Authors Write Insta-Love (No, Really – I Think I Know)

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We all know that insta-love is one of the biggest bookish sins. Almost everyone hates it. Really, when was the last time you read a book with insta-love and thought, “I’m so glad those characters fell in love as soon as they met. I hate it when characters wait a whole week or two before they really fall for each other”? Um, never. (Though, I did do a post awhile back about whether or not insta-love could ever work and found that there are times it’s more palatable than others.) So, why do authors do it? Do they just have no idea that readers don’t like insta-love? Have they never read a review of a book with insta-love, so they’re just unaware it’s a problem? Are they just lazy? I don’t think so. Okay, so I exaggerated when I said I think I know why authors write insta-love, but I do have a… Read more »


Jan 22
Review & Giveaway – Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Review & Giveaway – Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 41 ★★★★

Isla and the Happily Ever After is a fun, romantic read that’s pretty much right on par with its predecessors. While this story is a bit different than the first two (since it explores Isla and Josh’s relationship after they become a couple instead of focusing solely on them getting together), I felt like this book was a fitting end to the series. What I enjoyed: Isla and Josh. Just like we’ve come to expect from Perkins, Isla and Josh are both believable characters who shine. I especially loved Josh and how he expressed himself through his art (see my next bullet point). Isla is a little more vanilla, but that’s actually kind of the point – she doesn’t know who she is really, so it’s hard for us to get to know her completely either. I thought some of her best moments, some of the times that we really got to see… Read more »


Jan 21
Giveaway & Top Ten List – Dare by Allie Juliette Mousseau

Giveaway & Top Ten List – Dare by Allie Juliette Mousseau

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Those of you who are regular followers of my blog know that, in addition to being a blogger, I’m also a freelance editor. I don’t post reviews of the books that I edit (since it would seem like a conflict of interest), but I DO love to feature them here on Feed Your Fiction Addiction from time to time. Well, Allie Juliette Mousseau’s newest book just recently came out, and it’s a huge hit! Check out the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon to see what people are saying about it. Then, make sure you head down to read Allie’s top ten addictions and enter to win the giveaway!   Amazon Amazon CA Amazon UK Amazon AU B&N Kobo Allie’s Top Ten Addictions Travel! This is – by far – my favorite thing to do! I love seeing and experiencing places I’ve never been and returning to favorites. I loved it so much, in fact, that I stuffed my four… Read more »


Jan 19
Review – Split Second by Kasie West

Review – Split Second by Kasie West

Reviews 28 ★★★★½

I was surprised (and actually a little worried) when I read the back of this book (which wasn’t as detailed as the actual blurb) – it sounded like it would focus on Laila instead of on Addie. But my fears were unfounded. The book actually switched back and forth between Laila’s and Addie’s POVs, so we got to learn a lot more about Laila while, at the same time, her story was entwined with Addie’s. This turned out to be perfect! What I LOVED: Laila and Connor. In this book we got to see a lot more about what makes Laila tick – why she holds herself aloof and uses boys to get what she wants without connecting with them. I thought that the relationship between Laila and Connor was well-developed. You could see a connection between them right away, even though they both shielded themselves with snarkiness and an… Read more »


Jan 18
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/18/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/18/15

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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 (and in my life): I hope everyone’s having a good start to their year. I feel like I’m finally getting back into gear – busy, but nothing more than is typical. Here’s what you may have missed this past week: Jackaby by William Ritter (review) Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2014 Let’s Discuss – The Irresistible Pull of ARCs Inked by Eric Smith (review) The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris (review) Next week on FYFA: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (review & giveaway) Split Second by Kasie West (review) Let’s Discuss – Why Authors Write Insta-Love (No, really – I think… Read more »


Jan 16
Review – The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris

Review – The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris

Reviews 20 ★★★½

The Last Orphans was a unique entry in the YA dystopian world, mostly because it’s a little grittier (and maybe more violent?) than typical YA fare. The concept isn’t completely unique – all of the adults suddenly disappear from the world – but the results are more devastating than what you typically see in this type of book. What I enjoyed: The realism. Let’s face it, if all of the adults suddenly disappeared from the face of the earth, things wouldn’t go too well. This book kind of focuses on the mayhem that would ensue. First off, kids from a local youth detention center escape and attack the kids (sexual assault is implied). Then, they are forced to enter the Atlanta (for reasons I won’t spoil), and gangs have overtaken the city. At first, I thought this seemed extreme, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that… Read more »