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 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 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 15
ARC Review – Inked by Eric Smith

ARC Review – Inked by Eric Smith

Reviews 18 ★★★½

Inked is a fun fantasy story that starts out really strong, but loses a little bit of it’s flair as it moves along (at least for me). Overall, I still did really enjoy the book, though. I loved the concept, and I enjoyed the characters, but I found my interest waning a bit in certain parts. Here’s more of an explanation why: What I enjoyed: The tattoos. I loved the concept of this book – that people are tattooed with an image that basically defines who they will be for the rest of their lives. And the tattoos themselves were incredibly interesting – I loved the descriptions of Dreya’s tattoos and how they move and wind around her body and change with her emotions (and the seasons). It was also intriguing how the changes in the tattoos affected Dreya emotionally. The explanation for how the tattoos were created was imaginative and surprising, so… Read more »


Jan 14
Let’s Discuss – The Irresistible Pull of ARCs

Let’s Discuss – The Irresistible Pull of ARCs

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Let’s face it. I have plenty of books to read. I don’t need more. Really, shouldn’t the shelves full of books be enough to satisfy me? But then I go to an event or click onto NetGalley or Edelweiss … and there are all these books. They’re calling to me. It’s like there’s a magnetic pull, and I can’t resist them … At BEA, I felt like I was really using restraint. I was making an effort to only pick up books that I was genuinely interested in and that I was 99% sure I would read (or I did pick up some that my kids would read – that I intended to read along with them, but that hasn’t happened as much as I’d hoped). I still came back with way too many books, apparently, because I haven’t read them all. Some of them I haven’t read because when… Read more »


Jan 13
Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2014

Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2014

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To There are definitely WAY more than 10 of these, but these are the first ten I thought of! (I tried to only include books that were released earlier in the year.)   Alienated by Melissa Landers – Why haven’t I read this book yet? I’ve been in love with it ever since I saw the cover, and it seems like everyone has really enjoyed it. I NEED to get this one! Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – I have a signed copy of this book sitting on my bookshelf. Why haven’t I read it? Who knows. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead – I’ve waited so long on this one that now I’m just going to wait for the next book and read them both, right in a row. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – Another one… Read more »


Jan 12
Review – Jackaby by William Ritter

Review – Jackaby by William Ritter

Reviews 29 ★★★★

I’ve heard Jackaby described as a fun cross between Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who, and I think that description really does do it justice. It’s Sherlock Holmes with a paranormal twist. The book takes place in the late 1800’s and is told from the point of view of Abigail, a young woman who has come to America looking for adventure. Abigail has spent her life wanting to follow in her father’s footsteps – he’s an archaeologist and is often off on exciting digs. But her family has told her in no uncertain terms that she should settle down and get married rather than pursue her dreams. Well, Abigail takes things into her own hands and ends up in America. She needs to find work in order to survive, so when she stumbles upon Jackaby, an eccentric detective who claims to see the paranormal, she doesn’t shy away. In the end,… Read more »