Month: April 2015

Apr 29
Do You Use Affiliate Links? – Let’s Discuss!

Do You Use Affiliate Links? – Let’s Discuss!

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I recently went through a phase where I was buying more books than usual for one reason or another. I had a bit of birthday money to spend (books!), I was getting things for my OTSP Secret Sister (books!), I was going to more author events (books!) … and then there were just some books that I couldn’t resist based on reviews that I’d read. And it suddenly dawned on me that I should be purchasing through my blogger friends’ sites!! Now, this shouldn’t have been a big revelation. I mean, we all know that a lot of us bloggers use affiliate links on our sites. None of us are making big bucks off of these (well, I’m not – if you are, I want to know your secrets!). But, unless I’m specifically buying a book that I’m reading a review for right then and there (which is actually pretty rare),… Read more »


Apr 28
Paradise City by C.J. Duggan – Review & Giveaway

Paradise City by C.J. Duggan – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 4 ★★★★

I’m a HUGE fan of Duggan’s Summer series, so when I heard that Hachette Australia was publishing her new series, I was thrilled! Unlike the Summer series, these books are not standalones – the story is left very much up in the air at the end of Paradise City, but most of the elements that I loved about Summer are still there! I can’t wait to see where Duggan goes with the story next! What I loved: The Australian setting. What’s not to love about a book set in Australia? Paradise City brings us to a smallish Australian beach town in the 90’s. I absolutely loved the ambiance! Lexie expects it to be a little slice of paradise, just like the name implies, but she finds that, despite the beach and the surfers, Paradise isn’t all she’d imagined it to be. Dreams and Expectations Versus Reality. The book is pretty much all about how… Read more »


Apr 27
Cress by Marissa Meyer – Review

Cress by Marissa Meyer – Review

Reviews 16 ★★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the third book in a series and may contain spoilers for Cinder or Scarlet, the first book. Click here to read my review of Cinder or here to read my review of Scarlet.*** After reading Scarlet, I had to jump right into Cress because I was so excited about the story. Well, I was not disappointed at all!! What I LOVED: Cress. Cress’s story is probably my favorite of the series so far. I just loved her mixture of intelligence and vulnerability. Cress has been hidden away her whole life, doing Levana’s bidding, just hoping that one day she will do enough to earn her life back. Of course, it doesn’t work that way, and Cress eventually realizes that she has the power to help Cinder and the ability to make a real difference against Levana. So she takes a huge chance and contacts Cinder. Unfortunately, things go very wrong and… Read more »


Apr 26
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/26/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/26/15

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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 was pretty calm around here. I started working on two different editing jobs, so I’ve been busy, but it’s been a good kind of busy. That did mean that I only got four posts up this week, though. Oh, and I went to a Neal Shusterman signing, which was … interesting. Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week: Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby (review) Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (review) That Time I Felt Like an Idiot in Front of a Favorite Author (AKA a Recap of the Neal Shusterman Signing) Let’s Discuss –… Read more »


Apr 25
What I Did Instead of Changing My Ratings – Let’s Discuss

What I Did Instead of Changing My Ratings – Let’s Discuss

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As most of you know, I was considering changing some of my older ratings, but after getting some feedback from my lovely blogging friends (that’s YOU!), I started to doubt my decision. First of all, I felt like it would be unfair to authors – especially Indie authors – who had referred to my reviews in the past. (And, sure, none of those big-time authors would notice if I changed my reviews, but then I felt like it still wouldn’t be “fair” if I changed only traditionally published reviews and not Indies … yeah, I’m way over-thinking this.) Secondly, once I started to actually look into doing it, I decided that the whole process would be a pain. And it was harder than I thought it would be to decide which ratings to change – as soon as I would look at my reviews, I would second-guess myself, thus defeating the… Read more »


Apr 24
That Time I Felt Like an Idiot in Front of a Favorite Author (AKA a Recap of the Neal Shusterman Signing)

That Time I Felt Like an Idiot in Front of a Favorite Author (AKA a Recap of the Neal Shusterman Signing)

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Ever met an author and ended up feeling tongue-tied or just plain said the wrong thing? This has happened to me twice. The first was at BEA when I met a relatively popular author in line and couldn’t place her at all. She asked for my card, and I asked for hers, and I think she looked at me as if to say, You’re a blogger and you don’t know who I am? When she told me what book she wrote, I was like, “Oh, yeah, I’ve heard of that. Sounds great!” Cue crickets. Anyway, I’ve been to a lot of author signings, and I’ve really loved them all, but I was INCREDIBLY excited to meet Neal Shusterman because (as those of you who follow my blog know) I think that the Unwind Dystology is pretty much the best dystopian series ever (honestly, even better than those super popular ones that have… Read more »


Apr 21
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – Review

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – Review

Reviews 21 ★★★★½

Challenger Deep is the type of book that you won’t forget long after you’ve finished reading it. This book sheds light on mental illness in a way I have never seen done before (at least not so thoroughly and realistically) – putting you directly into the mind of the mentally ill character and taking you on an enlightening, but also somewhat perplexing journey through his illness. Normally, I start my reviews with what I loved, but I’m switching things up a little because I feel like I have to get the negative out of the way first, before I can get to what I really loved. So, stick with me here! The negatives: Prepare to be confounded. I had a hard time rating this book, to be honest. I kept hovering between four and four-and-a-half stars, even though I think it’s brilliant in a lot of ways. Why? This book was very strange…. Read more »


Apr 20
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby – 5 Star Review

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby – 5 Star Review

Reviews 18 ★★★★★

I’ve waited a long time to write this review because, I didn’t know how to describe my love for this book. Honestly, when you read the premise, it sounds like a standard story with no real surprises – and it was. I mean, I knew basically how this book was going to go. Girl loses boyfriend, meets boy who got boyfriend’s heart, doesn’t tell him, falls in love with him, he finds out and is upset … yep, there aren’t any amazing twists or huge bombshells that I wasn’t expecting. Still, I ADORED this book and I still haven’t stopped thinking about it, four months after I read it. (Yes, I read this book at the end of December and I’m just reviewing it NOW – the fact that I can do that should prove, right there, that this is the type of book that sticks with you. I mentioned… Read more »


Apr 19
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/19/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/19/15

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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 decided to lower my Goodreads reading goal. When I started out the year, I knew that the 200 goal probably wouldn’t happen this year because I just can’t get as much reading done now that I’m editing regularly, but I thought I’d just keep the goal and it wouldn’t matter. Of course, every time I see that little count that tells me I’m behind, it drives me crazy (if you read my discussion this week, you know I obsess over these little things way too much, right?). So, anyway, I just decided to change it to 150. Still a… Read more »


Apr 18
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman – Review & Giveaway

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 4 ★★★½

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke is the second installment in the Prisoner of Night and Fog series (a duology, I believe?). This book found Gretchen and David back in Germany, attempting to clear David’s name when he is accused of a murder. It soon becomes apparent that the murder is just part of a larger cover-up, and Gretchen and David hope to uncover the truth and ruin Hitler’s chance at leading Germany down a horrific path. What I loved: WWII background.  Just like in the first book, it was interesting to learn about the Nazi regime and what was happening in Germany just before the war (as well as in England where people like Winston Churchill were just starting to speak out about Hitler). Gretchen and David were right in the middle of the action, while they were trying to clear David’s name, and they were discovering more and more… Read more »