Month: June 2015

Jun 10
Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout – Review

Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout – Review

Reviews 21 ★★★½

Hello, I Love You is a YA romance set in Korea that gives us a little peek into KPOP and the world of a Korean superstar. It was cute and fun, but the story also delved a little deeper than a simple fluffy romance because of Grace’s and Jason’s family issues. Ultimately, Hello, I Love You is a story about letting go of past pain and being brave enough to embrace the future.  What I loved: Diversity! Grace is the only major character in this book that isn’t Korean and the book is set in Korea. Already, it gets much love from me! I love to see diversity in books – especially YA, where it’s lacking. I also love that the love interest is Korean, but that, in itself, isn’t presented as a major barrier to the relationship (there are a few times that Grace wonders if Jason doesn’t want to be seen… Read more »



Jun 08
Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke – Review

Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke – Review

Reviews 39 ★★★★★

I recently read a review for Damsel Distressed by Mishma over at Chasing Faerytales and it convinced me that I needed to read this book SOON! Well, thank you, Mishma, for introducing me to this book!! I don’t know how it didn’t get more buzz when it came out. (Maybe I missed it? Did I miss it? Because it totally deserves buzz!) But I am incredibly glad that I found it! The synopsis describes the book well, but it makes the book sound much lighter than it really is. This is not an easy read. At all. But I loved it! The book follows Imogen, who has suffered from depression since her mother died when she was a child. She finds some solace in being a techie for her school’s theatre productions and in her best friend (and crush), Grant, who has stood beside her through all of her darkest moments.  What I loved: A… Read more »


Jun 07
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 6/7/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 6/7/15

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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): Actually not too much to report this week. It was a calm week in the Hewitt household, besides preparations for our upcoming trip to Colorado. (Lots of those.) Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: June Discussion Challenge Link-up & Giveaway May Wrap-up and Best of the Bunch Top Ten Books I Want to See on the Screen Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry (review) Captured by You by Amber Hart (review & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a whole slew of books! Let’s Discuss – Faith in Blogging: How to Stay True to Who You… Read more »


Jun 06
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan – Review & Giveaway

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 46 ★★★★½

I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this book. The cover made it almost look like a fantasy to me, but the blurb made it relatively obvious that it wasn’t. I’m not much for suspense, and I didn’t know if this book would venture too far into that territory for me to love it. Still, I was definitely intrigued and I ended up requesting this one through Shelf Awareness and was excited when I got it! Well, it turns out, I loved this book!! The book starts out with Frances being rescued after being adrift at sea for over a week. She and her friend Libby escaped their cruise shop when all of its inhabitants were brutally murdered, but unfortunately, Libby wasn’t able to last long enough to be rescued. When Libby’s father finds out what happened and that the murders are being covered up, he comes up with a plan… Read more »


Jun 05
Faith in Blogging: How to Stay True to Who You Are Without Rocking the Boat

Faith in Blogging: How to Stay True to Who You Are Without Rocking the Boat

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This is the first of a series of discussions that I’m planning based on my experiences at RT 2015. These are thoughts that were inspired by specific panels, or by books from RT, or just by random passing things that happened there. I love that events like this help me to think critically about books, blogging and the publishing world in general! So, today’s topic can be a little touchy. “Faith in Blogging” – just that part of the title, and some of you are probably tempted to hit delete (some people probably already have). Honestly, I’m not sure if I’ll get as many readers for this discussion, but that’s okay with me. Because I still think it’s something that needs to be talked about. NOTE: Throughout most of this post, I’m going to refer to Christianity (because that happens to be my faith and the faith of the authors… Read more »


Jun 03
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry – Review & Giveaway

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 19 ★★★★½

I don’t know what I expected Nowhere But Here to be exactly, but I do know that it completely exceeded my expectations. This is really the first book I’ve read with the motorcycle club trope, and I didn’t love everything about the club itself, but there were some things that I definitely did love. But, more than that, McGarry had me hooked with this story! I had no idea how many surprises were going to be thrown at me – and I loved them all!! What I loved: Emily and Oz. Emily and Oz seem like an unlikely pair. In fact, they don’t even really think that they like each other at all – though they realize that they’re attracted to each other. But, unlike some books where the guy is actually a jerk and the girl really shouldn’t like him, in this case, Emily and Oz’s denials were really based on preconceived notions of each other. Oz doesn’t… Read more »


Jun 02
Top Ten Books I Want to See on the Screen

Top Ten Books I Want to See on the Screen

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books I’d Like to See on Screen  There are TONS of books I’d love to see made into movies or TV shows, but to be honest, I don’t watch all the much TV anymore, and I rarely go to the movies. Still, I think I’d make an exception for these! The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. This series would be amazing as either a movie or TV series. I could see it working either way (though maybe I’d prefer a TV series, because it could be done in more depth). The Splintered Trilogy by A.G. Howard. Can you just imagine how beautiful this would be? I mean, just look at the covers of these books and you can imagine the world that would be portrayed in the movies! The Selection Series by Keira Cass The Bachelor with gorgeous dresses? I want it!! The Lux Series by… Read more »


Jun 01
May Wrap-up and Best of the Bunch

May Wrap-up and Best of the Bunch

Best of the Bunch, Monthly Recap 13

My Goings On in May: May was a VERY busy month for me! There were so many awesome things going on around here! I finished editing The Light by Kate Thomas and Burn by Allie Juliette Mousseau. Plus, I started working on Summer Haikus with S.J. Pajonas, who I’m excited to be working with because I’ve really enjoyed all of her past books (check out the link to see my reviews of her books that I’ve read so far). The weather finally warmed up and we got to enjoy Six Flags! Yay, rollercoasters! I had an amazing time at RT in Dallas, TX! A crazily full and exciting week! My husband spent lots of time trying to figure out why my site is loading so slowly (especially at certain times of the day) and trying to rectify the situation. Hopefully we got some solutions in place, but I think we may just have… Read more »


Jun 01
June Discussion Challenge Link-up & Giveaway

June Discussion Challenge Link-up & Giveaway

Book Blog Discussion Challenge, Challenges, Giveaways (Ended) 26

Welcome to the June monthly link-up for the 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! I can’t believe the year is nearly halfway over! This challenge has been going better than we ever could have imagined – we’ve been having an amazing time discussing books with all of you! The winner of our April discussion challenge link-up was Julie @ Chapter Break! Huge congrats to Julie 🙂 If you don’t know what this challenge is all about or haven’t signed up yet (but want to), head on over to the challenge sign-up page to learn more! Even if you’d rather not join, we hope you’ll stop by occasionally to check out the MANY discussion posts that are being linked up here – there’s lots of great discussions going on! You guys have been coming up with some… Read more »