Month: August 2015

Aug 31
Never Been Texted by Linda Joy Singleton – Review & Giveaway

Never Been Texted by Linda Joy Singleton – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 15 ★★★

Never Been Texted is a sweet, cute take on Cinderella. Ashlee just wants her stepfather to notice her – and a phone – for her birthday. When she gets neither she is sorely disappointed. But when she happens upon a phone deal rather mysteriously, things start to get strange. First of all, she’s getting texts from “Prince” – and though they’re obviously not meant for her, she is intrigued. But then the phone starts showing signs of being something more than just an everyday object – it just might be that this phone has a little magic behind it, magic that might be able to help Ashlee win the local talent show, win the guy, and even save her family before it falls apart. What I loved: The twists on Cinderella. I thought that the fairy godfather phone was a fun technological twist on the old theme – very appropriate for the modern… Read more »


Aug 30
August Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

August Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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The first month of the Wrap-Up Round-Up was a great success!! The winner of July’s giveaway was Linda T. and she chose a pre-order of  Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins! So, this is the link-up for our August wrap-up posts. If you don’t already know about the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up, read the information below: Every month, at the end of the month, I’ll put up a monthly wrap-up link-up post where everyone can link up their month end posts. There are no specific requirements for what needs to be in your post, as long as you have a book blog and your  wrap-up summarizes your month in some way.   Then, one week later, I’ll create a giveaway that encourages people to visit YOUR month end link-ups, giving entries for commenting and/or sharing.   Anyone can participate in the giveaway – you won’t have to actually link up in order to… Read more »


Aug 30
Sunday Posts & Giveaways Galore 8/30/15

Sunday Posts & Giveaways Galore 8/30/15

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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 sort of up and down because I started it out by getting sick and was miserable for a few days. I spent those days mostly just binge watching ABC Family shows on Netflix. I finished up Switched at Birth, which I love – mostly because of the sign language. I also watched like twenty episodes of The Fosters. That show is kind of addictive, but I’m on the fence about whether or not I actually like it. The characters make me more than a little crazy. It’s supposed to be a positive example of a family with two… Read more »


Aug 29
Spoilers Anyone? – Let’s Discuss

Spoilers Anyone? – Let’s Discuss

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Let’s talk spoilers. Just recently, I wrote a review that was barely a review because I could think of almost nothing to say that wasn’t going to spoil the book. And I had been spoiled for that very book – I just didn’t want to do it. (After thinking about it for longer, there are things I could have said. But I’m still okay with my non-review in this case – I just flailed a little and told people to read it.) But here’s the thing, the review for this book didn’t really say anything actually spoilery. It merely mentioned that something happened that changed everything – something I’ve done in tons of reviews. For whatever reason, in this case, I just immediately knew what was going to happen and I was then waiting for it through the whole book. I still loved the book, but I just couldn’t bring myself to say anything about it… Read more »


Aug 28
Lead Me Not by Ann Gallagher – Review

Lead Me Not by Ann Gallagher – Review

Reviews 1 ★★★★

When I heard the concept for this book, I was more than a little intrigued. I mean, when was the last time you read a gay Christian romance? I met the author at RT this past May, and when she offered to send me an advanced copy, I jumped at it, but I have to confess that I was also a little nervous. Books with religious themes can be hit or miss for me – I don’t like super preachy, but I’m also not crazy about books that portray Christians as judgmental villains who are out to tell everyone they’re going to burn in hell. Reading the synopsis, I wasn’t sure how this book was going to go. So imagine my surprise when Gallagher managed to give a really balanced viewpoint and show us multiple sides to a complex issue in a way that definitely takes a very obvious side… Read more »


Aug 27
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – 5 Star Review (Sort Of)

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – 5 Star Review (Sort Of)

Reviews 29 ★★★★★

This is going to be the shortest review I have ever written. There are no words that I can say that will sum up this book properly. Pretty much anything that I would say about it would be not enough and too much all at once, so I just can’t say anything at all. Except I will say – if you enjoy YA romance, READ IT. This book is very much YA romance, even with all of the other medical stuff in the synopsis. But it’s beautifully written and fun (with unique elements like illustrations and IM messages and Maddy’s book short spoiler book reviews interspersed). Again. Just read it. You need to. Don’t read the rest of this unless you’ve already read the book. And don’t read the comments either. Or any other reviews. Just read the book. ***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange… Read more »


Aug 26
Get Real by Tellulah Darling – Review & Pre-Order Giveaway

Get Real by Tellulah Darling – Review & Pre-Order Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 14 ★★★★

Get Real is a New Adult paranormal romantic comedy with a fun and sassy cast of characters. The book takes place in an alternate version of the world where a small subset of the population has powers. There are four different types of “Cadabras” (people with powers) – Bruisers, who either have super strength or super speed, Bios, who can manipulate organic materials, Moody’s, who can read or manipulate people’s feelings, and Gizmos, who can manipulate technology and the like. Francesca is a Bio and has spent her whole life training to be a Healer, like her mom – but what she really wants is to become a sort of Cad detective. She can’t bring herself to tell her moms that, though. But when she and Rafa, who has his own parental issues, find themselves under magical attack, they end up investigating and Rafa might get her chance to solve magical crimes… Read more »


Aug 24
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell – Review

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell – Review

Reviews 16 ★★★

Mechanica is a charming YA steampunk retelling of Cinderella, full of mechanical and magical creatures and more than a few twists on the original story. What I LOVED: The steampunk elements. I absolutely loved the steampunk elements to the book and how Cornwell twisted the original story to fit this theme. Instead of Nicolette trying desperately to get to the ball to meet the prince, she was desperate to get to a showcase where inventors showed off their newest inventions. Her mother’s workshop (now her own) was filled with adorable mechanical creatures (who helped her create her gown – much like the birds and mice in the Disney version). She created her own carriage and the horse to pull it. While the book did get a little bit slow at times, focusing on Nicolette’s work, I did really enjoy all of her creations! And I was eager to discover more about the magic… Read more »


Aug 23
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 8/23/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 8/23/15

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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): Well, I switched hosting companies this week (you can read more about it HERE). You may notice a few things off – the biggest thing I’ve noticed so far is that my reply feature doesn’t seem to be working properly, so I’m mostly holding off on replying to comments this week (until Ashley, my new hosting provider gets back from her Hawaiian vacation!). Sorry for the quirks, but I know we’ll get them worked out soon. If you notice anything, feel free to let me know in the comments (thanks, Silvara, for doing just that!). Not much other news around… Read more »


Aug 22
How to Create Folders in Bloglovin’

How to Create Folders in Bloglovin’

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  Last week, I talked about my quest to organize my Bloglovin’ feed, which is quite a feat, considering I was following 1900 blogs. I talked about my first step – deleting blogs – last week (I got my total number down to 824!). I also mentioned that I was going to create folders for the remaining blogs, and I was surprised to see in the comments that lots of people didn’t know that you even could create folders or know how. Since Bloglovin’ doesn’t make it exactly obvious or easy, I thought I’d create a simple little tutorial. First though, here are the folders that I ended up creating:   Active Followers – This is a list of bloggers who actively follow and comment on my blog. I figure if I only have a short amount of time to be on Bloglovin’, this is a great place to start, right?   Follow by… Read more »