Month: September 2015

Sep 30
I FINALLY read Undivided by Neal Shusterman!!

I FINALLY read Undivided by Neal Shusterman!!

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 17 ★★★★★

Those of you who follow my blog regularly know I have a BIG problem with finishing series – especially series I love! Well, I’m proud to say that I finally did it! I finished Undivided by Neal Shusterman, the final book in the Unwind series (well, kind of – there’s a book of short stories coming out in December). I was very scared to see this amazing series end, so I was thrilled that the final book lived up to my (very high) expectations. I seriously think that Shusterman is a genius! What fed my addiction: Heart-stopping moments. There were some truly climactic scenes in this book that had me breathless. Shusterman puts our beloved characters through A LOT in this book, but everything that they go through brings them a deeper understanding of themselves and ultimately makes them stronger. The result is a beautiful conclusion to the series that leads us… Read more »


Sep 29
Top Ten Books You Should Try If You Love The Hunger Games

Top Ten Books You Should Try If You Love The Hunger Games

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books You Should Try If You Love The Hunger Games Fan of dystopians like The Hunger Games? Here’s ten lesser known books you should try! The Body Institute by Carol Riggs – This dystopian had a really unique spin on what the world would be like if the government took control over things like weight loss. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin – The setting for this one was just so amazing – and it’s based on a real place! Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes – I loved that the MC of this one has autism. Such a unique perspective! Removed by S.J. Pajonas – (18+) The Japanese culture that’s woven into this series makes it stand out! The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen – I didn’t see a lot of buzz about this one, but I really enjoyed it! Anomaly by Krista McGee – This… Read more »


Sep 27
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 9/27/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 9/27/15

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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): Another busy week, but I feel like I’m starting to find my groove (maybe?). This week I finished a first edit on one project and started a proofread for another one. Things have been going well with my homeschooling classes too, but I still haven’t found much extra time for blogging or roaming the blogosphere. I should have more time starting next week, though! Some of you will be thrilled to know that I actually did read Undivided this past week and LOVED it! I was going to write a review this week, but I honestly don’t have a lot to say that I haven’t already… Read more »


Sep 27
September Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

September Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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The Wrap-Up Round-Up has been a great success!! The winner of August’s giveaway was Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek and for her book that features diversity, she chose The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh! Such a great choice – I really want to read that one! So, this is the link-up for our September 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…. Read more »


Sep 25
From the Editor – Words and Their Stories

From the Editor – Words and Their Stories

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I’m working on a new editing project. It’s a paranormal book set in the mid-1800’s, so I’ve found myself looking up words and phrases a lot, wondering if they were a bit too modern. I have to say, I’ve been surprised by some of the origins of certain words and phrases – a lot of them are way older than I realized, and some phrases just have really strange or interesting stories behind them. Here are some examples that I came across in my research: OK – I thought this word seemed a little modern in dialogue (even spelled okay), so I was surprised to see that it came into popular use before 1840 when it was used in Martin Van Buren’s campaign. Daddy – When I think of kids talking to their fathers in “the olden days” I think of more formal or archaic words – father, pa or… Read more »


Sep 24
Transformed by E.V. Fairfall – Review

Transformed by E.V. Fairfall – Review

Reviews 1 ★★★★

Transformed is a young adult paranormal romance that offers a unique twist on the creation story. The story follows Thea, who is actually Mother Earth in human form, sister of God. Thea has suffered through the human treatment of her creation (wildlife) for centuries, but she has been forced to stay near one particularly cruel family for generations, being killed over and over by hunters. She believes that the only way she will be allowed to leave the area is if she changes the family’s youngest son – and the only way she can think to change him is to make him fall in love with her so that he can watch her die (in her animal form) and realize the damage he had done. But her plan goes awry, and things get very complicated when she meets Chamber and starts to have very human feelings for him. What fed my… Read more »


Sep 22
Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR Yeah, I know, this isn’t ten, but you can all pretend. These are the books I’m most looking forward to this fall (reaching into winter a bit, I admit).   I’ve got these books for review and can’t wait to read them!! Sequels I can’t wait to get my hands on! I didn’t manage to get these for review (and they’re not sequels) – I just want them!! So, what fall releases are you looking forward to? I want to know!   Book vector designed by Freepik


Sep 20
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 9/20/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 9/20/15

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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 know it was a slow week on the blog this week. I’d love to say that it’s a one-time thing, but I can’t make any promises. Now that school is back in full swing, I have papers to grade and classes to prepare for and my kids to teach! Add to that, two editing projects with upcoming deadlines and I just don’t think I can manage more than three to four blog posts a week right now. (Plus, this week we had a wedding to go to as well.) I’m also just not getting around the blogosphere like I… Read more »


Sep 18
Book Sniffing: It’s a Real Thing

Book Sniffing: It’s a Real Thing

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Supposedly a true book lover adores the smell of books. I have to confess, I’ve never really understood this. I mean, just before writing this post, I tested this again by smelling my current book and it smells like – paper. Doesn’t give me any nostalgic notions of reading by the fire or anything like that. Still, SO many people talk about book sniffing that there must be some merit to it, right? So I started thinking about how there are a few books that really do smell good. In fact, sitting here right now, I can literally imagine the smell of my leather bound copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. Something about the combination of the leather and the gold-edged pages smells divine! Then there’s OLD books. They seem to smell better, right? I always just thought this was because they were … well, old. I… Read more »


Sep 17
Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales – Review

Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales – Review

Reviews 7 ★★★

Tonight the Streets Are Ours is a story about breaking boundaries and discovering who you are apart from other people. The plot follows Arden who is, as the synopsis states, recklessly loyal – so she was dubbed by the doll company that made a doll out of her when she was a child, and she’s let that definition define her throughout her whole life. Arden believes it is her responsibility to take care of the people she loves, which is a wonderful goal, of course, but she does it to the exclusion of everything else, including taking care of herself. She has a best friend who she met because she made a huge sacrifice for her when she was a child (you’ll find out about that when you find out about the doll) and who she has been sacrificing for and watching out for ever since. She also has a… Read more »