Month: October 2015

Oct 31
October Wrap-Up

October Wrap-Up

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My Goings On in October: My youngest turned 11! Kind of scary – my kids aren’t little anymore! I attended the YA Literature Conference (and the Fandom Frenzy day) at Anderson’s Bookshop. SO much fun!! Gymnastics competition season is starting up again. My daughter had her first mock meet last weekend! I finished editing Alyssa’s Redemption by Karly Morgan and started a first edit of Defy by Allie Juliette Mousseau! I binge watched more of The Walking Dead on Netflix. Just started Season 5 this week! Great Halloween viewing! I was featured over at Tripping Over Books, where I talked about the aforementioned TV obsession (and zombies in general!) Most Popular Posts: Still a little bit slow around here since I’ve been so busy, but things are definitely starting to pick up. Here were my most popular posts in October: September Wrap-Up and Giveaway – Ironically, last month’s wrap-up post (which was… Read more »


Oct 30
Bite Sized Reviews: Don’t Touch, What I Thought Was True and Stepping Stones

Bite Sized Reviews: Don’t Touch, What I Thought Was True and Stepping Stones

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Here are some quick reviews for books I haven’t gotten around to reviewing or that I just don’t have a ton to say about. Once again, I figure a few bite sized reviews together will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!  🙂 Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson Published by HarperTeen on 9/2/14 Genres: Young Adult, Depression & Mental Illness, Contemporary Pages: 432 Source: Library My rating: A powerful story of a girl who is afraid to touch another person’s skin, until the boy auditioning for Hamlet opposite her Ophelia gives her a reason to overcome her fears. Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good. Caddie can’t stop thinking that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her parents might get back together… which is why she wears full-length gloves to school and covers every inch of her skin. It seems harmless at… Read more »


Oct 28
Gabriel by Nikki Kelly – Review & Giveaway

Gabriel by Nikki Kelly – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 8 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in a series and may contain spoilers for the first book. To read my review of Lailah, click on the link.*** Gabriel is the exciting second book in the Styclar Saga, the follow-up to Lailah. As the title of this one suggests, it expands on Gabriel’s character – the angel who is the other half of Lailah’s light – her soul mate, if you will. The book is still told through Lailah’s POV, as she discovers that the people (and angels and vampires) around her are willing to sacrifice everything for her – she just isn’t sure that her life is worth the sacrifice. What fed my addiction: Lailah’s acceptance of her darker side. While the synopsis claims that this book is about Gabriel, I would contend that it’s actually more about Lailah accepting all of who she is, despite her love for Gabriel and… Read more »


Oct 27
October Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

October Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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The Wrap-Up Round-Up has been a great success!! Last month’s giveaway was hosted by Lory @ Emerald City Book Review (check out the link to see the winners!). Thanks so much for hosting, Lory!! So, this is the link-up for our October 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… Read more »


Oct 26
Return Once More by Trisha Leigh – Review & Giveaway

Return Once More by Trisha Leigh – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 28 ★★★★½

Return Once More is a YA time traveling sci-fi adventure book of the best kind! This book will get your heart beating faster and bring tears to your eyes. It’s the type of book that will get you thinking about all of the moral and practical implications of time travel (without making your head spin). What fed my addiction: Time travel! I’m a sucker for time travel stories when they’re done right. Sometimes they can get confusing or unbelievable, but that wasn’t the case here. Kaia is an apprentice Historian – tasked with searching the past to help ensure that her own society does not repeat history’s mistakes. The biggest rule of all is that they can observe but never interact. Any slight change in history could affect the world in unpredictable ways. So when Kaia discovers that someone is altering the past – and that the Historians she learns from may not… Read more »


Oct 25
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 10/25/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 10/25/15

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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): Not too much new to report around here. We’re heading out with family this weekend to celebrate my youngest’s birthday. He’s excited and mostly wants to celebrate with video games (just like he’d like to celebrate every other day). November is already looking like it’s going to be crazily busy. Sigh … Here’s what you may have missed last week: The Collectors’ Society Encyclopedia Release Day Launch Top Ten Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review Your Blogging Style – Can You Change It? Should You Even Try? Let’s… Read more »


Oct 24
The Taken by Inbali Iserles – Middle Grade Spotlight Review

The Taken by Inbali Iserles – Middle Grade Spotlight Review

Middle Grade, Reviews 2 ★★★★

My daughter is a huge fan of the Warriors series, but we never realized until recently that Erin Hunter is actually six people! Of course, we wanted to find out more about these authors, and we discovered that one of them, Inbali Iserles, was going to be releasing a new series about magical foxes. My daughter was instantly sold and we picked up the book for review. It took me awhile to get her to read it because she’s not a big fan of ebooks, but once she picked it up, I read it right along with her, which was fun! This was a cute story that sets up the series well – it did remind me a lot of Warriors with the way that the foxes think about the human world. The book follows Isla, who is trying to find her family after their den has been invaded by a… Read more »


Oct 22
Your Blogging Style – Can You Change It? Should You Even Try? Let’s Discuss

Your Blogging Style – Can You Change It? Should You Even Try? Let’s Discuss

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I absolutely love witty and intelligent bloggers. I could spend all day just reading posts from Cait at Paper Fury or Shannon from It Starts at Midnight. Their blogs are fun and filled with life and energy and pizzazz (and, in the case of Cait, cake). If I could aspire to one thing when it comes to my blog, it would be to add more lightheartedness and humor to it, but whenever I sit down to write a discussion post, I almost always end up writing a philosophical discussion on faith in blogging, or whether or not it’s ever okay to judge people, or diversity, or cheating in books or how I wasn’t stressed about blogging until I found out I was doing it wrong. I know – it’s a laugh a minute around here, right? Even my April Fools’ posts (which I adore) could almost seem serious if you didn’t check the… Read more »


Oct 21
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

Reviews 20 ★★★★★

Reviewer: Mega-Blogger Extraordinaire Nicole Hewitt Date: 10/21/15 (the day after release) Timestamp: 06:30 CT This review is top-secret, CLASSIFIED (but go ahead and read it anyway). Any information in the review that should not be included in a final copy will be indicated with a strikethrough. Any inappropriate language will be blacked out. (In real life, I don’t swear, but to go along with the fun spirit of the book, I figured I’d play along. In my head, as I’m writing this, I’m probably just saying wimpy words like frickin’, but you can pretend they’re whatever you want.) This book is so ing AMAZING!! It’s impossible to describe with mere words, which is why I’m including some pictures. You truly have to see it to truly experience it. And this is one case where I absolutely, positively recommend getting a physical copy of the book, rather than an ebook copy. I had a NetGalley… Read more »


Oct 20
Top Ten Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

Top Ten Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me 1. Unlimited time to read. Come on, book genie – it’s not hard. I just want to have extra time in my schedule to read AS MUCH AS I WANT. (And I know I want to read a lot. Sorry about that.) 2. Unlimited time to blog. While you’re at it, I need some extra hours in the day for blogging too. Seriously, I want to write tons of quality posts, but I also have to homeschool my kids and do my job and actually be around to interact with my family in fun ways sometimes. (They have such unreasonable expectations.) 3. Unlimited time to read other blogs. (Are we sensing a theme here? I think I need a time turner!) I don’t think I need to explain. Lately I’ve been better about this, but I want to… Read more »