Month: November 2015

Nov 30
Nexis by A.L. Davroe – Review

Nexis by A.L. Davroe – Review

Reviews 10 ★★★★

Nexis is an innovative new YA sci-fi dystopian set in the post-apocalyptic future. The Aristocrats have created their own perfect society, separate from the undesirables outside the walls. Still, everyone needs a little outlet, right? That’s why they’re all so excited about Ella’s father’s virtual reality video game – a game so engrossing that he had to set a time limit so that people wouldn’t just play indefinitely and live out the rest of their lives in the game! Ella has always been resistant to the idea of Nexis because it kept her father so incredibly busy that he didn’t have time for her. But after an accident takes his life (and her legs), Nexis is the only way she can get close to him. And she starts to realize that her father meant the game for her all along … What I enjoyed: Altered. In Ella’s society, everyone is altered –… Read more »


Nov 29
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/29/30

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/29/30

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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): As I’m writing this right now, my husband and two of my kids are having a pigeon dance party. Yep, that’s about how life goes in our house! (Don’t worry, you’re totally not supposed to know what a pigeon dance party is – they’re just crazy, that’s all!) Sickness ran rampant through our house this week. My older son started us off with a 105 degree fever (he tends to spike high fevers a lot when he gets sick, so we don’t panic too much, but it’s still no fun). Then my husband and I both felt junky for a couple of days… Read more »


Nov 28
November Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

November 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 Heather @ Based on a True Story (check out the link to see the winner!). Thanks so much for hosting, Heather!! So, this is the link-up for our November 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 »


Nov 27
Blogging Has Changed My Life (In So Many Ways!) – Let’s Discuss

Blogging Has Changed My Life (In So Many Ways!) – Let’s Discuss

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I’ve been seeing so many thankful posts this week, and it’s made me think about the blogging things I’m thankful for. I can’t believe how different my life is today than it was three years ago, before I started blogging. It’s kind of mind boggling when I really think about it! Before I started blogging, my life revolved pretty much solely around my family. I’m a homeschooling mom, so I spend pretty much all day, every day with two of my three kids (my youngest has some learning disabilities and attends the special ed program at our public school). And don’t get me wrong – I love my kids, and I think that homeschooling them has been the best decision I ever could have made for my two oldest. I don’t regret it at all. But I will say that, as the years have progressed, I’ve felt less and less like… Read more »


Nov 26
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – Review

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – Review

Reviews 10 ★★★★★

Wolf by Wolf is alternate history with a paranormal twist. The book asks the question, What if Hitler had won WWII – a question that’s been asked before – but it’s told from the perspective of a shapeshifting Jewish girl (who is turned into a shapeshifter due to a doctor’s experimentation on her in one of the concentration camps). Yael can take on other people’s features, and because of that, she is chosen by the resistance to get close to Hitler and kill him. The only way to get close to him is to take on the persona of a prestigious motorcycle racer (Adele Wolfe) – and win it. But the task is made much more difficult with Adele’s brother and boyfriend watching her very carefully. What I enjoyed: Alternate history. I’m not a huge history buff, but there’s so much about the WWII era that’s fascinating. This is one time period… Read more »


Nov 24
Let Me Know Your Birthday and Blogoversary!!

Let Me Know Your Birthday and Blogoversary!!

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I’m working on something new and fun – I’d like to create a calendar with book bloggers’ birthdays and blogoversaries listed so that we send a little cheer to each other on those important days! I’ll have the calendar accessible from my blog and I’ll also include a list of the upcoming birthdays and blogoversaries in my Sunday Post each week (unless it gets TOO long – then I might have to think of a different way to share). Hopefully this will encourage people to pop on by on your special day and send you some well-wishes! But before I can do any of that, I need to do a little fact gathering. If you’re a book blogger (or an author!) and you’d like to be included in my calendar, fill out this quick form. You can give me your birthday, blogoversary or both! If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your full… Read more »


Nov 22
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/22/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/22/15

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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): Yesterday was the first snow of the year, and it was a big one! My daughter went out into the yard with a yardstick and measured thirteen inches, and that was only at noon–the snow kept going for hours after that! I’m not a fan of the snow, but I don’t mind it if I’m just staying indoors, and I’d rather have a BIG snow than a little one. (Might as well have enough for the kids to enjoy if we’re going to be bothered with it!) Here on the blog, I’m planning to put together a list of 2016 reading/book… Read more »


Nov 21
Bookish Backdrops – Firewalker by Josephine Angelini

Bookish Backdrops – Firewalker by Josephine Angelini

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This idea was inspired by those fashion posts, where people design outfits based on the color palette from a book cover (and, often, the story too). I’m not much into fashion, but I love looking at interior design pictures. (I would love to say my own house is beautifully decorated, but we’re not that refined around here – I do have a gorgeous Amish made Mission style bedroom set, though!) So, I wanted to do something a little different, and I thought, what about designing a room with the cover palette? Now, I’m not going to claim this has never been done before (I’m guessing someone else has thought of it), but I haven’t seen it – thought it might be a fun twist on the fashion thing. And so, Bookish Backdrops was born! Here’s my take on Firewalker bedroom that might be perfect for a teenage or pre-teen girl:   Click on… Read more »


Nov 19
How to Keep Yourself Motivated and Organized for Reading Challenges

How to Keep Yourself Motivated and Organized for Reading Challenges

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It might seem strange for me to write an organization post – after all, I’ve confessed on multiple occasions that I’m NOT an organized person. But that just means that I need to be extra careful about organizing when it counts! The only way that reading and blogging challenges really work is if you’ve got them organized. Now that the end of the year is coming up (hard to believe, right?), it’s time to start thinking challenges again. And this time I want to be ready! Two years ago, I signed up for about a bajillion reading challenges – I was easily reading over 200 books a year at that point (this year I’ll be down closer to 150), and I figured why not apply all those books to challenges? Well, it didn’t take me long to realize that reading the books for the challenges and actually keeping track of… Read more »


Nov 18
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson – Review

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson – Review

Reviews 27 ★★★★★

The Heart of Betrayal is the second book in the Remnant Chronicles, and it’s just as heart stopping as the first! I adored Kiss of Deception, but a lot of that was because I was so blown away by the character twist – I wondered if it was possible for the second book to measure up now that we’d gotten that twist out of the way. Well, it did. Have to say that I enjoyed pretty much every minute of reading this book! What fed my addiction: Betrayal. The book is aptly named. There’s a lot of betrayal going on – and Lia herself doles out her fair share. There is nothing she won’t do to get herself and Rafe out of Venda, and she’ll lie through her teeth if that’s what it takes to do it. A lot of that lying is aimed at Kaden. You can’t help but feel a… Read more »