Month: January 2016

Jan 31
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/31/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/31/16

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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): Okay, my daughter’s big gymnastics meet is coming up next weekend, and the stress of getting everything done for hospitality, plus getting all of my papers graded for my homeschool co-op, plus working on editing projects is kind of drowning me at this moment. I hate that I get overwhelmed so easily and just start to shut down – I can feel it happening even as I’m typing this. Ugh! Plus, the cold weather has made my internet kind of wonky, which is so frustrating! On a happier note, I didn’t fall TOO behind this week on the blog (though I still didn’t… Read more »


Jan 30
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye – Bookish Backdrop, Review Preview & Giveaway

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye – Bookish Backdrop, Review Preview & Giveaway

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About the Author Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN’S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA. Author Links:       First off, I just want to give a quick little review preview of this book. I have to tell you that I have been waiting impatiently to read this one – I have loved Evelyn Skye ever since I read her short story “The Chemistry of You and Me,” which was so fantastically unforgettable that I still often think about it. Of… Read more »


Jan 30
January Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

January Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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Sorry I’m running late this month, but the January Wrap-Up Round-Up is finally here! Last month’s giveaway was hosted by me (and it’s still going on until tomorrow night, so hop on over and enter!) So, this is the link-up for our January 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… Read more »


Jan 29
Culling the TBR – Let’s Discuss

Culling the TBR – Let’s Discuss

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At the end of 2014, I wrote a post about the impossible task of culling my TBR. At the time, my Goodreads TBR had gotten out of control at over 1100 books. I managed to remove about 340 books and got overwhelmed and gave up. Well, my TBR has done nothing but grow since then. I was recently inspired by a post over at The Library Huntress about how she decided to just delete her entire TBR, but I just can’t bring myself to do that. Still, it was obvious to me that I needed to do some major pruning. Since we’re at the start of a new year, I decided a fresh look at that TBR is just what I needed! I wasn’t surprised when I saw that the list had grown to over 1400 books!! My strategy: Remove any books that I had no idea what they were… Read more »


Jan 28
Pull by Anne Riley – Review & Giveaway

Pull by Anne Riley – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 9 ★★★★

Pull was an intriguing paranormal time travel tale. The book had me hooked right from the very start when I wanted to learn all of Rosie’s grandpa’s secrets! What Fed My Addiction: Family. This book had a really strong focus on family that you don’t see often in YA. Not everything was picture perfect (especially with Rosie’s relationship with her brother Paul), but the family dynamics did ring true. Rosie had a strong bond with her grandparents – I think that was probably the healthiest of the relationships. Her relationships with her parents was somewhat strained, partially due to the issues that her brother was having and everyone’s various ways of dealing with those. But, even though the relationships weren’t perfect. Rosie does lie to her parents (as teenagers often do), but the book never feels cut off from the family and those relationships and the guilt she feels over lying to them… Read more »


Jan 27
Bite Sized Reviews – World After and End of Days by Susan Ee

Bite Sized Reviews – World After and End of Days by Susan Ee

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I wanted to write quick reviews of these two since they’ve been out for quite some time, but they deserve some more attention! Hopefully these bite sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! These two books counted toward my A Series a Month Challenge and my Shelf Love Challenge! These reviews are for books two and three in a series. For my review of the first book, click HERE. World After by Susan Ee Series: Penryn & the End of Days #2 Published by Skyscape on 11/19/13 Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian Pages: 320 Source: Goodreads First Reads My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Violence) My rating: In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world. When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister, Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige… Read more »


Jan 25
The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow – Madow’s Top Five Addictions & Kindle Fire Giveaway

The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow – Madow’s Top Five Addictions & Kindle Fire Giveaway

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I’ve been a big fan of Madow for a long while – I really enjoyed her Secret Diamond Sisters series! This new series seems even more up my alley, so I’m really looking forward to reading it! If you’ve been around my blog for any length of time, you know that I like to feature author’s Top Ten Addictions to go along with my blog (click the link if you want to see other authors’ lists!). Check out Madow’s below (well, hers is a top five, but it’s the same idea!) Michelle Madow’s Top Five Addictions PIZZA. It’s my all-time favorite food! Specifically Dominos. I must eat pizza at least once a week. Snapchat. I don’t know what makes this app so addicting, but I love it! (If you want to add me – I make fun stories a lot! – my username is MichLMadow.) Reading! I read about a book… Read more »


Jan 24
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/24/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/24/16

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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):   Once again, I feel like there’s not much to tell you about my week. I started watching The Shannara Chronicles, which I’m excited about. Anybody else watching? But that’s about it. Here’s what you may have missed last week: Unravel and Unhinge by Calia Read – Review & Giveaway – Still time to enter to win a paperback copy of Unhinge! The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin – Review & Giveaway – Still time to enter to win a hardcover copy of the book. Bite Sized Reviews: The Map to Everywhere and City of Thirst by Carrie… Read more »


Jan 22
What Type of YA MC Would You Be? Let’s Discuss!

What Type of YA MC Would You Be? Let’s Discuss!

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So, I recently read Bookishly Ever After, and the main character really reminded me of myself as a teenager. The only problem is, this just reinforced a longtime belief that I’ve held – I would have made a somewhat frustrating YA main character! (By the way, I should point out that I still really enjoyed Bookishly Ever After – it was cute and fun and perfect for the young YA crowd.) See, I was the type of girl who could never admit to a crush, even when directly asked by said crush’s best friend. When I was a freshman in high school, two of my really good guy friends took me off into a corner (separately) and asked if I liked the other boy – I fervently denied it, even though I was completely crushing on one of them. By the end of the schoolyear, I was still smitten and I called the boy about once a week just… Read more »


Jan 21
The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin – Review & Giveaway

The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 11 ★★★★

The Year We Fell Apart was an incredibly poignant look at the ways we try to escape the painful moments in our lives and the many mistakes that we often make along the way. This book doesn’t paint a pretty picture of the teen years, but it does paint a realistic one. What Fed My Addiction: Dealing with serious illness and death. I appreciated the way that this book dealt with terminal (or at least possibly terminal) illness and death. It showed the pain and confusion that goes along with losing a parent (in Declan’s case) or having a parent with a serious illness (in Harper’s case). Harper had so much fear and pain when it came to her mother’s cancer and she felt like her family was “pretending” everything was okay – this just made her more anxious and more frustrated. But the book showed how people deal with illness… Read more »