Month: April 2016

Apr 15
The Daydreamer Detective by S.J. Pajonas – Review (Plus Bite-Sized Reviews of Her Short Stories)

The Daydreamer Detective by S.J. Pajonas – Review (Plus Bite-Sized Reviews of Her Short Stories)

Reviews 6 ★★★★

I don’t really read Cozy Mysteries, but when I heard that Pajonas was writing one, I knew that I’d be jumping into the genre – I’ll pretty much read anything Pajonas writes because I LOVE the Japanese culture that she infuses into her bo0ks. Anyone out there who’s looking for diverse books for a challenge (or just because) should check out hers! (Here’s a list of Pajonas’s books I’ve reviewed, which is most of them.) This book followed Mei, whose life is at a bit of a crossroads. She’s lost (another) job and has to move back home with her mother to work on their farm in a small Japanese village. She’s not thrilled at the prospect. But once she gets there, she finds that things are not as boring as she imagined they’d be. First off, her best friend’s father is murdered, and Mei makes it her mission to find… Read more »


Apr 14
Gods of Anthem by Logan Keys – Audiobook Review

Gods of Anthem by Logan Keys – Audiobook Review

Reviews 7 ★★★★

I’m a fan of zombie books, but it’s been a while since I’ve had my zombie fix. This book was the perfect solution to that problem. I especially loved that it had a unique angle on the genre – it wasn’t just life as usual and then the zombies hit. This was much more of a dystopia, with a controlling government willing to sacrifice its people and revolutionaries called The Underground who are fighting to regain any sense of liberty. What Fed My Addiction: Liza. Right from the beginning, I liked Liza. First of all, since I was listening to this one, there was that British accent (I have to admit that I love British accents). Even though she was sent off to die and had sort of given up hope that she’d ever see a better life (or much of a life at all), she still fought hard to fight the good… Read more »


Apr 13
A Completely Useless (but kind of fun) Bookish Infographic

A Completely Useless (but kind of fun) Bookish Infographic

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I know I’ve been away for the past couple of days. We had our final performance for my Homeschool Co-op Acting class yesterday – we did poems by Shel Silverstein – so fun! Since my son was doing sound, we had to be there for the dress rehearsals for all the other classes too. PLUS I had to help my daughter with her project for her project fair. (Turned out great!) That took up our entire Monday and Tuesday. I’m now in recovery, BUT we still have more dress rehearsals on Friday and our final Musical Theater performance on Saturday (the one I wrote). Anyway, I thought I’d tide you over with a fun, completely useless, nonsensical infographic I made comparing how I feel when I read fiction to how I feel when I read (self-help type) non-fiction. I mostly did this because I bought Lifetime access to Stock Unlimited through AppSumo… Read more »


Apr 10
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/10/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/10/16

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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 two weeks on FYFA (and in my life): Busy week around here! We’re coming up on the end of our homeschooling co-op year and we have our final performances next week. That means that we’ve been trying to get all the last minute things together. I also finished up a first edit of the new book I’ve been working on for author Jayden Abello. And as you can see, I’ve been back in the swing of things on the blog. I also started going through my Bloglovin’ feed to clean things up again. It’s been a while since I updated it, and a lot of newer active… Read more »


Apr 08
The Series Dilemma – Let’s Discuss

The Series Dilemma – Let’s Discuss

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I’ve been having a real dilemma when it comes to series lately. I’m actually considering making a relatively radical change – not reading series until they’re complete. But I don’t know if I can really do it. I’ve decided to make a list of pros and cons – and I need your help deciding what to do! SHOULD I WAIT TO START A NEW SERIES UNTIL IT’S FINISHED?   THE PROS:   Cures My Forgetfulness. This is the problem that most recently inspired me to consider this decision. A week or so ago, I read the final book in the Storm Siren Trilogy. I remembered that I really loved the first two books and that I was rooting for Nym and Eogan as a couple, but I’d forgotten a lot of details. I found myself struggling through the third book, trying to remember what exactly was happening and trying to care about secondary… Read more »


Apr 07
The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows – Review

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows – Review

Reviews 4 ★★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in a series but doesn’t contain anything but the mildest of spoilers for the first book. To read my review of The Orphan Queen, click on the link.*** Oh my goodness, this book!!! I seriously have no words for how utterly fantastic this book was. In fact, this review is going to be somewhat short because I don’t feel like I can talk about anything specific without giving things away. Suffice it to say, the book was everything I was hoping for in a sequel and it finished off the duology beautifully! What Fed My Addiction: So. Many. Things. I’m honestly going to have a really hard time talking about this book because there were so many amazing things that took me by surprise, but to talk about any of them, even vaguely, would feel spoilery. Wil and Tobias go through some EXTREME… Read more »


Apr 06
ARC April

ARC April

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I’ve decided to participate in Read, Sleep Repeat’s ARC April event to help motivate me to clear out some ARCs that have been waiting for me! I’m aiming for the The Silver Reader Level, which is 5-9 ARCs read for the month. Here are a few books I’m hoping to read in April (the first one’s already taken care of – my review goes up tomorrow!):  


Apr 05
Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell – Review

Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell – Review

Reviews 5 ★★★★

The first book in this series of standalones honestly didn’t thrill me. In fact, I’m not even quite sure why I decided to read this one, but I wanted to give the author and the concept another chance, and I’m really glad I did because this one was much more enjoyable for me than the Aladdin book. This book turns Sleeping Beauty’s story on its ear. It starts up right before where the Disney movie ended – Prince Phillip has just made his way to Aurora so that he can give her True Love’s Kiss and wake her up. Except, instead he falls asleep too and ends up being pulled into her dream. Aurora is dreaming up an alternate reality (thanks to Maleficent) where the good fairy Maleficent has rescued the world from Aurora’s evil parents! What Fed My Addiction: The alternate story. I was fascinated by the alternate reality that Maleficent created… Read more »


Apr 04
Bite-Sized Reviews – Romancing the Nerd, Tuck Everlasting, Island of the Blue Dolphins

Bite-Sized Reviews – Romancing the Nerd, Tuck Everlasting, Island of the Blue Dolphins

Reviews 12 ★★★½

A few quick reviews of some books that deserve attention. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller Series: Nerd #2 Published by Entangled Teen on 4/5/16 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance Pages: 352 Source: NetGalley My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing) My rating: Dan Garrett has become exactly what he hates—popular. Until recently, he was just another live-action role-playing (LARP) geek on the lowest run of the social ladder. Cue a massive growth spurt and an uncanny skill at taking three-point shots in basketball and voila…Mr. Popular. It’s definitely weird. And the biggest drawback? Going from high school zero to basketball hero cost Dan the secret girl-of-his-dorky dreams. A tuba-playing nerd with an eclectic fashion sense, Zelda Potts’s “Coolness” stat is about minus forty-two. Dan turning his back on her and the rest of nerd-dom was brutal enough, but when he humiliates her at… Read more »


Apr 03
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 4/3/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 4/3/16

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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 two weeks on FYFA (and in my life): I think last week might have been the first week ever that I didn’t post a Sunday Post (at least since I started doing them). It feels so strange!! Still, I’m glad I (mostly) stuck to my plan not to post and just enjoyed my vacation in Arizona. If you’d like to see a few pics of my trip, check out my March Recap post! We had a fantabulous time! Here’s what you may have missed these past two weeks: Siren’s Song by Mary Weber – Review (I know I said there’d be a giveaway for this tour, but apparently the… Read more »