Month: May 2016

May 31
Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh – Review and Giveaway

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh – Review and Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 11 ★★★

When I heard that a YA prehistoric fantasy was coming out, I was ready to jump on board – this book sounded like it would be right up my alley! And it was – I thought it was a fun read, but I just felt like it was lacking something that would make it really special. What Fed My Addiction: Prehistoric times. Yep, this book took place sometime shortly after mankind made its way out of caves. We got to see interesting details (or, at least imaginings) about the clans and the way they worked and what it would be like to live in a time when it was truly man against nature (and nature often won). Then, of course, there were wooly mammoths and such. The setting was definitely my favorite part of the book! Kol – I liked Kol, the main character of the book. I felt for the poor… Read more »


May 29
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 5/29

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 5/29

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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 much to say about this week, which is probably a good thing – I needed a relaxing week after all the craziness of BEA. This afternoon, our family is headed out to an indoor waterpark (my daughter’s birthday gift), so that should be lots of fun! Other than that, it’s business as usual around here! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week: The Cage and The Hunt by Megan Shepherd – Review #BEA16 Day Three Wrap-Up & Giveaway!! – Still time to enter to win a copy of The Loose Ends List or a Strange the Dreamer swag… Read more »


May 28
May Wrap-Up Round-Up

May Wrap-Up Round-Up

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It’s time for the May Wrap-Up Round-Up! The April giveaway is being hosted by Laura @ 125 Pages! There are a couple days left to enter, so hop over there if you haven’t yet!! Thanks so much, Laura!! This is the link-up for our May 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 »


May 27
Bite-Sized Reviews – Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless, The Funnyman, Now and Again, The Guardian

Bite-Sized Reviews – Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless, The Funnyman, Now and Again, The Guardian

Reviews 8 ★★★

A few quick reviews of some books I haven’t gotten around to reviewing yet. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas Published by Harper Teen in 12/14 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Pages: 304 Source: RT My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing) My rating: Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day 5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market 4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi 3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm 2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3) 1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000 Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson…. Read more »


May 25
#BEA16 Day Three Wrap-Up and Giveaway

#BEA16 Day Three Wrap-Up and Giveaway

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Day Three The third day of BEA was much more laid back than the first two. (By the way, if you haven’t seen my recap of Day One or Day Two – and giveaways – check them out!) By Day Three, we’d gotten almost all the books that we really wanted to snag and I was feeling like everything we grabbed this day was a nice bonus. Because of that, we wandered a bit more and spent more time just randomly hanging out with other bloggers. Of course, that doesn’t mean we still didn’t pick up a good number of books … The Lines We didn’t have to stand in as many crazy long lines on Day Three, but we did still get there very early so we could get tickets and a spot in the front of the entrance line. We showed up at 6:30 (just like the day before) but there were already more… Read more »


May 24
The Cage and The Hunt by Megan Shepherd – Review

The Cage and The Hunt by Megan Shepherd – Review

Reviews 20 ★★★½

The Cage by Megan Shepherd Series: The Cage #1 Published by Balzer & Bray on 5/26/15 Genres: Young Adult, Sci Fi, Fantasy Pages: 405 Source: Edelweiss My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing) My rating: The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman’s Daughter trilogy. When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone. Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of… Read more »


May 22
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/22/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/22/16

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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): As if I didn’t get enough books at BEA, I spent several hours this past week volunteering at the Scholastic Warehouse sale so that I could get MORE free books for my kids. I managed to get 23 free books for them! (Actually, 22 – one was for me. ‘Cause, you know, I need more books.) My husband is convinced I have a serious illness. I’d better start having some more giveaways so that I can fit all of these books on our shelves because the book piles are NOT going over well.  🙂 Yesterday, I spent the day in… Read more »


May 20
Clean Sweep ARC Challenge 24-Hour Readathon Acrostic Giveaway!

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge 24-Hour Readathon Acrostic Giveaway!

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Hello, everybody! Welcome to the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge 24-Hour Read-a-thon hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviews! Hope you’re ready for a fantastic reading day!! I thought for my giveaway, I’d do something a little fun and different. You can earn an entry for any book you read that starts with one of the letters in your name. For instance, here’s an acrostic I did awhile back with my first name: N – None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio I – Indelible by Dawn Metcalf C – Cress by Marissa Meyer O – Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout L – Landline by Rainbow Rowell E – Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader You’ll get an entry in the giveaway for every book you read that starts with one of the letters in your name. (You don’t have to have all the letters to enter.) You’ll get an extra entry if you create a graphic like the one I show above… Read more »


May 19
#BEA16 Day Two Wrap-Up & Jennifer Niven Holding Up the Universe Giveaway!!

#BEA16 Day Two Wrap-Up & Jennifer Niven Holding Up the Universe Giveaway!!

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Day Two The second day of BEA was, by far, the most tiring and crazy! (By the way, if you haven’t seen my recap of Day One and that giveaway, check it out!) This day was all about the books, and I have to tell you that by the end of the day, I had almost every book that I was really hoping for. My mom and I definitely did the divide and conquer thing – we actually spent most of the day in separate lines, which meant that we got ALL the books! Standing in Lines Honestly, this was what Day Two was all about, but I was prepared for that, so it was all good. Nicole’s Highlights –  Replica, Heartless & Bookishly Ever After I actually think my favorite part of BEA Day Two (besides meeting LOTS of awesome bloggers) was standing in the Lauren Oliver Replica line. I was in the… Read more »


May 17
#BEA16 Day One Wrap-Up & Giveaway!!

#BEA16 Day One Wrap-Up & Giveaway!!

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It’s hard for me to figure out how to even BEGIN this post. So much goes on at BEA, and it’s hard to put it all into words. For me, the absolute best part of the conference is meeting other bloggers and getting to know them (or getting to know them better, if I’ve already met them somehow). That goal was definitely achieved! Day One The first day was Blogger Con. My mom and I drove into the city and got there at around 8:30 (two hour drive at that time of the morning because of the traffic, but it was totally worth it). If I’m being honest, I wasn’t all that excited about the keynote speaker for Blogger Con – she was a great speaker and her story was interesting, but it just didn’t feel very relevant because she’s not a book blogger. And her story about her rise to HGTV… Read more »