Month: June 2016

Jun 30
Zero by Morgan Dark – Review, Giveaway & Author’s Top Ten Addictions

Zero by Morgan Dark – Review, Giveaway & Author’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 9 ★★★½

Wow! There were quite a few surprises in this one! This book was a bit of a mash-up of genres – mostly a YA thriller with a bit of sci-fi and maybe even magical realism thrown in. The result was a story full of twists and turns that had me guessing from the get-go. What fed my addiction: Mystery. From the beginning, I was eager to figure out how Kyle was related to the mysterious Zero – it was obvious that there was some connection between them because Kyle was dreaming about the sphere that we saw with Zero in the first scene of the book, but the question of what these two had to do with each other wasn’t simple at all! Was Kyle just a pawn that Zero was using? Was he somehow giving Kyle the dreams? Was the sphere actually connecting Kyle and Zero, and if so, why? Were Kyle and Zero biologically… Read more »


Jun 29
The Memory Book by Lara Avery – Spotlight & Giveaway!

The Memory Book by Lara Avery – Spotlight & Giveaway!

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Today I’m featuring The Memory Book on my blog. I loved Avery’s A Million Miles Away, and I’m excited to give my readers a chance to win her newest book!   About Lara Avery: Lara Avery takes her role as a young writer very seriously; she enjoys wandering the world notebook in hand, making her living off of odd jobs. One of those jobs happens to be publishing the novel Anything But Ordinary just two years after getting a degree in Film Studies from Macalester College. When Lara left home armed with nothing but a basketball scholarship, she told everyone she was going to law school. Then, when she started interning at The Onion and publishing pieces of fiction in national anthologies, she realized her secret plans to be a writer all along. Though Lara sat down to write Anything But Ordinary everywhere from a 110 degree apartment in Kolkata to… Read more »


Jun 28
Bite-Sized Audiobook Reviews – Porcelain Keys, The Accident Season, Vivian Apple at the End of the World, and Every Last Word

Bite-Sized Audiobook Reviews – Porcelain Keys, The Accident Season, Vivian Apple at the End of the World, and Every Last Word

Reviews 16 ★★★★

A few quick reviews of audiobooks I’ve been listening to this summer. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard Published by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media in 1/14 Genres: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary, Romance Pages: 345  Audio Length: 11 hours and 41 minutes Source: The Author My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing) My rating: Aria’s life is full of secrets–secrets about her mother’s death, her father’s cruelty, and her dream to go to Juilliard. When Aria meets Thomas, he draws out her secrets, captures her heart, and gives her the courage to defy her father. But when tragedy strikes and Thomas disappears, Aria is left alone to transform her broken heart’s melody into something beautiful. Porcelain Keys is a captivating love story that will resonate long after the last page is turned. This was a really beautiful story. I especially loved the first half of the… Read more »


Jun 28
June Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

June Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the June Wrap-Up Round-Up! The May giveaway was hosted by Wendy over at Falconer’s Library. Silvara won a fun bookish items from Powell’s City of Books! (I can’t wait to hear what she chose!) Thanks so much for hosting, Wendy!! This is the link-up for our June 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… Read more »


Jun 27
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – 5 Star Review!

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – 5 Star Review!

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 22 ★★★★★

Wow! Just … wow! I haven’t read Schwab before, and now I know what I’ve been missing. I absolutely loved this story of humanity’s worst ills come to life in the form of monsters. What Fed My Addiction: Monstrous! This book gives us a bleak (but oh so fascinating) look at the human condition. In Schwab’s fantasy world, the urban areas have been overtaken by monsters that are born out of violence. Whenever a violent act is committed, a monster is born, creatures that can tear a human apart or suck their blood. But in the case of a truly horrific violent event – something along the lines of a mass murder – the monsters born can kill with a song. (This is the type of monster that August is.) But the way humanity responds to these monsters is just as compelling – as is so often the case with pain… Read more »


Jun 26
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/26/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/26/16

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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): Managed to get around the blogosphere a bit more this week, and I caught up on the posts linked up to the Discussion Challenge. It felt good to hop around a bit – but then I realized I hadn’t replied to comments all week! Oops! I started my first class toward a copyediting certificate at UC San Diego this week as well. I think it will be great to learn some new things and it will also help my credibility as an editor. I feel like I need to start making more of an effort with actually promoting myself when it… Read more »


Jun 25
My Top Ten Addictions – Let’s Discuss

My Top Ten Addictions – Let’s Discuss

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Those of you who’ve been around my blog for a while know that usually, when I feature a guest post from an author on my blog (usually along with a review), it’s the author’s Top Ten Addictions (click the link if you want to see them). I like that it’s a fun, lighthearted tie-in to my blog name and that it’s a quick read. (If I’m being honest, I don’t usually take the time to read long author guest posts on blogs unless it’s a topic that really catches my eye or an author I REALLY love, so short always seems better to me.) But it occurred to me that I’ve never shared my OWN top ten addictions, and I thought it would be fun to do that. So, here they are! Nicole’s Top Ten Addictions (Not necessarily in order) Let’s start with the obvious, shall we? Books have pretty much taken… Read more »


Jun 24
Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods – Review

Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods – Review

Reviews 10 ★★★★

A quick note from Nicole for those of you who are regulars around here – this is my mom’s (Gay’s) first solo review (okay, fine, I interjected a few things here and there – but, for the most part, it’s hers!). Hopefully you’ll be seeing lots more of these! To put it simply, this is a story of a girl looking for her astrological soulmate, and she’s on a deadline. Wil promised her mother before she died that she would only fall in love with her astrological soulmate, so she’s on a search for him. She’s been following the stars her whole life and truly believes this path is her destiny. However, when she finds two guys, one is a perfect match according to the stars and the other is far from her match. But she’s so drawn to the “wrong” guy, it’s hard for her to resist. Thus the love… Read more »


Jun 23
Moonchild by Kate L. Mary – Review

Moonchild by Kate L. Mary – Review

Reviews 3 ★★★★

Kate L. Mary has won me over again with her post-apocalyptic worldbuilding. I just love the dark and dangerous settings that she creates, and this futuristic steampunk world is no exception! What Fed My Addiction: Futuristic steampunk! I loved the concept of a world where technology had gone so haywire that people had reverted to alternate, more primitive energy sources – mostly steam and, therefore, coal. (Actually, the book that I wrote – but never quite finished – for NaNoWriMo in 2014 had a very similar premise, so I guess it makes sense that I liked it!) The world that was portrayed in the book was pretty bleak and miserable – not to mention dangerous. Any small crime could land you a sentence to the mines, and life in the mines was unbearable. Scarlett, the main character, had escaped both an unsavory orphanage and the mines, but she spent her life on… Read more »


Jun 22
738 Days by Stacey Kade – Review

738 Days by Stacey Kade – Review

Reviews 16 ★★★★½

This is one of those books where it’s hard to know what to expect. On the one hand, it tackles an incredibly serious and tough subject – the emotional (and physical) scars left from an abduction and abuse. But then, it also incorporates a romance trope that we typically find in much lighter fare – the burnt-out celebrity who needs to freshen up his image by helping out a fan. Somehow Kade managed to blend these two disparate topics perfectly – which I’d say is some feat! What Fed My Addiction: The pain of a very broken past. The book starts out at the very end of Amanda’s horrible ordeal. She’s been held for over two years, mentally and physically (including sexually) abused. When an opportunity to escape presents itself, Amanda isn’t sure she can do it – isn’t sure she can face the fear of failing and what that would mean… Read more »