Month: June 2016

Jun 28
Bite-Sized Audiobook Reviews – Porcelain Keys, The Accident Season, and Every Last Word

Bite-Sized Audiobook Reviews – Porcelain Keys, The Accident Season, 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 21 ★★★★★

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 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 »


Jun 19
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/19/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/19/16

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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): This week I read my first Wattpad book (Cait from Paper Fury wrote it, and I’d tell you all to go read it, but it seems to have suddenly disappeared from Wattpad – I’ll let you know if it’s back!). I also started my first manga series, which I’m reading with my son (Death Note) – we’re watching the anime too, but we’re only a couple of episodes in. I feel like I’m expanding my horizons! 🙂 Other than that, I’ve just been feeling very out of it and frustratingly lackadaisical. I can’t seem to get into the summer swing of… Read more »


Jun 18
Is Celibacy Shaming a Thing? Let’s Discuss!

Is Celibacy Shaming a Thing? Let’s Discuss!

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This is kind of a difficult topic to talk about because I honestly think my viewpoint might be contradictory to a lot of other bloggers out there – at least partially. And this might be one of those cases where I’m showing my age, making myself look old-fashioned. I’m aware that my views on sex are more conservative than a lot of other people’s and that affects my perspective on this topic. But I decided to jump in anyway. It’s been a while since I’ve tackled a tough topic! I recently read a YA book where the main character is basically made to feel bad for being sexually inexperienced. (The book was The Loose Ends List, and you might want to click over to my review to see in detail why I was frustrated with the book before you keep reading this.) Everyone in the main character’s life seemed to think it… Read more »


Jun 16
The Wrath & the Dawn Series by Renee Ahdieh – Series Review

The Wrath & the Dawn Series by Renee Ahdieh – Series Review

Reviews 11 ★★★½

  The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh Series: The Wrath & the Dawn #1 Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on 5/12/15 Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy Pages: 395 Source: Purchased My content rating: YA (Characters have sex, but it’s not shown in detail) My rating: One Life to One Dawn. In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all. Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows… Read more »