Month: July 2016

Jul 10
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 7/10/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 7/10/16

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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 week on FYFA (and in my life):   This week we had an exchange student named Carmen come to stay with us! She’ll be here for three weeks, and it’s been really fun getting to know her so far! On the blogging front, I had the chance to see Victoria Schwab on her tour for This Savage Song, and I found her completely fascinating. Watch the blog next week for a recap! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog: June Recap & Best of the Bunch I Dream in YA – Let’s Discuss! Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally – Review & Giveaway – Still time to enter… Read more »


Jul 09
June Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway

June Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway

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I created this giveaway as a scavenger hunt to encourage people to visit the wrap-ups. There are entries for commenting on wrap-up posts and then there are additional entries for visiting specific posts and answering a question about them. The Link-Up Check out the June wrap-up posts in the linky below. These are the posts that can be used for the giveaway (Random.org chose ten of them to for the scavenger hunt portion of the giveaway). Didn’t have a chance to link up your June wrap-up post? That’s okay – you can still link up until the giveaway is over! An InLinkz Link-up My giveaway/trade list has gotten longer lately with the inclusion of some of the BEA books I’ve read, so I thought I’d offer books off that list! But I don’t want to leave my INT readers out, so if you’re an international reader and you win the giveaway, you can choose a book… Read more »


Jul 08
Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff – Review & Giveaway

Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 10 ★★★★

Sunborn Rising is a fantasy of truly epic proportions – it may feature characters in roughly the middle grade/young adult age range, but it will appeal to fantasy lovers of all ages! The story follows Barra and her two best friends, Plicks and Tory. They find out about a threat to their world via Barra’s father’s journals and decide to try to gather evidence on their own (when some of the adults in their community don’t seem to want to admit that something might be wrong). But the three bups (basically a word for young ones) end up in deeper danger than they ever imagined when their explorations lead to their downfall – literally. Below their world, they find a vast, strange land filled with both peril and unimaginable beauty – but they have to get home if they ever hope to share it. What Fed My Addiction: A lush fantasy… Read more »


Jul 07
The Siege by Mark Alpert – Review & Giveaway

The Siege by Mark Alpert – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 5 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in a series, but doesn’t really contain spoilers for the first book The Six. Click on the link to see my review of that book.*** If you’re looking for true YA sci-fi (not sci-fi light), then this series is for you! What Fed My Addiction: The sci fi. Fans of technology and sci-fi will love the different robots and gadgets in this series. I loved all of the descriptions of the different robots and how each person chose their “main” robot body and face. The physical manifestations of each of the characters were not only entertaining, they gave us insight into the characters’ personalities. It was obvious that Alpert put a lot of thought into what each character’s robot should look like and how it would represent them. All of the outrageous machines and technologies seemed a little crazy, but just like in the last… Read more »


Jul 06
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally – Review & Giveaway

Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 10 ★★★★

Kenneally has tackled another tough and timely issue (actually, more than one) in her latest Hundred Oaks book and, as usual, she does so with honesty and  realism. Her characters don’t always act the way we’d like them to, but they’re so relatable that we can understand the choices they make and empathize with them. The synopsis does a good job describing the book, so I’ll just jump straight into my review! What Fed My Addiction: The big issue. Taylor has spent her life trying to live up to her parents’ expectations. She’s not unhappy about it, per se – she actually feels like she thrives in a work-all-the-time lifestyle – it’s just that she’s never put a lot of thought into why she makes the choices she does. She is so focused on academic success and long-term goals (that have been more or less given to her by others) that she sometimes resorts to… Read more »


Jul 05
I Dream in YA – Let’s Discuss!

I Dream in YA – Let’s Discuss!

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Even though I’m 42 years old, I’ve noticed a strange phenomena – I often dream that I’m still in high school or early college! One recurring dream that I’ve had pretty much for as long as I can remember is that I’m in a ginormous school and I can’t find my locker – I wander aimlessly down the halls, going up and down stairwells, searching for a locker I should be able to find, with no luck. After I had my first child, I had a variation of the dream where I left my son in a random bathroom in my high school (nevermind that I’d been out of school for many years) and couldn’t find my way back to him. My subconscious was telling me that not only was I not going to be a very responsible parent, but I also had the maturity of high schooler still. High five, subconscious! Thanks for the vote… Read more »


Jul 04
June Recap & Best of the Bunch

June Recap & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in June: June was a month of subtle changes. Since the school year technically ended in June, my kids and I are doing less school, BUT we don’t actually stop altogether – and in some ways I feel busier since I have to be pretty hands-on with the stuff we’re continuing (math for my daughter and a special reading program for my son who has learning disabilities). I started the copyediting certificate program at UC San Diego. I took on a new volunteer leadership role in the children’s ministry at our church that means a bit more time and attention. I started my first manga series (Death Note) and watched my first anime series (Blue Spring Ride). Really enjoyed both of these! We also started watching the anime version of Death Note, but decided we weren’t interested enough to watch the whole thing since we’re already reading… Read more »


Jul 03
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 7/3/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 7/3/16

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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 week on FYFA (and in my life): I’ve been busier than I expected to be this summer. I’m taking my copyediting certificate classes and doing some school with my kids – my daughter needs me to sit down and work with her one-on-one for math – the beginnings of algebra are making her crazy! (Math is definitely not her favorite thing.) My youngest has some cognitive delays and auditory processing issues, so we decided to try a new reading program that really focuses on training his brain to differentiate between slight variations in sounds. I’m excited to try it, but he has to do it for an hour… Read more »


Jul 01
July Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

July Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

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Welcome to the July monthly link-up for the 2016 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! Well, we’ve done it. We made it through half the year and we’re still discussing! I know things are crazier for a lot of us during the summer, so don’t feel bad if you slip up a bit and don’t manage to post a discussion as often as you meant to – sometimes life gets in the way. Just get right back on the horse and keep writing!  🙂 The winner of our June discussion challenge link-up was Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight! She chose Roadside Magic by Lilith Saintcrow. Happy reading, Kristen! If you don’t know what this challenge is all about or haven’t signed up yet (but want to), head on over to the challenge sign-up page to learn more! Even if you’d rather not join, we… Read more »