Month: September 2016

Sep 15
The Copper Gauntlet and The Bronze Key by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare – Bite-Sized Reviews

The Copper Gauntlet and The Bronze Key by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare – Bite-Sized Reviews

Middle Grade, Reviews 4 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second and third books in a series and may contain spoilers for the first book. To read my thoughts on The Iron Trial (the first book), click HERE.*** I had to catch up on this series when I saw that the latest was coming out (the third out of five listed on Goodreads). Both my son and I really enjoyed the first book. He said that it had all of the best qualities from his favorite series, which was high praise from him. I was a little nervous since it had been a long time since I’d read book one (we’d picked up book two at a Scholastic book fair, but we hadn’t gotten to it yet), but I picked the story back up really easily—there were plenty of reminders, which is especially nice for a middle grade book. Read on for my thoughts …… Read more »


Sep 12
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – An Unforgettable All-Time Favorite!

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – An Unforgettable All-Time Favorite!

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 22 ★★★★★

This book. I LOVED this book! I was in a serious reading funk when I started reading The Forgetting—not a slump because I had actually read a couple of really good books, but nothing that truly excited me. Nothing that gripped me from the very beginning and made me super eager to pick up my book anytime I was forced to put it down. The Forgetting was that book for me. I actually went into it with relatively low expectations because my mom read the book first and she was going to write a review for me, but she kept forgetting about it. (Literally. We laughed several times because she’d be like, “What book did I read that you wanted me to review?” and I’d laugh and say, “The Forgetting!”) But I honestly don’t know how she could forget it because I definitely couldn’t! (She later told me that she wasn’t… Read more »


Sep 11
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/11/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/11/16

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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): So, last Sunday my whole family ran a 5k, and I’m thrilled to say that I actually managed to run the whole thing. This is a big accomplishment for me, since when I was young I couldn’t even run a full mile (I did have asthma, which made things much tougher for me, but still). Now, I won’t say that I ran fast—there are probably people who could pass me up walking—but my main goal was to just keep going, and I did it! Then on Monday (which was a holiday here in the US), we got season passes for an amusement park… Read more »


Sep 10
Bite-Sized Audiobook Reviews: On the Jellicoe Road, Forgotten, Spin, Zac and Mia

Bite-Sized Audiobook Reviews: On the Jellicoe Road, Forgotten, Spin, Zac and Mia

Reviews 11 ★★★★★

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! On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta Published by Bolinda Audio (originally by Penguin Australia) in 5/2010 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Magical Realism Pages: 290  Audio Length: 8 hours and 53 minutes Source: SYNC My content rating: YA (Characters have sex, Death & dying described) My rating: I’m dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago. Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has… Read more »


Sep 09
Assassins: Discord by Erica Cameron – Review, Author Playlist & Giveaway

Assassins: Discord by Erica Cameron – Review, Author Playlist & Giveaway

Author Interview, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 9 ★★★½

Click here to Purchase the book at Riptide Assassins: Discord follows Kindra, a teenage girl who’s been raised as an assassin. Yeah, I know this sounds a tad bit far-fetched, but I was able to suspend disbelief for the most part—I mean, it’s not that much stranger than crime families who raise their kids to be in the “business,” right? If mom and dad are both assassins, it seems logical that they’d train up the kids to be a part of the action. Kindra has learned never to question the job, but when things go wrong with her family’s latest hit, she can’t help but wonder why all the details don’t seem to add up. And one question leads to another until Kindra is finding cracks everywhere in the foundation of her life. Once she starts looking too closely, she may not be able to go back to blissful ignorance. What Fed My… Read more »


Sep 08
August Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway!

August 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 August 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 August 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 still been growing with the inclusion of some of the BEA books I’ve read, so I’m once again offering 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 from TBD… Read more »


Sep 08
September is for Sequels Sign-Up

September is for Sequels Sign-Up

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Hey, everybody! I’m going to be participating in September is for Sequels, which is being hosted over at Lisa Loves Literature. The goal is to read and review at least four sequels during the month of September. This is actually going to be tough for me since I have so many ARCs that I need to read in September, BUT I also have plenty of other books that I’ve been meaning to pick up, and it wouldn’t be a horrible thing to take a break from BEA books every once in awhile and pick up something else. For the challenge, I plan to read: The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson One other sequel. I’m not deciding this one ahead of time because I want to give myself the freedom to pick… Read more »


Sep 05
Blogging 101: What Do You Wish You’d Known When You Started Blogging?

Blogging 101: What Do You Wish You’d Known When You Started Blogging?

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A lot of you know that I’m going to be teaching a Blogging 101 class at our homeschooling co-op this year. It’s a relatively small class—only eight 8th-11th graders. The class runs for 24 weeks in total (two semesters of 12 weeks), and we have one hour-long class per week. Not all of the kids will be blogging about books, but most topics can be generalized to any type of blogging. Since the class starts next Thursday, I’ve been planning out my curriculum, trying to figure out all of the different things I should cover. And it suddenly occurred to me: I have a fantastic resource for this right here! I’d love it if you could give me some feedback. Here are topics that I’m planning on covering: Introduction, Safety on the Internet, Sample blogs Choosing a blog topic, name, theme and platform Getting the blog set up: Things like… Read more »


Sep 04
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/4/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 9/4/16

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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): Not much to say about this week. We’re settling into our school routine, which is good. Other than that … yeah, I got nothing. UPDATE: I forgot to mention that I’ve noticed the issue with people getting sent to SPAM on WordPress blogs again. If you have a WP blog, make sure you check your SPAM because I’ve found quite a few real comments in there (and I’ve been sent to SPAM on other people’s blogs too!) Here’s what you may have missed on the blog: The Sin Eater’s Daughter and The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury – Bite-Sized Reviews… Read more »


Sep 03
A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Me Before You: Book and Movie

A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Me Before You: Book and Movie

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Obviously, you should not be reading this right now if you haven’t EITHER read the book OR watched the movie (and don’t want to be spoiled). I already posted a review of the book with no spoilers, but I really wanted to talk about the ending and how the book and the movie handled Will’s issues due to his disability differently (which made me like the movie less than the book). Before I read the book, I knew that Will was going to end up ending his life. I’d read a review that said they were surprised he “went through with it.” (Really? That’s a spoiler, people! You need to mark it as such! Just because you don’t say what he went through with – it’s pretty obvious what you’re talking about in a book like this.) And the whole book, I was really torn about how I felt about that. After… Read more »