Month: October 2016

Oct 14
I Don’t Do Scary (But Books Don’t Scare Me). Let’s Discuss!

I Don’t Do Scary (But Books Don’t Scare Me). Let’s Discuss!

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I’m one of those wimpy Halloween spoilsports who doesn’t like any of the scary stuff. When I was younger, I forced myself to play along a little more—I went to haunted houses with my friends occasionally and I saw all the (now) classic Halloween movies like Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween. But, I don’t think I’ve seen a scary movie since college and I never go to haunted houses, much to my husband’s chagrin. I just don’t like to be scared. It might all stem from the fact that I saw a bunch of really scary movies when I was way too young. I think I was 8 or so when I went to a friend’s sleepover and she played horror movies all night. I don’t remember everything we watched, but I distinctly remember seeing Poltergeist and The Exorcist—images of Linda Blair’s head spinning have been forever carved into my brain. (Can you imagine… Read more »


Oct 12
Bite-Sized Reviews: Gemina and Our Chemical Hearts

Bite-Sized Reviews: Gemina and Our Chemical Hearts

Reviews 12 ★★★★★

Once again, there are so many releases this time of year that I’m resorting to bite-sized reviews for some of them. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman Series: The Illuminae Files #2 Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on 10/18/16 Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction Pages: 608 Source: BEA My content rating: YA (Violence, Drug use, Swears are “censored”) My rating: The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Timesbestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”   Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed. The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered… Read more »


Oct 11
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Reviews 23 ★★★★½

Holding Up the Universe is an incredibly complex story about the struggle for self-acceptance and the strength that can come from knowing exactly who you are. This book is painfully beautiful. (But, don’t worry, it’s not as painful as Niven’s last book. Your heart may be torn to shreds in certain moments, but you won’t have to then proceed to stomp on it.)  What Fed My Addiction: Jack’s struggle with face blindness. I think that I had vaguely heard of prosopagnosia (face blindness) before, but I didn’t know much about it. I didn’t realize how prevalent it was and I certainly had never thought about what it would be like to live with it. Imagine a life where you don’t recognize anyone’s face, even the faces of the people in your immediate family. Where every moment is a guessing game, and you constantly fear embarrassing yourself because you’ve made a mistake. Imagine looking in… Read more »


Oct 09
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 10/9/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 10/9/16

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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):   Yesterday I attended the YA Lit Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop – it’s a conference aimed at educators with 33 YA authors. I took notes on the keynotes and breakouts, and I’ll try to summarize some of the fun things I learned in a post next week! Today, I’m at the YA Fandom Frenzy event, which is more fan-focused. In personal news, we had some things happen with my husband’s job this week that threw us into a complete tailspin–nothing bad, per se, but some major decisions need to be made and it’s all very stressful (and especially hard not to second-guess… Read more »


Oct 08
September Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway

September 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 September 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 September 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 »


Oct 07
Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn – Review & Giveaway

Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 6 ★★★★½

***NOTE: Remember Yesterday is the sequel to the NYT Bestselling and RITA™ Award-winning book, Forget Tomorrow. This review may contain spoilers for the first book in the series. If you haven’t read book one, click the link to read my review of Forget Tomorrow to read about why I loved the first book and then scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter for a chance to win an annotated copy!!!*** Remember Yesterday picks up ten years after Forget Tomorrow left off and is told from Jessa’s POV. Jessa is now about the age that Callie had been when she sacrificed herself for her sister, and she’s trying to live up to that and make her life worth the sacrifice. Logan hasn’t been able to move on with his life since Callie died, either, and it seems that many of the characters in the book are living in the past… Read more »


Oct 06
I Have Giveaway Guilt! Let’s Discuss.

I Have Giveaway Guilt! Let’s Discuss.

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I absolutely love giveaways. I love hosting them AND I love winning them. There’s just something so exciting about the feeling you get when you’re the winner!! But I’ve noticed that, while I adore giveaways, I also feel a certain amount of guilt over them—both the ones I host and the ones I win. What’s that about? Giveaways are fun, so why am I stressing myself over them?! Well, it turns out that I pretty much just have a guilt issue that spans all sorts of different subjects—giveaways is just one of them. Don’t worry, I’m not losing sleep over any of this stuff, but there’s always a little twinge that I can’t seem to get rid of. I thought I’d share some of the things I get those twinges over and see if anyone else feels the same! Guilt Over Giveaways I Host: Taking a long time to send winnings out. Lord knows… Read more »


Oct 03
Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Review for the Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour

Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Review for the Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour

Reviews 3 ★★★★

Gilt Hollow feels more like a YA romance with a bit of mystery thrown in than like a true mystery, which suited me just fine. (In fact, that’s the way I prefer my mysteries since the romance element typically holds my attention more than the actual mystery does.) I cared a lot more about Willow and Ashton’s personal journeys than I did about who specifically killed their friend. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely plenty of clues to the mystery woven into the story, but those weren’t the aspects of the book that kept me flipping the pages (and I did keep flipping the pages—I think I read the book in two sittings). What Fed My Addiction:  Bad boy with a heart of gold. Ashton fits this trope perfectly. And, sure, it’s a trope, but it’s one that works for me when it’s done right. I felt like Langdon did it justice. In this case, we… Read more »


Oct 02
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 10/2/16

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 10/2/16

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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): My youngest turned 12 yesterday! Hard to believe. How are my kids getting so big?!!! I’m finally starting to settle into my schedule a bit and stress less about my kids’ schoolwork. I had a very hard time with that at first because I was stressed about my son’s level of work (he’s a “do the absolute minimum required” kind of kid, and I was having a hard time figuring out how to motivate him). But he’s actually picked up a lot of slack this year, and I think I can let go of the reins a bit—thank goodness! SO, I managed to get… Read more »


Oct 01
September Recap & Best of the Bunch

September Recap & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in September: September turned out to be crazily busy for me because of co-op classes starting. I’m teaching a writing class, an acting class, and a blogging class AND my kids’ classes are just generally more challenging (and time-consuming!) this year. It doesn’t help that I stress about my son’s schoolwork more than I probably should. He’s a freshman this year, and he would prefer it if I were completely hands-off (all of his classes are taught through co-op, the local college, or online), but I have a hard time not at least keeping tabs on him– he’s proven in the past that he lets things go if I’m not on top of him). Sigh. I’m working on a new editing project. Nothing else. Literally. I’m barely keeping my head above water with just those two things. Yikes! On Instagram: Most Popular Posts: Blogging 101: What Do You… Read more »