Year: 2017

Nov 19
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/19/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/19/17

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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. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): I’m pretty much back on track with NaNo this week. I still have a little bit to make up but not enough to stress about. I still don’t expect to actually finish the novel by the end of November, but I should get my 50,000 words in and have enough momentum to keep going! Of course, keeping up with NaNo has made it hard for me to stay on top of reading and blogging, so sorry if I’ve been scarce this week! (And that’s the main reason this post is going up so late today!) Here’s what you may… Read more »


Nov 18
Bite-Sized Reviews of The November Girl, Haven, and The Magic Misfits

Bite-Sized Reviews of The November Girl, Haven, and The Magic Misfits

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I’ve got three bite-sized reviews today. Two YA and a MG. My mom did the review of November Girl for me. (I plan to read it too since she really enjoyed it, but I’m swamped right now.) I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!     This is the story of Hector and Anda, an abused teenage half-Korean, half-black boy who feels he doesn’t fit in with the people around him and a mysterious girl who lives on Isle Royale year-round, even when everyone else leaves for the winter. First, let me say I was impressed with the way the author was able to draw my attention and make me interested in the story from the very beginning. I didn’t read the blurb before I read the book, so for me the story was more of a mystery than it would have been if I ‘d… Read more »


Nov 17
Introducing My 2017 NaNoWriMo Novel

Introducing My 2017 NaNoWriMo Novel

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I was really wishy-washy about whether or not I was going to do NaNoWriMo this year. On the one hand, I really need to finish editing my book from last year because I want to start querying agents (I went to a writing conference at the beginning of November and got some really valuable information on what I need to fix). But editing is sort of agonizing work, and I’ve realized that most authors edit and work on a new book at the same time for exactly this reason. You actually sometimes need to take a break from editing to write and vice versa. Of course, I haven’t really managed to do much switching back and forth—I’m basically just hanging on at this point, trying to get my words in for NaNo! I did NaNoWriMo in 2014 and technically “won” (wrote my 50,000 words), but I didn’t come anywhere close… Read more »


Nov 15
Serial Box: A New Way to Read? My Thoughts on The Fisher of Bones and ReMade…

Serial Box: A New Way to Read? My Thoughts on The Fisher of Bones and ReMade…

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Serial Box has a new strategy for reading that I find intriguing. They’re basically releasing books in a serial format that is modeled after TV. Each week a new “episode” comes out— a chapter of the book that they say can typically be read in about 45 minutes or so. The idea isn’t completely new—it sort of reminds me of how I used to read stories in the sci-fi magazine I got when I was younger, with each piece of the story coming out in the latest magazine. And some novels are published in a serialized manner too. But the idea of weekly episodes and a site where you can read multiple serialized stories seems unique to me. I’ll confess that I’m torn about the idea. On the one hand, I tend to lose interest in even TV when I have to wait a week between episodes. I binge watch… Read more »


Nov 12
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/12/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/12/17

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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. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): I’m falling behind on NaNo already!! Yikes! Help! I love my book concept, but I’ve finished up the first act, and I’m having trouble figuring out where to go to get me to the third. Plus, I feel like maybe I’m trying to smush too many things into this one? I need inspiration! (Think I need to binge watch some TV—seriously, I think it might help!) Anyway, besides NaNo, we had a sort of rough week in our household, and I’m kind of glad it’s over. Moving on to happier days… Here’s what you may have missed on the… Read more »


Nov 11
October Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (With a Make Me Read It Twist)

October Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (With a Make Me Read It Twist)

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I created this giveaway to encourage people to visit people’s wrap-ups. There are entries for commenting on the wrap-up posts in the link-up. Last month’s winner was Danielle H. She chose for us to read The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (which I just finally got sent out to her—sorry, Danielle!). Watch for our dual review, which will be coming soon. (She needs time to read the book first!) The Link-Up Check out the October  wrap-up posts in the linky below. These are the posts that can be used for 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 The giveaway is open to everyone! You don’t have to link up to the wrap-up round-up to be eligible. The Make Me Read It Giveaway This giveaway has gotten a really positive response and it’s helping… Read more »


Nov 10
Haven by Mary Lindsey – Giveaway (& My First Impressions)

Haven by Mary Lindsey – Giveaway (& My First Impressions)

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I was hoping to get my review up today to go along with this promo, but (due to a bit of drama in my household), I couldn’t finish the book in time. I’m at about 100 pages, though, and so far I’m really enjoying it. It’s got a good mystery going—I’ve figured out that there’s something paranormal going on, but I haven’t been able to guess exactly what. I’m assuming there are werewolves involved, but also something else. There’s a really weird dynamic in the town, and I’m kind of loving that. I plan to finish the book this weekend and then I’ll get my review up early next week! Haven by Mary Lindsey presented by Entangled Teen! Grab your copy today! “We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.” Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s use to people judging him for… Read more »


Nov 08
Dear Martin by Nic Stone – 5-Star Review & Giveaway

Dear Martin by Nic Stone – 5-Star Review & Giveaway

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This little book packs a powerful punch.  What Fed My Addiction: Perspective. The book is told from Justyce’s POV. He’s a black teenager living in a mostly white world (he goes to a boarding school) near the home he grew up in, which is in a black neighborhood. So the lens that he sees the world through is unique. He is relatable to many people—he can often see both sides of the story, which helps us to do so too. The struggle of identity. Of course, because of Justyce’s position, he has a hard time feeling at home anywhere. He can’t go back to being the kid he was in the neighborhood he grew up in, but he also doesn’t always feel like he fits at school. After a traumatic event where he’s treated unfairly, he starts to see things at school that he’d been blind to before. He suddenly can’t turn… Read more »


Nov 06
Bite-Sized Reviews of Now Is Everything, The First Kiss Hypothesis, Frost Like Night, The Raven Cycle Series and November 9

Bite-Sized Reviews of Now Is Everything, The First Kiss Hypothesis, Frost Like Night, The Raven Cycle Series and November 9

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I’ve got five bite-sized reviews today. Most of these are YA, but the last one is New Adult. I thought about trying to split these up, but I don’t read enough NA lately to warrant a full set of bite-sized reviews, and I just decided to go ahead and put it with these YA reads. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! So, I picked up this book on a total whim. I was glancing through Twitter and saw this adorable pic that the author’s daughter had drawn telling people to read her mom’s book. Since I’m a sucker for that sort of thing, I immediately headed over to Goodreads to check it out, and it sounded like the type of book I’d love! I headed over to Edelweiss, downloaded it and immediately started reading! (See, I wasn’t kidding when I said it was… Read more »


Nov 05
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/5/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/5/17

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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. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): I decided last minute to do NaNo again this year, so that’s why I sort of disappeared right around the 1st. I also made the decision to set my editing aside for the foreseeable future so I can focus on my own writing. I just realized that there’s no way I can manage homeschooling (and teaching co-op classes), writing and editing. Speaking of my writing, yesterday I attended a SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers of Illinois) publishing conference. It was both amazing and overwhelmingly daunting. I got more feedback on the first ten pages of my manuscript (which is what… Read more »