Month: April 2017

Apr 30
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 4/30/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 4/30/17

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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. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): I’ve been running super behind since I’ve been working on this newest editing project, unfortunately. I just checked and saw that I have 77 comments that haven’t yet been replied to! Yikes!! I have to confess that I never managed to get to all the March wrap-up posts either. I know this is probably weird, but I have this compulsion when it comes to link-ups that I host—I have to read and comment on every post linked up or I end up feeling guilty (I’m 99.9% sure that I’ve done this for every single discussion post that’s ever been linked… Read more »


Apr 28
Bite-Sized Manga Reviews: Library Wars, Love*Com, A Silent Voice, and Death Note

Bite-Sized Manga Reviews: Library Wars, Love*Com, A Silent Voice, and Death Note

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I’ve been reading a lot of manga lately, but I haven’t reviewed any of it here on the blog, partly because I don’t feel super-qualified (as a newbie manga reader I don’t really know what I’m talking about) and partly because I just wasn’t sure how well these reviews “fit.” But now that I’ve read five full manga series, I’ve decided that I at least need to post some bite-sized reviews and tell you my thoughts. Hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Library Wars is my favorite manga series I’ve read so far! I love the fact that it blends action and romance really nicely, not letting either element overpower the other. I’ll admit that while I find action interesting, it’s often the romance in a series that keeps me flipping the pages (which isn’t too different from my novel reading, really). The plot centers around… Read more »


Apr 27
April Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

April Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the April Wrap-Up Round-Up! The March Wrap-Up giveaway is being hosted right here on FYFA. There are a few more days to enter so make sure you head over there! This is the link-up for our April 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 won’t have to actually link up in order to… Read more »


Apr 24
Letters to the Lost Review (AKA My Admiration for Brigid Kemmerer)

Letters to the Lost Review (AKA My Admiration for Brigid Kemmerer)

Reviews 26 ★★★★½

I have read every single one of Brigid Kemmerer’s books, and I have not been disappointed yet. When I first read the description of this one, I was a little surprised to see that it’s a straight-up contemporary (considering that her Elementals Series is paranormal and she wrote so many of those).  But as I read, I started to realize that I was falling in love with it for the same reasons that I fell in love with the Elementals books: her characters. Kemmerer writes characters that I can’t help but connect to, and whether she’s telling a contemporary story or a paranormal one, her books focus on the characters and what drives them—and, often, the pain behind their stories. Letters to the Lost is a beautiful example of this. What Fed My Addiction: Heartbreak. Honestly, if Declan and Juliet’s stories don’t tear you to pieces, you have to be made of… Read more »


Apr 23
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/23/27

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/23/27

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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 was going to write up a review of Letters to the Lost last night, but my family ended up watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and I realized it was the type of movie you just can’t look away from (I often blog while we’re watching TV, but this was not that type of movie!). I’ve also finally started working out again, and I’m watching 13 Reasons Why while on the elliptical. I’ve watched the first three episodes and I’m definitely hooked. I’d planned to read the book first, but I actually think this might be a… Read more »


Apr 21
Graphs Make Me Happy! Let’s Discuss.

Graphs Make Me Happy! Let’s Discuss.

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I was recently reading the 1st Blogoversary post over at Sparkling Letters and I realized something: Graphs make me happy! They just do. Seriously, if I see a post that has graphs in it, I just have to read it—and I gobble them up. I see graphs in someone’s wrap-up post and I perk up and take notice. Even though I’m a completely disorganized person, somehow data in a graph calls to me. It almost doesn’t even matter what the graphs are showing. (Okay, it does matter. I’m not crazy enough to love graphs about boring stuff like the stock market. Butif the graph has anything to do with books, I’m sold.)  Somehow putting the information into a graph makes it fun and interesting. Also, adding color to the graphs automatically makes the information that much more exciting. Case in point: I thought I’d look through my Goodreads stats for… Read more »


Apr 20
Little Fun Club Blog Tour & $50 Giveaway: A Lit Box for Kids 0-12!

Little Fun Club Blog Tour & $50 Giveaway: A Lit Box for Kids 0-12!

Current Giveaways, Middle Grade 8

  I thought I’d try out this fun book club for kids and see what they have to offer! I love the fact that they send high-quality and award-winning books. I told them that my daughter is 12 years old, so they sent books for her age group. They have really specific age groups, so you get something that fits your child perfectly. The website also says that they ask questions about your child’s preferences (we didn’t do that for the tour, but they managed to fit my kids pretty perfectly). What Did We Get? We received three books in our box. The box was actually slightly damaged when I received it (there was a hole in the top), but the books were packed nicely with plenty of packing paper, so they weren’t affected at all. I loved that the books were wrapped up prettily—it made my daughter feel like… Read more »


Apr 19
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray: 5 Soaring Stars

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray: 5 Soaring Stars

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 34 ★★★★★

Defy the Stars is sci-fi at its very best—it’s exhilarating!  What Fed My Addiction: Complex characters you’ll love! Noemi is the type of person you can’t help but root for. She’s a bit of an underdog—doomed from the start of the book to die, she’s accepted her fate. After all, she doesn’t feel like her life is worth much anyway. Her story is sad but compelling, and the first person to truly convince her of her intrinsic value is an android (with a soul, of course). Speaking of that android, Abel is fantastically complex. As the book progresses he realizes that he just might be “broken.” After all, he has thoughts and feelings outside of his programming. Ironically, Abel is one of the funniest characters in the book—his sarcasm and his sometimes misguided understanding of human emotions make him a fascinating character. I loved every minute of him! Action, pacing and worldbuilding. This… Read more »


Apr 16
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/16/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/16/17

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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. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): First of all, Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate the holiday!! This week I got a new editing project, so I’ll be a bit busier for a little while and might not have as much time to roam the blogosphere—I promise I’ll be back as soon as I can, though! Yesterday our family went to Six Flags Great America for the first time of the season. It was an absolutely gorgeous day! We have season’s passes, so we’ll probably be there a lot this summer! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: Dream Magic… Read more »


Apr 14
Laini Taylor’s Strange The Dreamer Event Recap

Laini Taylor’s Strange The Dreamer Event Recap

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I had the privilege of attending an author event for Laini Taylor’s newest book Strange the Dreamer (which you’ve all said is fantabulous, so I can’t wait to read it) with my mom, and I thought I’d share some of the fun facts that I learned! The event was really interesting because she was interviewed by Laura Ruby, author of The Bone Gap, so they had some great conversations about writing style, etc. Fun facts about Laini Taylor and her writing process … Writing is a slow and laborious process for her. She says that “writing feels like driving with the brakes on.” She eventually gets to her destination, but the ride can be painful! She says she isn’t capable of writing a rough first draft and she edits as she goes. Before she started working on Strange the Dreamer, she had pitched a historical (I think she said it… Read more »