Month: June 2017

Jun 30
Series Review: The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Series Review: The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

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Today I’m doing bite-sized reviews of The Winner’s Trilogy. I know I’m late to the game with this series, but it’s nice to catch up a little. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! The first book in this series had me hooked from the very beginning! I was incredibly invested in Arin’s and Kestrel’s stories and I loved the themes of war and slavery. This is one of those stories that puts gray morality front and center because Kestrel’s people have enslaved Arin’s. Is it even possible for Arin to feel something for the woman who owns him? And, even if they both feel something romantic, is it just plain wrong? If Arin’s people to fight back, whose side will Kestrel eventually end up on? Can she turn her back on her own people for him? Should she? All of these questions and more were… Read more »


Jun 29
ALA Annual Event Recap (& Giveaway!)

ALA Annual Event Recap (& Giveaway!)

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Last weekend was ALA Annual, and what a whirlwind it was! This was my first experience with ALA, so I had no idea what to expect. My blogger friends who have been to BEA, ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual told me that ALA Annual is somewhere in between the other two: unlike Midwinter, there are lots of author signings, which makes for lines and a bit of craziness—but it’s still not nearly as hectic or crowded as BEA. I found myself feeling relatively laid-back about the conference because there were only a handful of books that I felt like I absolutely had to have (and I got them). My mom was with me too (as she always is at pretty much every book event I go to), which meant that I could occasionally be in two places at once. (Thanks, Mom—you’re the best!) I still wasn’t good about going to the panels and such… Read more »


Jun 28
June 2017 Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

June 2017 Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the June Wrap-Up Round-Up! The May 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 June 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 »


Jun 23
The Disorganized Blogger’s Guide to Book Conferences (AKA an Example You Should NOT Follow)

The Disorganized Blogger’s Guide to Book Conferences (AKA an Example You Should NOT Follow)

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So, I thought I’d whip up a quick post because I’m headed to ALA tomorrow and I’m not going to post this weekend at all. I should be back on Tuesday. Probably. Or I might still be recovering, we shall see. I haven’t posted much this week because I’ve been busily preparing for the conference. Or procrastinating—more procrastinating really (I read a whole book today and just figured out five minutes ago what time I need to leave tomorrow morning. Hint: It’s early.) My preparation has been spotty at best. Still I thought you all might want my expert advice on how to prepare for a big book conference like ALA. Well, here goes. The Disorganized Blogger’s Preparation for a Book Conference: Wait to order your tickets until right before the deadline. Actually, you might as well almost completely forget about this step, since your mom will remind you anyway. She’s good… Read more »


Jun 20
Top Ten Series I Haven’t Started (But Totally Plan To)

Top Ten Series I Haven’t Started (But Totally Plan To)

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: The Ten Series I Haven’t Started (But Totally Plan To) Okay, I need to start by saying that I JUST finished The Winner’s Curse series yesterday, so I’m feeling pretty darn proud of myself right about now. That’s a series that’s been on my TBR for ages, and I just binged all three books (in four days). But I will confess that there are MANY more series I still haven’t gotten to that I’ve been meaning to devour because you guys have flailed over them. I could probably list a hundred, but let’s go with ten, shall we? Actually, let’s up the ante a little. I’m only going to list series where I have at least one of the books on my bookshelves—sadly, I could still easily list more than ten. 1. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (and Six of Crows) I’m fairly certain I only own the first book… Read more »


Jun 18
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/18/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/18/17

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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): This week has been hectic because my oldest and I were racing to finish his online chemistry course before he leaves for Japanese immersion camp (which he does today). Even though it’s technically an online class, 99% of the instruction was via the textbook, so I was going through it with him (he doesn’t learn well from just reading a book if it’s a subject he’s not interested in). Luckily, I like chemistry a whole lot more now than I did when I was in high school—except for labs (or, more accurately, the questions that go with the labs—a lot… Read more »


Jun 15
Bite-Sized Reviews (and a Giveaway!):  Eliza and Her Monsters, If I Fix You, The Gauntlet, Goodbye Days, and The Sun Is Also a Star

Bite-Sized Reviews (and a Giveaway!): Eliza and Her Monsters, If I Fix You, The Gauntlet, Goodbye Days, and The Sun Is Also a Star

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Today I’ve got bite-sized reviews of a few of my recent reads. There’s also a giveaway at the end of the post, so make sure you check it out. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book was adorable and made me want to read fanfiction. I loved the story behind this one—Eliza has created a webcomic that went viral. She now has over a million fans, but no one knows who she is. When a new boy named Wallace starts at her school, she discovers that he’s a MEGA-fan. He’s even writing fanfiction for her creation. But he has no idea that she’s the face behind the comic. And the closer the two get to each other, the harder it is for Eliza to tell him the truth. Of course, this does not end well (surprise, surprise). There were a few things… Read more »


Jun 14
Sign-Ups for Series in a Month and COYER Summer Reading Challenges

Sign-Ups for Series in a Month and COYER Summer Reading Challenges

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I’ve decided to join in on two challenges this summer. The first is the Can You Read a Series in a Month? Challenge, which is hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading is Better Than Real Life and Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun. Today is the last day to sign up and since I’ve only got half the month to go, that’s probably a good thing! The Rules Pick 1 series. Yes, just 1. Announce which series you’ve picked on your sign up post. Read EVERY book in the series. You don’t have to read novellas or short stories, just the core books. Read them all between 12am (your time) June 1st and 11:59pm (your time) June 30th. They MUST be marked (on Goodreads) as started and finished in the month of June to count. Enjoy bragging to everyone about how you’re all caught up on whatever series you read (AKA –… Read more »


Jun 12
Roar by Cora Carmack: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Roar by Cora Carmack: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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This book is fantastic! Just plain fantastic. I’ve been meaning to try something by Cora Carmack for years because so many people rave about her New Adult books, but I just never quite got around to it. When I heard that she had a YA Fantasy coming out, I was immediately in. And I am SO glad I jumped onboard because this book was incredibly unique—lots of fantasy uses storm magic, but Carmack managed to come up with something fresh and new with this book. The storms are semi-sentient. And they are vicious. The only thing that keeps humanity alive is the existence of the Stormlings, who have magic themselves and are able fight back, sometimes dispersing the storms and sometimes capturing a stormheart and absorbing some of the storm’s magic. I adored Aurora (AKA Rora, AKA Roar), a princess who is desperate to hold onto her kingdom even though… Read more »


Jun 11
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/11/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 6/11/17

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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): Today my husband and I are celebrating our 18-year anniversary. And since we dated for seven years before we got married (we were high school sweethearts), that means we’ve been together a quarter of a century! Pretty impressive, if I do say so myself. This week I tried to conquer my MASSIVE email inbox and I discovered two books that I’d been given for review that I’d somehow completely lost track of. I’m really embarrassed. Lately, my email has been completely out of control, no matter how hard I try to stay on top of it. I know I need to… Read more »