Month: October 2017

Oct 31
October Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

October Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in October: I watched Season 7 of The Walking Dead (while doing the elliptical) and now I’ve moved on to finally catching up with Game of Thrones (I’m at the beginning of Season 3). I’m also watching iZombie with my husband and mom and we watched all of the current episodes of Ozark. My daughter had her first swim meet of the season. I finished editing Orion by Raeah Wilding (AKA Allie Juliette Mousseau). I went to the Adam Silvera/Lauren Oliver event at Anderson’s Bookshop. Instagram: Features & Discussions: October Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway Quick Recap of the Adam Silvera/Lauren Oliver Author Event September Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (with a Make Me Read It Twist) Realistic Depiction of Mental Health in YA: Let’s Discuss. My Unpopular Opinion About Banned Books Week: Let’s Discuss! October Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up My 2017 Reading Progress: I’m now one behind on my… Read more »


Oct 29
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 10/29/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 10/29/17

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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): Not too much to say about this week. I finished the edit I was working on (Orion by Raeah Wilding AKA Allie Juliette Mousseau)—this one’s an adult novel, which you’ll be able to tell if you click on the link and view the cover. LOL! And I taught classes and graded papers—didn’t have time for much else! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week: Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham: A Dual Review with AJ @ Read All the Things! Seize Today by Pintip Dunn: Review & Giveaway Bite-Sized Reviews of Long Way Down, Nyxia,… Read more »


Oct 28
October Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

October Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the October Wrap-Up Round-Up! First of all, I have to apologize that I just finally got around to reading all of the September wrap-up posts. Um, running just a little bit late! This past week, I posted my first dual review for the Make Me Read It Giveaway (which I’ve been doing for the giveaway for this event). It was so much fun to review Dreamland Burning with AJ @ Read All the Things! Click the link to read the review, if you haven’t seen it yet. For September, the winner was Danielle H., and we’re going to be reading The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Watch for that dual review coming in November or early December. This is the link-up for our October 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… Read more »


Oct 27
Bite-Sized Reviews of Long Way Down, Nyxia, Hanna Who Fell from the Sky & My Heart and Other Black Holes

Bite-Sized Reviews of Long Way Down, Nyxia, Hanna Who Fell from the Sky & My Heart and Other Black Holes

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I’ve got four bite-sized reviews today. Three new(ish) releases and one backlist book. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I honestly don’t even know how to describe in words how I felt about this book. You almost just have to experience it for yourself to understand its brilliance. When I started the book, I was both delighted and scared to see that it was written in verse (it’s all free verse, with one concrete poem thrown in there). How would Reynolds convey the story with so few words and still connect us to the characters? Would I know what the heck was going on? Turns out that Reynolds did indeed convince me to care about Will in a sparse number of actual words—and time, really. Most of the book takes place during a sixty-second elevator ride (though it tells a story that actually spans… Read more »


Oct 26
Seize Today by Pintip Dunn: Review & Giveaway

Seize Today by Pintip Dunn: Review & Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 6 ★★★★½

***NOTE: Seize Today is the third book in the Forget Tomorrow Trilogy (the first book was a NYT Bestselling and RITA™ Award-winning book). This book doesn’t really contain anything but minor spoilers for the first two books in the series. Click to read my reviews of Forget Tomorrow and Remember Yesterday.*** The books in this trilogy just got progressively better and better! I really enjoyed the first book, but I had some qualms that held me back from loving it. Then the second book came along, and I couldn’t think of much to say in the negatives section of my review. I’m fairly certain that this book was my favorite of the three (maybe it’s just because it’s fresher than book 2, though?) I loved it, and Dunn even managed to get me to ignore a trope that typically bugs the heck out of me… What Fed My Addiction: Possible futures. Olivia can’t really see the… Read more »


Oct 23
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham: A Dual Review with AJ @ Read All the Things!

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham: A Dual Review with AJ @ Read All the Things!

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Today I’ve got something a little different on the blog. Some of you may have seen my Make Me Read It Giveaway (as part of the Wrap-Up Round-Up). AJ @ Read All the Things was the first ever winner, and she chose to make me read Dreamland Burning—and then she got the book as soon as I was done. (I know the graphic above might make it look like AJ had to challenge me to some sort of duel to make me read the book, but really, all she had to do was win it. No actual battling—or even arm-twisting—was involved. Don’t worry, this is a dual review, not a duel review. Sorry if you’re disappointed.) As part of the giveaway, I thought it would be fun to offer up the option of doing a dual review, and AJ took me up on it! So here it is, the first… Read more »


Oct 22
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 10/22/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 10/22/17

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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): Yesterday was my daughter’s first swim meet of the season and today we’re celebrating my youngest’s birthday with extended family, so it’s a busy weekend! I’ve also been working on a final edit of Allie Juliette Mousseau’s latest (which she’s writing under the name Raeah Wilding), Orion. Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week: Brooding YA Hero by Carrie DiRisio: Review & Broody’s Top Ten Addictions – You just have to go and read Broody’s top ten addictions because they’re hilarious! Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko: Review, Giveaway & Beiko’s Top Ten… Read more »


Oct 20
My Unpopular Opinion About Banned Books Week: Let’s Discuss!

My Unpopular Opinion About Banned Books Week: Let’s Discuss!

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Okay, first off, let me start off by saying I don’t think that books should be banned—my opinion isn’t that unpopular, and I don’t want you to go into this post thinking I’m a crazy person advocating pulling books off the shelves of libraries or anything. I think that people should have the freedom to choose for themselves what books they want to read and that no one should dictate that choice for others. Still, I noticed something just a teensy bit unsettling to me during Banned Books Week, and it’s an attitude I can’t quite get behind. I feel like there’s almost an insistence that I should rush out and read certain books because someone somewhere has banned them. As if the very fact that they’ve been banned gives them more intrinsic value or literary merit somehow. I can’t tell you the number of posts and newsletters I ran across during Banned Books Week urging… Read more »


Oct 18
Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko: Review, Giveaway & Beiko’s Top Ten Addictions

Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko: Review, Giveaway & Beiko’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 4 ★★★★

I called this book Urban Fantasy because that’s what it feels like to me, though I don’t generally associate the genre with YA (that’s why I also added Paranormal as a genre). It’s set in the modern-day world, but one steeped in ancient mythology and fantastical magical creatures. It’s an exciting combination! What Fed My Addiction: The worldbuilding. The basis of this world is that there are some people who have animal spirits and magic (at least, that’s the best way I can describe it). There are five of them: foxes, rabbits, deer, owls and seals. Each type of animal has its own qualities and magic, and the people who embody each animal seem to be racially distinct. I recognize the fox (with nine tails) from some Asian folklore, but I honestly don’t know if all of the animals have these origins or not. (I felt like many of the other… Read more »


Oct 17
Brooding YA Hero by Carrie DiRisio: Review & Broody’s Top Ten Addictions

Brooding YA Hero by Carrie DiRisio: Review & Broody’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 22 ★★★★

If you’ve seen Brooding YA Hero’s Twitter feed, then you pretty much know exactly what to expect from this book. Many of the witty gems that Broody shares with us on a daily basis can be found here, only he gets to expand his wisdom far beyond 180 characters. I decided I was going to underline some of my favorite lines in my ARC as I read, and I was worried I just might run out of ink. The book is great fun, but even better than that, it rings so very true. I mean, let’s face it, there are about a million YA tropes out there that have been beaten to death—this book highlights them all, often breaking them down by genre (after all, the broody vampire has some of his own particular quirks which might be different than those of, say, the broody fantasy hero). But, don’t get me… Read more »