Year: 2018

Jun 18
Some Changes Around Here

Some Changes Around Here

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Hey, everybody! I’m back from WIFYR, and it was an amazing experience. I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it was to be around other writers and soak in all that writing knowledge and experience. I’ll be writing a few posts down the line about what I learned, but first I just wanted to tell you all about some changes I’m making to the blog. Don’t worry, you’re not going to notice any HUGE differences. But this conference solidified something I’ve been thinking for quite a while: as an aspiring author, I need to shift my reviewing style slightly, and I will no longer be including negative reviews on my blog. I know some of my fellow bloggers will be instantly put off by this, and I get it. I do. Like I said, this is something I’ve been contemplating for quite some time, but I hadn’t pulled the trigger… Read more »


Jun 09
A Break in Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

A Break in Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

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I’m heading off to Utah very early tomorrow morning for the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers writing workshop! I’m not planning on updating the blog while I’m there (unless I’m feeling especially inspired) because I want to focus on the conference as much as I can. Things about WIFYR I’m looking forward to: Meeting Trent Reedy. Have you read Words in the Dust? If you haven’t you need to. Absolutely fabulous! I know I’m going to learn a lot from Trent! A week spent with other writers. These are my people! I can’t wait to talk writing with them. My critiques. I’m excited to get feedback from a whole group of people, and I’m hoping some of us will keep up the relationships after the conference. The conference sessions. In the mornings, our group will be critiquing, but in the afternoons, there are lots of break-out groups to choose… Read more »


Jun 06
Bite-Sized Reviews of City of Bastards, Everless & Ice Wolves

Bite-Sized Reviews of City of Bastards, Everless & Ice Wolves

Reviews 14 ★★★★

I’ve got three bite-sized reviews for you today, all fantasies! I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! One thing that I LOVE about this series is that it isn’t told from the perspective of the “special snowflake” or the “Chosen One.” Really, when I think about it, this series would normally be told from the POV of Princess Lyriana—not only a princess, but also a powerful mage. Or even Zell, a Zitochi warrior who can fight and win pretty much any battle. But, no, the story is told through Tilla’s eyes—and there is literally nothing special about her except she happens to be the bastard daughter of the man who’s trying to overthrow the king. She gets caught up in the whirlwind of the revolution and can’t escape. Amazing things are happening all around her: powerful magic, revolutionary plotting and intrigue, massive battles, but she’s… Read more »


Jun 03
Sunday Post: Pre-Order Deals & Giveaways Galore

Sunday Post: Pre-Order Deals & Giveaways Galore

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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): This week I’ve been working hard on critiques for the writing conference I’m headed out to next week. (We just got seven submissions for critique last week! Still, I kind of love critiquing, so it’s all good.) Speaking of which, I’ll probably be taking a hiatus from the blog from the 8th to the 14th. I want to focus on the conference and not stress about getting posts up. If I get anything up, I’ll consider it a bonus! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week: LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff: Review & Giveaway Sisters… Read more »


Jun 01
May 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

May 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in May: I am officially done teaching. Even though my oldest is still technically being homeschooled, she’s taking all her classes at the local community college now, and I’m not really teaching her anything anymore. My middle child is headed to public high school next year, so I won’t be teaching her classes at the co-op next fall. And my youngest has always been in the special education program at our public school because I just don’t have the know-how or the resources to teach him. So, that means I’m done. Forever. (Well, probably—I mean, you never know.) It’s really sort of bittersweet. I watched The Rain and Fear the Walking Dead while doing the elliptical. I ended up writing a whole post about subtitles vs. dubbing for The Rain. I’m loving the series and only have one episode to go. I was happy to see they just renewed… Read more »


Jun 01
June 2018 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

June 2018 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

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Welcome to the June monthly link-up for the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! Look, I don’t really understand how time is flying so fast- the year’s already almost half over! And it’s basically summer (here in the Northern Hemisphere anyway) and school is almost out and wow. Has it been just as quick for all of you? The winner of our April discussion challenge link-up was Angela @ Angel’s Guilty Pleasures! She won a book that is part of a series and chose Wild Wolf by Jennifer Ashley. Hope you love it, Angela!! If you don’t know what this challenge is all about or haven’t signed up yet (but want to), head on over to the challenge sign-up page to learn more! Even if you’d rather not join, we hope you’ll stop by occasionally to check… Read more »


May 31
May 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

May 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the May Wrap-Up Round-Up! The March/April giveaway ends tonight, so this is your last chance to enter! Head on over now! This is the link-up for our May 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 wrap-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 participate.   Some months, I’ll also turn it into a… Read more »


May 28
LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff: Review & Giveaway

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff: Review & Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 24 ★★★★

Jay Kristoff once again does what he does best: totally messes with your head. And, yep, I love him for it. What Fed My Addiction: The mystery of Eve’s life (and death?). Right from the start of the book, we know that something violent happened to Eve’s family, but we soon learn that she doesn’t quite remember all the details. The story of Eve’s past unfolds as the book progresses—as she remembers more and more of what happens. I personally love books like this because the suspense is so high. I wanted to know everything that happened to Eve and how she ended up with lifelikes and more chasing her. Lots of twists. Every time I’d think I’d have the twists in the story figured out, Kristoff would throw in a new one that I didn’t see coming—and the ones I thought I knew didn’t work out quite the way I… Read more »


May 27
Sunday Post: Pre-order Deals & Giveaways Galore – 5/27/18

Sunday Post: Pre-order Deals & Giveaways Galore – 5/27/18

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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 volunteered at my local Scholastic Warehouse sale this week and earned free books! I always love this sale because I get to be surrounded by books for hours and then I get to bring books home with me at the end of it all.  🙂 Check out the books I got in my book haul section below! Like everyone, I spent WAY too much time this week trying to figure out the GDPR thing. I think I’ve done enough to satisfy the legal requirements, but who knows really? Oh, and how annoying has it been to receive five… Read more »


May 24
Bite-Sized Reviews of Now a Major Motion Picture, Captain Superlative, Smile and Sisters

Bite-Sized Reviews of Now a Major Motion Picture, Captain Superlative, Smile and Sisters

Reviews 18 ★★★½

I’ve got three more bite-sized reviews for you today. One YA, one MG contemp and one for two MG graphic novels. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book will bring out the fandom geek in just about anybody. I loved the fact that Iris couldn’t care less about her grandmother’s famous series, even while the world was busy adoring it. She’d spent her life avoiding her grandmother’s fans, especially after an incident with an overeager and disturbed one nearly ended in tragedy. I will say that Iris’s negativity was a little hard to handle at first—it took me a while to warm up to her, even though I understood why she had a bit of a chip on her shoulder. As Iris was won over by the movie (and, especially, by the people involved), though, she started to win me over as well. I… Read more »