Month: March 2018

Mar 31
March Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

March Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in March: I barely blogged in March! I’m feeling a bit behind on just about everything lately, and it came through in my blogging. I think this was the least number of posts I’ve put up in a month since my very early days of blogging. On the positive side, school is ramping down for our homeschool co-op, and I should have a lot more time once that happens. And since my two youngest kids will be attending public school next year (and my oldest takes most classes at the local community college), I should have A LOT more time on my hands in the future. So, starting in fall, I hope to get a schedule down for myself that I can stick to. I wish I could promise that for the summer, but I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep! I found a few… Read more »


Mar 31
March 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

March 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the March Wrap-Up Round-Up! The February giveaway ends soon, so this is your last chance to enter! For January, the winner was Danielle Hammelef, who chose The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre. Confession: I completely forgot about reading this book and now I’m way behind. This is going to be my next read!! (So sorry, Danielle!!) I also haven’t been great about reading and commenting on all of the wrap-ups lately, and I apologize for that. (I just made my way through all the discussions in the discussion challenge, but I haven’t gotten through all the wrap-ups in this link-up. I’m debating if it’s worth it, a month later. What do you guys think?) April should be a less hectic month for me, and I’ll be able to get back to it! This is the link-up for our March wrap-up posts. If you don’t… Read more »


Mar 27
In Her Skin by Kim Savage: Review & Giveaway

In Her Skin by Kim Savage: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 24 ★★★★

What a twisty ride this book was! Kim Savage knows how to take you on a journey with her books—and you’re not always sure you’re going to end up somewhere pretty. That was definitely the case with this one. What Fed My Addiction: Life hijack. I don’t know what it is, but I’m always fascinated by stories where the main character takes over someone else’s life. In this case, Jo sees an opportunity to pretend to be Vivienne, a girl who was kidnapped from an affluent family years ago. Since Vivi’s parents died, Jo thinks she can convince their close friends to believe that she’s Vivienne and that she’s escaped from her kidnapper after years of being hidden away. Not so smart plan. Jo isn’t nearly as smart as she thinks she is, and things start to go wrong pretty early on.  Sometimes it might bother me to have a main character… Read more »


Mar 25
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/25/18

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/25/18

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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 took a bit of an unplanned hiatus this week, as you can probably see. I’m just kind of overwhelmed at this moment with writing and my homeschool co-op classes. All but one of my classes are done on April 7th, though, so things will be getting back to normal soon! My mom and I went to our local March for Our Lives yesterday. I wasn’t sure how many people would show up to the local one, since they could head out to Chicago, but they’re estimating that 2000 people were there! We marched 3.5 miles in the freezing weather… Read more »


Mar 18
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/18/18

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/18/18

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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 started working with three critique partners this week! It’s funny because I’d tweeted about my search for a CP with no luck—but then suddenly, almost ten days later, three people contacted me. We’ve exchanged a few chapters and it seems like all three CPs are going to be a great fit! And yesterday, I went to see Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff on tour for Obsidio. They’re incredibly entertaining! Watch for a recap of the event and a giveaway of a signed copy of the book (or two!). Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past… Read more »


Mar 16
Bite-Sized Reviews of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Deception So Dark and Some Kind of Happiness

Bite-Sized Reviews of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Deception So Dark and Some Kind of Happiness

Reviews 30 ★★★★½

I’ve got three bite-sized reviews for you today: two YA and a MG. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This middle grade book tackles some very heavy topics, focusing on Finley’s anxiety and depression. It also covers divorce, family schisms, mysterious deaths, and secret-keeping. The result is a somewhat dark, but ultimately hopeful middle grade read. First off, I want to say that I think Legrand does an excellent job of describing Finley’s feelings of depression and her self-doubt and anxiety that often stem from that. She realizes that she shouldn’t feel so sad all the time, and she feels a lot of guilt over that—she feels like there’s something wrong with her and that she doesn’t deserve her family’s love or affection because of it. Then, of course, she struggles with her parents’ broken relationship and a whole mess of secrets that unfold as the… Read more »


Mar 12
A Wrinkle in Time: A Spoiler-Filled Comparison of Book Vs. Movie

A Wrinkle in Time: A Spoiler-Filled Comparison of Book Vs. Movie

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First of all, I know I mentioned this in the title of the post, but I want to reiterate it here. This post is going to contain spoilers for both the movie and the book. So, don’t keep reading unless you’ve read/seen A Wrinkle in Time (or don’t mind being spoiled)! My kids, my mom and I went to go see A Wrinkle in Time last week, and we spent the entire drive home debating the merits of the book versus the movie. Only two of us had actually read the book (my daughter Danielle and I read it in the language arts class I teach at our homeschool co-op), so it was interesting to compare notes. What Did We Think? We pretty much all agreed that the movie had fantastic special effects, but it was sort of meh as far as the plot went. Not bad, but not spectacular… Read more »


Mar 11
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/11/18

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/11/18

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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 finally heard back about that writing workshop I was hoping for, and unfortunately I wasn’t accepted. I’m a little sad, but let’s face it, this is going to be one of MANY rejections if I’m going to pursue writing, so I guess I should get used to it. Since that workshop didn’t work out, I signed up for one through Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers in Utah in June (this wasn’t one you have to apply for). It’s a revision workshop led by Trent Reedy, and I’m excited to learn from it! We spent pretty much all… Read more »


Mar 09
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: All-Time Favorite Review & Giveaway!

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: All-Time Favorite Review & Giveaway!

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Reviewer: Official Captain of Reviews Nicole M. Hewitt Date: 03/09/2018 (four days pre-release) Timestamp: 06:30 CT All contents herein are top-secret, CLASSIFIED. Read this review at your own risk. Please disregard any sections with a strikethrough. Any inappropriate language will be blacked out. (In real life, I don’t generally swear, but let’s pretend. In my head, as I’m writing this, I’m probably just saying wimpy words like frickin’, but you can imagine they’re whatever you want.) I swear to you that this series has just gotten better and better, and this finale is ing FANTABULOUS!! If you’ve been a fan of the series up till this point, you will not be disappointed. If you’ve been holding off on starting it because you wanted to see how the series would hold up, it’s definitely time to jump in and start reading. The unique formatting of these books just ing fascinates me. I especially love… Read more »


Mar 08
February 2018 Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway

February 2018 Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway

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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 Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre, which I’ll be picking up as my next read! The Link-Up Check out the February 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 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 me get through my TBR, so I’m sticking with it. Instead of giving away books that I’ve… Read more »