Month: October 2018

Oct 30
The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

Dual Reviews, Reviews 10 ★★★★★

(No actual dueling—or even arm-twisting—was involved. Don’t worry, this is a dual review, not a duel review. Sorry if you’re disappointed.) Danielle Hammelef was the latest winner of my Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up “Make Me Read It” giveaway, and she chose to make me read The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White. I’ll confess that I hadn’t given this book much thought it awhile, but it turned out to be a fantastic selection! I read the book and then sent it along to Danielle, and we did a dual review together. Read on to see what we thought of the book… Oh, my goodness, this book is delightful, and we both loved it! I am so thankful that Danielle made me read it. What Fed Our Addiction: NICOLE SAYS: The humor! This book is delightfully witty—I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much when reading. And it’s the kind of humor… Read more »


Oct 29
October Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway

October Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway

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It’s time for the October Wrap-Up Round-Up! The September giveaway ends in a couple of days, so head over there for your last chance to enter! This is the link-up AND giveaway 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 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. The round-up will include 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. If you don’t already post a monthly… Read more »


Oct 28
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 10/28/18

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives & Giveaways Galore – 10/28/18

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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): Yesterday, I attended SCBWI’s (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Prairie Writer’s and Illustrator’s Day. I really enjoyed this event and especially found the sessions on Pitching with Deborah Warren at East West Literary especially helpful. Here’s what you may have missed on the blog since my last Sunday Post: Recap of the YA Lit Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop. Plus a Giveaway! Lulu the Broadway Mouse by Jenna Gavigan: Review & Giveaway Bite-Sized Reviews of Dear Evan Hansen, When My Heart Joins the Thousand, A Touch of Gold, and In Your Shoes Book Blogger Birthdays and Blogoversaries: Here are… Read more »


Oct 27
Bite-Sized Reviews of Dear Evan Hansen, When My Heart Joins the Thousand, A Touch of Gold, and In Your Shoes

Bite-Sized Reviews of Dear Evan Hansen, When My Heart Joins the Thousand, A Touch of Gold, and In Your Shoes

Reviews 16 ★★★★

I’ve got three YA reviews and a MG review for you today. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I actually discovered this musical when I saw the book listed on NetGalley. I know, that’s weird and backward, and I have to stop living in a cave (a cave filled with books?), but that’s how it happened. I saw a YA book based on the “hit Broadway musical” and thought, I need to check this out. So, I headed over to Amazon for a quick listen—and instantly fell in love with the music. So, I went into this book loving the musical and knowing the basic storyline (since I read a synopsis to fill in the gaps between songs). I wasn’t sure how the book would hold up, but I have to say it did pretty darn well. I love the addition of Carter’s perspective, especially…. Read more »


Oct 26
Lulu the Broadway Mouse by Jenna Gavigan: Review & Giveaway

Lulu the Broadway Mouse by Jenna Gavigan: Review & Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 1 ★★★★

This book is just plain cute. Since I was a theatre major in college, I loved all the references to how Broadway and theatre in general work. I think any little kid with dreams of being on the stage would really enjoy this story (and learn a lot from it too). The style is sort of interesting because it’s really pretty much a contemporary MG set in a Broadway theatre—except the MC happens to be a mouse. I was expecting a bit more fantasy elements or something, but honestly, Lulu could have been a little girl and the story wouldn’t have been all that different. I’m not sure if that’s a positive or a negative about the book, it’s just a fact. I’m not sure how much the book will appeal to kids who aren’t already interested in the theatre since it’s not super plot-heavy, but if you know any kids who… Read more »


Oct 24
Recap of the YA Lit Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop. Plus a Giveaway!

Recap of the YA Lit Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop. Plus a Giveaway!

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This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the annual YA Lit Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop with my mom. We look forward to this event every year! It’s technically geared toward teachers and librarians but book enthusiasts are welcome as well.  🙂 I thought I’d give you a little rundown of the featured speakers. Enjoy! Mark Oshiro He gave his speech in numbers: At 8, he read IT by Stephen King(!!) and fell in love with stories. At 13, he saw himself in the character of Rickie in My So Called Life—a gay brown boy, which he’s never seen outside of himself. At 14, he was touched by The House on Mango Street In 2017, only 7% of children’s books were written by Black, Latinx, and Native authors combined 43 – The number of times his first manuscript (not Anger is a Gift) was turned down. Many agents told him it… Read more »


Oct 21
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives and Giveaways Galore – 10/21/18

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Incentives and Giveaways Galore – 10/21/18

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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 went to another epic book event with my mom this week! This time it was the annual YA Literature Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop, which featured 30 amazing YA authors. I’m working on a recap now, so watch for it next week. I got three days of writing in on my new(ish) WIP, so that was a win. I also read ALL of the September discussions (yeah, I know, it’s almost the end of October—but progress is progress). And … now I’m behind on replying to comments and commenting back. So, basically, catch up with one blog thing, fall behind on another…. Read more »


Oct 19
Things I Didn’t Know About Publishing (And Things I Know I Still Don’t Know) Let’s Discuss

Things I Didn’t Know About Publishing (And Things I Know I Still Don’t Know) Let’s Discuss

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When I started writing, I wasn’t really doing it with the hope or expectation of getting published. I honestly felt like I was starting too “late.” I mean, when I was younger, I had dreams of being a writer. I took novel writing classes and did workshops and tried (and failed) to be disciplined and actually write. Then life happened and kids happened, and the dream sort of got away from me… But I still wanted to write, so I signed up for NaNoWriMo and I did just that. I wrote a book. (Actually, to be clear, I first signed up for NaNo and wrote 50,000 words of a book that wasn’t going anywhere—someday I might plot that one out better and try again. THEN, the next year, I wrote a book.) For over a year, I did nothing with that book. I wrote it, but I had no idea how… Read more »


Oct 17
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel – Tour Recap

Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel – Tour Recap

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On Friday, my mom and I went to the Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel tour stop at Anderson’s Bookstore. This was way more than a book signing, it was a musical event! It was the perfect way for us to get a little taste of the musical since I got my mom tickets for us to see the show together in February for her 70th birthday! I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this tour. The info about the event said that there would be musical performances, but I was surprised by how many we got. I expected the show creators to play a tune or two, but it was much more than that! They started the night off with a local high school choir performing one of the songs (I think it was “You Will Be Found” but I didn’t write it down, and I don’t remember for sure). I… Read more »


Oct 15
Bite-Sized Reviews of Listen to Your Heart, Warcross & Wildcard, Girls Like Us

Bite-Sized Reviews of Listen to Your Heart, Warcross & Wildcard, Girls Like Us

Reviews 20 ★★★★

I’ve got four audiobook reviews for you today: a YA contemp, a YA science fiction duology and a non-fiction(!). I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book is quintessential Kasie West. A sweet YA romance that sweeps you up and carries you away. The book prominently features a strong family unit (a whole extended family of people who actually care about each other—hard to believe, right?), a well-earned and slow-burning romance, and a friendship that is strong enough to outlast any boy troubles. When everything (inevitably) blows up in Kate’s face at the climax of the book, people in her life are understandably hurt, but none of her relationships are destroyed by it—but it doesn’t feel like the consequences get glossed over; instead, we see how the strength of those relationships has been built up over time and how they can weather a few… Read more »