Posts By: Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Oct 15
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia: Review & Giveaway

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia: Review & Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD This book is absolutely packed with rich storytelling—both African and African American folklore that many middle graders have probably never encountered before. It’s difficult to even unpack how many different stories are rolled into this adventure and brought to life in a new way. (I’d actually love it if Rick Riordan Presents would do a companion that goes deeper into each individual tale, sort of like the Greek Gods companions that were done for the Percy Jackson Series). This book would be perfect to use in a classroom setting because I believe it will inspire kids to want to learn more about the folklore and mythology behind characters like Nyami, Brer Rabbit, John Henry, High John and Gum Baby. Tristan Strong is just getting over the sting of his first boxing match—and his first defeat. He feels like he’s let the adults in his life (who all have… Read more »


Oct 13
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/13/19

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/13/19

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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): It finally seems like my daughter is doing better after her accident. Monday was a horrible night—it ended with her throwing up repeatedly for an hour and a half and then us going to the ER again (on recommendation from our regular doctor). But then she got better and we ended up leaving because the ER was packed and some people said they’d been there for over 5 hours and hadn’t been seen yet! I figured it was better to go home and let her get some sleep and get to our doctor first thing in the morning, which turned out… Read more »


Oct 11
Books YOU (Yes, You!) Should Nominate for a Cybils Award

Books YOU (Yes, You!) Should Nominate for a Cybils Award

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The nominations for the Cybils Awards are in full swing, and we want to make sure all of the very best books get nominated. That means we need YOU to nominate. Yep, basically, if you’re reading this right now, you can nominate. You don’t need to be a blogger or a professional in the book world in order to do so (but if you are, that’s great too!). And it only takes a minute to add in your nominations for your favorite kidlit books published between 10/16/18 and 10/15/19. Here are the categories (click on the link for a description of each): Fiction Picture Books and Board Books Early Reader/Early Chapter Books Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Middle Grade Fiction Poetry Graphic Novels YA Fiction YA Speculative Fiction Junior/Senior High Nonfiction I’ve already put in most of my nominations, but there are some great books that have been… Read more »


Oct 10
Mightier Than the Sword: Review & Giveaway of a Uniquely Interactive Middle Grade Fantasy

Mightier Than the Sword: Review & Giveaway of a Uniquely Interactive Middle Grade Fantasy

Current Giveaways, Reviews 10 ★★★★½

A uniquely interactive middle grade fantasy adventure that puts the reader right into the story! I’ve never read a book quite like this before, and I doubt you have either. First off, the book is told in second person POV—“you” are the star of the show. The book starts out with you waking up in a strange world. You (conveniently) have no memory of who you are and your goal is to regain your memories and return home—wherever that may be. Except this place you’ve ended up in is … strange. And thus begins your fantasy adventure! The book incorporates lots of interactive elements. You discover that you are an actual human in a world of stories, and you therefore have the ability to write or draw things into existence. Because of this, you often get to create your own aspects of the world via a Mad Libs type fill-in…. Read more »


Oct 08
Grace Goes to Washington: Review & Giveaway

Grace Goes to Washington: Review & Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 11

Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD This book provides a fun way for kids to learn about the three branches of government. Woodrow Wilson Elementary’s student council has to decide how to use the money from a bake sale, but they can’t seem to agree. Grace realized that the way the student council works is sort of like the three branches of government (with the student council itself like Congress). Grace doubts that the student council will ever be able to come up with an idea they agree on. When she goes on a field trip to Washington DC, she sees a quote that inspires her to come up with a new plan, and the vote is a success! This book is a perfect tool for the classroom and a great way to get kids thinking about how our government works. I love the fact that the author created a setting… Read more »


Oct 06
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/6/19

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 10/6/19

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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): My daughter is recovering, slowly but surely. We found out on Friday that she will need surgery on her ankle after all. (It’s a bit frustrating that we didn’t find that out in the ER when the specialist came to check on her x-rays—apparently she was called away to an emergency, so we never saw her again. She told the nurse that they wouldn’t be doing surgery, but we can only assume now that she meant they wouldn’t be doing it that day.) The biggest issue she’s been facing now is that she’s been nauseated all the time because she has… Read more »


Oct 03
Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee: Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee: Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

Author Interview, Current Giveaways, Reviews 24 ★★★★★

I decided to start reading this book before bed a few nights ago, and the next thing I knew it was midnight and I was finished. And I had shed tears. I was not expecting to have this reaction to this book. In fact, honestly, at the very beginning of the book I was feeling a tad bit skeptical. I was thinking, “Wait, is this going to be a book about a boy who squeezed a girl’s shoulder without asking?” But that’s sort of the beauty of the book. It starts off almost completely innocently—with Mila feeling a little bit uncomfortable in a relatively benign situation. The sort of situation that you could reasonably see people brushing off, including Mila herself. But then things start to spiral. The little shoulder squeeze turns into an unwanted hug, which turns into brushing up against her, and then the boys start making comments, and soon Mila realizes… Read more »


Oct 02
September 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

September 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in September: My family ended up in the ER twice this month. Once for my husband to get eight stitches in his finger, and once because my daughter got in a car accident. Since I already went into detail about the incidents (including a pic of the car!) in two Sunday Posts, I won’t elaborate here—you can click on the links if you want to see what happened. Here’s an update, though: Scott’s finger is healing up nicely. Jade has been feeling really nauseated a lot of the time (due to a concussion, we believe), so she’s been pretty miserable. We actually almost had another trip to the ER last night because she felt like the small amount of food that she ate hadn’t gone down her throat and it made her feel sick as well as extremely uncomfortable, to the point where she was getting hysterical. On… Read more »


Oct 01
Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart: Spotlight & Giveaway (Review Coming Soon!)

Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart: Spotlight & Giveaway (Review Coming Soon!)

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Today I’m posting a spotlight on Scars Like Wings for the tour. I haven’t had time to read this one yet, but I’m convinced I’m going to love it because it’s SO perfect for me—a book that centers on a tragedy but is all about hope. I tend to fall head over heels with books like this (plus, it helps that I noticed some of my blogger friends have been loving it!). I plan to read and review the book very soon, so keep an eye out for my review!! (I plan to put it in a bite-sized review post, but I’ll probably also add it right here so that those of you following the tour can see it.) About the Author & Illustrator Erin Stewart is the author of SCARS LIKE WINGS, her debut novel. Erin is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern and a BYU… Read more »


Oct 01
October 2019 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

October 2019 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

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Welcome to the October monthly link-up for the 2019 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! It’s almost Halloween here in the US, so lots of us are getting ready for some spooky reads! (And maybe some spooky discussions?) Hope you all enjoy the holiday! The winner of our August discussion challenge giveaway was Angela @ Angel’s Guilty Pleasures! She was able to choose any book released in 2019, and she chose Avenged by an Angel by Felicity Heaton. Great choice since it matches your blog name so perfectly, 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 out the MANY discussion posts that… Read more »