Category: Reviews

Dec 15
Island of Exiles and Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron: Review & Giveaway

Island of Exiles and Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron: Review & Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 1

Today I’m featuring the first two books in Erica Cameron’s Ryogan Chronicles, a fantasy adventure series that pushes the envelope in many ways. This first book in the series throws us into a strange and deadly desert world where every day is a fight for survival.  What Fed My Addiction: Utterly unique. I’ve never read anything like this series, and the world that Cameron has created is beyond anything I could possibly imagine. Like, seriously, how does she come up with all of it? It’s unmistakably brilliant. Diversity. Traditional gender roles are simply not a thing in this book. In fact, the society in the fantasy world features three completely accepted genders. In addition to that, sexuality and romantic relationships seem to be relatively fluid for the people in this society as well (and some people are asexual). This is all accepted without comment, which I loved. Family bonds. The society… Read more »


Dec 13
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow: Review and Giveaway

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow: Review and Giveaway

Current Giveaways, Reviews 3 ★★★★

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow is a fantastic blend of intelligent and unique sci fi that doesn’t get so technical that you get lost in the details. This is my favorite type of sci-fi: there are enough technical details to make it all feel real, but not so many that I feel like my brain is overflowing with it. For me, that makes for an altogether enjoyable sci-fi read! What Fed My Addiction: All the mysteries. This book is filled with mysteries that get unpacked as the book progresses. Who are the Delonese and what do they want with humans? Who took Shilo and what are they doing to him (and why)? Who set off the bomb that almost killed Sofi? What happened between Sofi and Miguel in the past? Who is blackmailing Miguel and what exactly do they have on him? All of these questions kept me turning the pages and made… Read more »


Dec 11
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

Dual Reviews, Reviews 6

(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.) Today I have another dual review of a book from my Make Me Read It Giveaway (as part of the Wrap-Up Round-Up). Danielle Hammelef, a faithful FYFA reader, was the latest winner, and she chose to make me read The Sky Is Everywhere. Once I read the book, I sent italong to her. Once again, Danielle took me up on the option of doing a dual review, which I was really excited about since it’s such a fun way to review! Read on to see what we thought of the book… NICOLE SAYS: I have to confess that, overall, this book just wasn’t for me. I LOVED Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun, so I had high expectations, but this book just sort of frustrated me. And the more I thought… Read more »


Dec 07
Bite-Sized Reviews of Rosemarked, Turtles All the Way Down, My Name Is Jason. Mine Too, and When in Rome

Bite-Sized Reviews of Rosemarked, Turtles All the Way Down, My Name Is Jason. Mine Too, and When in Rome

Reviews 10

I’ve got four bite-sized reviews today. It’s a bit of a mixed-bag—a YA contemp, a YA fantasy, a book of art and poetry, and an NA contemp. I used to try to combine things more logically, but then I had some reviews that I waited forever to write, which didn’t work out so well. Anyway. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! First off, I want to point out that while this book is set in a fantasy world, there’s no actual magic involved. When the book starts, we learn that Zivah is testing to become a healer, and at first it seems like the potions might have magical properties—but really, they’re basically just medicines. The rose plague is just a plague—though a very interesting one since some people remain carriers even after they’ve seemingly beat the disease (and they eventually die from it… Read more »


Nov 21
Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi: A Disturbingly Dark Middle Grade Read

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi: A Disturbingly Dark Middle Grade Read

Reviews 26 ★★★

My thirteen-year-old daughter and I both loved Furthermore—she read it first and immediately asked if and when there would be a sequel. So, I was delighted when I got a copy of Whichwood at ALA Annual earlier this year. I couldn’t wait to tell her! But something odd happened: I handed her the book and she took it eagerly—but the next day she reported that she wasn’t interested in reading it. As is typical with my kids, I could get no explanation from her, just “Eh, I flipped through it and I don’t think I’d like it.” Of course, I tried to remind her how much she loved the first book, but to my displeasure, she never did pick the book up again. I was mystified … Until I read the book myself. This book is not my daughter’s cup of tea, and I fear that will be the case for a… Read more »


Nov 18
Bite-Sized Reviews of The November Girl, Haven, and The Magic Misfits

Bite-Sized Reviews of The November Girl, Haven, and The Magic Misfits

Reviews 7

I’ve got three bite-sized reviews today. Two YA and a MG. My mom did the review of November Girl for me. (I plan to read it too since she really enjoyed it, but I’m swamped right now.) I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!     This is the story of Hector and Anda, an abused teenage half-Korean, half-black boy who feels he doesn’t fit in with the people around him and a mysterious girl who lives on Isle Royale year-round, even when everyone else leaves for the winter. First, let me say I was impressed with the way the author was able to draw my attention and make me interested in the story from the very beginning. I didn’t read the blurb before I read the book, so for me the story was more of a mystery than it would have been if I ‘d… Read more »


Nov 15
Serial Box: A New Way to Read? My Thoughts on The Fisher of Bones and ReMade…

Serial Box: A New Way to Read? My Thoughts on The Fisher of Bones and ReMade…

Reviews 14

Serial Box has a new strategy for reading that I find intriguing. They’re basically releasing books in a serial format that is modeled after TV. Each week a new “episode” comes out— a chapter of the book that they say can typically be read in about 45 minutes or so. The idea isn’t completely new—it sort of reminds me of how I used to read stories in the sci-fi magazine I got when I was younger, with each piece of the story coming out in the latest magazine. And some novels are published in a serialized manner too. But the idea of weekly episodes and a site where you can read multiple serialized stories seems unique to me. I’ll confess that I’m torn about the idea. On the one hand, I tend to lose interest in even TV when I have to wait a week between episodes. I binge watch… Read more »


Nov 08
Dear Martin by Nic Stone – 5-Star Review & Giveaway

Dear Martin by Nic Stone – 5-Star Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 14 ★★★★★

This little book packs a powerful punch.  What Fed My Addiction: Perspective. The book is told from Justyce’s POV. He’s a black teenager living in a mostly white world (he goes to a boarding school) near the home he grew up in, which is in a black neighborhood. So the lens that he sees the world through is unique. He is relatable to many people—he can often see both sides of the story, which helps us to do so too. The struggle of identity. Of course, because of Justyce’s position, he has a hard time feeling at home anywhere. He can’t go back to being the kid he was in the neighborhood he grew up in, but he also doesn’t always feel like he fits at school. After a traumatic event where he’s treated unfairly, he starts to see things at school that he’d been blind to before. He suddenly can’t turn… Read more »


Nov 06
Bite-Sized Reviews of Now Is Everything, The First Kiss Hypothesis, Frost Like Night, The Raven Cycle Series and November 9

Bite-Sized Reviews of Now Is Everything, The First Kiss Hypothesis, Frost Like Night, The Raven Cycle Series and November 9

Reviews 21

I’ve got five bite-sized reviews today. Most of these are YA, but the last one is New Adult. I thought about trying to split these up, but I don’t read enough NA lately to warrant a full set of bite-sized reviews, and I just decided to go ahead and put it with these YA reads. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! So, I picked up this book on a total whim. I was glancing through Twitter and saw this adorable pic that the author’s daughter had drawn telling people to read her mom’s book. Since I’m a sucker for that sort of thing, I immediately headed over to Goodreads to check it out, and it sounded like the type of book I’d love! I headed over to Edelweiss, downloaded it and immediately started reading! (See, I wasn’t kidding when I said it was… Read more »


Nov 01
Team BFF: Race to the Finish by Stacia Deutsch & other Girls Who Code Books

Team BFF: Race to the Finish by Stacia Deutsch & other Girls Who Code Books

Middle Grade, Reviews 9

Today I’m featuring the Girls Who Code books on Feed Your Fiction Addiction. These books are aimed at middle school girls and encourage them to think about coding and technology in a new way. Since 2012, Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired over 10,000 girls across America–and they’re just at the beginning of their mission to close the gender gap in tech. There are two fiction books that follow a diverse group of girls learning to code, a nonfiction book that’s described as “Part how-to, part inspiration, and all fun,” and a coding journal of sorts where girls can find ideas for coding and learn to use the things they love as inspiration for coding. The second fiction book and the journal were both published yesterday, so I’m going to focus on those, but my 13-year-old daughter and I also read the first fiction book (The Friendship Code), so I’m going to talk about… Read more »