Jun 13
Review & Author Interview: The Cypher (Guardians, Inc. #1) by Julian Rosado-Machain

Review & Author Interview: The Cypher (Guardians, Inc. #1) by Julian Rosado-Machain

Reviews 3 ★★★

Title: The Cypher Series: Guardians, Inc. Author: Julian Rosado-Machain Release Date: February 26, 2011 Pages: 238, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.00 stars My Rating: 3/5 stars Content: Rated G Summary: A chance reading of a newspaper ad will send 16 year old Thomas Byrne into a world within our world.  Following the ad he will find Guardians Incorporated, a seven thousand year old organization charged with protecting the balance between Magic and technology.  Through their guidance, technology has kept Magic at bay since the Renaissance, but the balance is shifting and soon all those creatures we’ve driven into myth and legend will come back with a vengeance. To protect the present, Guardians Incorporated needs to know the future and to unlock the future they need a cypher. MY TAKE This book was an interesting read for me because I had no idea what to expect.  The story centers around Thomas, a 16-year-old boy who discovers that not only does magic… Read more »


Jun 12
Review & Excerpt: Colour Wielders (Heirs of the Magykal Realm #1) by Dawna Raver

Review & Excerpt: Colour Wielders (Heirs of the Magykal Realm #1) by Dawna Raver

Reviews 8 ★★★★½

Title: Colour Wielders Author: Dawna Raver Series: Heirs of the Magykal Realm Genre: New Adult/Paranormal Romance Release Date: April 19, 2013 Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press Pages: 366, eBook Goodreads Rating: 4.39 stars My Rating: 4.5/5 stars Content Rating: Rated R (Lots of explicit language, references to sex and one relatively explicit sex scene) Summary from Goodreads: Behind the Faerying Mysts, hidden from Mortal eyes, is a land where gods and creatures of myth and legend dwell. And in the Mortal Realm, their Princess is hidden away. Quinn Sinclair lives an ordinary life with her less-than-loving mother in Conifer, Colorado, clueless of her true nature. On the night of her birthday, a staggering betrayal sends her life spinning out-of-control. As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she is transported into a Magykal battle-forever changing her life. Arik Morgaine-Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm-tried to… Read more »


Jun 11
Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Reviews 18 ★★★

Title: Obsidian Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout Publisher:  Entangled Teen Release Date: May 8, 2012 Pages: 361, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.36 stars My Rating: 3/5 stars Summary from Goodreads: Starting over sucks. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up. And then he opened his mouth. Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.  The hot alien living next door marks me. You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m… Read more »


Jun 10
Review & Giveaway (Plus, Author Top 10 List!): Never Let You Fall by Michele G. Miller

Review & Giveaway (Plus, Author Top 10 List!): Never Let You Fall by Michele G. Miller

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 10 ★★★½

Title: Never Let You Fall Author: Michele G. Miller Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Release Date: April 30, 2013 Pages: 314, eBook Goodreads Rating: 4.67 stars My Rating: 3.5/5 stars Summary from Goodreads: Orphaned at 7, with no memory of her past or the family she lost, 17-year-old Skye Martin is tired of being alone and afraid. After a hard night of partying, Skye wakes up alone in an unfamiliar hotel. All she can remember is the deep voice of her rescuer and his promise: “I am safe.” Xander has been tasked with watching Skye from afar for the past two years, in order to keep her safe from the demons that hunt her. An easy job – until a pair of red glowing eyes reveal themselves to Skye, and Xander, in a moment of weakness, is forced to break his cover to protect her. Never good at trusting people, Skye is inexplicably drawn to Xander and the… Read more »


Jun 10
Sunday Post 6/9/13

Sunday Post 6/9/13

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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, showcase books and things I have received and share news about what’s coming up on my blog for the week ahead.  Last week on FYFA: Challenge Updates – NetGalley, Goodreads and DAC Challenges Parallel by Lauren Miller (review) June Random Read – The New Hunger by Isaac Marion The Best Book Ever Giveaway Hop (giveaway) – still open for one more day! Teaser Tuesday – Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (review) Big Summer Sky by Linda Lael Miller (review) Snow White Sorrow (book blitz & giveaway) – still open! Coming this week on FYFA: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (review) Never Let You Fall by Michele G. Miller (review/top 10 list/giveaway) The Cypher by Julian Rosado-Machain (review) Family Magic by Patti Larsen (review) Fae… Read more »


Jun 07
Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Reviews 22 ★★★★

Title: Anna and the French Kiss Author: Stephanie Perkins Publisher:  Dutton Release Date: December 2, 2010 Pages: 372, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.19 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars Summary from Goodreads: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.  But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? MY TAKE Okay, so I’ve been reading so many dystopian/paranormal novels lately that I felt like I needed to take a little break and read something lighter.  And everywhere I turn lately I’ve been hearing about Anna and the French Kiss.  I… Read more »


Jun 05
Teaser Tuesday – Viral Nation

Teaser Tuesday – Viral Nation

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: ~Grab your current read ~Open to a random page ~Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on the page ~BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! ( make sure that what you share doesn’t give away to much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) ~Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers! – Then go on over to Should be Reading and share your teaser in her comments section! My teaser today is an ARC I got from NetGalley.  I’m really enjoying it so far!  The main character is autistic, so she thinks a bit differently than your average person and I’m really worried for her at this point because I’m pretty sure… Read more »


Jun 04
The Best Book Ever Giveaway Hop

The Best Book Ever Giveaway Hop

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I am participating in The Best Book Ever Hop hosted by The Best Books Ever and I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.  There are LOTS of blogs participating, so be sure to visit them all for the chance to win lots of awesome prizes!!  (See the linky below for list of participating blogs – sorry that the right side is cut off slightly, but the links all work fine). For my part of the hop, I am giving away ANY book from the Book Depository that has been featured on the Best Book Ever list (up to a $15 value).  This list has 62 different categories of books and each category has several books listed that were chosen by the panel as “best” in that category (just click on the link for each category to see which books were featured that week).  So, there are PLENTY of books to choose… Read more »


Jun 03
June Random Read – The New Hunger by Isaac Marion

June Random Read – The New Hunger by Isaac Marion

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It’s time for my June Random Read (a fun meme hosted by I’m Loving Books). The idea is to pick one random book out of your Goodreads To-Read list (using Random.org) to read within the month.  Can I just tell you that I am in love with this meme?!  Since I’ve started blogging, I’ve added so many books to my TBR list that I know it’s impossible for me to read them all.  Somehow, it makes me feel better to know that each month, I will be picking one book from that crazily long TBR list at random so every book on the list has a chance that it might be read this month.  I LOVE that!  Am I crazy?  Probably.  But, I think way more people should participate in this meme.  Seriously – try it out and then tell me if I’m the only weird one who gets a serious sense of… Read more »


Jun 03
Review: Parallel by Lauren Miller

Review: Parallel by Lauren Miller

Reviews 9 ★★★★

Title: Parallel Author: Lauren Miller Publisher:  Harper Teen Release Date: May 14, 2013 Pages: 432, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.1 stars My Rating: 3.5/5 stars Summary from Goodreads: Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She’d go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice—taking a drama class her senior year of high school—changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she’s in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it’s as if her past has been rewritten. With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her… Read more »