Aug 26
Sunday Post 8/25/13

Sunday Post 8/25/13

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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 and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead.  Last week on FYFA: Top Ten Tuesday – Top ten blogging tools The Witches of Dark Root by April Aasheim (review/guest post & giveaway) – still time to enter!  Blog Tour Sign-up! – Sign up to host Scars of the Bifrost by A.J.M. Mousseau! Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream (review & giveaway) – giveaway ends tomorrow! Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder (Random Reads review) Coming this week on FYFA: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard (review & giveaway) Aberrant by Ruth Silver (book blitz & giveaway)


Aug 23
Review – Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Review – Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Random Reads, Reviews 0 ★★★★

Title: Inside Out Series: Insiders (Book #1) Author: Maria V. Snyder Release Date: 2010 Pages: 320, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 3.86 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-13? (Some kissing and some violence) Summary from Goodreads: Keep Your Head Down. Don’t Get Noticed. Or Else. I’m Trella. I’m a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I’ve got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution. This book was my August Random Read and, while I didn’t remember adding it to my TBR list, I was excited about reading it once I read the blurb.  It seemed like it would be right up my alley and… well, it… Read more »


Aug 22
Review & Giveaway: Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream

Review & Giveaway: Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 2 ★★★★½

  Before Midnight was such an incredibly fun read!  I absolutely loved this paranormal retelling of the classic Cinderella story.  So much more fun than the original!  (Oh, and steamier too – this book definitely leans toward erotic, but I didn’t feel like the sex overshadowed the story.)   The negatives: The length.  The book felt a little short, which made for a nice quick read, but it meant that there wasn’t a lot of time for development of the secondary characters.  I didn’t feel like we really got to know Loupe’s stepmother or (especially) her stepsisters, so this lessened their impact in the book, in my opinion.  Still, the book read a lot like the original fairy tale in this regard, so I guess that’s okay. What I loved: The twists on the classic.  I really thought that Blackstream did a great job of taking elements of the original… Read more »


Aug 21
Blog Tour Sign-Up: Scars of the Bifrost by A.J.M. Mousseau

Blog Tour Sign-Up: Scars of the Bifrost by A.J.M. Mousseau

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Sign Up for the Scars of the Bifrost Blog Tour! I am so excited to have completed my first fiction editing job (I used to write and edit technical documentation, but it’s not nearly as exciting!). I had such an awesome experience working with author A.J.M. Mousseau, and I wanted to help her get the word out about her book.  So, I’m putting together a blog tour for her! The tour will run from September 23rd-October 4th and there will be options for review stops, guest posts, interviews and/or spotlight stops. I will provide html for the tour that you can modify as desired. This tour will include a giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card as well as copies of the book (and its sequel, which will be released soon!).  If you host, there will be an option on the Rafflecopter form for people to follow your blog.   Scars of… Read more »


Aug 20
Review, Guest Post & Giveaway: The Witches of Dark Root by April Aasheim

Review, Guest Post & Giveaway: The Witches of Dark Root by April Aasheim

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 1 ★★★★

I am thrilled to be hosting The Witches of Dark Root tour today. Make sure you read the fun guest post by the author (I had to go back and re-read all of the chapter names after seeing this post) and check out the giveaway! Title: The Witches of Dark Root Author: April Aasheim Series: Daughters of the Dark Root #1 Release Date: June 4, 2013 Pages: 354, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.04 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16+? (Sexual situations, but no actual sex is shown)   Summary from Goodreads: Deep in the forests of Central Oregon is a town called Dark Root, a place shrouded in secrets, mystery, and witchcraft. But for Maggie Maddock, Dark Root is also a prison, a place where she is forced to spend her days working in her mother’s Magick shop, forfeiting any dreams of her own. So when a mysterious stranger suddenly appears and offers to take her away… Read more »


Aug 20
Top Ten Blogging Tools

Top Ten Blogging Tools

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: *Top Ten Tuesday* Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Book Blogger Easier Goodreads – Before I started blogging, I was writing reviews on Goodreads and it naturally led to blogging!  I LOVE Goodreads and always check out prospective reads there before I go anywhere else.  I especially love Goodreads Shelves – they make life so much easier! NetGalley – When I first started blogging, I assumed that I would need a huge following before I’d have access to any ARC’s or free books for review.  Then, I found out about NetGalley and thought, “What the heck, I might as well try it!”  I was shocked to be accepted for almost every book I requested.  Now that I have a bigger following, my only problem is not requesting too many books – I need to get to them all! Blog Tours – I really love participating in… Read more »


Aug 20
Sunday Post 8/18/13

Sunday Post 8/18/13

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I’m seriously going batty because I would have sworn that I had posted this last night.  Um, so I guess this is now my MONDAY post.  Sigh.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.  Last week on FYFA: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (review)   Welcome to the Darkness by L.M. Justus (review & giveaway) – still a few more days to win a gift card and a copy of the book! Dawn of the Apocalypse by E.S.P. (excerpt & giveaway) A to Z Book Survey – Read my responses to this fun survey! Felicite Found by Julia King (excerpt & giveaway) – Only a few more hours to win!! Feature & Follow Friday – What I’ve learned. Spark by Brigid… Read more »


Aug 18
Review: Spark (Elemental #2)  by Brigid Kemmerer

Review: Spark (Elemental #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Title: Spark Series: Elemental (Book #2) Author: Brigid Kemmerer Release Date: 201 Pages: 345, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.29 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars Content Rating: PG-13? (Not much more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads: Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it. And no one seems to believe him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Because Layne has a few secrets of her own…   MY TAKE I really enjoyed this book, but I don’t think that it quite lived up to Storm in my opinion.  Still, it was an excellent second installation in the series and I can’t wait to read the next… Read more »


Aug 17
Feature & Follow Friday – What I’ve Learned

Feature & Follow Friday – What I’ve Learned

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Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! This is a blog hop that allows bloggers to gain new followers and find some awesome new blogs to follow themselves! The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host has a blog that they feature each week! So, if you’re a blogger, come join in on the fun! Here’s today’s question – Q: Share something you’ve learned about book blogging or just blogging in general in the last month. Oh my!  As a relatively new blogger (I’ve been blogging for about 6 months or so), I feel like I am still constantly learning new things.  Just recently, Roxanne over at Bewitching Book Tours sent out a great email to her new tour hosts, which I thought was a great idea!  I learned a lot from just this… Read more »


Aug 16
A to Z Book Survey

A to Z Book Survey

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Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner put together this awesome book survey and I thought I’d join in the fun!  Make sure you check out Jamie’s blog because she has lots of really great unique posts!  And, if you like what you see, join in and post your own answers to the survey! Author you’ve read the most books from: Robin Hobb – She’s my absolute favorite fantasy author.(Want an easy way to figure this out if you have Goodreads and keep good track of your stuff? Go to your account, hit “my books”and on the left hand side under your shelves you will see “most read authors”) Best Sequel Ever: I’m no good at these “best ever” questions because I can never narrow it down.  The best sequel I’ve read recently was probably The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa.  Loved it just as much as the first book! Currently Reading:… Read more »