Jul 05
Feature & Follow Friday – War!

Feature & Follow Friday – War!

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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:  Yesterday was the US’ Independence Day. Share your favorite book with a war in it, or an overthrow of the government. A: I know this is going to be a popular answer this week, but The Hunger Games is definitely one of my favorite books that feature war (although, book three, which features the war, is actually my least favorite book in the series).  I also really loved The Darkest Minds.  Really, there are tons… Read more »


Jul 04
Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon Day 4 – Books that Made Me Cry and Book Spine Poetry

Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon Day 4 – Books that Made Me Cry and Book Spine Poetry

Challenges 16

Today is day 4 of the Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon and today’s topic is Tears on My Pillow (books that made you cry).  This is an easy one for me because I just recently read a book that made me bawl like a baby.  I’m including one New Adult book and one YA book (since lots of my readers are YA). Books that Made Me Cry   Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer – I just read this book recently and it completely wrecked me (but in a good way!).  Don’t let the frivolous title and cover fool you – this book was very real and extremely emotional.  It deals with homelessness and love and loyalty.  I literally cried through the last 25% of the book, but I loved it.  I HIGHLY recommend this book!  (This one is NA adult, though, with some sex scenes, so not really appropriate for the younger crowd)…. Read more »


Jul 04
Review: The Selection by Keira Cass

Review: The Selection by Keira Cass

Reviews 9 ★★★★

Title: The Selection Author: Keira Cass Release Date: April 24, 2012 Pages: 327, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.1 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars Content Rating: PG (Some kissing, but that’s about it) Summary from Goodreads: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s… Read more »


Jul 03
Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon Day 3 – Favorite Female Character a Page 99 Test

Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon Day 3 – Favorite Female Character a Page 99 Test

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Today is day 3 of the Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon and today’s topic is My Favorite, Fictional Female Character.  These “favorite” questions are always hard for me because I don’t really have many all-time favorites.  Instead, my current favorites tend to be from books that I’ve recently read.  So, I’m going to go with my favorite female character from a book that I’ve read in the past three months.  There were a few contenders; I really loved Quinn from Colour Wielders by Dawna Raver, Clover from Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes, Allie from The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa, Evangeline from Poison Princess by Kresley Cole, and Addison from Pivot Point by Kasie West.  But, who should I choose as my favorite?  Oh, the agony – how to decide?  I finally settled on – Favorite Female Character Allie Allie from the Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa!   I absolutely love this picture… Read more »


Jul 03
July Random Read

July Random Read

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t’s time for my July 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.  As I’ve mentioned before, I am in love with this meme!  This is such a great way to make sure that you actually read some of those books that have been in your TBR list for eons.  Last month’s random pick was The New Hunger by Isaac Marion, a novella prequel to Warm Bodies.  (Click on the link to read my review.)  I wasn’t that enthusiastic about reading it at first, but I actually ended up liking it even more than I liked the original book.  See, good thing Random.org told me to read it!  This month’s winner is… #75 – Thorn Queen by Richelle MeadActually, this was my second randomly-chosen book.  The first was a book that… Read more »


Jul 02
Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon Day 2 – Must-Have Summer Reads and Cover Re-do

Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon Day 2 – Must-Have Summer Reads and Cover Re-do

Challenges 20

Today is day 2 of the Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon.  So far, I’m doing well with my goals, but I haven’t been able to get around to other people’s posts as much as I would like.  My internet connection has been really spotty for the past two days and it’s making it very hard to get anything done!  I’m hoping to go visit more challenge entries today, though (cross your fingers for me that the guy who comes out this afternoon can actually fix the problem!). Today’s topic is My Top Must-Have Summer Reads.  I’ve seen lots of good ideas out there!  I have to confess that I don’t really have specific books that I read during the summer and I rarely re-read books, but I do have quite a few books that I’m looking forward to reading this summer, so I’ll just list those (most of these are lighter, summery reads,… Read more »


Jul 01
Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon Introduction & Teaser Tidbits

Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon Introduction & Teaser Tidbits

Challenges 4

Today is the first day of the Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon and I’m so excited to be participating!  This should be fun week, so get ready to come along for the ride! Today’s post is just supposed to share an introduction and to present our goals.  I have to admit that I’m not a great goal-setter, but I’m going to do my best! Who are you?  My name is Nicole and I am a homeschooling mom to three crazy kiddos who keep me very busy.  Still, I have to have a creative outlet, right?  That’s where book blogging comes in.  I actually have two blogs, this one and Best Kids’ Reads, where I blog about all the fantabulous books that I read with my kids (mostly middle grade, but some younger kids’ books too).  I am a relatively new blogger – I’ve only been doing it since mid-February or so, but… Read more »


Jul 01
Sunday (Monday?) Post 6/30/13

Sunday (Monday?) Post 6/30/13

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Well, due to internet problems (grrrr…..), this week’s Sunday post is going up on Monday.  Sorry about that!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: Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer (book tour/review) – LOVED this book!! Zombie, Incorporated by Jill Elaine Hughes (book blitz/guest post/giveaways) – still time to win a Kindle, $25 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of the book! Rift Healer by Diane M. Haynes (review/giveaway) – still time to win a $25 Amazon gift card! Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki (book blitz/excerpt) – still open! Poison by Bridget Zinn (review) The New Hunger by Isaac Marion (Random Reads review) Coming this… Read more »


Jul 01
Review: The New Hunger by Isaac Marion

Review: The New Hunger by Isaac Marion

Random Reads, Reviews 0 ★★★★

The New Hunger as my June Random Read (I just barely got this read in June, but I did it!).  This is a novella prequel to Warm Bodies and I honestly wasn’t that excited about reading it, but I’m very glad that I did!  I think I liked the prequel better than I liked Warm Bodies because it really delved into what it felt like to live in Marion’s zombie world.  This novella gave us backstory on Julie, Nora and R! The “cloud of hands.”  Yes, I know it sounds weird, but I can’t really explain it any better than that, which is why I have it listed as one of my negatives.  R keeps referring to a “cloud of hands” that is propelling him forward?  Or something?  I don’t really know and I just never got it.  This is a small detail, but one that bugged me every time… Read more »


Jun 29
Review: Poison by Bridget Zinn

Review: Poison by Bridget Zinn

Reviews 3 ★★★★½

Title: Poison Author: Bridget Zinn Release Date: March 12, 2013 Pages: 288, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 3.93 stars My Rating: 4.5/5 stars Content Rating: G (A couple of chaste kisses and some fighting, but definitely appropriate for all YA and even MG audiences) Summary from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend. But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses. Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she… Read more »