Jan 02
January Random Read – Colors Like Memories by Meradeth Houston

January Random Read – Colors Like Memories by Meradeth Houston

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It’s time for my January Random Read (a fun meme hosted by I’m Loving Books). The idea is to pick one random book from your Goodreads To-Read list (using Random.org) to read within the month.  As I mention every month, I am in love with this meme!  This is such a great way to make sure that I actually read some of those books that have been in my TBR list for eons.Again, this month I limited my Random Read choices to books that I actually own since I have so many of them that I’ve been wanting to read.  (I did this by just creating a Random Reads shelf on Goodreads).Last month I fell a bit behind and didn’t manage to participate in Random Reads.  In fact, I just read and reviewed my November random pick this past month!  My pick for November was Athena’s Daughter by Juli Page Morgan and I totally… Read more »


Jan 02
Review – Twisted by Holly Hook

Review – Twisted by Holly Hook

Reviews 1 ★★★

Title: Twisted Series: Deathwind Trilogy #1 Author: Holly Hook Release Date: December 15, 2013 Pages: 204, eBook Goodreads Rating: 4.00 Stars My Rating: 3/5 stars My Content Rating: PG (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Allie isn’t like other girls. Instead of spending her summer break sitting around on the beach, she takes the epic vacation of a lifetime. Tornado chasing. And she’s not disappointed. Just a few miles from the town of Evansburg, Nebraska, Allie meets her dream of seeing a tornado. In person. She can’t wait to tell her friends back home. Never mind that her parents are going to kill her. But her dream soon turns into a nightmare, and a strange event leaves her shocked. Confused. When she returns home to Wisconsin, something’s…different. Allie now bears a curse so awful, it could destroy everyone and everything she’s ever known. With her best friend, Tommy, Allie must return to the plains to find a… Read more »


Jan 02
Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge Day 1

Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge Day 1

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Day 1: My Blogger Resolutions I’m joining in on the New Year’s Challenge, which is being hosted over at Parajunkee! Each day, we’ll have a new post.  Today is all about our 2014 blogger resolutions! 1. Create a Feature (or Two) I’ve had an idea for a feature that I’ve wanted to run on my blog for quite some time now, but I never seem to get myself coordinated enough to actually put it together.  This year it’s happening!  I’d like to do something along the lines of “My Bookworthy Life” and compare some of the events in my young adult life to the YA books we all read – you know, things like first crush, first kiss, first real boyfriend, etc.  I love thinking about what type of book heroine I would have been and whether or not parts of my real life would have been “bookworthy”.  What do… Read more »


Jan 01
2013 Year-End Wrap-Up – The Best Books of 2013!!!

2013 Year-End Wrap-Up – The Best Books of 2013!!!

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I read so many amazing books this year and I wanted to feature the best of the best!!  These are all of my 4.5 and 5 star reviews from this past year (my first year of blogging!).  Plus, I’ve highlighted some of my absolute favorites! Keep an eye out at the end of this month for my blogoversary giveaway.  It is going to be epic and I’m going to be giving away LOTS of these books that you see in this post!!  My readers deserve nothing but the best and you’re going to get it – I’m so excited!! 4.5 Star Reviews: Pivot Point by Kasie West | Review Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb | Review The Program by Suzanne Young | Review Colour Wielders by Dawna Raver | Review Poison by Bridget Zinn | Review Slammed by Colleen Hoover | Review Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream | Review The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle | Review Immortals by Ednah Walters | Review Escape From Eden by Elisa… Read more »


Jan 01
Best of the Bunch – December 2013

Best of the Bunch – December 2013

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Best of the Bunch is a book blog hop hosted over at Always Lost in Stories on the last day of each month, where we can look back over the books we have read over this past month and give a Best of the Bunch award to our favorite book of that month. December 2013With the holidays, I didn’t get quite as much read this month, but I still read a few fantastic books! This month I reviewed the following books: Everything You Know by Mary Beth Bass | Review | Rating: 2/5 Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus | Review | Rating 3.5/5 Endless Knight by Kresley Cole | Review | Rating 4/5 Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak | Review | Rating 5/5 Pawn by Aimee Carter | Review | Rating 4.5/5 My Name is Rapunzel by K.C. Hilton | Review | Rating 3/5 Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer | Review | Rating 5/5 Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer | Review | Rating 5/5 Secret by Brigid Kemmerer | Review | Rating 4.5/5 Game by Anders de la Motte  | Review | Rating 4/5 Imperfection by Phaedra Seabolt | Review | Rating: 3/5 Athena’s Daughter by Juli Page Morgan | Review | Rating 4/5… Read more »


Dec 31
2014 Reading Challenges!

2014 Reading Challenges!

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I wanted to sign up for some challenges for 2014.  I didn’t have great luck with challenges last year.  Since I just started blogging last February, I didn’t really know much about them and I only signed up for one (The Debut Authors Challenge).  But, pretty early on I won one of the giveaways and never did receive my prize and I signed up for two debut ARC tours through the challenge site and never got those books either – so I kind of lost my enthusiasm for the challenge at that point and gave up.  But tomorrow starts another year and I’m looking at it as a clean slate!  Hopefully I’ll have more luck with my challenges this year!  In fact, I’m entering a bunch of them because, well, why not?  So here’s the ones I’ve signed up for so far: Hosted by: The Mad Reviewer Goal: Mad Reviewer… Read more »


Dec 31
5 Star Review – All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

5 Star Review – All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

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Title: All Our Yesterdays Series: All Our Yesterdays #1 Author: Cristin Terrill Release Date: September 3, 2013 Pages: 368, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.09 stars My Rating: 5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-13 (Sex is vaguely implied, but not shown, Some violence) Summary from Goodreads: “You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.  Marina has loved her best friend James since the day… Read more »


Dec 30
5 Star Review – The Prophecy by Erin Albert Rhew

5 Star Review – The Prophecy by Erin Albert Rhew

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The Prophecy is an exciting new YA fantasy novel.  It’s a fantastic hidden gem that I’m hoping lots of people will find – because it definitely deserves an audience!   Layla has lived her life hiding her eyes – purple eyes that mean she could be The Fulfillment, the girl who is prophesied to bring peace to the warring Ethereals and Vanguards.  Between the Vanguards’ incredible strength and the Ethereals’ uncanny ability to control minds, trust has never been possible between the two races and peace seems unattainable.  But the prophecy says that The Fulfillment will marry the Ethereal Prince and bring peace.  When a religious leader declares that Layla is The Fulfillment, she has no choice but to go to the Ethereal palace and play along – whether she believes in the prophecy or not.  But she finds herself conflicted between the man she is supposed to marry and the… Read more »


Dec 29
Review – Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Review – Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

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Title: Not a Drop to Drink Author: Mindy McGinnis Release Date: September 24, 2013 Pages: 320, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 3.89 Stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16 (Nothing more than kissing, though sexual assault is referred to, Violence) Summary from Goodreads: Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.  Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand. But wisps of smoke on the horizon… Read more »


Dec 29
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/29/13

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 12/29/13

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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:I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas (or holiday, if you don’t celebrate Christmas).  I had some nice time with my family and took a couple days off of blogging.  Here’s what I did post: #Reading Cram Read-a-thon Wrap-Up  The Children Who Time Lost by Marvin Amazon (review)  The Double Life of Incorporate Things by Leanna Renee Hieber (excerpt & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a $50 gift card! Insanity by Cameron Jace (excerpt & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win an ebook copy of the book! Bloodmark by Aurora Whitett (review) Coming this week on FYFA: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis (review) The Prophecy by Erin… Read more »