Jul 15
Sunday Post 7/14/13

Sunday Post 7/14/13

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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: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (review) Ixeos Rebellion by Jennings Wright (book blast & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a $50 gift card! Slammed by Colleen Hoover (review) Feature and Follow Friday – Photobomb Sweet Contradiction by Peggy Martinez (review) Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki (review) Coming this week on FYFA: Matt Archer Series – Books 1-3 by Kendra C. Highley (review & giveaway) Ixeos Rebellion by Jennings Wright (review & giveaway) Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout (review)


Jul 14
Review: Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Review: Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Reviews 4 ★★★½

Title: Branded Author: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki Release Date: June 28, 2013 Pages: 252, eBook Goodreads Rating: 4.15 stars My Rating: 3.5/5 stars Content Rating: PG -16? (They call it mature YA/NA, Sex and sexual scenes and some relatively graphic violence) Summary from Goodreads: Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.  Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.  Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.  Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win. The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.  I am more than my brand. I’m… Read more »


Jul 13
Review: Sweet Contradiction by Peggy Martinez

Review: Sweet Contradiction by Peggy Martinez

Reviews 4 ★★★½

Title: Sweet Contradiction Author: Peggy Martinez Release Date: July 13, 2013 Pages: 140, eBook Goodreads Rating: 4.68 stars My Rating: 3.5/5 stars Content Rating: R (NA – One somewhat explicit sex scene and a few other sexual scenes) Summary from Goodreads: When Beth Michaels high tailed it out of the hole-in-the-road town she grew up in, she only had two goals. One—get as far away as quickly as possible, and two—never set foot in her parent’s home again. But when she receives a heart breaking call from her childhood best friend, Jen, she has no choice but to turn her ’56 Ford pickup back in the direction of Salem, Missouri to attend a funeral. There’s a new local in town when Beth arrives, and suddenly, it ain’t all that easy for her to remember her rules for dating. #1. Cookie-cutter-perfect guys ain’t her type. #2. Tie wearin’ and church frequentin’ is an automatic dismissal. #3. Most importantly, never… Read more »


Jul 13
Feature & Follow Friday – Photobomb!

Feature & Follow Friday – Photobomb!

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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 – ACTIVITY: PHOTOBOMB!!!! Photobomb a picture with your favorite book. Share it of course. So, I’m really lame and I had to look up what a photobomb is.  But, after I read about it, I knew I had the perfect picture.  My son and I were at the museum and a couple of my favorite recent reads just jumped into the picture I was taking!  Can you believe it?  So weird. I don’t really have… Read more »


Jul 11
Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Reviews 6 ★★★★½

Title: Slammed Author: Colleen Hoover Release Date: January 5, 2012 Pages: 317, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.39 stars My Rating: 4.5/5 stars Content Rating: PG (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads: Falling in love can feel like poetry. Or it can feel like a slam to the heart. Colleen Hoover’s romantic, emotion-packed debut novel unforgettably captures all the magic and confusion of first love, as two young people forge an unlikely bond before discovering that fate has other plans for them. Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken becomes the rock for both her mother and younger brother. She appears resilient and tenacious, but inside, she’s losing hope. Then she meets her new neighbor Will, a handsome twenty-one-year-old whose mere presence leaves her flustered and whose passion for poetry slams thrills her. Not long after a heart-stopping first date during which each recognizes something profound and familiar in the other, they are slammed to the core… Read more »


Jul 09
Review: Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review: Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Reviews 1 ★★★★

Title: Onyx Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout Release Date: August 14, 2012 Pages: 396, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.46 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars Content Rating: PG-16? (Some sexually charged scenes, but no actual sex) Summary from Goodreads: Being connected to Daemon Black sucks… Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. Something worse than the Arum has come to town… The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him…. Read more »


Jul 08
Sunday Post 7/7/13

Sunday Post 7/7/13

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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: The Spiral Arm by Peter Boland (book blitz/giveaway) – still time to enter! Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon Posts  – Introduction and Teaser Tidbit, Must-Have Summer Reads and Cover Re-do, Favorite Female Character & Page 99 Test, Books that Made Me Cry & Book Spine Poetry, Goal Progress & Book Title Scramble, Bad Boys & Summer Fling, Final Update July Random Read – Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead  The Selection by Keira Cass (review) Feature & Follow Friday – War! Coming this week on FYFA: Ixeos Rebellion by Jennings Wright (book blast & giveaway) Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (review) – I didn’t get to this one last week Sweet Contradiction by Peggy Martinez (review)… Read more »


Jul 07
Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon Day 7 – The Final Day!

Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon Day 7 – The Final Day!

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Today is the last day of the Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon, so I’m just going to give you a final progress report! Progress on My Goals:  Day 1: Finished reading Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki.Completed Challenges (Introduction and Teaser Tidbit)Day 2: Read 150 pages of The Copyeditor’s Handbook (okay, it’s not fiction and technically wasn’t one of my goal books, but it’s still reading!)Completed Challenges (Must-Have Summer Reads and Cover Re-do)Day 2: Finished The Copyeditor’s HandbookRead 152 pages of Slammed by Colleen HooverCompleted Challenges (Favorite Female Character & Page 99 Test) Day 4: Finished Slammed  by Colleen Hoover  Read 60 pages of Matt Archer: Monster Hunter by Kendra C. Highley Completed Challenges (Books that Made Me Cry & Book Spine Poetry)Day 5: Finished Matt Archer: Monster Hunter by Kendra C. HighleyCompleted Challenges (Goal Progress & Book Title Scramble)Day 6: Read 130 pages of Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus by Kate O’HearnCompleted Challenges (Bad Boys & Summer Fling)Today so far: Read 54 pages of Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus by Kate O’HearnTried… Read more »


Jul 06
Summer Lovin Read-a-thon Day 6 – Bad Boys & Summer Flings

Summer Lovin Read-a-thon Day 6 – Bad Boys & Summer Flings

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Today is day 6 of the Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon and we need to tell about our favorite bad boys of fiction – You know, those guys who make you so crazy, but you love them anyway?  I have to say that I only like a bad boy who isn’t truly bad (for instance, Daemon really bothered me in Obsidian because he was just a plain jerk – it wasn’t until Onyx that I actually started to like him!).  But there are definitely some bad boys who have made me swoon! Bad Boys My favorite (reformed) bad boy of all time has to be Adrian Ivashkov from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series.  Sure he started out as a snarky partyer with no serious goals in life who enjoys the company of (many different) women.  But, then we got to know the Adrian who would do anything for the woman he loves…. Read more »


Jul 05
Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon Day 5 –  Goal Progress & Book Title Scramble

Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon Day 5 – Goal Progress & Book Title Scramble

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Today is day 5 of the Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon and we’re supposed to be sharing our progress on our goals (which I’ve been doing every day anyway).  I’m pretty sure I said on Day 1 that I’m not so good at goal-setting; and sure, enough, I’ve veered off the path I set on Monday.  As it turned out, I decided it was more important to read The Copyeditor’s Handbook (since I’m working on my first copyediting job) than to get through all of the fiction books I had planned to read.  And then last night I realized that I really should get started on the Matt Archer: Monster Hunter series because I have to read all three books for my review on the 15th and I hate waiting until the last minute to read review books.  So, my original reading goals have morphed a bit, but I’m okay with that. Goal Progress      … Read more »