Oct 22
Review – Divergent by Veronica Roth

Review – Divergent by Veronica Roth

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 1 ★★★★★

I finally caught up with the rest of the world and read Divergent!!  And I have to say that I completely see what all the hype was about.  This book had me hooked from the very beginning and I did not want to put it down!  (Luckily, I had book #2 in hand, which I am now reading, so I really didn’t have to).  I loved, loved, LOVED this book and can’t wait to read books #2 & 3 (and to see the movie – this definitely seems like the kind of book that will translate really well onto the big screen!). Since I’m pretty much the last person in the world to read this book and the synopsis explains it pretty well, I won’t bother summarizing the book.  Here are my thoughts: The negatives: Could have been more worldbuilding.  As you can tell by my 5 star rating, this was… Read more »


Oct 22
Top Ten Tuesday – Crazy Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday – Crazy Character Names

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Unusual Character Names From my Read list.  Here they are, in no particular order: Katniss Everdeen – This name will probably be on everyone’s list, but it’s pretty unusual, so I had to use it anyway.  Do I even need to say what book this is from?  (Okay, it’s The Hunger Games). Cricket Bell – I didn’t love Lola and the Boy Next Door nearly as much as I loved Anna and the French Kiss, but I was a big fan of the boy next door.  But, what a name!  Cricket… really? Trella – I don’t remember Trella’s last name (she really didn’t have one for most of the book), but her first name is really unique!  Trella is the main character from Inside Out. Sia Holloway – I’ve never heard of the name Sia before (from the book by the same name), but I think it’s pretty.  She also… Read more »


Oct 21
Cover Characteristics – Blondes

Cover Characteristics – Blondes

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This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit! Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite cover’s with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants! Today’s cover characteristic: Blondes From my Read list. And my favorite: I LOVE Splintered and think this is… Read more »


Oct 20
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 10/20/13

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore 10/20/13

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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: Family Magic by Patti Larsen (birthday bash giveaway) – Giveaway ended. Cover Characteristics – Jackets Twisted by KayCee R (book blast & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a $50 gift card! The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa (review) The Long Game by J.L. Fynn (review) Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings by Angela Townsend (book blast & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a $100 gift card! Swoon Thursday – Switch by Janelle Stalder Feature & Follow Friday – Magazines After the Ending by Lindsey Fairleigh & Lindsey Pogue (review) Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot (review) Switch by Janelle Stalder (review) Coming this week on FYFA: From Gods by Mary Ting (book blast & giveaway) Divergent by Veronica… Read more »


Oct 20
Review – Switch by Janelle Stalder

Review – Switch by Janelle Stalder

Reviews 5 ★★★★½

Switch is an amazing New Adult dystopian read that will keep you reading into the wee hours of the night! Charlotte has a secret – she can read minds.  But when New World soldiers come marching into her life and her secret is revealed, her life is irrevocably changed.  She is given a new name (Dinah) and a new identity – Weapon X – the New World leader’s mind reader and third in command.  Dinah is practical and doesn’t mind her new role – much.  Until one day when she is tasked with infiltrating the rebels and she finds herself getting closer and closer to the people she’s supposed to betray. The negatives: Quick romance.  My only real complaint about this book is that the romance developed really quickly (bordering on insta-love – or, at the very least, insta-lust).  If you are a regular reader of my reviews, you know… Read more »


Oct 19
Review – Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot

Review – Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot

Reviews 2 ★★★★

Title: Unmaking Hunter Kennedy Author: Anne Eliott Release Date: October, 2012 Pages: 422, eBook Goodreads Rating: 3.85 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-13 (No more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads: After a car accident–an event he considers a prank gone bad–pop star, Hunter Kennedy is forced to hide out with his aunt in small-town Colorado. He’s supposed to rest, heal his scars and attend high school in disguise until the press dies down. But he only wants to get back to work. Worse, the girl who’s been assigned to make him over into a geek is a major geek herself. Vere Roth is a chattering pixie, a blushing tornado and a complete social disaster. He’s never met a girl who’s never-been-kissed, believes in romance and thinks Hunter’s a ‘nice’ guy. Funny thing is…Hunter is nice around Vere because she’s his first real friend. He also can’t seem to stop sharing his secrets or keep her out… Read more »


Oct 18
Review – After the Ending by Lindsey Fairleigh & Lindsey Pogue

Review – After the Ending by Lindsey Fairleigh & Lindsey Pogue

Reviews 0 ★★★

Title: After the Ending Series: The Ending #1 Author: Lindsey Fairleigh & Lindsey Pogue Publisher: L2 Books Release Date: February, 2013 Pages: 478, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 3.58 stars My Rating: 3/5 stars My Content Rating: New Adult (explicit sex, language) Summary from Goodreads: The first book in the emotionally charged post-apocalyptic series, The Ending. The Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the Virus changed us. When people started getting sick, “they” thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family…they’re all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them—with the rest of the world—but I didn’t. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I’d ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O’Connor, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending. The Virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life… Read more »


Oct 18
Feature & Follow Friday – Magazines

Feature & Follow Friday – Magazines

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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: What are some of your favorite magazines? I don’t really read magazines ever.  I used to read TV Guide Magazine once upon a time, but now I just get my TV fix from TVGuide.com (and lately I don’t watch all that much TV anyway!).  How about you?    I prefer to be followed via Bloglovin’, but another way will work if you don’t do Bloglovin’.


Oct 18
Swoon Thursday – Switch by Janelle Stalder

Swoon Thursday – Switch by Janelle Stalder

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It’s that time again! The gals over at YA Bound created a HOT meme, and if you’re new to the game, here’s how to join in the fun:From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it in the comments on YA Bound, or grab the steamy button above and share it on your blog. We want to know! Switch by Janelle Stalder Most of the swoon-worthy sections of this awesome NA book are a little too steamy for me to share on my blog, but this one should give you an idea of the chemistry going on between Dinah and Pete… Dinah held her breath as he skimmed his nose just under her jaw. He nipped at her earlobe lightly before placing… Read more »


Oct 16
Review – The Long Game by J.L. Fynn

Review – The Long Game by J.L. Fynn

Reviews 1 ★★★★

Title: The Long Game Series: American Gypsy #1 Author: J.L. Fynn Release Date: October 7, 2013 Pages: 303, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.17 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: New Adult (Sex scenes, though the sex is less explicit than other NA books I’ve read) Summary from Goodreads: Smooth talking. Ambitious. Loyal. Twenty-year-old Shay Reilly has proven himself to his Irish-American Gypsy clan on small-scale cons, but now the clan leader has a bigger mission for him: playing the long game.  To rake in the big score he’s after, he needs to con coed Spencer into falling in love with him. He knows he should see Spencer as a mere means to an end, but that’s easier said than done when there’s a witty, attractive girl in your arms.  Now the only thing that can keep them apart is the thing that brought them together: Shay’s plans of revenge against someone who wronged his clan and family years… Read more »