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 »


Aug 13
Review & Giveaway – Welcome to the Darkness by L.M. Justus

Review & Giveaway – Welcome to the Darkness by L.M. Justus

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★

Title: Welcome to the Darkness Series: L.M. Justus Author: Darkness Trilogy #1 Release Date: August 5, 2013 Pages: 349, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.07 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars Content Rating: PG 16+? (Some decently grisly violence, sex between characters all happens “off screen”)   Summary from Goodreads: A typical teenager, seventeen-year-old Reed Hennessy doesn’t realize how lucky he is to lead a normal life until he loses everything, including his humanity. The attacker who slaughters his family and destroys their home turns out to be a vampire, a creature Reed had considered a myth. Now a vampire himself, but with the unique ability to walk in sunlight, Reed struggles in the dark underworld he didn’t even know existed. His only two allies in his fight to stay alive are his reluctant mentor, Nathaniel, a vampire with over two hundred years’ worth of emotional baggage, and Sarah, a rookie cop with a secret ability of her own.  Together, Reed and… Read more »


Aug 12
Review – Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Review – Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door Series: Companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss Author: Stephanie Perkins Release Date: September 29, 2011 Pages: 338, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.00 stars My Rating: 3.5/5 stars Content Rating: PG-13 (Nothing more than kissing actually shown, although characters are having sex)   Summary from Goodreads: Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion…she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit–more sparkly, more fun, more wild–the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket–a gifted inventor–steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.   Lola and the Boy Next Door was a cute, light, fun… Read more »


Aug 12
Sunday Post 8/11/13

Sunday Post 8/11/13

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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 took a little break for a few days this week while my husband and I took a trip downtown (Chicago).  It was nice to have a little getaway away from the kids.  Next week will be business as usual! Fireseed One by Catherine Stine (review)   Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stine (review & giveaway) – still a few more days to win! Waiting on Wednesday – Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa Operation Earth by Maria Hammarblad (spotlight)  Coming this week on FYFA: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (review) – Didn’t get to this one last week Spark by Brigid Kemmerer (review) – or this one! Welcome to the Darkness… Read more »


Aug 08
Spotlight: Operation Earth by Maria Hammarblad

Spotlight: Operation Earth by Maria Hammarblad

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I’m happy to be a part of Bewitching Book Tours’ Operation Earth tour. Read on to find out about this intriguing new sci-fi novel! Operation Earth by Maria Hammarblad Genre: SciFi Release date: August 11, 2013 Seven billion people on Earth go about their daily lives, and no one is prepared when a global EMP slows the world to a crawl. With all our technology incapacitated, everything changes. Within days alien soldiers line the streets, and life will never be the same. Rachael struggles to adapt to the new order, doing her best to keep herself and her cat alive. On a ship far above the planet surface, Peter just got his new Earth name, and can’t even remember his identity from the last world he visited. It’s another day on the job, one more world on a never-ending list. That is, until Rachael bumps into him, dropping exotic objects… Read more »


Aug 07
Waiting on Wednesday – Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

Waiting on Wednesday – Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights the upcoming releases that we’re most looking forward to.  Here are my picks – books that are coming out soon! Ooooh! I am SO excited for the next book in the Iron Fey series!  I just requested it on Netgalley and I really, really hope I’m approved.  This is one book that I won’t put off reading! Iron Traitor Julie KagawaRelease date: October 29th, 2013In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice. After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as “normal” as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he’s forbidden to see her again. But when… Read more »


Aug 07
Review & Giveaway: Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stine

Review & Giveaway: Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stine

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★

I was thrilled to participate in the tour for Ruby’s Fire.  A unique new YA Fantasy novel.  Make sure the enter the Kindle Giveaway after checking out my review! Title: Ruby’s Fire Author: Catherine Stine Release Date: June 9, 2013 Pages: 264, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.33 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars Content Rating: PG   Summary from Goodreads: If everything about you changes, what remains? Seventeen year-old Ruby, long-pledged to the much older Stiles from the Fireseed desert cult, escapes with only a change of clothes, a pouch of Oblivion Powder and her mute little brother, Thorn. Arriving at The Greening, a boarding school for orphaned teens, she can finally stop running. Or can she? The Greening is not what it seems. Students are rampaging out of control and as she cares for the secret Fireseed crop, she experiences frightening physical changes. She’s ashamed of her attraction to burly, hard-talking Blane, the resident bodyguard, and wonders why she… Read more »


Aug 06
Review: Fireseed One by Catherine Stine

Review: Fireseed One by Catherine Stine

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Title: Fireseed One Author: Catherine Stine Release Date: 2011 Pages: 296, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.22 stars My Rating: 3.5/5 stars Content Rating: PG Summary from Goodreads: Fireseed One is a YA futuristic thriller with crossover appeal. Illustrated by the author. The year is 2089. Temperate climate has replaced Arctic ice, and much of what is now the United States is a lethal Hotzone, cut off by an insurmountable border from its northern, luckier neighbors, Ocean and Land Dominion. It is rumored that roving Hotzone nomads will kill for a water pellet or a slice of insect loaf, and that the ZWC, a dangerous Hotzone activist group, has infiltrated the border to the northern Dominions.  Up in Ocean Dominion, all eighteen year-old Varik Teitur wants is to party on SnowAngel Island with his friend Audun and flirt with college girls he dreams of joining next year in his quest to become a doctor. Instead, he inherits a vast sea… Read more »


Aug 04
Sunday Post 8/4/13

Sunday Post 8/4/13

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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: The End of Athens by Anthony Karakai (spotlight & guest post) Scent of Salvation by Annie Nicholas (review)   You Are Mine by Janeal Falor (book blitz & giveaway) – still time to win! Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead (review/Random Reads) Haven by Celia Breslin (review/author interview/giveaway) – still one more day to win! August Random Read – Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder Storm by Brigid Kemmerer (review) – also mini-reviews of books 0.5 & 1.5 of this series Feature & Follow Friday – DNF Coming this week on FYFA: Fireseed One by Catherine Stein – (review) Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stein – (review & giveaway) Operation Earth by Maria Hammarblad (spotlight) Lola and the Boy… Read more »