Nov 12
Top Ten Tuesday – Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Top Ten Tuesday – Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Three Covers I Wish I Could Redesign I actually had a really hard time with this one.  While there are plenty of bad covers out there, most of them are for books that I don’t have any special love for so I wouldn’t care enough to redesign them.  So, instead I’m just showing two covers I wish I could redesign and then showing some that have already been redesigned (and they’re much better!) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I just never really got this cover.  It’s a little too basic for me – and why clouds instead of stars? Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer – What’s the significance of the red ribbon?  Am I forgetting something huge from the book?  I don’t know, but this just looks dumb to me. Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer – This book was SO good –… Read more »


Nov 11
Review – Magic Study (Study #2) by Maria V. Snyder

Review – Magic Study (Study #2) by Maria V. Snyder

Reviews 2 ★★★★

Title: Magic Study Series: Study #2 Author: Maria V. Snyder Release Date: 2005 Pages: 392, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.08 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16+?? (Sex (including sexual assault) is mentioned but not explicit) Summary from Goodreads: YOU KNOW YOUR LIFE IS BAD WHEN YOU MISS YOUR DAYS AS A POISON TASTER… With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she’d been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can’t help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways—and her newfound friends and relatives don’t think it’s for the better…. Despite the turmoil, she’s eager to start her magic training—especially as she’s been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia’s throne for a… Read more »


Nov 10
Cover Characteristics – Fire

Cover Characteristics – Fire

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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: Fire I had to go to my TBR list for this one.  Apparently, I haven’t… Read more »


Nov 10
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore!  11/10/13

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore! 11/10/13

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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: Cover Characteristics – Colorful Everything You Know by Mary Beth Bass (excerpt & giveaway) – Still time to enter to win a 10 book subscription to Boroughs Publishing Group’s Lunchbox Romance service! Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Sequels Dead Dreams by Emma Right (excerpt) North Pole Reform School by Jaimie Admans (review) Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (ARC review) Feature & Follow Friday – To vlog or not to vlog? Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (review) One Bite by Jennifer Blackstream (review) Coming this week on FYFA: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce (review & giveaway) Promises by Amber Garr (book blitz) Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden (review & giveaway) Impossibly Love by Shane Morgan (review) Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder (review) Other Current Giveaways on… Read more »


Nov 09
Review – One Bite by Jennifer Blackstream

Review – One Bite by Jennifer Blackstream

Reviews 1 ★★★★

Title: One Bite Series: Blood Prince #2 Author: Jennifer Blackstream Release Date: September 30, 2013 Pages: 169, ebook Goodreads Rating: 4.6 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: 18+ (Explicit sex) Summary from Goodreads: Irina is determined to continue her fight for freedom. Freedom for her from her evil sorceress stepmother, and freedom for every faction in the kingdom of Dacia. Unfortunately, her stepmother isn’t about to let that happen and she’s got a poisoned apple and a glass coffin with Irina’s name on them… Kirill is a vampire prince determined to be a vampire king. Unfortunately, his vampiric father has no intentions of vacating the throne anytime soon and the prophecy Kirill found hinting at a “Great New Kingdom” is proving tricky to translate. It doesn’t help that the beautiful woman he found unconscious in the woods seems determined to undermine his authority at every turn. He’d kill her himself if she didn’t have the strangest gift… Read more »


Nov 08
Review – Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Review – Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Title: Poison Study Series: Study #1 Author: Maria V. Snyder Release Date: 2005 Pages: 361, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.2 stars My Rating: 4.5/5 stars My Content Rating: Adult or very mature YA (Sex is not explicit, but includes sexual assault) Summary from Goodreads: Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison… About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the… Read more »


Nov 08
Feature & Follow Friday – To Vlog or Not to Vlog

Feature & Follow Friday – To Vlog or Not to Vlog

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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: Vlog Contest! Vlog about why you want to be next weeks feature! If you are too shy to put yourself on camera – tell us why you are sooo shy.  I can’t really explain why, but vlogging is just not my thing.  On the surface, it would seem perfect for me because I really love to talk and I was a theatre major in college, so I shouldn’t be all that camera-shy…. Read more »


Nov 07
ARC Review – Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

ARC Review – Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Reviews 3 ★★★★

Title: Cruel Beauty Author: Rosamund Hodge Release Date: January 28, 2014 Publisher: Balzer & Bray Pages: 352, Hardcover Goodreads Rating: 4.05 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: Adult or Mature YA (Lots of references to sex, though it is not directly shown) Summary from Goodreads: Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart. Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny. Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him. With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself… Read more »


Nov 06
Release Day Review – North Pole Reform School by Jaimie Admans

Release Day Review – North Pole Reform School by Jaimie Admans

Reviews 1 ★★★★

Title: North Pole Reform School Author: Jaimie Admans Release Date: November 6, 2013 Pages: 232, ebook Goodreads Rating: 4.00 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16?? (Nothing more than kissing, but some violence and bad language) Summary from Goodreads: Mistletoe Bell hates Christmas. So would you if you had a name like hers. Her Christmas-mad parents make the festive season last all year, and with another Christmas looming, Mis doesn’t think she can take any more. After her carelessness causes an accident at school, it seems like things can’t get any worse. Then she wakes up to find The Ghost of Christmases Ruined in her bedroom. She is taken to the North Pole, to a reform school run by elves determined to make her love Christmas. Stuck in a misfit group of fellow Christmas-haters with a motley crew of the weird and even weirder, watched over by elves day and night, she doesn’t expect to… Read more »


Nov 05
Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Sequels

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On (Click on the cover pic to see the book on Goodreads!) I’m anxiously awaiting all of these sequels!  My last three choices don’t even have covers yet, but I’m anxiously awaiting them anyway!  They are: The Seeker by Stephenie MeyerSevered Colours by Dawna RaverThe Forever Song by Julie Kagawa