Sep 08
Sunday Post 9/8/13

Sunday Post 9/8/13

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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.  Blog Tour Sign-up! – I’d love to have more tour hosts for the upcoming Scars of the Bifrost blog tour!  There will be a $25 gift card giveaway (as well as copies of the book to be given away) and there will be an option on the giveaway for entrants to follow the tour host! Last week on FYFA: September Random Read Cold Steel by Kate Elliott  Best of the Bunch – Find out what my favorite read of August was! Top Ten Tuesday and Teaser Tuesday – Top Ten books you wish were required reading and Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule Waiting on Wednesday – Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge You Are Mine by Janeal Falor –… Read more »


Sep 06
Feature & Follow Friday – Bookshelf Tour

Feature & Follow Friday – Bookshelf Tour

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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: Take us on a tour of your bookshelves! I actually don’t own all that many books.  I used to when I was younger, but after I got married and both space and money were at a premium, I stopped buying books and started relying almost entirely on the library (and, now, my Kindle).  This is my main bookshelf: A lot of the books in this bookshelf are actually homeschooling books.  Since I’ve been blogging,… Read more »


Sep 06
Review – Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover

Review – Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Point of Retreat Series: Slammed #2 Author: Colleen Hoover Release Date: February, 2012 Pages: 302, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.38 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16? (Some sexual situations, but no sex shown) Summary from Goodreads: Hardships and heartache brought them together…now it will tear them apart.  Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.’   *NOTE: This review may contain spoilers for Slammed (book #1 in this series).*    Point of Retreat didn’t hit me in the gut the way that Slammed did, but I still loved it.  I was a little nervous to read this book because I thought that Slammed ended so perfectly, I almost didn’t want to read another… Read more »


Sep 05
Review – Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule

Review – Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule

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Title: Beautifully Broken Series: Spellbound #1 Author: Sherry Soule Release Date: July 22, 2013 Pages: 369, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 3.76 stars My Rating: 3/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-13 (Nothing more than kissing) Summary from Goodreads: When sixteen-year-old Shiloh Trudell takes a summer job at Craven Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes enchanted by his charms.  With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, Shiloh will finally begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist and decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town…   I liked Beautifully Broken, but for some reason it was missing something for me – something that makes the difference between liking a book and really liking it or even loving it.  Still, I thought it was a good start to the series and would be interested to see… Read more »


Sep 04
5 Star Review – You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

5 Star Review – You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

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I won a copy of You Are Mine in a giveaway and was really excited to read it!  SO glad I did! This is an intense book that will make you want to scream in frustration and horror at some points (in a good way) and will delight you in others.  I absolutely LOVED it! The story follows Serena, a 17-year-old girl who has just come of age – the age at which she can be sold to a warlock as a breeding machine and slave. Serena lives in a society where women are nothing more than property – completely controlled by their overbearing and often abusive warlock husbands. She doesn’t dare dream of happiness – she merely hopes to be sold to a lesser evil than her father. But when her ownership is won by an Envadi barbarian, Serena fears that things will be much worse for her than she ever… Read more »


Sep 04
Waiting On Wednesday – Cruel Beauty

Waiting On Wednesday – Cruel Beauty

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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! This book has gotten rave reviews (some people have said it’s the best book they’ve read all year!).  I requested it from Edelwieiss and am crossing my fingers that I won’t have to wait until January to read it! Cruel Beauty Rosamund HodgeRelease date: January 28th, 2014Graceling 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… Read more »


Sep 03
Top Ten Tuesday (Required Reading) & Teaser Tuesday (Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule)

Top Ten Tuesday (Required Reading) & Teaser Tuesday (Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule)

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books That Should be Required Reading I started out taking this list semi-seriously (semi is the key word here) and then moved on to just plain silly: You Are Mine by Janeal Falor – I just read this book (review is coming soon) and I think that students could actually get a lot out of reading it!  It would teach about gender discrimination and xenophobia and would spark great discussions about how society’s norms dictate what we say and do. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – This one might be for the younger ones, but I’ll bet there are teachers who actually use it to help get kids interested in mythology. Storm by Brigid Kemmerer – This book teaches a lot about bullying and touches on teen sexual assault. Girls and guys alike should take the messages in this book and apply them to life.  Maybe they could read this in a… Read more »


Sep 02
Best of the Bunch – August 2013

Best of the Bunch – August 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. This is my first time participating in this hop.  I just couldn’t resist – it seems like such a great idea!! August 2013This month I reviewed the following books:      Haven by Celia Breslin | Review | Rating: 3.5/5 Storm by Brigid Kemmerer | Review | Rating 5/5 Fireseed One by Catherine Stein | Review | Rating 3.5/5 Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stein | Review | Rating 4/5     Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins | Review | Rating 3.5/5 Welcome to the Darkness by L.M. Justus | Review | Rating 4/5 Spark by Brigid Kemmerer | Review | Rating 4/5 The Witches of Dark Root by April Aasheim | Review | Rating 4/5… Read more »


Sep 02
September Random Read – Cold Steel (The Spiritwalker Trilogy #3) by Kate Elliott

September Random Read – Cold Steel (The Spiritwalker Trilogy #3) by Kate Elliott

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It’s time for my September Random Read (a fun meme hosted by I’m Loving Books). The idea is to pick one random book out of 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.  Last month’s random pick was Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder – I was on top of things last month and managed to read my August Random Read relatively early in the month!  I really enjoyed the book! (Click on the link to read my review.) Yay, Random.org! And this month’s winner is… #171 – Cold Steel by Kate ElliottSynopsis:Trouble, treachery, and magic just won’t stop plaguing Cat Barahal. The Master of the Wild Hunt has stolen her husband Andevai. The ruler of the Taino… Read more »


Sep 01
Sunday Post 9/1/13

Sunday Post 9/1/13

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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.  Blog Tour Sign-up! – I’d love to have more tour hosts for the upcoming Scars of the Bifrost blog tour!  There will be a $25 gift card giveaway (as well as copies of the book to be given away) and there will be an option on the giveaway for entrants to follow the tour host! Last week on FYFA: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard (review & giveaway) – still a few days to enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card!  Aberrant by Ruth Silver (excerpt & giveaway) – giveaway ends tomorrow! The Returned by Jason Mott (Review) Feature & Follow Friday – Only One Book to Read Forever! The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle – (review)… Read more »