Feb 08
Power to the Writer: Inkitt’s Mission to Change the Face of Publishing

Power to the Writer: Inkitt’s Mission to Change the Face of Publishing

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Hey, everybody! Nicole here (this is a guest post, but the parts in green are me). A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by Inkitt to ask if they could provide a guest post for my blog. I was honestly just about ready to email Hannah back to tell her that I don’t do those types of guest posts, but at the last moment I decided to take a glance at Inkitt and check it out. Turns out, they have a unique approach to publishing that I find fascinating, and I thought that you all might like to learn a bit about them too! So, without further ado, here’s Hannah from Inkitt to tell you about their publishing process … Some of the biggest and best-loved heroes of the literary world had to fight to get noticed. Before J.K. Rowling got her big break with Bloomsbury, no fewer than twelve short-sighted book… Read more »


Feb 07
January Wrap-Up Giveaway

January Wrap-Up Giveaway

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I created this giveaway as a scavenger hunt to encourage people to visit people’s wrap-ups. There are entries for commenting on the wrap-up posts in the link-up. The Link-Up Check out the January wrap-up posts in the linky below. These are the posts that can be used for the giveaway (Random.org chose ten of them for the commenting portion of the giveaway). Didn’t have a chance to link up your January wrap-up post? That’s okay—you can still link up until the giveaway is over! An InLinkz Link-up The giveaway is open to everyone! You don’t have to link up to the wrap-up round-up to be eligible. My giveaway/trade list has shrunk a bit since I donated quite a few books to a shelter recently, BUT I still have lots of great choices here—mostly BEA books I’ve finished relatively recently—so I’m once again offering books off that list. But I don’t want to leave my INT readers out, so if… Read more »


Feb 06
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom: Review

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom: Review

Reviews 18 ★★★★

This story delved into mental illness in a way that felt true-to-life (complete with a bit of teen drama), and I was instantly drawn into Mel’s story. What Fed My Addiction: Relatable to a younger YA audience. This book shines a light on mental illness in a way that seems a bit more approachable to a younger YA audience than some others that tackle the subject, which I think is incredibly valuable. It shows how fragile mental stability can be against a backdrop of typical teen angst—issues with friends and a new romance. Since most teens can imagine themselves in situations like the ones that Mel finds herself in, it might make the book a bit more relatable than some similar books might seem (again, especially for that younger YA set—who are sometimes overlooked a bit when it comes to books about mental illness). Many teens will be able to… Read more »


Feb 05
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/5/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 2/5/17

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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 (and in my life): I’ve been sick since Wednesday, which is very unusual for me. Usually when I catch something, I get over it quick! So, I’ve been sort of wallowing in my misery. But at least I’ve gotten a lot of books read! (And, thank goodness my mom is around in the evenings, since my husband is out of town. She’s been carting the kids around for me, which I really appreciate!) Here’s what you may have missed on the blog last week: New York Nights by C.J. Duggan – Review Bite-Sized Reviews of RoseBlood, Frost and The Glittering Court February Discussion Challenge… Read more »


Feb 04
January Wrap-Up

January Wrap-Up

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My Goings On in January: I went to Veronica Roth’s author event for Carve the Mark. I visited our local tech campus with my son to learn about their video game design program (he’s VERY interested). On Instragram: Most Popular Posts: Um, all of my top posts for this month were the same as they were last month. As usual, A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns, which was posted at the end of September, was my top post. And my next top post was still my List of 2017 Reading/Blogging Challenges. Apparently, lots of people are still looking for challenges! (By the way, I took this off my sidebar, but you can still find it in my main menu at the top of my blog under “Challenges.”) Next is the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up. Other Features & Discussions: January Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Still a few more days to link up and/or… Read more »


Feb 02
Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Audiobook Review

Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Audiobook Review

Reviews 24 ★★★★★

Let Garber sweep you up in the fantastical game of Caraval, where the lines between fantasy and reality are undisputably blurred and you’ll never know what to expect next! What Fed My Addiction: Welcome to the game! The game of Caraval is completely fantastical and more than a little dangerous. While, on the surface, it’s just a sort of scavenger hunt where Scarlett has to follow the clues, there are a plethora of magical elements that not only make the game vastly more intriguing but also throw plenty of roadblocks in Scarlett’s way. Plus, Scarlett is never quite sure what’s real and what’s all part of the game—and as the stakes get higher and higher, that distinction becomes very important indeed. By the end, Scarlett is fighting desperately just to make it out with both her and her sister alive! Caraval is full of fascinating and whimsical surprises that kept me guessing through the entire story. Sensory… Read more »


Feb 01
February Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

February Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

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Welcome to the February monthly link-up for the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! Hope you’re all doing well and taking care of yourselves. Sometimes, I think bookish stuff is a good form of self-care, which we still need to remember. Hopefully this challenge will give you a fun outlet to do so. ♥♥ The winner of our December discussion challenge link-up was Wendy @ The Falconer’s Library. She chose Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian, which looks super cute! If you don’t know what this challenge is all about or haven’t signed up yet (but want to), head on over to the challenge sign-up page to learn more! Even if you’d rather not join, we hope you’ll stop by occasionally to check out the MANY discussion posts that are being linked up here – there’s… Read more »


Jan 31
Bite-Sized Reviews of RoseBlood, Frost and The Glittering Court

Bite-Sized Reviews of RoseBlood, Frost and The Glittering Court

Reviews 12

I have quite a few reviews I need to catch up on, so I thought I’d do another installment of bite-sized reviews and knock a few of them out. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I don’t know why, but I BARELY made it through this book. I just wasn’t engaged and nothing happened. Until the end of the book, literally almost nothing interesting (in my opinion) happened. It was all Thorn creepily watching Rune and Rune worrying about a boy she hurt with her magical opera voice. I nearly DNF’d at 50% but I was curious how it ended up, so I skim-read the second half, only reading carefully when something exciting happened. I did a lot of skim-reading. Lots of my friends enjoyed this book, so maybe it was just me? I simply couldn’t connect to it, though I will say that… Read more »


Jan 29
New York Nights by C.J. Duggan – Review

New York Nights by C.J. Duggan – Review

Reviews 6 ★★★

Purchase Links AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU B&N / KOBO / iBOOKS This was my first foray into Duggan’s Heart of the City Series, which features Australian protagonists heading out into the big, wide world. I’ve always loved the way that Duggan can capture an atmosphere, and she does that so well with New York, just as she does with her Australian settings. The synopsis sums this book up really well, so I’m going to jump straight into my review.  What Fed My Addiction: Sarah’s fascination with New York City. I really loved discovering New York City through Sarah’s eyes. She had a wonderful outsider’s perspective, and Duggan captured both the hustle and bustle and the beauty of the city well. Sarah visited several iconic spots, and it was fun to see her explore the city—and then document it via her art. Baby Grace. I enjoyed all of the… Read more »


Jan 29
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/29/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 1/29/17

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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 (and in my life): Not much new to report this week. I’ve been trying to figure out scheduling for next year’s homeschool co-op classes (Yikes! We have to plan things early!) and get some other school things sorted out. Actually, that reminds me—If you have a chance, could you hop over to some of my Blogging 101 students’ blogs and leave them a quick comment? It would seriously make their day (actually, more like their week!) to get some visitors besides each other. 🙂  I’m finding this class is harder to teach than I was expecting because they all have different types of blogs… Read more »