Nov 08
Dear Martin by Nic Stone – 5-Star Review & Giveaway

Dear Martin by Nic Stone – 5-Star Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 13 ★★★★★

This little book packs a powerful punch.  What Fed My Addiction: Perspective. The book is told from Justyce’s POV. He’s a black teenager living in a mostly white world (he goes to a boarding school) near the home he grew up in, which is in a black neighborhood. So the lens that he sees the world through is unique. He is relatable to many people—he can often see both sides of the story, which helps us to do so too. The struggle of identity. Of course, because of Justyce’s position, he has a hard time feeling at home anywhere. He can’t go back to being the kid he was in the neighborhood he grew up in, but he also doesn’t always feel like he fits at school. After a traumatic event where he’s treated unfairly, he starts to see things at school that he’d been blind to before. He suddenly can’t turn… Read more »


Nov 06
Bite-Sized Reviews of Now Is Everything, The First Kiss Hypothesis, Frost Like Night, The Raven Cycle Series and November 9

Bite-Sized Reviews of Now Is Everything, The First Kiss Hypothesis, Frost Like Night, The Raven Cycle Series and November 9

Reviews 21

I’ve got five bite-sized reviews today. Most of these are YA, but the last one is New Adult. I thought about trying to split these up, but I don’t read enough NA lately to warrant a full set of bite-sized reviews, and I just decided to go ahead and put it with these YA reads. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! So, I picked up this book on a total whim. I was glancing through Twitter and saw this adorable pic that the author’s daughter had drawn telling people to read her mom’s book. Since I’m a sucker for that sort of thing, I immediately headed over to Goodreads to check it out, and it sounded like the type of book I’d love! I headed over to Edelweiss, downloaded it and immediately started reading! (See, I wasn’t kidding when I said it was… Read more »


Nov 05
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/5/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 11/5/17

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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. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): I decided last minute to do NaNo again this year, so that’s why I sort of disappeared right around the 1st. I also made the decision to set my editing aside for the foreseeable future so I can focus on my own writing. I just realized that there’s no way I can manage homeschooling (and teaching co-op classes), writing and editing. Speaking of my writing, yesterday I attended a SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers of Illinois) publishing conference. It was both amazing and overwhelmingly daunting. I got more feedback on the first ten pages of my manuscript (which is what… Read more »


Nov 01
Team BFF: Race to the Finish by Stacia Deutsch & other Girls Who Code Books

Team BFF: Race to the Finish by Stacia Deutsch & other Girls Who Code Books

Middle Grade, Reviews 9

Today I’m featuring the Girls Who Code books on Feed Your Fiction Addiction. These books are aimed at middle school girls and encourage them to think about coding and technology in a new way. Since 2012, Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired over 10,000 girls across America–and they’re just at the beginning of their mission to close the gender gap in tech. There are two fiction books that follow a diverse group of girls learning to code, a nonfiction book that’s described as “Part how-to, part inspiration, and all fun,” and a coding journal of sorts where girls can find ideas for coding and learn to use the things they love as inspiration for coding. The second fiction book and the journal were both published yesterday, so I’m going to focus on those, but my 13-year-old daughter and I also read the first fiction book (The Friendship Code), so I’m going to talk about… Read more »


Nov 01
November Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

November Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

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Welcome to the November monthly link-up for the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! I can’t believe it’s already November. I mean, November means the end of the year is practically here, right? It’s hard to believe! The winner of our September discussion challenge link-up was Jessica from a GREAT read. She won a September release, so she chose Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassell! 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 lots of great discussions going on! We’re no longer giving discussion ideas each month (because not that many people seemed to need them),… Read more »


Oct 31
October Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

October Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in October: I watched Season 7 of The Walking Dead (while doing the elliptical) and now I’ve moved on to finally catching up with Game of Thrones (I’m at the beginning of Season 3). I’m also watching iZombie with my husband and mom and we watched all of the current episodes of Ozark. My daughter had her first swim meet of the season. I finished editing Orion by Raeah Wilding (AKA Allie Juliette Mousseau). I went to the Adam Silvera/Lauren Oliver event at Anderson’s Bookshop. Instagram: Features & Discussions: October Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway Quick Recap of the Adam Silvera/Lauren Oliver Author Event September Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (with a Make Me Read It Twist) Realistic Depiction of Mental Health in YA: Let’s Discuss. My Unpopular Opinion About Banned Books Week: Let’s Discuss! October Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up My 2017 Reading Progress: I’m now one behind on my… Read more »


Oct 29
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 10/29/17

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 10/29/17

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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. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): Not too much to say about this week. I finished the edit I was working on (Orion by Raeah Wilding AKA Allie Juliette Mousseau)—this one’s an adult novel, which you’ll be able to tell if you click on the link and view the cover. LOL! And I taught classes and graded papers—didn’t have time for much else! Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week: Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham: A Dual Review with AJ @ Read All the Things! Seize Today by Pintip Dunn: Review & Giveaway Bite-Sized Reviews of Long Way Down, Nyxia,… Read more »


Oct 28
October Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

October Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the October Wrap-Up Round-Up! First of all, I have to apologize that I just finally got around to reading all of the September wrap-up posts. Um, running just a little bit late! This past week, I posted my first dual review for the Make Me Read It Giveaway (which I’ve been doing for the giveaway for this event). It was so much fun to review Dreamland Burning with AJ @ Read All the Things! Click the link to read the review, if you haven’t seen it yet. For September, the winner was Danielle H., and we’re going to be reading The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Watch for that dual review coming in November or early December. This is the link-up for our October wrap-up posts. If you don’t already know about the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up, read the information below: Every month, at the end of the… Read more »


Oct 27
Bite-Sized Reviews of Long Way Down, Nyxia, Hanna Who Fell from the Sky & My Heart and Other Black Holes

Bite-Sized Reviews of Long Way Down, Nyxia, Hanna Who Fell from the Sky & My Heart and Other Black Holes

Reviews 22

I’ve got four bite-sized reviews today. Three new(ish) releases and one backlist book. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I honestly don’t even know how to describe in words how I felt about this book. You almost just have to experience it for yourself to understand its brilliance. When I started the book, I was both delighted and scared to see that it was written in verse (it’s all free verse, with one concrete poem thrown in there). How would Reynolds convey the story with so few words and still connect us to the characters? Would I know what the heck was going on? Turns out that Reynolds did indeed convince me to care about Will in a sparse number of actual words—and time, really. Most of the book takes place during a sixty-second elevator ride (though it tells a story that actually spans… Read more »


Oct 26
Seize Today by Pintip Dunn: Review & Giveaway

Seize Today by Pintip Dunn: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 6 ★★★★½

***NOTE: Seize Today is the third book in the Forget Tomorrow Trilogy (the first book was a NYT Bestselling and RITA™ Award-winning book). This book doesn’t really contain anything but minor spoilers for the first two books in the series. Click to read my reviews of Forget Tomorrow and Remember Yesterday.*** The books in this trilogy just got progressively better and better! I really enjoyed the first book, but I had some qualms that held me back from loving it. Then the second book came along, and I couldn’t think of much to say in the negatives section of my review. I’m fairly certain that this book was my favorite of the three (maybe it’s just because it’s fresher than book 2, though?) I loved it, and Dunn even managed to get me to ignore a trope that typically bugs the heck out of me… What Fed My Addiction: Possible futures. Olivia can’t really see the… Read more »