Mar 25
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/25/18

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/25/18

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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 took a bit of an unplanned hiatus this week, as you can probably see. I’m just kind of overwhelmed at this moment with writing and my homeschool co-op classes. All but one of my classes are done on April 7th, though, so things will be getting back to normal soon! My mom and I went to our local March for Our Lives yesterday. I wasn’t sure how many people would show up to the local one, since they could head out to Chicago, but they’re estimating that 2000 people were there! We marched 3.5 miles in the freezing weather… Read more »


Mar 18
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/18/18

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/18/18

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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 started working with three critique partners this week! It’s funny because I’d tweeted about my search for a CP with no luck—but then suddenly, almost ten days later, three people contacted me. We’ve exchanged a few chapters and it seems like all three CPs are going to be a great fit! And yesterday, I went to see Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff on tour for Obsidio. They’re incredibly entertaining! Watch for a recap of the event and a giveaway of a signed copy of the book (or two!). Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past… Read more »


Mar 16
Bite-Sized Reviews of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Deception So Dark and Some Kind of Happiness

Bite-Sized Reviews of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Deception So Dark and Some Kind of Happiness

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I’ve got three bite-sized reviews for you today: two YA and a MG. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This middle grade book tackles some very heavy topics, focusing on Finley’s anxiety and depression. It also covers divorce, family schisms, mysterious deaths, and secret-keeping. The result is a somewhat dark, but ultimately hopeful middle grade read. First off, I want to say that I think Legrand does an excellent job of describing Finley’s feelings of depression and her self-doubt and anxiety that often stem from that. She realizes that she shouldn’t feel so sad all the time, and she feels a lot of guilt over that—she feels like there’s something wrong with her and that she doesn’t deserve her family’s love or affection because of it. Then, of course, she struggles with her parents’ broken relationship and a whole mess of secrets that unfold as the… Read more »


Mar 12
A Wrinkle in Time: A Spoiler-Filled Comparison of Book Vs. Movie

A Wrinkle in Time: A Spoiler-Filled Comparison of Book Vs. Movie

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First of all, I know I mentioned this in the title of the post, but I want to reiterate it here. This post is going to contain spoilers for both the movie and the book. So, don’t keep reading unless you’ve read/seen A Wrinkle in Time (or don’t mind being spoiled)! My kids, my mom and I went to go see A Wrinkle in Time last week, and we spent the entire drive home debating the merits of the book versus the movie. Only two of us had actually read the book (my daughter Danielle and I read it in the language arts class I teach at our homeschool co-op), so it was interesting to compare notes. What Did We Think? We pretty much all agreed that the movie had fantastic special effects, but it was sort of meh as far as the plot went. Not bad, but not spectacular… Read more »


Mar 11
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/11/18

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/11/18

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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 finally heard back about that writing workshop I was hoping for, and unfortunately I wasn’t accepted. I’m a little sad, but let’s face it, this is going to be one of MANY rejections if I’m going to pursue writing, so I guess I should get used to it. Since that workshop didn’t work out, I signed up for one through Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers in Utah in June (this wasn’t one you have to apply for). It’s a revision workshop led by Trent Reedy, and I’m excited to learn from it! We spent pretty much all… Read more »


Mar 09
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: All-Time Favorite Review & Giveaway!

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: All-Time Favorite Review & Giveaway!

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Reviewer: Official Captain of Reviews Nicole M. Hewitt Date: 03/09/2018 (four days pre-release) Timestamp: 06:30 CT All contents herein are top-secret, CLASSIFIED. Read this review at your own risk. Please disregard any sections with a strikethrough. Any inappropriate language will be blacked out. (In real life, I don’t generally swear, but let’s pretend. In my head, as I’m writing this, I’m probably just saying wimpy words like frickin’, but you can imagine they’re whatever you want.) I swear to you that this series has just gotten better and better, and this finale is ing FANTABULOUS!! If you’ve been a fan of the series up till this point, you will not be disappointed. If you’ve been holding off on starting it because you wanted to see how the series would hold up, it’s definitely time to jump in and start reading. The unique formatting of these books just ing fascinates me. I especially love… Read more »


Mar 08
February 2018 Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway

February 2018 Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway

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I created this giveaway to encourage people to visit people’s wrap-ups. There are entries for commenting on the wrap-up posts in the link-up. Last month’s winner was Danielle H. She chose for us to read The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre, which I’ll be picking up as my next read! The Link-Up Check out the February wrap-up posts in the linky below. These are the posts that can be used for the giveaway. Didn’t have a chance to link up your 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. The Make Me Read It Giveaway This giveaway has gotten a really positive response and it’s helping me get through my TBR, so I’m sticking with it. Instead of giving away books that I’ve… Read more »


Mar 07
You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan: A Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef

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(No actual dueling—or even arm-twisting—was involved. Don’t worry, this is a dual review, not a duel review. Sorry if you’re disappointed.) Today I have another dual review of a book from my Make Me Read It Giveaway (as part of the Wrap-Up Round-Up). Danielle Hammelef, a faithful FYFA reader, was again my latest winner, and she chose to make me read You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan. Once I read the book, I sent it along to her. Once again, Danielle took me up on the option of doing a dual review. This time, she gave me her thoughts first (which I was grateful for, since I had waited way too long to review—I really need to get better about that), and I responded. Read on to see what we thought of the book… DANIELLE SAYS: I enjoyed my time reading this book as it is well-written, lots of… Read more »


Mar 04
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/4/18

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/4/18

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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 went to see Hamilton last Sunday (a birthday gift from my husband). That is pretty much my only news for this week. I did manage to catch up on a lot of things. Other than that … yep, it was a week. I’m featured as a guest poster over at Avalinah’s Books this week for her #NewBloggers101 series. Make sure you head over there to read my advice: What Are Linkups All About? Here’s what you may have missed on the blog this past week: February 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up – Link up your February wrap-up posts here! February Wrap-Up & Best… Read more »


Mar 02
Anderson’s Children’s Literature Breakfast Recap & Giveaway

Anderson’s Children’s Literature Breakfast Recap & Giveaway

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This past Sunday, my mom and I got to attend the Children’s Literature Breakfast hosted by Anderson’s Bookshop. This is the first time I’ve gone to this event, and I was excited to see what it was all about! KEYNOTES: Peter H. Reynolds – Peter introduced us to his newest children’s book The Word Collector, which is all sorts of adorable and inspired by the fact that he’s been keeping lists of words that he loves in journals for many years. Lena Roy & Charlotte Jones Voiklas – These two shared excerpts from their biography of their grandmother, Madeleine L’Engle (Becoming Madeleine) and also shared some sweet stories of growing up with her. One thing that was interesting to hear was how L’Engle’s voice in her childhood journals matched with the woman they knew (much later in life, obviously). L’Engle had a strong personality and a dream for her writing… Read more »