ARC Review – Hereafter by Kate Brian

Hereafter (Shadowlands, #2)

Title:  Hereafter

Pages:  320

Author:  Kate Brian

Series:   Shadowlands #2

Type/Genre:  Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Paranormal

Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion

Date Published:  October 1, 2013

Source:  from publisher

My Rating:  *****

Goodreads Summary:

Rory Miller thought her life was over when a serial killer set his sights on her and forced her into witness protection. But a fresh start on Juniper Landing Island was exactly what she and her family needed. For the first time in years she and her sister hang out at the beach, gossip about boys, and party together. She’s also made friends with a local clique–including a magnetic and mysterious boy named Tristan.
But Rory’s world is about to change again. Picturesque Juniper Landing isn’t what it seems. The truth about the swirling fog that rolls in each morning, the bridge that leads to nowhere, and those beautiful locals who seem to watch Rory’s every move is more terrifying than being hunted by Steven Nell. And all Rory ever wanted was the truth. Even if it means learning that she can never go home again. From the best-selling author of the Private and Privilege series comes the second novel in a heart-stopping trilogy about a girl who must pick up the pieces after the only life she’s ever known ends.

My Thoughts:  After reading Shadowlands and how it ended in a cliffhanger, I was really looking forward to reading Hereafter.  I was not disappointed.  Brian has written another fast-paced book full of suspense and action.  As far as sequels go, it was well written.

Likes:

  • I like the fact that it is told in two POV’s – Rory’s and the creepers, even if the creeper’s is a little weird.
  • Rory’s relationships with her family and the other Lifers, like Joaquin and Krista, evolve more in this book for the better.  In Shadowlands I didn’t like Joaquin very much.  I thought he was too cocky, but I saw a different side of him in this story.
  • Hereafter leaves you wondering if they will be able to fix the issues with the Shadowlands.  I can’t wait until the next book.  I’ve got questions that need answered.  🙂
  • I love the cover.  It looks very mysterious with the fog rolling in and the girls looking back over their shoulders.
  • It was interesting to see certain roles in the book reverse from what they were in Shadowlands.  A few of the people Rory thought she could trust became someone she couldn’t and she ended up relying on other ones that you would not expect.

Dislikes:

  • I thought the “who” of the story was predictable since I figured it out early on, but there was a lot of mystery surrounding the details which made not too bad.
  • That I have to wait on the third book in the series.

About the Author:

Kate Brian is the prolific author of many books for teens including the Private series, the new Privilege series, and Sweet 16. She lives with her husband in New Jersey. She writes under the pseudonym Kate Brian, instead of using her real name: Kieran Scott.

A Few of the Author’s Other Books:

  • The Private Series
  • The Privilege Series
  • Shadowlands #1

Would I Recommend This Book?  Yes

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

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Review – Shadowlands by Kate Brian

Shadowlands (Shadowlands, #1)

Title:  Shadowlands #1

Pages:  328

Author:  Kate Brian

Series:  Shadowlands #1

Type/Genre:  Young Adult, Paranormal, Contemporary

Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion

Date Published:  January 8, 2013

Source:  library

My Rating:  *****

Goodreads Summary:

Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection program. Entering the program alongside her, is her father and sister Darcy. The trio starts a new life and a new beginning leaving their friends and family behind without a goodbye.

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. Just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?

My Thoughts:

I flew through this book in two days.  I have read a lot of Brian’s books this year and enjoyed almost all of them.  This was definitely what I can tell is Kate Brian’s knack for the right amount of suspense with twists and turns, and then she leaves you with a cliffhanger at the end.  Of course I wanted to go straight to reading Hereafter but I already had other books that needed read first.

Likes:

  • From the first page Brian builds up the suspense with Rory’s teacher chasing after her until she just stops the story with a cliffhanger.  I had to keep reading to see what would happen next.
  • I didn’t expect several things that happened during the book like with Mr. Nell and I definitely didn’t expect the ending, but I can’t say too much more without revealing spoilers.  Definitely creepy though.
  • The fast pace and action of the story.
  • Krista was one of my favorite characters.

Dislikes:

  • I disliked the fact that Rory is supposed to be in hiding and although she doesn’t disclose the details of her past, she is still very quick to trust everyone.  I thought she would have been more cautious.  I know that she knew who was after her, but she didn’t know any of them and was somewhat naive.
  • Her sister, Darcy, got on my nerves.  I understand she was a teenage girl.  She wanted to go to her senior party and have a normal life, but she was just so selfish.  Hello!  After her mother died and then her sister is almost killed you would think she would care just a bit more, wouldn’t you?

About the Author:

Kate Brian is the prolific author of many books for teens including the Private series, the new Privilege series, and Sweet 16. She lives with her husband in New Jersey. She writes under the pseudonym Kate Brian, instead of using her real name: Kieran Scott.

A Few of the Author’s Other Books:

  • The Private Series
  • The Privilege Series

Would I Recommend This Book?  Yes

ARC Review – Until It Hurts To Stop by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Until It Hurts to Stop

Title:  Until It Hurts To Stop

Pages:  256

Author:  Jennifer R. Hubbard

Series:   no, standalone

Type/Genre:  Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Publisher:  Viking Juvenile

Date Published:  September 12, 2013

Source:  from publisher

My Rating:  ***

Goodreads Summary:

In seventh grade, Maggie Camden was the class outcast. Every day, the other girls tripped her, pinched her, trapped her in the bathroom, told her she would be better off dead. Four years have passed since then, and Maggie’s tormentors seem to have moved on. The ringleader of them all, Raleigh Barringer, even moved out of town. But Maggie has never stopped watching for attacks, and every laugh still sounds like it’s at her expense. The only time Maggie feels at peace is when she’s hiking up in the mountains with her best friend, Nick. Lately, though, there’s a new sort of tension between the two of them—a tension both dangerous and delicious. But how can Maggie expect anything more out of Nick when all she’s ever been told is that she’s ugly, she’s pathetic, she’s unworthy of love? And how can she ever feel safe, now that Raleigh Barringer is suddenly—terrifyingly—back in town?

My Thoughts:  This was the first time I have read anything by Jennifer R. Hubbard and I liked it.  This book took a realistic take on the issue of bullying and the lasting effects it has.  I liked the message that it sends about standing up to your bully without violence or stooping to their level.

Likes:

  • It was sad that Maggie spent so much time waiting and worrying when the next attack from Raleigh, who wasn’t even thinking about her, instead of concentrating on her own life.  She lost focus of her relationships because of it.  It was such a real portrayal of what someone goes through when being bullied that it was heartbreaking.
  • I admired Maggie’s strength of character that kept her going back to school, even when she expected an attack, and kept pushing her to climb that mountain, even when she was scared.

Dislikes:

  • I liked Nick’s character mostly, but I could not stand how passive he was.  I guess that comes from his issues with his father, but he should have stood up to him also.  I have to remember that these kids are in high school but it drove me crazy that he liked one person but couldn’t talk to her about it so he got involved with a different girl instead.
  • The pace of the story was a little slow.  I guess I have been reading a lot of fast-paced, action-packed stories lately, but that is not what this story was supposed to be about.

About the Author:

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A Few of the Author’s Other Books:

  • The Secret Year
  • Try Not To Breathe

Would I Recommend This Book?  Yes

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

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