Posting a bit late this week.
November was a fairly good month. I got a fair amount of reading and blogging done. I participated in NetGalley November and 2013 Thankfully Reading Weekend. I can’t believe it’s December already. I’m so not ready for Christmas, shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking, etc. Or cold weather. We’re supposed to be in for a lot of snow this next weekend. Good thing I have a lot of books to read. 🙂
- Total Books Read – 19
- Total Pages Read -4,721
- Total Books for 2013 – 146
- Total Pages for 2013 – 42,168
- ARC’s: 6 read, 2 reviewed, 3 pending
- Library: 13, 2 reviewed
- Books Read from TBR List: 12
- Male/Female Authors: 4/15
- Favorite Book: Hereafter by Kate Brian & Plants vs Zombies: Lawnmagedon by Paul Tobin & Ron Chan
- Least Favorite Book: Say Yes/Say When
- Books Read for Challenges: 6
Posts for August:
- Reviews – 4
- Features – 15
- Events – 6
- Recaps – 4
I read four more books this past week and went shopping over the weekend. I won a reading contest so I got to pick out $45 worth of books at Barnes and Noble. Also did a little Christmas shopping for the kids. I have no idea how the holidays are here again when I swear we just celebrated not too long ago.
- Until It Hurts To Stop by Jennifer R. Hubbard
- Hereafter (Shadowlands #2) by Kate Brian
- Say When (Something More #1) by Tara West
- Say Yes (Something More #2) by Tara West
- The Last Little Envelope (13 Envelopes #2) by Maureen Johnson
- The Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown
- The First Days #1 by Rhiannon Frater
From the Library:
- Dead Is Just a Rumor (Dead Is #4) by Marlene Perez
- Dead Is Not An Option (Dead Is #5) by Marlene Perez
Nothing this week.
- Say When by Tara West for .99 from Amazon so I could read Say Yes that I got from NetGalley
- Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Mayberry from Audible’s 3 for 2 credits sale
- The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst from Audible’s sale
- The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton from Audible’s sale
- Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs from Barnes & Noble
- NOS4A2 by Joe Hill from Barnes & Noble
- At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks from Barnes & Noble
- 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz from Barnes & Noble
Posts from this past week:
Author: Kate Brian
Series: Shadowlands #2
Type/Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Paranormal
Date Published: October 1, 2013
Source: from publisher
My Rating: *****
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Read for this challenge:
Update 1: I am currently at 52% of reading Until It Hurts To Stop and 17% of The Longings of Wayward Girls.
I signed up for NetGalley November to get caught up on my NetGalley requests. I’ve gotten a little behind and I would like to get caught so I can request more of course. I have 19 that need read by December. So I’m choosing Level Hard – 11 – 15 books. This is hosted by K-Books, Bookish Treasures, & A Daydreamer’s Thoughts.
Here’s my list:
- Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown (currently reading)
- Until It Hurts to Stop by Jennifer R. Hubbard (currently reading)
- The Hangman’s Replacement by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko
- If You Could Be Mine by Sarah Farizan
- Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M. C. Beaton
- Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
- Hereafter by Kate Brian
- Hard to Handle by Jessica Lemmon
- Say Yes by Tara West
- One Great Year by Tamara Veitich & Rene DeFazi
- Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols
- Silent City by Alex Segura
- The Naturals by Jennifer Lynne Barnes
- Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
- Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a new topic.
I’ve been reading a lot of series lately. All of mine have been released already though. So according to FictFact, these are the sequels I need to read:
- Hereafter (Shadowlands #2) by Kate Brian
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (this is actually the first one, but I read them in reverse)
- A Clash of Kings (Game of Thrones #2) by George R. R. Martin
- Tilt (Triangles #2) by Ellen Hopkins (I didn’t really like Triangles, but still going to finish the series)
- Hunger (Gone #2) by Michael Grant
- Seize the Night #2 by Dean Koontz
- Dance Of Gods (Circle Trilogy #2) by Nora Roberts (probably have to re-read the first one)
- Darkness, My Old Friend by Lisa Unger
- Girl of Nightmares (Anna, Dressed in Blood #2) by Kendare Blake
- Bad Guys (Zach Walker #2) by Linwood Barclay