2013 Thankfully Reading Weekend Wrap-Up Post

Update:  I didn’t do too bad for this.  I forgot to post my goals the other day, but oh well.  I made it through 2 books and 1 graphic novel.  I am partially through 3 other books as well.  My son had my Kindle for a little awhile so that’s why I started another book.  

This was hosted at Jenn’s Bookshelves.

My (Tentative) List To Choose From:

  1. The Last Boyfriend (Inn Boonsboro #2) by Nora Roberts
  2. Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz
  3. Silent City by Alex Segura (started today – 10%)
  4. Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M. C. Beaton – (22% done)
  5. The Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown (17% – I really need to finish this) (made it to 26%)
  6. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  7. Hard to Handle by Jessica Lemmon
  8. The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts (15% done)

2013 Thankfully Reading Weekend Kick-Off!


I found this through Tif Talks Books, one of the blogs I follow.  It’s hosted by Jenn’s Bookshelves.  I thought this would be the perfect ending to November and the NetGalley November Challenge.  I’m starting a day late , but I didn’t get much reading done on Thanksgiving anyway.  The kids and I went to my mom’s and enjoyed dinner with (most) of my family.  Then we took a nap before coming home.  All of the food was delicious and I ate way too much, but everybody had a good time.  Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.

I did finish a book today so I’m counting it for this.

My (Tentative) List:

  1. The Last Boyfriend (Inn Boonsboro #2) by Nora Roberts
  2. Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz
  3. Silent City by Alex Segura (started today – 10%)
  4. Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M. C. Beaton
  5. The Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown (17% – I really need to finish this)
  6. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  7. Hard to Handle by Jessica Lemmon

Weekly Recap – 11/11/13 to 11/17/13

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.

I Read:

  • 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

Until It Hurts to StopHereafter (Shadowlands, #2)Say When (Something More #1)Say Yes (Something More #2)

Currently Reading:

  • 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

The Last Little Blue Envelope (Little Blue Envelope, #2)The Longings of Wayward GirlsThe First Days (As the World Dies, #1)

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

Dead Is Just A Rumor (Dead Is, #4)Dead Is Not An Option (Dead Is, #5)


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

Say When (Something More #1)Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)The Secret KeeperThe Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire, #1)Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenNOS4A2: A NovelAt First Sight77 Shadow Street (with bonus novella The Moonlit Mind)

Posts from this past week:

NetGalley November Update

Top Ten Tuesday – Covers I Wish I Could Re-Design

WWW Wednesday

Book Beginnings & Friday 56

2014 Challenges

Reviews Posted – Until It Hurts To Stop, Shadowlands, and Hereafter

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.


  • 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.

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