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)

NetGalley:

Nothing this week.

Bought:

  • 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

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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

WWW Wednesday – 10/16/13

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…


• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

Shadowlands (Shadowlands, #1)

Shadowlands #1 by Kate Brian – so far I’m really liking it, enough to set aside the other books I’m reading.

What did I recently finish?

Seeds of Yesterday (Dollanganger, #4)

Seeds of Yesterday (Flowers in the Attic #5) by V. C. Andrews – it was ok.  I think I was just ready to be done with the series.

What am I reading next?

We’ll see.  I have a lot of choices to pick from .