Thursday, December 1, 2016

November 2016 EOM Wrap Up

I have read 7 books this month (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, # 3) by Sarah J Maas
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, # 4) by Sarah J Maas
*November Snow (Bad Bloods, # 2) by Shannon A Thompson
*Opposition (Lux, # 5) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms by Tim Tebow
Chaos (Mayhem, # 3) by Jamie Shaw
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, # 5) by Sarah J Maas

I have reviewed 4 books this month. *These qualify for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry, # 2) by Simone Elkeles
*November Snow (Bad Bloods, # 2) by Shannon A Thompson
*Opposition (Lux, # 5) by Jennifer L Armentrout
*Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry, # 3) by Simone Elkeles

Other Posts:
Sunday Post - 220 & Stacking the Shelves - 157
Sunday Post - 221 & Stacking the Shelves - 158
Sunday Post - 222 & Stacking the Shelves - 159
Sunday Post - 223
Top Ten Reasons I'm Not in a Book Club
Last Ten Books I've Added to My TBR List
Top Ten Movies to Get You in the Christmas Spirit
Ten Things I'm Thankful for 2016
Waiting on Mr. President (White House Duet, # 1) by Katy Evans
Waiting on Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, # 1) by Vic James
Waiting on After the Game (The Field Party, # 3) by Abbi Glines
Waiting on The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, # 1) by Alison Goodman
Waiting on America's Next Reality Star (Reality Star, # 1) by Laura Heffernan
2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge – October Wrap Up
October 2016 Wrap Up
6th Annual Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop

Goals:
I'm behind schedule for my daily Bible reading.
I've read 84 out of 52 books (of course several of those are children's books).
I've read 12 out of 10-12 series enders.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Waiting on America's Next Reality Star

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

America's Next Reality Star (Reality Star, # 1)

By: Laura Heffernan

Expected Publication: March 7th 2017 by Lyrical Shine

Genre:

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Goodreads description--SEEKING THE SMART ONE

Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by spending her summer on national TV.

Luckily The Fishbowl is all about puzzles and games, the kind of thing Jen would love even if she wasn’t desperate. The cast checks all the boxes: cheerful, quirky Birdie speaks in hashtags; vicious Ariana knows just how to pout for the cameras; and corn-fed “J-dawg” plays the cartoon villain of the house. Then there’s Justin, the green-eyed law student who always seems a breath away from kissing her. Is their attraction real, or a trick to get him closer to the $250,000 grand prize? Romance or showmance, suddenly Jen has a lot more to lose than a summer . . .

I don't watch much reality TV, but I think I might enjoy reading this one. What are you waiting on this week? Let me know!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Chain Reaction - Review

Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry, # 3)

By: Simone Elkeles

Published: August 16th 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

319 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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*Note: The above links to Amazon and Book Depository are affiliate links. Affiliate links support giveaways for Somewhere Only We Know readers.

Goodreads description--Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn't live with the angst that his big brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when he falls for the wrong girl,

Luis enters a dark world he's never known, and just when he thinks he's got life all figured out, learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life. Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father?

I have really enjoyed reading about the Fuentes brothers. Alex, the oldest and lead in Perfect Chemistry, started out in a gang but went through the dangerous process of being jumped out because he wanted more for his family. Carlos, the middle child and lead in Rules of Attraction, wanted to prove that he was the tough guy and in some ways sought out being in a gang. And then there's Luis. He's lived a bit more sheltered of a life. He's the smart kid. The one in the family with a plan--he wants to be an astronaut. The problem is that trouble follows the Fuentes boys, and Luis is no exception. It doesn't help that he seems to be a bit of an adrenaline junkie.

I enjoyed how Chain Reaction started out a bit different. I wasn't sure that I was going to like how things started with Luis and Nikki being so young. The book starts with them both being just fifteen years old, but then jumps ahead two years. The beginning was necessary to set up how much anger Nikki has, specifically directed towards the Latino Blood, and how easy Luis had things back in Colorado plus how quickly things can get away from you when thrown into the wrong group of people.

Nikki was a tough nut for Luis to crack. She's feisty because she's been hurt in the past. She's been through a lot that only a few have any knowledge about. She's even aloof with her friends sometimes. I could understand her hesitation. Luis himself was somewhat frustrating to me. His strategy of finding out what Chuy from the Latino Blood wanted with him frustrated me a little. He really caused more problems for himself than need be.

Ultimately, Chain Reaction wasn't my favorite of the series. I enjoyed how it was different from the other two. I enjoyed that Nikki was Latina herself even though she wasn't as immersed initially into the culture as Luis. And I read this one just as quickly as the previous two. I also really appreciated the presence of the other characters: Alex, Brittany, Paco, Carlos, Kiara, and even Mama Fuentes. Chain Reaction gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read Chain Reaction? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday Post - 223

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Busy busy week. Husband was off work all week which was really nice. Tuesday our cable company switched from Brighthouse to Charter. As a result, our internet went out and we had to place a service call. I also went to get last minute groceries. Wednesday, Husband's friend from Japan came into town to visit with us. Husband's family also came in from Georgia for Thanksgiving so we went over to his mom's house to visit. Thursday we got up early, stopped in Montgomery to pick up my dad, and then headed to my Nanny's house for Thanksgiving. Little Girl did great! She didn't nap on the way there or while we were there, but I didn't expect her. She did, however, nap almost the entire way home. When we got back to town we dropped by Husband's mom's house again. Friday we were back over there for lunch. I started my Christmas shopping (online). Saturday, we dropped Little Girl off with Grammy and went to see Fantastic Beasts and to eat pizza. And here we are. Oh of course, I've started watching Gilmore Girls: A Day in the Life, but I still have one episode left. I'll finish it today unless something messes that. I'm also on the last half of Empire of Storms. Hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving with their families and friends. No new books this week.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of Opposition (Lux, # 5) by Jennifer L Armentrout (3.5 Stars)
Tuesday: Top Ten Things I'm Thankful For 2016
Wednesday: Waiting on Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, # 1) by Alison Goodman
Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday: 6th Annual Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop (ends tomorrow) & 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge - November Wrap Up

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry, # 3) by Simone Elkeles
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday
Thursday: November 2016 EOM Wrap Up

Don’t forget to sign up for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15, 2016 to sign up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!

Friday, November 25, 2016

6th Annual Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop

The holidays are again upon us – where did 2016 go?! Now is a great time to clear those shelves to make room for new titles. So don’t go out and brave the crowds; get cozy with us in your jammies and enter to win some new-to-you books! The hosts for this event are Marlene @ Reading Reality and Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This giveaway will run from 12:01am on November 25 through 12:01am November 29 (Black Friday through Cyber Monday).

This year I'm giving away an ebook of your choice up to $10 USD. But let me offer you some suggestions that I've enjoy this year:

Morning Star (Red Rising, # 3) by Pierce Brown
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, # 1) by Simone Elkeles
Me Before You (Me Before You, # 1) by Jojo Moyes
Their Fractured Light (Starbound, # 3) by Aime Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Winter (Lunar Chronicles, # 4) by Marissa Meyer
The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, # 3) by Marie Rutkoski
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, # 4) by Sarah J Maas
Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms by Tim Tebow
He Will Be My Ruin by KA Tucker
The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep

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