Saturday, November 25, 2017

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge: November Wrap Up

Time for our eleventh Monthly Wrap Up for the 2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the October Wrap Up, neither Holly nor Sandy have finished any series enders.

Announcements/Reminders:
  1. Please make sure we have a valid email address or other means of contacting you if you choose to participate. Linking up to Goodreads is perfectly fine, but we have found that Goodreads is not a reliable source for contacting someone should you be selected as one of the monthly giveaway winners. This could be due to your Goodreads notification settings or Goodreads themselves could be at fault. We're not sure which. And since we want to make sure that everyone who is eligible for one of the giveaways will receive their prize should they win one month or the grand prize at the end of the year, it is up to you to ensure that we can contact you and that you respond within a reasonable amount of time (usually stated in the email notifying you of your winning).
  2. While the challenge and giveaways are open internationally, please make sure that you can receive e-gift cards via Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. Again, we want to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and to receive the prizes. Please remember that Holly and I are funding the giveaways out of our own pockets as something that we want to do, and we would like to continue to do so.
Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the November giveaway runs from November 25th - December 23rd. On December 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.




Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday Post #119

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

~FOR REVIEW~

~PURCHASED~

RECAP OF WEEK:
No New Posts

Just a short post to say "I'm still here". Part 2. I have seriously missed reading!!! I realize now the luxury I had available to me in the form of TIME. Time to do what I wanted, for the most part, during the day. Now that I'm working full time again outside the home (as an elementary school secretary) I have such limited time to do anything for myself. I'm not complaining. This opportunity has afforded our family many blessings that, in this season in our life, are necessary. But I do miss time to read. I miss getting lost in stories and characters and the many wonderful worlds created by amazing authors. I miss the escape from the stress of life. I miss jumping right into the latest books of my favorite authors (and I have a few of those waiting for me in my post today.) I miss writing book reviews and sharing those. So for those of you who have time to read, count it a blessing. Life without books and stories is still great...because it's LIFE!! But the spice in life that books bring those of us who love reading....well I miss that spice. 

Until next time friends...

2017 SERIES ENDERS READING CHALLENGE SIGN UP:
You can now join us for our 4th annual Series Enders Reading Challenge for 2017! Join anytime until December 15, 2017. We give away a gift card EVERY month to one lucky participant and we award a GRAND PRIZE at the end of the year. The more series enders book reviews you link up - the more entries you have to win. Come join us!



Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge: October Wrap Up

Time for our ninth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the September Wrap Up, neither Holly nor Sandy have finished any series enders.
Announcements/Reminders:
  1. Please make sure we have a valid email address or other means of contacting you if you choose to participate. Linking up to Goodreads is perfectly fine, but we have found that Goodreads is not a reliable source for contacting someone should you be selected as one of the monthly giveaway winners. This could be due to your Goodreads notification settings or Goodreads themselves could be at fault. We're not sure which. And since we want to make sure that everyone who is eligible for one of the giveaways will receive their prize should they win one month or the grand prize at the end of the year, it is up to you to ensure that we can contact you and that you respond within a reasonable amount of time (usually stated in the email notifying you of your winning).
  2. While the challenge and giveaways are open internationally, please make sure that you can receive e-gift cards via Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. Again, we want to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and to receive the prizes. Please remember that Holly and I are funding the giveaways out of our own pockets as something that we want to do, and we would like to continue to do so.
Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the October giveaway runs from October 25th - November 25th. On November 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge: September Wrap Up

Time for our ninth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the August Wrap Up, Holly hasn't finished any series enders this month. Sandy finished An Inconvenient Beauty (Hawthorne House, # 4) by Kristi Ann Hunter.

Announcements/Reminders:
  1. Please make sure we have a valid email address or other means of contacting you if you choose to participate. Linking up to Goodreads is perfectly fine, but we have found that Goodreads is not a reliable source for contacting someone should you be selected as one of the monthly giveaway winners. This could be due to your Goodreads notification settings or Goodreads themselves could be at fault. We're not sure which. And since we want to make sure that everyone who is eligible for one of the giveaways will receive their prize should they win one month or the grand prize at the end of the year, it is up to you to ensure that we can contact you and that you respond within a reasonable amount of time (usually stated in the email notifying you of your winning).
  2. While the challenge and giveaways are open internationally, please make sure that you can receive e-gift cards via Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. Again, we want to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and to receive the prizes. Please remember that Holly and I are funding the giveaways out of our own pockets as something that we want to do, and we would like to continue to do so.
Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the September giveaway runs from September 25th - October 25th. On October 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.



Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Post #118

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

~No New Books~

RECAP OF WEEK:
No New Posts

Just a short post to say "I'm still here". The last Sunday Post I shared was at the end of July and I said I was going back to work. Well, I started my new job as an elementary school secretary on August 10th and my reading, and therefore blogging, time has gone to nearly zero! I just haven't figured out how to fit in reading, and making any significant progress in books, all while working full time AND having evenings and weekends devoted to my teenagers and their extra curriculars or just family time, cleaning house time and lastly, down time. Sadly there aren't enough hours in the day most days. Sometimes I'll get a few pages read here and there but I'm still working on the same ARC that I was back when I last posted. 

All of that to say that I'm good. Crazy busy nearly every day, but I am blessed. One day, and that might not be till Thanksgiving break and Christmas break and summer break, but I hope to resume my reguarly scheduled reading and blogging time that I so very much enjoy. 

2017 SERIES ENDERS READING CHALLENGE SIGN UP:
You can now join us for our 4th annual Series Enders Reading Challenge for 2017! Join anytime until December 15, 2017. We give away a gift card EVERY month to one lucky participant and we award a GRAND PRIZE at the end of the year. The more series enders book reviews you link up - the more entries you have to win. Come join us!



Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 25, 2017

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge: August Wrap Up

Time for our seventh Monthly Wrap Up for the 2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the July Wrap Up, Neither Holly or Sandy finished any series enders this month.

Announcements/Reminders:
  1. Please make sure we have a valid email address or other means of contacting you if you choose to participate. Linking up to Goodreads is perfectly fine, but we have found that Goodreads is not a reliable source for contacting someone should you be selected as one of the monthly giveaway winners. This could be due to your Goodreads notification settings or Goodreads themselves could be at fault. We're not sure which. And since we want to make sure that everyone who is eligible for one of the giveaways will receive their prize should they win one month or the grand prize at the end of the year, it is up to you to ensure that we can contact you and that you respond within a reasonable amount of time (usually stated in the email notifying you of your winning).
  2. While the challenge and giveaways are open internationally, please make sure that you can receive e-gift cards via Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. Again, we want to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and to receive the prizes. Please remember that Holly and I are funding the giveaways out of our own pockets as something that we want to do, and we would like to continue to do so.
Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the August giveaway runs from August 25th - September 25th. On September 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.


Monday, August 21, 2017

After the Game - Review

After the Game (The Field Party #3)

By: Abbi Glines

Published: August 22, 2017 by Simon Pulse

352 pages

Source: ebook, Borrowed from Sandy

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
The third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Field Party series—a southern soap opera with football, cute boys, and pick-up trucks—from USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Two years ago, Riley Young fled from Lawton, Alabama. After accusing the oldest Lawton son, Rhett, of rape, everyone called her a liar and she had no option but to leave. Now she’s back, but she’s not at Lawton High finishing up her senior year. She’s at home raising the little girl that no one believed was Rhett’s.

Rhett is off at college living the life he was afraid he’d lose with Riley’s accusation, so Riley agrees to move back to Lawton so she and her parents could take care of her grandmother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. But the town still hasn’t forgotten their hate for her, and she hasn’t forgotten the way they turned on her when she needed them most.

When town golden boy Brady Higgens finds Riley and her daughter, Bryony, stranded on the side of the road in a storm, he pulls over and gives them a ride. Not because he cares about Riley, of course, but because of the kid.

But after the simple car ride, he begins to question everything he thought he knew. Could Brady believe Riley and risk losing everything?
MY REVIEW:
Another fast and easy read by Abbi. One thing is true about her stories, I can usually read them in a couple of days and they are angsty and fun. This series has been enjoyable to read since it deals with high school football players in Alabama. The first 3 books all have family problems in some form or another and end up having a girl come in to their life in their senior year that helps them overcome their issues. There's always a happily-ever-after and that's just peachy for me!

In this third book in the series, star quarterback Brady Higgens seems to have it all. A model family, the love and adoration of his entire town, lots of friends. He's known as a "good guy". One who is polite to everyone and is nice to even those he dislikes because that's just the kind of person he is.

Riley Young is a girl that the entire town hates after her accusations two years before of the town's wealthiest family's son raping her. Her family had to leave Lawton due to the hatred being spewed at Riley. Everyone believed him and no one believed her. Now her family is back to take care of her aging grandmother who has alzeimer's. Riley is being homeschooled in her senior year of high school. After having a baby, her priorities have changed. As a teen mom of a toddler, she vows to be the best mom she can be and provide a good life for herself and her daughter, all while keeping her as far away from her past and the people of this town. Even though she was created from such a great act of violence, her daughter was her salvation and she is viewed as a blessing to Riley and her parents.

Brady sees Riley in a rain storm one day pushing a stroller, and being the kind of guy he is, he pulled over and insisted on giving them a ride. He realizes that perhaps Riley wasn't lying and that everyone in their town, including him, may have misjudged her.

Fans of contemorary romance, but also of high school football, and young adult romance will enjoy this series.

This book has mature language but the sexual content is a minimum.

Check out my other reviews:

Book one, Until Friday Night (4 stars)
Book two, Under the Lights (3.5 stars)

Top Favorite Quotes:
You can't hide goodness. Hers was there, shining bright. It got to me. She got to me.

He held a power that most didn't have and he'd used his power for good. In my world, that made him a superhero.

"But if you love someone you can wait forever. Eachmoment you're together is special. You live for those times."

Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 1 (light)
Final Rating: 3.5 stars
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