Thursday, February 11, 2016

Reading Romance this Valentine's Day?

Hello Fellow Page Turners,

I came across this great post about books to snuggle up with this Valentine's Day, and I thought it was fantastic. 

I've only read a few of them, but I loved the ones I have. Check it out here

I've really liked the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, anything by Emery Lord, or Kasie West. 

What about you?

Love,
Danica Page 




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Review: Winter (Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer

Winter
Winter
(The Lunar Chronicles,#4)
by Marissa Meyer
Young Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.54
Published by: Feiwel and Friends
Published on: November 10, 2015
Pages: 824

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?


My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Why did I decide to turn the pages? I love this series and had to know how it ended. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I was hesitant to read this one because I have hated how several series have ended recently. This book was fantastic. It, for the most part, wasn't predictable but it also didn't devastate me. 

Marissa Meyer did a great job at tying all the characters' stories together. She has such a complex cast of characters and so many of them, and yet she did a brilliant job at weaving them all together. 

This series is one that I definitely recommend. It's not your typical fairtytale retlling. Meyer did a great job with this one. 

Definitely recommended. 

The Characters: All beautifully crafted. They had such different personalities and I loved all of them. 

Major Strengths: Everything. 

Major Weaknesses: It was 824 pages; but I did read it all in one sitting. 

So why 4.5 stars? Not quite a 5 star book; but it was really close. I think it could have been oh 100 pages shorter. 

Can I read the series out of order? I don't recommend it. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None, which is actually really refreshing. Recommended for all ages. 

The Wrap-up: A fun book which I enjoyed reading. I can't wait to read more by Meyer

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, February 1, 2016

2016: What books are on your dying to read list.

Fellow Page Turners,

I'm jumping into 2016 a month late. Preparing and studying for the LSAT, completing law school applications, then applying took all my time. So I'm just now joining the book scene. 

So what great books did I miss in January? 

I'm excited to get caught up. Here are some of the books I'm dying to read this year. 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas- Confession. I still need to read the first in the series, but I'm excited for this one.  I've heard it's fantastic.

Untitled Throne of Glass (#5) by Sarah J. Maas- I haven't read the fourth one yet, but I definitely need to. I've loved this series so much. Can't wait for this one. 

Heartless by Marissa Meyer- I don't think this one needs any explanation. I love her books. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next. 

And I Darken by Keirsten White- I'm really excited for this one as well. I adore this author. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. 

P.S. I like You by Kasie West- Yet another one that I'm dying to read. I love Kasie West. She's a great author. 

Remembrance by Meg Cabot- I will admit to being hesitant about this. I loved this series in jr. high. I'm always hesitant when authors resume books after they've left them behind for years. But I'll still plan on reading it. 

When We Collided by Emery Lord- I still haven't read anything by this author, but I hear she's fantastic. I really need to change that. 

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry- I actually preordered this one. I love McGarry. I own every single one of her books. I can't wait for this one. 

In Real Life by Jessica Love- This one just looks cute. I can't wait to get my hands on it. 

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout- Yet another one I've preordered. I love this author, and I'm not willing to admit how many times I've reread her books. 

Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally- I love this series. I can't wait to read one about soccer. That was the sport I played, so I have big hopes. 

A Daring Sacrifice by Jodi Hedlund- I adore this author and have loved all the books I've read by her. I can't wait for this one. 

Wanderlost by Jen Malone- It also looks fantastic, and I love roadtrip books. 


I could choose many more, but we'll stop there. What about you? What are you guys waiting for this year.

Love,
Danica Page 




















Sunday, January 10, 2016

Finished applying for law school!

I finished applying for law school! This is great news because it means I have more time to read books again. 

Sorry for being MIA this last four months. I'm excited to kick off a new year of reading and make up for the last four months where my reading really suffered. 

There have been a lot of really cool books I've received recently, and I'm really excited to review them. 

Any suggestions on books I missed from the last four months that I need to read? 

Happy new reading year!

Love, 
Danica Page 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Review: The Light of Day by Kristen Kehoe

The Light of Day 
(Beyond the Horizon,#2)
by Kristen Kehoe
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.92
Published on: October 2014 

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


Every action has its own consequence… 

Cora Whitley has learned the hard way that there are some choices you can’t escape, you merely survive. And she is, surviving that is. She’s living, breathing, eating, sleeping, working, all of the things you do when all you’re trying to do is get from one day to the next without truly remembering who you were. 

Jake Ferrari recognizes Cora the minute he sees her. Maybe it’s because somehow he knows she’s as broken as he is, or maybe it’s because when he looks at her he sees that the life he thought was over when his elbow blew out and his pitching career came to a halt can now be something different. Something better with her. 

But nothing comes for free, not even love. Follow Cora and Jake as they piece together their lives and deal with the consequences of falling in love with the one person they know they can’t have. 


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? Look at the cover. That's why. I loved it. Then I read the synopsis and thought this is something I think I'll like.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: The first in the series was 99 cents on Amazon, so I decided to read that one first. I really loved the first one, so I was excited to read the second one. 

The two novels are very distinct and different. The writing of The Light of Day seemed much more for an adult audience, whereas Beyond the Horizon seemed more for young adult readers. The Light of Day also had a much sadder tone and message. 

It dealt with some heavy issues, which honestly, I thought the author could have delved into more. 

However, having said that, this novel is an emotional, intriguing read. It was very different from what I expected...heavier even, and yet heavy in unexpected ways. 

I thought the romance was well developed, but there was something off about the couple for me. 

Anyway, if you're looking for a book that tackles serious issues without diving too deeply into them, this book deals with depression, family issues, diseases, addictions, and many other issues. 

A deeper novel than you'll find in many other New Adult novels. 

The Characters: Liked Jake. Had a hard time connecting with Cora. However, having said that, the characters were intriguing. 

Major Strengths: Surprisingly deep. 

Major Weaknesses: Moved slowly at times. 

So why 3 stars? I enjoyed it, but it didn't quite hit 4 stars for me. 

Can I read the series out of order? It alludes to events from the first novel and characters from it are mentioned in significant ways; however, it can be read as a stand-alone. 

Warnings/Side-notes: I honestly don't remember. I know it was for a more mature audience. 18 plus. But I can' remember if it was more on the young adult side or more on the adult side. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing, albeit unexpectedly deep read that I enjoyed. I'll be interested in what the author comes up with next. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Survived the semester....What did I miss?

Hello Page Turners,

Sorry the posts have been sporadic lately. I was taking an intense load of classes this semester, working too many hours, and studying for the LSAT. 

Still waiting to get my scores back, but I think it went well. That means I've got a lot of reading to catch up on. 

What did I miss in the last four months? 

I definitely need some book recommendations. What were your favorites?

Love,

Danica Page 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Review: Saving Leah by Misha Eilliott

Saving Leah 
by Misha Elliott  
Adult/New Adult Romance  
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.68
Published on: 
Pages: 200

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Sometimes the only thing worse than revealing a painful secret is keeping it from the one who wants to save you. 

In time, fractured bones mend and torn flesh heals. But what about a fractured soul? Years of abuse have left Leah scared and broken, in solitude with the only symbol of the person she used to be-her violin. 

While in hiding, she never expected to meet the handsome and alluring Asher. Can he save her before all is lost or will her secrets become the death of her? 

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It looked like a novel I'd enjoy. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: It wasn't at all what I was expecting. In fact, the synopsis led me to believe that the novel was something else entirely. 

The novel does talk about Leah, a famous violin player, who endured years of abuse. But what it doesn't mention is that "in hiding" referred more to her state of emotional being than anything else. 

I don't mean to down play abuse or the scars that abuse can have on a person. I love books about this subject, but that wasn't what I thought this book would be about and it wasn't my favorite book that's been written on the subject. 

Asher and Leah were interesting characters, but I never felt like I really got to know them. And their relationship didn't ring true for me. 

So why 3 stars? It just wasn't what I was expecting and it didn't quite grab me and pull me into it as much as I wanted it to. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some scenes of violence, sexual references. It's tame as far as new adult goes, but it still is for 16+. 

The Wrap-up: I wanted to like this, but it just wasn't what I was expecting. 

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, November 30, 2015

Review: Rikki by Abigail Strom

Rikki
(Hart University,#1)
by Abigail Strom 
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.73
Published on: September 12, 2015
Pages: 212

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Ever since junior high and an ill-fated game of seven minutes in heaven, Rikki Eisendrath and Sam Payne have hated each others’ guts. But when they end up at the same college—and the same dorm—they figure it’s time to declare a truce.

They even become friends… sort of. But when Sam asks Rikki to model for his sculpting project, they start spending more time together—and her feelings for him get more complicated.

She tries to focus on the guy she’s been crushing on instead. But Sam’s the one she can’t stop thinking about, even though their arguments are starting to heat up as much as the chemistry between them.

With antagonism and attraction this intense, there’s bound to be an explosion. But when the dust settles, will Sam and Rikki be enemies, friends… or something more?
 


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It looked cute. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I was surprised that the story started in junior high with the kiss and then shifted to college. You got to see their entire story play out in front of you. 

I liked that fact, but I'm sure many would say the story could have started with the start of college. For some, this might have led to a slow beginning. But for me, those early years were some of my favorite in the novel and really helped set up the rest of the story. 

Rikki and Sam were characters that I really enjoyed reading about. The novel and plot were predictable and the characters were also fairly predictable, and yet, I still loved the novel. It was intriguing watching these two characters interact with each other. 

I think fans of the new adult genre will enjoy this one. 

So why 3 stars? It was rather predictable and yet I still enjoyed it. 

Warnings/Side-notes: A fairly tame new adult novel. References to sex, drugs, language, and LGBTQ. 

The Wrap-up: I'd be interested in seeing what happens next. 

Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Review: Storms over Secrets by J. A. DeRouen

Storms over Secrets
(Over,#3)
by J.A. DeRouen 
Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published by: 
Published on: 
Pages:

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Promises are lies dressed up for the party.

Secrets poison the fairest of fairy tales.

Lies stain the purest of loves.

I've paid the ultimate price for my choices. The tendrils of those sins bind me to my past. The remnants of my love hold me captive.

Then he walks into my life and makes me believe in second chances. He awakens feelings in my I know I shouldn't have. I yearn for a future without guilt. With him, I dream of a love untainted.

Regret is a far reaching emotion. It barrels through time like a blazing comet, and its path isn't always straight. No matter what I feel, I cannot bring myself to regret the time I've spent with Cain.

But it doesn't mean I can have him.

My name is Celia Lemaire, and this is my story of broken promises.


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? I loved the synopsis. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First thought, who names their kid Cain? That's just cruel and asking for trouble. The whole time I was thinking of fratricide. 

Besides that, I loved the synopsis. It was so lyrical and the type of writing I loved. The novel was not written in that style. It actually had quite a humorous tone for most of it. Some might even say a crass sense of humor. 

I had a hard time connecting with Celia because for most of the novel we didn't know what was going on in her head. I never felt like I understood her. She was always held aloof and mysterious, even when we were in her POV. 

Cain was a character that I actually liked, yet sometimes his actions left me confused too. 

The synopsis did not prepare me for the relationship between Celia and Cain or the writing style for the novel. Furthermore, I won't give spoilers, but the whole relationship between Cain and Celia seemed really forced at times. Celia just seemed to be acting quite out of character, but then again that could be because I never understood Celia as a character. 

The novel just really wasn't my cup of tea. However, having said that, I think if I had gone in with the right expectations, I would have liked it. It dealt with some serious issues, but the novel is meant to be comical. I think people who like more straight adult romance rather than new adult will like this. 

So why 3 stars? It wasn't my cup of tea, but it wasn't bad. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, I didn't feel lost. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Very adult. I ended up skimming several pages (more so than normal) because I felt uncomfortable. Strong usage of language. Mature audiences only. 

The Wrap-up: A novel that I think others will like, but it wasn't for me. 

Love,

Danica Page

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Review: Something in the Air by Marie Landry

Something in the Air
by Marie Landry 
New Adult Realistic Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.62
Published on: November 10, 2015

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Her life hasn't gone as planned, but she's about to realize that sometimes the best things happen when you stop expecting life to be a certain way...

When Rose Morgan put off her college plans to help her mother through a difficult time, she thought it would just be a bump in the road of her journey. She got a job to help pay the bills and started picking up the slack at home. But three years later, her bumpy ride hasn’t smoothed out yet, and Rose feels stuck. She’s working at a job she hates and living with a manipulative mother. She’s tired of feeling like her life has stalled, tired of the resentment and anger building inside her with each passing day.

Then Declan Connelly appears in her life, and even though the hot Irishman is seriously tempting, Rose is determined not to let him in. She’s afraid to suck anyone into her bizarre life, especially someone who seems too charming for his own good. She soon learns there’s more to Declan than his sexy accent and charismatic personality, though. He’s a good man, and he wants Rose in his life, baggage and all. He’s got his own, and he isn’t scared away like she originally feared he would be.

Everything in Rose’s life is changing quickly. It’s finally her time--time to figure out what she wants and what her future holds. Time to get swept off her feet and not fight it. But when her plans might take her away from all the amazing new things in her life, including Declan, Rose has to make a choice. Is she willing to chase her dreams, even if it means letting go of love?
 


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It looked like something I'd like. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I wanted to like this one so much. The plot sounded incredible, it had sexy Irish men in it, and it was about self-discovery. It seemed like everything I like. Yet, it just fell flat. 

The writing style irked me and I'm not quite sure why. The characters didn't do what I wanted them to. And the plot just fell flat for me. 

Having said that, I probably wouldn't have written any of that if I hadn't gone in with such high expectations. 

On a whole, the novel wasn't bad. It was intriguing and I enjoyed it. It just wasn't quite what I was expecting. 

Having said that, I think many fans of new adult fiction will enjoy this one. It's different in many ways, particularly the last 25%, than many novels in this genre. It is an intriguing book; it just wasn't what I was expecting. 

So why 3 stars? Fell kind of flat for me, but it was still one that I enjoyed. 

Warnings/Side-notes: As far as new adult novels go, this one is on the tamer side, but it is still meant for older audiences. 

The Wrap-up: Lots of potential, didn't quite live up to it. However, all in all not a bad book. 

Love,

Danica Page

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