Sunday, February 1, 2015

Review: Captive by Aimee Carter

Captive
(The Blackcoat Rebellion, #2)
by Aimee Carter
Young Adult Dystopia 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.83
Published by:Harlequin Teen 
Published on: November 25, 2014 
Pages: 304

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

For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancĂ© cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever. 

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape. 

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley 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.

The Characters: Kitty Doe was a character that I liked from the beginning. I haven't read the first in the series, so I don't know what she was like in the one. But I loved her in this one. She was a strong kick-butt character who wasn't afraid to do what she felt was right. I loved how she grew through the novel.

Benjy was a character that I don't actually feel all that close to. Maybe he was developed in the first book more, but in this one he just kind of was there. I wanted to know more about him. Instead, he felt like a character kind of brought in for certain scenes/moments and then pulled back out again.

Knox- now there's a complicated character. I won't give anything away, but he is one character that I'm dying to know more about. He feels much more developed than Benjy, and I really want to know more about him.

The secondary characters were well-developed as well. I greatly enjoyed watching them all interact. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: The actual writing of this novel was fantastic. I loved how Carter weaved her story. It was absolutely brilliant. I thought the novel was a very fast, engaging read. Like I said, I didn't read the first in the series, but she did a great job of making the story easy to understand and relate to still. I loved the world she created (or actually hated it, but found in really intriguing to read about.)

The novel read similar to many other dystopian novels I've read, but having said that, I did enjoy it still. 

So why 4 stars? It stood out of the crowd. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. 

Can I read the series out of order? I did and I didn't feel lost. Naturally, I'm assuming the story makes more sense if you read it in order, but I still loved this one without having read the first one in the series. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Vague mentions to sex. There are no detailed scenes. There is also mild violence in this novel and vague mentions of nudity. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable read. I definitely want to read the next in the series. I have mixed feelings going into the last one in the series. I really hope I don't end up hating it. 

Love,

Danica Page

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: The Story of You and Me by Pamela DuMond

The Story of You and Me 
by Pamela DuMond
(Driven, #1)
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.76
Published on: October 20, 2013
Pages: 284

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

A 2014 Amazon Breakout Novel Award Romance Quarterfinalist

My name's Sophie Priebe and I’m nineteen-years-old. I planned on college, keggers and cute guys—not multiple sclerosis. Yes, my Nana’s had it for decades, but it skipped over my mom. After my diagnosis people treated me differently—so I stopped talking about it and kept it secret. Meanwhile I researched treatments, possible cures—and now I have hope.

I traveled thousand of miles to L.A. to find healing: from stem cell studies to alternative medicine like acupuncture and shamanic vision quests. Some treatments could be dangerous: but I’ll try anything because my stakes are high—life and death. I'll risk everything—except for love. I don’t have time for love.

But my Nana always told me, “Life, the fates, or God has a funny way of messing with one’s best-laid plans…"

My first night in L.A. I landed in the middle of a campus bar fight and a few beer bottle splinters cut my face. The most beautiful young man I've ever met, Alejandro, took me to the ER, chauffeured me to my new apartment and even washed my beer-drenched hair. He and his friends are Drivers: volunteers who drive students who've partied too hard.

My second day I got lost in a dicey part of town and was attacked by gang-bangers. I was lucky—I escaped—this time. While L.A.’s filled with glamour, mansions and celebrities—it’s also infested with folks who would happily take advantage of a new girl.

So I hired Alejandro to drive me to my appointments. He became my un-official bodyguard. He took me to healers in beach towns, mountains and deserts. He invited me to BBQs, and included me with his family and friends. He made me laugh again. My heart started cracking open…

I wish I had told him my secret. When I discovered—he hadn't yet told me his...

A Story of Hope. A Story of Love. A Story of Redemption.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley 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.

The Characters: I actually really liked the characters. Sophie wasn't a whiny character despite everything that was going on. She was such a fun character to read about. I loved how the character developed her throughout the novel.

I also really liked Alex. Alex was just a good guy. Like Sophie, he had a bunch of crap to deal with but he didn't let it define him. I thought that the characters were well-developed. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I thought this novel was very well-written. It was engaging from the very first page until the very last page. There was never a slow moment.

I haven't read a lot of books like this one and so that was quite refreshing. I loved that the book was based on Sophie going to all of these different healers to try to help her grandma and to try to help her deal with her own problems.

The writing was fairly polished as well.

This is a story I would recommend to fans of realistic contemporary. It's quite an original fun read. 

So why 4 stars? It stood out from other books I've read. This is one that I'll remember long after I turned the last page. A great read. 

Warnings/Side-notes: For being a NA novel, this one is actually quite clean. There are, however, several vague references to drugs/alcohol, sex, and rape. Like, I said very vague though. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing novel that explored themes in an interesting way. I really enjoyed the characters and the overall story. I can't wait to see what DuMond comes up with next. 

Love,

Danica Page

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Excerpt: The Rules for Riding by Natalie Scott



Fellow Page-Turners,

Today I am thrilled to be feature The Rules for Riders by Natalie Scott on my blog. I will be posting an excerpt of the novel. But first here's some information about the author. Also, feel free to check out my review of the novel here

Author Info:  

Natalie Scott grew up in Melbourne, often referred as the cultural capital of Australia because of its great restaurants, trendy cafes and great shopping! Natalie developed a love of books when her fourth grade teacher read the book Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis.

In high school Natalie devoured the classics, her favorite being Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. At University she studied English Literature and Communications, though she will openly admit to spending a lot of time at the college pub where she liked to make up outrageous stories before traveling extensively through Europe and the United States.

Throughout her travels, she fell in love with sunny California where she attended classes at UCLA Writer’s Program. Natalie also attended numerous writers’ conferences including Santa Barbara, San Diego State and Grubstreet. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Fiction award given at the Southern California Writers Conference. In her spare time, Scott worked as a spokes model for companies including the AMC Network,, We Entertainment, Hasbro, Adobe and Sony.

The Aussie gal is a foodie who loves Vegemite and currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona where she enjoys sharing her passion for food, enjoys exploring new restaurants, happy hour, traveling, and a passion for books and fashion.

Natalie Scott’s debut novel Rules for Riders was published in August 2014.

Connect with Natalie on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

To learn more, go to http://www.nataliescott.com/


And now for the excerpt:


KING
CHAPTER 1

I can still remember the first time I saw him...

He’s seventeen hands high, a dark bay, almost black, a white star on his forehead, and two white socks on his hind legs. I’m fifteen years old when I spy King bucking and rearing and giving the grooms a terrible time. I think he’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

I point straight at him, “I want that horse.”

My father (otherwise known as the Colonel) rolls his eyes. “No, he’s wild. You just want him because he’s difficult like you.”

We’re at our neighbors, the O’Rileys, on a crisp Sunday morning. Jim O’Riley owns Starlight stables and is one of the best horse trainers in Connecticut. Jim winks at me. “For God’s sake, Colonel, everyone knows you made a ton of money in the stock market. Let her have the damn horse.”

“I said no,” shrieks the Colonel, remaining unconvinced. “Besides, who’ll train her?”

“I will,” Billy O’Riley, Jim’s oldest son, steps forward. His clear green eyes stare straight at King. “He’s a warm blood, sir, from Holland. We just bought him.”

The Colonel growls at Billy. “Listen son, I don’t care if he’s from friggin’ Japan! For God’s sake you’re only a couple of years older than my daughter.”

We all stand there watching, while his face turns bright red with rage. There’s no way in hell he's going to let me have this horse now. That would be too perfect. Instead, he shocks the pants off of me!

“Fine, but if you break your neck, don’t blame me.”

First thing the next morning I race over to the O’Rileys. By the time I reach the stables, I’m out of breath. Billy’s busy brushing down his horse, Stargazer. I walk over to King and stroke his mane. Then I pull a sugar cube out of my pocket. “Hey, boy.”

Billy looks up. “That’s funny, he doesn’t usually take to people so quickly. So let me guess, you want to take a ride?”

God, I’ve been riding since I was six! Okay, I admit it— Billy’s a hottie. I’ve had a crush on him forever. But it makes me crazy the way he still treats me like a little kid. He leans closer and places his hands firmly on his hips.

“Bebe, if I’m going to train you, there are rules for riders. The first one’s commitment. Without it, none of the other rules exist. If I agree to train you, you’ve got to give me 100 percent.”

I stare right back at him, giving him my best killer smile. “I’m all yours!”

For the next few weeks, he insists I do nothing but flat work. He hardly lets me ride across the yard without making sure I am doing it properly. Unlike the Colonel, Billy brings out the best in me and plays down the worst. Whatever I lack, he teaches me with infinite slowness; guiding King and I so we both gain confidence.

“That’s right. Keep your back straight, hold your head up, shoulders back.”

I learn from Billy that difficult horses become easy once you know how to handle them. With Billy’s training, I’m right on course. The Colonel’s threats don’t scare me. Instead, they fuel me, making me even more determined to succeed.

A few days later, I get to the stables early for some quiet time with King. Billy sneaks up behind me. I can feel his breath against my neck.

When I turn around, he has an amused look on his face. “So, do you finally want to take a ride? Isn’t that what you’ve been dying to do—jump every fence this side of Connecticut?”

I have this wild urge to hug him. Instead, I saddle up King. “C’mon, boy.”

King and I take off.

“Tell me what you’ve learned when you get back!” Billy shouts.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Love,

Danica Page

Book Review: The Rules for Riders by Natalie Scott

Fellow Page-Turners,

Today I am thrilled to be feature The Rules for Riders by Natalie Scott on my blog. I received an e-galley of this novel for review. As a reviewer, I did not receive any compensation for reviewing this novel nor was I obligated to write a good review.


For an excerpt of this novel,go here. Here's some information about the author and book before I get into my review. 

Author Info:  

Natalie Scott grew up in Melbourne, often referred as the cultural capital of Australia because of its great restaurants, trendy cafes and great shopping! Natalie developed a love of books when her fourth grade teacher read the book Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis.

In high school Natalie devoured the classics, her favorite being Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. At University she studied English Literature and Communications, though she will openly admit to spending a lot of time at the college pub where she liked to make up outrageous stories before traveling extensively through Europe and the United States.

Throughout her travels, she fell in love with sunny California where she attended classes at UCLA Writer’s Program. Natalie also attended numerous writers’ conferences including Santa Barbara, San Diego State and Grubstreet. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Fiction award given at the Southern California Writers Conference. In her spare time, Scott worked as a spokes model for companies including the AMC Network,, We Entertainment, Hasbro, Adobe and Sony.

The Aussie gal is a foodie who loves Vegemite and currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona where she enjoys sharing her passion for food, enjoys exploring new restaurants, happy hour, traveling, and a passion for books and fashion.

Natalie Scott’s debut novel Rules for Riders was published in August 2014.

Connect with Natalie on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

To learn more, go to http://www.nataliescott.com/


The Synopsis: 

After a near fatal riding accident, Bebe Barkley is banned from riding and sent off to boarding school. Finn Foxley, her roommate and partner in crime, devise a plan to get themselves kicked out of school, in order to return to the world they love. 

Once back on the Equestrian circuit, best friends will become deadly rivals! Enter Billy O'Reilly, Bebe's handsome trainer, who will enforce 7 Rules that will turn Bebe's world up upside down forever.


You can buy it on AmazonBarnes & Noble, or you can add it on Goodreads shelf

And now without further ado, here are my thoughts on the novel: 

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

An Overview of the Novel: I went into this novel thinking I was going to get a book about a girl who liked horses, but other than that I didn't know anything about the book.

Yes, this book is about horses, but at the same time it's really about so much more. It was more like a dramatic coming-of-age story set to the backdrop of horse riding. 

The novel spans several different stages in Bebe's life. Her discovering a love for riding, her time at Boarding school, her time riding, and several other things that I will not mention here because I don't want to spoil the book.

In my opinion, the plot jumped around a lot. I thought that there was enough going on in this story to last at least 3 books. Basically, anything and everything you can think of happens in this book. 

The Characters: I had a hard time connecting to the characters. I thought Bebe was a great combination of naiive and a little bit of a jerk. She treated Billy and several other characters quite awfully and just did some really stupid things. She kept seeing the best in people who didn't deserve it and then pushed away characters who didn't deserve it.

I thought Billy should have stood up to Bebe more. He just kind of let Bebe walk all over him. He was a character I did like, but I thought he was an idiot for putting up with Bebe. 

I felt like a lot of the characters weren't really developed all that well. They were one-faceted, there to serve a purpose and then they disappeared without us really getting to know them.

I love novels that focus a lot on character development and so that was a disappointment for me. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This story had a lot going on and a lot of potential. I felt that the author should have broken this up into three novels and developed parts of the story more. It would have made the novel feel less jumpy and more realistic.

I also thought that the writing could have used a more thorough edit.

However, having said all of these things, I did enjoy the novel. It was a quick read and I thought that on the whole it was interesting. When I look at Goodreads, I see that most people seem to love this novel. If you love novels with a lot of action/drama and don't mind a story that jumps around a lot, I think you would really like this one.

For me, I would have liked to see a slower pace, more developed characters, and less jumping around.

However, the overall story was intriguing. Check out some other reviews and see if you think this one is for you. 

So why 3 stars? For all of the reasons listed above. It felt jumpy and I couldn't connect to the characters on the level I wanted. For me, it's 3 stars. It wasn't terrible and I definitely think many people would enjoy it. It just didn't quite stand out for me. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This novel included sexual references and drug references. It was done in a young adult fashion (not detailed). 

The Wrap-up: A novel that had great potential but one that just didn't stand out in my mind. However, it was an intriguing debut and I would read something by the author again. 

Love,

Danica Page

Review: 99 days by Katie Cotugno

99 days 
by Katie Cotugno
Young Adult Realistic Contemporary 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.78
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Published on: April 21, 2015
Pages: 384

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


Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.


My Rating: I'm going to break this up like this.

The actual writing: 5
The topic: 1
What the characters did: 1
The message it contained: 4

So I guess I'll give it a 4. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley 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.

An Overview of the Novel: Julia's mom destroyed her life the moment she wrote a book based on Julia's life. Suddenly all the secrets Julia tried to keep were out for everybody to read, and so Julia did what she does best--she ran away without so much as looking back. No, literally she ran away to an all-girls boarding school. 

But now she's stuck home for 99 days of the summer. And it's like a jail sentence. Nobody in that town has forgotten. Julia, her old best friend, is set on making her life miserable. Yes, she knows she shouldn't have got between two brothers, but people are making sure she won't forget it any time soon.

Then she finds out Gabe is back and Julia finds herself falling for him. But then Patrick comes back, Patrick the other brother the one she used to date before he found out about her and Gabe. And suddenly Julia finds herself coming between the two brothers yet again. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: The subject matter of this book is hard to take in. A girl caught between two brothers and a girl who cheated. It was hard to watch Julia keep making so many mistakes and watch how certain people in the story used her. 

It was hard to read. And yet, I found myself rooting for Julia despite all her shortcomings. Despite her actions, she's a really likable characters. She's just lost and not sure how to save herself. For being only 18 years old, that's understandable. A lot of her problems could have been avoided if she had had somebody she could trust. 

This book was nothing like I thought it would be. The ending bugged me at first, but now I really like it. The more I sit on this novel, the more I like it.

Yes, I hate the characters in some ways, I hate the crap that they make each other go through, and I hate the decisions they made. However, the story is poignant and profound. This novel takes a hard look at what it means to be a teenager and what it means to stand up for yourself. 

This novel is not one everybody will like. To be honest, I don't know if I can say I  liked it. But I respect it because it made me think. Any book that still has you thinking  

So why 4 stars? Because for me the message the story contains is important. You can't run from your past; you have to face it. Eventually, you have to face who you are and the mistakes you've made. It has a good message.

Warnings/Side-notes: There is sexual content but think of it in a "Sarah Dessen" way. It's there, but there are no details. It's just mentioned.  That's why I ranked this as young adult and not new adult, even though it's in the floater zone. Would recommend for 15+.

The Wrap-up: A messed-up girl making a lot of messed-up decisions with characters who made me want to scream "GROW UP! GET OVER YOURSELF! NO DON'T DO THAT!" that surprisingly I enjoyed. It left me thinking and overall it's a profound book. 

Love,

Danica Page

Waiting on Wednesday: I Remember You


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The point is to share a book that hasn't been released yet, but one that you are dying to read.

The week's pick is I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell. It comes out on February 10, 2015 and is being published by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 

The synopsis:

For fans of THE FUTURE OF US comes an engrossing story of two teens, whose love for each other is tested by time and fate.
 
Lucas and Juliet couldn’t be more different from each other. But from the moment Lucas sees Juliet, he swears he remembers their first kiss. Their first dance. Their first fight. He even knows what’s going to happen between them—not because he can predict the future, but because he claims to have already lived it.
 
Juliet doesn’t know whether to be afraid for herself or for Lucas. As Lucas’s memories occur more frequently, they also grow more ominous. All Juliet wants is to keep Lucas safe with her. But how do you hold on to someone you love in the present when they’ve begun slipping away from you in the future? 

Why I'm waiting? It just sounds like a book that I'd love. I love the idea that Lucas seems to know everything that's going to happen. I think it has a lot of potential. Plus, I love the cover. 

Add it to your Goodreads shelf.


And that's my pick. But enough about me, what book did you guys pick? Please leave your link in the comments section. I love hearing from you guys.

Love,
Danica Page

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Calling All Christian Fiction Fans

Fellow Page-Turners,

Now maybe there is no interest in such a site, but I was talking to some friends and we realized that there isn't any place on the web where fans of Christian fiction can exchange/trade books.

My friends and I were interested in such a site and so I created one. I figure if there's no interest, I can always take it down. 

The link is here and the form to put up a book for trade on the site is here.

It's very simple. The site is designed like YA Book Exchange. 

If you have a christian fiction novel you want to trade, fill out that form and it will go live on the site. Then after people post books they are willing to trade, you can look and see if you want them. Then you can negotiate the trade.

So if you're a fan of Christian fiction and have some books you'd like to trade, then give it a shot. 

Would you be interested in such a site as this? I'm trying to figure out how many people would be interested. 

Love,
Danica Page 




Top 10 Books I Ned to Read by Genre

Hello Fellow Page-turners,



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish featuring a new top ten list each week. Everyone can participate just head on over to their blog and sign up. Each week they will post a new top ten list that one of our bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday.


Top 3 Books 
I Need to Read in....

(Just realized I posted next week's topic. :( Sorry! Bear with me)


New Adult

1. Ugly Love be Colleen Hoover-It's a Hoover novel 
and I haven't read it.
Goodreads


2. Anything by Cora Carmack- Everybody seems to love her and I haven't
read anything by her yet. 


3. More Than Her by Jay McLean- I liked the first in the series.
Goodreads

 Young Adult Stand-Alone


1. In Honor by Jessi Kirby- I think it sounds great.
Goodreads

2. Forget Me Not by Carolee Dean- This looks like an epic novel that 
I can't believe I haven't read. 
Goodreads


3. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen- It's Dessen. Enough said.
Goodreads

Inspirational Romance

1. Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter- I've loved
everything I've read by her and I own the book.
Goodreads


2. Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund- I adore this author.
Goodreads

3. Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris-I enjoyed the first one in the series.
Goodreads

 Young Adult Series

1. Take Me On by Katie McGarry- I love this series.
Goodreads


2. The Mortal Heart by Rovin LaFevers-I read both the
first two in the series this year and loved them.
Goodreads

3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge- I loved her stand-alone novel,
and so I really need to give this one a shot.
Goodreads

And that's all for me. What was your top ten? Did you have as hard of a time picking as I did? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments. 
I love reading them. :)

Love, 
Danica Page

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Review: Just Pru by Anne Pfeffer

Just Pru 
by Anne Pfeffer
New Adult Realistic Contemporary 
Asked to Review
Published by: Anne Pfeffer
Published on: March 2, 2015
Pages: 202
Buy on Amazon

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


"My mother once joked that my dad had wanted to name me Obedience. As if Prudence wasn't bad enough. I was not a Prudence and I never would be."

When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends … or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped. 

What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru's favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes up to live with playwright Ellen, Pru goes for it.

Thus begin the adventures of Pru, who's never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen's whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director's assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam. 

Only one thing can derail Pru's exhilarating ride. Well, actually, it's two things—and they're in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper? 


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley 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.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: To be honest, when I agreed to review this, I hadn't even read the synopsis. The name Anne Pfeffer was enough to get me to want to read it. 

And she didn't disappoint.

Pfeffer is an incredibly talented writer. I have read several novels from her and have adored all of them. They leave me laughing out loud, sighing, and rooting for the characters so much that I don't dare read the books in public.

She has an ability to create characters that leap off the pages and stick with you; not only her main characters, but all of the secondary characters too.

I adored this book. I loved that Pfeffer took a character who was a little unconventional and gave her a voice. The novel is perfect for fans of romance, comedy, clean new adult, and novels about self-discovery. Really, the novel is a great read for anybody. I can't wait to see what Pfeffer comes up with next. 

The Characters: Pru is not your average character. She is a slightly overweight girl who has anxiety and depression and has never really been away from home until now. She's been on her own for two months, but everything is coming to an end. Until, ironically enough, her apartment burns down. 

Pru is a character that is lovable from the get-go. She has a witty personality and quotes movies like non other. Add that to a shy, awkward women who's discovering herself and you've got one heck of a good character.

The secondary characters were also fantastic. 

So why 4 stars? I loved it. It stood out from other books I've read and the writing was great. 

Warnings/Side-notes: There are some very vague mentions to drug, suicides, nudity, and alcohol/drug use. I'm talking very mild here. This is a book that I loved because its new adult and it was clean. That's a rare breed. There was one or two instances of strong language. 15/16+. 

The Wrap-up: An adorable, funny novel that I fell in love with. A great read that comes highly recommended. 

Love,

Danica Page
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