Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review: The Promise by Beth Wiseman

The Promise
by Beth Wiseman 
Adult Inspirational
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.84 
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Published on: September 30, 2014
Pages: 306

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

Mallory's search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal--and danger. Can the only man she's ever loved rescue her before it's too late? Mallory Hammond is determined not to let her boyfriend, parents, or anyone else get in the way of her #1 goal--to save a life. She had that chance when she was a teenager, and the opportunity slipped away, leaving a void she's desperate to fill. Then a new friend she met online offers her the chance she's dreamed of. 

But she'll have to leave behind everyone she loves to take it. Tate Webber has loved Mallory for years. He understands that Mallory's free spirit has to fly, and when he gives her the space she needs, he hopes that when she lands, the two of them will be in the same place and can marry at last. In a bold move--and with lots of resistance from Tate and those closest to her--Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dream. Tate begs her not to go, but Mallory embarks on the dangerous journey to Pakistan anyway, only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. Her new friend isn't who he says he is.

And Mallory can only pray she'll make it out alive. Inspired by actual events, this riveting story will take you on a wild journey and have you asking yourself: How far would I go for love?Bestselling author Wiseman encourages readers to think through their feelings about Islam, Christianity, faith, love, and what it means to help others. Her novel will challenge, encourage, and stimulate discussion among her loyal fans and first-time readers.

My Rating: 3 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: I had mixed feelings about this book. The content was quite interesting and the actual message the book contained was quite poignant. 

However, the book could have benefited from a good editor. There were several errors and it kind of bogged down the story for me. I also thought the beginning was slow.

Some of the characters could have been better developed and I felt like certain moments were rushed.

However, I really enjoyed the message the book contained. It was a book that left me thinking long after I turned the last page. 

So why 3 stars? Without all the errors, I would have given it 4 stars. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This book was different than other books I've read by the publisher. It was much more "worldy" with references to sex and partners staying over and violence. However, I still feel it's appropriate for readers of all ages. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable novel that was thoughtful and intriguing. There were just too many tactical errors for it to be that I loved. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Released Today & Review: Changing Everything by Molly McAdams

Changing Everything
(Forgiving lies, #2.5)
by Molly McAdams
Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.23
Published by: William Morrow Impulse
Published on: March 3, 2015
Pages: 112

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

Paisley Morro has been in love with Eli since they were thirteen-years-old. But after twelve years of only being his best friend and wingman, the heartache that comes from watching him with countless other women becomes too much, and Paisley decides its time to lay all her feelings on the table.

Eli Jenkins has a life most guys would kill for: Dream job, countless women, and his best friend, Paisley, to be the girl he can always count on for everything else. But one conversation not only changes everything between them, it threatens to make him lose the only girl who has ever meant anything to him.

When tragedy strikes his family and Eli is forced to reevaluate his life, he realizes a life without Paisley isn’t a life at all. Only now, he may be too late.


My Rating: 3 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: I have certainly had mixed feelings about this author and so I was interested in seeing how I'd feel about this one. This novel was unlike what I expected.

I'm used to McAdams writing insanely emotional novels that make me furious or make me want to cry. This novel proved to be a fun, cute read. 

It's a novella and so everything was super fast-paced, but I loved the relationship between Paisley and Eli. It was so cute.

This novel is perfect for fans of romance. 

So why 3 stars? While it was a fun, cute read, it just didn't really have anything that made it stand out to me. 

Can I read the series out of order? I did. I definitely had a few moments where I thought I wonder if I'm missing something here, but this novel can definitely be read as a stand-alone. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This novel is definitely for 17+. It's new adult/adult and so it contains more graphic sexual descriptions. It's on the tamer side, however. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable novel that was a quick, fun read. 

Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Review: Every last Promise by Kristin Halbrook


Every Last Promise 
by Kristin Halbrook
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.75
Published by: HarperTeen
Published on: April 2015
Pages: 288

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

Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Gayle Forman, Every Last Promise is a provocative and emotional novel about a girl who must decide between keeping quiet and speaking up after witnessing a classmate's sexual assault.

Kayla saw something at the party that she wasn't supposed to. But she hasn't told anyone. No one knows the real story about what happened that night—about why Kayla was driving the car that ran into a ditch after the party, about what she saw in the hours leading up to the accident, and about the promise she made to her friend Bean before she left for the summer.

Now Kayla's coming home for her senior year. If Kayla keeps quiet, she might be able to get her old life back. If she tells the truth, she risks losing everything—and everyone—she ever cared about.
 


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: This book was a very interesting one. I wasn't quite sure what I thought of it at first and then I realized that was how it was supposed to be.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved how the author chose to write a chapter in the present and one in the past. Often, I don't like that one, but this time I did.

This book stood out of the crowd of contemporary fiction and I really enjoyed it. It was profound and meaningful.

I thought Halbrook did an excellent job of writing this novel. This book is raw and emotional, and definitely is one that I enjoyed reading.

The subject matter is one that is hard to take in and is definitely meant for older teens and yet I'm glad I liked it.

It wasn't quite as powerful as Speak, but I agree fans of Speak and Foreman will like this novel. 

A good book that will leave you thinking. 

So why 4 stars? I loved it and it was profound, and yet I thought it could have been slightly more powerful. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Several instances of strong language and scenes meant for older teens. It's definitely YA material, but for 15+. 

The Wrap-up: A very intriguing, thought-provoking book that drew me in. 

Love,

Danica Page

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

The Accidental Empress
by Allison Pataki
Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.12 
Published by: Howard Books 
Published on: February 17, 2015
Pages: 512

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

New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki follows up on her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Traitor’s Wife, with the little-known and tumultuous love story of “Sisi” the Austro-Hungarian Empress and captivating wife of Emperor Franz Joseph.

The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry.

Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth, “Sisi,” Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young emperor. But shortly after her arrival at court, Sisi finds herself in an unexpected dilemma: she has inadvertently fallen for and won the heart of her sister’s groom. Franz Joseph reneges on his earlier proposal and declares his intention to marry Sisi instead.

Thrust onto the throne of Europe’s most treacherous imperial court, Sisi upsets political and familial loyalties in her quest to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and of the world.

With Pataki’s rich period detail and cast of complex, bewitching characters, The Accidental Empress offers a captivating glimpse into one of history’s most intriguing royal families, shedding new light on the glittering Hapsburg Empire and its most mesmerizing, most beloved “Fairy Queen.”
 

My Rating: 5 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 adored Sisi. She has to be one of the most interesting characters I've ever read about. I loved how spunky she is and yet how real the author made her seem.

The characters in this novel take on a life of their own. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is easily the best book I've read this year. It was amazing!!! Yes, I just used three exclamation points. This is writing at its best. I read all 512 pages in one day because I had to know what was going to happen next.

This is a book that is going to be on my shelf as soon as I can buy it. The novel is intriguing, the characters fascinating, and the backdrop in Austria all combined to make this the perfect read.

I would recommend this to anybody and everybody. Rarely, do I read a book that makes me want to go and recommend it to everybody I know...this was one of those books. 

So why 5 stars? It's fantastic!

Warnings/Side-notes: Some references to sex. They are all very tame. Appropriate for 12+. 

The Wrap-up: This novel was fantastic. I can't wait to see what the author comes up with next. 

Love,

Danica Page

Guest Post: Why Men Opt Out of the (Women's) Fiction World by Leonce Gaiter

Hello Fellow Page-Turners,

Did you know that only 20% of the fiction market ic comprised of men. Leonce Gaiter has written an intriguing article on why he thinks that is. Let me know what you think of Leonce's opinions in the comments below. 
Why Men Opt Out of the (Women’s) Fiction World
Fewer and fewer men read fiction.  They compose only about 20% of the fiction market according to surveys. Some lay this off to genetics, suggesting that the way men’s minds work discourages them from entering into another’s experience the way fiction demands.

“Boys and men are, in general, more convergent and linear in their thinking; this would naturally draw them towards non-fiction,” wrote author Darragh McManus, pondering the question.

Others, like Jason Pinter, suggest that the overwhelmingly female publishing industry simply overlooks books that appeal to men because they fall outside the female experience.  In other words, men now suffer the same fate women suffered at the hands of a male-dominated publishing industry for so many years—and payback’s a bitch.

Others suggest that boys are discouraged from reading at a young age by children’s books that fail to engage them.  Give them the proper material, the story goes, and young boys will engage with reading.  They point to the fact that young males were principal consumers of the Harry Potter books as proof.  “More boys than girls have read the Harry Potter novels,” according to U.S. publisher, Scholastic. “What’s more, Harry Potter made more of an impact on boys' reading habits. Sixty-one percent agreed with the statement ‘I didn't read books for fun before reading Harry Potter,’ compared with 41 percent of girls.”

I always balked at these rationales because I read fiction all the time.  However, thinking on it, I had to admit that I avoid modern fiction like the plague.  I have tried the popular plot-thick page-turners and the feel-good tearjerkers and the occasional cause celebre with a literary reputation.  So many have left me so cold, that I simply won’t shell out the cash for a paperback or e-book version, much less a hardcover. 

Trying to assess what I found lacking in most of the current novels I attempt, I find their utter reliance on the world around them (and me) supremely dull.  So many work so hard to place characters in a world I will recognize.  Too many work hard to create characters with which I (or their prime demographic audience) will ‘identify,’ and recognize as someone they could be, or someone they know. 

It then made sense that men would ask why they should read something “made up” about this world when there was plenty of factual reading material on that subject.  I have never approached fiction to re-visit “this world.” I’m already here.  Instead, I want an alternative—a vision of this world exhaled through the writers’ and characters’ hearts, minds and eyes.  Exhaled with the distinction of the smell of an individual’s breath. Fitzgerald’s Long Island in The Great Gatsby is his own creation, no kitchen sink recreation.  Fitzgerald’s people and prose warp this place into something utterly unique. 

Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles is his distinctive projection of that city. You don’t pick up Jim Thompson’sThe Killer Inside Me with the idea of identifying with the protagonist.  You don’t grab Faulkner to meet the boys next door or titter with recognition of your kith and kin.  You don’t visit Patricia Highsmith to look in a mirror. You pick them up to enter worlds as fantastical in their way as Harry Potter’s.  I read fiction to meet characters I otherwise would not.  I read fiction for the larger than life—not a retread of this one.  I want to watch and think with characters who are nothing like me, who dare what I never would, who experience in ways that I cannot. 

In an article titled, “Why Women Read More Than Men,” NPR quoted Louann Brizendine, author of The Female Brain suggesting a biological reason why women read more fiction than men:


The research is still in its early stages, but some studies have found that women have more sensitive mirror neurons than men. That might explain why women are drawn to works of fiction, which by definition require the reader to empathize with characters.

What horseshit. Reading, and reading fiction, require no such thing.  They require that you understand and grow intrigued by characters and situations.  You need not imagine yourself as them or believe that they behave as you would.

Perhaps more men stopped reading fiction when fiction stopped presenting unique worlds, and settled for presenting this one so that readers could better “identify.”  Maybe we’re too megalomaniacal to “identify” with that.  We want words recreated, not rehashed. 

“Shall I project a world,” asks Oedipa Maas in Thomas Pynchon’s “The Crying of Lot 49.”  Somewhere along the line, in tandem with the female domination of the publishing industry and fiction readership, the ideal of doing so fell from vogue.  Instead, writers rely on identification with this one.  Male readers seem have checked out.

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Leonce Gaiter is a prolific African American writer and proud Harvard Alum. His writing has appeared in the NYTimes, NYT Magazine, LA Times, Washington Times, and Washington Post, and he has written two novels.  His newly released novel, In the Company of Educated Men, (http://bit.ly/ZyqSuN) is a literary thriller with socio-economic, class, and racial themes.
BOOK LINKS
In the company of Educated Men

Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: My Heart Stood Still by Lori Copeland

My Heart Stood Still
(Sisters of Mercy Flat, #2)
by Lori Copeland
Adult Christian 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published by: Harvest House Publishers
Published on: March 1, 2015
Pages: 224

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


"The Sisters of Mercy Flats", begun in Promise Me Today, continues in this wonderful new Western-flavored historical romance. The McDougal sisters are experts at swindling men, and this time Anne-Marie enters into a bargain bordering on blackmail--with a Crow warrior.

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.

An Overview of the novel: Anne-Marie and her sisters never should have tried to swindle the man out of his money, even it it was to help the church. They were attacked by indians and would have died, had it not been for their rescuers.

The only problem is that Anne-Marie has no idea what happened to her sisters. All she knows is that now she's stuck with this indian if she wants to survive that is. 

But Anne-Marie is known for meeting trouble. This time might just prove to be too much. 

The Characters: I adored the characters. Anne-Marie was such a realistic character. It was fun getting into her head. She wasn't a perfect character, and some of the mistakes she made were quite comical. But she had a good heart. I loved reading about her.

I also loved Creed. He was so interesting to read about. I loved watching Anne-Marie and Creed interact.

I also thought that the secondary characters were well developed. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book was a fun fast-paced novel. There was never a slow moment. I kept turning the pages faster and faster, desperately trying to figure out what would happen next.

This novel explored issues of faith, devotion, loyalty, honor, and race/ethnicity in such a seamless way. And it did it all with a dose of humor mixed in as well.

This novel was a fun read. However, at the same time, I think it could have explored some of the themes/elements in the novel better. I also felt that certain aspects were rushed.

All in all, it was an enjoyable read. 

So why 4 stars? It was a fun, intriguing read that stood out from some of the others I read, but it definitely wasn't perfect. 

Can I read the series out of order? This novel can be read as a stand-alone. There are some details that reference events that happened in the first, but you won't be lost if you haven't read the previous one. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some minor references of violence. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable read. I can't wait to see what the author comes up with next. 

Love,

Danica Page

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

An Uncertain Choice
(An Uncertain Choice, #1)
by Jody Hedlund
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.33
Published by: Zondervan
Published on: March 3, 2015
Pages: 256

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


Due to her parents' promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father's enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents' will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow. 


Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the most guilty had not already captured her heart.


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:  I love Jody Hedlund and so I had really high expectations going to this novel. Hedlund didn't disappoint.

I loved this novel. Rosemarie has been told she's been vowed to be a nun, but then she's told she has a month to find true love. Three knights compete for her love.

That is a fantastic backdrop. The novel is definitely geared for the young adult audience. Several aspects of the novel are quite transparent. I had pretty much figured out the plot from the very first page, but I still loved the novel. 

It was a fun, cute read. I loved how Hedlund wrote the novel, and I really enjoyed the blend of humor and serious elements.

The novel is perfect for fans who love stories set in the medieval ages, competitions to win love, or for fans of christian fiction.

I found this to be a delightful read. 

So why 4 stars? It stood out from the crowd. I loved the plot and the writing. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some tame references to torture and violence. 

The Wrap-up: A great read. I can't wait to read the sequel, at least I'm assuming there's one after the way this novel ended. Another great read by Hedlund. 

Love,

Danica Page

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Guest Post: Suitcase Secrets: Finding Inspiration in Unexpected Places by K.J. Steele

 Hello Fellow Page-Turners, 

Today I'm pleased to welcome K.J. Steele to the site. K.J. Steele recently released The Bird Box, which is receiving great ratings on Goodreads. This is the second novel that K.J. Steele has released. You can contact K. J. Steele at her website or this link
  
Suitcase Secrets
Finding inspiration for ‘The Bird Box’ in unexpected places.


When a dead man speaks people listen. There is just something compelling about a voice that reaches out to us from beyond the grave. I’m not referring to spooks here, but rather to mankind’s phenomenal ability to impress ourselves onto the fabric of this world even long after the physical self has departed.

Music, literature, art, etc., are some of the common daily communications we have with the dead. The emotive essence lingers on. But for one fragment of society their voices came forward in a much humbler way.

When I set out to write my novel The Bird Box I spent some time on the grounds and in the buildings of a former insane asylum. Although the physical location was beautiful it was best described as a melancholy beauty. The memory of the former patients lingered.

I began to wonder about them. Not as patients but as people. Who were they? Before and during their committal’s? What had their lives been like? Their childhoods? Had they flown kites? Liked kittens? Plums? Had they been bold and adventurous or shy and cautious? What had formed their hopes and dreams and secret fears?

I went to the Mental Health Archives in search of answers. I found none. Researching patient files was often heartbreaking. Not so much by what was written there, but by the lack thereof.

After the initial admittance notes there was very little new information. Staff were busy and it was not uncommon to have whole lives –40–50–60– years condensed down to a few brief notes.

The brevity of it haunted me. Not that I blamed the staff. Their hands were more than full with practical matters. But still, it felt inhumane to me that whole lives had been pared down to a few paltry lines. I wanted to know who these people were. Above and beyond the narrow label of psychiatric patient.

I was soon to find out. Their voices began a torrent of stories into my mind. They demanded a place on my page. They had stories to tell; lives and loves, laughter and tears. They too had experienced great joys and devastating loss. They had suffered deeply as well and yet none of these things fully defined them.

Synchronistically, as I was writing their stories I was sent a link to Jon Crispin’s stunningly evocative photographs of the Willard Asylum Suitcases. Jon’s photographs visually dovetailed so perfectly with my written efforts to portray the person behind the label of psychiatric patient that I knew immediately I had to travel to the exhibit The Changing Face of What is Normal in San Francisco to further explore his work.

What followed was an astounding opportunity to speak with the dead. Or rather – listen. Displayed alongside some of Jon’s photographs were the original suitcases and their contents. Each suitcase, no matter how carefully or haphazardly it had been packed for that initial trip to the asylum, spoke volumes to me. Each one was a virtual time-capsule illuminating the individuality of its owner. Bibles and poetry books, family pictures, lotions, musical instruments, detailed diaries, loving letters. Objects as seemingly disparate from one another as mending kits and (in one case) a small hand-gun. Items that symbolically spoke of the desperate need to either mend or end the suffering.

Few people in our society’s history have been so reviled and disenfranchised as the mentally ill. Our discomfort and fear of those we could not understand or control led to some less than glorious years.

Those committed to the care of an asylum were in some ways excommunicated from the rest of humanity. They were held in institutions where their sense of autonomy was met with resistance. Their personal mail was opened and relieved of any unsettling or dissenting content. Their objections were routinely overruled. Not only did they become powerless they became voiceless as well.

Obviously it was far easier to silence people back then in an age before today’s instant and ubiquitous technology. Problematic dissenters were easier to erase; sometimes permanently.

And sometimes not so permanently as evidenced with the Willard suitcases. The contents of the suitcases serve to form an intimate choir of ghostly voices. They speak of each person’s individuality. Of their uniqueness. Some of them give evidence of seemingly competent minds while others show an obviously distorted grip on reality. Mental illness can be frightening. Perhaps to no one more so than to the person caught within its shifting shadows.

The people who filled the wards of the former insane asylums were as individual as they were unique. To paint them all the same would be but an erroneous reverse stroke of history. The contents of the suitcases they left behind now speak formidably for these long dead patients.

I have listened to their stories and endeavored to capture the echo of their hearts and minds in my novel The Bird Box. These were people who contributed to the diversity of life. And their lives mattered.

Love,

Danica Page

Review: Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

Beyond All Dreams
by Elizabeth Camden 
Adult Christian Inspirational 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.30 
Published by: Bethany House Publishers 
Published on: December 15, 2014
Pages: 368

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

Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across a baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. She is thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, but her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help. 


Luke Callahan was one of the nation's most powerful congressmen until his promising career became shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. 



Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglement with a member of Congress.


 
From the gilded halls of the Capitol, where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for themselves? 


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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: I have loved some books by this author and then had mixed feelings about some others. Naturally, I was curious to see what I thought of this one.

I loved several aspects about this novel and other aspects drove me nuts. I'll start with the things that I liked. 

I loved the characters and thought that they were very well developed. They seemed like real people. Both were flawed characters that definitely weren't perfect, and yet they were striving to put their flaws behind them.  I loved how they complemented, challenged, and helped each grow. 

I loved that the novel was set to the backdrop of the Library of Congress. That was fascinating. 

Also, another part I enjoyed was how real the novel felt. The relationship didn't feel forced. 

Things I didn't like. I thought the characters made some really stupid mistakes. It left me so frustrated. They kept throwing away their chance at happiness or just being stupid. 

Other than that, I really enjoyed the novel. 

So why 4 stars? It stood out from other novels. I enjoyed the characters, the plot, and the writing. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some tame references to violence. 

The Wrap-up: The perfect novel for fans of romance, historical fiction, or Christian fiction. An intriguing read. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Promo Post: The Botanist by L.K. Hill

Hello Fellow Page-Turners,

Today I'm pleased to be doing a promo article for The Botanist by L. K. Hill. L.K. Hill is the author of over 5 novels, including The Street Games series.

The Botanist will be released on March 31,2015. Readers can connect with L.K. Hill at her website and on Goodreads.

L.K. Hill is a novelist who writes across three genres. Her crime and historical fiction are written under her initials, L.K., while her scifi/fantasy and dystopian are written under her full name, Liesel K. Hill. She lives in northern Utah and comes from a large, tight-knit family. She plans to keep writing until they nail her coffin shut. Or the Second Coming happens. You know, whichever happens first. 

Here's the synopsis for The Botanist.

In the heat of the desert, Detective Cody Oliver inadvertently stumbles upon a strange garden adorned with exotic flowers. Upon closer inspection, he finds the garden is but a cover for the scores of bodies buried below. Soon, the small town of Mt. Dessicate plunges into chaos as journalists, reporters, and cameramen from across the nation descend upon the tiny, desert town to get a piece of the action.

Along with the media, a mysterious woman appears—she may be the only person who has come face to face with the killer, dubbed the Botanist, and lived to tell the tale. If Cody can't piece together a timeline of the land the crime scene is located on, decipher how the woman's mysterious past is connected to the killer, and bring the Botanist to justice, he may lose the people he values most. 

You can add it to your Goodreads shelf here

What do you guys think about this one? It looks interesting.

Love,

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