Monday, October 17, 2016

Blog Tour: Redemption by Anne Osterlund. Finally!!!!

Fellow Page Turners,

I'm thrilled to be part of today's blog stop for Redemption by Anne Osterlund. Anne Osterlund has been one of my favorite authors for years, and I'm super excited to share my thoughts with you about her latest book. It was absolutely incredible. What a great ending to a great series! Definitely check out this series and just this author in general. 

Redemption
(Aurelia,#3)
by Anne Osterlund 
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.2
Published on: October 17, 2016

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

AURELIA, former crown princess of Tyralt, has cobbled together a new life in exile with ROBERT, the young countryman who loves her. In the Outer Realms, they have found safety, but their homeland has not. Tyralt is under attack. When a friend from the past arrives to persuade Aurelia to rescue her country, she and Robert must weigh the hopes of a kingdom against their own failures, nightmares, and self-doubt. Because both Aurelia and Robert know that if they make the wrong choice, with the freedom of an entire nation at stake, they may not find redemption.

My Rating: 5 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? Anne Osterlund is one of my favorite authors. Seriously she is fantastic and I've been waiting years to see how this one ends. Aurelia and Robert are some of my favorite characters ever created and as mentioned I've been dying for this book to come out. I'm so glad it finally did. 

A great writer and a great series meant that I absolutely had to read this one.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: To say I had high expectations would be a vast understatement. I absolutely loved this series, this author, and these characters. Other books by her have been beautifully crafted and so after all this time, naturally I had high hopes. 

And we all know that when one has high hopes, that person is often disappointed. This was not the case with Osterlund. 

In true Osterlund style, she stayed true to her characters and to her writing style. The plot moved at a quick, rapid pace but one that wasn't too quick that she missed out on character development.

The novel was beautifully crafted, like all of hers are. And I finally got to see the ending to a story that I've been waiting for forever. The ending was fantastic. So fans rest assured, you won't want to throw the book across the room. That's all I'll say for fear of giving too much away. 

The Characters: I loved Robert and Aurelia form the very first moment and that didn't change. Anne Osterlund is a master at character development. 

Major Strengths: Character development, intriguing story. 

Major Weaknesses: It's a slightly predictable story line, but really what did you expect? I loved it anyway. The style of writing in the epilogue wasn't my favorite but it was still good. 

So why 5 stars? It was incredibly well written and it was just a fantastic trilogy. 

Can I read the series out of order? You probably could, but you'd miss out on so much. Just do yourself a favor and read them all in order. 

The Wrap-up: A great finish to a great trilogy. This one comes highly recommended. 

Love,

Danica Page

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Unexpected Haitus...But I'm back now

Fellow Page Turners,

I apologize for the unexpected haitus yet again. Life has been unusually crazy, and unfortunately I haven't much time for reading.

But I'm back now. I hope you have had happy days reading and look forward to reading your blogs and seeing all the great books I missed.

Love,

Danica Page

Thursday, February 25, 2016

When I'm not reading...I think about the End it Movement

Hello Fellow Page Turners,

When I'm not reading and I get my head out of a book, it's for this cause. 
http://enditmovement.com/


There shouldn't be over 27 million people enslaved today. Human trafficking is a real problem. Being aware of it won't stop the problem, but being aware of it is the first step to stopping it. 

I invite you to likewise post about this on your media channels. And if you haven't read Half the Sky, Not in My Backyard, and many more. Well worth the read. 

Love,

Danica Page

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

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