Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review: Chasing Impossible by Katie McGarry

Chasing Impossible
(Pushing the Limits, #5)
by Katie McGarry
Young Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.45
Published on: July 1, 2015

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

Tough and independent, 17-year-old Abby lets very few people into her inner circle. It’s common knowledge in her Kentucky town that she deals drugs, but not even her closest friends know why. But when a deal goes south and Abby’s suddenly in danger, she finds herself reluctantly forced to lean on daredevil Logan—a boy whose restless spirit matches her own.

Logan has his own reasons for wanting to keep Abby at arms’ length. But he never expected to find in her the one person who might help him face the demons he’s tried so hard to run from.

Together, Abby and Logan will have to make a decision: let their current circumstances weigh them down forever…or fight for the future they both thought was impossible.
 


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher as part of a giveaway.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I adore Katie McGarry and all of her books. This one was no exception. I left the series heartbroken by the idea that she wasn't going to tell Abby's or Logan's stories.

Then I got this novel that told both of their stories. It was absolutely brilliant. I adored every minute of it.

Abby, the drug dealing teenager, made for a harsh read sometimes. However, like always McGarry told the story in a way that drew me in. Abby was a character that I actually liked despite everything else.

The writing was fast paced and the story had me hooked from page one until the very last page.

The chemistry between Logan and Abby was fantastic. This book had me laughing out loud, so anxious I wanted to bite my fingernails, and desperate to get to the ending. 

Major Strengths: Fast paced, great characters, stellar writing.

Major Weaknesses: Theme matter but I still loved it. 

So why 4 stars? It's Katie McGarry...enought said. Okay in all seriousness, I really did enjoy it. Not quite perfect 5 stars, but still enjoyable. 

Can I read the series out of order? You can read it as a stand alone, but it would be better to read in order of the series.  

Warnings/Side-notes: Strong instances of language, violence, and sexual innuendos. 

The Wrap-up: I loved it. Definitely comes recommended. 

Love,

Danica Page

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Mini Reviews: Scorched and Keeping Mr. Right Now


Fellow Page Turners,

And here's some more mini reviews. This time I'm featuring Scorched by Jennifer Armentrout (J. Lynn) and 


Scorched
by Jennifer Armentrout
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This one really was a tough read at times. Alcoholism isn't a light matter. While this was not my favorite Armentrout novel, I did really enjoy it. 

The characters were intriguing and Armentrout is a great author. This one was a little bit deeper and less funny than a lot of her other books. 

Definitely not a rom-com, but I enjoyed it. It's an intense, emotional read that read very differently from her other novels. However, I still loved it.



Keeping Mr. Right Now
by Robin Beilman
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 I've loved this author and her books. They are just so cute and fun. This is the epitome of a good beach read. It was fun and fast-paced. I really loved the characters in this novel. 

I also loved that the novel was set to a background of surfing. It was a fun read. 

Love,

Danica Page 


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mini Reviews: Texting Under the Influence and Crazy about the Competition

Fellow Page Turners,

And here are some more mini reviews for books I've read recently: Texting Under the Influence by Cara Lockwood and Crazy about the Competition by Cindi Madsen.


Texting Under the Influence
By Cara Lockwood
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I really wanted to like this one more than I actually did. It was kind of disappointing. I just thought everything happened so quickly and I had a harder time connecting to the characters.


However, it was still cute and fun. 

I thought the book just had a lot of parts that didn't ring true for me. The characters never really seemed to do what I wanted them to do. I got to 80% of the story being completed and I just barely thought the real story was beginning. 


Crazy about the Competition
by Cindi Madsen
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A clean romance novel. Seriously I love this publisher because the novels are romantic without being overtly sexual. 

I enjoyed the characters and the writing style. 


It was a cute, fun read that I enjoyed. I thought that this one was a lot like The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter. Since I adored that one, this one came up wanting. 

However, I loved how fun and unique the characters were. I thought it was great that the main character was from an Asian culture.  It was intriguing. 





Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: Spelled by Betsy Schow

Spelled
by Betsy Schow
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.64
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Published on: June 2, 2015
Pages: 352

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

Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after. 

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse...before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.


My Rating: 3.5 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.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I thought that this retelling was really inventive. It didn't follow the story super closely but close enough that you could follow the original tale.

I loved the characterization of Kato and Dorthea. I thought that Schow did a great job of creating quirky traits. The characters were all multi-faceted, which I always really appreciate. None of the characters were perfect; all had flaws. 

I thought that the novel was fun and delightful. Fantasy fanatics or retelling lovers will adore this novel.

It was well written and written in a creative way.

More specifically, I think that fans of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White will really enjoy this one. 

Major Strengths: Creativity, fun writing, and quirky characters. A book full with a sense of humor. 

Major Weaknesses: I thought that the pacing could have been balanced a little bit better. Certain parts I felt were rushed. However, all in all really enjoyable. 

So why 3.5 stars? While I did really enjoy it, it didn't quite make 4 stars for me. 

Warnings/Side-notes: There are references to violence in this novel. There isn't any swearing because they use things like "for Grimm's sake," "pixed" and other words that go along with the fairy tale world. No sexual content. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable, fun book that comes recommended. 

Love,

Danica Page

WOW: Betrayal and Love


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 The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson. It comes out on July 7, 2015 and is being published by Henry Holt and Co. 

The synopsis:

Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.
 


Why I'm waiting? I adored the first in the series. Seriously, I can't wait to read this one. I've been waiting for this for forever and now it's finally coming out soon!

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, June 30, 2015

Top 13 Books Read in 2015

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 13 Books I've Read in 2015

Considering I've read over 180 books already, 
this was really difficult. Sorry it's 13. 

1. The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki-Hands down this
has been my favorite of the year. 
Goodreads


2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson-It took me awhile
to get to this one, but I loved it. 
Goodreads


3. Married til Monday by Denise Hunter- I adore this author. 
Everything she writes is gold. 
Goodreads


4. Crash into You by Katie McGarry-Another Author I adore.
She's fantastic. 
Goodreads

5.The Leveller by Julia Durango- One of the first books I read this year.
It was fantastic. 
Goodreads

6. Inspire by Cora Carmack- Love this book and this author.
Nearly any of her books could make this list.
Goodreads

7. Bet on Us by Rachel Higginson- So glad I took a chance on this one.
I adored it. 
Goodreads

8. After a Fashion by Jen Turano-Such a cute, fun book. 
Goodreads


9. Take Me There by Carolee Dean-Don't let the cover deceive you.
This is not a romance. It's a tough, realistic novel. 
Goodreads


10. Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare-I've 
read this before I think. But I forgot how much I love this one. 
Goodreads


11. Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman- A Robin Hood retelling. 
I was sold from page one. 
Goodreads

12. All Lined Up by Cora Carmack-Yet another book
from Cora. Love it. 
Goodreads

13. Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey-Love this author and this series.
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

Monday, June 29, 2015

Review: At any Price by Brenna Aubrey

At any Price 
(Gaming System,# 1)
by Brenna Aubry 
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.96
Published by: Silver Griffin Associates
Published on: December 19, 2013

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

Achievement Unlocked: Geek Virgin

When Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she'll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.

It's a desperate step, but it's the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother's mounting hospital bills.

Difficulty Level: Millionaire CEO 

Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he's sexy, driven and--as CEO of his own gaming company--he's used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what's happening, he's found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she's made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.

She can't tell if he's playing her...or if he's playing for keeps.


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.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  The book was quite predictable. I guessed everything that was going to happen from about the third chapter. However, if you are like me and predictability isn't that big of a turn off, then you will discover this one to be a fun read.

The book plot was easy for me to unravel and the characters were pretty much cookie-cutter. However, the book did have some moments of depth, and was an enjoyable read.

If you are looking for a fun book that doesn't require much thought, then this one is a fun one. 

The Characters: The characters could have been more multifaceted. I thought that they all conformed to pre-established ideals. 

Major Strengths: Fun and cute. It was entertaining. 

Major Weaknesses: Predictability. While normally I don't consider this a weakness, this time I did because I felt like the novel could lacked originality due to the predictability.

So why 3 stars? It was a fun, quick enjoyable read that I found entertaining. I do want to see how the next book in the series goes. However, I hate when there are three books about one couple. 

Warnings/Side-notes: By the nature of the book, I think you can guess that this one is 17+. The book contains sexual content and language suitable for 17+. 

The Wrap-up: Another fun beach read. 

Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Mini Reviews: Nowhere but Here and Katie Regnery

Hello Fellow Page Turners,

Here are some mini reviews for two beautifully written novels: Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry and The Vixen and the Vet by Katy Regnery.


Nowhere but Here
by Katie McGarry
Young Adult 

4.5 stars. I love Katie McGarry. She blew this one out of the park. I adored every minute. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. 

Every time I read a book by her, I'm reminded why she's one of my favorite authors.  Definitely recommended.

I loved the characters and the plotlines. I was worried about this one. I shouldn't have been. These two characters were two of my favorites of all time. Beautifully executed. 

The Vixen and the Vet
by Katy Regnery  
Adult 
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I adored this book. It was beautifully written and one of my favorite books of the summer. I loved Asher Lee. A perfectly, beautiful retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This is by far my favorite retelling of the classic tale. 

It was a touching story. The "Beast" Asher might be one of my favorite characters I've ever read. A wounded, disfigured veteran whose now ashamed to go out in society. "Belle" was also a great character. She was a journalist who trusted the wrong source and has returned home in shame.

It made for some great characters. This book is one of my favorites of the year. Definitely recommend to anybody and everybody. 


Love,

Danica Page

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Help: Expanding to contemporary/modern poets

Hello Fellow Page Turners,

I'm trying to branch out and broaden my reading habits. I've read a lot of old classical poetry, but I want to read more modern/contemporary poets. 

Basically we'll say anybody from 1900 to the present day.

Does anybody have any suggestions?

Thanks!

Danica 

Review: Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy and Oliver 
by Robin Benway
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.91
Published by: HarperTeen
Published on: June 23, 2015
Pages: 352

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


Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.


She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story. 


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 thought this book was great. It was a fun, fast read. I adored the characters.

This is the first book I've read by the author, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The book explored some real interesting concepts and was actually quite original. I thought the way she presented the information in the book was masterfully done. 

This book caught my eye from the second I saw the cover and read the synopsis. Childhood friends who meet up years later sucked me in from the get-go. I love stories like that. 

The book was beautifully written and the quirky characters made the book even better. 

I would recommend this for fans of young adult. It's a fun, quick read that explores some interesting themes. 

So why 4 stars? Not quite a 5-star book, but it stood out from the crowd. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Several instances of strong language and vague references to drinking. There were no instances of sexual instances. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable book that I was thrilled to read. Definitely comes recommended. 

Love,

Danica Page

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