Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book Review: In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar

In the Field of Grace
by Tessa Afshar
Adult Christian Historical Romance
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published by: River North Fiction
Released On: July 1, 2014 
Pages 290

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

Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi's home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left--a strong back and a willing heart--to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest.

Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her. Talking to her. Bringing food to her and Naomi. Boaz tells himself his kindness toward Ruth is repayment for the love she has shown to his cousin Naomi. But his heart knows better.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Disclaimers: I received an e-arc from netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I absolutely adored this novel. I love reading Christian fiction, but I am always hesitant when it comes to reading about people from the Bible that have a story already well-told. But for some reason, I didn't hesitate for a second to read this one.

In recent years, the story of Ruth has become one of my favorites. I was so excited to delve into Tessa's interpretation of the tale. I was not disappointed. She brought the story of Ruth alive in new and inventive ways. I seriously love this book. I'm going to have to buy it so I can reread it. That comment right there I think adequately expresses how I adore it.

The characters, the plot, the writing--all of it is absolutely stunning. Do yourself a favor and don't miss out on this great addictive read. 

So why 5 stars? I am dying to reread it and even though I read it a few days ago, I'm still thinking about this novel. That is rare for me...hence the 5 stars. 

In Summary: A brilliant read that kept me enthralled long after I turned the last page. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None safe for readers of all ages.

The Wrap-up: One of my favorite reads of the year. I can't wait to read more from this author. Absolutely adored this novel. 


Danica Page

Stacking the Shelves #28

Hello Fellow Readers,

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews
The point of this meme is to share what books you received in the previous week through any medium. 

Well since I've been gone in Italy for a year and a half, I have a lot of new books. I'm reading a lot of books. So lots of new ones this week.

Books I Bought:

Books From Library:

Books I got for Review:
Accepted by Coleen Lahr-Goodreads/Amazon 
Beneath Beautiful by Allison Rushby-Goodreads/Amazon
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers-Goodreads/Amazon
Inside Out by Lia Riley- Goodreads/Amazon
In the Fields of Grace by Tessa Afshar-Goodreads/Amazon
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares-Goodreads/Amazon 

That's all for me. What did you get? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments and be sure to link up.

Danica Page

Friday, November 21, 2014

Book Review: Trust in Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Wait for You, 1.5)

Trust in Me
(Wait for You, 1.5)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
New Adult Romance
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.29
Published by: William Morrow Impulse
Released On: October 22,2013
Pages: 352

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

This is the story of Cam and Avery’s sizzling romance as you’ve never seen it before, told exclusively from Cam’s perspective…

Cameron Hamilton is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But when Avery Morgansten comes crashing into his life – literally – he finally meets the one person who can resist his soulful baby blues. But Cam’s not ready to give up – he can’t get this feisty and intriguing girl out of his head.

Avery has secrets, secrets that keep her from admitting the feelings Cam knows she has for him. What will it take to help him break down her barriers and gain her trust? Or will he be shut out of Avery’s life, losing his first real shot at the kind of love that lasts forever?

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I actually bought this book on accident. I read Wait for You over 2 years ago and so I decided I'd reread it before reading this one. I was reminded of why I loved Wait for You so much. 

Having said that I bought this book on accident, I really enjoyed this novel. Cam's view was most enlightening. I've never really got into the whole novella between novels thing, but I did enjoy this one. There is so little male point of view books out there so it was nice to read this one.

Armentrout is an incredible author and so of course I could expect no less. I loved Avery and Cam in Wait for You. But this novel made me love Cam even more. 

Definitely worth the buy and it's cheap on Amazon.

So why 3.5 stars?  I really enjoyed it, but after having read Wait for You right before reading this, I found it a little repetitive. It was a great read though. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Definitely for readers 18+. Lots of mention to sex, alcohol, etc. 

The Wrap-up: Armentrout sure is an incredible writer. She had me smiling and laughing out loud as I read this novel. Any book that can make me do that is a keeper. 


Danica Page

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Review: Maggie's Miracle by Karen Kingsbury

Maggie's Miracle
(Red Gloves, #2)
by Karen Kingsbury
Adult Christian Romance
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published by: Zondervan
Released On: November 4, 2014 

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

Megan Wright spent just a week with him the summer of their 14th year. But despite a lifetime of heartache and bad choices, she never let go of young Kade's magical definition of love. After college Megan settled for a relationship of convenience. Now it's been two years since her husband's death and she is a high-powered attorney, looking for help with her lonely young son. Across town, Casey Cummins is still dealing with the three-year-old tragic loss of his wife. His search for meaning and hope leads him to contact the Manhattan Children's Organization, who connect him with a fatherless child. Now life is suddenly taking a series of unusual twists. How could Megan know that the teenage boy from all those years ago actually kept his promise? Or that the miracle she prayed for as a girl is only a breath away? The prayers of her little boy are about to be answered, and in a strange and mysterious way that only heaven in all its glory could've brought about.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Disclaimers: I received an e-arc from netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have a hate-love relationship with Karen. I'm not sure why. I either love her books or they just fall flat for me. I'm always interested in seeing which one it's going to be. 

It was a very cute read that I enjoyed very much. I loved the characters. The novel starts with Jordan writing a letter to God to help him find a new daddy. How can your heart not melt at that?

The novel was quick and short, but it was profound. I enjoyed the read.

However, I felt like the story dragged at times and was rushed in certain parts. I felt like the characters could have been more developed. 

Having said that, I don't regret having read the book. A good read just not one that particularly stood out to me. 

Can I read out of order? Yes, I haven't read the first one and I didn't feel lost at all.

So why 3 stars? For all the reasons listed above. I feel like I might have been too harsh in my review. It was a good book that I enjoyed. I just feel like it had the potential to be more. 

In Summary: Karen Kinsbury's novel is profound and touching, but in some parts is sightly rushed. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None. This book is suitable for all ages.

The Wrap-up: The book was an enjoyable read and one that I think most will like. For me, it just felt a little too rushed. 


Danica Page

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday...The week of mystery

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. This is my thirtieth time participating in this meme.

And now for the books I'm waiting for. One will be an adult novel and one will be YA/New Adult. 

The first one is The First Wife by Erica Spindler. It comes out on February 10, 2015 and is being published by St. Martin's Press.

The synopsis:
In a thrilling new novel from the author of Justice for Sara, an idealistic young woman marries a man she barely knows only to discover his first wife disappeared under mysterious circumstances

As a child, Bailey Browne dreamed of a knight in shining armor swooping in to rescue her and her mother. As she grew older, those dreams transformed, becoming ones of a mysterious stranger who swept her off her feet and whisked her away from her ordinary existence. Then, suddenly, there he was. Despite the ten year difference in their ages, her working class upbringing and his of privilege, Logan Abbott and Bailey fall deeply in love. Marriage quickly follows.

But when Logan brings her home to his horse farm in Louisiana, a magnificent estate on ninety wooded acres, her dreams of happily-ever-after begin to unravel. A tragic family history she knew nothing about, plus whisperings about the disappearance of his first wife, True, and rumors about the women from the area who have gone missing—and when another woman disappears, all signs point to her husband's involvement.

At first Bailey ignores the whispers—even as they grow louder and circumstantial evidence against Logan mounts. But finally, Bailey must make a choice: believe what everyone says is true—or bet her life on the man she loves, but is realizing she hardly knows.

From the author of Justice for Sara, a thrilling new novel that will have you gasping on every page.

Why I'm waiting? I love Rebecca and this novel looks like an amazing retelling of that book. Seriously am so excited for this one, but also nervous not sure it can live up to my expectations as Rebecca is one of my all-time favorites. Seriously I loved that one. So hope this one will be as good. So totally going to buy this one.

  What do you guys think?

Add it to your Goodreads shelf. 

The second one is I Was Here by Gayle Foreman. It comes out on January 27, 2015 and is being published by St. Martin's Press.

The synopsis:

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.
I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

Why I'm waiting? I love Gayle Foreman and this one looks really intriguing. I love her writing style and can't wait to read this one. I adore the cover and the synopsis sounds most intriguing. It sounds like Meg's death might be suspicious? 

 What do you guys think?

Add it to your Goodreads shelf.

And that's one of the books  I'm dying to read. But enough about me, what book did you guys pick? Please leave your link in the comments section. I love hearing from you guys.


Danica Page

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review: The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

The Princess Spy
(YA Romance Fairy Tales, #5)
by Melanie Dickerson
Young Adult Historical Romance
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published by: Zondervan
Released On: November 4, 2014 

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

Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha---one of the few who speaks his language---understands the wild story. 

Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin's message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself 'Lord Colin' is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy---not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she's sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. 

Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook's wicked plot.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Disclaimers: I received an e-arc from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved Melanie Dickerson. There are so many retellings out there, but Dickerson always tells them in such an intriguing new light. I adored this book, absolutely adored it.

Margaretha is hilarious. I loved watching her grow throughout the novel. Like all of us, she's a little bit insecure and feels like nobody could love her because she talks too much. But when her family is in danger, she goes to all lengths to save them. She is an incredible character. And Colin, I also adored him and watching their chemistry together. 

Dickerson is an incredible wordsmith. I love how she pens her stories and how she brings her characters and plot to life. This one comes highly recommended. In fact all of her books do. 

Can I read out of order? Yes, the characters from the previous books are mentioned but you will not be lost if you read out of order. 

So why 4 stars? To be honest, I adored this book and would definitely reread it. Like I said Dickerson is an incredible author and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. 

In Summary: Dickerson's The Princess Spy will leave readers turning the pages with glee as they embark on the adventures of Margaretha and Colin and will turn the last page feeling immensely satisfied. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None. This book is suitable for all ages. There are Christian elements weaved in. It is done very naturally. 

The Wrap-up: I can't wait to see what Dickerson writes next. I seriously have adored every novel I've read by her. This is an amazing series and I definitely will end up buying this book one day. 


Danica Page

Tuesday Memes: All the books I already should have read

Hello Fellow Page Turners,

And now for the Tuesday memes!

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 10: Sequels I can't wait to Get 
(most of these came out a long time ago, but still
haven't got around to reading them yet)

1.  Enders

2. Unleashed

3. Breakable 

 4. Losing Hope

5. Sweet Peril

6. Crown of Midnight

7. Be With Me

8. Trust Me I'm Trouble

Goodreads / Amazon

10.  Scarlet
 Goodreads  / Amazon

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. :)

~Teaser Tuesday~

This meme is hosted by Miz B of Should be Reading.

The rules are really simple. Just grab the book you're reading and turn to a random page. Pick two sentences and post them along with the page number, book, and author.

Without further ado here is my Teaser Tuesday for this week. 

This week my teaser comes from Beneath Beautiful by Allison Rushby. 

You can add it to your Goodreads shelf here. 

“'Goodness. Are you in mourning?'
He burst out laughing at this. "Maybe.'
'Oh God, I'm not sitting on your grandmother or something am I? I've done that before, you know. I've been ejected from the cemetery one. '
Cassie scrambled off the flat, low grave.” ~1

My review will be up later this week.  

That's all for me. Which book did you pick this week. Please comment and leave your link. I check out every single link and respond" to every comment. :)

Danica Page

Monday, November 17, 2014

Book Review: Beneath Beautiful by Allison Rushby

Beneath Beautiful
by Allison Rushby
New Adult Realistic Romantic Contemporary
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.82
Released On: November 1, 2014 
Add to Goodreads 
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Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis:

When a handsome stranger approaches Cassie Tavington in Paris's beautiful Père Lachaise cemetery, she has no idea who he is. It doesn't take long to find out. A whispered name from a passerby shocks her into the realisation that it's Cameron Callahan, high-profile modern artist, who she's busy showing around the cemetery.

Mortified, Cassie runs, but Cameron soon tracks her down. He's intent on having Cassie sit for him, but Cassie isn't sure. His provocative sculptures are often in the media, which isn't somewhere that Cassie, the daughter of a politician, should be.

But there's no denying the attraction between the pair, and Cassie soon finds herself in a strange whirlwind of a relationship. Between Paris, London and New York, Cassie finds sitting for an artist isn't as simple as it seems. There's much to contend with—including Cameron's ex-girlfriend, Plum, her own father, and her new love interest, James.

With the clock ticking down to the opening of Cameron's new exhibition, Cassie must struggle to decide just how much of herself she can give over to Cameron and his sculpture while still remaining whole. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Disclaimers: I received an e-arc from netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book was one that I was hesitant to read. I have no idea why. I had read Shooting Stars by Allison and loved it, but I was worried about this one. 

I shouldn't have been. Allison's writing is refreshing, witty, and entertaining. I loved how spunky her characters were. The dialogue between characters was probably my favorite part of the novel.

I also loved watching Cassie grow throughout the novel. She grew in ways that were not expected but that were totally fitting. 

I also loved Cameron which surprised me. I honestly didn't think I would.

This book was profound on a level that was unexpected and reminded me of why I love Allison so much. I honestly can't wait to see what she comes up with next. 

It's a short read and definitely worth the time. It's also only 2.99 on amazon. Worth the money as well. 

So why 4 stars? To be honest I almost knocked it up to a 5 because I did thoroughly enjoy it. However, there were just certain parts that seemed cliche or just lacking. Definitely recommend this book. 

In Summary:  Allison Rushby presents a witty, refreshing novel of a girl coming to age that will leave readers turning the pages faster and faster. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This book is definitely for adults. It talks about sex and things like that but it does it in a clean, vague way. I would, however, recommend this book for 18+. 

The Wrap-up: I was genuinely surprised by how much I loved this book. If you love new adult, give this one a chance. You won't regret it. 


Danica Page

Book Review: Trust Me I'm Lying (Trust me, #1) by Mary Elisabeth Summer

Trust Me I'm Lying
(Trust Me, #1)
by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Young Adult Realistic Contemporary Suspense 
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.76
Published by: Delacorte Press
Released On: October 14, 2014

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

Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book is one that I enjoyed immensely. I loved the main character Julep. She was sassy and yet oh so lovable.

This is the first book that I've read by Summer, but it won't be the last. I for one will definitely read the sequel. I would recommend this book to fans of Sammy Keyes, Nancy Drew, and of course Ally Carter.

I loved how Summer made the novel come to life, how the characters grew in the story, and above all the writing.

I read many books and when the writing style stands out that catches my attention.

So why 3.5 stars? Because although I loved it and adored it, it wasn't the best book I've ever read. It was an enjoyable read, one that I'm glad I read, but not one that I would reread. For that, I gave it a 3.5. However, I am looking forward to the sequel. 

In Summary: Fans of the Sammy Keyes novels and Ally Carter will adore the latest sassy sleuth Julep in a new crazy world of mystery that will keep them guessing until the very end. 

Warnings/Side-notes: There were a few instances of language. One or two swear words, but not bad. However, overall the novel is suitable for readers of all ages. 

The Wrap-up: I truly did enjoy this novel. It was a fast, quick, enjoyable read. I hope that the sequel will continue to build upon this foundation. Definitely a book that I'm glad I took the time to read. 


Danica Page

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Book Review: Becoming Beauty by Sarah E. Boucher

Becoming Beauty
Sarah E. Boucher
Asked to Review for work
Retelling/ Romance/Fantasy
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.17
Published by: Cedar Fort
Released On: November 11, 2014

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

Claws. Long, filthy, and dangerously sharp. 

They’re the first thing Bella sees after what’s been the worst day of her life. If Bella were the quintessential Beauty—gorgeous, kindhearted, and self-sacrificing—she might have a chance at transforming this monster into a man, but she’s never been the toad-kissing kind. Obsessed with landing a wealthy nobleman and escaping her humdrum life, Bella will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Which is precisely what landed her here, at the mercy of the Beast.

In this imaginative retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Bella's sense of entitlement strains both her family's finances and patience. As punishment for her selfishness, she's sent into the Beast's service where she must choose whether to follow the path she's always dreamed of—or risk it all for something even greater. 

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Disclaimers: I received an ebook of this novel for work to write a review for the newspaper Deseret News.

My Synopsis: 
Belle is not the selfless girl everybody loves. She is a manipulator who wants only one thing — to marry into wealth — and no price is too high to pay in achieving her goal. But when the price is her father’s freedom, her family deems it unacceptable, and she finds herself in servitude to the Beast.

Belle is furious with her family but even more furious when the Beast accuses her of being a selfish brat incapable of doing anything right. Determined to prove him wrong, Belle decides to become the best servant ever.
In the process, Belle quickly discovers that maybe she isn’t the person she always thought she was. Belle realizes that the Beast is less beastly than he seems and that his past still governs the present.
When Belle realizes the Beast fits the exact description of the man she always wanted to marry, she finds herself wondering if her dream of marrying for money still applies and if the Beast really is her prince in disguise.
With heartbreaking decisions to make, Belle faces lying to herself or destroying the Beast again, and time is running out. With mysteries still unsolved, Belle is about to change all of their futures forever. (I pulled these paragraphs from my official review for Deseret News)

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This retelling was not the typical retelling. Everything was twisted and inverted and that was definitely a plus. There have been so many retellings of Beauty and the Beast that it was nice to get one that was different.

I did enjoy the book and I think fans of Beauty and the Beast will eat this one up; however, it just lacked that extra something to draw me in. I loved the writing, the characters, but there was just something missing to make this a 5 star book.

I thought the retelling was imaginative. 

So why 3 stars?  Like I already said, there was just something missing. I read it, but there were moments where the story lagged. However, having said that I would definitely still recommend this. It's a quick read and fans of Beauty and the Beast will love this. 

In Summary: An imaginative, inventive retelling of the old classic story that presents a completely new look on the story. For fans of retellings. 

Warnings/Side-notes: No concerns. I would recommend this book to readers of any age. 

The Wrap-up:  All in all a really good book. It just lacked that extra something to make it stand out more. This was her debut novel and I'll be anxious to see what else this author writes. 


Danica Page

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