Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Book Review: Keys of Kilenya by Andrea Pearson

Keys of Kilenya
(Kilenya, #1)
By Andrea Pearson
Received Sequel for Review
Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 306
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.85


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. I was sent the sequel to review as a part of a blog tour; however, I truly prefer to read series in order, so I tracked down this one and read it first. I’m so glad that I did this. 

Pearson has created an intriguing tale that captured my attention from the very beginning. I loved the characters all the Makalos, Jacob, and Aloren. It was simply a truly wonderful book. I seem to be reading ten fantasy/sci-fi novels to every one non sci-fi/fantasy novel; however, all of them have seemed so original and have been masterfully written. This one was no exception. 

This novel follows the “unlikely hero receives call of duty, and embarks on an adventure to fulfill that duty” model (which is one of my favorite basic plot lines). Pearson ended this novel on a satisfying note, but also one that left me wanting to read more. I’m anxiously looking forward to reading the sequel to see what happens next.  

Pearson is definitely one that I’ll be keeping my eye on. Her writing style is excellent, her characters lovable, and her plot is one that I loved.

In Summary: Another great book by a great author whom I will be keeping my eye on. Definitely recommended to fantasy lovers of all ages, but especially teenagers.

Warnings/Side-notes: None that come to mind. I wouldn’t have any qualms about recommending this to anybody.


The Wrap-up: I’m so glad I decided to read this book before reading the sequel. This novel was one that I really enjoyed reading. I flew through it. Definitely a great read. 

Love,

Danica Page

Up Next: Regarding Ducks and Universes by Neve Maslakovic

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Book Review: The Foxfire Chronicles: Shadows of Past Memories by Alexandra Lanc


The Foxfire Chronicles: Shadows of Past Memories
(The Foxfire Chronicles, #1)
Received for Review
Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Pages: 416
Average Goodreads Rating: 5


My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/ Impressions: I started this book late in the night and told myself I would only read thirty pages and then I would go to bed. Thirty turned into eighty, which turned into 150, and then I just decided I was going to finish the book, because I absolutely adored the book. 

The plot was masterfully crafted, the writing intriguing, and the characters were lovable and realistic. While there were a few (stress the word few, as in one or two) technical issues with the novel, I barely even noticed because I was so enraptured by the tale.

This was a book that I didn’t go in with high expectations. I expected it to be good, but I didn’t expect to be blown away by the story. I can’t wait to read the sequel in this story. The ending was the perfect blend—it left you feeling satisfied, but left you desperately wanting more. 

I will definitely be keeping my eye on this author and on this series. I’ll be anxiously awaiting the sequel. Definitely recommended. 

In Summary: A novel that I absolutely loved. Great characters, plot, and writing, a book that is definitely worth checking out. 

Warnings/Side-notes: I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to anybody of any age. It is a cute tale that didn’t offend me in the slightest. 

The Wrap-up: I’m so glad that Alexandra Lanc gave me the opportunity to review this book. A great read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Definitely worth reading! 

Love,

Danica Page

(who actually is ahead on her book review schedule for once :) )


Up Next: Regarding Ducks and Universes by Neve Maslakovic 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Book Review: Tears of Min Brock by J.E. Lowder


Tears of Min Brock
(War of Whispers #1)
By J.E. Lowder
Received for Review
Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 352
Average Rating: 4.0

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy novels lately, but this one stuck out. This idea was so original. The idea of the war of whispers was intriguing and fresh. There was still the battle by swords, but the main battle was being fought by whispers one from the Cauldron, the evil whisper, and one from the Only, the good whisper.  

I also loved the character Elabea and Galadin from the very beginning and they grew on me as the story progressed. By the time the novel ended, I truly loved them both. The other main characters and supporting characters were also equally intriguing and entrancing. I’m interested in seeing how Lowder develops his characters in the next novel in the series and will admit that I myself want to read the sequel. 

Often times I feel invested in the novel and feel like I have to read the next in the series to see what happens, but this time I actually want to read the sequel. I actually want to see how Lowder expands his story and to see what happens. 

It took me thirty pages or so to really get into the novel, but after that I was hooked. A great read. 

In Summary: An original young adult novel that I enjoyed reading and one that has made me anxious to read the sequel. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This novel does contain mild violence, but nothing was really graphic. Overall it’s a pretty clean novel. Recommended for readers 10+.


The Wrap-up: As previously mentioned, I found the premise of this novel very interesting. This is a series that I will definitely be keeping my eye on, and one that I recommend reading. It’s worth getting your hands on. 

Love,

Danica Page

Up next: The Foxfire Chronicles: Shadows of Past Memories (Foxfire Chronicles #1) by Alexandra Lanc 


Monday, December 19, 2011

An apology + update on reviews

I'm visiting my parents for the holiday season and they only have dial-up internet, so my internet is dang slow, so sorry I'm going to be taking the week off from most of the weekly memes. I'll post the Tuesday and Wednesday memes along with the Blogger in the Spotlight meme. However, I won't be able to check out your guy's posts as much as I'd like to, but I'll still try my best to be on top of things.

Also, the main reason for this post is that I know I've been terrible at keeping up with my book reviews, but my goal is to get caught up. I'm hoping to have all of the books I have received for review up until now reviewed by the end of the year.

That's a lofty goal, but I'm hoping I can accomplish this. So far three books down. If you have given my your book to review, expect it to be reviewed by the end of the year. I'm trying to read one book a day, doable and so far so good. 

I'll email you when I finish your book, and if it takes longer than one day to read, I'll let you know that I have started reading it.

Best of luck and happy holidays!

~Danica Page

Book Review: An ABC Escapade through Egypt by Bernadette Simspon

An ABC Escapade through Egypt
By Bernadette Simpson
MG Nonfiction
Received for Review
Pages: 32
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.58


My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.  

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Confession time, as a kid I was kind of a nerd. Allow me to explain what I mean, I would check out nonfiction books on countries for fun and take avid notes on them. Why would I do this in the summer for fun? Because I wanted to know about different cultures, different people, and different countries.  

I’ve read a lot of books about different countries, but none as entertaining and as creatively organized as Bernadette’s book. So many of these books were boring and hard to get through, this is not the case with Bernadette’s book. This book is geared for a MG reader, but I think readers of all ages will enjoy this book.

With this book, readers can get a glimpse into the culture of Egypt through her ingenious ABC’s of Egypt. The book is full of exciting pictures, masterful alliteration, and intriguing pages full of information. With this book, Bernadette offers readers a chance to look at the pictures and titles and gain an insight into Egypt. However, if readers look on a deeper level, they will be amazed by the information they will find. 

As I read this book, I learned many new things about Egypt. I had no idea that people can balance a whole tray of baladi bread on their head, that there is a small fox called the fennec fox that  lives on the beaches, or that there is a lantern called the fa-wa-neess used in Ramadan. And these are only a few of the treasures I learned. 

In Summary: This book is entertaining, original, and informative and is one that I know I would have ate up in my youth. Definitely an intriguing book worth checking out.  

Warnings/Side-notes: None, it’s perfectly clean. I would have no reservation recommending this book to any reader of any age even though it’s geared for MG. 

The Wrap-up: This is usually not the type of book I review, and honestly I haven’t really read many of these types of books since my early adolescence, but I loved this book. I’m so glad I was able to review it. Thanks Bernadette for allowing me to review your book, I absolutely love reading it. For those who love gaining insights into the world around them (especially those who are MG reader), this is a book you’ll love.


Up Next: The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I survived finals....

Yes, I did it! I'm officially done with this semester of college...no more studying until January 4 when my classes start again.

I just barely finished my last final...so sorry for the lack of reading/reviews/posts this week. I did still post my blogging memes though, so not too bad.

Really the only place I fell behind schedule was reading, but I plan to make up for that over the break. :)

Happy holidays and happy end of school to those who are still in school.

Love,

Danica Page

Thursday Tutorials...Persistence, If You Want it Bad Enough, Keep Trying!

Hello all my writing friends. This is where I share some advice about writing from people who are much, much smarter than me.

This is where I search for advice from the experts, the published authors, the literary agents, the famous (or should I say infamous) editors, the publishers, etc...I think you get the point. In other words this is Thursday Tutorials.

To those who don't write, I'm sorry that this post might not apply to you. To those who do write, I hope you find it helpful. And I hope you learn something from this post, I know I always do.

Well today my advice is coming from Rachelle Gardner, a literary agent with Wordserve Literary Group. Rachelle's blog is one I stalk...um follow. Her blog is definitely worth checking out. She posts something concerning publishing every day.

The post I'm specifically pointing out today is The Meaning of Persistence which she published on her blog December 12,2011. The premise of her post is based on a Facebook comment where somebody said that it seems like you have to be famous or have some connection to get published.

Rachelle's answer: Persistence. She said, "Persistence isn’t a factor when you’ve just started. Persistence is what’s needed after the 20th and the 50th and the 200th rejection."

I haven't gotten a rejection yet...unless you count the writing competitions I entered and didn't win. I haven't stepped out on that limb and had my work rejected. But one day I will, and I can barely even imagine the tiniest bit image of how much desperation and despair I will feel.
However, as Rachelle says persistence is everything. If you want something bad enough, don't give up. One day you'll achieve your goal. Nothing is sadder than a goal placed on dusty old shelf that is never taken out. Nothing is worse than the "someday I'll do this" philosophy and slowly watching your dreams pass you by.

I'm in no means the poster child on this, believe me. (I'm the Queen of excuses). The one who lives in the "someday world," but the someday world isn't bad if you are actively seeking your goal. If you keep trying, because someday you know you'll get there. That isn't bad, that's commendable. 
To those of you who are miles ahead of me, or trudging the path right alongside me. I just wanted to say persist--don't give up. You'll regret it if you do.

One piece of final advice from Rachelle:  "It means persisting to find what will work. Continuing to become a better writer. Seeking out the agents who might like your work. Improving your pitch. Doing everything you can until you find the right agent and the right publisher."

Some pretty sound advice if you ask me. If you are serious about writing, follow Rachelle Gardner's blog. Yes, she's a Christian Literary Agent, but the advice she gives is invaluable.

Once again check out her article here and her website here. You won't regret it!

To those who write, dare to be persistence. Best of luck with all your writing endeavors!

Signing off,

Danica Page

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (8) and W.W.W. Wednesday (7)

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly post by Jill at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week is my eighth time involved in this meme. And this week I've chosen Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne. This is another novel that I'm really excited to read. To be redundant, I have really really high hopes for this one. I've heard great things about it, and hope it lives up to the hype.


And here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
Hannah can't wait to sneak off for a romantic weekend with her boyfriend, Colin. He’s leaving for college soon, and Hannah wants their trip to the lake house to be one they’ll never forget.

But once Hannah and Colin get there, things start to seem a bit...off. They can't find the town on any map. The house they are staying in looks as if someone's
been living there, even though it's been deserted for years.

And Colin doesn’t seem quite himself. As he grows more unstable, Hannah worries about Colin’s dark side, and her own safety.

Nothing is as perfect as it seems, and what lies beneath may haunt her forever.


This sounds really intense. I've been wanting to read this one for months, so I'm really excited that the release date is only 6 days away! I can hopefully make it that long.

What book are you guys anxiously awaiting for? Anybody else dying for this book to come out? As always feel free to leave your Waiting on Wednesday link below.


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And now here's my W.W.W. Wednesday post. This meme is hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

I'm finally reading Betrayals in the Strange Angels series by Lily St. Crow. I read the first one in this series forever ago, and finally got to start reading the sequel. Thankfully, after reading the first few pages, I remembered what happened in the first book. Interesting so far, but I haven't made that much progress yet. 




What did I recently finish reading?

I currently finished rereading Danger in the Shadows and the Negotiator by Dee Henderson. After rereading Irene Hannon's novels it seemed like the logical decision. I'm forcing myself to finish at least a few new books, before continuing to read the rest in the series. Yes, I know I have an addiction to these novels. I've read them at least ten times, but they are so good. Romantic  Christian suspense, what's not to love? If you know me, you know this is my guilty pleasure in life. So glad these novels exist.



What do I think I'll read next?

Hopefully the Tempest by Julie Cross. I should be getting it in the mail any day now. I love love love the premise of this novel. It looks really good and I can't wait to get my hands on it. I'm getting as part of the DAC tours that are set up by Kirsti from The Story Siren through Tara and Lisa. I've been wanting to read this one for months and I'm the first on the blog tour. I'm really psyched about this one.






What are you currently reading? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments.

Love,
Danica Page

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (11)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly blogging meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anybody can play along. Just do the following:

Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page.Be careful not to include spoilers. You don't want to give the book away or ruin the book for others.Share author and title (and page number) so others can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.
This week I'm currently reading The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. This book has been featured on a ton of my weekly meme posts lately so sorry for those who actually few all of my memes, but the teaser quote is worth looking at even if you already have seen a lot of posts about this book. :)

And here is the summary from Goodreads:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know.

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


And now here is my Teaser (this one really is a teaser for me, I'm only on page 5, but I do love when characters have a sense of humor so this does sound promising.)

"I'll just leave my hat with the footman," said Jace.
Madame Dorthea shot him a dark look. "If you were half as funny as you thought you were, my boy, you'd be twice as funny as you are."
~pg 102

That is a great line. Definitely excited to read this one. Especially since I swear that everybody else has already read it.

What about you guys? What are you currently reading? Feel free to leave your link to your Teaser Tuesday. I love reading your comments and seeing what you're reading.

Love,

Danica Page

Top Ten Books I want to Give as Gifts

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 post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Alright I've decided to continue my theme of picking books that I feel like not enough people have read or ones that are simply too-good not to have read.

10. Divergent by Veronica Roth


This book came out in May of this year and so it's still fairly new. I read and loved this book. I reviewed this for two places and each time I reviewed this book I remembered more things that I loved about it. Definitely a great gift for all those who love YA Dystopian novels.


9. Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund


I love this author and not nearly enough people have heard of her. I love her books and her writing style. This is a sci-fi, adventure,  young adult romantic novel that I loved.

8. Changing my Wardrobe by Deb Hanrahan


I received this one for review and I absolutely loved this one. This is a beautiful tale of growing up, facing bullies,and accepting who you are. An incredible book. My review is here and my interview with her is here.

7. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr



I loved loved this book too. I was hesitant to read this one after reading the synopsis, but what was I thinking. This is a beautiful book from an extremely talented author who more people should read.  A great book about love, loss, and growing up.

6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


A beautiful book. Definitely not a book for everybody (because some would be offended by it), but one that I think everybody should read. A beautiful beautiful book that I loved. My thoughts on this book are here.

5. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay


A very sad book, but also a beautiful and uplifting book. This book detailed an event in history that I had never heard about and since I consider myself a history buff...I was stunned. Once again my post on this book is here.

4. You are Special by Max Lucado



Yes this is a picture book, but one that everybody should read. Yes, everybody. It has a great moral message, the paintings are cute, and it is simply great. Especially fitting for this holiday season.

3. Night by Elie Wiesel



I read this in my high school and it really opened my eyes. A great read that everybody should read. Yes, it's another Holocaust book, but we can't just brush over that even and forget it happened. It is really important that we understand what happened...and this book depicts what happened really well. Also try The Book Thief, The Hiding Place, and Number the Stars (children's book). They are all great.

2. Wings of Refuge by Lynn Austin



The points brought up in this book have stuck with me ever since I finished reading it over a year ago. I still can remember the entire plot of this novel and the way it made me feel. This book is powerful and moving...and eye-opening. This book made me realize the struggles in the Middle East and helped me understand the problem. Definitely wroth reading.


1. The Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett


This is such an inspirational book. I loved loved loved this book. It's a timeless piece that everybody should read.

Well that's all for my post. Those are the ten books I want to give as gifts, because everybody should read them.

 What about you guys? What ten books do you want to give as gifts?

Please feel free to leave your link in the comments. I love seeing what you guys pick as well as reading your comments.

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, December 12, 2011

In My Mailbox (9)

Hello, this is my ninth week being involved with In My Mailbox, a weekly blogging meme hosted by The Story Siren. The point is to share the books you have acquired over the week.

This week I only got two books from the library, both of which I'm really excited to read.


Books I got from the library:

Well the first book I got was City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Yes, like I mentioned on my W.W.W. Wednesday post I haven't read this yet and well now I actually am going to read this series. I've heard really good things about this book and apparently I'm way behind the times by not reading it. I'm making up for loss time now.

Here is what the synopsis says:  When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know.

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

The second book I got was Betrayals by Lili St. Crow. I read the first one forever ago and just haven't got around to finishing this series. I definitely need to do this now. The cover looks really intense and so does the synopsis. I've heard good things about this series. I enjoyed the first one and hope to enjoy this one as well.


Here is what the synopsis says:She's no angel . . .

Poor Dru Anderson. Her parents are long gone, her best friend is a werewolf, and she's just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn't entirely human. (So what else is new?)

Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England Schola for other teens like her, and there's a big problem - she's the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn't be so bad, but Dru's killer instinct says that one of them wants her
dead. And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide. . .

Can Dru survive long enough to find out who has betrayed her trust - and maybe even her heart?


And that's all for me. What did you guys get this week? Feel free to leave your link in the comments. I read every single one.


~Danica Page

Musing Mondays (8)

Hello Readers,



This is my eighth week involved in the weekly blogging meme Musing Mondays, hosted by Should Be Reading. This week's musing asks:



I once knew a man who read about WWII. He read everything he could get his hands on on the subject. He had a whole wall of books that were all about WWII. It amazed me. How could he continue to find one subject that engrossing? My mother, on the other hand, loves to read best sellers. I’ve known other people who read science fiction to the exclusion of everything else; for others it was philosophy, self-help, or history.
So, to the questions…
What kind of books do you like to read?  Why? Provide specific examples.
I love to read Christian Romantic Suspense. I always have and I always will. I read some by Dee Henderson and that was when I was hooked. Her writing was incredible, and that became my guilty pleasure in terms of reading.

However, suspense is golden. Anything mystery/suspense is great, but I do love to have my romance mixed in. I don't care if it's subtle, I just like to see it there. But mystery without romance is good too.
I love reading fantasy, this was a love that started when I read Magic Treehouse as a child. I've read so many fantasy books that I've lost track. Harry Potter, Tamora Pierce's books, Lord of the Rings, Artemis Fowl, the Inheritance series, etc.
I also love contemporary fiction as well. Dessen, Foreman, Echols, Cabot etc.
But honestly, I love reading anything fiction. I will read anything YA.

I also absolutely adore anything written before 1930. Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice,  Persuasuion, Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment, anything Dickens, Russian, Austen-ish...I love anything that is a literary masterpiece. I'm about to tackle War and Peace wish me luck.

What about you? What types of books do you guys like to read. As always feel free to leave your link in the comments section.


~Danica Page

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Book blog tour: Masquerade by Cambria Hebert


Masquerade
by Cambria Hebert
(Heven and Hell, #1)
Received for Review
Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Goodreads Average Rating: 4.65
Paperback


Well Cambria's novel comes out on December 16th and she has asked me if I would be part of her blog tour. Yesterday's post can be found here and tomorrow's blog tour post can be found here. For more information feel free to visit Cambria's site.

And now here is my review of the book.

Here is the summary available on Goodreads:

Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.

Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.

***

Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined. I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws - her frailties - to become much more.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  From the moment I started reading this book, I was hooked. I loved the character Heven. I found her story intriguing and wanted to see what happened to her. I liked the idea of a really popular girl having a strange accident that she doesn't remember. She used to be popular and then after her accident and has a distorted face and now only has one friend.

The fall from popularity and her struggle to find herself in the midst of tragedy was poignant and moving.

Also, Sam had jut enough bad boy in him to keep me interested. I really liked Same as a character and loved his relationship with Heven. The romance was well-written and well-developed.

I already reviewed two short stories by this author and gushed over her writing style...this novel was no exception. Her writing was beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. A paranormal romance novel with a lot of suspense blended into it. I haven't read a paranormal novel quite like this one. I know there are some novels like this out there, but I haven't read any like this. It was nice and refreshing. Definitely comes highly recommended.


In Summary: An incredible novel with a refreshing writing style, compelling characters, and an engaging plot line that I love.

Warnings/Side-notes: Minor violence/sex references, but nothing that I found offensive.


The Wrap-up: A great novel that I loved reading. Definitely recommended. I love this writer and will definitely  be keeping taps on her.
Happy reading and enjoy the blog tour!

Love,

Danica Page

Up next: What happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen


Waiting on Wednesday (7) and W.W.W. Wednesday (6)


Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly post by Jill at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week is my seventh time involved in this meme, and I chose the novel The Selection by Kiera Cass. I marked this novel on my to-read list a few months ago, and have seen it pop up quite frequently on my Goodreads emails and in blog posts. I decided that I'd finally feature it here on the blog.

The Selection comes out on April 24,2012...I don't know if I can wait that long.

And now here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


This sounds so incredibly good that I know I'm just going to have to break down and buy this in hardback. I usually try to wait until books get to the library so I can read them before deciding if I want to buy them or wait until they reach paperback. None of those options are going to work for this novel. I'm going to have to buy it the day its released.
What book are you guys anxiously awaiting for? Anybody else dying for this book to come out? (I know a ton of you are) As always feel free to leave your Waiting on Wednesday link below.

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And now here's my W.W.W. Wednesday post. This meme is hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

I am currently reading The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Yes, I know I haven't read these before. That really is sad, but I'm reading it now. That's got to count for something. I've heard great things about this author and this series and so I'm pretty excited about this.

I have really really high hopes for this novel and so I hope I like it. I put this on hold at the library and it's finally mine. Yes!


What did I recently finish reading?

I just finished reading Heir to Power by Michele Poague. This is a really long book, but I really loved the characters. It started out fairly slow, but it caught my interest soon enough. To see my official review click here.

I've also been rereading the Heroes of Quantico series by Irene Hannon, because I love her novels. I've only read them three times each now. That's totally respectable compared to how many times I've read Harry Potter.


What do I think I'll read next?

This is a really good question, because after I survive finals I'm heading back home and so I'm hitting the library in my hometown and hopefully get at least twenty novels to review plus I have a good ten novels or so left to review and am hoping to get all of them reviewed over the break...so yeah I'm going to be reading a lot as soon I survive getting to the 15th.

But I think I'm going to read Betrayals in the Strange Angels series by Lily St. Crow. I started reading this series forever ago and I really want to finish it. So I'm going to be rereading Strange Angels to refresh my memory and then jump into Betrayals. This is paranormal romance and so yeah sounds intriguing. I remember enjoying reading Strange Angels. It wasn't my favorite, but I've heard good things about it, so definitely excited to get caught up on this series.  Plus, I might be totally off, but this looks like it's going to have its fair share of suspense and I love suspense.

What are you currently reading? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments.

Love,
Danica Page

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Book Review: Heir to Power by Michele Poague


Heir to Power
(The Healing Crystal, #1)
by Michele Poague
Received for Review by Tristi Pinkston
Young Adult Fantasy
Goodreads Average Rating: 4.50 
Pages: 564



Well here is the summary from Goodreads:


The colony of Survin has been hidden for centuries, protecting an ancient religious artifact called the Healing Crystal from men who would steal or destroy it. Kairma, heir to the Crystal, is destined to mate with the handsome Naturi and become the leader of the reclusive colony, but she is too young to realize the peril soon to arrive. At sixteen, Kairma is too young to realize many things...


Kairma would rather go spelunking with her brother and his best friend than study ancient medicine and religious laws, but the discovery of a tomb containing ancient artifacts leads Kairma to question her religion and the true nature of the Crystal. To further complicate Kairma's ascent, a childhood illness has left her resembling a nearby race of men both hated and feared by the people of Survin. Because of this, Kairma's younger sister Kinter, who is in love with Naturi, believes she is the rightful heir.

Disease and infertility have decimated Survin, but bigotry and religious laws forbid the introduction of new members so things heat up when a traveling archeologist stumbles upon the reclusive colony and introduces a powerful new weapon. Forced into a larger world, the Survinees discover they hold an object of unimaginable power, a power other men covet, a power that might save or forever damn the human race.


My Rating: 4 out 5 stars.


My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book was one of those books that teetered between three and four stars. Something would happen to bump it down to a three and then immediately after something happens to bump it up to four stars.

This is a fairly long novel coming in at 564 pages, but I really did enjoy it. The novel started out slow for me, but it quickly started building and catching my interest.

I really loved the character within this novel. As expected, Kairma was a character who was a strong force in the novel because she is the heir to power. However, her strength was subtle and in the beginning she lacked this inner strength. Watching Kairma evolve into the strong woman she becomes was  fascinating.

And I loved Collin. Collin was just slightly rebellious enough to catch my attention from the very beginning. I love characters like Collin. He's a strong force whose been dealt a tough hand in life, but he deals with it. He has been Kairma's brother's best friend and consequently Kairma's best friend too. He's taken to calling her Boo and they often go exploring together when Kairma is trying to escape learning how to be the town healer.

Poague created a world and society that I loved. It seems to be set in some dystopian setting, but really I'm not entirely sure.  This novel has just the right blend of world-building, character development, and an intriguing plot to catch my interest.

While this novel started out slow and could be slow at times, I really enjoyed reading this novel. Definitely recommended and I will admit I'm insanely curious to see what happens in the sequel. Who Kairma ends up mating with is on the forefront of my mind?



In Summary: A novel with characters that I absolutely adored. Slow plot at times, but overall it was a great novel.


Warnings/Side-notes: Some mention of violence/death, but not graphic at all. Very cute clean read.

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable novel that I will definitely be wanting to read the sequel. Recommended to all fantasy lovers, especially ones looking for a dystopian element.

I received this novel as part of the blog tours Tristi Pinkston helps set up. Thanks Tristi!

Happy reading!

Love,

Danica Page

Up next: Masquerade by Cambria Hebert


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