Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blog Tour/Book Review/Giveaway: The Doorknob Society by M J Fletcher

Hello Readers,


Today I'm pleased to be part of the M.J. Fletcher blog tour set up by Reading Addiction Blog Tours. I'll be posting my review of his novel The Doorknob Society as well as offering a giveaway of this book.


Before I get into my review, here's some information about the author:

MJ Fletcher is the creator of the comic book series Adam Zero: The Last Man of Earth published by Ronin Studios. He's also been published in Hope: The Hero Initiative and Digital Webbing Presents. The Doorknob Society series is his fist book series and he's thrilled about it. He lives near the beach with his wife, daughter, dog, and a crotchety cat.    

Contact Links
Twitter: @fletch125
Facebook: doorknobsociety

Links to Buy 

And now here's the synopsis of the novel:

Chloe Masters’s world changes in a heartbeat and all she did was touch a doorknob. 

When she was young Chloe’s mother vanished. Wracked by feelings of abandonment and anger she lost herself traveling with her father’s magic act, where illusions were part of her everyday life. Yet everything changes when they are pursued by a mysterious man in black out to kill her father. Touching a doorknob activates abilities she never knew she had and she finds herself thrust into a world of ancient societies and secrets.

When her father disappears it is a race against time to find answers before she loses whats left of her family. Now Chloe must choose who to trust, the man who will do anything for her or the one she can’t stop thinking about.

Finally here's my review.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 


Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the blog tour. I did not receive any compensation for this review nor was I obligated to write a good review. The blog tour host may have received compensation for setting up the tour however.


My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went into this novel with fairly low expectations. I expected to enjoy the novel but that was about it. Nothing could have prepared me to be blown away.


At first this novel reminded me of Harry Potter which isn't necessarily a good thing. Harry Potter knock-offs drive me batty. However, despite the similarities to Harry Potter, this novel was very different and compelling in its own right.


The characters drew me in from the very beginning. All of Fletcher's characters were masterfully crafted. The main characters, Chloe, James, Michael, Jess, and Edgar all drew me in from the get-go, but even the minor characters were brilliantly portrayed in this novel.


I loved the way that Fletcher developed his story and how well it was written. There were some minor errors but on the whole this novel was incredibly written and a joy to read. 


Plus, there's a love triangle brewing....and I love love triangles. I'll definitely keep reading just because of that alone. :)


But even if there wasn't the love triangle, I would have to keep reading this series. I've already mentioned this, but let me restate what I've said earlier. The prose was beautiful and masterfully crafted, the characters were compelling, and the plot line was intriguing and drew me in from the beginning.


This is a great start to a series that I will definitely be keeping tabs on.


In Summary: It's been awhile since I've read a fantasy novel that drew me in so completely. From the very first page to the very last page, I was hooked. Brilliantly crafted and thoroughly entertaining. Fletcher has created a novel bound to intrigue all who read it.


The Wrap-up: This book truly was a pleasure to read and I'm so thankful I've had the opportunity to read it. (Note: I'm loving the wonderful self-published fiction I get to review as part of blog tours/author requests. It has allowed me to discover some true talent when it comes to writing.)


This novel was incredible and I can't wait to read the sequel.


And now here's your chance to win a e-copy of this book. Good luck!


Love,


Danica Page 



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Sunday, July 29, 2012

IMM #19...A Week of Surprises



Hello, this is my nineteenth week 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 last little while.


I haven't done this since March...wince. I've been receiving a book nearly every day lately, but I'll only share the ones I've recently received. 


Books I received for review from work:


Endlessly by Kiersten White- I'm supposed to review this one for work; however, I did share an unofficial review here on the blog. My review can be found here. This one was incredible. The perfect way to end the series.


Ten Girls to Watch by Charity Shumway-Another novel I received to review for work. I hadn't heard of this one before. The cover is really interesting. It looks really cute. Definitely one I'm excited to read.


Books I bought:


Love Me to Death by Allison Brennan- I saw a book in this series on somebody's WoW post and after reading the synopsis for the first one in the series I had to read it so I got if off amazon for practically nothing. A very intense read that I adored. Definitely recommended for fans of thriller/mystery/suspense novels. A little edgy so for adult readers.


I also bought a lot of books on forensics, because I'm quite interested in that subject. But as I doubt many of you are, I won't bore you with those details.


Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon-This one came this week and I was so thrilled because I love this series. I started the reading the second I got it in my mail. Loved it. This novel was a great conclusion to the series. Review forthcoming.  


Books I received from Netgalley:


In Between by Tara Fuller- I normally don't read this genre, but this one just looks so good and caught my interest form the moment I read the synopsis. So I'm definitely excited to get to this one. 


Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett- This one looks interesting and I love the cover. So I thought I'd give it a try. 


All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin- The title caught my eye and then I read the synopsis and cover. Is it just me or does the cover look really creepy? This one caught my interest and so I decided to give it a try. 


Books I received for Review:


Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff- I received this from the publisher, Howard Books (a division of Simon and Schuster). This is non-fiction, but it just looks so good. An Invisible Thread tells of the life-long friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness. 


After reading that tagline, I knew I had to read this one so I agreed to review it. It looks really good. 


Hacienda Moon by KaSonndra Leigh- I thoroughly enjoyed reading When Copper Suns Fall by her and am excited to see what she does in this novel.


That's it 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

Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Review: Endlessly by Kiersten White

Hello Readers,

Today I received a copy of Endlessly for review from work. However, I'm going to post an in formal review here.



Endlessly
(Paranormalcy, #3)
by Kiersten White
Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: July 24,2012
Average Goodreads Date: 4.30 pages
Page: 400 pages
Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis:

Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie's hands.


So much for normal.




My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.



Disclaimers: I received a copy of this book from work and was asked to write a review of this novel. This, however, is my informal review. 

My overall Thoughts/Impressions: First of all, I squealed when I got this book in the mail. I've been dying to read it. I have absolutely adored this series so far and the cover is simply beautiful and exquisite. 

Okay, but now for my review. First off, I went into this novel feeling apprehensive. I've read so many series lately that were fantastic and then ended so poorly. I was anxious to see how White tied all of her loose ends together.

I shouldn't have worried. White's ending was absolutely brilliant and masterfully crafted and the characters are adorable. Lend and Evie...they are both downright amusing and are two characters that I love reading about.
Evie certainly has attitude, but frankly one that I found thoroughly entertaining. And then there's Jack. He is thoroughly entertaining. I also really like Rafe. I probably shouldn't, but he's just so intriguing. 

Then there is White's writing style, it is compelling, intriguing, and simply brilliant. I always leave her books a few laughs lighter and thoroughly entertained. 

As for this novel, White picked up right where she left off and the novel moved at a fast pace throughout the novel. I found myself eagerly awaiting the ending to see what would happen. In my opinion, she ended the series perfectly. I honestly can't think of any other way she could have ended it.


Fans of this series will eat this one up. It's teenage paranormal fantasy at its best. White's writing style is brilliant and I hope that we see more from her.

In Summary: The perfect conclusion to a captivating series with characters I adored. Definitely recommended. Absolutely lovely.

The Wrap-up: I read this book in one sitting, but was left thoroughly entertained the whole time. I'm so thrilled I got to read this. And like I mentioned earlier, I definitely can't wait to see if White decides to write something else. Recommend this one, especially if you like the first two in this series.

Love,
Danica Page

Blog Tour/Book Review: All He Saw was the Girl by Peter Leonard

Hello Readers,


Today I'm thrilled to be writing my first review as part for the Partners in Crime Blog Tour Team. I love crime fiction (suspense, thriller, cozy, etc), so I was really excited to read Peter Leonard's novel All He Saw was the Girl.


But before I get into my review, I'd like to share the author's biography.

Peter Leonard’s debut novel, QUIVER was published to international acclaim in 2008, and was followed by TRUST ME in
2009, and VOICES OF THE DEAD in 2012.
AUTHOR SITES: Web Site (www.peterleonardbooks.com)
Partners In Crime Tours: All He Saw Was The Girl by Peter Leonard tour page.
Book Details:
Genre: Adult Suspense
Publisher: The Story Plant
Publication Date: May 15, 2012
Number of Pages: 290
Purchase Links: Amazon and B&N


Before I get into my review of this book, I'd like to share the synopsis and then an excerpt from the book.


Rome: McCabe and Chip, two American exchange students, are about to become embroiled with a violent street gang, a beautiful Italian girl and a flawed kidnapping plan.Detroit: Sharon Vanelli's affair with Joey Palermo, a Mafia enforcer, is about to be discovered by her husband, Ray, a secret service agent.Brilliantly plotted and shot through with wry humour, All He Saw Was the Girl takes place as these two narratives converge in the backstreets of Italy's oldest city. A thrilling ride, it once again displays Peter Leonard's genius for exploring the wrong turns that life can take.Peter Leonard's growing fan base includes greats such as Carl Hiaasen ('great storytelling') and Michael Connelly ('clever plotting and blood and guts characters'), and publications as diverse as Uncut ('sensational'), the Daily Mirror ('stunning') and the Big Issue ('brilliantly snappy').


And now for an excerpt,

Sharon was thinking, who was this guy lived in a five-thousand-square-foot house – not that his taste was any good – on Lake St. Clair, had nothing but leisure time or so it seemed?

He called her four, five times a day, said, “How you doing?”

And Sharon would say, “Same as I was when you called fifteen minutes ago.” 

“Baby, I miss you. Tell them you’re sick, we’ll go to the casino.” Or he’d be at the track or a Tigers day game, he’d say, “I gotta see you. Take the afternoon off, I’ll send a car.”

They’d take his boat out on Lake St. Clair and she’d sunbathe topless. Something she’d never done in her life and never imagined herself doing. She felt invigorated, liberated. He always told her she looked good, complimented her outfit. Showered her with gifts, bought her clothes and jewelry. She felt like a teenager again. They’d meet and talk and touch each other and kiss. She was happy for the first time in years. She had to be careful. Ray, the next time he came home, might notice something and get suspicious.Why’re you so happy? she could hear him saying – like there was something wrong with it.  

But this relationship with Joey also made her nervous. Things were happening too fast. She was falling for him and she barely knew him, and she was married.


My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. 


Disclaimers: I received an electronic form of this book for review in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review and did not receive any compensation for writing this review.


My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First of all, I love Italy, and so the second I heard this took place in Rome, I knew I had to read this one. Plus the mafia is involved...come on...how can you not read this one?


Leonard exceeded my expectations in every manner possible. I was stunned by the depth in the plot, the characters, and in the writing style. His writing was compelling, intriguing, and never boring. He masterfully weaved several different story arcs together into one action-packed novel that had my heart racing. Beautiful prose to say the least.


As for the characters, they were all so brilliantly crafted. Often when I read suspense, I feel like the characters are flat. This was not the case with this novel. Every single one of these characters (and no I'm not exaggerating) left me impressed. I absolutely adored McCabe and Angela in particular. Their interactions were amusing, thrilling, and had me frantically turning pages to see how their story ended.

As for the whole Sharon, Ray, and Joey angle, I usually have no tolerance for people who cheat. However, I found myself thoroughly intrigued by their relationship and couldn't help but wonder how everything I would turn out. A girl married to a Special Service man and having an affair with a mobster. Intriguing, horrible, but thoroughly intriguing. 

This novel was one of the better thriller/mystery/suspense novels I've read in a long time. Like I mentioned earlier, the writing seemed to flow so well and the plot development was brilliantly done.

In Summary: A fast read with a killer plot line that left me thoroughly entranced from the very first page to the very last. Brilliant characters...plus it takes place in Italy and involved the Mafia. What more could you ask for? 

Warnings/Side-notes: Several instances of strong language, but not excessive use. Sexual references were very common. They were a little more detailed than some books I've read, but they were still not very detailed. (See the excerpt. It mentions sex like this frequently, but isn't really detailed.)

The Wrap-up: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read in a manner of hours and intrigued the entire time. Every moment of this book seemed to flow together so nicely and in a way that compelled me to keep reading. Plus, I loved the characters. At the beginning, I found the jumps between characters and the flashes to the past a little confusing. However, I quickly caught on and became swept away in the story. An intriguing read to say the least. Definitely recommended.

Love,

Danica Page


Blog Tour/Book Review: One Major Mistake by Starr Reina

Hello Readers,


I'm thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Starr Reina's latest novel One Major Mistake as part of the Reading Addiction Blog Tours. I will be posting my review, but first, I'd like to share the author's bio.



A paralegal by day, she’s an author by night. Apart from being an award winning author for her short story "Cut", Reina has appeared in a blaze and made her mark on the literary world with her Ivanovich Series. The first is “In the Name of Revenge”, the second, “Deadly Decisions” and the third, "One Major Mistake" is to be released July 10, 2012. Having studied and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Literature/Creative Writing, she has found her unique style and is known for her works' distinctive voice, making every character stand out.

 Reina is the artistic creator of the Ivanovich series featuring Pavel Ivanovich. Flanking Ivanovich's side in "Deadly Decisions" is Teresa Mancini, who vies with Ivanovich for readers' attention. According to J.M. LeDuc, who was "raised in an Italian family", Teresa "is perfect...like all your characters". Reina is also the author of young adult novella "Cruel Whispers" and its sequel novel "Cruel Past".

 Reina is an executive editor for Suspense Magazine. She has been interviewed in the newspaper and on the radio with relation to her fiction work. She has been a co-host on Suspense Radio.

 She has won three Best Speaker awards as well as Best Evaluator at the Voice Ambassadors chapter of Toastmasters. Reina is a member of Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles Chapter and nationally. She has always been active in events. As co-chair and main coordinator for the West Coast Author Premiere, she arranged the weekend-long event to help authors from all over network, learn and share their work with the public. Reina has also been instrumental in compiling authors and planning a local author event at Barnes and Noble in Ventura, California along with the store’s event manager.
Blog 

Now let's get into my review. But first here's the synopsis.

Despite having brought down two major crime families, Pavel’s life is still filled with problems. The two bright things in his world: Teresa Mancini, his fiancĂ©e, who, on a good day, has the ability to bring him to his knees and his daughter Rita Grace, a result of a whirlwind affair before he fell in love with Teresa.
Once again, murder is the prime evil propelling Pavel into his latest case. After the murder of his partner and friend Nick Haxton’s ex-wife Brenda, Pavel leads a team to dethrone Guillermo Diaz, the leader of a drug gang believed to be responsible for Brenda’s death. Detective Danni Stone joins the local agency. Stone knows Diaz on the most intimate of levels, and wants to be present at his demise.

During the investigations, not only does the team grieve with Nick over Brenda’s death, they also deal with the loss of their long-time Assistant Director in Charge Steven Lazlo, who was gunned down in their own backyard. Pavel has a particularly hard time dealing with Lazlo’s death and is determined to hold everyone involved responsible.

As if Pavel can take anymore, Teresa receives a substantially large check from an anonymous benefactor, and insists that Pavel deal with it while she decides how to spend it. But not before she uses her iron-willed determination to find out who the benefactor is even if it means breaking into her attorney’s office looking for answers. Being thrown in jail would stop any ordinary woman, but apparently not Teresa.

Join Pavel as he wades through harrowing situations, suspects aplenty and suspense in this third thrilling installment of the Ivanovich Series. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel in exchange for my review as part of the blog tour. I was not compensated in any matter or obligated to write a good review. The tour host may have received some compensation for setting up the host, but I did not. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I love this genre and so I went into this novel with high expectations I was expecting to find a story that drew me in and kept me anxiously turning the pages.I haven't read the first two in the series, but I never felt lost. 

And Reina delivered. She created a novel that immediately caught my interest and kept me thoroughly entertained until the last page. I found myself racing to solve the crime and figure out exactly what was going on. The prose was fantastic. There were a few errors I caught, but on the whole the prose flowed  seamlessly.

Plus, she managed to create complex characters who I loved reading about. Teresa was a character that you couldn't help but love even though she could be selfish and snobby. And I absolutely adored Pavel. He was definitely one intriguing character. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him and Teresa interact with one another.

And now let's talk about the plot line, Reina did a fantastic job at creating a story that drew me in. There were so many different elements that she masterfully wove together. Definitely a novel that kept me turning the pages.

In Summary: A fast pace suspense novel that left me turning the pages faster and faster. Reina crafts a compelling story with dimensional characters that you can't help but fall in love with.

Warnings/Side-notes: Minor swear words appear often and strong language appears a few times. References to drugs, alocohol, and sex. However, the sexual references are fairly vague and aren't very detailed. Definitely for more mature readers, but not crude in any way. 

The Wrap-up: I was not prepared for the end. I won't say much more, because I don't want to give anything away. I feel torn about what happened. I love the novel so much and yet the ending seemed sudden. However, having said that, I still like this novel very much.

Despite the few errors I saw in this book, the book left me thoroughly intrigued. Definitely recommend this!

You can buy her books here:

Amazon


Love,

Danica Page 


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Book Review: Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog by Pam Torres


Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog
by Pam Torres
MG 
Received for Review from Author
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Pages: 156

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

Life is getting way too tricky for eleven-year-old Madison Morgan. She’s not interested in boys, fashion, or the latest gossip, unlike her best friend Paige. Her stepdad, who she knows as Henry, has way too many systems around the house since her Mom died. To top it off, Madison and her new friend Cooper have become the “school project” of a bully named Donald. And all she really wants is a dog to call her own, but all she gets is the parental-brush-off. What is a straight-talking, spunky middle grader going to do? 


Kids from ages nine to twelve years old are sure to get a laugh from Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog, which tells the heartwarming story of the sometimes tough, frequently funny days of the wise-cracking, dog-loving Madison. When her dad arrives home with a scrawny brown terrier named Lilly, Madison is amazed to find she has an ability to understand dogs, their emotions, and often their pasts. However, her gift also leads her to uncover some extremely harmful activities that are happening in her very own neighborhood. 

Frank, funny, and full of adventure, this book is a must for any middle grader, who is certain to be enthralled by this dog blogger.



My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.


Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.


My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went into this book expecting to like the book, but not to be blown away. Boy was I wrong. 


From the very first few pages I fell in love with Torres' writing style. She wrote in a way that made me genuinely feel like I was in an eleven-year-old girl's head. Her writing flowed seamlessly and sucked me into the story from the very first page until the very last page. All in all Pam Torres' writing style was compelling, intriguing, and genuine.


Then there were her characters; I absolutely adored Madison. I felt really connected to her and found myself rooting for her as she went about her daily life. She's going through an awkward phase. Her friend Paige is becoming more and more distanced and Madison doesn't know what to do. 


She knows she wants a dog. When her dad finally caves and gets her a foster dog named Lilly, it marks the start of new friendships and adventures that will hit home with readers.


I also really liked Cooper. He was quiet and shy, but I really loved reading about him and watching him progress in this novel. I even liked the way Pam portrayed her bully Donald. He wasn't a character who you outright hated but you didn't like him either. Each character was brilliantly developed and left me thoroughly enraptured with their tales. 


In Summary: A beautifully written and compelling story that readers of all fans will adore. A book with an all-star cast and masterful writing that left me thoroughly entertained. Definitely recommended. 


The Wrap-Up: This book is geared for younger (mg) readers; however, I still really loved this book. Torres brilliantly depicted the voice of an eleven year old girl and chose an intriguing topic that manged to inform, entertain, and amuse me all at once. A great read worth reading. 


Love,


Danica Page

Waiting on Wednesday (22) and W.W.W Wednesday (20)


~Waiting On Wednesday (22)~

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 bee released yet, but one that you are dying to read.

This is my twenty-second time participating in this meme.This week I have chosen two young adult novels. One is a fairy tale retelling and one is a realistic contemporary fiction novel. 

The first one is The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors. This one will be published on August 21,2012 by Walker and CompanyI love fairy tale retellings and so I'm excited to see what Suzanne does with this one. Plus, the cover is fantastic. I don't know why I love it so much, I just do.  


Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


Emmeline Thistle has always had a mysterious bond with cows, beginning on the night of her birth, when the local bovines saved the infant cast aside to die in the forest. But Emmeline was unaware that this bond has also given her a magical ability to transform milk into chocolate, a very valuable gift in a kingdom where chocolate is more rare and more precious than gold or jewels. Then one day Owen Oak, a dairyman’s son, teaches Emmeline to churn milk into butter—and instead she creates a delicious chocolate confection that immediately makes her a target for every greedy, power-hungry person in the kingdom of Anglund. Only Owen loves Emmeline for who she truly is, not her magical skill. But is his love enough to save her from the danger all around her?

In a departure from her contemporary teen romances, Suzanne Selfors crafts an irresistible re-imagined fairy tale that will tempt readers with a delicious story of love that is sweeter than the richest chocolate.



Add it to your Goodreads shelf by clicking here. 


The second one is If I lie by Corrine Jackson. This one is Corrine's debut novel and comes out on August 28,2012 and will be published by Simon Pulse. 


I have mixed feelings about this one, but I think the premise sounds interesting. I feel like I will either love or hate this one depending on the writing style and whether or not I like the characters. Nonetheless, it looks good and I'm excited to give it a chance and to read it as part of the 2012 debut author challenge. 


Here's the synopsis:


A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.

Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.

Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.



Add it to your Goodreads shelf by clicking here. 

And those are the books that 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.

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~W.W.W. Wednesday (20)~

W.W.W. Wednesday is another weekly meme. This one is hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading. To play along just answer three simple questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? And what do you think you'll read next?

This is my twentieth week participating in this meme. I forgot to do this last week, so there are a lot of novels in the what I just read pile.




What am I currently reading?


I'm currently reading Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill (YA-Contemporary Realistic). I didn't quite get to it last week, but like I mentioned last week, I absolutely adore this one and can't wait to get further into it. It looks really cute. Plus, I still adore the cover.  I'm only on page 8 so I can't pass judgment yet. Add it to your Goodreads shelf here. 


I'm also currently reading The Romanov Conspiracy by Glenn Meade (Adult Thriller). I received this for review and haven't got too far, but it is really well-written thus far. Apparently, Meade is quite a famous author...I hadn't heard of him before though. I love thrillers so I'm excited to get further into this one. Add it to your Goodreads shelf here. 


What did I recently finish reading?

I recently finished reading Tyler Falls by Lori Clark (YA-Contemporary Realistic Fiction) which was surprisingly really good. It's about a guy who witnessed his father and mother's murder. He's given him thirty days until he commits suicide, but then he meets Emma who has him rethinking everything. But when he learns the truth about Emma, will he decide death is better anyway? My review is here. Add it to your Goodreads shelf by clicking here. 


I also recently finished When Copper Suns Fall by KaSonndra Leigh (YA-Dystopian/Paranormal). I actually really liked this one too. This is the first book I've read about angels. Strange, considering how many novels there are about angels. I definitely can't wait to read the sequel. My review is here. Add it to your Goodreads shelf here.




I also finished reading The Ghost in the Crystal by Matt Posner (YA-Fantasy). My review of this one is forthcoming. A very intriguing premise and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Official review forthcoming. Add it your Goodreads shelf here. 


What do I think I'll read next?


I have a lot of books to read for upcoming blog tours, so I have a lot of books to read next week. I'll just list the first two books I plan on reading next.


All He Saw was the Girl by Peter Leonard (Adult Thriller). My review will be up on Friday at 12 am MST. I'm really excited to read this one as I love this genre. Let me share a line from the tagline: Rome: McCabe and Chip, two American exchange students, are about to become embroiled with a violent street gang, a beautiful Italian girl and a flawed kidnapping plan. Okay, first off its Rome. At the mention of Italy, I was hooked. I'm really excited for this one. Add it to your Goodreads shelf here.


After that, I'm going to read The Wedding Cake Girl by Ann Pfeffer (YA-Realistic Contemporary. I read Loving Emily which is now entitled Any Other Night and loved it, so I'm really excited to read this one. It looks really good and since I know I love her writing style. I can't wait to read this one. Add it to your Goodreads shelf here. 

That's all for me. What about you guys? What are you reading? Please leave your link in the comments. I love hearing from you.


Love,
Danica Page

Blog Tour: Guest post by Kate Hinderer


Hello Readers,

Today I'm pleased to have author Kate Hinderer on the blog. She has graciously agreed to write a guest post for me. But first, here's a little bit of information about Kate and her upcoming sophomore novel Emerald Isle which I'll be reviewing in the near future. Here's the summary: 

To escape a bad break-up and fighting parents Audyn takes a job as a lifeguard at Fascination Island. The posh five-star resort lives up to its name in every way, including the strange rules the owner has about entering the water at night. Despite declaring it a boy-free summer, it isn’t long before the shy, endearing Levi and the mysterious, tattooed Tristan begin vying for her attention. When Levi tries to push his advantage and Tristan comes to the rescue, Audyn realizes there is more to both these boys and the island they inhabit. Suddenly, she’s forced to acknowledge a reality she’d never considered and to pick a side in the conflict that has been waging for decades.

I can't wait to read this. It sounds absolutely incredible. Kate Hinderer is also the author of Aurora Undefined, which also sounds amazing. For more in formation about Kate, click this link.

And now for Kate's guest post.

Hey, I’m author Kate Hinderer and I’m lucky enough to be guest posting for the day as part of the blog book tour for The Emerald Isle. This book is part paranormal, part contemporary fiction and has adventure, romance, suspense, and a whole lot of sand.  (The book can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.)

As people have begun to pick up The Emerald Isle I have been asked where the idea for the setting came from. Fascination Island is a privately-owned island off of Fiji that houses a five-star celebrity-endorsed resort. The idea came from two places: my mind and my profession.

When I graduated with a degree in journalism the only internship experience I had was working at a real estate publication. That led to more real estate writing opportunities and then three different jobs in the field. Most of the time I wrote about leases and new skyscrapers being planned in large cities, but since I covered the international beat, every now and then I got the chance to write about a new resort. These stories and the accompanying pictures always fascinated me. The islands had everything you could ever imagine and more. Each one tried to out-do the other.

With the knowledge of those interviews I had done and the press releases I had read through, I started putting together Fascination Island. The best part was that this was my island so I could create whatever I wanted on it. I took notes on what it would need to advance the story I wanted to tell. Then I took out my colored pencils and began to draw a basic map of the place so I would see how every square foot of the imaginary island was being used. The map helped in the writing and scene creation as I went along.

If only a place like Fascination Island really existed so that I could visit and continue to write the series from there.

Kate can be reached through her email kate.hinderer@gmail.com, her blog, or her twitter account. You can also find out more aobut her book by clicking this link

Don't miss Emerald Isle which was published on July 16,2012. For more reviews of this book or guest posts, check out her blog tour schedule.

Thanks again, Kate for stopping by.  

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Book Review: When the Copper Suns Fall by KaSonndra Leigh


When Copper Suns Fall
(Lost Immortals, #1)
by KaSonndra Leigh
Received for Review
Young Adult Paranormal/Dystopian Novel
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Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

In fifteen-year-old Chela Prizeon’s city, alchemy is forbidden and angels hide among the mortal. With a deadly virus ravaging the globe, Chela’s nightmarish memories compels her to experience a past riddled with gloom, and now her brother is infected. 

Chela’s only hope is the Caduceans, slayers sworn to protect the last seven Light Keepers and the ancient memories they share. A group led by the sometimes elusive, sometimes infuriating boy who intrigues Chela. But can she trust this boy with the mysterious past, someone who can influence her memories? 

With the Caduceans aid, Chela races to defeat her rivals, to unearth dark family secrets, desperate to find a cure…only to discover the glutovirus is far more than a simple disease.

In this haunting debut, KaSonndra Leigh offers an escape into an intriguing new world filled with celestial creatures, fascinating villainy, high-stake choices, and a secret romance, When Copper Suns Fall, is a fresh and original urban fantasy—with a dystopian twist—that will take readers on an unforgettable adventure.


My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a electronic copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is the first novel I've ever read about angels and so I didn't know what to expect. The synopsis sounded intriguing and so I was excited to read it.

What I didn't expect was to be blown away. This was one of those novels that left me captivated from the very first to the very last page. Everything about this novel drew me in. The plot line was masterfully developed and compelling.

This novel was an incredibly interesting read in the fact that it mixed the dystopian and paranormal genres. The mix of these two genres made for one intriguing read.

Leigh's novel was incredibly fast-paced and full of intrigue that left me on my toes for the entire novel. Any novel that can do that is amazing in my book.  

Additionally, I absolutely loved the characters. Chela was fascinating to read about and then there was Faris. I absolutely adored Faris. Actually, all of the characters in this novel were masterfully crafted. 

I didn't expect this novel to be nearly as good as it was. I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel. This is definitely an author and a series that I'll be keeping my eyes on. 

In Summary: An intriguing mix of dystopian and paranormal elements combined with brilliant writing and entertaining characters. Definitely a novel that I recommend. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some minor swearing, but other than that, this novel is clean. 

The Wrap-up: I'm so glad I read this one. Leigh crafted a novel that was thoroughly entrancing. I fell in love with the characters and the writing style from the very beginning. A lovely read. 

Love,

Danica Page
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