Monday, December 31, 2012

Book Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman


Where She Went
(If I Stay, #2)
by Gayle Forman
Young Adult Realistic Contemporary
Released: April 5,2011 by Dutton Juvenile
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.19
Pages: 264

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

It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I read If I Stay a few months after it was originally published and wanted to read the sequel from the moment it was released. 

However, it wasn't at my library and I didn't want to buy it in hardback, so when I saw it was in paperback I eventually caved and bought it.

I was worried that I would feel lost as it had been so long since I had read If I Stay. That wasn't the case. Everything quickly came rushing back and I was hooked from the first page to the last page.

Hearing Adam's side of the story was incredibly enjoyable. His voice was different than Mia's, and yet it still was beautiful and so lyrical. I love how Gayle can plan us in a character's mind that when we bounce from the present to the past and then back to the present we never feel lost.

I love learning what events have led a character to be who they are and Gayle does an amazing job at accomplishing that very feat. 

I loved If I Stay and was worried that Where She Went wouldn't live up to my expectations. I shouldn't have worried; this novel surpassed my expectations. It was unexpectedly profound and moving.

Forman's novels are always an emotional ride, but I always feel uplifted when I finish them. This novel was absolutely brilliant. 

She shows up that characters can make a story. There isn't much of a plot line in her novels and yet they are still incredible. 

I also love how she started each chapter with Adam's lyrics and I loved how they always tied into that chapter. 

In Summary: Forman has created another masterpiece that is bound to touch readers, entertain them, and take leave them one emotional ride later. Forman's characters are always so realistic and easy to relate to, her writing is always beautiful, and her plot is always incredible. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This novel talks about drugs and sex. However, it is referenced so vaguely that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to anybody.  

The Wrap-up: Basically, this novel was a beautiful read that was definitely an emotional reader. I didn't cry but I know several people who did cry during this book. This novel is realistic contemporary at it's best. 

Forman is an author that I will definitely be keeping tabs on. 

Love,

Danica Page


Top 10 2012 YA Realistic Contemporary Releases


Hello Fellow Readers,

This week I'll be posting several top 2012 lists. I've already posted my Top 10 Christian fiction releases, top 12 books I should have read in 2012, and my favorite 2012 releases, so check those out. 

Without further ado, here is my list. 

Best YA Contemporary Realistic Novels

10. One For the Murphys by Lynda Mulaly Hunt


9.Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

8.Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale


7. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
(Goodreads synopsis)


6. Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf


5. Saving June by Hannah Harrington


4. The Wedding Cake Girl by Anne Pfeffer


3. Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson


2. On Little Wings by Regina Sirois
(Goodreads synopsis)


1. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

And that's my list. What do you guys think of this genre? Do you agree with this list? What would you have added?

Love,

Danica Page

Top 10 2012 Christian Fiction Releases

Hello Readers,

This week I'll be posting several top 2012 lists. I've already posted my Top 10 Christian fiction releases and my top 12 books I should have read in 2012, so check those out. 

So without further ado, here's my Top 10 2012 Christian Fiction Releases. (Note: I cheated and used two that will be published in 2013, but they were just so good and I read them in 2012 so I counted them.) 


10. Wish you Were Here by Beth K. Vogt  
(published 2012)


9. The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter 
(published 2012)


8. After All by Deborah Raney
(published 2012)


7. Shattered by Dani Pettrey 
(published 2013)


6. Vanished by Irene Hannon
(published 2013)


5. Injustice for All by Robin Carroll
(published 2012)


4. A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman
(published 2012)


3. Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon
(published 2012)


2. Shattered Silence by Margaret Daley
(Goodreads Synopsis)


1. Saving Hope by Margaret Daley 
(published 2012)

For those of you read Christian fiction, which ones of these books did you like? What books would you have added to the list? 

Love,

Danica Page

Saturday, December 29, 2012

IMM/Stacking the Shelves #20...The Christmas Haul


Hello Fellow Readers,

This is my twentieth time doing In My Mailbox and Stacking the Shelves. IMM is a meme hosted by Kirsti from The Story Siren and 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. 

Sadly, it's been quite some time since I've done this meme. A real shame since I love this meme. But I'm back now and I got several wonderful books that I'm super excited about.  It was Christmas and my friends and family definitely got the memo that I love books. 

I've been working on getting books off my TRB list before I go on my extended trip and the list of books I bought clearly shows that.  I also may or may not have done too much Christmas shopping for myself when it came to books. 

Books that I bought/were given as gifts:

Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Geir (YA-Fantasy)- Okay, now I don't remember which one of my friends told me I had to read this series, but whoever you were THANKS SO MUCH! I loved Ruby Red so much and so I told my brother I needed Sapphire Blue for Christmas and he got it for me. I loved that one too.


Unfortunately, the next in the series Emerald Green is not out in the English form yet. This series was originally written in German and is being translated to English. However, Emerald Green is set to come out sometime later this year. So to my lucky German friends, you probably have already read this series or at least can. I just hope the next one comes out before I leave on my trip in May or I'll be ticked.


Submerged by Dani Pettrey (Adult)- I received the sequel Shattered for review via Netgalley and loved it so much that I decided to buy the first in this series. My review of Shattered will be posted on the 13th, but I really liked it. If you like mystery or Christian fiction be sure to give this series a shot.  

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (YA-Fantasy)-I finally caved and bought this one. I've heard so many good things about this series. I can't wait to meet this Daemon I've heard so much about. I love this synopsis and desperately want to read this one. Can't wait to get my hands on this series. 

I've been waiting to read Obsidian for quite some time and am really excited to get the first one read. 

Nightshade and Digitalis by Ronie Kendig (Discarded Heroes #1 and #2) (Adult)- I love Christian fiction and YA fiction. I mainly review YA, but I often review Christian fiction as well. One of my friends on Goodreads Sarah B. recommended that I read this series a long time ago. It was a good deal on Amazon and so I bought the first two in this series. I've heard really good things about it and can't wait to read them.

I absolutely love military books and am sure these two will be excellent. I've been wanting to read them for years.  


Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (YA-Dystopian)- I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Under the Never Sky last year and it was easily one of my favorite books of the year. My review of Under the Never Sky can be found here. This is one of my favorite series I've ever read. I loved the characters, the world building, the writing, the romance, and the ending. 

Definitely recommend this series. 

A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin (Adult)- this is a historical fiction novel that takes place in WWII and sounds absolutely brilliant. I've been wanting to read it for years, and like several of the other books on this list, it was on sale so I bought it. I love the idea of this unexpected romance blooming between a woman who is meant to marry somebody else and a man at war. Plus, it promises letters. I can't wait to read this one either. 

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr (YA-Realistic Contemporary)- I bought this book for myself because I love this author. I haven't had a chance to start this one yet, but I'm excited to read it. I have high hopes for it. 

I have read every single book by this author and have loved all of them. Definitely can't wait to read this one. It was finally on paperback and so I snatched it up.  I love this cover and it definitely looks promising. 

Attracted to Fire by DiAnn Mills (Adult)- Okay I've gone back and forth on this book for a very long time. Do I want to read it? Yes. No. Maybe. I don't know. It was a good deal on Amazon and so I caved and bought it. This author is hit or miss for me. I've read eight of her novels. This will make eight. I've loved six and then the other two I didn't like all that much. 

Reached by Ally Condie (YA-Dystopian)- I read Matched a few weeks before Crossed came out and then read Crossed the moment it came out. I actually really liked Crossed, a book I know several didn't. I didn't mind it being a bridge novel and thought it was fairly well-developed. 

I was really excited to read Reached, the third and final book in the series, but for some reason I never got to it. Well my brother gave me this book for Christmas and I'm excited to read it. I really want to know who Cassia chooses. Ky or Xander. I was a definite Ky fan, but Xander is growing on me. 

Not My Type by Melanie Jacobson- I love this author. Her books are always hilariously funny and super cute. I read this one in one sitting and absolutely loved it. It wasn't my favorite by her, but it was still a cute read. I'm glad I read it. 

Salvation by Anne Osterlund (YA-Realistic Contemporary)- I love this author. I've read every single one of her books and have loved all of them. I also love this author's personality. I follow her blog and love her witty comments and her posts are always entertaining and masterfully written.  

This book is different than her other novels because it's realistic contemporary. I already feel like I know her characters because of her blog so I can't wait to read this novel and watch them come to life. 

The List by Melanie Jacobson (Adult/New Adult)- This one just might by my favorite Melanie Jacobson book. I absolutely loved it. The main character doesn't want to be married young and comes up with several things she has to do before she can be married. It's set against the backdrop  of summer and surfing. Yep, I absolutely loved this one.

Where she Went by Gayle Forman (YA)- I read If I Stay the month it came out, but I couldn't track Where She Went down and I wasn't sure I wanted to buy it in hardback, but my library never got it. Finally, it went to paperback and then I didn't  buy it because I thought I had read If I stay so long ago that Where She Went wouldn't make sense. Well I finally caved and bought it.

I really really liked it. It was beautifully written and I loved getting to hear Adam's perspective of things. A really intriguing book. 

Protection for Hire by Cami Tang (Adult)-This book is another one that I've had my eye on for awhile. I kept debating between whether I wanted to read it or not.

The premise sounded good and I found the title to be intriguing. Then several of my book friends were raving about it. Julie Graves' review cinched it for me and since it was cheap on Amazon I bought it. 

E-books I bought/free e-books I got:


Her Handyman by Morgan Mendel (Adult)- I'm friends with Morgan on Facebook and she announced that her novel was free on Amazon for one day and so I downloaded it. It's supposed to be a romantic comedy.  I love romantic comedies and so I'm excited to read it.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen (New Adult)-My review of this one will be posted in the next few days. I have only read a few books in this new emerging genre. I loved this one. It is definitely for mature readers. I'd hesitate to recommend it to anybody under 18. 

However, I loved it. This novel went past the fluff that is so often there in YA fiction and touched upon some serious matters. Definitely recommend this one. I got it for 99 cents on Amazon. Definitely worth it. I can't wait to see what happens next. 


Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella, #1) (Adult)- I've thought this book has looked cute for a really long time and I've heard good things about it.  So when I saw it was free on Amazon, I squealed for a few minutes and then immediately purchased it. I can't wait to start reading it. 

From Netgalley

I received a ton of books from Netgalley, but I feel like this list is already too long as it is, so I will just say that I got many books I'm excited about.

And those are the books that I got. What books did you get? Please leave your link in the comments section. 

Love,
Danica Page

Top 12 Books of 2012 That I Really Should Have Read

Hello Readers,

I saw this incredible post on Nicole's blog The Reader's Antidote and liked it so much that I decided I would do my own post. Nicole's blog is awesome so be sure to check it out.

And so without further ado, here are 12 books that I really really should have read in 2012. This list isn't any particular order.


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- I think everybody I know loved this book. I've heard it's really really sad, but I still want to read it. I have actually read only one of John's books. Cringe. I definitely need to change that.


Everneath by Brodi Ashton- It seems like everybody loved this one too. Plus the cover is gorgeous. I've heard great things about this one. Definitely need to read this one.


Insurgent by Veronica Roth-I read and loved Dystopian two months after it was first released. I've been waiting for Insurgent ever since. Tris and Four were two characters I fell in love with from the very beginning. I was looking forward to this book's release. And then, I never bought it. Cringe. I think it's because I know I'll be gone when the third one's released and don't want to have to wait for it. 


Underworld by Meg Cabot-It's Meg Cabot. I love her books and I really liked Abandoned. I've been meaning to read this one for awhile. I'm so curious to see what happens next that I can barely stand it.


Reached by Ally Condie-Unlike several people I know, I actually really liked Matched. I read it within days of its release and was anxious to see what happened next. And yet, I still haven't read this one yet. Unbelievable. I would like to see how Condie finishes up her series. 

Plus I got this book for Christmas, so I really need to finish it. 


Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols- Several book bloggers who I really admire named this as their favorite book of the year or at least one of their top ten. I've only read one Echols book and it was one she wrote for the Simon Pulse Comedy series. I don't think that does this author justice. I have like seven of her books on my I-need-to-read list. I really should give her a shot. 

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick- I loved this cover. I thought the synopsis and the story sounded really cute. And then I never read it. But I've heard really good things about it and so yeah I really need to read this one. 

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen- I wanted to read this one ever since I heard about it over a year ago. A retelling of Robin Hood. Yes, I'm in. And then I never did read it. Sigh.


Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins-I liked the cover and the synopsis enough to consider reading it, but I was never sold on it. It didn't really seem like a book I'd like and then I realized all of my friends loved it. So I really need to give it a shot.


Grave Mercy by R. L. LaFevers- I read this description and looked at the cover and went "hmmm interesting. Maybe I should read it." I didn't expect everybody to love it and I didn't expect me to end up thinking "why the heck didn't I read this," but that's exactly what happened. 

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris- I was excited to read this one and thought it looked realy good and then I just never got to reading it. I've heard really good things about it and the sequel is coming out soon, so I figure I better read it. 


Something like Normal by Trish Doller-I loved this cover from the very beginning. I loved the synopsis and figured it would be a good read. I didn't count on it being a must-read. Seriously Travis was in so many of my friends' top guy of the year lists and favorite book list that I figure I better get to it sooner rather than later. 

And that's my list. Have any suggestions for what I should read first?  What books came out this year that you wish you had read?

Love,

Danica Page
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