Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Book Review: Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale


(I put both covers, because I love them both. :) )


Someone Else's Life
by Katie Dale
Received for Review via netgalley
Young Adult Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Average Rating: 4.13
Pages: 478

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

When seventeen-year-old Rosie’s mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington’s Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty-per-cent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when she tells her mum’s best friend, ‘Aunt Sarah’ that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie was not her biological mother after all... Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, hitching along on her ex-boyfriend’s GAP year to follow her to Los Angeles. But all does not go to plan, and as Rosie discovers yet more of her family's deeply-buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonising decision of her own - one which will be the most heart-breaking and far-reaching of all...

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I was thoroughly intrigued with this novel from the moment I looked at the cover and read the synopsis. Once again I went in with high expectations, which is always dangerous. However, once again this book lived up to my expectations.

I was hooked from the moment I started reading this novel. There was just so much going on and every time I thought I figured out the plot there was a twist. That right there made this book good--any book that can keep me guessing is one I'll like.

I wouldn't say that I really liked any of the characters all that much except for Rosie. They all were slightly infuriating, but I think that was the point of the book. 

This book was very powerfully written and I loved the parallel narratives of Rosie and Holly. Both of their stories intrigued me and left me wanting to read more.

This was a book that once I started reading, it stayed on my mind. I read this in one sitting and it's quite large...so that's saying something. 

Basically, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was incredibly well-written, very moving, and had a great plot line. In other words, I loved reading it.

A Memorable Quote: I haven't been doing this one lately, but this quote stood out to me and so I marked it. FYI: I'm fairly sure this is the same quote as was in the final version, but I'm not 100% sure.

I know it's long, but I love it.

"A person cannot exist without a past. Someone famous said that. 
But what if your entire existence is a lie? It's like I've been wearing 
stilettos all my life, leaving footprints everywhere I go, and then one 
day someone says, "Hey! Those shoes don't belong to you!" and they 
take them away. And I look back, and all I have left are the old 
footprints, which don't even fit my feet anymore, so I can't go back, but I haven't got any new shoes to go forward in, so I'm stuck. Frozen in that place. Not even existing." ~Rosie 

(for me it was page 58, but I don't know if that's the same for you)

I just think that's so powerful. I really love the writing style of this novel. It's so realistic and sincere.

In Summary: A poignant novel that is bound to touch those who read it, and a novel that is extremely well-written. I really loved the writing style.

Warnings/Sidenotes: References to abortion that are pretty mild, but go into minimal detail, a scene where a character harms herself on purpose, minor language, and minor references to sex. 

However, this list is making this novel sound much worse than it is. Overall, it's a really good book. I wouldn't recommend this novel to those who are sensitive toward these types of issues; however, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to most people I know. 

The Wrap-Up: I'm so glad that I was able to receive a copy of this book via Netgalley. I've been wanting to read this one for awhile now, and it was terrific. I know of a few people who didn't like this, because they didn't like the characters. And I can relate, I didn't like most of the characters, but I loved the novel.

Love,

Danica Page

Up Next: The Exceptionals by Erin Cashman


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday 14 and W.W.W. Wednesday 13


~Waiting On Wednesday (14)~

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 fourteenth time participating in this meme.This week I have once again chosen two young adult books that are somewhat similar, but completely different at the same time. Yes, I know that makes no sense. 


The first similarity is that both of these books are released on April 24, 1012. 


The first book is The Temptation (Kindred #1) by Alisa Valdes. Okay so I'm not a complete fan of the cover, but the synopsis sounds great.


Here's the summary from goodreads:


His touch was electric. 
His eyes were magnetic. 
His lips were a temptation.... 
But was he real? 

After crashing her car on an empty highway, Shane is miraculously saved by Travis, a mysterious cowboy who walks out of nowhere. She is instantly attracted to him, and for the first time, she believes in “soul mates.” But Shane soon discovers that Travis is dead and that strict rules from the Underworld govern kindred spirits of different dimensions. Breaking these rules could destroy both their souls. And while Travis is almost impossible to resist, temptation proves to be the kindest enemy they encounter. 

Can true love surpass the power of pure evil? Part love story, part supernatural thriller, this first book in the Kindred trilogy will leave readers lusting for more!



I don't know why that sounds so good, but it just does.


The second book is Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris. I bet a lot of you have heard of this one, because it is absolutely amazing.


Here's the synopsis:


Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life. 

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process. 

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.

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 (13)~

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 thirteenth week participating in this meme.




What am I currently reading? 


I'm currently reading two books On Little Wings by Regina Sirois. I received this one for review by Tristi Pinkston, who sets up blog tours. This one sounds very dramatic and is full of family issues and intrigue. I'm only thirty pages in, but so far it is intriguing. My review will be up on the third.


The second one is The Talisman of Faerie by Jason N. Beil, which I also received for review. I'm not very far into this one, but it sounds good and it looks like it is going to be a great epic fantasy. 


What did I recently finish reading?


I recently finished Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby. My review is here. I loved loved this book. I was lucky enough to get an advanced readers of this one, and since I had been pining for this book for ages. That was a really happy day.


I also recently finished Alias Dragonfly by Jane Singer. My review is here. This one is a spy novel set in the Civil War and the first novel in this sequel. I also really enjoyed reading this one. 



What do I think I'll read next?


Wow choosing what book next to read is definitely going to be difficult. I'll be reading Academie by Susanne Dunlap and The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson.


I'm really excited for both of these. I've been looking forward to these titles, and have been for quite some time. 



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.

~Danica Page


P.S. I have two giveaways ending within the next few days that I think are pretty awesome, so be sure to take advantage of them and sign up.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Book Review: Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby


Shooting Stars
by Allison Rushby
Received for review from Netgalley
Young Adult Romance
Pages: 272
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.81

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

Meet Josephine Foster, or Zo Jo as she’s called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo doesn’t mind doing what it takes to get that perfect shot, until she’s sent on an undercover assignment to shoot Ned Hartnett—teen superstar and the only celebrity who’s ever been kind to her—at an exclusive rehabilitation retreat in Boston. The money will be enough to pay for Jo’s dream: real photography classes, and maybe even quitting her paparazzi gig for good. Everyone wants to know what Ned’s in for. But Jo certainly doesn’t know what she’s in for: falling in love with Ned was never supposed to be part of her assignment.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Impressions/ Thoughts: First off, I'm going to say that I'm so glad this novel comes out tomorrow because I think you should all read it.

From the moment I saw the cover and read the synopsis, I wanted to read this book and so I'm so glad that I got to read it through Netgalley.   I went in with really high expectations and they were met.

This novel is a really compelling realistic contemporary novel about growing up and being who you want to be. 

I loved  Jo's character and her voice. She was a character that I could easily relate to and sympathize with. Her dilemma of whether or not to take the job to take undercover pictures was one that I could understand.  I loved Rushby's writing style. I really felt like I was in Jo's head the entire time. 

I read this novel in one sitting and was absolutely enthralled with the story. I kept trying to force myself to read faster and faster, because I was just so into the novel. This novel was a cute read on the surface--but this novel touched upon some deeper issues that really caused me to reflect and think. 

So yes, this novel is a good (mostly lighthearted) read that was comical and cheesy and cute, but it was also so much more than that.

I loved the characters in this novel. And I loved the chemistry between Ned and Jo. Ned was definitely a guy that I could find myself crushing on. 

I was really impressed with this story  and will definitely be keeping my eye out for other books by this author.  Thankfully she has a lot of other ones for me to choose from. 

In Summary: I really enjoyed reading this novel. It was cute and very well-written, and had me hooked from the beginning. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This novel is very clean. There are some references to suicide and death, but they are very minor. I wouldn't have any qualms about recommending this one.

The Wrap-up: Like I said, I went into this novel with some pretty high expectations, and it surpassed them. However, I will confess that I'm a huge fan of realistic contemporary novels.  I loved this novel and am so glad I got to read it. 

Love,

Danica Page

Up Next: I'm not sure yet! 


In My Mailbox (14)

Hello, this is my fourteenth 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 week.


I haven't updated this in two weeks, and I've received a lot of new books this week. To simplify things, unless otherwise stated these books come from publishers via netgalley who were gracious enough to accept my review request.


Books I bought:


I love Dee Henderson and I finally caved and bought the first two books in her Uncommon Heroes series. I now have all four. I love love Dee Henderson


The first one in the series are called True Devotion which is about a lifeguard and a SEAL. I'm a lifeguard so I love that the main character is too.  The second one in the series is True Valor, which is about a PJ and a pilot. It's a tossup out of the first three for which one I like better.


Books I received from DAC Tours (Lisa and Tara):


The Exceptionals by Erin Cashman. This one looks really good. It has a paranormal vibe and looks really really good. I'm definitely excited to have received this one for review. Thanks Lisa and Tara for sponsoring these tours and for choosing me.


Books I received from Random House Children's Books:


Spirit's Princess by Esther Friesner-- I've loved loved loved all of Esther's books so far, and can't wait to read this one. Historical fiction and great female leads...that's enough for me to be hooked.


Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale-- I've had my eye on this one for quite some time. It looks really good and I can't wait to start reading it. Plus, I really love both versions of this cover. 


Books I received from Bloomsbury Children's Books:


Shooting Stars by Alison Rushby--I've had my eye on this one for forever and it finally comes out tomorrow. But luckily Netgalley gave it to me a week ago. I'm really excited about this one.


Books I received from Thomas Nelson (Publishing Group, not a person):


First Date by Krista McGee--I thought this one sounded intriguing. Looks like there is a slight Christian reference, it's ya and it's about a reality tv show. Sounds good to me. 


Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble--This one also looks good. It's a bout a woman who enters into a proxy marriage to provide for her brother and sister. And of course it's also Christian fiction with historical romance thrown in. 


There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones-- This one sounds really good. It's about a girl who's following her dead brother's journal to Ireland. Plus there appears to be a romance angle with a Hollywood star. This also has a religious undercurrent. 


Books I received from Barbour Publishing, Inc:


Lily by Diane Ashley and Aaron McCarver-- This one is another historical Christian romance. It's about a girl on a cruise down the Mississippi and vaguely references sirens in the synopsis, so I'm in.


Yesterday's Stardust by Becky Melby--It's about a journalist named Dani. I'm a journalist, and people who know me usually call me Dani. That right there was enough to catch my attention. Plus it's about a journal from the Roaring Twenties. I'm so in. 


Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK by Betsy St. Amant-- This is about a Preacher's Kid who finds herself questioning her face when bad boy Wes Keegan comes riding into town and into her heart. This seems to have a Footloose type vibe on the surface so I'm intrigued to say the least.


Books I received from B & H Publishing Group:


The Forgiven Duke Jamie Carie-- This one is a historical Christian fiction book about a girl who is promised to Lord John Lemon. She flees to Iceland in search of her parents and gets into all sorts of mischief. Sounds right up my alley. 






Books I received from WaterBrook  Multnomah Publishers:


Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers-- It's about the Gold Rush and a girl who as a child was forced into prostitution. Now she expects nothing but trouble from men. It's about a girl's journey to healing. Sounds emotional but interesting. 

 What did you guys get this week? Feel free to leave your link in the comments. I read every single one.




~Danica Page

Book Review: Alias Dragonfly by Jane Singer


Alias Dragonfly
by Jane Singer
Young Adult Historical Fiction
Received for Review from Netgalley
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.22
Pages: 161
Published by Bell Bridge Books

Before I get into my review, here's the summary from Goodreads. 

Fifteen years old. Wanted: Dead or Alive. 


"Don't love a spy," warns fifteen-year-old Pinkerton agent Maddie Bradford, a lonely, rebellious outsider with a mind on fire and a photographic memory. It is 1861, the Civil War has just started and this motherless teen must move with her soldier-father from New Hampshire to Washington, DC-a city at war, packed cheek by jowl with soldiers, Rebel spies, slave catchers and traitors of all stripes bent on waging a war of destruction against the Union, and President Lincoln himself. 

Maddie's journal, written in secret, of course, begins with her arrival at her aunt's DC boardinghouse through the first year of the Civil War, a time, as Maddie puts it, full of "dips and dangers," when she becomes a fearless Union spy. And then there is the mysterious, maddening Jake Whitestone, a young man who awakens something equally dangerous in Maddie: Love in a time of terror. 

Civil War historian, author and lecturer Jane Singer brings her unique voice to Alias Dragonfly.


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, let me say that I'm so glad that I accepted this book for review on Netgalley, because I loved loved loved this book.

I'm a succor for spy books and historical fiction. Basically, I love this entire genre, so I went into this novel with very high expectations. I was also fairly confident that this book wouldn't live up to my expectations. And I was right, it didn't live up to my expectations--it surpassed them. This novel was even better than I had hoped it would be. 

From the very first page, I was captivated by this story. I loved Maddie's character and found it very easy to connect to her tale. The writing was well-crafted and really conveyed the voice of a fifteen year old girl living in 1861. I easily felt myself getting attached to her character and felt like I was seeing the world through her eyes.

The character development throughout the novel was spectacular. It has been awhile since I read a novel that had characters that I found so likable and easy to connect to.

This book was one that left me smiling and thoroughly intrigued the entire time I was reading it. Every time I started reading it, I found myself being sucked into the story. I would definitely recommend this novel to anybody who loves historical fiction, spy books, war books, and just ya in general. This novel was amazing and I will definitely be keeping tabs on both this series and this author. 

In Summary: A masterfully written YA historical novel that left me captivated from the very first page to the very last page. Plus it's a book about spies, what is not to love?

Warnings/ Side-notes: None, this book is very clean. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anybody.

The Wrap-Up: I really really enjoyed reading this book. Like I've mentioned, this novel comes highly recommended. I for one will be anxiously awaiting for the sequel to come out.

Love,

Danica Page

Up next:  Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (13) and W.W.W. Wednesday (12)

~Waiting On Wednesday 13~

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 thirteenth time participating in this meme.This week I have once again chosen two young adult books. 

This first book is Where it Began by Ann Redisch Stampler, which will be published on March 6, 2012. I've had my eye on this one for awhile. It looks really good.


Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


Sometimes the end is just the beginning. 

Gabby lived under the radar until her makeover. Way under. But when she started her senior year as a blonder, better-dressed version of herself, she struck gold: Billy Nash believed she was a the flawless girl she was pretending to be. The next eight months with Billy were bliss...Until the night Gabby woke up on the ground next to the remains of his BMW without a single memory of how she got there. 

And Billy's nowhere to be found. 

All Gabby wants is to make everything perfect again. But getting her life back isn't difficult, it's impossible. Because nothing is the same, and Gabby's beginning to realize she's missed more than a few danger signs along the way. 

It's time for Gabby to face the truth, even if it means everything changes. 

Especially if it means everything changes.



The second one is The Girl in the Mask by Marie-Louise Jensen and will be published March 2012. I've had my eye on this book for a month or so. It looks intriguing, and so I figured I'd give it a go. 


Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


Set in Georgian England, fifteen-year-old Sophia is trapped by the limitations of living in a man's world. Forced by her father to give up everything she loves, Sophia is ordered to make a new life in Bath. By day, she is trapped in the social whirl of balls and masquerades. By night, she secretly swaps her ball gowns for breeches, and turns to highway robbery to get her revenge . . . When one man begins to take a keen interest in her, Sophia must keep her distance, or risk unmasking her secret life.

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 (12)~

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 eleventh week participating in this meme.




What am I currently reading?


Alias Dragonfly by Jane Singer. I received this one for free on netgalley. It is set in the Civil War time and is about a Pinkerton agent (a spy). That right there was enough to get me hooked. Add that to the title, the first line of the synopsis that reads " 'Don't love a spy,' warns fifteen-year-old Pinkerton agent Maddie Bradford, a lonely, rebellious outsider with a mind on fire and a photographic memory," and the cover and I knew I had to read it. I'm only on page 15 or so, but so far it's good.

What did I recently finish reading?


I recently finished reading Macbeth by William Shakespeare which I absolutely adored. This was one of the Shakespearean plays I hadn't previously read and so I enjoyed reading it.


I also recently finished Love Unfinished by Darian Wilk. And I'll be giving away a copy of this book. I enjoyed it. Trust me you want to win. Enter the contest here!

What do I think I'll read next?


I have so many books on the to-read list that I'm feeling really overwhelmed, but I guess I'll be reading On Little Wings by Regina Sirois. I received this book for review. I really like this cover. I have high expectations for this one. So hopefully it lives up to them.  

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.

~Danica Page

Giveaway: Love Unfinished by Darian Wilk

Hey Readers,


I'm offering a giveaway of Darian Wilk's Love Unfinished which I recently reviewed on the blog. To see my review, click here


Good luck everybody. I'm offering two e-book copies which are international giveaways. And one paperback copy which is only for the US. 


Be sure to thank Darian Wilk for letting me host this giveaway. 


Next to your name, please but whether you're from an international  country or US. Thanks!


~Danica Page





Monday, February 20, 2012

Just because...

Dear Readers,


I woke up and found a rash on a good portion of my face, neck, and ears this morning. Needless to say I haven't had a rash since I was eight, so this was completely unexpected.

I don't know if I ate something I'm allergic to or what. But  I'm not very excited about this discovery. And since my whole face itches like mad, I just thought I'd complain.  So I hope all of you are having a better day than me. 


Love,


Danica Page

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Book Review: Love Unfinished by Darian Wilk


Love Unfinished
by Darian Wilk
Received for Review from author
Adult Romance
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.44
Pages: 219

Well before we get into my review, here's the summary from Goodreads: 

Soul mates from the past leave their love unfinished when a tragic accident ends their lives on their wedding day. Yet they are destined to meet again to fulfill that love in new incarnations, leading vastly different lives. 

Emma thought she had chosen the right path, but too late does she realize her mistake as her husband reveals the monster behind his smile; morphing their fairytale image with loveless obligation. Trapped in a broken marriage to a powerful, abusive husband, she knows this is not the life she was destined to live. As her hope for love withers, she meets James, her love from a lifetime ago. 

Emma cannot deny the love pulling her toward James, but courage to abandon her marriage wavers and unknowingly puts her love on the line. If Emma has any hope of life and love, she must trust the bond with James and be with the man destiny has spent two lifetimes guiding her toward. Are they fated to fulfill their love, or will they once again, leave love unfinished?

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I know that from the synopsis many of you might be thinking married woman who likes somebody who is not married. Yikes. However, the book is so much more than that. Yes, I don't like the idea of an extramarital relationship, but this book had a twist. They were meant to be together, and Emma and James were characters I liked. I'm not saying that I think extramarital affairs are good, but I did find the book intriguing.

Like I said earlier, I loved the characters in this book. Emma and James were two characters that I loved reading about, and Craig was one that I loved to hate.I really felt like I got to know the character's and I loved that.

The premise of the novel-the idea of love unfinished- was intriguing. I loved the writing in this novel. The book was entertaining and I enjoyed reading it.  

In Summary: A well-written book  with an intriguing premise with characters that I loved. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Sexual references. They aren't explicit, but you know what's going on. This book also has some strong language, a few f words here and there. So if you're sensitive to this sort of thing don't read this one. However, like I said I really enjoyed book!

The Wrap-Up: I really enjoyed this book. It's an intriguing premises and is written very well. I definitely recommend this book. 

Love,

Danica Page

Up Next: The Talisman of Faerie by Jason N. Beil


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My 19th Birthday + Broke 10,000 Pageviews Giveaway

Dear Readers,


I broke 10,000 page views earlier this month and I was pretty ecstatic about that. And since my 19th birthday is coming up (March 5). I decided that I would sponsor a giveaway.


So if you want to win any book on the Book Depository for under $15, enter the giveaway that started today!


Best of luck everybody! I really wish you could all win.


Love,


Danica Page


P.S. Up until February 21, I'm hosting a giveaway for Promising Light by Emily Ann Ward. I loved it and would definitely recommend entering the giveaway.

Winner of the Fairy Tale Trap Giveaway is...

Dear Readers,


Thanks to all of you who entered my Fairy Tale Trap Giveaway. I wish that I could have given all of you a free copy of the book, but only one could win.


And the winner is  Anne B. She has 48 hours to claim her prize, or else I will name a new winner.


Congratulations Anne!


To the rest of you, I'm hosting a new giveaway. Be sure to enter and better luck this time. Promising Light Giveaway is here!


~Danica Page

Waiting on Wednesday (12) and W.W.W. Wednesday (11)

~Waiting On Wednesday 12~

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 twelfth time participating in this meme.This week I have once again chosen one adult realistic historical book and one paranormal young adult book. 

This book is called Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by  Kristina McMorris. This book will be published on February 28, 2012 by Kensington Publishing. 

Oh man! This one looks SOOOOOOOO good. I really want to read this one. Here's the synopsis that is available on Goodreads.

A young woman secretly elopes with her Japanese American boyfriend the night before Pearl Harbor is bombed, forever changing two families torn between sides.
Los Angeles, 1941. Violinist Maddie Kern's life seemed destined to unfold with the predictable elegance of a Bach concerto. Then she fell in love with Lane Moritomo. Her brother's best friend, Lane is the handsome, ambitious son of Japanese immigrants. Maddie was prepared for disapproval from their families, but when Pearl Harbor is bombed the day after she and Lane elope, the full force of their decision becomes apparent. In the eyes of a fearful nation, Lane is no longer just an outsider, but an enemy.
When her husband is interned at a war relocation camp, Maddie follows, sacrificing her Juilliard ambitions. Behind barbed wire, tension simmers and the line between patriot and traitor blurs. As Maddie strives for the hard-won acceptance of her new family, Lane risks everything to prove his allegiance to America, at tremendous cost.
Skillfully capturing one of the most controversial episodes in recent American history, Kristina McMorris draws readers into a novel filled with triumphs and heartbreaking loss--an authentic, moving testament to love, forgiveness, and the enduring music of the human spirit.
I so have to read this. I saw this video on youtube and loved hearing Kristina McMorris talk about this book, so I embedded it here. I definitely am reading this book!




The second one  that I'm dying to read is Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters, #1) by Jessica Shirvington. This one is released on March 6, 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire.


Okay so this one isn't my typical read, but it looks intriguing and I've heard people say some really good things about this one.


Here's the synopsis from Goodreads,


It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…” 

Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before. 

Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her. 

A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden… 

Look for the sequels ENTICED in September 2012 and EMBLAZE in March 2013!



I've heard good things about it and am interested to see which direction this novel takes, so I'll definitely be waiting for this novel to come out.

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 (11)~

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 eleventh week participating in this meme.

What am I currently reading?

I am currently reading Love Unfinished by Darian Wilk. I received this one for review from the author, and am currently halfway. I featured this book in my Teaser Tuesday post yesterday if you are really curious about this book. I'm liking it so far. It's about a couple who were married and then immediately killed. She was sent back to find him and finish their life together, instead she married a jerk in this life. But then she meets James, her lover from a different lifetime. It's intriguing thus far.

What did I recently finish reading?

I just finished reading The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. It was actually really good. I probably wouldn't recommend it to most readers, simply because it wouldn't be most people's cup of tea. However, this book apparently influenced J.K. Rowling if that makes you want to read it.

I also finished reading Promising Light by Emily Ann Ward as part of her blog tour. My review went up yesterday. T see that review, please click here. And I'm also sponsoring a giveaway of this novel which starts today! Trust me you want to enter this giveaway. To enter click here. I loved this one. Definitely recommend it. I'm go glad I received this one for review.

I also finished the Sea Cutter by Timothy Davis. I also received this one for review. This one is for a younger audience, a younger boy. But I still enjoyed reading it. It's very short and full of adventure. 


What do I think I'll read next?

I have a done of books on my review docket so I'll probably reread Venom so I can write a good review for it. 

I'm also going to read The Talisman of Faerie by Jason N. Beil which I received for review. This one looks pretty good and looks like it's going to be an epic fantasy.

After that I'm going to read Completely Whole by Paulette Harper. This book is not my usual read. It's a religious non-fiction text, but it looks good. And I received it for review. Those are the next three books on my review docket.

For fun, I'm probably going to read either Falling for Hamlet or Tris and Izzie.

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.

~Danica Page
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