Monday, April 30, 2012

Book Review: The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland


The Summer My Life Began
by Shannon Greenland
Young Adult Realistic Contemporary Fiction
Received for Review from publisher via Netgalley
Release Date: May 10,2012
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.39
Pages: 250

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

Elizabeth Margaret—better known as Em—has always known what life would contain: an internship at her father’s firm, a degree from Harvard and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is that it’s not what she wants. When she gets the opportunity to get away from it all and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em pursues her secret dream of being a chef, and she also learns that her family has kept some significant secrets from her, too. And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn't. Naturally, she can’t resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels she is living on her own terms for the first time.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for giving me an e-galley to review in exchange for my honest opinion of the book.

I read this one without knowing much about it other than it looked like it would be a fun summer book. After reading it, I realized that this is a book that people either seem to hate, love, or are absolutely apathetic about. I for one actually really liked this book. I'm not quite sure what made me like it so much...I guess it was just the novel as a whole. 

This novel was your typical summer chick-lit read; however, it was so much more. I don't know why, but from the very first page I was drawn into this story. I for one really liked Shannon's writing a lot. Her writing read very smoothly and just drew me into the story.

I also really liked the character Em. I know a few people who thought the characters were flat, but I actually really liked the characters of Em, Gwynny, and of course Cade. The characters didn't seem flat to me and I liked how they grew in the novel.

Even though I predicted a lot of what happened in this novel, it was still really enjoyable. 

In Summary: A cute, lighthearted, summery read that I absolutely adored. Shannon Greenland's novel was definitely one I'm glad I read. 

Warnings/Side-notes: I actually thought this novel was very clean. 

The Wrap-up: This novel was one that I actually had pretty low expectations for and this novel definitely exceeded those expectations. I loved reading this one and am definitely interested in reading more by this author. 

Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Book Review: Maggie's Fall by R Lynn Wilson


Maggie's Fall
by R. Lynn Wilson
Adult Western Romance
Received for Review as part of the World Literary Cafe Review Team
Release Date: October 21. 2011
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.50
e-book

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

Maggie McClellan lived the best of two worlds: her corporate profession as a PR director for a world renowned boot maker, and her frequent escapes to the serenity of the West Texas ranch where she was raised – until her parents were killed in a car wreck. Selling the ranch seemed the obvious choice, but when Maggie learned that she was pregnant, she could not imagine raising her child anywhere but on the M-Bar Ranch. 

Ten years later, Maggie is back on her feet, but someone is threatening to take it all away. Maggie is not just fighting to save a ranch, she is fighting to save a home, a way of life, and not just for herself, but for her son and the makeshift family who has stood beside her through all storms. 

Maggie is that literary character whom readers cheer for. Taking little and giving all, Maggie’s story inspires hope and reminds us of the sheer satisfaction of just following through, of fighting a battle to its final outcome, when, win or lose, we can know that we put up the good fight.


My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank World Literary Cafe Review Team for giving me a copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Like a lot of the books I've read lately, I went into this one with absolutely no expectations. I hadn't heard anything about this one. I ended up really enjoying reading it. The characters were well-developed and even though they did things that at times drove me nuts, they were still lovable. 

Maggie is a single mom who is trying to keep her parents' ranch going after their death. Nobody thought she could do it, but she did. Now ten years later, everything is threatening to fall apart.

But that won't happen if Maggie has anything to say about it or for that matter her best friend Witt. I loved Witt's character and the way he was always so kind to Maggie.

Along with great characters, the novel was also pretty well-written. I was surprised to see this was classified as a western, but really it's just an adult romance. So if you like the genre, this one is worth reading. 

In Summary: An enjoyable book that left me entertained and one that I'm glad I read. While this book lacked something to make it stand out as a 4 star rating, it had something that distinguished it from other 3 star novels.  

Warnings/Side-notes: Some sexual references and minor swearing, but really the novel is pretty clean. 

The Wrap-up: I'd like to thank World Literary Cafe for letting me review this book. It was truly an enjoyable read. The pacing might have dragged a little, but for some reason it didn't really bother me.

Love,

Danica Page

Book Review: Reckless Heart by Amy Clipston


Reckless Heart
by Amy Clipston
Received for Review via publisher
Young Adult Amish Christian fiction
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.00
Pages: 224

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

Slipping. Lydia Bontrager's youngest sister is frighteningly ill, and as a good Amish daughter, it falls to Lydia to care for her siblings and keep the household running, in addition to working as a teacher's assistant and helping part time at her grandmother's bakery. Succumbing to stress, Lydia gives in to one wild night and returns home drunk. The secret of that mistake leaves Lydia feeling even more restless and confused, especially when Joshua, the only boy she's ever loved, becomes increasingly distant. When a non-Amish boy moves in nearby, Lydia finds someone who understands her, but the community is convinced Lydia is becoming too reckless. With the pressures at home and her sister's worsening condition, a splintering relationship with Joshua, and her own growing questions over what is right, Lydia could lose everything that she's ever held close.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank Zondervan for giving me a copy of this to review in exchange for my honest review.


I went into this book with no expectations. I hadn't read anything else by Clipston and didn't really know what to expect. However, I quickly was entranced by this story. Lydia was a character that I both respected and admired. Her strength and commitment to do what was right was inspiring.


Another character that I loved was Tristan. Tristan was not Amish, but was Christian. He was just a genuinely nice guy (one that I wouldn't mind meeting). I really enjoyed learning about him in this novel.


In addition to the characters, Clipston also weaved issues of faith into her novel in a way that never seemed overbearing or forced. She created a plot that touched my heart and left me reflecting on my own life. 


This novel was both poignantly moving and entertaining. It's been awhile since I've read an Amish fiction book that I enjoyed as much as this one. Clipston is definitely an author that I will be keeping tabs on. She has an ability to create a story that is compelling. I know that I will definitely want to read the companion series.

In Summary: An enjoyable novel that I absolutely adored reading. Definitely recommend this to fans of Christian fiction of all ages. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This is an Amish fiction novel meaning that its clean. There was a few references to alcohol then.

The Wrap-up: I'm really glad I could read this one. It was an enjoyable read. Clipston is an incredible author who I will definitely read more from. Thanks Zondervan for this opportunity. 

Love,

Danica Page

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Book Review: The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman


The Book of Blood and Shadow
by Robin Wasserman
Received for Review from publisher via Netgalley
Release Date: April 10,2012 
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.92
Pages: 448 

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


It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark. 

But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora’s best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora’s sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer. 

Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the e-galley to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


I had heard a lot of really good things about this book and so I was really excited to read this one. However besides knowing that people seemed to love it,  I went in not really knowing all too much about this novel.


Although I might not have enjoyed this novel quite as much as other people I know, I will say that I really enjoyed this novel and am glad I read it. Robin's writing was incredible and she created a story that drew me in from the very beginning. Fans of suspense will love this novel. 


I found the premise of this novel very original and very intriguing and I will give it points for that. I also loved the character Eli, which is weird since I don't think you were supposed to. I also never like Max and I think you were supposed to...so I must conclude I'm just weird.


Anyway, I loved how Robin created her characters. They were all three dimensional and I loved reading about them. However, despite how well-written this book was, there was something missing to really make this one stand out to me. If you want to read an enjoyable book in one sitting, I wouldn't recommend this one. This one requires more of an investment, but one I think is worth it. In short, if you see this at the library, check this out you won't regret it. 

In Summary: An enjoyable novel, but one that I didn't absolutely love. Well-written, but it lacked something to make this really stand out. 

The Wrap-up: I enjoyed this novel and enjoyed Robin's writing style. I will definitely look into other books by this author. I didn't love this one, but it was enjoyable and I'm glad I read it. 

Love,

Danica Page



Book Review: Darkroom by Joshua Graham



Darkroom
by Joshua Graham
Received for Review from publisher
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Average Goodreads Rating:4.60
Pages:384

Before I get into my review, here's the summary that's Howard sent me:


After scattering her mother’s ashes in Vietnam, photojournalist Xandra Carrick comes home to New York to rebuild her life and career. When she experiences, in her darkroom, supernatural visions that reveal atrocities perpetrated by American soldiers during the Vietnam War, she finds herself entangled in a forty-year-old conspiracy that could bring the nation into political turmoil. 

Launching headlong into a quest to learn the truth from her father, Peter Carrick, a Pulitzer Prize laureate who served as an embedded photographer during the war, she confronts him about a dark secret he has kept—a secret that has devastated their family. Her investigations lead her to her departed mother’s journal, which tells of love, spiritual awakening, and surviving the fall of Saigon. Pursued across the continent, Xandra comes face-to-face with powerful forces that will stop at nothing to prevent her from revealing the truth. But not before government agencies arrest her for murder, domestic terrorism, and an assassination attempt on the newly elected president of the United States. Darkroom is a riveting tale of suspense that tears the cover off the human struggle for truth in a world imprisoned by lies.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off I'd like to Howard a division of Simon & Schuster for giving me a copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinions of the book.


Having said that, let's dive into my review. I came into this novel with absolutely no expectations other than the cover and synopsis sounded intriguing and slightly eerie. 


Okay after five pages, I was absolutely hooked. This book caught my attention from the very beginning and I was captivated until I turned that last page. Graham's writing was incredible and he had the distinct ability to weave a story that left me in absolute suspense. I was constantly on the edge of my seat wondering how the story would evolve next.


Basically, this book never had a slow or dull moment and that is rare. I loved all of the characters (or loved to hate all the characters) from the moment I was introduced to them. In short, this book was absolutely incredible. I definitely recommend this to all fans of romantic suspense, especially christian romantic suspense.


This novel also combined some paranormal elements in the novel. I didn't know if I'd like that; however, it was integrated into the novel so expertly that I actually enjoyed the paranormal element. This was my first novel by Joshua Graham, but I can assure you it won't be the last. 

In Summary: A masterfully written novel that left me captivated from the first page to the very last one. Definitely recommend this one. 

The Wrap-up: Check this book out. You won't regret it. This book is definitely one that I think anyone and everyone should read. It's beautifully written and five days after reading this book, it is still resonating within my mind. In closing, I absolutely adored this novel. 

Love,

Danica Page


Up Next: The Book of Blood and Shadows by Robin Wasserman 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Book Review: Fated by Alyson Noel


Fated
(The Soul Seekers, #1)
by Alyson Noel
Received for Review from publisher
Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.02 
Pages: 306

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

Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met. 

There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before...but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.


My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I received this completely out of the blue from St. Martin's Griffin and would like to thank them for sending me this copy to review.

I have only read Evermore by Alyson Noel and so I didn't really know what to expect going into this novel. The premise sounded intriguing and so I decided to dive in. 

It took me a good thirty pages before this novel started to really catch my attention. The first half of the book didn't necessarily pull me in, but the second half was very good and made up for the so-so beginning.  

As for the characters, Daire was a conflicting character in the sense that I could not decide if I liked her or not. She didn't like what was happening and she let that be known. However, I feel like Daire grew a lot in this novel and I ended up liking her in the end. I absolutely loved the characters Palomna and Chay. They were easily my two favorite characters in the entire novel. They were extremely sweet and genuine people.

The plot was interesting and I'm curious to see how Noel expands this in her second book Echo. The romance wasn't the main focus of the book which I also liked. It focused more on Daire's journey to accept who she is and her destiny. Dace wasn't overly developed in this novel; however, I have a feeling like that might change in the second one. I'm interested in learning more about him. 

In Summary: An intriguing Young Adult paranormal novel that has caught my attention. I will definitely be checking out the sequel and am curious to see how Noel expands upon this idea. Recommended to fans of paranormal romance. 

The Wrap-up: I've heard mixed things about Noel's writing, but I enjoyed this novel. It was entertaining and one that caught my attention. It wasn't an incredible read, but it was enjoyable. 

Love,

Danica Page

Up Next: Darkroom by Joshua Graham


Book Review: Summer of the Wolves by Lisa Williams Kline


Summer of the Wolves
by Lisa Williams Kline
Received for Review from publisher via netgalley
Christian Young Adult
Release Date: May 2012
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.67
Pages: 176

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

This is the story of Diana and Stephanie, new stepsisters on a vacation at a ranch with Diana's mom and Stephanie's dad, who are newlyweds. Diana has a 'mood disorder' for which she takes medication. In her estimation, Stephanie is just too perfect. But Stephanie has some secrets of her own. The girls band together to free two captive wolves, an action that has unexpected and unintended consequences. Told in the alternating voices of Diana and Stephanie, the book explores themes of family, friendship, mental health, and nature.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this copy.

I love christian fiction and I love young adult fiction, so going into this novel I had some high expectations.

I loved Lisa's writing style from the very first page. She wrote in a way that left me captivated with the characters and their stories. Diana and Stephanie are now step-sisters and they couldn't be more different. I loved watching how they bonded and grew closer.

This is a book that isn't about romance, but rather about family relationships and growing to love yourself and your family. I will admit that I might have liked a tad more romance, but I understand that this wasn't the point of this book.

I really enjoyed reading this novel and yet the ending left me slightly unsatisfied. I thought that more could have been resolved. However, now that it's been awhile since I finished this book, I realize that the ending was actually probably quite perfect for this book. 

In Summary: A beautifully written book about growing up and learning to love yourself and your family. Definitely recommended to fans of YA contemporary realistic fiction centered around family relationships. 

The Wrap-up: I really enjoyed this novel. The writing was masterfully constructed and the characters were always intriguing. I definitely recommend reading this one if you like reading about family relationships and don't mind a lack of romance (at least compared to other novels). 

Love, 

Danica Page

Up Next: Fated by Alyson Noel

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Blog Tour/ Book Review: Dead and Beyond by Jayde Scott


Hello Readers,


Today I'm pleased to announce that as part of Reading Addiction Blog Tours I will be hosting a review of Dead and Beyond, an interview with the author Jayde Scott, and a giveaway


Jayde Scott is a pyschology graduate and a a writer most notable for creating the Ancient Legends series. She lives in London with her family and his a huge fan of baking chocolate cake and listening to indie music.  Jayde can be reached at her blogher Facebook pageher twitter accountor her You Tube channel.


Dead and Beyond can be purchased at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

And now for my review: 


Dead and Beyond 
(Ancient Legends, #4)
by Jayde Scott
Received for Review as part as part of Reading Addiction Blog Tours
(see disclaimer at bottom of this post)
Young Adult Paranormal
Release Date: February 25,2012
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.59
Pages: 292

Before I get into my review, here is the summary available on Goodreads:



Amber Reed is a dead girl walking.

Having just been turned by her gorgeous vampire boyfriend, eighteen-year-old Amber Reed is bestowed with the ability to see ghosts. Between trying to figure out how to control her bloodlust and solving the mysterious disappearance of a friend, Amber realizes someone wants to step into her shoes so badly, they’ll do anything to take her place.

When one secret after another pops up, the only person who believes her is her enemy, Devon. Amber can’t figure out if he’s here to help or save his own immortal race from losing the ancient war against the vampires. What she does know, however, is that she can’t resist his good looks just as much as she can’t help becoming someone else…

In a world of dark magic and ancient enemies, three powerful courts fight for supremacy, and Amber might just be the pawn in winning this war forever. But how’s a girl to survive when everyone wants her dead?

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank Cami Hensley from Reading Addiction Blog Tours for allowing me to be a part of this tour. Please see disclaimer at bottom of this post.

I haven't read the previous books in this series and so I found myself wondering about what happened before. However, Jayde Scott did an excellent job of catching readers up and telling them the important and relevant information that happened in the previous novels. 

I enjoyed the characters immensely and loved the writing style. I can honestly say that this book exceeded my expectations and left me wanting to read more (both what happened before and what happens next).

This series is one that will captivate readers who love paranormal romance or books about vampires and other mystical creatures. Jayde Scott's writing style was nice. 

However, although I enjoyed the novel, I felt like it lacked something to really stand out in my mind. 

In Summary: An enjoyable read that kept me intrigued the whole time. 

The Wrap-up: I think that fans of paranormal romance will love this tale. I for one am interested in reading the previous in the series. However, even though I enjoyed this novel, it lacked that wow factor to make it stand out with four stars. That could be because I haven't read the previous novels in the series though. 

Love, 

Danica Page

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*



Blog Tour/ Interview with Jayde Scott


Hello Readers,


Today I'm pleased to announce that as part of Reading Addiction Blog Tours I will be hosting a review of Dead and Beyond, an interview with the author Jayde Scott, and a giveaway


Jayde Scott is a pyschology graduate and a a writer most notable for creating the Ancient Legends series. She lives in London with her family and his a huge fan of baking chocolate cake and listening to indie music.  Jayde can be reached at her blogher Facebook pageher twitter accountor her You Tube channel.


Dead and Beyond can be purchased at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


And now without further ado let's get into the interview. 



Where are you from?

I’m British, but I’ve lived all over the world. So I consider myself a bit of a nomad. My home’s wherever my heart is.

Tell us your latest news?

I’m currently in the process of migrating and learning a new language, which is tough but also a very interesting experience.

When and why did you begin writing?

As soon as I could spell. I used to read a lot of romance novels (think Barbara Cartland and Sandra Brown) and rewrite the ending.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Because I used to spend most of my spare time writing, I’ve always considered myself a writer at heart.  When I became published, I just changed my status from querying/unpublished to published.

What inspired you to write your first book?

It was a novel called The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice. I loved that book so much, I couldn’t wait to start working on my own vampire novel. That one’s still gathering dust in some drawer.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Like most writers, I do. I prefer first person past tense and have a tendency toward description and sarcasm. My first draft tends to be rather verbose, but I have an editor who’s not afraid to cut.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Ghosts exist and they’re not always good…or so I believe.

How much of the book is realistic?

The haunting poltergeist parts are based on research, so I’d say that’s pretty realistic.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

My romantic chick-lit novel, The Divorce Club, is pretty much based on my own experiences with dating and cheating. But I tend to stay away from heavy topics in my paranormal romance series, Ancient Legends. So, Dead And Beyond is pretty much fantasy, but I wouldn’t mind meeting a handsome, blue-eyed vampire like Aidan though.

What books have most influenced your life most?

Definitely The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tolkien has taught me so much about description and character development, he’s basically shaped my writing. Also Anne Rice. Without her inspiring books, it might have taken me a while to realize that writing about vampires, fallen angels and demons is what I want to do in life.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Tough one, but I’d have to go with Tolkien.

What book are you reading now?

I’m currently reading and editing my new scifi novel, which is the first book in a new series, which shall be out by September. Editing takes so much time that I don’t have the time or energy to read anything else.

What are your current projects?

The fifth book in the Ancient Legends series, Forever And Beyond, which follows Amber and introduces a few new paranormal elements and lots of dark magic and betrayal.

Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely. I see it as a job and try to treat it as such. However, most of the time it doesn’t really work because life and other commitments come in between.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I think it’s always been there. I loved books as a child, particularly their smell, and begged my mother to teach me to read before I started school. Whenever I loved a book, I would reread it countless times to remember the passages that fascinated me. And then I would try to write something similar.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

My most recent book is Dead And Beyond, which is a paranormal romance slash mystery. Having just been turned by her vampire boyfriend, eighteen-year-old Amber Reed is bestowed with the ability to see ghosts. Between trying to figure out how to control her bloodlust and solving the mysterious disappearance of a friend, Amber realizes someone wants to step into her shoes so badly, they'll do anything to take her place.

When one secret after another pops up, the only person who believes her is her enemy, Devon. Amber can't figure out if he's here to help or save his own immortal race from losing the ancient war against the vampires. What she does know, however, is that she can't resist his good looks just as much as she can't help becoming someone else...

In a world of dark magic and ancient enemies, three powerful courts fight for supremacy, and Amber might just be the pawn in winning this war forever. But how's a girl to survive when everyone wants her dead?

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Not editing while I write. It takes me forever to finish a chapter because I’m a compulsive perfectionist who keeps rewriting and tweaking until I feel everything’s the way I want it to be. I know you shouldn’t edit while you write but I just can’t help myself.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I’d say Tolkien and his talent for world building and fantastic characters. He can fill page after page with the most beautiful description and prose.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Writing the last chapter. I always get emotional and have a hard time finishing the last chapter.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Don’t wait for inspiration to find you. Write even when you don’t feel like it.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

See above. Also, continue to work on improving your style and prose.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you so much for reading my books J

Thanks for stopping by Jayde. 

Blog Tour/Giveaway: Dead and Beyond by Jayde Scott

Hello Readers,


Today I'm pleased to announce that as part of Reading Addiction Blog Tours I will be hosting a review of Dead and Beyond, an interview with the author Jayde Scott, and a giveaway. 


Jayde Scott is a pyschology graduate and a a writer most notable for creating the Ancient Legends series. She lives in London with her family and his a huge fan of baking chocolate cake and listening to indie music.  Jayde can be reached at her blogher Facebook pageher twitter account, or her You Tube channel.


I have included a synopsis of Dead and Beyond which can be purchased at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.



Everyone keeps a dark secret. That's what Amber Reed realizes when her boyfriend Aidan turns her into a vampire against her will. When something goes terribly wrong and her friend disappears, the clock is ticking, the walls are closing in on Amber, and the stakes are getting higher as she finds herself the pawn in an ancient war between three powerful races fighting for supremacy.

Amber is about to find out who Aidan really is...and the secret is nothing she ever imagined.



I'm really excited to read this one and wish you the best of luck winning the e-book. This giveaway closes on May 1 so enter today.

Best of luck!

~Danica Page

Monday, April 23, 2012

Giveaway Winner: Between by Cambria Hebert

Hello Readers,


Thanks for entering my giveaway of Between by Cambria Hebert. My review of Between can be found here. I'm personally very excited for Charade the next in the series which I'll be reviewing on here soon.


But now for the reason why you are reading this post.  The winner of this giveaway is Kenia Cabrera. The winner has been notified and has twenty-four hours to claim her prize. Starting tomorrow I'll have a new giveaway, so be sure to stop by and enter my giveaway. Thanks for entering and better luck next time. 


~Danica Page

Survived finals, Officially back to blogging regularly

Hello Readers,


I survived finals. Yes, I got no sleep and I looked a little bit like this picture. Trust me don't fall asleep at a desk it is terrible for your back. At any rate I survived and am now enjoying the remaining two days before I start the summer semester. 


Excluding memes, I actually didn't get that far behind. I'm almost all caught up. I have one more review to post and another review to write. But other than that I'm only slightly behind schedule. 


I just wanted to say I survived and that I'm back to blogging. I've missed seeing what you guys are reading and thinking. It's good to be back.


~Danica Page
(who has actually got a lot of writing done lately)



Book Review: Obsession by Debra Webb


Obsession
(Book, #1)
by Debra Webb
Received for Review via World Literary Cafe
Adult Romantic Thriller/Suspense
Release Date:
Average Goodreads Rating:
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There isn't a summary available on Goodreads so I went to Barnes and Noble and found this summary:

Special Agent Jess Harris has spent more than a decade studying the many faces of evil. But in her determination to stop a heinous serial killer, she messed up, broke the rules, and it cost her everything. Now her career is in need of resuscitation and her love life is dead and buried. Jess jumps at the chance to escape her current reality and to advise on a case that has Birmingham, Alabama’s top cops stumped. The trouble is, the case forces Jess to confront all the reasons she put her hometown and her first love, Police Chief Dan Burnett, in her rearview mirror all those years ago.

Dan Burnett will do anything to find the four young women who have gone missing before it’s too late to save them—even if it means asking for help from the woman who has spent a decade avoiding him. Until recently he kept up with Jess’s career at Quantico. She’s the best at what she does and he needs her to help him solve this case. And just maybe, in the process, they can break down that brick wall she has built between them. Maybe they can even be more than friends again.

When a fifth girl goes missing without a break in the case, Jess questions her skill as a profiler and an investigator. Then the unthinkable happens. A startling personal message reveals that the crazed serial killer whose case she blew has followed her to Birmingham, adding a chilling twist to an already desperate situation, and time is swiftly running out. 


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I'm so glad that World Literary Cafe is allowing me to review books for them.

I went into this book with absolutely no expectations. I honestly didn't know what to think. I just saw that this was romantic suspense/thriller and I was hooked. I was worried that this novel would be slightly questionable...and it was. But I still really liked it. Once again, I'll reiterate that this is a novel for mature readers.

I loved Debra and Dan and the chemistry between them. This book was definitely an electric read. I couldn't set it down. I was anxiously reading this one and read it in one sitting. I just couldn't do anything else until I had finished it. 

The writing was really good and I found myself sucked into the story from the very beginning. Granted, I'm a succor for this genre, but this novel was great. I can definitely say that I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel. I won't get to reading it fast enough. 

In Summary: An electric read that had me hooked from the very beginning, but definitely one for mature readers. Personally, I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel.

Warnings/Side-notes: This book is definitely for mature readers. There are some instances of strong language (f word) and multiple sexual references. The book isn't erotic by any means and isn't overly graphic, but is definitely more graphic than a young adult novel. Proceed with caution. 

The Wrap-up: I really liked this one. I'm definitely intrigued by Debra's writing style and her stories. Something tells me I'm going to cave and buy the sequel soon. Definitely recommended to fans of romantic suspense and ones who don't mind slightly questionable books. 

Love,

Danica Page

Book Review: Wraith's Forest by L.J. Leger


Wraith's Forest
by L.J Leger
Received for Review from author
Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.95
Pages: 44

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

Fairy tales and haunted woods lead us through L.J. Leger's Beauty and the Beast story of one girl with the weight of a village on her shoulders and the attention of a very unlikely soul.


Jenna is chosen for the coveted task of gathering the magical fruit to preserve the peaceful balance of the secret valley where she and many others live. During the harvest, one fruit is damaged and the task of healing the bruise falls on Jenna’s shoulders. She must enter the Wraith’s Forest, retrieve a magical blade from the specter who lives there so the valley will remain a utopia. But once she makes contact with the Wraith, her fear slowly disappears and her curiosity is aroused with more questions of why the Wraith is in the Forest and the true purpose for the harvest. If you love Beauty and Beast type fairy tales, Wraith’s Forest is the book to read. Perfect for Young Adults!


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank L J for giving this to me for review.

I went into this novel with absolutely no expectations. I didn't know what to think. I thought it would be a decent read, but nothing spectacular. I was blown away with the writing, the characters, the plot, basically everything about this novella. 

I loved the main characters Jenna and the Wraith. Their interactions with one another were great. I agree with the synopsis if you love Beauty and the Beast type fairy tales then look no further then Wraith's Forest

I'm so glad I decided to read this one. Leger's writing was compelling and brilliantly constructed. Definitely one of the better paranormal romances I've read this year.

I will definitely be keeping my eye on this author. Her writing left me entranced with the story from the very beginning. Definitely recommend this one. 

In Summary: One of the best fairy tales I've read this year. If you love retellings, fantasy, romance, or just young adult in general, I recommend this one. You won't regret reading it. 

The Wrap-up: A beautiful work. It definitely gave me an idea of what L.J. Leger is capable of and left me wanting more. Definitely recommend checking this one out. 

Love,

Danica Page
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