Thursday, September 27, 2012

Book Review: The Ghost in the Crystal by Matt Posner


The Ghost in the Crystal
(School of Ages, #1)
Received for Review
Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: December 5, 2010
Publisher: Self-published
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.30
Pages: 328

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

Your NEW favorite magic school is New York City's School of the Ages. I am a mixed-race teen from Queens, New York, and when I answer an advertisement in a magazine, the South Wind shows up at my door to introduce me to a world of adventure, power, and tragedy that feels both strange and right: ghosts, elementals, time travel, magic duels, clashes of culture, teen romance, sacrifice, and ultimate loss. The evil spirit of a bitter and scheming heretic from ancient Alexandria attacks me and forces me to risk everything in order to save his soul. Kids and adults won't stop reading -- The Ghost in the Crystal. I am Simon Magus, and I approve this message.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

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

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I originally compared this book to Harry Potter. When somebody is writing about a school of magic, that seems almost instinctive. There are some similarities; however, they were very minor ones. 

However, this book is very different than Harry Potter. It immediately had a darker feel. Harry Potter came across innocent; this book was dark at times and left me incredibly sad at times.

What I loved about this book was Posner's ability to create a world that sucked me in so absolutely. Posner  brilliantly combined history, philosophy,a and the Jewish culture to create a intriguing fantastical tale that readers will love.

I loved reading from Simon's perspective and watching as he learned more about this world that he is suddenly thrown into. I enjoyed watching him progress as the novel carried on and was beyond curious as I tagged along for his adventures and journey of self-discovery.

I also loved the other characters. I especially liked Leah and loved watching Simon and Leah interact. 

This is a story that I think fantasy loves will absolutely adore. Definitely recommend this novel and this series. This book combined very complex plots together into one amazing read. 

In Summary: An enjoyable fantasy novel that readers of all ages will eat up. 

The Wrap-up: This book was just so intriguing. I haven't read a ton of books that left me this compelled by the world presented within the pages of the text. This one was spell-binding. 

Love,

Danica Page

Book Review: The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter


The Trouble with Cowboys
(A Big Sky Romance, #3)
by Denise Hunter
Received for Review
Adult Romantic Christian fiction
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.43
Pages: 304

Here's the synopsis available on Goodreads:

Only one pair of boots-and the cowboy wearing them-can get Annie out of the mess she's in.

Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek's premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for "Montana Living." Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew.

When Annie's column is cancelled, she's given first shot at a new lovelorn column-and she can't afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie's never been in love.

Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town's smooth-talking ladies' man Dylan Taylor: She'll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he'll help her answer the reader letters.

Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can't risk getting hurt now.

The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister's antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.


When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn't know what to trust-her head or her heart.

The trouble with "this" cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.

And now for my review:

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received and e-galley of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks to the good people at Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read this book. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is the first book I've ever read by Denise Hunter and I can tell you that it will not be the last I read by her. I absolutely adored her writing style and her characters. This is the third book in her A Big Sky Romance series; however, this novel can definitely be read as a stand-alone novel. 

Having said that, let's get into my review. I went into this noel with low expectations. I hadn't heard of Denise Hunter before but thought that the synopsis sounded good so I gave it a shot. 

I immediately fell in love with the characters Annie and Dylan. Annie is struggling to help out her sister Sierra and Sierra's son as Sierra tries to finish college, but it's becoming increasingly more difficult. After watching cowboy after cowboy leave her mom, Annie has decided cowboys are nothing but trouble and the last thing she's going to do is fall for lady's man and cowboy Dylan. But can you deny the heart?

Dylan is nursing some hidden wounds when it comes to love but Annie has caught his interest. The only problem is Annie wants nothing to do with him. She seems to have such a bad opinion of him and he doesn't understand why. Does he dare take a shot on Annie and on love again?

Watching these two characters interact was always entertaining, always cute, and always beautiful. Hunter did a great job at building their relationship. It didn't seem like a whirlwind romance that came from nowhere, but rather a relationship rooted in friendship.

I also loved the way in which Hunter told her story. She had a fresh voice that drew me in from the beginning. I loved reading this book. Hunter weaved in elements of faith in a way that was never heavy-handed and always just seemed to fit the text perfectly.

Like I mentioned earlier, I adored this novel, even though I'm not much of a western cowgirl. That's the beauty of this novel: you don't have to like cowboys to fall in love with Annie and Dylan's story.

In Summary: Denise Hunter weaves a beautiful tale full of intriguing characters that are all too lovable, a fresh writing style, and a brilliantly crafted plot that is bound to attract Christian fiction lovers. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None this novel is clean. That's partly why I love it. 

The Wrap-up: Hunter is an author that I'll definitely be keeping an eye on. I can't wait to read more of her work. 

Love,

Danica Page

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday....#25





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

This is my twenty-fifth time participating in this meme.This week I have chosen  to spotlight two young adult novels.

The first one is Mystic City by debut author Theo Lawrence. It comes out on October 9, 2012 and is being published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 

Okay so I heard about this one a few weeks ago, and basically it looks amazing. I loved Matched and The Hunger Games and am curious to see if the comparison is accurate. This book just sounds so intriguing and unlike anything I've read recently...meaning I have to read it.

Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

For fans of Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Blade Runner comes a tale of a magical city divided, a political rebellion ignited, and a love that was meant to last forever. Book One of the Mystic City Novels.

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself. 


Add this book to your Goodreads shelf.

The second one is Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone. This book will be published on October 9, 2012 by Hyperion. 


Okay so if you haven't heard about this book yet, I'll be stunned. It has been on my wishlist for forever. I don't know what it is about time travel, but it gets to me every time. Plus the cover and the synopsis are stunning. And for the most part, I've heard great things about it. 

Here's the synopsis:

Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.


Add this book to your Goodreads shelf. 

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.

Love,

Danica Page

Friday, September 21, 2012

Blog Tour/Book Review: Pulled by A.L. Jackson

Hello Readers,

Today I'm pleased to be a part of the blog tour for A.L. Jackson's novel Pulled. This blog tour was set up by Reading Addiction Blog Tours. Today I'll be including a review and a chance to win an ebook of this book.

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



A.L. Jackson first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three beautiful children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves. 


  
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Here's the synopsis:


Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery shared a love most only dream of, a love they believed bonded them together for life.  When their world is shattered by the tragic loss of their daughter, overwhelming grief and misguided guilt distorts the truth, and their relationship ends in uncertainty and unanswered questions. 

For nine years, they drift through life, each unable to forget the one who holds the strings to their heart.  In an attempt to escape the pain of her past, Melanie finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, while Daniel loses himself in a career that means nothing without Melanie by his side.  

Now, when their lives again intersect, neither can deny the connection they felt so long ago.  

But will the power that drew them together be enough to heal the wounds from their past, and will they have the courage to overcome the insecurities and fears that threaten to keep them apart? 

Pulled is a story of attraction and separation, of destiny and duty, of a love so strong it refuses to give up even when all others have. 


And finally this is my review.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book for review as part of the blog tour. I was not obligated to write a good review nor was I compensated for my review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book is my second book by A.L. Jackson and so I had high hopes for this one.

The premise sounded intriguing and so I decided to give it a shot. It wasn't like I thought it would be, but it was still beautiful in its own way.

I found Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery to be an intriguing couple to read about and enjoyed watching them interact with one another. Their story was interesting and I found myself flying through the novel.

A.L. Jackson's writing, just like last time, was incredible. I found myself drawn in by the way she crafted her story. She always writes beautifully.

However, I found the plot to be slightly unrealistic at times and certain elements of the noel bugged me. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to ruin anything. I'll just say certain aspects of Melanie and Daniel's romance bugged me. 

I know some people will say that love is messy and this novel reflects that. However, there were still moments that irked me.

And yet, I still really enjoyed the novel. A.L. Jackson is a great writer and her story did draw me in. If you like romance, check this one out. 

In Summary: A.L. Jackson is brilliant at writing stories centered around complex relationships that will draw you in from the very beginning. Intriguing characters and a complex plot combine to create an enjoyable read. 

The Wrap-up: I did enjoy this book, but I left it feeling like it was slightly unrealistic and a little bugged by certain elements. However, I feel like many of the things that bugged me wouldn't have bugged other people. If you love romance, check this one out.

And now for your chance to win a copy of this book. 

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Love,

Danica Page

Writing Tip of the Week: Own up to Your Mistakes


Hello Readers,

Today on my other blog Filling up the Pages I posted about making mistakes in editing or writing. We all make them so why not learn from them? 

Basically, I like this post so much that I'm going to leave the link to it on here. We aren't perfect so why do we expect ourselves to be? And why do we expect others to be perfect as well?

Yes, this is a good life lesson, but it's also crucial to writing, reading, and I'll even add reviewing.  


Click here to read my post! And Have a great day! 

~Danica Page

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blog Tour/Book Review: Fall of Eden by Michele Poague

Hello Readers,

Today I'm pleased to be a part of the blog tour for Michele Poague's book Fall of Eden. Today I'll be posting my review and if you stop by later on, I will be including an interview with Michele. So be sure to stop by later. Also following my review, you'll have a chance to win this book.  

I had the opportunity to read the first in this series last year and thoroughly enjoyed her novel. My review can be found here.

But first here's some information about the author and the blog tour.


Born Michele Rae Jeffryes in Newman Grove, Nebraska, Michele Poague has spent most of her life in Colorado, South Dakota and Nevada, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, since 1984. When she is not writing novels, researching a story, traveling, or working at her full time job as a nightclub manager, Michele volunteers her time as an advocate for the Libertarian Party.
For more information and to connect with Michele Poague please visit any or all of the following network links:
·         Website: http://michelepoague.com/
·         Blog: http://michelepoague.info/
·         Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/healingcrystaltrilogy
·         Twitter: https://twitter.com/hctscifinovels
Tour Page:
Purchase Links:

And now here is some more information about the book:
Myths are but shadows of a greater truth.

What is the Healing Crystal and who is the rightful heir? Is it a religious object or a powerful weapon? Does it belong to a fallen line of kings or to the colonists of Survin? Should its fate be left in the hands of the young and inexperienced Kairma or to Narvin, the last descendent of a line of kings?

Kairma holds the Crystal and believes she will become the next leader of Survin, while her younger sister Kinter, believes she, not Kairma, is the rightful heir. Narvin believes the Healing Crystal is the Star of Genesis, a powerful relic his ancestors have been seeking for centuries.

Determined to possess the object that will return him to his glory, Narvin is unwavering in his quest to possess it, and Kairma is caught in a fierce race across barren deserts and rugged mountains to a shattering finish where the winner must decide the fate of the world.
Other books in series:
·         Heir to Power: http://michelepoague.info/about/
·         Ransom: http://michelepoague.info/about-ransom/
Healing Crystal Trilogy Book Trailer

And now for my review:
My Rating:
Disclaimers: I received a copy of this book for review as part of the tour. I'm not receiving any compensation for writing this review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I was really intrigued to see how Michele developed her book. The first book was so complicated and had so much going on and there was so much that needed to be resolved.
I wasn't sure if Michele would be able to pull it off. I shouldn't have worried. Michele handled the sequel well. I was worried there would be a sequel slump. I shouldn't have worried.
I loved all of the characters. They just seemed so real. Kairma is just so intriguing and I love the love triangle. I'm not going to give anything away, but just know that all the characters are well crafted and it was painful to watch some of the actions the characters made. But any book that can make me feel that deeply is bound to bound to leave an impact. 
Plus, I just loved Collin. As I said in my last review: Collin was just slightly rebellious enough to catch my attention from the very beginning. I love characters like Collin. He's a strong force whose been dealt a tough hand in life, but he deals with it. He has been Kairma's brother's best friend and consequently Kairma's best friend too. 
The plot was perfectly paced. Poague answers just enough questions to keep you satisfied but keeps you in enough suspense to leave you wanting more.
Poague definitely beat the sequel slump. If you like fantasy with kick-but heroines than this book is definitely for you.

In Summary:This book caught my attention from the beginning. Great writing combined with incredibly compelling characters and an intriguing premise make this a must-read. This is an author I'll be keeping my eyes on. 
The Wrap-up: This book was a delightful read. It is on the longer end, but well worth reading. Definitely recommend it.
And here's your chance to win a copy of this book:
Giveaway Info:
Grand Prize Giveaway (Please include this information in your posts)
As part of the tour, Michele is generously offering 3 AMAZING giveaways to the blog readers. The first winner will receive signed copies of the entire Healing Crystal trilogy. The second place winner will receive a signed copy ofFall of Eden as well as a $10 gift certificate and the third place winner will receive a signed copy of Fall of Eden
To enter to win these prizes, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form provided.
  • Open from September 8 to October 8.
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Earn entries by doing any/all of the following:
  • Leaving a blog post comment
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Good luck!

~Danica Page

Blog Tour/ Book Review: Blemished by Sarah Dalton

Hello Readers,

Today I'm pleased to be part of the blog tour for Sarah Dalton's novel, Blemished. This blog tour was set up by Reading Addiction Blog Tour. Today I'll be including my review of this book, including a guest post, and giving you a chance to win this incredible book.


But first here's some information about the author:


Sarah grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Derbyshire and as a result has an over-active imagination. She has been an avid reader for most of her life, taking inspiration from the stories she read as a child, and the novels she devoured as an adult.
Sarah mainly writes speculative fiction for a Young Adult audience and has had pieces of short fiction published in the Medulla Literary Review, PANK magazine, Apex Magazine and the British Fantasy Society publication Dark Horizons. Her short story ‘Vampires Wear Chanel’ is featured in the Wyvern Publication Fangtales. The Blemished is her first full-length novel.

Contact Links:

twitter @sarahdalton

 Purchase Links

And now here's the synopsis:


A beautiful world comes at a price...

In a world filled with stunning clones Mina Hart is Blemished. Her genes are worthless and that takes away her rights: her right to an Education, her right to a normal life and her right to have a child.

 Mina keeps a dangerous secret which she never thought she could share until she meets Angela on her first day at St Jude's School. But their friendship is soon complicated by Angela’s adoptive brother Daniel. Mina finds herself drawn to his mysterious powers and impulsive nature. Then there is the gorgeous clone Sebastian who Mina is forbidden from even speaking to…

 The Blemished is a frightening take on a fractured future where the Genetic Enhancement Ministry have taken control of Britain. It will take you on a ride filled with adventure, romance and rebellion.

Okay and now for my review:

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

My Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book for review as part of the blog tour. I received no compensation for reviewing this book. However, Cami who sets up the blog was paid for her time in setting this tour up. Let me reiterate that the only compensation I got was the pleasure of reading this book. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Okay wow! I read the synopsis and saw the cover and immediately knew I had to read this book. Then my jaded side came out. I thought there was no way this book could be as good as I was expecting. I was right.

It was much better than I ever could have imagined. From the moment I read the first page, I was hooked. Sarah's writing drew me in from the get-go. I've read a million dystopian books and I always worry they are going to start being identical. 

Then I read books like this one and I realize why I love this genre so much. Sarah's novel was frightening in the fact that it seemed all too plausible. Her characters rang drew; her words were beautifully constructed; her book resonated within me. 

I already mentioned that the characters seemed so realistic. They were complex and I found myself sympathizing with them. None of the characters seemed flat. Something that I loved.

Plus, there was a love triangle. How can you not like a book with a good love triangle? Okay, I know some people don't like a love triangle but I do. And this one was so well-crafted. 

Normally, I can easily pick which guy I like—not the case with this novel. I could not choose which guy I liked better. Sometimes I just get angry with the girl and think she's an idiot for stringing two guys along. That was also not the case with this novel. Their relationships seemed so real and I found myself so torn. 

I finally know who I am a fan of and I must admit the answer genuinely surprised me. I'm not going to say whose side I am on because I don't want to give anything away. But just know this love triangle is brilliant. 

The combination of her compellingly realistic characters combined with a world so horrific and yet intriguing to create a novel that never seemed dragged on. The pacing was perfect and that ending...let's just say I definitely have to read the sequel.

It's been awhile since I've read a dystopian that I enjoyed this much. The last time was when I read Starters by Lissa Price. (not to suggest the books are similar, because they aren't.)  Her book was original, realistic, and compelling.

Basically, this book, this series, and this author have just made their way up to the top of my list for the year. 

In Summary: A beautifully horrific world, shockingly realistic characters, and a masterful prose combine to make Sarah Dalton's Blemished a dystopian novel that readers will adore. Destined to become a popular read. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This novel was actually quite clean. There are some very very very vague references to sex; however, I would not hesitate to recommend this to anybody. 

The Wrap-up: I really liked this novel. The dialogue rang true and the characters seemed so realistic as well. I didn't expect to love this novel as much as I did, but it blew me away. I for one can't wait to see what Dalton does next. 

And now let's hear from the author herself:

10 Things Readers Would be Surprised to Know About me:

1.    I didn’t think I was good enough to be a writer – I thought being a writer meant writing books that would change the world or become a poetic masterpiece. I completely lost sight of the books that entertain people. Sometimes the books that we love are not the books that will be remembered in a hundred years. When I learned that I realised that I could be a writer.

2.    I’m chaotic – I have to force myself to approach things systematically. I want to just start with a line or a character and write the book from there. I’ve learnt the hard way that approaching a novel is something that needs to be planned.

3.    The Blemished started off on another planet – except it wasn’t really The Blemished but it did still have Mina as the main character. She was a Princess who could read people’s emotions through smell. She met a boy who she couldn’t smell and could not speak her language and they fell in love. There were many problems with it and I had to give it up!

4.    I’m British – Okay, that’s probably not a surprise seeing as the book is set in Britain and I tend to talk about being British a lot. I find it hard to find many other indie British YA authors out there. If you’re there come say hello!

5.    I find soaps inspiring – I love watching human nature and soaps are our human-nature outlets. They are what we think relationships are and I find that a bit fascinating. I think watching soaps has helped me with my characters.

6.    I’m addicted to the internet – I’m old enough to remember when Emails were invented and to have actually been on a chat-room. I think I got addicted to the internet before it was really popular, back in the day when you had to wait 2 hours for a song to download from Napster! Yup, I’m old.

7.    Leave the past alone – I get fed-up of people older than me telling me how much better the past was and how bad kids are these days. The truth is that everyone’s teenage/young adult years are the best of their life and they are always going to see that period in the golden-glow of youth. It doesn’t mean there was less crime, TV was better or we had better manners. Move on.

8.    I don’t drive – people tend to comment on this a lot and I get hassle from my family but I hate driving and I won’t do it. It doesn’t mean I’m not independent, I live in the middle of a city and everything I need is in walking distance.

9.    I grew up in the middle of nowhere – and it gave me cabin fever. I could never live in the countryside again. I need the hustle and bustle of a city.

10. I believe we make our own fate – I don’t believe in luck or destiny. When I was growing up I heard a lot of people say ‘it just wasn’t meant to be’. I don’t think anyone should hear this as a child. You have to go out into the world and carve out your own path. That’s the advice I would give to anyone. Make things happen. 


And don't forget you can win a copy of this book. In case my review, didn't convince you, I'll be more direct. YOU WANT TO READ THIS BOOK! So enter. 

Love,

Danica Page




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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (24)




Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The point is to share a book that hasn't bee released yet, but one that you are dying to read.

This is my twenty-fourth time participating in this meme.This week I have chosen one historical adult fiction novel and one paranormal young adult.

The first one is Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson and Janice Hanna. It comes out on October 1, 2012 and is being published by Summerside Press.  I heard about this book last week from another blogger and it looked really interesting. So I thought I would share this book with you guys. 

The cover draws me in and the plot sounds amazing. I'm definitely going to be reading this one. 

Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

When pampered Jacqueline Abington secretly elopes with the family gardener, she asks another woman to take her place on the much anticipated maiden voyage of the Titanic. Tessa Yarborough hails from a poor corner of London but has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime--a ticket to sail to America aboard a famed vessel. But there's a catch: she must assume Jacqueline's identity. For the first time in her life, Tessa stays in luxurious quarters, dresses in elegant gowns, and dines with prestigious people. Then a wealthy American man takes an interest in her, and Tessa struggles to keep up the ruse as she begins falling for him. When tragedy strikes, the game is up, and two women's lives are forever changed.

Add this book to your Goodreads shelf.

The second one is Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. This book will be published on October 2, 2012 by Siomon and Schuster. This one just looks incredible. 


Here's the synopsis:

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….



Add this book to your Goodreads shelf. 

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.

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, September 17, 2012

Blog Tour/Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt: November Surprise by Laurel Osterkamp



Hello Readers,

Today I'm pleased to be part of the blog tour for Laurel Osterkamp's novel November Surprise. This tour was set up by Reading Addiction Blog Tour. Today I'm thrilled to include an interview and a guest post.

But here's some information about Laurel.

Laurel Osterkamp was a comedy writer in Minneapolis before she began writing novels. Her first novel, Following My Toes, has been a Kindle best seller and won the 2008 Indie Excellence Award for Chick Lit. Starring in the Movie of My Life received honors in the 2011 Indie Excellence Awards for Chick Lit, and in the 2011 International Book Awards for Women's Fiction and Young Adult Lit. Both books are indie approved at indiereader.com. She currently teaches high school, and is working on her next book, which is inspired by her recent jury duty.

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And now here's the synopsis:

For Lucy Jones, the distinction between love and politics is hazy at best. Both can be all-consuming, and either can lead to a heart-breaking loss or an exhilarating win. Whatever the case, if you’re seen as a loser, you probably are one. Lucy first learns this lesson in 1988, when she’s a shy girl, battling a high school bully and rooting for Dukakis. Through the years Lucy will experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as she makes the choices that define her. Meanwhile, she also struggles to define her relationship with Monty, who comes in and out of her life like the changes in public opinion. Is Monty simply a one-night stand, a kindred spirit, or the love of her life? And by 2008, can he offer her a change to believe in?

Over the course of twenty years and six presidential elections, Lucy grows and adjusts with the times. Filled with snarky political and pop-culture references, November Surprise is about the journey we take to believe in a candidate, in love, and in ourselves.

November Surprise is a companion piece to Campaign Promises, which is free on Amazon. They can be read in either order. Both have a liberal slant.

And now here's the interview with Laurel. 

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

Definitely! Lucy, the main character, even states the theme towards the end. “It’s our history that brought us to this point, and it’s made us who we are.” Since the whole book is about finding parallels between Lucy’s personal dramas and the country’s public dramas, I think that’s pretty fitting.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I have a writing group where we share our work and give each other feedback. They always tease me about the lack of setting in my books, and when I actually describe the setting, they tease me for that too! I forget to provide details, so that’s something I really need to work on.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

I’ve written three full length novels: Following My Toes, Starring in the Movie of My Life, and November Surprise.
Also, two novellas: Looking for Ward and Campaign Promises

I think my favorite is a tie between Starring in the Movie of My Life and November Surprise. I really pushed myself and discovered new things about my writing while working on both of them, but in different ways.

If you had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
That’s hard. Whoever plays Lucy has to come off as smart, pretty without realizing it, and believable from the ages of 17 to 37. Perhaps Gennifer Goodwin.

When did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing things for fun, like journals and short stories, for as long as I can remember. I started writing sketch comedy about 15 years ago, and my first book, Following My Toes, was written about eight years ago.

How long did it take to complete your first book?

The first draft took about six months, but all the revisions took well over a year. I guess all total, it was around two years.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

Oh, sure. There are tons. Today I’ll mention Jennifer Weiner. She’s very prolific, and I love how she helped to redefine the romantic heroine. Good in Bed was one of the first “chick lit” novels with a flawed main character, who was beautiful and strong in her own way.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Probably revisions. By that time I know the characters and the story arc really well, and I can work on refining the details and making it as perfect as possible. The challenge can be a lot of fun.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Awesome political love story!

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

I have a blog written in Lucy’s voice about the current election and her marriage to Monty. It’s fun to continue their story. You can read it at http://novembersurprises.blogspot.com

This spring I was on a federal jury, and of course the whole time I was thinking about how I could use the experience for my next novel. I have some ideas, so that’s what my next book will be about. Since it’s going to be fiction, I can make jury duty much more exciting than it actually was!


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And now for the giveaway. To enter you must leave a comment on a blog tour and buy November Surprise. Anybody who buys November Surprise and forwards their receipt to laurel@pmibooks.com will receive 10 entries.

This is for a $30 Amazon Gift Card.



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~Danica Page
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