Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top 10 books of the Year

Hello Readers,

I left for Italy in May so I'm only counting books that were released before June, but these were my favorite books that I read this year. 

1. Dare You to by Katie McGarry. I loved both books in this series. Katie is an incredible writer and I can't wait to see what she writes next.

2. The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. This author is incredible. I've only read two books from her, but I loved them both.

3. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. I absolutely loved this book and was actually surprised by how much I did love it.

4. A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman. I adored every novel I read by this author. Can't wait to read more from her.

5. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. I was stunned with how much I liked this one. It is beautifully written and centers on a poignant theme.

6. Wait for You by Jennifer Armentrout. This book was also fantastic. I've loved every book I've read by this author.

7.Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. This book was just really intense and I really really enjoyed it.

8. Easy by Tammara Webber. It was beautifully written and one that I just really enjoyed.

9. Jennifer by Dee Henderson. Dee is one of my favorite authors of all-times. I'm so glad I got to read this one. 

10. Obsidian, Opal, and Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Like I mentioned earlier, I just really like this author.

What were your favorite books of the year?

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, December 30, 2013

December 2013: Hot Releases in Books

Hello Readers,


I've now been in Italy for several several months. That's absolutely crazy. I love the work but am insanely behind in what books came out this month. 

What were your favorite books of the month? What books do I absolutely need to read?

Happy Reading!

Love,

Danica Page

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Fellow Page Turners,

I love Christmas. It's one of my favorite holidays...in fact, now that I'm a little older I think it is my favorite holiday.

I am a Christian and I love that we celebrate Christ's birth and that it's a time of giving. I love the idea of a Santa Claus who comes and gives us presents. I love the songs on the radio. I love the decorations. And I love spending the time with my family.


I'm still far from my family but I got to skype them and boy do I love them. I've been in Italy for six months now that it crazy to think about. Even crazier, I'll be home next Christmas. That song, "I'll be home for Christmas" has really taken on new meanings for me. I'm home in my dreams. :)

Anyway, I hope you all have a fabulous day!

What fun Christmas traditions do you have?

Love,

Danica Page

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Happy Hanukkah!

To all My Jewish Friends,


I hope you had a lovely Hanukkah!

Love,

Danica Page

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hot Releases: November 2013


Hello Readers,

I've now been in Italy for seven months now. That's absolutely crazy. I love the work but am insanely behind in what books came out this month. I know these ones did. Did any of you read them? What other good books came out?

I only know of one book that was supposed to be released this month and I don't even know if it was. But assuming it was I know it was fantastic and you all would have loved it.

The book I believe was published is Crash into You by Katie McGarry. I absolutely adored the first two in the series and will be buying this one soon after I return.

What were your favorite books of the month? What books do I absolutely need to read?

Happy Reading!

Love,

Danica Page

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello Fellow Page-Turners,


To my friends from the States, I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! I'm still in Italy and honestly I didn't realize how many holidays I celebrated were only celebrated in the States.

So to those of you from other countries: Happy holidays that you celebrate that I don't. :)

I missed my Thanksgiving Dinner. Last Thanksgiving, my sister had unexpected surgery, and the one before my sister got married. So this is the third time in a row without Thanksgiving Dinner. Hopefully, next year I'll break the streak.

Anyway, hope you're having a fabulous day! And in the spirit of the holiday I'm thankful for my family and all the support they give me and of course I'm thankful for books.

I'll be glad to return from Italy and get back into reading. I know I'm missing out on some really incredible books.

Love,

Danica Page

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy NaNoWriMo!!!

To all you NaNoers,

This marks my first year in six years that I won't be doing NaNo. I'm really bummed about that, but I'm so excited for you. I wish you the best of luck. 

Write fast. Don't get discouraged. You can do it!

I'll be cheering you on the entire month. 

~Danica Page

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hot Releases: October 2013


Hello Readers,

I've now been in Italy for six months now. That's absolutely crazy. I love the work but am insanely behind in what books came out this month. I know these ones did. Did any of you read them? What other good books came out?

I'm beginning to get really behind in what popular books have come out recently. :( But I'm still loving the work. 

New Releases: 

 Allegiant by Veronica Roth- I really want to know how this series  ends and hope it ends in a manner that I'm pleased with.

Emerald Green by Kerstin Geir-I'M SO JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS THE ONE BOOK I'M TICKED I CAN'T GO READ!!!!!!!!!!! Okay enough with the dramatics. Seriously I'm in love with this series. This is the VERY FIRST book I'm buying when I get back.

The Forever of Micha and Ella by Jessica Sorenson- This might be the book I'm second most jealous about missing. Did any of you read this one? Was it fabulous? Seriously, so jealous you guys beat me to this one. 

Just One Year by Gayle Foreman- I haven't read Just One Day yet, but I'm dying to read both of them. Come on, it's Gayle Foreman, I'm sure I'll love it. 



Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory- This one just sounds interesting and I also love the cover. I love this genre and so I'll probably give it a try when I get back.



Forgiving Lies by Molly McAdams- Her characters and stories downright frustrate me and yet they captivate me too so I'll probably end up reading this one and want to throw it against the wall the whole time I'm doing so but love it in the end.

Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein- So in love with this creepy cover and synopsis. I really really can't wait to read this one. It reminds me of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, which I loved, so I'm super excited about this one. I just hope it doesn't let me down. 


Did any of you read any of these? Would you recommend reading them? 

What were your favorite books of the month? What books do I absolutely need to read?

Happy Reading!

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, October 7, 2013

Influential Books: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Hello Fellow Page-Turners,


Since I am still in Italy serving on a humanitarian service mission, I still don't really have time to review new books and write new reviews. :( But I'm loving my time here in Italy. Last month I shared one of the most influential books I've ever read and that was Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay. This month I'd like to follow suit. 

Another really influential book that I read is one that actually is quite surprising and ironic. The book is Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. I'm not even sure that I really liked this novel more than a lot of the other novels I read. In fact, it was pretty average. It was well-written but not really that spectacular and yet it changed my outlook completely. 

This novel was an assigned book in seventh grade. As I read it, my teacher spent a lot of time talking about Stargirl was a nonconformist and was just so comfortable in her own skin that she didn't care what people thought.

In my junior high days, I was very concerned with what other people thought. I wanted to fit in and then we read this book that celebrated nonconformity and told us that it was okay to be different. It changed my entire outlook.

As I read, I kept thinking, "you know, Stargirl is really strange and yet I wish I could be like her." Since then, I've learned to celebrate non-conformity. I'm not talking about doing anything too strange, but I just think that the idea that you should be comfortable in your own skin is so powerful.

Ever since then I've cared less about what people think about me and more about what I think. People say books can't change people or how people think. I disagree. This very simple book that I read in seventh grade changed my outlook on life. And now almost ten years later, I still remember it.


If you'd like to learn more about this book, here's the Goodreads summary and the Amazon link.

Is there a book that changed how you viewed the world? Is there a book that really did change how you think? If so, what book?

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, September 30, 2013

July-September 2014: Hot Releases


Hello friends,

I'm down to one more month in Italy!!!!!!!! 


I'm so sad to be leaving this beautiful country behind but am so excited to get back into contact with you guys. I can't wait to see what all of you have been up to and all the books you have suggested I read.

The good news is I'll have two months before I start working and going back to school. That's a lot of time for reading and writing.

So friends, what books have come out recently that you have loved? I need all the recommendations I can get.

Ciao!

Love,

Danica Page

Hot Releases: September 2013

Hello Readers,

I've now been in Italy for five months now. That's absolutely crazy. I love the work but am insanely behind in what books came out this month. I know these ones did. Did any of you read them? What other good books came out?

I'm beginning to get really behind in what popular books have come out recently. :( But I'm still loving the work. 

New Releases I'm Dying to Read:

Where the Stars Sill Shine by Trish Doller-I loved Trish's first book and can't wait to see if the second one is as good. I have high hopes for this one. 



Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins- I have enjoyed the previous two in the series. I haven't loved them quite as much as everybody else has but I still have high hopes for this one.



Me Since You by Laura Weiss-I'm still on the fence on this one but I'm pretty sure I want to give it a chance. It looks intriguing and I've heard a few preliminary good reviews (granted those were reviews back in May so take it for what it's worth. I could be way out of date by now.)

Did any of you read any of these? Would you recommend reading them? 

What were your favorite books of the month? What books do I absolutely need to read?

Happy Reading!

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, September 2, 2013

Most Influential Books: Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay


Hello Fellow Page-Turners,

Since I am still in Italy serving on a humanitarian service mission, I still don't really have time to review new books and write new reviews. :( For the last two months, I have shared my thoughts on two of my favorite novels. This month I'd like to switch gears ever so slightly and share my thoughts on one of the most influential books I have ever read. That book is Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.

I have written briefly about this book before, but I'd like to talk about it in more detail. 


July 16, 1942?Anyone? Does anyone even know what happened on this date? 

I like to consider myself as something of a history buff and I had no idea. I have taken numerous world history classes and not once have I heard of this event. So naturally reading this book I turned to the internet and researched it.

This is the date of the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup of the Jews in Paris, France. This tragedy was instigated by the Germans, but the French were only too happy to comply. Ignoring the order only to take grownups, thousands of children were taken too.

On this day the French police rounded up 13, 152 Jews and took them to the Vel' d'Hiv stadium and left them there for weeks before shipping them out to concentration camps in Germany and ultimately the gas chambers. Nearly all of the children taken were killed. The French president finally apologized for this atrocity in 1995, over fifty years later.

This act is poignantly painted in Sarah's Key and this all-too possible tale broke my heart. This story is one that will leave you crying and deep in reflection about the world we live in. What killed me was I had never even heard of this before? Had you?

I went into this novel not knowing what to think about it. I had heard good things, but I didn't expect it to be this brilliant. Really, this book contains some of the best writing I've ever encountered and with the amount of books I read that's saying something.

This is a book I haven't actually reread yet but one that is forever imprinted into my mind. If you love history, read this book. This book is unlike any other book I've ever read. I can't begin to express my true thoughts about this book. There just aren't words to convey how much I love this book. But really, this is a book I recommend that everybody buy. 

Who knows it might just change your view on life too.

If you'd like to learn more about this book, here's the Goodreads summary and the Amazon link.

Is there a book that changed how you viewed the world? If so, what book?

Love,

Danica Page

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Hot Releases: August 2013


Hello Readers,


I've now been in Italy for four months now and am loving it. I'm beginning to get really behind in what popular books have come out recently. :( But I'm still loving the work. 

New Releases I'm Dying to Read:

The Redemption of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson- I absolutely adored the first book in the series and have been dying to read this one. I was so bummed to learn it came out after I left. Callie and Kayden are both going to have to grow up a lot in this novel and I can't wait to see it happen.  

Gated by Amy Christine Parker-It just sounds intriguing and I'm curious to see if it lives up to my expectations. Plus, that cover definitely is eye-catching. Yes, I know we shouldn't judge based on a cover, but come on most of us do. 



The Liberator by Victoria Scott- The first in the series The Collector was one of the last books I read before I left and I actually really liked it. Can't wait to see what this one brings. 


Did any of you read any of these? Would you recommend reading them? 

What were your favorite books of the month? What books do I absolutely need to read?

Happy Reading!

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, August 5, 2013

Early Teenage Favorite: Mandy by Julie Edwards

Hello Fellow Page-Turners,

Since I am still in Italy serving on a humanitarian service mission, I still don't really have time to review new books and write new reviews. :( Last month, I shared my thoughts on one of my favorite novels, The Negotiator and I decided I'd continue that trend.

This month's novel (another one of my all-time favorites) is Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards. This novel was one of my favorites in junior high so from about a little less than ten years ago. Or actually, maybe it was elementary school. 

I really really loved this book. Like I said, I haven't read it in ten years so I don't remember exactly what happened but I'll do my best to explain why I loved this book.

This novel is about a ten-year-old-orphan named Mandy. Mandy finds a deserted cottage and attempts to make it a home. She gets flowers for it and brooms and decorations and does her best to make her little home shine. It's a wonderful retreat from the loneliness of the orphanage.

I just loved this book so much. It was beautifully written and I loved Mandy's character so much. I must have checked out this book from the library a dozen times or so. I just loved the way Mandy found a place of her own. I think that in those early years of adolescence we all want to find a place of our own and I think that because of that I really connected with this book. 

I also think that this book had a really good message and was simply beautiful. This is a book I haven't bought for myself yet, but one that I really need to remember to buy. It's one that I would love to reread. In fact, when I get back from Italy, I might just have to finally cave and buy it. I looked and there are actually a lot of copies available on Amazon.

I would totally recommend this for young teens and adults alike. I still remember this book ten years after reading it and that is saying something. 

If you'd like to learn more about this book, here's the Goodreads summary and the Amazon link.

Is there a book that you've read so many times it's embarrassing? If so, what book?

Love,

Danica Page

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hot Releses: July 2013

Hello Readers,


I've now been in Italy for three months now and am loving it. I'm serving a humanitarian mission there and am loving it but that means I'm missing out on all the great books that are coming out.

Oh and by the way it's J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter's birthday...and my sister's birthday so it's a super important day. Hope you are enjoying it.

New Releases I actually read before I left:

Right of Way by Lauren Brienholdt - This was a road-trip book so I had high expectations. It didn't let me down. 

New Releases I'm Dying to Read:

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout- So I'm furious about this one. I finally get caught up in the series and then I miss this installment. I'm feeling really bitter about this one. That ending!!!!!!!!! This one better be good. Please tell me it was.

Undercurrent by Paul E. Blackwell- It sounds and looks creepy and is definitely not my usual read, but it has caught my curiosity. Anybody read this one?

Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover- I have mixed feelings about this one. I loved Hopeless so much, so I hope this one is good. I'm sure it will be. It's one I'll buy when I get back. I'm just worried I'll be let down.

Truly, Madly, Deeply - I have an unhealthy love for books about abusive situations as long as the abused gets out and meets somebody who is perfect for them and helps them overcome their awful situation. Anyway, so I'm definitely looking forward to this one. 



Did any of you read any of these? Would you recommend reading them? What were your favorite books of the month? What books do I absolutely need to read?

Happy Reading!

Love,

Danica Page

Thursday, July 4, 2013

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!



Fellow Page-Turners,

It's weird to be celebrating the Fourth in Italy. They don't exactly celebrate July 4, but trust me I'm celebrating anyway fireworks or not.

I know many of you aren't from the United States, but to those who are have a lovely day and please enjoy those fireworks for me. 

I'm definitely missing them. :)

Love,

Danica Page


Monday, July 1, 2013

Favorite Books: The Negotiator by Dee Henderson

Hello Fellow Page-Turners,

Since I am still in Italy serving on a humanitarian service mission, I still don't really have time to review new books and write new reviews. :( So I decided I'd share my thoughts about one of my favorite novels of all times and that is Dee Henderson's The Negotiator (The O'Malley Series, #1). 

This is one of my favorite novels of all times. In fact, I'm a little bit embarrassed to say how many times I've read this novel. Actually, I've read it so many times that I've lost track of how many times I've read it. It's easily one of my most-read books. In fact, I actually reread this book right before I went to Italy. 

I checked out this book and this series ten times at my library before I finally decided I better just cave and buy them. :) That might give you a clue as to why I love this book so much. 

This book is a romantic suspense novel and trust me Dee Henderson is a queen at writing suspense. Her writing style is one of the best I've ever written. Every single word is loaded and drives the sentence forward. No detail is included that seems irrelevant or boring. The writing and the pacing is simply incredible. Dee is a master at writing.

Then there is her ability to craft characters that I absolutely adore. Kate and Dave are two of my favorite characters of all time and their chemistry is undeniable. They tried to deny it and merely act as friends for so long it was painfully humorous.

Then there's the entire premise of this novel. The idea that seven orphans decided to unite together to form a family made for a really intriguing backdrops.

It would be shorter to say what I don't love about this novel....nothing comes to mind. And that is just sad. Seriously, after how many times I've read this book, you would think I'd be able to list something.

I recommend this book to anybody and everybody. This book was one of the first Christian fiction novels I read, but what I love about Dee Henderson is that the religious element never seems forced but is rather simply seamless. 

If you'd like to learn more about this book and this series, here's the Goodreads summary and the Amazon link.

Is there a book that you've read so many times it's embarrassing? If so, what book?

Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Hot books of the Month: June 2013

Hello Readers,

I've now been in Italy for two months and am loving it. I'm serving a humanitarian mission there and am loving it but that means I'm missing out on all the great books that are coming out.

So what were your favorite books of the month? What books do I absolutely need to read?


New Releases I actually read before I left:

Over You by Amy Reed- This book was nothing like I thought it would be. And due to the content it just wasn't for me. It was just too gritty for my personal taste. However, it was beautifully written and I definitely recommend it to fans who like grittier novels.


In too Deep by Coert Voorhees-I didn't really know what to expect about this one. It was surprisingly good. Not my favorite novel ever, but it was interesting.




The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry-April Henry has a way with suspense. This novel caught my attention immediately and yes it was intense.


The Time Between by Karen White-I just really loved the cover and synopsis and so I took a chance on it. I'm so glad I did. And yes, I do really really love this cover.


Other Books I read: Burning by Elana K. Arnold, Another Little Piece by Kate Quinn, The Registry by Shannon Stoker, and Born of Illusion by Terri Brown. I actually really liked all of these ones too.

New Releases I'm Dying to Read:

Intuition by CJ Omololu- I was able to review the first in the series and was pleasantly surprised by it. I'm dying to read this one when I get back. Did anybody read it. What did you think?



The Game-Changer by J. Sterling- I was surprised by how much I liked the first one in the series and am curious to see what happens in the sequel. 


Stealing Harper by Molly McAdams- I have mixed feelings about this one. I've read her other two novels and they are frustrating and emotionally draining. Plus, I already know how this one ends and I don't know if I could handle that. But I'm curious so I'll probably read it when I get back. 

Insomnia by J.R. Johansson-Okay this book just looked plain creepy. I mean look at the cover and yet I'm still dying to read it. It just looks so good.
  

Did any of you read any of these? Would you recommend reading them?

Happy Reading!

Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, June 16, 2013

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!!



Hello Fellow Page-Turners,

I just want to wish all you fathers out there a very HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! My dad has always been such a role-model for me. He taught me how to love reading, how to love life, and how to dream. My dad always taught me that I could do whatever I set my mind to. No matter what I chose to do or what I decided was important it suddenly became important to my dad and he became an expert on it.

I love my Dad and I know I don't tell him that enough. I imagine it's the same for many of you. So to all you fathers know that you are loved and appreciated. Thanks for all you do! You are awesome and don't you forget that. 

Now thenMy Italian is still rough but I think it's Giorno Felice Padre in Italian. To those who speak Italian, sorry if I butchered that. I hope all you fathers have a fabulous day.


Love,

Danica Page

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hot Releases: May 2013

Hello Readers,

I'm still in Italy and am loving it. I'm serving a humanitarian mission there and it's incredible. But that means I'm missing out on all the great books that are coming out.

So what were your favorite books of the month? What books do I absolutely need to read?

New Releases I read and loved:

Thanks to Edelwiess, Netgalley, and publishers, I was able to read a lot of books that came out this month before I left. My favorites were:

Dare You To by Katie McGarry- unbelievably awesome. I had my doubts that I could love this one as much as Pushing the Limits, but this one blew me away. Can't wait for the next one.  

Golden by Jessi Kirby- Another fabulous book. I was surprised by how much I loved this one.

Transparent by Natalie Whipple- This author actually lives in my neighborhood back home. Once again, I was surprised by how much I loved it. 

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler- FABULOUS! Seriously, Sarah Ockler is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors of all time. Go read this one if you haven't already.

Jennifer by Dee Henderson- I freaked when I saw that they were releasing Jennifer's story. The O'Malley series is one of my favorites of all times. So glad I got to read this one before I left for Italy.

Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton- I was surprised by how much I loved this one. Seriously it blew me away. Can't wait to read more from this author.

Other books I loved and read: Reboot by Amy Tinatera, How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, Parallel by Lauren Miller, Towering by Alex Finn, Nightschool by C.J. Daugherty, and Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith.   


New Releases I was Dying to Read:

All I Need by Susanne Colasanti- I've only read a few books by her, but I loved the ones I did read. Anybody read this one yet?

Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout-She's just such a great author. Did anybody read this one? I'm dying to read it when I get back.

The Lucy Variations by Sarah Zarr- I love this author. I'm dying to know if this one was good or not. 

When a Secret Kills by Lynn Eason- I've only read the first book in the series but it was gripping. I really can't wait to read the rest of the series. 

Belonging by Karen Ann Hopkins- So anxious to see what happens in this novel. I love Amish fiction and Young Adult so any time the two combine, I have to read it. Curious to see what happens.

Did any of you read any of these? Would you recommend reading them?


Happy Reading!

Love,

Danica Page

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Book Review: Everbound by Brodi Ashton


Hello Fellow Page-Turners,

Since I was writing a ton of reviews right before I was going to Italy, I shortened the length of several of my reviews to merely stating my overall thoughts and impressions of the novel. I hope that this doesn't disappoint anybody. 

Before I get into my review here's some general information about the book. 


Everbound
(Everneath, #2)
by Brodi Ashton
Released On: January 22, 2013
Published by: Balzer and Bray
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.21
Pages: 358


Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.
In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have such mixed feelings about this book and this series as a whole. I really wanted to like this novel and yet going into this novel I really thought I might hate it. I hadn't really read anybody's reviews about it, but I just had  really mixed feelings. That could partly because I love retellings about Persephone and this is one of the more drastically different than the original story. 

I really wanted to like Cole and yet he kept being an idiot and doing things that made me want to hate him. And then there was Nikki. I really disliked her as a character and yet she intrigued me.  

The story was well-written, the characters were well-developed, and the story was paced well. It kept me guessing and then there was that ending. The ending left me so frustrated. I'm excited to read the next one in the series and can't wait to see how Brodi finishes the series off. I will admit to feeling really anxious about how she will end the series, but I'm still excited. 

That's why rating this novel is so hard. It just rubs me the wrong way. There's no reason I shouldn't like it. The novel is incredible it just bugs me. However, I'll look past that and give it 4 stars. 

Love,

Danica Page

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Book Review: The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

Hello Fellow Page-Turners,

Since I was writing a ton of reviews right before I was going to Italy, I shortened the length of several of my reviews to merely stating my overall thoughts and impressions of the novel. I hope that this doesn't disappoint anybody. 

Before I get into my review here's some general information about the book. 


The Book of Broken Hearts
by Sarah Ockler
Released On: May 21, 2013
Published by: Simon Pulse
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.25
Pages: 352

When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author ofBittersweet and Twenty Boy Summer.


Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?


Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking. 

Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.


My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Ever since I read Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler, she has been one of my favorite authors. I loved that novel so much and was looking forward to reading another novel by her. So when I saw that I had the chance to read this novel and share my opinions about it, I jumped at the chance.

This novel was incredible and was even better than I could have imagined. Ockler created another masterpiece with this one. I absolutely loved the characters Jude and Emilio. Their chemistry was undeniable. Both of these characters had their struggles and had a lot to overcome, but they were good people. I've been reading a lot of novels centered around the bad boy and the good girl combo. Emilio wasn't naughty, but he wasn't boring or ultra-nice either. He was just the perfect combo of nice and naughty.

Jude's dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and left Jude struggling to care for him. She thought that restoring his old bike would make things better. But if but her in a situation where she couldn't win. She vowed never to get near any of the Vargas' boys. The older two broke both of her sisters's hearts and they made her swear never to get involved with one. But helping her dad is worth it. I loved watching Jude grow up and become the person I knew she could be.

Jude had several older sisters who were always more than happy to help guide her and to tell her what to do, but Jude had never really taken the time to do what she wanted to. She figured that out in this novel.

The writing was poignant and masterfully written. Ockler is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Definitely recommend this one. 



Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, May 12, 2013

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!!


Hello Fellow Page-Turners,


I just want to wish all you mothers out there a very Happy Mother's Day. Very few people have had the impact on my life that my mother has had. She is my best friend, my hero, my role-model, my everything.

Without her I would be so lost and so directionless. She taught me everything I know and I love her so much. I know that oftentimes in our society mothers don't get the credit they deserve, so to all you mothers out there know that you are loved and appreciated.

Also to all you women who haven't married, thanks for your influence too. I have been privileged to interact with older sisters in their eighties who never married and they were like grandmothers to me. They taught me how to sing, they taught me how to sit quietly in an audience (or at least tried too... :) ), they taught me about poise and grace.

They taught me so much. So to all you women out there you are loved and appreciated. Thanks for all you do. You are loved and appreciated. My Italian is still rough but I think it's Giorno Felice Madre in Italian. To those who speak Italian, sorry if I butchered that.


Love, 
Danica Page

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Book Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry


Dare You To
(Pushing the Limits, #2)
by Katie McGarry
Received ARC for Review
New Adult/Young Adult Realistic Contemporary Fiction
Released On: June 7, 2013
Published By: Harlequin Teen
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.24
Pages: 462

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


Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel for review from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not obligated to write a good review nor am I receiving any compensation for writing this review. 

An Overview of the Novel: Beth Risk's home wasn't perfect. Her mother might not have been able to take care of her, but Beth did love her and if Beth wasn't there to look out for her mom who would. But when Beth gets booked for a crime she didn't commit, her uncle swoops in and forced Beth to choose between living with him or sending her mom to jail or worse. It's an easy choice. But that just made Beth's life a living nightmare.

She's cut off from her old life, her old friends, and is expected to behave in a way her uncle finds acceptable. And she has to follow his rules or else her mom is done for. But is it really worth it?

To top it all off, Ryan Stone the golden-boy of the town has this need to pester her. He claims he really likes her; she thinks he's just out to win some bet. But Ryan's homelife isn't quite as golden as everybody thinks.

One thing is certain throwing the good boy and the girl from the wrong side of the tracks is bound to make life in this small town interesting. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Unbelievable. I loved this book so much. I was skeptical. I mean I really really really liked the first one and so I was mentally preparing myself to be disappointed. Instead I was blown away and actually liked this one even more. 

Katie McGarry delivered another novel that sucked me in from page one until the end. And to be honest, part of me wants to go back and reread the book immediately. It was that good. Her characters are so realistic and their stories are gripping. Her novels are always an emotional ride. They make you really stop and think. I love that.

I have shared time and time again that I love books that make you stop and think about gritty issues. This book does just that. It deals with so many different levels of abuse (emotional, physical, drugs, etc.) and multiple levels of issues with families.

I loved that we saw glimpses into the lives of Echo and Noah, but I really loved hearing Beth's story. 

If you love the new adult genre, books that are about gritty issues, or loved Pushing the Limits, then go read this one now!

You can read this one without having read Pushing the Limits and the story will still make sense, but I'd recommend reading them in order because they are both brilliant. 

So why 5 stars? Because Katie McGarry is brilliant. Both novels I've read by her are profound, moving, inspiring, deep, entertaining, and real. They are such emotional reads and I simply can't stop reading them. I read this book in one sitting and I started it at 1 in the morning (not smart on my part), but I just couldn't stop reading. This is a book I plan on buying and rereading over and over again.

I can't express how much I loved this book. But trust me, go buy this one. You won't regret it.

In Summary: Katie's sophomore novel is as incredible if not more incredible than her debut. This novel is easily one of my favorites of the year and one that I'd recommend to anybody and everybody.

The Wrap-up: All you really need to know is that this novel is brilliant and that you should buy it. Amazon Link is here. In all seriousness, I did love this book. It was incredibly written and simply beautiful. 

Love,

Danica Page
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