Sunday, November 30, 2014

Book Review: One Song Away by Molli Moran

One Song Away
by Molli Moran
New Adult Realistic Contemporary
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.91
Published by: Molli Moran
Published on: December 1, 2014
Pages: 200

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



She needs a fill-in boyfriend. He needs a favor. It’s the perfect, no-strings arrangement until they both realize it’s too real…


Sophie-Claire Wright’s life is like a bad country song on repeat. She keeps running into her cheating ex, her songwriting career isn't taking off, and her roommate just kicked her out of their apartment. With nothing to lose, she decides to do the one thing she said she’d never do: she moves back home. She left her small Southern town with big dreams, but now she’s going home with empty pockets.

Life moves at a slower pace in Sophie’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hometown, but her well-meaning, matchmaking mama doesn't have a slow gear. Sophie invents a boyfriend to hold off her mother’s efforts, but she’s out of luck when her mom wants to meet him. Sophie panics until she runs into Jake Cooper. Her high school crush (and former best friend) is back in town, too, and when he asks her for a favor, she agrees...on one condition. He says he’ll be her fill-in boyfriend, so it should be simple: re-introduce him to her family and then “break up” with him after a few weeks.

Sophie is sure she’ll be able to resist Jake this time. Sure, she was in love with him years ago, but that was then. This is now, no matter how great he looks, or how she feels around him. But she didn't bargain for moments that feel all too genuine. Dates that don’t seem fake. Kisses that leave her shaken and wanting more. Sweet moments where she forgets they aren't really dating. And she didn't count on old feelings resurfacing and complicating their arrangement—which is starting to feel less like acting and more like the real deal.

Soon, Sophie can’t tell which kisses are real or fake, but she knows she’s in deep...and she thinks Jake is, too. When she gets a chance to go back to Nashville and chase her dreams again, she has a choice to make: stay or go? Continue hoping that the life she wants is one song away, or finally write her own song?


My Rating: 4 stars

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book was a cute light read that I really enjoyed. Sophie and Jake's story was cute. They had been friends for forever, but each of them was scared to let the other know that they felt more for the entire time. Now years, later they need do discover if they still have chemistry.

It was a cute, lighthearted read, but one that I enjoyed. I've been reading a lot of New adult fiction lately and yet this one stood out of the crowd. Readers who want a cute comical lighthearted read should check out One Song Away.

This book had me laughing and rooting for Sophie and Jack the entire time. A cute read. 

So why 4 stars? Like I said it stood out to me. It was cute and I enjoyed the characters.

Warnings/Side-notes: I don't remember, but I think it's pretty clean. 

The Wrap-up: A cute, funny read that fans of new adult will love. Molli Moran's novel is a cute read about chasing your dreams, even the ones that seem destined to fail. 

Love,

Danica Page

Book Review: When a Secret Kills (Deadly Reunions, #3) by Lynette Eason

When a Secret Kills
(Deadly Reunions, #3)
by Lynette Eason
Adult Christian Romantic Suspense
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.5
Published by: Revell
Released On: May 1, 2013
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Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Investigative reporter Jillian Carter knows it's time to put the past to rest. She's tired of looking over her shoulder, letting a killer go free. She's no longer the scared kid who changed her name and disappeared. Now, no matter what the cost, Jillian must do what she is trained to do--ferret out the truth and expose it. Senator Frank Hoffman committed murder ten years ago--and Jillian watched it happen.

Didn't she?

Not even the enigmatic and attractive Colton Brady, her ex-boyfriend and nephew of the killer, will be able to make her leave this alone. Get ready for the spine-tingling, nail-biting conclusion to an explosive series.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: A perfect finish to this thrilling series. I was actually sad to see this series end. I really came to love these characters and this world. I will be waiting oh so impatiently for Eason's next novel.

I love Christian romantic suspense and read a lot of it. Eason is one of the best. She is one of the few authors whose books I would buy without reading the blurb.

Her characters are brilliant, her ability to craft a suspense that keeps you on your toes is practically unparalleled, and her writing is simply addicting.

Fans of Henderson and Hannon will not want to miss this final book in the Deadly Reunions series. This series truly is incredible.

This last book was not my favorite in the series, but it was well-written and was a deeply satisfying finish to the series. I loved watching the romance and the suspense build. 

So why 4 stars?  Like I said, it wasn't my favorite in the series, but it was incredibly written and I absolutely adored it. 

In Summary: Romantic suspense at its best. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None, safe for readers of all ages. 

The Wrap-up: Adore this series and really hope Eason writes something new really soon. 

Love,

Danica Page

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Book Review: Charming the Outback by Leesa Bow

Charming the Outback
by Leesa Bow
New Adult Realistic Contemporary
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published by: Destiny Romance
Published on: September 2, 2014
Pages: 276

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


When jaded city girl Maddy McIntyre packs up and leaves Adelaide for a new job in the country, it's not only a chance at a fresh start. Six months ago, the first guy she'd ever loved shattered her heart before moving home to Broken Hill. Deep down inside, Maddy is hoping that living in the same town will give her an opportunity to prove to Luke that she's one temptation he can't resist.


But when she arrives in Broken Hill, Luke White is not the same guy she knew in the city. And it soon seems very clear that he doesn't want her there. Although Maddy settles in quickly, excelling at work and partying with her new friends, she can't understand why Luke is remaining so distant. Particularly when all her instincts are telling her that they're meant to be together – and that he feels the same burning attraction.

As Maddy learns more about Luke's family and background, she begins to understand that his mixed messages are caused by balancing what's expected of him with what he really wants. Maddy gave Luke her heart long ago and, despite their differences, she knows she'll only ever be happy with her hot country boy. But how can she convince him that she's the risk he needs to take?


My Rating: 3.5 stars

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. 

An overview of the Novel: Maddy fell in love with Luke, head over heals. Normally Maddy was the type to avoid having relationships, but then Luke came along and changed all of that. They dated for a year and then he broke-up with her and left town.

Maddy is heartbroken and is determined not to let him go, so when she gets a job offer in his hometown she accepts without hesitation. But when she gets there, Luke isn't being as friendly and open as she would like.

Luke loved Maddy, but Maddy is a city girl through and through and there's no way she could ever make it on the station and he just can't walk away from his family obligations.

Soon the tension between them in undeniable, but will they be able to work through their problems and create a love that lasts. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book sounded really intriguing and I was really excited to read yet another book about Australia. And yet for me, the book just didn't quite live up to my expectations.

Maddy and Luke had some serious communication problems. If they had just actually talked together and tried to work out some of their problems then they could have been together from the beginning. The sad thing was I wasn't even rooting for Luke and Maddy to get together towards the end. I actually liked the other guy in the series much much better.

I don't know. The book was well-written, but the characterization of Maddy and Luke was lacking. I honestly wish that they would have just actually talked to each other. They had some serious issues to talk about and yet they didn't really seem concerned about resolving them.

I honestly felt like Leesa should have started the series earlier in the relationship maybe when they were still together and cute. 

However, it was a cute read. Fans of New Adult will probably enjoy this novel very much. 

So why 3 stars? Lack of good characterization. 

Can I read the series out of order? I did. I received this one for review, but then I actually went back to see if I had missed a lot in the first book, I didn't. The first book is about Aubrey and Hunter, so you don't miss much. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Definitely not for younger teenage readers. There are many references to sex and alcohol.  

The Wrap-up: I enjoyed the read, but was actually a little frustrated at the characters. An enjoyable enough read. If you like New Adult, give it a shot. It's cheap on Amazon. 

Love,

Danica Page

Book Review: The Trouble with Goodbye by Sarra Cannon

The Trouble with Goodbye
by Sarra Cannon
New Adult Realistic Contemporary
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.81
Published by: Dead River Books
Published on: May 21, 2013
Pages: 330

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


One night can change everything…

Two years ago, Leigh Anne Davis shocked everyone in tiny Fairhope, Georgia when she broke up with her wealthy boyfriend to attend an Ivy League university a thousand miles away. At school, she finds a happiness and independence she’s never known.

Until one terrifying night takes it all away from her.

With no place else to go, Leigh Anne heads home to reclaim her old life. A life she worked so hard to escape. On the outside, she seems like the same girl everyone has always known. But deep inside, she’s hiding a terrible secret.

That’s when she meets Knox Warner, a troubled newcomer to Fairhope. His eyes have the same haunted look she sees every day in the mirror, and when she’s near him, the rest of the world fades away. But being with Knox would mean disappointing everyone all over again. If she wants to save what’s left of her old life, she has no choice but to say goodbye to him forever.

Only, the trouble with goodbye is that sometimes it’s about courage and sometimes it’s about fear. And sometimes you’re too broken to know the difference until it’s too late.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

An overview of the Novel: Leigh Ann is running away from everything. She left everything behind. Just kind of like she left everything behind when she left Fairhope to go to college. But now, she's back in Georgia unsure if she can even go back to school. 

The only problem is that Leigh Ann isn't the same girl she was before she left for college. Everybody wants her to fall back to being who she was then. She's not sure she can. Her old boyfriend wants her back, but she just can't.

Then she meets Knox Warner. He's exactly the type of guy she shouldn't like, the type her mom would never approve of, and yet he's the guy she's falling for. But he's hiding some secrets of his own. Will they be able to figure it out and make something work or will they just end up having to say goodbye. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This novel has so much potential. I was super excited to read it. It had a good synopsis. This book was a cute, enjoyable read. It caught my attention and until the very end I was really loving it. 

The ending just kind of fell flat for me. I was expecting so much more. Cannon had built up this amazing books with characters that I loved, but the ending knocked it down to three stars. 

It's an enjoyable read with a surprising amount of depth. It's definitely a cute summer read. Fans of new adult should end up liking this one.  

So why 3 stars? Like I already mentioned, the ending fell a little bit flat. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This is a book for younger teenagers 17+. There are some references to sex. It isn't very descriptive, but it it there. 

The Wrap-up: I enjoyed this novel very much. It was a cute, quick read. It had a lot of depth and a lot of potential I was just wishing that it explored that angle a little bit more. An enjoyable read, however. 

Love,

Danica Page

Friday, November 28, 2014

Book Review: When a Heart Stops (Deadly Reunions, #2) by Lynette Eason

When a Heart Stops
(Deadly Reunions, #2)
by Lynette Eason
Adult Christian Romantic Suspense
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.37
Published by: Revell
Released On: April 10, 2012
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Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


Spunky and outgoing, nothing much bothers medical examiner Serena Hopkins--except for the thought of falling in love again. But when a serial killer is picking off her former classmates, Serena's life becomes intertwined with her old high school crush, FBI agent Dominic Allen. Is the secret she's keeping putting her next on the killer's hit list? Can she trust Dominic with the truth before it's too late? 
Intense, emotional, and fast-paced, "When a Heart Stops" will have readers up late as they race to the finish to find out what happens.


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Oh how I adored this novel! This was easily my favorite in the series. Serena Hopkins drew me in right form the get-go. 

Eason crafted one of the best mysteries I've ever read in this one. It kept me guessing. I stayed up way too late reading it and then when I finished it I had to go back and reread some parts.

The mystery in this one will leave you breathless. I can't begin to describe how amazing this novel truly was. This right here is why Christian romantic suspense is my favorite genre. You have to give this one a try.

The characters are well-developed, the writing fast-paced and action packed, the blend between romance, faith, and mystery is at its perfeciton, and the plot will suck you in. 

So why 5 stars?  I absolutely loved everything about this book. I wouldn't change a thing and that's rare. 

In Summary: Easily one of my favorite novels of all time. With this novel, Eason has moved to one of my favorite authors.

Warnings/Side-notes: None, safe for readers of all ages. 

The Wrap-up: Needless to say I will be reading this novel again over and over. It was beautifully written. Seriously go out and read this book right now!

Love,

Danica Page

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello Fellow Page-Turners,

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope that all of you who celebrate this holiday have an amazing day spent with family and friends.


Love,

Danica Page

Book Review: Out of the Storm by Jody Hedlund

Out of the Storm
(Beacons of Hope, 0.5)
by Jody Hedlund
Adult Historical Romance
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.76
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
Released On: October 2014
Pages: 141

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

Having grown up in a lighthouse, loneliness is all Isabelle Thornton has ever known--and all, she assumes, she ever will know. But when her lightkeeper father rescues a young man from the lake, her sheltered world is turned upside down.

Bestselling author Jody Hedlund's Out of the Storm is her first ever novella and introduces readers to Beacons of Hope, a new series set in the 1800s amid the romance, history, and danger surrounding the Great Lakes lighthouses of Michigan.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This novel was free on Amazon and so I thought why not give it a shot. Glad I did. I absolutely adored this novella. It was surprisingly profound and moving.

The novella was short but fast-paced. Jody did a good job of developing her characters in such a small story. I absolutely adore both Isabelle and Henry. They were so cute together and their romance was beautiful. 

Seriously this novel entranced me from the very start. Jody does an excellent job of making the story come to life.

I love everything about this novella. 

So why 4 stars?  It was truly amazing. It just lacked something to be a 5...maybe more character depth or plot depth. However, it was a novella so probably there wasn't space. A very good read though. 

In Summary: Straight-up adorable. Seriously don't miss out on this one. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None, safe for readers of all ages. 

The Wrap-up: Like I said I adored this one and can't wait to read another one by her. 

Love,

Danica Page

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Book Review: My life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door
by Huntley Fitzapatrick
 Young Adult Realistic Contemporary
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.76
Published by: Dial Books for Young Readers
Released On: June 14, 2012
Pages: 394

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


"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."


The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I missed this one when it came out, but was desperately wanting to read it. After reading Fitzpatrick's other novel What I Thought Happened, I was desperate to read this novel.

I wasn't disappointed. I adore how Fitzpatrick writes. This right here is contemporary fiction at its best.

Her characters are always so quirky and just so real.  Fitzpatrick isn't afraid to dive in and tackle the hard issues and I love that.

I adored Samantha Reed and Jase. They were so cute together and I loved watching them grow up. This book had a depth to it that I wasn't expecting. But then again it's Fitzpatrick and so I'm not surprised. A truly great read. 

I love books that make me think about something, books that leave me reflecting on what I read. That book did all that and more. Definitely recommend to fans of Dessen, Anderson, and Caletti.

So why 4 stars? There were some parts that just seemed a little bit forced for me, but I enjoyed it immensely. 

In Summary: A cute book about first-love, coming of age, and the sometimes tortured relations that families can have--all in one package that readers will not want to miss. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This book has several mentions to sex. It's not erotic or detailed, but there are vague mentions. For older teenagers. 

The Wrap-up: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. I can't wait to read the sequel about Tim. I just love him. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: A Matter of Trust by Lis Wiehl

A Matter of Trust
by Lis Wiehl
Adult Christian Fiction
Asked to Review

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

When life is murder, who can you trust?
One minute Mia Quinn is in her basement, chatting on the phone with a colleague at the prosecutor’s office. The next minute there’s a gunshot over the line, and Mia listens in horror as her colleague and friend Colleen bleeds to death.
Mia’s a natural for heading up the murder investigation, but these days she has all she can do to hold her life together. As a new widow with a pile of debts, a troubled teenaged son, and a four-year-old who wakes up screaming at night, she needs more time with her family, not less—and working Colleen’s case will be especially demanding. But Colleen was her friend, and she needs to keep her job. So she reluctantly teams up with detective Charlie Carlson to investigate Colleen’s death. But the deeper they dig, the more complications unfold—even the unsettling possibility that someone may be coming after her.
Lis Wiehl’s signature plot twists and relatable characters shine in this absorbing series debut . . . with an intriguing cameo from her best-selling Triple Threat series.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:   An intriguing read. It kept me turning the pages. I adored this one. Lis is definitely a writer I will be keeping tabs on.

She knows how to spin a story and to keep you thoroughly invested until the very last page. Readers of suspense will eat up this new series. 

So why 3 stars? While I enjoyed it, it lacked something to make it stand out to me above a 3 star rating. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None, this one is just fine. 

The Wrap-up: Definitely a series I will be keeping tabs on. 

Love,

Danica Page

Book Review: Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk

Love at Mistletoe Inn
by Cindy Kirk
Adult Romance
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.4
Published by: Zondervan
Released On: November 25, 2014
Pages: 112
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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Disclaimers: I received an ebook in exchange for my honest review. 

An Overview of the novel: Hope and John lied when they said they were going to the prom. They eloped and got married. Only to have Hope panic right after the ceremony. The minister promised her that he wouldn't send in the certificate and that their marriage wasn't valid.

John had tried to talk to Hope afterwards, but she wouldn't let him. That was 10 years ago and now he's back in town. Hope is shocked to find that their marriage is still valid in the eyes of God and the law. 

Hope's world is a mess and now she has to decide if she wants to stay married to him or end it in divorce. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This novel was a cute lighthearted read. It lacked the depth in novels that I normally like to read, but it was definitely one that I'm glad I read.

The book left me smiling as this unlikely couple struggled to come to terms with how they really felt about each other. This is a book that romance readers will love.

The Christian elements are very subtle, but they are there. I enjoyed this novel. Like I said, a quick, cute read.  

So why 3 stars? I enjoyed reading it, but I probably wouldn't reread it. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None. 

The Wrap-up: A good cute novel to read this winter season. The novel is not necessarily memorable, but a great cute read that will leave you smiling. 

Love,

Danica Page

Book Review: The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre

The Shape of My Heart
(2B Trilogy, #3)
by Ann Aguirre
New Adult Realistic Contemporary
Received for Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.68
Published by: Harlequin HQ
Released On: November 25, 2014
Pages: 352

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


Some people wait decades to meet their soul mate. Courtney Kaufman suspects she met hers in high school only to lose him at seventeen. Since then, Courtney's social life has been a series of meaningless encounters, though she's made a few close friends along the way. Especially her roommate Max Cooper, who oozes damaged bad-boy vibes from every pore. 


Max knows about feeling lost and trying to move beyond the pain he's been on his own since he was sixteen. Now it's time to find out if he can ever go home again, and Courtney's the only one he trusts to go with him. But the trip to Providence could change everything because the more time he spends with Courtney, the harder it is to reconcile what he wants and what he thinks he deserves. 

It started out so simple. One misfit helping another. Now Max will do anything to show Courtney that for every heart that's ever been broken, there's another that can make it complete.



My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Disclaimers: I received an e-arc of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion. 

An Overview of the novel: This is the last novel in Aguirre's series 2B. Courtney has had feelings for Max for a long time, but she was always able to deny them until Max asks her to go home to a funeral with him. Then suddenly all the dynamics change. She's not sure she can pretend to feel nothing anymore.

For Courtney that's scary because she has held onto the past with an iron grip unable to let go. But with Max, she finds herself being brave and taking chances.

Max has a tortured past too that he isn't quite willing to let go of. But as they work together, they might just find the way to overcome it or end up even more broken then before. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I was really excited to read this one and so when I once given the chance to do so I jumped at the opportunity. Aguirre's writing was good, but it just lacked that flair I was looking forward to.

I enjoyed the read, but I had a hard time connecting to the characters and the plot on the level that I wanted to. It was a good, solid read, but it left me wanting more and not necessarily in the good way.

However, I did enjoy the novel. Aguirre is a great author and I will be definitely giving her other books a chance.

Fans of new adult should like this one. I just was looking for something more. Maybe because I've read a lot of books in this genre. 

Can I read out of order? I did. I haven't read the previous two in the series and didn't feel lost. Aguirre does an excellent job of telling you enough about the past so you don't feel like you missed anything. 

So why 3 stars? For all the reasons already stated, it was good, but I feel like it could have been better-developed. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Definitely for 18+. This novel has many references to sex and is not suitable for young readers. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable read, but one that didn't grip me as much as I would have liked it to. All-in-all a book I'm glad I read, but not one I would reread. 

Love,

Danica Page

Book Review: Grace Mercy (His Fair Assassins, #1) by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy
(His Fair Assassins, #1)
by Robin LaFevers
Young Adult Historical Paranormal
Received for Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.95
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released On: April 3, 2012
Pages: 549

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


Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Disclaimers: I received an e-arc of this review from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. 

An Overview of the novel: What if the God of Death was your father? What if it was your job to help him take people to him? Such an interesting premise. And that is where the story starts.

Ismae is the daughter of St. Mortain. That fact saves her from her fate to a doomed marriage. There they teach her the art of death--poisons, how to kill a man in so many different ways it's quite comical. 

But when she gets an assignment that puts her in the middle of the court of Brittany, nothing is what is seems. She starts wondering who she can really trust and who exactly are the victims and who aren't. How is the daughter of death even supposed to act anyway? Can a daughter of death fall in love? Because that's beginning to look like a real possibility. With a million choices to make and not enough information to do it, Ismae needs to make a stand and pray that it is the right one. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: The beginning of this book was hard for me to get into at the beginning, but the second Ismae met Duval and got into the high court, I started legitimately really enjoying the novel.

What an interesting concept. The daughter of death. I was deeply intrigued by this novel and enjoyed watching Ismae mature in the novel. She went from this girl with no confidence into an assassin, to so much more. It was beautifully portrayed.

LaFevers did a great job at creating suspense, drama, and intrigue. This novel is one that left me intrigued and I can't wait to read the next one in the series. 

So why 4 stars?  I loved it, but the beginning was slow. For that I'll give it a 4. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Vague references to sex. Nothing in great detail, but it it is mentioned. I would say age 14 and up. 

The Wrap-up: LaFevers created an intriguing world set to the backdrop of the 1400s.  Beautifully crafted, readers will eat this up. 

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, November 24, 2014

Book Review: Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson

Full Disclosure
by Dee Henderson
Adult Christian Romantic Suspense
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.03
Published by: Bethany House
Released On: October 2, 2012
Pages: 473

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


Dee Henderson Is Back! 
Ann Silver is a cop's cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region's most trusted investigative positions. 
Paul Falcon is the FBI's top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder. 

Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn't expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention. 

The better he gets to know her, the more Paul realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former Vice President. People with good reason to be cautious about who they let into their lives deeply trust her. Paul wonders just what secrets Ann is keeping, until she shows him the John Doe Killer case file, and he starts to realize just who this lady he is falling in love with really is...


My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I absolutely adore Dee Henderson. I have literally read every book she has ever written and I'm not exaggerating. I was devastated when she didn't write a new novel for so long. Then came this new one. I immediately bought it and was so excited to read it. But I just couldn't. I found myself at page 60 and was disappointed. Then family emergencies took over and I never got to reading it....until now obviously.

I can't remember why I was so frustrated while reading this the first time because this time I absolutely loved it. The novel was well-written as one would expect from Dee Henderson. This was not my favorite novel by her, but it was still really well-written.

I enjoyed the characters and enjoyed watching them grow. The suspense was intriguing too. 

Definitely a novel I'm glad I read and like I said I'm so glad Henderson is back in action. 

So why 3.5 stars?  I love Dee Henderson and have high expectations when it comes to her. This novel disappointed me a little bit, but I still really enjoyed it. 

In Summary: In true Henderson fashion, Henderson spins a romantic suspense that will leave readers turning the pages until the very end. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None safe for readers of all ages.

The Wrap-up: Loved this one. I can't wait to see what else she comes up with. Lovely read that comes recommended. It's Henderson, you can't possibly go wrong with something by her. 

Love,

Danica Page

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book Review: In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar

In the Field of Grace
by Tessa Afshar
Adult Christian Historical Romance
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published by: River North Fiction
Released On: July 1, 2014 
Pages 290

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

Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi's home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left--a strong back and a willing heart--to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest.

Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her. Talking to her. Bringing food to her and Naomi. Boaz tells himself his kindness toward Ruth is repayment for the love she has shown to his cousin Naomi. But his heart knows better.
 


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Disclaimers: I received an e-arc from netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I absolutely adored this novel. I love reading Christian fiction, but I am always hesitant when it comes to reading about people from the Bible that have a story already well-told. But for some reason, I didn't hesitate for a second to read this one.

In recent years, the story of Ruth has become one of my favorites. I was so excited to delve into Tessa's interpretation of the tale. I was not disappointed. She brought the story of Ruth alive in new and inventive ways. I seriously love this book. I'm going to have to buy it so I can reread it. That comment right there I think adequately expresses how I adore it.

The characters, the plot, the writing--all of it is absolutely stunning. Do yourself a favor and don't miss out on this great addictive read. 

So why 5 stars? I am dying to reread it and even though I read it a few days ago, I'm still thinking about this novel. That is rare for me...hence the 5 stars. 

In Summary: A brilliant read that kept me enthralled long after I turned the last page. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None safe for readers of all ages.

The Wrap-up: One of my favorite reads of the year. I can't wait to read more from this author. Absolutely adored this novel. 

Love,

Danica Page

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