Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Discussion: On finishing or DNFing books?

Hey Readers,

I found an awesome post by The Broke and Brokish on finishing and not finishing books. Check it out here.  

I will admit that I did not read all the articles listed in her post, but I did read a few. 

I thought I would pipe in with my two cents. I am a curious person by nature, always have been, always will be. 

I have started many books and have not liked them and then they turn around and become beautiful and vice versa.

Once I start a book, I just have to finish it. The curiosity in me just demands it.

However, I have never finished The Little Woman despite trying many times, so I guess that's one DNF by default. Maybe one day....

I ALWAYS finish books, but there are certain things I do if I don't like a book.

1) I reread the synopsis. Come on, there was something in here that was good right?

2) I start skimming/reading faster. I start thinking yep this page is not good either, skip, skip.

3) I remind myself that others have liked this book and trudge on.

And at the end, often times I think well that was a waste of time.

And yet, I can't bring myself to stop reading a book once I start. It's a terrible habit.

What about you? What's your two cents? If you have a post on this, please link up. I'm trying to comment more on other people's posts. 

Love,

Danica Page

Review: The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett

The End of Feeling
by Cindy C.  Bennett
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.96
Published by: Creative Prose Publishing
Published on: March 31, 2014
Pages: 277

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


Benjamin Nefer seems to have it all. He’s the most popular guy in school, the star quarterback with college scouts looking at him, his grades are near the top of his class, he can get any girl he wants . . . but he hides behind his dream life to mask the nightmare of his reality.

Charlie Austin is the new girl. Forced to move in with a bitter aunt, she only wants to protect her fragile mom from the world’s cruelty. When Benjamin sets his sights on Charlie, she’s armored against his charm—friends warned her about Benjamin’s game of pursuing and then dumping a long line of girls, not caring about the broken hearts he leaves behind. She doesn’t count on how single-minded he can be when she refuses him, or how charismatic, easing into her life through what he claims is just friendship.

Benjamin thought he could keep Charlie in the same place he keeps all girls—something to be used and then discarded. But Charlie has as many secrets as he does, secrets he’s determined to discover while keeping his own hidden. He realizes she’s the perfect girlfriend candidate . . . someone he can use to keep up the fa├žade of a perfect life. Now he just has to keep his frozen heart from softening toward this unique girl, because if he doesn’t, his carefully constructed lies might just come thundering down around him, crushing him beneath the burden of feeling.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of 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.

The Characters: Benjamin was a character that surprisingly I could relate to. He was stupid and totally used girls and was kind of an idiot, but all in a justifiable way. He had told himself he needed to be past feeling to survive and so that's what he did. He didn't let himself feel the pain of being abandoned, the pain of what his dad did, or the pain he inflicted on others. He just survived. Until he finally got rejected by Charlie and became her friend.

Charlie was a character that I could also relate to. Like Benjamin she faced hard challenges. She also was stupid at times, but in an understandable way. She was intriguing and I liked her as a character.

The secondary characters could maybe have been more developed, but all things considered, they were fairly well-developed. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really enjoyed the novel. I thought that certain aspects could have been more developed and I thought the ending could have been provided more closure. However, I enjoyed the writing and the characters.

The book proved to be both intriguing and original. This is a book that I would definitely recommend for fans of young adult novels that explore hard family issues that aren't talking about rape or sexual abuse. I like those novels, but every now and then it's nice to read one that's a little different.

It was a good novel and I will definitely read more by the author. 

So why 4 stars? It was good, but I felt like it could have provided more closure. It wasn't quite good enough to be a 5. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None. This novel is quite clean. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable read about self-discovery and first love that is thoroughly enjoyable. 

Love,

Danica Page

Review: Relentless by Karen Lynch

Relentless
(Relentless, #1)
by Karen Lynch
Young Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.34
Published by: Karen Lynch
Published on: December 6, 2013
Pages: 352



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


Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s own very powerful gift.

In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down and is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants.

Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This was free on Amazon and so I snagged it. I absolutely adored it. At first, I wasn't sure what to expect or where the novel was going, but I was quickly sucked into the story.

This is paranormal at it's best. It's been a long time since I've read a good paranormal. This was one that reminded me why I like paranormal. The plot was intense, and even though I guessed some of what was going on, I couldn't put it down.

If you love kick-butt female protagonists, then Sara is what you're looking for. Seriously, this novel was incredibly well-written. I for one know I will be reading the sequel. 

So why 4 stars? It was unique and it caught my attention. Great read.

Warnings/Side-notes: None!

The Wrap-up: A well-written book that I really enjoyed. This book is chock full of intrigue and suspense. A world you won't want to miss delving into. 

Love,

Danica Page

Waiting on Wednesdays: Girls beating the Guys


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.

The first one is Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman. It comes out on March 3, 2015 and is being published by Bethany House Publishers. 

The synopsis:

Though once a baron's daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village. Dubbed "The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest," her band of followers soon become enemies of the throne when they hijack ill-gotten gold meant for the king. 

Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, will he choose fame or love?


Why I'm waiting? It just looks epic. I love the idea of a sort-of retelling of Robin Hood. It looks good. 

Add it to your Goodreads shelf.


The second one is One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin. It comes out February 10, 2015 and is being published by Spencer Hill Press.

The synopsis:

Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She'll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she's sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a "lady" while the guys move on without her. Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. 

Word spreads of Toni s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates.

 Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine s Rent-A-Gent Service. But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends--the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she's built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love." 

Why I'm waiting? It comes out soon and looks like it could be really good. I like contemporary, so I'm excited. 

Add it to your Goodreads shelf. 


And those are the books  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

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Review: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Stone Cold Touch
(The Dark Elements, #2)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Young Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.53
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Published on: October 21, 2014
Pages: 464

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

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…


My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  Holy cow! I loved this book. The writing was just fantastic and the plot was incredible. JLA is incredible. This book is one of my favorites that I've read by her and that is saying something.

She managed to write a love triangle that I enjoyed. That in itself is remarkable as usually they drive me nuts. But with these characters it worked. The novel was fast-paced and drew me in from the very first page. I couldn't wait to see what happened next.

The ending left me stunned. I won't give anything away, but geez! The ending is torture. It left me dying to read the third one and I won't be able to read it until forever. Why? 

Anyway, a novel that I didn't predict how it was going to end. That in and of itself is fantastic. 

The Characters: 

Layla- I still adored her. I loved watching her in this novel. The last novel she realized what she was and this novel she started to learn how to own it. I loved how she didn't let people boss her around and took chances.

Zayne- In the first novel, I didn't really like him. In this novel, I stared to adore him. At the end of the novel, I really loved him. But then as I started thinking about everything he did throughout this novel and the last one, I really started not to like him. I was torn fifty-fifty between Roth and Zayne and think that Layla could be happy with either, but after thinking about it more, I've decided to be team Roth. 

Roth- So complicated in this novel. I was so relieved he showed up, but then he spent most of the novel acting like a complete tool. However, like I said, I'm team Roth and I loved watching him grow in this novel.

Secondary characters- I love the secondary characters in JLA's novels. They always take on a life of their own and I adore them. She doesn't do cookie-cutter characters and I love that. 

So why 4.5 stars? Because it's brilliant. Give this series a shot. But like I said wait until the third one comes out. 

Can I read the series out of order? You can. In many ways, this one reads a lot like a stand-alone novel. However, you will be missing out on a lot of awesomeness and the series will make more sense if you read in order. Also, you will have a better understanding of the characters. 

Warnings/Side-notes: It is young adult in nature, but it has references to sex. They are vague, but they are there. 15+.

The Wrap-up: I can't believe I have to wait so long to read the next one in the series. JLA is killing me and yet I totally love her. I'm reading four different series by her right now. How does she manage to write so many good books that fast? I'm totally a fangirl. 

Love,

Danica Page

Top 10 Bookish Resolutions

Hello Fellow Page-turners,



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish featuring a new top ten list each week. Everyone can participate just head on over to their blog and sign up. Each week they will post a new top ten list that one of our bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday.


Top 10 Bookish Resolutions for 2015

1. To not stay up until 3 am reading books on school nights
This is a huge problem in college :)


2. To limit myself to buying two books a month


3. To be better at exchanging books

4. To comment on at least 14 other bloggers' reviews a week 
I love you guys!

5. To read 40 books on my tbr list (at least)


6. To not have any OVERDUE library books (Whoops) :(

7. To buy 10 of my all-time favorite books that I loved
but don't have on my shelf

8. To only check out only 10 library books at a time

9. To read 250 books in the year

10. To review all approved Netgalley titles 

Others:

To read more books in Spanish/Italian
To keep organizing my Goodreads account

And that's all for me. What was your top ten? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments. 
I love reading them. :)

Love, 
Danica Page

Monday, December 29, 2014

Review: When Dawn Breaks by Jennifer Slattery

When Dawn Breaks
by Jennifer Slattery 
Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.50
Published by: New Hope Publishers
Pages: 320


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


As the hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, her need for purpose and restitution forces her to head north to her estranged and embittered daughter and into the arms of a handsome new friend. Dealing with his own issues, Jacqueline isn t sure if he will be the one she can lean on during the difficult days ahead. And then there are the three orphans to consider, especially Gavin. Must she relinquish her chance at having love again in order to be restored?"

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of 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: I wanted to like this one. I thought it had great potential and for some reason I just couldn't get into it. I kept waiting for something big to happen.

I felt bogged down. And yet, I loved the overall message and the overall story. I just felt like I couldn't connect to the characters. I did love Gavin and loved reading his story. But to be honest a lot of the rest of it just was slow.

I felt like the pacing could have been better. I think there were just too many character threads to follow. Having said that, I did enjoy the novel. 

I think fans of Christian fiction will like this one, especially fans who love Christian fiction dealing with families. Just for me, I had a hard time connecting with it. 

So why 3 stars?  Because even though I felt bogged down by the story and thought it was slow, I did enjoy it and did feel like it was worth reading. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None. It's suitable for all ages. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable novel but one that is a little bit slow and follows many different characters. If you like novels that are fast-paced, this is not one for you. If you like novels that are slower and really delve into family life, then give it a shot. 

Love,

Danica Page

Review: White Hot Kisses by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 White Hot Kisses
(The Dark Elements, #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Young Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.29
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Published on: February 25, 2014
Pages: 400

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

One kiss could be the last. 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

The Characters: I love Layla. She is such a strong female character and I loved watching her throughout this novel. Layla is half-warden, half-demon, meaning that she's a freak and an outcast. She's not really accepted in any world. And yet, she's lived with the wardens her whole life. She's been raised to think that demons are bad and need to be destroyed. So that's what she does, she tags demons and then let's the wardens go kill them.


Enter Roth. Roth is a demon and gets under Layla's skin from day one. He is hot, sexy, and claims to know how to help her. Roth is a character that I loved. He just is so well-written. Not that I expected any less from JLA. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I am a JLA fangirl. I hav enot red one book by her that I have not given at least 4 stars too. She is one of my favorite authors and I adored this novel. Her world-building and character-building are unparalleled. Having read every book by her, I notice certain phrases and certain character traits that continue to show up in novels, but even with that, this novel read differently from the others.

I adored it and immediately bought the sequel and stayed up all night reading it. I loved it. 

So why 4 stars? It's just plain brilliant. I recommend this to anybody and everybody. 

Warnings/Side-notes: It's young adult. There are several references to sex, but it is done in a way appropriate for teens 15+. 

The Wrap-up: Be aware you will want to read the sequel ASAP and then you will want to read the third one in the series ASAP. So I'd recommend waiting until you can read all three back to back. This wait is going to kill me. 

Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet
(The Lunar Chronicles, #2)
by Marissa Meyer
Young Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.31
Published by: Feiwel and Friends
Published on: February 5, 2013
Pages:452 

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

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. 

When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I read Cinder a long long time ago and so I was super excited to finally get my hands on this one. It was fantastic. I adored Cinder, but I loved this one even more than the first one. 

Scarlet and Wolf were just two fantastic characters that I adored reading about, plus we got to read about Cinder and Kai still. A truly fantastic novel. 

I especially loved Wolf. He was such a great character and I loved reading about him. He might be one of my all-time favorite characters. He was very complex and I will admit to having a little bit of a bad-boy syndrome. 

Meyer has done a great job with world-building and with character-building as well. I just adore reading about these characters. They are fantastic. 

This series comes highly recommended. If you love fairytale retellings, sci-fi, fantasy, or just epic novels, then this one is a must-read.

I am dying to read Cress. Seriously a fantastic series. It's surprisingly original and I adore it. 

So why 4 stars? I adore the series. I think I'm just really stingy giving away 5's. This novel almost makes me want to give a 5. It's great. 

Can I read the series out of order? I suppose you could, but I really wouldn't recommend it. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None. 

The Wrap-up: An incredible novel. I'm so in love with the series that frankly it's ridiculous. 

Love,

Danica Page

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review: More Than Music by Elizabeth Briggs

More Than Music
(Chasing Dreams, #1)
by Elizabeth Briggs
New Adult Realistic Contemporary
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.85 
Published on: June 17, 2014
Pages: 303

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

Music major Maddie Taylor just finished her junior year of college and has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, yet every night she practices guitar and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don't get to be rock stars. That is, until tattooed singer Jared Cross catches her playing guitar and invites her to join his band on The Sound, a reality TV show competition.

Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared than his flirty smile and bad boy reputation – and that he’s just as big a geek as she is. With each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore, but when the show pressures them to stay single they’re forced to keep their relationship secret.

As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.
 


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of 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.

An Overview of the Novel: Maddie Taylor is a classically trained musician. She plays piano and violin and has an intern lined up. Everything is set until the guitarist in her friend Kyle's band quits days before a big audition for a reality TV show.

Kyle's brother Jared caught Maddie playing one of their songs and now he's begging her to help them out. Maddie has always wanted to play guitar, but has never played in front of anybody but her roommates.

Reluctantly, she agrees and next thing she knows they are on the reality show. But things aren't quite what they seem. And then there's Jared. Maddie has always been attracted to him, and now that they are spending every second with each other, it's hard to ignore it. But she promised everybody on the band, she wouldn't fall for him and Jared is a notorious play-boy. And then there's the issue of the show not wanting to sign another band with a relationship.

But the heart wants what it wants.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really enjoyed this novel. I went into it without any expectations really. I fell in love with it. I loved the characters (even when they were being idiots). The writing was fantastic and the pacing was excellent.

I loved this one and will definitely be reading more by this author. Briggs created this world of intrigue and romance that drew me in from the beginning page until the very last one.

I loved Maddie. She was such a real character. She was so real and true to herself. I loved that she wasn't willing to sell-out. She was a strong female character.

Jared was a character that I also liked. He had a lot depth. He wasn't just another bad-boy. Instead, he felt very dimensional. I enjoyed watching these two characters interact throughout the show. 

Like I said, they both were stupid at times but I loved them anyway.

This novel is definitely recommended for fans of realistic contemporary and the New Adult genre. 

So why 4 stars? I adored it. It stood out of the crowd and I would consider buying this one. A great read. I can't wait to read the sequel. 

Warnings/Side-notes: It's new adult enough said. Sexual references appropriate for 17+. 

The Wrap-up: A great novel that I enjoyed immensely. The writing was just brilliant. 

Love,

Danica Page

Review: For the Win by Amber Garza

For the Win
(Playing for Keeps, #1)
by Amber Garza
Young Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published on: November 14, 2014 

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


London Miller has one best friend.

Words. 

She lives in the pages of the books she reads, preferring the safety of fictional worlds over the dark and scary reality of her own life. Books aren't her escape...they're her salvation. 

Cooper Montgomery has one true love. 

Baseball. 

When he's on the mound, throwing a pitch, the darkness of his world fades away. The game is something he can control, something he can count on. 

A twist of fate brings London and Cooper together, a curve ball that forces them both outside of their comfort zones. As they spend time together, a relationship begins to blossom and both of them start to believe that there just might be something bright and beautiful in their lives.

However, the game changes when your heart is on the line. You have to play with everything you have for the win.


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

An Overview of the Novel: I'm not going to give anything away, but that is going to be really hard.

London wants to be a writer, that's it. She's dreamed of nothing else for years. And so when she gets assigned to cover an article on Cooper, she has no choice but to accept and to write a good article. 

Cooper is an incredible baseball players and everybody knows it, including all the girls. London doesn't like how he treats them and is determined to stay away from him.

Cooper loves baseball. It's what he dreams about and he's not looking to get serious about anything else.

And yet, somehow life keeps throwing them together again and again. Now both of them are reconsidering their stances. But neither of them could have prepared for what comes next. It leaves them questioning everything.  

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: A cute book. I've been reading a lot of stories about baseball lately. I'm not really sure why, but I'm just into them.

This book was unexpected. I picked it up on a whim, but I actually really enjoyed it. It felt a little A Walk to Remember-ish to me. Bad boy who isn't really a bad boy with the good girl who's facing hard times that bad boy doesn't know about. Bad boy's ex getting mad and making school miserable for her. 

However, despite those brief similarities, the book took on a life of its own for me. I actually really did enjoy the novel. I liked the characters. 

There was not a lot of baseball talk in this novel, so you certainly don't have to be a fan of baseball to watch it. 

If you love cute, realistic contemporary, then check this one out. It's a cute, quick read. 

So why 3 stars? It just felt similar to many other books I've read. I was just expecting a little bit more, but I really did love it. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Acceptable to all readers. 

The Wrap-up: A cute read that I really enjoyed. Definitely recommend for fans of the genre. 

Love,

Danica Page

Friday, December 26, 2014

Review: More Than This by Jay McLean

More Than This
(More Than, #1)
by Jay McLean
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.25 
Published on: July 10,2013
Pages: 311

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


When Mikayla imagined her prom night, she envisioned a fairy-tale evening full of romance. So when betrayal and tragedy come in quick succession, Mikayla is completely destroyed. Suddenly, everything she loved and everyone she relied on are tragically, irrevocably gone.


Jake, a handsome boy she just met, happens to witness her loss. With no one to turn to, Mikayla is forced to depend on this near stranger and his family, and he in turn is determined to take care of her. But Mikayla—thrust into adulthood with no one to guide her—is desperate to contain her grief and hide what she considers to be her weakness. Mikayla and Jake both want more, but despite their growing closeness and intense chemistry, she tries to keep her distance and protect her heart. As he does everything in his power to win her trust, Mikayla must choose between remaining alone and safe or letting love in.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of 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.

An Overview of the Novel: Mikayla never could have envisioned how her prom night would end. First, she catches her best friend with her boyfriend and they certainly weren't just talking. And then, she find outs that somebody murdered her entire family.

The only decent thing is Jake Andrews, the guy who was there to see it all happen and the guy who has swept into save her. He's gone above and beyond to help her and so has his family.

The problem is that Jake Andrews is the type of guy you could easily fall in love with and Mikayla has no intentions of doing that.

Jake Andrews is a star baseball player who has the major league scouts looking at him and has the attention of several girls too. But there's only one girl who's started interesting him and that's Mikayla. But surrounded by tragedy and bad communication, being together might just be a little bit tougher than they thought. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I actually really enjoyed this novel and the characters. I was so frustrated at them sometimes, but I loved watching this story unfold. 

It was cute and very well-written. I loved all of the characters even the secondary characters took on a life of their own and I adored that. This novel is a great look at overcoming grief, at love, at chasing your dreams, and just beating the odds.

McLean's writing was great and I'm so glad I read this novel. It was my first by this author, but it will certainly not be my last. 

This novel is an excellent, unique addition to the world of New Adult fiction that comes highly recommended. 

Yes, the plot is slightly unrealistic and there were several things that bothered me, but on the whole, I enjoyed the novel. 

So why 4 stars? Because it stood out to me. I loved the characters, the plot, the writing, everything. It was great. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This novel is for 17+. There are several instances of strong language and several sexual references. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing read that I really enjoyed. I'm really excited to keep reading and to see what happens next in the series. I'm really glad I took a chance on this one. 

Love,

Danica Page

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Review: Esther by Angela Hunt

Esther
by Angela Hunt
Adult Christian Fiction
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.73
Published by: Bethany house Publishers
Published on: January 6, 2015
Pages: 352

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


An ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews in ancient Persia, so an inexperienced beautiful young queen must take a stand for her people. 


When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews--young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart. 

Esther marks bestselling author Angela Hunt's return to biblical fiction. In each novel she explores an example of a Hebrew Old Testament tob woman: a woman whose physical beauty influences those around her--and can change the course of history. 


My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of 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: This was a very unique retelling of Esther. In the beginning, I really didn't like Esther. She was spoiled and not overly concerned with her family or anything. She just dreamed of being pretty.

But as the story progressed, I actually really enjoyed it. The writing was intriguing and I loved hearing the story from the servant's point of view too. The novel ended differently than I thought it would but it was beautifully written.

For fans who love retellings of bible stories, they will find a real treasure with the latest from Angela Hunt.

The novel was rich in detail, and as far as historical fiction goes, it was rich in detail. This one was a delight to read. 

So why 3.5 stars? I really liked it. The story was great. I just thought the beginning was slow.

Warnings/Side-notes: Suitable for all readers.

The Wrap-up: This novel is great. I enjoyed it. Definitely recommended for fans of historical genre. 
Love,

Danica Page
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