Saturday, March 28, 2015

Review: The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

The Captive Maiden 
(Fairy Tales, #4)
by Melanie Dickerson 
Young Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.87
Published by: Zondervan 
Published on: November 23, 2013
Pages: 302

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

Happily Ever After...Or Happily Nevermore? 

Gisela's childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father's death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela meets the duke's son, Valten--the boy she has daydreamed about for years--and learns he is throwing a ball, she vows to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten's eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.
 


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I read every other single novel in this series; however, for some reason, I missed this one. So I decided to go back and read it. It wasn't my favorite retelling that Dickerson has written. However, I did greatly enjoyed it.

Who doesn't love the idea of childhood love blossoming into something more? Or a novel about jousting and knights? Or Cinderella?

As always, Dickerson takes an interesting spin on this story. It was a fun, quick read.As always, it was beautifully written. It was a fun, quick read. 

Valten and Gisela were great characters and I loved watching them come together. Their romance was cute. This version had much more drama and action than the original Cinderella story. It was actually quite intriguing. 

So why 3 stars? While not my favorite in the series, it was still a very fun, engaging read. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, each can be read as a standalone novel. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Mild violence. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing novel that twists the old-time classic into a delightful new tale. Great for fans of fairy tale retellings. 

Love,

Danica Page

Friday, March 27, 2015

Review: Double Cross by DiAnn Mills

Double Cross
(FBI: Houston, #2)
by DiAnn Mills
Adult Romantic Suspense 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.75
Published by: Tyndale House Publishers
Published on: April 1, 2015

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

FBI Agent Laurel Evertson's investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she's vowed to forget Wilmington--and what she sacrificed to put him away--he is now her best lead.

Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer's next targets, and he'll do anything to protect his family--even force interagency cooperation. But he's quickly drawn to Laurel's empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon.As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer.

Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington's claims of redemption, or if he's leading them straight into a double cross. 

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 have either a love-hate relationship with DiAnn Mills. I have read several books by her and they always swing to the extremes.

This one was not my favorite novel by Mills. I thought that it was intriguing. However, the novel was slow in the beginning for me. I thought that it would have been nice if she had got to the action quicker.

I also thought that the ending was a bit rushed. 

However, Mills is an excellent writer. Her suspense was masterfully built. It kept me guessing for a long time. Mills is excellent at creating engaging characters as well.

For fans of romance suspense who don't mind a novel that's a little slower, this one is great. The book is definitely an intense, gripping read. 

So why 3 stars? For the reasons listed above, I thought the beginning was slow and the ending was rushed. However, it was an enjoyable read. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, this one can be read as a stand-alone. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Mild violence. 

The Wrap-up: An intense, gripping read, albeit a little slow in the beginning. Not DiAnn Mills's best novel, but definitely an interesting read. 

Love,

Danica Page

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review: Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton

Betting on Hope
(Four of Hearts Ranch Romance, #1)
by Debra Clopton
Adult Inspirational Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.40
Published by: Thomas Nelson 
Published on: February 17, 2015
Pages: 320

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

A bet gone wrong. A small town's meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.

Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it's beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie's bosses know this is the opportunity she's been looking for to launch her career--and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.

Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he'd like, but he knows it's the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru's fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do--for her own good.

In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart's desires.


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:  I'm a sucker for stories about cowboys. If there is a cowboy, I'll read it. So that's what drew my attention.

Other than that, once again I went in without any expectations. The book was a fun, cute read that had a surprising depth to it. 

I really enjoyed the message about having hope despite all the difficulties that we face in life.

I thought the characters were well developed. They seemed realistic and had several flaws. I thought that the relationship between Maggie and Tru was cut, but it was a little forced at times.

All in all, it's a cute story that has a surprising depth to it. For fans of cowboys and inspirational messages, this is a great read. 

So why 3.5 stars? The surprising depth to the novel kicked the novel up to 3.5 for me. It wasn't quite good for 4 stars, but I really enjoyed it. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None really. It does address teen pregnancy. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable novel that talks about having hope throughout. 

Love,

Danica Page

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: Between Now and Never by Laura Johnston

Between Now and Never
by Laura Johnston
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.81
Published on: March 31,2015 

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

Buh boom, buh boom. 

My heart thrusts with a force that takes me by surprise. Telling me something I don’t understand. A splitting pain, a longing to slip back under. They tell me I was in a hit-and-run, but I can’t remember what happened that night. All I know is that I woke up with pictures in my pocket, a card from one of those photo booths in the mall. And I’m in the pictures. Cody Rush. Me and…

Julianna.

Her brother was there that night, and my dad, the FBI agent, was the one who put her mom behind bars. What’s the connection? And why won’t Julianna talk to me now? Somehow, she holds the key to it all, and getting close–real close—to her for the answers I need will be no hardship at all…


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 had no expectations going into this book. I saw it on Netgalley and thought why not. 

This book was interesting and different than a lot of other books that I've read. The writing was engaging. I thought that the characters were also well developed.

This book's plot intrigued me. I don't know why but any time a character temporarily loses his memory it makes for a good story for me.

I thought that the book had interesting things to say about class and self-discovery. 

This book is one that I recommend for fans of realistic young adult.

The book didn't blow me away, but it was a fun read. 

So why 3 stars? In my opinion, the book just kind of ended. There wasn't much closure for me. I would have liked it to go a chapter longer. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Mild references to drugs and violence. 

The Wrap-up: A fun read. For Johnston's sophomore novel, it was quite good. I'll be keeping tabs on this author. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Blog Tour: Vengeance (Vivid, #3) by Andrea Murray

Hello Fellow Page-Turners,

Today I'm pleased to be part of the blog tour for Vengeance by Andrea Murray. This tour is sponsored by "CLP Blog Tours." Today I'll be featuring a review of the novel. You can check out my review of this first in the series here and the sequel here

But first thing's first. Let's introduce the author and the synopsis of the book.

Author's Bio:

Andrea Murray has been teaching English forlonger than most of her students have been alive. She has taught everything from junior high language arts to concurrent credit freshman composition. She lives in a very small town in Arkansaswith her precocious daughter, energetic son, and racecar-driving husband. When she isn't writing or reading novels for her students, she's probably watching reality television or cheesy science fiction movies. In addition to the Vivid Trilogy, she has also written Omni, her new YA dystopian romance.


Connect with Andrea!


Synopsis:  

She will finally learn the truth, but it will change everything. 

After barely escaping the Liaisons’ facility with their lives, Vivian Cartwright and her friends are on the run. Vivian is determined to find her long-lost father armed with the clue

s she stole from her uncle’s twisted mind. 


But before she can begin her quest, she must help Wyck locate his mother. The journey brings them closer than ever and creates growing tension between Wyck and Easton, making Vivian more and more confused about her feelings for them. 

In this shocking conclusion of The Vivid Trilogy, Vivian comes face to face with a surprising twist that turns her world upside-down.


You can buy this book at Amazon or add it on your Goodreads shelf here

My Review: 

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel as part of the tour.  I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This series was an interesting one to read. I thought the first one had a lot of potential but failed to execute. The second one was actually quite good. I actually considered giving it 4 stars. The action was great and I loved the interactions of the characters. 

Basically after reading book 1, I went into book 2 expecting it to be quite average, maybe even below average. It actually greatly exceeded my expectations. So I went into book 3 with high expectations. 

Instead, I felt a little let-down. The bar was set high by book 2. I was really excited to see the conclusion of the series. I found the ending to be a little bit anti-climatic. I was expecting more of a finale. 

Vivian's character didn't really change enough in the series for me. My favorite character actually ended up being Wyck. He was the one who made the book for me. I think that's why I loved book 2. He was a very big part of that book.

There was just so much going on in this book. 

Having said that, I did enjoy the book. Like I've previously mentioned Murray did a great job at creating an interesting and engaging world. 

Murray is an engaging author. One who I think has great potential. She writes original stories, and her writing is actually quite good. I expect this author to keep getting better and better. 

So why 3 stars? It was a let-down from book 2. Book 2 was so good and book 3 didn't quite live up to it. 

Can I read the series out of order? You can. Andrea does a good enough job telling the backstory, but naturally, it's better to read them all. Plus, book 2 is so good I'd recommend reading it before reading this one. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Very vague references to sex. It's definitely appropriate for readers of all ages. 

The Wrap-up: This book brings the end to an interesting series. I think Murray has great potential as a writer. Her second book was so close to being right on the mark. I'll be keeping an eye on this author in the hopes that in her next book, she nails it right on the head. 

Love,

Danica Page


Friday, March 20, 2015

Blog Tour: Vicious(Vivid, #2) by Andrea Murray

Hello Fellow Page-Turners,

Today I'm pleased to be part of the blog tour for Vicious by Andrea Murray. This tour is sponsored by "CLP Blog Tours." Today I'll be featuring a review of the novel. You can check out my review of this first in the series here

But first thing's first. Let's introduce the author and the synopsis of the book.


Author's Bio:


Andrea Murray has been teaching English forlonger than most of her students have been alive. She has taught everything from junior high language arts to concurrent credit freshman composition. She lives in a very small town in Arkansaswith her precocious daughter, energetic son, and racecar-driving husband. When she isn't writing or reading novels for her students, she's probably watching reality television or cheesy science fiction movies. In addition to the Vivid Trilogy, she has also written Omni, her new YA dystopian romance.

Connect with Andrea!


Synopsis: 

After Vivian Cartwright’s aunt is killed by the same mysterious man who caused her mother’s death, she flees to protect those she loves. Searching for the father she’s never seen, she spends months on the road, working her way from one rundown motel to another and trying to move on with her lonely life. 

Vivian must face her past when the very people she’s trying to protect walk through the door of the diner where she works, but their bittersweet reunion is short-lived when her nemesis, the man with black eyes, kidnaps Abby and Cooper. 

Forced to work for the man she’s tried so hard to escape, Vivian learns she is only one of several gifted teenagers belonging to a corrupt group called the Liaisons. She joins with Wyck, a sinfully handsome twin and computer genius. Together, she and her unlikely ally discover the truth about the organization and its strange connection to her family.


You can buy this book at Amazon or add it on your Goodreads shelf here

My Review

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel as part of the tour.  I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I read the first book in the series a few months ago as part of another blog tour for the series. I thought that the first book was interesting but had a slow start. I was, however, curious to see what happened in the series. So when I was offered the chance to read the book, I decided to go ahead and read it.

The sequel was drastically better than the first one. It wasn't slow at all. The book was fast paced and kept me interested the entire time. I thought that the characters were better developed in the sequel. 

There were still several grammar errors that I found quite distracting and some issues with tense really bugged me.

However, on the whole, I liked the novel. I thought the novel presented an intriguing plot. I loved the conlflict and the world that Murray created. I think fans of sci-fi/fantasy will enjoy this one.

The only thing that bugged me about the characters was Vivian's tendency to play the victim "wo-is-me" card. I get that she'd been through a lot, but I kept waiting for her to snap out of it.

This definitely isn't a slow bridge novel either. 

If you are looking for an interesting fantasy novel, check this one out. 

So why 3 stars? I thought this was much better than the first one and almost gave it 4 stars. However, the errors I found knocked it down to a three as well as some other parts of the novel that I just didn't think worked. 

Can I read the series out of order? You could. The story can read as a stand-alone. Naturally, however, you'd be missing the full effect of the story. If you do read the first one, just be warned it's slow in the beginning. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None. 

The Wrap-up: A great development to the series. It made me very curious to see what happens in the third one. (Note: After having read the third in the series, I'd have to say this was my favorite in the series by far.) 

Love,

Danica Page



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Debut Review: Waiting for April by Jamie Loren

Waiting for April 
by Jamie Loren 
Young/New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.44
Published by: Momentum Books 
Published on: February 12, 2015

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
April Fletcher has died nineteen times... but she doesn't know it.
As far as April is concerned, she's just a normal seventeen-year-old, looking forward to spending spring break with her friends and going to college in the fall. April doesn't know she has never lived past her eighteenth birthday, nor does she realize that Scott Parker, her best friend, is actually her childhood sweetheart and fiancé from her very first life.
For nineteen-year-old Scott Parker, spending quality time with his soul mate has proved difficult ever since her tragic death in 1729. Since then he has lost her an additional eighteen times—each of her deaths more devastating than the last, and each of her births wiping the slate of her memory clean. Unable to save her but unwilling to give up, Scott has to hide the fact he's immortal—and will be until April confesses her love again.
But this time, things have changed. April has denied her feelings for him, is dating someone else, and with her eighteenth birthday fast approaching, their friendship is falling to pieces. Fearing their souls are irrevocably drifting apart, Scott must race against the clock to win her heart and save her life.
Or risk losing her forever.
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.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is a book that I picked up to read solely based on the cover. I saw it on Netgalley and thought it looked pretty. 

Usually, that leads to a book that really wasn't all that good. This time, I was pleasantly surprised. I thought Loren's idea for this novel was actually quite original and intriguing.

I liked the characters of Scott and April. They both had flaws and quirks. I especially liked Scott's character. He was interesting to read about. Watching him battle what to do about April was very intriguing. 

The story had good pacing. It never really felt bogged down. The only thing that I think could have been better was the supporting cast of characters weren't very well developed. I also thought that the ending was a little bit rushed. 

After that ending, there better be a sequel. That's all I have to say. 

So why 4 stars? It was intriguing and different. I thought that the author explored intriguing concepts. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Okay this is a hard one to classify. This scene had some references to sex. They were more detailed than most YA novels, and yet not as detailed as most new adult novels. I'd recommend for 17+.

The Wrap-up: If you're looking for an intriguing novel that's different than novels you've previously read, then give this one a try. Loren's debut is a great read, and like I said, after that ending I really hope there's a sequel. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Review: Deadly Echoes (Finding Sanctuary, #2) by Nancy Mehl

Deadly Echoes
(Finding Sanctuary, #2)
by Nancy Mehl
Adult Christian Romantic Suspense
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.26
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
Published on: February 3, 2015
Pages: 336

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

After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller's life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah's joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn't know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed. 

As she learns more about Hannah's death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents' murder. Sarah enlists Paul's help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul's concern encourages Sarah's growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide--even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.


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've read a few novels by this author, but I didn't really go into it with any expectations.

The beginning confused me a little bit, but after the book sucked me right in. I thought that certain parts of the book lagged and were slow. But other than that, I really enjoyed the book. I thought that there was a lot of intrigue and suspsense.

Yes, I did guess a lot of the plot twists, but I still found it an enjoyable read. I thought that certain parts lagged. I would have liked to see more romance too. However, I did enjoy watching the relationship between Sarah and her niece.

For readers looking for a suspense novel that focuses on family relationships, then this one is one that comes recommended. 

So why 3 stars? I thought certain parts lagged, but other than that, I really enjoyed it. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, I did. I wasn't lost. This one can be read as a stand-alone. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Mild violence.

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable read that kept me interested until the very end. 

Love,

Danica Page

Friday, March 13, 2015

Review: Breathe Annie Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Breathe Annie Breathe
(Hundred Oaks) 
by Miranda Kenneally 
New/Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.07
Published by: Sourcebook Fire
Published on: July 15, 2015
Pages: 306

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


Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.


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.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: In one word this book was unbelievable. I absolutely adored it. Kenneally has always been one of my favorite YA authors and this was easily one of the best ones in the series.

The characters just felt so real. Annie was a character that I think was very relatable. She just felt realistic. She just lost her boyfriend and is running a race to honor him. She's got tough family situations, but Annie wasn't whiny. She took charge of her own future and I loved that. I liked that she didn't just sit around and mope. 

Naturally, the writing was fantastic. This book drew me in from the very first page and didn't let me go until I'd read the very last page. It was a read that wasn't easy to put down. 

The best type of books are the ones that make you think, that make you feel. This book was definitely one of those. I adored it. Definitely recommended. 

So why 4 stars? Not quite 5 stars, but it came pretty close. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some minor references to sex. 15+. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable novel that captured my interest from the very first page. Definitely recommended and can't wait to see what the author comes up with next. 

Love,

Danica Page

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Book Review: The Fourth Amendment by SM Smith


Fellow Page-Turners,

Today I am thrilled to be part of the blog tour for The Fourth Amendment  by SM Smith hosted by Partners in Crime Tours. I received an e-galley of this novel as part of the book tour. I, as a reviewer did not receive any compensation for reviewing this novel nor was I obligated to write a good review. 

You can find more info about the book and author by following this link


When Kris Storm, the new manager of an elite cyber security team at Illuminate, a global internet powerhouse, receives an order to sift through web traffic to further the presidential ambitions of the mayor of New York, she stomps out the door in protest. But her staunch belief in the protection of an individual's right to privacy is tested when her boss abruptly shuts down the project a few weeks later. 

By then, a disturbing trail of terrorist activity, albeit circumstantial, has emerged: Brighton Beach, Russian jingoism, freedom fighters, liquid explosives, jihad, Boston Marathon. Now, Kris must decide whether to digdeeper, or stay constitutionally safe on the sidelines. Her hesitancy, however, costs valuable time. When Kris and her partner, street-savvy FBI agent Jim Bright, finally identify the bombers and their target, Yankee Stadium, they must race to the Bronx. Will they arrive in time to prevent the carnage? Who is really behind the plot? 

Angry and now brimming with patriotic fervor, Kris plunges undercover as a hacker among the bright lights and party beaches of the Adriatic Sea to smoke out a global gang of cyber criminals.

From Edward Snowden’s revelations about our own government’s surveillance activities to the financial data breaches perpetrated by Russian hackers to the European Union’s sanctions against Google, cybersecurity arouses passionate controversy worldwide. The Fourth Amendment combines a multidimensional view of the issues with a compelling cast of characters to create a rollicking, contemporary thriller.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: After reading the synopsis on this one, I was super excited to read the novel. I was expecting a fast-paced novel that would keep me turning the pages. This one did not disappoint. There was action from the get-go and enough suspense to keep me intriguing the entire time.

The novel raised several good points on what exactly is private and what isn't. It was an enjoyable book that I'd definitely recommend to fans of the genre.

You don't have to know a lot about espionage and terrorism to enjoy this one. 

So why 3.5 stars? It stood out from other novels I've read in the genre and was fast paced. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some adult content. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing great book that I immensely enjoyed. 

Love,

Danica Page

Blog Tour: The Fourth Amendment by SM Smith

Hello Fellow Page Turners,

Today I'm pleased to be a part of the blog tour for The Fourth Amendment by SM Smith.


Book Details:


Genre: Thriller
Published by: Camelot Publishing
Publication Date: December 3, 2014
Number of Pages: 299
ASIN: B00QJK68NI
Purchase Links:

Get Your Copy Today! From March 12-18th The Fourth Amendment is only $.99!!



Synopsis:

When Kris Storm, the new manager of an elite cyber security team at Illuminate, a global internet powerhouse, receives an order to sift through web traffic to further the presidential ambitions of the mayor of New York, she stomps out the door in protest. But her staunch belief in the protection of an individual's right to privacy is tested when her boss abruptly shuts down the project a few weeks later. By then, a disturbing trail of terrorist activity, albeit circumstantial, has emerged: Brighton Beach, Russian jingoism, freedom fighters, liquid explosives, jihad, Boston Marathon. Now, Kris must decide whether to digdeeper, or stay constitutionally safe on the sidelines. Her hesitancy, however, costs valuable time. When Kris and her partner, street-savvy FBI agent Jim Bright, finally identify the bombers and their target, Yankee Stadium, they must race to the Bronx. Will they arrive in time to prevent the carnage? Who is really behind the plot? Angry and now brimming with patriotic fervor, Kris plunges undercover as a hacker among the bright lights and party beaches of the Adriatic Sea to smoke out a global gang of cyber criminals.
From Edward Snowden’s revelations about our own government’s surveillance activities to the financial data breaches perpetrated by Russian hackers to the European Union’s sanctions against Google, cybersecurity arouses passionate controversy worldwide. The Fourth Amendment combines a multidimensional view of the issues with a compelling cast of characters to create a rollicking, contemporary thriller.

Author Bio:

SM Smith has longed to write fiction since high school, but needed to "detour" through a career in the investment world first. As one of the first Wall Street analysts to specialize in the information industry, and then as the co-founder (along with his wife) of a successful hedge fund, Smith has researched and invested in the technology sector for the past thirty years. The Fourth Amendment is Smith's debut.

Catch Up:



Giveaway:

This is a giveaway hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours for SM Smith. There will be 2 winners who will each receive 1-$25 Amazon gift card. The giveaway begins on Feb 28th, 2015 and runs through April 3rd, 2015. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Love,

Danica Page

 

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Review: Untrue Colors by Veronica Forand

Untrue Colors
by Veronica Forand
New Adult Romantic Suspense
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.53
Published by: Entangled
Published on: March 10, 2015

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
She’s on the run…

Brilliant art appraiser Alex Northrop’s ex used stolen art to fund his nefarious activities. Now he wants her dead. But it isn’t just herself she’s worried about – if he discovers who she really is, he’ll kill her family.

Professor Henry Chilton is shocked to find a beautiful stranger passed out in his bed, and even more so when she reveals a priceless painting is a forgery – the painting he’d planned to use to fund a woman’s shelter. She’s mysterious and frightened, and he is determined to discover why.

Alex's knowledge of art is undeniable—just as Henry’s attraction to her is irresistible. But in order to help him recover the real painting, Alex isn't just risking exposure...she's risking her life.


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.

The Characters: I thought the characters were intriguing. Alex's past and her decisions were interesting to read about. I really liked Henry and his character. The author did a great job at creating characters that I could connect with. She told us about their past and showed how it was influencing their present, but did so in a way that wasn't an info dump. 

That was one of the best aspects about this novel. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went in with little expectations. I'd never heard of the author, but the synopsis sounded incredible and so I wanted to read it.

The book was engaging and well written. I kept wanting to know what would happen next. The world that the author created was brilliant. I loved how she delved into the world of art/illegal art trading and made it come to live. She had a brilliant plot and brilliant characters.

My only complaint is that the attraction between Henry and Alex felt a little bit forced and rushed. If that had been slower, I would have given this a 4. 

The novel is perfect for fans of romantic suspense. 

So why 3 stars? Like I mentioned above, certain aspects were rushed to make this really stand out and be a 4. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Several instances of strong language, violence, and sexual content. Definitely for a more mature audience. 

The Wrap-up: An engaging novel that was a great read. Recommended for fans of the genre. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Top 10 Books for Reader who want to Like Classics

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 Books for Readers who want to like classics


I'm taking a slight twist on the week. This list is for those who want to like classics, but haven't quite got there yet. 


1. The Scarlet Pimpernel- It's cute and romantic.
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2. To Kill a Mockingbird- It's just fun. 
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3. Much Ado about Nothing by Shakespeare- It's written mostly in prose and is funny and easy to understand.
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4. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier- It was written in the 1930s
and is very suspenseful. 
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5.Persausion or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
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6. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett- Another fun 
fast-paced read.
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7. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens-It's just a fun read. 
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And that's all for me. What was your top ten? Did you have as hard of a time picking as I did? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments. 

I love reading them. :)

Love, 
Danica Page
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