Saturday, November 28, 2015

Review: Something in the Air by Marie Landry

Something in the Air
by Marie Landry 
New Adult Realistic Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.62
Published on: November 10, 2015

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

Her life hasn't gone as planned, but she's about to realize that sometimes the best things happen when you stop expecting life to be a certain way...

When Rose Morgan put off her college plans to help her mother through a difficult time, she thought it would just be a bump in the road of her journey. She got a job to help pay the bills and started picking up the slack at home. But three years later, her bumpy ride hasn’t smoothed out yet, and Rose feels stuck. She’s working at a job she hates and living with a manipulative mother. She’s tired of feeling like her life has stalled, tired of the resentment and anger building inside her with each passing day.

Then Declan Connelly appears in her life, and even though the hot Irishman is seriously tempting, Rose is determined not to let him in. She’s afraid to suck anyone into her bizarre life, especially someone who seems too charming for his own good. She soon learns there’s more to Declan than his sexy accent and charismatic personality, though. He’s a good man, and he wants Rose in his life, baggage and all. He’s got his own, and he isn’t scared away like she originally feared he would be.

Everything in Rose’s life is changing quickly. It’s finally her time--time to figure out what she wants and what her future holds. Time to get swept off her feet and not fight it. But when her plans might take her away from all the amazing new things in her life, including Declan, Rose has to make a choice. Is she willing to chase her dreams, even if it means letting go of love?
 


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy 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.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It looked like something I'd like. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I wanted to like this one so much. The plot sounded incredible, it had sexy Irish men in it, and it was about self-discovery. It seemed like everything I like. Yet, it just fell flat. 

The writing style irked me and I'm not quite sure why. The characters didn't do what I wanted them to. And the plot just fell flat for me. 

Having said that, I probably wouldn't have written any of that if I hadn't gone in with such high expectations. 

On a whole, the novel wasn't bad. It was intriguing and I enjoyed it. It just wasn't quite what I was expecting. 

Having said that, I think many fans of new adult fiction will enjoy this one. It's different in many ways, particularly the last 25%, than many novels in this genre. It is an intriguing book; it just wasn't what I was expecting. 

So why 3 stars? Fell kind of flat for me, but it was still one that I enjoyed. 

Warnings/Side-notes: As far as new adult novels go, this one is on the tamer side, but it is still meant for older audiences. 

The Wrap-up: Lots of potential, didn't quite live up to it. However, all in all not a bad book. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review: Falling like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter

Falling like Snowflakes
(Summer Harbor,#1)
by Denise Hunter
Adult Contemporary Inspirational Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.26
Published by: Thomas Nelson 
Published on: September 8, 2015 
Pages:352

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

Eden Martelli is too busy fleeing the clutches of danger to realize she’s running straight into the arms of a new love.

Speeding north through rural Maine, Eden Martelli wonders how her life came to this—on the run with her mute five-year-old son dozing fitfully in the passenger seat. When a breakdown leaves them stranded in Summer Harbor, Eden has no choice but to stay put through Christmas . . . even though they have no place to lay their heads.

Beau Callahan is a habitual problem solver—for other people anyway. He left the sheriff’s department to take over his family’s Christmas tree farm, but he’s still haunted by the loss of his parents and struggling to handle his first Christmas alone.

When Eden shows up looking for work just as Beau’s feisty aunt gets out of the hospital, Beau thinks he’s finally caught a break. Eden is competent and dedicated—if a little guarded—and a knockout to boot. But, as he soon finds out, she also comes with a boatload of secrets.

Eden has been through too much to trust her heart to another man, but Beau is impossible to resist, and the feeling seems to be mutual. As Christmas Eve approaches, Eden’s past catches up to her.

Beau will go to the ends of the earth to keep her safe. But who’s going to protect his heart from a woman who can’t seem to trust again.


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy 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.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? Because I adore Hunter. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This wasn't my favorite novel by Hunter, but I did really enjoy it. 

Hunter's writing style is always refreshing and her characters are always intriguing. I thought that the novel started out kind of slowly and dragged at times, but I still did enjoy it very much.

I also felt like Hunter threw us into a world where it felt like a lot of things had happened before the novel started. I kept thinking I had missed a few books before this one. Yet, it was the first in the series. 

However, having said that, Hunter created a set of characters that I want to keep reading about. I can't wait to see what happens next in the series. As always, the characters were complex and Hunter touched upon some tough issues. 

Fans of Hunter will enjoy the novel, but I don't think it was her best. 

Major Strengths: Strong writing. 

Major Weaknesses: Felt like there was a lot of missing backstory. 

So why 3 stars? Not my favorite Hunter but enjoyable. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some violence. 

The Wrap-up: I can't wait to read the sequel. 

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, November 23, 2015

Review: Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman

Chivalrous 
(Valiant Hearts,#2)
by Dina L. Sleiman 
Adult Christian Historical Fiction 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.09
Published by: Bethany House 
Published on: September 1, 2015
Pages: 386 

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

Strong and adventurous Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be a knight like her chivalrous brothers. However, that is not an option for her, not even in the Arthurian-inspired Eden where she dwells. Her parents view her only as a marriage pawn, and her domineering father is determined to see her wed to a brutish man who will break her spirit.

When handsome, good-hearted Allen of Ellsworth arrives in Edendale searching for his place in the world, Gwendolyn spies in him the sort of fellow she could imagine marrying. Yet fate seems determined to keep them apart. Tournaments, intrigue, and battles--along with twists and turns aplenty--await these two as they struggle to find love, identity, and their true destinies.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy 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.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? Because I adored the first in the series. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I adored the first one in the series so much that I was scared to read this one. I was worried I would be disappointed. I loved Merry Ellison (Robin Hood) so much that I didn't see how this one could possibly measure up. I shouldn't have doubted.

I thought that the connection to Camelot was slim at best, which I actually liked. I wasn't looking to read a retelling of that story. And that isn't what I got. 

The novel loosely alludes to that story, but it is a great piece in and of itself. 
The plot line was masterfully crafted and kept me engaged for the entire story. 

The Characters: Gwen and Allen were characters that left me intrigued from the very beginning. They were well crafted, complex characters. 

Major Strengths: The plot line and overall story arc was fantastic. 

Major Weaknesses: It did drag at parts, not too bad, but just a little. 

So why 4 stars? Not without its flaws, but I still greatly enjoyed it. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, it alludes to events and characters from the first. Allen, himself, is a character from the first, but you could read this out of order. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Minor violence. 

The Wrap-up: Fantastic. I can't wait to see what's next for Sleiman. 

Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Review: Bathsheba by Angela Hunt

Bathsheba
(Dangerous Beauty,#2)
by Angela Hunt 
Adult Christian Historical Fiction 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.15
Published by: Bethany House 
Published on: August 1, 2015
Pages: 368
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Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

After sending his army to besiege another king's capital, King David forces himself on Bathsheba, a loyal soldier's wife. When her resulting pregnancy forces the king to murder her husband and add her to his harem, Bathsheba struggles to protect her son while dealing with the effects of a dark prophecy and deadly curse on the king's household.

Combining historical facts with detailed fiction, Angela Hunt paints a realistic portrait of the beautiful woman who struggled to survive the dire results of divine judgment on a king with a divided heart.


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy 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.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? I adored Esther, and was curious on her take of Bathsheba. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I'm always cautious of reading biblical historical fiction, but I enjoyed Esther so I decided to give it a go. 

Hunt does a fantastic job of weaving biblical narrative with a great deal of imagination. 

The story of David and Bathsheba is one that has always intrigued me. I loved how Hunt made it come to life. 

All of the characters seemed much more relatable and the writing was well crafted. If you love stories of romance and intrigue, then definitely give this one a chance.

Major Strengths: Creativity and yet staying true to real account. 

Major Weaknesses: Slow beginning. 

So why 3 stars? An enjoyable retelling of the tale, but one that started out slow. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, this is unrelated to the previous one.

Warnings/Side-notes: Vague sexual references and violence.

The Wrap-up: A great story that I enjoyed. 

Love,

Danica Page

Review: A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

A Noble Masquerade 
(Hawthorne House,#1)
by Kristi Ann Hunter
Adult Historical Inspirational Fiction 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.11
Published by: Bethany House 
Published on: September 8, 2015
Pages: 365

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

Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother's old school friend, a duke--with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she's heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marcus, her brother's new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.

When Marcus accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men--one she's never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marcus is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda's heart is far from all that's at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.
 


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy 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.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? Because I adored the cover. It's beautiful. Also, the summary sounded interesting. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Not at all what I was expecting. The characters in this book were beautifully developed. Their interactions were nothing short of impeccably crafted. I found myself laughing hysterically as Miranda and Marsh interacted. 

The plot was predictable as was the suspense, but I loved that Hunter decided to add the suspense in. I adored A Scarlet Pimpernel and ever since anything on the French Revolution. 

I would have liked to see the suspense played up more, but it was well written. 

Major Strengths: The characters and the writing style. 

Major Weaknesses: There were certain elements that didn't seem wrapped up enough at the end for me. The two halves of the book felt disconnected. Also, the suspense needed to be played up more. 

I also felt like this was a sequel not the first novel. I then found out there was indeed a novella written first. While this can be read as a stand-alone, I would have liked to have read the other one in the series first. 

So why 4 stars? Because I loved it despite its flaws. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, but I would have preferred not to. Events that happen in the novella prequel are alluded to a lot. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Minor violence.

The Wrap-up: I can't wait to see what's next for Hunter and to read Georgina's story. I'm not sure how she'll make her likable. 

Love,

Danica Page

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