Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review: A Heart's Obsession by Colleen Coble

A Heart's Obsession
(A Journey of the Heart, #2)
by Colleen Coble
Adult Inspirational Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.37
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Published on: April 7, 2015
Pages: 128

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

Can a woman held captive by her family make it back to the one man she knows she can trust?

When Sarah Montgomery's father succumbs to his long illness, Sarah is faced with a life-altering choice: submit to her brother's will and marry the deceptive Ben Croftner . . . or escape through the dangerous American West to reclaim the heart of her beloved Rand Campbell at Fort Laramie, Wyoming.

From captivity in her family's home, Sarah makes her decision--and begins the perilous journey to Wyoming by train.

But even in the company of Rand's brother, Sarah does not receive the reception she had hoped for. The necessity of a military wife has preempted her, and Rand is already engaged to Jessica DuBois, the seductive daughter of the post commander. With her heart broken and her life in ruins, Sarah has no choice but to remain at Fort Laramie and try to win Rand back. But things will get tougher before they get easier . . . the obsessive Ben Croftner has just shown up in Wyoming.


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 always forget this until I start reading one—I really don't like serial novels. I don't know why. I just don't.

Having said that, this one was actually fairly enjoyable. I liked the characters and the plot. Coble's novel picks up right after the first one ended. However, despite the fact, it was hard for me to get into the beginning of the series. 

I thought that Coble's writing was good; however, I just didn't fall in love with the characters or the stories. 

On some level, I just had a hard time connecting with the book. Having said that, I do believe that most fans of historical Christian fiction will really enjoy this one. Recommended to fans of the genre. 

So why 3 stars? It was good but it didn't stand out. 

Can I read the series out of order? Not recommended. 

The Wrap-up: I think this book would appeal to fans of the genre on some level, but personally, I had a hard time connecting with it.  

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Review: Every Bride Needs a Groom by Janice Thompson

Every Bride Needs a Groom 
by Janice Thompson
Adult Christian Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.15
Published by: Fleming H. Revell Company
Published on: April 21, 2015
Pages: 336

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

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an 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.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I'd heard great things about this book and have loved other books by this author, so naturally, I was excited to read this one. 

I was expecting a funny comical read, and that's exactly what I got.

The novel started out a little slow for me. I found it hard to get into the characters and the story; however, about half way through it started to really pick up. 

I'd definitely recommend this to fans of christian fiction who are looking to laugh a lot. 

A great read. 

Major Strengths: Funny plot-line and quirky, interesting characters.

Major Weaknesses: Beginning lagged a little bit as did other parts of the novel. However, it was still a pretty fast-paced book. 

So why 3 stars? It was a great book, but it didn't quite stand out enough to be 4 stars. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable funny read. 

Love,

Danica Page

Review: Bet on Us by Rachel Higginson

Bet on Us
(In the Dark, #1)
by Rachel Higginson
New Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.07
Published by: Reckless Siren Publishing
Published on: December 8, 2013
Pages: 262

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


All Ellie Harris wanted was a life of her own.

In a shortsighted decision, she follows her high school boyfriend to college, only to get cheated on and then dumped. And to add insult to injury, her overprotective family is suddenly clinging to her again, fighting to control every part of her life.

Bad luck follows her hasty decision and when her roommate steals her identity and leaves town, Ellie is left to clean up a gigantic mess.

Fin Hunter insists Ellie owes him seven thousand dollars from an online poker game and he won't stop until he collects it. Determined to keep her family out of her life, Ellie agrees to work for Fin in his illegal online poker operation. He's given her six weeks to pay off the debt.

Soon sparks are flying between them and the only thing keeping her from falling for him is the debt she still owes and the money she doesn't have.

At the end of those six weeks, Ellie will have to pay the mistaken debt or bet that her feelings for Fin will be worth more than the money.

This book was previously titled Bet in the Dark. 


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I read a chapter sneak peek, and I was hooked. The plot immediately grabbed me as did the characters. 

I liked Higginson's writing in her novel The Rush, but I fell in love with her writing in this one. I adored the characters. The novel was fast-paced and kept me up all night turning the pages.

This is new adult fiction at its best. The book wasn't overtly sexual, but actually had substance behind it. The relationship was solidly built, but there was enough tension to keep me on my toes the entire novel. 

The Characters: Ellie was a character that I liked from the very first page. Ellie's determined to make her her way in life without relying on her family. She's independent and yet she's fun. She was a comical character. I loved watching Elli find herself in this novel.

Fin was the perfect bad boy who isn't a bad boy. He was flawed, and yet I still liked him. I adored watching him interact with Ellie. 

Major Strengths: The novel was fast-paced and intense. The chemistry between Ellie and Finn was fantastic. It was a slow-burn novel, which I adored. The comedic elements were definitely a strength. 

Major Weaknesses: The novel was predictable, which doesn't bother me, but it does some. 

So why 4 stars? It stood out from the crowd. I loved the plot. 

Warnings/Side-notes: It was actually fairly clean for new adult. 16+. 

The Wrap-up: A fun, quick read that I adored. Definitely recommend to fans of the genre. 

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, April 27, 2015

Review: The Rush (The Siren, #1) by Rachel Higginson

The Rush
(The Siren, #1)
by Rachel Higginson
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.06
Published by: Reckless Siren Publishing
Published on: March 20, 2013
Pages: 370

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


A life not her own—A future already decided.

Every facet of Ivy Pierce’s life is meticulously planned out and plotted. Cynical and jaded by sixteen, Ivy’s only hope is to escape the legacy she was born into. 

She has a plan, a carefully thought out, feasible plan. She just has to play by the rules until everything falls into place. Unfortunately as predictable as her life can be, she never sees Ryder Sutton coming. He tumbles into her life unimpressed and untouched by her and the life she lives. He’s an enigma to her. A gorgeous, frustrating, sincere mystery and a complete phenomenon in the ugly world she lives in. 

What blooms between them is a fiercely intense attraction that cannot be ignored. Even though they would both be better off without each other—Even if both their lives depend on staying apart. 


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 another book that I went into with no expectations. I liked the cover and synopsis enough to give it a shot.

The book wasn't anything like I thought it would be. I thought it was going to be a romantic story between Ryder and Ivy; that wasn't the story at all. 

I loved Higginson's writing. Her character were interesting and her plot was intriguing. 

Higginson did a great job at capturing my interest. However, having said that several parts of the story lagged and I felt confused about certain scenes. 

Yet, I still really enjoyed this novel. She did a great job at blending mystery, intrigue, and a tad of romance. 

I think fans of young adult paranormal novels will enjoy this one. 

The Characters: Ivy was a likable character. She was definitely down in the dumps of self-pity, and yet she didn't annoy me. I enjoyed watching her character change throughout the novel.

Ryder, I loved him. He seems like such a great guy. Maybe a little too perfect, but I'm not going to complain.

Major Strengths: Originality, strong insight into Ivy's characters and rationale, and a fairly intriguing story line. 

Major Weaknesses: It lagged a little bit and left me confused at times. 

So why 3.5 stars? While I really enjoyed the story and it did stand out of the crowd, it just didn't have that extra something to really wow me. However, all in all a good read. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Fairly clean. Some mild references to violence and sex. Recommended for 15+. 

The Wrap-up: It was enjoyable. It was good enough that I went ahead and bought the sequel. I'm hoping it doesn't disappoint. 

Love,

Danica Page

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Review: After a Fashion by Jen Turano

After a Fashion
(A Class of their Own, #1)
by Jen Turano 
Adult Inspirational 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.33
Published by: Bethany House Publishers 
Published on: March 3, 2015
Pages: 352

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

Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.

Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can't make her fashionable. She'll never truly fit into Oliver's world, but just as she's ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.
 


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: I went into this with little expectations. I had never read anything by this author before. I was blown away. I loved the plot and the characters. 

Harriet was a character who left me laughing out loud. I absolutely adored reading about her. Oliver was also a great character. He wasn't perfect, but he was very likable. I loved watching the chemistry between them. 

The plot was fantastic. It left me laughing out loud. While the plot was predictable, I really did enjoy it nonetheless. 

An enjoyable read that I loved. I will definitely be keeping my eyes on this author. 

So why 4 stars? It was fantastic. It definitely stood out from other books I've read in the genre. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Perfectly acceptable for readers of all age. 

The Wrap-up: I adored this book. It was hilarious and a great read. 

Love,

Danica Page

Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine


The Secrets of Attraction
by Robin Constantine  
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.08
Published by: Baler + Bray
Published on: April 28, 2015
Pages: 384

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

Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing, this smart, surprising, and romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine's debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Mlynowski, and Jennifer E. Smith.

Madison Pryce thinks she's got everything figured out—she's working on a portfolio for a summer art program and hanging with her friends. Plus she has her hot boyfriend, Zach. But then a visit from a family friend turns Maddie's life upside down.

Jesse McMann is still reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band. Then pride (and some goading from his bass player and fellow barista) forces him to find a new drummer—and the inspiration to write music again.

Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett, who tries out for Jesse's band, and whose girlfriend is BFFs with the cute girl who orders a chai latte after yoga every Thursday: Maddie. What Jesse and Maddie thought they knew about the secrets of attraction and the rules of romance changes once they start falling for each other.


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 will admit that I read this one purely because I loved the cover. I think it's fantastic.

Cover-lusting aside. I  thought that Constantine's sophomore release was a great, enjoyable read. I think that fans of Katie West will like this one. Her novel didn't explore dark or deep issues like rape or abuse, but neither was it pure fluff. 

The novel follows the character Madison and Jesse. Two very normal teens who for the most part have normal families. They faced normal issues that most teenagers face—heartbreak, disappointment, uncertainty, and a certain amount of teenage angst.

I thought that Constantine's writing was engaging. It never touched anything too deep, but I did like her characters. 

I wished more would have happened in the book. I can't really explain what I mean by that. I just felt like there could have been more drama or more action. However, I did enjoy it. 

Constantine's sophomore novel was a success. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. 

So why 3 stars? While I did enjoy it, there was nothing in particular that made it stand out. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Vague references to drinking and sex. I'd recommend for 14+. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable realistic contemporary young adult novel. One that's not all fluff but isn't super gritty either. All in all, a fun read. 

Love,

Danica Page

Review: Brentwood's Ward by Michelle Griep

Brentwood's Ward
by Michelle Griep
Adult Inspirational Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.12
Published by: Shiloh Run Press 
Published on: January 1, 2015
Pages: 314

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


Place an unpolished lawman named Nicholas Brentwood as guardian over a spoiled, pompous beauty named Emily Payne and what do you get? More trouble than Brentwood bargains for. She is determined to find a husband this season. He just wants the large fee her father will pay him to help his ailing sister. After a series of dire mishaps, both their desires are thwarted, but each discovers that no matter what, God is in charge.

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:  While this novel started off really slowly in my opinion, it quickly picked up and became quite suspenseful. I loved how Griep chose a setting in which her characters could realistically change and grow.

Mr. Brentwood and Miss Payne were not without their flaws, but that's partly why they were such great characters. The chemistry between them was there from the beginning, but the author did a great job of slowly building that in a realistic manner. 

The suspense was masterfully crafted and left me intrigued. All of these qualities made this a great book. 

However, I felt like the story lagged at times. I found myself wanting to flip the pages faster and faster just to get to a good part at times. These scenes that lagged knock it down to a 3 to me. 

So why 3 stars? Because of the slow-pacing at times.

Warnings/Side-notes: Several mildly violent scenes or attempted assault scenes. Recommended 15+. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable, realistic historical romantic suspense that I thoroughly enjoyed. I'll be keeping my eye on Griep. 

Love,

Danica Page

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review: Learning to Live by Jerrica Knight-Catania

Learning to Live 
by Jerrica Knight-Catania 
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published on: December 1, 2014 

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


Losing someone is never easy. The hardest part is learning how to live without them -- mentally rearranging your future now that your dreams have been shattered.

Devastated by the loss of her fiance in the World Trade Towers on 9-11, Jessica Brooks is certain she'll never love again. Hell, she may never even leave her apartment again. But circumstances force her back to her hometown of Atlanta and into the arms of someone who understands her pain.

Torn between mourning her fiance forever and finding peace in the midst of her grief, Jess must find the key to her happiness, the cure for her pain, and learn how to move on without the person she held most dear.

Learning to Live is a New Adult novel about love and loss, and finding comfort in the company of those you'd least expect.


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: This book was intriguing and I really did enjoy the overall plotline. The author did a great job at catching the grief of having lost everything she loved on 9/11. 

The writing was also fairly good. I enjoyed the story. I had a hard time connecting with the main character Jess for several parts of the novel, but I enjoyed reading about her. 

I loved how the book portrays messages of hope and survival. I think fans of realistic new adult will enjoy this one, and it only cost 99 cents. So why not?  

So why 3 stars? It didn't really stand out of the crowd for me. It was missing that extra something to set this over the edge. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This is actually really tame as far as new adult goes. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to 15+. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable, insightful book. Well crafted. I will be keeping tabs on this author. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Review: The Leveller by Julia Durango


The Leveller
(The Leveller, #1)
by Julia Durango
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.31
Published by: HarperCollins
Published on: June 23, 2015
Pages: 256

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


Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.


Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them. 

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, thanks to Julia Durango’s cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance adds some heart to Nixy’s vivid, multidimensional journey through Wyn’s tricked-out virtual city, and constant twists keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end.


My Rating: 4.5 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.

The Characters: Nix was a character I adored. She was a kick-butt character and so feisty and determined. I loved her take-charge attitude. She was a character that I connected with from the get-go and was a YA character that was actually YA. She seemed like she was her age. I loved reading her.

Wyn was a character that I also adored. We didn't get to learn all that much about him (well not enough for my likings) but everything we learned I adored. He was such a sweet character. And he's not the "bad-boy" character that we see all the time. He was really well-written.

I loved the dynamics between the characters, especially between Nix and Wyn. They were cute. The romance in the novel took a back-burner, which I enjoyed immensely.

The secondary characters were also well-written. I loved reading about them. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I adored this book. It was unique and original. It didn't feel like a story that I'd read a million times. I'm not a gamer, but I loved the gaming world that Durango built. A world where you can virtually live. 

The world was intriguing and the novel was fast-paced. There wasn't a slow moment and yet nothing felt rushed either. It was fantastic. 

The whole concept of this novel just drew me in from the get-go. This novel is a YA that is actually geared for YA readers and one that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to readers of any age.

A read that ia fairly short and thoroughly entertaining. 

So why 4.5 stars? It was just so original. It wasn't necessarily the best book I've ever read, but the originality of it all made it one that I adored. 

Warnings/Side-notes: That's the beauty of this novel. It is super clean. There are a few mentions of appearance (immodesty) and a few very tame sexual innuendos, but there is nothing overtly sexual, violent, and there is no swearing. 

The Wrap-up: I can't wait to read what happens next. That ending left so many things open. I'll be curious to see if Durango can do it again in the sequel. 

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: Taken by Dee Henderson

Taken 
by Dee Henderson 
Adult Inspirational Suspense
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.42
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
Published on: April 28, 2015
Pages: 432

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


Abducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. She desperately wants to resume some semblance of normal life, but she also knows she has some unfinished business to attend to. She has enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time.

When Shannon contacts private investigator and former cop Matthew Dane to help her navigate her reentry into society, she quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn’t mean her troubles are over. For one thing, her brother is the leading candidate in the race for Illinois governor, and news of her escape will create a media frenzy. For another, the ransom her family reportedly paid years earlier appears to have been a scam; no one knows what happened to the money. And then there’s the fact that Shannon’s escape involved faking her own death. If the Jacoby family learns she is still alive, they’ll stop at nothing to silence her.

If justice is to be done, and if Shannon’s life is ever to get on track again, Matthew will need to discover exactly what happened to her–even if it means stirring up a hornet’s nest of secrets.


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.

Thoughts on the Author:  I love Dee Henderson. I have read every book she's ever written. That's no joke. Her Uncommon Heroes and the O'Malley series set a really high bar for me. 

Henderson is one of my favorite authors and so I went in with high expectations. I think the problem is that I want more of the Uncommon Heroes and O'Malley series. 

This new style is very different. It's told in one person's perspective, which is very different from her previous novels. I also feel like there's a lot less romance and more introspection and building of characters. The suspense is slower building and we don't get to see into the mind of the bad buy like we have in past series.

All of this means that this new Dee Henderson is very different than before. I've had mixed feelings about these changes. It's been a struggle for me to adapt to this new style. However, I think I like it. 

This Book in Specific: Okay, the first few pages did not hook me. It did not grab my attention like it wanted to. However, that quickly changed. The book was fast-paced and very enjoyable. I loved the character growth that took place in this novel.

I also loved the writing once I got past the first few pages. Henderson is a great writer and I enjoyed the story. There were certain elements that bugged me about this story. I had a hard time coming to terms with certain aspects. However, at the end I decided it didn't bug me all that much. 

So why 4 stars? It's Dee Henderson. She's a great writer, and I enjoyed this one a lot. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Mild violence. 

The Wrap-up: A different, new Dee Henderson, but still a brilliant Henderson. 

Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Review: The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest
(Medieval Fairy Tale Romance, #1)
by Melanie Dickerson
Historical Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.71
Published by: Thomas Nelson 
Published on: May 12, 2015
Pages: 320

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

"Swan Lake" meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region's most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the forester.

Jorgen is the forester for the wealthy margrave, and must find and capture the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave's game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea she is the one who has been poaching the margrave's game.

Odette justifies her crime of poaching because she thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. But will the discovery of a local poaching ring reveal a terrible secret? Has the meat she thought she was providing for the poor actually been sold on the black market, profiting no one except the ring of black market sellers?

The one person Odette knows can help her could also find out her own secret and turn her over to the margrave, but she has no choice. Jorgen and Odette will band together to stop the dangerous poaching ring . . . and fall in love. But what will the margrave do when he discovers his forester is protecting a notorious poacher?


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: I adore Melanie Dickerson. Her books are fun, engaging, and fantastic. I love how Dickerson tells these classic fairy tales with new twists.

This one was no exception. I loved the characters of Jorgen and Odette. They were both so intriguing. They both had flaws and yet I loved their characters right away.

Odette--the Robin Hood--is such a nice person with such a gentle heart. And yet, she's so brave. She takes action and is a kick-butt character. I loved this retelling of Robin Hood.

Jorgen was also fantastic. The idea of Jorgen unknowingly trying to capture the girl he loved made for a great plot.

For fans of Robin Hood, romance, historical fiction, or just young adult in general, this is a must read.

I stayed up way too late to finish this one. Definitely comes recommended. 

So why 4 stars? It stood out to me from other novels in the genre. It is one that I would be tempted to buy. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Minor violence. 

The Wrap-up: This is a great novel that is engaging, humorous, and intriguing. Can't wait to see what's up next in the docket for Dickerson. 

Love,

Danica Page

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review: Southern Perfection by Casey Peeler

Southern Perfection 
by Casey Peeler 
Young Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.04
Published on: January 13, 2015

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


Life is full of choices: good, bad, and ones you can’t control. 


Raegan strives to be perfect in every way. Varsity cheerleader, honor student, and proud granddaughter of Dover Lowery. By day, Raegan is an over-achieving high school student, but at three o’clock, her real work begins. 

What happens when appearances are not what they seem? Will Raegan be able to hold on to her life as she knows it, or will she be left all alone? 

All of these questions are answered with one night, one song, one story, and one boy.


My Rating: 2.5 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.

In a Line: I wanted to like this one, and I wanted to give it 3 stars. But it didn't quite make the cut. It had a lot of potential, but just fell a little bit short. 

The Characters: I had a hard time connecting with them. I wanted to like them, but I felt that the author could have developed them more. She created this character Raegan who had been through so much grief and hardship. She felt she needed to be perfect for everybody. 

Those are some tough issues. I felt that the author largely ignored them. She should have spent more time resolving them I though.

Emmett was a character that I enjoyed, but I do felt like he could have been better developed. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: A book that had a lot of potential, but didn't quite live up to it. The writing was skillful and the overall plot of the story was well developed. 

However, it just lacked that extra touch of polishing the plot and the holes. If she had added a few more chapters or resolved more of the issues she brought up in the novel.

I'm curious to see what this author does next. She does have a lot of potential, and I think her books could get better.

So why 2.5 stars? Lack of resolution. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Vague sexual references. Appropriate for 15+.

The Wrap-up: A book that had strong moments but also a lot of holes. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Review: Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

Dauntless
(Valiant Hearts, #1)
by Dina L. Sleiman 
Adult Inspirational Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
Published on: March 3, 2015 
Pages: 368

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


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?


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: I've been on a "Robin Hood" retelling kick lately. I don't know why I love that story so much, but I do. Anyway, I had really high expectations for this one.

After reading the prologue I was worried. It just didn't catch my interest. But after reading all of two pages, I was hooked.

I loved Sleiman's writing as well as the characters. I thought it was interesting that she made Merry like Robin Hood, but didn't try to exactly recreate the original story. She took a lot of creative license, and I enjoyed it very much. 

I thought that the writer did a great job at creating complex, lovable characters. 

For fans of historical romance, adventure, or all things Robin Hood, this one is a great pick. 

So why 4 stars? It stood out from the rest of the books I've read in the genre. It was masterfully written. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Mild violence. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing, fun read that I enjoyed from the get-go. Recommended to fans of the genre. 

Love,

Danica Page

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