Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: More than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs

More than Fashion
More Than Fashion 
(Chasing the Dream,#3)
by Elizabeth Briggs
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.99
Published on: July 30, 2015

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

They’re enemies who will do anything to win...including each other.

When pre-med student Julie Hong wins a spot on a fashion design reality TV show, she celebrates by picking up a hot English guy in a hotel bar. But too many drinks leads to a night of embarrassment and a major hangover, and wow is she glad she’ll never see him again.

Until the show starts, and he’s on it too.

Julie quickly realizes she’s out of her league among the other designers, and Gavin Bennett, with his cocky grin and sexy accent, is her biggest competition. Julie can't decide if she wants to kiss him or kill him. Or both.

After she’s almost kicked off, Julie convinces Gavin to pretend they’re sleeping together for the camera. The ploy works, but as they get closer to the show’s finale their fake relationship starts to become too real. But only one of them can win the show—and they might both end up heartbroken.


My Rating: 3.5 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 the previous two in the series. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I am loving this series. Briggs does an incredible job of capturing romance, competition, intrigue, humor, and wit all in one novel.

The chemistry between her lead characters is always off the charts. Fans of witty exchanges will love this novel.

Personally, I also like how Briggs delves into different worlds. So far we've dove into music, comics, and now fashion. It's fantastic. She makes these worlds accessible to all readers.

Heck, she's mad me interested in comics and fashion.

I love her writing style. Her novels are a fun, fast read that I'd recommend to anybody. Can't wait to see what she comes up with in the fourth one in the series. 

Major Strengths: The setting and the characters. 

Major Weaknesses: Lack of depth. 

So why 3.5 stars? Because I enjoyed this one a lot more than several other novels I've given a 3 too. It was a good read. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, it can be read as a standalone. Although it does reference characters from the previous two books in the series. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Several instances of strong language and semi-graphic sexual scenes. For 17+. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable fun read. 

Love,

Danica Page

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Review: Shelter Me by Kathy Coopman

Shelter Me
(Shelter Me, #1) 
by Kathy Coopman 
New Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.63
Published on: September 7, 2014
Pages: 378

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

At the young age of nineteen, Shayne Andrews thought she had it all. She had the love of her life, her high school sweetheart, and a bright future ahead of her. That is, until one day he just disappeared, leaving a note as his only goodbye. With her heart shattered and broken, Shayne did the only thing she could. She left her small town on the shores of Lake Michigan to start her life over, needing to distance herself from the memories she and Luke had made. At that time, she vowed to herself that she would never return to her hometown again. Seven years later, Shayne realizes that fate is not on her side as she returns home for her aunt’s funeral, bringing back the one secret she swore to protect.

Luke Schavone has regretted every day that he had to leave Shayne behind. Though he didn’t have a choice, his heart still bore the scars from the impact. After five years, Luke returned only to find that Shayne was gone. His best friend was the only lifeline he had to finding her, but Adam wasn’t talking. When the one thing Luke has wanted everyday for the past seven years runs right into him one night, he becomes determined to make sure he doesn’t lose her again. 

At first, Shayne is hesitant. She wouldn’t be able to survive losing him again, but the pull toward him is so fierce, she can’t deny herself the chance. With the decision to start over, Luke and Shayne must admit truths and come to terms with the events that forced them apart in the first place. When secrets are revealed and old threats come to pass, will Luke be able to shelter Shayne from the destruction, or will she become lost to him forever?


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It was free and it caught my attention after I read a review of the sequel. Plus it was free. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  An intriguing, enjoyable novel that was a fun read. The novel was predictable and several aspects of it bugged me, but it was fun overall.

Fans of adult romance should really enjoy this one. It was fairly well written and it was fast paced. 

The Characters: The characters might have been a little flat, but I still really enjoyed reading about them. 

So why 3 stars? It was a fun, enjoyable read. 

Warnings/Side-notes: I honestly don't remember, but I think it was fairly clean for 17+.

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable, fun novel. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Perfect Betrayal by Season Vining

Perfect Betrayal 
by Season Vining 
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.73
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin 
Published on: August 18, 2015
Pages: 320

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

To the outside world, Taylor Hudson has it all: beauty, money and social status. But Taylor’s privileged life is far lonelier than it appears.

Levi is the inside man on a job to steal fifteen million dollars from one of the town’s wealthiest families, putting him on a crash course with Taylor. Neither of them believe in love, but lust. . . that’s undeniable.

Now they’re locked in a wicked game of seduction and it’s unclear who is playing who. But neither of them expected the affair to lead to the deepest connection they’ve ever experienced. Because beneath Taylor’s perfect exterior lies a need for love that mirrors Levi’s own. 

As the heist approaches, how can Levi protect Taylor from the truth?  

Is he willing to give up everything to save the one girl who’s made him want to be a better man?


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 just looked really really good. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  And that might be why I was slightly disappointed. 

I had such high expectations and the characters didn't quite click for me. I actually disliked the characters for most of the story. Taylor was kind of a spoiled brat that I really didn't like. Her change of character didn't seem realistic for me.

The emotions felt kind of forced and so did the conclusion. It was just an average read that I didn't really enjoy as much as I wanted to. 

However, having said that the novel wasn't terrible. It was a fun, fast paced read. The plot was intriguing and that's what carried the story for me. 

The Characters: Were flat for me. I didn't feel like the changes in them were warranted. 

Major Strengths: Intriguing plot line. 

Major Weaknesses: Flat characters and forced chances in the plot. 

So why 3 stars? I'd almost give it a 2.5, but I think I found enough redeeming qualities to give it a 3. 

Warnings/Side-notes: For 17+. 

The Wrap-up: It was an intriguing plot line but the novel fell slightly flat for me. 

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, August 24, 2015

Review: Say Something by T.A. Roth

Say Something 
(Speak,#1)
by T.A. Roth 
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.10
Published on: March 2015

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

Chemistry
What most girls search a lifetime for…
I felt it the minute he set those whiskey colored eyes on me.
Magnetism
We had it in spades…
My body was drawn to hers the moment she set foot into the room.
What happens when you both have pasts that threaten the future?
Do you do nothing?
Or
Do you Say Something?

22 year old Ari Munoz is used to keeping men at arm's length. So when her best friend Vonne guilts her into going to a frat party, she couldn't think of a worse way to spend a Thursday night. That's until she sparks the interest of love’m and leave’m Ben Rodriguez. The electricity she feels when they lock eyes is something she's never felt before.

22 year old Ben Rodriguez has it all. He's a football star, president of his fraternity, and well known ladies’ man. His endless pick of beauties, makes him the envy of all of his fraternity brothers. So why are a pair of long legs and hazel eyes making him want to throw out all of his rules?

*This novel deals with adult themes and language. 18+ please. This is book 1 in a series and contains a cliffhanger.
 


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? The cover and I'm a sucker for this kind of book. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: It exceeded my expectations. I was expecting it to be a standard book that I enjoyed but not one that I enjoyed all that much.

I liked it much more than I thought it would be. No spoilers but man that cliffhanger ending. It was so dramatic. I have to know what happens next. Gosh what a cliffhanger.

I enjoyed the writing and the characters. The writing was interesting and the characters were fun to read about.

The book had a surprising depth to it. 

Having said that, this novel is insta-love, so if that's not your thing, this is probably not for you. 

Major Strengths: Surprising depth to it. 

Major Weaknesses: Insta-love and predictable. 

So why 3 stars? It did exceed my expectations, but it was missing that extra something to get a 4. 

Warnings/Side-notes: 17+. It's not erotic by any means, but definitely for older readers. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable, fun read that will leave you begging to read the sequel. 

Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Reading Challenge

Friends,

I thought I'd share with you all the reading challenge my friends issued me.

I love romantic suspense, and just romance books in general. I have read Grisham novels and novels of that genre. 

However, I have yet to read a King novel or a Clancy novel. That's about to change. 

I am going to read 11/22/63 by Stephen King and Without Remorse by Tom Clancy. 

Have any of you read these? Do you think I'll like them?

I'll let you know once I think once I've finished reading them. I hope I like them since they are both insanely long.

Here's to happy reading...I hope.

Have you ever read a book you didn't think you'd like based on a challenge? How did it go?

Love,

Danica Page 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

And I'm back

Fellow Page Turners,

Sorry for the unexpected hiatus this month. :(

Life got busy, but I'm back and ready to get posting every day again.

Thanks and sorry for the lack of involvement this month.

Danica 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Hot New Releases: August 1-August 4


Fellow Page Turners,

Here are some of the books that come out in the next few days. Here's some of the ones I'm looking forward to. 


jessica verdi

Release Date: August 1 
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Short summary: It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time.




Ali Novak
Release Date: August 1
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Short Summary: Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. 



patty blount
Release Date: August 1

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Short Summary: Reece’s father hasn’t spoken to him since the car wreck that killed Reece’s brother. Desperate for forgiveness, Reece joins the Junior Cadet program at his dad’s firehouse. But the program is grueling, and Reece isn’t sure he can make it through. Then he meets Amanda.


Release Date: August 4
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Short Summary: Preparing to survive a typical day of being Digbys friend wasn't that different from preparing to survive the apocalypse.




Release Date: August 4 
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Short Summary: Sixteen-year-old Kara McKinley is about to realize her dream of becoming a professional baker. Beautifully designed and piped, her cookies are masterpieces, but also her ticket out of rainy Seattle—if she wins the upcoming national baking competition and its scholarship prize to culinary school in California.

Release Date: August 4
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Short Summary: As vice president of Student Council, Kaye knows the importance of keeping order. Not only in school, but in her personal life. Which is why she and her boyfriend, Aidan, already have their lives mapped out.



Release Date: August 4
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Short Summary: Tyler has a football scholarship to Stanford, a hot girlfriend, and a reliable army of friends to party with. Then his mom kills herself. 




Release Date: August 4
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Short Summary: Words are strong. Love is stronger. When Jordyn Michaelson’s autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she’s determined not to let anyone know they're related.



Which ones are you waiting for?

Love,
Danica Page 
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