Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Review: The Light of Day by Kristen Kehoe

The Light of Day 
(Beyond the Horizon,#2)
by Kristen Kehoe
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.92
Published on: October 2014 

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

Every action has its own consequence… 

Cora Whitley has learned the hard way that there are some choices you can’t escape, you merely survive. And she is, surviving that is. She’s living, breathing, eating, sleeping, working, all of the things you do when all you’re trying to do is get from one day to the next without truly remembering who you were. 

Jake Ferrari recognizes Cora the minute he sees her. Maybe it’s because somehow he knows she’s as broken as he is, or maybe it’s because when he looks at her he sees that the life he thought was over when his elbow blew out and his pitching career came to a halt can now be something different. Something better with her. 

But nothing comes for free, not even love. Follow Cora and Jake as they piece together their lives and deal with the consequences of falling in love with the one person they know they can’t have. 

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? Look at the cover. That's why. I loved it. Then I read the synopsis and thought this is something I think I'll like.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: The first in the series was 99 cents on Amazon, so I decided to read that one first. I really loved the first one, so I was excited to read the second one. 

The two novels are very distinct and different. The writing of The Light of Day seemed much more for an adult audience, whereas Beyond the Horizon seemed more for young adult readers. The Light of Day also had a much sadder tone and message. 

It dealt with some heavy issues, which honestly, I thought the author could have delved into more. 

However, having said that, this novel is an emotional, intriguing read. It was very different from what I expected...heavier even, and yet heavy in unexpected ways. 

I thought the romance was well developed, but there was something off about the couple for me. 

Anyway, if you're looking for a book that tackles serious issues without diving too deeply into them, this book deals with depression, family issues, diseases, addictions, and many other issues. 

A deeper novel than you'll find in many other New Adult novels. 

The Characters: Liked Jake. Had a hard time connecting with Cora. However, having said that, the characters were intriguing. 

Major Strengths: Surprisingly deep. 

Major Weaknesses: Moved slowly at times. 

So why 3 stars? I enjoyed it, but it didn't quite hit 4 stars for me. 

Can I read the series out of order? It alludes to events from the first novel and characters from it are mentioned in significant ways; however, it can be read as a stand-alone. 

Warnings/Side-notes: I honestly don't remember. I know it was for a more mature audience. 18 plus. But I can' remember if it was more on the young adult side or more on the adult side. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing, albeit unexpectedly deep read that I enjoyed. I'll be interested in what the author comes up with next. 


Danica Page

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Survived the semester....What did I miss?

Hello Page Turners,

Sorry the posts have been sporadic lately. I was taking an intense load of classes this semester, working too many hours, and studying for the LSAT. 

Still waiting to get my scores back, but I think it went well. That means I've got a lot of reading to catch up on. 

What did I miss in the last four months? 

I definitely need some book recommendations. What were your favorites?


Danica Page 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Review: Saving Leah by Misha Eilliott

Saving Leah 
by Misha Elliott  
Adult/New Adult Romance  
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.68
Published on: 
Pages: 200

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

Sometimes the only thing worse than revealing a painful secret is keeping it from the one who wants to save you. 

In time, fractured bones mend and torn flesh heals. But what about a fractured soul? Years of abuse have left Leah scared and broken, in solitude with the only symbol of the person she used to be-her violin. 

While in hiding, she never expected to meet the handsome and alluring Asher. Can he save her before all is lost or will her secrets become the death of her? 

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 a novel I'd enjoy. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: It wasn't at all what I was expecting. In fact, the synopsis led me to believe that the novel was something else entirely. 

The novel does talk about Leah, a famous violin player, who endured years of abuse. But what it doesn't mention is that "in hiding" referred more to her state of emotional being than anything else. 

I don't mean to down play abuse or the scars that abuse can have on a person. I love books about this subject, but that wasn't what I thought this book would be about and it wasn't my favorite book that's been written on the subject. 

Asher and Leah were interesting characters, but I never felt like I really got to know them. And their relationship didn't ring true for me. 

So why 3 stars? It just wasn't what I was expecting and it didn't quite grab me and pull me into it as much as I wanted it to. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some scenes of violence, sexual references. It's tame as far as new adult goes, but it still is for 16+. 

The Wrap-up: I wanted to like this, but it just wasn't what I was expecting. 


Danica Page

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