Thursday, December 27

Turning Pages: Book Review

Turning Pages

Tristi Pinkston

Inkberry Press
New Adult | Contemporary
Official Blurb - 
With his pride and her prejudice, what could possibly go wrong?

When the arrogant Blake Hansen steals Addie Preston's promotion at the library, he pretty much rubs her nose in it. But Addie, who dreams of being a full-fledged librarian, decides to stick it out. She loves surrounding herself with books and keeping her father's memory alive in the building where they spent so much time together.

Soon, Addie learns that her beloved library will be torn down to make room for a larger facility, and she has to make a choice. Fight, or let go?

To complicate things, she finds herself attracted to Blake, who is engaged to someone else. Will Blake and Addie ever resolve their differences?

I found this interesting more for the chance to see inside the life of a librarian than the story or characters. It sounds fun to be a librarian but not as glamorous as I always thought.

Addie feels very immature for the age she is representing, at least at first. Before long you discover that she is very mature in just about every facet of her life except boys. Her entire life is going through one massive upheaval.

The romance portion of the story felt near non-existent. Specifically between Addie and her chosen swain. He doesn't show any favorable signs of love or even mild interest. Even right before declaring himself I didn't pick up anything amorous. Maybe I was being really dense. He was definitely nice and friendly but he seemed to be that way with everyone. Then suddenly their relationship went from platonic to full blown. Hard to swallow.

At the very beginning of the book I ran across this quote below. I loved it because it reminded me of how I think when I am recommended a book. More often than not the recommendations aren't even remotely close to the type of book I read. My thoughts are so very similar to Addie's. I would rather do a something horrible than read this book. Thank you very much. So very funny to see it written in a book. This moment really set me up to thinking this book was going to be hilarious and great.

I enjoyed the book for the in depth look behind the scenes at a library but wasn't really captivated by the characters or story. It was a decent and relatively quick read.

Moment Divine:
"This is the greatest science-fiction novel of all time. It won the 1966 Hugo, and it received the very first ever Nebula Award. Haven't you read it?"
"No," I hedged, not wanting to say I'd rather stick my pinkie finger into a pencil sharpener. "There are so many books to read--"
"And so little time," he finished for me. "You should give it a try. You might like it.