Paige Torn: A Paige Alder Novel
I Loved It!
I absolutely loved Paige Torn by Erynn Mangum! I had been looking for a Young/New Adult Novel to read that had a Christian message also, and I happened to Google "teen christian books" or something of that nature and Paige Torn happened to come up and I was so excited! I had finally found the book (and author) I was looking for! I ordered the book for ChristianBook.com and started reading it the day I got it, and finished it 2 days later! I cannot wait for the sequel, Paige Rewritten to come out October 8th, but in the mean time, I'll either read the Maya Davis series or the Lauren Holbrook Series, both also by Erynn. Thank you Erynn for writing books that keep the reader interested but also give a good Christian message! Can't wait to read more of Erynn's books!
July 27, 2013
Excellent timing for my own life...
Paige is a people pleaser that can't say "no" when of course everything people are asking of her are good things that someone should be doing and God would want her to help out. Right? This book really hit home to me as I saw her life unfolding with more and more stress, less and less time for herself and finally at the point where she herself wasn't even really there anymore. Is that really where God wants us? To the point of losing ourselves because we are so busy doing good things?
Paige is a wonderful character that I can't wait to visit again in the next book, and she has a wonderful support cast with her friends and co-workers. But honestly the best part of this book for me was seeing the eye opening truths in it that I really needed spoken into my own life right now. Like Paige, I will be doing some praying to see what I can let go of to find myself again.
June 30, 2013
I wanted to like this book more
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It sounded like a fun, light read.
Unfortunately, I had trouble connecting with the main character and finding the point to the story. I felt like there was just so much going on, which might be the point, that I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt focus on the story.
Paige is an extremely busy young lady, as many of us can relate to. She seems to be a people pleaser, which does resonate with me. But still I just couldnÃ¢ÂÂt connect with this story.
It could be because she is very young, but that hasnÃ¢ÂÂt been a problem for me in other books. There were also some writing style things that kind of distracted me. Lots of conversations happened that someone would say something and then another person would ask a question misunderstanding what was being said. This happened often. I can understand that being one characterÃ¢ÂÂs quirk but not every characterÃ¢ÂÂs.
That being said, I do think a lot of people would enjoy this book, but this wasnÃ¢ÂÂt the book for me. With as many books that I read there are bound to be some I donÃ¢ÂÂt connect with and this was just one of them.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.
June 27, 2013
Paige is a likeable, busy, people-pleasing, twenty-two-year-old Christian. Unable to say no, she rushes from helping one person to another. She barely has time to eat on the run. She believes she worships by serving and even neglects her Bible study because of her many commitments.
Some good church people wrestle with the question, "Is service for God the same as spending time with Him?" The author clearly defines the problem and solves the dilemma. I really liked this part.
However, one part that had me groaning aloud with disbelief was when in the space of one and a half hours, Paige takes "a long, hot shower," and takes her "time blow-drying [her] hair and putting on makeup." She then curls her "hair into long, beachy curls" and digs out her sewing machine and sews a skirt, complete with a hem! (248-9) No one could possibly do all of this in such a short period of time.
The BIG disappointment is the abrupt ending. The reader is left hanging and the author taunts them to buy the next novel in the series in order to read the "next chapter in Paige Alder's life." Really! I feel gypped.
Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Think for my copy.
June 26, 2013