Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Book Review: Turning Pages by Tristi Pinkston

Turning Pages (2012)
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?

My review:
Contemporary novels normally aren’t my genre. I live, breathe, write, and absorb fantasy novels. But I loved Turning Pages. This was such a cute story with very real, awesome characters. I have read it twice now and will read it again. (Making it on to my shelf of re-readers is a very high award.) Some books I love. Other books I love enough to read them a million times.
Why was this particular book so good?
The characters. Particularly one character: Blake.
He’s so dreadfully annoying in an awesome, cute sort of way. In a sense, he is the perfect character. He is someone that I want to learn more about. Someone that I get annoyed at, but still adore.
Not that he wasn’t the only awesome character. Addie was great too. The story was from her point of view. Point of view characters have to be superb. They have to be someone the reader wants to be with for two hundred or so pages.
Addie, like Blake, isn’t a perfect person. She tends to be a bit dramatic, but her imperfections are what make her great.
How on earth do imperfections make a character awesome?
It makes them real. Real enough to come off the page. When I was reading Turning Pages, I wasn’t reading about some place and some people that an author made up. I was reading about Addie and Blake and the library. All very real people in a very real setting.
And that is what elevates a book to the read-a-million-times status.
Excellent book. I recommend it.
If you want to learn more about the author, here is the like to her website (she's awesome):


  1. Thank you for this awesome review! I'm so glad you liked the book.

  2. Fun book. I'll have to get myself a copy!