Monday, February 20, 2012

Waitlisted Book Review

Though I don't know much about the whole applying to schools and having to wait to get accepted, this book really appealed to me as I could imagine the stress it could and would cause. I found the main character to be a bit flighty, but then again, she is a young adult and as much as I would like to say I wasn't like that at her age, I most probably was.

Kacey seems to have led a somewhat sheltered life, or at least one of privilege. When things start to go wrong for her, it doesn't seem like she has to try THAT hard for things to ultimately work out for her. But maybe it's because she already had what it took all along and she just hit a little bump in the road.

This book was a light and enjoyable read - I particularly enjoyed Kacey's inner monologue that was kind of amusing since she would bargain and discuss things with herself often.

If you want to pick up this book, and you should, you can do so here:

Barnes & Noble
All Romance

Meet the author:

Laurel Gans is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where she studied Spanish. She is currently a dental student at The Ohio State University with her twin sister, Stephanie. She enjoys writing, water sports and spending time with her family and friends.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Chasing China Book Review

Having family friends who adopted three girls from China, I found this book to be a real eye-opener on the intense emotions that someone adopted, and in adopted in such circumstances, might feel.

I appreciated the way that Mia was brave though seemed to have been brought up in a quite sheletered environment. She did a lot of things that I am not sure that I would be able to do or would be brave enough to try to find out. However, I can't imagine not knowing where you can from and from what circumstances so who knows how that would affect a person.

That being said, there were a lot of things I was not aware of that this book brought to light, like the fact that children have been abducted in China for adoption purposes.

I really appreciated Kay Bratt's first hand knowledge of this topic as it's not something I ever considered in great detail before but I was really happy to have learnt more about.

Meet the author:

Kay Bratt is a child advocate and author, residing near the base of Wacau Mountain, in the rolling hills of Georgia with her husband, daughter, dog, and cat. In addition to coordinating small projects for the children of China, Kay is an active volunteer for An Orphans Wish (AOW). Kay lived in China for over four years and because of her experiences working with orphans, she strives to be the voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. Kay kicked off her career as an author with her best selling memoir titled Silent Tears; A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage. Since that time she has been writing material to entertain readers while raising awareness of world issues. Kay is the author of The Bridge, Mei Li and The Wise Laoshi, and an upcoming novel titled A Thread Unbroken.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

5 Stages of Grief

I may be a little late submitting this review due to an unfortunate personal situation, but I had already read this book ages ago as I couldn't put it down. I was pleasantly surprised to learn early on that the main character Danielle Starkey was someone who I could relate to, despite never having experienced what she had. (And hoping I never have to.)

Every little plan that Danielle put into action, and her every little disagreement with anyone, especially her best friend, April, I could totally see myself doing. But especially feeling the need to "investigate" and make sense of the terrible discovery that rocked her confidence and threw everything into question.

I really can't say more because I feel that it could ruin the thrill of this book. I absolutely loved it and even stayed up late to finish it. I suggest that anyone who in interested in the chick lit genre should definitely read this book as it won't disappoint.

The author

Bethany Ramos is a chick lit author that is passionate about the fun, witty, and clever dynamic that can be found in a good chick lit novel. Her chick lit novel 5 Stages of Grief was published by Black Opal Books in 2011. She has also written a children’s book called Lions Can’t Eat Spaghetti that is under contract to be published through 4RV Publishing in 2015.

Bethany works full time as a freelance ghostwriter through, specializing in Internet marketing, social media marketing, and SEO. She also co-owns her own website with her husband at The Coffee Bump. Bethany can be reached for further information about her writing services at bethany_ramos83[at]yahoo[dot]com or follow her on Twitter.

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