Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Worth The Effort~ Ella's Story by Kai Strand

I have the privilege of being a critique partner for Kai Strand. She's amazing. I love sending work to her and getting her feedback, but not as much as I enjoy losing myself in her stories. And Worth the Effort~Ella's Story was certainly worth reading!

Ella Jones is a coward. There is a teen boy living in the alley behind her work and she is terrified of him.

Desperate to leave behind the stereotypical and judgmental world she was raised in, Ella forces herself to make a true connection with seventeen-year-old Ayden Worth. As their friendship grows Ayden’s quiet, gentle ways teach her true courage.

But there’s more to Ayden’s story than Ella knows. When their worlds collide in the most unexpected place, Ella feels betrayed. Will she find the courage to learn who Ayden really is, or will she determine he’s not worth the effort?

WORTH THE EFFORT: Ella’s Story a young adult contemporary romance novella at 19,000 words.

Interested in my thoughts? Here they are:

Kai Strand takes you an incredible journey in the page turning read. Follow Ella as she struggles against her upbringing and tries to befriend Ayden, a teen living on the streets. Ayden isn't all he appears, and when Ella learns his secret, she's shocked and slightly betrayed. It really will take all Ayden can do to prove he's Worth the Effort.

I can't wait to see part two of this series Worth The Effort~Ayden's Story to see where things go!

About the Author:

Kai Strand writes fiction for kids and teens. She was born and raised in the mid-west, where she inherited a wholesome outlook on life. She lived in California long enough to find a husband and have four kids. Now they live in Central Oregon, which boasts the bluest sky you'll ever see and miles of hiking trails to enjoy it from.

Kai has a facebook page: Kai Strand, Author. But her favorite stall tactic from writing is answering email. If you have a question about her or her writing, email h
er at kaistrand (at) yahoo (dot) com.


  1. Mary,

    Thank you so much for the kind words and the wonderful review. I'd be lost in passive voice if it wasn't for you ;)

    I'm celebrating my book release by giving away some goodies! I hope you and your readers will hop over and join the fun. http://bit.ly/1jwTnzD

    1. You are so welcome! I love sharing what I've learned with others :-) And I will be sure to check out those goodies!

  2. Yay, Kai! I'm looking forward to reading this one...as soon as I have some time to breathe. Wait, who needs to breathe, right?

    1. Lol, I know what you mean. I'm always surprised by how much reading I get done in a month and yet it is NEVER enough! So many pretties. Thanks for reading Mary super awesome review!

    2. I think you're going to love it, Crystal!

  3. Go, Kai! Love the sound of this!! :)

    1. It's a great read and very moving. Have a tissue box ready!

  4. Thank you, Meradeth. A lot of raw emotion in this series.


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