Friday, August 1, 2014


Well, I wouldn't exactly call this book fun, but it is a great story and I had fun reading it, even though it is a serious topic. I love the characters and how they deal with their situations. I'm delighted to share Author Kai Strand's latest novella with you today.
Now don't you want to know what these two teens are up too? And if you've read Ella's Story, you'll want to hear Ayden's side of the story. Here are my thoughts. Enjoy.
By Kai Strand
Living in a fancy house, being the son/daughter of a wealthy man and heir to a prosperous company does not always bring the happiness one would think it does. Sure, material things are nice, but true peace and joy comes from within a person. Yet some young people, for reasons beyond their control, have trouble dealing with everyday life.
In WORTH THE EFFORT: AYDEN’S STORY, the second book in Author Kai Strand's WORTH THE EFFORT series, Ayden Worth that we met in ELLA’S STORY is living on the street and contemplating suicide when he sees Ella Jones, the girl he’s loved since elementary school, but who did not know he existed. When she spots him early one morning in the alley behind the restaurant where she works, her kindness touches him and he falls for the girl even more. But should he tell her the truth about whom he really is and why he’s living in alleys? Will she understand when he doesn’t understand himself?   
Kai Strand has written a story about searching for hope in life, for being comfortable with who we are. Can Ayden, with Ella’s encouragement and love, find peace?  Or will he continue to hide from his real life? Ayden’s Story would make a nice addition to high school and college libraries perhaps for encouragement to teens that face their own challenges and need a bit of help making decisions.
Worth the Effort: Ayden's Story (Love's an Effort Book 2...
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About the Author:
When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for the younger ones, Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Learn more about Kai and her books on her website,
Congratulations, Kai.


  1. Sounds like some thoughts going on everyone can relate too in it, happy book birthday indeed

    1. It is a great story, Pat. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good weekend.

  2. Great review! Kai's story sounds very interesting and full of conflict. :)

  3. Thanks, Lexa. Kai has a way of making the reader care about the characters and want them to find the happiness they're searching for. It's neat to read Ayden's side of the story after seeing Ella's side. :)

  4. Thanks for sharing your review of this book. CONGRATS to Kai!

    1. You're welcome, Susanne. Thanks for stopping by. Kai has been one busy writer this summer, turning out one book after another.

  5. Book 2 looks good. I'm reading book 1 right now and enjoying it.

    1. I enjoyed Ayden's story, as well as Ella's story, Medeia. I think Ayden's my favorite. :)