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HeartlessHeartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the hidden meaning and Christian symbolism in this story. It’s well-written, with gorgeous imagery and believable characters.

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Tiger's Curse (Tiger Saga, #1)Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Aside from some spelling and grammar errors and Houck’s penchant to tell rather than show, Tiger’s Curse was entertaining.

The first-person point of view was limiting, the plot was mostly predictable and the sentence structure rather simple (considering the age of the author — it would have been more acceptable had the author been 15 or 16, in my opinion), but Houck’s descriptions of India were interesting.

Overall, the storyline and sub-plots were interesting enough to warrant overlooking errors or matters of personal preference, especially in light of the fact that this is Houck’s debut. I am anticipating the release of the next in the series (though mostly in the hopes of having certain aspects of the storyline resolved).

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Lucky GirlLucky Girl by Mei-Ling Hopgood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As an adoptee and journalist, Lucky Girl was a way for me to live vicariously through Hopgood — although I have never searched for my biological parents, knowing that she found her biological family allowed me to see the process through her eyes.

The book chronicles over a decade of letters, meetings and online chats between Hopgood and her two families, as Hopgood makes sense of her life and what could have been.  It is a detailed narrative that also notes the adoption process.  As Hopgood finds the answers to many of the questions I also have, I found myself switching between relief that I have not learned all that she has and jealous tears.

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