blo Teens Read and Write: Winning Wednesday Contest: Cost of Dreams (Giveaway Points Post)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Winning Wednesday Contest: Cost of Dreams (Giveaway Points Post)

Giveaway ALERT! A comment on this post (within 7 days of post date) gets you 5 extra entries in our MegaBook Giveaway. If you haven't entered yet, go to the contest post (or click on the contest link on the upper right sidebar) to enter! Good luck!

Cost of Dreams
by Gary Stelzer
pub: Oct 2009
296 pages


Synopsis:
Flora Enriquez trusts that she has found safe haven for her young family in the remote U.S. Southwest, after fleeing the murderous environs of her homeland where her parents were slain in a civil war. Only to find that all of her life's greatest challenges, by far, still lie before her.

Cost of Dreams is an emotional roller coaster ride. Flora leaves a hellish homeland with her young siblings and thinks life in the US will be a wonderful dream. Unfortunately, she finds difficulties here as well. Throughout her life has to deal with so many hardships and heartbreak, at times
this is hard to read.

Drugs, extreme violence, kidnapping, murder, be
trayal all come into play but the beauty of this story is the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and pain. Flora faces so much nasty situations but just when you think she's beaten, her strong will shines and carries her through.

The pace of the story moves along well and sucks you in with interesting characters that are easy to care about (and some you don't). You're invested and want to find out what happens.

A very emotional read and at times just
plain brutal but Cost of Dreams is worth it. This is written for adults but I would recommend it for older teens. It has fabulous insights and positive lessons about strength, hope and determination.

The Cover: Doesn't grab me but the content is good.

First Line: Months later, Kate Bowman sat in her study at her Lake Michigan home and remembered with an agony the app
alling event that, like a splitting maul, cleaved her life into a divide of a before and after.
It lets you know you are in for an emo
tional story.

This is a worthy read and we thought
we'd offer it for Winning Wednesday contest!

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95 comments:

My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

What a great day for a contest and sounds like a good book.

Catherine said...

Sounds like a good book - not my type, but a good one. And a great idea for a giveaway too. :)

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Great contest and review! I don't think I'm going to enter (personal issues with the mail, hm), but it definitely sounds gritty and riveting. :)

Raíla said...

The cover is cool. I liked it. And I loved the first line of your review. "An emotional roller coaster ride"! :) Thanks.

Caitlin said...

This sounds intense but worth the read.

Zombie Girrrl said...

This sounds like a book I read a looong time ago. I can't remember what it was called, but it was about a girl and her family oming to America from a really violent place (can't remember where, but it was truly aweful. I think there was a revolution going on or something. And there was something about a militia. Scary place.). I'd completely forgotten about that book!
Great review! This sounds really good. Great contest, too!

Jamie said...

This sounds really good. Thanks for the review!!

chelleyreads said...

i've never heard of this book or this author. it's not my kind of book though but nice review. lol now if only i can keep my reviews this short and sweet! :)

ninefly said...

the first line does show a really nice visceral tone to the writing
I'm not in the mood for a depressing book right now, but maybe later...

Kelly said...

Sounds like a good book!

Kirthi said...

Oh no, I hate brutal! This sounds like a terribly awful, sad book! I can't stand drugs or extreme violence! I love your review on it though, it explains a lot!

Alexa said...

I haven't heard of this book before but it sounds pretty good! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages said...

This sounds very interesting. I'm trying to read some different genres other than paranormal and this is perfect! Thanks for the chance to win it! :)

Kathy Martin said...

This sounds like it could be an "Oprah book". It also sounds like it is way outside the genres I usually read. I would relish the opportunity to stretch my boundaries.

A Life Bound By Books said...

I haven't heard of this book until now. Sounds like an interesting story. Not sure if it's for me... so I might not enter. Not sure if I could handle a story like this right now. Sounds like it's a story that's full of pain, to say the least. :o(

Thanks... I'll think about entering.

-Lisa

Elie said...

Great review. I am glad you enjoyed it. You are right about the cover, it needs something.

Mandy said...

Sounds like a good book, just not something I'd get in to

donnas said...

Sounds very interesting. Not really my type of book but still very interesting.

Aths said...

Wow... this sounds like something I will like! Great review!

Sarah said...

Sounds like a great story - I'll have to check it out :o)

elaing8 said...

I've never heard of this book before but it sounds good.

BreiaB said...

Sounds like a great read. Love when books make me emotional. Thanks for a cool contest.

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

I love stories about the triumph of the human spirit so I know I would like this book. Great review!

oO Mariana Oo said...

It seriously looks good, and interesting plot, very common these days.
Nice review :)

Orchid said...

Wow! Cost of Dreams sounds like an incredible book. Nice review. :)

Jessica Secret said...

Great review! Not my type of book, though. But if I ever need something out of my comfort zone, then I know what to pick up.

Bere said...

Thank you for the review!
I had never heard about the book until now.
It sounds good though. I would
love to read. Thank you!

Jessica W. (Book Bound) said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Probably a good one to read when I am in the mood for something dark. Lol.

Rebecca said...

Hmm I've never heard of this book before. I agree about the cover though, it's not really appealing.

StephTheBookworm said...

Sounds good, though I'm not a fan of the cover either.

InABox said...

Ooh, this sounds good. I like the cover; it's dry and thoughtful, letting you know what kind of story you're in for.

mariska said...

i believe you Alyssa, when you say 'the content is good' :)

count me in !

Chase92 said...

Sounds like a great book, but it's just not my type :(

Leslie said...

Never heard of it, sounds interesting.

pepsivanilla said...

I've never heard of this book. Sounds very intense, maybe too much for me.

Jen said...

This looks like a really good book. :)

TJ said...

I have to say that I hate the cover. :X

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

Wow, sounds like a heavy book. Not quite up my alley but sounds like quite the read nonetheless. Thanks for sharing!

AliciaNicole said...

I really like the cover...and the title is really intriguing. Lovely overview of the book. :)

AliciaNicole said...

I really like the cover...and the title is really intriguing. Lovely overview of the book. :)

AliciaNicole said...

I really like the cover...and the title is really intriguing. Lovely overview of the book. :)

Dreamer said...

Sounds like a great book *O*

Tynga said...

Good review, but I have to admit I don't like the cover either =/

Aye.Me? said...

Something about that plot sounds very familiar, but I know I haven't read this book before. :S

Oh well, it is the kind of book I'd enjoy, I think. (the cover definitely isn't anything special)

babygirlG said...

I haven't heard of this book before but I'm glad you brought it up! Thanks!

Precious said...

Great review! And yes, I think the cover could really benefit from a few changes. But then, it's already published. There's nothing more we can do. :) This sounds familiar too. I think I've seen a movie where the same thing happens? I'm not sure. And I haven't read an emotional read for a while. Great giveaway!

strange_candy said...

This sounds like a very interesting book. The review really makes me want to pick it up.

sRy_ said...

done! This sounds really good!
^_^

EVA S said...

This should be an interesting book but I'd have to be in the right mood for it.

And I agree about the cover. It just doesn't seem to suit the book's subject at all.

justpeachy36 said...

Sounds like a very interesting book.

brizmus said...

Whoa! This kind of sounds brutal! :-) But I totally want to read it!

Brodie said...

This definitely sounds like an intense read - and one that possibly requires tissues! Great pick for "Winning Wednesday"! And thanks for the giveaway!

GABY said...

Sound interesting, but it seems very dramatic...
I'm not really into drama books, but you say this one is good? Maybe I'll read it ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Ok I messed up *blush*
Sent it with only half my email.

Anyhow, sounds like a really good story

Jessy said...

Sounds intense. I'm trying to read something new and this sounds like it would be a good change.

Beleth said...

I didnt know this book, sounds very good :D!

Stacy said...

This is the first I have seen of this book, but you are right, it does look like an emotional roller coaster! Gotta love those type of books!

Virginia C said...

I love to read about strong women who survive adversity.

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WilowRaven said...

I hadn't heard about this one before - thanks for the review!

tweezle said...

I'm glad you reviewed this book, because I probably would have passed it up because of the cover!

Thanks for the chance to win.
tweezle at gmail dot com

benbes said...

sound really like a good book and i like the contest too.
troy built tillers

xxsquigglesxx said...

Thanks so much for the great contest!

InfinitePlaylist said...

"The Cover: Doesn't grab me but the content is good."

I agree! I mean, I haven't read the book but the cover looks really boring and off-putting, I so easily judge books by their covers :P

Shy said...

A very interesting read and I indeed love reading books that have messages in between the line - where there are things to be learnt from the overall story itself. Thanks for giving us a chance to win this book!

Iffath♥Ahmed said...

I also agree, the cover doesn't really grab me, but your review sounds excellent, and I'm thinking about reading it :)

Rheanna said...

I want to know more....more about the homeland, and what she finds when she gets to the U.S. I love your reviews you always leave the reader wanting more! Which makes me read more books. Thx

Jessilyn said...

great contest i love that it adds points to the mega giveaway

Bani said...

This book sounds very harrowing and heartrending! I love those kinds of books, ones that leave an impact.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Fab review!
(This is not an entry) :)

aprilnichole said...

I agree the cover does not work. For me if I was passing by the book in the bookstore and knew nothing of it then the cover has to catch my attention and then the title to get me to pick it up.

Amanda Leigh said...

Sounds very emotional. Great review and contest!

Kristen said...

Sounds like a great read! :)

Caroline said...

This seems like a great one for a giveaway - a title that people might not otherwise have heard about.

Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

Jenny N. said...

Sounds like a great read.

Teddyree said...

I really like the sound of this one, highly emotional reads do it for me. Thanks for a great review

Tina said...

I like the flowers on the google thing...how did you do it???

Erin said...

I hadn't yet heard of this book. It sounds great. Thanks for giving a copy away. :]

Michelle said...

Perfect contest for the middle of the week hump day!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I'm going to pass on this one. It sounds good, but I don't know if I'd ever get around to reading it, so I hope whoever wins really wants to read it.

Spav said...

It sounds like an interesting book. I would love to read it!

Justine said...

Hmm, maybe I wouldn't be so into it...but it sounds interesting. Maybe someday.

Neas Nuttiness said...

I actually got this book to review, but one of my daughters snagged it from me. After reading your review, I've got to get it back:-)

Aik said...

Sounds like an interesting book! :)

Sassy CC said...

This one seems really different to my regular reads, I think I'd have to be in a particular mood to read it. The covers a little bland for me but atleast it isn't different and seems to fit the book.

Seahn

Sheere said...

The book seems very emotional, better have a klenex near then!

YA Vampire Books said...

Wow, sounds a really emotional, rough book! I'm not entering, but good luck to everyone who is!

rem said...

Sounds like a great book!!! It seems very emotional

Bunny B said...

I'm sure this is a good read, but it doesn't seem to be my cuppa tea

Crystal said...

This book sounds very interesting!

IceJewel said...

This again sounds great !

Lucía said...

Sounds like a good book, nice review!

Yssik said...

Sounds like a great book....

misskallie2000 said...

Great contest and a great book, I would love to win so I can start reading as soon as I received it.
LOL,. Thanks for the great givewaway and review.

This does sound like a great book and I do want to read it.

Autumn Embers said...

I like the idea of this :)

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Bry xxx

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