What was absolutely enjoyable though was the abundance of diff ...more
At some point I decided I didn't want to keep going with this; it was clear that though many were very talented, almost none of the authors ...more
Carlos and the Fifteen-Year-Old Heart by Adi Alsaid - 4 stars
Well written but had ...more
But it does remind me of this: Remember, be kind and compassionate to people. Unless you live with someone, you really don't know what goes on behind closed doors, and even then, within your own home, you may not know everything. Be very careful with your assumptions and judgments. xx
This is a ...more
I do have ratings for each individual story which I will add later (if I remember). Overall I enjoyed this anthology. I have no experience with any kind of adoption process but I really hope these stories can help others, who might have been through similar things, feel heard.
Some of the stories are really short and I personally didn't get a lot out of a few but there are definitely some goodies in there.
1- Carlos and The Fifteen-Year-Old Heart by Adi Alsaid. 4/5 stars
This was one of the stories that I remember the most. Maybe it is because it was the first one I read, the first one that introduced me to the anthology, or maybe because the elements of this first short tale surprised me a lot. I don’t want to give anything about this one away, though.
All I’m going to say about Adi Alsaid’s short story was that I really liked it. The narration was soothing and it ...more
Strong Enough by Karen Atkins twisted the topic of adoption through a superhero storyline. So that was interesting, but I wish it'd been longer. I know it's an anthology and these are supposed to be short, but it really didn't feel like, well, enough. Also, if you took out the fact that the MC was adopted by non-supers, it would not be in this collection ...more
There is just about every kind of story you could imagine about adoption in this collection from the beautiful and heartwarming ...more
I liked the theme of adoption here, and think this book will do so much, and I did like some of the stories...but I also disliked some.
I would recommend this book, and think it contains some great stories and messages, but naturally all of them just weren't for me, and I'm disappointed that I didn't like it more.
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I was really excited to read this anthology because of my personal connection to adoption: my youngest is adopted. In general, the stories were very short, which made them a bit harder to connect to. Still, some of these were gems.
A few of my favorites were “Up by a Million,” “Happy Beginning,” “The Take Back,” “Jar of Broken Wishes,” and “Upon the Horizon’s Verge.” That last one was my favorite and has stuck with me t ...more
Carlos and the Fifteen-Year-Old Heart by Adi Alsaid 4 stars
Strong Enough by Karen Akins 4 stars
The Sign by Erica M. Chapman 4 stars
Up by a Million by Caela Carter 5 stars This one stood out a bit more than some of the others. An ...more
Anthologies are some of the hardest books to review, particularly in this case. The voices, genres, and perspectives range across the board, bound by t ...more
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I have mixed feelings about anthologies. Anthologies are a great way to be introduced to new authors. However, in every anthology there are always few stories that just aren't really my jam. I do love adoption stories so I thought I would give this one a shot.
I loved al...more
In general, I think this anthology had a good mix, both in genre of stories and voice. Some will be good for younger audiences, and I think some will speak to older audiences. The running theme of adoption is such an important one.
Ultimately I felt that as a whole, this book fell a little f ...more
Welcome Home features stories that blur the magical with the ordinary with the thread of adoption connecting them all. There's mermaids, moments stuck in 1985, and superheroes. The collection features short stories of various lengths, and I do mean short. They pack a punch in few words. There is hope and heartbreak within one story. All in all this was an emotional read for me ab ...more
This is one of those anthologies that, while there were definitely stories I was not a super fan of, I think it is so wonderful that it exists. I always struggle with recommendations when people ask me for books with main characters who were adopted, so having this as an option really will help in that regard
His Young Adult books include the Inked duology (Bloomsbury), the anthology Welcome Home (Flux), The Girl & the Grove (Flux), and the forthcoming Reclaim the Sun (2020, Inkyard Press / Harlequin Teen).
His first non-fiction, The Geek's Guide to Dating, was published with Quirk Books in December 2013. It was an Indiebound bests ...more