Monday, March 17, 2008

Book Review: "Only Uni" by Camy Tang and BOOK GIVEAWAY!


I'm giving away a brand new copy of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winner on Monday, March 23. Good luck! International readers are welcome to enter this giveaway!

Solid Sophomore Sushi Sequel

Trish Sakai is trying to turn over a new chapter in her life when it comes to relationships with guys. This means following rules from 1st and 2nd Corinthians which will guarantee that she won't end up in another disastrous relationship that she had with artist Kazuo. Unfortunately for Trish, life doesn't always go as planned. She doesn't foresee her budding relationship with her coworker Spenser or her grandmother trying to get Trish and Kazuo back together. Then there's trying to teach Sunday School, fixing up a moldy apartment and repairing her relationship with her cousins. Why are things so hard even when she's trying to do everything right?

Ever since I heard there was an Asian Christian chick lit author releasing books, I knew I was going to be a fan. After reading Sushi for One I was hooked and couldn't wait for the sequel to come out. As soon as I got Uni in the mail, I tore into it like I was let loose at a Chinese buffet. I enjoyed this book even more than Sushi. I think that the story flowed much more smoothly in this book and that the characters were easier to follow and likable as well. I could also relate more to Trish and the situations she was going through. I loved the scenes during the worship services when Trish finally allows herself to be free and throw her hands up to praise God. I felt exactly the same way she did when I was at Passion earlier this year so it was great to see someone else feeling the same way I did. I also thought it was hilarious at how focused Trish was on her worshiping that she didn't notice that she had given Blondie the black eye (who I thought totally deserved it). Another scene that stood out most to me was Matthew and the hamster. Bleh! I don't want to spoil the story but if you are squeamish about rodents and children who put inedible objects in their mouth, read with caution!!! While Grandma is still uber-annoying in this book, she's not as irritating with Trish as she was with Lex. Trish actually stood up to her on several occasions. Kazuo really freaked me out by the way he kept trying to control Trish. It's scary because there are lots of girls who fall prey to guys who are like that and what was worse was how Grandma kept trying to make Trish stay with him. I did like Spenser very much and loved the bantering that went on between the two of them. As in the first novel, there are serious issues mixed in with all the hilarity which will make the reader think and want to support Trish throughout the book. I really love Camy's writing and I enjoyed seeing all the Asian culture blended in throughout the story. This is a stellar second novel and it makes me really want to read the next book in the series. One of the best chick lit novels of the year and is very highly recommended.

Only Uni by Camy Tang is published by Zondervan (2008)

39 comments:

  1. Ooo...I've read so many reviews on this book. Would love to win it! Thanks!

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  2. Thanks, Deb! I'm so glad you liked it!
    Camy

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  3. This looks like a really fun book...I would love to win.

    pagarrison(at)valornet[.]com

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  4. Me, me, me! Pick me! I loved Sushi for One? and I must read the sequel. stef [dot] reed [at]gmail [dot] com

    Thanks! Best wishes on Only Uni! PS I've tried uni at a Japanese restaurant. Interesting!

    Stef

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  5. Christina F.1:55 PM

    I've read so many wonderful reviews about this book. Thank you for posting about your contest Deb.

    ravensfree@yahoo.com or
    theraven (nickname at PBS)

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  6. I enjoyed Camy's first book, Sushi for One, and found it witty and fun. I'm looking forward to reading the second book and keeping up with the family! sumballo [at] gmail [dot]com

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  7. I loved the first book and would love to read this one!
    Thanks for the chance!
    Andi

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  8. Anna Weaver4:03 PM

    Boy, I want to read this one!

    I'm dancingqueen18 over at PaperBackSwap.com

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  9. I also loved Sushi for One and am anxious to get my hands on Only Uni. It sounds great.

    pleblanc_1 at charter dot net

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  10. I'd love to win a copy of ONLY UNI!

    hawkes AT citlink.net

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  11. Please enter me. I'm still trying to win a copy of this one! Loved Sushi for One! Thanks!

    hope _ chastain [at] yahoo [dot] com (no spaces) :-)

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  12. Hey, this is jennala9 from PBS. I just recently added this and the first book to my WL. They look really good! And being half-Asian myself, I was drawn to them, hehe. Anyway, my e-mail so I can enter your contest, is jennala@cfl.rr.com. =)

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  13. Enter me! You can contact me at pbs (endoux).

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  14. Anonymous7:32 PM

    Yea! Another chance to win a book!
    Shannon-Sweetnessandsass PBS

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  15. I'd love to read this one. Please enter me in your drawing.

    Thanks!

    Ginnie
    vmstokes{at}verizon{dot}net

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  16. Sounds good! Please enter me--thanks!

    karin56381 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  17. I have the first book. I would love to read the second as well.

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  18. I'd love to win this book! taradawnrobertson at hotmail dot com

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  19. Anonymous12:07 AM

    Please enter me, I so can't wait to read this book!!

    bookwurm70 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  20. I've also read many reviews of this book and would like to win it. I don't have a great deal of money anymore and am starting a new job this week to pay the rent.

    Betty

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  21. I really, really, really want to win this book! Sooo totally fun!!! Thank you for offering :-)

    Blessings,
    Lucie

    Lucie In CA (at) aol (dot) com

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  22. This would be so fun to read! I'd love to win!

    dbstout[at]juno[dot]com

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  23. Deb, I really enjoyed your review. Thanks for the warning about the rodent. Good thing I'm not squeamish, but I'm sure there are others who will squint as they read that part. Please enter me in the contest to win Camy's book. Thanks!!

    Blessings,
    Mimi

    mnjesusfreak[at]gmail.com

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  24. I would love to read the second book in this great series. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  25. please enter me, thanks.
    chelle009@aol.com

    michelle

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  26. Carla9:22 AM

    Thank-you for the chance to win this book, please enter me in the drawing.
    Smiles,
    Carla (Pioneerheart) from Paperbackswap

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  27. I can't wait to read this. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

    stacey_dale[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  28. Sounds like a great book!

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  29. swimtchr11:19 AM

    Would love to win this copy! I want to read it!! Have heard great things about it. Thanks!!

    Renee'
    swimtchr on pbs!
    rboatman@cox.net

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  30. Anonymous1:47 PM

    Thanks Deb, sounds like a great read. Please put me on the list for the drawing.

    Readingrat at FR :)

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  31. I visit Camy's blog a lot! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  32. Let Me try this again! Forgot email!
    I would like to win.....Please.
    Sounds like a Fun read. Grovel...Grovel. LOL ;-)

    GAmomJill at FR
    or j3fortner@joimail.com

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  33. Please enter me for this. It's on my wishlist. :-)
    bookaddict4life(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. I've heard so many good things about Camy's book! please enter me, thanks :)

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  35. Thanks for letting me in on your giveaway! I'd love to win this one! My email's on my profile page.

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  36. Anonymous7:07 PM

    I'd love to win a copy of this book. please enter me.

    lisa

    ldneuhof@hotmail.com

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  37. please enter me!
    kt_dug@yahoo.com

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  38. Anonymous11:13 AM

    I would love to be entered for this book!
    rosie99-fr

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  39. congrats to ginnie for winning!

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