Posted 2 days ago

Review: Dawn: Diary One by Ann M. Martin (California Diaries #1)

Review: Dawn: Diary One by Ann M. Martin (California Diaries #1)

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Initial reaction: “Dawn: Dairy One” was a nice start to the California Diaries series, as it showcases Dawn having moved back to California to live with her father and stepmother. She reunites with her old friends, but realizes – through a bunch of changes that happen both in her life and personal preferences, that nothing ever stays the same and you just have to roll with the changes.

Very nice…

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Posted 3 days ago

Review: Blue Notes by Carrie Lofty

Review: Blue Notes by Carrie Lofty

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Initial reaction:“Blue Notes” actually surprised me in a few ways for the strength of the narrative, but I’ll admit that it fell into a number of cliches and the pacing felt uneven through certain turns of the work. But I have to say that the overarching story did draw me in and felt realistic for the genre, probably even more than the narratives its cited in comparison to. I’ll explain more in…

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Posted 4 days ago

Review: Rebecca’s Lost Journals by Lisa Renee Jones

Review: Rebecca’s Lost Journals by Lisa Renee Jones

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Initial reaction: Great narrative on the part of Rebecca, but Mark’s felt odd in comparison.

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For the most part, the compilation of “Rebecca’s Lost Journals” pleasantly surprised me. This takes the short stories/novellas that were written between measures in the “Inside Out” trilogy and puts them into one volume. I would definitely recommend reading Rebecca’s journals (the first four…

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Posted 4 days ago

Review: The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block

Review: The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block

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Well this really surprised me. Yet another read that I picked up entirely at random, and I read this more as food for thoughts to look at barriers to writing and what people could do to overcome them. Rettig does a fine job of examining multiple angles for what keeps people from writing, from procrastinating on projects and solutions to deal effectively with that, perfectionistic tendencies and…

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Posted 6 days ago

Blog Maintenance 4/19/14 - 4/20/14

Blog Maintenance 4/19/14 – 4/20/14

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Hey guys.  I should be updating the blog over the next couple of days and catching up with some reviews, so just a brief heads up as I get the categories and entries organized.  It shouldn’t affect my review postings, but you may see some things moving around in between.  Things should be situated by Sunday afternoon, 4/20/14.

Until next entry,

Rose

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

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Quick review for a quick read. Goodness, what a disappointment. This so called “epic romantic thriller” was surprisingly emotionless, tedious, and unimaginative. It saddens me to say that I expected so much more from Ann Brashares. I’m not going to say that there weren’t great ideas in this story and some moments of clarity, but just as soon as they were built, they were subsequently dropped. Not…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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I think “Dorothy Must Die” was one of the titles I initially thought had the most potential among some of the newer releases in YA for this year. I find the quirk in the title rather humorous and have seen variations of it before (a.k.a. “Hello Kitty Must Die,” etc.) But sadly, Danielle Paige’s debut really didn’t impress me all that much.

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Review: Hate List by Jennifer Brown

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Initial reaction: There aren’t a lot of books that make me cry. This one made me teary eyed in places.

It’s a book that covers many difficult subjects and emotions, and there are definitely a lot of times where Valerie was a difficult character to follow, but man – her emotions, experiences – all felt very genuine and real to me.

Val’s parents were horrible.

Listened to this via audiobook,…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Review: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

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I don’t give Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” praise lightly. This was a book I first read many years ago in junior high, back when I used to take some of my lunch breaks and spend reading in the library. The librarian never bothered me, and I read as many books as I could fit into a lunch period (which was maybe one or two books depending on the length of each book). It took me…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: Frenzy by Robert Lettrick

Review: Frenzy by Robert Lettrick

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Initial reaction:A solid 5-star read from my first experience with Robert Lettrick. “Frenzy” is equal parts enthralling for adventure, survival and horror after an outbreak at a camp turns the animals wild, and equal parts humor and engaging for the characters presented and how they take it upon themselves to survive. I was really impressed with this middle-grade work and would highly recommend…

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