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The blog of Rose Summers – A bright-eyed realist who shares her random musings in 500 words or less (most of the time) and/or videos.

So NaNo didn’t exactly get my word count right, but nonetheless…

I am a NaNoWriMo Winner for 2015.  That’s the good news. :)


Bad news is that this is yet another NaNoWriMo where, despite the fact I’ve reached over 50,000, the novel’s nowhere near done.  My actual word count is around 62,000 – some of it was handwritten, and the rest of it was typed, so I tried the word generator to supplement what was typed…and it screwed up, but I’m leaving the count on the site it as is. Probably when I end up finishing it, it’ll be 85,000 – 95,000 words.  So it’s hefty.

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Review: Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown

Initial reaction: Reading Jennifer Brown’s books always seem to punch me so hard in the gut I feel like I’m close to tears or bawling. Reading this book hurt in places and I was impressed at how real an account it was. But it did have some issues.

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I’m keeping it at 3.5 stars, because while there are some great moments in this book, there are…not so great moments when it comes to showing/elaborating on the particular topic at hand. Some of those not so great moments left me questioning how high I’d rate this one, and I don’t think it was as strong as “Hate List” for the overarching narrative, though I appreciated the way this made me think about the topic and how I found myself following it with the gut-punch I’ve come to associate with Brown’s narratives.

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Review: Need by Joelle Charbonneau

Initial reaction:From reading two books by Joelle Charbonneau, I’m wondering if she’d be better off writing comedic horror/thriller than actual suspense/thriller, because I found it difficult to take “NEED” seriously after a time. It had some decent suspenseful moments in the beginning and other parts, but mostly it was just the kind of horror you’d laugh about – for better and worse.

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Okay, full disclosure time. I wasn’t a big fan of Joelle Charbonneau’s “The Testing” – it started with a lot of promise, but I thought that there were things about it that didn’t mesh very well with the purported suspense the narrative had.

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Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Initial reaction: I think it’s safe to say I’ve outgrown Hoover’s formula for writing books. Long review to come explaining why this narrative absolutely did not work for me.

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This is the kind of review I was hoping not to write because for a little while, I thought this book had parts of it that were okay, and I think that was what ultimately made me decide to keep it at about 1.5 stars. A bit on the side of cheese, in spurts, but I could get behind the characters enough to see where the story would go utlimately. Though in the back of my head, I honestly hoped it wouldn’t go the route I thought it would go because I thought that would be the biggest disservice, i felt, for the story portrayed.

Unfortunately, it went that way.

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Review: Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts

Initial reaction: So, for the record: this was a huge improvement over “Tumble and Fall” in my opinion. Even with a story over such a difficult subject and the potential for connections, there were times when this book had me and other times it lost me. I think Tamsen’s insecurities and feelings of loss were palpable, and certainly it wasn’t an easy spell considering what she’d been through, but there were other things about this narrative that just didn’t sit that well with me. I’m going to give myself a little bit to meditate on it and then write my full review, but it won’t be posted here until closer to the book’s release.

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“Young Widows Club” is definitely a book I’ve never come across in the scheme of YA before, and by the very nature of it, it’s a unique premise and something worth reading about. But it’s also a touchy topic because…it showcases a teen who marries very young, her new husband, Noah, unexpectedly dies in his sleep, and leaves her behind grapping with both her grief and wondering what to do with her life in the aftermath. I struggled with Coutts’s last narrative because of a startling lack of intimacy with the character experiences and gravity for the scenario, but this book did marginally better with showing Tamsen’s experiences and adjusting to so much change after the loss of her husband. (Notice I say “marginally” – more on that in a little bit.)

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