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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.

Review: Archetype by M.D. Waters

Initial reaction: I’ll admit I enjoyed so much of this novel, and I felt for Emma’s experiences throughout the novel. Sci-fi mystery/futuristic thriller with quite a few WTF moments.

Full review:

“Archetype” might be one of my favorite stories of recent memory for the kind of story it portrays. There are elements of it that are familiar to stories I’ve read, but M.D. Waters captures Emma’s experiences with a vibrant, vivid, and sensual. The story revolves around Emma having no memories in a futuristic environment, where she’s established as the wife of a very wealthy, yet secretive husband (Declan). She’s said to have been in an “accident” that left her in horrible shape, but as Emma starts wading through the fog of her dreams and teasing internal clashes, she realizes there’s not only another person whom she holds closer to her heart than Declan, but also there’s more sinister actions behind the people who are supposed to be her allies and loved ones. It takes the novel a bit to reach the point where Emma starts to put the pieces together, but I’ll admit the journey watching her get to that point and then act against the forces pushing against her was well worth the wait. The novel has more than a few curveballs to throw at the reader. Some of them I definitely saw coming, but there were others that even threw me for a loop as “Archetype” marched to a stunning conclusion. I went back and forth on my rating of it, but in the end, it’s the kind of sci-fi story that completely pulled me in and I loved for what it offered. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the follow up book. Excellent audio narration from one of my favorite readers Khristine Hvam.

Overall score: 4.5/5 stars.

Review: The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking by Mike Rohde

Quick review for a quick read. I’ve recently discovered the process of taking sketchnotes after getting into the habit of bullet journaling. (Bullet journaling is a simple system as created by Ryder Carroll to keep track of tasks and organization, but many people have adapted the process to their own needs and creativity. I’ve done likewise. ) It was from a number of references that I came across this book.

I really liked how easy this book was to follow along and start getting into the process of creating sketchnotes. I really wish I’d done this back in college since it seems a really cool way to take notes, capture ideas in real time or reflect on events in one’s life. Rhode ‘ s method is carefully considered and expressed, making me want to jump into the practice. I’m definitely referring back to this as I start incorporating use of it on a regular basis. Vibrant information and very helpful advice.

Overall score : 4/5 stars.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books that are Still On My TBR Shelf

toptentuesdayHi all, Rose here with another Top Ten Tuesday post that is sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish, and also one I know I’m blushing behind my computer screen as I’m typing it up.  So this week’s topic covers books on my TBR that I still haven’t read.   Some of you will likely think – “Rose, as much as you read (*cough* devour *cough*), how the fresh heck have you not touched these books?”  Answer: too much to read, too little time, no access, among other reasons.  I’ll explain as I go through my list of ten.

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.  Might as well peel the bandaid off this one while I’m ahead.  I get this response all the time: “Rose, you never read the 7th book of Harry Potter?!”  Nope.  Got spoiled around the time of its release.  I told myself I wouldn’t read it until I did a full re-reading of the series, and…it hasn’t happened yet.  I plan on doing it, though.  Whether I start re-reading the series this year or have it carry into 2017, I’m not sure, but I’m determined.  And I plan on reading the newer HP book as well (which is technically a screenplay).
  2. Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry.  Given that I loved this author’s “Rot and Ruin” series, this was a book I wanted to pick up for the longest time…then didn’t.  I like zombie/infection stories.  I’m not even sure why this kept skipping under my radar other than just being caught in with other reads.  I hope I can pick it up soon.  I saw this book in my library the other day.  Might have to take a trip back to pick this up if it’s still there.
  3. The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemsin.  She’s a Hugo Award winner (and I’ve heard high praises for the lot of her work).  This was the very first book of hers I put on my TBR…and then I didn’t follow up.  I think mostly it’s because I don’t own this book yet, and I think I should remedy that soon.  I admire her so much, and I congratulate her on her recent win.🙂
  4. Timekeeper by Alexandra Monir.  So this is the second book in Moir’s “Timeless” series.  I remember liking the first book around the time I read it, and I was intrigued to see how the series ended, but then never got around to finishing this one.  I think it was I kept losing the book due to holds at my library and never getting around to reading it.  I hope that I can finish this series soon.
  5. The Dead Girls’ Detective Agency by Suzy Cox.  I’ve wanted to read this book series for the longest time, but I haven’t been able to find it in my country, sadly.  I remember even requesting the sequel on NetGalley, but I wasn’t approved for it. I’m determined though. It seems like it would be a book/series I’d like very much from the premise.
  6. Pivot Point by Kasie West.  The reason I haven’t gotten around to this series yet is because it’s a very popular read at my library.  I finally was able to check this out (and its sequel, “Split Second”) from the library during my last run.  So my read of it is coming soon, though it’s been on my TBR for years.
  7. World After by Susan Ee.  I seriously need to finish the Angelfall series.  I remember liking the first book, but it’s been a long time since I’ve picked up the series, and now all three books are released.  It’s due time that I give it a proper finish.  Reason I haven’t picked it up isn’t due to lack of interest, but lack of time and perusing other works.
  8. Anasi Boys by Neil Gaiman: I think the reason I haven’t read this yet is simply because I tried checking it out of my local library, only to turn around and have to return it because I didn’t have time to read it before it was requested (and on a double digit queue, no less).  I think I’ll buckle down and buy this so I can take as much time to savor the read as I want.
  9. The Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer:  I LOVE HER AND I PROMISE I WILL READ THIS SERIES.  I HAVE SO MANY OF THE BOOKS AS GALLEYS. I feel horrible.  I really do, because I like Kemmerer as an author and for her writing.  I have no idea why I haven’t marathoned this series, but I think I’ll buckle down sometime this year and read all the books.  I think it’s because I’ve been going for more individual reads rather than series reads as of late and it just kept getting pushed back.
  10. The Lotus War series by Jay Kristoff.  Again, a case where I love the author, but I just haven’t gotten around to finishing the series.  I read “Stormdancer” as a galley, but I’ve wanted to pick this back up for the longest time and never got around to it.  His books are very popular in my local library (and I’m fortunate enough to have grabbed the first book in his latest series my last library run).  I’m hoping it’ll be sooner than later that I can complete this.

That’s all for this entry.  Until next, cheers and happy reading (especially to those books that have been woefully neglected in your own piles)!


Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Initial reaction: I feel about this book the same way I felt about “Cruel Beauty”. Wonderful ideas, action, and intriguing characterization, but the execution of it feels a bit flawed. This book dragged for me much longer than I thought it would, sadly, though I liked parts of it.

Full review:

Full confession: I feel bad about not being completely enamored by Rosamund Hodge’s fairy tale universes: first with the alternate take of Beauty and the Beast with “Cruel Beauty” and now the smorgasbord tale of Little Red Riding Hood blended with The Girl With No Hands and other stories that was shown in “Crimson Bound”. “Crimson Bound” had the kind of story that should’ve swept me off my feet and fully immersed me, yet there were times it did and others that left me cold.

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Review: Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Initial reaction: I thought this was a thorough follow up to Marie Kondo’s first book, with more expansions and cute illustrations to boot. This book has a slight edge for my enjoyment because of how streamlined and organized it is compared to the first book. Probably rating this about 4 stars.

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