Writing through Rose Tinted Glasses

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.

Finally Found a topic for NaNoWriMo, just in time for site’s reopening

I’ve been feeling under the weather the past several days (despite having an eventful and restful weekend), but thankfully I’m back to sorts enough to post that I finally have a NaNoWriMo topic to work with.  I’m drafting the outline and hopefully will finish that this week between working on my current WIP.


I still haven’t given it a title though.  I’ve added a tentative synopsis on my NaNoWriMo profile, but I’m pretty sure I’ll revise it to something more developed as the month goes on.


The base story though: YA fantasy/otherworld centered around a young woman undertaking a journey to figure out why a magical illness/curse took the lives of everyone in her village, and stay off a progressive deterioration of her body and mind in the vein of that illness while trying to find its cause, cure, and prevent others from succumbing to the same effects.  If that makes any sense.

Anyone that wants to add me as a writing buddy, here’s my profile below.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things I Need to Stop Doing While Reading

This post is, as per usual, brought to you by the theme sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish.  I missed last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, figured I’d pick up where I left off with this week’s since it seems like an interesting one.

So, this week’s theme is Top Ten Things I Want to Stop/Quit in a bookish vein, and I figured I’d do something along the lines of things I need to stop doing while reading/pursuing my reading hobby.  This is probably an easier list for me to craft than you think because…well, I have bad habits.

Let’s start with #10 and go from there, shall we?

10. Stop carrying two other physical books with me when I’m trying to read one on the go.  I’m guilty of doing this when commuting to my workplace.  I can read a book or two inside of a day (three if it’s an ebook), that’s just how fast I read, but this is a bad habit because this encourages my horrible habit of book hopping.  I will be tempted to read the second and third book when I really should be focusing on the one that I’m reading at present.

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NetGalley Haul: Week of 9/21/2015

I’m a little belated on the book haul from last week, but it’s still within something of a regular time frame.  I’ll be doing my usual book haul on Thursday of this week as well, as I did a few more requests that are pending for the time being.

This will be a list of new approvals (at least the ones I got in recent notations) and only five, as I’m still working through my stack of reading and reviewing.  Here they are, in no particular order:

What We Left Behind - Robin Talley

“What We Left Behind” by Robin Talley

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: 10/27/2015

Rose’s Reading Date: Week of 10/19

I really enjoyed Robin Talley’s “Lies We Tell Ourselves”, so this is a given read for me, and I was excited to get it as a galley. And it deals with teen characters who are GLBTQ and struggling with their relationships and identities.

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Review: Rikki (Hart University #1) by Abigail Strom

Initial reaction: How in fresh heck do I write a review on this book? I’ll need a full night to meditate on my thoughts, but I’ll give all of you some precursory details.

I actually thought there were many great parts of this book and it proved to be a very quick read – I read this in a matter of a couple of hours, I think. Plus I found some of the interactions and inclusions refreshing to read, which were direct knockdowns of a lot of New Adult stereotypes. Kudos to Abigail Strom for addressing them and even being responsible for addressing the conflicts themselves via the characters’ dialogue.

But then the latter half of the book, I felt, tried to throw in too much, especially given the quick nature of the style and dictation this had from the beginning. I could get behind some of the occurrences, I could definitely feel for them, but some of it was overload.

Still, I’m in for following this series and the rest of the author’s works.

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Review: Academy Girls by Nora Carroll

Initial reaction: Hoo-boy, unpopular opinion time. I thought this book was trying way too hard. It’s not really the worst read I’ve come across for the theme (because woman returning to boarding school that she left on bad terms as a student has secrets that come back to haunt her when she’s a teacher – that’s a good theme), but it’s lacking in so much suspense. I felt like I was being force fed pudding that I’m continuously being told is good, but I can’t savor the taste (nor can I actually swallow because it’s being shoved into my mouth too quickly to digest). In this case, the narrative’s telling you there’s some kind of dark secrets and mysterious things afoot, but it’s rarely ever with the conviction or depth needed to give this story weight.

I’m thinking 2 stars, maybe 2.5 if I’m feeling generous, but need a night to meditate on it.

Full review:

Okay, so this is going to be a 2 star review, and even with that, I feel that’s generous because there were many problems with this narrative. For the record, I was really intrigued by the premise, though it’s a familiar theme to me. Namely Carol Goodman’s “The Lake of Dead Languages,” “The Drowning Tree,” and “The Seduction of Water” come to mind. There are other books from other authors I’ve read in a similar coat as well. (Personally speaking, I was hoping for something along the lines of Megan Abbott’s “Dare Me”.) So this could’ve been a hit for me if it’d managed to give me characters that I could care about and a scenario that pulled me in from the get go.

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