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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.

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Review: Come Home by Lisa Scottoline

Quick review for a somewhat lengthy read. I’m actually asking myself in the hours after finishing the book: What on Earth did I just read?

I haven’t read many of Lisa Scottoline’s books, but admittedly it’s been a while and this is the most recent example I can go on. It’s…definitely not the first book I would recommend anyone read from this author. I feel like it was an entertaining read but also a complete waste of time. (That sounds like a contradiction in itself, but I’ll explain shortly.) So much of this book annoyed me to heck and back – mostly for how over the top and non-cohesive it was. The dialogue in some stretches is completely unrealistic and cringe-worthy. I guess the entertaining aspect of it lies in that it plays out like a soap opera – with the main character running to and fro searching for answers that absolutely no one asked, and one calamity building upon another to ramp up the action and conflict to march forcefully through its conclusion. There are times when I like this kind of story if it can poke fun at itself or just proves entertaining to watch with the characters who make the story more than the bones it stands upon. But “Come Home” was the true definition of a false advertisement of a book if I ever started one.

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Review: Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake

Quick review for a quick read. “Only Ever You” by Rebecca Drake is the first novel I’ve read in this author’s bibliography. It was definitely a page turner. I found it difficult to tear myself away from this book wanting to know what happened next in the overarching mystery. The story centers around the disappearance of a girl named Sophia, causing a downward spiral on an already testy household for her parents Jill and David.

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Review: Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

Quick review for a progressive read. It’s hard to describe my reactions to this novel, because, on one hand, this is quite apt to Melina Marchetta’s style of writing – strong characterizations, compelling family-centered stories, and emotional revelations on the topics she touches upon (particularly with respect to race, violence, prejudice, etc.) I enjoyed the journey this novel took me on for the most part, even as it handed down its revelations progressively rather than in one felt swoop like the magnitude of the crime(s) this book centers upon.

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Review: Think Happy: Instant Peptalks to Boost Positivity by Karen Salmansohn

Quick review for a very quick read. I found this book of affirmations at my local bookstore and picked it up on a whim. Mostly because it had bright colors, peppy illustrations and very memorable adages when I flipped through the work. I read this inside of an hour, but even with it being a brief read, the values and advice within Salmansohn’s narrative is well worth revisiting for many different scenarios (mood changes, life changes, loss, failure, trying something new, etc.) Some dialogues in this book hit more home with me than others and I give it credit for that. Salmansohn’s connections to the experiences is well noted, and I thought the narrative supported a strong connection between sticking to the topics of each section and providing personal feedback. I definitely will find myself returning to this narrative, if even on the measure that illustrations are a big part of that enjoyment/reasoning.

Overall score :3.5/5 stars.

Review: The Miracle Morning for Writers: How to Build a Writing Ritual That Increases Your Impact and Your Income (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod, Steve Scott and Honoree Corder

Quick review for a brief read between reads. I’m on the fence about “The Miracle Morning for Writers” on the whole, though I liked a good portion of it and will likely return to those pieces for reference. It’s a very good overview of several aspects of writing, especially for beginning writers, and the most helpful parts of the book for me came in the first 40% (or thereabout) of the book about building the concept of the “Miracle Morning” and developing solid affirmations in your writing habits. But then the book became slightly redundant and dragged into very long sections when it came to the framework and process of writing. I feel like the reference materials for writing guides included in the book (like Rachel Aaron’s “2k to 10K”) did a better job of providing orientations and productivity strategies. A good reference guide for actionable inspirations, but I think it was too general in several sections, particularly when it came to writing craft.

Overall score: 3/5 stars.

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