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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.

Review: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Initial reaction: I really enjoyed this story by Sarah Dessen (and ended up buying it on a spontaneous trip to Barnes and Noble). The key metaphor throughout the book really resonated with me and I enjoyed reading the narrative through Ruby’s voice. Though I’d probably give this book 3.5 stars overall because there were certain emotional moments that I think would’ve hit home more if they’d been given more room to be showcased.

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Sarah Dessen does such a great job getting into the lives of her characters, it’s hard not to be drawn into their experiences regardless of the myriad of circumstances they might find themselves within. “Lock and Key” proves no exception to that, though I’ll admit I kept feeling even as I finished the novel that I wanted to sink my teeth into the conflict and lives of the characters just a little bit more. But only a little, because it still held my attention and interest through the entire story.

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Review: Shadowshaper (Shadowshaper #1) by Daniel Jose Older

Initial reaction: One of my favorite reads this year so far. I loved this book so much. The MC had a strong voice and the overarching storyline was imaginative and exciting. I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel.

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I’ll admit I saw this book on the shelf at my library and was completely taken by cover lust. If you also want a different experience than reading the physical book, the audio version is wonderfully read by Anika Noni Rose (I ended up purchasing this from Audible because I loved the book so much.)

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Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

Quick review for a quick read. I actually enjoyed “By Your Side” in it’s own right. It’s a light, fluffy read for the most part, despite having some rather harrowing conflicts in tow. The story starts with Autumn hanging with her friends, getting separated and ending up locked in a library over a holiday weekend. This wouldn’t be such a bad scenario (because let’s face it: being locked in a library would be every bookworm’s dream, mine included) if Autumn didn’t have an anxiety disorder and didn’t have access to a phone.

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Review: Fireworks by Katie Cotugno

Quick review for a progressive read. Katie Cotugno’s “Fireworks” was a struggle for me to read in places, but in the end, I’m glad I read it, especially considering the turns it took in the story. The ending was bittersweet and not quite the impression and direction I thought it would go given the beginnings of the story. Yet even saying that, I’ll admit I struggled to hold interest in the novel for a while.

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Review: Japanese Kanji for Beginners: (JLPT Levels N5 & N4) The Method that’s Helped Thousands in the US and Japan Learn to Read Japanese Successfully

All right, I’m going to preface this review with a notation: if you don’t know katakana or hiragana characters before reading this book, it would be wise to get another resource that deals with it directly either before or for studying alongside this book, because it may be confusing for those who are very new to the Japanese language.

That said, my reason for picking up this book explains part of my absence from social media in the book world: between reading, working on my WIPs, studying for a certification exam in my field of study AND being busy with life events and work, I’ve been self-studying Japanese. Meaning I’ve been engrossing myself in both the written and verbal facets of the language for a number of weeks (well…more like months. My passion for learning Japanese dates back to when I was in high school but it’s only been in more recent years that I’ve actually had the time to really dedicate to learning it.). This was one resource that was recommended to me to pick up for study and I found it at my uni’s bookstore.

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