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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: The Program (The Program #1) by Suzanne Young

Quick review for a somewhat quick read. I’m so conflicted reflecting on this book because there were quite a number of good ideas that I think Young had in parallels drawn in the book, but the execution and implication of many of those assertions seemed to fall by the wayside and actually bothered the ever loving crap out of me as I read through it. I can’t (and refuse to) overlook those things as they not only affected my enjoyment of the novel, but made me think about how we choose to portray mental illness not just in fiction, but examine it in the world around us.

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Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead

Quick review for a really sluggish read. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect when picking up Richelle Mead’s “Soundless”. Considering how upset I was over the bigotry presented in “The Glittering Court” – I almost completely passed over this. I’m now glad I didn’t because it was better than I thought it would turn out to be – and I enjoyed the story when taking it for the bare bones of its aim. However, “Soundless” isn’t really representative of Richelle Mead’s best work either – and I’m actually disappointed in terms of how such an intriguing premise (based on Chinese folklore, female protagonist who rises up to challenges to protect her people in something of a dystopian realm, some interesting supernatural/fantastical elements that showed up far too late in the narrative) could’ve had such poor execution

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Review: Rebel Heart (The Dust Lands Trilogy #2) by Moira Young

Quick review for a quick read. I read “Rebel Heart” in full quite a few years after reading “Blood Red Road”, so I had to refresh my memory on a few things that happened in the first book before tackling this one. My final reaction upon finishing it (and meditating over all of its events) was “Oh Saba.”

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Review: Once We Were (Hybrid Chronicles #2) by Kat Zhang

Initial reaction: It was decent, probably around my same reaction to the first book (which admittedly I read a while back ago.) The intrigue is strong but the execution felt a bit shaky through the novel.

Full Review:

Don’t let my rating of this book fool you – I thought “Once We Were” was a very good book, and a worthy second book in the Hybrid Chronicles series (following up the first book “What’s Left of Me.”) Following Eva and Addie in this book shows them in quite a few harrowing situations – a struggle between claiming the right to exist as Hybrid souls and changing the status quo from the oppressive network that’s quickly expanding its reach and aim. It’s an apt theme as far as a dystopian novel is concerned. It also shows Eva and Addie not just as one entity, but struggling to come to terms with their own identities in the mix of some harrowing events.

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Review: The 100 (The 100 #1) by Kass Morgan

Quick review for a semi-quick read. I had been on the fence about reading Kass Mogan’s “The 100” series. I think the tipping point was me finally taking the plunge and watching the CW series of the same name. The first season interested me enough to see what the book series had to offer, only to realize that the book is a horse of a different color entirely (seriously, do not go into the book series thinking that it mirrors the TV series of the same name. Certain characters who die early on in the TV show survive in the book, though some plot parallels and backstories exist).

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