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Rose
Rose is starting Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
I'm jumping around in my reading, and since I'm writing a cyberpunkish story with my WIP (and because I've been in something of a reading slump), I figured I'd pick up something I knew I would love. This should be quick to get through since it's a collection of short stories. I'll probably summarize/review each story as I go through them.

I've read many works from some of the authors in this compilation.
Aug 18, 2013 04:45PM Add a comment
Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology

Rose
Rose added a status update
I'll be in and out of reading spells today because I'm still working on the WIP novella. It helps when you're so into your project you end up dreaming about the interactions between your characters. I'm in a very good place with that right now.

I also have to decide what I'm going to read next. So many choices. Hopefully I can find a good reading streak among my next stack.

Happy reading/writing all!
Aug 17, 2013 12:40PM Add a comment

Rose
Rose is finished with Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)
Finished. I'll write a full review sometime tomorrow, but my overall impressions: GotG had some sparks I like from Mead's writing, but this is one of those times where the world-building was far more dense than it needed to be, and the overexpansions and ideals over race/religion/social contexts really bothered me. I'd rate this probably 2 or 2.5 stars because it took a while to push through. Audio was great.
Aug 16, 2013 10:41PM Add a comment
Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)

Rose
Rose is 80% done with Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)
Another couple of hours or so of the audiobook to go. I think the action's considerably picked up at this point in the novel, given the last encounter.
Aug 16, 2013 08:04PM Add a comment
Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)

Rose
Rose is 65% done with Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)
I don't know if I can finish this today, but I'm certainly going to try. Just finished up the part where Tessa was drunk and got caught with her friends. Justin was pretty surprised in the aftermath. I think the guards scared the poor girl. Still reading.
Aug 16, 2013 04:34PM Add a comment
Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)

Rose
Rose added a status update
I think I have a blurb for my WIP novella, but it may be subject to change. See comments for draft.
Aug 15, 2013 08:32PM 11 comments

Rose
Rose is 50% done with Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)
Halfway finished! Probably the most distant point I've reached in the book since starting - good sign. On the subject of the book itself? Meh, it's okay. I'm starting to feel the burn with it dragging its heels in details. I think of the main characters, I'm enjoying following Tessa's perspective. Mae and Justin are still intriguing in their own way. Weary of the religious/racial expansions. Still reading.
Aug 15, 2013 02:58PM 2 comments
Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)

Rose
Rose is 25% done with Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)
Stopping here for tonight since it seems like a good stopping point. Will pick up tomorrow. For now, I'm off to write some reviews, organize my reading queue, and work on the WIP. Happy reading/writing all!
Aug 14, 2013 09:10PM Add a comment
Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)

Rose
Rose is 17% done with Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)
Yep, Emily Schafer's narration is making this a lot easier to fly through.

Justin just got reinstated and is getting up to date with the case details they want him to work on. Mae and him are also in the same room sharing some relationship awkwardness, all things considered. Still reading.
Aug 14, 2013 07:41PM Add a comment
Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)

Rose
Rose is 7% done with Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)
Retracing my steps makes me realize just how strong both Mae and Justin's introductions were. Mae with kicking the other girl's butt and getting suspended, and Justin's overly embellished story of exile.

I think the audiobook narrator is the same one who did the VA series. Huh.
Aug 14, 2013 06:33PM Add a comment
Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)

Rose
Rose is starting Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)
All right guys, so I've had the galley for this since when? April? I cleared out my old status updates and I'm going to try this again. I think this is the first book I've attempted three times in a while and still couldn't get into it, so now I'm starting attempt #4. I will get through this. Wish me luck. *crosses fingers* I'm hoping to have a more active status updates as I go along.
Aug 14, 2013 05:43PM 5 comments
Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)

Rose
Rose is finished with Claim Me (Stark Trilogy, #2)
Finished. Verdict? Not terrible, but honestly I'll admit I'm underwhelmed. Review to come soon.
Aug 14, 2013 05:04PM Add a comment
Claim Me (Stark Trilogy, #2)

Rose
Rose is 75% done with Claim Me (Stark Trilogy, #2)
The secret/deal is out in the open, considering the swarms of paparazzi. This'll fracture some measure of Nikki and Stark's public image, but no effect on their love life. *rolls eyes*

I honestly think this book would be better if it had a bit more plot based progression and less on the sex. I know it's erotica, but I could trace the wide gaps of nothing happening in this story. Should finish this today.
Aug 14, 2013 12:51PM Add a comment
Claim Me (Stark Trilogy, #2)

Rose
Rose is 50% done with Claim Me (Stark Trilogy, #2)
I wonder why Stark broke the terms of their deal. Hmm. Anyway, I'm about halfway through this story and I'll probably go a little longer then switch to writing/editing on the WIP. I have a threadbare connection with the storyline in this story so far, but meh.
Aug 13, 2013 09:40PM Add a comment
Claim Me (Stark Trilogy, #2)

Rose
Rose is 25% done with Claim Me (Stark Trilogy, #2)
I have the ARC of this book and I'm still wading through it, albeit slowly. The plot's a bit thin so far, nothing really that stood out to me at this point apart from a phone call from the hero's father, but I'm wondering what that will lead to. Still reading.
Aug 13, 2013 06:59PM Add a comment
Claim Me (Stark Trilogy, #2)

Rose
Rose is on page 210 of 268 of Unteachable
Sweet ending. Pretty much this whole read reminded me of watching a film in pieces of scenes. I'm hovering between 3 and 3.5 stars because while I liked it, I still felt like I wanted a little more from it. Review to come probably sometime tomorrow.
Aug 12, 2013 10:52PM Add a comment
Unteachable

Rose
Rose is on page 100 of 268 of Unteachable
O___o Oh snap, I wasn't expecting the story to turn that way. This is getting interesting, particularly with what Maise sees her mother involved in.

I realize now why she didn't want her mother's name on the bank account.
Aug 12, 2013 09:45PM Add a comment
Unteachable

Rose
Rose is on page 57 of 268 of Unteachable
I'm going to try to finish "Unteachable" tonight before anything else. So far, apart from some issues I've seen, I'm still enjoying the narration and getting to know the characters. Maise and her teacher just revealed their favorite films not long ago. :P And I do like the fact that they are questioning their decisions though they have chemistry. Wesley's a good character too and I like his chemistry with Maise.
Aug 12, 2013 09:00PM Add a comment
Unteachable

Rose
Rose is on page 74 of 325 of Hidden (Avena, #1)
So Jordan's on his deathbed and Ebony learns her parents got her via a shady deal? Hmmm...still reading, albeit slow going.
Aug 12, 2013 08:10PM Add a comment
Hidden (Avena, #1)

Rose
Rose is finished with Tampa
Finished. Verdict? This didn't work for me, you guys. I think despite the rating I'm giving it, I'll have a constructive discussion about its larger problems. I wouldn't say it was as much the subject matter as it was the way it was handled and its respective inconsistencies. I think I'm giving it 1.5 stars now, but it may be subject to less. Review to come.
Aug 12, 2013 07:38PM Add a comment
Tampa

Rose
Rose is 90% done with Tampa
Busted. That whole scenario was pretty tense.
Aug 12, 2013 06:31PM Add a comment
Tampa

Rose
Rose is 75% done with Tampa
I'm just waiting for the moment when Jack realizes she's using him. Yikes. Since my last update, all this has been really has been sexual encounters and near misses with getting caught.
Aug 12, 2013 05:09PM Add a comment
Tampa

Rose
Rose is 40% done with Tampa
I've been shadow reading this for a couple of days and the only thing I have to say is...there's seriously much to say about what's wrong with this woman. =_____=

This book feels like an odd mix of the movie "Serial Mom" with the consideration that the main character targets 14-year old boys. I think it's quite too much on the level of the sexual expansions.
Aug 12, 2013 02:21PM Add a comment
Tampa

Rose
Rose is on page 42 of 325 of Hidden (Avena, #1)
Dude, that is so not cool. (By that I mean one of the character actions in this scene. Yikes.)
Aug 11, 2013 08:31PM Add a comment
Hidden (Avena, #1)

Rose
Rose is on page 12 of 325 of Hidden (Avena, #1)
I think this book is already starting to have the beginnings of "special girl" syndrome that isn't exactly endearing in its portrayal, but I'm going to push through it since the galley expires soon. Also when referring to her odd colored eyes:

"Who has violet eyes?"

I think the protagonist has never heard of Elizabeth Taylor. Still reading.
Aug 11, 2013 12:27PM 1 comment
Hidden (Avena, #1)

Rose
Rose added a status update
Gah, I lost a day of reading/writing because I had a lot on my plate to do today. I should be back to my reading schedule tomorrow, picking up where I left off on "Unteachable". Tonight, my muse is calling, so I'm editing/writing on the WIP novella. I'm editing Chapters 5-8 tonight, and upping the stakes a little more than my original draft. Happy reading/writing all.
Aug 10, 2013 09:50PM Add a comment

Rose
Rose is on page 23 of 268 of Unteachable
Whoa, what a first chapter. I really like the voice of the narrator so far. I feel like Maise has a lot more dimensions to her character than most of the novels I've picked up in this genre. Some things I can say I'm at odds about, but I'm going to read on and see if those measures are addressed. Still reading.
Aug 09, 2013 04:00PM Add a comment
Unteachable

Rose
Rose is starting Unteachable
Finally I get a chance to sit down to read this. Let's hope the experience goes well. *crosses fingers*
Aug 09, 2013 02:55PM Add a comment
Unteachable

Rose
Rose is finished with Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale
*frowns, looks at completed ebook, then pulls out her lute*

There's a book I just finished that makes me pale,
It's "Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale."

I'm happy to say my journey's complete,
But this review will not be an easy feat.

So maybe I need a bit of rum from the bar,
'Cause I don't see myself giving this above a single star.

*curtsies then smashes lute*

On a serious note, this book was not good.
Aug 08, 2013 09:23PM 5 comments
Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale

Rose
Rose is on page 316 of 330 of Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale
Whoa. Okay, I wasn't expecting that reveal.
Aug 08, 2013 09:11PM Add a comment
Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale

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