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review 2015-08-15 22:19
Chasing Dust Clouds
Chasing Dust Clouds - Lilliana Rose

Title: Chasing Dust Clouds

Author:  Lilliana Rose

Publisher:  Infinity Dreaming

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: 5

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"Chasing Dust Clouds" by Lilliana Rose

 

What I liked about this novel....

 

This was quite a romantic read about Dusty Miller and Blaise Johns.  How these two got together was so much fun...I was found myself  laughing out loud over it.  Who would have thought that this city person [Blaise] who was an accountant would be so caught up over a country girl[Dusty] who raised sheep after first meeting her?  I like how this author was able to captive the readers attention and hold it with all of the descriptions with details of the ewes and there shavings. What happens as they are thrown together and it seems like they can't stay away from each other?   Then to add some competition to these two that does help to keep the reader reading to see what was coming next.  I will say that this author really gives us a good read of how hard a person can work to achieve what is necessary for their livelihood. ...such as it had been for Dusty especially since the death of her father and a mother who had some illness and was getting back on her feet.  Be ready for a dramatic read with some humor as the reader will be presented in  this well written story.  I found the characters for the most part were well developed, portrayed and believable giving the reader a interesting and captivating read.  For the two main characters well when its all said and done...  In the end will these two ....country and city be together?  Well you will just have to pick up this good read to see for yourself just how well it is presented.  Would I recommend?  YES!

 

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review 2014-03-18 02:19
Review: Circus Escape by Lilliana Rose
Circus Escape - Lilliana Rose

Quick review for a quick read. Man, I wanted to love this particular novella, but the reading experience felt far too empty and too short for me to care. I couldn't get into either of Nessie or Joy's respective experiences (nor their purported relationship), I couldn't get into the technology that was described, the worldbuilding was barely drawn, and I couldn't help but notice the amount of telling, not showing. The repetition of details was a problem as well.

The overarching story focuses on two young women in a steampunk era, only there's no such details to be had in this short piece about where it takes place or when. Nessie is a young woman who is interested in mechanical engineering and loves mechanized parts. Absolutely gushes over them, even. Joy is the constructor of "Sally Spider" a mech slated to perform in the night's events at the circus nearby. But when her owner asks her to throw the tournament style performance, Joy is not so happy. Nessie, in the meantime, is both taken by Joy's masterpiece of a construction, but also Joy herself.

It's a very loosely drawn story - one that I'll admit the blurb makes it sound more fascinating than it actually comes across. Sadly, I was left wanting more from it.

Overall score: 1.5/5 stars

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher.

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text 2014-03-18 02:09
Reading progress update: I've read 39 out of 39 pages.
Circus Escape - Lilliana Rose

Gah, I'm torn. The idea of this novella is so much more promising than the actual execution. I wanted a bit more from it.

I guess no higher than two stars, if that. Review to come.

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text 2014-03-18 01:15
Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 39 pages.
Circus Escape - Lilliana Rose

Another novella I picked up from NetGalley.  I figure I'll ease myself into reading some of my longer reads by completing a few short ones.  Onward I march!

 

This story seems interesting from the theme - mech/steampunk theme with circus backdrop, and it's a GLBT themed novella to boot.  I hope it turns out worth the read.

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review 2012-12-04 00:00
Creating Wings - Lilliana Rose The theme of wings works well to tie the collection together. To me, the poems were about identity, and that we are that bit more than we think we are, and therefore, that we can risk that bit more than we thought we could -- our wings.

There's a strong use of language that shows an enjoyment of words, but the intent is clearly to communicate ideas.

The poem "Ideas" has the lovely line, "...the ecstatic tingles of an idea forming is addictive..."

Metaphors are perfectly chosen. The use of a flower and "petal tears" in "Gone" is memorable.

I'm glad I won such a lovely Australian collection at the Darkside blog, http://darksidedownunder.blogspot.com.au/
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