Reviews and Comments

EDITORIAL ASSESSMENT

Girl with the Rose Tattoo

Larry Weiss

Angela Brown – Copy Editor

Overview

Girl with the Rose Tattoo is a fantastic thriller/new adult novel with an intriguing, well-realized cast of characters and a complex, multilayered plot. As a novelist, you have a tremendous skill for creating suspense and delivering many unexpected twists and turns. In addition, the premise of the novel is quite original. Your strongest skill as a writer, however, is creating characters. I came to fall in love with Tina and Jenny; they felt like cherished friends to me. I felt I could see them inside and out, and you’re a master at describing human interaction and emotions.

Tone and Style

Throughout the novel, your tone is smart, straightforward, and brisk—perfect for a commercial thriller/new adult novel. There also are a number of lovely, touching moments in the novel, along with some well-placed humor.

In praise of

It was an absolute pleasure and honor to read and edit such a finely crafted novel. Your characters, plot, and themes drew me in from start to finish. There’s also so much heart in the book—from the characters themselves and from you. I love the themes of empathy, courage, self-betterment, loyalty, and self-creation that are prevalent throughout the novel as well. You definitely know how to create a rich world and draw your readers into it so they feel what your characters are feeling and cheer for them along the way.

You’re a very talented writer, Larry, and I hope we’ll be able to work again in the future. I hope my edits and comments are valuable. Good luck with your revisions. I wish you all the best for this novel and your future books. Please reach out to me with any questions you might have.

Best wishes,

Angela

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AMAZON REVIEW by SheySaints

Overview

Girl with the Rose Tattoo is a fantastic thriller/new adult novel with an intriguing, well-realized cast of characters and a complex, multilayered plot. As a novelist, you have a tremendous skill for creating suspense and delivering many unexpected twists and turns. In addition, the premise of the novel is quite original. Your strongest skill as a writer, however, is creating characters. I came to fall in love with Tina and Jenny; they felt like cherished friends to me. I felt I could see them inside and out, and you’re a master at describing human interaction and emotions.

Tone and Style

Throughout the novel, your tone is smart, straightforward, and brisk—perfect for a commercial thriller/new adult novel. There also are a number of lovely, touching moments in the novel, along with some well-placed humor.

Review

Girl with the Rose Tattoo by L.A. Weiss is an action suspense thriller about a young punk chick and her terrible experiences with the infamous member of a biker gang. I read this book unaware of its lesbian theme so I was taken aback at first, but since the story became more and more interesting, I was able to adapt. The story surprisingly contains a mix of different elements – seances, astrological charts, map drowsing, and tae-kwon-do.

I like all the tense moments in this book – the constant running and hiding and fighting. I also like the characters Sylvie, Nella, Jewel, Father D, Jen and her parents because of the unconditional support they have for Tina. Though I can’t relate to the flow of dialogues as well as Tina’s thoughts because I’m not a broken punk chick, the author did well in the first-person point of view; the narratives were very well-written.

Overall, I’m giving this 4 out of 5 stars. This book is kickass with an entertaining storyline. However, I am limiting my recommendation to mature and open-minded readers for its violence, LGBT theme, strong language, and sexual but not explicit content.

https://www.amazon.com/review/RD2L263ZL3MB3/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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Review Comments by Patti A

Initially while reading the book The Girl with The Rose Tattoo, the reader will be primarily intrigued with the untypical narrative and unusual circumstances to the storyline of the main character. It’s refreshing to find something different and slightly unconventional to the plot and the situations that are introduced.

To your chagrin, the main character “Tina” will peek your interest and insist you continue with her as she stumbles along her bumpy way. Although like her name, she can appear to be somewhat average, but fortunately for us, her circumstances definitely are not. 

We are introduced to Jenny, who should easily have won Best Supporting Actress accolades for her unwavering devotion and backing of new bestie Tina, but alas, our initial introduction of this hard-to-figure-out young woman kept me skeptical of her genuineness all along. How could someone so cold hearted be the white knight I so want her to be?? Definitely the jury is still out on this one.

The slow climb of the plot happily kept me trudging along- until I was swept into the free-fall of the peak and then decided the rest of necessary life details could wait until the last page of this book was turned. 

Would the author take responsibly for a whole slew of newly rose tatted women? Probably not, but it’s definitely not as far fetched as one may find after hanging out with Tina for a while. 

Patti A.

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Critique of “Girl with the Rose Tattoo” by Mary Jane Anderson (www.ILoveUniqueBooks.com)

The book is highly entertaining and its characters are fallible thus making them appear real and relatable. The characters are also well developed, particularly Rob, who is a classic asshole and Tina his incompatible partner who is both intelligent and emotional. Tina’s thought process is equally in sync with the average teenager. However, I kept wondering why someone as intelligent, beautiful and educated like Tina would put up with such an antisocial and demeaning person like Rob, and his cruel attitude towards her. What’s the attraction? Since she apparently wasn’t happy with Rob, why didn’t she break up with him or was it due to fear of being harmed by Rob if she decides to leave him? Although, there was a hint that Rob could be responsible for her upkeep since they were living together in his studio apartment and she stated that now she was a graduate, she could start earning some money. I think it would be better for readers to understand (early enough) why Tina had to remain in a relationship with Rob because she appeared like someone being held hostage, or did she just love him regardless of his shortcomings?    

It later became apparent that why Tina had to endure all the indignities from Rob was probably because she was homeless after her mother threw her out, but I still think it’s necessary for readers to have a hint about this early.

The earlier part of the book appeared like it was a diary or someone recalling events that happened sometime in the past, especially with the dates and time written at the beginning of some chapters. It was only when I got to the end that I realized it wasn’t so, rather the date and time were some sort of dateline about current events, even though it occurred in the 1980’s.

The few observations I made notwithstanding, Girl with the Rose Tattoo is well written and enjoyable to read.

Here is a link to Mary Jane Anderson’s review: http://iloveuniquebooks.com/book-review/girl-with-the-rose-tattoo

 

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