The Rose and the Sword

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The Rose and the Sword Creat Gina Marinello-Sweeney is a Ebook Gina Marinello Sweeney has been writing ever since she was a little girl and turned her bedroom into a library, complete with due date slips and a check out stamp As her own stories were checked out by family and friends, she dreamed of a day in which her stories would be available in public libraries worldwide Her dream of publication came true in 2013 Gina is also an avid poet in both the English and Spanish languages In 2009, she was asked to present some original Spanish poems at an international literature conference in Costa Rica Although unable to attend this event, a presentation of the poems was well received at another scholarly event that same year Graduating summa cum laude, Gina completed a degree in liberal studies, an elementary school teaching credential, and a minor in Spanish Following the publication of I THIRST, she received the 2013 YATR Literary Award for Best Prologue In her spare time, she enjoys producing videos, going to the beach, reading, and traveling Gina lives in southern California, where she is at work on the sequel to I THIRST, as well as the first book in a fantasy series Visit ginamarinellosweeney for information Young Adult Teen Readers. Can a rose survive in winter Rebecca Veritas is a new college graduate, eager to pursue her dreams as a clinical psychologist After receiving a full scholarship for an internship recommended by her old professor and friend Dr Everson, she leaves the quiet suburban town of Cedar Heights for the big city of Los Angeles As she adjusts to her new surroundings, beginning toCan a rose survive in winter Rebecca Veritas is a new college graduate, eager to pursue her dreams as a clinical psychologist After receiving a full scholarship for an internship recommended by her old professor and friend Dr Everson, she leaves the quiet suburban town of Cedar Heights for the big city of Los Angeles As she adjusts to her new surroundings, beginning to work with her assigned mentor and a wide variety of clients with all the enthusiasm of a fresh intern, she finds solace in a mysterious antique bookstore Yet, as her thoughts still linger on someone from her past, she is unaware that the present has the potential to haunt her the most As time passes, a growing sense of unease quickly transitions into disturbing events that make her question if all is as it seems When circumstances take an eerie turn, Rebecca will find herself a player on a larger scale than she had ever anticipated, a scale that could cause one to pay the ultimate price.. The best Ebook The Rose and the Sword I was so excited to hear that Gina had published her second book of the Veritas Chronicles! And while I thought I Thirst was amazing, I was absolutely blown away by The Rose and the Sword. (Those who follow me on tumblr will attest to this – I was live blogging about this book all night.) I finished the entire 373 pages in a few hours – I didn’t even know I could read that fast?? I guess it’s just because I was just so captivated and had to find out what happened next. The CharactersThe characters were all so loveable and relatable?? (My English teacher would murder me if she saw me using the word ‘relatable.’) Rebecca is a characters I relate to quite deeply, but the crazy, quirky Adriana also speaks to me on a spiritual level. Peter is quiet, but such a fun guy. While I loved the play-within-the-story in I Thirst, I fell in love with all the different patients Rebecca worked with. Gina wove in their stories so effortlessly – it was seamless and they all became their own people so quickly. An old man with PTSD, two sisters with emotional problems, a woman who lost her child, a man who was beaten as a child and now believes he is Tybalt from Romeo and Juliet, and a woman who thinks she is ugly and worthless and has grown terrified of mirrors… they are all so near and dear to me, just as much as the main character herself.The PlotWhile I Thirst reminds me of hot summer days and waves lazily lapping against the beach, The Rose and the Sword is as busy and bustling as Los Angeles itself. (I mean, I’ve never been there, but I assume it is busy and bustling.) In other words, it’s faster-paced. (view spoiler)[Rebecca rushes to get on time to her internship work (and almost cannot find her notebook – queue a humourous scene in which she invokes St. Anthony, patron saint of lost objects, for his help). She dashes over to save her friend’s little sister from a man with a gun. Rebecca and her friend Adriana run for their lives after being kidnapped. (hide spoiler)] Seriously, there’s a lot of running involved. Of course, time slows down for some important moments and deep philosophical thoughts. I just think this novel is such a perfect combination of both the fast-paced and the philosophical.I love how many of the chapters end with a poem, one of the chapters’ prose even fading into poetry as it ended. Gina is such a talented writer – she has such a way with words that makes this girl who hates a dictionary suddenly fall in love with sophisticated, colourful words. In fact, even the prose sounds like poetry to my ears.Some Meta-Like ThoughtsI don’t want to go a whole lot into detail, but there was a scene or two I wanted to discuss because it seemed very important to me. This part will probably make more sense to those who have already read the book.(view spoiler)[For those who are following along with their copies of the book (Anna the Professor *cough*), I’m looking at p. 139 for the first part I wanted to examine. It is the American Psychological Association’s walk-a-thon. Dr. Yin is running with her patients and Rebecca ovehears two women praising what a ‘sweet’ woman Dr. Yin is. The psychologist is keeping up an act of kindness and warmth, Rebecca knows – but as Dr. Yin passes her, “her eyes flickered in my direction, holding mine for a moment with a truth.” The section ends with a quote from Jesus on the cross – They know not what they do.This scene really struck me. By this point, Rebecca is more than just a little uneasy about how Dr. Yin has been treating her patients. In fact, she appears to be creating fears, not helping relieve them. As all the people around her praise Dr. Yin as a top psychologist in her field, Rebecca is the only one who knows the truth. But then why would Gina end with, “They know not what they do,” I thought to myself? Does Dr. Yin not realize what she is doing? That seems highly unlikely. That means that it is the people who know not what they do – they hold Dr. Yin in high esteem. But, as I realized, as long as Dr. Yin holds a place of authority in the eyes of the public, she will keep her position. As long as she remains a practicing psychologist, she will continue to mistreat her patients. Therefore, the public are unknowingly crucifying Dr. Yin’s clients. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And that is a very bold statement to make, and one that could easily apply to politics and multinational corporations today – that even though we do not know the evils that are going on in our society, we are still made complicit in such crimes by supporting the people or organizations in any way. Ignorance and silence do not show innocence – rather, the opposite. Father, forgive us, for we know not what we do.The second piece I wanted to look at was pages 145-47: two scenes which are broken in the middle by a poem. However, at a closer glance, I realized that the three parts of this section are actually seamlessly melded together. In the first scene, Rebecca has been confronted by Dr. Yin. The psychologist tells Rebecca that she is too “weak” (145) – that she is “a weak girl” (145) and needs to be strong… like her, apparently. What is strength, then, but cruelty, Cruelty that views all kindness as weakness.The poem following this scene is a triumphant action against Cruelty Incarnate – the last scene was a “final act of a pageantry / In which [Rebecca] never knew I had a role” (146). Rebecca realizes that Dr. Yin wishes to turn her sunshiney kind nature into “mechanical cold” – she “struggle[s] against the transformation.” What really struck me, however, was the line “My heart is torn apart in whispers.” Dr. Yin’s voice, then, even though it is commanding, comes out in a whisper. Whispers are not strong, but rather the opposite. Therefore, neither is cruelty. Rebecca finally realizes that she has strength to defeat this – “I will not be your toy.” However, this poem all seems to happen in the subconscious because in the next scene, when Rebecca speaks with her mother, she is not ready to stand up to Dr. Yin yet.“Rebeca, I thought you were going to report Dr. Yin to the American Psychological Association.”“Yes, I am. But now that I have more control over the situation during takeover, I decided to wait” (147).And yet, Rebecca will soon find that she has even less control over the sessions – Dr. Yin is sitting there the whole time, berating and reprimanding her with every facial expression and afterwards, verbally. I found this one simple statement – “now that I have more control” to be eerily chilling. Poor, dear Rebecca doesn’t realize she is being manipulated the whole time – of course, she does realize partially, for she is a very intelligent young woman … but she doesn’t know the nightmares she is going to have afterwards, the hold Dr. Yin has on her even now, ever-tightening. (hide spoiler)]These are just two sections of the book, but I think it is sufficient to show the masterful writing that goes on in The Rose and the Sword – the foreshadowing, the wordplay… It makes me very happy because I love a book that makes me think.To see a couple of my favourite quotes, you can head over to my blog.

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  1. Gina Marinello Sweeney has been writing ever since she was a little girl and turned her bedroom into a library, complete with due date slips and a check out stamp As her own stories were checked out by family and friends, she dreamed of a day in which her stories would be available in public libraries worldwide Her dream of publication came true in 2013 Gina is also an avid poet in both the English and Spanish languages In 2009, she was asked to present some original Spanish poems at an international literature conference in Costa Rica Although unable to attend this event, a presentation of the poems was well received at another scholarly event that same year Graduating summa cum laude, Gina completed a degree in liberal studies, an elementary school teaching credential, and a minor in Spanish Following the publication of I THIRST, she received the 2013 YATR Literary Award for Best Prologue In her spare time, she enjoys producing videos, going to the beach, reading, and traveling Gina lives in southern California, where she is at work on the sequel to I THIRST, as well as the first book in a fantasy series Visit ginamarinellosweeney for information Young Adult Teen Readers

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  1. I was so excited to hear that Gina had published her second book of the Veritas Chronicles And while I thought I Thirst was amazing, I was absolutely blown away by The Rose and the Sword Those who follow me on tumblr will attest to this I was live blogging about this book all night I finished the entire 373 pages in a few hours I didn t even know I could read that fast I guess it s just because I was just so captivated and had to find out what happened next The CharactersThe characters were all [...]


  2. I wish I could give this book 4.5 stars It was so good In the first chapter we meet Rebecca at her job at the campus bookstore and begin to accompany her on her day to day adventures And I have to be honest The first chapter gripped me and I was hooked I can t say what exactly did it Was it that she was a Catholic young lady like myself trying to stay pure in the world and explain her faith to others or was it the grown up atmosphere that college themed books and movies hold Probably both I also [...]


  3. The Rose and The Sword is the second book I ve read by Gina Marinello Sweeney and many of the same characters are back The story is told in first person from Rebecca Veritas view Rebecca is an intelligent, joyful, often care free character with compassion, virtue, strong faith, and a quirky sense of humor She is extremely well developed through her thoughts and actions Sweeney has a unique poetic writing style Many chapters contain or end with a sort of poetic or symbolic daydream that expresses [...]


  4. The Rose and the Sword is the second book in the Veritas Chronicles by Gina Marinello Sweeney It follows the story of Rebecca, a college student who has been granted an internship with a prominent psychologist Rebecca soon learns that her mentor is not the person that most people believe she is, and Rebecca must ultimately chose between doing what she thinks is best for her career, or doing what she knows is right Guided by her Catholic faith and her wits, Rebecca navigates a tangled web of dece [...]


  5. The Rose and the Sword by Gina Marinello Sweeney, is the second novel in her Veritas Chronicles series These delightfully charming books follow the life of college student, Rebecca Veritas If you enjoy beautiful, poetic prose, these books might be just what you re looking for Marinello Sweeney s writing style is unique and incredibly creative The imagery she creates in her stories is unlike any other books I ve read And, as a fan of mysteries, I thoroughly enjoyed the elements of mystery and sus [...]


  6. The Rose and the Sword is undoubtedly one of the best books I ve read yet this year The combination of light and dark the former being Rebecca s faith and personality, the latter being much of the storyline plus beautiful writing made for a spellbinding story Read it you won t be disappointed.


  7. I thoroughly enjoyed the multi layered presentation of Ms Marinello Sweeney s first book, I Thirst , and looked forward with great anticipation to this follow up work While reading the first few chapters of The Rose and the Sword I found myself happily settled back into the familiar escape that is the author s brilliant storytelling rhythm This unique quality sets Ms Marinello Sweeney even further apart from her peers this time around Each time I picked up the book, it was like being greeted by [...]


  8. Actual rating 10 5 starsIt s rare for a sequel to improve on its original but The Rose and the Sword does Even though I loved I Thirst, the second book in The Veritas Chronicles is even better There are many things to fangirl about in this book.Where to start.How about the very beginning a very good place to start With the FRESHMAN DUDE GO REBECCA Very first chapter and you already have me cheering you on Oh and he says he s Christian Oooookay Yup sure And then there is the sopho dude I was laug [...]


  9. I loved it I also liked it than the first book, since it had a clear storyline and was action y.Since I have a mental illness, it was great having Catholic fiction include characters with it that weren t murderers Actually, most Catholic fiction today only includes people with nothing wrong with them or physical health problems I m thinking, Where are my people THEY RE IN HERE Also, since mental health is a big theme, I picked up on a lot of important things quicker, or perhaps slower SPOILER M [...]



  10. If I had to choose a word to describe The Rose and the Sword, I think I d go with eclectic Part poetry, part prose, contemporary with a touch of romance, humor, suspense, peril, and Catholic apologetics, I understand now why one reviewer described it as poetic.The breaks within chapters develop a rhythm somewhat like verse, leaving the reader to discern reality from imagination In that respect, it reminds me of Falling for His Madness by Katharine Grubb While the narrative advances with conflict [...]


  11. Plot The Rose and the Sword has a conventional structure than the previous book, I Thirst, which included stories that the characters themselves wrote I prefer this style much , as the plot is laser focused and tightly structured.Characters Humanity, love, hatred, good, evil, are all themes that are explored Ms Marinello Sweeney is one of my favorite writers of characters because she is not afraid to include colorful peccadilloes and weird little idiosyncrasies that are the stuff of life The pr [...]


  12. In The Rose And The Sword, GIna Marinello Sweeney has woven a beautiful tapestry of intrigue, romance, and rich poetic expression Her characters are well drawn out with dialogue that rings true The story is interesting and the mysteries to be solved therein will keep you turning the pages She depicts patients with psychological problems in a compassionate manner which is enlightening and refreshing Her use of religious imagery and the kindness of the protagonist, Rebecca Veritas, makes this a fi [...]


  13. The Rose and the Sword is a compelling page turner that will keep you guessing what is going to happen next The readers will find that the characters are very relatable and will see the concept of true friendship I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a compelling story that leaves you wanting .



  14. 4.5 stars Maybe I really should have only rated I Thirst three stars instead of four, because even though I gave both books four stars, I can really see how Gina Marinello Sweeney has grown as a writer in this book, and if this one had a higher rating than the first one, it would be clearer In the first book she had an interesting and unique writing style, and characters who felt like friends In this book she had both those things, and a much clearer storyline.I was delighted to see Rebecca, Pet [...]


  15. I have never read a book quite like The Rose and the Sword While it s definitely a novel, it is also poetry Not poetry in the sense of lines and lines of verse although there is a little of that but rather poetry in the way the author thinks if that makes sense Gina Marinello Sweeney takes the reader into the mind of her heroine, Rebecca, with deep musings, often about her Catholic faith, which certainly challenges the reader to think I was impressed how deftly she wove spiritual themes into the [...]


  16. An easy read, with believable if annoying characters This second instalment is slightly better than the first in which basically nothing happened , but goes slightly over the top crushing a psychotic psychiatrist, mental abuse, assault, kidnapping and murder into the second half of the book I realise this is Catholic Fiction but the Catholic is really shoved down your throat here, and there is a weird Catholics aren t Christian running theme portrayed in the characters Rebecca Veritas meets The [...]


  17. Although this is a dramatic story, the author demonstrates her sense of humor I particularly enjoyed the opening scene when the main character, Rebecca, answers someone asking about the things a Catholic worships The list and Rebecca s reactions are hilarious The author also portrays a sensitive, intelligent, and brave Rebecca in this second book of the series as she faces her antagonist Rebecca s concern and caring for other individuals and her prayers for them touched my heart Although I purch [...]


  18. Ms Marinello Sweeney has endeavored to make a literary statement with this follow up to her debut and has succeeded Overflowing with clever one liners, quirky characters, and a worldview full of wonder, this book hops literary genres and immerses itself in pure fine literature While having a somewhat conventional plot structure than it s predecessor, it still delights itself in it s intermissions and wondrous social commentary While I wanted a bit from a few areas, this book ultimately demonst [...]


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