The Rose and the Sword

The Rose and the Sword

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Pages: 384
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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 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 more 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.
In this riveting sequel to I Thirst (2013 YATR Literary Award for Best Prologue), the adventures of Rebecca Veritas, the young, introspective dreamer with an inclination toward random insanity, continue.

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Sexuality: Mild

A male character who appears in one scene eyes the female protagonist inappropriately. This transitions to a vague discussion of purity among coworkers following his departure.

A girl is grabbed inappropriately (vaguely implied, but never specifically stated, as her behind (clothed)) when in an isolated, but public, area with two questionable males. She defends herself and flees. It is suggested, though never specifically verbalized, that more could have occurred if she had not managed to leave.

Violence & Gore: Mild

A teenaged girl is threatened with a knife held at her throat, but rescued in time. No graphic detail.

A kidnapping, which involves a chase and rough handling, occurs. A gun is fired in two depicted scenes (No graphic details).

An event (not seen) is described in which two men fight and a gun goes off in the struggle, to the detriment of one.

A woman is found murdered, as referenced in a news article.

A professional is psychologically abusive to her clients (mostly verbal demoralization depicted, other than roughly pulling one individual. Hitting referenced, but not seen.)

Kidnappers verbally intimidate and mock their victims.

Profanity: None Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: None

“Icy pillars of serenity, spun from airy mist, entered my quiet vision in echoes of worlds unknown.”

“A girl locked in a tower with no life experience. But, you know, Rebecca . . . this isn’t a fairy tale. Your tower will never protect you from the darkness outside.”

“And your tower will always be a prison,” I said softly.”

“It was a gaze that held the comfort of familiarity. There was no mystery, no enigmatic depth, but unrestrained length, the length of years—the laughter of childhood games and Christmas carols of home— lining its pathways with simple, yet easily overlooked, understanding.”

“Knowledge can be powerful. But it can only be beautiful if there is more to it. If it is guided by something greater than the simple desire to enhance the potency of the mind.”

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Gina Marinello-Sweeney:
Gina Marinello-Sweeney

Gina Marinello-Sweeney is the author of The Veritas Chronicles, a YA trilogy. The first book in the series, I Thirst, received the 2013 YATR Literary Award for Best Prologue from Young Adult Teen Readers. Gina 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 holds credentials in both elementary education and Spanish. 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 next volume in The Veritas Chronicles, as well as a short story collection.

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Packed with poetic and symbolic moments, a unique story that is well worth the read!
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