August 26, 2013

{Review} Rose by Holly Webb

Title: Rose
Author: Holly Webb
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Genre: Children, Magic, Supernatural
Release Date: Sept 3rd 2013
Source: Publisher for book tour
Purchase: Amazon/TBD

Rose isn't like the other orphans at St Bridget's Home for Abandoned Girls. Instead of dreaming of getting adopted by loving, wealthy parents, Rose wants to get a job and be independent. She doesn't need anyone but herself. She finds her escape working as a maid for Mr. Fountain, an alchemist. Unable to ignore the magic that flows throughout the grand residence, Rose realizes that just maybe; she might have a little bit of magic in her too. This new series featuring magicians, witches, talking cats, mist-monsters, and friendships will have young readers in a trance!
What a wonderfully written children’s book! It read like Annie (the movie) and Harry Potter all into one story. From the moment you stepped into Rose’s life you were automatically taken away and on a journey of self discovery.

This was a very compelling story. I loved how the characters were of different lifestyles. From the rich to the poor orphans and Magicians to normal people. It also helps that if you read this with the British dialect in mind. 

I really liked the relationship between Rose and her friend Maisie. I just could picture Maisie as a very small and petite child, soft spoken and afraid. Their friendship was very strong and very special.

Rose had also bonded with a fellow orphan, Bill, who was also employed at the Fountain residence. I would love to know what became of their friendship and the un-seemingly odd friendship she had made with Freddie, an apprentice of Mr. Fountain’s. The characters were very well written and very well imaginable. I had no difficulties picturing what each character was like in my head.

I especially loved the story. I am always pulled into stories that have to do with magical things. And with this being tailored towards middle-grade, I had no problem with reading it to my four year old and she absolutely loved it. Webb has a gift for writing stories and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series, Rose and the LostPrincess.


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