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Rose by Holly Webb

Posted by Caitie F on September 5, 2013

Title: RoseRose
Author: Holly Webb
Hardcover: 240 pages
Pub Date: Sept 3, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebook Jabberwocky
Rating: +++++

Summary from pub:

The grand residence of the famous alchemist Mr. Fountain is a world away from the dark orphanage Rose has left behind. The house is positively overflowing with sparkling magic, and Rose can feel it. It’s not long before she realizes that maybe, just maybe, she has a little bit of magic in her, too.


If you like middle grade fantasy, this first book in the hit UK series is something you cannot miss! This is just now getting published in the United States, but the first four books are already out in the UK and I am so jealous of them! I want to read the next book as soon as possible.

This book has everything a great fantasy book has.

There is an orphan, Rose, who just wants to leave the orphanage and start working as a maid. She wants to have money of her own and a life of her own. She is clever and kind, the perfect leading lady.

There is a wonderful setting. i haven’t watched Downton Abbey, but apparently that is a comparison people are making. She works  at the most important alchemist’s manor and it is such a rich environment that it is very easy to get pulled in.

There is magic. In this world the rich can afford magic, but in this house it is everywhere. Of course, Rose can see the magic where others can’t and realizes that she might have magic in her too.

There is an awesome creepy villain that is taking children away, sometimes in pain daylight. This villain is scary in the best possible way. There are stakes that are higher than just the children, all of magic is at stake too.

This book is wonderful. If you have any interest in fantasy, you should pick it up. It will bring back a sense of wonderment and imagination. I can’t wait to share this book with some middle grade readers I know!


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