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NetGalley Review: Rose and the Lost Princess by Holly Webb

         Sourcebooks Jabberwocky  To Be Published April 1, 2014
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
To Be Published April 1, 2014

*I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second book to the Rose Series. Rose has found out that she is a magician and that powerful one at that. In this book she is no longer a poor orphan but a servant girl as well as a magician’s apprentice to the King’s magician.

But when Rose begins to get comfortable in her position, the kingdom’s beloved Princess goes missing and it is said that a dark magician has done the deed. Now it is up to Rose to find the Princess before the world she just entered is no more.

This book is purely for children. It is not fast pace and there isn’t a lot of action but it can keep a child’s attention. What I liked about the book was the constant drawing in it did. Rose was a bit whinny for a girl who in the first book defeated a evil witch but you feel her excitement and her growth.

I also like how there aren’t a billion and one questions that need to be answered. The problems that are in this book for the most part stay within this book. The only on going issue is her parents and what happened to them. I like how the book stayed focus and I feel that is really important in a children’s book, especially a series.

The only downside beyond Rose and her whinny self is the book was boring. Because of the fact that there wasn’t much action happening in the majority of this book, I lost focus. I expected more action when a Princess is missing and expected even more because this is a book dealing about someone learning to use magic.

I also expected more fight out of Rose but she was too scare throughout most of the book and it was too unbecoming.

Overall the book gets: 4 Pickles

P.S. Don’t you just love that cover!

NetGalley Book Review: The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant (The V Trilogy #1) by Joanna Wiebe

      BenBella Books    To Be Published Jan. 14, 2014                272 Pages
BenBella Books
To Be Published Jan. 14, 2014
272 Pages

*This book was received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Recently Motif by Tanya interviewed author Joanna Wiebe about her new book. Read it here!

Anne Merchant is sent to Cania Christy boarding school where the most wealthiest teenagers attend. Not understanding how she was able to attend the school, since her father is the funeral director, Merchant begins attending the school with nothing but questions. 

However, this isn’t any typical boarding school. You are graded for every thing you do including a school dance. Students are obsessed with the Big V which is to become valedictorian and no one could be trusted.

Merchant, with the help of an attractive senior must learn the school’s secrets and accept the truth in order to live.

When I finished this book I really couldn’t tell if I liked it or not. But I am going to say that I liked it but as much as I thought I would.

Merchant is an interesting character. Her mission is to find the truth and she does a horrible way of doing as such. She was a boring detective. However, she was witty which I loved. So I went back and forth with her because she was pushing for answers but barely did the work to find it out.

As for the writing I though the story itself had too much going on towards the end. It was one twist, another one and then one more to add dramatic effect for the second book. Although the story was a bit boring, I liked what the author was doing up until the climax.

But the story itself is completely original. It was nothing what I expected from a story regarding boarding school. I just believe that towards the end it was too much added in the first book.

Finally, I didn’t like the ended. THAT was expected and it was disappointing. I looked at the book and scream WHY! I seriously do not know one teenager that would agree with that decision.

Overall, the book gets 7 out of 10. I am curious about the second book but I am in no rush to read it.

Pickles