Rosewood Manor has been ashes for weeks.
Left with no post and no home, Anne Tinning never expected to find herself in a luxurious carriage, dressed in the finest of clothes, pretending to be the wife of Lord August Grey. The search for Miss Bellingham, however, will require them to blend into the very height of London society, a class Anne has only ever served, and which August despises. But August insists that the ruse is the only way. For although they’ve vanquished the wraith that called for August’s life, they will never be safe unless they find a way to stop the woman he scorned.
There are traces of Lily Bellingham the length and breadth of London, but when Anne and August investigate the gruesome disappearances in a factory she has just purchased, they realize that Lily is more powerful than either of them. And she has devised a new way to take her revenge.
With another curse placed upon August’s head, Anne must find a way to defeat Lily, and this time, she will have no help from the young man she has grown to love. This time, the curse is more insidious, twisting him into someone unrecognizable.
This time, August Grey is the one she must fear.
Lush, lyrical, and layered in horror-filled suspense, Of Bells and Thorns evokes the feel of classic Gothic literature, blending the magic of a beautiful fairy tale against the rich backdrop of history.
Of Bells and Thorns is a beautifully written novel that will give you chills and feels as the story sucked you in with its interesting and enjoyable sweet ride to Anne and August’s journey.
The author never failed to amaze me with her writing style. It’s like a lullaby, but instead of sleeping, it will lead you to read more words and pages of this book. She keeps the narration simple and creates a character that lets them tells their stories. I like this second book better than the first one. I think the reason was that more exciting and enjoyable scene happened here than in The Rose Master.
I don’t think I have enough words to write about this novel without giving spoilers so I will keep this review short. All I know is that my unanswered questions from the first book were now cleared. The characters did develop much better. And I did enjoy the finding game around the protagonists and the antagonist. And I almost forgot to include that I love the book cover. It is fantastic, right? I just like the vibe it’s giving off.
The ending… why!? The author is killing me with that ending. I hope I could get a hold of the next book soon.
Overall, a novel with imaginative use of language to create an amusing set of characters and plot, this is very well recommended for all reader looking for something thrilling to read.
Disclaimer: I received a readers copy from YA Bound Book Tours.
Publisher: REUTS Publications, LLC
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Series: The Rose Master, 02
Genre(s): Young Adult, Gothic
Page Count: 198
Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. She also watches over a veritable army of pets. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Of the Web.
Prize: A copy of The Rose Master by Valentina Cano