The day Anne Tinning turns seventeen, birds fall from the sky. But that’s hardly the most upsetting news. She’s being dismissed from the home she’s served at since she was a child, and shipped off to become the newly hired parlor maid for a place she’s never heard of. And when she sees the run-down, isolated house, she instantly knows why:
There’s something wrong with Rosewood Manor.
Staffed with only three other servants, all gripped by icy silence and inexplicable bruises, and inhabited by a young master who is as cold as the place itself, the house is shrouded in neglect and thick with fear. Her questions are met with hushed whispers, and she soon finds herself alone in the empty halls, left to tidy and clean rooms no one visits.
As the feeling of being watched grows, she begins to realize there is something else in the house with them–some creature that stalks the frozen halls and claws at her door. A creature that seems intent on harming her.
When a fire leaves Anne trapped in the manor with its Master, she finally demands to know why. But as she forces the truth about what haunts the grounds from Lord Grey, she learns secrets she isn’t prepared for. The creature is very real, and she’s the only one who can help him stop it.
Now, Anne must either risk her life for the young man she’s grown to admire or abandon her post while she still can.
The Rose Master is a great story, with lots of paces, mysterious yet familiar twists and turns, and rich in impressive magical powers.
The story just goes around Anne, who was sent to another manor and a new master. She already noticed the mysterious aura that surrounds the place once she arrived there. As more days passed by, the dark truth that lies behind the place shows slowly. She will know things she couldn’t believe was real, and she will also discover something impressive yet scary fact about herself.
I absolutely like this novel even though some of the scenes are predictable. I already have some idea of who could be the person behind the creature, but I am just not sure how to prove it. The authors writing is also simple but with a poetic tone that makes the story more enjoyable to read. Though I know to myself that there were times that I get bored because of few dialogues and more descriptive parts in some chapters, but it was okay. It still added some things to the image I see as I read this book.
I also like the characters, especially Anne. She is a strong woman who remains brave enough to face the frightening secrets that she unveiled about the thing living in that place, her new master, and also about herself. Though, sometimes, I still question some things about the character’s personality and of course, their background that remains a puzzle unsolved.
The ending resolve one of their main problems but the real journey of the characters will start on the next book. I am looking forward to seeing how the story will progress and how the characters will develop more into a better actor.
All in all, I am recommending this book to people who like reading a novel that has a gothic touch and has magic in it. If you are also looking for something that will make your mind curious about the story, pick this book up!
Disclaimer: I received a readers copy from YA Bound Book Tours.
Publisher: REUTS Publications, LLC
Publication Date: June 2014
Series: The Rose Master, 01
Genre(s): Young Adult, Gothic
Page Count: 200
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.