April 29, 2014

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Rose and the Lost Princess Book #review

Disclosure:  I received an unedited, not published version of this book on my Kindle.  I did not receive a final copy in any format.   I was not compensated in any other way.  These views are my own/

Best-selling UK author, Holly Webb, continues the magical mystery series in, Rose and the Lost Princess.

Kirkus Reviews says, “Webb shines in her depiction of the gradations of status and power both up- and downstairs and how these positions shape perception, action and character. Enjoyable magical adventure enlivened by an engaging group of secondary characters from all backgrounds and realms.”

Set in the British countryside and featuring an orphaned ward apprenticed to a magician, this youthful story is a delightful mix of Downton Abbey and Harry Potter.

About Rose and the Lost Princess: 
Rose’s whole life has changed in a matter of weeks. She’s gone from being a lonely orphan to a magician’s apprentice, though she’s learned that power comes at a price. Even Rose’s friends don’t seem to trust her anymore, especially when rumors of dark magic begin to swirl through the city.

Then the country’s beloved princess vanishes, and the king asks Rose for her help. She must find the missing princess and put a stop to the evil magician behind the kidnapping… before all is lost

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My thoughts:

When I was asked to read this book, I was told it was a children's book and my daughter who is 8 was eager to read it after me.  At 8, my little girl is reading chapter book, but I still think the Rose series is a little to complex for her and understanding. I would consider this a tween/teen/young adult book even though the characters are younger, I think the older ages can handle some of the complex storyline lines, let alone some of the vernacular used for that era maybe hard of younger children to understand.  I read the first Rose book recently to get her background story before jumping into The Lost Princess.  In the first book, we are introduced to Rose who lives in an all girls' orphan by chance or possibly magic, one day she is chosen (at the age of 10) to become a maid at Mr. Fountain's house one of the most acclaimed magicians.  While there Rose learns she is actually a magician too and has to finally let others see her magic to save those she loves.  

In this follow-up book Rose becomes a magician's apprentice along side her maid duties. Rose could of easily left her servant days behind and instantly moved up in class as an apprentice, but all she knows is how to be a servant and she decides to tackle both jobs.   Rose must learn the fine line of  good and evil and the capabilities of  magic. she is enlisted in helping guard a little princess and in the end help search for the princess once she is lost.  My heart actually goes out to Rose through out the book, so much is expected of her at such a young age, let alone the people she thought were her friends no longer trust her because of her magic, especially when a dark magic takes over the entire city.  Will Rose succeed in finding the Lost Princess and defeating the dark shadowy magic?  You will have to pick up book two to find out! 

About the Author:
Holly was born and grew up in southeast London but spent a lot of time on the Suffolk coast. As a child, she had two dogs, a cat, and at one point, nine gerbils (an accident). At about ten, Holly fell in love with stories from Ancient Greek myths, which led to studying university. She worked for five years as a children’s fiction editor before deciding that writing was more fun and easier to do from a sofa. Now living in Reading with her husband, three sons, and two cats, Holly runs a Guide unit. The Rose books stem from a childhood love of historical novels and the wish that animals really could talk.


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