September 16, 2013

Review: Rose (Rose #1) by Holly Webb

The grand residence of the famous alchemist, Mr Fountain, is a world away from the dark orphanage Rose has left behind. For the house is positively overflowing with sparkling magic—she can feel it. And it’s not long before Rose realises that maybe, just maybe, she has a little bit of magic in her, too. . . .The first book in an exciting, get-lost-in-the-world series about orphans, alchemy, magical powers and sinister child-catchers.
Rose is the first book in Holly Webb's Rose series. This young adult series focuses on the orphan Rose who has been plucked from the orphanage in order to become a maid at magician Mr. Fountain's house. It's in this magical home that Rose reluctantly realizes she has magical abilities too. With the help of Mr. Fountain's apprentice Freddie and shape-shifting cat Gus, Rose must use her magic to find out why children throughout London have been disappearing.
I absolutely loved this book from the slightly gothic Rose on the cover to the horrific evil that is being forced on the kidnapped children. Holly Webb has created a cast full of fun and interactive characters in the orphan children, the kidnapped children, the servants in Mr. Fountain's house, and the upper crust occupants of the home. And she's obviously done her homework since I, as an avid reader of books about the British ton, found that the settings and circumstances were correct for that time period. Rose is an adventurous and magical book starring a little girl with a lot of gumption--a book that will entertain readers, young and old. This series is a FIVE STAR read.
Reviewers Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by~Cindi
Thank you to the author for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for an honest review!

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