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THE ROSE MASTER by Valentina Cano — A Book Review

July 15, 2014

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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.


 

Want something original to read? Then check out The Rose Master by Valentina Cano. It has a strange “Jane Eyre” feel to it while reading. Creepy mansion, something lurking in the darkness, scratches at the door while you sleep, and a mysterious and obviously haunted Master who roams the grounds at all hours. However, Cano strays quite a bit from the classic tale of Jane Eyre. She has a few surprises in store for anyone brave enough to read her shiver-inducing story.

I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. Cano has a very unique voice that makes the story flow and keeps you interested. She makes sure to stay within the dialect of the time she is writing about, yet makes it modern enough where you’re not tripping over strange words. The heroine, instead of being constantly melancholy about her situation, is determined and easy to root for. Unlike some other YA, I wasn’t constantly annoyed with the heroine for stupid decisions she made. However, she was still realistic and not completely perfect.

Cano does leave a few things hanging. You do get a momentary happily ever after. My main complaint is that it is wrapped up way too quickly after the climax of the story. You have the big finale, and then the story ends. I wish there had been a bit more focus on what happens after things escalate. There is going to be a sequel, which means Cano will probably explain the few loose ends. But, I would have liked a bit more at the end of this book to hold me over until the next one comes out.

Being a Jane Eyre fan, I really enjoyed Cano’s twist on the classic. If you like reading a story with a little bit of everything, you should read The Rose Master.  

 

 

*I was provided with a free copy of The Rose Master by REUTS Publications in exchange for an honest review.

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