Monday, December 29, 2014

The Rose Master by Valentina Cano

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Title: The Rose Master
Author: Valentina Cano
Release Date: June 2014
Publisher: REUTS Publications, LLC
Source: Netgalley
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Purchase Link: Book Depository


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.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The day I turned seventeen, birds fell from the sky.
Anne Tinning is a servant just like all her ancestors before her. She was sent away by her employer, Lady Caldwell, to serve at Rosewood Manor. Upon her arrival at Rosewood Manor, she realized that the staff is keeping secrets of the manor away from her and that there is a creature lurking around the manor that wants to hurt her.

Where is Lord Grey, the master of Rosewood Manor? 
What does the creature want? 
Is there something different about Anne?

Those are some of the questions that kept running through my mind as I read. I am hooked on the story from the beginning. I find the plot really interesting. There's mystery, fantasy and even a smidgen of romance. 

As for the characters, I have to say that my favourite character is probably Elsie. She's such a good friend to Anne. Even though she only makes an appearance before Anne was sent away to Rosewood Manor, I find myself growing fond of her. 

The romance took a back seat in this story. Being a fan of the romance genre, I was a little disappointed (just a little) that I don't get to see more of that element in the story. Regardless of that, I really enjoyed this story.

**Copy is provided by the publisher via Netgalley**

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