Welcome to my stop on the ‘The Rose Master’ blog tour. Today I will be reviewing The Rose Master. So here’s a little bit about it:
Publisher: REUTS Publications.
Release Date: 24th June 2014.
Source:From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
3 out of 5 stars.
The Rose Master is described as Beauty and the Beast meets Jane Eyre, and I think that is a pretty good description of it. It is a chilling historical novel with a horror twist.
Anne is a parlor maid in the London estate she has been at since she was a child. At the start of the novel, she is summoned by her mistress and told she is being shipped off to a country manor named Rosewood. Anne doesn’t like the idea, but she obeys. When Anne arrives at Rosewood, she knows instantly that there is something wrong.
Strange things start to happen, and the small staff left at Rosewood Manor know what’s going on but won’t tell Anne much more than to bolt her door at night. It’s is always freezing and something is scratching at Anne’s door during the night. She feels like she is being watched, and the master is always closed up in his room.
Anne soon learns that there is a creature roaming the halls, a dangerous one and no one is safe – and the small staff is trapped. But there is more to Anne than even she realizes, and she may just be the one with the power to save them all.
The Rose Master is a Gothic, haunting retelling of two great classics. Anne proved to be a brave and selfless heroine, willing to do the right thing, even if that meant risking her life.
The Master, August, was a tortured soul, burdened by a decision he made and the devastating effects because of it.
Despite this, he is kind to Anne, and as they work together to try and defeat the creature that has them all captive, the barrier of servant and master dissolve.
Like many YA books, there was a romance. The romance was a slow unfurling, a natural progression, which is the kind of romance that I prefer.
My only niggle with it was that there was too much swearing, but that’s just a personal preference.
If you are a Jane Eyre or Beauty and the Beast fan, and you like historical fiction with a dark twist, then The Rose Master is for you.
You can add it to your Goodreads here.
About Valentina Cano:
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, including her five, very spoiled, snakes. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. She lives in Miami, Florida.