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Book Review: The Rose Master by Valentina Cano

REUTS Publications, LLC Published June 2014 200 Pages
REUTS Publications, LLC
Published June 2014
200 Pages

Anne Tinning isn’t having the best birthday. First birds fall from the sky and then to make matters worst she is being dismissed from her current position as a maid, a position she had since she was a child, and being sent to an isolated run down house as a parlor maid.

Beyond the isolation there is something wrong with Rosewood Manor. Staffed with only three servants, the house is full of fear and tension; the master is cold and withdrawn (almost never seen) but the most horrifying thing is there a creature that walks through the house terrorizing everyone but more frequently Anne.

Determined to get to the bottom of this, Anne must find the truth about her master as well as herself.

This was a nice attempt that went wrong very fast.  So forgive me, this will be a short review.

Anne was drone. No personal, no growth nothing. Everything was yes, sir throughout the whole book was yes sir. For most of the book nothing happened; there was way too much vagueness and it was predictable. I believe that if you are going to call a book gothic there needs to be more than just a creepy spirit or house or just flat out darkness and cold. There needs to be horror there needs to be descriptive words that make me chill.

The second biggest problem I have with this book is the “romance.” Love comes in different forms and ways but what Anne and the Master have for each other doesn’t even feel like lust for that matter. There is just no real emotion that pours out thru their actions or even the words the author uses.

Overall the story could have been amazing, I wouldn’t had even mind if it was longer. But there was way too much downtime, it wasn’t descriptive enough and it didn’t provide the horror affect I was looking for.

1 Pickle.

Book Review: Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Katherine Tegen Books Published April 1, 2014 359 Pages
Katherine Tegen Books
Published April 1, 2014
359 Pages

Kit is a 17-year-old girl who also happens to be the “Perfect Killer . . .” London’s most notorious serial killer. She receives letters in a secret location and for cash she kills the person you desire the most to die.  Her trademark? Leaving the letter she received alongside the dead body.

Kit has five rules she lives by but when a kill hits closer to home instead of running away, Kit considers it a challenge and changes her life and everyone around her.

This wasn’t a completely bad book but it also didn’t wow me. Kit is a boring serial killer. She is because that is all she lives for (beyond keeping up appearances at school). The interesting part is she was trained by her mother, who was/is a serial killer. I thought that was a really cool spin but the author didn’t do nothing really big with it other than the fact that her mother was a hard ass when it came to Kit’s kills and how she was about to screw everything up.

The book was boring. The author spent a lot of time of Kit trying to be friends with one of her kills when she really didn’t need to as such. In the past she never made friends with her kills or even stalked them for the most part. I felt that, as a reader, I didn’t really know who Kit was because she didn’t come off like a person who looked for challenges. She was extremely intelligent but the moment she tried to “challenge” herself she became completely emotional and irrational. It wasn’t a good fit and it was forces.

The ending . . .  was bad. After taking the times to push through to have such a crappy as that I can’t deal.

Overall, although the concept was a good idea and the story started off good enough it fell short. 2 Pickles.

Book Review: The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Katharine Tulman is being sent to London to find out why her

     Scholastic Press  Published Aug. 27, 2012           318 pages
Scholastic Press
Published Aug. 27, 2012
318 pages

inheritance is being dwindled away by the hands of her eccentric i.e. possibly crazy uncle. But when she gets there she finds out that her Uncle is actually this amazing inventor and he employs a village about 900 people.

While fighting her  feelings (to save her inheritance or a town) and trying to find the truth about her uncle’s way of life, Katharine beings to fall for the mysterious assistant, Lane, who works with her uncle.

This book was okay. I didn’t particularly like Katharine. She was too stuck up and I didn’t completely believe her transformation. The story surrounding her uncle was great and original. I was surprised to know it was based on a true story (it is detailed in the back of the book) and it only intrigued me more.

But the characters, Katherine, her uncle, Lane, everyone, didn’t do anything for me. I was bored. The setting wasn’t as details as I would have liked. Yes, the book had mysterious elements to it but it wasn’t enough for me to enjoy.

However, I did appreciate the fact that the relationship between Katharine and Lane wasn’t the biggest thing. It was a bonus so if it didn’t happen I wouldn’t miss it.

Overall the book gets 6 out of 10. I thought the story was original and a nice retelling of an actual life but it was boring.


Love, Pickles