Where have all the children gone? Mr Fountain's grand residence is a world away from the dark orphanage Rose has left behind. For the house is overflowing with sparkling magic - she can feel it. And soon Rose realises that she might be just a little bit magical, too...
But when orphans begin mysteriously disappearing, Rose's magic is put to the test. Can she find the missing children before it's all too late?
The first of Rose's spellbinding adventures...I LOVE the cover of this book. Seriously, the whole way through I kept on closing the book to stare at the gorgeous cover. I don't think 'Rose' quite lived up to this marvellous cover, but it was quite an entertaining read.
This book wasn't slow to get into, the story started quickly. I enjoyed the first part of this book, but then unfortunately in the middle it wasn't as good. The writing sometimes seemed hard to understand, sometimes I had to read a paragraph a couple of times to fully get what was going on. It's hard to explain, but if you've read it you'll know what I mean.
The last part of the story was better. But the ending seemed really sudden and rushed. Pretty much two hundred pages are just setting up the story, and then the ending is thrown into the last seventy pages.
Rose, as a character, wasn't overly believable, but then it's a book aimed at 9+, so I suppose character development isn't a very important thing in that age group. Freddy was quite believable, but that's probably because annoying characters are more convincing! I wish Mr. Fountain and Bill were in it more, we didn't see much of them.
I know I haven't said much good about this book, and this is a very short review (sorry for that) but I am going to give it 4/5. It is actually enjoyable, and I think younger kids will love it. I will definitely be reading the sequel, Rose and The Lost Princess. Even if it's just for the pretty cover :)
Age Group: 9+
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Publisher: Orchard Books
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