Monday, May 30, 2011

Rose by Holly Webb

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 :)

Source: Library
Pages: 272
Age Group: 9+
Official Publication Date:
Publisher: Orchard Books
Author Website: None


  1. I have this and I was reading it... until I got given two other books and started on them. I LOVE this cover too, it is lovely, mysterious and pink, lol. Giving it 4/5 must mean it's good, I might get a start on it sometime... :D

  2. You're right, the cover's gorgeous! It sounds like quite a good book, and a 4/5's great, so I might try it :) Brilliant review! :D

  3. I've seen these books and always wondered what they were like. Thank you for the great review!

  4. Gosh awesome review! Can't wait to read it!
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  5. I read it NA NA and you didnt!
    Its a rwally good book u noe and u will neva read
    because its my book
    that right! Im 'olly webb!
    and im putting all my books in the UK and US away from every single house and library eva

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  7. Hiii guys its debby ryan here rose is a great book you should read it deffo bye guysss continue the great readin yhh

  8. Rose is a really really really good book. Personally i think there was nothing wrong with it. I loved it. it was simple to understand and the other 3 books were really good to. i have it and i read it 5 or 6 times. i don't think the ending was quickly thrown in. i loved it so much i follow the lily series too. i guess differant people think diferrant things. i for one certinaly think it was good but i wish there was more books after the 4th book.


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