Published by Createspace Independent Pub on January 14, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: ecopy from Author
When Vivian’s mother dies in a tragic accident, Vivian’s world is turned upside down. Her life, as she knows it, is over. A new life, full of her mother’s secrets, begins…
Sent away by her father to live with two eccentric aunts on the mysterious Tremaine Estate, Vivian comes to learn that a powerful curse lurks over her family – one that only she may have the power to break. With each day she spends in Misty Hills, Vivian uncovers more unsettling discoveries about the town, her reclusive family, and herself.
Can Vivian let go of every truth she’s ever believed and discover who she really is, before the dark secrets hidden within the supernatural town threaten to consume her and those she loves?
The Enchanted Rose is the first in a young adult paranormal magic series, called Misty Hills. Misty Hills is the mysterious town that Vivian is shipped off to after her mother passes away and her father freaks out at the idea of being a single father. (which is pretty crappy in and of itself.) But the result is that Vivian is dropped in the middle of a huge mystery basically. It was a cool little opener to what looks like it will be a good paranormal and magical series. The book was a little short, so it read like an introduction to this family curse. You don’t get a ton of answers because the questions really pile up. Vivian is quite the inquisitive teen, but you do get some answers. Just enough to pique my interest into wanting to read the second book.
It was refreshing to see a book featuring a younger ya heroine. I feel like lately we have been seeing 17 and 18 year olds all over the place and the end result is that the book falls somewhere between young adult and new adult. But I loved that Vivian was 16 and a sophomore in high school. And the book was fitting of her age group. There is almost no romance in this story, but possibly the hint of more to come later in the series. That was a real winning point for me with The Enchanted Rose. I am normally a huge fan of romance, but given how brisk and quick this book read, I felt like any romance would have been really rushed and I don’t want that. Perhaps the next books will be a bit longer than 150 pages and will have more time for a romantic connection to develop.
The Enchanted Rose was focused instead on figuring out just what the heck was going on with Vivian’s long lost family. No one wanted to give her any answers, which was crazy. I don’t know how they expected her to arrive with the way things were and not start asking questions. I loved how insistent Vivian was. She did not give up. And her plucky attitude was ta huge thumbs up for me The mystery and story of The Enchanted Rose was interesting as well, and I am excited to see where Nadia Nader is going to take the story. The book ends with a slight cliffhanger, so I think the second book will pick up right where this one left off. There are still plenty of mysteries to be solved, and I hope in the next book we see more of Hunter. I have a guess as to what his secret might be, and I can’t wait to find out if I am correct. If you like mysterious young adult paranormals, this quick read might be just the ticket for you! You can read it in a short few hours, so check it out and see if this series is something you will enjoy.
*I also love that my ebook copy of The Enchanted Rose had the book summary at the start of the book. I think this is something that all ebooks should have. It is not as easy to flip an ebook over mid-reading and check the summary if you forget what the book is about. I loved being able to read what the book would be about before I started. *
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- May Clean Sweep ARC 2015