{Review+Giveaway} The Enchanted Rose by @Nadia_Nader @XpressoTours

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{Review+Giveaway} The Enchanted Rose by @Nadia_Nader @XpressoTours

{Review+Giveaway} The Enchanted Rose by @Nadia_Nader @XpressoToursThe Enchanted Rose by Nadia Nader
Pages: 150
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?

YA Review My Thoughts

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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About Nadia Nader

Nadia Nader was born and raised in Kuwait.

You can find Nadia on her website: www.NadiaNader.com

In addition to writing, Nadia’s interests include traveling around the world.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

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9 Responses to “{Review+Giveaway} The Enchanted Rose by @Nadia_Nader @XpressoTours”

  1. kindlemom1

    Boo for the crappy parenting technique of the dad but the rest sounds really good. Like a pretty good start to a new series. It is so hard for me to resist anything with magic in it. I really am a sucker.

  2. Faye le Potato

    These days, I am actually prefering books that have little to no romance in the first book of a series! It just feels more natural that way, when two people start with a friendship that escalate to something more as the story goes along. Plus, the first book is when the problem or the conflict starts, and who honestly would have the time to think about romance at that point?!

  3. Giselle

    Little or no romance is kind of refreshing if you ask me. So many great books were ruined by the amount of focus on the romance while leaving the plot/development to rot. Boo! This sounds like a quick read! Great review, Michelle!

  4. Cathy French

    Any book that centers around a supernatural town is intriguing to me

  5. Victoria

    Thanks for sharing your review. I love the cover and I like the blurb so I may be checking this one out. Thanks again for sharing 🙂

  6. Monica M

    This definitely sounds like the kind of book that I would enjoy. It sounds like a really strong start to a new series, and your comments on the ending leave me to believe that it will leave me eagerly awaiting the sequel. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

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