Book Review – The Rosegiver

by Sandy Hiss

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Charlotte Foster
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Larry Darter
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 Julia Wilson
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Reviewed by Charlotte Foster

Overall, An Enjoyable Quick Read

I received this e-book from BookGobbler
I thought this book was a pretty quick read. I think that this book has both negative and positive things as most books do.
The basis of this novel is about Rachel Harper, a seventeen year old girl, who is a RoseGiver, you’ll have to read the book to find out what that is. I thought it was a unique concept though. I also thought the pacing of the story was awesome. I just flew through the chapters. I also found the worldbuilding to be visually stimulating and loved that it was set in the 1800s. The descriptions of Thistle Grove and Rosethorne Inn were straight out of a dream.
I liked the minor characters too. They were likeable and the incidents that occurred throughout the story with regards to the supporting characters was quite unusual but, I think added to the story. The story does have a little romance, a love triangle, but it’s the slow burning type. The relationship grows from a friendship instead of a love at first site type of thing. Most of the plot was based on the mystery of the disappearing girls.
These were some of the things I liked, so in my opinion, the positive. Now for some of the things I didn’t like, the negative. The story has way too many things that the plot could revolve around, or elements. When I first started the book, I thought it was going to be about Rachel’s gift which would have been extremely interesting and unique. Instead, the book is a mixture of Rachel’s gift, demons and vampyres all encased in a beautiful Victorian world. This meant that sometimes, the plot was all over the place. I think the author would have a better story if she stuck one element and carried it till the end.
The main character, Rachel was an idiot. The girl has no sense of propriety for a woman in that era and if it was the intention of the author to make her different, it was an unsuccessful attempt. She is more of a damsel in distress that gets herself into stupid situations and looks for a man to rescue her at all times. She makes rash decisions too. Victorian girls were always chaperoned and not allowed to roam the woods alone like she did.. If she was meant to have a rebellious streak, maybe find a way more true to the period.
Overall, I truly did enjoy the story. I would recommend reading this book if you like YA historical fiction.


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Reviewed by Larry Darter

An exquisitely written enchanting tale well told

Written By Sandy Hiss—This fantasy novel takes place in the late 1800s, and seventeen-year-old Rachel Harper is sent by her mother to the mythical English village of Thistle Grove to assist her aunt who operates an inn by performing. While Rachael is still grieving the recent death of her father, she starts to look forward to the adventure of the trip and the visit with her aunt.

It isn’t until Rachael is on the train from London, bound for Thistle Grove that she learns that something sinister has been taking place in the village. Some young women have gone missing, and no one knows what has become of them.
Aboard the train, Rachael becomes acquainted with an older gentleman that she discovers is a writer also bound for Thistle Grove, and they strike up a friendship. Once Rachael arrives in Thistle Grove the reader learns that like her mother Catherine and her aunt Judith, Rachael is a Rosegiver.

A Rosegiver is a person with the special gift of being able to read another person and divine such things about the person as their state of emotional or physical health. Under the supervision of her aunt, Rachael begins to practice her gift by performing readings for members of the community. At the inn where she lives and works, Rachael makes the acquaintance of a young man employed by her aunt named Ronan who has information about the missing girls of the village…

The Rosegiver is an interesting and entertaining mixture of the paranormal, suspense, and romance with an agreeable Victorian flavor.

Hiss is a talented writer who uses fully developed, three-dimensional characters, an intriguing plot, and just the right pace to keep the reader engaged in her delightfully told tale. While YA fantasy isn’t a genre I read often, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to those who enjoy the genre.


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Reviewed by Julia Wilson

A Good Old Fashioned Tale

The Rosegiver by Sandy Hiss is a historical gothic fantasy. A new release, Sandy Hiss employs all the traditional elements of nineteenth century gothic fiction – a dark brooding atmosphere, figures that draw the reader in as we question – what is real? What is imagined? Who can be trusted?

The Rosegiver also has a fairytale feel to it, very reminiscent of Little Red Riding Hood, Alice In Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White all rolled into one.

The leading lady is well drawn, likable in her innocence whilst learning to perfect her gift. Loss permeates the novel. A loss that is deeply felt – “drowning in tears won’t bring him back.”

The Rosegiver was not my usual genre but I really enjoyed it. It was entertaining and had me hooked, trying to predict the outcome. A tale to be read with the lights on – and not before bedtime!

I received this book for free from The Book Gobbler. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

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