Saturday 2 May 2020

ROSES & ROT by Kat Howard

Roses and Rot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, this is the next book I read on my Paperwhite. And I was intrigued from the beginning.

Imogen and Marin are sisters with a wicked mother they've both tried to escape in their own way. When they both get accepted into an exclusive artist retreat, they're very happy to be spending time with each other while perfecting their separate artistic pursuits.

But it doesn't take long for them to realise there's something very strange about Melete...

As soon as I started reading this book I was captivated by the writing. Imogen's POV is exciting and has such a dark fairy tale feel about it that I was glued to the pages.

I also liked the dynamic between the sisters. Time put distance between them, but when they meet again they both slip into a comfortable symmetry. Even though there's a lot unsaid, and something new manages to wedge a new kind of distance between them, their sisterly journey was wondrous to watch.

The imagery and atmosphere in Melete is described with such vivid words that I felt like I was there. Everything about the place is beautiful and magical-- perfect. But of course, the best kind of beauty conceals sharp teeth and claws. And when the reality of what's going on is revealed, that's only the beginning of the dangerous path that lays ahead.

I really enjoyed this lovely book. It's as mystical as it is sad. As wonderful as it is full of danger. Nothing comes without cost. And the past is never really far behind. There are some truly awful characters in this story. So bad they angered me to the point of frustration.

But hey, a book able to stir such emotion and captivate me so much I couldn't put it down, is awesome.

This is a great urban fantasy story that is rich with layers. It's also a modern fairy tale nightmare for adults.

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