I got an e-ARC of this book from Sara @ YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for a honest review.
Author: Valentina Cano
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Publisher: REUTS Publications
Ebook Pages: 198 pages
The day Anne Tinning turns seventeen, birds fall from the sky. But that’s hardly the most upsetting news. She’s being dismissed from the home she’s served at since she was a child, and shipped off to become the newly hired parlor maid for a place she’s never heard of. And when she sees the run-down, isolated house, she instantly knows why: There’s something wrong with Rosewood Manor.
Staffed with only three other servants, all gripped by icy silence and inexplicable bruises, and inhabited by a young master who is as cold as the place itself, the house is shrouded in neglect and thick with fear. Her questions are met with hushed whispers, and she soon finds herself alone in the empty halls, left to tidy and clean rooms no one visits.
As the feeling of being watched grows, she begins to realize there is something else in the house with them–somecreature that stalks the frozen halls and claws at her door. A creature that seems intent on harming her.
When a fire leaves Anne trapped in the manor with its Master, she finally demands to know why. But as she forces the truth about what haunts the grounds from Lord Grey, she learns secrets she isn’t prepared for. The creature is very real, and she’s the only one who can help him stop it.
Now, Anne must either risk her life for the young man she’s grown to admire, or abandon her post while she still can.
There isn’t a lot to say about this book. It’s okay but that’s just it. Okay.
It’s not fast-paced, it’s not a book with a “different” concept, it’s not action-filled. It was quite boring many times but thankfully, the romance wasn’t too much. That was one thing that encouraged me to finish it. A paranormal novel without love at first sight and without excessive descriptions of sex (in this case, since the setting was the 19th century, no sex at all)?? That’s so rare that to me, the book was worth finishing for that reason alone.
The characters were okay. I didn’t like that the author did her best to show over and over again that Anne was an ordinary, not girly person. The second time it was mentioned that she wasn’t gorgeous- “just pretty”, I wanted to throw away my phone. And of course, she didn’t like pink or frills. Sigh! On the other hand, I liked that Lord Grey (August) had his own flaws and wasn’t a good, perfect guy.
The twist at the end was surprising but not jaw-dropping. It didn’t wow me. I’m not sure why but it failed to shock me. I was just like, “Oh. Really”
Another problem was that we weren’t told why Anne had powers and why they only manifested the day she was told she was living her first home.
Recommend? Well…not really.
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