Rose (Rose #1) by Holly Webb
About the Book (copy from Goodreads.com): "Rose isn't like the other orphans at St Bridget's Home for Abandoned Girls. Instead of dreaming of getting adopted by loving, wealthy parents, Rose wants to get a job and be independent. She doesn't need anyone but herself. She finds her escape working as a maid for Mr. Fountain, an alchemist. Unable to ignore the magic that flows throughout the grand residence, Rose realizes that just maybe; she might have a little bit of magic in her too. This new series featuring magicians, witches, talking cats, mist-monsters, and friendships will have young readers in a trance!"
Not much detail from that description, but I'm very intrigued anyway. You know I'm a sucker for anything vaguely Victorian themed, so this one is right up my alley. Since it has magic and stuff too. It's also the first of a series, which will be good news if this turns out to be as good as it looks. So go buy a copy so it does well and we get the rest of the books here in the US too!
And since I can never resist talking about covers, what do you think of it? I think it's a little weird. I love the house in the background, but Rose looks a little strange to me for some reason. Love the cat on the fence though. So cute and fluffy! On the other hand, I don't think the UK cover is all that great either (pictured here on left). I like pink, but this is a little overkill, don't you think? I like the title treatement a little better though. More Victorian-ish looking, although the US title treatment is not bad. And again, she looks weird in the UK cover (eyes are too big or too far apart or something). But I suppose not every book can have the perfect cover. I really need to work on not judging a book by it's cover, which worked in this case because I added it to my Goodreads "want to read" shelf before the cover was posted.
Rose (Rose #1) was published yesterday, September 3rd.
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