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Review: The Rose Throne (Mette Ivie Harrison)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 400
Publisher:May 14th 2013 by EgmontUSA
ISBN: 9781606843659
Genre: fantasy
Source: eARC from NetGalley

The Rose Throne (The Rose Throne, #1)Ailsbet loves nothing more than music; tall and red-haired, she's impatient with the artifice and ceremony of her father's court. Marissa adores the world of her island home and feels she has much to offer when she finally inherits the throne from her wise, good-tempered father. The trouble is that neither princess has the power--or the magic--to rule alone, and if the kingdoms can be united, which princess will end up ruling the joint land? For both, the only goal would seem to be a strategic marriage to a man who can bring his own brand of power to the throne. But will either girl be able to marry for love? And can either of these two princesses, rivals though they have never met, afford to let the other live?

I really had high hopes with The Rose Throne. I love fantasy/ fairy tale-ish books, but this one was only so-so for me.

I really liked the concept behind The Rose Throne. It had a certain magical element that I enjoyed (and was also very original). However, I felt that it was not fully developed. I am not certain if this will be a series or not, which greatly impacts my feelings toward this book. IF this is the beginning of a series, then I have a lot of questions I hope will be answered in the future. If this is not a series-- but a stand alone-- then I am very annoyed.

Why am I annoyed? Well, for obvious reasons: the ending. I could not believe how abrupt it was. I really thought there was more missing in my copy. When I have a book that leaves me with more questions than I started with, that's a problem.

I also felt a slight annoyance with the characters. I tried really hard to like Issa and Ailsbet but I just had a hard time connecting with them. However, they were probably the best characters in the book. I had serious issues with the romance between Kellin and Issa. I had no idea how 'serious' they were until it just sprang up on a page. Therefore, it wasn't very believable for me. There were a few other characters that I started to like, and then they suddenly disappeared from the story. So that was bothersome.

Alas, I really can't get beyond the rushed and abrupt ending. Since it bothered me so much, I can't be head over heals for this book. I did enjoy the writing and world building, but it left me wanting more.


  1. I like fantasy as well so I'm sad you were only so-so on this one. I had such high hopes!


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