THE ENCHANTED ROSE by NADIA NADER
The Enchanted Rose by Nadia Nader
Publication date: January 14th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
When Vivian’s mother dies in a tragic accident, Vivian’s world is turned upside down. Her life, as she knows it, is over. A new life, full of her mother’s secrets, begins…
Sent away by her father to live with two eccentric aunts on the mysterious Tremaine Estate, Vivian comes to learn that a powerful curse lurks over her family – one that only she may have the power to break. With each day she spends in Misty Hills, Vivian uncovers more unsettling discoveries about the town, her reclusive family, and herself.
Can Vivian let go of every truth she’s ever believed and discover who she really is, before the dark secrets hidden within the supernatural town threaten to consume her and those she loves?
*MY BOOK REVIEW*
DISCLAIMER: The books/eBooks being reviewed were provided free of charge in return for an honest review.
When I first started reading The Enchanted Rose by Nadia Nader, I was unsure as to whether I would actually like this book. I found the characters hollow, parts of the story a bit too in your face (yeah, I get that the main character has lived in a heap of different countries already!) and there was a whole heap of telling rather than showing going on. But, after a while, the characters really started to grow on me and I was intrigued by the development.
I really loved the complicated mess that was Vivian and Rose’s relationship and I loved that it was never really resolved in this novel. It will be interesting to see how their relationship develops in future books in this series. The aunts Vivian was sent to fascinated me and I could have read about them all day. Ditto for the townsfolk Vivian is introduced to. The author has a great flair for creating an eerie atmosphere and a creepy town.
At times this book just felt like a retelling of Practical Magic – the movie, not the book by Alice Hoffman. And there were even moments when I found myself thinking this novel would make an awesome hidden object game with all the creepiness going on and all the clues being laid out.
While I think this novel has potential, there were plenty of times where I just felt the author fell a little short, either in the way she told rather than showed the characters emotional journey or with all the cliches that were peppered throughout.
Overall, I am giving The Enchanted Rose by Nadia Nader 3 out of 5 stars. It will be interesting to see how this series develops.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nadia Nader was born and raised in Kuwait.
You can find Nadia on her website: http://www.NadiaNader.com
In addition to writing, Nadia’s interests include traveling around the world.