Book Review: Rose and the Lost Princess + Giveaway

Book Review: Rose and the Lost Princess + GiveawayRose and the Lost Princess by Holly Webb
Series: Rose #2
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwacky on April 1st 2014
Pages: 272
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Now an apprentice magician, Rose is asked to help find a very special missing person.

Turning the worn pages of her spell book, Rose can't believe how much her life has changed. Once a poor orphan, she is now an apprentice to the king's chief magician. But when the country's beloved princess vanishes, everything changes. As rumors of dark magic fly through the city, the king asks Rose for help. She must find the missing princess, before all is lost.

Rose and the Lost Princess is the second book in the Rose series, the first of which I loved and made it onto the CYBILs shortlist for Middle Grade Speculative Fiction. I was excited to see that there was a sequel forthcoming along with several other books that were first published in another country and are slowly trickling their way to us in the United States. The aftermath of the first book comes to light right away as more and more people are becoming afraid of magic and those that use it, whether for good or for evil. When one of the princesses disappears and reappears, people suppose it’s the work of another evil magician.

Rose’s mentor and the chief magician to the king is trying his best to help figure out the situation, but even he is not as trusted as he once was. The King asks Rose for her help to find the princess when she disappears again, but not to be found like the first time. Rose must go undercover as the Princess herself to get to the bottom of this mystery. All while not being found out that she is not actually the princess. It’s exciting to be in the palace, but Rose tries to keep her focus on the task at hand, even though she’s barely begun her own magical training.

With the help of her friends, Freddie and Gus (the magical cat), she sets out on a new adventure, one that involves cold magic, an interesting snow globe and a palace setting.  I love how sensible Rose is throughout this whole book. While still being a young girl and awed by life in general, she keeps herself grounded and wishes for a simple life, where things are less complicated. However, she knows that she has been given this gift and must use it to help others. I also cannot wait to find out more about where Rose came from, as her parents must have been magical and rarely are magical children abandoned like Rose was. I’m hoping this will come to light in some of the coming books.

My favorite side character in these books is Gus, who is very helpful yet pushes Rose to do some things that are against her nature. Freddie still is a bit insufferable at times, but he is growing on me considerably. I love the mix of serious, trickled with comedic relief from the character. The mystery of this book really pulled me in and kept me reading until the very end. Overall, Rose and the Lost Princess was a great follow up novel to the wonderful Rose and I’m looking forward to seeing what the next book has in store for our heroine.

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