Review: Rose by Holly Webb

Title: Rose (Rose #1)
Author: Holly Webb
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Published: September 3, 2013
Paperback, arc, 272 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4022-8581-3
Genre: Middle Grade
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My thoughts:
I love fantasy, and I love historical fiction, especially books set in Victorian times. So when I came across this book, I couldn't stay away. From the first moment I picked it up, it was hard to put down. I immediately fell in love with Rose. 
Rose is an orphan. She has no idea who her parents were or where she came from. All she wants out of life is to get a good job as a house maid with a decent family. Rose is different from the other children. She finds that she can make things 'happen' without meaning them to. While most people might embrace this, Rose doesn't want anything to do with magic. All she wants out of life is to be normal.
Rose is placed with an Alchamist named Mr. Fountain. He lives with his daughter, his apprentice, Freddie, and his talking cat Gustavus. While Rose is at the house, she notices things aren't always what they seem, and her abilities are getting stronger. She's scared to death about losing her place and getting sent back to the orphanage. However outside on the streets, children are coming up missing and when Rose's best friend disappears she knows she has to risk everything to save her.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Rose is the first book in a new series. This is a great book for young readers. It does have a dark edge to it, though. It's about on the same level as Harry Potter. Nothing too graphic, but it might be intense for some younger readers. I can't wait to find out more about Rose and her adventures. I have a feeling this is going to be a great series! 
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