Finished “Roses and Rot” by Kat Howard
My thoughts … Meh
Imogen and her sister Marin escape their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, whether it be art or love in this haunting debut novel from “a remarkable young writer” (Neil Gaiman).
What would you sacrifice for everything you ever dreamed of?
Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldn’t imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite post-grad arts program—Imogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that there’s more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen might be living in the fairy tale she’s dreamed about as a child, but it’s one that will pit her against Marin if she decides to escape her past to find her heart’s desire.
I want to thank Saga Press and Simon & Schuster for providing me with this free advanced reader copy. This book will hit the bookstores around the middle of May (17th).
While I have seen some very good reviews of this book, “Roses and Rot” was not my cup of tea. I really struggled to finish it and I have to admit that I was actually counting down the pages to the end of the book. I didn’t care about the characters and I found the pace of the book hard to push through. I did like the setting and the mood but, for me, that just wasn’t enough. All in all, I found the book to be “meh”.
Give this one a pass at the bookstore and check this one out at the Library.
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