Tuesday, April 15, 2014

{Blog Tour} Book Review + Giveaway: Rose and the Lost Princess by Holly Webb

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Release Date: April 1st 2014
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Source: ARC for Blog Tour
Find it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

Rose’s whole life has changed in a matter of weeks. She’s gone from being a lonely orphan to a magician’s apprentice, though she’s learned that power comes at a price. Even Rose’s friends don’t seem to trust her anymore, especially when rumors of dark magic begin to swirl through the city.

Then the country’s beloved princess vanishes, and the king asks Rose for her help. She must find the missing princess and put a stop to the evil magician behind the kidnapping… before all is lost.

Holly Webb’s Rose was absolutely wonderful, and its sequel is just the same. Rose and the Lost Princess picks up where the first one left off, with Rose exploring a newly discovered world of magic, and running into even more mystery and adventure. The pitch “Downton Abbey meets Harry Potter” is absolutely spot on, with the perfect mixture of magical adventures and historical drama.

I think I enjoyed the plot of this sequel even more than that of the first. Rose must assist in helping to find the lost princess, and in the process lots of obstacles cross her path. But Rose is a smart, resourceful, and dedicated person and works through it all. She’s an admirable character, and she’s such fun to read about. She still doesn’t know everything about her past, but she has a future ahead of her that involves apprenticing for Mr. Fountain.

All of the secondary characters are great. We get to meet several new characters, including Princesses Charlotte and Jane. I feel like none of the characters were developed too deeply, but I was alright with that because these are light-hearted books that don’t require too much development. I do hope that in the following books we get to know these characters even better, though!

Holly’s writing is enchanting. It’s easy and light, but still has a certain quality to it that adds depth and pulls readers in. I just can’t put my finger on it exactly (magic, maybe?) No matter what Holly has done to write such charming books, I can’t wait to continue reading!


About the Author: HOLLY WEBB

Holly was born and grew up in southeast London but spent a lot of time on the Suffolk coast. As a child, she had two dogs, a cat, and at one point, nine gerbils (an accident). At about ten, Holly fell in love with stories from Ancient Greek myths, which led to studying university. She worked for five years as a children’s fiction editor before deciding that writing was more fun and easier to do from a sofa. Now living in Reading with her husband, three sons, and two cats, Holly runs a Guide unit. The Rose books stem from a childhood love of historical novels and the wish that animals really could talk.



  • ONE winner will receive ONE paperback copy of ROSE AND THE LOST PRINCESS by HOLLY WEBB
  • Entrants must have a valid email address
  • The winner must respond to email within 48 hours to claim their prize
  • Must be 13 or older, or have a parent’s permission
  • Must have a valid US or Canada mailing address.
  • Giveaway runs from April 15th to April 30th
  • DO NOT leave your email in the comments!
  • I am not responsible if the prize is lost, stolen, or damaged.

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  1. This is a lovely and special giveaway. Thanks for your wonderful feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. sounds good thank you so much for the giveaway i look forward to reading it and so many other books you have shown on your blog too


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