Book of the Week: Waking Rose by Regina Doman


Title: A Fairytale Retold 3: Waking Rose

Author: Regina Doman

Stars: 5 out of 5

Genre: Retold Fairytale

Blurb: "I love him more than poetry... I love him more than song."Ever since he rescued her from Certain Death, Rose Brier has had a crush on Ben Denniston, otherwise known as Fish. But Fish, struggling with problems of his own, thinks that Rose should go looking elsewhere for a knight in shining armor. Trying to forget him, Rose goes to college, takes up with a sword-wielding band of brothers, and starts an investigation into her family's past that proves increasingly mysterious. Then a tragic accident occurs, and Fish, assisted by Rose's new friends, finds himself drawn into a search through a tangle of revenge and corruption that might be threatening Rose's very life. The climax is a crucible of fear, fight, and fire that Fish must pass through to reach Rose and conquer his dragons.

Favourite Quotes: “I shall have twenty cats and talk to them all," she said, picking up the volume of poetry. "My cats and I shall have fish every day for dinner." Her imagination taking flight, she finished, dropping the book into the box, "And I shall memorize every line in this book and paint it in calligraphy on my living room walls.”

There was a silence. Then Paul looked at Alex.
'She knows Chesterton.'
'She lives,' said Alex.

Thoughts: When Mum bought this book for my birthday, I was overjoyed. Ever since finishing the first two books in the series, I'd been longing to know more about Rose and Fish. The book did not disappoint.

I found that while I was reading, my mind kept jumping ahead, trying to work out the mystery. Just as I would think I'd had it all worked out, I'd realise I was completely wrong. The end was really surprising.

I liked the way the book switched between Rose and Fish's points of view. Most retold fairytales mainly concentrate on the girl, but in this book, you get to know both of them.

My favourite part of this book was the characters. They were all unique, well developed and written. I couldn't help wanting them for my friends!

Have you read Waking Rose? What did you think? Do you have any book recommendations?

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