Giveaway, Blog Tour and My Review of Rose and the Lost Princess


Rose and the Lost Princess by Holly Webb

Age Range: 9 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 6

Series: Rose #2

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (April 1, 2014)

Genre: Historical fantasy

Source: Digital ARC from publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 4.5  of 5 stars

About the Book:

Not all magic is used for good…

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. Rose’s magical abilities blossom, but she’s still uneasy about her new powers. Even Rose’s friends don’t seem to trust her anymore, especially when rumor of dark magic begin to swirl through the city.

Then the country’s beloved princess vanishes, and Rose learns she must find the missing girl. Can Rose shatter the power of an evil magician before all is lost?

Praise for Rose: 

“Magic, mystery, adventure, and friendship—this book has it all.”—Books for Kids

“One of those pure unqualified delights tht I dearly hope folks will read.”—A Fuse 8 Production

About the Author:

Holly Webb is a best-selling author in the UK with her books Lost in the Snow and Lost in the Storm. She was born and grew up in southeast London. She worked for five years as a children’s fiction editor, before deciding to become a writer. The Rose books stem from a childhood love of historical novels, and the wish that animals really could talk. She lives in Reading with her husband and three small children.


My Thoughts:

You may have noticed that the first quote under the “Praise” section is from Books for Kids.  That’s me!  Obviously it was before I changed the name of my blog, but if you want to read my full review of the first book, you can find it HERE.

Now for this review:

This is the second book in the Rose series and it is just as good as the first. Rose is starting her apprenticeship lessons with Mr. Fountain and Freddie, while still working as a servant. The other servants don’t trust magic and are leery of Rose. Suspicious things are happening in the city and the entire kingdom blames magic, but Rose and her friends will do whatever it takes to keep a princess from being kidnapped.

Just as in the first book, I loved the friendships that sprang up between Rose and the other characters. That was one of my favorite parts of the book.  Not all the characters were fond of Rose, and that added to the complexity of her situation. However, she has a stalwart (if self-absorbed) friend in both Freddie and Bella. Bill also remains a source of solid friendship in this book.

This installment is not nearly as dark as the first, and I liked that. The author kept all the beautiful bits of magic and adventure from the first story, while making it much less disturbing. The imagery is lovely. I got caught up in this world of English royalty, magic, and sinister plots.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Highly recommended for fans of magic and mystery!

Content: Some violence and bullying, but still very clean.


Read the Series:

Covers link to Amazon.

Giveaway Details:

1 paperback of Rose and the Lost Princess

Open to the US and Canada

Ends April 21

Must be 13 or older to enter or have your parent/guardian enter for you.  Winner must respond to my email within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

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Check out the other stops on the tour for more reviews and chances to win!

Date Name Blog Blog Link
Tu April 1 Bonnie Wagner A Backwards Story
Wed April 2 Heidi Grange Geo Librarian
Th April 3 Suzanne Costner The Fairview Review
Fri April 4 Pamela Thompson YA Books – What We’re Reading Now
Sat April 5 Kristen Harvey The Book Monsters
Sun April 6 Jessica Nottingham Hopeless Bibliophile
Mon April 7 Stephanie Turner Cover 2 Cover Blog
Tues April 8 Sharon Schmidt Tyler Sharon the Librarian
Wed April 9 Dena Batch of Books
Th April 10 Aeicha Word Spelunking
Fri April 11 Kelly Hager Kelly Vision
Sat April 12 Karen Nelson Central MN Mom
Sun April 13 Sarit Coffe & Books & Art
Mon April 14 Sara Grochowski The Hiding Spot
Tues April 15 Deborah Debz Bookshelf
Wed April 16 Tiffany Erickson Miss Tiff Reads
Th April 17 Teri Crosby Snarky Mamma
Fri April 18 Lory Widmer Emerald City Book Review
Sat April 19 Debbie Alvarez The Styling Librarian
Sun April 20 Erin Al-Mehairi Hook of a Book
Mon April 21 Orsayor Young-Simmons Book Referees
Tues April 22 Megan T Inspired by Fiction
Wed April 23 Kyra Morris Blog of a Bookaholic
Th April 24 Jenny Wondrous Reads
Fri April 25 Tanya Johnson Tanya’s Book Nook
Sat April 26 Pam Torres Madison and Cooper’s Blog
Sun April 27 Allie In Bed With Books
Mon April 28 Erin PreFontaine Jump Into Books
Tues April 29 Amanda One Momma Saving Money
Wed April 30 Natalie Literary Rambles
Th May 1 Hope Clippinger Hope to Read
Fri May 2 Ashley P. Tales of Mommyhood
Saturday May 3 Marcie Turner To Read or Not To Read
Sunday May 4 Rubina Ramesh The Book Club – Rubina Ramesh
Mon May 5 Sheila Ruth Wands and Worlds
Tues May 6 Brandee Foster One Crazy Kid
Wed May 7 Inma Leonard Inspired Librarian
Thurs May 8 Alanna Shaw The Flashlight Reader
Fri May 9 Colleen Bohensky A Madison Mom
Sat May 10 Laura Got Fiction?
Sun May 11 Jean Vallesteros Jean Book Nerd
Mon May 12 Karen DeWysockie Books Beside My Bed
Tues May 13 Jennifer Szoch Novel Nutritious
Wed May 14 Kim (KJ) Bateman Tea and Savories
Thurs May 15 Karen Cassey The Bookaholic Blurbs
Fri May 16 Lindsay Karson Live to Read
Sat May 17 Emily Harris Read Your Bookcase
Sun May 18 Liz Engebrecht Redd’s Reads

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  • Reply
    Tressa S
    April 10, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I wonder if my daughter would like these. She's going to be 8 soon. What do you think? I just got her Joan Holub's new fairy tale series, which are much lighter. These seem a little darker, but you really liked them.

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      April 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      I probably wouldn't give these books to an 8 year old. The first one is really dark at the end. I would give it to a 10 year old. I would even give the second book to an 8 year old, but the first one is pretty scary, and they need to be read in order.

      I DO really like the books though (obviously). They are well written. You could always read it before you give it to your daughter. They don't take long to read, and then you can decide for yourself if you think she could handle it.

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    Cool Mom
    April 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Sounds like an interesting read. I super appreciate your heads-up about the darkness in the first book. Hopping along on the Kid LIt Blog Hop and tweeted about this post. Have a great day.
    ~Cool Mom for
    the Stanley & Katrina Gang

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    April 19, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Oh, I saw this reviewed for the Cybils and it does look very interesting. Thanks for reminding me to put it on my TBR pile and for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop and for the awesome giveaway.

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