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- Print Length: 181 pages
- Publication Date: October 8, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005UO7QUI
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Autumn is your typical teenager with way too much parental baggage. She knows way more than any teenage should know about her parents and the fact that she doesn't even want to be around them doesn't surprise me. So she goes to visit her best friend in Maine.
Holt is mysterious and kind of creepy. He just showed up at the airport when Autumns friend didn't bother to pick her up. It isn't like her friend sent Holt to get her, he just appeared. This entire airport scene is kind of baffling to me since there was no reason for Holt to be at the airport.
Samuel. He is mysterious and misleading. When he first meets Autumn, he is off standish and ignores Autumn. After some time, he actually starts to talk to Autumn and I think he might actually like her. However, I think Autumn was so wrapped up with him being "mean" and "hating her" that she seems to like Holt more.
I think there is something off about Holt and more than what he has told her. I guess I will have to find out in the next book.
Autumn is looking forward to a summer in Maine with her best friend and away from her arguing parents. She is especially excited when she meets Holt and Samuel, the good-looking sons of the wealthiest families in town. But she can't ignore the strange things that happen around Holt - how everyone seems to like him, how the flowers in his garden seem to come to life. And she can't explain why Samuel is determined to keep her away from Holt, even though he barely talks to her himself. Whatever is going on, Autumn's summer is turning out to be more eventful than she was expecting.
I got quite wrapped up in One Black Rose, and I stayed up late to finish it, rather than put it aside to finish the next day. Part of this was because I couldn't easily flip through chapters in my Kindle version. (Yes, I read books out of order. Yes, I am aware that you probably think this is a travesty against literature. I maintain that reading is a highly personal experience, and you can do nothing about how I choose to engage in it.) But part of it was that the pacing of the story was very good. I got a little bit more information about what was going on at just the right intervals that I was constantly curious but never felt like I had to wait too long for more information.
I also appreciated Autumn's best friend Carley. I feel like a number of books I have read lately have a set-up where the main character has a "best friend" who is either unlikable or has nothing in common with the main character. We as readers have a hard time fathoming why these two girls are friends, and we are left with an unsatisfying explanation like "we've been friends since kindergarten." I know that by the time I was in high school, I was no longer close with my grade school friends with whom I had nothing in common, so I can't imagine why I would expect a YA heroine would be any different. But Carley was a good kind of friend. She had her flaws, and her family did things differently than Autumn, but overall it made sense to me that the girls spent time together.
Once again I find myself wondering how it is that someone can write an entire novel about a girl with no real personality traits or interests. Other than meeting boys, watching movies, and working at the coffee shop, Autumn doesn't seem to do anything. I don't even have a firm grasp on what she looks like, so I do wonder why all the best-looking boys in town are suddenly interested in her, and I can't really figure out why her friends aren't equally puzzled.
My other issue with One Black Rose is that the mythology is a little unclear. As far as I can tell, fairies are a lot like regular humans in that they age like normal people and seem to live entirely on earth and not in a fairy realm. Most of the fairies seem to have been human at one point. So other than magical powers and an association with a particular season, I'm not sure what makes a fairy a fairy.
I was disappointed with the romance in One Black Rose, which is the main reason that it does not hit the elusive five star rating. The set-up is good, albeit not especially original. A girl comes to town and meets two boys to whom she feels a preternatural attraction, and her choice between them will have more consequences than just her happiness. The idea that she is destined for one of the boys but in love with the other is perhaps overly reminiscent of Amanda Hocking's My Blood Approves, but we will forgive it that.
The trouble is that while Holt is likable enough, I just don't feel that he and Autumn have the kind of love that is worth sacrificing everything for. I mean, by the end of the book, they've only known each other for a couple of weeks. I am also disappointed that we see so little of Samuel. What he thinks and feels is very important to the story, but we actually don't know what is going on with him most of the time. And given that her choice has large consequences for both Autumn and the fairy world, I would think that she would want to know what he and his family want as well.
Will I read more?
At this point I'm thinking yes. One Black Rose was a quick and engaging read, and I would take the time to read more. I'm also hoping that we get more from the Winter Court's perspective, although that could be my own bias.
Ooh, I now see that it just became available last weekend. I think I'll go get it now...
But when Autumn plans for a great fun summer with no adults turns into some drama. Autumn meets Holt right away and likes him. But isn't sure he likes her anymore than a friend. When her friend Carley says oh that's just how Holt and his family are. They are popular and rich they don't hang around others.
When Holt starts coming around to see Autumn, she doesn't know what to think. Then she meets Samuel who is so rude to her and she doesn't understand why.
Things go from fun loving to complications with these two boys and their families. When Autumn learns their real secret. It becomes crazy because it puts one family against another. And it all comes down to Autumn's choice. Will her choice destroy everyone and everything? Will she follow her heart? Or pick to do the right thing?
Read this book to find out and the rest of the series. I can't wait to read the next book.
Autumn meets a handsome young man, who saves her from having a workman fall on top of her, then offers her a ride to Carly' s house, in the same town where he lives too. His name is Holt Roth, and there is something very special about him. There's also something very special about Autumn too, but she doesn't know it yet. She will be caught in the middle of a dispute between two major families in town, but they're not just any families......they are very special.....and Autumn is important to the eldest son in each family.
Yet another Young Adult book that this mature lady is enjoying too! I am eager to read the next book in the series!
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The story is good - but have to say it left me feeling very very frustrated, angry and "sad".One Black RoseRead more