Roses and Rot

Roses and Rot

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Saga Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481451161
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 22 cm


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May 22, 2017

I love a modern take on a fairy tale, but this book just seemed a little pretentious in its preoccupation with "great art." A lot of the characters felt very one note, and it was hard to really get invested in the narrative. I did like the relationship between Imogen and Marin, and the way their shared past both binds and divides them, but ultimately I found it repetitive and a bit dull.

ArapahoeKati Aug 03, 2016

Oooh, this was a treat! A fancy artist's colony + some dark magic = a fun summer read!


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