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Paranomal YA Early Review: Autumn Rose by Abigail Gibbs

Autumn Rose by Abigail Gibbs (The Dark Heroine #2)

Egalley courtesy of Harper Voyager

Synopsis from Goodreads
The highly anticipated sequel to Dinner with a Vampire

Autumn Rose has the chance to save the world she loves. But how much will she have to sacrifice to achieve it?

In Autumn Rose, book two of her breathtaking series, Abigail Gibbs draws us even further into the dangerous and romantic world of the Dark Heroines.

Release Date: January 30th 2014.
 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK(£1.99) | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond


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What a mess! *sighs* I am wretchedly frustrated right now, peeps, considering how much I loved The Dark Heroine. It took me weeks to get through Autumn Rose, and I had to push myself all the way through.

First of all, Autumn Rose doesn't mention Kaspar and Violet until its last 20%. Everything in this book happens parallel to the time stamp of The Dark Heroine but in a different dimension and involving a completely different set of characters.

The main heroine, fifteen-year old Autumn, is a sage, a magic user and a noble woman, a Sagean Duchess of England, who goes to a normal school and struggles with her rising power as a seer and her depression due to the loss of her grandmother.

No one in her school knows who she really is until Prince Fallon enrolls in the same school to keep and eye on her, and they start falling in love.

Straight away I struggled to like Autumn. She did not feel like a well developed character, she was disjointed, jumpy, scattered, neurotic. It seemed that I was supposed to admire her but she confused the hell out of me.

Her relationship with Fallon was even worse. They were meant to feel for each other but I wasn't seeing it. No spark, zilch, nada. 

At last there was the whole threat of Extermino suspiciously similar to Harry Potter's Death Eaters and a pretty messy concept of Heroines saving the world. From what? Extermino with their conflicting goals? People like Violet's father? I wasn't seeing the picture.

I perked up a little when Kaspar and Violet showed up, but the joy didn't last. They were described through Autumn's eyes, her perception, and looked pathetic. She was very judgemental, our girl.

So, perhaps, Abigail Gibbs rushed this book through publication, perhaps she felt like she needed a back story and lacked enthusiasm to write it, but whatever the reason, Autumn Rose failed to keep me as enthralled as the previous book. I reserve my judgement until book three, hoping it will rekindle my enthusiasm for the series.

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Насколько мне понравилась Тёмная Героиня - первая книга серии, настолько диаметрально противоположное впечатление оставила о себе Осенняя Роза.

Блин, как будто два совершенно разных человек писали эти книги. Первая - чудесная, выписанная с любовью. Вторая - какой-то бред сивой кобылы с отрывками из Гарри Поттера и несвязным сюжетом.

Осенняя Роза повествует о совершенно другом круге характеров и другом мире, отличном от мира Каспера и Вайолет. Главная героиня книги - 15-летняя ведьма (сэйдж) Осень, тихо посещающая типичную английскую школу, студенты которой и не подозревают, что она является Сэйджийской герцогиней Англии. Осень страдает от депрессии, вызванной смертью любимой бабушки и пытается справится с припадками, видениями будущего.

Её тихая жизнь заканчивается, когда в школу попадает новый ученик - семнадцатилетний сэйджийский принц Фаллон, которого посылают наблюдать за Осенью, и который естественно в неё влюбляется.

У Фаллона и Осени взаимного притяжения ноль, однако автор пытается убедить нас в обратном на протяжении всей книги. Замечу, что безрезультатно. Осень - невротичка, осуждающая всех и вся, даже Вайолет, жизнь которой она видит в своих видениях, и у меня к ней нет никакой симпатии.

Помимо неясной сюжетной линии о героинях, которых нужно найти, чтобы спасти мир, в Осенней Розе появляются Экстермино - группа подозрительно схожая с Поедателями Смерти из Гарри Поттера, целью которых является... хрен его знает что. Читатель постоянно сталкивается с неясными целями различных лидеров измерений, а вот картины из этого общей не выходит. Либо я - дура, либо эпичности не получилось.

В общем, читайте на свой страх и риск. Я буду ждать третьей книги, чтобы понять бросать ли мне серию или нет.

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