Misunderstood and overmedicated, twelve-year-old Lilith Bloom finds the prospect of a grand family reunion decidedly dull... That is, until she discovers that the rose garden surrounding her grandfather's Berlin mansion is, well, completely and utterly carnivorous. Armed with Panther, her talking pet whippet, and the help of the mute boy next door, Lilith must unravel the secrets behind the mysterious estate, all while her family remains gloriously unaware that they are about to be devoured.
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Rosehead by Ksenia Anske is a fantastic and wonderful book.
The novel tells the story of a sassy protagonist who has to face off against a mysterious man-eating plant and a reunion full of apathetic adults. Ksenia contrasts the darker themes of the book with youthful enthusiasm in the face of some genuinely strange situations. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. It's a truly unforgettable experience.
The perfect book for a spooky October!
3.5 / 5 stars
What a fun, creepy read! I've been a big fan of Ksenia Anske's blog and Twitter feed for a long time, but I'd yet to read any of her books in full until now. ROSEHEAD is her second novel (she's produced several more since), and I flew through it, eager to journey with Lilith on her spooky adventures. I gotta say, this was the perfect book to read as Halloween draws near!
(Trigger Warning: There is a good deal of fat-shaming in this book that greatly disappointed me. I know Ksenia's grown a bit personally since publishing this book, so I'm hoping that she's aware of where she fell short on this topic and that such fat jokes and shaming won't make a repeat appearance in her later books.)
Rosehead was awesome! I enjoyed the interactions between Lilith and the other characters. The contradictory behavior exhibited by the adults in the story left me with the feeling that maybe they just decided to humor Lilith and most of what actually happened still *could* be attributed to a rich fantasy life, and the other kids naturally would play along with the game, but for Lilith the line between fantasy and reality is blurred. The level of reality conveyed in such a fantastical story is absolutely brilliant. And for the record, I was rooting for the mansion in the beginning.