By Holly Webb
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2013
Source: My Own Bookshelf
This was a wonderfully-written fantasy book. It’s been described as being a bit of Harry Potter and a bit of Downton Abbey. It has just a dash of magic and a lot of mystery. I love it when kids sleuth and this book is no exception. The characters were thoroughly entertaining and I loved how they developed throughout the novel. I can’t wait to see how they interact in the rest of the series. I believe there are two more books out elsewhere but we have to wait until Spring in the US.
Rose isn't like the other orphans at St Bridget's Home for Abandoned Girls. Instead of dreaming of getting adopted by loving, wealthy parents, Rose wants to get a job and be independent. She doesn't need anyone but herself. She finds her escape working as a maid for Mr. Fountain, an alchemist. Unable to ignore the magic that flows throughout the grand residence, Rose realizes that just maybe; she might have a little bit of magic in her too. This new series featuring magicians, witches, talking cats, mist-monsters, and friendships will have young readers in a trance!