BOOK RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2.5/ out of 5.
Rose Taggert wakes up in a greenhouse without any recollection of how she got there or certain details from her past. Her amnesia and unusual whereabouts mistify the story from the start and her mysterious lover, Paris Kuyper, only deepens it.
Although she doesn’t remember anything about him, Paris claims he rescued her from her stalker and had to revert to magic to save her life. Japanese magic meant to transform humans into kami – spirits that inhabit everything. Thus, Rose suffers a metamorphosis through which her nature becomes her name: she is partially a plant. A human rose.
With nowhere else to go due to her abnormal nature and without knowledge of how to sustain her new self, Rose can only depend on Paris for support. And he is more than happy to keep Rose safe. But is she really?
1. What did you end up thinking of the book?
Rose was a darker read than I expected when I read the synopsis.
That being said, there’s a lot of action throughout the story, not in the firing of guns or war. Not in the least, but the actions of two characters, one who is Rose, the main female character who tries to find out her real story and understand the motives of her pretend lover.
There are expectations, scary moments, and scenes you often struggle to get past because of the nature of them. They feel raw and real at times; that is because these issues often happen to a woman. Even with the shortness of the book, it feels long and well-paced. There’s a lot to unpack from the start to the end.
I’m emphatic to Rose’s character from the start, feeling scared for her and those who cross the Paris. As the story unfolds, we find what we thought was happening. I don’t often enjoy reading these stories because they aren’t what I want to read. Ever. But I took the challenge and finished it.
There is a lot of Japanese mythology and the little world-building that the writer does, which I thought could be worked better. I love it when I understand the world that an evil character happens to use to create harm. But I believe this story was more of a soul punch pack. Beware, you will dislike Paris from the get-go, he brings the worst out of you. I think Rose could relate, but I understand her motives more than anything.
2. What did I enjoy the most out of the book?
Ungar’s writing is lovely. That’s what I truly enjoyed the most while reading this story. Some sentences will stick with you even when you don’t end up enjoying a book. For example, when Rose realizes how wrong she was of Paris, her though is:
Naively, I thought that was all there was to him, that I’d seen every one of his layers
And when you find that kind of sentences in books, you can’t help but mention them.
3. Who would you recommend this to?
Those who are looking for psychological thrillers. Especially those who work around studying the reasons why of characters, I think this is perfect for them.
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I have received a copy of the book from Isobel Blackthorn as part of the Blackthorn Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. I thank them for their kindness when reaching out and offering the opportunity to read and review this book. I hope to continue working with them on these tours, expect more from me as I learn.