25 January 2014

Autumn Rose by Abigail Gibbs ARC Review

What they say: 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?

Autumn Rose lives in a sleepy seaside town, but buried deep under the surface of her quiet life are dark secrets. Her grandmother is dead, murdered eighteen months ago, and the vibrant London social scene in which she was brought up is a world away. Even worse, at her new school she is shunned and condemned––all because of the swirling marks on her skin that prevent her from blending in with the crowd.

Then the appearance at her school of a handsome young man—who has the same curious markings as Autumn—sends her world into turmoil. Suddenly the marks are deemed cool, and Autumn is thrust into the limelight. But her sudden popularity brings danger as her secrets threaten to come to light. And then there are her recurring dreams about a girl who is about to be seduced by a very dark prince . . . and Autumn must figure out how to save her before it is too late.

  • Due for publication 28th Jan 2014 by William Morrow - ISBN: 9780062248756 & ISBN10: 0062248758

I received a copy on edelweiss from William Morrow/Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I often worry when it comes to sequels that they won't match up to the original book, but I actually preferred Autumn Rose to The Dark Heroine and really enjoyed Autumn's story.

The book is told from Autmn's POV (if you've read book one you'll know who she is) with the odd chapter told from Fallon's POV. The story is actually set along a similar timeline to book one beginning before Violet's capture, then ending after the conclusion of book one but in a different dimension. This means we do get to see what happens with Violet and Kasper (well sort of) but they are not the main focus of the story; sages Autumn and Fallon are!

Although the book follows some events seen in The Dark Heroine it's not repetitive because the story focuses on different characters; Sage rather than vampires. Autumn is living a quiet life as a guardian/protector for humans against the evil Extermino. She is suffering from depression after her Grandmother's death and has withdrawn from Sagean society. At nearly sixteen Autumn was younger than I had imagined, but mostly she was mature for age (far more so than Violet in book one). Autumn lives a mostly human life but because she isn't human she is bullied and repressed; Enter Prince Fallon and a whole host of other Sagean's!

One my favourite parts was Autumn's innocence and naivety - One particular scene involving Felix had me in stitches! I really wanted her to move on from her painful memories because obsessing over her Grandmother was hurting her and those around her.

I liked Fallon far more than Kasper because he was less sneaky (he did keep some big secrets but not in the same manipulative way Kasper did with Violet). It was great seeing Abigail's world (or worlds) from different perspectives, but I hope the plot moves on more in the next instalment.

4 Stars in my Sky!

Author Spotlight: Abigail Gibbs was born and raised in deepest, darkest Devon, England. She is studying for a B.A. in English at the University of Oxford and considers herself a professional student, as the real world has yet to catch up with her. Her greatest fear is blood and she is a great advocate of vegetarianism, which logically led to the writing of her first novel, The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire. She splits her time between her studies, stories, and family, and uses coffee to survive all three.


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