First of all, what a great cover. Don’t you agreed? Matches the title perfectly. It may not be accurate to the description in the book but that doesn’t matter! It catches the eye and makes you think, ‘what the hell?’. Perfect.
I have read Ksenia Anske’s tweets for quite some time now and I downloaded her book of tweets, Blue Sparrow, and enjoyed it, so I finally decided to read one of her novels. I chose Rosehead solely based off of the cover. Really, I did. I had no idea what the story was about nor what age group it was aimed at. (Turns out it is a mid-grade book, but I believe it is enjoyable for any age!)
The story is about a young girl named Lilith Bloom who has travelled from America to Germany with her family for a family reunion. Lilith sees and feels things that most other people do not and her mother forces her to take pills to stop the visions. Upon arrival at her grandfather’s home, Lilith discovers that something is very wrong about her grandfather’s rose garden. She sets off, with her talking dog, Panther, to discover what mysteries lie in the garden.
The story is reminiscent of The Little Shop of Horrors, but has it’s own twists and turns. The character’s are intriguing and sympathetic. And Panther is a convincing talking dog (He really just wants some steak, madam).
Although the premise is quite dark, the writing itself make the story feel rather whimsical and, at times, even comedic.
I recommend this novel and I surely hope that Ksenia Anske writes a sequel!
Buy it here: Rosehead on Amazon
Or download for free here: KseniaAnske.com/books/Rosehead
Ksenia’s blog: KseniaAnske.com