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The Rose Master (The Rose Master, #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  292 ratings  ·  111 reviews
"Cano does a fine job of setting mood and atmosphere, and her characters dance around one another with relentless industry and brooding allure, fighting their inevitable attraction." — Publishers Weekly


The day Anne Tinning turns seventeen, birds fall from the sky. But that's hardly the most upsetting news. She's being dismissed from the home she's served at since she wa
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 2014 by REUTS Publications, LLC
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David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
Some people are haunted by ghosts. Many more people are haunted by themselves...

For the first sixteen years of her life, Anne led a fairly unremarkable life. That's not to say it was an unsatisfying one...there certainly are worse ways to earn a living than as a scullery maid or as a housekeeper, and she did meet Elsie, whose friendship she has come to cherish. But on the day Anne turned seventeen, her unremarkable life is ripped away from her. Birds fall from the sky like some kind of macabre
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The day I turned seventeen, birds fell from the sky. A flock of them seemed to cross an invisible line, a boundary of packed winter breezes that wrapped them up in a coat of ice, freezing whatever kernel of magic allowed them power over the air. In great, like collapsing hair, they let out feathery sighs and gave in the fall.

Wonderful. I cannot believe this story is not more popular. I enjoyed every singly second of my read. The writing is mesmerizing and the story enticing.

Anne is a servant,
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
I just wrote a crazy long review for this book and then GoodReads deleted the entire thing. I'm so sad now.

The Rose Master is a lush and dark reimagining of Beauty and the Beast. Anne is removed from the only family and home that she has ever known and sent into a dark and creepy mansion to act as the new servant. The house is occupied by three other servants and the lord of the castle, Lord Grey. He is mysterious, aloof, and unapproachable. He prefers it this way. He wallows in solitude and lo
Kisa Whipkey
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Beauty and the Beast or Jane Austen/Bronte Sisters
Where do I start? This book is amazing! A blend of Gothic literature and fairy tale with a splash of horror, it can best be described as Beauty and the Beast meets Jane Eyre. And since those are two of my all-time most beloved stories, it's no surprise that I fell hard for this one.

The Rose Master starts with Anne, a parlor maid in a prominent London estate, being surrounded by falling birds. But that's only the beginning of the strange events that mark her seventeenth birthday. She's soon summo
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Recieved an ARC in exchange for an honest review

See my blog post and my stop on the blog tour here:

Gothic novels always held a mysterious part on my selves. The "Rose Master" was my first book of the genre and I was not disappointed. Emotional, deep in Victorian style as also the mystery of both the Lord and the manor, the author manages to capture both the sense of the era and the characters' struggles.

We have Anne. She is a young servant who is sent to
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

When author Valentina Cano asked for reviews on her debut novel The Rose Master at one of the goodreads book review goodreads groups I was in, I told her that I would be happy to read and review this book for her as it looked to be an interesting read so we got in contact and she sent it to me.

Here is what The Rose Master is about:
On Anne Tinning's 17th birthday weird and mysterious things begin to happen: moths and crows die
REUTS Publications
Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast with a horrifying, supernatural twist in the YA Historical Fiction / Horror novel THE ROSE MASTER. We urge you to read TRM with the lights on— night OR day. A little bit of romance with a lot of spooky. . . can you handle it?
Melody Winter
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin? Firstly, the cover--beautiful, yet scary.
Secondly, or should this be my first point, the writing. Amazing.

I loved The Rose Master--every single word.

There is no doubt in my mind that this is my favourite read so far this year. Cano created characters that not only sprung to life but danced continually before my eyes. I can’t say too much without giving away spoilers, but Cano managed to scare me with the scenes she wrote, as well as entrance me with the beauty of her words. She h
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-faves
What more can I say than I absolutely adore this book! The voice and descriptions are so perfect to the period, bringing this story to life! Cano's writing is simply gorgeous. I could read her descriptions over and over again, and never tire of them! The slow blooming and reluctant love story is so refreshing, and the tension practically drips from pages. Rose Master is one of my favorite reads this year, and I eagerly await Cano's next book, whatever it may be!
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars
“On the half-frozen pane were dozens of moths, their muslin wings extended in paused flight, their impassive faces staring at me. I’d never seen so many before, their spun sugar bodies covering every inch of the glass.”

My review:
This was such a deliciously creepy little story. At 200 pages, I flew through the entire book in the matter of a day. At the end I was definitely left wanting more; not because the story came to a poor conclusion, but because I wanted to read more about the ch
**Thank you Netgalley and REUTS Publications for providing this in exchange for an honest review**

A Victorian Gothic, retelling of Beauty and the Beast? How could I not love it?

Anne has been a parlor maid at Caldwell House since she was a little girl. On her 17th Birthday, she finds out she is being let go from the only home she has ever own. She is now going to be employed by a distant relative of her current employer. She will have to leave the busy hustle and bustle of London for an isolated
Literary  Chanteuse
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I began reading my first impression was that this author has a lovely way with words and conjuring imagery. I was quickly wrapped up in the story and although horror is not my first choice in genres, this story is wonderfully set in a historical manor with a romantic, gothic feeling that completely won me over. A creepy and thrilling feeling lingers closely throughout. Both Anne and August are intriguing characters. August is rather mysterious and Anne proving herself a worthy heroine. I am ...more
C.M. Spivey
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything I've been hungry for in a read lately: gothic setting, dark magic, a well-written heroine, and a subtle but genuine romance. I'm a huge fan of Austen and the Brontes, and THE ROSE MASTER has the same feel, plus all of the supernatural elements I could hope for. The mystery kept me guessing all the way up til the end; I finished the last half of the book all in one sitting because I couldn't put it down.

I look forward to reading more from Cano, hopefully continuing the a
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Beautiful writing in a story that I ended up finding sufficiently original not to call it a retelling.
The Gothic environment allied with the exquisite writing made the first part of the story go by in a dash. Unfortunately real life got in the way of my enjoyment of the story.
Maybe on a future re-read I'll be able to better appreciate it.
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review first appeared on my blog: What Happened to the Wallflower?

Cover-I was a part of the cover reveal for this book, and how I feel about the cover can be summed up in my reaction to seeing it in an email. I freaked. Like, "oh my god," freaked. The whole thing is: it's not beautiful, persey, but what people forget is that something doesn't have to be flashy to be absolutely gorgeous.

The frame, the roses, the skull, the bird . . . I don't know. For some reason I just love it. The title wa
This review and others are also available to read on my blog Diary of a Teen Writer Diary of a Teen Writer.

Ever since I read Echoes of Balance, also published by REUTS Publications, I’ve had my eye on this publisher. They release fresh, new, and intriguing ideas into the YA paranormal market . . . and The Rose Master was no exception. Despite the fact that I’ve classified this as Historical Fiction, I wouldn’t let non-historical fiction fans to drive you away — no, the historical setting was mer
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a review copy of this book for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

The Rose Master is a dark and creepy story with ever increasing tension. You know something isn't right with Rose Manor, that something dangerous is residing there. But you aren't sure exactly what it is at first, and your imagination then goes into overdrive, setting the right mood for diving into Anne's story.

After serving at the same house for most of her life, Anne is sent by her employer to become a par
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Anne is a housemaid who is forced to take a new job at Rosewood Manor. Once there, she notices that all is not as it should be. Only three other people work at Rosewood, they are all mysteriously bruised and scratched and something is scratching at her door at night. The master, Lord Grey, is battling a supernatural evil, one that is now targeting Anne and means to end them both.

This was an okay read,
Florentine Lily
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Florentine by: REUTS Publications
The writings below are my opinions, you may let it influence you or you may not.


Upon seeing the cover (doesn't it just have that creepy Poe feeling?) I knew I would either love this book or hate it. I had such high expectation that if it disappointed I would be so pissed and overwhelmed with negative feelings.

Good news: this book was fantastic.

Bad news: After I finished reading, I kept hoping some news of a sequel (hint, hint) would pop up and it made me tear up t
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I received this Master-piece (get it? ha) free from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

"The cold slithered in and refused to leave, and on its tail, an even colder fear."

The Rose Master by Valentina Cano is the story of...

Oh, screw it. There was a point in this book--about 85% through to be exact--that I said to myself, "This had better not be a cliffhanger. No 'watch for part two for mental stability.'" Then it was me thinking loudly, "No. No! No, no, no! I don't want it to end! Plea
Dai Alvarado
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
¡Me encantó!

Todo el misterio ese misterio que rodea la mansión y la vida de sus ocupantes me mantuvo pegada a las páginas del libro.

Los personajes principales me gustaron. Annie es mucho más madura de lo que su edad deja ver, en realidad me olvidé por completo de que solo tiene 17 años. Lord Grey fue más dificil de leer que ella pero no tanto, es un buen personaje. Me encantó su oscuro sentido del humor que tanto descolocaba a Annie.

Algunas cosas me resultaron predecibles, pero en teoría la hist
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
The setting, the idea, and the magic of this story had me involved from the beginning. I love evil lurking in the shadows!
I didn't connect deeply with the characters, but I did really enjoy the dark, creepy feel that stroked the pages. So many times I wanted to roll around in the beautifully written words.
I hear there might be a second book... bring it on!
Maureen Wanket
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a re-telling of the Beauty and the Beast story this is wise, timely, and so good from the first pages. The characters are real, even as the world is fantastic. I would recommend this to my students, and will do so.
Claudia {SparrowHawk}
There have been a handful of books that I have read throughout my life, that have left a profound impression; stories that I cannot help but to become deeply absorbed in. No seriously, I become delicately obsessed in it all: the plot, the setting of the make-believe world, its villains, the protagonist, the lingo, the characters; admittedly so, I even go as far as to occasionally take on the persona of the protagonist; I'm young at heart, what can I say? 

Not to mention, there are even
Nicole Hewitt
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

The Rose Master was kind of an interesting mix of Downton Abbey meets Supernatural. Anne is a servant at a large manor - the manor is the only home she's ever known, since her mother was a servant there before she died when Anne was only seven. But when the lady of the house informs Anne that she's being sent off to live in a strange new place with a new master, she has no say in the matter. She is forced to leave e
Strange things begin to happen to Anne on the day of her 17th birthday. Birds fall from the sky and that's just the beginning. Anne has spent most of her life in Caldwell house and that is her home. Within its walls she has found a stand-in for the mother she lost at a young age, as well as a sister in one of the other maids of the house. Unfortunately for Anne, she is dismissed from her post at Lady Caldwell's house and will be sent to Rosewood Manor to work for a distant relative of Lady Caldw ...more
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Opening line: "The day I turned seventeen, birds fell from the sky."

Summary: This is a new twist on the story of Beauty and the Beast. It stars Anne as a maid working for a family when suddenly she gets shipped off to a relatives house that is in need of her. She travels to this grand house in the middle of nowhere and has only 3 servants living there. This was not what Anne had in mind. She is curious about its master and tries to do her duty by cleaning and trying to find answers. The house fe
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read, fantasy
This was great fun and beautifully written. The prose is clean and pure. Cano is a poet and it is evident in her language and imagery.

It started out slow and I put it down for a day. There was a lot of Anne cleaning and dusting and sweeping and scrubbing. But it called to me and I quickly picked it back up. I'm glad I did. Once Master Grey appeared it started to take off and then pulled me into a mysterious world of magic that built in intensity until the end.

This is Jane Eyre and Beauty and the
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Ooh what a lush gothic fairytale this is. Cano works wonders with her words to create a complex world of dark magic, eerie mansions, spooky monsters and unlikely heroes. She weaves a wonderfully dark tale that will have you hooked in no time and quivering with its intensity. It's a ghost story, but not; historical romance but more; paranormal fantasy but something else. Cano draws you into a creepy world with her evocative descriptions and mysterious twists, capturing her readers and locking the ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I REALLY, REALLY love this one! Though something about it - that I'll have to work out soon - doesn't sit well with me. Honestly, it's sort of like a better-written Ironskin. I'm not sure how fond of these girl-goes-to-manor-to-work-for-strange-man stories I am.
(Not really at all, actually). But this one is so nice! I actually didn't put it down too much at all, as the main character, Anne is rather fascinating and likable. She reminds me of myself.

Anyway, full review soon! :)
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Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. She also watches over a veritable army of pets. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Of the Web.