"I love him more than poetry... I love him more than song."
Ever since he rescued her from Certain Death, Rose Brier has had a crush on Ben Denniston, otherwise known as Fish. But Fish, struggling with problems of his own, thinks that Rose should go looking elsewhere for a knight in shining armor. Trying to forget him, Rose goes to college, takes up with a sword-wielding band of brothers, and starts an investigation into her family's past that proves increasingly mysterious. Then a tragic accident occurs, and Fish, assisted by Rose's new friends, finds himself drawn into a search through a tangle of revenge and corruption that might be threatening Rose's very life. The climax is a crucible of fear, fight, and fire that Fish must pass through to reach Rose and conquer his dragons.
The long-awaited third volume in the Snow White and Rose Red
trilogy by Regina Doman, based on another well-loved Grimm's fairy tale.
Waking Rose is a riveting tale and an absoloute must-read. The characters are vibrant and almost seem to breathe off the page. The plot is full of fascinating twists. Waking Rose is on my 'top ten favorite books' list!
I previewed this novel for our two teenage daughters, who had both thoroughly enjoyed Shadow of the Bear and Black as Night. Meaning to read it casually over a couple weeks' time, I instead read late into the night and finished in a couple days. Although it was the third volume in a series of the adventures of sisters Rose and Blanche Brier, the story was complete and thoroughly captivating on its own. In passing it to my daughters, they handed me Shadow of the Bear so I could go to the beginning with the Brier sisters' first encounter with Arthur "Bear" and Benedict "Fish" Denniston. Thankfully, my daughters and their friends have no interest in the vast wasteland of books that our culture passes off to our teens. They want their minds engaged and their values upheld in good works of fiction, yet there seems to be a lack of such books. Regina Doman has gone a long ways to fill this void. Her Fairy Tales Novels provide wonderful reading for teens and adults alike.... More > Regardless of which of her books you start first, you'll be glad you started and will want to read them all.< Less
"I Love Him more than poetry, I Love Him more than song..." In Waking Rose, we get to go deep into Rose's mind, and see her perspective (which is always interesting and delightful) about all the different things that are happening in her life. Starting out with Blanche's wedding (finally!) and then continuing onto college, where a tragic accident happens. We also get a peek into the mind of Fish. He keeps pushing Rose away, in her efforts to get closer to him, but he later finds out really how precious she is...but has he found out too late? The "brotherhood" of the Knights of Sacra Cor lends an interesting twist to the story. And, yes, I have to admit that, as a group, they are my favorite characters. I think I might even like them better than Rose (which is saying a lot!) You don't want to miss out on this opportunity to get to know them and the other characters. Just read it.
"Waking Rose" is definitely up near the top of my favorite books. First of all, I really love the two many characters. It is fantastic to watch their story unfold in the pages of this book. Both of the characters are courageous and brave in their own way. Secondly, the story line is fantastic. Regina Doman once again does an excellent job of retelling a classic fairy tale, in a modern setting. This story has romance, action, adventure, and excitement. This book is wonderful and I would recommend it to all young adults and adults.
Happiness, sorrow, fear, excitement, thrill, joy, hope, despair, doubt, belief, anxiety, relief, contentment, exhilaration, laughter, tears: "Waking Rose" provides the perfect whirlwind of emotions that every book should have.
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