Roses and Rot by Kat Howard | LJ Review

23524322__1458053365_93883redstarHoward, Kat. Roses and Rot. Saga. May 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781481451161. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481451185. FANTASY
Imogen always dreamed of being rescued, like a princess in a fairy tale. No evil stepmother could have been worse than her actual mother. When Imogen went to college, she was reluctant to leave her sister Marin behind, but they both survived—barely. Now arriving at Melete, an exclusive arts program, both sisters have a chance to make their aspirations a reality; Imogen as a writer, Marin as a dancer. The sisters find inspiration, affirmation, and even love. Yet even happy endings can come at a cost, and the price may be too much for either sister to pay. VERDICT The realm of fairy tales meets the harsh world of the Fae in this starkly enticing debut. With undercurrents of darkness in the midst of the beauty of the arts, this is a Brothers Grimm tale for the contemporary reader.—KC

This review was published in Library Journal’s March 15, 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35 percent off the regular subscription rate.