Roses and Rot, by Kat Howard, is such an interesting book. I love the characters in this story. The idea of sisters, with a horrible mother, lends itself well with the fairy tale theme. The symbolism and enchantment of the Fae is well written. I could imagine myself there, seeing the way they looked and lived. The tradition from the Fae was beyond neat. I really enjoyed the character interactions and wish there would have been more scenes with the artist market. I could have used a picture of Gavin! Kat Howard definitely knows how to spin a tale and bring the reader to a pinnacle moment. Once I got into the story, I had to finish that day. I hope to read more from this author in the near future.
Publishers Weekly Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror Novel of Summer 2016
Imogen and her sister Marin escape their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, whether it be art or love in this haunting debut novel from “a remarkable young writer” (Neil Gaiman).
What would you sacrifice for everything you ever dreamed of?
Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldn’t imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite post-grad arts program—Imogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that there’s more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen might be living in the fairy tale she’s dreamed about as a child, but it’s one that will pit her against Marin if she decides to escape her past to find her heart’s desire.