The following is an honest review of A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. Olson and my suggested age rating.
Myra has a gift, but not one people are jealous of or that she can brag about. Myra is a painter that can alter people’s real life appearance. This is a gift some people would kill for and a gift she could be killed for. One night, the governor’s wife comes in for a portrait requesting that Myra paints a portrait to resurrect her dead son. The catch is, if Myra refuses she’ll spill her secret. Desperate for money to take care of her sister, Myra accepts the conditions and goes to the mansion. She soon suspects that the death of the governor’s son was no “accident.” Myra is quickly acquainted with the governor’s oldest son, a shy redheaded poet. Together they uncover affairs and solve the mystery before Myra becomes the killer’s next victim.
Review of A Forgery of Roses
I LOVED THIS BOOK WOW. Three things drew me towards this book, 1.) it says “For fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Erin A. Craig,” 2.) describing it as a gothic, fantasy, murder mystery, 3. deadly portrait magic. I’M SOLD. Luckily, I wasn’t disappointed.
I really loved all the characters, even the twisted ones. I loved hating them; they were very intriguing. If I had to describe these characters in one word it would be layered. Everything in this book beautifully unfolded and expanded, revealing layers of characters, storyline, plot, motive, and romance.
Myra and the governor’s son’s relationship was perfection. I love that he is strong in his own way, not the way most men are written in books. He had struggles such as anxiety, fear, etc. which made their relationship so special because she brought him out of that. Everything in this book has history and purpose which again, I loved.
Lastly, I wanna talk about Jessica S. Olson’s writing. It reminded me SO MUCH of Erin A. Craig in all the best ways. It was descriptive but not like you were drowning in words. I could picture and see everything so vividly, it was truly beautiful. I can’t wait to read Sing Me Forgotten, her debut novel: a gender-bent Phantom of the Opera retelling.
Thank you to Netgalley and Inkyard Press for giving me a digital arc!
Forgery of Roses releases March 29th!
I gave Forgery of Roses 5/5 stars on Goodreads
Age Rating of A Forgery of Roses
I am giving A Forgery of Roses an Age Rating of 13-14 and up(depends on maturity). This novel has gore, romance, mental health representation, and pretty much zero language with a sprinkle of the “d” word.
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