Jun 17th

Roses and Rot Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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Roses & Rot Cover
5 Star Rating

Title: Roses and Rot
Author: Kat Howard
Publisher: Saga Press
Date Published: May 17, 2016
Where I got the book: Finished copy from publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Imogen and her sister Marin have escaped their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, be it art or love.

What would you sacrifice in the name of success? How much does an artist need to give up to create great art?

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.

Roses and Rot is a stunning debut novel by Kat Howard. The story is haunting, the prose is poetic, and the characters are so real. This was painful to read at times–childhood trauma always is–but it was an incredible book that left me breathless.

I love the way this story is written. In between the modern story and its dialogue are pieces of Imogen’s work she is writing as she stays at Melette. Imogen tells the story of the horrors visited on her by her mother in little snippets of fairy tales. The further you read, the more of her past you understand. Her fairy tales start to make sense as you recognize where she is alluding to something or using symbolism. The book was so dark, but still contained two very powerful love stories. My favorite of these was the love between Imogen and Marin. I love seeing strong relationships between sisters. While authors often focus on the petty fighting, Kat Howard does no such thing. Imogen and Marin are dealing with a lot of past hurt, but through it all their bond grows stronger. The language used is perfect, making this novel an absolute pleasure to read. I cannot adequately express how beautifully written this novel is–you have to read it to understand.

Woven through the rest of the story is the idea of success and how far the characters are willing to go to get it. We have Marin and her dancing, Imogen and her writing, Evan and his sculpting, Ariel and her singing, and Helena and her poetry. Each character must look deep within to figure out what they are willing to sacrifice to be famous. I love that there are so many characters with so many different forms of art. The complete gamut of human emotion is covered as each character has their own ideas of sacrifice and how far they are willing to go. The story absolutely would not have been the same without the secondary characters showing different degrees of selfishness or selflessness. I can honestly say I loved every character, and they all surprised me at least once!

The Fae–oh yes my friends, the real Fae–are in Roses and Rot. The dark, dangerous creatures of Faerie who offer to fulfill your every desire for a price. I’m not going to lie, my immense love for everything Fae was the main reason I added this book to my TBR. I am a sucker for a novel that utilizes the original stories about the Fae, the myths and legends from across the pond. To me these are the real fairies: the otherworldly race that feeds off humans in varying ways, the kind that speak in riddles, steal human babies, and have unimaginable powers. Kat Howard’s Fae are first class and they make this novel what it is. You will not be disappointed!

This is a must read for anyone who loves real fairy tales–the creepy ones involving tough decisions, painful pasts, and scary fairies! If you loved The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black or Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour, then this is definitely the book for you. I loved this book so much; I can’t wait to read what Kat Howard writes next!

ABOUT KAT HOWARD:

Kat Howard

Kat Howard lives in New Hampshire. Her short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, anthologized in year’s best and best of collections, and performed on NPR. Roses and Rot is her debut novel. You can find her on twitter at @KatWithSword. Also, Shane Leonard took her photo, and she’s super grateful.

GIVEAWAY (US ONLY) Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a finished copy of Roses and Rot by Kat Howard! ADMIN Note: Having trouble accessing Rafflecopter? Click Here for alternate link to enter the giveaway.

Roses & Rot Cover
5 Star Rating

Title: Roses and Rot
Author: Kat Howard
Publisher: Saga Press
Date Published: May 17, 2016
Where I got the book: Finished copy from publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Imogen and her sister Marin have escaped their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, be it art or love.

What would you sacrifice in the name of success? How much does an artist need to give up to create great art?

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.

Roses and Rot is a stunning debut novel by Kat Howard. The story is haunting, the prose is poetic, and the characters are so real. This was painful to read at times–childhood trauma always is–but it was an incredible book that left me breathless.

I love the way this story is written. In between the modern story and its dialogue are pieces of Imogen’s work she is writing as she stays at Melette. Imogen tells the story of the horrors visited on her by her mother in little snippets of fairy tales. The further you read, the more of her past you understand. Her fairy tales start to make sense as you recognize where she is alluding to something or using symbolism. The book was so dark, but still contained two very powerful love stories. My favorite of these was the love between Imogen and Marin. I love seeing strong relationships between sisters. While authors often focus on the petty fighting, Kat Howard does no such thing. Imogen and Marin are dealing with a lot of past hurt, but through it all their bond grows stronger. The language used is perfect, making this novel an absolute pleasure to read. I cannot adequately express how beautifully written this novel is–you have to read it to understand.

Woven through the rest of the story is the idea of success and how far the characters are willing to go to get it. We have Marin and her dancing, Imogen and her writing, Evan and his sculpting, Ariel and her singing, and Helena and her poetry. Each character must look deep within to figure out what they are willing to sacrifice to be famous. I love that there are so many characters with so many different forms of art. The complete gamut of human emotion is covered as each character has their own ideas of sacrifice and how far they are willing to go. The story absolutely would not have been the same without the secondary characters showing different degrees of selfishness or selflessness. I can honestly say I loved every character, and they all surprised me at least once!

The Fae–oh yes my friends, the real Fae–are in Roses and Rot. The dark, dangerous creatures of Faerie who offer to fulfill your every desire for a price. I’m not going to lie, my immense love for everything Fae was the main reason I added this book to my TBR. I am a sucker for a novel that utilizes the original stories about the Fae, the myths and legends from across the pond. To me these are the real fairies: the otherworldly race that feeds off humans in varying ways, the kind that speak in riddles, steal human babies, and have unimaginable powers. Kat Howard’s Fae are first class and they make this novel what it is. You will not be disappointed!

This is a must read for anyone who loves real fairy tales–the creepy ones involving tough decisions, painful pasts, and scary fairies! If you loved The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black or Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour, then this is definitely the book for you. I loved this book so much; I can’t wait to read what Kat Howard writes next!

ABOUT KAT HOWARD:

Kat Howard

Kat Howard lives in New Hampshire. Her short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, anthologized in year’s best and best of collections, and performed on NPR. Roses and Rot is her debut novel. You can find her on twitter at @KatWithSword. Also, Shane Leonard took her photo, and she’s super grateful.

GIVEAWAY (US ONLY) Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a finished copy of Roses and Rot by Kat Howard! ADMIN Note: Having trouble accessing Rafflecopter? Click Here for alternate link to enter the giveaway.

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