A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
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Friday, December 16, 2011

271. Bone: Rose by Jeff Smith

Rose by Jeff Smith.  Illustrated by Charles Vess. (Canada) - (US)
Bone, Prequel

Pages: 136
Ages: 9+
Finished: Dec. 12, 2011
First Published: 2009
Publisher: Graphix/Scholastic
Genre: children, graphic novel, fantasy
Rating: 3/5

First sentence:

When the world was very, very new, and dreams had not yet receded from the waking day...
the first dragon was a queen named Mim.

Acquired: Purchased a new copy from an online retailer.

Reason for Reading: A prequel to the series, but the last book published in the series.

This was a really hard book to give a rating to.  The story is written by Jeff Smith and the cover illustration is by him as well but once one opens up the book all familiarity is gone.  The illustrations are by Charles Vess, who has a completely different style than Smith, and the font used is actually a little hard to read.  I loved the story but did not like, at all, the illustrations, even though Vess won an award for them.  I was not impressed as I started to read because of the change in illustration but as the book progressed the story won me over and I stopped thinking about the artwork, however my rating does reflect my opinion of both the text and illustrations.

On to the story, which was as wonderful as I could have expected.  Though being a prequel, it was predictable as we already knew the outcome.  This tells the story of when Rose and Briar were young princesses together training to become one of the Veni-Yan.  It tells how Briar turned evil and how the Lord of the Locusts started his plan to escape his trap, as well as why and how the rat creatures broke their centuries old peace with the humans.  An exciting story with lots of action, an insightful look back at Rose's (Gran'ma Ben) background and her early history with Lucius.  I enjoyed the story and the familiar faces (though there were no Bones) very much, but the illustrations did put a damper on it for me.

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