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Misunderstood and overmedicated, twelve-year-old Lilith Bloom finds the prospect of a grand family reunion decidedly dull... That is, until she discovers that the rose garden surrounding her grandfather's Berlin mansion is, well, completely and utterly carnivorous. Armed with Panther, her talking pet whippet, and the help of the mute boy next door, Lilith must unravel the secrets behind the mysterious estate, all while her family remains gloriously unaware that they are about to be devoured.
Creepy Quirky Fun!
Love this book. I was hooked from the very first page. It's a wonderful mixture of mystery, horror and quirky fun. The setting is perfectly eerie - Alfred Bloom's huge mansion with its opulent yet decaying atmosphere and the sprawling sinister gardens where Alfred grows his world renowned renowned roses.
But it's the special bond between his twelve year old granddaughter Lilith and her faithful dog Panther that really bring the story to life. Whether they are planning their next nighttime foray into that strangely menacing garden, or consoling each other after another failed attempt at unlocking its dark secrets, or just bickering like an old married couple, it's obvious that Panther and Lilith are each other's one and only true friends.
Lilith is a bit of a misfit. She carries a copy of Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles" in her handbag, has a fondness for working esoteric vocabulary words into her casual conversation, and always wears a color coordinated beret with her outfit. She's an endearing combination of social awkwardness and witty intelligence - I was smitten with her immediately.
Of course Lilith is misunderstood by her parents and rarely taken seriously by the vast array of relatives who have gathered at the Bloom mansion for a family reunion. As her and Panther uncover an escalating series of gruesome and bizarre happenings, you'll become as obsessed with unraveling the mystery of Rosehead as they are.
Ksenia Anske has crafted a fun and chilling story that will keep you completely engrossed. And the lovable qualities she has instilled in Lilith and Panther will have you longing for their return in future adventures.
Rosehead was awesome! I enjoyed the interactions between Lilith and the other characters. The contradictory behavior exhibited by the adults in the story left me with the feeling that maybe they just decided to humor Lilith and most of what actually happened still *could* be attributed to a rich fantasy life, and the other kids naturally would play along with the game, but for Lilith the line between fantasy and reality is blurred. The level of reality conveyed in such a fantastical story is absolutely brilliant. And for the record, I was rooting for the mansion in the beginning.
Rosehead by Ksenia Anske is a fantastic and wonderful book.
The novel tells the story of a sassy protagonist who has to face off against a mysterious man-eating plant and a reunion full of apathetic adults. Ksenia contrasts the darker themes of the book with youthful enthusiasm in the face of some genuinely strange situations. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. It's a truly unforgettable experience.