One Black Rose by Maddy Edwards
Publication Date: October 2011
Sixteen-year-old Autumn goes to stay with her friend Carley in Castleton, Maine, for the summer. All she’s expecting is a normal couple of months hanging out at the beach with friends. Nothing out of the ordinary was supposed to happen.
But as soon as she arrives she meets Holt Roth. Holt is unlike anyone she’s ever met before – and her reaction to him is even more unexpected.
Then she meets his friend, Samuel Cheshire. If her reaction to Holt was strong, her reaction to Samuel is shocking. The only problem is that he seems to hate her for no reason at all.
Not being able to choose between two guys is only the beginning of Autumn’s problems, because both Samuel and Holt are Fairy Princes, and Autumn is caught between her own desires and the Fairy Courts, who might cause her immeasurable pain if she makes the wrong choice.
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
One Black Rose features Autumn who goes to stay with her friend, Carley, for the summer. During her stay in Maine, she comes across Holt Roth and Samuel Cheshire, and she feels attracted to both of them-but on different levels. Even though Autumn decides Holt is the one for her, Fate has different plans.
I started reading this book with mixed feelings. I wasn’t sure how the storyline would go, but I felt pretty sure Autumn would be an on-point character. The first few pages made her out to be this girl who has her awkward moments, but isn’t boy crazy. I was deceived. Within the first few days of her meeting Holt, she becomes lovesick for him. She has the same feelings for Samuel, but she chooses to ignore them because he doesn’t seem to like her. Needless to say, I’m not a fan of Autumn; and for various reasons:
- She starts out as too nosy. She can tell there’s some unusual stuff going on with the Roths and the Cheshires. As far as she knows, the beef between the two families doesn’t directly involve her. Somehow, she makes it her business and won’t stop nagging until she’s in on the gist.
- She’s conveniently self-absorbed. When I say conveniently, I mean that the only time she’s not self-absorbed is when her generosity or consideration will somehow benefit the story.
- She’s rather petty and all her actions seem like overreactions. She’s sixteen years old and acts like she’s much younger.
- Even though she fancies herself in love with Holt, she’s aware of her “heart thumping” reactions to Samuel but chooses to ignore them. (After all, in the grand scheme of love, heart thumping is nothing serious).
But the problem doesn’t lie solely with Autumn. The whole characterization is quite faulty in the sense that I felt no connection with any of the characters. Also, I don’t understand why Samuel’s family is so worried about Autumn going against destiny. I’m no fate expert, but I think that if something is fated to be, there’s no need fighting for it to happen; fate has already decided. It is quite ironic that everyone is fighting for Autumn’s future when she’s just in Maine for vacation.
One Black Rose is a story I feel would have been better if it wasn’t so character driven. And the fact that the main character who drives the story is an irritating sort just makes matters worse.
P.S. It seems my opinion of this book is unpopular, so don’t be discouraged if you really want to read it.