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A Forgery of Roses de Jessica S. Olson
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A Forgery of Roses (edició 2022)

de Jessica S. Olson (Autor)

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From the author of Sing Me Forgotten comes a lush new fantasy novel with an art-based magic system, romance, and murder...   Myra has a gift many would kidnap, blackmail, and worse to control: she's a portrait artist whose paintings alter people's bodies. Guarding that secret is the only way to keep her younger sister safe now that their parents are gone. But one frigid night, the governor's wife discovers the truth and threatens to expose Myra if she does not complete a special portrait that would resurrect the governor's dead son.   Once she arrives at the legendary stone mansion, however, it becomes clear the boy's death was no accident. A killer stalks these halls--one disturbingly obsessed with portrait magic. Desperate to get out of the manor as quickly as possible, Myra turns to the governor's older son for help completing the painting before the secret she spent her life concealing makes her the killer's next victim.… (més)
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Títol:A Forgery of Roses
Autors:Jessica S. Olson (Autor)
Informació:Inkyard Press (2022), Edition: Original, 397 pages
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This book is out of my typical genre I read as I'm not a huge fane of murder mysteries. However, I love the book and I catch myself still thinking about it from time to time. It took me about 2 days to read and I don't think it dragged at all and was very refined as far as useless information goes. The world building was nice as well, I pictured old time London with fog and dewy rain. The main characters were interesting for the most part, however I feel like Myra's was a bit typical and easy to guess. August was totally different in the terms of his habits and ailments. I would recommend the book if you enjoy murder mysteries and magic. ( )
  ArielFord | Apr 28, 2022 |
I was really looking forward to this read. A Dorian Gray(esque) novel with some Jack The Ripper elements?!? Heck yeah!! Those descriptors are true enough but it did manage to disappoint somewhat.

With compelling and evocative prose, interesting characters, clever world building and a unique premise... this book was destined for greatness YET it simply... wasn't. Don't get me wrong, this book wasn't bad, it just didn't meet my extremely high expectations. The mystery behind the murders was bizarre and puzzling... both promising signs. AND the who did what to whom got unexpectedly murky there for a bit... another promising sign. BUT the murders came off as being an afterthought with the romance (and painting) taking center stage for a majority of the plot. The actual story was a bit tropey and had a pretty bad case of insta-love with a dollop of Love Triangle thrown in... not so promising unless you consider stoking my ire promising. On the otherhand, I did appreciate the Anxiety and disability rep and adored the orator that narrated the audiobook.

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This book will definitely resonate with the YA, Period centric, Gothic, thriller, Magically Realistic Fantasy loving crowd. Sounds like a very specific niche crowd but I truly believe that even if you like just one or two of those genres then you're in for a treat. It wasn't fully my cuppa but it wasn't bad. If you are going to give this one a chance then I 100% reccomend this as an audiobook, it really gave the book extra dimension. AND lastly, for those that like a nice and tidy ending then dig in, this book has your name written all over it.

~ Enjoy ( )
  BethYacoub | Apr 26, 2022 |
Pros: realistic characters, excellent romance, interesting magic system

Cons:

It’s been a year since Myra Whitlock’s parents vanished and with her sister sick, she’s desperate for money. The governor’s wife discovers Myra’s a Prodigy, a magician who can use paintings to change reality, and offers her a lot of money to resurrect her son. But the governor hates Prodigies and using magic comes with a cost. It’s quickly apparent that the son’s death might not have been accidental after all and Myra’s secret may not be the only thing at stake with this job.

There are three main threads in this book, the murder mystery, a romance, and the family love that causes Myra to risk everything to save her sister. The threads interweave beautifully. The writing occasionally veers into poetry with a lot of gothic overtones.

Myra is a complicated woman who has dreams of going to art school that are frustrated by her lack of money and her inability to control her magic. Her sister has a chronic illness they can’t identify and so don’t know how to properly treat. August has anxiety issues and has spent his life subsuming his desires and personality to save face for his family. None of the characters’ problems are easily solved and that makes them feel realistic. I loved how they variously helped each other deal with their mental and physical health issues, like Myra helping August breathe slowly to get through a panic attack.

I appreciated that magic couldn’t hand wave away illness or poverty and that there’s a physical cost to the user. It makes it feel like a precious commodity, hard earned and so used sparingly.

The ending wrapped things up in a satisfying manner. ( )
  Strider66 | Apr 5, 2022 |
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book (as far as I can find). I got an eGalley of this from NetGalley to review.

Thoughts: This book started off a bit slow for me and was primarily a "who-dun-it" type of story. I was actually considering DNFing this at about 50% of the way through because I was just getting really bored with it. However, at about that point things started to get really interesting and really pick up in pace.

The story is about Myra, who can paint things into reality and has to hide her talent because of local prosecution against magic. However, when she is contacted by the governor’s wife to raise his son from the dead, she just can’t say no. Myra’s sister is very sick and desperately needs medication and help. As a result, Myra finds herself drawn deeply into the dark secrets surrounding the governor's family.

I would give the first half of this book 3 stars and the last half 5 stars, so you have a 4 star rating overall.

Olson continues to do an amazing job with world-building and unique magic systems. I love the painting magic here; it seems to pull some influence from "The Picture of Dorian Gray".

The plot has some fun twists towards the end and I loved how Myra starts to grow into her magic later in the book. Early on in the book she is a bit whiny about her magic and it was nice to see her take ownership of it in the second half.

This does end a bit open-ended and feels somewhat incomplete. It makes me wonder if there will be a sequel to this book but I couldn’t find any information about a sequel.

My Summary (4/5): Overall I enjoyed this. It starts a bit slow, but the intriguing magic and the increased action and pace of the second half of the book won me over. I would recommend it if you enjoy who-dun-it type mysteries with some intriguing magic woven throughout. ( )
  krau0098 | Feb 16, 2022 |
This is a fantastic mix of fantasy and mystery. I kept going back and forth on how I thought it would end. I predicted a part of the end at one point but didn’t get it all. The fantasy part was just as good as the mystery and really enhanced the mystery too. There were descriptions of the surroundings that I would have thought were over the top of it were in any other book, but they worked well in this novel because of the magical and artistic setting. “I rush through shafts of dust mites sparkling like rose gold” and “The whole house trembles as he moves along her arteries” ( )
  AmandaSanders | Jan 22, 2022 |
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From the author of Sing Me Forgotten comes a lush new fantasy novel with an art-based magic system, romance, and murder...   Myra has a gift many would kidnap, blackmail, and worse to control: she's a portrait artist whose paintings alter people's bodies. Guarding that secret is the only way to keep her younger sister safe now that their parents are gone. But one frigid night, the governor's wife discovers the truth and threatens to expose Myra if she does not complete a special portrait that would resurrect the governor's dead son.   Once she arrives at the legendary stone mansion, however, it becomes clear the boy's death was no accident. A killer stalks these halls--one disturbingly obsessed with portrait magic. Desperate to get out of the manor as quickly as possible, Myra turns to the governor's older son for help completing the painting before the secret she spent her life concealing makes her the killer's next victim.

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