Title: Autumn Rose
Author: Abigail Gibbs
Genre: NA Paranormal
Series: The Dark Heroine (Book 2)
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Format: Paperback, 400 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062248758 (HarperCollins)
ISBN-13: 978-0062248756 (HarperCollins)
Reviewed by: Bridget
The highly anticipated sequel to Dinner with a Vampire
Autumn Rose has the chance to save the world she loves. But how much will she have to sacrifice to achieve it?
In Autumn Rose, book two of her breathtaking series, Abigail Gibbs draws us even further into the dangerous and romantic world of the Dark Heroines.
Quick & Dirty: Excellent sequel to this fascinating series. Even though it had its flaws this was still a wonderful read and I am very eager to read the next book.
Opening Sentence: I was not conscious.
Autumn Rose has just one year left as a guardian at a school where she is shunned because she is a Sage. The Sages are magical beings that live in the 1st dimension alongside the humans. They are extremely powerful and are looked to as leaders from all the other dimensions. Born with scars that run down the length of their entire body it is easy to distinguish who they are. There are also dark Sages known as the Extermino that want to destroy the human race. The rest of the Sage’s have taken it upon themselves to be guardians to the humans and protect them in any way they can.
Autumn was raised in a very social London by her grandmother, but 18 months ago her grandmother passed away and now she is living in a tiny seaside town where she is one of the only Sage’s around. The circumstances surrounding her grandmother’s death were unclear and Autumn will stop at nothing to figure out what happened.
On the first day of school a very handsome and famous young Sage moves into town. Prince Fallon was one of Autumn’s childhood friends, but she hasn’t seen him since her grandmother’s funeral. With his good looks and social status he immediately becomes the talk of the town, and Autumn is thrust into the limelight with him. She doesn’t know if she can trust Fallon, but there is something so comforting about him.
Autumn is a very interesting girl that I really ended up liking. She has been through a lot in the last few years and it has caused her to fall into a deep depression. On the outside she puts up a great front so no one really knows, but deep down she is really hurting and has not properly grieved for her grandmother. It was easy to sympathize with Autumn and her situation. I also loved that even though she is royalty she acts and lives like a normal person does. That made it easier to relate to her. She was a fun character and I was glad to get to know her better.
Fallon was not at all what I was expecting. He was introduced briefly in the first book, The Dark Heroine, and I thought he was going to be very similar to Kasper, but he was actually the total opposite. He is downright gorgeous, but he is actually very modest about it. He is more of a one girl type of guy and he was very sweet and respectful. I really loved him and thought that he treated Autumn so well. My one complaint about their relationship was that I felt that he had more genuine feelings then Autumn did, but as time went on I thought they ended up making a great couple.
I wanted to start off by saying that this was very different from The Dark Heroine but in a good way. I felt that this one was written much better and the flow of the book wasn’t nearly as choppy. There were still a few times when I got a little lost, but nowhere close to how I felt while reading the first book. This book takes place at the same time as the first book, you are just getting Autumn’s story instead of Violets. The romance still had an insta-love feel to it, which I didn’t love, but I did like Fallon and Autumn together. They were cute. My favorite thing about this series is the amazing world that Gibbs has created; it is so fascinating and intriguing. That alone will keep me coming back to read the rest of the books in this series, which I think is going to be quite a few since it seems every heroine is going to get their own book. I am excited to see the rest of the dimensions and what they offer to the story. Also, I adored the cover to this book, it’s really simple but creepy and striking. To be honest, this book did have a lot of flaws, but there was just something about it that left me thinking about it days after reading it. I would highly recommend this if you are looking for a unique YA/NA paranormal series, and if you didn’t love the first book, I would still give this one a try. I thought it was a much better read.
“Autumn, do something!” Nathan demanded, having caught up with me.
The humans looked up for the first time and noticed me.
“No, Nathan, he’s gone, I can’t—“
Nathan shoved me forward, glaring. “You’re a Sage, of course you can. Sage can do anything.”
I looked down at the man on the ground, shaking my head as tears brimmed. Why is he doing this? Nathan knows I can’t bring back the dead!
“It’s your duty,” Nathan continued.
The woman managed to stop sobbing long enough to speak. “They had grey scars…two of them. Hit him with black light.”
Gray scars—Extermino! And black light…That was a death curse!
The Dark Heroine Series:
2. Autumn Rose
FTC Advisory: William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins provided me with a copy of Autumn Rose. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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