Watching the Roses: The Egerton Hall Novels, Volume Two

Watching the Roses: The Egerton Hall Novels, Volume Two

by Adele Geras

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In this retelling of "Sleeping Beauty," Alice seems destined to lead a princess's life—except for the frightening curse that dreaded Aunt Violette bestowed at her christening: She will die at the age of eighteen. Although she lives, something horrible happens on her eighteenth birthday. And as a result, Alice falls into a trancelike state and refuses to speak to anyone. Will she ever recover?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152055318
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/29/2010
Series: The Egerton Hall Novels , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Adèle Geras is the celebrated author of many books for all ages, including Troy and Ithaka. She lives in Cambridge, England.

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Watching the Roses: The Egerton Hall Novels, Volume Two 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
karinnekarinne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Egerton Hall series, "Watching the Roses," is a LOT darker than "The Tower Room."This book focuses on a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. The story in "Watching the Roses" is sort of cloaked -- I mean, I could figure out what happened about ten pages in, but I imagine it would be a little harder for younger readers, although they'd probably catch on before everything was spelled out, too.Once again we have love at first sight, but it's a little more believable this time around, as the heroine seems the type to fall for that sort of thing.I don't know, it was a good book to waste a lazy afternoon on, since it was finished so quickly, but I wish Geras could have been a little more subtle with the fairy tale imagery. It just felt too easy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The second book in a trilogy of three boarding school dorm-mates, who resemble Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. I gave this book four stars because, while an excellent story and original take on the old fairy tale, I found this book somewhat confusing. I couldn't tell if Alice was reflecting on the past experiences, or if it was really happening as she wrote it. Also, the many references she kept giving of different types of roses threw off the storyline. Then again, perhaps I didn't read carefully enough. If one read word by word, piecing together the tapestry of dialogue, botanical references, and Alice's refernces to past events, it would probably make more sense than my attempt to get through the plot before I left my grandparents' house, since it needed to be returned to the library there. However, I did find myself anticipating the moment when Jean-Luc would place a kiss on Alice's lips and rescue her from her solitude and grief. All in all, a very good story, and somewhat essential to keeping up with the three main characters, but it still leaves you with a vague sense of 'huh?'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 17 and it was amazing. I found it more refreshing than the orginal story. I could sort of relate to it. I recommend this book for anyone who's beginning to believe that faery tales can't be real. It was almost as great as the first one.