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Monday, November 13, 2017

Book Review - The Rose Thief by Claire Buss

I received an ARC (advanced reader copy) for review purposes.

The Rose Thief by Claire Buss

The roses of the Emperor, may he live forever and ever, are being stolen. Which wouldn't be such a problem, except some idiot imbued the red one with LOVE, and if it gets stolen, all the love will die. It's up to intrepid Chief Thief-Catcher Ned, his sidekick sprite, and an assorted team of weirdos to save the day and keep love alive.

The book is full of unexpected twists and turns, fun characters, and generally just a lot of enjoyable silliness.

But, and it is a big one, my copy was filled with typos and other editing issues. The farther I got in the book, the more problems I found. I'm not sure if it is because I got an ARC and the published version has been cleaned up or not. I can overlook some typos because even the most careful editor will miss a few, but entire missing words, run-on sentences, misspellings, and bad formatting have my editorial hackles itching for my red pen. So if those sorts of things bother you, don't read the book.

If you enjoy silly adventures with plenty of action and magic and even a kiss or three, you'll probably enjoy The Rose Thief.

3 stars, it would be 5 if the problems weren't so distracting.
(Very mild language and innuendo, mild kissing and extremely mild violence. And dirty sock jokes.)