The Enchanted Rose by Nadia Nader
Publication date: January 14th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
When Vivian’s mother dies in a tragic accident, Vivian’s world is turned upside down. Her life, as she knows it, is over. A new life, full of her mother’s secrets, begins…
Sent away by her father to live with two eccentric aunts on the mysterious Tremaine Estate, Vivian comes to learn that a powerful curse lurks over her family – one that only she may have the power to break. With each day she spends in Misty Hills, Vivian uncovers more unsettling discoveries about the town, her reclusive family, and herself.
Can Vivian let go of every truth she’s ever believed and discover who she really is, before the dark secrets hidden within the supernatural town threaten to consume her and those she loves?
Vivan’s entire life changes after her mother dies and her father decides that he cannot take care of her. She is sent to the small town of Misty Hills to live with her two aunts that she did not even know existed until after her mother dies. As soon as she arrives in Misty Hills, things seem disconcerting. She learns that her aunt’s never really leave the Tremaine Estate, where they live, that the town was founded by people escaping persecution by the Salem Witch Trials, that everyone seems to have secrets, especially her mother, and that her whole family lives with a curse.
I was very intrigued by the mystery of the curse and the town of Misty Hills. Everyone in Misty Hills holds a secret, which made the overall tone of the book very mysterious. However, I don’t know why none of the characters wanted to divulge anything about Vivian’s family or the town secrets even when Vivian asked directly; but then everyone acted was defensive when Vivian wanted to try to find out more by herself. It was like they wanted Vivian to stay ignorant of the town and the people, but then hold her accountable for not understanding what was happening. Vivian does prevail in learning about her family’s past and holds it together pretty well when an overwhelming amount of secrets about her mother come to light. I empathized with Vivian when she is kept in the dark for so long. The supporting characters add a lot to the story and make up a great cast, from two eccentric aunts to the typical high school mean girls and plenty of guys that are easy on the eyes, Vivian has many personalities to deal with. The ending bothered me a bit, it just sort of stops…I don’t even know to call it a cliffhanger. I do really want to know what happens next for Vivian now that she has some things figured out.
Nadia Nader was born and raised in Kuwait.
You can find Nadia on her website: www.NadiaNader.com
In addition to writing, Nadia’s interests include traveling around the world.