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Autumn Rose: A Dark Heroine Novel

Autumn Rose: A Dark Heroine Novel

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by Abigail Gibbs

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Autumn Rose has the chance to save the world she loves. But how much will she have to sacrifice?

Autumn Rose lives in a sleepy seaside town, but buried deep under the surface of her quiet life are dark secrets. Her grandmother is dead, murdered eighteen months ago, and the vibrant London social scene in which she was brought up is a world away. Even


Autumn Rose has the chance to save the world she loves. But how much will she have to sacrifice?

Autumn Rose lives in a sleepy seaside town, but buried deep under the surface of her quiet life are dark secrets. Her grandmother is dead, murdered eighteen months ago, and the vibrant London social scene in which she was brought up is a world away. Even worse, at her new school she is shunned and condemned––all because of the swirling marks on her skin that prevent her from blending in with the crowd.

Then the appearance at her school of a handsome young man—who has the same curious markings as Autumn—sends her world into turmoil. Suddenly the marks are deemed cool, and Autumn is thrust into the limelight. But her sudden popularity brings danger as her secrets threaten to come to light. And then there are her recurring dreams about a girl who is about to be seduced by a very dark prince . . . and Autumn must figure out how to save her before it is too late.

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Meg Cabot
Abigail Gibbs will make you fall in love with vampires all over again....but look out: these vampires will bite.
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“The freshest voice in this genre... a treasure...”

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Dark Heroine Series , #2
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Meet the Author

Abigail Gibbs was born and raised in deepest, darkest Devon, England. She is studying for a B.A. in English at the University of Oxford and considers herself a professional student, as the real world has yet to catch up with her. Her greatest fear is blood and she is a great advocate of vegetarianism, which logically led to the writing of her first novel, The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire. She splits her time between her studies, stories, and family, and uses coffee to survive all three.

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Autumn Rose (The Dark Heroine, Book 2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
This second in the Dark Heroine series chronicles Autumn Rose's story as she comes to power as the first Dark Heroine. The events take place at the same time as those involving Violet Lee in the first book. The two girls' fates are interwoven, so the stories do cross-over upon occasion, especially at the end of this book. Autumn Rose lives a different dimension than Violet Lee. Where Violet lived in the dimension with vampires as the Dark Beings, in Autumn's world, Sageans are the Dark Beings, and Autumn herself is Sagean. She wields magic drawn from nature, and she is also a seer, a legacy passed to her by her grandmother. In Autumn's dimension, evil beings known as Exterminos (I really think a better name for them is in order) are linked with the Pierre clan of slayers and humans in Violet's dimension who are trying to start a war between humans and Dark Beings in all dimensions. I'm not entirely sure that sentence made sense, but suffice it to say there are anarchists everywhere trying to start a war, and it's Autumn and the other Dark Heroines' job to stop it. Autumn is 15 years old at the start of this novel and turns 16 as it progresses, so she is very young, even younger than Violet. She has tried to live a much simpler life than her title as the Duchess of England entitles her to, but all of that comes crashing down as Sagean prince Fallon comes to help her achieve her destiny. She vacillates between childish temper tantrums and mature, thoughtful decision-making, and it's a little scary to think of the fate of multiple dimensions being in her hands. I'm really on the fence here with this series as a whole and this book in particular. I can't decide if I love it or hate it or if it's really just "meh." In my library system, it's cataloged as an adult fiction series, although I'm pretty sure that the audience is young adult. However, part of me agrees with putting in the adult collection instead. I'm not yet 40, but maybe I'm already an old fogey because the youth of these characters and the activities they engage in bothers me a bit. The first one I could live with because Violet was a bit older, but Autumn is 15. Granted, the description of said activity is not at all graphic in this second book, but still. There is also a lot of politics involved in this series, and I'm not convinced that 16 and 18-year-olds can truly grasp it all and prevent multidimensional catastrophe. The whole dimensions things just bothers me, too--I find that part really hard to swallow. There are seven more Dark Heroines to find, so I'm sure we'll be visiting more of those dimensions.
Weiser_Jenn More than 1 year ago
Anyone who is a fan of magic, is really going to love this fast paced book!  Having only one more year to complete before graduation, Autumn should be thrilled like any normal teenager, except Autumn is anything but normal. She's a sage-- magical beings that live in the first dimension alongside humans. Sages are amongst humans to serve one purpose; to protect them in anyway deemed fit from the Extermino.  Extermino are dark Sages, who want nothing but to end the human race. Autumn has been trained her entire life to help protect everyone around her. When her grandmother dies suddenly-- leaving a string of lingering questions, Autumn will stop at nothing to figure out what really caused her grandmother's death... Even when an old friend pops back into her world--a friend that is famous in the world of Sages. Promising to keep her head cleared of good looks and charm, Autumn barrels into a world she never intended to be apart of, with a friend she's not sure she can trust.  There are dark secrets that are being kept from her. Secrets that Autumn can no longer ignore.   I'm such a fan of Abigail Gibbs! I immediately fell in love with The Dark Heroine when it came out, so naturally I was thrilled when I learned she had another book coming in the series! I was not disappointed at all with this book, just as the first, it hooked me from page one and kept me until the very end! I can't praise it enough! I loved it! Amazing sequel to The Dark Heroine! I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book, and hopefully Abigail will hear my pleas and I won't be waiting long!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was just as good as the first can't wait for the third ...Such good storytelling
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good. I liked both the books in the series, however im hoping for more to come because this one leaves you thinking.
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Autumn isn’t a typical teenager. She’s a Sage, an outcast, and human guardian for Kable Community College, where she must protect the humans from Extermino’s rogue Sages, whose attacks have increased. When out of the blue, another sage, Prince Fallon, shows up at the school for an unknown reason, she is not only perturbed as to why nobody told her, but outraged how the other students so easily dismiss their dislike for sages while cooing at his feet. As events start spiraling out control and the term Seer is thrown in the mix, Autumn can’t help but just wanting to be human. Is that too much to ask? “But at least they can control what they see. I have no choice but to watch horrible things, like… like…” Within the first thirty pages you get the feeling you are reading a Harry Potter meetsTwilight fan fiction novel. You have magic, vampires, multiple dimensions, and teenage drama, which can be a bit much, however, the characters aren’t all too involved and the story maintains a pleasant pace throughout the entire book while offering readers a unique spin on the fantasy genre. Autumn Rose is a sequel and should definitely be read prior to this book or you might find the story a bit dry and lacking important characters from the previous story. Overall, the story was good, but I have mixed feelings about it being a good standalone book. *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review *You can view the original review at San Francisco Book Review
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
I’m not sure the author got the order right on this book and the first. The timing between the two novels just doesn’t flow well. It’s almost like she had Autumns’ character present herself somewhere in the process of writing Book 1 and instead of starting Autumn’s story (Book 2) where the character comes into play from Book 1, she started way earlier to try and fill in the gaps. The overlap in timelines kind of throws the reader off at first. I honestly wish I had read Autumn’s story first because she and Fallon were much more likeable and easier to connect with; not to mention her backstory is much more interesting. I got really tired of the couple from Book 1 and their dynamics. Hell, I got tired of the whole cast and characters from Book 1, minus one or two. It didn’t get really interesting until they met up with Autumn and Fallon near the end and all the fun stuff happened. All that being said, the entire premise of the story with the Dark Heroines being the ultimate saviors of the paranormal worlds/dimensions is pretty dang creative and unique. Now that I’ve gotten through these two, and I have the overall foundation of the series, I hope to thoroughly enjoy the remaining books. Rating: 4 HEAT Rating: Hot Reviewed By: Daysie W. Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope she continues with the series.
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This onea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! This was an excellent second book, I can't wait for the next one! I really enjoyed reading this book, it was full of magic and the plot and characters were great! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!!! This is going to be a great series!!
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