Misunderstood and overmedicated, twelve-year-old Lilith Bloom finds the prospect of a grand family reunion decidedly dull... That is, until she discovers that the rose garden surrounding her grandfather's Berlin mansion is, well, completely and utterly carnivorous. Armed with Panther, her talking pet whippet, and the help of the mute boy next door, Lilith must unravel the secrets behind the mysterious estate, all while her family remains gloriously unaware that they are about to be devoured.
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About the Author
Ksenia was born in Moscow, Russia, and came to US in 1998 not knowing English, having studied architecture and not dreaming that one day she'd be writing. SIREN SUICIDES, an urban fantasy set in Seattle, is her first novel. She lives in Seattle with her boyfriend and their combined three kids in a house that they like to call The Loony Bin.
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Rosehead based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
3.5 / 5 stars What a fun, creepy read! I've been a big fan of Ksenia Anske's blog and Twitter feed for a long time, but I'd yet to read any of her books in full until now. ROSEHEAD is her second novel (she's produced several more since), and I flew through it, eager to journey with Lilith on her spooky adventures. I gotta say, this was the perfect book to read as Halloween draws near! (Trigger Warning: There is a good deal of fat-shaming in this book that greatly disappointed me. I know Ksenia's grown a bit personally since publishing this book, so I'm hoping that she's aware of where she fell short on this topic and that such fat jokes and shaming won't make a repeat appearance in her later books.)
Rosehead by Ksenia Anske is a fantastic and wonderful book. The novel tells the story of a sassy protagonist who has to face off against a mysterious man-eating plant and a reunion full of apathetic adults. Ksenia contrasts the darker themes of the book with youthful enthusiasm in the face of some genuinely strange situations. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. It's a truly unforgettable experience.
Im still running away or I'll be eaten omg... But anywayyyyy I finished this wonderful piece of art and Im crying like seriously crying that I can pass out in no time. @kseniaanske sent me this book in exchange of a review. At first I thought that it's just a normal book but I was intrigued by the note the author sent me in the very cover page (and the parcel) that I started reading right away. It's about a girl named Lilith Bloom with her talking dog, Panther. She was diagnosed with mental illnesses but she don't believe that she has one. Her family went to her grandpa's place in Berlin, Germany, who is an owner of a rose company thingy. Lilith discovered some scary stuffs behind those weird looking roses. It was a fun read. At the very first page, I can't stopl I get confused and thrilled to know what happens next. I love the horror and the mystery in this book. I was happy that I get to understand some German words here. My dad's fam stayed in Germany for few years and some German words are used in our household all the time. It was great that this book felt close to me. I was completely devoured. The craziness sucked me dry and now Im just a phantom lurking in every pages of this book. It got me crying and it was great! The ending gave a question which makes me think a lot. I really want a sequel but being a stand alone book is enough. It was amazing! I would rate it 5/5 stars!
Lilith, along with her mother and father, arrive in Germany for the funeral of Lilith’s grandmother. During her stay, Lilith discovers some very peculiar happenings at the Bloom & Co mansion, where Roses of immaculate red color and scent are grown. She investigates the peculiarities with her trusty Whippet, Panther, and all trails lead to the roses. How do they maintain their color and beauty longer than any of their counterparts? Lilith is determined to find out. There is almost always something I find fault with as a reader nowadays, but reading Rosehead by Ksenia Anske broke all of my expectations. I could not put the book down and though there are close to 400 pages, I devoured the novel in one day. The only comment I would give is to the format of the book, the font is too large for my liking, which is entirely my own personal preference. There were also a larger-than-average number of minor spelling and grammar issues, but I read over them, noted, and kept going because the style of writing was so easy to follow and read through, even with the errors. The author’s writing style was quite sophisticated. She crafted her sentences with care and her dialogue with entertaining closeness to reality. The dog’s voice is adorable and true to form of both dog and sidekick, “Pink is my favorite color. Besides, it’s more blush. Very delicate. Matches my tongue.” (Page 47). The Whippet is described as a, “…talking cat in a dog’s body with an unrivaled passion for steak, rosy jackets, and squirrels.” (Page 366). Lilith is also a very well-drawn character. Immediately Anske lets us know that she is no ordinary twelve-year old girl because she, “… only felt sill when she was moving and [she] could smell things other people couldn’t.” (Page 366). Lilith has her faults and eccentricities, such as her unique vocabulary and the way she is always trying to utilize as many sophisticated words as possible in her speech and the author will even italicize them to give them more emphasis. Lilith also, instead of getting emotional and angry at any bad thing done to her, finitely controls her language to be poisonously polite. Lilith is such a loveable character because of her stubborn single mindedness. She gets fixated to a fault and she sometimes cannot seem to control her outbursts of accusations. It may be maddening for her to momentary lose control like this, but for the reader it adds tension and excitement. Panther, her Whippet companion puts it well, “I simply love your attention to detail and your inability to hear what others are saying once you set your mind to something.” (Page 186). I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys the hijinks and imagination of Calvin and Hobbes, the sidekick element of Pantalaimon in Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials series, or the whimsical darkness of Pan’s Labyrinth.
Labels, like branding marks, allow others to identify which group you belong to. Delusional. Annoyance. Liar. Sexual deviant. Drunkard. Rosehead. A book by Ksenia Anske. An overmedicated girl in the midst of a family reunion while a carnivorous garden lies about. Initially, the description of the book intrigued my darker nature. Be still my beating heart. Finishing the book a little over two weeks before I wrote this review gave me time to settle. The story got into my bones and made itself at home. Cropping up at the strangest time, my mind wondering about small nuances I hadn’t quite noticed. Without a doubt, the cover does this book no justice. A lighthearted romp was the lie I bought into. A rose wearing a lovely knit sweater – how sweet. Sickly sweet. Such is not this book. Something you must understand, I’m a huge fan of the under appreciated, under utilized, underdog anti-hero. Lillith Bloom is my kind of chick. Upon first reading, the thought in the back of my mind was how. How is Ksenia Anske going to pull this off in a little under 400 pages? The book pulled me into it’s thorny grip, forcing me to read 50% of it in one evening. The characters were richly developed. The imagery and descriptions made it feel as though I was there alongside Lillith and Panther, her Whippet. The story centers around a 12 year old girl and her family. Upon first reading, I thought the age of the main character would throw me off, but it didn’t. Her age suited the story perfectly. This is not a book suited for young children due to the nature of the story and some scenes being more graphic than others. Ksenia was born in Moscow. As a child, she lived a double world of abuse. Atrocities that tried to kill her now fuel the pace of her stories. Her word choice, the mind of Lillith, the secrets that members of the family choose to ignore, all feel very much like Ksenia has poured her own blood onto the pages. I couldn’t stop reading, each chapter pulling me deeper into this very dark, and very secretive world. A world 100% in the open, but few lack vision to see. The mind of a child you lack assurance in. The relationships with the authority figures in her life. The deeper struggle she faces with each passing breath. People see you as they want, not as you truly are. Ksenia Anke talks without fear about her childhood, growing up much like Lillith. She wanted to show the world through the eyes of a child who must escape into their own thoughts and fabricated realities. The richness of appearance against the poverty of soul. The story has numerous twists, turns, and just when you think you’re on level ground, nothing is as it appears. Engrossing characters and volatile family dynamics abound. Children forced to become that which the labels have marked them. This book will not disappoint. I raise 5 enthusiastic Tipsy Lit glasses to Rosehead.