Review: Book: A Forgery of Roses- Jessica S. Olson

Title: A Forgery of Roses

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Jessica S. Olson

Publisher:  Inkyard Press

Genre: YA Fantasy

Page Count: 384 Pages

ISBN: 978-1335418661

Author or Book Website: Home | Jessica S Olson

Link to Amazon purchase page: A Forgery of Roses: Olson, Jessica S.: Books (

Link to Goodreads: A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. Olson | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Myra Whitlock has a gift. One many would kill for.

She’s an artist whose portraits alter people’s real-life bodies, a talent she must hide from those who would kidnap, blackmail, and worse in order to control it. Guarding that secret is the only way to keep her younger sister safe now that their parents are gone.

But one frigid night, the governor’s wife discovers the truth and threatens to expose Myra if she does not complete a special portrait that would resurrect the governor’s dead son. Desperate, Myra ventures to his legendary stone mansion.

Once she arrives, however, it becomes clear the boy’s death was no accident. Someone dangerous lurks within these glittering halls. Someone harboring a disturbing obsession with portrait magic.

Myra cannot do the painting until she knows what really happened, so she turns to the governor’s older son, a captivating redheaded poet. Together, they delve into the family’s most shadowed affairs, racing to uncover the truth before the secret Myra spent her life concealing makes her the killer’s next victim.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I think it is an interesting concept for painting magic. It is not something I have really heard about as a gift. I did enjoy Myra and what she was going through. Though there were times that she talked about not having money and having to take care of her ill sister a lot. I did not think it had to be mentioned as much as it was. I like that anxiety and panic attacks were included since so many could relate, but it does not come across as represented correctly. I also did not expect the way the story turned out. I thought I knew who was all involved but I was wrong.

My Rating of the Book: 3 Stars

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