KayKay #CRB5 Review #48 Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire



My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

After my review of Storm Born by Richelle Mead (short version: I liked it), I got a comment from Malin who recommended two series: 1- October Daye and 2-Kate Daniels.   Not only did she enjoy the series, but she said they get better as the series develops (which is a rare find).  I finished the first October Daye book- Rosemary and Rue and here is what I thought….


The main character (October) is half fae with very weak magical blood.  She normally works as a PI, but made a mistake and spent 14 years as a fish in the bottom of a pond.  After she breaks the spell she finds her old life impossible to return to (her boyfriend and daughter want nothing to do with her) and she mopes around until her acquaintance Evening (I hesitate to say friend) dies and curses her to solve the mystery.  Evening left her a magical chest and key, and must figure out who murdered Evening before the curse kills her.  (Spoiler alert: she lives)  The hope chest was carved by Oberon (the missing king of the fae) and has the power to change the balance of your blood (either make you all human or all fae), which makes it an attractive artifact to changelings (hint hint).

Plot Score: 3/5

World Building

Fae breakdown:

There are purebloods, mix bloods (fae with different type of fae parents) and changelings (half fae half human).  Changelings have ‘baby magic’ that allow them to keep up human appearance, but it once it starts to fade (anywhere between 3 to late teens) they have to between staying human and being fae.  If they choose to stay human, they die and the fae parent could have stayed in the moral world.  If they choose fae, their parent must stay in the Summerlands.

Knowes- little pockets of reality balanced between the mortal world and the Summerlands

Daoine Sidhe- fae that can measure another’s death by the taste of their blood.

Cait Sidhe- Violent group of Fae.

World Building Score: 3/5

Characters and Relationships

October- A changeling who has pointed ears and colorless eyes, but otherwise looks human. She always seems to be getting shot or otherwise hurt.

Tybolt- king of the Cait Sidhe

Sylvester Torquill- October’s liege.

Devin- another changeling, who basically runs a halfway house for changelings.  He’s more like a street boss.  When October fled the Summerlands he took her in, and they had ‘relations’.  But he got power hungry and wanted the hope chest and killed Evening to get it.

Characters Score: 3/5

Life Lessons (fka Bigger Meaning)


Life Lessons Score:  0/5


I never like when the plot is driven by a lack of communication.  October refused to tell anyone (Devin, Sylvester, Luna) what was really going on.  In the end, it was wise she didn’t trust everyone, but I prefer a mystery that couldn’t be resolved by simply having a conversation (not that it was that simple, but you get the point).

Other than that, it was action filled and an enjoyable read.

Style Score: 3/5

Final Thoughts?

– 0 Bonus Points for the cover, it looks likes a photo taken with a bad camera.

-This plot/book/character seems a little forgettable, so I’ll definitely be reviewing this before reading book 2.

-Cheesiest line “October always brings rain, even in California”

-Title explanation- rosemary and rue is what she leaves on the grave of a little girl she meets – and tries to save, but the girl ends up dying.

-Plot points not tied up: I’d like to see her return to her daughter (Gilly), the Queen seems to be crazy, still don’t know why Sylvester’s wife and child went missing (this was the case that October was on when she was turned into a fish by Simon and Oleander),  still don’t know what’s up with Raysel (she didn’t come back ‘normal’)

Total Score and Recommendation

12/25- It was an enjoyable read, and I will continue on (for the promise of series picking up at book 3)


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