The Ghosts of Rose Hill by R.M. Romero

Title:  The Ghosts of Rose Hill
Author: R.M. Romero
Publisher: Peachtree Teen 
Genre:  Poetry, Teens & YA
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 384
Date of Publication:  10 May, 2022
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

“And the most impressive monsters are always the least impressive men.” 

Written entirely in verse, this gorgeous novel captured my full attention as I read. 

A wonderful, romantically told story, even when the author addresses the atrocities of war, refugee parents, and the oppressed. This coming of age novel was truly beautiful and one that I definitely recommend. 

eARC kindly provided by Peachtree and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


“A must-read for lost souls everywhere.” Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Magic will burn you up.

Sent to stay with her aunt in Prague and witness the humble life of an artist, Ilana Lopez—a biracial Jewish girl—finds herself torn between her dream of becoming a violinist and her immigrant parents’ desire for her to pursue a more stable career.
When she discovers a forgotten Jewish cemetery behind her aunt’s cottage, she meets the ghost of a kindhearted boy named Benjamin, who died over a century ago. As Ilana restores Benjamin’s grave, he introduces her to the enchanted side of Prague, where ghosts walk the streets and their kisses have warmth.
But Benjamin isn't the only one interested in Ilana. Rudolph Wassermann, a man with no shadow, has become fascinated with her and the music she plays. He offers to share his magic, so Ilana can be with Benjamin and pursue her passion for violin. But after Ilana discovers the truth about Wassermann and how Benjamin became bound to the city, she resolves to save the boy she loves, even if it means losing him—forever.
With spellbinding verse prose, R.M. Romero channels the spirit of myth into a brilliantly original tale, inspired by her experiences restoring Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe.


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