Review of Rook by Sharon Cameron

By: Sharon Cameron
Release Date: April 28th 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

My Thoughts:
I loved Cameron’s debut duology and was certain that I’d love this book as well because I love her writing style so much. I was right! Rook was another wonderfully imagined story with a historical feel. You can tell that Cameron researches the time period she’s deriving inspiration from and utilizes her knowledge in really unique and wonderful ways.

Rook was told in third person which doesn’t always work for me. I tend to lose a bit of my connection to the characters when told this way but after a slightly slower start I was immersed and really entranced with Sophia. She was head strong, brave yet she wasn’t perfect by any means.

I really enjoy Cameron’s approach to her romances. They never overshadow the storyline and yet they are swoon-worthy. I shipped the couple in this book even though I was never certain of who I could trust 100%. All the characters seemed to have so much they were hiding from each other and it being told in third person really helped keep the mystery of everyone’s motivations.

In high school The Scarlet Pimpernel was one of my favorite assigned reading so I loved that Cameron took bits of that story as inspiration and also tied it into this story. It was done beautifully and hopefully it’ll encourage folks that haven’t read Pimpernel to read it. Another great element that came as a surprise for me was that Rook was set in an apocalyptic world. I didn’t know that going into this one (I rarely read summaries if I know I love the author already). Cameron really took a great approach to a world that has had to restructure and sees the past as a mystery and something to fear.

So, the writing worked for me, and I loved the characters and their interactions. The storyline was gripping and I wasn’t able to predict the outcome so why only 4 stars? Well, my only issue was that the pacing felt off to me. The beginning and end were much slower to me than the middle section and though I was invested in the story the ending felt overly long. This could be a mood thing for me and I’d be interested to hear if you had that same issue if/ when you read it. Regardless, it is a book worth reading.

Final Thoughts:
Rook was another strong novel from Sharon Cameron. I loved her original take on an apocalyptic world as well as her characters. Though the story was full of interesting mystery the ending did drag for me.



    • says

      It really is fun to be surprised. Once I know I love an author’s writing style I just go with it 🙂 And the cover of Rook is soooo beautiful! I hope you really enjoy it!

  1. says

    Eep. I’m so dying to read this one. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about the pacing issues they’ve had with this novel, so I’d be curious what my experience with this book will be like. I can’t wait to meet the characters and the book world. I must confess, I’ve been a little stumped on deciding where the book fits in genre-wise. Would you say it’s historical dystopian fiction? Or is it more dystopian with a purely historical feel to it?

    • says

      I’m stumped with where to classify it too. I’d say dystopian with a historical feel. I think you’ll enjoy it Tammy. Even with the pacing issues it is well worth the read.

  2. says

    YAY! I’m so glad to hear you’ve loved this one! I won this one in a giveaway, so I cannot wait till it arrives here so I can get to finally start reading it!
    I still need to read The Scarlet Pimpernel, so I guess I can always do that till my copy arrives! 😉

  3. says

    AHHH I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THIS. I absolutely love any book that has a historical approach to it so naturally I just have to add this to my TBR! I’m also curious about this author’s duology. Is it any good? I might check it out soon. 🙂

  4. says

    I know we chatted a bit on twitter but I had to leave a comment! Your review is so great. I felt almost exactly the way you did. The Dark Unwinding and A Spark Unseen were SO wonderful and I’m glad Rook lives up to them! Knowing that parts of A Spark Unseen are in Paris is funny in retrospect 🙂 I thought the historical feel in the future was such a cool twist. I loved trying to find clues to the “past”, like the CDs and satellites. It was really well done. And the romance! I wasn’t sold on Rene at first but he reeeally grew on me. I bought a copy and can’t wait to reread it. I have a feeling the pacing of the middle won’t bother me quite as much. And I actually liked the longer ending because I feel like we so rarely get to see the full outcome of a story! I’ll read anything Sharon Cameron writes.

  5. says

    Goorgeous review Kristen. <3 This was a four star for me too 😀 I'm so so happy that you mostly loved it. I thought it was awesome too 😉 But yesss. It was really, really long o.O Took me forever to read it, lol. But I liked it. I had some issues with how little romance there was, sigh 🙁 but I still loved the romance a lot. <3 Anyway. Amazing review sweetie 😀 Thank you for sharing. <3

  6. says

    I didn’t even know what this book was about when I added it to my TBR. All I knew was that the Eiffel Tower depicted on the cover looked like it had seen better days. But it sounds great! And it’s one of the (many) library books I currently have checked out.

    • says

      Will this be your first book by Sharon Cameron to read? I hope you love it! I enjoyed all her books but this might have been my favorite. Let me know your thoughts about it!

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