Review: The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman

Review: The Rosemary Spell by Virginia ZimmermanTitle: The Rosemary Spell
Author: Virginia Zimmerman
Publisher: Clarion
Genres: Mystery, Middle Grade
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Best friends Rosie and Adam find an old book with blank pages that fill with handwriting before their eyes. Something about this magical book has the power to make people vanish, even from memory. The power lies in a poem—a spell. When Adam's older sister, Shelby, disappears, they struggle to retain their memories of her as they race against time to bring her back from the void, risking their own lives in the process.


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Review: The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman

The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman really drew me in and refused to let go. This book has such an amazing and creative concept, and a mystery all rolled into one. Mystery is a genre that I have been loving recently and this book did not disappoint. Geared for a middle grade audience, The Rosemary Spell is quite enjoyable and makes for a quick read.

❀ An Interesting Concept

The Rosemary Spell has such an interesting concept! There is witchcraft, an old book filled with secrets, and so many more magical elements. In a nutshell, the main characters, Adam and Rosie, find a book that is seemingly blank, but soon fill with writing. The book is very powerful and has the ability to make their friend, Shelby, go missing. It was so much fun following Adam and Rosie as they try and bring Shelby back into our world.

❀ A Page-Turner

The mysterious nature of The Rosemary Spell is what hooks the reader from the onset. It is sort of like a puzzle with plenty of mystery to whet your appetite. The reader can solve the pixel of the old book and Shelby’s disappearance along with the characters. This book is a real enjoyable thrill as the characters struggle to remember who Shelby is, and keeps the reader flipping pages madly.

❀ A Simplistic Story

Although I really loved The Rosemary Spell, I would say that this story is definitely quite simplistic. The puzzle inside isn’t overly complex, and there is definitely no major plot twist at the end. Also, I found the book to be pretty predictable, however it certainly did not lessen my enjoyment for it. Middle graders, though, will most likely enjoy the fun and fast paced adventure.

❀ Fun Story

The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman is such a magical novel that is filled with puzzles. It is quite fun to solve the mysteries along with the character! I am certain that middle graders will fall in love with story and its wonderful cast of characters. I recommend this book to someone who is looking for a quick mystery to read.

About Virginia Zimmerman

Virginia Zimmerman

Virginia Zimmerman writes novels for young readers and teaches literature at Bucknell University to somewhat older readers. She loves chocolate, cheese, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, reading aloud to her children and getting lost in a good book. She hopes readers young and old will get lost in her first novel, THE ROSEMARY SPELL, forthcoming from Clarion Books.

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16 thoughts on “Review: The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    Anything that has witchcraft in it intrigues me, and this one has intrigued me from the beginning. I love the cover and it just sounds so good! I would love to read this one, and your review makes me think I will like it!

  2. Josephine says:

    This is a very different book! Or maybe it’s because I haven’t read many books that centre around things like witchcraft! I am very interested in this book, it’s going on my TBR immediately! 😊

  3. Almondine says:

    I already noticed this one on NetGalley the other week. I’m definitely requesting it now (and keeping my fingers crossed because I’m not from one the preferred countries). Sounds lovely!

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