THE ROSEWOOD HUNT, by Mackenzie Reed, HarperTeen, Oct. 31, 2023, Hardcover, $19.99 (young adult)
A young woman’s life is upended when her grandmother suddenly dies in The Rosewood Hunt, friends-to-rivals-to-lovers romance by Mackenzie Reed.
Lily Rosewood has lived with her grandmother since her dad’s death a year ago. She and Gram have always been close—Gram’s role as chair of their family’s luxury coat business has inspired Lily’s love of fashion, and Lily hopes to follow in Gram’s footsteps one day.
Then Gram dies suddenly, and Lily’s world is upended. Gram’s quarter of a billion-dollar fortune is missing, and Lily has been banned from the manor she and Gram shared.
But Gram has always loved games, and even in death, she still has a few tricks up her couture sleeve. When Lily and three other seemingly random teens get letters from Gram sending them on a treasure hunt around Rosetown, they hope the fortune will be the reward. But they’re not the only ones hunting for Gram’s treasure, and soon the hunt becomes more dangerous than they ever could have imagined. —Synopsis provided by HarperTeen
The Rosewood Hunt has a definite Inheritance Games vibe. It’s a romance wrapped in an adventure wrapped in a mystery.
The mystery unfolds through Lily’s point of view. Lily feels a bit one-note to begin with, but as the story progresses, her growth is exponential. It’s her relationship with Gram that sets up the story, but it’s her relationships with her peers that really drives the story forward.
The Rosewood Hunt is full of twists and turns, clues, adventures, and a bit of romance. It’s a fast-moving read with enough plot twists to keep readers’ interest. The book is a standalone novel, which allows for instant gratification.
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