(Blood Rose Rebellion #1)
by Rosalyn Eves
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Publication Date: March 28th 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Historical Fiction
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The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.
Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.
Her life might well be over.
In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.
As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever. (Goodreads)
The first thing that drew me to Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves was its stunning cover. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I absolutely cannot resist a gorgeous cover! The summary for the book sounded really interesting as well, so I couldn’t wait to get started on it. I don’t think I’ve read anything like this book before, and I found it to be a very interesting read.
It only took one chapter of Blood Rose Rebellion for me to become really interested in the story. I’ve read a lot of stories about magic, so I figured this one would be just another magical story, but it wasn’t. I really appreciated the uniqueness of the story. I also really enjoyed the setting as well, which started in London, and ends in Hungary. The ending came together nicely, and also left me with a few questions, especially after that epilogue. I’m curious to see what’s going to happen next as the series goes along.
There were a lot of interesting characters throughout the story. The main character, Anna, was a little frustrating at times, as she was trying to figure out exactly who she is and what she could do. I love her grandmamma and her family in Hungary, including her cousins. There are a lot of characters in this novel to keep up with, and some you’re really going to like, and some… not so much. But they were all well written.
Overall; Blood Rose Rebellion was a very interesting beginning to what should prove to be a very unique series. I’m super curious to get my hands on the next book to see what’s going to happen next.