Thursday, March 16, 2017

Blood Rose Rebellion By Rosalyn Eves|Review

Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion #1)
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 28th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Pages: 416
Format: e-Galley

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.

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review
When I had first heard of this book, I was ecstatic. It had been given the label as another Red Queen, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to read it. However, I guess the mentioning of Red Queen should’ve been my first warning. 
Labeling groups of people seem to be the thing nowadays in literature and in the real world. I understand it creates tension and an absurd amount of difficulties, but it has already been done. Multiple times. I guess what I’m getting at is that the concept of superiors and inferiors is starting to become a cliche. 
Besides the separation, I liked the book. Eves’ writing takes you on a romantic, historical journey. At times, I loved it. It roped me into the story and the time period. I could easily picture the characters and the scene around them. But other times, the writing became tedious and laborious to muddle through. It may have been a lack of action or motivating in some scenes, but I found it happening quite a bit. I love historical time periods. But is it strange to say that I’m not a big fan of the writing style?
Overall, the characters were lackluster. I wasn’t compelled to like or hate a single one of them. I wasn’t a fan of the romance woven in. It felt forced and a ploy to get a specific audience’s attention. Honestly, I think the story could’ve done without a romance. But that is coming from someone who pretty much despises them.

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