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Blood Rose Rebellion Paperback – February 13, 2018
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From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In 1847 London, Anna Arden's family belongs to the Luminates, the ruling class whose power is derived from magic. Only members of this society have access to magic, which is held in reserve in the Binding. Anna has a complicated relationship with magic; she finds it much easier to break spells than to create them. Because of this unfortunate development, she is banished to Hungary with her grandmother. Hungary is in the midst of civil unrest in response to the Luminates' monopoly on magic. A rebellion is beginning; the people want access to the magic as well as the same rights and privileges enjoyed by the nobility. With Anna's ability to break spells, she could undo the Binding. Realizing that her power can do some good, she becomes swept up in the spirit of the cause, finally feeling like she belongs. But is breaking the Binding the right thing to do? Gabour, a Romani man who can practice magic, supports the revolution, but he is against Anna breaking the Binding. Torn between two worlds, Anna must ultimately decide the best course of action, even if it means disappointing the ones she loves. The open ending invites readers to follow the story in this proposed trilogy's forthcoming volumes. VERDICT Despite its 400-page length, this is an enjoyable, fast-paced read with a likable protagonist with whom teens will identify. Recommended for most YA collections.—Lisa Wurch, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
“Romance sizzles and deadly magic crackles in Rosalyn Eves’s electrifying debut.
Prepare to be spellbound.”—JULIE BERRY, Printz honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa and All the Truth That’s in Me
“Everything I love in a fantasy: history, noblemen, magic, romance, and a revolution. Blood Rose Rebellion had me charmed from the first page.”—VIRGINIA BOECKER, author of The Witch Hunter
"A successful blend of fantasy, romance, history, and political commentary." —The Bulletin
"Intrigue, action, and star-crossed romance abound." —School Library Journal
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I recommend the audible version as well as the kindle/print versions because the narrator does a great job of pronouncing the words in German and Hungarian. She gives the characters accents too.
I very much look forward to the next book!
First off, the writing seemed all over the place to me. I really struggled to place myself in the story and the character's world and this was largely due to the writing style not matching the story. It is hard to explain but I do not think the writing was consistent with the depth of the story and the world if that makes sense. That being said, the writing quality did improve as the book went on and that was nice to see. On top of the lackluster writing, the plot was lacking the action typical of this genre that gets me into the book and hooked on the story. The plot was interesting sure, but I was not that invested in what was going to happen. And the way this book ended I have no idea how there are going to be two more books in this series. With a chapter or two more, this book could have tied everything up and been a fine standalone fantasy novel. The epilogue left a little bit open as to when the consequences of the end of the book are but not enough that I'm dying to read the next installment. One final thing I want to mention is something that conspired between two characters that really bothered me. We have multiple instances of distant cousins kissing, while this take place in the 1800s and that may be something that was more normal back then, it still left me uncomfortable every time it happened. These characters are most likely not endgame for Rosalyn Eves, but I still do not think it was necessary to the story.
As for the positive aspects of this book, the magic system is by far the best part of this book. We have this fascinating magic system that I really wish we had more backstory and information about. There definitely was not enough world building done to fully explain the magic system and how the binding worked and how things were before the Circle. But this idea of a magic reservoir that people dip into when they go to cast a spell is unique and I even enjoyed the little bit of information we got about the different castes within the magic system. There are a lot of different powers that I wish we had gotten to delve further into. Maybe that will happen in subsequent books but not sure based on how this one ended. I'm not sure I will continue with this series, I may pick up subsequent books but I have no need to do so as I do with other first books in series.
*Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this book!*