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Rebel Song (Rebel Song Book 1)

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A young revolutionary and the heir to throne are caught on opposite sides of a budding civil war in a modern-day Central Europe.

The once prosperous European kingdom of Arelanda has been plagued with poverty and corruption since the failed rebellion tore it apart. Now, rebels stir again in the capital’s underbelly, vowing to depose the monarchy and overturn the unjust gover
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Paperback, 1, 376 pages
Published November 18th 2014 (first published January 1st 2014)
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Caitlin L
Mar 06, 2015 Caitlin L rated it really liked it
3.75 to be specific. I liked it! It was a great story. But there were some parts that made me want to just skip to the next chapter because it wasn't very interesting
Maddie
May 10, 2015 Maddie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
3.5 stars

This was an interesting read. At times I was unsure of how I felt, but ultimately I enjoyed it. This is just one of those plot lines that I can't help but love no matter what. A Princess and a rebel falling in love...I mean come on what a beautifully tragic love story!

It was definitely the synopsis that drew me in. When there is a forbidden love going on my interest tends to be piqued. I did like the romance but it did seem to have a bit of insta-love. The two had just met and barely
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Alysia
May 24, 2015 Alysia rated it it was amazing
This book in a way reminds me of Romeo and Juliet. I love a great love story and I don't read too many romance books. There were lots of twists and turns in this book and so many things happening. You need to read it for yourself and see what you think. I would read book 2! I think for me the characters were complex and make the story even better. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Wren
May 02, 2015 Wren rated it liked it
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A reluctant hero
A determined princess
The revolution that stands between them


The once prosperous European kingdom of Arelanda has been plagued with poverty and corruption since the failed rebellion tore it apart. Now, rebels stir again in the capital’s underbelly, vowing to depose the monarchy and overturn the unjust government.

Seventeen-year-old Rogan Elwood, son of a rebel leader executed for treason after the first rebellion, has borne a tainted legacy his entire life
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Danielle Evans
Mar 28, 2015 Danielle Evans rated it it was amazing
I hate it when two people who love each other can't be together due to the society they live in, but it makes for a damn good story. In Rebel Song, a young winemaker named Rogan meets Elyra, a beautiful woman, who also happens to be the princess of their country. Rogan is the son of a rebel leader who was executed when he was a child, and now he is a part of the Cause, a group of rebels who want to fight against the monarchy. While they know their union is impossible due to their circumstances, ...more
Carrie Beth
Mar 01, 2015 Carrie Beth rated it liked it
Amanda J. Clay has created an interesting world here. I found this book to be enjoyable enough. It didn't blow my mind, but had enough good qualities to keep me reading.

Pros:
-I enjoyed this fictional world full of political unrest. Perhaps this was the most interesting part of the story for me. While reading, I was curious how two opposing groups would play out.
-The characters (and there were a lot) were likable. I enjoyed each character and no one character became a torn in my side.
-The love
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Amanda
May 08, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-books
Rebel Song by Amanda J. Clay. Spoiler free!

Synopsis: This story is about a young man, Rogan, and a young woman, Elyra. Both want a better regime and a happier, more peaceful world. Rogan comes from a rebellion legacy and Elyra is next in line to be throned. Their love for the cause buds into a beautiful romance faced with difficult choices between their land and their love.

Review: The emotional connection between characters is very life-like. The story has a very well thought out plot and is eas
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Claire
Apr 07, 2015 Claire rated it it was amazing
Rebel Song is set in the fictional European country of Arelanda in the indeterminate future. Arelanda is a once prosperous country, now bankrupt and torn apart by war, a failed rebellion and corruption on every side. The King is engaged in many border skirmishes yet his treatment of his subjects breeds unrest and rebellion. Rogen is the orphaned son of a rebel and deep in with the uprising, when he helps a noble girl, Elyra, on the beach, they start a relationship fraught with secrets. For Elyra ...more
Deborah
Apr 04, 2015 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Rebel Song is a clever romantic suspense novel set in the fictional kingdom of Arlanda. Commoner seventeen-year-old Rogan Elwood, whose father was executed as a rebel leader, happens across sixteen-year-old Princess Elyra, heir to the Arlanda throne and they fall in love. But despite the attraction between the star-crossed lovers’ hearts, their logical heads prevail; and they realize they must go their separate ways. All the while, the people of Arlanda are growing more desperate under heavy ...more
Lilly Wilson
Apr 16, 2015 Lilly Wilson rated it it was amazing
This is a really great book! We meet the really hot Rogan Elwood, proprietor of his family vineyard and leader of a revolution called the ‘cause.’ He meets a mysterious young girl named El, little knowing that she is really Elyra Bellantyne, the princess royale and next one in line for the throne of Arelanda. He describes her as the ‘face of innocence with a subtle hint of fire’ and this accurately describes the naiveté but compassion of the princess. You really get to love her as she learns ...more
Brittany
May 06, 2015 Brittany rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*I received a free copy of this book for an honest review*

Rebel Song was a very interesting book in parts, but others were kind of dragging. Arelanda is ruled by a monarchy which is having a tough time relating to the people with its poor policies. Can this be related to what's happening present-day in the U.S.? Anyways, this book centers around two characters which are obviously going to be love-interests, Rogan and El. Rogan is a potential leader in 'the Cause' to right the wrongs of the gover
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Celia Seth
May 28, 2015 Celia Seth rated it it was amazing
I love this book! At first I felt that the opening was quite boring and unattractive, but I started to enjoy the story after reading past through 30 pages. This book tells about the love story between Rogan and El. It just reminds me of Romeo and Juliet, since the theme is similar - that is the two was born from two different family with history of hatred. The romantic, secretive relationship, spiced with the pressure of rebellion upon Ballantyne dinasty, all of the story is just fabulous.

The au
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Merrick
Jun 04, 2015 Merrick rated it it was amazing
I love Clay's storytelling ability. And I love the fact that she didn't fall into the typical trap of centering a whole story on romance. Her characters are really complex and well-written, and watching them struggle with their loyalties is what kept me reading. The two primary characters – Rogan, the son of a rebel, and Elyra, decidedly not initially rebellious and having different loyalties – stumble upon one another in the midst of a civil war. A bond, of course, is formed, and that’s where ...more
Yi Le
Mar 03, 2016 Yi Le rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, waiting
In this book, the Kingdom of Arelanda faces political unrest as the advisers plot to take power and the among the people, who feel abandoned by their King, breeds a rebellion. Rogan, the son of an executed rebel leader, meets the princess Elyra, first in line for the crown.

This story was enjoyable, but a bit predictable. Two people who should have been enemies meet and fall in love, while everything is keeping them apart; star-crossed lovers. I really liked the way the author portrayed the power
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Stephanie
Mar 02, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any one who loves a good romance
Recommended to Stephanie by: Author
Shelves: ya
I am so excited about this book!! Its so compelling I had a hard time putting it down. I am a huge sucker for forbidden love and this book had that and so much more. I am always amazed at a writer that tackles the realm of a Kings and Queens and creates their own world around it. The characters are well thought out and the plot keeps you moving. I can't wait for the second book. I hope Amanda Clay is busy writing the second book right now because I will be on pins and needles until I know what ...more
Robert Krenzel
Apr 24, 2016 Robert Krenzel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Rebel Song is not in my usual genre, but I enjoyed it for a number of reasons. First of all, it is an engaging, easy read, and it makes you want to keep going to find out what happens next.
Secondly, the main characters are likable and multi-dimensional. The antagonists are a little cookie-cutter, but that is not too distracting.
Finally, the book tackles some interesting contemporary issues in unexpected ways, and the last page throws the reader a curveball that made me anticipate the next instal
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Asma Saeed
Aug 29, 2016 Asma Saeed rated it it was amazing
*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review*

I absolutely LOVED it! I thought the comparison of the lives of the two characters was interesting and I loved how they fought to stay together. Can I get a heck yeah, please?! The last sentence of the book left me absolutely dumbfounded and I am excited to read the next installment. I recommend this book to those who love action, romance, and light politics:)
Darcy
Nov 19, 2014 Darcy rated it it was amazing

Rebel Song is set in the fictional kingdom of Arelanda which is on the brink of a revolution. This is an exciting YA read with all the works – suspense, action, romance, heroes and villains! Good people caught up in dangerous times. The characters come to life with Amanda Clay’s descriptive writing - characters you love and love to hate. This book is a page turner that will leave you hanging in the end wanting more. One can only hope the next book is in the works.
Randall S. Davis
Apr 26, 2015 Randall S. Davis rated it it was amazing


A great read. Nice romantic suspense. This is one of those books where you read and transport to another world -- never putting it down. Her characters come off the page as truly realistic, and I found myself rooting for them. I look forward to the sequel--hopefully soon!!!
MAC
Mar 05, 2015 MAC rated it it was amazing
I was expecting to be more interested in the action part of the book and less on the love story, but found them to be equally entertaining. In addition to it keeping my interest throughout, it was not a difficult read and went pretty quickly. I would definitely recommend it!
Amanda Clay
Nov 01, 2016 Amanda Clay rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I'm a little biased but I love this book. :) No matter how many books I write, this story will always have a special place in my heart! I hope my readers enjoy it as much as I do.
Lololita
Feb 03, 2015 Lololita rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Very well written. Eager for sequel and would like a prequel as well....!
Christina
Jun 14, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I did. I liked the political intrigue. I liked that there was a love story (and a doomed one at that). El's and Rogan's romance developed slowly, turning from friendship into something more.

Quick recap
Rogan, a leader of the rebellion in the fictitious European country of Arelanda, is the young owner of a vineyard. He meets Elyra at the beach one day after her ankle. She reluctantly lets him help her, and they slowly develop a friendship throughout the day. El comes to see R
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Charlotte Jain
Dec 30, 2014 Charlotte Jain rated it really liked it

The Kingdom of Arelanda is on the brink of revolution when Rogan, a winemaker, meets a mysterious girl, El, who has fallen on some rocks by the beach. Civil unrest persists throughout Arelanda. Rogan is set to become a future rebel leader fighting for the Cause and justice for the impoverished citizens who feel abandoned by their King. But the first rebellion was fought and lost, his father was executed, and now Rogan has to decide if a civil war is still worth fighting, and if there is anything
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Mel
May 02, 2016 Mel rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-review
I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

As soon as Rogan and El met, it was obvious that she was going to be from the other end of the class sytem to him, and I cringed inwardly at that overdone theme. BUT. The relationship between the two was so well written and integrated into the rest of the plot that I soon reconsidered.

Struggled to pinpoint a time setting, and I found this a bit distracting.

The idea of Rogan being part of a resistance and El on the other side of the
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Amberlee
Jun 07, 2016 Amberlee rated it it was amazing
I love getting introduced to new authors! Picked this up on recommendation from a friend. Rebel Song—classic star-crossed love story with a fresh twist! Two young people on opposite sides of a fractured country, caught up in a rebellion. One, a princess struggling to protect her right to rule; the other the son of an executed traitor. Cue the tension! What Clay does perfectly here is not fall victim to the clichés of YA love stories. In fact, the love story is really the secondary plot. Really ...more
T.J. Lantz
Jul 21, 2016 T.J. Lantz rated it it was amazing
Rebel Song is fantastic take on one of the oldest Romance tropes: loves who can’t be together due to their place in society, but love overcomes.
When I first began the book, the setting gave me the impression that we were dipping into a more urban fantasy genre, perhaps even with a steampunk/alt history edge to it due to the setting being a European Kingdom with guns, but Clay’s style repeatedly reminds us that this is a character driven romance, and that the setting/ external conflict doesn’t m
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Patty
Patty rated it liked it
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Marina Howresko
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Apr 27, 2015
Christine
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May 25, 2015
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Amanda J. Clay is a California native currently writing Young Adult and New Adult in the beautiful and eclectic community of Berkeley, CA. When she's not staring at a computer screen, she spends most of her spare time plotting world adventures.
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