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History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s
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Hardcover, 456 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Scholastic Press
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Sharon Cameron I'd call it a homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel (which I love), though not a re-telling, or exactly even a re-imagining. Parts of the plot resemble TSP,…moreI'd call it a homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel (which I love), though not a re-telling, or exactly even a re-imagining. Parts of the plot resemble TSP, but there's a reason for that, given about halfway through the text, so... ;)(less)

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Sasha Alsberg
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Rook was a pretty decent book! Not the best I've read but not the worst. I talk about it more in my liveshow with Regan on my channel now!
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Sacré bleu, this book was incroyablement fucking terrible. Pardon my French.

This book starts off with an execution on the guillotine. Very reminiscent of the French Revolution. And yes, the entire book had a French Revolution feel for it, which is cute, but still fails utterly because it doesn't take place during the late 18th century France, but in a French-inspired dystopian world that, like many of its YA predecessors, makes no sense whatsoever.

Neither the past nor the present is explained in
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Regan
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
3.5

Very clever world but overall the story was slow. Live show discussion is coming up tho!
jessica
one of my mothers favourite films is ‘the scarlet pimpernel’ and i cant even begin to count how many times i have watched it with her. ive not actually read the book, but i figured my mothers obsession would be a good enough basis before reading this reimagining.

and this wasnt too bad! what i really liked was the setting of the story - i thought the dystopian aspect was done well. even though its set in the distant future, it still had a historical feel to it, which i thought was quite
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Faye, la Patata
I reallycan't shake off the feeling that this book would have been 5 times better if it wasn't as long as it was.

Yeah, it was only, what, 464 pages? 6000 Kindle locations? But let me tell you that reading this felt like it took bloody eternity. Not even my love for anything French could have preventedthe yawns this book made me do... oh, every 5 minutes. If it wasn't for the fact I needed to read and finish this in the next six hours just in time to write this review for today (I like to live
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I have had this book FOREVER! I'm glad GR Group challenge finally got me to read it because I loved it!

Happy Reading!

Mel
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Rebekah
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Original Review at: www.awesomebooknuts.blogspot.com

Can I just go ahead and just rant and rave about how awesome this book was?! Well, it was amazing! I couldn't put it down! I was so impressed with how Sharon Cameron redid her own version of The Scarlet Pimpernel (which is a favorite of mine book and the 1982 Jane Seymoure movie adaptation). It was BRILLIANT, she took apart characters and created different/new characters with individual aspects that were in specific characters from the original
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jv poore
This review has proven to be as stubborn as Sophie Bellamy. Therein lies the ultimate compliment. To me, it is only when I’m consumed by furious joy and almost dumb with delight that writing a review becomes a seemingly insurmountable challenge. I’m torn between simply carrying this tome everywhere I go so that I can thrust it into someone’s hand and simply say, “This.” and gushing like a new grandparent.

ROOK is a remarkably enjoyable, engaging read. Each of the colorful, captivating characters
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Someone's Potato
Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it
"Sophia Bellamy's arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she."

OH SHIIIIETTTTTT! I don't know what's going on with her, but...


edit after reading rook:
It's definitely worth a read but it wasn't as good as I expected it to be. Still entertaining although it dragged a bit in the middle.
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘


Sorry guys, it seems that I accidently deleted this review. Sigh.

DNF @page 212

Dear book,

Now that we have spent wasted almost 6 hours together, I can say without doubt that it's not me, it's you. Indeed I was ready to forgive you
so many things : the not-so-sexy name of your male-lead, René, the obvious romance, the stupid love triangle, the weird metaphors, but I wasn't prepared to be so bored. I feel like we're never doing anything together for Pete's sake! Moreover, I keep asking myself if
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Alyssa
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Rook by Sharon Cameron
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a
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Katerina Kondrenko
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who'd like to read future-dystopia in historical novel's clothes
9 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
(please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)

Short-Soundtrack:
Carolina Liar – Coming To Terms
Rosanne Cash – The Sunken Lands
Pianochocolate – My Paris is Here

Genre: post-apocalyptic, retelling, YA
Stuff: future France, revolution, smart girl and foxy man
WOW: writing styly, Hasard family
POV: 3rd-person, multi
Love-Geometry: seeming

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Keertana
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oddly enough, I don't have much to say about Rook. I really enjoyed it--thoroughly, in fact--and though some readers argue that its length is its downfall, I can't admit to having found it a problem. The characters and world that Cameron builds is so wildly entertaining and imaginative that I simply didn't want to leave. I adored this enemies-to-lovers romance, the spying, the twists and turns, and, of course, the lady savior at the heart of it all. Rook is every bit as intriguing as its ...more
Tara ☽
If you love dystopian, historical, feisty heroines, swoon-worthy boys and all things French, read this book.

Rook is set far, far in the future, though it has more of a historical feel than anything else. It takes place after a cataclysmic polar shift sent humanity back into the dark ages and basically caused the destruction of society as we once knew it. The people blame over-reliance on technology for the collapse of the old civilisation, and in the Sunken City that used to be Paris, anyone
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Cee (The Mistress Case)
DNF @ 45%

When you hear someone DNF a book, trust that it is easier said than done.

It is a struggle to try to read a book out of some misguided sense that you are required to finish it.

Therefore, I was more than happy to give up on Rook.

The book will have its fans, but I can’t be one of them.


THE GOOD: I have nothing good to say.


THE BAD: I don’t know what’s wrong with the writing. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Is there something wrong with the writing? Is it me? I don’t know. All I know is
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Lauren
What. A. Waste. Of. My. Time. THIS BOOK WAS TERRIBLE!!!! IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO FINISH IT AND I JUST...I CAN'T EVEN EXPLAIN HOW BAD IT IS!!! IT TOOK ME WEEKS TO FINISH THIS BOOK AND NOW BECAUSE OF THIS STUPID BOOK I AM SEVEN BOOKS BEHIND MY SCEHDUALE! YES, SEVEN ! IT WAS SO SLOW AND BORING. HALF THE TIME I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. I WANTED SO BADLY TO DNF THIS BOOK EVERY THREE PAGES I READ! I ONLY READ THREE PAGES A DAY, SOMETIMES MORE!! BUT I COULDN’T CONCENTRATE AND GET ENGROSSED ...more
Aqsa
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
OH THIS IS A WONDERFUL WONDERFUL BOOK.

Action. Adventure. Mystery. Politics. Romance. Phenomenal characters, brilliantly written plot and exquisite dialogue. Honestly, I LOVED THE HELL OUT OF THIS BOOK.

Everyone is shady as hell. Trust no one! The villain is insane, the conflict is amazing and a respectful nod to actual French history plus a spin on the Scarlet Pimpernel! The setting is a futuristic France with no technology and social divides existing because of political drama, the supporting
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Nikita
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Was an amazing twist OMG a classic
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointments
I feel like Rook is a very underappreciated book. It deserves much more praise and recognition than it has received. The plot of the story and the setting are both wildly innovative and astounding. In a world where technology is seen as the ruin of humanity, society has reverted back to the age before technology. France is experiencing the French revolution again while Great Britain is re-establishing British decorum and costume. The characters are all charming and endearing in their own ways. ...more
Fari
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars but it was worthy to be rounded up! <3

*Thank you very much to Scholastic Canada for providing me with a copy of Rook in exchange for an honest review! Seriously, this book made my life a little better so thank you!*

This review is pretty long and go into some detail (though not spoilers) about some stuff, so if you don't want that, here is the itty bitty over-view: This book is awesome. Read it. That's it. Nothing more to say in short because if I start, I'll start rambling and
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
4.5*

I really, really likedRook. Like, a lot. It has a lovely spot on my "4 Stars and Up" shelf, right above my desk. So I am going to gush in a minute, but there isone thing that is stopping me from giving it a full five stars, and one thing that I think is super important for readers to know:It starts off really slowly.

The first 50 pages or so were painfully slow to me, but I kept going, because I was interested in the characters from the start. The problem is, in the beginning, there is alot
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Fafa's Book Corner
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time actually writing more than a sentence review so I'm sorry if it doesn't sound as well written as others.
When I first heard of this book I wasn't particularly interested. It had come up on a listotopia. Then one day I had gone to the bookstore and decided to buy. I saw it there and thought that I would give it a shot and if I didn't enjoy I would return it. I was actually excepting not to enjoy this one. But man was I wrong! As I continued to read it I insistently got
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Danielle (Love at First Page)
The Scarlet Pimpernel is one classic I haven't read, but I have read two young adult retellings, Across a Star-Swept Sea and now Rook. The classic is set during the French Revolution, in which a fictional masked man rescues the wealthy aristocrats from "Madame Guillotine". In the YA versions, however, the vigilante is a she instead of a he, and the events aren't historical but set in a dystopian future. Whereas AaS-SS has more fantasy elements, Rook is grittier and based more firmly in reality. ...more
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

When I read the blurb for this book, I knew I would love it. It sounded like such a Rashika book and I could already imagine how much fun I would have with the book.

We are thrownright into the action so it was, at first, quite hard for me to keep up. I was confused about what was happening and as I progressed, the initial confusion made it so that I would have to flip back to the beginning to understand what was happening. So yes, that did
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Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
No time for a review, but dnfed around 35%.
Some parts were very good but some other were quite boring and I suspect it's another case of Murtaugh syndrome. Or it was bad timing. Don't know.
I may come back to it later because I kinda liked Sophia (the MC) and René, despite his terrible name, was legit swoon-worthy.
2,5 stars, for now.
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Probably next in line...but why the fuck does the hero has to be called René?!
In France, your great-grand-father's called
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Jillian (PidginPea's Book Nook)
"Which is only fair, because neither is she." Hook, line, sinker, MUST READ THIS BOOK.
Ari
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-review
Oh, lovely, you sound so wonderful!
And you come out on my birthday too? Pff...I think you are meant to be mine!!

PS: Give it to me, and give it to me now, he hee!
Nicki Chapelway
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*screams and flails forever because I absolutely adore this book*

I read and enjoyed this book long before I read The Scarlet Pimpernel and developed an obsessive love for that story. But now that I have read and enjoyed the Scarlet Pimpernel that makes this retelling a hundred million times better. I love the subtle differences Cameron added to the plot, making this her own story.

She has so much detail to her post apocalyptic world that I feel like she could have dedicated a whole series to this
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rin ( ̄ヘ ̄)	 read/watch mo dao zu shi
found myself muttering 'where is goddamn kaz brekker when i need him so much' couple of times

i've been sleeping on this book for more than a year and i kinda hate myself
i haven't expected it to be this good BUT IT'S SO FUCKING GOOD

this book lowkey reminded me of six of crows with all schemes and plotting AND I LOVED IT SO MUCH
i also loved the setting! it's set in the future after polar shift and it's xviii century all over again (i snorted so much times ar a nintendo or another things because
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Jess
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gimme-2015-k
Complete lack of world building but absolutely delightful characterisation. Yup, we’ve got another one of those dystopias on our hand today.


I kid you not, I read this gleefully thinking all this time that it was a piece of historical fiction. I even dismissed the long hair dude cause I thought man, back in the olden days, this was the hot stuff. I was gloating about how damn good historical fiction was in comparison to other genres, in my opinion. And then, just before I sat down to write
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Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages.
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“I think you are very beautiful," René said, "especially when you are admiring mischief."

"You must think that every time I look at you, then.”
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