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Blood Rose Rebellion

(Blood Rose Rebellion #1)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  4,982 ratings  ·  942 reviews
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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
“I ruined my sister’s debut. I spoiled her illusions. And I kissed the man she’d hoped to marry.”
Oh my god this book is so awful and silly. Before like a third of the book, the main character has already kissed three different guys.

You think I'm exaggerating? I'm not.

Kiss No. 1: I was absurdly aware of how close his mouth was to mine, of the fluttering of my pulse in my throat, of the cold stars overhead. My eyes slid shut. Freddy bent his head and laid a kiss like a prayer on my mouth.

Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Repetitive info dumps, left field plot twists, and uncomfortable cousin kissing. Yeah, this book was a chore to read, to say the least, and it is easily the worst book I've read so far in 2017.

“Has no one told you, child, not to wander in unfamiliar woods? Have you not read your fairy tales?”

This is a historical fantasy novel, set in 19th century Hungary, with some Hungarian folklore. The author actually pl
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
1 Star



I’m super impressed I managed to finish. This book and I weren’t getting along from page one, but I refuse to DNF 3 different review books in one week, so here we are. This was a lesson in perseverance and I feel I succeeded. Go me.

…but that might be the only good thing I have to say about this book??

This story revolves around Anna, a girl who is “barren” in an alternate version of 1850s Hungary with a complicated magical system. 'Barren' in this context is supposed to mean that

*I received this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Actual rating: 2.5 stars

*Before starting this book, I would highly recommend to familiarize yourself with the glossary in the end of the book, so you could properly read and understand Hungarian names and definitions.*

◆ The first and foremost merit of this book is its setting: 19th century Hungary. This novel is partly a historical fiction/alternative history and partly displays the real

Simona B
*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

~ Review posted on March 14th ~ Release date March 28th ~

“A spark of indignation lit me, warming me in the evening air. How dare this Gypsy accuse me of being unclean?”

Blood Rose Rebellion was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017, because, let us be honest, you can’t really dangle a YA fantasy with such a unique setting in front of me and expect me not to drool. I did drool over it, I did yearn for it, a
Nov 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
*I received this book from a publisher in exchange for a review.*

I was excited to read this book because it takes place in Hungary and I’m Hungarian. It’s always good to see when a foreign author chooses my country to their book. But…


I appreciate that she tried (!!!) to use my language because it’s a hard one. It’s one of a kind. So we really appreciate when somebody tries to speak it. BUT!


It is one thing when somebody can’t pronounce the words correctly; it’s totally okay and understandable. Bu
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Patricia C. Wrede's SORCERY AND CECELIA and Alyxandra Harvey's LOVEGROVE LEGACY rejoice! For lo, there is an exciting new entry in the historical fantasy genre! And it has everything you could want: magic! Romance! Scandal! Adventure! Ballgowns!

And not only do we have a proper Victorian miss with a legacy of magic, but we have the magic and folklore of Hungary, and the intrigue of the Austro-Hungarian Empire shortly before the outbreak of WWI. So there's a lot going on, and all of it fas
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful magical story! I fell in love with Anna, Gabor, Noemi, Matyas, and Eben Hunger! And I loved the world especially when we finally got to Hungary! I can't wait for book 2!!! ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
1 star


Thank God I'm done with this piece of trash.


When I first heard about this book, I thought it sounded interesting. I never read a book where it took place in Hungary. So I marked as to-read.

Then the reviews started to come in and I was concerned for a while. I tried to keep an open mind about it because I thought I might find something good in the book. And my dumbass bought the book (I had a coupon) and here I am now, looking back at the time I wasted reading this crappy book. And bo
Erin Dunn
Feb 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

Thank you to Netgalley for providing a free ebook copy of Blood Rose Rebellion By: Rosalyn Eves in exchange for an honest review.

Guys, I can't believe I didn't like this one. Blood Rose Rebellion is a book that I was looking forward to so much, but I only made it to 20% and I had to DNF it. The summary sounded so promising, but to be honest I was bored silly! I couldn't connect to any of the characters or anything in the story.

Overall there just
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rosalyn Eves' storytelling will transport you to the Victorian Era, where Anna, born barren of magic, struggles to find her identity and place in a world ruled by a magical society. In a witty and engaging style, Rosalyn weaves together a rich historical fantasy that comes complete with power struggles, political unrest, competing love interests, and magical creatures. I truly cannot say enough wonderful things about this story (and I cannot wait for book two!). ...more
Minni Mouse
"I won a copy of this book in a giveaway!" soon turned into "Who wants this book? I'll send you my copy as long as you finish the book and write my review for me. Anybody? Anyone? Bueller?"

Note: all quotations are taken from an advanced copy of the book and might be subject to change upon final publication. They reveal no major plot nor character points.

I've heard this book compared to the likes of Les Misérables, Red Queen, The Lovegrove Legacy, and even The Grisha series. To that, I say th
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's pretty hard to impress me these days, but I was impressed with this book. Review to come. ...more
Tasha Seegmiller
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Stunning story telling, world building, magic - this book will let new readers fall in love with Hungary, history, and the multi-layered rebellion crafted around a girl trying to determine what her role is in the world.
Cindy ✩☽♔
*I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

DNF 55%

Anyone who knows me, knows I am not one to give up easily. But I have come to learn that given how busy I am, I need to start learning to give up on books that do not bring me any pleasure. Sorry to say this is such a book.

From what I have read, I must say there was nothing special about this book. Honestly, it was more of poor YA Romance trying to disguise itself as YA Fantasy.

My issues with this:
1. Underexpla
Disclaimer: This ARC copy was sent to me by the publisher, Random House Children’s, via NetGalley for an honest review.

Opinion: As soon as I requested this book on, I had my fingers crossed for DAYS in the hopes that I would be accepted to read and review it. After seeing quite a bit of hype about the release of this book on Goodreads and Bookstagram, I read the description and immediately felt the gut-wrenching yearning to get my hands on an ARC copy! Not only did I get that ARC
There is quite a few things that goes in this books favor. 19th century setting, a touch of Salvic mythology, Eastern Europe, faulty society, oppressed people ready for rebellion, a coming of age character just to name a few.

So our main character is Anna and Anna drove me nuts! But to be fair to the character it makes a little sense since she is so young. I had a hard time connecting with her though. She started off so shallow, so immature, so love-sick, it was hard to connect and often times ma
Vic James
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Clear your diaries for this one, because once you pick up BLOOD ROSE REBELLION you will NOT want to put it down. The intricacy and fine detail in Eves's world - an alternate nineteenth century England and Hungary - demand to be savoured.

The ingredients of the story tick all the right boxes for a thrilling YA read: a glamorous and ruthless magical elite, a resourceful and big-hearted heroine found lacking by her society, and an intelligent, brooding love interest. But what Eves does with them put
Jeff Giles
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an elegant, gripping start for a trilogy! I love the world Rosalyn Eves has made for us. "Blood Rose Rebellion" is set in the 19th century, and, like the best historical novels, it's so suffused with atmosphere and period detail that it feels like it was written then, too. Anna is a British girl who's been born into the aristocracy, which controls magic as if it were money. She SHOULD be able to cast spells. Instead, she has a weird, ungovernable ability to subvert other people's. When her ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc-books
So after MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUUUUUCH consideration and as painful for me as this was to do, I did my first DNF. I have done very few of those YEARS ago BUT in the last 7 years or so of REALLY loving and finding book genres I actually enjoy, I've always read/finished those even if they did end up once in awhile a rare 2-3 stars. But this one I seriously could NOT get into this each time I picked it up and felt like I was forcing myself to read this every time! I hated it if I'm being honest ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Anna Arden has always felt a bit left out from her family since she was born without the ability to use magic and the rest of her family are Luminate and very prominent in society. Anna however thought she had found her happiness with a young man but he would only see her in secret while ending up courting her sister.

Finding that her romance was not what she thought causes Anna to inadvertently break her sister's debutante spell which in turn gets Anna sent away to her family’s once powerful bu
Francesgrace Ferland
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A hero for the new millennium, Anna Arden is perfectly fleshed, palpably believable girl struggling with the unimaginable. In a world where the magical systems of surprisingly new and yet achingly familiar, Anna has a power no one else seems to: the power to destroy magic. Sent away from the land of her birth, she travels to Hungary and tumbles headfirst into political unrest, filled with scenes social injustice. Add a whole host of female characters, toss in a beautiful Romani boy just for spic ...more
I honestly don't understand why so many people hate this.

The Writing and Worldbuilding

I really liked the writing! It was very well done and worked both as a historical novel and a YA fantasy. I never really felt bored, even when little was happening. There were a few times when I was sort of confused as to what was happening, especially near the very end, but as a whole, I loved it.

I liked the themes, but they didn't really have the emotional impact they were obviously intended to. Same goes
Wren (fablesandwren)
Mar 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Thanks for the ARC, NetGallery. You the man!
This is my opinion and my opinion only.

I hate when a book has a lot of potential and it falls flat. That's what happened here. The writing was good enough, the story was interesting, the setting was cool, the characters weren't likable but I didn't hate them either.. it honestly felt like a chore to get through. I got about half way and found myself thinking about the next book I was going to read. I can't do it.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Elegant, engaging, transporting. BLOOD ROSE REBELLION felt like a magical postcard to another place and time, a gorgeous escape to a world of spells and romance. I loved spending time in Eves' world, and I'm looking forward to the next installment. ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This YA fantasy takes place in an alternate 19th C world with magic, rebellion, nobles & revolutionaries in the Austro-Hungarian Empire – A captivating page-turner with beautiful, lyrical, transporative language.
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
DNF at 55%. Ugh this is only my 2nd ever DNF and I hate not finishing books but I've been trying to get through this for a month and I just can't do it. Reading shouldn't feel like this much of a chore.

I actually loved the beginning of the book and really enjoyed everything up until the point where Anna left home. Learning about the magic system and seeing it in use was super interesting to me and I was actually excited about the book. And then a third of the way in it totally changed direction
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won’t post my full review for Rosalyn Eve’s INCREDIBLE debut novel to my blog until 02/28, but I have posted a book feature for now as well as a GoodReads review. Pease see links below. I will continue promoting this incredible book until it's release date. The following is the review I will be posting.

This book is PHENOMENAL. It blends history, fantasy, and Hungarian fairy tales and folklore in the most captivating of ways. The characters are wonderful, the plot is gripping, and the world is
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I went into this book with really high expectations, so I was disappointed when this book didn't meet my expectations. There were things that I enjoyed about this book, but unfortunately, they didn't outweigh what I disliked about this book.

One of the things I liked about this book was the setting. The Hungarian setting added a really interesting element to the story. The Eastern European element in this book was extremely intriguing, and it was obvious that the author put a lot of time and res
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-debuts, arcs
A gloriously atmospheric story - I loved it!

Sumptuous historical settings mixed with thrilling magical fantasy, added to a feisty and rather badass girl and a broodingly handsome guy (think Poldark or Heathcliff) make BLOOD ROSE REBELLION a real treat. Rosalyn Eves brilliantly brings together the political uncertainty and violent undercurrents in 19th century Hungary with the passion and commitment of a teenage girl determined to find her rightful place in a world which chooses to reject her. D
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Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking th ...more

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