Blood Rose Rebellion
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 ...more
“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.
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 places ...more
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 ...more
*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 revolution that
~ 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, ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 this ...more
Opinion: As soon as I requested this book on Netgalley.com, 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 ...more
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:
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 ...more
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 ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed Blood Rose Rebellion and read over 250 pages at work in one shift. If I hadn't decided to play Assassin's Creed II, I would've probably finished this sooner. Alas, gaming has taken over my life and Blood Rose Rebellion had to wait.
For a long while, I debated between giving this book 2 or 3 stars. It starts off strongly, with the main character, Anna, destroying her sister's debut as a budding Luminate as well as a woman of society. The magic system in Blood ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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