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The Queen's Rising

(The Queen's Rising #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  5,719 ratings  ·  1,202 reviews
When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna strug
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by HarperTeen
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    Emily May
    Aug 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
    Shelves: arc, fantasy, young-adult, 2017
    I hate giving one star to any book, especially those that didn't particularly piss me off or anything like that, but I just didn't enjoy The Queen's Rising one little bit. I think I almost died of boredom.

    It feels derivative of many other YA fantasy books but that alone isn't the problem - a lot of YA fantasy authors retell the same old recycled premise and some even manage to make it exciting; breathe new life into it with colourful characters or beautiful writing. Unfortunately, though, The Qu
    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    $1.99 on Kindle US today 12/17/18

    Magnalia House was the sort of establishment where only wealthy, talented girls mastered their passion. It wasn't designed for girls who were lacking, for girls who were illegitimate daughters, and certainly not for girls who defied kings. I, of course, happen to be all three of those things.

    This book was everything to me! I loved it so very much. Was it full of action and fighting. No, not really and guess what? That's okay!

    I have to admit when I first saw th
    Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
    Shelves: owned, fantasy
    I was super into this for the first bit, then I lost interest and was kind of bored, I found all the secret identities and family dynamics and court intrigues hard to keep track of. Honestly, the last 50 or so pages I ended up skimming because I was ready for it to be done. I had hoped that the dynamics and such would really grip me, but they just didn’t. So it was good, but not great!
    Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    Oooh man. This has some of the loveliest, most visual writing I've ever laid eyes upon. Like... every sentence.... every paragraph... was crafted so perfectly. I feel so inspired.

    I feel like 90% of the time I come across pretty writing though, the plot is a bit lost. The good news? That isn't the case here. Rebecca Ross managed to create an utterly enchanting world and a rich, unique storyline that had me turning pages nonstop.

    Brienna is a lovely, relatable MC who is taken to Magnolia House (t
    Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

    I feel like I keep reading YA SFF and just not feeling like there is anything new or unique. I went into The Queen’s Rising expecting to feel the same, especially amidst all the lower reviews I kept seeing on Goodreads, but this ended up being a treat to read. I really enjoyed this, and I was constantly surprised by the twists and turns. The only negative thing I can say is that the romance is a little on the skeezy sid
    Cait • A Page with a View
    Release date: February 6, 2018

    I've been hoping to find more 2018 YA high fantasy books with all of the elements I love and this was a really enjoyable read! The plot description is pretty accurate, so I don't want to say anything else because that would spoil how everything gets revealed as the story goes. There are a lot of secret identities... everything is kind of predictable, but the fun is definitely in seeing how it all works out.

    I really liked Brienna's character! The romance was sweet y
    Yusra  ✨
    “I walked mindfully, my dress swallowing the last of my childhood as it whispered over the grass. I had prepared years for this one night, I thought, and breathed in the fragrance of the summer.
    Where had time gone?
    There was no answer as I welcomed the solstice.”

    Wasn’t that beautiful? I agree. The publisher agrees, because he/she put this quote on the back of the hardcover.
    But, this was not how the whole book was written. Some parts were rough, others almost melodic; which is why my heart is
    Nadhira Satria
    Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Recommends it for: high fantasy junkies
    Shelves: favorites

    OH WOW OH WOW OH WOW. IM IN LOVE. This was one of my most anticipated release and bOI it exceeded all of my expectations?? I was hooked from the very first pages, I binged half of the book in one sitting. IT WAS AMAZING.

    What I liked

    1.The writing
    The writing is just beautiful. It's honestly so good that it made this 439 pages book felt like 200. I love it so much.

    The main character is compassionate yet brave and determined. We can see her developing and finding h
    nat. (semi-hiatus)
    “... no matter which path you choose, I will follow you, even unto darkness.”

    what a stunning book!

    my favorite part it’s the amount of background history, and the unexpected revelations that had me a little like this -> 😏.


    “... I preferred quiet spaces and books over a room full of people.”

    wow same!
    Trina (Between Chapters)
    Wooooowwww. I loved this so much! This started out set in a boarding school, has a touch of hidden lineage and ancestral memories, morphed into a quest to reclaim the throne and restore magic to the land, and ended with a Medieval style battle.

    The writing was beautiful. There is a heavy use of simile and certain wording that I feel some readers may find repetitive, but it just worked for me so well.

    My favorite thing about this is that it's not following the chosen one. Brienna does have a big ro
    Joshee Kun (조수아)
    Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Recommends it for: Fans of "Divergent" and "The Queen of the Tearling"
    Recommended to Joshee Kun by: Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    Shelves: kindle, fantasy, favorites
    I had descended from selfish, ambitious blood. And I was Norah Kavanagh's vengeance. I would redeem myself.

    The Queen's Rising saved me from another frustrating reading slump. I already had high expectations because of the positive reviews written by reliable people on Goodreads, and I am happy to say that this book deserves all of the hype. In fact, it was satisfying enough that it could function as a standalone.

    The Queen's Rising is like a fantastical version of Divergent, in that its first hal
    ✨    jamieson   ✨
    “So we rise to the challenge knowing that the victory is already ours.”

    The Queens Rising is getting a bit of hype here and there, and it has a wonderful cover, but this book was ultimately so disappointing for me.

    books need a hook - something that makes you want to read on. This book had no hook for me. I didn't care about the characters, and the entire plot is fucking spoiled by a family tree on the first page !. So if you're gonna read this, DON'T READ THE FAMILY TREE, I BEG OF YOU. SAVE Y
    4.5 Stars

    When I think of some of my all time favourite books, they either have: a) beautiful, albeit kind of flowery writing b) a slow burn plot/romance/pace or c) both.
    The Queen's Rising is one of the books that fell into the "both" category and I while I don't know what I expected from this book, I didn't expect this to become one of my new favourite fantasies!

    The main character, Brienna is taken to Magnolia House (a boarding school with specialised learning for one of the five 'passions': art
    Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: own
    This book had me by the first couple of pages. Rebecca Ross’ writing is very alluring and enchanting. Her words created a whimsical portrait of emotion, heritage and courage.

    I recommend not going into this novel knowing too much, and being pleasantly drawn into to the story.
    Samhita Peechara {Multi Dreamer}⚔
    Absolutely bloody unbelievable. I highly recommend y'all read this because if you haven't then you're missing out on a lot of action and political intrigue which might sound boring but I promise you the plot is amazingly fantabulous. Full RTC
    Natalie Monroe
    “One day, a queen will rise,” he whispered, as if the books had ears to eavesdrop. “Perhaps it will be in our lifetime, perhaps the one to follow us. But Maevana will remember who she is and unite for a greater purpose.”

    My reading experience summed up in one gif:

    The Queen's Rising takes a bunch of familiar YA fantasy concepts and fails to do anything new with them. We have the bring-magic-back-into-world quest, the find-a-magical-artifact scavenger hunt, a cruel, two-dimensional usurper king,
    Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
    Queens Rising follows Brienna as she get pulled into a plot to overthrow the King of another kingdom. Thats not a spoiler since its mentionned in the summary, but I did find the Goodreads summary a bit misleading. In her kingdom people can study to become one of five passions; art, music, wit, dramatics and knowledge. After discovering she has no talent for the other passions Brienna finally settles on knowledge. Brienna was a likeable character and her struggle with her mixed heritage added som ...more
    Maggie ☘ (Reader-in-Wonderland)
    “But your art creates a window into another world,” I said, smiling at her. “That is a true gift, to help others see the world in a different way.”

    I have slightly similar feelings toward this book as I have for Ash Princess, another new release of this year. These two books have very little in common, per se, it's the fact that both of them were on the enjoyable side, just not impressive or memorable in any way. Both of them felt like a compilation of other YA fantasies.

    I didn't dislike any o
    Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
    2 stars.

    I was so disappointed by how dull The Queen's Rising was. After reading Emily May's review, a part of me should've known what I would not enjoy this book. In fantasy novels, I do like when politics and magic are involved, but The Queen's Rising was too boring for me to enjoy.

    The Queen's Rising has politics and magic mixed in. By all means, I should've enjoyed it. But I didn't. Mainly it was because of the slow pacing and how boring everything was. I skimmed read the last part just so I f
    Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    ✨ buddy read with christian
    Mixed feelings are what I have for Queen's Rising.
    On the one hand, I couldn’t really connect with the characters and found it a tad emotionally uninteresting, it definitely wasn’t a character-driven novel in my eyes. (which is usually what I look for in a book - hence the lower rating) And the ending bothered me, I thought it somewhat anticlimactic and VERY cheesy. But on the other, the writing was neat and original and gorgeously visual. Likewise were the idea
    Sara Bow
    Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
    Was für eine Enttäuschung...bisher mein Jahresflop. Das Cover liebe ich trotzdem :P
    Patry Fernandez
    Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: año-2018
    Reseña completa ->

    Lectura entretenida que consigue engancharte casi desde el comienzo... va dejando pequeñas pistas para que te mantenga intrigado y queriendo saber mas. Al comienzo puede ser un poco introductorio entre que nos hacemos a la idea de los términos, nombres y nos situamos realmente. Hay un poco de aventuras, secretos, romance y el final podría prácticamente pasar por un final autococlusivo, a pesar de que es el primer libro de una trilogía
    May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
    And that's the story of that one time I went into a book expecting to hate it and came out on the other side loving it instead. I'm shook.

    rtc. (view spoiler)

    (Also I think this was the first book I've ever read that didn't have acknowledgements??)

    * * *

    Buddy-read with el, so hopefully we can motivate each other to finish this in case it gets bad and so that in case it actually does, you don't get one, but two annoyed reviews coming your way. (I'm so optimistic.) (But for re
    Ashlee » Library In The Country
    Love love loved this one. Can you tell? Finished in less than 24hrs. 🎊 RTC!
    Sophie Elaina
    Rebecca Ross, the author of The Queen's Rising walked me through a magical journey. I got lost in the beautiful writing, so much so that it actually felt like I was there, living this story alongside the main character Brienna.

    Might this be my favourite book I've read so far this year? Why yes, yes I think it might. I wasn't anticipating greatness, and that's kind of funny because I never seem to be when I come across rare gems like this one. Brienna is a protagonist that I warmed to almost imme
    4.5 Stars and one of my favorite books of the year!

    Things I loved!
    -awesome plot where the main character is NOT the chosen one, but supports the chosen one!
    -unique magic system with a long history and magical artifacts!
    -matriarchy! Women are valued and royal!
    -amazing characters with their own voices and easily distinguished.
    -The history of the world is explained well.

    The only thing I did not liked was that the main character didn't have a solid motivation for putting herself in danger and suppor
    Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    RATING: 4.5/5

    *Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins for allowing me to read and review this digital ARC*

    The Queen's Rising takes you on an epic, magical journey to a fictional land where power and passion go hand in hand. The writing and plot dynamics will keep you hooked from begining to end. There is action, romance, beautiful descriptions and a few twists and turns. I must say Rebecca Ross really hit the nail on YA fantasy. I can't wait for the sequel!
    • Lindsey Dahling •
    The book could’ve been a lot better if...

    1. ...the pacing wasn’t so bad.
    We legitimately watch Brienna hang out at school, telling us over and over how “lost” and “unworthy” she feels about her choice to passion in knowledge (after trying and failing most of the other passions) for SO MUCH OF THE DAMN BOOK. Then, suddenly, it’s the equivalent of graduation day, oh look—no one picks her, ahhh weird memories, yay random dude to become her patron, and now she’s a master swordsman. Then a bunch of ri
    Adrienne Young
    Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    THE QUEEN'S RISING is a fantastic, complex YA fantasy that hits all the sweet spots of the kingdom/rebellion tropes without feeling tired or overdone. The writing is so well seasoned, with beautiful descriptions and awesome character development. I also just kind of want the "bow to no king" tagline on, like, everything. Coffee mug, doormat, tank top, GIVE IT TO ME NOW. Highly recommend this book to lovers of YA fantasy.
    May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Mir hat der Schreibstil wirklich gut gefallen und die Welt, in der die Geschichte spielt, ist echt toll. Besonders den Kontrast zwischen den beiden Reichen mochte ich sehr und auch die Liebesgeschichte war perfekt, nicht zu sehr im Fokus aber dennoch schön umgesetzt. Für mich war die Einführung von Magnalia House etwas zu lang und dafür der spätere Teil etwas zu kurz, aber insgesant eine wirklich gelungene Geschichte.
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