The Queen's Rising
Grave Mercy meets Red Queen in this epic debut fantasy, inspired by Renaissance France, about an outcast who finds herself bound to a disgraced lord and entangled in his plot to overthrow the current king.
Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her....more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book turned out be something that I did not anticipate. The idea of the book itself is very simple and the story leads with the protagonist and the concept of Passions in this world. The first quarter of this book would steer you to believe that this story would focus directly on the life of the protagonist and finding her patron while it has so much more to offer. The plot is much bigger than just the protagonist and ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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! ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
I have had this on my TBR and saw some of my bookish friends were BRing this and had to jump in. I wasn't disappointed! I believe this was a debut and I can see why Harper Teen snapped it up. In a way, it has a lot of similar themes you see in YA fantasy, but it also has its own unique twist.
Brienna doesn't know who her father is, but he wasn't a good guy. So, her mother fled the country with her grandfather to hide. ...more
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': ...more
I recommend not going into this novel knowing too much, and being pleasantly drawn into to the story.
“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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ideas ...more
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 ...more
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(Also I think this was the first book I've ever read that didn't have acknowledgements??)
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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 ...more
So, if you are going to read this book, don't look at the family tree in the beginningor a few plot twists in this novel will be pretty pointless.
That said, on to the rest of the review.
I wanted to love this book. Lord knows that I ...more
The Queen's Rising is one of the most promising debuts I have ever read. Going into this I was definitely hesitant. While this seemed like the kind of YA Fantasy I absolutely love, I also have incredibly high expectations for it.
But lo and behold, this blew me away! I would go as far as to say that this is the first book in the five years since I first read GRACELING by Kristin Cashore that came close to THAT kind of Fantasy that I love with all of my heart.
The Queen's Rising had ...more
I loved the world building and the politics that are woven into the story. And I also really liked the small amount of magical elements and the writing was just truly addictive. There's a bit of romance present, not too much, that was in ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. YA fantasy, circa 2017. Teen girl displays art while applying to a school that is split by the arts(five) and magic. Dead parent mystery. Guardian makes arrangements for her to get into the art program. [s]||5||615||Sep 24, 2019 10:54AM|
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Rebecca Ross grew up in Georgia, where she continues to reside with her husband, ...more