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Belle Révolte

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  186 reviews
Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Linsey Miller
Nov 16, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey friends,

This isn't a review. I just wanted to drop some thoughts and the content warnings here to make them more visible. If you have any questions about anything or would like to know specifics, feel free to ask.

Thank you for reading and have a great end of 2019!



This book isn’t as dark as Mask of Shadows but there is an undercurrent of alienation that follows Emilie and Annette throughout it. The society in which they live operates within
This is out today, go read it y'all!!

I received this book from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review.

This book meant the absolute world to me. Every time I think it I'm just filled with this intense love and emotion. I could flail about this book forever, I swear. It makes me so happy (except for when it's RIPPING MY HEART OUT).

Objectively speaking, this book is far from perfect
. I think if this book hadn't hit me on so deeply personal a level, it would have been a solid four stars.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

If you are looking for a fun standalone fantasy novel with well-developed characters and queer representation, check out Belle Revolte! The world and magic system are surprisingly complex and well-developed for a standalone novel and the plot accomplishes quite a lot in a short number of pages. This is sort of a Prince and the Pauper retelling with girls who switch lives to pursue their dreams, and thematic content that explores inequality and oppression in terms of
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, arcs
a big thank u to FIREreads for sending me a copy of this book!!

we don't normally get a lot of stand alone fantasy books so I was really excited to read this one, especially when i heard it was about two girls (a princess and a peasant) switching lives. Yeah we've seen the trope before but i personally find it very entertaining :)

i love love LOVED the transgender & asexual representation!! it was such a lovely surprise, one that should definitely be seen more often in fantasy books. i like
The Nerd Daily
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Laura Erne

Belle Révolte was an evocative and thought provoking tale of rebellion, magic, and love. The story follows two young women divided by class but are determined to change their futures. I don’t read many YA fantasies with complex magic systems and although this was sometimes slow, I found I appreciated Linsey Miller’s take on it. Drawing a connection from magic to healing was ingenious and I found her execution original. Many times we
rachel ☾
i barely made it through the first 60% but adored the last 40% so... not sure how i feel about this one yet

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Oct 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
Sooo apparently this book has ace rep and this is why I’m going to read it u.u
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it

Belle Revolte.

Ahhh, doesn’t the title absolutely slide off your tongue and quiver against your lips? The cover is gorgeous as well. It looks like ice cream. These two combined were what made me want to snatch this book up and even though I’ve been burned before by that deadly combo, I was willing to take the risk for this.

It was worth it in the end.

I am not a big fantasy fan which is funny because I play quite a few fantasy games. I grew up with Japanese role playing games. Final fantasy and
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Belle Révolte is a book about girls changing the world, following their dreams, and fighting a system of exploitation. It's a book full of hope, sacrifice, and power. Belle Révolte is a book about ambition. The ways society wants to limit what we can do because of our gender or economic status. It features Annette, a biromantic ace spectrum magical MC, a talented girl who yearns to
Jan 16, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF at 20%

Sadly, this one just wasn't working for me! The concept sounded super fun and I thought it could be a good one to snuggle up with and tear through in a weekend, but I just couldn't get into it.

The pacing was completely off -- within the first 5%, Emilie is running out of her carriage and proposing to swap places with a complete and total stranger who looks like her so she can study medicine. It all happens so fast it was just completely unbelievable -- I felt like I was missing a big
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
This sounds a lot like THE BELLES
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Belle Révolte puts an intriguing twist to its french-revolution-vibe fantasy setting, featuring queer teens exchanging identities, going to magical schools, fighting against oppression and changing the course of a war.

Content warnings include: extremely graphic injuries and gore due to protagonist being a physician at the front during war, violence, execution and death, class difference featuring oppression, mistreatment and abuse of lower class; mentions and effects of off-page torture,
Francesca ❆
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you so much Sourcebooks Fire for providing me a free copy through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

2.5 stars
A fast paced fantasy about girls changing the world, not afraid to follow their dreams, and fighting against a system of exploitation.

The story is divided in a dual POV system with a constant switch between the characters: on one side we have the privileged, rebellious Emilie, who wants to break the rules of society and become a physician; on the other we have the
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
rep: sapphic ace mc, f/f romance, sapphic side character, trans side character
Caitlin Reads
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for this ARC.

This was a great fantasy novel told from the alternating views of two women who swap lives to pursue their dream. Emilie and Annette look similar but come from two very different worlds. I really loved the strong friendship in this novel and the romances were depicted well. The different magical arts and hacks were clever and innovative. This was my first Linsey Miller book and I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book but I really
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 4-star, 2020
CW: Violence / Gore / Medical Neglect / Sibling Death / Executions / References to Children’s Neglect / Abuse / Discussions of Drowning

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in any way.

Belle Revolte is a magical life swap story that ended up surprising me. Not because of the plot or the setting. Because of the characters that ended up drawing me in.

Emilie de Marais lives in a society with a very
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

This gave off "Reverie" vibes and I wasn't feeling it. There were just too many similarities and I just had a hard time engrossing myself in the read. Maybe it's my reading slump or just the novel itself, I just couldn't connect with lead characters Emilie and Annette nor the storyline despite loving the LGBT concept. It's not you, it's me I swear!

Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, fantasy
Oh this book was super, duper queer as expected and I loved it!

Expected nothing less from Linsey Miller - this was just as good as Mask of Shadows. She's taken the whole 'princess swap' trope and made it her own.

I really liked the world building, a very easy fantasy to get into as it's woven into the story itself so flawlessly.

I loved all of the characters, Annette especially and her story and of course the magic involved in the story.

I think I just wanted more about the characters - a bit more
Andria Sedig
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I wanted to love this book more than I did. Revolution, gender expectations, strong female characters, magic? All things I love. But this book felt like it was trying to do too much and just fell short in a lot of ways. I found the characters to be a bit surface level and there were just too many names for me to try and keep track of; the magic system felt confusingly underdeveloped and any time there was descriptions of Annette's "divining?" I had to go back and reread what was happening ...more
Oct 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lgbtq-plus, quero
If a book has ace rep I must know about it, and I must read it
Review here:

This book felt incredibly relevant in moments. Considering it's very much historical fantasy, the societal power struggles could have been drawn word for word from current events. It made the plot even more impactful, and added so many depths to it that I've been hungering to re-read it since I finished the last page. Reading all of my saved quotes for this review made me want to read it all over again (and honestly I'd saved dozens of quotes,
Jessie Sedai of the Black Ajah🥀🐍
A gender swapped Prince and the Pauper retelling with ace and trans representation set in a French inspired fantasy world. The synopsis hints at political intrigue and a magical journey of self-revelation for two girls with magical powers bound by a fate they do not accept.

Emilie is a woman of noble birth bound by societal norms and her family's wishes to study the midnight arts at a prestigious boarding school where she will hone her skills at divination, scrying, and illusion crafting.
Rebecca Crunden
Feb 02, 2020 marked it as to-read
A gender swapped Prince and the Pauper, hm? Colour me curious.
Full Review on my blog: https://hiddenbeneaththestarlight.wor...

I won this ARC in a giveaway.

I love this book. Full of interesting world-building, with a French inspired fantasy world (French royal titles like mademoiselle Royale are used, the country and culture are clearly French, but the religion is deeply different, etc.) its a story about finding yourself, your place in the world, and something worth fighting for. The magic system is interesting, and I love that over the course of the story
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
(4.5 stars)

I was incredibly affected and impressed by Linsey Miller’s debut Mask of Shadows. Assassins who actually did real murder—you wouldn’t believe what an impossible request this can be—a gender fluid protagonist, and politics galore. So when the publisher contacted me to see if I was interested in an ARC of her newest book, I said yes and thank you! I didn’t turn out to be such a gibbering fan over Belle Revolte, but I think the majority of Miller’s audience will love it.

Belle Revolte is
**Review to be posted on my blog on 1/23/20**

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC.

Belle Revolte is set in a French inspired world where magic use is known as the noonday arts and the midnight arts. Emilie a noble girl wants to be a physician but only men can aspire to that profession. So Emilie swaps lives with Annette a commoner who wants to elevate her station by studying the midnight arts. Emilie sneaks away to learn noon day arts and train as a
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


So. I will start out fully honestly and tell you that I almost DNFed this one at numerous turns. The beginning just seemed so very dull and unrealistic. I mean, there's reallyno explanation why either of these complete strangers would want to, let alone be able to, fully trust the other woman with her literal life. Look, if some rando comes up to me and wants to life-swap... fine,
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq-rep, arc
Belle Révolte is a fantasy novel featuring two women who swap lives to follow their dream of studying in different fields of magic. Emilie wants nothing more than to become a physician, to be more than the noble lady her mother has been forcing her to be all her life. Annette wants nothing more than to be trained in magic, and to show her family that she is stronger than they believe she is, and that she was born to study the ways of divination.

In a world where mostly men get to train to become
Jessie Sedai of the Black Ajah🥀🐍
A gender swapped Prince and the Pauper retelling with ace and trans representation set in a French inspired fantasy world. The synopsis hints at political intrigue and a magical journey of self-revelation for two girls with magical powers bound by a fate they do not accept.

Emilie is a woman of noble birth bound by societal norms and her family's wishes to study the midnight arts at a prestigious boarding school where she will hone her skills at divination, scrying, and illusion crafting.
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Originally from Arkansas, Linsey has previously worked as a crime lab intern, neuroscience lab assistant, and pharmacy technician. She now holds an MFA in fiction and is the author of the Mask of Shadows duology and Belle Révolte. She can be found writing about science and magic anywhere there is coffee.
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