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Belle Révolte

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  188 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.
may ➹
I think it’s a sign when you can’t even make it past the first 6 pages of a book without getting annoyed and wanting to strangle a character
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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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
Jesse bowtiesandbooks
I was gifted a copy of Belle Revolte from the publisher and was wildly excited to pick it up!
It's a YA Fantasy with heavy french influences (yes please) about two willful girls of differing backgrounds who switch places in order to follow their respective dreams. I loved that one of the girls was an aspiring surgeon as stories surrounding medicine/doctors/illness always fascinate me as do characters that can heal in some fashion.

Sadly, this book simply wasn't for me. The writing focused
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
kav (xreadingsolacex)
"I want to be the best. I want everyone who told me I couldn't be to know they were wrong. I want to save people and help people and be something to someone, so it doesn't all feel like nothing. I have to be the best."

Belle Revolte by Linsey Miller is a young-adult high fantasy novel about two teenage girls, Annette Boucher and Emilie des Marais who swap lives for a chance to achieve their dreams, though the crumbling structure of their kingdom may make that goal even harder.

Belle Revolte is
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
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!

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
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,
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
This sounds a lot like THE BELLES
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
- I love standalone fantasy I really do but damn do some aspects feel rushed
- two protags in stories that don’t quite intersect often can be hard to follow (aka I found it hard to follow)
- overall I did like the story but I didn’t *love* the execution nor the writing style
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
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: y-a, fantasy
I couldn't finish this. I read two thirds and couldn't get through to the end. The characters felt flat, the pacing was hard to follow, and the new language was not easy to understand. I wish I had gotten this from the library or bought the hard copy version so I could give it away, to a friend or library. The queer rep wasn't bad but didn't feel satisfying or comforting to read, although I do love that they exist in a fantasy world.

Hopefully, other people like it more than I did. I didn't hate
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
Kait | sixcrowsbooks
Trigger/Content warnings:
--- gore
--- character death
--- family death (a character’s brother)

--- biromantic asexual girl MC
--- multiple f/f relationships and lesbian (or otherwise sapphic) characters
--- trans man side character

5/5 stars

*I received a copy of the novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I read this book within a day or two, and I loved every second of it.

Belle Révolte follows two girls: Emilie, a noble girl who wants to study the noonday arts and become a
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
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,
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
Feb 10, 2020 added it
Shelves: lgbtq, young-adult
dnf @ page 177

I hit a point where I realized that despite being halfway through the book I did not care about anything that was happening and still could not tell the two main characters apart from one another.

Also, up till this point there has been no real mention of anything sapphic, and definitely no mention of the ace rep that I heard was also part of this book. That's not to say the rep isn't in there at all, as I'm sure it is, I just want to point out that if that's one of the main
Belle Révolte takes two very different young women, both of whom have ambitious dreams, and sets them in a society which places those goals out of their reach. But with an impulsive ‘Prince and the Pauper’ style swap, both Emilie and Annette put themselves on a path to excelling in their chosen fields: Emilie becomes a physician’s assistant and Annette studies divination. However, political unrest soon draws both girls into something far bigger than either had bargained for.

Although the names
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
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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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