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Rebel Rose

(The Queen's Council #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,091 ratings  ·  370 reviews
Happily ever after is only the beginning as Belle takes on the responsibility of becoming queen and learns to balance duty, love, and sacrifice, all while navigating dark political intrigue—and a touch of magic.

It’s 1789 and France is on the brink of revolution. Belle has finally broken the Enchantress’s curse, restoring the Beast to his human form and bringing life back t
ebook, 352 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Disney-Hyperion
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im so sad to say this is the first ‘beauty and the beast’ story i havent completely loved. and i wonder if its because this is a ‘continuation’ of the story, rather than a retelling.

with a retelling, i fully expect and want authors to make the story their own. but with a continuation, it makes sense that the follow up be similar to the original story, and i just did not get that with this. belle seems like a completely different character. shes quite selfish a lot of the time and it just really
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

Rebel Rose is the first book in Disney's new The Queen's Council series.

In this series, each book will be written by a different author and follow the story of a different Disney Princess as they come into own.

This first novel follows my favorite Disney heroine, Belle. The action picks up a few months after the conclusion of the original Disney animated movie, Beauty and the Beast.

Belle and Lio, who you may know simply as The Beast, have defeated the curse and his kingdom
May 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
you had me at "Disney Princess" and I have no shame in that ...more
Apr 22, 2020 marked it as to-read

you say, Disney Princesses, but as a reimagining and with real history???

i accept this offer.
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-books
A Disney princess book set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. If that raises your eyebrows, it should! Rebel Rose is a delightful surprise: yes, it's a "continuation of the story" type Disney book, but it doesn't feel typical. This edges closer to upper YA--Bastille Day is on the page! There is a beheading! I was sucked right in.

Historical fantasy with a Disney twist, Rebel Rose is set shortly after Belle and the Beast's (now prince's) marriage. They travel to Paris to see his cousin
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"You'll have more luck if you ask a question of it."

Rebel Rose by Emma Theriault has a lot of positive reviews. This fact alone honestly left me wondering if I read the same book as everyone else. You see, there are two characters--the two I would, in fact, name the main characters of this novel--who were written with some incredibly glaring problems. Ironically, when I speak of the two main characters of Rebel Rose I do not, in fact, mean Belle and Adam (Beast). Rathe
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
I'm still trying to figure out how I felt about this. I liked it, but at the same time it didn't stick with me at all, and I didn't really connect with a single character. At this point I'm thinking three stars, but that may change the more I think about it. ...more
2.5 stars, with the extra half star easily attributed to the way the elements of the fairytale and Disney film were woven into the story.

I’m sad to have to acknowledge that this book fell short of the expectations I had for it. The potential for a book that I would love was there, but the character execution just didn’t work for me personally. Combining that with the fact that this is a less action-driven plot, it just wound up being an okay story overall.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

What I enjoyed in Rebel Rose was how Theriault does not shy away from the rough spots in Adam and Belle's relationship. The inequality in their backgrounds becomes even more of an obstacle as they begin to advance their station and social calendar. While Belle may not be a Queen, she certainly is drawn into a space, not of her choosing, that does not truly know what it is like to be
Oct 17, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 10%. Honestly I'm glad that I recognised early on that this book was not going to match my hopes because I know just how disappointed I would have been if I had forced myself through it. There was something about Belle talking about her life back home and how hard it was now to be rich??? that just annoyed me. ...more
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
From what i remmeber beauty and the beast was my all time favorite disney character and i sweared this oath to read any content about this film. And this book is no exeption.
The concept of the book when i first saw the sinopsis simply attracted me and i knew i should pick this up.and i'm glad i did it.

This book is like a season 2 right after the happily ever after of belle and the beast ( our boy lio) and since all the fairy tales leave in that part, i always wanted to know what will become afte
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


Rebel Rose is the first installment in what's being called The Queen's Council series. Happily, ever after is only the beginning to this epic YA reimagining of the princesses as young rulers of their lands, aided by a mystical group of women called the Queen's Council, whose job it is to advise queens throughout history. Instead of calling this a retelling or re-imaging, let's say that the author writes her own story which take
Oct 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 5-and-6
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Rebel Rose in exchange for an honest review.

Rebel Rose is a 'what happens next' adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast set against the political climate of a France on the cusp of revolution. B&B seems to be everyone's favourite fairytale to adapt for YA audiences so I've read a plethora of B&B retellings this year, so let's talk about how Rebel Rose fails as one.

First and foremost, to retell/adapt a story, you have to deeply love the origina
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I was so excited for this book because Belle is one of my favorite Disney Princesses and it was following her and the Beast’s life after the curse but it wasn’t it 😭
Belle didn’t feel like Belle.



Thoughts before reading:
Life for Belle and Beast after the curse is broken is something I’ve always wondered. I’m glad to finally get a story that will show us life after the Happily Ever Afters 😍
Athena of Velaris
"A kingdom is best served by a tapestry of voices and viewpoints."

I liked the idea this book was trying to accomplish. A Beauty and the Beast retelling set after the classic tale with the French Revolution brewing and tensions rising to the breaking point would have been fascinating. Sadly, this book did not accomplish what it set out to do. Belle, the main character, was flat and rather dumb. Instead of focusing on ways to actually help her struggling people (charity work, tax reforms, building
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Belle has always been one of my favorite Disney princess. From our love of reading, to our ferocity and independence, I have always seen myself in Belle. So getting approved for this book and reading what happened to Belle and the Beast after the curse is broken was heavenly. And to top it off, it's set during the French Revolution and historically accurate? I already knew this was going to be a winner for me.

The story itself was amazing. The Disney characters, like Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Pot
Apr 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
I smashed that want to read button hard as soon as I saw the magical words "Disney Princesses". Count me in! ...more
fairy princess
May 24, 2020 marked it as to-read
disney princess but after the happily ever after?? put me on the list
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-reviews
**Thank you to Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my rating**

The Queen's Council answers the question of Disney fans everywhere: What happens after the kiss and the Happily Ever After? In this case, Belle has to try and stop the French Revolution from knocking on the doors of the home she's made with Prince Lio.

This book is the first in a series (the next princesses reported to be Mulan and Jasmine). I am very interested in seei
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult

I have such a love-HATE relationship with this book, but let me make it clear that I do not claim this version of Belle whatsoever! Let me preface this review by saying I am an adult Disney nerd, so I may have been a little too invested in this book. Belle is also my favorite Disney princess so I am was extremely hopeful and excited, because this isn't just one of the million retellings out in the wild, it's a what happens next with Disney's stamp of approval since they
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss and Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books*

There is nothing more beautiful that going back into the world of Beauty and the Beast! As a fan who actually worships anything inspired by the tale as old as time, this book was an amazing surprise! Not only because it hit me in the memory lane with the descriptions, the characters and the historical setting but also because it was a testament on what happened
I was so into the premise of this! I always want "after the happily ever after" stories and Belle is a favorite!

Buuut. It didn't really work. I don't understand why Belle didn't want to be queen and, at the same time, since this is so much about the French revolution, I didn't understand why she didn't ever think "hey, maybe there shouldn't be queens!" It just didn't work.
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-arcs
Sadly, this book missed the mark for me. I was bored from the beginning and the more I read, the more I wanted to be done with this book. I know it's harsh but I feel like I didn't get what I thought I would find when I requested this book. If you're like me, when you see this book, you think you'll get a Beauty and Beast retelling with at least some of the story focused on the romance. Here, I didn't feel any love or chemistry as the two characters already had broken the curse and were married. ...more
What happened after Beauty and the Beast? Well, it looks like my favourite Disney Princess is going to become my favourite Disney Queen. Plus, there's going to be real life history (the French Revolution). Fantastique!
So at first I was like why isn't the prince called Adam??? But, then Emma Theriault put a bit of fresh backstory in and I could see him as a Lio.
I liked how Belle and Lio have a happy ever after but the curse has not been forgotten. It is acknowledged that there are aftereffects an
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I wanted to love this. Half way through and I was sat at 3 stars, because I was enjoying it, but it was very politically heavy, and I don't love political fantasies. I thought this rating would go up when the "big reveal" happened, and the reveal was actually disappointing. So I found this book okay; I really liked what it set out to achieve, but I don't actually like the route it took.
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Huge thanks to Netgalley and Disney books for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

I love Beauty and the Beast, so naturally when I came across a continuation of their story, I jumped right on it. The Queen's Council Rebel Rose followed Belle as she navigates ruling beside her husband. This takes place during the time of the French Revolution and the author did a great job of weaving that event and this story together. For me, this book read like a movie so it made for an easy reading exp
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review:

Rebel Rose is the story of Beauty and the Beast after the spell is broken. Belle and Lio are now married, living in their castle in Aveyon. After 10 years of the curse and letting people believe that the prince was ill all those years, Belle and Lio go to visit King Louis in the city where they stay with Lio’s cousin. They see that a revolution is coming and soon realize that a revolution could happen in Aveyon. Belle must figur
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happens after “ever after”? Following the events of the classic fairytale, Rebel Rose follows Belle and Lio, formerly the Beast, as they navigate life after the castle’s curse. But it isn’t as simple as they had hoped. With tensions in neighbouring France swirling towards revolution, Belle and Lio must fight to keep Aveyon from following in France’s footsteps.

I really loved the concept of this book continuing on where the story of Beauty and the Beast ended, but I found the characters were
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Overall, a solid fairytale history, but the Beast makes this need a second glance.

Spoiler-Free Review:

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
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Emma Theriault was born and raised in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, and thus has a penchant for gothic revival architecture and a constant craving for Beavertails. She has been everything from an enthusiastic bookseller (who once sold a book to Prime Minister Trudeau) to a purveyor of whitewater rafting adventures in the Interior of British Columbia. When not writing books about curses and b ...more

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“Belle reveled in it now just as she had long ago, when she first saw it all from the back of her father's wagon, wedged between his inventions. She had tried and failed for so many years to convince herself that it hadn't been so grand, and that life in Aveyon hadn't been so comatose in comparison. She had strived to remember only the filth and stench of Paris, and those who remained, but beneath them was a city of people and industry and enlightenment, of poets and philosophers, and of scientists and scholars. It was a city that valued knowledge, no matter where it came from, unlike her own sleepy village of Plesance, where Belle was taunted for being different.” 0 likes
“I'm the one who's different."
"A princess, you mean?"
She pinched his arm lightly as the carriage turned onto rue Dauphine. "Not a princess." Belle's refusal to take the title marriage to Lio would have afforded her was a touchy subject between them.
He mercifully let it go. "But certainly not the girl you were then."
She turned her attention to the wallpapered panel of the carriage, tracing the embossed flowers with the tip of her finger, unwilling to let him see her smile falter once more. She didn't know how to explain that she would always be that girl, that no titles or fine clothing would change her. In her bones, she was a poor, provincial peasant who had risen far above her station.”
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