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Rebel Rose

(The Queen's Council #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  230 ratings  ·  147 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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Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

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

Each book will be written by a different author and follow the story of a different Disney Princess as they come into power.

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

Belle and Lio have defeated the curse and his kingdom has been restored to its former glor
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
May 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
you had me at "Disney Princess" and I have no shame in that
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
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
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.
*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
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
Steff Pasciuti
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"You'll have more luck if you ask a question of it."

The number of positive reviews for Rebel Rose by Emma Theriault has honestly left me wondering if I read the same book as everyone else. This is largely due to two characters, the two that I would in fact name the main characters of this novel, and the glaring problems with them. Ironically, when I speak of the two main characters of Rebel Rose I do not, in fact, mean Belle and Adam (Beast). Rather, I mean Belle and B
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
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
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!
Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
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.
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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
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
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.
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an ARC book review provided by NetGalley.
"Cogsworth raised his brow. 'I do not think an agent of the revolution would pass Mrs. Potts's scrutiny nor meet her standards.'" ~ The Queen's Council Rebel Rose

4.5 stars

I can't wait for November 2020 when everyone will be discussing this lovely new book! Emma Theriault did a magical job with this retelling. Theriault neatly weaves her own story into the "Beauty and the Beast" classic. The writing is eloquent, imaginative, gorgeous, and wholly im
Abbey's Reading Corner
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 😍
Celia McMahon
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
This may be my first 2 star review this year.

I’ll give my first initial thoughts since it’s late. I’m a huge B&B fan and I always love to read what authors churn out in terms of reimaginings but this book did not do Belle any justice whatsoever. She’s always been this brave, sure of herself type of woman and to trust her into such a meek and doubting person did not vibe well with me. I’m actually kind of angry right now. I had such expectations...

That’s all I have for now.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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Aubree | Literately Speaking
With Beauty and The Beast being one of my favorite Disney films, I was always fascinated by the idea of what happened after the events of the movie... Living in France so near to a Revolution, what would Belle and her Prince do?

Luckily, author Emma Theriault had this answer when writing The Queen’s Council: Rebel Rose! In a beautiful blend of historical fiction and the enchanting glimmer of magic we all know and love, I had so much fun reading this book. Not only did I appreciate the nods to the
Maya Chhabra
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book, which is a sequel to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (specifically the live-action one, based on certain details) set during the French Revolution.

I loved the worldbuilding, how Theriault fit the existing story into history, and how she kept us guessing about various secondary characters’ allegiances, particularly Marguerite and Bastien. Belle’s journey of learning to trust her instincts rather than constantly second-guess herself and/or let
Dylan Miller
I must admit, I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. I grew up with seeing Belle in my mother so I knew a continuation of her story would be difficult to do well, but Theriault does a fantastic job of it. Politics and a weary nation are at play with Belle and Lio's attempts to move on from the curse they broke, and historical intrigue makes the story all the more believable. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was the pacing of the plot. There was also a little bit of queer rep, in ...more
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rebel Rose revisits one of the most famous periods in French history, combining it with Disney storytelling in a way never seen before. It is not simply a dreamed-up sequel to Beauty and the Beast, but a thoughtful, well-researched, historical fiction infused with Disney magic.

It is not often that my two passions – Disney and 18th-century French history – come together, but when they do, an almost inarticulate excitement ensues. Thankfully, Emma Theriault’s Rebel Rose did not disappoint and I ha
Célia Cross
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for a true review.

"Rebel Rose" was an exquisite retelling by Emma Theriault. To be perfectly honest, it wasn't a retelling so much as a continuation to the "Beauty and the Beast". Either way, it was historically accurate with the events that led up to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. I found it very interesting to see it from a neighboring countries point of view (despite Aveyon not really existing) on these two eras in France.

This book
Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
So. I had to sit on this one for a bit before I reviewed. I finished it last night and I was between 3-4 stars and I'm bummed that I'm disappointed so I guess I'm going with a 3.5 rounded down.

For those of you that don't know, this isn't a Beauty and the Beast retelling. This is an AFTERMATH of Beauty & the Beast. Everything happens like it did in the Disney movie and then we see how Belle & Lio (yes, the Beast's name is Lio) move forward and deal with the French rebellion. I LOVE the idea of t
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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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