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Rebel Rose

(The Queen's Council #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  73 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
Expected publication: November 10th 2020 by Disney-Hyperion
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May 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
you had me at "Disney Princess" and I have no shame in that
Disney, you bless me, yet again, with another fabulous sounding series, and another ARC!!!

And don't even get me started on this cover. Thank you so much.

Belle is my Queen!

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.
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!
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
May 24, 2020 marked it as to-read
disney princess but after the happily ever after?? put me on the list
Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
Oct 17, 2020 marked it as not-yet-released
You have no idea how long I have waited for these two worlds to meet
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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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
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
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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
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 😍
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Rebel Rose caught my attention by the cool cover and then the description of the story. Even though I knew it was based of Beaty and the Beast, I didn’t have many expectations so I was going open minded.

So putting aside, what we know of Belle from the movies, this Belle (for a lot of the story) is self questioning, very petulant about her new role as the wife of a prince aka a princess, and hard headed about putting herself in danger because she wants to be a commoner. That drove me nuts!!!! I
Jun 22, 2020 marked it as maybe-one-day
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). This sounds great! I want to read it now (but it's not out until November 2020, boo!)
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Real rating: 2.5 stars. It was okay but I felt like it dragged and I didn’t feel as invested in the characters as I would’ve liked.
Once upon a time, a cursed prince fell in love with a headstrong girl, and together they saved a kingdom.

The following book contains language and LGBT characters
Rating: 3.5 stars

Special thanks to the lovely folk at Disney Books for feeding my Beauty and the Beast obsession (and extending y’all’s reprieve from Austenesque spam on your feeds) by granting me an eARC.

In the world of Rebel Rose you don't get a HEA just because you marry a prince—especially if it’s 1789 and you’re living in France. T
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
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

i am the biggest beauty and the beast fan and have read many adaptations of the story and versions of its sequel. The conflict, drama and struggle Belle went through while living with Prince Adam (Beast) and forcing to give up her commoner past living with her father in the village has been a problem that not even Belle can resolve. When the
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a good read and a great adaptation of what happens to Belle, the Beast (Prince Adam) and their people after she breaks the spell. I love how they interweave what is going on in France during 1789, since there is turmoil and the beginnings of the French Revolution and how it effects Belle, Adam and their people. Belle learning that even though she may still believe that she is a commoner, she is so much more and needs to take her place in the world in order to help Adam and her peopl ...more
ryan elizabeth
DNF @ ~ page 55

*sigh* I'm very disappointed. This was an incredible story concept that fell wayyyyy short. I found it cheesy, hard to follow, and I wasn't a fan of the writing style, so I didn't care to finish.

(Many thanks to Netgalley and Disney Hyperion Publishing for providing me with an e-ARC!)
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
Picking up about 6 months after the events of the original story, we meet Belle and Lio (the Beast) as they begin a tour of the continent starting with a stop in Paris. Belle has been looking forward to returning to Paris, but not to meeting the king or being part of the court in Versailles. When she inadvertently gets caught up in a protest and witnesses firsthand the anger and violence of the mobs, she knows it will get worse before it gets better. In an attempt to prevent revolution from taki ...more
Joseph Wade
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An unpredictable ride through a childhood favourite, grappling with the realities of politics and of human relationships and trauma, this book builds on the original story so well to make something so new and original. Not only does the story go darker and more violent than the source material, but the relationships are at the same time much more human and complex, and it makes for a tense page-turning and heart warming thriller.
Thanks for the ARC!
Reyy (Reyhan Ramzy)
Aug 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
I wanna read this book
Tisha "Manic Reads"
"The Queen's Council Rebel Rose" by Emma Theriault is a book that answers the question many fans of Beauty and the Beast have been asking for years: What happens to them after the last petal falls and they go into their "happily ever after"

I can honestly say that "Beauty and the Beast" is my favorite princess fairy tale. When I used to write about movies and plot holes, a big thing that would come up is that in the time period this story is set in, Belle and the Beast would have most likely been
Faith Noelle
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've read a few different retellings of Beauty and the Beast, but sequels to this tale aren't something I come across often, and I love the way this story explored Belle and the Beast's lives post-curse. In Rebel Rose, Belle is trying to figure out how to balance the responsibilities of being queen – a title she never wanted – in a time where revolution may already be lurking within her own castle. I enjoyed the elements of actual French history included in the story, and the way that it shows h ...more
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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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