Review: Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

Monday, March 27, 2017

Title: Blood Rose Rebellion
Author: Rosalyn Eves
Series: Blood Rose Rebellion, #1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 28th 2017

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever. 

This is Rosalyn Eves' debut novel, and when I first saw it on Goodreads I knew I wanted to request an ARC.  Magic, foreign places that I've never been to or know much about, a handsome Romani love interest, and a war between the wealthy and poor?  Count me in!  My thoughts are kind of all over the place on this one, so bear with me.

At the beginning of the story Anna accidentally destroys her sister's debutante spell spoiling her chances of a high born marriage and shaming her in society.  When people are young they have a confirmation ceremony, and if they can perform a spell, then the "Confirmed" can start training to become Luminate.  In Anna's case, the Confirmation didn't work, and she was labelled as Barren (someone with no magic) which put a huge strain on her relationship with her mother and sister. When Anna destroys Catherine's coming out spell, she's shipped off to Hungary to live with her Grandmother and cousins.  While in Hungary she meets a variety of people and first hears about the revolution.  Since Anna's only real magic power seems to be breaking spells, people take interest in her abilities and want her to break the binding spell, but others suggest that it could cause more trouble if she did break it.  She's being pulled in both directions and isn't sure what the right answer is.

What I liked:
 I enjoyed the concept of the book where Luminate society controls all magic with the help of a special binding ritual that allows only the chosen people (wealthy families) to use magic.  It creates a large separation of society, and there are many people (including some in the Luminate!) that would like to bring down the binding so things are more equal.  Because of this, there were times in the story when I wasn't sure who to trust.

I really enjoyed the parts of Slavic mythology that were injected into the story.  I do, however, wish they were explained a little bit better.  I felt a little lost with the terms used at times.  There was a glossary of terms added after the story that was helpful, but I wish there would have been a little more explanation about them added to the actual scene.

Things I didn't like:
Anna.  She was so immature at times and made bad decision after bad decision.  She also mentions how her sister Catherine thinks of every man she meets as a possible marriage, and how she isn't like that.  Uhhh...she kisses a bunch of different guys in this book, and is kinda boy crazy if you ask me.

There was so much talk about a revolution, but not much action until near the very end.

I wanted more Matyas.  He is a really interesting character that I didn't feel like we got to spend enough time with.

I really liked Gabor's character but I really didn't end up "shipping" Anna and Gabor as a couple.

In conclusion:
I was really enjoying the storytelling in the beginning, but then I felt like it really started to drag on, then picked up again right before the end.  This story has a finished feel about it, and doesn't really end on a cliffhanger.  While I enjoyed some parts of the story, I ended up losing interest during the lulls in between, so I will probably be skipping the next one in the series.

* I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *

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  1. Gahhh! I've read the same reviews for Anna! Apparently, no one really seemed to like her. For me, a character can make or break a story for me and I'm scared Anna could ruin it >.< I have this book for review but I've been pushing it off so much because of this. I hope I have better luck whenever I pick it up.
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    1. Yeah, I read a few other reviews and I was glad to see that some people agreed with me and I wasn't just crazy. lol! I hope you enjoy the book a little more than I did. I didn't think it was bad, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped I would.

  2. Yeah this doesn't sound like one I will pick up. I don't like the sound of Anna and I hate lulls in books. Great review!!

    1. Yeah, the lulls make it really hard to push through the book sometimes. Especially when I already wasn't liking Anna so much. Thanks, Grace!

  3. I totally agree with your dislikes of this series. I really enjoyed the beginning, but once it started lagging I ended up giving up. I also liked the magic though. Great review!

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

    1. Yeah, I was really excited in the beginning but ended up disappointed. I wanted to like this one way more than I did. Thanks, Tracy!

  4. I have this one to read too!! But I've heard it's really slow so I've been procrastinating it honestly.😂 I'm glad there's still lots to love about it though! And the Slavic parts are really intriguing me eeeep.

    1. I hope you end up enjoying it a little more than I did. I just didn't care for the main character, and those lulls made the book drag on and on for me.

  5. I completely agree! This was an okay book, but it just wasn't anything original or unique - especially when you compare it to all of the other YA fantasy books out there. Sorry it was a bit meh for you as well. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    1. Thanks so much, Zoe! Sorry to hear that you didn't really enjoy it either. I was just okay. It had the potential to be really great


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