Title: Blood Rose Rebellion
Author: Rosalyn Eves
Date of Publication: 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.
So, Blood Rose Rebellion was one of my most anticipated reads for 2017. When I received an ARC copy through Netgalley, I was beyond ecstatic. Unfortunately, those excited emotions quickly dropped as I began to read this book.
The book opened pretty well with Anna, who in a society of magic is barren. She is secretly in love with a boy named Freddy, who is also vying for her sister’s attention because of her magic. When Anna finds this out her heart is crushed because even though Freddy liked Anna, the fact that she has no magic means that he will not marry her, but he chooses not to marry her sister either.
To avoid the scandal, Anna’s parents send her away to Hungary where she meets more of her family, and a group of Romani people that she had also known as gypsies. Her heart even begins to fall for one.
First I was annoyed and confused because not even halfway through the book, three guys had already kissed Anna, but luckily her eyes became focused on just one.
The problem I had here was not the writing because the writing is actually well done, and the setting I was beyond in love with, it was just that I found myself so bored with the book. I still don’t get the whole magic thing and the way the society works with it is odd.
The action was there, and I really liked Gabor’s character. Anna on the other hand I just didn’t really enjoy her that much. She is strong though, having to deal with how she is sort of an outcast. This book just did not work for me, but I can see where a lot of other people will love it.
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