Blood Rose Rebellion

Blood Rose Rebellion

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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"A magical tale unlike anything you've read before." --Bustle.com

"[A] richly imagined 19th-century historical fantasy." --EW.com, A-

The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

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 No#65533;mi to the fierce and handsome Romani G#65533;bor. 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 Romani, 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.

"A fast-paced historical fantasy full of magic, romance, and adventure!"--JESSICA DAY GEORGE,  New York Times  bestselling author of  Silver in the Blood
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101935996
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Eves
Characteristics: 408 pages ; 22 cm.

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Jul 04, 2017

Newly released and a first book for this author, I have some mixed feelings. I get that it's her first, and I would cut her some slack, but it also wasn't my piece of cake. For anyone who likes politics and reading about a little girl that runs headfirst into decisions without thinking, this might be yours. The protagonist doesn't ever think things through, listen, and actually help in any way, shape or form. The romance was a little too choppy, and the whole introduction was nothing like what followed. It seemed like a twisted version of Red Queen, with less magic involved and more filler material.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I was expecting something related from "The Selection" with roses, blood, and faerie magic combined, but in the end it was part one of a world history fanfic trilogy of Hungarian independence. The writing was okay, the plot was nice, the characters were too many to deal with (unless it has its own Wikia), and I don't understand Hungarian language itself except perhaps I looked it up in the back once. Another new thing is I discovered a poet named Petofi Sandor because I would've read anything by him one day. If you enjoy complex fantasy with Victorian bits, I suppose you will give it a try.

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