Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

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Blood Rose Rebellion

Author: Rosalyn Eves
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Pages: 416

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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. more

Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

REVIEW: Right away the reader is introduced to Anna and all that runs through her mind as her family is getting ready to debut her sister Catherine into the Luminate society. I can see a girl who has been scorned by her mother, and those around her, because of her lack of magic. It has made for a character who is spiteful and misunderstood.

“Without magic, everything about me was suspect: my lineage, my quality, my education, my very self. I had no hope of belonging to Luminate society unless I could marry into power, but Mama frequently pointed out, no one of any position would choose someone so flawed. I would have no fancy debut, as Catherine would, because it would serve no purpose.”

Anna is a tough character to feel for, she does so many things without caring for the consequences that may come, but she has also gone through much herself that has led her to be a certain way about things. I find myself with mixed feels over her character and very much not liking her mother one bit. Her father on the other hand, shows that not all of them are the same, even if he may not be as innocent either with all things magic related.

I couldn’t get enough of the world though, how their magical powers existed, the different abilities that were out there, what that meant for everyone. It was the main reason that kept me reading and intrigued. Even though there were a few things that didn’t seat well with me, I wanted to know more about its existence and the magical elements that made up these elite groups.

“Though in theory most Luminate had equal access to magic through the Binding spell, in practice it was not always so. Casting spells, particularly large ones, required a focus and attention to craft that many people lacked. Thus, Papa was a relatively gifted Elementalist, but Mama had never progressed beyond basic-level spells: her debut spell, her soul sign, common Coremancer charms.”

Even with faults in this read, some of them bigger than others, I very much enjoyed Blood Rose Rebellion. I loved the magic in it, Anna’s discovery of something she never knew was around her, and the fight to reveal truths of those magical powers only a few had access to. It was an interesting novel that added monsters to the mix, making it much more compelling.

 ***I received this copy from Crown Publishing/Penguin Random in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***

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