Blood Rose Rebellion

Blood Rose Rebellion

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Social prestige is derived from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic. However, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place. Sent from England to her family's once powerful but now oppressed native Hungary, Anna Arden finds herself in the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. She must choose to either deny her unique power and cling to the life she's always wanted, or embrace her gift, spark a rebellion, and change the world forever.--
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781101935996
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

This book is a big disappointment for readers looking for a mix of dystopian and fantasy. A novel, naturally, relies on characters to progress the story and capture the reader’s emotions and attention. Anna, the main protagonist of this book, had no qualities worthy of attraction. She was bland, self-centered, annoying and infuriating. If the main character is neither relatable nor appealing, there is really nothing else left in the book to enjoy. Although many books are crafted in a way to make the reader hate characters, Eves does not play the game well. Even supporting characters were unrealistic and altogether, they all made rash decisions for no reason. This was a book I simply could not finish after reading such a splendid book as “Strange the Dreamer”. Despite strong potential, this book does not meet any standards! Rating 1/5
- @jewelreader 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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