This book is PHENOMENAL. It blends history, fantasy, and Hungarian fairytales and folklore in the most captivating of ways. The characters are wonderful, the plot is gripping, and the world is BEAUTIFUL. I was so looking forward to reading this book, and Rosalyn by far exceeded any expectations I had going in.
If you like YA Fantasy, if you like historical fiction, or if you like fairy tales, you will LOVE this book.
For this novel that so perfectly blends Hungarian history, fairy tales, folklore, and fantasy; I recommend pairing this Hungarian Montgravet Consault Rose.
*All wine recommendations are for strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*
The Nitty Gritty
- Title: Blood Rose Rebellion
- Author: Rosalyn Eves
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Adult Readers
- Pub Date: March 28, 2017
- Pages: 416
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 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.
Prepare for a gush fest, because I ADORED this book. Rosalyn Eve’s absolutely knocked it out of the park with her debut novel, which I’m thrilled to say is the first in what is planned to be a trilogy!
Rosalyn blended history and fantasy seamlessly throughout the novel. It is very apparent that she put an incredible amount of research into this novel. I had so much fun googling some of the historical characters and locations from this story as I read. I HIGHLY recommend doing that to everyone who reads this book, so you can get even more out of it.
The magic system in this book is really quite brilliant in and of itself, but what makes it truly captivating is the fact that the source of the magic has been seized by the Luminate elite and withheld from the common people. The underlying theme there is a perfect fit for the time period in which this book is written, but it will also resonate deeply with today’s readers in our current social climate.
The characters were incredibly engaging. Though many of the obstacles Anna Arden faces in this book are directly related to her magic, they’re written in a way that makes them very applicable to the real world problems that we all face. That goes a long way in helping the reader empathize with Anna, and the way she confronts her issues head-on makes her a character you’ll root for from page 1.
Rosalyn has created an incredible cast of supporting characters that readers will absolutely fall in love with. They’re diverse, complex, and so fascinating. I’m thrilled that there will be more books in this series, because I just couldn’t get enough of them.
The way Rosalyn wove Hungarian folklore and fairy tales throughout this book was breathtaking. Those elements gave it a very authentic and enchanting tone that absolutely blew me away.
This book comes out one month from today (YAY!!!!), and I highly, HIGHLY recommend you get those preorders in. You do not want to miss this one.
This cover is quite simply gorgeous. The shattered roses on the cover perfectly symbolize the way Anna Arden’s abilities empower her to break the spells cast by others. I’m not sure if I like the blue of the ARC copy or the white of the hardcover copy better, but they’re both STUNNING.
There are so many amazing characters in this story, and YES, some of them are most definitely worthy of a swoon. Gábor is particularly charming, but there is also Mátyás and William. Basically, take your pick from this phenomenal cast of characters, which you will fall head over heels in love with.
Sneak Peak of Some of the Historical Locations from Blood Rose Rebellion
About Rosalyn Eves
Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle.
She has a PhD in English from Penn State, which means she also endeavors to inspire college students with a love for the English language. Sometimes it even works.
Rosalyn is represented by Josh Adams of Adams literary.
Her first novel, BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, first in a YA historical fantasy trilogy, debuts Spring 2017 from Knopf/Random House.
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Have you added this to your TBR list yet? What debut novels are you looking forward to in 2017? Have any of you read this beauty yet?