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Blood Rose Rebellion Review-Nothing New


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.

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*DNF at 49.52% because I had no energy to finish this*

*I got this book from the publishers booth at NYCC, not sure if I mention that or not…anyways, thank you! 🙂 *

I was excited for Blood Rose Rebellion, mostly because of the beautiful roses on the cover (I’m not a fan of the white background though). It sounded interesting, I mean a main character in a world with magic who can’t do spells? One who breaks them on accident? Yes please, sign me up.

Or…well, not really. I’m sorry, I just did not enjoy this book.

The beginning seemed promising, I loved the writing and the first chapter sets up an awesome world. But after the first chapter it’s clear that this book doesn’t bring anything new to the table. It’s full of already done ideas, it’s like every other dystopian novel out there with an evil ruling group where the special main character has to take it down.


Maybe it’s because I noticed the similarities that it started to bother me so much. I just couldn’t turn off that realization…

Yes, Blood Rose Rebellion was like tons of other books and top top it off, it was still super slow and very boring. If something interesting where to happen in the first 49% I might have stuck with it, but nothing did and I felt no motivation to finish. Especially since nothing new happens, it’s the same old story I’ve read about fifty times before. So, if you’re expecting a fast paced book with some exciting events, don’t expect it to happen in the first 49%.

Other than the story, I couldn’t bring myself to enjoy the characters. It’s more of a personal dislike than a dislike for how they were written, if that makes sense. All of them felt flat to me, unreal, and one dimensional.

If you’re a fan of romance, however, this might be more to your liking. I, personally, didn’t enjoy Anna’s love interest but you might :)!

Overall, I did not enjoy Blood Rose Rebellion because it left me bored chapter after chapter. The story was uninteresting as were the characters. Nothing new happens.


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