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.
Rosalyn Eves is a professor of English living in southern Utah and is involved in the YA community there and across the country. Blood Rose Rebellion is her debut novel. Find out more at rosalyneves.com and @RosalynEves.
The author did so well with this world. I really loved the levels of magic, and the world at large. The creatures that she created were also one of a kind even though they weren't. This story made me think of the series All that Glows by Ryan Graudin and Alyxandra Harvey's Lovegrove Legacy and I think fans of those series will die hard love this one as well.The pacing was not slow but not fast it was more a constant burn.
The characters I just fell in love with. Although Anna is somewhat of a good girl when push comes to shove she doesn't let anyone stand in her way. She goes after what she wants. The same goes for some side characters. I don't want to give anything away but people are not what they seem and just because you think you know someone doesn't mean you know them. I know this is kinda vague but I really don't want to give anything away. You will know what I'm talking about if you read this one. Which I think you totally should.
The setting for this story was great. We get that wonderful Victorian world but are thrust into Hungary and the surrounding areas. It was a great surprise that worked well for this story and I can't wait to get more. The timing couldn't be better. Its in the late 1800's so I am hoping we some WWII issues in the next coming books.
This is my favorite new author of the year so far and were only into March! As a debut this author did so well and she is now added to my favorite author list! She defiantly blew me away!
Book in a Pinch
Magic, Creatures, Danger, Romance
Go Into This One Knowing
No cliffhangers, No love triangles
PS. the only sad thing is I REALLY REALLY love this blue cover that is on my ARC and I am slowly sad that we are getting a white one. CRY!!!
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