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Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 28th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Europe, Fantasy, General, Historical, Young Adult Fiction
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.
Historical setting + magic= Y e s
I’ve never been one for magic in modern settings (never read or seen HP), but I adore it in historical settings because it just seems more magical that way to me. So I was pleasantly surprised with Blood Rose Rebellion and enjoyed the story much more than I thought I would. The first few chapters made me think Blood Rose Rebellion was going to be as generic as Red Queen because it sounded like every other book out there, but then quickly became more interesting when Anna left for Hungary.
I liked Anna, her cousins, and especially Gabor (what a babe). I’m not sure that I like Anna and Gabor as a couple yet. But I am happy a romance wasn’t overshadowing the plot (and no love triangle) or the main focus of Anna’s thoughts. She had a hard decision to make, on breaking the binding or not, and was sensible about it—at least I believe she was.
Though, on a side note, I kind of ship Anna and Hunger. I think they had more chemistry (in a weird way) than Anna and Gabor did in the entire book. If there are other books, I hope he returns.