I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion, #1) by Rosalyn Eves
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 28, 2017
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.
Blood Rose Rebellion surprised me in a good way. I’ve read several books with similar themes – alternate London with magic, but then the plot headed us to Hungary, a mix of gypsy romance and magic that is not contained by the ruling class. Anna is our main character who was labeled at a young age as not having magic, but she ends up breaking magic instead, starting with her sister’s at her coming out party. Not only that, but what lead her to be there was a young man who everyone discovers she has exchanged kisses with in the garden unsupervised. Due to her actions, she ends up traveling with her grandmother to Hungary and finding there’s more to magic than she once knew.
Anna has known that she is part of the ruling class – the Luminate – and they keep a tight grip on magic. When she discovers her magic is different, that it can ruin the Luminate and the way they contain magic – she has to make a choice. She begs a gypsy man to teach her his magic so she can discover more about hers and then begins to fall for him quickly.
Although there were a few faults in the book (some serious insta-love), I really enjoyed the overall story – the way magic is in the universe and how it can be broken. I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed the narration as well.
A great historical fantasy read that many will enjoy.