Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion, #1)
This is one of those unfortunate covers that looks LOVELY on the screen… but isn’t very nice looking in real life.

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

Rating: DNF

Release Date: March 28, 2017

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

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 … continue reading

First of all, I’m just popping in for a quick review before I leave again tomorrow!! I’ll be back for good next Saturday!!

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I had high hopes for this one. That might sound odd, seeing as I didn’t see a SINGLE positive review for this book, but a lot of my favorite books are less popular, and I love historical fantasy, so I was super excited to give this a shot. Sadly, Blood Rose Rebellion disappointed me in almost every way.

*weeps dejectedly*

 Blood Rose is not a bad book, and I think the premise/reimagined history of the book is super creative. I also really loved some of the Hungarian mythology that was included! I also liked Eve’s writing; it felt very historically accurate, and I just liked the way it read.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t like anything else about the book. I felt like the whole first 100 pages of the book were just a collection of infodumps. There were infodumps about the history, the family situations, the magic system, etc etc etc. Everything was dumped on me, and yet I still don’t feel like I really understand the setting or what was going on in this world.

I also detested all the characters. Anna, the heroine, was insipid, shallow, and pretty much insufferable. She was INCREDIBLY selfish (and stupid) and acted terribly to her sister, RUINING her sisters coming-out-in-the magic-world ball. (I don’t actually know what that was all about.) You know how the little tagline on the cover says “In a world ruled by magic, she was born to break everything?” That sounds super awesome and dramatic, right??


It is, sadly, too true; Anna destroys EVERYTHING of importance in this book, including the book itself.

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The other characters also just came off as caricatures, not real people. I also didn’t feel there was meaning behind any of the relationships, especially between Anna and her THREE love interests. (Yes, you read that right. There were three.) They all felt extremely shallow and contrived.

Finally, I was just bored. The plot seems to ramble without going anywhere, and the book just couldn’t hold my attention.

I think Eves is a promising writer, and while I didn’t care for this book, I’ll definitely keep an eye out for her work after this trilogy.

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What makes you DNF a book? How do you feel about infodumps? What about annoying characters?

*There was no profanity etc. in the first 100 pages of this book.

**Thank you to the publisher and Blogging for Books for sending me this book to read and review! This in no way influenced my opinion of the book.

12 thoughts on “Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

  1. OMG THE LOVE SQUARE MADE AN APPEARANCE IN THIS BOOK??? Whoa. That’s crazy sauce. And yeah, that cover is gorgeous. I’m sorry it mislead you!
    Also, I was legitimately laughing when you said Anna destroys everything including the book itself 😂
    Infodumps kind of kill me. Slowly. A slow painfully informative death.

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    1. I know. It was disgusting. It really is!! I was so sad. I need a new book to assuage my sadness.
      It really is hilarious. This girl… she’s something else xD.
      They really are the worst!! I’m glad you agree.

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  2. Oh I’m sorry to hear you couldn’t read this book entirely, but I understand your reasons for stopping. I haven’t read that one but I think I’ll have to stay away from it: weak and annoying characters and wow, three love interests? Wow, ahah, why.
    Lovely review 🙂

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  3. *cries* This book was a DNF for me too, unfortunately~
    I didn’t understand why people would like her?????????? Like, WHY did Freddy like her at all?
    And why did that gypsy guy like her, also? Like, ok, so you met her three times, now you love her? Their relationship went from 0 to 100 real fast.

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  4. I completely agree. This had an interesting synopsis, but it didn’t turn out to be anything mind-blowing or original. 😦 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤

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