The Trust Dilemma
I was very excited going into this book, because a) It was pitched as a book perfect for fans of Red Queen (which I ADORE) but b) mostly because the author, Rosalyn Eves is SUCH a great person to talk to (which I have) and I’ve loved following her story with her book on social media and well, I really wanted this to be my next favourite fantasy.
Unfortunately, Blood Rose Rebellion with its intriguing storyline, amazing author and pretty cover isn’t one of my favourites and here’s why:
Through the course of the book, Anna wrestles with the decision of whether or not she should break the Binding spell – the one that holds all magic in a reservoir and allows only the Aristocrats to wield it. As described, the aristocracy’s (The Luminate) spell allows only them to access magic, and not common people whether they have an inclination or talent for magic.
As spells have a tendency to break around Anna, the rebels try and convince her to break the Binding, thus making all equal.
HOWEVER THE BINDING IS ALSO SAID TO TRAP CREATURES TOO HORRIBLE FOR THE REAL WORLD, ONES GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR STOMACH CHURN, which Anna SEES for the first time properly, then allows herself to fall under an illusion, sees it in her Third trip to the binding spell and GOES BACK TO BREAK IT ANYWAY.
Which brings me to: I HAD A HUGE PROBLEM TRUSTING ANNA ARDEN.
She was a child, with all her sixteen years of age, her heart and mind FLUTTERED towards any man that showed her attention (including her COUSIN and a man who was clearly also courting her SISTER) and her BIGGEST desire in life was to be a part of society. Age is not usually an issue (almost all YA heroines are sixteen) for me but Anna was immature and frankly, INCAPABLE OF MAKING A WORLD ALTERING, MONSTER UNLEASHING DECISION BY HERSELF. She also refused to listen to others around her, ask for help, try and UNDERSTAND her power and merely flounced around talking about belonging in a world she intended to change.
I also kept flitting back to the Spiderman Quote, “With great power comes great responsibility” and while Anna had a great power, I DIDN’T FIND HER RESPONSIBLE AT ALL, and the power that she had – NOBODY UNDERSTOOD IT and so how could you possibly use something so volatile to alter a centuries old spell?
There were also a lot of things I really like about this book:
1) THE SETTING (You could tell how well researched it was - I loved what felt like the authenticity of Hungary, the names and the places, even the villagers and the Romani (Gypsy) people felt so REAL
2) The secondary characters like Noemi, Gabor, William and Matyas.
3) THE MAGIC and the orders. I was CRAVING more and I hope it will be there in the next installment
In conclusion, though I WANTED to fall in love with this book, I didn't. There were a LOT of good elements, and a few bad ones, and I will definitely be reading the next installment!