I was so torn about this book. And kind of sad. After hearing so much about Blood Rose Rebellion, I wanted to love it. But, I just couldn’t fall in love with this book, despite my best efforts. There was so much potential: an interesting setting, magic, a group of plucky rebels trying to create a better world…all the elements of what should have been great story. Which is why I was pretty disappointed when the reality proved less exciting.
To be perfectly honest, I’m pretty sure the main reason I couldn’t get as into this book was the characters. Again, in theory, this should have been an entertaining cast that I would have adored. I feel like Eves tried to set her characters up to be certain ways, but they ended up not coming across that way as I read. I knew how I should feel about them, but I just didn’t. Which made it even more frustrating. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate the characters (although, I admit, Anna bugged me a little bit). I just didn’t like them as much as I felt like I should.
The plot also seemed to drag sometimes. I had moments where I would start to get into the story and feel interested, and then things would just kind of tapper off for a little while. And there seemed to be a few plot holes that could have been filled. I’m pretty sure there’s going to be another book in this series, so I’m guessing some of the plot holes might be explained then, but they still left me feeling a little dissatisfied by the end.
Overall, this book was ok. It wasn’t amazing, but it definitely wasn’t bad either. I’m not sure if I’ll read the next book, but I’m glad I gave this one a try. It was worth a read, even though ultimately it ended up somewhat disappointing me.
Thank you to NetGalley and Knopf Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!