Waiting on Wednesday - Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

 Release Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. 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 Romani, 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.

Rosalyn Eves's YA debut Blood Rose Rebellion is one of those books you'll be hearing about a lot in the next few months. It really wouldn't surprise me to see Blood Rose Rebellion featured on many most anticipated 2017 book lists at the end of the year―it's certainly already on mine! Ever since I learned it's a fantasy set in an alternate historical Hungary, I've been so excited about this book's release. Magic and rebellion and a girl who can break spells... Yes, yes, yes. I NEED IT.

(And while we wait for Blood Rose Rebellion, I highly recommend Jessica Cluess's newly released A Shadow Bright and Burning. It's a fantasy set in an alternate Victorian London with magicians and sorcerers and a heroine who can burst into flame. It's absolutely brilliant!)

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