The Queen's Rising

The Queen's Rising

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna strug...

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Title:The Queen's Rising
Author:Rebecca Ross
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  • alice (arctic books)

    4.5/5 stars!

    I really enjoyed this one. The writing is rich and luscious, and I couldn't put it down. Minor reservations, but I can't wait for Ross's next work. Full review to come!

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    I've been hoping to find more 2018 YA high fantasy books with all of the elements I love and this was a really enjoyable read! The plot description is pretty accurate, so I don't want to say anything else because that would spoil how everything gets revealed as the story goes. There are a lot of secret identities... everything is kind of predictable, but the fun is definitely in seeing how it all works out.

    I really liked Brienna's character! The romance was sweet y

    I've been hoping to find more 2018 YA high fantasy books with all of the elements I love and this was a really enjoyable read! The plot description is pretty accurate, so I don't want to say anything else because that would spoil how everything gets revealed as the story goes. There are a lot of secret identities... everything is kind of predictable, but the fun is definitely in seeing how it all works out.

    I really liked Brienna's character! The romance was sweet yet not the focus of the story, which was perfect. And the pacing was on the slower side, but I loved the characters and story so much that I never minded. It was more peaceful than anything else. The writing was beautiful, too! Sometimes it got a bit too flowery for me, but it was still captivating.

    I do wish that

    could've been done with the story, though. What's there totally works, but it also kind of skimmed the surface and was nowhere near complex as I wanted it to be. Everything fell into place pretty neatly. But I guess that complaint just shows that I was into the story if I liked it enough to want it to be twice as long!

    The book also felt like a standalone, which was a refreshing change. So if you like castles, worlds that vaguely remind you of ancient Ireland, libraries + books, battles, warrior queens, hints of magic, and strong friendships, then this will probably be another fun read!

  • Vilma Iris

    My first book of 2018 and it did not disappoint. Loved it! More to come.

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    Oooh man. This has some of the loveliest, most visual writing I've ever laid eyes upon. Like... every sentence.... every paragraph... was crafted so perfectly. I feel so inspired.

    I feel like 90% of the time I come across pretty writing though, the plot is a bit lost. The good news? That isn't the case here. Rebecca Ross managed to create an utterly enchanting world and a rich, unique storyline that had me turning pages nonstop.

    Brienna is a lovely, relatable MC who is taken to Magnolia House (t

    Oooh man. This has some of the loveliest, most visual writing I've ever laid eyes upon. Like... every sentence.... every paragraph... was crafted so perfectly. I feel so inspired.

    I feel like 90% of the time I come across pretty writing though, the plot is a bit lost. The good news? That isn't the case here. Rebecca Ross managed to create an utterly enchanting world and a rich, unique storyline that had me turning pages nonstop.

    Brienna is a lovely, relatable MC who is taken to Magnolia House (think of it as a small, specialized boarding school) to grow up and study 'passions'. Normally, you have to have a certain skillset to attend such a place, but Brienna's grandfather manages to convince the headmaster to accept her, after sharing her father's true identity (except Brienna is kept in the dark on this matter.)Anyway, passions fall into five categories: art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge. Except Brienna can't seem to master any of them. She knows she wasn't admitted because of her skill, and that it had something to do with her heritage.

    Anyway, she forms a bit of a... bond with one of the professors, but when the time comes for the students to leave with a patron, Brienna isn't chosen. Feeling rejected, the headmaster offers her a deal with a mysterious lord. Meanwhile, she sees memories of someone she believes to be her ancestor but is afraid to confide in anyone.

    I can't say much more, but things get interesting as we learn of Brienna's real heritage and how it ties in with the dilapidated kingdom in the north. She winds up in a plot to retake her homeland and thus mystery, intrigue, magic, and romance ensues! (I will say this. Romance isn't the focus, but I was definitely sitting there most of the book thinking... JUST KISS DAMMIT. But don't go into this just for the romance - it is definitely a slow burn subplot.)

    Anyway, this was SO close to a five-star read. The only thing holding me back was I felt like things were resolved so easily in the last 30%. Like there wasn't quiiiite enough conflict and everything kinda falls into place? And while I loved every minute with Brienna, I felt like the pacing in the middle lagged just a *touch*.

    But nonetheless, I still REALLY enjoyed it and I highly recommend the read. Right now, it feels like a standalone, but my gosh I would love for another book in this world. I really can't brag enough about how fun of a read it was, and how immersed I was in the world.

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  • Joshua Gabriel (Ever Bookish Josh)

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    saved me from another frustrating reading slump. I already had high expectations because of the positive reviews written by reliable people on Goodreads, and I am happy to say that this book deserves all of the hype. In fact, it was satisfying enough that it could function as

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    saved me from another frustrating reading slump. I already had high expectations because of the positive reviews written by reliable people on Goodreads, and I am happy to say that this book deserves all of the hype. In fact, it was satisfying enough that it could function as a standalone.

    is like a fantastical version of

    , in that its first half focuses on how a teenage girl struggles to belong to one of the five factions a.k.a. "passions". After failing to be succeed in the domains of art, music, dramatics, wit, Brienna is desperate to be a passion of knowledge. Like Tris, Brienna seems incapable of belonging to merely one faction. Before she realizes her true place in the world, she is whisked away to a different kingdom where she is implored to help defeat an infamous tyrant. Filled with lots of girl power and political intrigue, this book will captivate many fans of YA fantasy.

    It was easy for me to like

    because it was reminiscent of

    , which is one of my favorite books. Its female protagonists were also empowered, and the magic system included a pendant that everyone wanted to use, hide, or destroy. I admit that the latter similarities made me quite jaded. However, for the most part, it enriched my understanding of the world and characters. It would be unreasonable to completely dislike a book for reminding me of something that made me happy.

    Unlike most YA fantasy novels,

    didn't use romance to speed up the plot. Brienna had more important issues to deal with than with her drama with her master. I actually wasn't a fan of the love story in this book since teacher-student relationships generally make me uncomfortable. Still, I appreciated the "innocent" or "genuine" connection between Brienna and Cartier.

    Family and female friendship were some of the significant themes in

    . Brienna had healthy relationships with her sisters/schoolmates in Magnalia House. This helped her overcome various obstacles and cope with the absence of her parents (and her nearly nonexistent grandfather). Brienna's journey of self-discovery was memorable because it delineated the importance of forgiveness, humility, and falling far from the tree.

    Overall, I am very satisfied with how this book ended, so I kinda wish that it were a standalone. It's been a long time since I've read such a pleasing and well-written fantasy novel . :) The only thing that bothered my was the repetitive adjectives or descriptions (e.g. ruddy, mellow, etc.) I'm just a grammar Nazi, so I'm sure other readers will find the latter complaint as negligible.

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    I was super into this for the first bit, then I lost interest and was kind of bored, I found all the secret identities and family dynamics and court intrigues hard to keep track of. Honestly, the last 50 or so pages I ended up skimming because I was ready for it to be done. I had hoped that the dynamics and such would really grip me, but they just didn’t. So it was good, but not great!

  • Emily May

    I hate giving one star to any book, especially those that didn't particularly piss me off or anything like that, but I just didn't enjoy

    one little bit.

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    It feels derivative of many other YA fantasy books but that alone isn't the problem - a lot of YA fantasy authors retell the same old recycled premise and some even manage to make it exciting; breathe new life into it with colourful characters or beautiful writing. Unfortunately, though,

    I hate giving one star to any book, especially those that didn't particularly piss me off or anything like that, but I just didn't enjoy

    one little bit.

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    It feels derivative of many other YA fantasy books but that alone isn't the problem - a lot of YA fantasy authors retell the same old recycled premise and some even manage to make it exciting; breathe new life into it with colourful characters or beautiful writing. Unfortunately, though,

    has no compelling hook. There was no moment where I felt pulled into the story, needing to know the answers and the fate of the characters.

    The slow start gives way to an even slower middle that builds to an easy-to-predict climax. Where is the suspense? The questions? The heart-pounding thrills? There are none.

    opens with Brienna being allowed to become an arden - an apprentice of sorts - at the esteemed Magnalia House, despite showing no real inclination towards any of the five passion fields: art, dramatics, music, knowledge and wit. It is clear that she is only accepted because her grandfather revealed some super secret information about her family and heritage.

    It is especially strange how the story acts as if there is a whole mystery around Brienna’s family history, and yet there’s a convenient family tree at the front of the book, which spoils several reveals before the story has even begun. The shocking revelation of who Brienna is should shock literally no one.

    Brienna spends six years at Magnalia House, during which time

    . And she pretends there isn't a blossoming romance between her and Master Cartier, though one predictably - and unnecessarily - develops. It is a tough few chapters to suffer through.

    After Master Cartier gives Brienna an old book on Maevan history, she begins to have visions from the year the magical Stone of Eventide disappeared. She soon, of course, finds herself caught up in a plot to recover the stone, steal back the throne from King Lannon, and return it to the rightful queen.

    I found the entire book

    . It was one of those situations where I kept turning the page, sure that just around the corner was the moment it would grab me and drag me in... but it never happened. There were so many tedious cycles of studying and chatting and searching and visions and travelling and ballgowns. I wouldn't have finished it if I hadn't received an ARC for review.

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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Well the cover is pretty nice...even if it has a model on it lol

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    Title change and publication date push back?

  • Melanie

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