“Illusions were, as far as I could tell, nothing but lies. My mother was a wonderful liar.”
Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.
Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.
Emilie and Annette swap lives—Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.
But when their nation instigates a frivolous war, Emilie and Annette must work together to help the rebellion end a war that is based on lies.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Sourcebooks for sending me a copy of Belle Révolte, I really appreciate the opportunity you have given to me by sending me this book.
Please can we take a minute to appreciate how beautiful the cover is for Belle Révolte. The decor and the colours are so beautiful. It instantly drew me into the book and I knew I wanted to read it before I even knew what it was about. I think this is one that will be a cover buy for so many people this year. You are instantly drawn in by how aesthetically pleasing it is and immediately feel the urge to pick it up.
This is the first book I have read by Linsey Miller and I was pleasantly surprised. I think one thing that really stood out to me was the writing style. I was instantly immersed into the wonderful writing and struggled to put this book down once I had picked it up. I actually devoured Belle Révolte within 24 hours because I just did not want to let go.
I enjoyed the chapter set up whereby we have one chapter from Emilie and one from Annette. I feel like this really helped the reader get to know both of the characters and get to know them separately. There was very little room for confusion in relation to who was who and the plot surrounding both of the characters which I really enjoyed. I like that they alternated between the characters so when something happened to one you had a chapter to let it sink in before you went back to find out more.
I really liked the plot of this book, I feel like it is very difficult to produce a unique young adult fantasy in todays society because there are just so many on the market. However I think Linsey Miller has achieved what seemed impossible. Whilst there were elements that were similar, enough of this plot was very different for it to stand out as being a unique read for me.
Continuing on with my point relating to uniqueness, I like that this book was a stand-alone. I feel that this is another thing that is not done often enough, and books are dragged out with multiple unnecessary “filler” books within a series and they just get boring for me. I liked that this began and concluded in one book. The only criticism I do have is that maybe it all ended a bit too quickly and the last 40% was action packed however slightly over whelming. I feel like maybe another 100 pages would really have ironed it out to perfection for me. I did feel like it was slightly rushed and would have liked just that little bit extra to give me closure.
Overall, I really did enjoy reading this book. I am so pleased that I was lucky enough to be able to read and review it before its release date. I will definitely be looking into the Mask of Shadows duology as well as any other book/series released by Linsey Miller in the future.