From the author of the Mask of Shadows duology comes a standalone fantasy where two young women must trade lives, work together to stay alive, and end a war caused by magic and greed.
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 terrible war, Emilie and Annette come together to help the rebellion unearth the truth before it's too late.
"A bursting-at-the-seams stand-alone empowerment story."—Kirkus Reviews
"Hand to any lover of magic, rebellion, secrets, and self-discovery."—Booklist
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An enjoyable read that kept me hooked. It's well written, the cast of characters is interesting and the magical system amazing. I strongly recommend it. I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
Belle Révolte is a story with two interesting main characters told from their points of view. Emilie is a comtesse, and her mother wants her to study the magic of divination and scrying, when she only wants to become a physician. When she sees a peasant girl, Annette, that looks similar to her, she discovers her chance: Annette takes her place at the divination school, while Emilie goes off to pursue her dream of becoming a physician, even if it means hiding her noble background for a while. I love how the main character takes control of her own destiny. Also, the world they inhabit is going through a tough time, ruled by a wicked king. Emilie, Annette, and some friends and work to overthrow the kingdom, making it better. I love stories like this. Althought I enjoyed the story, some of the execution seemed to be lacking. There were some grammatical points that weren't caught in editing, and at times I had a hard time visualizing what was going on. I could overlook this, generally, because I liked the characters and premise. Overall, I enjoyed the book, although it wasn't without some minor problems.
This gave off "Reverie" vibes and I wasn't feeling it. There were just too many similarities and I just had a hard time engrossing myself in the read. Maybe it's my reading slump or just the novel itself, I just couldn't connect with lead characters Emilie and Annette nor the storyline despite loving the LGBT concept. It's not you, it's me I swear!
Fabulous YA fantasy, with diverse characters, deep worldbuilding, and a fantastic plot. I enjoyed this one a lot!
This book kind of snuck up on me. At first I wasn’t connecting to the two main characters. They were meant to look similar, which allowed them to swap roles, but one was a commoner raised in poverty and one a noble raised in luxury. They should have been quite different personality wise but I could not tell them apart most of the time. I would forget which was which, a problem that was compounded by each taking the name of the other. Everything from their attitudes to their language seemed the same. I really wanted to love this book but I was worried that it was not going to be the story for me. Then rather suddenly I found myself teary at an emotional death scene and realized I was completely engaged and involved. I don’t know how it happened but by the last quarter I loved it! I never did really connect with the main characters but the secondary ones stole my heart and they are what made the story for me. The inclusion of transgender and asexual characters was a breath of fresh air and the romantic relationships were perfection. I don’t generally like romance to be the focus and I found it to be done just right in this one. Not too much and not too little. While love is in the air, for the most part it is war and danger that is in the air. This is truly a story about girls fighting for the power that is denied to them and changing their world for the better. This is a stand-alone so in the end everything is wrapped up and resolved. It all happens rather quickly and neatly but I was satisfied with the conclusion. Belle Révolte is an entertaining and dare I say inspiring fantasy that should please anyone who delights in watching strong female characters get their due and causing the fall of the patriarchy. And really who doesn’t want to see that? Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review. *** Belle Revolte is a princess and the pauper style story in a world full of magic with a magic system I’m not entirely sure I understood but was fascinated by none the less. Emilie wants to study sun magic and become a physician, something denied to her both as a female and by her mother’s wishes for her to focus on moon magic. Just her luck that the day her mother drops her off at the finishing school she’s to attend she finds someone who looks just enough like her and is desperate for the attempt to further her own magic, Annette. A bit contrived sure, but the story is fun, there is a lot of death (some really really awful deaths), the world is interesting if a bit confusing, there was also a lot of french words and names being thrown at me that I gave up pretending I’ll ever know how to pronounce, and I loved many, many characters. Mostly the side characters more so than the MCs. They helped the MCs shine really. (I would die for Charles and Madeline.) What follows is a lot of flip flopping as we go back and forth in POV between Annette and Emilie adjusting to their new lives when they uncover a huge conspiracy. They may be far from each other but they find they’re working for the same thing and they have to work fast if they want to prevent war. The back and forth between the characters is fun and witty (Coline is queen of witty and deadpan.) There is an asexual (Ace) MC who not only comes out, but has a safe, healthy conversation about what her boundaries are with the person she’s getting together with. I’m boggled, I cried over this. It was beautiful.