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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Blog Tour- BLOOD ROSE REBELLION by Rosalyn Eves An Interview & Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for BLOOD ROSE REBELLION by Rosalyn Eves! I freaking LOVED this book! I have an interview with Rosalyn to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!

Haven't heard of BLOOD ROSE REBELLION? Check it out!

Author: Rosalyn Eves
Pub. Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, eBook audiobook
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 Romanies, 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.

Now on to the interview!

Hey Rosalyn! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books I’m so happy you could stop by for a chat! BLOOD ROSE REBELLION was freaking AWESOME and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!
Thank you!!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about BLOOD ROSE REBELLION and the characters?

BLOOD ROSE REBELLION is the story of Anna Arden, a well-born English girl on the fringes of a society that reveres magic, and she has none. After she ruins her sister’s debut ball by breaking her spells, Anna is sent to Hungary with her grandmother, where she meets her cousins, Noémi and Mátyás (an aspiring revolutionary), as well as a Romani boy, Gábor, who might know more about Anna’s failure to use magic than Anna herself does. As she struggles to find her place in this new world, she’s drawn into political intrigue leading up to the Hungarian revolution against Austria and discovers that much of what she understood about her world was a lie.

So do we have a title for book 2 yet?

I do, but I’m not sure I can share it yet!

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

I think a little bit of my husband finds its way into all of my favorite male characters: Mátyás has some of his off-beat sense of humor; Gábor has some of his steadiness and his scientific mind. Noémi, as a friend who speaks her mind to Anna, has a lot of one of my good friends growing up in her.

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

Mátyás is my favorite character to write, simply because he refuses to take things seriously. My least favorite character is probably Anna’s mother, because she’s cold and socially-driven and I find it hard to relate to her.

What is your favorite passage/scene in BLOOD ROSE REBELLION?

My favorite scene is a spoiler, so I won’t include it here! But there is one scene between Anna and Gábor that I love, where she has the opportunity to comfort him. So often, we see male heroes comforting women, but we rarely see the reverseI think it takes both strength and trust to open yourself to another person that way.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

Oh, all kinds! I read lots of Hungarian history books, academic articles on the politics of the 1848 revolution (one of my favorites talks about how the actual revolution was one in part on the dance floor, at patriotic balls). I read Hungarian folktales and books on world mythology. I read several books on Romani culture and history, as well as articles that focused more specifically on Romanies in Hungary and surrounding Eastern European countries. And because most of the history books I read favored broad approaches rather than details of contemporary life, I also read several nineteenth-century Hungarian novels in translation, as well as a couple of travel narratives written by nineteenth-century British visitors to Hungary, which helped me envision the kinds of details that Anna would notice. I can’t claim that the book is perfect (I took some liberties with the alternate world), but I thinkhope?that all the details led to a richer world.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

It’s funny, because in books I find myself drawn to the kind of angsty heroes that I would never like in real life! I also like a man with a sense of humor. Nikolai in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse is pretty near perfect, imho. I also love Maggie Stiefvater’s Gansey.

What inspired you to write YA?

I’ve always read a lot of YA, even as an adult, and I think what I love about it is the sense of possibility in those stories. There’s something magical about having your whole life ahead of you, even when the present reality is hard. I also love how passionate young adults areI know how much books meant to me at that age, and the thought of inspiring someone else as I was inspired is pretty humbling. (And sometimes scary, to be honest).

Lightening Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

I’m currently reading Angie Thomas’s THE HATE U GIVE. It’s amazing. The characters are so well-done, the story is so compulsive and important. CARAVAL is on my TBR pile and I can’t wait to get to it, though I might have to wait until I’m through edits because otherwise I think my own writing might suffer by comparison!

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

I finally took the official sorting Hat quiz a week or two ago and got Slytherin. I think I’m actually a Slytherin/Ravenclaw mix.

Twitter or Facebook?


Favorite Superhero?

Wolverine is the first one that pops into my head (might just be Hugh Jackman, though!). I’m also impressed by Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan.

Favorite TV show?

This changes frequently, but right now I really love the BBC’s SHERLOCK.

Sweet or Salty?


Any Phobias?

Darkness, wild animals

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Pretty much anything on the Hamilton soundtrack.

2017 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Right now I’m looking forward to the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST rebootBelle has always been my favorite of the Disney princesses, and I’m a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings in any shape.

Thanks so much Rosalyn for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read BLOOD ROSE REBELLION!

About Rosalyn:
Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle.
She has a PhD in English from Penn State, which means she also endeavors to inspire college students with a love for the English language. Sometimes it even works.
Rosalyn is represented by Josh Adams of Adams literary.

Her first novel, BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, first in a YA historical fantasy trilogy, debuts Spring 2017 from Knopf/Random House.

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
3/20/2017- BookHounds YAInterview
3/21/2017- YA Book MadnessReview
3/22/2017- Page Turners BlogGuest Post
3/23/2017- FiktshunReview
3/24/2017- NovelKnightReview

Week Two:
3/27/2017- Once Upon a TwilightInterview
3/28/2017- YABCInterview
3/29/2017- Emily Reads EverythingReview
3/30/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
3/31/2017- Book BriefsReview

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