Hello, fellow bookworms. I know I’ve been straying away from my schedule lately, but I just couldn’t resist partaking in blog tours for wonderful books I’ve gotten the chance to read. Today is my day to post for The Rebellion Blog Tour! Like, eeeek!
Something is brewing. Like the far off rumble of a train in the distance, a rebellion is stirring. A cry for change arises in the midst of a traditional monarchy, where King Addison has inherited the throne. Who are the underground troublemakers? What is stirring their defiant banner and demand for change? Find out in The Rebellion! (The Tales of Tarsurella #2)
Vanessa Bennett lands her dream job working at the Palace in Tarsurella. She struggles to balance everything on her plate: life in a new country, stressful deadlines, crabby co-workers, college classes at the local University, and blossoming feelings of romantic adoration toward her boss–King Addison. Keeping up with her To-Do list, while trying to earn respect in Addison’s male-dominated administration, presents its challenges. Nevertheless, she can’t help but fight a reoccurring thought and the excitement rising with it: is Addison interested in her?
Addison is adjusting to his new role as King. Rumors of a rebellious uprising among the youth in Tarsurella intensifies, as acts of violence and protest break out across the city. Addison is determined to uncover the hidden instigator who fearlessly blogs democracy-driven ideals with a secretive pen name. Will Addison discover and expose the fiery rebellion leader? Or will his efforts fail to stop the rebellious thoughts spreading like wildfire, causing a heartbreaking rift in his divided nation?
Title: The Rebellion
Series (if applicable): The Tales of Tarsurella
Author: Livy Jarmusch
Publisher (if applicable): Self-published, indie-author
Genre(s): Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Fiction
Recommended Age: 15+, This depends on your preference of romance, but I think it’s probably better for those who are just beginning high-school since it’s a major focus of the book.
My first thought when I read the first chapter was that this book was way better than the first one. Don’t get me wrong. I still liked the first book, but I can certainly see the improvement in the author’s writing. I personally think that everything isn’t as confusing as it was last time. I’d like to evaluate my thoughts on each individual character, but there are multiple ones in this series, and I was trying to keep this review as brief as possible. I’ll just point out randoms things, since that’s probably what I do anyway.
The royal family certainly gave me the feels. The family dynamic is focused on instead of the royalty and that is something I absolutely adored. I loved how they were very faithful to God and how that is was a major focus of their lives.The one character I was excited to come back to was Asher. That’s probably unexpected, especially when you consider what major thing happened in the last book. He’s just this little, who is now a teenager (right?), guy who was very insecure and needed some love. I’m really glad how he changed in this book, and I’m worried about what will happen to him in the next book.
I can’t say I really enjoyed Luke. I did predict a romantic relationship right when he first appeared, but I still have my heart set on Hope ending up with David from the first book. The whole thing with Luke sort of surprised me, but it was something I figured out a little before it was revealed.
I liked Bridget’s relationship with Liam in the first book, but I found myself getting a bit annoyed this time. I’m not really sure why. Also, I was a little disappointed that the younger characters as well as Julian didn’t appear as much as they did in the last book, but I still loved the book overall.
One thing I really didn’t like was huge spoiler from the end! [Prince Addison proposed to Vanessa even though they had only been courting (loose term, I suppose, since they were alone multiple times) for a very short while, and she accepted. I personally feel that no one should get married until they’ve gotten to know each other over a long period of time. I mean, for all we know, it could just be some sort of pleasure feeling that’ll wear off once it’s over… I know (or rather, assuming) that isn’t the case for them, but that choice they made just didn’t feel realistic and they should’ve sought more guidance before making a decision that quickly.]
I think, as stated above, that this book would be better for a high-school teen. Romance is the major thing that is focused on in this book and wouldn’t be something that anyone younger should read just yet. Of course, this all depends on your beliefs and morals, and what you want to do.
Content Warnings: Violence such as attacks, guns, being held hostage, etc; Romance that includes some kisses, crushes, thoughts about love, etc; The family is obviously surrounded by modern things, and there are mentions of some famous celebrities as well as movies and social media.
My favorite quote was this one. It’s totally true, in my opinion:
Livy Jarmusch is a twenty-something author, singer, and songwriter. She enjoys crafting YA fiction that is pure, lovely, inspirational, and of course, entertaining! When she’s not writing, you can usually find her playing guitar, blogging, drinking peppermint tea, connecting with new friends, planning her next trip to Disney, or pinning images of Europe and Golden Retriever Puppies. You can find her at these links below:
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to give a positive one. This review was written in my own words and opinions. Check out my Amazon Afflilate Link and Reviewer Disclaimer pages.