ARC Review: Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

December 8, 2013 Review 34 ★★★★

ARC Review: Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes by Morgan Rhodes
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Publisher: Penguin Australia
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 416
Release Date: December 3rd, 2013
Series: Falling Kingdoms #2
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Love, power, and magic collide with war in the second book of the Falling Kingdoms series

Auranos has fallen and the three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now united as one country called Mytica. But still, magic beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world…

When the evil King Gaius announces that a road is to be built into the Forbidden Mountains, formally linking all of Mytica together, he sets off a chain of events that will forever change the face of this land, forcing Cleo the dethroned princess, Magnus the reluctant heir, Lucia the haunted sorceress, and Jonas the desperate rebel to take steps they never could have imagined.
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My experience with FALLING KINGDOMS wasn’t the most positive, but after the good ending I couldn’t wait to start REBEL SPRING. And you’ll be happy to know REBEL SPRING is everything I wanted.

What made me enjoy REBEL SPRING more than FALLING KINGDOMS? For starters I found the characters to be much more likeable. I had grown to like them and they were undergoing some fantastic developments. Chloe is becoming my favourite, with her determination but also her wit and planning. She is hungry for revenge but not stupid enough to try and get it on her own. Magnus grew on me too. I never really liked him in the first book, where he was obsessed with power and Lucia. Now, however, he is starting to care about other things, and we got to see a few scenes that made me think he would be a great character. Lucia is the only character I really couldn’t care about. I just don’t like her. At all. For various reasons.

The violent plot line was ramped up in REBEL SPRING. You get betrayal, people doing what it takes to fulfill their own selfish desires, bloody twists, exciting fights, and the occassional shocking massacre. It was what I had been wanting in the first novel. Such horrible turns of events that you could never quite predict that just left you reading in shock, barely absorbing the words. It was fantastic.

Romantic developments were also surprising. Couples I’d never really considered starting forming. There was one or two that came out of nowhere but I’m interested in seeing where they lead. Some of my OTPs were blown to bits when one of the characters dies (in fast, shocking ways). I loved it.

REBEL SPRING, overall, was what I’d been hoping for. Everything is done better and, though it was slow at points, I most definitely enjoyed this more than FALLING KINGDOMS. After another cliffhanger ending, I cannot wait to see what twists and surprises await us in the third novel and to see if this is going to be a series that gets better over time (those are my favourite types of series)

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Overall: 4.1

34 Responses to “ARC Review: Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes”

    • Bec

      It is a great improvement. There are so many different pairing that could grow or end or I don’t even know what will come of them all. It’s fantastic.

  1. LunaMoth

    I loved Falling Kingdoms, I am happy to hear that Rebel Spring is better! I have this and i can not wait to read it now, great review.

  2. Emily

    OH MY GOODNESS! I so need to read Rebel Spring as well ^^ I loved Falling Kingdoms, and it always makes me happy to hear that this sequel lives up to it! :D There are mixed reviews around for this sequel, but I’m glad to hear that the characters get more likable! :) I love this series and it’s fantasy aspects, and the world building is impeccable, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! :D
    Fantastic review, Bec! :)
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    • Bec

      I haven’t seen too many reviews for it yet. It is a really well done YA fantasy (well is becoming one) and a very interesting world.

      Thanks!

  3. Cait

    I’ve only JUST heard of this series! It sounds awesome. Obviously, I need to check out the first one before I get excited about the second…gaaah, too many books to read!

    • Bec

      Really? So happy we could introduce you to it :D

      You do get to discover a lot through blogging… Sometimes I stare at my endless list and wonder if I discover too much…

  4. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I actually really liked Falling Kingdoms and I really believe I’ll like this one even more. I’m glad the characters are more likeable – I enjoyed them as they were, but an improvement in that regard will certainly be welcome.
    Great review.

    • Bec

      The characters were the problem I had with Falling Kingdoms, so it was good to see them become more enjoyable for me. You’re probably going to love them!

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      I can’t wait either! The relationships and plot points are getting really good. I want to know how they affect everything in book 3.

    • Bec

      It is! My favourite series are the ones that get better and better with each book.

      Many of the characters die in shocking ways. It’s just so sudden and unexpected…

    • Bec

      Yeah, the first book I had mixed feelings about, but after Rebel Spring I’m starting to think the series might be worth it :)

      Hope you enjoy the series! Thanks

  5. Nova Lee @ Musings of a Blogder

    I haven’t read this series yet. I was going to, but I kept putting it off. Morgan Rhodes lives in my city, LOL. I should probably read it soon, considering I met her.

    After reading your review, I have some kind of faith in this series. Maybe if the first one sucks, the second one will be exactly as you described in this review.

    Lovely review, A!

    – Nova
    Nova Lee @ Musings of a Blogder recently posted…Book Review: Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo

    • Bec

      You could read it and then get the books signed and make me jealous :P

      Yeah, the first book and I had issues, but it grew on me and I’m glad I stuck it out to read this one. It restored my faith in the series.

    • Bec

      Slow points are typically inevitable in high fantasy. It’s part of the genre, I’ve found. It was so much better than the first one so I’m happy :)

  6. Lauren

    I also thought this was a better book than Falling Kingdoms, mostly because of the characters. I’m SO right there with you on the Cleo love. She is probably my favorite character. Magnus has grown on me a lot too. Great review!

    • Bec

      I was surprised by how much I loved Magnus in this! He’s finally coming into his own. Can’t wait to see more of those two in book 3 :D

      Thanks :)

  7. Tilly @ Hardcore Heroines

    Oooh, I see a lot about this series, but I haven’t delved into it yet. I just love how you describe the betrayals, the massacre and characters being shockingly killed and then say ‘I loved it’. Haha, sometimes you need a book with violent plot twists.
    Glad you enjoyed it, sounds like a pretty hard-hitting novel that I love reading when in the mood.
    Great review Bec!

    • Bec

      Because I do love it. All those things make for an engaging and twisty plot line and it’s awesome.

      Thanks!

  8. Sunny

    I’ve seen mixed reviews for this, but I also saw mixed reviews for the first one. Yay for this one being better for you! I still have the first one somewhere so I’ll need to read that asap.

    • Bec

      I never saw mixed reviews for the first one, but I have seen more for this one. I think people who don’t have the patience for high fantasy won’t like it. I hope you enjoy it!

  9. Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens

    Hey there, Bec. I have to skim through your review since I still have to read the first book of this series. I am glad to know that this one lived up to your expectations. It’s very rare to come across a second book that is not a filler.

    I must admit that GR rating for Falling Kingdoms is not impressive but I am really determined to read another Epic Fantasy series because it has been so long since I read one (it was during the LOTR popularity). And I chose this one because it’s YA and a lot of bloggers are gushing about this.

    Thanks for the review, Bec!
    Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens recently posted…Book Review: Shadow and Bone

    • Bec

      I understand completely.

      It’s not bad, if you have the patience to get through it and get to the really good parts. I know a lot of people who LOVED it. It’s a good YA fantasy that has just as much violence and shocks and things as an adult fantasy, just with teenage main characters (which is how I think YA fantasy should be done)

      Thanks!

  10. Syira (TheSoulPapers)

    You should probably read Gathering Darkness and Frozen Tides ASAP!. Because
    the characters have been going through lots of changing, the twist and turns are just
    blown away and not to mention, the romance is not just what you think it is :)

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