Belle Revolte — Book Review

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  Author:     Linsey Miller
   Genre:    YA/Fantasy
   Pages:    384
   Format:   E-Arc
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.


Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

So I was very excited to the representation in this book – especially the ace. I was so pleased about that and I was ready to love the book. And yet, somehow, I didn’t. It was okay, but I didn’t love it and I am so upset because I am always wanting more ace, trans and f/f rep.

This book however, didn’t do it for me. The rep was so good, and that was the one thing that I really, really liked about the book. But I liked almost nothing else.

I thought the magic system was so interesting, but unfortunately it felt really underdeveloped. Half the time I wasn’t sure what was going on.

One of the other major problems: the book was boring. Boring to me at least. I was 40% in and wondering if I could DNF the book. And I felt that it didn’t even pick up from there. In fact, I rather felt that I could have read the beginning and the end and would have been fine. That’s how little happened for me.

On top of that, I don’t think the writing style and I meshed very well. I wasn’t a huge fan of it. I also wasn’t a fan of the alternating POV’s. The girls read almost exactly the same, and they didn’t feel very well fleshed out. Sadly, that can often be the downside of a standalone.

Overall, this book wasn’t for me. I was so excited for the rep, but the plot, the content and the writing weren’t my style. I however know this is going to be really popular with other people, especially since it is like the princess and the pauper.

My conclusion is: probably a good book, but not a good book for me!

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