Initial reaction: Long story short on my reflections: meh. It felt like it could’ve offered so much more to the table, but it ended up being a very banal read overall.
It’s a pretty bad sign for me to put a book down for a while and not even want to come back to it just to finish the story because I quite literally have no sense of investment in it. But alas, such was the case with “Blood Rose Rebellion”. This took me forever to get through. There are times when I’ll slow my pace these days on a book that I enjoyed (I listen to audiobooks frequently when I’m commuting), but this was the case in the opposite direction – I didn’t care for this book, and it was a struggle for me to push through it. If I were a less patient person I probably would’ve put this book down in the first 1/3 of the book because the protagonist and conflict did not compel me to want to continue at all.