Rosemarked (Rosemarked #1) By Livia Blackburne [Review]

RosemarkedRELEASE DATE: November 7th 2017
Livia Blackburne
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion
A healer who cannot be healed . . . When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill. A soldier shattered by war . . . Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self. Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. 

But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts. 


MY REV (Copy)

I loved Livia Blackburne’s debut novel Midnight Thief and this is my second book by her. I’ve been sitting on the fence whether to read this book or not but after hearing so many great things about It, I finally decided to give it a shot. After finishing the book, I had hard time rating it because I was torn between 3.5 and 4 stars, but after some thought I gave it a 3.5. This book was really an enjoyable fantasy read that has an engaging plot, but to be honest it didn’t excite me as much as I thought it would. There wasn’t much action in the book and there are no magical elements. It’s a political fantasy novel set in a medieval world. The whole plot felt like another typical fantasy novel but the main characters are pretty much interesting though. I really loved Zivah and Dineas. They’re definitely the best part of this book.

Seventeen year Old Zivah always wanted to become a High Healer. After lots of hard struggle, She finally earns it but unfortunately, she soon falls prey to the dangerous rose plague after taking care of the plagued Amparan Soldiers. No one has found the cure for the plague yet and they don’t know how it spreads. Although Zivah survived the Plague fever, she’s rosemarked and she knows death is imminent for her because when the fever attacks her once again she won’t survive it. To keep her family safe from her, She lives in isolation and does experiments on herself to find the cure but nothing seems to work. When she learns about the threat to her village from the Amparan empire, she agrees to help her people by going to the capital where she would get the opportunity to study about the advanced healing methods. Dineas is a rebel warrior of the Shidadi Tribe who has been brutally tortured by the Amparan’s and left for dead. Luckily he has escaped and finally re-united with his tribe but the torture has left him broken. He vows to take revenge by bringing down the Amparan Empire. Zivah and Dineas are pretty much opposite to each other but in order to save their loved ones, they agree to go on a dangerous spy mission that could kill them both.

Zivah is a pretty likable character! She’s strong, smart, brave, caring and very determined. She might be a healer but don’t think of her as a soft character. She raises some dangerous pets that could kill anyone in minutes. She owns poisonous snakes,  deadly spiders and Scorpions. She could take down anyone easily with her poisonous pet snake named Diadem who obediently listens to her every command. That’s totally badass btw. Dineas is a bit complex character. The torture by the Amparans has turned him  bitter. I really loved the two sides of him where one is sweet, the other one is cold. I wish I could tell you guys more about his character but it’s a minor spoiler. OMG, I almost forgot to mention Dineas’s three crows who acts as messengers in this book. Among the three, Slicewing is my favorite. I don’t know how they could understand everything but their actions seemed so adorable. There is a light slow burn romance in this book. It felt like a triangle to me but it’s definitely not a triangle. You will get it after reading this book. The secondary characters are good but they’re not interesting enough to mention.

The plot was interesting and engaging! Although it seems unoriginal, it has an interesting storyline. I really enjoyed it but, I still had some issues with it. Due to the lack of action in the first half, the story felt a bit slow for me. There are not many twists in the book which made it less suspenseful. And also It would’ve been great if the author has provided more back story about The Amparans, The Shidadi Tribe, and the Rose plague. I enjoyed the author’s compelling writing style and I loved the dual POV[first-person]. There’s not much world building in this book but It’s satisfying enough. I really hope we get to explore more of this world in the next book.

Overall, I really liked it! Despite issues, I enjoyed the story! It was really an entertaining YA fantasy read with dynamic characters, and interesting plot. I’ll definitely look forward to the next book.

Recommend it?
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I would definitely recommend this book to all the YA fantasy lovers but I must warn you it was a bit slow paced and there are no magical elements in it. 

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24 thoughts on “Rosemarked (Rosemarked #1) By Livia Blackburne [Review]

  1. Beware Of The Reader November 15, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    Honest and very interesting review! You are the second one to review this book in just a few days and I love reading everyone’s thoughts about it. Just too bad it did not meet your expectations. Now without many action and no magic I can see why you feel somewhat let down.

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions November 17, 2017 / 4:54 am

      Thank you! Yeah, it was a bit disappointing but I really loved the characters. I’m hoping the sequel is better than this one.


  2. Marie November 15, 2017 / 11:55 pm

    Lovely review! I’ve been seeing this book EVERYWHERE lately, I’m so happy to hear what you think of it all. I have to admit that, if the synopsis is making me curious, I’m a bit sad to hear it wasn’t as thrilling and action-filled as you expected it to be…. Hm, I think I might skip this one. Thank you for this! 🙂

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions November 17, 2017 / 4:59 am

      Thank you, Marie! Yeah, storywise it wasn’t a thrilling read but it does have a good main characters. So, I’m really hoping the next book is more action packed.

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  3. Valerie November 16, 2017 / 10:30 am

    Actually haven’t been seeing this book much! I don’t think I was initially interested, and it’s a bummer to see that it didn’t exceed your expectations. So I might skip this one for now!

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  4. Jen November 20, 2017 / 6:56 am

    Dineas sounds like someone I would love! Especially since I always fall for the tortured hero type. This one’s definitely on my tbr!

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  5. anovelglimpse November 21, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    How mature of a book was this? It sounds like something my almost pre-teen daughter would like, but I’m guessing she’s too young. I’m going to write it down to remember for later. Great review!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions November 28, 2017 / 5:11 am

      Thank you! There are no mature or explicit scenes in this book. I think this book is perfectly suitable for readers of age 12 and up. Sorry for the late reply BTW!

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  6. Poulami @ Daydreaming Books November 23, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    Seems like the characters were the saving grace of this book despite the plot being unoriginal! I don’t think I want to give this one a shot. Anyway, great review Raven!

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  7. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer November 24, 2017 / 10:22 am

    Hey Raven, great review ❤ I knew some readers would struggle with the setup and the lack of twists. I don't need twists to be satisfied with a book so I rated this higher than you, but I totally get your POV. I thought the plot was creative even if the WB was a touch subtle. And I agree the CHARACTERS MADE THE BOOK!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions November 28, 2017 / 5:14 am

      Thank you, Dani! I’m glad you enjoyed this book more than I did. Yeah, it definitely has great characters and I can’t wait to know more about them.


  8. Aila @ One Way Or An Author November 28, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    YAYY I’m so glad you liked this one Raven! I enjoyed the Midnight Thief, but Rosemarked was even more of a hit for me. I feel like Blackburne’s writing has only gotten stronger! The characterizations were incredible, even if it got a bit draggy sometimes. Wonderful review!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 1, 2017 / 4:18 am

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed this book! Yeah, Blackburne’s writing did get stronger and I’m hoping the next book is even more better.


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