Okay, okay. I’m well aware of the fact that it took me OVER a week to read Rosemarked, BUT the holiday made my schedule all weird, and while I was home, every time I would start reading, someone would decide that it was the right time to talk to me. I know I’m not the only one with that issue!

Anyway, Rosemarked, despite how long it took me to read it, is a very quick read. Blackburne draws you in with her creativity, descriptions, and character development.

The story is told in the perspective of the two main characters; the perspective switches every chapter. Zivah is a healer only trying to please her goddess at the beginning of the novel, and by the end, realizes she must do what she needs in order to save her people. Dineas is a warrior who just escaped the empire’s prison camp and has only one thing on his mind: revenge. This unlikely pair join forces to defeat the common enemy.

Though the story is about a deadly plague, it is only really focused on in the beginning in order to set the plot up. Yes, it does come up throughout the novel, but the main focus is not the plague, though it shows up in important parts.

Let’s get one thing straight: I am not the biggest fan of utopian/dystopian literature; I see the importance of it, but I just think it’s taking over in the literary world. That being said, this book, though it sounds pretty close to utopian/dystopian, it is not! I just wanted to be very clear on that, since I was pretty apprehensive when I read the summary.

Finally, I got this book through the Uppercase Box, which is a subscription box that comes once a month (definitely one of my favorite days of the month). Each box, depending on which plan you choose, contains a book (this time it was Rosemarked) that is signed by the author, handwritten note and a bunch of book themed goodies! This is a testimony. I was not paid to write this. I took a picture of what I got this month (pictured below)!

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