Rebel Spring – Review // A Little Less Action, But More Suspense Than Ever

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Book 2 in the Falling Kingdoms series
Genre: YA high fantasy
Pages: 401
Format: hardcover
Source: library
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plot: 20/20
characters: 20/20
setting: 20/20
relationships: 20/20
twists: 20/20

I enjoyed Falling Kingdoms immensely when I read it over the summer, and so you can believe I was thrilled to see this was on hold for me at my school library. Rebel Spring wasn’t quite as action-packed as its predecessor, but still full of suspense. To be honest, I think it was the tiniest bit better than the first book. ๐Ÿ˜€

the plot

The story picked up not long after the ending of the first, and it was thrilling from the start. One of my favorite things about this series, even after reading only two books, is that the prologues are always immensely intriguing. I was instantly hooked, and in the first chapter something new was already thrown at the readers. A story like this one could’ve easily dragged at any given moment, but that wasn’t a concern here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

the characters

If I had any doubts about Cleo being my favorite character in this series before, I don’t anymore. She’s endured so much and is still enduring more, but she stayed strong. She isn’t a warrior princess or anything like that, but she’s extremely loyal and dedicated to what she believes is best for her kingdom. She had to be careful for the sake of self-preservation, but she was ready to do anything for her people. I loved seeing her slowly gain bits of her old self back, and realize exactly what she had to do to accomplish her goals. โค

I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about Jonas and Magnus. They’re both well-developed characters and very determined to do what’s best for themselves, but I’m pretty sure they go about it in the wrong ways. They’re both headstrong and appear very cold-hearted, too set in their goals to care about emotions. However, toward the end they seem to thaw ever-so-slightly, and I’m curious to see if that will continue in later novels. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lucia and Lysandra both go through a lot in this book. I wouldn’t say it’s as much as Cleo has gone through, but they’re all in tough situations. It took most of the book for me to warm up to either of them, but now I think they’re great. This series seems to be full of strong, independent young women, and I love that; royals or rebels, it doesn’t matter. I can’t wait to see where they go as the story progresses… but they better not betray anyone. (Unlikely, given the series we’re talking about, but I can hope.)

the setting

In the first book I was entranced by the world of Mytica, and I still am. Each of the three major countriesย โ€” Auranos, Paelsia, and Limerosย โ€” are so different and three-dimensional. All of their cultures and customs were expanded upon throughout the story, andย so was the magic system. Magic plays a huge part in the plot and the world, and I just find it so intriguing. ๐Ÿ˜€

the relationships

There was a lot of tension and intensity and risk in this book, so there was little room for romance. I feel like a few things have potential for later books, and that could be said about friendships too. I have a few ideas of who I want to be together and who should stay away from each other, but honestly they’re just guesses. I’m excited to see what Morgan makes canon.

the twists

Like I said, this book was a bit less action-packed than the prior one. However, that doesn’t mean it was any less surprising. There were so many surprises I encountered while reading and this was one of many books where I wished I could live in a bubble and marathon all 401 pages. We all have books like that, and recently I’ve had several. This was one, and I’m sure the remaining books in the series will be the same way. ๐Ÿ˜‰


I enjoyed this book so much that I already have the third one on hold at my school library. I simultaneously am glad I waited so I don’t have to wait for the next book, and am ashamed I didn’t get to this sooner. Rebel Spring was a thrilling sequel, and I have high expectations for the books to come. ๐Ÿ˜€

my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚


I’m off to continue reading The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras. I’m not very far and I’m interested to see how the story unfolds. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! โค

Until next time…

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