Rosemarked – Livia Blackburne

DNF @ 63%

I really, really, hate to do this, but I have to put this book down. I’ve been working on it since November 1st (so, just over a month), and I’m only at 63%, despite many other books having come and gone in the last month. I just can’t seem to get attached enough to the story or the characters to finish it.

The book alternates perspectives between Zivah, a young healer, and Dineas, a rebel soldier, both of whom have been cursed with the rose plague. The illness leaves its victims in one of two states: rosemarked – which leaves the individual with red scars, a dormant and contagious illness, and inescapable death within a few years – or umbermarked – which leaves them with brown scars, fully healed, non-contagious, and free to live out the rest of their happy little lives. Zivah is the former, Dineas is the latter, and together, they set out on a task to spy on the army that has invaded and conquered their homes.

There’s nothing wrong with the book – the writing is easy to read and finely done, the characters are decent, and the story is fairly interesting – but with all the YA fantasy that I read, occasionally I meet one that, while not a bad book, just isn’t bringing anything new to the table, and that is certainly the case for Rosemarked.

I only give star ratings to books that I’ve DNFed if I make it pretty far into them, and I feel like 63% is far enough. I don’t think I’ve ever given 3+ stars to a DNF title before – usually, it’s 2 stars or less – but I genuinely believe this book could be incredible for many people. I’m just probably not one of them! I am totally open to the idea of trying this author’s future endeavors, for what it’s worth.


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6 thoughts on “Rosemarked – Livia Blackburne

  1. Kathy @ Books & Munches says:

    I’ve seen this book pop up on several blogs I follow and none of them are overly enthusiastic about it. I was intrigued when I first read the blurb but if certain people – you included – of whom I really do value, and often share, the opinion on books – DNF one, I’m trusting them and throwing it off my TBR.
    Aaaand, unfortunately this is one of those books. :’)


  2. Aislynn d'Merricksson says:

    I think everyone has those books once in a while. They just aren’t our cup of tea. I’ve seen reviews on both sides of the fence with this one. I’ll still read it, but it’ll likely get pushed further down my TBR mountain.


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