ARC REVIEW: Hope’s Rebellion – by Jade Varden


Title: Hope’s Rebellion
Author: Jade Varden
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Fantasy
First published: December 30th 2013
Finished reading: October 16th 2014
Pages: 169
Rating 4,5

“Drexi made it very clear that she thought allowing a machine to decide their futures was very silly. Rinna thought choosing by hair color was much, much worse.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly given to me by the author through Ethereal Book Reviews in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
(Guest Reviewer Program) ***


When I first heard about Hope’s Rebellion, I wasn’t sure I would like the novel. It might have been the cover (I normally don’t like faces on a cover, especially when they are too photoshopped), it might have been the fact I needed a break from all those YA dystopian novels. But I’m glad I decided to read this ARC by Jade Varden anyway, as I absolutely loved the story. Unfortunately some of the characters and actions are close to becoming cliche at certain points (I hate love triangles!), but I did enjoy the various plot twists. I definitely didn’t see the ending coming! Hope’s Rebellion is in a way a criticism on the superficiality of deciding the future of children based on their looks. Being blonde myself, I could definitely relate to Rinna; I would have hated to live in Godenor (the dystopian world the story takes place) and being used as a ‘breading cow’ just because of the color of my hair. The other characters are easy to relate to as well, and I like that none of them are ‘perfect’. It’s an easy and entertaining read and definitely worth your time!


When you are living in Godenor, your faith is sealed as soon as you are born based on something simple as the color of your hair. There are not a lot of blondes left in Godenor, and those few who are born with this precious gift are treated like kings and queens. Unfortunately, not everyone born with the golden hair wants the special treatment they receive. Rinna hates that people only stare at her golden locks and don’t  judge her for who she really is. She doesn’t want to be the next ‘breeding cow’ as she phrases it, and feels nothing but envy for her two not-so-fortunate friends. Drexi and Prelly have only escaped slavedom by accident and are now schooled to become useful members of the Godenor society. The teachers don’t feel Rinna needs the same education as her friends, as she is destined to become a Mother. Her role: giving birth to precious blonde babies. Rinna is desperately searching for a way to escape her faith…

Prelly and Drexi have their own problems. Prelly is incredibly shy and doesn’t believe she has any talents, while Drexi is in love with a boy she can never have. Only Mothers can have relationships, something Drexi will never be. And Wren is destined to become a soldier and future ‘mate’ of one of the golden girls. When they finally graduate fate is cruel and soon friendships are started to fade and a love triangle is born. There is a rebellion taking place, and while Drexi and Wren are trying to catch the rebel leader, Rinna has some secrets of her own…


Hope’s Rebellion is without doubt worth reading if you like the YA dystopia genre. The plot twists, interesting characters and easy-to-read prose makes this novel a perfect read for a nice afternoon or evening off. It’s short, sweet and good, but be warned: don’t become too attached to the characters like I did!

WWW Wednesdays #15 – October 22nd


Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?


7020181I’ve started reading The Dead Zone by Stephen King last weekend, but then realized I needed to finish reading some other books I promised to lend out first. I’m crossing my fingers I will be finishing One Day by David Nicholls later today or tomorrow, because I promised to give it this Friday… It’s an interesting read so far and I definitely want to finish it before I lend it out.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

hopesrebellionamatterofhonourI finished Hope’s Rebellion, an ARC written by Jade Varden, last week, and I’m in the process of writing a full review. I’ve also finishing A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer the other day, which I will post a review of before the end of the week… It seems like I have been reading quite a mix of genres lately.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

21964071To be honest, I have no idea. Did you ever had that feeling you have too many books you want to read at the same time? I guess that’s the problem I’m having at the moment…  I will probably settle for some pending ARC’s first, and read Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle Of Consequence by Charles Lominec… To be followed by something creepy to celebrate Halloween.

WWW Wednesdays #14 – October 15th


Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

hopesrebellionamatterofhonourI have started Hope’s Rebellion and since it doesn’t have that many pages and it’s good, I will probably finish it soon. It’s an ARC written by Jade Varden. I’m also reading A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer, mostly because I have to finish it before next week…


  • What did you recently finish reading?

divinefallblackrosesOf Divine Fall I have already uploaded my review. Like I said before, this novel by Kathryn Knight is surely an entertaining read and definitely worth it if you like paranormal/fantasy romance novels. I’ve also finished Black Roses by Jane Thynne yesterday, and it was a huge disappointment. A full rant/review will be posted tommorrow.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

11573479309Probably The Dead Zone by Stephen King or Naked In Death by J.D. Robb… I’m in need of a good horror/thriller/mystery story, and either of the two seem a good choice. I will probably go with The Dead Zone though, just because I know Stephen King mostly delivers with his stories.

Teaser Tuesdays #16 – October 14th: Hope’s Rebellion


TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

The book I’m currently reading is Hope’s Rebellion by Jade Varden. This book is another ARC and part of the Guest Reviewer Program at Ethereal Book Reviews… And so far so good.

hopesrebellion“Even the sky looked dry and cracked, like the dirt beneath their feet. Their last summer as children was upon them, hotter and dryer than any they could remember.”



What are you reading right now?

WWW Wednesdays #13 – October 8th

wwwwednesdays Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

blackIdivinefall still haven’t finished Black Roses by Jane Thynne, which is mostly due to the fact that I find the main characters VERY boring and flat. I will still finish reading this one in the hope it becomes better, because I do like the fact that it takes place in the Berlin of the 1930s. I’ve started Divine Fall by Kathryn Knight in the mean time, an ARC I’m highly enjoying so far.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

thelegendofsleepyhollowAfter finishing Mr. Mercedes and not really enjoying it, I wanted to read a real horror story. Making the mistake that The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving fits that description, I decided to read this novel before finishing Black Roses. I probably would have enjoyed The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow way better if I just would have read it at a different time; I wasn’t in the mood for dense prose and long descriptions when I picked up my copy of this classic.


  • What do you think you’ll read next?


Either Hope’s Rebellion by Jade Varden, another ARC and part of the Guest Reviewers Program at Ethereal Book Reviews, or one of the books mentioned in last week’s WWW Wednesdays. ( A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer or Flood Tide by Clive Cussler) I should read either of the last two since I have to give back the copies in about two weeks…