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Book Review: Rebellion by Nora Roberts

Do you ever get those advertisements in your social media feed along the lines of: If you love Outlander, you’ll love This Book! Rebellion would definitely fit in that category.

I have a huge pile of books that I have yet to read, and so I have a very specialized system when it comes time to pick out a new one: I close my eyes and grab something. This time, it was Rebellion. Historical fiction is always a fun genre for me, so I dove right in. And English man and a Scottish woman in 1745. The term Sassenach. Some other plot points that I can’t give away because it’d ruin the book completely. Oh, yes.

There are definitely some similarities, enough to make me go look up the publication years. Rebellion was written in 1988, which I figured was way before Outlander. Um, no. Outlander was first published in 1991. I wasn’t aware of it until sometime in the mid-2000’s, so that was a bit of a surprise to me. Granted, there’s not time travel in Rebellion, and any story that takes place at this time and location could easily have a lot of the same parallels, but I thought it was interesting nevertheless.

Now, on to the good stuff!

What I Loved: I mean, it’s Nora Roberts. You know it’s going to be pretty good. I’ve read plenty of her stuff (enough that I almost didn’t bother with an official review except that I just had to talk about the Outlander thing), and I’m never disappointed. The characters are deep, the settings are beautiful, and the story moves along with just the right combination of inner dialogue and action. It’s

What I Didn’t Love as Much: If there’s one thing Roberts does drive me crazy with it’s repeated words. We all do it sometimes, but and sometimes it can’t be helped. In this case, it was ‘pressed.’ That’s a pretty basic word, and one that might not be avoidable, but when it’s used once or twice a page for several pages in the same chapter it’s a bit much. I think a decent editor could have switched a few of those out.

Rating and Review: If you like historical fiction, and you love Outlander, then Rebellion belongs at the top of your TBR pile! 🙂 Seriously, though, it’s a pretty good book. 4 stars.

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Let’s Pretend I Got a Movie Deal

The movie is never as good as The Book.  The Book is special and must be treated as such.  The evil movie producers should never stray from anything as small as a line of dialogue in The Book.  They shall scour the Earth to find the one person who looks EXACTLY as the author described the main character, or else we The Readers shall rebel.

Really, we get so upset over these things, myself included.

I was on this nice little fantastical train of thought the other day where The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping was being made into a movie.  Of course, I would be highly involved in the production process and the movie would be wildly successful.  (Hey, I said it was a fantasy, right?)

Anyway, I started to think:  If these really talented Hollywood types who are experts at telling a visual story make recommendations and changes to the original story, would I be so selfish with my book as to not let it happen?  Would I tell them, “Oh, hell no.  My readers expect that wooden box to be square, not rectangular.  I don’t care what your props department thinks; have them carve another one.”


I just started watching the Outlander series on Starz.  I have read and absolutely adored the books.  Even though it’s been several years since I read the first book, I can already tell that the series is not an exact reflection of the book.  But I do know that Diana Gabaldon was highly involved, and she has said on her own Facebook page that “the book is the book, and the show is the show.”  She understands that some changes have to be made to convert the story into one that can be told visually.  And the thing is, it’s still a good story.  Yes, I am usually a staunch supporter of The Book.  But I’m beginning to realize that just because it’s a little bit different in film format doesn’t mean that it’s wrong or bad.

You can all feel free to remind me of this when I do get a movie deal, and I’m yelling at the actors. 🙂


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