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Livia Blackburne
Disney-Hyperion, 2017
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
A healer who cannot be healed . . .

When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.

A soldier shattered by war . . .

Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.

Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.

This smart, sweeping fantasy with a political edge and a slow-burning romance will capture fans of The Lumatere Chronicles and An Ember in the Ashes.

I received Rosemarked in one of my book subscription boxes. I wasn't expecting much from it (the cover and description didn't initially grab me.) However, I loved it! I desperately wanted Zivah to find a cure. The romance between her and Dineas was fun, as was the danger of spying. Because I enjoyed those two plot points so much, I did not pay attention to the politics AT ALL. As a result, I was confused occasionally. Overall, I enjoyed Rosemarked and am looking forward to the sequel.