This Rebel Heart – Blog Tour Review

Thank you to TBR & Beyond Book Tours for letting me participate in the blog tour for This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke.

Check out my review below!

About the Book

This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke

Release Date: April 5, 2022

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction


A tale set amid the 1956 Hungarian revolution in post-WWII Communist Budapest.

In the middle of Budapest, there is a river. Csilla knows the river is magic. During WWII, the river kept her family safe when they needed it most–safe from the Holocaust. But that was before the Communists seized power. Before her parents were murdered by the Soviet police. Before Csilla knew things about her father’s legacy that she wishes she could forget.

Now Csilla keeps her head down, planning her escape from this country that has never loved her the way she loves it. But her carefully laid plans fall to pieces when her parents are unexpectedly, publicly exonerated. As the protests in other countries spur talk of a larger revolution in Hungary, Csilla must decide if she believes in the promise and magic of her deeply flawed country enough to risk her life to help save it, or if she should let it burn to the ground.

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“They accepted all the truths and all the lies and weighted them equally against each other. But some lies outweighed some truths. Some lies were so egregious that refusing to acknowledge them was akin to committing the crime over and over again, every day.”

This book brought to light a part of history I’ve never heard about before. The setting and circumstances were the best part of this novel for me. It was eye opening to learn about the Hungarian Revolution after WWII and I felt the author did a good job of putting us into that time. The pacing was slower but that’s what I expect when it comes to historical fiction novels. To me it felt authentic and the writing style allows you to feel all that was happening.

I found the relationship between Csilla, Tamas, and Azriel to be really interesting and something we don’t see often enough in YA of any genre. I think Polyamory is becoming more accepting in society and I thought that it was done well and tastefully.

Overall I enjoyed this story and would definitely pick up more of their books in the future.

About the Author

Katherine Locke (they/them) lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with their feline overlords and their addiction to chai lattes. They are the author of The Girl with the Red Balloon, a 2018 Sydney Taylor Honor Book and 2018 Carolyn W. Field Honor Book, as well as The Spy with the Red Balloon, and the forthcoming This Rebel Heart (April 2022). They are the co-editor and contributor to This is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them and Us, which had three starred reviews and made Kirkus Review’s Best Middle Grade of 2021 list, as well as It’s A Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes and Other Jewish Stories. They also contributed to Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens and Out Now: Queer We Go Again. They are the author of picture books Bedtime for Superheroes, What Are Your Words? A Book About Pronouns, and the forthcoming Being Friends with Dragons (February 2022)They can be found online at and @bibliogato on Twitter and Instagram.

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Tour Schedule

April 4th
Nine Bookish Lives – Promotional Post
dinipandareads – Review & Favorite Quotes
Inking & Thinking – Top 5 Reasons to Read This Rebel Heart, Playlist & Favorite Quotes
Book Notes by Athina – Promotional Post

April 5th
The Bookish Coven – Promotional Post
Shelvesofstarlight – Review
& She Reads Co. – Promotional Post & Tik Tok

April 6th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
Brinns Books – Review & Favorite Quotes
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post
The Clever Reader – Review

April 7th
Gazerofbooks – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read This Rebel Heart
Midsummer Night’s Read – Review

April 8th
Book Lover’s Book Reviews – Promotional Post & Tik Tok
Kappa Reads Books – Review & Favorite Quotes
Paiges of Books – 15 Reactions While Reading This Rebel Heart
One More Chapter – Review

April 9th
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
Debjani’s Thoughts – Review
Books With Michelle – Top 5 Reasons to Read This Rebel Heart & Mood Board

April 10th
Sheaf & Ink – Promotional Post
Rae’s Reading Lounge – Review & Favorite Quotes
Kait Plus Books – Promotional Post & Mood Board
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review
Bohemian Bibliophile – Review & Favorite Quotes

Instagram Tour

April 4th
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
booknotes_athina – Blogger’s Choice

April 5th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
and_shereads – Blogger’s Choice

April 6th
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
brinnsbooks – Blogger’s Choice
thecleverreader – Blogger’s Choice

April 7th
jacleomik33 – Review
gazerofbooks – Blogger’s Choice

April 8th
bibliovina – Review
bookloversbookreviews – Blogger’s Choice
theaterbookgirl – Blogger’s Choice
leah.reads.writes.drinks – Blogger’s Choice

April 9th
bookswithmichellee – Blogger’s Choice

April 10th
theenchantedshelf – Review & Favorite Quotes
sheafandink – Blogger’s Choice
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice

4 thoughts on “This Rebel Heart – Blog Tour Review

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  1. Great review! I was surprised by the poly romance and I thought I was reading into it but I absolutely loved it too. 😊 This one sent me out to the wilds of google to learn more about the revolution and it was really interesting!


    1. Yes! I was all about googling the revolution too. I think the experiences of others outside of what we’ve always been taught about the Holocaust need to be shared more. It affected so many people.


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