Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: The Season by Sarah MacLean

The SeasonTheSeason by Sarah MacLean
Purchase Link: Amazon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued — in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.

When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex's heart be stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year's season begins!

I was a bit reluctant to get this book because it was labeled "YA (Young Adult)"  and I'm not fond of YA books, tending to find most of them to be mostly teenage angst and self indulgent pap - BUT this book was NOT like that at all. I really enjoy a YA book when it's well written and this one is well written.

The author's voice was bright, fun, witty and engaging. The story was very in keeping with the historical period that it was written in.

The characters were engaging and well developed. Their interactions were well portrayed, particularly the way a group of 17 year old girls and early 20-something young men would behave. There were moments of maturity and sensible-ness in the characters which really surprised me in a very pleasant way.

Unlike some other YA books that I've read (and did not finish) in the past, this book held my interest. The main reason being the characters did not annoy the heck out of me. This is also a great introduction to the Regency period and for anyone who has not read a Regency Historical this book illustrates the times, the culture and the society very well.

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