Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Review THE SEASON by Sarah MacLean

by Sarah MacLean
Published March 1st 2009 by Orchard Books
Hardcover 352 Pages -- for now....

Placement in the Pile: Top Picks

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!

This book has been out for a while, but I wanted to share why I enjoyed it and also make a bit of an announcement! Sarah MacLean announced on her Facebook page that the paperback of THE SEASON is coming to Scholastic Book Clubs in the spring and bookstores next June! Yay! Paperback releases often boost book sales. So if you haven't already, put this book on your "to buy" list! It is a good one. The cover is the same, but the back snippets are going to be different!

Also I thought it followed the theme of our Jane Austen post from yesterday.

The season is written very well. It takes place in Regency England, but the language of the book is very accessible to modern readers (in fact some readers complain about this some, they say it is too modern -- but I disagree. I think it was a smart move and made for a really enjoyable read.)

The story is truly fun and romantic, the characters are fun. A few characters, once introduced into the book, their part in the plot were a bit predictable, but it works for the genre.

Is there anything better than first love? First kisses? And Regency England? If you love all these things, you'll love THE SEASON!

Source of Materials Disclosure: I purchased this book. I am not compensated for any reviews I give.


Ratliffs said...

Yay!! I loved this book! I'm excited to hear it's coming out in paperback!!