Monday, 9 August 2010

The Season by Sarah MacLean

The Season
Sarah MacLean

Seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford doesn’t fit into the world of Regency London — she’s strong-willed, sharp-tongued, and she absolutely loathes dress fittings. Unfortunately, her mother has been waiting for years for Alex to be old enough to take part in the social whirlwind of a London Season so she can be married off to someone safe, respectable, wealthy, and almost certainly boring. But Alex is much more interested in adventure than romance.

Between sumptuous balls, lavish dinner parties and country weekends, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get entangled in her biggest scrape yet. When the Earl of Blackmoor is killed in a puzzling accident, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. It’s a mystery brimming with espionage, murder, and suspicion. As she and Gavin grow closer, will Alex’s heart be stolen in the process?

Romance and danger fill the air, as this year’s Season begins!

As a historical lover, this book has always appealed to me. But only recently did I decide I HAD to have it. 1, it recently came out in paperback. 2, Nicole has praised it over and over (even when I mentioned I was writing this review) and I trust Nicole.

I stayed up until 3:30 in the morning to read this. I was utterly and completely addicted to this.

The characters were witty and funny. I was smiling and holding back giggles for quite a bit of the book, especially scenes where Alex and Gavin were talking. They had this amazing banter going on a lot of the time, which I simply adored.

There was also this constant mystery lurking over our heads. While I did essentially have it figured out very quickly, I also knew I could've been wrong on how many people were involved and who was doing what. And even though I thought I knew the outcome, there was still an extra little twist I didn't expect at all.

On top of all of THAT awesome, this book was romantic. Romantic in a way that reminded me of Pride and Prejudice. It doesn't have the same plot, but something about this book just reminded me of Jane Austen's works. And as Pride and Prejudice is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES that I've read at least three times now, that's not praise I lay lightly.

If you're into historical fiction, I strongly recommend this book. Especially considering it's in PAPERBACK. Can you argue with $9 for 352 pages of awesome?



  1. Sounds great! I'll look into it!

  2. Reasons to listen to me: I'm always right. *giggle*


  3. I've heard good things about this from other people too. The cover is kind of a turn off for me though. It looks like a Gossip Girl cover (not that there's anything wrong with that) which doesn't seem to match up to the story or caliber of this book.

  4. you definitely have me wanting to read this! I love Sarah's adult books, so I'm sure I'll love this too.

    great review!

  5. I saw this book in the store and immediately put it on my to-read list. Now after reading your review, I want to read it even more!

  6. HA! I bought it at a book fair for $2! And the cover matches the book very well. It's Alex (brunette) Ella (Blonde) and Vivi(Black hair)in the ball gowns they had custom made for the coming out ball. It describes them in the book, if you'll read it. And yes, I'm talking to Megan Hoover-Swicegood



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