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06 August 2009 @ 12:04 pm
The Season by Sarah MacLean  
The Season by Sarah MacLean
This is a part of the Seven Summer books, so I decided (as the others were so good) to read it. I can really see a young adult fan of romance, and the regency era enjoying it, but it drove me mad.
We start off with a mysterious man plotting murder. Then the main character, Alex, was introduced to us as being not at all interested in marriage or romance, and far more interested in solving mysteries.
Alex then proceeds wax lyrical about how Pride and Prejudice is the best book in the universe. Now I’m just saying. Pride and prejudice is indeed witty, it is brilliant and it is well developed. But it is also a romance. And If I made a point of not being interested in romance it probably wouldn’t be my favorite book.
Then Alex's brothers’ friend, the Earl of Blackmoor and the boy-who-saved-her-when-she-was-stuck-up-a-tree walks in.
And he looks hotter than she remembered.
*face palm*
Then she gets strapped into a full length breath constricting corset, of the sort they didn’t wear in regency times. Check your facts authors.
During the book almost every woman/girl you meet is an independent free thinking woman, who can find a man who accepts her on her own terms and doesn’t get pressured into a marriage for money.
I can deal with one or two girls like that but all of them? Really? Way to idealise things people! Why bother setting it in regency England anyway?
About half way through Alex realizes that there is a mystery to solve. Solves it, almost gets killed and gets engaged to Blackmoor. And for someone who isn’t interested in men and romance she spends a lot of time kissing one, and thinking about them. More time than she was solving the mystery in fact.
It was reasonably written and was fun, but the inconsistencies and errors really got under my skin, so I couldn’t enjoy it.
(Anonymous) on November 29th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
by the way its "blackmoor" and not "blackthorn" and u better check up google before u tell any one about regency london and its ettiquete
bookbaker: readingbookbaker on November 29th, 2010 10:31 am (UTC)
Oh! Thanks for pointing out the "Blackmoor" error. Edited to correct it :)
Out of interest what parts of my historical observations did you feel were incorrect? If you let me know I can research and see if I need to change my review.