Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Tangled Webs by Lee Bross! First of all, can I just say how much I love this cover? I mean, look at it! It's gorgeous! Thanks go to Rockstar Book Tours for hosting this wonderful blog tour and to Disney-Hyperion for providing me with an advanced copy to devour. I am so excited to share my thoughts about this great novel with you all! Be sure to check out the other tour stops listed at the end of this post and enter the tour-wide giveaway as well! Now let's get this show on the road!
by Lee Bross
Published: 23 June 2015
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Age Level: Young Adult
My Rating: 4/5!
London, 1725. Everybody has a secret. Lady A will keep yours—for a price. This sumptuous, scandalous YA novel is wickedly addictive.
Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city. With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London—secrets.
But leading a double life isn't easy. By day Lady A is just a sixteen-year-old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master, Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through the squalor of London's slums. When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects: Jonathan Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General who moves seamlessly between the city's criminal underworld and its most elite upper circles. Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in the hopes of saving enough money to buy passage out of London.
Everything changes when she meets Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae has traveled the world, has seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is—not for what she can do for him. Being with Grae gives Arista something precious that she swore off long ago: hope. He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child. But can you ever truly escape the past?
This novel is centered around Arista, an orphan forced to live a horrible life, but with dreams of having a better future. Arista's story broke my heart. I can't even imagine having to grow up the way she did, never knowing if I'd live to see another day. She is actually my favorite part of this novel. She's so strong and smart and compassionate, but she's a pawn in a dangerous dance of deceit which she has a slim chance of escaping. However, she is able to think quickly, adapt easily and has a serious will to live, which makes for a harrowing but thrilling story. Sure, she didn't always make the right decisions, but she sure as heck tried her best. Being able to watch her grow, learn to trust, and become confident in herself was such a wonderful experience as a reader. I couldn't stop myself from crossing my fingers that she'd be able to find a wonderful life and get everything she deserves.
Along with our leading lady, there were some other interesting characters. I found myself absolutely swooning over Grae. I thought perhaps their relationship was too quick, but I changed my mind when I found myself falling for him as well. Seriously, he's a wonderful guy. Arista's best friend and maid, Becky, was such a doll. The poor thing has not had an easy life either, but she's one of those people who always try to make the best of any situation. She cares deeply and would do anything for those she loves. I was thoroughly creeped out by Wild the minute he was introduced. I don't know what gave me such an immediate response like that, but he really made my skin crawl. As the story progresses, we get to see more of him, so I'll leave it to you readers to decide whether or not my instincts were justified. The other bad guy was Bones and that man scared the crap out of me. He's so violent and mean and freaking evil! There's a scene where he's just purchased a bunch of young orphans and... oh man, I don't want to mention it! Let's just say, this man has no soul. I have shivers just thinking about him and his cruelty. I think it a testament to the author that she was able to pull out such strong emotions from me, from her good and bad characters alike. Bravo!
Is it terribly nerdy to say I wanted so badly to get an idea of what these masquerade outfits might look like, that I looked them up online? I'm an incredibly visual person/reader, so looking up the fashions of the time really helped me visualize everything that much better. Oh my word, the clothes! They were so elegant and beautiful! Though the parties were quite scandalous, I really enjoyed imagining what it might have looked like with all those beautiful masks and dresses and outfits coloring up the dance floor. The descriptions were breathtaking and I loved every second of it! I also appreciated how well the author described the locations. I feel as though she was able to paint such a vivid picture of the opulence and, alternatively, the squalor of the time, that I could almost feel as if I was right there. Also, the descriptions weren't such that they were too much or in your face, but they gave just the right amount of detail whilst helping the story progress as well.
From the looks of it, Tangled Webs is not going to be a standalone novel. I feel as though it ended rather well and I was very satisfied with the ending, so even if I miss further novels, I think I'd still feel okay. Do I recommend this novel to those interested in historical fiction? Absolutely! Will I read the subsequent novel(s)? You bet I'll try. Pick up Tangled Webs today if you're looking for something out of the ordinary, filled with wondrous descriptions and captivating characters!
Lee writes YA for Delacorte as @laniebross and for Hyperion as @lee_bross. She also writes NA under L.E. Bross. Repped by Mandy Hubbard.
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