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Young Adult Fiction 1140
Regency Society Gossip Falls Flat
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Reader reviewed by Steph Su



Seventeen-year-old Alexandra
Stafford, along with her friends Vivi and Ella, are about to enter their first
season amidst the tonthe most eligible of the eligible, the best and the
brightest of London. Only Alex and her friends are not your average pretty-girl
gigglies, however. Theyd rather stay out of the whole flirting and courting
business, away from men who prefer women with vacant minds&women unlike them.



With high-status parents, however,
Alex is unable to stay completely out of society. Instead, her circle consists
mostly of her three older brothers and their best friend, Gavin Sewell, the new
Earl of Blackmoor, whose father died in a mysterious accident thats beginning
to not look like an accident at all. Alex expected many things out of the
seasonboring balls, an overabundance of boring and drooling suitorsbut she
never expected to feel for Gavin things that she has never felt before.
Someones out for Gavins blood, however, to make sure that he doesnt discover
the truth about his fathers death, and it may be up to Alex to save the life
of her beloved.



I have mixed feelings about THE
SEASON. On the one hand, its gotten rave reviews from nearly everyone I know
of. Parts of those praises I feel are justified: Alexs world is rather
addicting, and even during the moments when I wanted to sigh and put the book
down in frustration, I felt compelled by unseen forces to continue, hoping,
hoping, wanting more from the world&



&And thats where I think my
problem with the book lies. On one level, Alexs world seems great: the
glamour, the scintillating company, the witty banter between siblings and
friends. But thats just it; all of these things only occur on one level. I couldnt help but feel
like the characters were merely putting on a role, saying lines dictated to
them without really meaning it.



With so many characters packed
into this book, it was hard for me to keep track of who is who, what their personalities
were like. I was constantly mixing up Alexs brothers, Nick, Will, and Kit,
because they are virtually indistinguishable from one another. Similarly, I
disliked how Vivi and Ella were shallowly portrayed mostly as Alexs
ladies-in-waiting, always just reacting to Alexs crises and never,
seemingly, having desires or even opinions
of their own. I wouldve loved to see all the secondary characters change
more through the book. THE SEASON centers around Alex and Gavins relationship,
yes, but for a book that depends so much on the characters interactions with
one another, shouldnt equal care be put into developing the others
personalities as well?



Another thing that led to me being
unable to get into this book was the pacing. For some reason, I had thought
that the mystery behind the earls death, and the impending danger on Gavin and
Alex, would have been given more time and explanation. It was certainly
something I wanted to know more about. However, the murder mystery ended up
feeling like one great big plot device, like, oh, theres this group of chatty
girls in pretty dresses and their
ho-ho-ho-hear-me-Im-so-witty-and-yet-I-disdain-societal-expectations male
friends/brothers and now we just HAVE to make something happen in the story so
it doesnt digress into a meaningless pile of dialogue.



Nothing really happened until more
than halfway into the book, which was where the relationship between Gavin and
Alex intensified, and things started to pick up with the murder mystery. But if
it takes a book half its length to get the ball rolling, Im not sure if Id be
willing to stick it out until then. Unless it gets really, really good at the
end. Which it doesnt. Anyone can spot the hasty, picture-perfect ending from a
mile off. Its sad if I feel like I dont need to read most of the book in
order to understand whats going on.



I understand the appeal of a
Regency-era girl who doesnt conform to the social norms of her time of wanting
the rich husband, the best status, etc. I have no doubt that those who enjoy
Anna Godbersens LUXE seriesfrothy, light guilty pleasureswill enjoy THE
SEASON. While it lacked the substance for my taste, I will still read Sarah
MacLeans future works, because I do believe she has the talent to create
three-dimensional characters that well end up liking and caring about.













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