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An Eightenth Century Teen Story
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Reader reviewed by cieli

The Season by Sarah MacLean is an amzing book for anyone that enjoys an eightenth century story filled with mystery,romance, and friemdship. It covers all areas in a teenagers life. Once you start the book you cannot put it down until you read who killed the earl and if Alex and Gavinfinally share their love for each other. With each compelling chapter you learn more and more about the character until you feel that the character is you. You feel the heartache, embarasment, trust, pain, and happiness. All around a wonderful book.
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A dash of mystery in regency england
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Reader reviewed by Lexie

Let me admit to something straight off the bat--if your characters
name is Alexandra Elizabeth and shes a brunette, youve already got
yourself an interested reader in me. If your book is also set in
Regency England, youve just made a sale. No questions asked. If you
then make the book so interesting and captivating, with lively
characters, attention to detail and gorgeous gowns described--well you
just earned yourself a dedicated reader until you stop writing.

The
book begins with the start of the Season--the height of the tons
social gatherings for four months of glittering balls, strolls through
the park and social call after social call (not to mention dinner
parties, al frescos, lunch get togethers, rides in carriages&) and Lady
Alexandras debut into the society. She doesnt hold much hope for
excitement for the Season--she much prefers books and spending time
with her two closest friends Ella and Vivi. Both of whom share her
passion for the intellectual pursuits and wariness of formal gatherings.

The
strength of the book relies on those three and their interactions with
each other and the world at large. They each view the world
differently, but look to each other for support and guidance. Just how
many crazy schemes those three got into as children isnt said, but
from the plans they make in this book one can only imagine (with horror
and humor equally)!

Our romantic leads--Alex and Blackmoor
(Gavin)--follow a typical romance storyline, that of old friends who
see each other differently as adults, but thankfully neither of them is
blind. Alex doesnt suddenly become a simpering miss, determined to
behave differently in order to win him and Gavin doesnt suddenly start
treating her like a delicate flower. Neither do they admit to harboring
feelings for years, they both recognize that it wasn't until recently
they began to see each other in a romantic light.

The mystery,
that of Blackmoor Seniors death, is fairly easy to guess at, but its
not a primary focus of the story. Not till closer to the end when
things begin to heat up. Many chapters begin with a persons
thoughts--sinister thoughts that serve to advance the mystery plot
without needlessly having the characters run around.

A highly
recommended read for young adults who enjoy romance, fashion and a
little bit of intrigue and for adult fans of the regency genre!

((reprinted with permission from author))


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Historical Teen Fun At Its Best!
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Reader reviewed by Lexie

Let me admit to something straight off the bat--if your characters
name is Alexandra Elizabeth and shes a brunette, youve already got
yourself an interested reader in me. If your book is also set in
Regency England, youve just made a sale. No questions asked. If you
then make the book so interesting and captivating, with lively
characters, attention to detail and gorgeous gowns described--well you
just earned yourself a dedicated reader until you stop writing.

The
book begins with the start of the Season--the height of the tons
social gatherings for four months of glittering balls, strolls through
the park and social call after social call (not to mention dinner
parties, al frescos, lunch get togethers, rides in carriages&) and Lady
Alexandras debut into the society. She doesnt hold much hope for
excitement for the Season--she much prefers books and spending time
with her two closest friends Ella and Vivi. Both of whom share her
passion for the intellectual pursuits and wariness of formal gatherings.

The
strength of the book relies on those three and their interactions with
each other and the world at large. They each view the world
differently, but look to each other for support and guidance. Just how
many crazy schemes those three got into as children isnt said, but
from the plans they make in this book one can only imagine (with horror
and humor equally)!

Our romantic leads--Alex and Blackmoor
(Gavin)--follow a typical romance storyline, that of old friends who
see each other differently as adults, but thankfully neither of them is
blind. Alex doesnt suddenly become a simpering miss, determined to
behave differently in order to win him and Gavin doesnt suddenly start
treating her like a delicate flower. Neither do they admit to harboring
feelings for years, they both recognize that it wasn't until recently
they began to see each other in a romantic light.

The mystery,
that of Blackmoor Seniors death, is fairly easy to guess at, but its
not a primary focus of the story. Not till closer to the end when
things begin to heat up. Many chapters begin with a persons
thoughts--sinister thoughts that serve to advance the mystery plot
without needlessly having the characters run around.

A highly
recommended read for young adults who enjoy romance, fashion and a
little bit of intrigue and for adult fans of the regency genre!


(Reprinted with permission from author)

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debutantes
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Reader reviewed by stephanie

I have to admit, I honestly think I overestimated The Season. Though the book itself was pretty interesting, I had expected more.

The plot started out really slow. I felt as if it wasnt going anywhere until half the book was already over thats when the plot actually started to be interesting and more intense. Alex doesnt actually decide to help Gavin until halfway through the book when she finds out about his suspicions and thats where I felt the book actually starts. Though the plot itself was very appealing especially with the murder and stuff, I just wished it started faster and the book easily could have been about a hundred pages less.

What I did like about the book was the characters especially Alex. Alexs personality is something I adore. Unlike the other ladies in her time period, she has the smarts and the wits that allowed her to confident in what she does and that is to not get married! Shes not afraid to do what she likes and thats what made me enjoy reading about her. Having a confident, smart and, not to mention, beautiful heroine is definitely something that refreshes me. Most of the other books dont usually have heroines that are confident and smart at the same time.

Alexs friends, Vivi and Ella, are the typical sidekicks that everybody needs. They are extremely entertaining and, just like Alex, are both smart and confident and they all love to read! How amazing is that?!

Ive always enjoyed reading historic romance novels so the relationship between Gavin and Alex was what made me decide to pick The Season up. The idea of having a childhood friendship bloom into something more always makes me smile and so with Gavin and Alex it was definitely enough to make me smile! :)

Overall, The Season is one of those books that has a long exposition but after that, its definitely worth reading.
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Regency Society Gossip Falls Flat
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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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Amazing
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Reader reviewed by Cowgirl

Three girls and best friends, Vivi, Alex, and Ella, are now beginning their Season, and truthfully, they aren't looking forward to it. They just aren't interested in getting married of to some boy who hardly talks of anything other than themselves. While Vivi believes that there really is "the one" waiting for everyone, Ella and Alex aren't quite so sure. That is, until Alex starts falling for her friend, Gavin, that she has know for years, and he starts falling for her. Their friendly relationship that they shared their whole lives starts to tumble as they fight more often than what they used to, but yet their love still grows. When the mystery of Gavin's Fathers murder starts to unfold and Alex finds herself wrapped up in it as well and Gavin and Alex start loving each other more, will they accept their change in emotions and figure out the mystery? Find out in "The Season" by Sarah MacLean.


I just finished reading "The Season" not long ago, and wow. Sarah MacLean did a fabulous job, especially considering that this is her first book written. If I ever got to choose to live in a different time period, this would be the one that I would pick. Sarah does a nice job tying exciting events, mystery, murder, and love all into 336 page book. "The Season" is for sure a good choice for a young adults next book read!

I pulished a similar review on MY own young adult book blog: http://booksforteensreviews.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2009-02-13T19%3A32%3A00-06%3A00&max-results=7

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