Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Teaser Tuesday: The Season by Sarah MacLean

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Season by Sarah MacLean.

The Season –
Orchard Books
'Alexandra, there are plenty of young women who would happily assume your position, standing on that platform, 'suffering' through a fitting for that dress.'
'May I suggest any one of them take my place?'
— Chapter 1

'Because we have' — Ella ticked off the qualities on her fingers as she spoke them — 'cleverness, a fresh eye for the problem, curiosity, superior instinct — as proven by my hunch that Montgrave was involved from the beginning — and' — She paused dramatically — 'the most important thing of all.'
'Which is?' Alex asked.
'Desire to prove that we can.'
— Chapter 19

This book almost has a double historical feeling to in as it’s not the newest of all with a publication date from 2009 … which in terms of literary development seems like an age ago considering all the great books published since then. But let’s not get into the discussion of when and how a book becomes dated. Especially not when the book in question has a historic setting.
This is a perfectly pleasant read about three Regency Era debutantes who have a decided antipathy against their prescribed societal role and gender restrictions of the time. Added in is also a slight deductive game of crime solving. And sweet blossoming friends to more romance.
This book has all the trappings to be really entertaining and a great read that you can cruise through on a sunny afternoon. Or a rainy one, maybe that would have added a little more atmosphere. That would be my sole point to critique: the fact that I somehow didn’t feel totally transported back to the time even tough the balls and the dances were all there. A little more scenery and props might have gone a long way here. I also would have liked for the story the run a little longer than the moment where it ends now. Just to get more information about the characters further proceedings.

How do you treat books that are a little aged? I realised with this one that I seldom read books that are older than four years or so. Unless they are books that are a lot older. The middle-aged books seem to have a difficult standing on my shelf. Weigh in with your thoughts and teasers in the comments.


Kathy Martin said...

I'm currently reading one from 2011 and noticing some things that age it. I enjoyed The Season and always wished she'd write more like it for YAs. This week I am featuring Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire - from my TBR mountain. Happy reading!

Laura said...

Sounds like a good book. Honestly, I read things even if they're a few years old depending on how interested I am in the book or the series. HOpe you're enjoying it! My Teaser

Nise' said...

I enjoyed this one, hope you do as well.

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