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?'
'No.'
— 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.

3 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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