If someone were to ask me what I thought about this book (or series really), my reaction would be along the lines of when I meet Norman Reedus. No actual words would come out because I’m too excited and can’t get myself together to make a coherent sentence. So in reality I’d look a bit more like this:
Because Y’ALL…THIS.SERIES. Why oh why must these books be so fabulous?!
As her bio, so perfectly describes, these books are a wondrous blend of the “humor of Jane Austen and the dark drama of a Brontë sister.” The second in the series, Mark of Distinction, is just as excellent as the first. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
“Our masks are our death, yet we don them at all cost.”
London is said to be the glittering jewel of society, a world unto itself—but to Julia Elliston it is a city of shadows. Her life is swiftly dissolving into scandal. And in Victorian society, even a whisper of scandal—substantiated or not—can be the death of a young woman’s reputation.
Now under the watchful eye of Lord Roy Pierson, one of most influential men in England, Julia begrudgingly accepts his protection. But Chance Macy’s power is far-reaching as well, and he is eager to assert his claim over her.
Thrust into society as the Emerald Heiress, Julia is the toast of London, a celebrated curiosity. But in reality she’s trapped between the clutches of two powerful men. Aided only by a gentleman whose intentions she prays she can trust, Julia must finally take control of her own fate—but outwitting one’s foe rarely goes according to plan.
Kicking off right where the first book left off, the journey continues for Julia’s discovery of who she is and the life she’ll lead (freeing herself from Mr. Macy, trying to establish a relationship with her father and her attempts of securing her true love).
Julia’s not the perfect heroine. I don’t even know if heroine is the right word to describe her. She’s quite different from any I’ve encountered recently. In fact I haven’t decided how much I like her (I’ll wait until the final book before making an executive decision), but that’s what makes this story so captivating. Told through her point of view, there are times you want to yell at her, times where you want to hug her and times where you’re too shocked to react.
The other characters though, oh my. Whether good or bad, the secondary characters are some of the best I’ve meet while reading.
Like Lord Dalry. Internet Stop. I can’t even talk about him yet (and if I try I’ll most likely dive into a spiral of spoilers). Just read the book and then we can discuss.
Then there’s Mr. Macy, who is the the perfect blend of charisma and villain. Such a magnetic character. There’s Lord Pierson, Forrester (do you know how hard it is for me not to throw out every single thought I have on this guy?!! But I can’t because of my promise not to spoil anything), Edward and even young Katy. Through these characters we see loyalty, temptation, the effects of past decisions and the journey of discovering who we really are. The supporting cast truly makes this novel shine. I want to hug them all.
The final in the series, Price of Privilege, comes out next year (punch me in the face now). I’m rather desperate for any clues as to what happens next, so I’ll settle for a simple one line description of the next one…anyone? Anyone?? For love of kittens and puppies PLEASE?!?!?
Have you encountered this series yet??? Please say yes. Otherwise dash it all! 😉
(I received a copy from Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion)