Original Title: Tangled Webs
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Disney Hyperion (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Number of Pages: 304
First Sentence: “Lord Huntington made his way through the crowded ballroom with the poise and elegance of an overfattened Chritmas goose.“
Goodreads Rating: 3/5
London, 1725. Everybody has a secret. Lady A will keep yours—for a price. This sumptuous, scandalous YA novel is wickedly addictive.
Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city. With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London—secrets.
But leading a double life isn’t easy. By day Lady A is just a sixteen-year-old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master, Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through the squalor of London’s slums. When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects: Jonathan Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General who moves seamlessly between the city’s criminal underworld and its most elite upper circles. Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in the hopes of saving enough money to buy passage out of London.
Everything changes when she meets Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae has traveled the world, has seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is—not for what she can do for him. Being with Grae gives something Arista something precious that she swore off long ago: hope. He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child. But can you ever truly escape the past?
This wasn’t a bad book but it wasn’t great either. I really wanted to love it but I just couldn’t really and properly get into it. The story wasn’t that great and neither was the characters.
I really wanted to enjoy Arista but she was so contradictory that it just became annoying. She was supposed to be this badass woman but was mostly quite helpless. Yes, she had her moments but mostly she had to be saved by the men around her. If Bross had let her save herself more, the character would have been really great. She does live up to her badass status towards the end though, but I wanted more of this.
Grae was adorable and I really liked him. However, just like Arista he was quite contradictory. Talk about being hot and cold, changing his mind pretty much every paragraph. As a person he was good though and did and acted the way he did to ensure his family’s safety and happiness, as well as wanting Arista to be safe.
The plot was what actually made this book good. It was quite interesting and did have some entertaining twists and turns that made up for the subpar characters. The writing had it’s moments but it was at times quite clear that I was reading an arc and not the finished edition of a published book.
Do I recommend it?
Sure, it wasn’t a complete bad read.