Happy Sunday, guys!
We're closing out the final days of August by sharing our review + Pinterest board of Jubilee Manor!
We shared a guest post from Bethany Hagen earlier in the month, who talked about her writing process for the book. We're now sharing our review for the book, and all the reasons why fans of Landry Park need to pick up this book ASAP!
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Dial Books
Format read: ARC via publisher
After the events of the first book, Madeline is determined to find a way to have the Rootless and the gentry find common ground. It's an unrelentless challenge; there's mistrust on both sides, and Madeline's own position is unstable amonsgst both groups.
To make it worse, gentry heirs are now being murdered, and it's only adding to the discord. Now, it's up to Madeline to figure out just who is committing the murders, before things get too out of hand...
Madeline is a bit of an a-typical heroine, considering her position in life. However, from the moment I was introduced to her in Landry Park, I couldn't help but admire her willingness to challenge the status quo, and ability to try and create change amongst both the gentry and the Rootless.
She brings that same determination and resourcefulness to Jubilee Manor, as she literally finds herself in a rock and a hard place. There are various reasons for distrust from both the gentry and the Rootless, and Hagen really stresses Madeline's genuine skill and ability to navigate between both groups. It takes an innate diplomacy that not everyone has, especially when Madeline has to go against those that she loves.
Hagen not only writes a book with twists and considerably amped up stakes, but also does an excellent job of playing out Madeline's social and romantic struggles, against a detailed, well-plotted world of glittering opulence verses the downtrodden homes of the Rootless. We can very well see how the setting is both absorbing, while dually also adding to the social strife.
Though the ending does feel a bit rushed, it can't help but make me hope that Hagen will eventually revisit this world in future books. All in all, while Jubilee Manor is actually kind of the long-side, the 400 pages of glamour, opulence and socital strife makes every moment worth it.
Check out our Pinterest board!
It's all about inspiration from the seriously gorgeous cover, but also insights and inspirations by the book itself. And yes, some things will only make sense after you read the book, so check out our giveaway!