Review: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

Posted September 1, 2015 in review / 0 Comments

Review: Tangled Webs by Lee BrossTangled Webs by Lee Bross
Published by Disney Electronic Content on June 23rd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Source: Library
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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 seventeen-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, an infamous thief who moves seamlessly between the city's criminal underworld and its most elite circles. Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in order to save enough money to buy passage out of London. Everything changes when she meets Grae Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae has traveled the world, 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?

Firstly, I really really really love the cover of this book. It’s so pretty and pink, but don’t judge a book by its cover because this book is far from fluffy and nice. It’s kickass and lying and cheating and all the other 7 deadly sins HAHAH okay kidding. But this book is kinda disappointing actually.

I love Lady A, but I love the girl behind the mask more. Lady A is all kinds of perfection. She’s smart, confident, sassy and she has the skills to kick the asses of any brutes. On the other hand, Arista is just a girl who wants freedom from her asshole master, and she’s willing to do anything for it. I love Arista more because she’s brave. She puts everybody before herself, even if it means risking her own neck.

Throughout the whole book, I admire her bravery and determination. Even when she knew her past would always catch up to her, she never stopped dreaming about having that freedom. She cared for the people around her, even when she could have just escaped on her own.

Unfortunately, Arista alone could not keep the story from dwindling. I became a little bit bored in the middle when she was taken in by Wild. I think it’s because even I know that he’s a villian. So, technically she escaped one master, only to be taken in by the other. And then there was the case of insta-love. Don’t get me wrong, most of the times I do love insta-love, but only if it makes sense. This one doesn’t. Grae and Arista only had met ONCE, and yes, there was a mutual attraction, but I don’t know. It feels weird, especially when Grae admitted to her that he loved her. UMMMMM, WHAT? And I wanted to like Grae more, as much as I like Arista, but I just cannot connect to him. Throughout the whole book, I thought it was shady that he was helping her, that he was always there.

I wished the author had not only focused on Arista but also the rest of the characters in this book, like maybe some more character development. The whole story kinda fell flat, in my opinion. I do have to admit that the ending made me cry, because it was sad. But other than that, I honestly can say that I enjoyed the book, the story, but it could have been way way better.

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