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Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued — in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties,...more
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Orchard Books
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Can I just say that I LOVED this book! Yes another fangirly moment brought to you by TSS! I just want to snuggle it while I’m sleeping and pet it’s shiny, pretty cover.

I love a historical fiction, especially the ones that are set in the regency period, there’s just something about it that utterly captivates me. And I shouldn’t fail to mention that I’m a huge fan of romance, nothing feels better than being in love. So already this novel had two things going for it before I even cracked it open....more
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Alexandra Stafford and her best friends, Vivi and Ella, are seventeen, beautiful, and experiencing their first Season in Regency London. They are also willful and independent and have absolutely no interest in being on the marriage mart. They have no patience for men who think women should be seen and not heard, and Alex takes great pleasure at shocking men with her entirely unladylike opinions on politics (much to her mother’s dismay.)

When the Earl of Blackmoor dies in a mysterious accident, Al...more

Where should I start? With the fact that the characters sound nothing like they belong in the early 1800s? Or with the fact that the author uses every GD cliche in the book? Sometimes twice in the same chapter, within a page or two of each other. Maybe I should be begin by talking about how shallow I found the heroine's intelligence to be. Or by the fact that the book goes so shallowly into the truths of the time -- women were moved around like chess pieces to ensure their families' places....more
Sarah MacLean
Sep 30, 2009 Sarah MacLean rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
don't take my word for it, though. :)
I love all kinds of romance, but as subgenres go -- historical is my least favorite. That whole world, with its sense of propriety, and the limitations placed on women always felt to me like a constricted environment for which a great relationship can bloom. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the romantic relationship between Alex and Gavin. I think the reason for that was because Alex and Gavin were such good friends from the start of the book. Gavin was like family -- even like a brother to...more
Wendy Darling
Really 3.5 stars...and a frothy, enjoyable romp in the best possible way. The book is light on the mystery but quite delightful in the manners of the day. While Alexandra and her friends do have the expected modern attitudes and anachronistic tendencies, the language is overall very polished and does not feel nearly as out of place or stilted as it often does in many other historical YA novels.

Some contemporary readers may not appreciate the book, but in truth, this is what a girl had to worry a...more
Every once in awhile I wonder how I would have fared during this era. Worrying about what I would wear to "catch" the right man and keeping up with etiquette of the times. And knowing all the while it's better to marry someone with money and status than a handsome hunk that is poor. I would have done miserably.

Alex (short for Alexandra) is preparing for her first season. The nature of this is how it sounds; the young ladies and men of London's high society go out and hunt for the best mate possi...more
I've read a lot of romance and a fair amount of regency romance and I think Sarah MacLean's debut, The Season, is one of the best. It really has all the qualities that I love most in a book, especially a regency romance. I fell in love with her characters and rooted for them the whole way through! The dialog was witty and clever -- so much so that when I was reading I kept chuckling and giggling. I also swooned a lot -- I actually put the book down just so I could savour the tension. And then I...more
I'm only 70 pages in, but it feels like a 5 star book already. I can't wait to see what happens to Alex (Alexandra) and her friends as they debut in their first season. Alex also gets caught up in helping an old family friend (who happens to be very good looking). I can't wait to see this book unfold.

Having finished The Season, I can now say that it was even better than it seemed. I'm in love with this book. Alex, Vivi, and Ella are vibrant and intelligent protagonists. Everybody should have suc...more
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Seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford is being introduced into Regency London this season. Too bad she doesn't fit in with her sharp tongue and the fact that she hates dress fittings. The last thing Alex wants is to marry, which is why her mother, the Duchess, is so thrilled it is finally her season.

While Alex attends lavish balls and extravagant dinner parties with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, she also manages to uncover an important secret...more
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. I became a fan of Regency romance quite a long time ago, and frankly, I've gotten sick of the genre. Everything became scripted, plots have become rote, or in some cases, just nonexistent, and too many h/h I've read lately have had the personality of lukewarm dishwater. This book is a lighthearted romp through Lady Alexandra's first Season, and it is thoroughly YA. There is romance, duh, since it is about catching a husband after all, but there's not...more
Unlike most young ladies from titled families in Regency England, seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford, daughter of the Duke of Worthington, is not looking forward to her debut in London Society. Neither are Alex's two friends, Ella and Vivi. Alex dreads the thought of marriage, as she is an independent thinker and feels most men just want a pretty wife with no thoughts of her own.

Gavin Sewell, their neighbor, is a close friend of Alex's three older brothers and Alex's childhood protector....more
The Library Lady
Jane Austen wanna be--there's even one of those long awful afterwards where she gushes about sitting in (really!) "Aunt Jane's garden", drinking in the atmosphere.

Unfortunately for her (and for all those undiscerning teens who read stuff like The Clique and The Luxe) she's an incredibly mediocre writer. Every cliche is here-eyes compared perpetually to gemstones, lavish descriptions of clothing, a brooding male hero, ad nauseum. Each of the three girls is described in lavish detail--and of cours...more
Did someone say perfect? Well I did! This is the most enjoyable, fun, and romantic book I've read in a good long while! And I suggest you read it RIGHT NOW!

I don't usually go for historical books, there are usually all sorts of things I haven't got a clue about (what are they riding in, what is this weird hobby etc, remember I remember nothing from history class) but in The Season but I didn't have to put up with that frustration and what was left were the beautiful clothes, traditions, and mann...more
Seventeen year old Alexandra Stafford is about to be unleashed for her first season, and unlike the other girls in London, she could care less. She wants nothing to do with the bachelors who throw themselves at her feet, and even less to do with the dress fittings and dinner parties.

That is, until her childhood friend Gavin comes back into her life, newly titled as the Earl of Blackmoor, after an accident took his father's life. Or was it an accident? Alexandra is about to be embroiled in a mys...more
a debut that drew me in on so many levels.
i loved the season for maclean's wonderful
way of setting the period / history / culture / politics
for us with utter finesse. i loved it for the
feisty, intelligent heroine, alexandra, and her friends.
their friendship is at the core of the book, and
depicted wonderfully. i loved it for the hero, blackmoor,
who is alexandra's equal in every way. maclean doesn't
make either perfect, but we love them despite their
flaws. and we root that they will love one anothe...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
This book was a very pleasant read. Although the writing style or speech wasn't very authentic for the time period, it was easily accessible, making it quite a comfort read. I found the plot to be quite enthralling and even though it didn't 'excite' me as such, it was smooth flowing and I just wanted to keep reading on. The romance between Alex and Gavin was just absolutely wonderful to read. A nice change from my usual reads and very accessible.
Okay, I'm a little bit biased here, being the author's editor and bff and all, but truly, THE SEASON is one of the most deliciously fun books I've read in a long time. The characters are feisty and compelling, the plot is fast-paced and intriguing. And I just wanted Alex and Gavin TO MAKE OUT!!!! So, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of THE SEASON, sit back with a cozy cup of tea and prepare to savor each juicy line!
A witty, thoroughly romantic Regency for teens, with an added twist of mystery and danger to keep the plot moving. Alex and her friends Vivi and Ella are engaging heroines and there are plenty of eligible suitors to carry over into the next couple of books!
First of all, let me state two things. One, I am a lover of great historical romances. Two, the author of this book has an undergrad degreee from Smith and a master's degree from Harvard. Pretty impressive, I think.

With these two items on the table, let me present my argument that this was a really weak book. I have issues with the characters who are mainly stock characters. Alex doesn't want to get married, she's really smart, her parents are wealthy, blah, blah, blah. Gavin is like an older b...more
Loved this one. Set in early nineteenth century London, Alexandra Stafford is the only daughter of the Duke of Worthington and she is about to have her coming out season, along with her two best friends, Eliza and Vivi. They are all part of the "upper-crust" in London society. Alex also has three older brothers and a pseudo-brother Gavin who she has grown up with and gets along with very well. But as the season starts, Alex realizes that her feelings for Gavin are changing. Gavin is also dealing...more
Finished Review: This book didn't get much better in the way of writing style, and felt more like an episode of Scooby Doo than a young adult historical fiction novel. WAY too many convenient coincidences to be believable.

The other problem I had with it was the casual use of language and disregard for the 'rules' of society at the time. Young women of high society were not as flippant as these characters were and would never have been allowed the freedom with young men that Alex was.

It was a l...more
Apr 29, 2009 Courtney added it
Recommends it for: reluctant readers, romantics, fans of the genre/those who need an intro to it
Shelves: 2009, ya-fiction
Sarah MacLean has a magical way with words. I know this because I kept sneaking reads of her book when I should have been revising my own and this is a big deal because it is a truth universally acknowledged that a Courtney in the midst of revising (or writing) one of her own novels is not in want of reading someone else's. I just can't. Like, it's physically impossible. Truefax: my To-Read pile only gets tackled when I'm between projects. And it has always been this way. Until now. And frankly,...more
Kim Baccellia
To seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford the whole idea of the London season is preposterous. The last thing she wants is to get married off to the first eligible rich guy that she meets. No, she's more interested in adventures.

But her mother won't have it. She's been waiting seventeen years to have her only daughter to take part of the social scene of London.

Alexandra and her two friends, Viv and Ella, go to one sumptuous ball after another. Then a childhood friend's father, the Earl of Bl...more
Kimberly Derting
I just finished Sarah MacLean’s THE SEASON, and all I can say is wow. WOW!

Okay, so maybe I can say more than that. Maybe I can tell you how much I loved the strong girls, especially Alex, and that I adored the rich, decadent settings so much that *I* want to wear corsets and have Madame Fernaud design beautiful dresses just for me. And maybe I can say that Sarah turns a beautiful phrase and built the kind of suspense that had me holding my breath, unable to go to bed until I knew whether or not...more
Jane Austen lovers, take heart!

If we can't have any more books from Jane, at least we have Sarah MacLean to help satisfy our craving for similar stories.

THE SEASON is a stellar addition to the genre, with all the rich sensory details of silk gowns, dance partners, and witty banter that one needs in a Regency romance. Add dangerous spies, daring and smart heroines, young love, and an exciting climax in an English country manor … and what more could one ask?

I loved this book, and I'm so thrilled...more
3.5 stars. This is a sweet Regency romance with just a dash of danger involving French spies, lots of balls and parties, a jealous-yet-honorable suitor in denial, three girls who don't want to be on the marriage mart because they have brains and want something else out of life besides a society marriage - and no bodice ripping. It's a mild love story in the YA category, although it doesn't really feel like a YA novel except for some simplicity in the plot. A fun, clean read if you're in the mood...more
This book was great! It was Jane Austen meets excitement and intrigue. I totally got involved with the characters and was really quite bummed when the book ended, that's how much I enjoyed reading it.

Oct. 30, 2009- I just reread this book, and I loved it just as much the second time. Couldn't put it down.
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Sarah MacLean is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of YA and adult romance.

She grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for own Season. Her unabashed addiction to historical fiction helped to earn her a degree in European History from Smith College before she moved to New York City to pursue a career...more
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