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 e ...more
What was she doing?This book is fantastic if you're into insta-love, love triangles, and an allegedly cunning spy whose mind is constantly preoccupied w ...more
She had one job tonight. She had not come to the masquerade to lose herself in wistful dreams. Or in the eyes of the most intriguing young man she’d ever met. She should not wonder which exotic lands he had seen, nor wish to hear more about them. No, she should be meeting Lord Huntington and finishing up Bones’s business. Yet there she stood.
“What if she could turn Arista into a proper lady who could attend the parties where jewels and money were ripe for the picking? Bones’s greed had become their savior.”
There wasn’t anything awful about this book, I just didn’t really enjoy it.
Arista was a girl who did her job well, and looked out for those she cared about. She wasn’t treated well, but at least she wa ...more
Not many YA books take place in the 18th century, so when I first read ‘London 1725’ in the summary, I was immediately drawn to it. It must be said that Tangled Webs doesn’t offe ...more
Tangled Webs by Lee Bross
Book One of the Tangled Webs series
Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):
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 ...more
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato
I haz mixed feelings about this book and that makes me very sad. I really wanted to love it and love it I did not.
Before getting into the nitty gritty, I just wanted to give a shout out to whoever was in charge of all the artwork on the pages and whoever was in charge of the cover because holy guacamole, can I get a GORGEOUSSSSS?
On to more serious stuff though. Lady A was not exactly what I expected. She is not nearly as ba ...more
*I picked this one because of the cover . it's like a scrapbook and I love scrap booking*
spoiler alerts but minimised
The story sets in London, 1725, and I find it intriguing when I read the synopsis because I always find London interesting especially if it sets way back.
The protagonist's name, Arista didn't turn me on at all. I didn't like the name but she turned out to be lovable and admirable. She is ...more
To start, the setting of this novel is London in 1725. London is a fascinating city in my opinion. Send me to London in any book in any year, and I'll be pleased. The one stipulation is that you develop ...more
But a female protagonist as a blackmailer??
Holy. Crap. I'm pretty excited.
Well, I hate to say it, but I was seriously dissapointed. I didn't like the romance at all. I wish the plot had been more focused on the actual blackmailing. (I wanted a lot more of that.) ...more
A VERY confused MC. Meet Arista aka Lady A aka Ana aka someone help me because so many “aka’s” aren’t even legal. Arista is a thief…or rather, the aid of a thief. Her boss, Bones (Villain #1), collects secrets of the aristocrats in London’s society and he’ll keep them safe, for a price, of course. He is cruel, abusive, and basically owns Arista. He keeps her starved and filthy, only allowing her to dress up family for the sake of masquerade ...more
This novel had quite the premise, it appealed to me on every level. I mean come on, historical fiction coupled up with a complex blackmail scenario? Sign me up. Unfortunately with Tangled Webs I found myself simply unable to finish it. I ended up marking it as DNF at 30 percent just because I was so, so, so detached and bored out of my mind. The biggest issue for me was definitely the writing in this one. It just read as so bland and typical, and because ...more
I just finished Tangled Webs and...wow. I am trying to put my thoughts together, but all that comes to mind is AEUHRGSR.EIGHR;EGHSOG. As of the time that I’m writing this (March 16th), Tangled Webs is by far, the best book that I have read in 2015. Yes, it was that amazing. I am amazed by Lee Bross’ writing prowess. If this review seems to be a bit all over the place, that’s because I’m trying to put my gushing thoughts into words.
Imagine living your life as an orphan, growing up with no f
I tend to love historical YA so when I read the summary to Tangled Webs I was captivated and knew I’d want to read it. I had hopes that this book would be romantic, atmospheric and addictive. Sadly, I didn’t end up enjoying it nearly as well as I hoped.
Though this book took place in 1725 London the setting never felt all that historical to me. I didn’t feel swept back in time nor did I get a clear visual of this world that Lady A/Arista li ...more
This was one of those books that i read just to continue doing something, to satisfy my curiosity. And it wasn't enough for me. it didn't really drag me in, like other books have done. I almost had to force myself to continue reading. I didn't really care what happened to Lady A/Arista/Ana. And that's not how i should feel.
All in all, the book wasn't bad by any means. It didn't have any "bad elements" ...more
"Lady A." His voice sounded hoarse, like he'd only just started using it.
She inclined her head slightly. He took a long swallow from the glass of brandy clutched in his fat fingers. Just like that, she had the power again.
Thank you Disney Hyperion for providing me with an advanced reading copy for review.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Going into a book with little knowledge about it, nor having many expectations, payed off this time. Tangled Webs is, despite th ...more
This was...a bit of a disappointment. It started off well and then went downhill around the halfway point...maybe even before. I should have DNF'd it. I don't know why I didn't, to be honest. The premise intrigued me from the moment I read the summary, and I guess I just wanted to see it through.
I'm a sucker for a girl who gets by dre ...more
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What do you get when you put unconditional love, the 1700s, and daggers in a bowl of kick butt? You, my lovely readers, get TANGLED WEBS by Lee Bross. Arista is Lady A, a notorious blackmailer from the London underworld. She gives secrets to Bones and in return…I’m not actually sure what she gets in return besides not being dead. The secrets are that of the rich ton. Dressed in back with a mask made of feathers, she wanders the partie ...more
There wasn't anything wrong with the world building or any historical innacuracies, but there was a certain vagueness to everything as far as the background and the setting. It was London, but other than some references to the foggy weather here and there... my impression is that we don't know nothing of the atmosphere, nothi ...more
Tangled Webs by Lee Bross was a book I had my eye on and I knew that as soon as I had this book in my hands I would have to read it. I mean, it is historical (which I love), has a bit of swoon (which I love), and the underlying story has characters I find interesting (which I also love).
Bross starts this story by creating a world where the rich pay to keep their secrets hidden away…unless someone pays more for that secret. Mixed up in that world is Lady A and she is the face of an op ...more
Arista works for Bones, who bought her from the orphanage when she was a child. She acts as Lady A, the face of his blackmail operation. Everyone knows her mask, because she's the only one ...more
I had really high hopes for this book...especially because the cover was so pretty. But a pretty cover hid just a bland story. The MC Arista aka Lady A aka Ana (I think she has multiple personality disorder!) is an orphan who is raised by a horrible man to be a thief and a spy. But that's the problem...she doesn't act like a thief or a spy at all. In the first chapter Arista, while on a mission, meets and falls for Grae. BAM! Instalove!! To the point where she is distracted from her mis ...more
I honestly didn't dislike the overall book, but there was a lot of elements in it that added up to an overall low rating. The biggest factor, I have to admit, is the characters. Unfortunately, I couldn't connect to or sympathize with any of them. Not Arista, the main character, or her childhood friend/crush Nic, or her instalusty masked highwayman Grae, or the people who made the "tangled webs" in the story.
I WANTED to like Ari ...more
I really enjoy curling up with historical fiction books so when I heard about Tangled Webs, I was immensely intrigued by the storyline. I had pretty high expectations for this book given that a couple of my close blogger friends enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I hoped and I found it lacking on both the historical fiction and romance fronts.
Tangled Webs is set in 1725 London and follows that story of sixteen year o ...more
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Thanks to Netgalley and Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
I was so excited for this book, that blurb seemed to tick all of the boxes: strong female protagonist, secrets and spies, set in London in 1725, it seemed too good to be true. And unfortunately it was.
The idea is fantastic, a truly brilliant concept, but the execution was decidedly lacking. Which left me feeling frustrated, ...more
The character named Arista AKA “Lady A” is a 16 year old tough girl who has gone through a hard life in her childhood. She was brought up as a thief from childhood, and now she’s a notorious blackmailer ...more
As far as the plot goes, it is a very interesting idea. Had it been told in a different style, with some character development tweaked, I believe i ...more