August 21, 2015

Jubilee Manor Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Jubilee Manor (Landry Park #2)
Author: Bethany Hagen
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopia/Romance
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Publisher: Dial/Penguin



The thrilling conclusion to Landry Park is full of love, betrayal, and murder--perfect for fans of Divergent, The Selection, and Pride and Prejudice.

In Landry Park, Madeline turned her back on her elite family, friends, and estate to help the Rootless. Now, in Jubilee Manor, she struggles to bring the Gentry and the Rootless together. But when Gentry heirs—Madeline’s old friends—are murdered, even she begins to think a Rootless is behind it, putting her at odds with the boy she loves and the very people she is trying to lead. If she can’t figure out who is killing her friends and bring them to justice, a violent war will erupt and even more will die—and Madeline’s name, her estate, and all the bonds she’s forged won’t make any difference.

This conclusion to Landry Park, which VOYA dubbed "Gone with the Wind meets The Hunger Games,” is a richly satisfying, addictive read.
Jubilee Manor is the thrilling final book in the young adult dystopia 'Landry Park' series. It picks up right where the first left off, with out main character - Madeline - trying her hardest to bring together the Gentry and the Rootless. It's almost impossible for her though, because someone is murdering Gentry heirs - and everyone believes that a Rootless is behind the killings. Even Madeline is beginning to have doubts about who might be killing her old friends. She has to figure out who is behind it all before a terrible war breaks out between the two classes - making everything she's worked so hard to achieve, along with her name and her estate - worthless. Will she be able to figure out who the murderer is before it's too late?
This series was beautifully unique in so many ways. I loved the setting for the novel - it was a dystopia, so the world wasn't perfect (or anywhere near it), but the old style Southern feel was a refreshing change to the usual minimalist future we find in other dystopian fiction. The world the author created for the series was incredibly detailed with lots of descriptions and vivid imagery that made it easy for me to slip in beside Madeline right from the very beginning. The plot wasn't wholly original - having two classes of people, one higher than the other, and on the brink of war - but the author gave it so many different variables that it stood out from all of the other novels in the genre. 
Madeline continues to be a fantastic female lead for the series in this book. She's strong willed, intelligent, determined, and ready to fight for what she believes in - which is mainly to bring the two classes together. She matures and grows a lot throughout the book, and I loved watching her character learn, adapt, and change. There's a lot going on in this book - lots of tension between the classes, a war basically brewing just under the surface, the mystery of the killer's identity, the murders themselves, and (of course) some romance. With all of these things happening all at once, there's a palpable sense of suspense throughout the novel as Madeline rushes to find the killer and hopefully keep working at bringing the classes closer together without a war breaking out. I could practically feel the urgency pouring from her character during the majority of the book - making it nearly impossible to stop reading once I started. I actually ended up reading the entire novel in one sitting - I had to find out who the killer was and what was going to happen, and I found myself eagerly devouring each page until I had finished. Although this is labeled as a dystopia, there are so many other genres blended into the story, and I don't think trying to stick it into one category is fair (or will work). It's a beautifully told story that will have fans of all genres captured in its world. Very highly recommended for readers of all types of fiction - not just dystopia!

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Bethany Hagen was born and raised in Kansas City. She grew up reading Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, and all things King Arthur, and went on to become a librarian. Landry Park is her debut novel.



1 comment:

  1. It looks very mysterious and I love the covers! Thank you!