Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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What the hell was that?!
No, seriously. What the hell? Trolling through NetGalley I found a link to something that sounded like an interesting book. So I asked for it and was approved (yay!). Fast forward to the reading of it, I notice it is only 100 pages. Okay, so this must be a novella. Fine.
Now I have read 100 pages, oh wait no, 66 pages. The rest are actually a chapter for her next book. I feel cheated. This was not a book. It wasn't even a novella. It was seriously a very long (and quite boring) prologue for this next book. If I would have paid $.99 for this I would be more livid then I am now.
So lets take a look. Literally the first 24 pages are about Bell, the hero. It reads like a diary entry. He woke up, complained about breakfast, went to the club, went fencing, yawn. Oh and he is a tortured soul, too.
The heroine has a brief intro at that point, but really we barely see any of her... and the two dont even interact until the very last sentance, where we are cutoff and told to "Turn the page for the first chapter of the new novel"
Bullshit. This is not a novella. There is a long beginning, no middle and definitely no end. It is just a ploy to get more money out of the public.
Now novellas that introduce new series can be done well. Take for instance Courtney Milan's The Governess Affair. This was remarkable. It was a story in and of itself but also set up the new series. Brilliant.
A Season for Sin was nothing of the sort. There was no sinning and barely a season.
I am actually really disappointed. This was my first introduction to Ms. Dreiling and I have heard such good things about her. But now I just have this bad taste in my mouth. It is going to take me a while to get over this so I can read one of her books without this horrid shadow.
The characters and the story seem interesting. I just wish that the book I had was the one promised to me... or was even a book.
So in conclusion. If you want to read the book that is in the description, wait for it to come out. It's called "What a Wicked Earl Wants" and comes out in 2013.
If you are a die-hard fan who can't wait to get a taste of the new characters, then this is for you. But honestly it should be some free thing on the authors website and I don't think is worth the $.99
This "book" was provide to me by NetGalley for a fair and honest review
Oh my Ire. I remember this heated review so well. I say now that it's been over a year, I can probably try Ms Dreiling again.
This was originally published on GR in September 2012.