- Anna from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: What I loved most about Anna was just how much I could relate to the protagonist. I feel extremely similar to Anna which was why I really loved the book. I’d freak out exactly for the same reasons she did, and overanalyze just about everything like she did.
- Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: I adore Lola because she’s got impeccable style. I wish she was my best friend so I can constantly raid her closets. I’d let her give me a make-over any day.
- Mary Quinn from the Agency series by YS Lee: Um, Victorian girl spy – need I say more? Quick with her tongue and not afraid to dress in disguise, Mary is one of my favorite characters in historical YA. She’s just so much fun to read about since she doesn’t quite fit the cookie-cutter mold of a Victorian lady.
- Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series: I totally had a love/hate relationship at first with Rose during the first few books of the series. But once she finally stood up for herself, that‘s when she really started to kick butt in my eyes. I love strong female protagonists.
- Pearl from Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst: Oh my god, I don’t think I’ve encountered such a funny narrator this year. Pearl just had me giggling. The premise does play a part in the humor, but nothing beats Pearl’s voice.
- Lady Calpurnia Hartwell from Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean: Callie is one of my favorite romance characters ever. She’s witty and just so much more likeable than your usual romance protagonist.
- Percy from the Percy Jackson series: I’ve got a soft spot for Percy. After reading all the books in the series, I have to say that I really enjoyed watching him grow. It’s a bit sad that I ended the series so I’ll definitely have to pick up the spin-off series soon.
I obviously could not think of 10.
Summary: She lives for passion.
Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society’s rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London’s most practiced gossips . . . and precisely the kind of woman The Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.
He swears by reputation.
Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening—risking everything he holds dear—he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety. She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.
Heroine: MacLean is a fantastic writer because no matter how hard you resist, you will end up cheering for Juliana. She is so easy to relate to because MacLean taps into that feeling of just wanting to belong.
Hero: Leighton is my kind of hero. He’s stubborn and he does think quite highly of himself, but it makes it all the more fun to see his facade crack.
Supporting Cast: A highlight of the entire series – not just this book in particular – is the interaction between the siblings. I love the scenes with Juliana, Gabriel, and Nicholas. I love the role that Gabriel played in this book, especially whenever he is in a scene with Leighton.
Plot: I didn’t enjoy the premise of Eleven Scandals as much as I had with Nine Rules, but overall the “scandals” that Juliana starts are so much fun.
Romance: Fantastic romance. MacLean kept me on my toes up until the very end of the book. Juliana and Leighton had the best chemistry. This wasn’t the steamiest novel I’ve ever read, but it definitely ranks high on sexual tension and chemistry.
Love Potion Strength:
– Exceeds Expectations
MacLean is officially one of my favorite romance writers. If you loved any of her previous books or if you’re new to this author, definitely pick this up!
TEN WAYS TO BE ADORED WHEN LANDING A LORD by Sarah MacLean Book Review
Published: October 26th 2010 by Avon
I usually read a lot of historical romance for fun, but it is not something that I usually review. TEN WAYS caught my eye at NetGalley and I was lucky enough to have the chance to review it courtesy of Debbie Mercer from HarperCollins. Thanks Debbie!
Book Summary: Since being named one of London’s “Lords to Land” by a popular ladies’ magazine, Nicholas St. John has been relentlessly pursued by every matrimony-minded female in the ton. So when an opportunity to escape fashionable society presents itself, he eagerly jumps—only to land in the path of the most determined, damnably delicious woman he’s ever met!
The daughter of a titled wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend has too many secrets and too little money. Though used to taking care of herself quite handily, her father’s recent passing has left Isabel at sea and in need of outside help to protect her young brother’s birthright. The sinfully handsome, eminently eligible Lord Nicholas could be the very salvation she seeks.
But the lady must be wary and not do anything reckless…like falling madly, passionately in love.