It begins with a villainess, a lady in disguise who collects on the debts you owe, debts you gained when you did something you never want your family and friends to know about. Pair that lure with this stunning cover, and I was sold. While this wasn’t quite as good as I really wanted it to be, I still thought it was a solid four-star read. If you can’t resist a bad girl who wants to go straight or a lady in hoop skirts who can probably kick your butt, this is certainly worth a look.
Arista is the notorious Lady A, the beautiful woman who hides in the shadows of the masquerade and trades in the secrets and lies of London’s elite. No one sees the men behind her who hold her captive to a life she despises, but when circumstances offer her the opportunity of escape, Arista will have to decide who and what she is willing to risk for her own freedom. But in a dangerous underworld where enemies masquerade as allies, finding happiness and out-running the past may be more impossible than even Arista suspects. While the historical London setting will be new to many YA readers, the strong female protagonist will not. Arista evokes many of the young women currently popular in YA fiction, and she doesn’t disappoint. She is fiercely protective of the few people she has been allowed to love. She has been trapped in a nightmarish situation where all of her choices have been dictated since early childhood. She is forced to be the face of an enterprise where others benefit and she is a puppet. Sound familiar? It should. Reading this book is like finding a new friend you feel an instant connection with, and it is precisely that connection that will keep readers taunt with tension as Arista gambles in her bid for freedom. A romance, too, grows in the midst of this tangled web of deception, raising the stakes and readers hopes for Arista’s success. Fans of Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series or Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy will particularly enjoy Tangled Webs. While there is no fantasy element, the leading lady is reminiscent of both Celaena and Alina.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.