DNFer: Cinders & Sapphires (Leila Rasheed)

The Deets:
Reading level: YA
Pages: 400
Publisher: January 22nd 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN: 9781423171171
Source: eARC from Netgalley

Cinders & Sapphires (At Somerton, #1)One house, two worlds...

Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies’ maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can’t help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada.

For the first time in a decade, the Averleys have returned to Somerton, their majestic ancestral estate. But terrible scandal has followed Ada’s beloved father all the way from India. Now Ada finds herself torn between her own happiness and her family’s honor. Only she has the power to restore the Averley name—but it would mean giving up her one true love . . . someone she could never persuade her father to accept.

Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All those secrets are waiting . . . at Somerton.





Ever wonder how honest those reviews were for books received from Netgalley/publishers/authors/etc? Well, this one is pretty darn honest. I did not finish this one. Didn't even come close, actually.
 
It wasn't because I didn't want to read it, either. I really did. I love this time period. The cover just screamed Jane Austen to me. But, alas, the story itself was lacking.
 
I think the info-dump in the first two chapters is what did me in. It was just so dense and soooo much "telling" me about things. I couldn't do it. With all the amazing books out there right now, I had no time to devote to something that couldn't grab my interest on the first few pages. Oh well. I may come back to this one once it hits the library, but until then... I'm moving on.
 


Cover Appeal: Sirens

This week's Cover Appeal feature is the sultry siren. After reading the Caster Chronicles (and the many mermaid reads this summer), I realized that Sirens don't always have tails. Sometimes they can walk on two legs.



White Smoke
 
Candy Lips
 
Siren.
 
Siren
 
Kylie Minogue's siren makeup
 
 
 
 


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