Review: The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1)

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Rating: ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher (Avon Books) in exchange for an honest review. 

To preface, I just want to say that I have not watched the show yet so I cannot say how it compares to it nor did I have any particular expectations going in. I wanted to read the book first before watching the show.

I ended up really enjoying this book!

The book was a lot funnier than I expected it to be. The humor was woven throughout the novel nicely. The little excerpts from Lady Whistledown were a very entertaining touch that added to the hilarity. 

As for the two leads, I did prefer the Simon over Daphne. Daphne did some things that I was not a fan of. She wasn’t completely terrible; she just wasn’t my favorite. As for the supporting characters, I loved them all, especially the other Bridgerton siblings. I can’t wait to learn more about them in the rest of the books. 

This edition did include the bonus Second Epilogue (which was originally published separately online) which I also enjoyed. It’s relatively short so it didn’t reveal that much, but it was still fun revisiting the characters again.

Overall, I found this to be a delightful read. I am looking forward to finally watching the show and continuing the series. 

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Review: Mad and Bad

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Rating: ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.

I love learning about awesome historical reading so I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, this book didn’t hit all the marks. 

It was hard for me to get into this book at first because the book didn’t grip me. The book pretty much consists of short biographies of different women from the Regency period. For the first couple of chapters, none of the women grasped my attention. As the book progressed, I became more interested. 

The main reason why the book didn’t fully capture my interest until later on was the writing style. The entries on the women are very basic. They don’t do a deep dive into their lives or offer much of an analysis aside from the obvious. If it was written in a more engaging way then that would have helped solve the issue. Also, I think the book would have worked better if it were a collection of essays. It would have been more powerful. 

There were some things I did like. I liked that every chapter had a conclusion  section. Doing that helped tie together the biographies of the particular chapter. I also liked that the recommend reading was included at the end of each chapter, making them easier to refer to. Lastly, I found the chapters on women in STEM and queer women to be the strongest. 

Overall, the book had fascinating content but the execution left much to be desired. 

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