Way better than the 1st! | Jubilee Manor #Review

May 6, 2016 Reviews 0

Way better than the 1st! | Jubilee Manor #ReviewJubilee Manor by Bethany Hagen
Series: Landry Park #2
Published by Speak on August 11, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia
Pages: 387
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-half-stars

The thrilling conclusion to Landry Park is full of love, betrayal, and murder--perfect for fans of Divergent, The Selection, and Pride and Prejudice.

In Landry Park, Madeline turned her back on her elite family, friends, and estate to help the Rootless. Now, in Jubilee Manor, she struggles to bring the Gentry and the Rootless together. But when Gentry heirs—Madeline’s old friends—are murdered, even she begins to think a Rootless is behind it, putting her at odds with the boy she loves and the very people she is trying to lead. If she can’t figure out who is killing her friends and bring them to justice, a violent war will erupt and even more will die—and Madeline’s name, her estate, and all the bonds she’s forged won’t make any difference.

This conclusion to Landry Park, which VOYA dubbed "Gone with the Wind meets The Hunger Games,” is a richly satisfying, addictive read.

How can you read book 1 and give it 3.5 stars and then BAM! get hit with book 2 and it’s a no-doubt-about-it awesome book? How much can change in the span of 1 book? For me, just about every complaint I had with Landry Park disappeared in Jubilee Manor. I read it in 1 sitting and was perfectly satisfied with it’s conclusion.

In Landry Park, I had complained that Madeline was too preoccupied with her own gentry lifestyle and it bugged me, even if it was realistic. Well, because of the way things ended, when we get to Jubilee Manor, she’s well past those concerns. Her only concern with the gentry is how to maintain peace between them and the Rootless, not her own luxurious lifestyle. The character growth in Jubilee Park is fantastic, not only because there’s so much, but it’s completely believable. Madeline has always cared about the Rootless and was teetering towards becoming this person throughout Landry Park, so it’s no great leap to see her becoming exactly who I wished she was before. And the fact that she had to grow to become this person, however frustrating that growth was, makes it all the more rewarding.

The romance element was equally more satisfying. Gone is the mystery of David’s feelings and the jumble of who is involved with who. Everything is very front and center and, while there is still relationship trouble, it’s not about “I wish he loved me, not her.” Instead it’s questions of trust and standing on the same sides of issues. Much more substantial grounds for romantic trouble and I enjoyed that so much more.

I really enjoyed seeing the tensions and distress as Madeline and her friends/family stand at the front of this movement that’s basically trying to reshape their entire social structure. When I set out to write this review, I thought I would give Jubilee Manor 5 stars, but I realize now that I have to give it 4.5 stars for one complaint. While reshaping their social structure was very VERY difficult, there are some elements that fall into place a bit TOO easily. Revolution – which is essentially what’s happening here – takes much longer than the span of the book portrays. But it wasn’t so far out of the realm of believability that I rolled my eyes, I just have to dock it a half star.

The tension, mystery, and… well painful revolution was page turning. There’s a lot of mystery and suspense and I was completely fooled, right up to the final moment. I shouldn’t have been, which makes it all the better. I just love when the pieces were there and I just missed them. To me, that’s a great mystery. A fantastic conclusion to the duology. I’m so glad I stumbled onto this book at RT last year!

4.5 stars I loved it

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four-half-stars

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