London, 1725. Everybody has a secret. Lady A will keep yours—for a price. This sumptuous, scandalous YA novel is wickedly addictive.
Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city. With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London—secrets.
But leading a double life isn’t easy. By day Lady A is just a sixteen-year-old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master, Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through the squalor of London’s slums. When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects: Jonathan Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General who moves seamlessly between the city’s criminal underworld and its most elite upper circles. Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in the hopes of saving enough money to buy passage out of London.
Everything changes when she meets Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae has traveled the world, has seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is—not for what she can do for him. Being with Grae gives something Arista something precious that she swore off long ago: hope. He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child. But can you ever truly escape the past?
I was pulled in by a beautiful cover, and after reading the inside cover I was super excited to read this book. I mean come on, who doesn’t love a good historical spy novel.
But unfortunately this book fell a little flat. There was just so much talking and inner monologue. Not as much action and I thought there was going to be.
I thought that Arista was going to be this kick butt uber spy who was cold hearted, but that feeling doesn’t last long. It seems like she is always blushing, on the verge of tears, or is so happy she can’t contain herself. As a “strong” female character I was a little disappointed. It seemed like she had no common sense, and wasn’t as street smart as it seems like she should be.
Plus one of the things that really put me off was the insta-love. After the first initial connection between Arista a Grae the relationship develops in a normal fashion. They talk, go to an opera, he treats her well, listens to her talk and tries to understand what is going on. But that first moment where her heart starts to do somersaults for this guys she hardly talked to was a little much. Her love for Nic that she had been nurturing for awhile just goes to this guy she doesn’t really know, but she can’t stop thinking about him. She just went a little overboard for my taste, especially since she is supposed to be a tough spy, I feel like love should have been a little harder to come to.
This book was written really well though. Like, I might read the second book just because the author showed such a strong voice in this book. I read this book in a few hours even though the content was just kinda eh. Everything was descriptive but not overly so, it had a perfect balance. Each character had a distinct personality that turned them from words to people. It was great 🙂
Overall this book was okay, but not something I would go out of my way to recommend to my friends. Not bad, just was not as good as I was hoping it would be.