Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: JUBILEE MANOR by Bethany Hagen

Author: Bethany Hagen
Pub. Date: August 11, 2015
Publisher: Dial Books
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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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.

My Thoughts...

Being a big fan of Landry Park, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the conclusion, JUBILEE MANOR. Madeline is in a precarious position. With her father removed from power and Landry Park, her once assumed-dead uncle Jack steps into Alexanders shoes and together, Madeline and Jack attempt to bring the Rootless and the Gentry together.

Madeline thought things were looking brighter. She was in love with Captain David Dana, the Rootless and the Gentry would come together and everything would eventually make a turn for the better. That was until dead bodies of friends began showing up. Blame was set against the Rootless and in turn retaliation was their defense mechanism. Their people were already considered the "lesser" lives, and when anything went wrong they seemed to be blamed. No wonder they were bitter and angry with the hoity toity Gentry. With Jack at Landry Park, most Rootless lost their faith in him and turned to Smith, whom was 100% against the Gentry and anything to do with Landry Park.

As the story moves forward, we learn why the Landry's heal from the radiation and how it all began. Despite the turmoil, Madeline had hoped that if they could figure out a way to manipulate the serum, the Rootless would have a chance at a longer, healthier life. Her brilliant cousin worked so hard on gathering blood samples and running tests to get this ready for testing. But behind all the efforts, there's someone who opposed the changes and has an agenda of their own.

There were multiple characters I considered for the roll of the murderer, and bbout half way through the book before I thought I knew who was behind them. Well played, Ms. Hagen. That little added twist (and I will not say what that particular twist is) threw me off. Madeline proved to be a much stronger protagonist. With deaths and the resistances, she never stopped believing there was a way to change things for the better.

In the end, Madeline and her family had changed. Not just from losing loved ones, but realizing everyone regardless of their station deserved a better life and an education, a warm home to live in, and not fear the threat of radiation.

 This story isn't fast-paced until the last quarter, which was done very well, but I would have liked a little more to keep me from wanting to skim a little here and there. I could've done without so much description, but besides that, I really enjoyed what the story was about. Overall Jubilee Manor concluded very nicely and I am soooo glad that David and Madeline's relationship withstood the turmoil at and around Landry Park.

Title: Landry Park
Author: Bethany Hagen
Hardcover: 384 Pages
Publisher: Dial (Penguin)

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won't allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty - her family and the estate she loves dearly - and desire.

About Bethany: (photo by Ritu Nanos)
Bethany is a a former librarian living in the Kansas City area with her husband and two children.
Her debut novel Landry Park came out from Dial/Penguin in 2014, and the sequel, Jubilee Manor, will be out August 11, 2015. She is am represented by Mollie Glick of Foundry Media.

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Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a paperback of LANDRY PARK and an ARC of JUBILEE MANOR. US Only.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
8/3/2015-The Bibliophile ChroniclesInterview
8/4/2015- Fiction FreakReview
8/5/2015- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
8/6/2015- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview
8/7/2015- Wishful EndingsInterview

Week Two:
8/10/2015- The Eater of Books!Review
8/11/2015- FiktshunGuest Post
8/12/2015- WinterHaven BooksReview
8/13/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsInterview

8/14/2015- The Reading Nook ReviewsGuest Post


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