Sunday, October 2, 2011

Isabel Cooper - No Proper Lady

England, 1888. The trees are green, the birds are singing, and no one has any idea that in a few hundred years, demons will destroy it all. Joan plans to keep it that way. All she has to do is take out the dark magician responsible-before he summons the demons in the first place. But as a rough-around-the-edges assassin from that bleak future, she'll have to learn how to fit into polite Victorian society to get close to her target.
Simon Grenville has his own reasons for wanting to destroy Alex Reynell. The man used to be his best friend-until his practice of the dark arts almost killed Simon's sister. The beautiful half-naked stranger Simon meets in the woods may be the perfect instrument for his revenge. It will just take a little time to teach her the necessary etiquette and assemble a proper wardrobe. But as each day passes, Simon is less sure he wants Joan anywhere near Reynell. Because no spell in the world will save his future if she isn't in it.

Comment: This is the first book by the author and it's a good debut. The plot works out well, and the characters seem well done.
The story takes place in the past but because the main female character comes from the future where humans are fewer and fewer everyday because of demons unleashed in 19th century by one man, Alex Randell. Now Joan, our heroine, has one chance to return to the past and stop him.
However, she knows nothing of the way of living back then, so with the help of Simon, a lord with a house near the place she arrives in that century, she'll learn how to be a proper lady and defeat Alex.
I think this book has justone issue I'd like to see different. I wish there was more focus on the adaptation of Joan in the regency times, she is too independent and strong to act as a real lady form that time. I get it, she is who she is, but I feel she's living with a mask and not as Joan herself, so it makes the book a bit rushed because we don't get the feeling she's there to stay. I hope the next book shows her to us again and we can see if she's more at ease with living in the 19th century.
The other characters are very intriguing and I enjoyed meeting them, namely Simon and Ellie, the brother and sister who welcomed and helped Joan. Simon and Joan are very atracted to each other and a romance starts between them. the way it ended wasquite sweet and I liked seeing how they felt for each other.
I think this is a very original novel, not many authors made time travel from a future back 200 years, usually is more to nowadays present. But Joan's reality is dark and a dead end for humans and the little tidbits she mentioned make us want to see her happy with Simon.
There's also a sense of soemthing rushed, I think it's because this is a first novel and more things should be explained and a more solid base should have been created, ut like I said, I hope the next book might give that feeling of closure.
A good author to bear in mind.

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