Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Review: Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed
416 pages, paperback
Disney-Hyperion, December 2013

Source: Sneak Peek from NetGalley

One house, two worlds...

I grabbed this 13 Chapter Sneak Peak from NetGalley awhile ago but had not read it until now. Why did I wait? It is quite the fun read. I read this in a couple hours and promptly purchased the whole book to keep reading. It is addictive and a bit of a guilty pleasure read filled with scandal and gossip, secrets and lies, all within the walls of Somerton, an English Estate, during the beginning of the 20th Century. 

This is Downton Abby meets Gossip Girl and it makes for a perfect escape/vacation read. Just wish I was on vacation while reading. It's also good for some late night reading while sitting with my sick little girl.

We get to follow both the people upstairs and those downstairs, discover their secret affairs and malicious intents. This is a YA book, perfect for those ages 12-18, so the romance and scandal are not as mature as you would find in adult books, but I liked that.  The innocence of the characters and their actions seem appropriate for the time period and their ages.

Cinders and Sapphires is the first book in the Somerton series. Book 2, Diamonds and Deceit, was published in January.

For more info about the book and author visit her WEBSITE.

Happy Reading!

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  1. I have to say I am a bit obsessed with Downton Abbey and the time period of 1900-1929 so this sounds like a fun read!

    1. So am I! It is probably why I enjoyed this so much. :)

  2. This sounds like a book a lot of people will love!

    1. Agree. It could also be considered a bit of fluff by others. I enjoy this type of book mixed in with the more mature and literary fare. :)


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