The Season

The Season

by Sarah MacLean

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Murder, treason, ball gowns, and boys . . . Regency London has never been so deliciously treacherous, adventure-filled, or . . . romantic, from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah MacLean!

Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued — in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.

Perfect for fans of Jane Austen, readers won't be able to stop turning the pages of this rollicking and juicy romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545048873
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,223,361
Product dimensions: 8.16(w) x 5.34(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for her own Season. She currently lives in New York with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She is currently at work on her second novel.

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Season 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 209 reviews.
robin_titan More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I could not put it down, I just loved it so much from the beginning all the way to the end. I'm so sad it's over. Ah the ending is! Loved it!! Alexandra a.k.a Alex/Minx(cuute nickname from Gavin)/Scamp, is a seventeen year old girl who is starting her first season in 19th century London along side her two wonderful best friends, Ella and Vivi. She is dreading everything about it because she doesn't really believe in "The One" the way Vivi does or love in general. At the balls she is forced to attend, she gains attention from a lot of unlikely candidates. Even some really cute ones like Freddy Stanhope. Then there's Gavin (awww). Her childhood friend who once saved her from a tree (cute story) and who's always been like a fourth brother to her. He's starting to seem more and more different (in a good way). For some reason Alex never really saw him, until this season and now every time she sees him she practically gets butterflies in her stomach, but he's so busy laughing and dancing with the beautiful Penelope and having to deal with his father's recent death, or was it murder? I HIGHLY recommend reading this book, you will not be disappointed. It will leave you with a ginormous smile on your face once you've finished it, actually throughout the whole book you'll end up with a ginormous smile on your face. hehe :D The characters are witty and fun to read about. I just love the dialouge throughout the whole book. With Sarah MacLean's great writing, it all ends up being a great story anyone will fall in love with. It doesn't hurt that there are cute guys with great personalities all over the place. There's Alex's brothers William/Will (23), Nicholas/Nick (21), Christopher/Kit (19), and Freddy the adorable flirt (not her brother). Oh and who can forget the main man, Gavin (23).
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Season is a fun, funny, exciting romp of a book--Alex, Ella and Vivi are best friends who actually CARE about each other, which makes the story a charming one to read. The romance is just sizzling enough, the mystery just nerve- wracking enough, and the end is oh so very satisfying!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford is being introduced into Regency London this season. Too bad she doesn't fit in with her sharp tongue and the fact that she hates dress fittings. The last thing Alex wants is to marry, which is why her mother, the Duchess, is so thrilled it is finally her season. While Alex attends lavish balls and extravagant dinner parties with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, she also manages to uncover an important secret involving Gavin Blackmoor, a family friend. His father, the Earl, was killed, and Alex wants to help Gavin find the murderer. In the process of growing closer to Gavin, she finds her feelings changing, and realizes that maybe marriage and love aren't as bad as she thought them to be. I am a big historical fiction fan, and this book did not disappoint. Sarah MacLean wrote a beautiful debut novel that was hard to put down. Alex's character was witty and fun. She seemed like someone I would be friends with! Gavin was a handsome character who was also sweet. If you ever come across THE SEASON, you should definitely pick it up. It was great, and I recommend it to anyone!
LOVER_OF_THE_THEATER More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! i couldn't put it down!!! I read it in one day. I loved the plot and the romance!!!! IT IS A MUST READ!!!!!
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I read this book over a couple of days and found it so thrilling that I didnt want to put it down. The way Ms. MacLean has written this book, you are left hanging till the very end to know who they are after. More than once I found myself gasping out loud at the way events turned. There is alot of romance in this book, but its so nice to have something other than vampires to make our hearts beat a little faster. The main character Alex(Alexandra) is a headstrong young woman who is thrown into the London social season, an unwilling participant. Her mother wants her to find a suitor and her place in society. But along the way, she finds more than her share of adventure with her two best friends Vivi and Ella. I recommend this to any girl who wants a great true love story, but enough suspense to keep her up till the early hours of the night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It's awesome and I keep reading it over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book! Once I started reading, I was very content to keep reading and avoid my "real life". Now that I'm done with the book, I wish it had been longer!

I loved the characters, the mystery and the romance. I especially liked the chemistry between the two main characters. I think BBC should make a movie based on this book- it would be great! I hoping there will be sequels about Vivi and Elle finding their "ONES".
Rosentiq More than 1 year ago
It's About: Alex, Vivi and Ella are all set for their debut Season, but they're far from the poised, proper Regency ladies they're expected to become. Least of all, Alex, whose debut comes first, and somehow (perhaps because she just can't help but meddle) she ends up embroiled in the mystery of the Earl of Blackmoor's unexpected demise.

Even more unexpected, Alex finds herself falling for the new Earl of Blackmoor- a family friend she's known as Gavin all her life. Surrounded by a stable of over-protective brothers, and a society that demands nothing less than propriety, Alex is bound to have the most interesting Season yet.

MacLean has a gift for creating intricate settings- all the fine details that make up this regency world are beautifully drawn, but she never lapses into a place where the setting is more fascinating than the story. Each of her characters are handsomely drawn, from the spirited trio of girls that make up the centerpiece of the story, from the galloping hordes of Alex's brothers, to even the unnamed, but arched-browed ladies of the Ton.

I have to admit a particular fondness for secondary player, Freddie Stanhope- who swears to be a rake and womanizer of the worst sort, but whom I suspect (and I hope I will discover in future installments of this series,) is probably just a sweetheart, deep down inside.

Would I Give This Book to a Teen: The spirited young women in this novel play within the confines of the society in which they live, instead of shamelessly breaking them. Definitely a treat for young women who love Austen, historicals, and sweet romance.

Would I Give This Book to an Adult: Definitely to Regency fans, and to anyone with a taste for something satisfyingly romantic. Because it deals with the first season, and so many novels of the era, and current novels about the era, deal with the same, I think this is a perfect book for adult readers to slip into the YA conception of the Regency world.

>My 15 Year Old Son Says: He thinks the brown haired girl on the cover is kind of cute. He refuses to specify which brown haired girl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really do adore this book. At first I was a little sketchy about it, but as soon as I sat down and read it, I was hooked!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story with love and romance embedded into murder and mistery.
Misch More than 1 year ago
I was having a horrible day so I decided to stop by a book store to see if they had Wicked. Unfortunately, they didn't; this looked good so I decided to just get it. The Season turned out to be the only good thing that happened to me that day. It is a wonderful book that was incredibly difficult to put down. I found it hard to believe that this was just Sarah MacLean's first novel, she writes like a pro. Bravo Sarah MacLean! I highly anticipate your next novel and expect it to be just as great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only thing that made this book bearable was that I paid $1.99 for it. It would have been better had I paid nothing for it. This is the last time I read the reviews and believe them. They had to have been written by her friends or family. BORING, BORING,BORING. Don't bother.
Terrizzle More than 1 year ago
Don't judge a book by it's cover. In this particular case that is extremely true. From the cover, I assumed this book would be a low cost poorly written story. I had low expectations starting it, but soon realized that the author was in fact talented in the way she writes her book. She did a great job with the characters, the main plot, overall it was a very enjoyable book. It usually takes alot to make me laugh aloud while reading, but she managed it a few times. I definately think this book is worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It was really really good. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the perfect mix of mystery humor and romance. Loved how the characters were true and entertaning and i highly recomned this book to anyone it is definetly worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! This book was so wonderful and I especially loved the conversations {especially the ones including Gavin}. It made me laugh at times. I recommend this book to anyone who likes 19th century London, mystery, and sweet romance. I loved everything about this book, and you should read it.
reece1999 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Season" is a bood by Sarah MacLean.This book is based off the lives of young women in Britian during 1815.The Season is the time in which young women had their "coming out".This "coming out" is when they would try to impress suitors with the intention to get a husband. This SEason has a twist.The twist is a murder, the woman that solved it, and the chance to marry for love instead of money."The Season" is probably one fo the best books I've read this year.I found it very enjoying.It isn't what I usally read.I think taht was one of the reasons I found it enjoyable.Another reason was because the young women in the book had a hand in their own destinies.Back in the 1700s and 1800s women didn't really have a choice in who they married.In the present, women are lucky.We get a choice.
khooper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The season (the book) takes place on London England where there are titles of nobilities. Alex is the youngest child in her family, and she is the only girl. Her friends, Ella and Vivian, as well as her, are starting their first seasons and their mothers are going crazy. This also takes place during the French and British war. Gavin Blackmoor is a close friend of the family and soon Alexi¿s interest. Gavin just came out of mourning because his father unexpectedly died will riding on the Essex. Gavin and other feel that the earl¿s death was not accidental. The young earl¿s uncle comes to help him adjust to being an earl. But even after the wired encounters with the uncle, Alex did not believe the story that the Earls death had been accidental. After may encounters with Gavin, Alex soon realize that she is doing things that could ruin her reputation and the chance of being married. Perfect! Ella, Alexi¿s friend, overheard to voices talking in the garden while it was dark out, what spies? Soon the trio of friends starts to connect the dots, Even before Gavin and Her father. After falling Head over heels for Gavin, Alex feels that it is her duty to save Gavin. By the end of the book, Alex fines herself saving Gavin¿s life and figuring out that his uncle was to blame for two things, the first espionage and treason. The second thing is for attempt of murder and murder. Gavin talked to Alex¿s father and he is going to court her and eventually marry.I enjoyed this book. It was a great read, full of history and love, with a twist. I would recommend this book to anyone. There is nothing bad about it. I believe this is the best book I have read this quarter! To anyone reading this GO GET THE BOOK NOW AND SIT TO READ IT!
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Newcomer Sarah Maclean evokes the age-old tales of marriage games and romance in her debut novel, The Season. Following a formula reminiscent of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, The Season is a YA historical romance novel that tells the story of Alex, a headstrong, intelligent young woman who has no interest in marriage and finds her impending introduction into the London social season to be nothing more than a time for her mother to parade her in front of prospective suitors. Along with her close friends Emma and Vivi, Alex must navigate the London social scene while avoiding a marriage match. However, as the story unfolds, Alex finds herself developing feelings for friend Gavin, and a mystery starts to take shape.Told in the tradition of Regency romances, The Season is a well-paced, enjoyable read with a wonderful lead character. Though somewhat predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed Maclean's writing style and well-woven, classy romance (no bodice-ripping here folks). Something about the simplicity of this novel was really enjoyable, and the lush descriptions of London high society didn't hurt either.Basically, The Season is a modern version of a Jane Austen-style romance (heck, the characters even blatantly discuss Austen's books!) that will appeal to fans of Regency romances, YA historical romance and Austen herself. I particularly liked seeing this book floating somewhat alone in the sea of YA urban fantasy/paranormal romance flooding the market right now. It made The Season feel more unique and, in my opinion, gave it an edge over the currently overdone teen vampire romance novel.
sammynop on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl, Alexandra. Alexandra has just turned sixteen and is getting ready for her first season. Her mother is begging her to get married soon. Alexandra becomes closer with one of brothers' friend, Gavin. Gavin has always helped her when Alexandra was in trouble. Soon, Alexandra realizes that Gavin is in trouble. Gavin's father, Lord Blackmoor, was murdered and Alexandra thinks that the murderer is after Gavin now. When Alexandra finds the secrets of the Blackmoor family, she manages to save Gavin's life just in time.I liked how the book kept me thinking about Alexandra and Gavin. They seemed to be good friends in one chapter, and then they didn't speak to each other at all in the next. Alexandra didn't seem to be obsessed over dresses like her friends were. That was surprising to me. This book made me think about a lot of things.
tundra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this story. The author tried to add a mystery to the plot, but I think it was lacking in enough mystery elements to work. Also, the romance didn't seem realistic at all. The romance came too quickly and easily. I would have liked to see more from the male perspective as well.The book was still a fun read, but it could have been so much better. I picked it out originally based on the cover art. I was hoping the girl on the far right of the cover would be a murderess based on her facial express. Oh well.
kbpup903 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Season by Sarah Maclean is one of my new favorites. I picked it up not really knowing much about it and when I put it down, I immediately wanted more. It was just wonderful. The writing, the story, the characters. I don¿t think I have anything bad to say about it.The story of The Season is not your typical historical fiction story. While there is the whole coming out and a season, it¿s more just the setting for the mystery that takes place with Alex and Gavin. Alex knows there is...moreThe Season by Sarah Maclean is one of my new favorites. I picked it up not really knowing much about it and when I put it down, I immediately wanted more. It was just wonderful. The writing, the story, the characters. I don¿t think I have anything bad to say about it.The story of The Season is not your typical historical fiction story. While there is the whole coming out and a season, it¿s more just the setting for the mystery that takes place with Alex and Gavin. Alex knows there is something going on with Gavin, one of her lifelong family friends, and she will do whatever it takes to solve the problem. She also has help from her friends but she¿s the mastermind of the whole plan.The characters of The Season were the best. Alex was so funny and so determined. It was also pretty funny to see how tortured she felt when her mom made her act like a lady. Her friends were also great. They were more ladylike than Alex but they always went along with her crazy schemes. And the boys were the best. Alex¿s brothers were hilarious. They tormented her and just tried their hardest to drive her crazy. They were definitely the comic relief in this book. And then there is Gavin. Almost like a brother to Alex, she tries her hardest to help him but finds herself in some awkward and crazy situations.Overall, The Season is now one of my favorite historical books and I can¿t wait to read more from Sarah Maclean. I just loved this book and I plan on rereading it time and time again!
Shmuel510 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yes, the protagonist is wildly anachronistic for a Regency romance, but then who reads romance novels for reality? It's quite well written, and I'm looking forward to MacLean's next book.
shadrach_anki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Season is a fun, light, and entertaining read. It is in the same general literary vein as the works of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, but the overall tone of the writing falls squarely in the realm of today's young adult fiction. There were a couple of places where the word choice didn't really ring true to me, but it wasn't enough to through me out of the story.
allureofbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like the book cover, although I don't know how well it fits the story. It looks like three girls that don't like each other are really pissed off...which is definitely not a feature of the book. But, I guess since this is a YA novel you can't have a swooning female in the arms of a half-naked Fabio.I read quite a bit of adult historical romance, and this book, to me, was basically one of those books without the steamy scenes. I don't say that as a criticism at all, I just feel like those scenes were left out in order to put a YA stamp on the book. I wish more books were written that way! Leaves more room for character development versus clothes removal. The tension and chemistry between Alex and Gavin was brilliantly realized, they were both very dynamic characters! I loved Alex's best friends Ella and Vivi too.Like with many romance novels, the mystery part of the book seemed more like a token plot so that the whole book won't be made up of the love story. It wasn't boring, but it wasn't fully realized either. If you're a historical fiction or romance fan, this is definitely a book you'll enjoy! I hope Sarah MacLean writes more YA romance along these same lines (her adult romance series is fantastic too!).