[ARC Review] Landry Park

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Title: Landry Park
Author: Bethany Hagen
Series: Landry Park #1
Genre:  YA Dysopian/Sci-Fi
Format: Hardcover, 374 pages
Release Date: February 4th 2014
Publisher: Dial
Source: ARC received by Publisher in exchange for an honest review

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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.

When I saw the cover for Landry Park I knew I wanted to read it. It is gorgeous and simplistic in a way that most covers are not. And I think that is why I loved it so much. Landry Park as described as The Selection meets the Downton Abbey, and although I have never seen or read either of those things, I was intrigued.

In Landry Park we follow Madeline Landry who is the daughter of the most powerful men in the world and her story is not one if ease. Because of her fathers status, she is forced into a life of seclusion and tradition. Something she wants nothing to do with. It is only when she meets David that her world begins to change and she discovers that there is a whole other world outside of her own, and it is not pretty.

What I think I loved the most about this book was the world itself, because even though it seems extremely far fetched for us, it still seemed so real and something that could actually happen. David and Madeline's relationship is a complicated one because it not only involves them, but also Madeline's friend Cara because she is as much a part of this book as the others. And I will say that she not a character that you like. She is the kind of character that gets under your skin and makes you dislike her more than you thought possible. I don't really want to give anything away, but there is sort of love triangle, and before you hate on it, let me tell you that it makes so much sense for the story. And it honestly made me like the characters more because you saw a different side of them.

I absolutely loved this book, the world building was phenomenal and the writing was amazing to read. It grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let you go until the very last page is turned.

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