June 20, 2015

5 Star Review: A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin + Giveaway #5Star #bookreview @KatBaldwin #giveaway

Title: A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House #1)
Author: Kathleen Baldwin
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Historical, Yound Adult, Romance
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon

It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don't fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts..

A School for Unusual Girls was a bit different for me. Usually when I read a book, I can get a feel for the setting and what might happen right away, or at least within the first 100 pages. However, this one was quite different. It starts off with Georgiana's parents taking her off to a boarding school (mainly because she is an embarrassment and her parents don't want her). The school seems like it's a creepy place at first and quite torturous to it's students. But there is more to the school then what you first think. And it took me a while to figure out what exactly was going on.

The characters were enjoyable. I liked what each one brought to the table. However, Miss Georgiana was a bit stubborn most of the time, and a little too smart for her own good at times too. I really didn't like her parents either, but once you get through the first couple of chapters, they are no longer an interest in the book. Another good character was Lord Wyatt. He was charming and funny in the right places. And Lord Ravencross was another great character, stern and rude, but still enjoyable. I liked the chemistry between him and Tess.

All in all, this was a totally amazing book! I really enjoyed how it ended, it didn't leave you on a cliffhanger for the next one, but at the same time, you are anxiously awaiting for the next book to come out.

Disclaimer: *I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

KATHLEEN BALDWIN has written three award-winning traditional Regency romances for adults, including Lady Fiasco, winner of Cataromance’s Best Traditional Regency, and Mistaken Kiss, a Holt Medallion Finalist. She lives in Plano, Texas, with her family.

Find Kathleen: Website | Blog | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

1 Winner will receive a Advanced Reader Copy of A School for Unusual Girls (US Only)

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Annie - said...

This summer I'm going to spend 2 months in Europe backpacking with my friends! It's going to be great, I can't wait! ;) Thank you for the giveaway! ;)

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magic5905 said...

Nope, working all summer.

bookbunny68 said...

No. Unfortunately an unexpected surgery cut deeply into the vacation fund. Next year though....the beach!

Cindy said...

Yup. I'm already out of the country. ^-^

sarah said...

No vacation planned this summer, might try to visit some state parks close by.

Jessica Porter said...

I don't have any plans for the summer other than reading blogging and going to disney hahahah.

Alisha Sienkiel said...

I might be going to NC and the beach in August!

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