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YA Historical Fiction | Book Review: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

Tangled Webs wasn’t exactly what I expected…

Book Review: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

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Title & Author: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

Genre: Young Adult – Historical Fiction, Romance

Release Date: June 23, 2015

Series: Tangled Webs #1

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“London, 1725. Everybody has a secret. Lady A will keep yours—for a price. This sumptuous, scandalous YA novel is wickedly addictive.

Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city. With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London—secrets.

But leading a double life isn’t easy. By day Lady A is just a sixteen-year-old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master, Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through the squalor of London’s slums. When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects: Jonathan Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General who moves seamlessly between the city’s criminal underworld and its most elite upper circles. Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in the hopes of saving enough money to buy passage out of London.

Everything changes when she meets Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae has traveled the world, has seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is—not for what she can do for him. Being with Grae gives something Arista something precious that she swore off long ago: hope. He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child. But can you ever truly escape the past?”

YA Historical Fiction…?

One of the biggest selling points for me about Tangled Webs was its setting: the 1700s in London. I love a great historical fiction!

After finishing the book, however, I couldn’t really pinpoint what felt historical about the book. Aside from the fancy dresses Lady A wears, I thought the dialogue and situation felt very modern (not even old timey phrases were used!).

So, right away, I was taken out of the atmosphere and mood of the story.

Also there is some major instalove happening between Lady A and a certain upperclass gentleman. Although I like both characters separately, together they didn’t make sense to me.

Plus there wasn’t much to look forward to – I hate to tell you but most of the book’s plot is given away in the description. I HATE THAT.

What’s strange about Tangled Webs is that it started off so well for me. There is a great and interesting backstory for Lady A – she’s an orphan who’s taken in by the brutal Bones, forced to steal and give back to him in order to earn her keep.

Lady A is a great main character – strong and unpredictable. She wasn’t enough to save this story for me. I won’t be continuing the series.


Despite a strong start, an instalove romance, a lack of a historical atmosphere and not enough surprise elements kept me from giving this book top marks. Tangled Webs was just ok.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Brittney

    Hmm, it seems like a interesting book. But, if the mood and atmosphere is not there…that kind of takes the interest out of the book.


  • I’m so sorry you didn’t like this book, I’m so looking forward to it!!