Title: No Proper Lady
Author: Isabel Cooper
Published By: Sourcebooks Casablanca imprint of Sourcebooks Inc.
Summary: Joan lives in a world ruled by the Dark Ones, demons and other hellish creatures that have made the present world a nightmare come alive. The surviving free humans, like Joan, live in caves and tunnels and fight the Dark Ones everyday, but in this battle the humans are losing. Joan has been chosen for a very important mission, she must go 200 years back in time and kill the evil magician who let the Dark Ones out and whose actions created the world they all suffer in. Joan is sent back in time to 1888 with the mission to kill Alex Reynell. Simon Grenville, a magician and aristocrat, witnesses Joan's entrance into his time. His sister has just had a nasty run in with Reynell, so Simon is sympathetic to Joan's mission. Now, Joan must endure a different kind of training. She must learn how to dress, act, and behave like a 19th century woman and carry out the all important mission of stopping Reynell before he creates a horrific future.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. The concept and idea behind it is very interesting and intriguing. It's an interesting mash-up of many things I enjoy, magic, a bleak future, the 1800s, and a kick-butt female character.
The characters in the story were really strong. Joan was tough and her transition from tough girl of the future to a woman living during 1888 was well done and believable. The character of Simon was also strong too. I liked how both Simon and Joan were tough and true to their duty and didn't try to steal the spotlight from one another.
I really enjoyed the concept for this book and while I wouldn't know exactly how to categorize it, it made for an exhilarating and at times edge-of-your-seat read.
My only problem with the book was that the writing style was a little jumpy and confusing at times. It would be on one subject and then jump to something else with no warning. Also Simon's brand of magic wasn't really explained too well.
Overall this was a very enjoyable read that combined the future and the past with a pulse pounding (especially near the end) save the world action. A very good read, but be warned, this is an adult book with adult scenes.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.5/5
Ballgowns and Demons! A pretty tempting combination.
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