Monday, August 10, 2015

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Jubilee Manor by Bethany Hagen

Welcome to the blog tour for Jubilee Manor by Bethany Hagen! This is the first of two blog tours I'm participating in for this book - with Rockstar Book Tours, and the other with the publisher (that will be a fun post)! Check out my review below, and enter to win the duology!

Jubilee Manor by Bethany Hagen
Book Two of the Landry Park duology
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: August 11, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Official Summary:

The thrilling conclusion to Landry Park is full of love, betrayal, and murder--perfect for fans of Divergent, The Selection, and Pride and Prejudice.

In Landry Park, Madeline turned her back on her elite family, friends, and estate to help the Rootless. Now, in Jubilee Manor, she struggles to bring the Gentry and the Rootless together. But when Gentry heirs—Madeline’s old friends—are murdered, even she begins to think a Rootless is behind it, putting her at odds with the boy she loves and the very people she is trying to lead. If she can’t figure out who is killing her friends and bring them to justice, a violent war will erupt and even more will die—and Madeline’s name, her estate, and all the bonds she’s forged won’t make any difference.

This conclusion to Landry Park, which VOYA dubbed "Gone with the Wind meets The Hunger Games,” is a richly satisfying, addictive read.

What I Liked:

I think I liked this book even more than I liked Landry Park. I really enjoyed Landry Park! I can definitely see how one would want to compare it to Catherine Fisher's Incarceron (which I LOVED) or Diana Peterfreund's For Darkness Shows the Stars (which I also loved). The setting is unique and full of intrigue, and the protagonist is full of cleverness and strength. So much love!

Madeline is determined to find a way to get the Rootless and the gentry to work together. Both sides are hostile and wary. When the murder of gentry heirs begins, the gentry and Uprisen turns to blame the Rootless, including Madeline (though for good reason). But many don't agree, like Jack and David, and Madeline's relationship with David hangs in the balance. Will war break out, hearts be broken, heirs continue to be killed, before it's too late to stop the storm?

I am a huge fan of Madeline! She is clever and strong like I mentioned above, but there is this innate curiosity, drive, intelligence, and dedication that I absolutely love about her. She puts her duty to finding a solution to the Rootless and gentry's issues first, even going against the opinions and thoughts of the boy she loves, Captain David Dana. She stands on her own two feet, something that she struggled a bit to do in Landry Park (thinking of her and her father).

I love the twists and turns of the plot of this book. It's close to four hundred pages, so it really can't meander too much with boring readers. I was never really bored, which is a plus! I wanted to know what the bigger picture solution would be, with the Rootless and the gentry. But there were so many other issues that were related - the murder of gentry heirs, the complicated DNA discovery that Jamie made at the end of Landry Park, Madeline's relationship with David...

Speaking of... the romance is probably one of my favorite aspects of this duology, if not my favorite. If you thought David and Madeline were swoony in Landry Park... things get even swoonier in this book. And maybe not physically, in terms of intimacy; there's something fundamentally beautiful about their relationship. They fight a lot in this book. They argue and get mad with and at each other, and it's not about things like jealousy over another guy/girl. Their problems lie with how each feels about the Rootless and the gentry, as David and Madeline differ in opinion at times. David and Madeline's relationship has got to be one of the most intense and yet swoony relationships in YA lit! I absolutely adored them, and was cheering them throughout the book.

The setting is amazing! I love how creative and original it seems, even if the general idea of this society is not new. All the glittering society and gorgeous dresses can't hide the exploitation of the Rootless, hence the conflicts. Landry Park is a magical place, even when it is turned into something ugly (metaphorically) by the Rootless.

Many more secrets are uncovered, and the stakes get higher and higher as this book continues. Since this is a conclusion novel, I will be extra careful not to say things about the ending. But I will say that things get crazy and surprising (from start to finish, really). I really liked how things wrapped up, on many different levels, though the author really makes everyone work for it!

What I Did Not Like:

I honestly can't think of anything I didn't quite enjoy about this book. I'm not just saying that because I'm on the blog tour for the book, or because the publisher sent it to me. No, I genuinely liked this book! I've already reread some of my favorite scenes. Love!

Would I Recommend It:

I would so recommend this series in general! And definitely this conclusion novel, it was brilliant. Even better than its predecessor, which is always a nice thing to say. This series is wonderful! Not like the dystopia novels I'm used to reading, which is a great thing. A classic, for the age! I like the "for the fans of Pride and Prejudice" in the synopsis, that actually makes sense!


4.5 stars -> rounded down to 4 stars (no real reason, just that it's not quite a five-star read, so I round down). I can't wait to see what Hagen comes up with next! I'll be reading it for sure.

Was this review helpful? Please let me know in the comments section!

About the Author:

Bethany is a a former librarian living in the Kansas City area with her husband and two children.

Her debut novel Landry Park came out from Dial/Penguin in 2014, and the sequel, Jubilee Manor, will be out August 11, 2015. She is am represented by Mollie Glick of Foundry Media.

The Giveaway:

Follow the tour!

Week One:
8/3/2015-The Bibliophile Chronicles- Interview
8/4/2015- Fiction Freak- Review
8/5/2015- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post
8/6/2015- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review
8/7/2015- Wishful Endings- Interview

Week Two:
8/10/2015- The Eater of Books!- Review
8/11/2015- Fiktshun- Guest Post
8/12/2015- WinterHaven Books- Review
8/13/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads- Interview
8/14/2015- The Reading Nook Reviews- Guest Post


  1. I read Landry Park and I'm quite keen on reading this one too, even more after reading your review and knowing how much you loved it!

    1. Yes! You definitely do! It took me by surprise - I didn't think I would like it as much as I did! This one though, I was expecting to enjoy it, and I did :D

  2. This is a must have for me to read. Great review. Makes me want to read it even more.

  3. This book sounds so exciting! Definitely on my TBR list :)

  4. So you mentioned For Darkness Shows the Stars in your review which means I need to read this series asap! I've been meaning to read the first book for a while now. I think the characters sound great and I especially like the sound of that romance. Glad to know this was such a success for you, Alyssa!
    Great review! :)

    1. YES! I'm glad I made tat note. You might love this series, Nick!

      Thank you! <3

  5. THIS book is everything.
    Loved it and look forward to more books by Bethany Hagen.

  6. I'm glad you liked it! This book sounds really good, and I might add it to my list. Great review :)

    I also nominated you for the Blogger's Recognition Award!

  7. Beautiful cover and sounds really good too.

  8. Wow an almost 5-star reading! Why have I never heard of this series? Now I'm really curious, I added it to my TBR and hope to read it soon!
    Name on rafflecopter: Carolina M

    1. You have now, Annie! I hope you enjoy the books if/when you read them :D

  9. Wow I love the cover! I've heard of this book so many times from so many sources... I think I need to begin the series soon!

  10. I loved Landry Park, but I too think I liked this one better! It had an urgency and darkness to it that really pushed the characters (and the plot) onward. Madeline is wonderful, and I love how strong and independent she is. Woohoo for girl power!! There were so many complex parts to Jubilee Manor, and I praise Bethany on a great job sorting through them all without cluttering or confusing the novel. I love the romance and how the tension wasn't about silly stuff, it was about beliefs and doing what's right. It's how it SHOULD be when couples fight in YA, not random pettiness like jealousy... The setting and writing are both beautiful, and I adored the end. I want more books written by Bethany about literally anything! Lovely review <3

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    1. AGREED! So much! I've already reread parts of it, which is somewhat rare with non-favorite books. Although, this is probably a favorite. It was so great!

      Thank you, Rachel!

  11. Yay :D Gorgeous review and tour post Alyssa. <3 I'm so glad you liked this sequel :) This series sounds amazing. And you are making me so curious about them. Hoping I would enjoy them too :) Thank you for sharing your thoughts sweetie. <3

    1. I hope you read the series and enjoy it, Carina! :D Thank you!

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    1. So happy to hear this, Maria! Now go read this sequel >:)

  13. I can't wait to read this one! I just loved Landry Park, so I'm really excited the sequel is finally here :) It sounds like it will live up to the first!

    1. YAY! Emily, I hope you love this book when you read it!

  14. Honestly, I totally forgot about Landry Park in the swirl of books I read last year but I am still so excited for Jubilee Manor. I love the redesigned covers!! And I'm also a huge fan of Madeline! She's just so smart and clever and a nice break from all the physically strong female characters that I usually read about.

    1. Aren't they beautiful covers? I hope you love this one, Isabella!


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