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Sneak Peek: Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Reviews | 2 comments

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Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed – A Sneak Peak

  • Young Adult Historical
  • Expected publication: January 22nd 2013
  • Carlie read 13 January 2013
  • Series: At Somerton
  • Carlie’s Rating:heart heart heart
  • Rate This Book: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)
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140 Character Or Less Book Summary

Downton Abbey for teen girls

(28 characters). Doesn’t spoil anything past the first couple of chapters, as this is all I have read! I was provided with a sneak peak by NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion.

The Book

cinders and sapphires The first page on my kindle didn’t grab me at first. I read it a couple of times over several days before I committed to turning that page. Luckily, the second page had me.

The book centres around Rose, who is a servant in Somerton, the house where this book takes place, and Ada, the daughter of an English gentleman who has returned with his family from India after some kind of scandal has taken place.

The book reads easily, and is written with modern sensibilities in mind. That being said, it feels authentic enough and we are reminded by both sides of the stairs that everybody is born in a certain place and life is about staying in that place.

The Characters
In where I may be a little bit spoilery, please avert your eyes if you wish to avoid early book spoilers.

Rose is intelligent and a lover of music, which supports the “you are what you are born” theory as she is half noble… oooooh scandal!

Ada of the upstairs is bookish, an early feminist, and in love with an Indian scholar… ooooooooh scandal!

And lastly there is Sebastian, described as more stylish than the snobby stylish people which is code in book land for gay…. oooooooooooooooh scandal!

Sum Up

From this short preview I don’t have anything really to pick at. It was a good read. It didn’t blow me away to THIS IS AWESOME land, although it may have done so when I was 15. And I don’t need to read the rest RIGHT NOW (she says as she requests the full manuscript from NetGalley), but I will read the rest and I am looking forward to it.

plus You had me at Downton Abbey for teens
minus None to speak of in this sneak peak

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  1. Charlotte

    Sounds interesting. I will check it out! ;)

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