High-Drama Historical Romance

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While this book is marketed as YA, I think it would go over well with anyone who loves the historical high drama of Bridgerton and Downton Abbey. I don't often see books tackling race in this time period written in this way, and I loved that it brought all of the unapologetically over-the-top wealth of other series while also acknowledging the very real stakes that all of the characters face.

It follows four characters, all of whom live in the same sphere but under very different circumstances, and the contrast between what each character says about the others, versus about themselves, was very enjoyable. It ticked a lot of those Regency/Edwardian tropes (although it's set slightly later) while also being its own unique story. I don't understand why it hasn't gotten more buzz, unless it's because people see the YA label and assume it's not properly in the romance genre? At any rate, I loved it. I can't wait for the rest of the series.