This exciting novel about a teen aristocrat who must question the justice of her own wealth while facing the cataclysmic divisions of her society will captivate readers as secrets come out, sympathies shift, and every choice can change—or end—a life.
Spoiled, beautiful fourteen-year-old Eugénie de Boncoeur is accustomed to outrageous privilege. The French Revolution may rage around her, but Eugénie's luxurious lifestyle is only improved by visits from her brother, Armand, especially doting since the two were orphaned. What Eugénie doesn't know is that their guardian has promised her in marriage to the wealthy, vengeful Le Fantome, a revolutionary nursing a secret grudge against her family. As the Revolution becomes increasingly violent, Eugénie is shipped off to convent school. Finally, there is no place in France that is safe for her. Eugénie dusts off her lightly used brains and rises to the challenge of survival; and soon she is in the thick of turmoil and romance, confronting spies, secret agents, and double-crossing suitors in her quest to get out of France alive.
This book was set during the French Revolution, and it was a lot of fun reading it, with Eugenie who's seen pretty much nothing of the world, to seeing both the worst, the death and destruction that the Revolution caused, and the best, of love, and sacrifice for strangers. And it was nice to see her grow up from pretty much a spoiled brat to a strong, smart, and independent woman, she really uses those brains at the end, and she became quite a good actor! And it was really fun to read about it!
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was a book about a girl who is a noble in a time where nobles were being killed left and right, and still, she survives, with the help of friends, and an intended husband that she knew nothing about until the end. And yeah, it was really fun to read!
I really didn't like her brother, he was a bit weak, letting their guardian set up a marriage between Eugenie and Le Fantome, who hated the nobles, and Eugenie's dad in particular because the dad had bested Le Fantome. So le Fantome held a grudge against Eugenie's family. So that wasn't smart. And then the brother didn't tell her, and he was all "save the king, the family, because of a note that the queen gave him" instead of taking care of Eugenie, and not very well. So I didn't like him. But his friend more then made up for him!
I really enjoyed the ending, if a bit was sad, but I was thinking the one guy was bad, and then it turns out I was right, though I'm sad for that, because before the end, that would have hurt Eugenie, but at the end, it didn't, because yeah. That end romance was really good! Can't wait to read more!
This was a really good book, so I hope you guys check it out!
Author: Patrica Elliot
Series: Pimpernelles #1
Read: January 15-17, 2012
Reason Why: It looked good, and YA Historical Fiction novel.
Publisher: Holiday House
Published: July 2nd 2009