Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to Disney Book Group and NetGalleyWhat if she could turn Arista into a proper lady who could attend the parties where jewels and money were ripe for the picking Bones s greed had become their saviorThere wasn t anything awful about this book, I just didn t really enjoy it.Arista was a girl who did her job well, and looked out for those she cared about She wasn t treated well, but at least she wa Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to Disney Book Group and NetGalleyWhat if she could turn Arista into a proper lady who could attend the parties where jewels and money were ripe for the picking Bones s greed had become their saviorThere wasn t anything awful about this book, I just didn t really enjoy it.Arista was a girl who did her job well, and looked out for those she cared about She wasn t treated well, but at least she wasn t forced into a brothelShe would never forget the night Nic had told her that Bones planned to sell her and Becky to the brothels Arista would have died firstThe storyline in this was about Arista leading a double life, posing as a Lady whilst selling people s secrets, but I just got bored, pretty quick, and I didn t really care what was going onYou of all people should know, sir, that there is no such thing as trust among thievesThere was some romance, but even that didn t interest me, and I was just really, really pleased to get to the end of this I m thankful that this was wrapped up rather than ending as a cliff hanger, because I don t really want to read another book in this series.6 out of 10 Actual Rating 2.5This review has also been posted on The Social PotatoI haz mixed feelings about this book and that makes me very sad I really wanted to love it and love it I did not.Before getting into the nitty gritty, I just wanted to give a shout out to whoever was in charge of all the artwork on the pages and whoever was in charge of the cover because holy guacamole, can I get a GORGEOUSSSSS On toserious stuff though Lady A was not exactly what I expected She is not nearly as ba Actual Rating 2.5This review has also been posted on The Social PotatoI haz mixed feelings about this book and that makes me very sad I really wanted to love it and love it I did not.Before getting into the nitty gritty, I just wanted to give a shout out to whoever was in charge of all the artwork on the pages and whoever was in charge of the cover because holy guacamole, can I get a GORGEOUSSSSS On toserious stuff though Lady A was not exactly what I expected She is not nearly as badass as I had imagined her to be I wanted to be blown away by her badassery I wanted to cheer her on as she dealt with the nobility and watched them shrink in fear but sadly that s not what happened because Arista, aka Lady A, does not enjoy blackmailing the nobility Alas her soul is not as dark as mine and she hates the life she lives She would do anything to get out of it and rightfully so because her master is a complete waste of oxygen I just really have a thing for books involving crime okay I love seeing people be manipulated and not even know it s happening I LOVE all the cleverness usually involved in books where the main character is part of the crime life but that s not what I got in this book which would explain my reaction Now please understand that a lot of this is just personal taste and not really reflective of the book because in spite of my expectations, I actually found myself warming up to Lady A Sometimes she was a little too loyal in my opinion given the way she had grown up I kind of expected her to be hardened instead of being soft in terms of the people she has emotional connections with but in the long run, she was just a young girl trying to make the best of her resources to figure the best way out of a life she wants nothing to do with I even enjoyed seeing her come across barriers she should have been able to account for but couldn t because no one can think of everything.I loved that she was faced with challenges that might have seemed obvious to the reader and weren t even major twists or anything but the actual truth is that no one can be all knowing andlikely than not, things aren t going to turn out the way you want them to.My biggest issue with this book was the romance I didn t like it At the beginning of the novel Arista clearly has a crush on Nic but then suddenly she meets Grae and her feelings just disappear I am appreciative of the fact that there was no love triangle but seriously Feelings don t just vazoom aka disappear I also just didn t like Grae It s not that he was bad by any means He was a sweetheart and treated Arista with the respect she deserved and blah blah blah My problem was that I didn t understand his fascination with Arista and I didn t like how he was casted as Arista s savior That girl has brains and is clever, she can save herself She is a young independent woman who don t need no man although romantic interests can be fun I think Grae contrasted her character so much it almost made Arista seem helpless when she isn t.My favorite character was obviously Nic Nic is great He is such a complex character and I LOVED IT I only wish we could have seenof him.The book was very well paced and even though there were some cheesy bits, it was a fun read I actually really did enjoy all the complicated tangledness trying to make a pun here guys, just roll with it I just wish we actually gotinto the secret bartering bit and got to learn what exactly was happening and what kind of secrets the nobility traded to get things accomplished I did enjoy the set up though and I also liked the world that Bross had created.I would suggest not to get lured in by the promise of crime because this book doesn t focus so much on the fascinating crime life than it does on Arista It s her story to a better life, not about how she engages in crime The bits involving crime were great but also, like I said, it s Arista s story to a better life.This was a fun book to read and while I didn t love it, I d still say it s something to read if you re in the mood for a light and entertaining book.Post Script I also just found out there will be a sequel and I am DEFINITELY curious to see where things will go This could get verreh interesting Beautiful exteriors often hide the nastiest things, in life and literature alike We learn that lesson very early in life, and we readers quickly learn to be wary of gorgeous covers But the wariness can make us miss out, and Tangled Webs has a lotto offer than just the pretty swirls and colors on its dust jacket Not many YA books take place in the 18th century, so when I first read London 1725 in the summary, I was immediately drawn to it It must be said that Tangled Webs doesn t offe Beautiful exteriors often hide the nastiest things, in life and literature alike We learn that lesson very early in life, and we readers quickly learn to be wary of gorgeous covers But the wariness can make us miss out, and Tangled Webs has a lotto offer than just the pretty swirls and colors on its dust jacket Not many YA books take place in the 18th century, so when I first read London 1725 in the summary, I was immediately drawn to it It must be said that Tangled Webs doesn t offer many historical details, but it also avoids any accuracies Because of the fast pacing, going into descriptions of historical settings and society could have been disastrous for this book Bross gave us just enough to ground his story, but not enough to burden it.We meet Arista as Lady A, a lady with a feathered mask who trades secrets and blackmails the rich, but not for her own gain Underneath the ladylike behavior and glamour is a street urchin, a hungry orphan with nothing left to lose Arista was bought from the orphanage when she was five or six, and taken to be a crime lord s many child beggars and pickpockets But as she grew, she learned to talk and act like a lady, all to prove herself useful and save her own life Arista has only two friends, the slightly older Nic, her protector, and the former maid, Becky, who is responsible for her clothes and manners They may be the only people she trusts, but they are constantly used to threaten her into obedience Through it all, through pain and impossible circumstances, Arista has a backbone of steel She is sometimes a bit na ve, having missed out on any and all normal experiences, but she is fierce, dependable and kind hearted The romance may just be the weakest part of this book, not only because it s instalove, but because I never saw any actual trust develop between Arista and Grae Pretty words and infatuation are what it all came down to Arista kept working around Grae instead of with him which, while understandable, was also incredibly frustrating If I were a nitpicky sort of person in a nitpicky sort of mood, I could find at least twenty seven things wrong with this book But I m not, and I won t At the end of the day, Tangled Webs is a flawed but entertaining story that kept me awake for most of the night and even made me cry at times Review posted on The Eater of Books blog Tangled Webs by Lee BrossBook One of the Tangled Webs seriesPublisher Disney HyperionPublication Date June 23, 2015Rating 4 starsSource ARC sent by the publisherSummary from Goodreads London, 1725 Everybody has a secret Lady A will keep yours for a price This sumptuous, scandalous YA novel is wickedly addictive.Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and Review posted on The Eater of Books blog Tangled Webs by Lee BrossBook One of the Tangled Webs seriesPublisher Disney HyperionPublication Date June 23, 2015Rating 4 starsSource ARC sent by the publisherSummary from Goodreads London, 1725 Everybody has a secret Lady A will keep yours for a price This sumptuous, scandalous YA novel is wickedly addictive.Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London secrets.But leading a double life isn t easy By day Lady A is just a sixteen year old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master, Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through the squalor of London s slums When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects Jonathan Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General who moves seamlessly between the city s criminal underworld and its most elite upper circles Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in the hopes of saving enough money to buy passage out of London.Everything changes when she meets Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant Grae has traveled the world, has seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is not for what she can do for him Being with Grae gives something Arista something precious that she swore off long ago hope He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child But can you ever truly escape the past What I Liked When I first saw the name Arista , I was just the slightest bit turned off I don t like the name though it s not TOO bad , but also, I didn t like Lady Arista from Kerstin Gier s Ruby Red trilogy very much she s a snobby grandmother, so I don t think we re supposed to like her But Arista from Tangled Webs turned out to be quite a fun and likable character I enjoyed reading her story, and I sympathized and felt bad for her often This story was a breath of fresh air, after all those three star reads I ve gone through recently The setting is London, 1725 Arista is secretly Lady A, a young woman who everyone knows works for Bones, a dangerous man known for his blackmailing The highest payer will have their secrets kept by Bones But fail to pay, and your secrets are out Lady A ensures that secrets are found out and payments are made This is not a comfortable life, and Arista wants to leave forever and go to India When a night on the job goes wrong, Arista finds herself in the clutches of a new thief and blackmailer, deceptively no better than Bones Arista has things to lose her friend Becky, her budding relationship with Graeden Sinclair and his family Arista is caught in a web of deceit, and there is no easy way out.I love historical fiction This book is heavily historical, and I enjoyed it There were some anachronisms in terms of the speech, I believe, but I tried not to let it bother me too much they weren t common and they were almost passable as common across all time periods I didn t spot too many other anachronisms, which was nice The historical aspect of this book was lovely Of course, Arista s existence as Lady A is odd, but this is where we use our imagination.I like Arista very much She is hardened and brave, sly and clever She isn t as devious and malicious as her Lady A reputation might imply She wants to be free of it all, to go to India and never come back Arista never wanted to work for Bones, or Wild She had no choice in either matter, and it was losing her freedom all over again when she joined Wild It s hard not to feel sorry for Arista, given her difficult past, present, and future But I like how strong she is, how cool and collected yet sad and emotional filled she is She isn t a conscience less thief By chance and terrible timing, Arista and her lady s maid friend Becky are abandoned by Bones, and are snatched up by Wild sort of Arista makes a deal with Wild, to keep doing what she s doing, but for him Arista agrees so that she and Becky will have shelter and food Arista met Grae at a ball while doing a job, and she can t get him out of her head Fate throws them together, and now Arista sees Grae often.I liked Grae, though you ll see a few complaints below I found him to be a tad one dimensional like I said,below He s a strong and kind male protagonist with a very important role to play in the story He s the son of a merchant owning a fleet of ships, and Grae is the captain of one Grae is several years older than Arista, and he is a lovely young man He s definitely a swoon worthy love interest and the one and only love interest.The synopsis will have you thinking that there might be some sort of love triangle, possibly with Grae and Wild being the love interests UNTRUE Throughout the entire book, the only love interest is Grae Wild is another employer, another man putting Arista in a gilded cage There is no romance there whatsoever There is no romance anywhere except between Arista and Grae.And I really, really liked the romance in this book Grae and Arista meet before he meets Arista he met her at a masquerade ball while she was disguised, so he didn t know she was Arista or Lady A Things heat up between them immediately upon seeing each other lust at first sight I LOVED this And then he meets her as Arista, and he s shocked and angry, but the chemistry is still very much alive And sizzling Seriously, for a historical fiction novel, the romance was pretty alive I liked this a lot.The story is exciting, thrilling, sad, and engaging I thought it got a little predictable towards the end, but that might have just been me Nevertheless, I liked the ending I kind of hoped this book would be a standalone, but I see on Goodreads that it is listed as a series Companion series I kind of hope it s not a continuation series This book ended perfectly, and I d almost hate to see a sequel ruin it What I Did Not Like I mentioned above I found Grae to be a smidgen one dimensional He just didn t seem real to me I m not sure why, but he seemed a bit flat Almost too perfect I liked him a lot, don t get me wrong But I feel like I didn t get enough time to get to know him maybe that s it That s another thing time moves quickly in this book You know that whole one months later or she did this for the next three weeks kind of thing The author employs this tactic, which is fine, but it messes with the progression of Grae and Arista s relationship I feel like Grae and Arista didn t get enough up close and personal time and I m not even talking about in a romantic way though that would have been nice too Their relationship is well developed we know this because of the time lapse , but we as readers don t SEE this development, really So it wasn t insta love at all More like omission of development If that makes sense.I liked Grae a lot and I really liked the romance So don t get me wrong But both could have been stretched out for readers This book was short, so another thirty to forty pages of exposition between Grae and Arista would have not only shown the development of their relationship, but also taught usabout Grae Would I Recommend It Despite a few misgivings, I really enjoyed this book It s definitely worth the read, so I would recommend it Kickbutt heroine, sweet and steamy romance, hot male protagonist, swift action what s not to love And it acts well as a standalone though I see Goodreads says it s part of a series , so theoretically, you could stop after this book and love it Rating 4 stars I m glad I liked this book It was great, I ve already reread some parts I m torn on how I feel about it being part of a series, but I will definitely read the sequel, no matter my feelings on this book and the series This one ended so wonderfully, there shouldn t be a sequel But I ll read it anyway Nothing beats the crushing disappointment you feel when one of your most anticipated books falls flat Tangled Webs had lots of promise yet failed to deliver all that it promised to give The synopsis has everything I d love to see in a book The story hardly matches all that the synopsis claims.To start, the setting of this novel is London in 1725 London is a fascinating city in my opinion Send me to London in any book in any year, and I ll be pleased The one stipulation is that you develop Nothing beats the crushing disappointment you feel when one of your most anticipated books falls flat Tangled Webs had lots of promise yet failed to deliver all that it promised to give The synopsis has everything I d love to see in a book The story hardly matches all that the synopsis claims.To start, the setting of this novel is London in 1725 London is a fascinating city in my opinion Send me to London in any book in any year, and I ll be pleased The one stipulation is that you develop the story around the setting a bit or at least describe the setting This book gives some references to London sights and places and talks a little about London society and fashion, but there s nothing to match this story with what s going on in London at the time I feel like this book lacked any possible research to make the setting and story blossom This book literally could have taken place anywhere at any time and still have the same exact story I couldn t connect to Lady A Arista at all The poor girl has an identity crisis throughout this book She doesn t know who she wants to be She struggles to cut ties from the evil people who shackle her to a life of crime Her flat character continued to beguile and charm others in the novel, and I just didn t understand it, neither do I understand how she managed to stay alive so long Her naivet and poor decision making would led to an untimely demise She s hypocritical at every turn, and it was grating on my patience, I love romance that has wonderful development and sparks This book contained neither We re told repeatedly about the sparks between Arista and Grae and how they re drawn to each other I didn t feel nor see any of this though The romance wasof the author convincing us of the romance s genuineness than actually showing it This book contains insta love as well I couldn t get on board with this romance It was lackluster and dull The romance was cringe worthy and shoved down our throats.Not much happened in this book I didn t need action particularly, I just wanted something to hold my attention I had to force myself to continue reading after each chapter Overall this one was not my cup of tea Perhaps you ll have better luck First, I must say that whoever wants to read this should not rely on the synopsis too much I picked this one because of the cover it s like a scrapbook and I love scrap booking spoiler alerts but minimisedThe story sets in London, 1725, and I find it intriguing when I read the synopsis because I always find London interesting especially if it sets way back The protagonist s name, Arista didn t turn me on at all I didn t like the name but she turned out to be lovable and admirable She is First, I must say that whoever wants to read this should not rely on the synopsis too much I picked this one because of the cover it s like a scrapbook and I love scrap booking spoiler alerts but minimisedThe story sets in London, 1725, and I find it intriguing when I read the synopsis because I always find London interesting especially if it sets way back The protagonist s name, Arista didn t turn me on at all I didn t like the name but she turned out to be lovable and admirable She is a notorious blackmailer known asLady Awho works for an abusive master, Bones At some nights, she attends masquerade parties balls to trade money over secrets dressed in black gown and feathery mask, along with her bodyguard childhood friend Nic Nic wasn t even mentioned in the synopsis But in daylights, she dresses up as a boy to safely passes through the streets of the city I must say, she iscomfortable dressing as a boy because no one seems to notice her, unlike as Lady A, who was known and despised by many At one of the parties she attended, she met Graeden Grae Sinclair, who I must say was bewitched by her in the first sight though it wasn t intentional and Arista was wearing a mask that night I love how they met and their FEW BUT ENOUGH interactions All in all, I love their love story though I don t think I get connected with Grae as much as I was with Arista Though Arista is the main protagonist, it would ve been better to know and getintimate with Grae s character but it s enoughGrae told this to AristaBut there isThere s a look you get in your eyes as if you re on a great journey, but have gotten lost along the way All I want is for you to let me guide you back The synopsis, like I mentioned above didn t say anything about Nic For me, it should ve have Nic, after all, can be considered as another love interest of Arista since at first she thought she s in love with him not until she met Grae and made her feel what attraction really meansHowever the synopsis mentioned Wild and anyone might think she s some kind of a Knight in a shining Armor who rescued Arista when something went wrong one fated night And I, too, thought that way and that he is some kind of Arista s love interest That he ll be a part of Arista s love triangle along with Grae HE IS NOT he s just like Bones, who wants to use LADY A s reputation and abilities for his own gain.Did I mention that Arista is just a child, a mere sixteen year old young lass who was an orphan, caught in a fucked up life and didn t have much of a choice but to do bad things in order to survive but want to be out so badly We all know how that kind of stories goes but this one isn t boring at all I love how Grae accepted Lady A s secrets though he was bothered at first since she ended up living in his house with his family.Their love story was fast paced but I can only say this because the author used fast paced tactic The development of the story weren t all shown to the readers but it is admirable that somehow the author made the readers believe they re already in love without showing too much scenes of their interactions SO you re forgiven Lee Bros.It hurt me that Nic died, I shoud ve been happier if he found his own girl He was too nice to Arista though he made some terrible decisions too.I would recommend this one to everyone since this is an awesome read Not a five star rated but this will do to spend hours of reading Worth the time.Goodreads listed this as a part of a series but this can be read as a standalone I was almost hesitant to read it because I don t want to be left hanging with the story I wasn t, and I m actually wondering why there s a need for a sequel since for me this has a nice ending already Maybe their lives in India that s where Arista wanted to go and they re going Or Arista will beof bad ass character She already is but there s still room for her to grow as character and I m sure i ll love herI shelved this as piteous character only because her situation is almost pitiful but Arista is a great protagonist She handled everything well.NOTE TO THE AUTHOR OR THE PUBLISHERS change the synopsis a bitIt s misleading the readers I sense a love triangle coming.But a female protagonist as a blackmailer Holy Crap I m pretty excited Edit 12 29 Well, I hate to say it, but I was seriously dissapointed I didn t like the romance at all I wish the plot had beenfocused on the actual blackmailing I wanted a lotof that. London,Everybody has a secret Lady A will keep yours for a price This sumptuous, scandalous YA novel is wickedly addictiveLady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency inLondon secretsBut leading a double life isn t easy By day Lady A is just a sixteen year old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master, Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through the squalor of London s slums When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects Jonathan Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General who moves seamlessly between the city s criminal underworld and its most elite upper circles Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in the hopes of saving enough money to buy passage out of LondonEverything changes when she meets Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant Grae has traveled the world, has seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is not for what she can do for him Being with Grae gives something Arista something precious that she swore off long ago hope He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child But can you ever truly escape the past Things to look out for in Tangled Webs by Lee Bross A VERY confused MC Meet Arista aka Lady A aka Ana aka someone help me because so many aka s aren t even legal Arista is a thief or rather, the aid of a thief Her boss, Bones Villain 1 , collects secrets of the aristocrats in London s society and he ll keep them safe, for a price, of course He is cruel, abusive, and basically owns Arista He keeps her starved and filthy, only allowing her to dress up family for the sake of masquerade Things to look out for in Tangled Webs by Lee Bross A VERY confused MC Meet Arista aka Lady A aka Ana aka someone help me because so many aka s aren t even legal Arista is a thief or rather, the aid of a thief Her boss, Bones Villain 1 , collects secrets of the aristocrats in London s society and he ll keep them safe, for a price, of course He is cruel, abusive, and basically owns Arista He keeps her starved and filthy, only allowing her to dress up family for the sake of masquerade parties, when Arista becomes Lady A and collects the payment from London s richest But Arista doesn t know who she is, or what she wants to be When she s Lady A, she cherishes the control she, a girl, has over the rich bastards of the city But when everything is said and done, Arista only wants to run away, and lead a normal life All of this struggle and angst is fine, but not until it wears the reader down Duuuude You don t know what you want to do Newsflash None of us teens do What you re experiencing is normal teenage behaviour Jeez Don t show me your inner struggle for 302 pages out of your 304 page book A host of characters with the depth of the finest potholes in your city When I read a book, I expect to see characters who are thicker than a cardboard and deeper than potholes I don t want to see these characters come and go when the story line requires them to, and I don t want them to be used to drag the story along Examples of these characters Nic Love Interest 1 , Becky Arista s friend , Grae Reigning Love Interest and most importantly Wild Villian 2 These people came when they had to utter a few dialogues, and then left, leaving Arista to ponder upon what else her identity crisis Sigh Instalove Instalove I could go on and on and on about Arista and Grae and their love at first sight situation How she fell in love with his voice and the fact that he had been to India How she thought about him all the time, forgetting how best friend and companion Nic had always protected her from Bones How she thought that she wouldn t even give him her name for fear that he would what go to the cops How she decided without him, might I add that she would help his family who found their way into the book, somehow and make sure that they lived happily no matter the fact that she d essentially dug her own grave And then there was Grae I loved him the first time he met Arista He was all soft voice and strong arms and swoons, but as I kept seeingandof him, I realised that while he was likeable, he wasn t some special character that I d remember Not bad, but nothing new either Bummer, because I really like his name MY NAME IS GRAE SINCLAIR AND I M MYSTERIOUS AND SEXY insert sexy pelvic gyrations Villains who are as clich as they come Two villains in this story, ladies and gents, and both do basically the same thing One is a brute about it, the other uses sweet words to get what he wants And if you don t do as they say, they will take from you, whether you like it or not Let me tell you, in the history of YA has never been one villain who made me fear for the character s life And Tangled Webs is no different The two bad guys could have been worse had they shown something that other stereotypical villains don t but they stuck to the old classics and that just weakend the plot even further London, 1725 or was it One of my main reasons for picking up this book was the time period London in books is my happy place, whether in current times or two hundred years ago And in Tangled Webs, apart from the repeated mentions of the London slums and squalors and the filth in the alleyways, nothing else made me feel like the book was based in London In fact, it could be the current time in a city that hosted a little too many masquerades and my feelings about the book would remain unchanged What is the use of such an elaborate setting if it brings nothing of consequence to the plot line Overall, I m not too sure if I m going to pick up the sequel to this one, but it s a confirmed two book series, so why the fuck not, right I was provided a free ecopy of this book in exchange of an honest review This did not in any way, however, influence the content of this review See this mini review at YA Midnight ReadsThis novel had quite the premise, it appealed to me on every level I mean come on, historical fiction coupled up with a complex blackmail scenario Sign me up Unfortunately with Tangled Webs I found myself simply unable to finish it I ended up marking it as DNF at 30 percent just because I was so, so, so detached and bored out of my mind The biggest issue for me was definitely the writing in this one It just read as so bland and typical, and because See this mini review at YA Midnight ReadsThis novel had quite the premise, it appealed to me on every level I mean come on, historical fiction coupled up with a complex blackmail scenario Sign me up Unfortunately with Tangled Webs I found myself simply unable to finish it I ended up marking it as DNF at 30 percent just because I was so, so, so detached and bored out of my mind The biggest issue for me was definitely the writing in this one It just read as so bland and typical, and because of that the characters ended up in the same boat for me You see I didn t end up finishing this one not because it was overwhelmingly rage inducing, but rather because it was was so utterly mediocre for me I had no interest or investment on what happened in terms of plot, characters, romance anything I think it says something that a story about blackmailing in the 1700s was so boring.Perhaps that has something to do with the fact the story didn t really feel like it took place in the 1700s I felt as though the lack of worldbuilding made it feel like the novel could have taken place in Canada in the 1940s, or really any time period at all Given this is a historical fiction novel, I do find the historical elements to be quite crucial and it would be an understatement to say Tangled Webs was lacking in that department The setting and time period added nothing to the novel at all.There was definitely romance in Tangled Webs unfortunately I didn t read the story long enough to see if the love triangle presented was in fact a love triangle, but from what I ve gathered this seems to be the case The love triangle is between the main character s sole confident who has been with her over the course of her whole life and has saved it on a few occasions and this random gentleman she met one night at a ball and is completely head over heels in love with I can already make a guess who the main character ended up with and I looked some reviews to confirm and it s truly just sad to me despite how many times we ve raged about insta love it continues to prevail in YA fiction It honestly makes zero sense to me and never will Of course, since I felt so detached from the characters, their romance s among each other definitely didn t result in swooning, but rather rolling my eyes on an extremely frequent basis.Overall, I found myself extremely disappointed by Tangled Webs I couldn t get throughthan 30 percent of the novel due to my extreme ennui, the lackluster romance, how the historical elements were lacking and how I frankly didn t have a single care towards any of the characters