Series: The Uprising #1
Published by Lyrical Press (Kensington) on March 1, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
Format: Kindle Copy
Source: Blog Tour, Review Copy, NetGalley
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Ludmila Novakova--Mila--has barely set foot outside Prague Castle in her seventeen years. But with the choice between braving the bandits and wolves of Bohemia's uneasy roads or being married off to a disgusting old baron, she's taken what she can carry and fled.
Escape won't be easy. Even Mila has heard the rumors of a rebellion coming against the court. The peasants are hungry. The king hasn't been seen in months. Mila's father, the High Chancellor, is well known and well hated.
But Mila can't sit behind a stone wall and let fear force her into a life of silk gowns and certain misery. Her mother's death has taught her that much. She has one ally: Marc, the son of the blacksmith. A commoner, a Protestant--and perhaps a traitor, too. But the farther she gets from the castle, the more lies she uncovers, unraveling everything she thought she knew. And the harder it is to tell friend from enemy--and wrong from right . . .
Lions in the Garden opens with the main character Ludmila (or Mila) trying to escape from her home in Prague, and the possibility of being married off to a an elderly baron. Unfortunately Mila was not prepared for the dangers of life outside the castle and was very quickly set upon by bandits in the local forest. There she meets the blacksmiths son, a handsome boy by the name of Marc, who rescues and returns her to the castle. Little do they realize that their meeting has set off a chain of events that will alter both of their lives forever.
I was a little iffy about this book at first, Ludmila seemed a bit silly that she would run off into the woods unprepared and then of course the handsome boy swoops in to save her. Once I got further into it though I completely fell in love with this story! Mila was such an interesting character and even though she has led a fairly privileged life, she was still a very strong character. She kept getting thrust into awful situations but still maintains her hope and stands up for herself. She is a bit knaive and too trusting of people, but stands up for what she believes is right.
There was chemistry right off the bat between Marc and Mila, I really enjoyed seeing their relationship progress and was rooting for them to find a way to be together. The romance was a bit rushed but fit in with the urgency of their situation. I found Marc to be a immediately likeable character and would love to learn more about him and his family. The book was written from Mila’s point of view and I am hoping that book two will have Marc’s viewpoint as well. There were a few other secondary characters I would have enjoyed getting to know better such as Mark’s brothers Jiri and Henrik, and Mila’s nursemaid Branka.
The story was well paced and kept me interested until the very end. As soon as I finished I wanted to read the next book and immediately preordered it on my Kindle!
I was given a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. You can see the tour schedule by clicking the image below, you can also win a print copy of Lions in the Gardens by entering here!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 Reading Challenge