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No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper

September 8th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: September 1, 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Summary from

England, 1888. The trees are green, the birds are singing, and in 200 years demons will destroy it all. Unless Joan, a rough-around-the-edges assassin from the future, can take out the dark magician responsible. But to get close to her target she’ll need help learning how to fit into society.

Simon has his own reasons for wanting to destroy Alex Reynell, and Joan may be his perfect revenge. But as each day passes, Simon is less sure he wants her anywhere near Reynell. Because no spell in the world will save his future if she isn’t in it.

You might have noticed that I did not give a rating for how I felt about this book.  To be honest I have no clue, I didn’t hate it and I didn’t love it.  There was nothing in it that made me think this is horrible and painful and yet it was a struggle to finish and I almost gave up a few times.  Perhaps I just was not in the right mood for it because the synopsis was great.  Talk about a Terminator sort of story mixed with romance.  So please bear with me as I ramble through my feelings about this book.

I would probably have to say it was the characters that was lacking most.  Joan is supposed to be this kick ass assassin from the future but other than shooting a couple other wordly beings and the fact that she swears and speaks like a modern day woman we don’t see much else of her supposed fighting/killing abilities.   I also felt indifferent towards her because although we know she came from a harsh world and has parents that were still alive when she left for this mission we don’t learn much more about her.  Same thing with Simon and the villain Reynell.  We know both practice magic and were once best friends but now are at each other’s throats.  Hints are given about why they became enemies but nothing other than Reynell making some choices Simon disagreed with and Reynell being jealous of Simon for some reason that enmity wasn’t really fully developed either.

As I write this I am realizing the main fault was there were so many bits and pieces that held potential but nothing was ever fully fleshed out.  For instance, the world Joan comes from is obviously horrible but she makes references to traitors and the Dark Ones “pets” but this world isn’t painted in much more detail besides those types of references.  It would have felt so much more real if we could truly see what she has traveled back in time and abandoned all hope of returning to her family in order to change.

All in all not a book I would read again and probably one you will have to check out for yourself.  I’ve seen a couple other people rave about it so perhaps I was just in the wrong frame of mind going into this one.

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One Response

  1. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    This isn’t my preferred reading style so I can’t really comment aside from saying that I’m sorry it wasn’t rave-worthy. The cover is pretty darn stunning though, I will say.

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