Blast from the Past: The Masque of the Black Tulip

The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig
1/4-18/2007–425 pages–fiction/mystery/adventure/history/chick-lit
Bought December 14, 2006 from Walden’s
★★★★★

December 5, 2007 (thru Ch. 8)—Okay, I wanna make a prediction for who the Black Tulip is. Well, kind of. Lord Vaughn is an obvious suspect because of his servant/enemy’s death and he comes back to London around the same time the BT comes. Too obvious to be him. Then there’s the Marquise de Montval, the one @ Almack’s trying to seduce Miles, as another obvious choice. She’s decked out in black and Willig even describes her as “exotic as a tulip in a field of primroses.” But I think it’s too obvious to be her too. I feel they’re working for the BT, esp. after the letter Jane finds saying for BT to get Miles (the Marquise) and Henrietta (Lord Vaughn) by any methods. I think they’re just in the league of the BT, neither actually him.

Okay, so after about a week of not reading I read the last half in about 5 hours. I was wrong thinking the Black Tulip wasn’t the Marquise, but I was right thinking it wasn’t Vaughn. The way Henrietta and Miles ended up together, practically eloping, did surprise me. The romance was quick and to the point, unlike Richard’s and Amy’s but I would’ve been bored if it was the exact same. (I didn’t like the chapters with Eloise and Colin at all in this book, probably because they haven’t got together and I think they should.) I think it’s a good thing Willig chose different characters to follow in this book because, while I like Amy and Richard, the redundant characters wouldn’t have done good for the book. I do like how the Marquise was stupid and thought Turnip Fitzhugh was the PC. How wrong she was.

PS- Gonna take a break before reading Willig’s 3rd in the series. Can have too much of a good thing, like with Austen.

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Blast from the Past is a weekly post I write that focuses on a book I read long before I ever had a blog about books. While I didn’t “book blog” until a couple of years ago, I’ve kept a reading journal of sorts for about 6 years. Blast from the Past is essentially just my way of digitalizing my old book journals–and reminding me what I thought of books long since read. I think it will be a fun way to look at how my reading selections have changed and what I like most in the books I read.

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