Blog Tour: ‘Landry Park’ by Bethany Hagen Review

Blog Tour: ‘Landry Park’ by Bethany Hagen Review

I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: ‘Landry Park’ by Bethany Hagen ReviewLandry Park by Bethany Hagen
Series: Landry Park #1
Published by Dial Books on February 4th, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: blog tours
Downton Abbey meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won't allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty - her family and the estate she loves dearly - and desire.

About Bethany Hagen

Bethany Hagen was born and raised in Kansas City. She grew up reading Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, and all things King Arthur, and went on to become a librarian. Landry Park is her debut novel.

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Madeline is your beautiful, wealthy gentry girl poised to inherit Landry Park. But when she stumbles upon a plot that will unravel all the secrets that her family has hidden from her, she realizes she must find the strength within to go against them or to be by their side. Landry Park is an intricate and beautifully written novel set in the far future where the Rootless perish and the Gentry flourish.

I liked Madeline’s character. She’s not perfect, she knows she’s weak, and in time she grows out of it. I like that she stands up for what she wants even though her family imprisons her. I didn’t understand her attraction to David though. It felt too much like a crush..Even though there were two boys vying for her affection, I didn’t understand Jude’s place and that bothered me. The twists and turns in the far end did make this book better, but I just wish all the world building was placed in the beginning. I did enjoy the fluid writing style and reminded me of Darkness Shows the Stars too.

I had some issues with this one. Where was the history of all the energy uses? It was only a sprinkling of how it happened. A better timeline of how the world would have helped me so much. I was scrambling to find out what year it was set in. One main point I missed was the plot. Was trying to find who hurt Cara the entire story? Or was it Madeline trying to get out of her family’s legacy? Because I felt lost as to what the main story was. Why were the Rootless taken to be the lowest caste? What did the Rootless do to deserve such treatment? What did they do that was so badly? I needed answers about this war. I also don’t understand why there was so much emphasis on the balls and her society life. So I’m guessing this is why it’s being compared to The Selection? Also just a warning, that things start to get interesting at around the first hundred pages.

Overall, a good enough dystopian read if you like love triangles, ball gowns, and a family conspiracy are your thing, then this one is for you!

reading progress



I just don’t like balls. Or people, really. (42)
In my part of town, women are equals. We don’t put them on pedestals, and we don’t make them do our laundry or wash our dishes. We think of them as partners. Not princesses. (58)
They must respect us, and if they will not, then we will force respect on them. (61)

I feel like I’m caught between two worlds, and I can’t break through to either side. (114)
We marry who we must for the good of the estate. (182)
So it was okay if lots of innocent people got hurt as long as it was not the one you cared about? (236)




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